...because home doesn't happen overnight.

*THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.*

Congrats to Ashley – the first entry! – whose favorite kid-friendly item in her home is the living room pouf she recently made for her nephew to lay on.

I was first introduced to Alexandra Grenham’s amazing style via an Apartment Therapy house tour.

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Her Boston home is full of kid-friendly furnishings and playful accessories but is far from childish. It’s a stylish space suitable for both kids and adults. Perfect for a young family of four. Alexandra is the creative director and buyer for Erie Drive, an online boutique featuring a blended collection of fun, practical and eclectic gifts. So when Alexandra contacted me a few weeks ago about a possible giveaway and linked to her AT tour, I had two immediate thoughts. First “Hey, I know that house!” and second “Yes! I would love to feature Erie Drive for a giveaway.”

Which brings me to this week’s giveaway. I’ve rounded up a few of my favorite items available through Erie Drive. I would be happy to have any of these pieces in my home.

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Sources: wooden alarm dock for iPod or iPhone // “You Undress” giclee print by Christopher Gray // Magno portable radio // flour sack towel set // Critical Cycles bicycle in cream

Would you like the chance to win one of these items? See below for entry details.

PRIZE: one item of choice from the curated collection shown above {Of note – The wooden alarm dock is not compatible with the iPhone 5 but Erie Drive does offer another version for the iPhone 5. The flour sack towel set includes both towels shown.}

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

TO ENTER: “Like” Erie Drive on facebook then leave a comment on this post proclaiming “DRIVE ME!”

DEADLINE: Enter before Friday, April 19th at noon EST. One random winner will be announced later that same day.

WHILE YOU’RE AT IT: Since we’re talking family-friendly style today…what is your favorite kid-friendly item in your house? A soft ottoman that does double duty as a coffee table? A bench that opens to reveal toy storage? I’ll go first. A few months back I bought a pair of floor poufs from West Elm. I’d been eyeing them for nearly a year but couldn’t pull the trigger…until they went on sale. I’m so glad I did! My kids drag the poufs all around the house and they look great in every room. In the boys’ bedroom, they are wrestled and jumped on. In the living room, they are the perfect lounge spot for reading or watching TV. Mabrey loves pulling to stand and climbing on top of them. HH and I like to prop our feet up on them at night after the kids are in bed. I love them!

BUT, WAIT!, THERE’S MORE: House*Tweaking readers can score 20% off one Erie Drive purchase now through May 15th by entering the discount code “TWEAKING20” at checkout.

Thanks Alexandra!

You can check out more of Alexandra’s inspiring home tour right here. Follow Erie Drive on twitter and pinterest.

images: 1) Tara Bellucci for Apartment Therapy  2) polyvore collage by Dana Miller linked within

198 Comments

15.April.2013

DRIVE ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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15.April.2013

Drive me!
Bean bag chair, storage ottoman, imea shelves with storage bins to hide the toys!

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15.April.2013

DRIVE ME!! :)
My large IKEA baskets to hide toys and blankets!

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15.April.2013

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Artwork that my kids make that I frame for around the house!

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15.April.2013

Drive me! I love our padded play may to prevent hard falls!

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15.April.2013

Drive me! I would love the bike!
Thank for your wonderful posts!

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15.April.2013

“DRIVE ME!”

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15.April.2013

DRIVE ME!
I love our ottoman. We got it maybe 9 months ago to replace a so-so coffee table, and I LOVE it! It was on clearance for $50 at Meijer, and I’ve since seen the fabric it’s upholstered in for more than $20/yard. Hooray for surprise designer pieces at big stores :-)

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15.April.2013

Drive me!!!

As a single lady living with 2 other 20 somethings..no baby proofing yet :)

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15.April.2013

DRIVE ME!!!!!!!!

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15.April.2013

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We have a nice new soft rug from Threshold for Target that is great for my toddler!

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15.April.2013

DRIVE ME! I love our wipeable faux leather wood-frame futon, which is kid and dog friendly :)

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15.April.2013

DRIVE ME!
Our best kid-friendly item is our kid-sized adirondack chairs. The kids love them and feel just like the grown ups in them!

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15.April.2013

DRIVE ME PLEASE!

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15.April.2013

DRIVE ME! no kids yet, but i suspect our kitchen booth would be pretty kid friendly. wipeable and everything!

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15.April.2013

DRIVE ME!
My favorite kid-friendly item is a low bookshelf that holds all their favorite books but still fits in with our overall decor.

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15.April.2013

DRIVE ME!! DRIVE ME!!

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15.April.2013

DRIVE ME!

I recently made a pouf for our living room that we set beside the coffee table. Whenever my little nephew is over, he lays all over it. It’s perfect for him!

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15.April.2013

DRIVE ME!

No baby proofing but mild dog proofing in the house!

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We don’t have kids yet, so don’t have many kid friendly options IN the house, but the best part about our house when kids visit is being within walking distance to the National Zoo in DC!

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15.April.2013

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The best kid friendly thing about our house has to be the mancave/kids room. It has plenty of space for the kids and my husband to get into trouble.

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15.April.2013

DRIVE ME!

Hmm, no kiddies here yet, but we live in a big city, right across the street from a big park and lots of kid friendly activities in our neighborhood.

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15.April.2013

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We have a cubbie/drawer that my husband built where we hide all our shoes by the entry. It keeps all the little (and big shoes) out of sight.

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15.April.2013

DRIVE ME!! I love anything with extra storage :)

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15.April.2013

DRIVE ME!!!! Everything is kid-friendly because we have 9 children but my favorite item is the loft bed with the slide (from IKEA). Love it!

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15.April.2013

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Anything with hidden storage is a win in my book. :)

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15.April.2013

DrIvE Me! We built a fort outside with a sliding chalk board door, chalk boards inside, a bed, and two pull down chairs. My N and the kids from the neighborhood love it!

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15.April.2013

Drive me! I think I should get a couple poofs as well!

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15.April.2013

Drive me!! I love my storage ottoman to hide things.

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15.April.2013

Drive me! So many beautiful things I *need*.

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15.April.2013

DRIVE ME!!!! Art work created by my kiddos. :)

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15.April.2013

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I love my indoor outdoor rugs. Perfect for the dinning room.

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15.April.2013

Drive me!! i love our custom built bookshelf to store toys and books!

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15.April.2013

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I just had my daughter 6 months ago so I am still figuring out this kid friendly design. Love seeing all the suggestions/thoughts!

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15.April.2013

DRIVE ME!

Bookshelves with hidden storage!

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15.April.2013

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Our kitchen barstools. We had them custom made, they’re super comfy, and function in many different areas. My kids love them!

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15.April.2013

Drive me! – love the vintage radio!

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15.April.2013

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Our most family-friendly thing is probably the most expensive thing we own–our C&B sectional. Everything wipes off of it with only a wet cloth, even ballpoint pen!

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15.April.2013

DRIVE ME! and my favorite kid friendly item in my house is a white leather $2.00 ottoman, circa 1950, found at a yard sale. and in perfect condition. my grandkids roll it, sit on it, and lay across it. it’s a family fav!!!

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15.April.2013

DRIVE ME! My favorite is a storage footstool. It’s so much easier to just grab everything on the floor before guests come and just tuck it away in the stool and it doesn’t have to be put away. It even has some nailhead detail, I love it!

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15.April.2013

DRIVE ME! We have low pile rugs – they’re easier to clean than say a flokati rug. More stain resistant too.

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15.April.2013

DRIVE ME! No kid-friendly (well, specifically) furniture in my house, but probably the living room rug, as it is dog-friendly.

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15.April.2013

DRIVE ME!!! No kids yet, but our storage ottoman will come in handy when we do!

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15.April.2013

DRIVE ME! Love the styling!

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15.April.2013

DRIVE ME! no kids yet but my coffee table is made up of individual round tables.. i think that’s baby proof?

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15.April.2013

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I have low furniture so my nephew can get on and off easily.

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15.April.2013

DRIVE ME! I don’t have kids, but I do have an upholstered leather ottoman that I think will be very forgiving to future kiddo’s heads :-)

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15.April.2013

Drive me! For me, making my home kid-friendly is more about *how* I’m using what I already own. For example, in our kitchen, the bottom cupboards and drawers are filled with plastic cups, bowls, plates etc for the kids. In the family room, the bottom shelves of the bookshelf are devoted to kids’ books… Just little things that make our kids more independent and feel like they have a place in the whole house, not just their rooms.

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15.April.2013

DRIVE ME PLEASE! No kid things here.

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15.April.2013

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I have three kids ranging from 5-13. I find that having a leather couch to be a great kid friendly buy. When we were finally ready for a grown up couch 11 years ago we toyed with all sorts of fabrics. In the end we bought leather and I am so happy we did. You can wipe off spills and nothing has stained it. That’s 11 years of no stains, no tears…I find that impressive. I don’t feel we skimped on our style, comfort, or quality.

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