1.30.2013

We've Got a Winner (and a Discount for Everyone Else!)


Thanks to everyone for entering the fantastic giveaway from Textured INK.  From reading through the giveaway comments, I can tell that you all love these art prints as much as I do and have the perfect place for some Textured INK prints in your home. Lucky for you, Ankita is generously offering 10% off all Textured INK art prints for everyone who entered into the giveaway (and other Driven by Décor readers who may have missed it!) - just use the coupon code THANKS11 at checkout Considering that most of Textured INK's prints are only $20-$25 to start with, you can't beat that! 

And now on to the giveaway winner that was chosen at random by Rafflecopter - it is... Vikki Billings! Vikki's favorite piece of art is this pretty love bird print - perfect for Valentine's Day!

Congrats Vikki and thanks to Ankita at Textured INK for a great giveaway!
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1.28.2013

Ten Great Football Recipes for Super Bowl Parties


We all know that the Super Bowl is as much about food and beer as it is about football so it's time to start thinking about what to make for this year's Super Bowl parties! 

I'm planning to make Football Potato Skins from a recipe that was in last year's Kroger "Game Day" flyer:
Here's the recipe: Wash 6-8 russet potatoes and rub with olive oil. Bake potatoes for 1 hour at 400 F. While they are baking, cook 4 slices of bacon in skillet until crisp; cool, crumble, and set aside. Remove potatoes from oven and allow to cool slightly. Cut potatoes in half lengthwise and remove excess potato, leaving slightly less than 1/4 inch of potato in the skin. Re-oil and salt potatoes. Cook for an additional 10 minutes until slightly crisp. Remove from oven and stuff with cheese (a total of 3/4 cup) and bacon. Broil at 550 F for 2-5 mins. Remove from oven. Fill a sandwich bag with 1/2 cup sour cream. Cut a small tip off one corner and apply sour cream to top of potato skins in a lace pattern. Garnish with chopped chives or green onion.  (Of course, you can also just buy frozen bacon and cheese potato skins, heat them up, and add the sour cream laces. I won't tell anyone :-) 

Keeping with the football theme, here are nine other great recipes that are sure hits for a Super Bowl party:

Football Bites with summer sausage and cheddar cheese from Gimme Some Oven:

Football Pizza Pockets from Picture the Recipe:

Cheddar Cheese Football Spread from Mr. Food:

If you're thinking about making a pizza, get creative with your pepperoni - love this Football Pepperoni Pizza by Angie McGowan on Babble:

Of course, a Super Bowl party isn't complete without an array of desserts! I love these Chocolate Covered Strawberry Footballs by Domestic Fits:

Other great football-themed desserts are these Chocolate Nutty Mini-Football Treats using Cocoa Krispies (via Rice Krispies' site):

Peanut Butter Football Dip from Crazy for Crust:

and Touchdown Brownies by Betty Crocker:

Saving the best for last, if you really want to go all out, I don't think you can find anything more "all out" than this - the "Snackadium" by Scott Pham on the appropriately named site, This is Why You're Fat:


Guacamole, cheese dip, sour cream, salsa, Slim Jims, chips, sausages, hot dogs, Rice Krispy Treats....the Snackadium has a little something for everyone!  Impressive! (Or is it repulsive? Both?)
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1.25.2013

Scoping Out Calico Corners' New Nate Berkus Collection


The new Nate Berkus fabric line that I wrote about last week has arrived at Calico Corners!
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The entire fabric collection can be viewed on Calico Corners' website but fabric is something that I just can't shop for online. I've got to see fabrics in person and get my fabric-lovin' hands on them to feel their weight and texture and see their true colors. I made it into Calico Corners this week to do just that with the new Nate Berkus collection and snapped a few pics to show you some of my favorites. If I counted right, there are 23 different fabric patterns, many of which come in three or four colorways. As is the case with most of Calico Corners' newer collections, only a few of the Nate Berkus fabrics are hanging on rolls.  You can get fabric swatches cut from the rolls but any yardage of fabric that you'd like to buy still needs to be ordered (no buying on the spot!).

Most of the fabrics in the collection are fabric pieces that are displayed on hooks or hangers:

My initial impression of the collection was that there weren't as many original patterns as I had expected. Most of the fabrics were in more basic patterns such as herringbone, chevron, subtle stripes, or simple non patterned textures. However, the weight of many of the fabrics was amazing! Like this Belle Terre pattern (shown in Carbon) - although the pattern wasn't all that unique, it was a very heavyweight, rich feeling fabric that I loved!  It comes in two additional colorways, one of which is the golden yellow "ochre" that is shown at the the top left of the picture above - it was strikingly beautiful!
Another of the Nate Berkus fabrics that has a beautiful look and feel is the Akis pattern, that is shown here in Noir

and here in Gilt. The Axis fabrics were also the priciest of the bunch at $86.99 a yard.

The Santa Monica pattern (shown in Charcoal) was a simple, classically beautiful option:

as was the Caroll Stripe pattern (shown in Mineral):

I love the Brixby pattern (shown in Paprika) that is available in this pretty colorway as well as three others:

One of the few fabrics that had a unique pattern was El Convento (shown in Mesa) that is available in four colorways. I love this combination of black, cream, and yellow:

The Grenelle pattern (shown in Graphite) is very simple but pretty. It would make beautiful pillows!

Many of the fabrics are available in a plum colorway which doesn't really do much for me but it must be a fairly popular color right now because there are quite a lot of plum fabrics throughout Calico Corners. Overall, the Nate Berkus collection has some very beautiful fabrics with a classic, rich feel but there is less color and fewer original patterns than I had been expecting. What are your thoughts? FYI, if you're planning to go to Calico Corners to check out Nate's Collection, do so by Saturday so that you can take advantage of their Winter Sale and get 25% off your fabric if you find something you love! Hope you all have a great weekend!
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1.23.2013

Custom Art Print Giveaway from Textured Ink



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Happy Wednesday friends! If you're having a hard time getting over that Wednesday hump, I've got just the thing for you - a fabulous giveaway from Etsy shop Textured INK! The shop's owner, Ankita, is an unbelievably talented graphic designer and self-taught illustrator who has created a huge variety of original modern prints that she sells for very reasonable prices. Best of all, Textured INK's prints are totally customizable with any colors and text that you choose so once you've found your favorite print you can personalize it to make it uniquely yours!  Some of my favorite Textured INK prints are those that are designed to hang in your kitchen, such as this grouping of colorful chevron prints

and this darling print that is personalized with your family's name:

I'm a total sucker for typography and monograms so Textured INK's monogram prints are another favorite, especially this damask print - I'm thinking that I can find a home for it on the future art wall I'm planning along our staircase....

Given my love for the color combination of orange and pink (as you may remember from this post on orange and pink girls rooms), this set of "Brittany" floral abstract prints totally caught my eye.  Perfect for art in a tween or teen's room! 

If you love to travel, display your favorite travel destinations with these bold typography prints that can be created with the names of any cities that you choose. The grid patterns on the letters are the actual grids of that city's streets - very cool, right?


I should also mention that Textured Ink gives you the option of having your art printed on heavyweight paper that you can frame on your own 
or they can be made into stretched canvases or printed on recycled wooden boards that are ready to hang!

If you're on the hunt for the perfect wedding or anniversary gift, Textured INK's got you covered there too. For as little as $20, you can select a print to be personalized with the couple's name and wedding date in the colors of your choice. Add a gift card to one of the stores where the couple is registered and you have a very special gift! 

For those who are getting married in 2013, you'll want to take a look through Textured INK's wedding guestbooks that are printed on wood panels - gorgeous I tell you!  

Each guest signs the wood panel (for this particular one, each guest writes on a leaf), which you can later hang in your home as a beautiful keepsake of your wedding day. Considering that I haven't unearthed my wedding guest book since the day I got married, I love this!

One final favorite - this darling Valentine's Day print!

There's lots more to see at Textured INK so be sure to hop over and visit {click here} so that you can find the print that is perfect for you!  

Now for the details of the giveaway - Ankita is generously giving one lucky winner a $50 credit to use at Textured INK plus free shipping of the item(s) that you choose! To enter the giveaway, simply use the Rafflecopter widget below to get up to four entries by (1) visiting Textured INK to find your favorite print(s) and leaving a comment on this blog post to let us know your choice, (2) "liking" Textured INK on Facebook, (3) "liking" Driven by Décor on Facebook, and (4) sharing/posting the link for this giveaway on your Facebook page:

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The giveaway ends Tuesday, January 29th at 11:59 PM EST. Entrants must be 18 years or older and residents of the continental U.S.  The winner will be announced on the blog.  Good luck! 
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1.21.2013

A Glass Top Desk for Our Home Office


Last week we made some major progress on the remodel of our home office. First of all, I finally chose a paint color! After narrowing it down to ten possible colors (the eight dark gray paint colors that I had been considering for a few weeks plus two more colors I found more recently through readers' comments: Behr's Fashion Gray and Restoration Hardware's Charcoal), the winner was Martha Stewart's Zinc. I wasn't sure how I was going to decide because all ten are gorgeous colors but when I placed the paint chips next to the paint color in my foyer and my drapery fabric for the room, Zinc jumped out as the clear winner, coordinating beautifully with both. We also had the hardwood floors in our office refinished last week and we pulled down our old wimpy chair rail and crown molding that we hope to have replaced within the next week (well, the crown molding at least, we're not going to put up new chair rail). Now I need to figure out how we're going to furnish our space.  If you've been reading for a while, you may remember that we started our bookcase hunt back in August, at which time we were debating between traditional white and industrial bookcases. We ended up compromising and going for a bookcase that is somewhere in between these two styles (FYI, this picture is from the store where we purchased it - we haven't put it up in our own house yet):
The bookcase we chose has a little bit of an industrial feel to it with the metal bar and ladder but also has a fairly traditional style. It's hard to see in the blurry iPhone picture but the finish is a very pretty distressed white wash.  We ended up choosing this bookcase in part because we decided it was important to buy a freestanding unit rather than creating a built-in bookcase.  We're not sure that our current house is our "forever home" and if we were going to invest some $$ into a bookcase, we decided we wanted it to be something that we could move with us rather than stay with the house if we moved. Our next step in furnishing the office is to find a desk to go along with it. I'm still searching around but I'm leaning towards a glass top desk. This type of desk doesn't take up as much visual space, making the room feel larger, and it would add a little modern edge to our office, keeping it from looking overly traditional. A glass top desk shows up in many of my inspiration pics of beautiful home offices:
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Williams-Sonoma Home
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I've shopped around for glass top desks and one of the first options that I found is high on my list of possibilities because it would be so inexpensive. Two bloggers (Alexandra of Luisa Design and Sarah of Matters of Style) have each combined a glass top with IKEA's Vika Lerberg metal trestle legs (only $10 each) which they spray painted gold to create these beauties:
{Luisa Design}
{Matters of Style via Apartment Therapy}
Other options include Crate & Barrel's Strut 70" Work Table,

CB2's Silverado Rectangular Dining Table,

West Elm's Mix + Match Table Collection - Solid Wood Base with Clear Glass Top,

and Pottery Barn's Sawhorse Desk:
Do you have a favorite or do you know of any other great glass top desks out there? 
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