POSTS BY Chelsey Bowen

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Linda Allen of Linda Allen Design is a lover of light. Before she began her interior design career, Allen apprenticed with several renowned lighting design firms, including Horton Lees Brogden and Lighting Design Alliance, and was selected by Walt Disney Imagineering to create custom light fixtures for the “Tokyo Disney Seas” and “Disney’s California Adventure” theme parks. One look at her beautiful rooms and you’ll see her background in lighting has only enhanced her aesthetic.

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I, like Mariette Himes Gomez, have always seen apartments through glam-colored glasses. Movies that depicted impossibly chic apartments with even chicer people have filled my head since I was a child. Imagine my surprise when the first apartment I lived in had neither the Barbara Novak’s floating staircase in Down With Love nor the massive living space of Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy’s duplex in Adam’s Rib — if only I’d had Gomez’s Apartments: Defining Style as a guide for maximizing a typical apartment.

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This Friday, March 12th, is the official Girl Scout birthday, commemorating the day in 1912 when Juliette Gordon Low registered the organization’s first 18 girl members in Savannah, Georgia.

If you’re like me, you’ve been showing your appreciation by eating as many Thin Mints and Samoas as possible. However, if you’re looking for a more calorie-light way to honor the Girl Scouts, let’s take a look at their classic trefoil symbol and cookie design.

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For the eighth year in a row, Architectural Digest has selected the talented designer who will be creating the green room at the Academy Awards. This year, Roger Thomas has the distinct honor of designing the backstage haven, where all the Oscars nominees and presenters will be hanging out, rehearsing their lines and parading around their new golden men. This rendering is a sneak peek of what the green room will look like tomorrow night.

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Picture your dream bedroom. Do you hear the gentle lapping of waves in the background? Is the color palette a combination of serene blue and green mixed with lush cream bedding? Oh, and does it happen to sit in the middle of a pool?

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Thanks to the Facebook page, join if you want this as your bedroom, we can’t stop thinking about the many ways we would fall in wearing pajamas.

What do you think? Fabulous or just plain crazy?

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Guest Blogger: Leanne Potts, Editorial Director, HGTV.com

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Mardi Gras is Tuesday, officially, but the celebration has been going on in New Orleans and Mobile, Ala., for weeks.  These old colonial seaports once bowed to the French crown, so you can’t swing a strand of beads without hitting a fleur de lis (pronounced fluhr duh lee.) The symbol of French royalty and the Super Bowl-winning Saints can be seen on t-shirts sold by street vendors, the rhinestone jewelry maskers wear to balls, the fabulously gaudy royal trains of the Mardi Gras king and queen and the purple, yellow and green Mardi Gras banners hanging from houses along parade routes.

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Happy Valentine’s Day! Throughout the week, our favorite bloggers have been sharing creative ideas, beautiful photography and a few practical solutions, all inspired by the day of love. Before you go into a chocolate, pink and frilly overload, check out my faves:

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Tonight the Saints head to the Super Bowl for the first time in franchise history, where they face the Colts, who took home the coveted rings not too long ago and are ready to do it again. Both teams have great stories, incredible quarterbacks (the spirited Drew Brees and the unflappable Peyton Manning) and of course, both wear distinctive team colors every week.

In honor of these two incredible teams, check out these stunning rooms that feature the teams’ palettes (without a piece of sports memorabilia in sight).

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You’ve been sharing your gorgeous holiday homes on Rate My Space. I can’t get over how creative everyone is, so I thought I’d share a few of my favorite fireplaces this season.

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First, this is one of my favorite Christmas songs. Second, what an adorable idea and easy to recreate with an framed chalkboard. Paint yours to match your color scheme and then leave holiday-inspired messages throughout the season. Design by RMSer mysweetsavannah.

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Do you think you have what it takes to host your own series on HGTV?  Here’s your chance to be on Design Star!

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Mark Burnett, executive producer of reality competitions such as Survivor and The Apprentice, and his production team will be producing season five of HGTV Design Star.

“The Mark Burnett team is extremely creative and talented — masters at crafting entertaining reality programming,” said Freddy James, senior vice president, programming development and production, HGTV. “We expect that they will infuse HGTV Design Star with fresh perspectives and innovative ideas that will serve as a blueprint for a successful fifth season.”

Get the official rules and application here, and be sure to send in your submission by January 19, 2010.


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Hello, my name is Chelsey, and I’m a blogaholic. I read over 200 design blogs regularly and that’s not even counting the fashion, pop culture, cooking and photography ones I visit daily. However, I do have my favorites — the ones I look forward to reading every day and Hooked on Houses is one of them. Julia is a Midwestern gal with a passion for homes and lucky for us, she decided to start sharing her favorites in 2008. Be sure to take a look back through her archives; there are some incredible homes and inspiring decorating ideas.

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Ready to get a taste of Hooked on Houses? Check out her top 20 posts here. My favorites are Coco Chanel’s apartment and the Sex in the City real estate (mainly because I can’t stop looking at the closet Big built for Carrie)!

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In honor of Veteran’s Day, let’s take a look at the most patriotic shade of Pantone’s Fall Color Trend report. American Beauty is a true red that evokes a feeling of comfort with a touch of romanticism. Pair it with Purple Heart to create a truly creative palette or combine it with black for a moody, rich atmosphere. Check out some of our favorite products in this beautiful red hue.

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