Hooked on Old Houses

by hookedonhouses on May 28, 2009

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Welcome to Hooked on Fridays, a blog party I host at the end of every week to celebrate the things that make us happy. This week–and every week–I’m hooked on old houses. Every time I run across a photo of a great old house like this Victorian from Georgia, my heart skips a beat. I have a big file of them that I keep and thought I’d show you a few of my favorites today. I noticed as I looked through them today that almost all of them have at least one porch, so it’s safe to say I’m also hooked on porches. Take a look at these stately old homes in Charleston:

Via Skyscrapercity.com

Via Skyscrapercity.com

Here’s a white house from Alabama that I think is really charming:

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Via Flickr: jsonlind

An ivy-covered old mansion in Wisconsin that I’d love to get a tour of (especially at Halloween!):

Via Flickr: drpimento

Via Flickr: drpimento

Now it’s your turn to tell us what you’re hooked on today! If you have something to share with us on your blog, then add your link below. Just please be sure to:

  1. Add the permalink to the specific blog post, not your general blog address.
  2. Include what you’re hooked on in parentheses after your blog name. Ex: The Red Cottage (antiques)
  3. Link back to the party from your post so that your readers can come and see what everyone else is talking about today!
  4. Visit as many of the other participants as possible and leave comments! That’s what a blog party is all about!
  5. Double-check to make sure your link works and goes to the right page so it doesn’t get deleted! If you come back and see your link is gone, re-read these rules and try again next week.

(Also check out Fifi’s Fashionable Friday and Melissa’s Beautiful Life parties, happening today!)

Hooked on Fridays Participants

1. Arleen @ Seasons for All at Home (Home Library Bookshelves)
2. DesignTies (Artist Jill Alexander)
3. The Shabby Chic Cottage
4. Struggling to be Stylish (Trees and Leaves)
5. Mary Beth {Lavender}
6. Julie@ Organizement (organizing kids)
7. Beach Cottage Love (coastal inspired art)
8. Lacy @ Tatumfam (carpet roses)
9. SuzyHomemaker (Gardens)
10. A Beach House Dreamer (Shell Sweets)
11. the BLAH BLAH BLAHger (food network)
12. Bridget (Planning)
13. Karla @ It’s The Little Things…(Chicken Coop-turned-Playhouse)
14. TK – Fresh Blogging Air
15. Kate @ A Simple Walk (5th Anniversary)
16. Edwina-HouseAHolic (fairy lights!)
17. velvet and linen (omg!)
18. Desiree@Lookiloos
19. Kate @ Stolen Moments (Italian chicken sausage)
20. Misti of Studio M Designs (Kitchens)
21. Linda @ Lime in the Coconut…Mango’s Baby!!
22. sue-in-sydney {hooked on rainbows}
23. Mrs. Petrie (local sightseeing)
24. It Feels Like Chaos (bag)
25. Maya (Movie Love)
26. m @ tales from an oc cottage
27. Onlinehandyman is hooked on READING!
28. Daly Essentials (Malcolm Davis)
29. Maria@Johns Journal (Australia’s Interiors and Exteriors)
30. Amy @ Finer Things (chicken marinade)
31. Lisa @ Crazy Adventures in Parenting (Painting Love)
32. The Inspired Room (sweet garden shed)
33. Lisa (bathroom remodel)
34. Claudia@ Dipity Road (Cottage Details)
35. Alea@ Premeditated Leftovers (Foaming Soap)
36. ImagineCozy (LR Redesign)
37. Jillian@Housewears(green is gorgeous)
38. Jasmine @ The Suburban Sentiment (decor vases and bowls)
39. Things That Inspire (a beautiful Atlanta home)
40. Newlyweds (Veggie Garden)
41. Robin~ All Things Heart and Home
42. Astrid @Lopsided House (snakes & my garden)
43. Kitchen Stewardship (Love the Earth)
44. Ashley @ A Hasty Life (Old Ice Cream Parlors)
45. TheOldPostRoad (hydrangeas)
46. mannequin (little outdoor treasures)
47. Christy (Cute Baby Clothes)
48. Jennifer @ Blogging God And Me (Decorating for FREE)
49. Star’s Fault (Hooked on Millinery Flowers)
50. Susan Lang (Hooked on Floral Design Tips)
51. Linda from ::Surroundings::
52. Heather (Mean Bullies!)
53. Flower Patch Farmgirl (Veggies)
54. Deb/Dumbwittellher
55. Fifi Flowers Chanel Book Giveaway!
56. Lisa @ Coastal Nest:)
57. Lindsay @ Likely Design (My newly painted bathroom!)
58. Shawn/Lifeatbuttercupfarm (Home Infidelity)
59. It’s Frugal Being Green (Vintage Fine China)
60. Florida Sue (rescued dogs)
61. MissCaron (wing back chairs)
62. Cass at That Old House (Dishes!)
63. Jane @ Beach House
64. Jane @ Beach House
65. Tamara
66. Carolina Mama (BeachLiveBlogging GIVEAWAY)
67. heather jane (my LOCAL FOOD GARDEN)
68. Ashley Finfrock ( Summer Beach Reads)
69. Cleaning Hard Water (Hooked on cleaning my house)
70. Sarah @ Designing Woman (Hooked on Yellow)
71. Nan (Playful Decor)
72. Jamie (Hooked on Home Office Gear!)
73. Kathi @ BlessingsandBeautifulThings
74. cara (old houses for fun and profit)
75. Lylah – Hooked on Houses in Europe
76. Puna @ Life Signatures
77. Joanie @ The Bright Side (garden gates)

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Arleen @ Seasons for All at Home May 28, 2009 at 8:53 pm

Hi Julia. Wow, these homes are beautiful! The exteriors are so stunning; I just love the architecture. And I’d love to see inside every one of them. Thanks for showcasing photographs of these beauties! ~Arleen

DesignTies May 28, 2009 at 8:58 pm

I love the charm and character that old houses have. These ones that you posted are really beautiful. The very first one with the great garden is my favourite.

Kelly @ DesignTies

DesignTies’s last blog post..Meet… artist Jill Alexander

Struggler May 28, 2009 at 8:58 pm

I would love to visit Charleston; that house is just beautiful. At one time I had a friend who lived in a house a bit like the Wisconsin one, only hers was in Scotland. Those turrets are very glamorous but have the air of mystery too!
Thank you for hosting the Friday party.

Struggler’s last blog post..Trees and leaves

Lacy May 28, 2009 at 9:08 pm

Old homes are so beautiful! My favorite is the ivy-covered mansion. Wouldn’t you love to see what kind of rooms are on the third story? So lovely!

Lacy’s last blog post..Hooked on… Flower Carpet Roses

the BLAH BLAH BLAHger May 28, 2009 at 9:12 pm

Old houses are just so romantic to me…ohhhh, someday!

the BLAH BLAH BLAHger’s last blog post..My Love/Hate Relationship with the Food Network

Suzy May 28, 2009 at 9:18 pm

I love me some victorians too! Especially the Queen Anne Style. That is what I love about my town, loaded with victorians. Hope you share some insides of these favorite houses sometime.
Thanks for sharing!

Suzy’s last blog post..Hooked on Perennial Gardens…

A Beach House Dreamer May 28, 2009 at 9:22 pm

These are wonderful homes Julia. I’d love to stroll through Charleston and admire them all. And I’m definitely loving all the porches too.

A Beach House Dreamer’s last blog post..Shell Sweets

The Summer Kitchen Girls May 28, 2009 at 9:28 pm

Why Gracious Miss Julia….those southern homes are to die for! We especially love the first home’s gingerbread!!

The Summer Kitchen Girls’s last blog post..7 Things You Might Not Know About The Summer Kitchen Girls

Karla May 28, 2009 at 9:32 pm

They’re gorgeous!! If I had to pick though, I would say #2 is my favorite! I would LOVE to see the inside!

~Karla @ It’s The Little Things…

Karla’s last blog post..The Big Reveal – Playhouse Exterior…

Edwina- HouseAHolic May 28, 2009 at 9:47 pm

I’ll take the last one please! I can see myself kicking back on that porch with a glass of wine and a book…

Edwina- HouseAHolic’s last blog post..Diamonds: A girl’s best friend?

mannequin May 28, 2009 at 9:53 pm

That house in Alabama is screaming my name! How gorgeous, my favorite kind of homes.
Thank you! I can’t get over that Alabama beauty.

mannequin’s last blog post..Inside here

velvet and linen May 28, 2009 at 9:54 pm

I love old houses so much that I even try to make our new homes look like these old homes!
I know I sound like an old foggy, but why can’t they build homes like this anymore?
Happy weekend, Julia.


velvet and linen’s last blog post..omg!

desiree May 28, 2009 at 10:08 pm

I have an old house and I love it. We had to remodel about 10 years ago because when we bought the home we had one little baby….Now I have 4 boys/men plus the husband the 1300 square feet and one bathroom was a major problem.

desiree’s last blog post..Hooked On Outdoor Fireplaces!

Misti England May 28, 2009 at 10:29 pm

I would love to tour these old homes. I am in Georgia, and would LOVE to know where that first house is! How beautiful… Love how the ivy crawls all around on that wonderful home in Wisconsin too. Just beautiful!

Have a great weekend Julia!


Misti England’s last blog post..Divine Kitchen Details

sue May 28, 2009 at 10:47 pm

I just love these houses, Julia. I live in a reasonably old house (circa 1880) for Sydney Australia, that is! I’m constantly working on it. I’ll blog about it one day!

sue’s last blog post..HOOKED ON RAINBOWS

Mrs. Petrie May 28, 2009 at 11:00 pm

Those houses looked really well-loved and manicured. The house with turrets (sp.?) was my favorite. It would be so magical to live somewhere like that.

Maya@Completely-Coastal May 28, 2009 at 11:07 pm

Great homes, stately and magical, number two being my favorite.

Maya@Completely-Coastal’s last blog post..The French Lieutenant’s Woman

m May 28, 2009 at 11:19 pm

Oh, to find an old house like that out here! Those are gorgeous!!!!!

m ^..^

m’s last blog post..Life Is The Bubbles…Under The Sea…

DesignTies May 28, 2009 at 11:19 pm

Just another quick comment to thank you for your comment on my post on Fifi’s blog :-) Good to hear you enjoyed it :-)


DesignTies’s last blog post..Meet… artist Jill Alexander

Onlinehandyman May 28, 2009 at 11:25 pm

Beautiful! I love them too, especially that first one.

Onlinehandyman’s last blog post..Book Review – “Fix Em Up Rent Em Out”

Daly Essentials May 29, 2009 at 12:05 am

ohh I love the one in Charleston! those porches are amazing!!!

Daly Essentials’s last blog post..Malcolm Davis Architecture

Lisa @ Crazy Adventures in Parenting May 29, 2009 at 12:06 am

Those houses are GORGEOUS! I tell ya, that first one is like a dream house for me!!

Lisa @ Crazy Adventures in Parenting’s last blog post..Paint Today With Love

Claudia@DipityRoad May 29, 2009 at 12:36 am

You are so right!! Amazing how the most wonderful homes have it all.. DETAILS details and more.. Porches especially..

Loved them all — TTFN Claudia :)

Claudia@DipityRoad’s last blog post..Cottage Details

Cher May 29, 2009 at 1:32 am

Yeah, I’m a harlot for real estate: my heart skipped a beat when I saw that first house. Oh, how I’d love to peek inside that gorgeousness!

Angela @ Imaginecozy May 29, 2009 at 1:50 am

I have to say after last week my mind had been on porch swings! And that is the first thing that I noticed about these old houses. They all have a perfect spot for a swing. I wish my house had a big porch like that! Maybe I can get my husband to build me something on the back patio? Thanks for having the party each week. I love to see what everyone is hooked on.

Angela @ Imaginecozy’s last blog post..Room Redesign . . . Without Moving Furniture?

Jill@Housewears May 29, 2009 at 2:11 am

I’m excited about old homes, someone from Philadelphia is moving to Canada in a waterside town near me, they’ve purchased a period home (1910) and called me (the power of blogs!)to start the decorating process…I’m excited to get into the victorian style!

Jill@Housewears’s last blog post..Colour Focus – It’s Easy Being Green

Kathi May 29, 2009 at 5:26 am

I’m hooked on old houses too. Bought one and fixed it up once.
($$$) It was a labor of love, but worth the personal satisfaction of seeing it come to life again.
These homes are really beautiful! The mature landscaping in that first home is gorgeous! Love that house too!

Astrid May 29, 2009 at 7:00 am

Gorgeous houses! I really wish we could live in older home with more architectural interest. It would cost more than a massive fortune to build something like that today. Another problem was that we wanted a piece of property with more than a postage stamp size piece of land with the house.

Astrid’s last blog post..milk snakes & my flower garden

thingsthatinspire May 29, 2009 at 7:24 am

Those Charleston houses are so beautiful…it is fun to get a tour of the ones that are historical treasures, because there are all sorts of reasons why they are built the way they are. Many of the Charleston houses have sleeping porches designed to capture the breezes on hot summer nights in the days before air conditioning.

thingsthatinspire’s last blog post..New on the Market: a Beautiful Atlanta Home

TheOldPostRoad May 29, 2009 at 7:36 am

I am an old house fanatic, much to my kids’ chagrin – they have to share a room in this 150 year old house. They should be thankful for the running water, right?

TheOldPostRoad’s last blog post..It is Summer

christy May 29, 2009 at 7:38 am

Oh I love all these houses. I would love to live in one like these one day…our house is kinda old, but only from the 1950s!

christy’s last blog post..Spanx for men?

Aunt Amelia May 29, 2009 at 7:40 am

Oh yummmm! Love the first house. But love the Alabama cottage, more. ‘Cause a cottage is what I lust after now. ,-)

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Terry Kearns May 29, 2009 at 8:11 am

Charleston is so great, all those houses packed together right on the street, not hiding on estate lots. Yet they seem to keep their privacy.

I worry about the big ones everywhere. Many are white elephants, no longer in the “best” neighborhoods; not where folks with the money to maintain them want to live. I hope many can be saved by re-tasking them into offices, schools, duplexes or whatever. Often, zoning and historical designation can make that difficult.

Terry Kearns’s last blog post..Fresh blogging air

Amanda @ Serenity Now May 29, 2009 at 8:54 am

Oh, my! I am in love with the first two photos. Soooo stately and beautiful! :)

Amanda @ Serenity Now’s last blog post..Frugal Friday Party!

Jennifer @ Blogging God And Me May 29, 2009 at 8:55 am

Oh my, I want to go live in that last house. LOVE it. Such beautiful homes. Thanks for the blog party.


Jennifer @ Blogging God And Me’s last blog post..Decorating for Free or Almost Free

Susan Lang @ Designing Your Dream Home May 29, 2009 at 9:08 am

Those are all stately and grand homes. Thanks for your research and hooked on party!

Susan Lang @ Designing Your Dream Home’s last blog post..10 Floral Design Tips + Design Photos

Linda Merrill May 29, 2009 at 9:11 am

Thanks, Julia, as always for hosting us!!

Linda Merrill’s last blog post..Don’t judge a book by it’s cover

Shannan May 29, 2009 at 9:35 am

Oh, I am SO hooked on old houses! Would choose old over new anyday!

Shannan’s last blog post..Garden View

Laura Ingalls Gunn May 29, 2009 at 9:36 am

Oh my favorite house is the first one but I would take any of them. Love the glorious ivy on the brick Victorian.

Laura Ingalls Gunn’s last blog post..Bohemian bungalow part one

Leila May 29, 2009 at 10:01 am

I love your style, as always. Those houses are beautiful!

Deborah Milne May 29, 2009 at 10:11 am

Crazy for those homes Julia. I had a 1918 farm house with a great front porch & swing. Nothing like it! I too want to visit that WI home @ Halloween!!

Deborah Milne’s last blog post..Light My Dreams

Fifi Flowers May 29, 2009 at 10:22 am

J’adore all these homes… LOVE LOVE LOVE old homes!!!
Bon week-end mon amie!

Fifi Flowers’s last blog post..Coco Chanel Book Giveaway…

Becky K. May 29, 2009 at 10:23 am

Architecture has changed so much over the past fifty years. Seeing these older homes that are intended to be truly lived in is such a treat.

I’ll bet many of these have pantries. I could get hooked on pantries!

Becky K.’s last blog post..Our Beautiful Moms!

Lisa May 29, 2009 at 10:52 am

Hello and happy Friday everyone!
Im hooked on the weekend..Its finally going to be summertime weather here in the upper left hand corner of our US map. We Pacific Northwesters have to suck up all the 70 degree weather we can have, because, they only come..rarely. Heres hoping you have an excellent weekend with your peeps!!
coastal nest

Lisa’s last blog post..They call it mellow yellow….

phyllis May 29, 2009 at 11:46 am

I Love your blog and I read it everyday I have never posted a comment before but I had to today. I love the last house I have loved it for 19 years I drive by it every chance I get it is located in Lacrosse Wi. Lacrosse is home to many beautiful homes.

phyllis’s last blog post..Blame it on Facebook

Cass @ That Old House May 29, 2009 at 12:11 pm

Hi Julia! I love those houses, and would like to see inside every one of them. I am a terrible Old House Stalker — it’s an addiction. It’s very disappointing when people with fabulous houses close their draperies at night so we stalkers can’t peek in. What crust! Have a lovely weekend. . . we’re heading to the beach house for some fixup. Cass

Cass @ That Old House’s last blog post..True Confessions: Hooked On Dishes and A Food Post-Mortem

Julie @ Organizement May 29, 2009 at 12:35 pm

I love those houses! My dream is to have a summer home in Savannah, or some other beautiful Southern city when I retire ;-)

Julie @ Organizement’s last blog post..Schools Out For Summer

Jane @ Beach House May 29, 2009 at 12:55 pm

red turrets and ivy walls… a fairy tale house

Jane @ Beach House’s last blog post..Ben: Capturing Color

tamara May 29, 2009 at 2:27 pm

I LOVE LOVE LOVE old houses……just not the maintenance :)

tamara’s last blog post..Hooked on Travelling

Kathy :) May 29, 2009 at 3:47 pm

There’e nothing like an old home….if only they could speak to us !!!

Have a great week-end Julia :)

Kathy :)

Brenda Kula May 29, 2009 at 4:23 pm

Wow! All of them are charming and amazing. Love all the detail involved.

Brenda Kula’s last blog post..Flaunt Your Red Proudly

Ashley Finfrock May 29, 2009 at 6:00 pm

I love your blog! This is my first hooked on Friday’s post. I’m very excited about it.

Jen - thethriftyhome.com May 29, 2009 at 8:20 pm

I could look at pictures of old houses all day. My dream is to build a house based on the old time architecture.

Nan (Playful Decor) May 29, 2009 at 9:43 pm

I’m SO hooked on cleaning out my house today! I’m filling 42 gallon garbage bags from Home Depot! Love those houses!!

Nan (Playful Decor)’s last blog post..Friday Confessions – Dare I say….?

Jenny May 30, 2009 at 1:07 am

I’m a newer house type of gal, but I love looking at pics of older homes. The one in Alabama is adorable.

Jenny’s last blog post..Fix It Friday

Kathi May 30, 2009 at 2:14 pm

I just found an “old house” at a garage sale!

Jasmine May 30, 2009 at 7:58 pm

Love the look of the exterior houses, but I must confess I am a modern gal at heart (love the mod-cons!). :-)

Jasmine’s last blog post..Sweet Saturday: Marble Cake

Puna May 31, 2009 at 8:18 am

That home in Alabama is to die for. I always dream of living in a charming and rustic neighborhood. One day.

Joanie at The Bright Side May 31, 2009 at 10:14 am

Hi Julia,
Your blog parties rock! I love the houses in today’s post. If I had to pick a favorite I think I would choose the first one, although I have been hearing a lot of good things about Charleston these days. Hmm… tough decision. This is the first time I joined a blog party with an actual link. Thanks for having such a great site. I’m hooked on houses, too.

Joanie at The Bright Side’s last blog post..gate envy

greenie June 1, 2009 at 5:08 pm

I love modern…but I also love the oldies! :-) And these are beauties! I’m not a huge fan of the Charleston type, but the others you show here are special. So much detail. There’s just something magical about them. I would also love to the last one dressed up for Halloween! :-) (My favorite time and holiday of the year!)

Caroline June 1, 2009 at 8:41 pm

These houses are all beautiful.

Caroline’s last blog post..Today’s Sales

Kellye June 2, 2009 at 2:04 am

I’m late…but, I wanted to say how much I love the Wisconsin house. I’m not sure I could live in it, but I like dark places anyway. ;)

SoBella Creations June 2, 2009 at 8:27 am

I love the character of the older homes.

SoBella Creations’s last blog post..Welcome & Giveaways

laura @ the shore house June 2, 2009 at 11:35 pm


Actually, I’d take any of these gems!

laura @ the shore house’s last blog post..While we’re all winners…

Madeline June 12, 2009 at 7:04 pm

I love old houses. They have so much character and charm!
I wanted to link but did not see a “next”??

Madeline’s last blog post..Geranium Cottage Hooked On (Red Spray Paint)

Kim F July 10, 2009 at 12:26 pm

Oh my gosh. That house in Wisconsin, sits across the street from our neighborhood park. I had to drive by it to make sure it was the one, what a small world. The house is located on Cass Street in La Crosse WI. There are quite a few house on that street that are very old and huge, the town refers to them as the Cass Street Castles. I think most of them were buildt by lumbar barons in the day.

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