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HouseTweaking kitchen DIY

Have you ever clicked the “see my house” link in the first column of my sidebar? If you have, I’m sorry. And if you haven’t, well, you aren’t missing anything. The only photos that pop up under that tab are of our previous home. You know, the one we lived in THREE YEARS AGO. I am a bad, bad blogger. I could say I don’t know what’s taken me so long. But I would be lying. I have a lot of excuses: life, kids, renovations, unfinished projects, TIME!, fear, so-so photography skills, dirty house, messy house, chocolate, wine, New Girl, sleep, showering…you get the idea. But enough with the excuses! A house tour is in the works.

A few weeks ago I took 1,100+ photos of our home while the boys were attending their last day of school before summer break. That’s almost one photo for every square foot of house. Ridiculous! I’m going to admit something here that I’m not entirely proud of. Before the impromptu shoot, I thought about styling everything up hardcore and hoarding the photos to see if some bigger name (online or in print) wanted to feature them. But then I thought that was a really pompous move and it’s not what this blog is about. I started House*Tweaking mainly to shake out all the ideas in my head, to share things that I find useful / good-looking / awesome and maybe inspire someone along the way. I never set out to have “X” number of readers nor have I ever wanted to be known. Holding out on loyal readers just to “increase my readership” or “reach a broader audience” or gain some sort of recognition didn’t feel right after I did some soul-searching. (Not that I don’t love a good collaboration. I do. Just not in this instance.) In the end, I tidied things up and I didn’t finish any of our unfinished projects for the shoot.

I’ve slowly been whittling down those 1K+ photos to a more digestible number. I plan on featuring a general tour in one post then breaking things down into separate room posts with more detailed photos, before & afters, source lists and links to related, past blog posts. Then all of it will get filed under the “see my house” tab. Finally.

Until then, here are a few teasers. Consider them my way of saying thank you for hanging around long enough to see us turn the Underdog into our home.

living room 2014-2

dining room 2014

mudroom 2014

master bedroom 2014

master bedbath 2014

nursery 2014

Love you guys.

P.S. – In an ironic turn of events, Domino (THE DOMINO!) asked permission to use the first image in this post for a special feature on their site. House*Tweaking was named one of the 17 best DIY blogs by the Domino editorial staff. I can’t tell you how grateful I am to be mentioned alongside such amazing talent. I keep hearing about the impending death of blogs but things like this fill me with love and hope for the entire blogging community. Long live the blogs!

images: Dana Miller for House*Tweaking

101 Comments

11.June.2014

Um, you mean you USED to have “so-so photography skills.” Right? ‘Cause from what I’m seeing, you’ve got great skills. Major eye candy going on here!

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11.June.2014

I am SOOOOOOO excited that you were named in one Domino’s list of blogs! I emailed hem after I didn’t see your name for top home blogs, or was it lifestyle? I can’t remember. Anyways, I was shocked that you didn’t make it, but I got a speedy response reassuring me that I would see you featured in another blogger list coming up. So happy for you!

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replied on June 11th, 2014

You emailed Domino?! You’re the sweetest.

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11.June.2014

Congrats!! And I can’t WAIT for the new house tour!

Your photography is just gorgeous and the styling feels so relaxed. Wow.

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11.June.2014

I am so excited to see your whole tour! Your house is so beautiful. I’ve been meaning to put together a house tour for my blog for the longest time, too, so I totally understand the procrastination. I mean, just the idea of having to CLEAN my whole house is daunting enough, haha.

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11.June.2014

You have major photography skills – what I wouldn’t give to have your skills!

Additionally, thanks for sharing with us – I read every last word and agree with Domino! You have lovely style and I’ve been blessed to watch the Underdog unfold and transform. Thanks…for putting it all out there.

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11.June.2014

Congrats! I love your blog and have been a long time follower! Your house truly is gorgeous!

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Congrats on the Domino inclusion – that’s awesome! You have been my blogger inspiration for several years and I can’t imagine not having my daily fix, visiting your site. Love your home, your family and your outlook on small space living. Keep it comin!

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11.June.2014

Dana, I love your blog. I don’t even know how I stumbled acrossed it, but it’s one of my two that I follow on the daily. Thank you for being so raw, and just being you. You’ve inspired this non-DIYer in more ways than one.

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replied on June 11th, 2014

Ditto to all Kimyee said. Plus, I LOVE that taking a jillion pictures of your home was how your spent your last “free” day at home, blissfully, quietly alone. It would likely have been way too, uh…not calm for such a session after summer started.

jbhat

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11.June.2014

Congrats lady, you deserve it!! It has paid off to take a leap of faith and do what you love. I have been following your blog for awhile now and am glad that you are getting recognition for your talent and DIY inspiration! Can’t wait to see what you do in the years to come :)

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11.June.2014

Bad blogger? Are you kidding? There is a reason Domino picked House Tweaking! I’m looking forward to the new house tour and the clubhouse too.

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replied on June 11th, 2014

Yep, the clubhouse is coming up too!

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11.June.2014

What? Bad photography skills? Bad blogger? No, no, no… you’ve got it all wrong!

Your blog is fantastic and it is so wonderful to come check in and see that there is a new post up! I can’t wait to see the whole house tour – your style is beautiful – I seriously wish you could come fix up my house, your eye for little quirky details is one of my favorite things! Keep doing what you’re doing – you’re great at it!

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11.June.2014

You show personality without being overbearing, color without overload. That’s a gift, not something you can replicate without it being a part of your core. On a daily basis you put it out there that cherishing the journey and being present is evident in each corner of your life. Makes me want to drop an fbomb it’s so darn fabulous. Well done!

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eeee can’t wait to see all the pics!

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11.June.2014

So well deserved! Congrats! And even though I think I’ve read every blog post you have done, I’m still excited to see the updated house tour. Keep up the great work!

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replied on June 11th, 2014

Thanks! I’m hoping the online photography class I took last year and all these months practicing with my camera will help capture our home the way I see it every day. (I had photography issues early on.) The info will mostly be a synopsis of what we’ve done here over the last few years with source lists so hopefully it’s easier to digest than three years’ worth of posts. That’s the thought anyway.

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replied on June 12th, 2014

Which online class was it? I’d love to take a photography class but the ones offered in person in my area don’t fit in my schedule.

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replied on June 12th, 2014

Photo 101 from Nicole’s Classes online. It’s geared more towards portraits / product photography but the information is applicable to interiors too if that’s what you’re interested in. Mainly, it taught me to shoot manually.

11.June.2014

Ooh, I can’t wait to see it all!! And congrats on the feature! So well deserved – I love your style (blog AND house!) and your realness.

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11.June.2014

Yes!! I have been waiting for this update ;)
Side note, you often discuss perusing ebay and etsy. I would love to get better at navigating. Do you always know exactly what you want & type that in to look for? How do you find such amazing treasures?

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11.June.2014

But we’ve already seen every. single. inch. of your house. Unless you’re moving, this is absolutely pointless. Bonus – how many pictures will have the sheepskin in it???

Congrats on the Domino feature. That was convenient right?

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replied on June 11th, 2014

Well, I do own five of those sheepskins so…they’re pretty much in every room. Love the texture! We have no plans to move right now. Just thought it was about time to update the “see my house” link with current photos and info. Feel free to skip them if you aren’t interested.

I took the photos for the house tour before knowing about the Domino feature. It was a happy coincidence if you ask me!

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replied on June 12th, 2014

Actually, I don’t think we’ve seen the main bathroom. Have we? Maybe I missed a post. I agree with you, House Tweaker, it is time to update the house tour to your current home (bring on the sheepskin!). I do hope you leave a link to your previous home tour also though. It’s interesting how your taste has evolved.

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replied on June 12th, 2014

I will most definitely keep the house tour of our previous home available!

replied on June 12th, 2014

Wow, Snark-la. Nice, constructive comment. Way to troll.

Dana, I think your house is beautiful, and I have clicked the house tour link many times hoping it had been updated. I love your blog and your style very much. Thank you for sharing your life with us.

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replied on June 12th, 2014

It makes PERFECT sense for you to post pictures of your current home. It will be so much easier for me to pop on the site and get my fix of your unique, relaxed-modern style. Your photos are beautiful!

As far as Domino, I was soooo psyched to see your name on that list! Such a well-deserved honor!
You are the first blog I click on each day, and you are followed by the likes of Emily H., Jenny K., and Sherry & John. :-)

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replied on June 12th, 2014

To know that you even think of me in that group of awesomeness is mind-blowing. xo

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11.June.2014

This looks amazing! And you definitely deserve some big name media love, your transformations are inspiring and accessible.

I’ve got every bit of info on IKEA kitchens that you’ve put out there saved on my Pinterest and am chomping at the freakin’ bit to design and implement my own soon. And your experience, along with those that you’re collecting from others and putting together here, will be simply invaluable.

Hope you post the Domino link when it’s live!!

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replied on June 11th, 2014

The house tour will be featured here on House*Tweaking! I hope the Domino mention at the end wasn’t misleading.

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11.June.2014

I love your blog! It’s one of my daily go to blogs that I read for inspiration. Love your style….very clean and comfortable and eclectic!

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11.June.2014

Congrats! You most certainly deserve it. And I excitedly await your house tour pics! I have a 1,000 sq ft1971 ranch style house that has been a renovation labor of love. It’s almost a miniature version of yours home – very similar layout. I have yet to find another blog as stylish and inspiring as yours. So glad your aunt (Janice!) shared a link to your blog one day on FB. Best click I ever made! Keep up the great work!!

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replied on June 11th, 2014

Aw, my Aunt Janice…she’s a good lady ;)

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11.June.2014

New Girl & red wine…they are worthy roadblocks. But your home is amazing. And your images do your home justice! It is beautiful and worth the wait!

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11.June.2014

I love your blog and your home! Congrats on the Domino nod, totally deserved! I never considered dark colors on a bedroom wall until you featured Mabrey’s room (which I think is when I first started reading your blog) and I fell in love. You have wonderful ideas and I’m so glad that you share them :)

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11.June.2014

Beautiful, thoughtfully designed home…inspirational, indeed :)

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12.June.2014

I discovered your blog when you were a finalist for “The Homies” on AT. And now yours in my FAVORITE!!!! Super inspired by your design style – I keep coming back again and again but have to do some crazy archive search to track down your house photos. Thank goodness you are updating your “House Tour” tab- can’t wait!

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12.June.2014

Congrats on the feature! It is well deserved.

Tours are great – nice to have all those sources and paint colors in one easy spot for readers.

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12.June.2014

Oh…. Your house truly is one of my favourites in the world x

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So exciting, Domino is an amazing opportunity. Your photos are lovely and I recently took Nicole‚Äôs Photo 101 class at your recommendation and wow so much more clarity now on getting a good photo. You have obviously mastered the art. Can’t wait to see the full house tour, I have been blogging almost a year now and just got my house tour link up last week. So much to do so little time.

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12.June.2014

I was actually one of those people who went back to the start of the blog and read every post word for word! I am absolutely in love with your home. I have always thought my style was a bit rustic, a bit Hamptons, a bit modern country, a bit industrial – until I found your blog. Now I’m completely reassessing everything haha! I’m very excited to see the completed tour, and even though I don’t know what Domino is (I’m in Brisbane, Australia), congratulations!

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12.June.2014

So excited for the full tour!

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12.June.2014

I just have to say that your blog is a huge inspiration to me– we live in a pretty tiny house too, and with a baby on the way we’ve been really trying to maximize space, which is something you are great at. I loved the nightstands that you guys put in your bedroom so much I bought them for our own bedroom. Kudos!

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12.June.2014

My husband and I are buying a house (pause for cheers)… it needs some serious lovin… I’m talking beige/taupe/tan-ish toilets and wood paneling…lovin’ but it’s in the ideal school district for our son, and it’s on a prime piece of property across the street from a park! i just need you to tell me i’m not crazy for buying a house that needs “tweaking” while raising a toddler and working full time!

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replied on June 12th, 2014

You’re not crazy ;)

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12.June.2014

Your home is beyond beautiful! I’m inspired by every stinkin’ room – seriously!

I know this is annoying, and I know you will be posting a full list of sources but I’ve been looking high and low for a pair of antlers similar to those above the door in your kitchen. Any chance you can share the source early?

Thank you! Thank you!

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replied on June 12th, 2014

It was a random etsy find. I searched etsy and ebay high and low for months!

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12.June.2014

I really enjoy your blog and I love looking at pictures of your house. Your taste has definitely inspired my own house renovation. Congratulations on the Domino article!

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12.June.2014

These photos are stunning Dana! Can’t wait to see the whole tour. And congratulations on Domino!! What an accomplishment!

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12.June.2014

Ahh finally!!! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve clicked over there looking for sources from your kitchen to your bedroom and every time I do a little grumble. Like get on it Dana but then I remember hey she has a life and kids and keeps up this blog so then I have to be thankful that I can just do a search. :) #firstworldproblems am I right??

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Yay!! I can’t wait to see your entire house–I’m in love with the teasers!! I’m hoping to do something similar…if we ever finish our house! :)

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12.June.2014

Your home is just amazing, I am so inspired every time I see the photos. Only can hope my tiny 800 square foot Manhattan apartment can someday look as put together!

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12.June.2014

I absolutely think you have such an amazing talent at decoraing your home while still making it livable and functional. You have mad skills! Your photography is awesome. Congrats!! You deserve it.

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12.June.2014

No apologies. Ever! You are amazingly talented and clearly work very hard to publish great content on a regular basis while also raising three human beings and running a household. And those photog skills are way more than “so-so”! Silly girl!
I’d say all you have to be sorry about is the fact that now all I want for lunch is chocolate and wine.
Keep being awesome!

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12.June.2014

i know it caused a BIG stink and some nasty comments…but i’m still SO SO SO in love with the huge gold and white painting in your room! :) still looking for a canvas that large for a good price so i can do the same thing!! :)

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12.June.2014

Dana, I’d like to echo a previous poster’s comment about checking your blog daily, I do it as well! I find your style very approachable and I enjoy the way you write. Plus, I have 3 kids too (all girls mind you, and all under the age of 7) so I never know when you’ll toss out some parenting gems! I will say, when we were in the market for a bunk bed for my oldest girls who would be sharing a room since we needed one for their baby sister, I LOVED your post about the bunks in your son’s room, AND how to make their beds. VERY helpful and I followed it almost to the letter and have been thrilled with the results. Can’t wait to see the house tour!

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A huge congrats to you Dana!! I was absolutely thrilled to see House Tweaking on the list when I saw it yesterday. Your style is sooo Domino and I would have been shocked NOT to see you there. Ive been looking forward to the house tour for sometime now, so im excited for that. As a reader said earlier, House Tweaking is a must for me everyday. I love your fresh, relaxed, modern take on design. Its so different than my style and I love that. I was looking back at your old house tour the other day and was surprised by how much your style has changed over the years. I think its great. One of the things about the design process that I love is that its ever evolving. I also love that you let the Underdog guide you in your design choices. It was SUPPOSED to be exactly what it is.:) Thank you for your constant inspiration.

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12.June.2014

Love the pictures and can’t wait to see more. Even though we have seen the rooms, I love seeing the different angles and all of the little details. Congrats on being featured in Domino – sooo cool!

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12.June.2014

Thanks for keeping it real. Your home is amazing and your honesty is even better!

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12.June.2014

Can’t wait for an updated house tour tab. I have many friends in the market to buy their first home and when they complain that the only thing in their price range is a “boring brick ranch”, I send them a link to your blog. If we can just get all these brick ranches transformed the way you’ve done yours, my corner of the world will be a prettier place. :)
Congrats on The Domino nod! I will say that of that list, yours is the only one I check in with on a regular basis.

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replied on June 12th, 2014

Thanks for the kind words. Made my day!

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12.June.2014

Congrats! That’s super exiting news about Domino. And perfectly accurate. I love you blog, your house, your style, and your writing. And this is your “impromptu, un-styled” house, well, damn. You really are fantastic at this.

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13.June.2014

I enjoy reading your blog because you show people how to live large in a small space. You demonstrate to others that you can still have a fabulous house even if it started out as a dilapidated ranch in a modest neighborhood. You are giving your kids such a gift by being home with them. Your blog is a reminder to be mindful about what I bring into my home and you have encouraged me to start letting go of some things that we no longer need. I have directed others to your blog because I love how you embrace the “less is more” lifestyle.

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13.June.2014

Love your blog! Been reading it for awhile now, always inspiring. Plus I’m also from Ohio, yay Midwest! We have similar aesthetics in decorating, or at least maybe I tell myself that ;) I don’t have a house blog but you can see a few pics on Apartment Therapy http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/noelles-50s-ranch-small-cool-contest-204183) so I always love to see your posts. Question–where did the pillow in your dining room come from? Love it and need something similar. And congrats on the Domino feature, it is much deserved!

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replied on June 15th, 2014

Your home is lovely! The pillow on the bench is from etsy.

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14.June.2014

hooray!! Domino! been following you for years and i am continuously inspired. you deserve to be recognized as one of the best! xo

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Congrats, Dana! Well, deserved!! :-).

I forget, where did you get the flush mount ceiling light in your bedroom??? Thanks!

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replied on June 15th, 2014

Lamps Plus!

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replied on June 16th, 2014

Thanks for the source!

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