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Congrats to Josha. A turquoise tea kettle is at the top of her Christmas wish list. How fun!

I’ve made it my personal goal to have my Christmas shopping done by December 1st. {If you’re already finished, I envy you.} So I have gifts on the brain today which happens to fall right in line with this week’s giveaway.

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UncommonGoods is my go-to for unique gifts. I always manage to find something I’ve never seen before. From jewelry to home decor to toys & games, the inventory is all-encompassing yet curious, special and sometimes personal. I especially like that the company supports eco-friendly and local artists. Many items are handmade from reclaimed or recycled materials. Above are my top picks for Christmas 2013 but if you’re in need of more ideas for the ladies, check this out.

One lucky House*Tweaking reader is about to win the equivalent of a Christmas elf. Pointy shoes not included. See entry details below.

PRIZE: $100 gift card to UncommonGoods

RULES: You must be at least 18 years old. This giveaway is open to international readers! But, please, no P.O. boxes. One entry per email address.

TO ENTER: Leave a comment on this post proclaiming “GIMME THE GOODS!”

DEADLINE: Enter before 9:00 p.m. EST on Sunday, November 3rd. One random winner will be announced Monday, November 4th.

WHILE YOU’RE AT IT: Since we’re talking Christmas gifts…what’s at the top of your want list this year? I’m assuming you’ve been good.

images: polyvore collage by Dana Miller, UncommonGoods images

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Congrats to Chloe! She is hoping a little wallpaper will transform her closet-turned-powder room into a hidden gem for guests. What a fun idea!

Wallpaper has come a long way since the days of granny floral. I have seen several recent wallpaper installations by some of my favorite stylists {ahem, Kirsten Grove and Emily Henderson just off the top of my head} that don’t scream “trendy!” and really feel like they could stand the test of time.

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If you’re thinking of jumping on the wallpaper bandwagon, WallpaperDirect has you and your walls covered. Whether you’re thinking of lining an entire room or just an accent wall, they offer a vast range of wall coverings.

Have you been thinking of introducing wallpaper into your home? Why not try it for free? If that’s not enough to exorcise the wallpaper-hanging-fear right outta ya, I don’t know what is. See entry details below.

PRIZE: $300 credit to WallpaperDirect. Depending on price points and room sizes, that dollar amount could cover a bathroom or an accent wall.

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

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

DEADLINE: Enter before 9:00 p.m. EST on Sunday, October 27th. One random winner will be announced Monday, October 28th.

WHILE YOU’RE AT IT: I know you’re thinking about it…where would you like to see wallpaper living in your house? We hung removable wallpaper in the boys’ shared bedroom. If we had a powder room {which we don’t} I would totally cover it in something fabulous!

images: polyvore collage by Dana Miller, WallpaperDirect images

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Congrats to Amber, Heidi, Kate L., Hanna and Kelsey! I’ll be in touch with you shortly.

It’s been a little over a month since we installed the Lutron occupancy sensor in the boys’ bedroom and we’re really happy with how it’s working. No more yelling at the kids to turn off their bedroom light!

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The light automatically shuts off after 5 minutes of no activity in the room. We have the sensor set in the auto on / manual off mode. This allows us to turn the light on manually {we don’t want the light automatically coming on when we check on the boys at night} and we also have the option to turn the light off manually before the sensor shuts it off automatically. Even though the sensor switch is behind a lamp, we don’t have any problems with it recognizing activity in the room.

The only con that I can think of in regards to the sensor is the light automatically shuts off when the kids are in the room being still. This is rare. In fact, let’s call it a miracle because that means my kids are being still for five. whole. minutes. They are usually reading books when this happens. When it does happen they know to just move around a little and the light will come back on automatically. I didn’t realize this feature was built in until we experienced it.

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After living with the occupancy sensor for a while, we’ve thought of two more spaces in our home that would benefit from a sensor switch: the boys’ closet and our mudroom.

If we come home in the evening from being out, I always notice the boys’ closet light is on and I have no idea how long it’s been that way. I guess the sensor is spoiling them and they’ve completely forgotten how to turn off their closet light?!

Until our front door is fixed {hopefully very soon – HH worked on it all weekend!}, we will use the french doors in the everything room¬†to enter and exit the house. Ahem, that’s what we’ve been doing for the past year and a half. And even after the front door is functional, I still see us entering / exiting through the mudroom on a regular basis. As is, at nighttime we have to open one of the french doors, step into the mudroom, close the door, then carefully walk in the dark over to the laundry nook to turn on a recessed light before we can see anything. It’s a pain. In this instance, we would use the sensor to automatically turn the light on when it sensed movement in the room and we could also set it to automatically shut the light off after a period of inactivity. It would make a world of difference.

A few other details about the sensor:

*It’s available for standard on / off switches but a separate sensor is compatible with dimmer switches.

*It can be used with all bulb types.

*Regardless of settings, there’s always the option to turn the light off / on manually.

*The sensor switch can sense daylight so that it only turns lights on when needed.

Can you think of a place in your home where a sensor switch would make life a little easier? If so, you should see details below on how to win one along with a matching wallplate!

PRIZE: five {!} readers will win one Lutron Maestro occupancy sensor switch in white and one matching single gang wallplate with no visible screws

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

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

DEADLINE: Enter before 9:00 p.m. EST on Sunday, October 6th. Five random winners will be announced Monday, October 7th.

WHILE YOU’RE AT IT: Go ahead and share where you would put a sensor switch in your home if you won.

BUT, WAIT!, THERE’S MORE: Score 25% off Maestro occupancy / vacancy sensor switches and dimmers PLUS one free single gang wallplate with no visible screws by using the coupon code “wholeftthelightson” right here¬†through October 31st.

images: Dana Miller for House*Tweaking

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Congrats to Chelcey! She is especially thankful for the company of her two pups when her husband is away.

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I can tell autumn is coming. The sun is a bit lower in the sky, rising later and setting earlier. There is a brief period mid-morning where our bedroom is washed in the most amazing warm glow of sunlight. It gives the room a totally different feel. Typically, our bedroom is the darkest room in the house so this light show – however brief – is most welcome. I’ve sorta made a game of sneaking up on it and witnessing every last ray until the sun moves on to the front of the house. A small miracle in my book.

Lately, I’ve been feeling extra thankful. Thankful for these brief moments and small miracles. Thankful my children are healthy. Thankful I have the opportunity to watch them grow and learn and make mistakes. Thankful for the life and home HH and I are making together. Thankful for the little snippets of ‘me time’ I’ve been lucky enough to enjoy recently, no, FINALLY. Thankful for all the other creatives {or crazies?} like me out there who want nothing more than to show an old house a little love, spray paint something gold or simply keep one plant alive for longer than two weeks. Thankful I have this piece of interwebs to share my ramblings and interests. And thankful for those who take time out of their busy days to read them.

I felt the urge to thank you beyond words. After hearing of Wayfair’s recent acquisition of DwellStudio, a lightbulb went off. I contacted Wayfair and asked if instead of doing my regular Wayfair in the House post this month we could put that money towards a celebratory Wayfair + DwellStudio giveaway. Guess what?

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They were totally down with it! See entry details below. Oh, and thank you from the bottom of my stripe-lovin’ heart.

PRIZE: one full/queen size DwellStudio ash draper stripe duvet set {includes one full/queen duvet cover and two standard french back pillowcases valued at $350}

RULES: You must be at least 18 years old and have a shipping address {no P.O. boxes please} within the United States or Canada. One entry per email address.

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

DEADLINE: Enter before 9:00 a.m. EST on Monday, September 23rd. One random winner will be announced later that same day.

WHILE YOU’RE AT IT: Since I’m getting gushy…share what you are especially thankful for today.

P.S. – How I’m cozying up my bedroom for fall!

images: Dana Miller for House*Tweaking