7.23.2014

A Giveaway from Novica


I love a good giveaway and I've got one for you guys today! The giveaway is from Novica, an online shop that not only sells beautiful, unique home decor, jewelry, and gifts but also has a pretty amazing mission. Before I share more about their mission, let me give you a peek at some of my favorite Novica finds. They have a huge selection of home decor items, including beautifully embroidered pillow covers,
black and white cotton throws,
handcarved soapstone horse bookends,
brown and ivory striped bone inlay frames,

beautiful celedon jars,
colorful wood boxes,
a large selection of handcrafted hammocks including beautiful brazilian hammocks and colorful rope hammocks, 
and hand carved wood sculptures like this beauty that totally feeds my elephant obsession:

Novica also has a large selection of tote handbags such this striped cotton shoulder bag:
and jewelry - I especially love their selection of beaded bracelets:
But what I love most about Novica is their simple mission - to spread happiness. Novica spreads happiness to artisans around the globe by giving them a platform to sell their work and the freedom to build a sustainable business from their craft. Every product sold on Novica has a portrait and detailed biography of the artist that created it. You'll be introduced to artists such as Kanda who makes beautiful celadon ceramics and Khun Santiparp who has continued his family's tradition of creating colorful hand-painted Benjaron pieces:
The happiness spreads to Novica's customers because there are so many unique handmade products available to buy and each purchase helps to nurture and elevate the craft of global artisans. I love that.

Jump over to Novica {here} and you can read more about their mission and check out their products - you'll see that there's a whole lot more to choose from than the small sample of items I shared with you. So...are you ready for the giveaway details? Novica is giving one lucky winner a $75 gift certificate to spend however they wish at their online store. To enter the giveaway, simply shop around on Novica's site to figure out how you'd spend your $75 and leave a comment on this post letting us know the item(s) that you would choose. And you can earn extra entries by following Driven by Décor on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and/or Pinterest.

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The giveaway ends Tuesday, July 29th at 11:59 EST. Entrants must be 18 years or older and residents the any of the 100+ countries to which Novica ships (US, Canada, U.K., Australia, plus many others - add any item to your cart and click on "calculate shipping" to check if shipping is available to your country). Read the "Terms & Conditions" in the Rafflecopter widget for full giveaway details. Good luck! 
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7.21.2014

Planning A Corner Gallery Wall


I'm juggling a slew of projects at my house right now - too many really. They're all coming along but at a snail's pace because of all the traveling, kids sports, and general goofing off that we've been up to this summer. One of the things I'm working on is finally getting some art up on the walls in our kitchen. Our eat-in area has one large blank wall and a narrower wall to the right of it that are in dire need of some color. I hung up an oil painting that I found at a consignment store a few months ago just to get it out of the way but the future plan is to incorporate that piece of art into a gallery wall that covers the large wall and continues around the corner to the small wall on the right. 
I'm planning for it to be a gallery of oil paintings and have been collecting them from consignment stores, thrift stores, and flea markets for several months now. Hopefully by the end of the summer I'll have found enough art to put my corner gallery wall together. 

In the meantime, I thought I'd share some corner gallery wall inspiration with you. I love the look of a collage of art that continues around an inside corner and would be thrilled if mine turns out half as well as the galleries in these inspiring spaces:
{Honestly WTF}
{A Beautiful Mess}
Home of Ingrid and Remi Fagervik
{Sunset}

{Philip Gorrivan Design}

{Liz Marie Blog}

{The Little Black Door}
{Elle Decor}
I've also got plans for a gallery wall in our home office in the space above our Craigslist credenza (remember, it's {this one} that you all were so sweet in helping me decide what to do with - did I ever tell you that I decided to leave it as-is?). Anyway, I'm planning to do an entirely different type of gallery wall in that room but the details of that will have to wait for another day. For now, I'm trying to stay focused on the kitchen with the hope of finishing up my hunt for inexpensive oil paintings by the end of the summer (fingers crossed). 

I'll see you back here on Wednesday when I've got a great giveaway starting - can't wait to show you some of the beautiful things the giveaway winner can choose from! Until then, have a great start to your week!
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7.17.2014

Simple Summer Styling with Hydrangeas


With our front yard bursting at the seams with hydrangeas, I've clipped enough blooms to fill up pretty much every vase in the house.
My favorite spot for flowers is on our entryway chest (which you might recognize from the dining room in our old house where we had a small bar area set up on it). After adding a huge bouquet of hydrangeas to it earlier this week, I was inspired to change up the rest of the accessories on the chest too. Summer in our house is too busy for elaborate decorating so I kept it simple: 
The star of the show is the ginger jar that I scored while antiquing in OH with my mom last week - it's bigger than it seems in the pics and adds some much needed color and pattern to the space:
The other accessories are ones that I snagged by shopping my own house. The mirror, magnifying glass, and wood elephant are all past HomeGoods finds:

Did you notice the blue and white bling that my wood elephant is sporting? Yep, he she is strutting her stuff with a fabulous new leg bracelet:
Because as soon as my oldest daughter saw the newly arranged accessories on our foyer chest, it was quite clear to her that something was lacking. Jewelry for our elephant of course. Thanks to my daughter, we now have the most stylish elephant in town. :)

P.S. If you (or your elephant) want your own beaded tassel bracelet, you can find the simple DIY tutorial {here}
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