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Congrats to Jen who loves the Back Alley Table and thinks it will be perfect for her kitchen!

I am so excited to host this giveaway and introduce you to Seed Furniture! The L.A.-based furniture company not only creates beautiful pieces but also focuses on sustainability, craftsmanship and innovation.

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*design – the company successfully mixes a midcentury modern aesthetic with rustic and contemporary styles. The resulting designs are timeless, putting the word “forever” in forever furniture.

*sustainability – the company utilizes FSC certified wood and soy-based, formaldehyde-free glue. Much of the hardwood comes from a stockpile in New Jersey formed from the cleanup efforts following Hurricane Sandy.

*craftsmanship – each piece is custom made-to-order by local artisans and workers. That’s right. All items are made right here in the USA.

*innovation – all finishes are non-toxic and contain no VOC’s. Wood is finished with a combination of bees wax + walnut oil. Lacquer finishes are composed of Mythic Paint and Smart-Coat.

And you know how much I despise unsightly electrical cords, right? Well, Seed Furniture implements these crazy cool power portals which contain electronic outlets and USB hubs strategically built into their media pieces. No ugly dangling cords!

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(Note the clever cup holders, too.)


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Seed furniture is the epitome of form meets function. Practical storage is beautifully disguised. Coming from a modestly-sized home, I fully appreciate the usefulness and beauty of these pieces.

Seen enough? I hope not. Because you might just be the lucky winner of a credit to Seed Furniture! See entry details below.

PRIZE: $2,000 (yep, that’s three zeros!) credit to Seed Furniture. (A $150 shipping credit is also included with the prize.)

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

TO ENTER: Check out Seed Furniture’s selection by clicking here. Enter your email address then browse their amazing selection. Share your favorite piece in the comments section of this post and tell me where you would put it.

DEADLINE: Enter before 12:00 p.m. EST on Monday, April 21st. One random winner will be announced Tuesday, April 22nd.

BUT, WAIT!, THERE’S MORE: Use the code “TWEAKING” at checkout to score 30% 40% off any piece until Monday, April 28th.

Best of luck!

images: Seed Furniture


Congrats to Mike who also takes home the Best Husband of the Year Award with this win!

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Funny story.

Do you recall the double hamper from last week’s linen closet post? Well, when I originally placed my order for the hamper, it was on backorder. No problem. I could wait. I wasn’t in a hurry. A few weeks later, I received an email stating it was available and had shipped. Then two hampers arrived at my doorstep. Weird, right? I called up West Elm’s customer service and they checked into things. I wasn’t charged for the second hamper but they apologized for the mix-up and said to keep the extra hamper on their dime. That was nice and all but the thing is, I don’t need the extra hamper.

But I thought you might.

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As far as hampers go, it’s pretty handsome. Mine stays in a closet until laundry day but it’s so good-looking that you could stash it out in the open in a large bathroom or a corner of a bedroom if you wanted. I love that it’s made from eco-friendly materials: bamboo + recycled plastic. It’s a double hamper measuring 22″ w x 20″ d x 26″ h and there’s a side for darks and a side for lights.

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The whole thing folds up easily for transporting it to the laundry room. The fabric hamper can be removed from the wood base. If you don’t have a washer / dryer on site (or maybe you’re remodeling your laundry area?!), you can throw the “bag” in your car to take it to the laundromat or your folks’ house or wherever you’re doing your laundry these days.

Wanna try it for yourself? Great! Maybe you will win my extra. See entry details below.

PRIZE: one double bamboo laundry hamper from West Elm (retail value $59, now on sale for $47) Shipping’s on me.

RULES: You must be at least 18 years old and have a shipping address (no P.O. boxes please) within the U.S. or Canada. One entry per email address.

TO ENTER: Leave a comment on this post proclaiming “HAMPER ME!”

DEADLINE: Enter before Sunday, March 23rd at 9:00 p.m. EST. One random winner will be announced Monday, March 24th.

Good luck! (And you’re welcome for the visual of laundry day at my house, sweatshirt and all. UPDATE: I am that short. But in my defense, the countertop is mounted above the height of the washer / dryer so it’s quite a bit higher than your standard countertop.) This post is not sponsored just thought I’d share my love of organization.

images: Dana Miller for House*Tweaking


Congrats to Maria Rose! She’s all for the black version of the Barcelona chair.

Rove Concepts is your source for high quality, luxury furnishings and is a longtime supporter of House*Tweaking. The modern furniture company is graciously offering up one of their Barcelona chairs for today’s giveaway!

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Fancy, no? To enter, see details below.

PRIZE: one Barcelona chair in black or white courtesy of Rove Concepts (retail value $1,195)

RULES: You must be at least 18 years old. One entry per email address. This giveaway is open to international entrants! (No P.O. boxes please.)

TO ENTER: Leave a comment on this post proclaiming “Barcelona or bust!”

DEADLINE: Enter before Sunday, February 23rd at 9:00 p.m. EST. One random winner will be announced Monday, February 24th.

Thank you for supporting the companies that sponsor this blog. Best of luck!

images: collage by Dana Miller, Rove Concept images


Congrats to Genny Ramer!

Some of you may remember this instagram post. Besides the obvious laughs, that photo also yielded many questions about my glasses. The short answer is they’re from BonLook.

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The long answer? The really REALLY long answer? I had 20/20 vision until my second year of college when I found myself squinting at the board. {That right there totally dates me. Do colleges and universities still use chalkboards nowadays?} In my early 20′s, I got my first pair of glasses. Since then, my vision has changed. A lot. Pregnancy was a huge factor. Sometimes my vision improved; sometimes it worsened.

Fact: When I was pregnant with Mabrey, I failed the vision test at the DMV when I was renewing my driver’s license.

The clerk took pity on me and said, “Hmmm…maybe it’s your hair. It looks like your hair is in your eyes. Would you like to try again?”

“Uh, yes…YES, it’s my hair,” I lied, pushing back my hair dramatically, not wanting to come back another day and wait in line two hours. I tried again and passed by the skin of my teeth. Nicest DMV clerk ever, right?

Anyway, I got lazy with my eyes. Getting new glasses every year was a hassle, not to mention, expensive. I pretty much never wore my glasses because they weren’t up to date and they had teeth marks in them from our dog who has since passed away. I went five years with no vision test, no eye exam of any kind. Oops. Then, a few months ago, I developed the most annoying twitch under my right eye. It would start as soon as I woke in the morning and last all day. This carried on for two months. TWO WHOLE MONTHS OF EYE TWITCHING. It’s enough to drive anyone crazy. HH finally talked some sense into me and I went to see an optometrist.

Turns out, the vision in my right eye had changed for the worse. Not wanting to drag my kids around an eyeglass store while I chose one pair from the million on display, I thought I’d try shopping online. Our vision insurance doesn’t cover frames so I was looking for something inexpensive yet stylish and versatile. I wanted my new glasses to be appropriate for everyday and for dressing up from time to time, too. I found all that in BonLook. And, bonus!, they offer an online tool that lets you virtually “try on” glasses from the comfort of your home. Sold and sold.

After “trying on” several pair and selecting one, emailing a copy of my prescription to BonLook {some states require vision prescription verification} and calculating my pupillary distance with BonLook’s online measurement tool {super convenient since my optometrist failed to record it on my prescription} my order was ready to go in a matter of 20 minutes one evening after the kids were in bed. I found a coupon online and spent less than $80 on my new glasses. I have never spent so little on a pair of glasses! And I love them to boot.

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As luck would have it, a week into living with my new glasses, BonLook contacted me and asked if I would like to become one of their brand ambassadors. Of course! The brand is affordable, high quality and stylish and offers a quick and convenient online shopping experience. It’s a brand I stand behind.

And, and, AND!…BonLook is offering one House*Tweaking reader a FREE pair of glasses! See entry details below.

PRIZE: one pair of BonLook glasses {$99 retail value} Prescription or non-prescription. Eyeglasses or sunglasses. Shipping not included.

RULES: You must have a shipping address {no P.O. boxes please} within the WORLD. One entry per email address.

TO ENTER: Go here to enter to win.

DEADLINE: Enter before November 22nd. One random winner will be chosen.

WHILE YOU’RE AT IT: BonLook has an interview with me up on their blog today. It covers blogging and my thoughts on glasses. Check it out if you’d like!

Yes, I have a new blogging stool that I need to write about. No, I don’t normally blog in a skirt.

images: Dana Miller for House*Tweaking