2.27.2013

Pillow Cover Winner (And a Discount for Everyone!)


Wow, you guys LOVE Pillow Flight's pillow covers! I enjoyed reading through all of your comments on the giveaway post. Most of you chose pillow covers with bright colors as your favorites - I think we're all ready to say goodbye to winter and hello to spring and adding some colorful new pillow covers to your home is a great way to do just that. The good news is that we're actually all winners in this giveaway because Jessica is generously offering 15% off all Pillow Flight pillow covers for everyone who entered (and other Driven by Décor readers who may have missed it) - just use the coupon code "supersecret" at checkout 

And now for the big giveaway winner who was chosen at random by Rafflecopter - it is... Kennedy Rae! Kennedy left this comment: "I love the cut velvet in green. So chic!" 

Congrats Kennedy and thanks to Jessica at Pillow Flight for a great giveaway!
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2.25.2013

Putting Our Home Office Together (Finally!)


After having worked for weeks to finish off the walls and crown molding in our home office (way more hours went into filling the nail holes on the new crown molding and painting & caulking it than I had expected...), we're finally starting to move the furniture in. As you may remember, after shopping around for several weeks for a large bookcase, we ended up buying this one from a local store called Merridian: 
We knew that we wouldn't have the office ready for another two months so the store agreed to hold the bookcase in their back room until we were ready for it. Perfect. Well, maybe not. Two weeks after we purchased it, they called to let us know that the store was closing in one week and that we needed to pick up the bookcase ASAP. Panic. WHERE in our house are we possibly going to store this humungous thing. Our only choice was our finished basement, where it has sat for close to two months (much to my daughters' dismay as it was taking up about 90% of the floor space where they typically play).  So all of us were glad to get it out of the basement and into it's new home!: 
We decided not to put the bar and ladder on for now, preferring the more simple look it has without it (which way do you think looks better?). Our home office is not a very big room and I was a little worried that this large bookcase would make it look even smaller, but it actually makes our ceilings look higher and the room look bigger than it did before. I love the bold statement that the bookcase makes, as it's the first room that you see as you enter into our home:

It is a total 180 from how this room used to look when it was in transition from a dining to living room: 
I'm sooo glad to be done with the red (I liked the red when it was a dining room but it's way too intense of a color for an office) - the new wall color is Martha Stewart's Zinc, which is a beautifully warm gray. I also think that it made a big difference to get rid of the wimpy chair rail and to beef up the crown molding. The next step will be styling the bookcase shelves, which I hope to get to later this week.  Our other purchase for the office that I haven't shown you yet is two of these slipcovered chairs, which I snagged at a consignment shop when visiting my parents in North Carolina over Christmas:
The two chairs will sit on one side of the desk and then we'll have a large desk chair on the side next to the bookcase - since we're a laptop-only family and my daughters have gotten to the ages where much of their homework is done by computer, we want three people to be able to use the desk at one time. As far as a desk goes, our shopping for a new one stopped when we found out that we're moving so we'll just be using our old dining room table as a desk for the time being. 

Update: We finished up our home office! Go {here} for the full tour!

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2.22.2013

Layering Mirrors Over Mirrors


The past few weeks I've been sorting through our closets and basement storage space and getting rid of anything that we don't need prior to our move to CT. It's become abundantly clear that I have an addiction.  To mirrors. Yes, mirrors. I have several mirrors hanging throughout my home - they are great for bouncing around light in small or narrow rooms and making the space seem bigger. That part is pretty normal.  It's the fact that I have lots and lots of other mirrors stashed in closets throughout my home where the addiction part comes in. You can get the most fabulous mirrors for a song at HomeGoods and Ballard Designs' Outlet and when I see a beautiful one at a great price, I can't pass it up. The reasonable thing to do with my stash of mirrors would be to sell or donate the ones that I'm not using but since I'm sure I'll have the perfect place for each and every one of them some day (this is where the delusions come in), that's not going to happen. Instead, my addicted self has started to think about how I can incorporate more mirrors into our new home but do it without turning my house into a hall of mirrors.  The solution? Layering mirrors over mirrors. Using layered mirrors is spectacular in bathrooms - a decorative mirror placed over your typical large bathroom mirror adds instant style:
{Tricia Huntly via The Washingtonian}
{Erin Paige Pitts Interiors}
{Stephen Shubel}
You can also create a statement with layered mirrors on a vanity or chest
{BHG}
{For the Love of a House}
or over a fireplace:
{Carter Kay Interiors}
{BHG}
What do you think - a pretty good solution to my mirror addiction, right?  If you have your own decorating addiction, do tell!  We'll start our own little support group in the comments section :-) Have a great weekend everyone!
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2.20.2013

Pillow Cover Giveaway from Pillow Flight!



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Happy Wednesday all! It's time for our monthly giveaway and I've got an awesome one for you today from Etsy shop Pillow Flight!  There are lots of sources for pillows on Etsy but Pillow Flight totally stands out from the rest because of the gorgeous selection of fabrics and the high quality of craftsmanship that the shop's owner, Jessica, puts into creating each pillow cover. Jessica has a background in interior design so she has a great eye for mixing modern patterns with classic basics as well as coordinating different colors and patterns. When you look through Pillow Flight's selection of pillow covers, you'll see that Jessica shows many of them grouped in mini "collections" with two or three coordinating covers like this:

So if you're someone who has a hard time putting together a grouping of pillows in different fabrics that all coordinate beautifully without looking too "matchy-matchy", you'll love Pillow Flight because Jessica does all the work for you! 

I actually have several Pillow Flight pillows in my own home, including these citrine and cream moroccan covers and grey velvet diamond patterned covers on the sectional in my family room:

as well as two gray and cream tufted trellis pillow covers on the sofa in my living room:

Our boston terrier is constantly climbing on top of the throw pillows on our sectional to get to her favorite perch and after months of doggie abuse, my Pillow Flight covers look as perfect as they did the day that I bought them. You'll want to look through Pillow Flight's shop to see the full selection of pillow covers and figure out the ones that will work best in your space, but these are some of the others that stand out to me:






Gorgeous, right?! I should also mention that Jessica takes custom orders so you can get pillows made in just about any size that you need and she'll send you fabric samples before buying if you're someone like me who needs to see and feel the fabrics to know if they're "it". On to the giveaway details - Jessica is generously giving one lucky winner a $50 credit to use at Pillow Flight plus free shipping of the pillow cover(s) that you choose! To enter the giveaway, simply use the Rafflecopter widget below to get up to four entries by (1) visiting Pillow Flight {click here} to find your favorite pillow cover(s) and leaving a comment on this blog post to let us know your choice, (2) "liking" Pillow Flight on Facebook, (3) "liking" Driven by Décor on Facebook, and (4) sharing/posting the link for this giveaway on your Facebook page:

a Rafflecopter giveaway


The giveaway ends Tuesday, February 26th 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 and contacted by e-mail. If the winner does not respond within 5 days, a new winner will be chosen. Good luck! 
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2.19.2013

Classic Kitchen Pendant Lighting: The Hicks Pendant


It's hard to find lighting fixtures with a classic, timeless design that you can have in your home for years and years yet never tire of.  I've long admired the Hicks Pendant designed by Thomas O'Brien and each time I see it on Pinterest or in a design magazine, instead of getting tired of it, I fall more in love with it. The Hicks Pendant is both retro and modern and has a classic, visually interesting design that makes any space a touch more glamorous.  
{Sketch 42}
The Hicks Pendant comes in three sizes and four finishes, my favorite of which is the bronze with hand-rubbed antique brass accents.  Two or three of these pendants in a white kitchen is sheer perfection:
{Style at Home}
{High Gloss Magazine}
{sketch 42}
{David Scott via Circa Lighting}
{Canadian House & Home}
The Hicks Pendant is an expensive light fixture so if I'm ever lucky enough to have one, it will probably be just that - ONE. Fortunately, there are many places in my home where I can envision using a single Hicks Pendant, including over the kitchen sink,
{Zoldan Interiors}
 above a dining or game table, 
{Zoldan Interiors}
{Elle Decor}
in a bathroom,
{S.R. Gambrel}
{Houzz - Elizabeth Reich}
or as a central fixture in a family room:
{Jeff Herr Photography}
I think it would be the perfect lighting fixture for our new home office but since our house will be in the hands of renters for the next two years, we capped our recently installed ceiling light box this weekend - that fabulous fixture will just have to wait. How about you - would you love to have a Hicks Pendant in your home?
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2.16.2013

Recessed Can Light Conversion Kits: An Easy Way to Dress Up Your Space!


This week has been full of painting and finishing up several little projects around our house in prepping it to show to potential renters. I wish I could say that I figured out the supplies that I would need for each project and made one run to the hardware store for everything but unfortunately it didn't work out that way.  I was in and out of Lowe's and Home Depot on almost a daily basis with a need for just "one more thing". On one of my trips to Lowe's, I came across a neat product that I hadn't heard of before - it's a recessed light conversion kit that allows you to easily convert a recessed can light into a hanging shade pendant. Apparently, it's as simple as screwing it into the recessed light just as you would a light bulb, adjusting the cord length, and then covering the opening with the "canopy" (the part of the pendant light that mounts flush to the ceiling):

Here's a visual before and after:
The kit is sold at Lowe's under the brand name of "Portfolio" and is only $24. You have the option of a brushed nickel or aged bronze finish. I couldn't find these conversion kits on Lowe's online site so it may be an in-store only product. 
A shade isn't included in the kit - Lowe's has several shades by their display of these recessed light conversion kits but I can't see why you couldn't use a standard shade that you buy elsewhere or, even better, one that you already own.

When thinking about places in your home where you could dress it up by converting recessed lighting into hanging pendant shades, the space over a kitchen island seems ideal:
{Matarozzi Pelsinger}
{BHG}
{The Last Inch}
LOVE this huge pendant shade - it makes such a statement!
{Gemma Comas}
There are other areas of your home to think about too, like your family room: 
{Urrutia Design}
Have any of you ever used one of these conversion kits? I'd love to hear if they are as easy to install as they seem!  
Hope you all have a great weekend,
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2.13.2013

How To Paint an Interior Door Like a Pro!


I can only imagine the sense of excitement you must have after reading the title of this post (insert sarcasm here) but what can I say, I blog about what's going on around my house and ever since we found out about our upcoming move, I've been a painting fiend. I finally finished painting all of the molding in our home office and now I'm moving on to painting the doors of our upstairs hall closet. We added this closet as part of the upstairs addition to our home three years ago and believe it or not, I still hadn't painted the closet doors. I had lots of doors to paint when we did the addition and after painting 6 or 7 of them, I got so bored of doing it that I decided to move on to another project and return to painting the final set of doors in a few weeks.  Well, a few weeks turned into three years (pathetic, yes?) and now they need to get painted before we show the house to potential renters. Years ago, a professional painter gave me tips on the best way to paint paneled wood doors and the results are so much better than when I used to just paint a door from the top to the bottom. I've also figured out which painting tools work best for me so I thought I'd share my experience with you all today. So, if you can contain your excitement, here we go:


The success of any paint job always starts with good prep work. You can either paint your doors in place or take them down and paint them on sawhorses - I prefer painting them on sawhorses. If your door already has knobs on it, remove them - it's easier than painting around them. Since I take my doors down to paint them, I also remove the hinges. Next, fill in any gouges or imperfections with wood filler and sand those areas until smooth in addition to lightly sanding the entire door with fine grit (220) sandpaper. Vacuum or use a cloth to remove most of the dust and then sweep a tack cloth over the door to get the rest of it. 

The next step is to prime your doors if they aren't pre-primed or you aren't painting over a previously painted door (unless you're using latex paint on a door that was previously painted with an oil-based paint - then you'll still need to prime). Priming is ideally done in the same order (edges first, etc. as I'll describe for painting). An advantage to taking your doors off of the hinges to paint is that you can easily get to both the top and bottom edges, which can be important because some door manufacturers will not honor a door's warranty if any of the door's six sides (the front, back, and four edges) are left unfinished. For new wood doors that are pre-primed, the only prep work needed is to prime the top and bottom edges of the door, which for some reason are usually unprimed.

Now it's time to paint! Many people have success painting doors using just a brush, but I like to use a combination of a paintbrush and roller (I use the brush for the recessed molding areas and a roller for the flat surfaces).  For me, using a combination of the two is faster and results in a  much smoother finish. The roller that I like to use is the same one that I used in painting the bookcase and cabinetry surrounding our stone fireplace - a WhizzFlock 4" roller:
Rather than simply painting the door from the top to the bottom, you can get the best paint job by painting in a certain order. For a standard 6-panel door, paint in this order:

1. Start by painting the edges of the door:

2. Next, paint the door panels:

3. Then, paint the vertical strip down the center:

4. Next, paint the horizontal rails:

5. Finally, paint the vertical strips on each side:

Once you're done, allow the paint to dry and then apply a second coat. Some people recommend sanding between coats but the WhizzFlock roller that I use results in such a smooth finish that I don't do that. After two coats, allow the paint to dry (ideally at least 24 hours) and then flip your doors over on the sawhorses and repeat the process for the second side.  Cover your sawhorses with a cloth to prevent the newly painted door from sticking to them (and make sure that the cloth you use is smooth with no texture to it, or you could end up with a textured pattern in your door once it comes of the sawhorses - unfortunately I speak from personal experience here :-) Once your second side is dry, simply rehang your doors and reinstall your door hardware. Done!

I'm off to put the second coat on my doors - I'm doing this little door painting project in our office so once the doors are fully painted and hung back up, I can finally put our office space back together. We've been living with our office desk in our dining area and our new bookcase in the kids' playroom so I can't wait to get everything back to where it belongs! 

Have a great Wednesday everyone,
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