Continuing on the Christmas Tour of Homes

Have you been loving all of the Christmas house tours across the blogosphere? Sitting on the couch with my laptop looking at all of these beautiful homes sure beats driving around at night trying to sneak peaks inside of my favorite houses. Um, not that I do that or anything…

If you haven’t seen the the most recent houses on the 12 Days of Christmas Tour of Homes, let’s play catch-up. On Day 4, Cyndy from The Creativity Exchange welcomed us into her inviting Texas home where instead of snow, she’s got blooming camellia bushes in her front yard. Before you even walk in the front door, you know her house is going to be a beaut!:

And don’t even get me started on this amazing champagne bucket centerpiece:

Hop over to Cyndy’s home at The Creativity Exchange {here} to catch the rest of her tour!

On Day 5, Jennifer from Dimples & Tangles invited us into her stunning home. Her dining room is one of my favorites and it looks even more amazing all decorated up for Christmas:

Her living room is fantastic too – here’s a sneak peek but you’ll want to check out her blog {here} to see every little gorgeous detail.


On Sunday, it’s my turn to give you a tour! Hope to see you back here then!

Home Inspections: 5 Must-Know Tips

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Buying a new home is not for the faint of heart. From house hunting to negotiating a deal to inspections, contracts, mortgage applications, packing, moving….it’s stressful to say the least. With each of the three homes we’ve bought, we’ve learned a little more about what we should and shouldn’t do the next time around. From our recent home purchase, we’ve become a lot more savvy about real estate disclosures and home inspections. I wish I could say that our knowledge came from educating ourselves prior to our home purchase but unfortunately it came from several “now we know what not to do” lessons on the backend. But there’s a bright light here and it’s that I can send some home inspection savvy your way so we can all have an easier home buying process the next time around. I’ve got five tips to share for getting the most out of your […]

Finally, a To-Do List I Can Handle…

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You know what it’s like when you’ve just moved to a new house, right? The to-do list is out of control. Find blinds for the bare windows. Set up garbage pick-up, cable, lawn care, & phone services. Register the kids for school. Paint. Find a place to put the boxes and boxes of things you’ve unpacked. The list goes on. And on. And on. Sooo overwhelming!So what’s the best way to manage an out of control, stressful new home to-do list? I have no idea because I decided to scrap the whole thing and take the girls on a last minute road trip. We met up with my sister and nephew and headed down to Wilmington, N.C. to visit my parents. “We” of course included the never-to-be-left-behind dog:    I thought that I had completely escaped any and all to-do lists. That was the reason for this trip, remember? But […]

House Tour: Girls’ Bathroom

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It’s the final stop on the house tour today. I should have planned the order of rooms a little better and finished if off with something more exciting than my girls’ bathroom but oh well, here we go… When we bought our house, the bathroom looked like this: and after remodeling it, this is the bathroom today: The hardest part about designing the bathroom was finding granite for the countertops. I had a long wish list – I was looking for a granite that was unique (no Ubatuba or Venetian Gold), that worked well with white cabinets, and that would do a good job hiding water spots. I knew that this was “the one” as soon as I saw it: The soap dispensers are simple white ceramic pumps from HomeGoods – I dressed them up by adding vinyl decals with my daughters’ first initials in script. I didn’t know how well […]

House Tour: Master Bedroom & Bathroom

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I’m excited to be wrapping up the tour of our old house this week and moving on to telling you about all of the projects in the works at our new one. There is sooo much I need to do in our new house and lots of things that I’d love to get your opinion on. But first, come along for a tour of our old master bedroom and bath… There are no “before” pictures for these rooms because we added the master bedroom and bath to the house as part of a large renovation about five years ago. One of my favorite things about our bedroom is the vaulted ceiling – considering that the rest of our house consists of standard cookie cutter rooms with 8′ ceilings, I love the more airy feel of this space. One of my least favorite things about our bedroom can also be seen […]

House Tour: Guest Bedroom & Bath

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Our house tour continues today with the guest bedroom and bath. I went back and forth about whether to include this room in the house tour because it has a longer “to do” list than “done” list but what the heck – come on in and take a look around!  My favorite thing about this room is the wall color – Benjamin Moore’s Kentucky Haze (AC-16). It is a soft, sophisticated greenish blue. You didn’t think I painted with anything but neutrals, did you? The upholstered headboard came from the Pottery Barn Outlet: Those of you who have had your morning coffee might have noticed that there’s a burlap bow tied on the side of it: That’s because it’s hiding this patch: The poor gal had been sent to the PB Outlet because of a small tear but I couldn’t pass up her $125 price tag so the patch and burlap […]

House Tour: Family Room

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Our house tour continues today with a look around the family room. If you’ve been following Driven By Décor for a while now, these first pictures may look familiar because I blogged about the transformation of our family room fireplace and built-in bookcases last year. When we moved into our house, the family room had a painted brick fireplace flanked by bookcases with a pretty heinous wood tone. After remodeling the space, the fireplace and bookcases in our family room now look like this: For the skinny on the remodeling work, check out these past posts on:     *Painting the bookcases, trimming them out, and adding new knobs     *Adding a new gas fireplace insert and installing stone veneer over the brick     *Lining the back of the bookcases with burlap and styling the shelves Our family room is fairly small so furnishing it was super simple. The main […]

House Tour: Home Office

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The room that we turned into a home office was originally our dining room with walls that were painted a cranberry red. In the interim period between moving our dining room into the living room to create a combination living/dining room and remodeling the space to create a new home office, the room looked pretty dark and dreary: Now that the remodeling is complete (or at least as complete as it’s going to get at this point – more on that later…), our new home office has a totally different look: We started with some changes to the room itself, including a change in wall color – while I liked the red walls when the space was being used for a dining room, I felt like it was too intense of a color for a home office. We removed the wimpy chair rail, added bigger crown molding, and painted the room Martha Stewart’s […]

House Tour: Dining Room

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After a few years of living in our home, we decided to change around our first floor rooms to better fit our lifestyle. The living room was rarely being used, which was a shame since it’s the largest room in our house. We also found that we had a need for a home office. The dining room was the most logical place to put it based on the size of the room and its location in the house but we didn’t want to get rid of our dining room altogether. The solution was to turn our large, rarely used living room into a combination dining/living room. The room had pretty grim beginnings: but it ended up turning into my favorite room in the house: Every room needs a jumping-off point and in this case it was the dining room table. I bought it when the Henredon Furniture store in Cincinnati […]