Welcome! I’m Julia Sweeten, and I’m hooked on houses.
I started blogging in 2008 in my search for kindred spirits and am happy to say I’ve found them. After over 100 million page views (whoa), I’ve learned there are a lot of you out there! 🙂
People often assume I’m a designer or real estate agent, but I’m neither. Also might as well admit I’m hopeless when it comes to DIY, which is why you rarely see any posts about those kinds of projects here!
Before blogging, I worked as a writer, researcher and editor for various magazines and book publishers. This site was supposed to be my fun little hobby, but by 2010 it had become my full-time gig.
I hate to brag, but Hooked on Houses has been featured on/linked to/mentioned by places like:
- HGTV Magazine
- Real Simple Magazine
- Huffington Post
- Entertainment Weekly
- Country Living
- House Beautiful
- The Today Show
- Good Morning America
I value kindness and make every attempt to keep the tone of my site positive, which is one reason comments are moderated. (Note: comments automatically close on posts after 30 days to thwart the spammers.)
I donate a percentage of the money I earn from this site to favorite charities. My heart is with foster children, educational causes, and animal rescue organizations. When you visit my blog, you’re helping them, too!
I’m married to my college sweetheart Dave, and we live in a friendly little town in Ohio. We’ve got two kids, Jake and Lily, and two critters — a sleepy Shih-Tzu named Maizie (snoozing in the photo above), and a playful white cat named Cress, who’s batting at the screen while I type this.
A little more info…
- Are you hooked on houses? Take this quiz to find out.
- You’ll find the link to my “Secret Blog” in my newsletter.
- Looking for your favorite TV or Movie House? Check Houses Onscreen.
- New to HoH? See my Popular Posts.
- Some posts include Amazon affiliate links that help support my blog.
- Got a house or listing you think my readers would like? Let me know!
Keep in touch:
Thanks for visiting. I hope you’ll make yourself at home! 🙂
Painting of my childhood home by Fifi Flowers.