Design Fixation

6/13/17

Easy DIY Tassel Wine Stopper

DIY Tassel Wine Stopper With 90+ Cellars /// A Tutorial By Faith Towers of Design Fixation

In case you didn't know, I like wine. Like, a lot. And I also like tassels. A lot. So when 90+ Cellars approached me to ask if I'd like to do a wine-related DIY, I knew exactly what I would make. A tassel wine stopper, duh! The cool thing about this stopper is that it has a pourer and a stopper all in one, and it looks kinda pretty thanks to the tassel. And I'm a big fan of projects where form meets function. So let's get started!

DIY Tassel Wine Stopper With 90+ Cellars /// A Tutorial By Faith Towers of Design Fixation

Here's what you'll need for your tassel wine stopper:
  • 10" soft cotton rope
  • Assorted embroidery floss
  • Scissors
  • Embroidery needle
  • Wine stopper/pourer

DIY Tassel Wine Stopper With 90+ Cellars /// A Tutorial By Faith Towers of Design Fixation

Begin by tying your first color around the rope, 1/3 of the way down the rope. Double knot it, and then wrap the embroidery floss around the rope repeatedly, covering up the tail. Continue wrapping until you have a strip that's about 3/4" long.

DIY Tassel Wine Stopper With 90+ Cellars /// A Tutorial By Faith Towers of Design Fixation

If you are alternating smaller sections of color, you can tie both together at the bottom of your first color and then just wrap one at a time.

DIY Tassel Wine Stopper With 90+ Cellars /// A Tutorial By Faith Towers of Design Fixation

You can see this process above. You'll cover up all of the tails as you continue wrapping, ensuring that they are secure.

DIY Tassel Wine Stopper With 90+ Cellars /// A Tutorial By Faith Towers of Design Fixation

Once you've finished one color, switch to the other one and wrap around and around as you've done before. Continue this process for about two inches, then go back to your very first color and do another section that's 3/4" long. Tie off the end with a double knot.

DIY Tassel Wine Stopper With 90+ Cellars /// A Tutorial By Faith Towers of Design Fixation

Now is the time to slip the stopper onto the rope.

DIY Tassel Wine Stopper With 90+ Cellars /// A Tutorial By Faith Towers of Design Fixation

Line up the bottom sections of color and then tie them together with your last embroidery floss color. Tie a double knot, and then wrap it around both pieces of rope until you have a 3/4" section.

DIY Tassel Wine Stopper With 90+ Cellars /// A Tutorial By Faith Towers of Design Fixation

Knot the end, then slip it onto an embroidery needle. Slide the needle in between the two rope ends and pull the needle through. Cut the floss right where it becomes visible.
 
DIY Tassel Wine Stopper With 90+ Cellars /// A Tutorial By Faith Towers of Design Fixation

Trim the ends of the rope so they are even, and then separate the strands of the rope. Now go pour yourself a glass of wine and replace the cork with your fancy new stopper!

DIY Tassel Wine Stopper With 90+ Cellars /// A Tutorial By Faith Towers of Design Fixation


You can really get creative with the colors and patterns... I love the look of the greens on this tassel with the beautiful colors on the Côtes de Provence Rosé. Summer in a bottle!

DIY Tassel Wine Stopper With 90+ Cellars /// A Tutorial By Faith Towers of Design Fixation

These would make great hostess gifts or birthday gifts, especially paired with a bottle of vino. 

DIY Tassel Wine Stopper With 90+ Cellars /// A Tutorial By Faith Towers of Design Fixation


Also: the Provence rosé has a gorgeous texture on the inside of the bottle which isn't noticeable until it is empty. It looks like little droplets of water... you can sort of see it in the photo above. What a fun touch. I also tasted 90+ Cellars Sancerre and their Barbera D'Alba during the process of making this tutorial and both were fantastic. Don't worry, I didn't get too tipsy until after I was finished blogging!

DIY Tassel Wine Stopper With 90+ Cellars /// A Tutorial By Faith Towers of Design Fixation

You might also use this same technique to make other things, like wine charms to keep track of guests' glasses... that's definitely next on my list. Happy crafting everyone!

This post was written in partnership with 90+ Cellars. Thanks for supporting the brands that help keep Design Fixation online!



6/6/17

10 Beautiful Boho Chic Interiors

10 Beautiful Boho Chic Interiors /// A Roundup by Design Fixation

10 Beautiful Boho Chic Interiors /// A Roundup by Design Fixation

10 Beautiful Boho Chic Interiors /// A Roundup by Design Fixation

10 Beautiful Boho Chic Interiors /// A Roundup by Design Fixation

10 Beautiful Boho Chic Interiors /// A Roundup by Design Fixation

10 Beautiful Boho Chic Interiors /// A Roundup by Design Fixation

10 Beautiful Boho Chic Interiors /// A Roundup by Design Fixation

10 Beautiful Boho Chic Interiors /// A Roundup by Design Fixation

10 Beautiful Boho Chic Interiors /// A Roundup by Design Fixation

10 Beautiful Boho Chic Interiors /// A Roundup by Design Fixation

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Sometimes the bohemian trend can be a bit much in large doses, so the key is finding that perfect balance. Above are ten of my fave examples of rooms that have just enough of that unique charm blended with more classic elements. Which room is your favorite?



5/23/17

Shoe Makeover /// Breathe New Life Into Scuffed Up Heels

Old Shoe Makeover: Save Those Scuffed Up Heels /// By Design Fixation

These wedges are the most comfortable pair of heels I've ever owned. But when I wore them to my friend's wedding in the woods of Maine, they got totally scuffed up... so much so that even a magic eraser couldn't fix them. But being so comfortable, I didn't want to give up on them yet. 

Old Shoe Makeover: Save Those Scuffed Up Heels /// By Design Fixation

So I painted them with a coat of gold Liquid Leaf. As you can see from the image above, there is a drastic difference between the unpainted area on the left and the painted section on the right. 

Old Shoe Makeover: Save Those Scuffed Up Heels /// By Design Fixation

There's nothing complicated about the application, just make sure you use a flat brush so you can achieve very precise edges. I would not recommend painting the inside of the shoe, just the exterior surface.

Old Shoe Makeover: Save Those Scuffed Up Heels /// By Design Fixation

Quite a difference, right?! And the Liquid Leaf is oil-based, too, so it repels water! It would also be fun to add the color to only certain areas of the shoe... I'm considering giving an old pair of flats a makeover by painting a large triangle on the front section by the toe.

Old Shoe Makeover: Save Those Scuffed Up Heels /// By Design Fixation

Liquid Leaf comes in silver and copper too, if gold isn't your jam. Check out more DIY shoe projects and makeovers here.

Old Shoe Makeover: Save Those Scuffed Up Heels /// By Design Fixation
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5/15/17

Classic Wedding Invitations With A Hint of Nautical Charm


Classic Wedding Invitations With A Hint of Nautical Charm /// By Design Fixation

Classic Wedding Invitations With A Hint of Nautical Charm /// By Design Fixation

Classic Wedding Invitations With A Hint of Nautical Charm /// By Design Fixation

When my friend Julie asked me to design her wedding invitations, I knew that she would already have something impossibly classy in mind. So when she said that she wanted a gray and white color scheme with a subtle nautical vibe, I wasn't surprised. It was a lovely concept, and I think that the final product really spoke to that vision. 

We had them letterpressed at Boxcar Press, and mailed them in matching gray envelopes. She got great feedback from guests, and loved the way they set the tone for their black tie optional affair.

If you or someone you know is in the market for wedding invitations, feel free to email me at faithtowers@gmail.com. And feel free to check out some additional samples of my work here. 

Classic Wedding Invitations With A Hint of Nautical Charm /// By Design Fixation
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5/9/17

Three Incredibly Gorgeous Home Makeovers

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Three Incredibly Gorgeous Home Makeovers /// Design Fixation

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Three Incredibly Gorgeous Home Makeovers /// Design Fixation

I always like to start with the beautiful 'after' photos, because ya know, glass half full. Room one now has tons of character, and the mirrored wall makes it feel much more open. Check out more photos over at Domino.

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Three Incredibly Gorgeous Home Makeovers /// Design Fixation

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Three Incredibly Gorgeous Home Makeovers /// Design Fixation

This space needed all kinds of help... and boy did it get it. I love the beautiful exposed brick walls paired with the blue-ish green cabinets. And that light fixture! (Insert heart eyes emoji here). Read all about the makeover process at Yellow Brick Home.

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Three Incredibly Gorgeous Home Makeovers /// Design Fixation

B E F O R E  / / /  R O O M  T H R E E
Three Incredibly Gorgeous Home Makeovers /// Design Fixation

This living room started as a blank slate, but it really looks incredible now with its crisp white walls and bold green sofa. I also love the way the art relates perfectly with the area rug. Check out the whole makeover at Oh Happy Day.



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