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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

14.June.2014

Your house inspires me! We purchased our house because of how great of a deal it was but now we realize we need way less space than we have. We hope to downsize in the next year or so and seeing homes like yours, where everything has a place and every square inch is used, is great inspiration. Keep on doing what you are doing and you will “increase readership”.

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16.June.2014

Hi Dana, I’ve been following your blog for a few years now, I just love it. For what it’s worth (I’m no blogger but I read a lot), I think you have the balance just right in regards to sponsors/ house stuff/ family stuff/ projects etc. In any case, it’s your blog, do with it what you will! I feel like I know your house so well from following you for a while, but a house tour is perfect for new readers. Keep up the great work!

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16.June.2014

I’m digging that rug/carpet in the living room :)

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There is an impending death of blogs!?!?! Goodness gracious, I hope not. What will I read at work when I am supposed to be working!? :) I love your blog, your house, and your writing and I hope you’ll stick around the blog world for a long time to come, Dana!

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16.June.2014

I’m also one of the ones who has to come and search by key word for something I remembered from a past post. The house tour will make it so much easier. I know it’s a lot of work, but from a reader’s perspective: totally worth it ;) Thanks for letting us have full access and congrats to you on your success!

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17.June.2014

You are amazing! Honestly, your house is so beautiful and you have such unique ideas, but still stay in the realm of what is on trend. Bravo! Can’t wait for your house tour! Thanks for continuing to inspire…

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18.June.2014

Can you tell us the bedroom blue/grey brand and color name?

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replied on June 18th, 2014

Benjamin Moore half moon crest.

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18.June.2014

Where did you get the sun hat hanging by the door in one of the laundry room shots?

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replied on June 18th, 2014

Target!

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20.June.2014

Yay! Good for you :)

Can’t wait to see the rest of the tour.

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20.June.2014

holy cow. long time reader. it is just so unbeliveable how dang chic you guys have made that place!! Such a long way from a builder special house, and apartment times! bless!

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10.October.2014

Your bedroom is gorgeous!! (Ok, actually your whole house is!) Can you tell me what the color is you used for your bedroom? Thank you!!

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replied on October 10th, 2014

It’s Benjamin Moore half moon crest.

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13.October.2014

I absolutely LOVE everything about your home! I have just a few source questions for you… Where is that adorable grey and white stripped chair from in your bedroom? And the pillow on it? And the adorable baby quilt in your nursery? Thank you! I’m so inspired by your wonderful taste!

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replied on October 15th, 2014

Check out the “see my house” link in the sidebar for all the sources in all the rooms! (Chair is from West Elm. Pillow is from etsy. Baby quilt is a family heirloom.)

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21.February.2015

Hi

Where could i find this armchair?
Tks

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replied on February 21st, 2015

Which one?

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01.March.2015

Hello!! Beautiful house!! And fantastic site! I am in the process of building our house and was wondering where the lights over the island and the table are from? Would love to use them in my house!! Thanks so much!

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20.March.2015

BEAUTIFUL :) Come do my house please. lol.
Wondering where your dresser came from in the bedroom i love it. I tried to find the “see my house” link but I think I’m over looking it.

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20.March.2015

ok woops i see it now….i’ll check if the source for the dresser is on there ;)

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27.September.2015

I just came across your blog and I love it! Your house is absolutely beautiful!

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