...because home doesn't happen overnight.

*THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.*

Congrats to Anatale whose one-of-a-kind decor includes a Victorian stoneware ginger beer bottle dug up from a backyard in England! How’s that for uniqueness?

How was your weekend everyone? Mine was productive! While Handy Hubby and the boys were camping, I took any free second Mabrey would give me to finish unpacking and clean up around here. The Underdog is feeling a little more like home with our things out of boxes. I’m looking forward to organizing and decorating now that the moving mess is gone. That means I’m open for window shopping!

A new-to-me site that I was recently introduced to is NOVICA. Have you heard of it? NOVICA is one of the leading fair trade artisan websites. They work with National Geographic to give talented artisans around the world a place to express their artistic talents and provide access to the world market. They offer thousands of top fair trade gifts, accessories, jewelry and home decor items.

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I love the idea of bringing unique, hand crafted items into my home. It’s definitely a way to break free from the cookie cutter look. And I think you’d be surprised by how well less mainstream decor mixes with more popular, say IKEA or Target, products. In fact, I’ve selected one of the items above for a product review {to come!} in my own home.

Are you looking to add some one-of-a-kind pieces to your home? Great! NOVICA is graciously sponsoring this week’s giveaway. See details below.

PRIZE: one $75 e-gift certificate to NOVICA {Please consider shipping charges when shopping NOVICA. Since items are shipped from all over the world, shipping can be a little pricey but there are many items with special $2.99 shipping.}

RULES: You must be at least 18 years old and have a U.S. shipping address {no P.O. boxes please} to enter. One entry per email address.

HOW TO ENTER: Leave a comment on this post proclaiming “ONE OF A KIND!”

DEADLINE: Enter before Thursday, June 28th @ 9:00 p.m. EST. One random winner will be chosen via random.org and announced Friday, June 29th.

WHILE YOU’RE AT IT: Share an item you have in your home that you’re pretty sure no one else has. Is it a piece of furniture that you DIY’d? Or a custom sewn curtain?  Maybe it’s a special rock that you found on a walk. I’ll go first. HH and I lived in Illinois when we were first married. {We’ve actually lived together in IL longer than in OH!} We had {and still have} very good friends out there who had artwork commissioned for us as a moving away gift. It’s a painting of our very first home. Not only is the piece one-of-a-kind, it means the world to us.

images: collage by Dana Miller using NOVICA images

301 Comments

25.June.2012

ONE OF A KIND!! On a trip to Africa my friend purchased a necklace made by the local women out of magazine strips. No one is the same, and I love it!

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25.June.2012

One of a kind! We are lucky enough to have lots of artist friends and family, so we have quite a few wonderful and unique art works in our home.

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25.June.2012

ONE OF A KIND! I love to mix one of a kind pieces in with mass market retail items. That is one of the reasons I love Etsy so much. I have a print from Katie Daisy of The Wheatfield which I love.

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25.June.2012

one of a kind! OH! what a great giveaway! i was introduced to novica last week via cost plus world market and have been lusting after that alpaca throw ever since! a one of a kind piece i have been looking for is an antique mail sorter from an old hotel or apartment building. many years ago i saw a home in a magazine styled with one of these used to corral ballet flats and sandals. very cute :) thanks for the opportunity!

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25.June.2012

One of a kind! I lived in Europe for 8 years and have lots of special pieces that remind me of my time there. my favorite is a dish that I picked up on trip to Tunisia.

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25.June.2012

ONE OF A KIND! I’m lucky enough to have lots of stuff floating around from original artwork by family members or stuff I custom ordered from etsy. One of my favorites is the batik dyed linen table runner.

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25.June.2012

One of a Kind! I have many pieces in my room (no house yet) that are original, but my favorite right now would have to be the quilt I made. It was my first one and holds a special place in my heart.

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25.June.2012

ONE OF A KIND!

When we recently moved into our house, we inherited some faux marble wall paper as a back splash in our kitchen. It is horrific and is coming down as soon as it is in the budget. I’m pretty sure we are the only ones who have this.

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25.June.2012

ONE OF A KIND! One of my favorite things in our home is a a hand-carved wooden parachuting tribal man that hangs from a string we picked up while skydiving a few years ago – I love him!

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25.June.2012

ONE OF A KIND!

Would love something unique as a centerpiece for our new home.

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25.June.2012

ONE OF A KIND! Whenever we travel, we always bring back something very unique. So we have plenty of unique items throughout the house.

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25.June.2012

ONE OF A KIND

I have a few items, but the first that popped into my head is a desk we have in our office. The desk was handmade by my Husband’s uncle, and serves as a great masculine addition which offsets my girly taste.

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25.June.2012

ONE OF A KIND! My mother makes heirloom quality, modern art quilts. We have two for our master bedroom and just received the first one for the nursery for our first baby who is due at the end of August!

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25.June.2012

ONE OF A KIND!

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25.June.2012

ONE OF A KIND! I love all my old beat up furniture that I have refinished. I still oogle over my gorgeous nightstand that I rehabed from a nasty old $5 Craigslist table. But I sure wish it was two-of-a-kind so the Mr. could have one on his side too!

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25.June.2012

ONE OF A KIND!

Coveting a trendy pouf for my living room, my aunt and uncle recently gave me the one they bought on a trip to Morocco 20 years ago. So much better than anything I could have gotten from a big box store!

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25.June.2012

ONE OF A KIND! In our house…that would be our beach shells collected from trips we’ve been on :)

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25.June.2012

ONE OF A KIND! I have this painting I picked up at a flea market in Germany (where I was living at the time) for 10 Eur. I first saw it from across the lot, it’s this sort-of post-impressionist Russian scene, based on rich, cool shades of blue and purple with shots of yellow. I passed on it initially, then was freaking out on the inside through the rest of the market! Fortunately, it was still there when I got back. The vendor was the artist, actually, and someone had commissioned it, then changed their mind. He told me that he usually would have sold it at 250 Eur, but it seemed that day he just wanted to get rid of it!

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25.June.2012

ONE OF A KIND!

Hmm…well most of my pieces are from places like Target, I do have several things from thrift stores. I will choose my record table. It is an old table that someone left at the dumpster behind my mom’s diner. She brought it home and plugged it in and it worked! It is a nice table, like a low console table, and has speakers in the front. The top lifts to reveal a record player and radio. My mom gave it to my grandma and then she gave it to me a few years ago. It still works and is actually our only radio lol. Right now it resides in my dining room. I love it. My husband and I are starting our own collection of items, well, mostly me, but things that are meaningful to our relationship. Last year we picked up a bowl from a local artist where we honeymooned. :)

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25.June.2012

ONE OF A KIND!

Maybe not entirely unique, but close: I have a chest of drawers and a vanity that my dad refinished for me when I was little and have been in my room ever since. They were passed down from a member of his family and are beautifully made—solid wood, dovetail joints, the works. You can’t find furniture like that anymore!

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25.June.2012

One of a kind. I painted a dead hatchery raised salmon then pressed a piece of cloth over it. It it a beautiful fish. I would like to do it with my kids someday…

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25.June.2012

One of a kind! My most treasured item is a little hammered silver box my great-grandfather made for my grandmother when she was born.

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25.June.2012

One of a kind! In my apartment I love to incorporate vintage pieces that add texture and a story to my rooms. Right now I’m using one of my Grandma’s high school yearbooks as part of a gallery display on the wall. From far away it looks like an interesting, modern print, but up close…it’s a yearbook from the 40’s!

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25.June.2012

One of a kind. A family mural that we all painted together when our kids were itty bitty!

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25.June.2012

“ONE OF A KIND!” I made all my own curtains, but I also have an old print of a seascape that I could never find any info on. I got it framed and it’s beautiful, I’d be shocked if I could find another like it.

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25.June.2012

ONE OF A KIND! My husband brought back a handmade leather bag from Algeria. It’s something that was made for ceremonial use by a nomadic Saharan tribe It’s small and has been dyed in really interesting ways with neat graphic designs in the embroidery, appliqués and drawings.

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25.June.2012

ONE OF A KIND! I love to pick up things while traveling that I can display in my home.

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25.June.2012

ONE OF A KIND! Images I took in NY on our anniversary. I took a couple of them and turned them into canvas art. They are my favorite and most personal.

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25.June.2012

ONE OF A KIND!!!
I have 4 paintings and a wreath my sister made for me.

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25.June.2012

ONE OF A KIND! I have a custom piece made by my BFF Zoe. She’s a glass blower and made me a gorgeous cup for Christmas a couple of years ago. It’s neat knowing no one has anything else like it!

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25.June.2012

ONE OF A KIND!!

Our coffee table is an old table from a local public library with the legs cut down.. around a hundred years old.

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25.June.2012

One of a kind! We have several gifts from Africa that my sister brought us home from traveling.

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25.June.2012

ONE OF A KIND! I bought a sculptural ceramic wall piece that looks like a mass of barnacles and is a lovely aqua color from a ceramics student. I’ve never seen anything quite like it and never get tired of looking at it.

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25.June.2012

ONE OF A KIND!

I have a beautiful clock that I made in wood shop in seventh grade.

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25.June.2012

ONE OF A KIND!

We have a 1920’s Victrola that we love to play old jazz music on.

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25.June.2012

ONE OF A KIND!

We don’t have anything unusual yet! Just moved in a couple months ago and still working on the basics :)

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25.June.2012

ONE OF A KIND! I have these beautiful south Indian bronze antiques that are handmade and one of a kind!

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25.June.2012

ONE OF A KIND! I have an old chest that I use as my coffee table – I found it at an estate sale, and it has clearly been well loved for many years. It is definitely one of a kind!

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25.June.2012

ONE OF A KIND!
I need to win this because I don’t think there is anything in my house that is one of a kind!!

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25.June.2012

ONE OF A KIND!

Some of my favorite one-of-a-kind items in my house are dresses or skirts I’ve made for myself, my daughter, and her American Girl doll.

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25.June.2012

I have this ring from Italy that I love and can’t get here, so I am glad I splurged when I was there.
one of a kind!

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25.June.2012

ONE OF A KIND!!!!!

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25.June.2012

ONE OF A KIND!

I got an amazing original watercolor from a hugely popular NW artist named Justin Hillgrove. I bought it directly from him at a big craft fair in Seattle, and he told me that not only was it an original, he had no copies of it either… so there wouldn’t ever be any prints made of it. Definitely a prized piece.

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25.June.2012

One of a kind! We have loads of stuff that we’ve DIY’d over the years and lots of photography from our travels and art work from friends. One new thing that I haven’t seen anywhere else is a 1960’s wicker Peacock-style chair painted pink. It’s not going to stay pink long, but I love having interesting things that also serve a function in my home. I’ve been a fan of Novica for years – what a great giveaway!

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25.June.2012

ONE OF A KIND!
While walking on a remote beach on the Alaskan Peninsula my dad and I stumbled upon 3 glass “bubbles” that we believe were part of an old fishing net that had been lost or discarded at sea. I have them sitting on a shelf in my living room and I love to tell people their story!

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25.June.2012

i love thrift shops for things that are unique & eco-friendly {100% post-consumer recycled}.
i have a thing for rescuing vintage office supplies.
in use in my office are these hardworking vintage treasures:
clipboards
paper cutter
typewriter
stapler
metal file boxes
yes, they were mass-produced way back when, but the patina of use has made each item
ONE OF A KIND!

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25.June.2012

ONE OF A KIND!

The thing that immediately came to mind was a petrified turtle shell. I found it in a local river, totally by chance, several years ago. We took it to the Field Museum in Chicago and were told it dates from sometime in the Oligocene (30 Million Years Ago). How it came to be sitting, intact, at the edge of an active river I do not know, but it completely fascinates me. I keep it on top of a stack of books on my coffee table–it’s an awesome conversation starter!

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25.June.2012

ONE OF A KIND! I have a hand-carved intricately detailed wood sculpture of an old fisherman that is from China and was my grandmother’s. She always called it her “Bali Man” even though it was from China, so that’s still its nickname today. I also have a handmade leather photo book from Kuwait that a friend sent me when he was deployed over there a few years ago.

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25.June.2012

ONE OF A KIND!

1910 walnut dining set! I love it so…

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25.June.2012

One of a Kind! My brother is an artist and we have 3 of his paintings in our home.

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