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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, diy

I’ll Take It

By Dana Miller on Oct 05, 2012

So you know how I’ve been searching for a stool for my desk in the kitchen? Well, it found me this week. It’s eerily similar to these but with metal legs instead. Total coincidence. It... Continue reading

storage, kitchen

Organizing the Kitchen Desk

By Dana Miller on Sep 27, 2012

I’m finally getting little snippets of time to tackle a few smaller projects around the house. Everything is taking me about ten times longer than it should with two kids and a baby around. This... Continue reading


Our Wood Floors

By Dana Miller on Sep 26, 2012

I get a lot of emails asking how we’re liking the engineered hardwood we installed in the majority of the house. I haven’t been avoiding the questions. I just wanted to live with the floors... Continue reading


Curb Appall

By Dana Miller on Sep 18, 2012

Truth: It’s Tuesday. I’m a day behind on Honest Mondays this week. It could have something to do with this. The underground internet cable was disconnected for obvious reasons. Truth: We hired someone to excavate... Continue reading

architecture, interior design

Tweak Peek: Heather & Win’s NOLA Cottage

By Dana Miller on Sep 13, 2012

I’m about to show you a house tour. Don’t peek! First, I need to tell you how this came about. A few months ago, I blogged about my affection for fig trees. Many of you... Continue reading

decor, kids, products

Smoking in the Boys’ Room

By Dana Miller on Sep 12, 2012

Ever since I finished Mabrey’s room, Layne and Everett have been begging me to make their room ‘perfect.’ I asked them what their idea of perfect was and this is what I got: Everett: Paint... Continue reading


The Pursuit of a Casual Bedroom

By Dana Miller on Aug 31, 2012

As we head into a long weekend, I’m contemplating the master bedroom. Despite the name, I don’t want it to feel master-ish. At all. I prefer an informal, casual, laid-back bedroom. I like masculine lines... Continue reading

nursery, decor

Mabrey’s Room

By Dana Miller on Aug 28, 2012

It was this time last year that we learned we were unexpectedly expecting. Wouldn’t you say it’s about time Mabrey had a proper nursery? Mabrey’s room is teeny – not even 10′x10′. Normally, I wouldn’t... Continue reading

kitchen, storage, products

Open Shelving in the Kitchen

By Dana Miller on Aug 24, 2012

We added open shelving in the kitchen. I love open shelves in any room so deciding to add some in the kitchen was easy. Finding the perfect shelves wasn’t so easy. Originally, I wanted a... Continue reading

decor, paint, kitchen

Our Kitchen Cabinets Color-Matched

By Dana Miller on Aug 22, 2012

I’ve had numerous requests for paint colors that are similar to our kitchen cabinets. I finally grabbed a bunch of swatches the last time I was at Home Depot. I held up the swatches against... Continue reading