No Place Like Home

by hookedonhouses on March 19, 2011

I used to love the TLC show “While You Were Out”–anyone else remember that one?–and one of my favorite designers on it was Stephen St. Onge. Since then I have followed his “House Calls” column in Better Homes and Gardens, so you can imagine how exciting it was for me to get a nice note from him last year, saying he reads my blog.

He has kept in touch since then, so I knew he was working on a book. Now No Place Like Home is out, and I can’t wait to read it! He’s having a giveaway on his blog to celebrate. Prizes include a Free Room Design Consult with him, a $500 American Express Gift Card, and signed copies of his book.

Check out Stephen’s blog for more details on how you can throw your name in the hat. Good luck, and let me know if you win anything! :-)

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Pamela March 19, 2011 at 8:18 am

While you Were Out was my favorite. They had much better “afters” than any other show…and of course there was Jason the carpenter awho was VERY easy on the eyes! I was so sad when that show stopped coming on! Glad to get a bit of an update. The book looks fantastic! I will definitely be checking it out! Thanks so much for sharing!!!!

Maaike Quinn @ Life with FlyLady March 19, 2011 at 8:19 am

Sounds great! I adore that wooden table by the way! I am going to check it out :D

Carrie March 19, 2011 at 9:08 am

That is too cool that he let you know that he reads your blog!! I always like to see what he does in Better Homes and Gardens. I am sure his book is great!!

debbie March 19, 2011 at 9:44 am

I loved that show too. The episodes with Stephen were always my favorite. His style was so family friendly and functional! Can’t wait to take a peek at his book.

Luciane at March 19, 2011 at 9:52 am

Great tip, Julia!

I think this book should be really fun and with loads of interesting things to learn from.

Thanks for sharing this!

Enjoy your Saturday, girl! :-)


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Jules March 19, 2011 at 9:59 am

I loved that show and Stephen St. Onge was one of my favorite designers! Thank you so much for posting not only the link to the sweepstakes but to his blog. One happy follower now :)

Happy Saturday!

Lisa March 19, 2011 at 10:55 am

Ha. Yes I do remember that show! Was he also on Trading Spaces? I remember thinking he seemed like a nice guy. :)

Ricki Jill Treleaven March 19, 2011 at 11:32 am

I loved While You Were Out. Great show! I like his designs, too. Thanks for posting. I would love to win his new book! I am headed over to Stephen’s blog right now.

Vanessa@Decor Happy March 19, 2011 at 11:41 am

I had no idea he has a book out. If the cover is any indication, I’m sure it will be full of inspiration as well as advice. So cool that he reads your blog!

Amanda @ Serenity Now March 19, 2011 at 1:22 pm

How exciting! I remember him from “While You Were Out,” and he had beautiful, “real life” designs. Will check out his blog for sure to enter. :)

Heather March 19, 2011 at 2:32 pm

Thank you Julia!!!
I love his decor style, and his blog is awesome!
Thanks for helping to keep the design fires burning inside my heart!


Mom in High Heels March 19, 2011 at 3:12 pm

Oh, I loved that show! He’s really good and does stuff that people can actually live with. I’m off to check out his blog!

Kim March 19, 2011 at 3:31 pm

I have never heard of this show, but he seems like a good interior designer. I entered the sweepstakes, and I’m fine not winning.

Thanks for the post. Have a nice day!

Nancy Hood March 19, 2011 at 5:32 pm

I liked that show better than the one where the couples traded homes. He’s one of my favorite designers on TV, along with Candace Olsen! And he wrote you!!! I would’ve peed in my pants! Going over there now to enter and tell him how I heard about it!!

Holley March 19, 2011 at 8:38 pm

Loved the show, loved that they teased the host (who was in a boy band and had his own doll), and loved Stephen’s designs.

Thanks for telling us about the book (which now goes to the wish list immediately) and the blog (which I’ll go see immediately).

Jessica March 19, 2011 at 8:54 pm

Just entered! The book looks like a great one…win or no win I’m getting one! His style is so comfortable and homey, he should have his own show .
Thanks for the heads up and have a lovely weekend…
xo J~

Sara @ Russet Street Reno March 20, 2011 at 12:58 pm

Thanks for the link, I’m heading over there now!

Ann March 20, 2011 at 1:03 pm

Thanks for the link to Stephen’s blog but what a nuisance to scroll past all those pictures he has at the top to read it!

Lesley @ TheDesignFile March 20, 2011 at 2:39 pm

I think this book looks fantastic. I’m posting about it next week too! But I didn’t know anything about the giveaway. Thanks for the info!

nanne March 20, 2011 at 2:57 pm

thanks for sharing with us, julia!

nanne in columbus, indiana

ShabbyChick March 20, 2011 at 8:02 pm

I despised that show, (along with ‘Trading Spaces’) but remember Stephen as a talented designer who really stood out. Good to know he is having continued success!

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