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7 Must-See DIY Projects For Your Home

Find out how to make this oh-so-chic cornhole set here.

Tell time in style with this triangular clock tutorial.

Add some interest to a plain glass lamp using these instructions.

These "stone" trinket dishes are easier to make than you might think!

If you have a brown thumb, try these DIY papier mache cacti.

Hanging planters are in! Find out how to make this one here.

This unique DIY artwork is sure to spice up your walls.


Black & White Home Decor Inspiration

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It's no secret that I'm a diehard color lover, but I adore a good black and white combination as well. Above are some stunning home decor examples of this monochromatic look. Interested in lots more black and white inspo? Check this out. 


DIY Gold Triangle Faux Wallpaper

I've always loved the look of wallpaper, but I've never enjoyed the price or the effort that is required to hang it. And thus, I have a confession to make - I've never used it. Instead I do things like creating gold triangle patterned walls using TAPE. 

And today I'm going to share a tutorial with you in case you'd like to make your own super fun "wallpapered" wall. 

The only thing you'll need is metalized polyester film tape and a pair of scissors. I bought my tape here for $8. Yep, that's a bit cheaper than wallpaper, don't ya think? Begin by cutting at a 45 degree angle to form a small triangle.

Carefully remove it from the blade of the scissors and adhere it to the wall. Space them out so that there is approximately one foot in between each one, and do one whole row all the way across the wall. If you want to get mathematic about it, grab a laser level and a ruler. But honestly, I just eyeballed it and I think it has a wonderfully playful feel about it. Place the next row about 8 inches below that one and stagger them so each triangle sits halfway between the two above. 

Continue until you've filled the entire wall. It won't take long - it took me under an hour to do this little wall in my office. Tip: Be sure to use super sharp scissors or else the tape will get stuck, tear, and just be generally frustrating.

It looks much better, right? (See the same wall without the triangles here.) It makes me smile every time I come in and sit down to work :) 

You could also change up the shape - thin confetti-like strips would be cute, or you could easily do squares. And this type of tape comes in many other colors as well. And if you feel like ogling some other super unique wall treatments, check these out.  Happy crafting everyone!


Trend Alert /// Green Leaf Patterns & Prints

Photo: Better Homes and Gardens
Lately I've really been digging leafy green patterns. It all started when I found a pair of outdoor pillows on Amazon with a gorgeous banana leaf pattern in a pretty mix of blues and greens. I quickly became obsessed with them, and convinced Mike that the pattern was "on trend." I thought I was bluffing, until the pattern started popping up all over the internet. So obviously we bought them. Check out a photo of our patio (in progress) with its banana leaf pillows right here. Click 'read more' below to see nine other leafy examples.


My Latest Houzz Tours

See the rest of this lovely traditional Connecticut home here.

Check out this gorgeous East Boston condo here.

A super colorful, creative Connecticut family home. See it here.

Visit Megan's travel-inspired condo in Boston here.

It's been a while since I've shared links to my recent Houzz tours... here are four from the past few months. Every single place provided me with some serious inspiration for my own home, an extra perk for contributing for Houzz!

See more of my past Houzz tours right here.


Tassels and Pom Poms Galore! 10 Colorful DIY Projects

Check out this tassel wall hanging tutorial by Homey Oh My! right here.
I have this thing with tassels. It's been going on for a while now, and I can't seem to kick the habit. And pom poms are almost as fabulous, in my opinion. Are you a fan too? If so, click "read more" below to check out nine other fantastic DIY projects for both your home and you.


10 Rooms With Incredibly Bold Wallpaper

I've always wanted wallpaper. But there's something about it that seems so final. I think I might be ready to take the plunge though. I'm thinking perhaps in our entryway... what do you guys think? Anyways, I've rounded up ten rooms with super bold wallpaper to get the creative wheels turning. Click "read more" below to see the rest (including a papered ceiling!). 

P.S. - Have you entered my giveaway yet? Time's running out!


Sponsored Post: Bathroom Refresh + A Giveaway!

This post was sponsored by Wayfair, and they have generously donated one set of towels for my bathroom refresh... and one set to you too! Keep reading to find out how you can win.

When we moved into our house last summer, the upstairs bathroom was nothing special. It was functional, with decent fixtures and a livable wall color. But for those of you who know me, you know that I can't really deal with "just okay" when it comes to interior design. But we also had an entire house to furnish and decorate, so therefor a limited budget. So I decided to give it a bit of a refresh by simply styling it with textiles and accents. 

And this is where Wayfair comes in. I was already a huge fan of theirs, but when they offered to provide me with a new set of thick, cozy white towels and a soft bath mat, we became BFFs. It was the finishing touch that made the space feel just a bit more luxurious. Click "read more" to check out what the bathroom looked like before we moved in....


House Tour /// Kim of Hunt and Host

If you follow along with Design Fixation, you know that I've been making an effort to share higher quality posts filled with more useful content. So when my blogger friend Kim of Hunt & Host agreed to share her home with all of you, I was thrilled! Although I enjoy posting random interiors from around the internet, it's just so refreshing to share a real home once in a while.

So click "read more" to step inside her home in Bryan, Texas and take a look around!


Coloring Page Launch

A little while back, I started learning a bit of Italian in preparation for a trip to Rome and Florence. And as I attempted to memorize vocabulary, it occurred to me that I needed something visual to be able to really etch the words into my overcrowded brain. So my Italian coloring pages were born. I call the series Vocabu-Color, and they each include 10-20 vocabulary words with illustrations and phonetic pronunciations. So as you color in each page, you'll learn a handful of new Italian words. 

This one is devoted to fruit, and next up is one on getting around the city (think words like taxi, left, right, street, etc.) and I plan to do other languages as well. Traveling to Italy? This is the perfect activity for you or your kids to do on the plane to pass the time. I'm selling it on Etsy as an instant download file, so you can print it out immediately after placing your order. And it costs less than a Starbucks latte! Head over here to check it out.

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