F.A.Q.

1. Have you featured the house from my favorite movie or TV show yet?

There’s an easy way to find out. I keep a list of all the onscreen houses I’ve featured in alphabetical order here: TV/Movie Houses. If you want to recommend one, leave it in the comments of that page. That’s where I keep track of them all!

2. I’d like to write a guest post/advertise/give away a product:

I write all the posts myself, don’t do product reviews or giveaways, and my ad networks handle all of the “big ads” for me on my blog.

However, I do have 125 x 125 ad spots available if you’re interested. It’s automated now. All you do is upload your ad, make the payment through PayPal, and as soon as I approve it, it goes live on my site. Details on my Advertising Page.

3. Can I use one of your photos on my blog/website?

Sure! All I ever ask for is credit with a link back. Please note the original sources, however, if they’re not mine. Every post I write should have links to where I found them.

4. I’m thinking of buying an Ektorp sofa from IKEA. Are you still happy with yours?

I wrote an update about it a year after buying it that you can read here: Summer in My Sunroom.

5. What are the paint colors you used in your house?

6. How do you take screenshots from movies?

I either use basic Snipping Tool or the VLC media player, which I downloaded online. Then I often have to lighten them or touch them up a bit with either Picasa or PicMonkey.

7. What web host provider do you use?

Servint. They’ve been great!

8. Why do you keep deleting my comments?

The only reason I might ever delete one is if it’s in really bad taste or obscene. I try to keep the blog family friendly. But it’s rare that I have to.

If your comments are disappearing, they’re probably being snatched up by Akismet, my spam catcher. Let me know if that happens to you and I’ll look for it there. I can rescue it.

I have also found that a lot of readers click on a photo to see it better and then leave a comment under it. When they go back to the post, they don’t see their comment and think it was deleted. Might want to check for it there!

9. Can I comment without logging in? Without having a blog? Without people seeing my email address?

Yes, yes, and yes. All we really need are the name you want to use (doesn’t have to be your full, first and last name) and an email address. If you don’t have a blog, leave the URL field blank (it’s optional). The only one who sees your email address is me, and that’s just to 1) make sure you’re not a spammer and 2) give me a way to write you back if you ask a question.

10. I would like to show you photos of my house/a real estate listing/bad MLS photos/etc.

I’d love to see them! Send them right on over.

I hope you found the answer to your burning questions here. If not, feel free to shoot me an email, leave a comment here, or chat with me on Facebook or Twitter!



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Susan Lang February 19, 2009 at 5:06 pm

Julia, Being brand new to blogging, I found your Q & A to be most informative. Thanks for sharing. …susan lang

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Susie Nelson February 24, 2009 at 3:57 pm

Have you ever posted about children’s outdoor playhouses or playsets? The reason why I ask is that our wooden playset is getting too young for my boys. I would love to make some changes to it to make it more suitable for an eight and ten year old, but I don’t have the creativity to come up with some fabulous plans and I’ve searched around but haven’t found anything that exciting. Maybe this could be an upcoming post of yours? …Maybe have readers send photos of their fabulous outdoor play areas? Just a thought!!!

Thank you,
Susie Nelson

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Liz March 4, 2009 at 12:06 pm

Wow!! Since I started my blog about two weeks ago I have been struggling to find out how to make it more successful – after all, it’s fun to write this stuff but it would be even more awesome to have people read it!! I came across your blog today on This Young House, and I can’t thank you enough for your advice!

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hookedonhouses March 4, 2009 at 3:31 pm

Susie–
I’ve never posted about children’s outdoor playhouses, but I’ll keep that in mind for the future. Could be fun.

Susan and Liz–
Glad I could help. Good luck with your new blogs! -Julia :-)

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Paula Powell April 16, 2009 at 8:27 pm

Julia: A while back you posted some photos of the “dream tent” that Jude Law’s character created for his daughters in the movie “The Holiday.” I want to thank you very much for doing that and for the other movie homes you’ve posted. I’d also like to ask if you might consider putting up a few photos of the Bucks County, PA home that Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston “moved into” in the latter part of the film Marley and Me. That home was quite a stunner! Thanks for including “movie homes” on your blog. And thanks for all the hard work you put into making Hooked On Houses such a fun place to visit.

Sincerely,

Paula Powell

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Laura Sharp April 20, 2009 at 9:11 pm

I love your blog! Especially the “movie houses”. After seeing the “Hannah Montana Movie” this weekend, I love to see the farmhouse from that movie on here. I think I will have to see the movie again, just to enjoy looking at that house.

Thanks for the “eye candy”!

Laura

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Amber April 25, 2009 at 2:25 am

Julia! I would like to know if you could share with me how to make a colored background frame for my text. I’m putting a disclosure policy on my blog, and I’d like to make it like yours, with the colored background. Thanks!

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hookedonhouses April 25, 2009 at 8:40 am

Hi, Amber! All I have to do to get a box like that is to highlight the section I want to box in and hit the quotation marks symbol (“), which sets the area off like that. Depending on your blog’s design template, it’ll look different. Some just indent the area, for example, or box it in without adding the gray background color, so I’m not sure what yours will do. -Julia

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Laura Noble May 30, 2009 at 2:41 pm

How can I get the name of the wallpaper in Stella’s nursery from Tori and Dean’s Home Sweet Hollywood?

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hookedonhouses May 30, 2009 at 7:27 pm

Sorry, Laura, I have no idea! -Julia

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Keri Brown June 7, 2009 at 4:42 pm

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2009/06/07/liv_526624.shtml

Had to send you this article of this home that appeared in our paper today….you’ll have to let me know what you think! Love your website!

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Jen F. June 17, 2009 at 1:39 pm

The house in What Lies Beneath is a favourite of mine, have you ever showcased it on your website, its just gorgeous. (Michelle Pfeiffer and Harrison Ford)

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Claudia@DipityRoad June 21, 2009 at 10:42 pm

Hi Julia– couldnt find your email address to send this privately sorry this is a post i hope you will see.

I am so darn new to the blogoshere that i have no idea what the following copy and paste from MY comment section means.

Any help?

Says its from Hooked on Houses:

[...] [...] bedrooms 20. Susan (Patriotism/Tablescape) 21. It Feels Like Chaos (blueberry picking) 22. Claudia@DipityRoad (Picasa Editor) 23. The Thrifty Home (Hooked on ORGANIZING) 24. Our Nifty Notebook (Thrifty Finds, Part 2) 25. [...] [...]

TTFN~~Claudia

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hookedonhouses June 21, 2009 at 10:54 pm

Hi, Claudia! That means I linked to you. It’s called a “trackback.” I publish all of the links from each Friday’s blog party on Sunday nights, and that lets you and your readers know your link appears on my site. I publish them so that you get “credit” for the link from blog-ranking sites like Technorati. Hope that makes sense! Feel free to delete it if you don’t like having trackbacks in your comments, however. You still get the credit for the link regardless. -Julia :-)

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hookedonhouses June 21, 2009 at 10:55 pm

Jen F–
I love the house in “What Lies Beneath,” too. I think that’ll make a great Movie Monday post in October, around Halloween! Thanks for the suggestion. -Julia

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Simone July 19, 2009 at 5:42 am

Hi Julia,
I stumbled across your blog a few nights ago and found I can’t stop getting the laptop out to keep looking. I have been watching movies only to look at the homes in the background since I can remember. The “Somethings Gotta Give” house was just a joy to see when the movie came out and I kept telling my daughter “I’ve seen this tent I’d like to make in your room, but I just need to find some pictures of it”…and there they were.. so we made one today. It’s such a great blog (and the first one I’ve ever written to). Two houses I’ve thought of that I don’t think you have here are Julia Roberts “after” house in “Sleeping with the Enemy” and Forrest Gumps Mothers house?? It’s so exciting to find someone who thinks the way I do. Thanks and best wishes. -Simone

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Natalie July 22, 2009 at 10:38 pm

Hi Julia,

I am a total blogging newbie, but fell in love with your site and wrote all about it! I don’t know what the protocol is, but I definitely wanted to let you know. Have a look, and if there’s anything you’d like changed or pointed out, let me know.

Keep on loving houses :-)
Natalie

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Lori July 27, 2009 at 1:15 pm

Hi Julia, I love Samantha’s apartment on the TV show Samantha Who (Season 2) and have been trying to find out who makes the furniture and where to find something similar. How would I go about this? There don’t seem to be any websites with this information. Thanks, Lori

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hookedonhouses July 28, 2009 at 8:13 am

Simone–that’s so cool that you made a tent like the one in “The Holiday”! I added both “Sleeping with the Enemy” and “Forrest Gump” to my list of future Movie Monday posts to work on. Thanks for the suggestions!

Natalie–thanks for the mention on your blog! I really appreciate it. :-)

Lori–I love “Samantha Who.” I’m planning to do a post about it in the future. I was so sad when they canceled that show! No idea where she got the furniture, but I noticed a lot of her accessories come from Target. -Julia

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linda July 30, 2009 at 6:05 pm

Does anyone yet know the fabrics used in Tori Spelling’s bedroom?

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hookedonhouses July 30, 2009 at 7:21 pm

Linda–I wish I knew. I’ve gotten requests for the wallpaper in her house, too. -Julia

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Lisa-Ann Vachon August 14, 2009 at 12:37 pm

Just discovered your blog and LOVE it. I, too, am a big fan of movie and television houses. JC Wyatt’s house in Baby Boom is one of my all-time favorites. Speaking of 80′s movies, I also love the house in Chevy Chase’s Funny Farm. Any thoughts on posting that one? Either of these would be a dream to build. I have watched both movies thousand of times trying to draw out the floor plans for my husband to do up in his CAD program on the computer. He thinks I am nuts, so I am glad to find someone who likes these houses just like me.

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Cheryl August 17, 2009 at 10:52 am

Hi Julia, I’m not sure ifyou are familiar with designer Sarah Richardson. I’m including a link that I think you would enjoy. Sarah recently renovated her own cottage and filmed it for her show “Sarah’s Cottage.” It is my dream cottage. Sarah is yet another reason I am proud to be Canadian.
I am completely hooked on your blog!! Thank you for all of your hard work.

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Cheryl August 17, 2009 at 10:57 am
Lindsley August 29, 2009 at 12:07 am

How do I submit a picture for bad MLS photos?
Love you’re blog!
Thanks!

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Julia @ Hooked on Houses August 29, 2009 at 7:41 am

Lindsley–e-mail it to me! I’d love to see it!

julia@hookedonhouses.net

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hookedonhouses August 29, 2009 at 7:49 am

Lisa-Ann, “Funny Farm” is one of my favorites! I’m definitely going to write a post about it one of these days. I’ve gotten a lot of requests for it.

Cheryl–thanks for the link to Sarah’s Cottage. Gorgeous! -Julia

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Giuliana September 4, 2009 at 1:19 pm

hi Julia!
I was browsing online to try to get ideas for my newborn daughter’s nursery and came across your website, there was a picture you posted that I fell in love with, the brown/pink “pique” pottery barn back in “from 08…i want to paint her room exactly the way its shown in that pic….I tried contacting PB Kids directly to see if that border was actually painted on or if it was a wall decal….but because it was an outdated pic they weren’t able to give me any info on it. Would you know anything about it? Thanks in advance! -Giuliana

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hookedonhouses September 4, 2009 at 1:35 pm

Sorry, Giuliana, but I just saw the photo on their website. I don’t have any inside info about it. Good luck! -Julia

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lynne September 14, 2009 at 6:56 pm

I was wondering if you have thought about doing the houses in Santorini, Greece in Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.

Another fun movie with a great house and great scenery is “Much Ado about Nothing” which took place at the Villa Vignamaggio in Greve in Chianti in Tuscany.

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Paula Powell September 20, 2009 at 8:35 pm

Julia: Have you checked out a new blog called mhstudioblog.com? I think you might like it. Thank you for your wonderful blog; I absolutely love it, especially the movie “houses.”

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Christie September 29, 2009 at 8:32 pm

I am hoping to see the home from “What Lies Beneath” one day on your blog. I love that house.

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wendy November 1, 2009 at 1:27 pm

I would like to see photos of the outside and inside of the house from the movie Ordinary Miracles which starred Jaclyn Smith; the house that she lived in as the Judge. Thankyou.

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wendy November 1, 2009 at 1:40 pm

Please delete my email address; I do not want it left for everyone to see. Thankyou

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hookedonhouses November 1, 2009 at 4:49 pm

Wendy–
You’re the only one who can see your e-mail address. WordPress asks commenters to leave an e-mail so they know you’re not a spammer. No one else will get it, don’t worry! -Julia :)

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Kathie November 4, 2009 at 9:24 pm

I’m writing this in hopes of saving our family’s former home in Medina, NY. If anyone is interested in old houses, this one sure is. It was built around 1822 and our family bought it in the 1830s. It’s a block from the Erie canal, at 224 Eagle Street. The house is a Federalist structure with Victorian details added. It has 21 rooms, counting hallways, bathrooms and storage rooms.
It’s due to be demolished very soon. I didn’t know what was going on until a few days ago. The house has a lot of great architectural details and is very large. I suggested turning it into a museum at one point, but my mother laughed off the idea.
I have some photographs from the house’s better days. If there is any way the house can be saved, I will gladly help.
Thanks
Sincerely,
Kathie

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John Buckley November 26, 2009 at 12:42 pm

Julia:
I recently watched the movie Marley and Me. Never before has a house that was set in a movie caught my attention as did the old stone farm house. It was my love and interest in that house which led me to your website. I would like to purchase a few photos of that house. I searched on ebay and found nothing. Could you please help me with this. I would gladly purchase any photos of that house from you if possible. If not, do you have any recommendations?

With my thanks,

John Buckley

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Janet September 5, 2012 at 10:22 pm

Hi Julia,
Certainly am enjoying your site ‘hookedonhouses.net’. Yes, I am hooked on houses too! My question for you is this, why does HG reshow the same shows over and over again? There are enough new shows to properly program them.
Thank you.
Janet

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hookedonhouses September 6, 2012 at 8:40 am

I’d like to know the same thing, Janet! Sometimes they’ll show episodes of a series that I’ve seen a million times, with a host that has been gone for years, and I just don’t get it. Seems like they’d have plenty of new stuff to choose from.

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Janet September 6, 2012 at 5:39 pm

Thank you for your reply Julia. Maybe we need to apply for the programming job at HG! At least they are finally showing Sarah Richardson’s new/2011 shows!
Janet

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Linda September 13, 2012 at 6:41 pm

I love all the rooms of the house in the movie “Crimes of the Heart”. I hope you can add photos of it to your tv/movie houses. Thank you for all the work you do to show us all the lovely and interesting houses on your blog.

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hookedonhouses September 14, 2012 at 7:44 am

Don’t think I ever saw that one! Thanks, Linda.

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David October 6, 2012 at 8:12 am

Hi Julia, I was going through your site and I was hoping to find a specific house. I am mad about a house I saw on the movie ‘forbidden fruits’, a 2006 a Marc Cayce film. The particular house belonged to Crystal family in the movie. I really am madly in love with that house and would like more info on it, including possible house plans!

Regards
David

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hookedonhouses October 6, 2012 at 9:47 am

Hi David! I’m not familiar with that one. You can see the list of movie houses I’ve featured here:

http://hookedonhouses.net/houses-onscreen/

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Sheila October 14, 2012 at 11:35 am

I am interested in find the porch lamps on you 2009 Dream Home “A New Old Farm House”. We are building a porch onto our 138 year “Old Old Farm House”. Thank you!

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hookedonhouses October 14, 2012 at 12:05 pm

Hi Sheila! I put all the info I have into each post, so if it’s not mentioned there, I’m afraid I don’t know it (unless it’s from my house, of course). There should always be a link to the original source, so try going there to see if they have the answer. Good luck!

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DJ fromLA December 12, 2012 at 12:59 am

I love long sweeping staircases that curve at the bottom. . Gotta a few in your stash of houses ? Love your site.

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hookedonhouses December 13, 2012 at 7:44 am

I’ve featured hundreds of houses over the years and I’m sure some have sweeping staircases. Not sure how you’d search for those, though, because they wouldn’t be tagged as such. Hm. You’ve got me stumped on that one!

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Natalie December 19, 2012 at 11:27 am

Hi Julia,

I really love reading your blog. I hope you don’t mind me asking but I’ve been looking for images from Home Alone and wondered where you found your images?

Thanks,
Natalie

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hookedonhouses December 19, 2012 at 12:55 pm

Hi Natalie! I took those photos while I watched the movie on my computer. It’s one of my favorites! :-)

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Terry February 16, 2013 at 3:52 pm

Julia,

My email address is incorrect (my fault!). How do I correct it? Thanks!

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hookedonhouses February 16, 2013 at 4:54 pm

Just change it in that email field the next time you leave a comment. It’s just so that if you have a question I can email you the answer directly–and to prove you’re a real person and not a spammer. No biggie. :)

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Sue Shattuck February 23, 2013 at 3:35 pm

I don’t know why, but the small ranch house belonging to Walter & skylar White on AMC’s Breaking Bad is so perfect for the family and the show. It has a homey vibe. Have you noticed it or ever blogged about it?

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hookedonhouses February 23, 2013 at 5:28 pm

I haven’t really watched “Breaking Bad” since the first season and haven’t blogged about it. If you’re ever looking for a house from a TV show, you can see the list of all the ones I’ve featured here: http://hookedonhouses.net/houses-onscreen/.

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SONALI May 24, 2013 at 9:33 am

HI JULIA! I SENT MY QUESTION ON YOUR E-MAIL, BUT DIDN’T GOT YOUR ANSWER. CAN I HOPE TO SEE YOUR ANSWER? SONALI FROM RUSSIA.

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hookedonhouses May 24, 2013 at 10:14 am

Hi Sonali! I can’t find your email in my inbox. What did you want to know?

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Kathleen July 15, 2013 at 1:38 pm

Wondering about the name of the Trina’s IKea bed in the guest house of the “A country farmhouse” blog story?
Love your blog!

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hookedonhouses July 15, 2013 at 2:55 pm

I’d leave a comment on her blog and see if she responds! :)

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Barb Schryver August 20, 2013 at 10:57 pm

Can You tell me where Tricia got her kitchen chairs (wooden ones).

I’m obsessed with them. They are beautiful and look comfortable.

Thanks, Barb

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hookedonhouses August 21, 2013 at 7:28 am

Sorry, I don’t know. Maybe she mentions it on her blog –here’s the link: http://littlecottageonthepond.blogspot.com/

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Mary Beth Mazzella September 1, 2013 at 6:20 am

Dear Julia, I have been trying to find out the name or artist who painted the picture of the 2 girls that hangs in JC’s bedroom in the movie Baby Boom. Google brings me to your website, which does show a picture of it. I just love that picture–any help you might give would be so appreciated. Thank you!

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hookedonhouses September 1, 2013 at 9:25 am

Sorry, but if the information isn’t in the post, then I don’t have it. Wish I could help!

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Karmen McCoy September 11, 2013 at 9:11 am

I want to know the colors of the kitchen in The Little Couples new home. I love the show and love their new home. I also love the colors in the kitchen and wanting to incorporate some blues in my kitchen.thanks.

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Helen Nelson October 16, 2013 at 8:28 pm

Perhaps I’ve missed seeing them on your website (?) but could you show us some of the old Hollywood stars’ beautiful homes such as the homes of Gloria Swanson, Chaplin, Harold Lloyd, Ronald Colman, Tyrone Power and others? Also, I’ve always been curious about the homes of the makeup artists, the directors and producers of Hollywood movies. How about you?

Love your website and your talent!

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hookedonhouses October 16, 2013 at 8:29 pm

I love old Hollywood! Thanks, Helen.

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Teresa December 10, 2013 at 12:46 pm

Hi Julia,

I would love to find out more about the house “The Piano Guys” are playing in in their video for Angels We Have Heard on High. What little you can see on the video looks amazing!

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Jane Howard February 26, 2014 at 12:34 pm

I am looking for the print of the two white swans that was in Kathleen Kelly’s bedroom from the movie “You’ve Got Mail”. I realize that is an old movie but I just watched it for a second time and once again became interested in the print. I remember trying to find it before but without any luck. If you have any information about the print I would greately appreciate it.

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hookedonhouses February 26, 2014 at 1:02 pm

I put everything I know into those posts so if it’s not mentioned, then I’m afraid I don’t know it. Sorry!

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Kim April 17, 2014 at 12:56 pm

This morning I viewed a FairyTale house in Colorado for sale. One room had ‘trophies’ but now I can’t find it again. Please help.

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hookedonhouses April 17, 2014 at 2:41 pm

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