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Meet the Detroit Couple Giving New Life to Salvaged Lumber

For these two artists, making custom furniture reveals their true passion for materials, craft, and their hometown.

Mutual Adoration

Meet Mutual Adoration—the power couple behind one of Detroit’s coolest furniture design studios. Wayne and Clare run a design house and experimental craft workshop in their hometown, building furniture from reclaimed materials. With degrees and hands-on experience in seemingly every art and craft, from photography to printmaking to woodworking and lithography, this pair have combined their powers to create truly unique pieces. They currently sell their custom wares regionally—and on Etsy.

The reason we started doing what we do is…
A couple of months into our relationship, Clare had an art show at a gallery in Southwest Detroit. She created a huge installation using abandoned wood that she had scavenged throughout the city. As we were taking down the show, there were a lot of beautiful pieces of lumber that neither of us could bear to just throw away. We added that wood to a massive collection of maple hardwood flooring that Wayne had stored in his basement. With a hoard of materials and some big ideas, Mutual Adoration was born! The name speaks to our love for each other and also the love we have for our materials, our city, and our work.

We started collaborating when…
Early on in our relationship, we talked about building things together. We each came with different experiences, talents, and skills. After fumbling our way through a few small tables, we got our first custom job. It was incredible! To be able to create together and make money was a dream come true. We quickly learned that to succeed we would have to trust each other and work hard. As we have done that the demand for our work has increased.

We love working together. Seeing our complimentary skill set click into place while creating beautiful objects is the best feeling in the world. And then feeling the love and appreciation from our customers is amazing. Not only are we more connected to each other in doing this work, but the connections we have made with retailers, clients, and consumers is so incredibly satisfying.

Related—7 Incredible Uses for Salvaged Lumber

We’d define our design style as…
Refined rustic. Our work is equal parts big city loft and cozy log cabin.

My first job was…
Wayne: I was in the final generation of after-school paperboys. From the age of 12 to 15, I delivered The Detroit News on my old Schwinn cruiser. I was the kid knocking on your door during dinner, looking for my $2 for the previous week’s paper. I think this makes me sound like I grew up in the ’50s or something, but this would have been the late ’80s.

Clare: When I was in middle school, I earned my allowance by helping my mother. She ran the theatre department for a high school. During their rehearsals, I would help out with props, costumes, and set design. Mostly I was just trying to impress the teenagers by reading poetry and song lyrics out of my diary.

Our main sources of inspiration are…
Our inspiration really comes from our city and the materials it provides. Much of our wood comes from various locations in Detroit, from abandoned homes, warehouses, factories, and shops or as salvage from remodeling projects. Everything is so steeped in history—dirt and rust, wear and tear by generations.

Mutual Adoration - Reclaimed Materials

Photo: mutualadoration.com

We have a deep reverence for the material and its past. The fact that we are working with wood that was cut into lumber over 100 years ago—and, before that, started as just little sapling trees in the late 1700s—is truly inspiring. Our clients also prompt the direction our projects take. Many of our designs have come to Clare in her dreams. She often wakes up with ideas and visions for products, and then during our morning coffee, we’ll make sketches and figure out ways to engineer her ideas.

The most challenging thing about our work is…
Doing it all! We just hired our first employee (the amazing Brenda!) to give us a hand with production and our online store. Up until recently, it was just our four hands juggling all the design work, production, material sourcing, retail and wholesale sales, website design, and the hundreds of other things running a business entails.

In the future, we plan on greatly expanding our wholesale and retail sales, which will necessitate bringing in more employees. Supporting our local economy is very important to us. Detroit has an unmatched workforce of skilled craftspeople and manufacturers. We plan to hire and train additional production and administrative staff and provide much-needed jobs, as we expand and the demand for production increases.

We choose our salvaged materials by…
We take them as we can get them, whether that means quarter-sawn oak flooring from an 1860s home slated for demolition or knotty pine paneling from a suburban bungalow. Any given week might mean hundred-year old hand-hewn beams from a rural barn, cast iron tool bases from a factory, or recycled paint and stain from someone’s basement. We try to find a way to repurpose whatever materials we can get in a way that respects the original form while providing new function, all while keeping waste out of the landfill.

Related—7 Incredible Uses for Salvaged Lumber

Our biggest DIY success is…
The Union Table. Our first Union Table was made as a wedding gift for some dear friends. We wanted a piece that was symbolic, as well as functional. The Union Table is a set of two tables that can be used together as a coffee table or separately as end tables or bedside tables. We create the piece as one, split it into two in a diagonal pattern, and then finish each piece to operate in a variety of ways. The finished product can unify a variety of spaces and, when put together, is truly beautiful. Two becomes one. Maybe a little corny, but we LOVE it. It is the piece that really brought our complimentary skill set together and holds a lot of meaning for us.

Mutual Adoration - Union Table

Photo: mutualadoration.com

Our favorite materials to use are…
Clare: By far my favorite material is knotty pine paneling. It’s beautiful, warm, classic, and abundant. In its un-refinished, amber-hued, heavily varnished state, it is reminiscent of dive bars and ski lodges. To work with it is a dream! It’s forgiving and versatile. The grain contains gorgeous dots and stripes, and, when planing or sanding, it smells like summer camp.

Wayne: I love old flooring. Quarter-sawn oak is my favorite. There’s something about it being stepped on, spilled on, and abused that gives it a beautiful look and feel. It might sound sappy, but when I run a dingy dark piece under the belt sander, uncovering the flecks and grain that was hidden under all the muck, I feel like I’m rescuing it and able to give it a second shot at being beautiful. I’m not sure that the wood cares, but I like it.

Our all-time favorite go-to tool is…
Clare: That would have to be my beloved Flex Cut hand carving tools. I am a printmaker and spent many years making relief prints from wood blocks. Whether I am making a frame, a piece of furniture, or carving a block of wood to be printed, these are my favorite tools for achieving a variety of marks and executing fine detail.

Wayne: I am in love with our new Grizzly 3hp cabinet saw. Most of our early work was done on my mid-70s Craftsman table saw, but it just couldn’t keep up with larger work or give me the precision that I needed. The new saw is like a dream.

To get the latest from Mutual Adoration, check out their website and follow them on Facebook or Instagram.


Bob Vila Thumbs Up: The DIY Pallet Project Competition Starts Today

Vote now—and vote daily—to choose your favorite among the DIY pallet projects competing to win this month's Bob Vila Thumbs Up competition!

Bob Vila Thumbs Up Pallet Project Competition

Bob Vila Thumbs Up Pallets

There’s no doubt about it: The humble pallet appeals to the imagination. There’s almost no end to its possibilities and it seems like every DIYer, blogger, and Pinterest user has considered the pallet’s raw potential at one time or another. But only a few have truly unlocked this material’s full potential. Each and every one of this month’s Bob Vila Thumbs Up competitors has done just that—elevating this leftover shipping supply into benches, beds, desks, and more. And that deserves a big thumbs up.

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Some of these projects are simple enough to complete in an afternoon, while others take muscle, special tools, and time to complete. But regardless of complexity, they are all completely deserving of taking home the prize—a $250 gift card to True Value.

We love each and every one of this month’s pallets projects, but only the project with the highest number of votes can win. So we need your vote to determine the winner of this month’s competition. So vote today and everyday to help us choose this month’s winning Bob Vila Thumbs Up blogger!

Congrats to last month’s winning blogger, Crafting in the Rain. Read more about her winning Bob Vila Thumbs Up project right here.

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Meet the Furniture Designer Who Discovered the Beauty of Concrete

Maker Ben Uyeda of Homemade Modern opens up about what inspires his passion for DIY—and shares with us his latest how-to.

Ben Uyeda Homemade Modern

Meet Ben Uyeda, a champion of smart, green, and affordable design. With a pedigree in architecture, he’s also an award-winning designer, lecturer, blogger, and co-founder of ZeroEnergy Design and FreeGreen.com, a company specializing in green house plans. And when he’s not doing all of that, he teaches and inspires folks to build beautifully simple, streamlined furniture at Homemade Modern. It makes you wonder if he’s some sort of home improvement superhero! We interviewed him to find out why he does what he does, the tools he can’t live without, and how his industrious and ingenious family inspires his work. Plus, click through to see a gallery of some of his most incredible DIYs and one insanely easy video tutorial.

The reason I started doing what I do is…
The median household income in the US is about $55k a year. Most people simply can’t afford well-designed furnishings made from real materials, and most designers focus either on doing custom work for the wealthy or lower-quality plastic goods designed for mass production. I love the work that my architecture firm, ZeroEnergy Design, does, but learning that the average house designed by an architect costs almost twice as much as the average sales price of an American home made me want to find a new outlet for sharing affordable design ideas. I love the idea of showing that we can all afford nice things; some of us just have to make them ourselves.

I feel most at home when I am…
Making! I have always associated the concept of home with sense of domestic industry and production done with and for the people you care most about. Whether it’s making dinner or the table on which dinner will be served, I feel home is the place where you make nice things with family for family.

I’d define my design style as…
Modern, industrial, and pragmatic with a dash of whimsy.

Related—Project Showcase: Ben Uyeda’s Modern Furniture 

My first job was…
My brother and I started a cookie business when I was 8 and he was 10. We drew order forms by hand and delivered them door to door. People in the neighborhood could fill out what kind of cookies they wanted and at what time they wanted them delivered. We charged $1 for a dozen cookies and made a killing! Since then, I think I have had every service industry job at some point in my life and quite a few different construction jobs.

My main sources of inspiration are…
Wow, this is hard, I feel like there are so many awesome designers and makers out there, but, if I had to narrow it down, I would group them into categories.

In my professional life, architects like Samuel Mockbee and David Adjaye inspired me to critically consider not just what I am designing but who I am designing for.

Visual inspiration comes from some of the amazing design bloggers and Pinterest curators. In particular Satsuki Shibuya, Jonathan Lo, Victoria Smith, and Myan Duong have provided awesome visual fuel.

Daily inspiration comes from my family. In particular seeing their drive towards self-sufficiency and responsible consumption inspires me. My parents are constantly adding to their suburban homestead—four chickens are the most recent additions. My brother Nathan has an amazing ranch in Argentina and is always building cool things. Most recently he devised a way to use heat from a compost pile to create hot water for his guest house. If you are ever interested in an educational vacation full of animals and sustainable homesteading, book a vacation in one of his guest houses.

My best DIY success is…
The Bucket Stool! I shared this idea about a year ago, and it has been made by thousands of people on five different continents.

Homemade Modern's Concrete Stool

Photo: homemade-modern.com

My favorite material to use is…
Concrete in general, but Quikrete Countertop mix in particular. Concrete is such an amazing and cheap material. What other material is less than $5 for 80 lbs and can be manipulated without power tools?

One tool/material I haven’t mastered (but want to!) is…
A sewing machine! Far too often we segregate tools into disciplines like sewing, woodworking, and blacksmithing while the really cool opportunities are in mixing these pursuits together.

My all-time, go-to tool is…
My Ryobi 18 volt drill. I use it for everything from driving screws and drilling holes to peeling apples, blending smoothies, and mixing pancake batter.

Related—Project Showcase: Ben Uyeda’s Modern Furniture 

A recent project I’ve finished is…
I built an outdoor fire pit out of Quikrete 5000 as a 40th wedding anniversary gift for my mom and dad.

Homemade Modern Concrete Fire Pit

Photo: homemade-modern.com

To me, failure means…
That you have a mess to clean up and more work to do.

Want to DIY like Ben Uyeda? Make your own DIY plywood “Flip Desk” like this one:

To get the latest from Ben’s workshop, follow him on Instagram!


Bob Vila Thumbs Up: The PVC Pipe Competition Starts Today

Vote now—and vote daily—to choose your favorite among the PVC pipe projects competing to win this month's Bob Vila Thumbs Up competition!

PVC Projects

PVC pipes are a ubiquitous fixture in many homes, though you wouldn’t know it by looking at the surface. That’s because PVC pipe, a tried and true plumbing product, is usually hidden behind walls, in basements, or even underground. So that’s what makes this month’s Bob Vila Thumbs Up competitors so incredible; each and every one of these bloggers has transformed an often overlooked home staple into an extraordinary—and affordable—DIY project.

Most of these projects can be completed in an afternoon, but don’t let their apparent simplicity fool you. No matter how long they take to accomplish they get big points for creativity—and any one could be this month’s Bob Vila Thumbs Up winner and take home the prize—a $250 gift card from True Value.

SEE ALL PROJECTS HERE!

Each of these projects gets the Bob Vila stamp of approval, but only one can win. That’s why we need you to vote now and each day this month for your favorite projects. After all, it’s your vote that will determine who will be this month’s winning Bob Vila Thumbs Up blogger.

Congrats to last month’s winning blogger, Sarah M. Dorsey Designs. Read more about winning Bob Vila Thumbs Up project right here.

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Bob Vila Thumbs Up: The DIY Headboards Competition Starts Today

Vote now—and vote daily—to choose your favorite among the DIY headboards competing to win this month's Bob Vila Thumbs Up competition!

Bob Vila Thumbs Up DIY Headboards

The headboard is no mere decorative accent; as the focal point of the bedroom, it sets the mood and style tone for the most personal space in your entire home. If you’ve ever shopped around for a headboard, then you know that in a retail store, it can cost you a pretty penny to pick up a quality headboard. Being that it’s a relatively straightforward construction anyway, it makes a lot of sense to go the DIY route.

Countless people have done so in the past, using almost every material you can think of, following a wide range of designs. But not every headboard turns heads like the inventive, eye-catching, and all around remarkable projects we’ve chosen for this month’s Bob Vila Thumbs Up. Some are simple, while others are more complex, but all worth your attention—and your vote!

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We put our stamp of approval on each of these inventive headboards, but only one can win the prize—a $250 gift card to The Home Depot. We need you to make the call, so vote as often as once per day for your favorite project! And thank you for helping us recognize the work of creative and dedicated DIYers just like you.

Congrats to last month’s winning blogger, DIY Pete. Read more about winning Bob Vila Thumbs Up project right here.

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Bob Vila Thumbs Up: Announcing the Concrete Projects Competition!

Vote for your favorite among the six DIY concrete projects competing to win this month's Bob Vila Thumbs Up! competition!

Bob Vila Thumbs Up Concrete

DIY Concrete Projects

Every day, we see tons of incredible DIY projects. Some are done by seasoned veterans of the do-it-yourself world. Others are the result of hard work by total beginners. Indeed, no matter your skill level, there’s virtually zero cap on the creativity you can introduce to home projects.

By the same token, it seems like there’s no material that clever people out there haven’t found a way to make beautiful. For instance, concrete—that humble, utilitarian staple of the construction yard—is not the first thing that comes to mind when you think of furniture and decor. But around the Web, we’ve noticed DIY bloggers—a select few, in particular—using concrete to create highly functional or super eye-catching pieces for the home. And that—no doubt about it—deserves a thumbs up.

VIEW ALL PROJECTS NOW!

So this month, we’re shining the spotlight on some of our favorite instances of DIY brilliance with concrete. Vote for your favorite, and help us choose this month’s winner of Bob Vila Thumbs Up.

Each of these six special projects represents something extraordinary being made from perhaps the most quotidian building material. So they’re all winners, in our book. But only one competitor can win this month’s prize, a $250 gift card to The Home Depot, so we need you to vote for the one you think is most deserving. Thank you for helping us recognize the incredible work of DIYers like yourselves!

Congrats to last month’s winning blogger, Johnnie of Saved by Love Creations. Read more about her winning Bob Vila Thumbs Up project right here.

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Enter Bob Vila’s “Too Cool for Summer” Give-Away—TODAY!

Enter today and everyday in August for your best chance of winning $10,000 in Lennox cooling or heating products and installation.

As temperatures rise this summer, who wouldn’t want to keep the house cool with a reliable, refreshing, and high-efficiency cooling system. That’s why we teamed up with Lennox to bring you one of our biggest give-aways ever. The winner gets Lennox cooling or heating products and installation worth up to $10,000! So whether you need to cool down now or prepare for the coming cooler seasons, now’s the time to enter.

ENTER HERE TO WIN

Starting today and continuing throughout every day in August (from 12:00 p.m. EST Thursday, July 31st, 2014 until 11:59 a.m. EST, Sunday, August 31st, 2014), you can enter to win Lennox cooling or heating products and installation worth up to $10,000. (See Official Rules below.)

Lennox Air Conditioners

If you win this month’s give-away, you’ll have up to $10,000 to put towards Lennox’s top of the line HVAC products—including installation. Lennox is a leading global name in home comfort, offering energy-efficient air conditioners, furnaces, heat pumps, and air quality systems. The winner could take home top of the line cooling products such as the Dave Lennox Signature Collection XC25 air conditioner or efficient heating solutions like the SLP98V furnace, both of which boast:

  • Most Efficient ENERGY STAR®  qualified products in 2014
  • Precise Comfort® technology adjusts fan speed, heat and airflow capacity in increments as small as 1% for the ultimate in temperature control
  • SilentComfort™ technology which combines advanced engineering with sound-absorbing materials to deliver the ultimate in quiet performance

Enter Bob Vila’s Too Cool for Summer Give-Away daily to increase your odds of winning up to $10,000 in incredible Lennox products and installation.

To learn more about Lennox, click here.

The “Bob Vila’s Too Cool for Summer Giveaway” sweepstakes is open only to permanent legal U.S. residents of the 48 contiguous states and the District of Columbia; residents of Alaska and Hawaii are not eligible. Void in all other geographic locations. No purchase necessary. Contest Period runs from 12:00 p.m. (EST) Thursday, July 31st, 2014 through 11:59 a.m. (EST) Sunday, August 31st, 2014. One entry per household per day on BobVila.com. Alternative means of entry for Drawing is available by faxing your name and address to 508-437-8486 during the applicable Entry Period. Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received. By entering, all entrants agree to the Official Rules.


Too Cool for Summer Give-Away Official Rules

Bob Vila’s “Too Cool for Summer Give-Away” (the “Sweepstakes”) is sponsored by BobVila.com, LLC, Post Office Box 835, West Barnstable, MA 02668 (“Sponsor”).  Lennox International, Inc. is not a sponsor of this Sweepstakes.

The Sweepstakes consists of one (1) random drawing (the “Drawing”). The Sweepstakes begins at 12:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (“EST”) on July 31st, 2014 and ends at 11:59 a.m. EST on August 31st, 2014 (the “Sweepstakes Period”). One Drawing will be held during the Sweepstakes Period. The entry period for the Drawing shall begin at 12:00 p.m. EST on July 31st, 2014 and ends at 11:59 a.m. EST on August 31st, 2014 (the “Entry Period”). NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. MAKING A PURCHASE DOES NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. ODDS OF WINNING WILL DEPEND ON THE TOTAL NUMBER OF ENTRIES RECEIVED. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. ONLINE ENTRY ONLY AND INTERNET CONNECTION REQUIRED. AFFIDAVIT OF ELIGIBILITY AND RELEASE OF LIABILITY FORM WILL BE REQUIRED.

Open only to permanent legal U.S. residents living in the 48 contiguous United States and Washington D.C. who are over the age of majority in their state of residence.  Void in Hawaii, Alaska, and all other geographic locations. Prize can only be installed in a home owned by winner and located in the 48 contiguous United States or Washington, D.C.  Home must already have central air conditioning with installed duct work.  Employees of Sponsor, Lennox International, Inc. (“Lennox”), and their  respective parents, affiliates, subsidiaries, authorized dealers, and advertising and promotion agencies and any other entity involved in the development or administration of this Sweepstakes, and their immediate family members or household members (whether or not related) are not eligible to participate in or win the Sweepstakes. Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify any person who fails to meet the eligibility requirements or any person it determines, in its sole discretion, to be sufficiently connected with the Sweepstakes such that such person’s participation could create the appearance of impropriety. Entries generated by script, macro or other automated means are void, and Sponsor expressly reserves the right to disqualify any entries that it believes in good faith are generated by an automated program or via scripts. Entries that are determined, in the sole discretion of the Sponsor to constitute advertisements, commercial messages, or “spam” will be disqualified and deleted. Void where prohibited by law. All applicable federal, state and local laws apply. No purchase is necessary to participate in the Sweepstakes. You may enter any given Drawing one (1) time per household per day by visiting the BOB VILA website at http://www.bobvila.com and submitting your name and email address using the online “Too Cool for Summer Give-Away” submission form.

Each entry submitted in response to the Drawing and in accordance with the Official Rules will constitute an official entry. Duplicate entries within one day will be deemed void.

In the event of a dispute over the identity of an entrant who entered online, the authorized account holder of the email address submitted at entry will be deemed to be the entrant.  The authorized account holder of an email address shall mean the natural person assigned to such account by the Internet access provider, online service provider, or other organization responsible for assigning email addresses for the domain associated with such account.

If you do not have internet access, alternative means of entry for the Drawing is available by faxing your name, address and phone number to the Sponsor at 508-437-8486 during the applicable Entry Period. One (1) alternative entry per household per day. Any additional entries submitted via fax within one day will be deemed void.

Entries received after the end of the Sweepstakes Period will be deemed void. Normal time, toll, connection and usage rates, if any, charged by your Internet Service Provider will apply. All entries become the property of the Sponsor. By entering the Drawing during the Sweepstakes, you will be agreeing that any information collected in connection with the Sweepstakes may be used by Sponsor in accordance with BobVila.com, LLC’s Privacy Policy, a current copy of which can be found here. By participating, all entrants agree to abide by these Official Rules.

At the end of the Entry Period, there will be one (1) drawing in which one (1) potential winner (“Winner”) shall be selected from all eligible entries received during that Entry Period by employees or representatives of the Sponsor to receive the prize designated for the Drawing. The winning entry will be chosen at random. The number of eligible entries received during the Entry Period for the Drawing determines the odds of winning. The Sweepstakes will be conducted under the supervision of the Sponsor. If the Winner is determined to be ineligible, forfeits or does not claim the prize, the prize will be re-awarded, in Sponsor’s sole discretion based on a subsequent drawing from the pool of eligible entries. Other restrictions may apply. Decisions of the Sponsor are final and binding with respect to all matters related to the Sweepstakes. All prizes (or in the event of a lost, misdirected, or otherwise unavailable prize, a prize of equivalent value ) will be awarded. In no event shall the Sponsor be obligated to award more prizes than the number of prizes stated in these Official Rules. Winner shall be responsible and liable for all federal, state and local taxes on the value of their prize. Winner will receive an IRS Form 1099 for the value of the prize and will be required to provide Sponsor with winner’s social security number for purposes of same. To receive a complete list of winners or a copy of the Official Rules, send a self-addressed stamped envelope to Prize Fulfillment, BobVila.com, LLC, PO Box 835 Barnstable, MA 02668. Specify winner’s list or rules on your request.

The Winner will be notified by email, or in the case of alternate entry, by phone; Sponsor reserves the right to determine the method of notification. Winner has twenty-four (24) hours to acknowledge that they have  been chosen to receive the prize after the date of notification of their prize. A Winner’s failure to respond to the prize notification within the specified twenty-four (24) hours will be considered such Winner’s forfeiture of the prize and an alternate Winner may be selected from the pool of eligible entries. Winner’s claiming of prize within twenty-four (24) hours is the first step toward prize fulfillment, to be coordinated by the prize provider as set forth in these Official Rules,  after Sponsor has completed verification of Winner’s eligibility. If an entrant is found to be ineligible, an alternate Winner may also be selected from the pool of eligible entries. Sponsor reserves the right to ship prizes directly to the mailing and/or email address (as applicable) provided by Winner during their entry to the Drawing.

The one (1) prize for the Drawing during the Sweepstakes Period consists of up to $10,000 in Lennox cooling or heating equipment (including installation costs). Limit one prize per household. Actual retail value may vary. Winner will not receive the difference between actual and approximate retail value.  Prize may not be redeemed for cash and no substitution of prize is allowed, except by Sponsor in Sponsor’s sole discretion.

Once the winner has been verified by Sponsor as set forth in these Official Rules, Lennox will direct the winner to an authorized Lennox dealer in winner’s area.  Winner will select the desired equipment and arrange for installation directly with the dealer.  There is no guarantee that any specific Lennox system will be available.  Scheduling of installation is subject to availability.  Winner must schedule installation within twelve (12) months of prize award or prize will be forfeited.  Any costs associated with the prize, including, without limitation, installation, in excess of $10,000 are solely the responsibility of winner.  Winner is responsible for taxes on the full value of the prize and will not receive any money from Sponsor for payment of applicable taxes.  Neither Sponsor nor Lennox is responsible for any loss or damage to winner’s property that may result from services performed in connection with the installation of the prize.

An entrant or winner may be disqualified from the Sweepstakes, and his or her entry may be deleted, if he or she fails to comply with each provision of these Official Rules, as determined in the sole discretion of the Sponsor. Participation in the Sweepstakes is at entrant’s own risk. Sponsor shall not be liable for (1) failed, returned or misdirected notifications based on inaccurate information provided by the winner on the Drawings entry forms, (2) entries and responses to winner notifications which are lost, late, incomplete, illegible, unintelligible, postage-due, misdirected, damaged or otherwise not received by the intended recipient in whole or in part or for computer or technical error of any kind, (3) any electronic miscommunications or failures, technical hardware or software failures of any kind, lost or unavailable network connections, or failed incomplete, garbled or delayed computer transmissions which may limit an entrant’s ability to participate in part or wholly in the Sweepstakes, (4) any technical malfunctions of the telephone network, computer on-line system, computer equipment, software, program malfunctions or other failures, delayed computer transactions or network connections that are human, mechanical or technical in nature, or any combination thereof, including any injury or damage to entrant’s or any other person’s computer related to or resulting from downloading any part of this Sweepstakes or (5) any warranty of fitness or merchantability of any prize or the function or operation thereof, which shall be the sole responsibility of the manufacturer of the prize in accordance with the manufacturer’s standard warranty terms, which may or may not include the foregoing warranties. Sponsor does not make any, and hereby disclaims any and all, representations or warranties of any kind regarding any prize. Unless prohibited by applicable law, your entry constitutes your permission to use your name, photograph, likeness, voice, address (city and state) and testimonials in all media, in perpetuity, in any manner Sponsor deems appropriate for publicity purposes without any further compensation to such entrant.

By entering or accepting a prize in the Sweepstakes, Winner agrees to be bound by these Official Rules and to conform to all federal, state and local laws and regulations. The Winner shall be required to execute and return to Sponsor within three (3) business days an Affidavit of Eligibility, a Liability and Publicity Release and relevant tax forms to be eligible for the prize or an alternate winner may be selected. Winner may be required to furnish proof of identity, address and birth date in order to receive a prize.

By entering, an entrant agrees to indemnify, release and hold harmless Sponsor, Lennox,  and each of their respective parents, subsidiaries and affiliated entities, directors, officers, employees, attorneys, agents, and representatives (collectively, the “Released Parties”) from any damage, injury, death, loss, claim, action, demand, or other liability (collectively, “Claims”) that may arise from their acceptance, possession and/or use of any prize or their participation in the Sweepstakes, or from any misuse or malfunction of any prize awarded, regardless of whether such Claims, or knowledge of the facts constituting such Claims, exist at the time of entry or arise at any time thereafter. Released Parties are not responsible or liable to any entrant or to any Winner or any person claiming through such Winner for failure to supply the prize or any part thereof, by reason of any acts of God, any action, regulation, order or request by any governmental or quasi-governmental entity (whether or not the action, regulations, order or request proves to be invalid), equipment failure, threatened terrorist acts, terrorist acts, air raid, blackout, act of public enemy, earthquake, war (declared or undeclared), fire, flood, epidemic, explosion, unusually severe weather, hurricane, embargo, labor dispute or strike (whether legal or illegal) labor or material shortage, transportation interruption of any kind, work slow-down, civil disturbance, insurrection, riot, or any other cause beyond the Released Parties’ sole control. The Released Parties are not responsible for: (1) any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by entrants, printing, electronic or human errors or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Sweepstakes; (2) viruses or technical failures of any kind, including, but not limited to malfunctions, interruptions, or disconnections in phone lines or network hardware or software; failed, incorrect, incomplete, inaccurate, garbled or delayed electronic communications or entry information, any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, failures or technical malfunction of any computer online systems, servers, providers, computer equipment, software, email, players or browsers, whether on account of technical problems, traffic congestion on the Internet or at any website, or on account of any combination of the foregoing; (3) the unavailability or inaccessibility of any transmissions or telephone or Internet service; (4) unauthorized human intervention in any part of the entry process or the Sweepstakes; (5) technical or human error which may occur in the administration of the Sweepstakes or the processing of entries; (6) any injury or damage to persons or property which may be caused, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, from entrant’s participation in the Sweepstakes or receipt or use or misuse of any prize; or (7) late, lost, misdirected, illegible, incomplete or mutilated entries or for theft, destruction or unauthorized access to, or alteration of entries. These indemnification and release provisions shall survive expiration of the Sweepstakes.

Persons found tampering with, abusing, or otherwise disrupting any aspect of this Sweepstakes, or otherwise attempting to defraud Sponsor, as solely determined by Sponsor, will be disqualified and their entries will be deleted. If disqualified, Sponsor reserves the right to terminate the entrant’s eligibility to further participate in this Sweepstakes and future promotions and sweepstakes of Sponsor or any of its subsidiaries or affiliates. Any attempt by an entrant or any other individual to undermine the legitimate operation of this Sweepstakes may be a violation of criminal and civil laws. Should such an attempt be made, sponsor reserves the right to seek damages from any such person to the fullest extent permitted by law.

This Sweepstakes is strictly for promotional and entertainment purposes and may not be used in connection with any form of gambling. In the event this Sweepstakes is challenged by any legal or regulatory authority, Sponsor reserves the right to terminate the Sweepstakes, or to disqualify entrants residing in the affected geographic areas. In such event, the Sponsor shall have no liability to any entrants who are disqualified due to such an action. Sponsor reserves the right to modify these Official Rules in any way or at any time. Sponsor reserves the right, in their sole discretion, to cancel or suspend this Sweepstakes should viruses, bugs or other causes beyond their control corrupt the administration, security or proper play of the Sweepstakes. In the event any portion of this Sweepstakes is compromised by any non-authorized human intervention, actions of entrants, or other causes beyond the control of Sponsor which, in the sole opinion of Sponsor, corrupt or impair the integrity, administration, security, or operation of this Sweepstakes, Sponsor reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to suspend, modify, abbreviate or terminate the Sweepstakes without further obligation. If Sponsor elects to abbreviate the Sweepstakes, Winner(s) will be determined from all eligible entries received for Drawing(s) prior to the action or compromise giving rise to the suspension or termination of this Sweepstakes. In the event of cancellation, abbreviation or suspension, Sponsor shall promptly post a notice on the Sweepstakes entry page to such effect.

This Sweepstakes shall be governed by New York law. By participating in this Sweepstakes entrants agree that New York courts shall have jurisdiction over any dispute or litigation arising from or relating to this Sweepstakes and that venue shall be only in New York City, New York. The failure to exercise or enforce any right or provision of these Official Rules shall not constitute a waiver of such right or provision. If any part of these Official Rules is held by a court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid or unenforceable, that part will be enforced to the maximum extent permitted by law, and the remainder of these Official Rules will remain fully in force.


ENTER to Win $1,000 in DIY Gift Cards

Enter today and every day in July to win one of four weekly prizes of DIY Home Improvement Gift Cards valued at $1,000 from InComm.

DIY Dollars Give-AwayWith summer in full swing, homeowners are heading outdoors for fun and relaxation.  If you’re backyard isn’t quite ready for the season, don’t despair. This month, we are giving away four weekly prizes of Do It Yourself Home Improvement™ gift cards valued at $1,000, courtesy of our friends at InComm. Improve your home’s curb appeal, add a new deck or an above ground pool—or create that outdoor kitchen you’ve been dreaming about—the choice is all yours if you win the DIY Dollars.

ENTER HERE TO WIN

Starting today and every day in July (from 12:00 p.m. EST Monday, June 30th, 2014 until 11:59 a.m. EST, Thursday, July 31st, 2014), you can enter to win one of four weekly Do It Yourself Home Improvement™ gift cards valued at $1,000. (See Official Rules below.)

InComm DIY Gift Card

Photo: InComm

The Do It Yourself Home Improvement™ gift cards from InComm are redeemable at thousands of home improvement retailers in the U.S. where Discover cards are accepted, including Home Depot, True Value, Sears, Sherwin-Williams, Restoration Hardware, Lumber Liquidators, and Menard’s.

Imagine what you could do with an extra $1,000 this summer. Put it towards a new lawn mower or power washer, update your old kitchen appliances, or maybe splash a fresh coat of paint on your walls. The options are endless and the choice all yours!

Enter Bob Vila’s DIY Dollars Give-Away daily to increase your odds of winning. And remember to check back next week for another shot at the prize!

To learn more about InComm, click here.

The “Bob Vila’s DIY Dollars Giveaway” sweepstakes is open only to permanent legal U.S. residents of the 48 contiguous states and the District of Columbia; residents of Alaska and Hawaii are not eligible. Void in all other geographic locations. No purchase necessary. Contest Period runs from 12:00 p.m. (EST) Monday, June 30th, 2014 through 11:59 a.m. (EST) Thursday, July 31st, 2014. One entry per household per day on BobVila.com. Alternative means of entry for Drawing is available by faxing your name and address to 508-437-8486 during the applicable Entry Period. Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received. See Official Rules.

The Do It Yourself Home Improvement gift card is issued by The Bancorp Bank; Member FDIC. Discover® and the Discover acceptance mark are service marks used by the Bancorp Bank under license from Discover Financial Services. Card is distributed and serviced by ITC Financial Licenses, Inc., which is Licensed as a Money Transmitter by the New York State Department of Financial Services. Card may be used at identified home improvement retailers in the U.S. everywhere Discover Cards are accepted.  Terms and conditions apply – see Cardholder Agreement.


Starting TODAY–New Bob Vila Thumbs Up Competition!

Help us choose the best DIY mason jar project from among the six competing in this month's Bob Vila Thumbs Up competition. Vote now!

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Mason Jars

Photo: Ralph Barrera

Here at BobVila.com, we are always impressed with the high caliber of DIY projects that you accomplish at home. Whether novice or expert, every DIY enthusiast has a level of ingenuity that deserves recognition—so we’re doing just that. We’ve gathered some of our favorite DIY mason jar projects from around the web—and now it’s up to you to vote for your favorite in this month’s Bob Vila Thumbs Up—where the winning blogger wins a $250 gift card from True Value.

SEE THE SIX PROJECTS HERE

Blue Mason Jar

Photo: Saved by Love Creations

Summer is here—and whether you’re canning fresh fruits and vegetables from your backyard garden or relaxing on the patio with a pitcher of ice tea, you probably have a few mason jars on hand. Mason jars are designed for canning and make a great glass for picnics and outdoor dining—you can even twist on the lid to keep the bugs out. But mason jars can be reinvented for many other uses—including a wide range of DIY decor.

We’ve picked out six DIY bloggers who take simple glass jars to new heights as chandeliers or solar lamps, wind chimes and rustic planters—even a set of speakers. Feeling inspired to make your own mason jar project? Check out the tutorials from each of our hand-selected bloggers to learn more about how they hacked this humble jar, then cast your vote for your favorite project in this month’s Bob Vila Thumbs Up competition.

Thanks for helping us recognize the great work of DIYers like yourself. Don’t forget to check back each day to help your favorite blogger win the $250 gift card from True Value and the title of the Bob Vila’s Thumbs Up winner.

mason jar chandelier

DIY Mason Jar Chandelier from

Congrats to last month’s winning blogger, Jaime of That’s My Letter. Read more about her winning Bob Vila Thumbs Up project right here.

Want to nominate a blogger for an upcoming Bob Vila’s Thumbs Up competition? Contact Bob Vila on Facebook or Twitter to be considered.