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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


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


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