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Dana Miller

Hey. I’m Dana. Ten years ago I had life all figured out. I was going to marry my college boyfriend, become a pharmacist, make good money, pop out two kids and live happily ever after. Well, I did do all those things. Turns out my college boyfriend makes a good Handy Hubby {HH}, my respectable day job sucks all inspiration out of me, making good money isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, those manageable two kids multiplied into three {oops!}, and I’m still working on my happily ever after. Somewhere between updating our starter Cape Cod and de-buildering our boring builder basic {i.e. our second home}, I discovered a passion for interior design and HH got really good at using power tools. We fell in love with all things house and home. Then we did the unthinkable. We ditched our McMansion in exchange for a small, dilapidated 1950’s ranch complete with termite trails in the original shag carpeting. We’ve deemed it The Underdog. It’s not our dream house but, rather, the house in which to pursue our dreams. Follow us as we tweak our Underdog into a bona fide stylish family home and chase some dreams. There are likely to be messes, mistakes, and miracles along the way!

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decor, products

Mix-n-Match: Eclectic Decor Ideas

By Dana Miller on Jan 29, 2013

So I’ve been brainstorming ideas for reoccurring posts. I don’t want House*Tweaking to have a strict posting schedule but having regular posts scattered in with more spontaneous, of-the-moment posts seems like a good way for... Continue reading

decor, diy

9 Tips for Creating a Unique Gallery Wall

By Dana Miller on Jan 24, 2013

Have you noticed the abundance of gallery walls filling the design world lately? These days gallery walls are less about structure and perfect alignment and more about creating a unique, imperfect composition. Here are nine... Continue reading


DIY Fauxdenza

By Dana Miller on Jan 15, 2013

If you follow me on instagram @housetweaking you may have been witness to some behind-the-scenes footage of the photo shoot. Like the image above where HH is kindly staying up waaaaay past his regular bedtime... Continue reading


The Peshtemal Plunge

By Dana Miller on Dec 19, 2012

One of you spied a minor new addition to our bathroom in this as-is house tour post. Do you see it? Hint: it’s not the lone toilet paper roll. Or the baby bath seat. Yep.... Continue reading

decor, seasonal

Honest Mondays: Christmas Lights

By Dana Miller on Dec 10, 2012

Okay, let’s try a light-hearted Honest Monday, shall we? Christmas lights. I like warm white strands. HH prefers LED’s. My kids want as many different colors as possible. And blinking. Lots of blinking. Oh, the... Continue reading

tools, diy

Random Tidbits

By Dana Miller on Dec 06, 2012

My heart is heavy this week. Lots of sad news involving people we know and love + cancer. No one in our household but that doesn’t make the news any lighter or less serious. Cancer... Continue reading

bathroom, storage

Bathroom Vanity Sanity

By Dana Miller on Nov 29, 2012

Currently, we’re living with one functional bathroom – the master bathroom. The other bathroom {the kid/guest bathroom} is completely gutted awaiting renovation. Hang in there lil’ bathroom! We’re coming to the rescue in a few... Continue reading

decor, windows

Well Hung

By Dana Miller on Nov 28, 2012

Last Thursday was Thanksgiving. It was also my birthday. It was also the day HH hung a bunch of stuff in our house. He knows me all too well. I’ll take home decor projects over... Continue reading

decor, repurposing

Thank You, Craigslist

By Dana Miller on Nov 16, 2012

That was the view from the master bedroom to the master bathroom several months ago. Our bed now lives where this photo was taken from. Besides a few renovation changes – completing the bathroom, adding... Continue reading

paint, diy

Stenciling the Laundry Nook

By Dana Miller on Nov 09, 2012

What. A. Week. We’re rounding out our second week of HH being away. Being a single parent to three kids is no joke. It’s busy, chaotic and exhausting but I’m grateful to be able to... Continue reading