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That image is one I shared when I painted the dining room / mudroom for the THIRD time. I’ve made some progress since then {a new table, a new rug, a DIY succulent centerpiecea cozy window nook, etc.} but have always envisioned discreet yellow artwork occupying the wall space between the wardrobe and french doors.

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And there she blows. She’s yellow and dainty and perfect. Exactly what I had in mind.

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It’s Swirl by the ever popular and insanely talented Clare Elsaesser. I popped the giclee print into one of my favorite walnut frames. I love how the natural wood tones of the frame and the bright yellow of the print look against the dark wall.

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The piece has a lonely and mysterious vibe so I thought it fitting to hang it by itself on a sliver of wall in a room with two other gallery displays. I find myself staring at this new stranger wistfully throughout the day.

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Also, I brought my outdoor planter inside to save it from the frost. Technically, HH brought it inside but whatever. I don’t know what I’m more proud of: remembering to bring it in or the fact that I transplanted these babies and kept them alive all summer? I wasn’t sure where to put it but I quite like the planter here. It receives good light and is mostly out of the way. If these plants live to see spring, I’ll consider it a miracle.

Me + living green stuff usually = dead brown stuff.

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Hanging new art motivated me to finally fill up a few empty / temporarily filled frames in the gallery wall. {The jade plant was an outdoor plant that I recently brought inside as well. Finding spots for all of these LIVING outdoor plants is a problem I’ve never encountered before!} I marked them with starbursts above.

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What’s better than one really great Clare Elsaesser print? Two really great Clare Elsaesser prints, of course. I was so happy with the first piece that I ordered a second one, Watching Trees. The mini green leaves are from Amelia Kay and the abstract looking piece under them is just a page I tore out of Martha Stewart Living. I think it’s actually a photograph of different salts but I was drawn to the colors and textures so up on the wall it went.

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No more empty frames on the gallery wall! But that’s not to say I won’t switch things up whenever I feel the itch which happens often and causes HH to imagine cuckoos circling my head.

Oh! And the lightbulb in the dining pendant…I’ve received so many questions about it! We found it here and it’s the largest lightbulb we have ever owned. HH and I are all for saving the world with CFL’s but neither of us can stand the harsh blue light that some of them cast. We have CFL’s in other fixtures but we wanted this room to have a nice warm white light to eat by and the bulb needed to be shapely since it’s visible through the wrought iron pendant. This oversized globe bulb was the best we could find. Any suggestions for CFL’s that give off a warm white glow and are pretty to look at?

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That’s the latest and greatest on the dining area. I’m anxiously awaiting the tulip chair seat cushions to return from the upholsterer. If they turn out anything like the image I have in my head, they are going to be awesome. Can’t wait to share!

images: Dana Miller for House*Tweaking

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29.October.2013

I am sooooo in love with that light fixture!!!

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29.October.2013

The solitary girl against a yellow background, the frame, and the placement seem just right, as always, and your newest gallery wall additions give me some ideas for my home office (once I finally get it painted). Thanks much. Still love your style.

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29.October.2013

Here is an even bigger bulb! 7″!!!

http://www.industriallightelectric.com/collections/bulbs/products/globe-bulb

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replied on October 29th, 2013

Yowzas!

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29.October.2013

this room is exquisite!!

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Ah, Clare will always be a favorite of mine. We have 3 prints from her (still in boxes–meh) and I have plans to add a few more. So good.

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29.October.2013

I am new to your blog and am LOVING it! I have been reading all of your older posts and am really enjoying all of the Etsy shops you share. I love Etsy but find it incredibly overwhelming when I try to browse through all of the shops without having something specific in mind. How do you find all of the Etsy shops that you share on your blog? I feel like there are probably so many wonderful shops I am missing out on! Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated :)

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replied on October 29th, 2013

Um, I “waste” a bunch of time perusing etsy and favoriting items and shops. I was sharing my favorite finds a while back but it seemed like those posts weren’t too popular. Maybe I should bring them back?

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replied on October 30th, 2013

That would be great! I, too, am overwhelmed searching on Etsy. I would especially love a post on your favorite Etsy artists.

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replied on October 30th, 2013

I would love for you to share your favorite Etsy finds! You have great taste :) In the meantime, I’ll continue browsing and hope to stumble upon some fabulous Etsy finds of my own.

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replied on October 31st, 2013

Oh, I really liked those Etsy posts. I added several of your recommendations to my watched sellers! I just don’t comment often.

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replied on October 31st, 2013

I really miss the Etsy posts. I think that people who don’t like them are more likely to comment than those that do, the way of the world…:). I’m always too busy heading over to your find to check it out but I will try and comment more in future.

replied on November 1st, 2013

Good to know! I guess not every “popular” post has a million comments. I will keep that in mind when I try to nail down a better rough schedule for House*Tweaking at the beginning of 2014. I would love to bring back my etsy faves along with adding in some everyday fashion / beauty stuff here and there.

29.October.2013

Too funny, I just bought that SAME “Swirl” print. Still need to get it on the wall though!

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29.October.2013

I was reading your small closets post from the other day & was going to post there, but same goes for this room too:I love how all the different textures & designs flow together. Nothing matches yet it’s all cohesive. I just haven’t got there yet in my design life course :) I guess it also helps that you went to college for design and I majored in finance. Numbers make sense to me, not colors.

Nicole B.

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replied on October 29th, 2013

Actually, I went to college for pharmacy. I was a pharmacist for 10+ years before deciding to quit and stay home with the kids / blog after Mabrey was born. I have a thing for numbers and physiology but decorating has always been a passion of mine. I constantly rearranged my bedroom furniture growing up and my dad freaked every time I put a nail in the wall. I can’t say I’ve always practiced good styling habits though. Thinking about how I decorated our first home makes me cringe a little!

All that to say, your eye can be trained. You can totally hone your decorating skills. It just takes some effort and time. To hear you say “nothing matches yet it’s all cohesive” is the best compliment I could ask for. Thank you!

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29.October.2013

Where is the rug from? It’s beautiful! Your room looks great.

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replied on October 29th, 2013

The rug is vintage from etsy!

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29.October.2013

The GE Reveal line has CFL bulbs in the usual spiral and bulb shaped cover variety. I agree though with the regular bulb when it’s visible. Another option would be an LED bulb. I’ve seen some really interesting ones in window displays, so they do exist (although I don’t know where to find them).

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29.October.2013

Wow, I am totally in love with this room Dana! It is so exciting to see my work included in such a beautiful space….I’m very flattered. Thank you!

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replied on October 29th, 2013

Thank YOU for offering amazing pieces to the greater public!

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29.October.2013

I totally agree with the yellow and natural wood frame being an excellent fit for the dark color of the wall. I love the look of it! I’m 100% positive you’ve mentioned this before, but what is the dark color on the walls?

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replied on October 29th, 2013

It’s besalt by Ace Paints but mixed in the Clark + Kensington line, matte finish…all at Ace Hardware.

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replied on October 30th, 2013

Awesome! Thanks so much, Dana!

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Love how the artwork looks on your dark wall. Beautiful print!

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29.October.2013

Yep. That pop of yellow really makes the whole room. Stunning. I have 2 Clare prints on my Christmas wish list – Grew Into and Dress!

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29.October.2013

Love it! I adore Clare’s art and love the bit of yellow in your space. I also appreciate your information on the light bulb. We, too, have a single fixture in our dining room and have looked for a bulb that would give enough light. Is there any way you could share a photo of this room at night with the light fixture on? (Instagram, perhaps?)

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replied on October 29th, 2013

Definitely. Putting it on my post idea list!

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Have you tried the Plumen bulb?
http://plumen.com/

It’s very pricey and I can’t vouch for the warmth of it’s light just yet, but I really love the look of these bulbs. Once we figure out what fixtures we will be installing in our new place, I’m planning on getting a few to try out.

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replied on October 29th, 2013

Hadn’t heard of those…thanks for sharing!

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Love your wooden frames they really bring life to the room and the gallery walls!

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29.October.2013

I like the light the GE Reveal bulbs give, even the CFLs, but really I’m not at all sure that they ARE saving the environment — mine sure don’t last as long as advertised and they are all full of mercury. So I still use incandescents where I want to, without guilt.

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29.October.2013

Dana- Can you tell me where got the two horns on the sideboard? I am looking everywhere for a pair like that!

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replied on October 29th, 2013

They are faux horns and I picked them up at Home Emporium in Fairfield, OH.

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29.October.2013

Yay! Thanks for the bulb info : )

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29.October.2013

Such a lovely room. Love the natural white and wood tones!

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30.October.2013

Wow. Every new post about your dining room and it looks warmer, more comfy, more stylish, more shushed (sp?) and more gorgeous. That could be a post in itself, because it feels like every nook in that room has transitioned over time in such a natural but always more inspiring way. Note on the lightbulbs – I feel your CFL pain. We have actually been transitioning from CFL’s to LED’s over the last year – LED’s are definitely the wave of the future (take less energy than CFL’s, last a million times longer {maybe not scientifically a million, but a lot longer}no mercury, and all different colors from warm to cool) but still not as gorgeous as your bulb. I actually have made my lighting choices recently so I have no exposed bulbs because I live in CA and know the time of incandescent bulbs is on it’s way out. Anyway, gorgeous room!

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30.October.2013

Skip the CFLs and go with LEDs. Ikea sells them here in Canada at reasonable prices and you can get “warm” white ones as well. LOVE ’em.

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31.October.2013

This room makes me want to drop my shoulders, take a deep breath and relax. While I can’t imagine chilling out in this room, reading or internet trawling, it looks just perfect for long, lazy meals and I bet it looks awesome at night. Thank you for sharing Clare’s art, amazing and dreamy.

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01.November.2013

Working in the architectural lighting design business… I would have to say that CFLs are not going to save the planet. As mentioned above, they don’t actually save “that much” energy… they do contain mercury… they require more energy (often times) to manufacture than the old fashion incandescent lamp/bulb… and they produce glary / ugly / green light.

As mentioned in some comments above, I would recommend trying out some of the LED lamps/bulbs on the market. Be sure that you buy lamps that have a color temperature of 2700K (or at least less than 3000K). This will produce that “warm” light that we are used to with incandescent filament type lamps/bulbs. The lower the color temperature, the warmer or closer to “fire” the feel of the light produced.

As of this exact minute, I would have to say that I do not know of a perfect LED replacement for the incandescent lamp/bulb – but it’s getting closer… the options are getting better.

PS – I love your style… and love the pendant over your table!

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replied on November 1st, 2013

Thank you for the helpful info on lightbulbs – especially the part about the color temperature!

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05.November.2013

Hello Dana, Ran across you on BYW and I thought I would come check out your blog. I absolutely Love it! I had an Underdog house myself, a 1970 ranch that we bought from the original owners who hadn’t update a thing in 30 years. I remodeled that thing from top to bottom and made it my own. I think it was one of my favorite houses to live in. We are a military family so I have had a lot! Anyway I’m following and will have to go back and read up on all your Underdog adventures, can’t wait.

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replied on November 5th, 2013

Thanks for stopping by Maggie!

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29.April.2014

Amazing room. Where is the table from?

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replied on April 30th, 2014

West Elm.

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