Ringing in the New Year with Color!

Many designers have predicted that there will be a trend towards bolder, brighter colors in home decor in 2012. Judging by what I’ve seen in home furnishing stores in the past few weeks, it’s looking like this prediction may hold true.  Over the holidays my sister took me to a Maryland store called “Urban Country” that she was pretty sure I would love – let’s just say she knows me pretty well because I was in heaven!  They had amazing upholstered pieces that were almost all made with neutral fabrics but they added some bold, bright colors with pillows and throws.

Urban Country
Urban Country

I’ve also seen some beautiful colorful pillows and throws at Anthropologie such as this Orimono Flower Pillow with petals made of various jewel-tone prints

Anthropologie’s Orimono Flower Pillow

 and this beautifully embroidered Finishing Flourish Pillow.

Anthropologie’s Finishing Flourish Pillow

Anthropologie also has a gorgeous brightly colored Sari Throw that is made with strands of recycled saris!

Anthropologie’s Sari Throw

All of these pillows and throws are pretty pricey ($90 and up) so I was excited to walk into Home Goods and see that they have gotten in a load of brightly colored pillows at a fraction of that price.



All of these beauties are just $24.99:




And these gals were just a few bucks more at $29.99:

Of course, each Home Goods has their own unique items so your store may not have these exact pillows but I’ll bet you’ll find some bright pillow colors when you stroll down their pillow aisles!  What do you think about this trend – do you love it or prefer to stick with more neutral colors?


Does anyone have a great New Year’s resolution? One of mine is to have a more organized home in 2012. Assuming that I stick with this resolution (I don’t have the greatest track record in being resolute with my resolutions….), you’ll see some 2012 blog posts with organizational tips that I’ve found to be helpful!  Happy New Year to all of you!


  

Great Neutral Area Rugs on Sale at Target

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A colorful area rug, such as this one by Dash & Albert, can make your room feel complete when it ties together the colors of your window treatments, fabrics, wall décor, and accessories. Dash & Albert’s Jamaica Ticking Woven Cotton Rug While I used to always choose colorful rugs for that reason, now I lean towards using rugs with neutral colors. Why?  Because I like to change things up every now and then and having a neutral rug allows you to create a whole new look in the room by bringing in a few new pillows and accessories without being stuck to using the colors in your rug.  Another important factor? Cost. If you want to change up your room’s look, buying a few new pillows and accessories is obviously a whole lot cheaper than replacing an area rug.  For our most recent home reno project – a revamp of our […]

Holiday Home Decor Deals

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Now that the craziness leading up to the holidays (last minute shopping, present wrapping, entertaining, etc.) has come to a close, I hope that you are enjoying a quiet day with family and friends.  If you aren’t so fed up with fighting the shopping crowds that you have sworn off shopping until 2012, there are some great holiday home decor deals to be had.  Many of them are available online so even you pajama shoppers (such as myself!) can get in on the action.  Here are some of the great deals I found:As a lover of anything with mercury glass, it’s no surprise that one of my picks is World Market’s Silver Mercury Candleholders.  There are five to choose from including taper, pillar, and hurricane candleholders and they range in price from $4.99 to $8.49, which is half off their original cost. World Market Silver Mercury Candleholders Target has a […]

Z Gallerie Zuri Bedding at Amazing Clearance Prices!

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Just a quick post to let you know about an amazing deal on Zuri bedding at Z Gallerie.  The duvet and Euro shams have a great ikat pattern on one side and reverse to a coordinating zigzag pattern on the other.  The standard shams and window panels are in the ikat pattern.  It comes in three colorways including Stone: Z Gallerie Zuri Bedding in Stone Earth: Z Gallerie Zuri Bedding in Earth and Sea: Z Gallerie Zuri Bedding in Sea The prices are unbelievable:King duvet – originally $169.95 – on clearance for $39.99Queen duvet – originally $149.95 – on clearance for $29.99King sham or Euro pillow – originally $49.95 – on clearance for $9.99Standard sham – originally $39.95 – on clearance for $5.99Window panels in 84″ length – originally $49.95 – on clearance for $9.99Window panels in 96″ length – originally $59.95 – on clearance for $9.99So, you can get […]

Pillows of a Girl’s Best Friend!

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Every few weeks I get a new Serena & Lily catalog in the mail that I instantly devour – I love the colors and patterns of their fabrics, the lines of their furniture, and their unique accessories.  The only problem is that Serena & Lily goods are out of my budget – unless something I’m eyeing goes on a great sale, I can only window shop!  In their most recent catalog, I eyed this cool “Buddy Pillow”, which has the bold white silhouette of a dog highlighted against a deep navy background – simple yet so stylish! Serena & Lily Navy Buddy Pillow It also comes in three other colorways, including aqua, chambray, and curry.  As expected, the Buddy Pillow isn’t cheap ($88).  Being the dog lover that I am, I love the idea of having a few pillows like this for my family room but would like to find […]

Chicken Coop Chic

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As a lover of shabby chic, I’m digging all of the different home accessories I’ve been seeing that make use of chicken wire.  When searching for a new lighting fixture for over our kitchen table, I came across this lantern – never thought I’d like a chicken wire lantern, but isn’t it cool?   Shades of Light Chicken Wire Smokebell Lantern For a bit more of an industrial vibe, I’m loving Pottery Barn’s Harlowe Wire Pendant, which has a chicken wire frame over hand blown molten glass  Pottery Barn’s Harlowe Wire Pendant Home Goods recently got in a load of metal home accessories, including many with chicken wire.  Check out these chicken wire magazine racks (much cooler in person – they aren’t very photogenic…), which were $29.99 each.  Home Goods Chicken Wire Magazine Rack What do you think about this big guy that I found at Home Goods?  Fill him with plants […]

New Facebook Site with Home Decor Deals!

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I love getting a great deal on furniture and accessories for my home and bet you’re the same.  This week I went to work on setting up Driven by Decor’s new Facebook page, where you can go to check out all of the great deals and sales that I find on home decor items at my favorite places to shop!  Some of the current deals that you’ll find on Driven by Decor’s Facebook page include:Crate & Barrel’s Furniture Clearance Sale just started with up to 40% off select items like this Carly chair reduced from $899 to $499. Crate & Barrel’s Carly Chair with Envy Green Frame There is a four-day only sale (through Sunday, 12/18) at DwellStudio with up to 70% off select items.  Add the 20% off promo code TINYPRINTS to the discounted price and walk away with a deal! DwellStudio Facet Charcoal/Cream Rug Ballard Designs has a […]

Decorative Lantern Roundup!

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In my last post, Using Lanterns in Home Decor, I shared some inspirational pics for using lanterns as part of the decor in your home or outdoor space.  Next step?  Let’s talk about where to buy them!  You may have noticed that many of my lantern inspiration pics were from Pottery Barn – that’s because Pottery Barn is my favorite go-to source for reasonably priced decorative lanterns.  My favorite is the Park Hill Lantern – I love the contrast between the weathered pine body and aged tin top.  The Park Hill Lanterns come in three sizes and are priced at $49 (small), $79 (medium), & $179 (large). Pottery Barn Park Hill Lanterns Another Pottery Barn favorite of mine is the Casablanca Filigree Metal Lantern, which has a bit of a Moroccan flare.  It is sold out in the larger of the two sizes but the small size is still available […]

Using Lanterns in Home Decor

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While using lanterns in home decor is nothing new, over the past few months I’ve found that more and more stores are using lanterns in their displays and selling them in all sorts of interesting shapes, sizes, and materials.  There are so many beautiful lanterns from which to choose!  Pottery Barn Home Goods is one of the many places where I’ve seen a lot of lanterns recently.  On a visit to Home Goods last week, this gorgeous gal caught my eye:   Home Goods Lantern I totally love this lantern’s design, which fits in perfectly with the decor of our home.  My original thought was to place the lantern on the tile surrounding our master tub, but she didn’t look as good there as I had hoped.  I decided to search through some images that I had saved of lanterns being used in home decor and also do an online […]