...because home doesn't happen overnight.

My master bedroom makeover is still a few weeks away from being ‘finished.’  {That’s what I get for trying to do it in the midst of the holiday season!}  But I thought I’d share a little peek with you…unmade bed, unhung artwork and all.

I wanted to make the wall behind the bed a focal point, so I painted it Suitable Brown by Sherwin Williams.  The dark wall makes the white bedding feel so fresh and light.  {I love me some white bedding.} Handy Hubby and I hauled home a bunch of old fence boards from his family’s farm back in Pennsylvania.  A few I’ve used to create custom artwork/a makeshift headboard.  The rest will become a sliding barn door to the master bathroom.  The dark pillow was a Ballard Designs outlet find for less than $12.  {It was my inspiration for the wall color.}  The ruffled mustard pillow is from Etsy…big surprise there, huh?

In other news, Handy Hubby went through his massive clothing collection and got rid of a ton of stuff.  {I guess calling him out on the world wide web did the trick.}  I’m so proud of him.  Now, I can finally get that old white dresser out of the bedroom.  Just like anything that happens around here, this makeover is happening ever so slowly.  But the end is in sight!

Don’t forget to enter to win $100 worth of tile from TILEShowroom!  You can enter until tomorrow evening @ 8:00 p.m. EST.  Go here to enter.

images:  all Dana Miller for House*Tweaking

After last week’s post which discussed a few of my favorite Etsy shops that offer handmade pillow covers, I’ve decided it would be fun to feature Etsy sellers from time to time that offer affordable and stylish items for the home.  So, today I’d like to introduce you to The Home Centric.  I purchased the vintage ruffle pillow cover in my living room from this Etsy shop.

I was a little nervous about having a satin pillow cover in the house with 2 young kiddos, but I’m happy to say that it’s held up well against wrestling matches and pillow fights.  It’s just as sweet and feminine as the day it arrived.  In fact, it’s one of the rare sweet and feminine things in this house full o’ boys {and me}!

The Home Centric is based out of India and specializes in handcrafted pillow covers that add texture, color and even a bit of glitz to any room.  Just look at a few of the gor.ge.ous pillows below all bedazzled in The Home Centric’s best.

Crazy good, right?!  Ruffles and sequins and buttons, oh my!  Seriously, these pillow covers are like jewelry for your furniture.  Many of the covers are available for less than $30.  And if you purchase more than one cover per order, you only have to pay shipping charges for one pillow cover. Nervous about ordering online from an international seller?  Don’t be.  The Home Centric has over 1,000 feedback responses with nearly 100% of customers reporting a positive shopping experience.  {Did you know you can check all Etsy sellers’ feedback ratings?}

If you’re in the market for a fresh throw pillow or just want to kill some time looking at pretty things, click on over to The Home Centric and see what else it has to offer.  You won’t be disappointed. Pinky swear.

FYI – I was not compensated in any way for this post.  I just love sharing good stuff.

images:  1) Dana Miller  2) collage by Dana Miller using The Home Centric’s images

**This giveaway is now closed.**

I am so happy to {finally!} offer you guys a giveaway!  I’ve always wanted to show you readers how much I appreciate the time you set aside to tune into H*T each week.  And with Thanksgiving right around the corner, what better time than now?

Today’s giveaway comes from TILEShowroom, a fairly new online company that sells a variety of tile…from recycled glass to natural stone to stainless steel.  Whether you’re looking to install a colorful kitchen backsplash or to outfit a calming bathroom retreat, TILEShowroom has options galore.  Here are a few I’ve taken a liking to…

TILEShowroom Faves

My selection is a little reminiscent of a modern, natural beach house, isn’t it?  Oh, if only I were in a beach house.  I’m not.  I’m {very reluctantly} anticipating the arrival of formidable winter weather here in the Midwest. And I’m being very resistant to it, leading my subconscious to pick these tiles.  Wow.  Sorry for the tangent.

TILEShowroom is dedicated to helping homeowners express themselves in creative ways.  From the moment you first browse their inventory to the minute you install your last tile, they want you to have a happy experience.  And today they’re offering up a $100 gift card {via a coupon code} to put a smile on your face and some tile in your place.  So, do you want to get in on the tile action? Great.  Let’s talk details.

  • PRIZE:  one $100 coupon code to be redeemed at TILEShowroom
  • RULES:  Must be at least 18 years old and live in one of the 50 United States.  One entry per email address.
  • HOW TO ENTER:  Leave a comment on this post proclaiming “SMILE FOR TILE”
  • DEADLINE:  Enter before Wednesday, November 24th @ 8:00pm EST.  The winner will be picked at random and announced on Thursday, November 25th.  {Due to the holiday schedule, the winner will receive their coupon code via email on Monday, November 29th.}
  • WHILE YOU’RE AT IT:  Tell me what you’re most thankful for this year.

Good luck!

FYI – I’ve not been compensated for this giveaway.  I just love sharing good stuff.

images:  1) TILEShowroom  2) collage created by Dana Miller with TILEShowroom images

This is my powder room.

I hand painted the circles border for FREE during my kids’ naptime a few years back.  I just used a tape measure, level, pencil, painter’s tape, a few empty cardboard toilet paper tubes {paper towel tubes would work as well}, a teeny paint brush {fabric brushes are a good choice} and leftover matte paint.  Here’s how I did it:

**This is a reenactment of actual events.  Names of characters may have been changed.  If only I’d have known what a blog was when I originally took on this project, I could give you the real deal.**

I knew I wanted the border to run just above the sink and toilet.  I measured up from the floor to figure out where I wanted the bottom of border.  36″ looked good.

Starting at the door, I used a level and pencil to mark off the bottom of my border all the way around the room.  Then I taped if off with painter’s tape.

I practiced my painting technique on the back of a notebook before applying it to the wall.

I used the paint off the lid of some leftover trim paint that the builder gave us when we bought our spec home.

I pressed the wet tube firmly onto the paper.

Notice the circle isn’t perfect.  It’s okay.  {That’s what gives it texture in the end.}

I perfected my technique…

…and decided on a border that would be 4 circles high {5 circles was too high}.  I used the same painting technique to ‘paint’ circles on the powder room walls, following the 36″ high tape line.  I painted column-by-column – meaning I would make one circle right above the tape line and then add 3 more above it before moving on to the next column of circles.  When my cardboard tube would get soggy on one end, I’d just flip it over and use the opposite end.  When both ends were soggy, I threw it away and got a clean one.  {This is why you’ll need more than one paper tube.}

Now, let’s talk corners for a minute.  I was 1 for 4 in the corners.  Only 1 corner in the powder room didn’t have to be touched up in some way.  The way the circles fell, I was able to press a painted circle right at the corner and then go on to the next perpendicular wall.

In the other 3 corners, though, I had to hand paint the circles using a stiff fabric brush.  {Really, any small paint brush would work as long as you have a steady hand.}  I don’t think I did a great job, but no one notices unless I point it out to them.  It helps that I did my first ‘touch-up’ in the corner behind the door.

After the border was complete, I simply removed the painter’s tape and let the paint dry.  This DIY project took me about 45 minutes from start-to-finish and cost me $0.  This is definitely a good naptime project for moms…quick, easy and painless.  Everyone that visits our home and uses the first floor powder room complements the border and then asks how I did it.  They’re always surprised when I tell them I did it with a cardboard toilet paper tube for FREE.  It is a little ironic that I used an empty toilet paper roll to paint my bathroom, isn’t it?

images: all by Dana Miller taken in bad lighting