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03.28.14 / Made Me Smile

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Despite the rough start (DIY fail + technical bloggy problems = no bueno), I was able to crack a few smiles this week. Take the good with the bad, folks!

*House Beautiful’s kitchen of the month is more like the kitchen of my dreams.

*I spy many Ikea pieces in this fresh and cozy apartment. (If there were an Ikea version of “Where’s Waldo”, I would slay it. I can spot an Ikea item from a mile away.)

*That’s it. I’m moving to Australia.

*Ever wonder what happened to Genevieve Gorder? (She was my favorite “Trading Spaces” designer back in the day.) Well, apparently, Genevieve has been very busy renovating her home. I love her house tour in Design*Sponge at Home so I can’t wait to see the full-on renovation.

*DIY paper towel holder.

*Coolest. dad. ever. (Besides my husband.)

*Chocolate oatmeal no-bake cookies make everything better.

*I grew up on 12 acres of rural land and explored the woods all day every day until evening when my mom would ring the dinner bell. We had a huge, vintage schoolhouse bell on our porch that my mom would manually ring to call us for dinner. I’m thinking of continuing the tradition with my kids, albeit with this suburbia-friendly dinner triangle.

*Mabrey’s awesome shirt. Plus, outtakes…

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I hope you have a weekend full of smiles! We’re celebrating Everett’s and Mabrey’s birthdays with family then attempting Round 2 of tiling in the bathroom that just won’t finish itself. Keep on keepin’ on, my friends!

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image: Dana Miller for House*Tweaking

38 Comments

28.March.2014

If you love Australian design, check out http://www.desiretoinspire.net/. I’m always blown away by how stylish and cool their houses are!

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replied on March 28th, 2014

Love Desire to Inspire!

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28.March.2014

You have a lot of people’s dream kitchen, Dana. :-) My mother also rang a dinner bell, a hand-held one that looked as if it belonged on the teacher’s desk in a one-room school. We wandered far and wide by foot and bike and could hear that thing for blocks. Even if we couldn’t, others could; everyone knew it was our family “come home” bell and they’d alert us. Highly recommend for effectiveness and warm memories. (Great T-shirt on Mabrey, and good luck with the tiling!)

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28.March.2014

do you have a link for your blazer?

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replied on March 28th, 2014

H&M! They have THE BEST inexpensive, well-fitting blazers.

http://www.hm.com/us/subdepartment/LADIES?Nr=4294926803

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28.March.2014

Dana,
Has anyone ever told you that you look like Evangeline Lily from the tv show ‘Lost’?

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replied on March 28th, 2014

No but she is my #1 girl crush!!!

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replied on March 28th, 2014

Agreed! I’ve always thought Dana looks like Evangeline Lily :)

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replied on March 31st, 2014

I think you actually look like Soliel Moon Fry…Punky!!! I love her house too!

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28.March.2014

Oh, the memories. I lived in a rural, mountain town as well and we had a ship’s bell mounted on our deck. You can hear that thing for miles I’m sure. We also had various hand held bell if everyone was inside.

Love the outtakes!

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28.March.2014

Man Mabrey is tall, she looks much taller than my 80% 2 year old. And totally loving her shirt!

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replied on March 28th, 2014

All of my kids are tall for their ages! They didn’t get the tall gene from me.

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When I was young my dad lived in a house that used to be an school house. When he moved, he kept the old bell and that’s what we too would come running to on his 40 acre farm. I LOVE the idea of keeping up the tradition!

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28.March.2014

Love the “spot the IKEA” game! Will have to check out H&M now. Mabrey is just the bees-knees. I grew up on 6 acres of land which belonged to my grandparents – my parents built a log home, from a kit, on 3/4 of an acre on that land, and that is where my younger brother and I spent our youth, running in the tall grass in the front field, or playing hide and seek in the forest my grandfather planted with my great-grandfather out back. I have many fond memories of spending ALL DAY outside in the summer. I can’t wait for warmer weather, it’s been rough up here in New England! Have a wonderful weekend Dana.

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I love that kitchen. Can we both have it?

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28.March.2014

Dinner triangle is fine, but please, avoid the windchimes for your neighbors’ sake. My only close neighbor has NINE windchimes on her porch and a dinner triangle . . . I think there may even be a bell, too. People say you get used to them and wont even hear them anymore–it’s been three years; I can STILL hear them.

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replied on March 28th, 2014

FYI – I can’t stand wind chimes. I’m a wind chime party pooper.

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28.March.2014

I wish I could post a pic with my comment, because I would show you our wall-mounted dinner bell. It’s loud, and drives my husband crazy, but it does it’s job, and I love it. I yell “dinner’s ready” and ring our dinnerbell… no need to yell “dinner’s ready, come sit down!” five times anymore.

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28.March.2014

That t-shirt is fabulous! Hope next week is more good than bad.

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28.March.2014

I have a similar jacket that I have never paired with a gray shirt. Love the look and the contrast–and the inspiration! Hope you and the family have a wonderful weekend and all goes well with tiling!

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Oh Mabrey is too precious. She just gets cuter and cuter!

Genevieve is my favorite too… her sneak peeks on instagram are killin me!

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replied on March 30th, 2014

I KNOW! Can’t wait to see all the lil’ hints put together in the bigger picture.

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28.March.2014

I can’t wait to see Genevieve’s place too! Gosh, her daughter is adorable as well.

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29.March.2014

Mabrey CAN NOT be 2 already!? WOW! How time flies. She is such a cutie!

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29.March.2014

We’re celebrating my daughter’s second birthday this weekend. Happy Birthday to your kids too!

I made a dinner triangle in Summer camp years ago. I loved ringing that thing in the summer for dinner!

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29.March.2014

Where do you find your comfy gray tees?

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29.March.2014

I know that readers of your blog only see a very small sliver of your daily life, but I just wanted to say that you are awesome! I don’t have kids and find it difficult to connect to a lot of the more “mommy”-centric/home improvement blogs, but you strike a fantastic balance that always feels down to earth and relatable. It seems like you are a great mom with an awesome sense of humor and perspective. I especially love that you are so enthusiastic about downsizing and prioritizing what is important for you and your family (and would love more posts on that topic)!

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30.March.2014

What a cutie. She’s gotten so big! How old is she now?

Also, I didn’t realize how big your window seat/bench is. Without a person for size referencing I thought the space was much, much smaller. I had the same surprise with your laundry area too. It’s much bigger than I expected!

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replied on March 30th, 2014

Mabrey turns 2 this weekend!

I had a hard time finding an off-the-shelf bench to fit this little nook. They were too small to fill the space. On the other hand, I looked at chaises and daybeds and they were just a tad too large. So, I had the bench custom made to fit the area below the window. It works perfectly.

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replied on March 30th, 2014

Happy birthday, Mabrey!

I remember when you broke the news about your pregnancy. Hard to believe she’s 2 already. Time flies!

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Tres cool paper towel holder.

And yes, living in Australia is pretty rad. You’re welcome anytime.

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Love Genevieve. She’s one of my absolute favs. I love her apt and I cant wait to see the transformation of the combined units. I just know its gonna be fabulous. I also love the diy paper towel holder. Its totally genius. Ive been dying to get to Australia. Im just afraid I may never want to come back.

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31.March.2014

I know you mentioned several times that you guys are pretty much a no shoes in the house family. I’m curious what you do or how do you handle shoe wearing company that comes over. Also do you have a cleaning schedule that you stick to? I love walking around in bare feet but the second I step on a crumb then I have to get out the vacuum!

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replied on April 1st, 2014

We ask the kids’ friends to remove their shoes. We don’t ask adult guests to remove their shoes. Older guests almost always leave their shoes on. I don’t say anything. I think they feel more comfortable in shoes. Most visitors remove their shoes, though. I think it’s something they do in their own homes or they notice we don’t have shoes on.

I secretly wish everyone would remove their shoes. And not so much because of the dirt…it’s really gross and unhealthy to wear outdoor shoes inside if you think about it. You don’t know where those things have been!

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02.April.2014

I love Genevieve! She was always my favorite too. Beautiful, sweet & talented. Definite girl crush

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replied on April 2nd, 2014

P.S. I will be making that paper towel holder! P.P.S. I feel the pain of not wanting shoes wore in my home :/ P.P.P.S. I am 99% done redoing my kitchen with IKEA. :) Loving it!!!

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02.April.2014

Hi Dana! I actually ran across this fun quiz from Apartment Therapy the other day that is kind of like an I SPY IKEA! Hope you enjoy! http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/take-the-quiz-spot-the-ikea-194587

P.S. I about fell out when I saw Mabrey is already two… I started following along around the time you announced you were pregnant, and I can’t believe that’s been almost three years! Happy Birthday to the Baby Girl!! :)

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replied on April 2nd, 2014

I know! I’m happy-sad.

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