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12/7/17

Gift Guide /// 10 Perfect Holiday Gifts For Her

Gift Guide: 10 Perfect Holiday Gifts For Her /// By Faith Towers Provencher of Design Fixation
Believe it or not, Christmas is 18 days away... so if you haven't finished (or started) your shopping, it's time to get cracking! Today I've rounded up some great finds for her that I've come across in my own search for friends. My picks are colorful, chic and just a little bit unusual... she's sure to love them just as much as I do!

1. Lightweight Floral Scarf - Amazon, $10
2. Lekoch 4-Piece Flatware Set - Amazon, $22
3. Rosa Assorted File Folders - Rifle Paper Co., $14
4. Wood Salt and Pepper Shaker - For The Host, $22
7. Faux Fur Throw - West Elm, $59

Ready for even more ideas? Check out all of my other gift guides right here.




11/30/17

Easy Christmas Wreath Window Display


Easy DIY Christmas Wreath Window Display /// By Design Fixation

Can you believe that Christmas is four weeks away? Somehow it always sneaks up on me. I'm starting to get in the spirit though, and we're planning to get our tree this weekend (and put up our other two artificial ones... yes we're going to have three trees). 

I've always wanted to take advantage of the windows that flank our front door, so when I saw all the pretty wreaths at Wayfair it occurred to me that they might look pretty suspended from the ceiling with red ribbon and string lights. And they do! So today I'm going to share a quick and easy tutorial with you so you can recreate the look in your own house. And they don't necessarily have to go in windows... they would look pretty on doors as well.

Easy DIY Christmas Wreath Window Display /// By Design Fixation

Here's what you'll need for your Christmas wreath window display:



Easy DIY Christmas Wreath Window Display /// By Design Fixation

Fluff up the wreaths if they need it and lay one face down. Wrap the end of the ribbon around it and place a line of hot glue right above the wreath. Fold the end of the ribbon over the wreath and carefully attach it to the line of glue.

Lay another wreath on your work surface so it is 12 inches from the edge of first wreath. Repeat the gluing process again. Do this again until all three wreaths are connected to each other.

Easy DIY Christmas Wreath Window Display /// By Design Fixation

Attach a piece of ribbon to the top part of the top wreath too and then glue the wood to the top of it as shown above. Trim the excess ribbon. I had about 8 inches between the top of my wreaths and the ceiling, but you can adjust the measurements according to your space.

Easy DIY Christmas Wreath Window Display /// By Design Fixation

To suspend it from the ceiling, place the wooden piece against the ceiling and nail it in with two small nails. You can stick it to the ceiling with tape while you hammer to make it easier if necessary, then remove the tape afterward. Hammer the nails in at an angle so they stay secure. Last, put the battery pack part of your lights above the top wreath (tuck it inside the ribbon) and arrange the lights around all three wreaths. Repeat this whole process for the other side of the door.

Easy DIY Christmas Wreath Window Display /// By Design Fixation

The wreaths look so festive with the combination of the red ribbon and the lights, and since they're in the windows, they can be seen from outside too. They are the perfect size for this purpose... noticeable without being obtrusive.

Easy DIY Christmas Wreath Window Display /// By Design Fixation

If red isn't your color, switch it up... gold ribbon would look pretty, or you could go non-traditional and try something like pink or aqua. Have fun with it!

Easy DIY Christmas Wreath Window Display /// By Design Fixation

In the mood for more Christmas DIY projects? Check out this holiday decor roundup I did last week!

This post was created in partnership with Wayfair. 
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11/26/17

7 Festive DIY Christmas Decorations



Make a lovely DIY leather Christmas ornament designed by Delia Creates.


Create an asymmetrical holiday wreath using Paper & Stitch's tutorial.


These tree ornaments are simple to make... check out the how-to at Alice & Lois.


Minted's tree garland would look great on the mantel.


Go modern with this creative tree tutorial from Curbly.


Martha Stewart's evergreen star is a beautiful project.


Decorate your sofa with this pillow from the Proper blog.



11/15/17

Get Ready For The Holidays With Mixbook



The second I found out about Mixbook at Alt Summit last year, I knew I'd be using them for all kinds of photo projects. They offer an online editor which allows you to customize your designs as much (or as little) as you want, so you are guaranteed to end up with exactly what you want. 

So when it came time to create an album for our wedding, obviously I chose Mixbook.  


We wanted something that was simple yet stylish, with enough room to add plenty of photos. We chose the Industrial Chic theme; I loved the combination of the script and sans serif fonts on the cover, so I was sold immediately. Don't worry, Mike liked it too ;)


You have the option to run the photos to the edge of the page or not, and you can overlap them if you like. The editor tool also provides layout options according to how many photos you'd like per page, and then you can move them around if need be. 


They also have "stickers," which are words and images that you can place on any page ("our big day" above is a sticker). Then I added a text box underneath with a poem by e.e. cummings that we used as a reading during our ceremony.

You can check out the rest of their beautiful photo book designs here. These make great gifts for the holidays, and they don't have to be wedding-related... I've seen people create recipe books, vacation albums and lots of other things out of these types of photo books.


We created our holiday cards with Mixbook too. We loved the Holiday Pine design, which is printed with gold foil (check out my Instagram stories to see a little video of the beautiful gold foil in action). 


Again, you can customize everything so we chose a fun decorative sans serif font. The curved edges are a nice touch on this design too.


So if you want to get ahead of the game this holiday season, be sure to head over to Mixbook. Plus... they're having big sales right now!


This post was created in partnership with Mixbook. 
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11/2/17

Woodland Wonderland Christmas Decor + A Tree Giveaway!

Win a 6.5' All That Glitters Christmas Tree! Click the image to enter at DesignFixation.com /// Woodland Wonderland Christmas Decor + A Tree Giveaway!

Today we're taking a break from our regularly scheduled programming to do some Christmas decorating! Now don't panic... I haven't forgotten about Thanksgiving (it's one of my favorite holidays, after all). But today we're looking ahead to the end of the year with Treetopia.com. Starting with the All That Glitters wreath and tree, I was tasked with decorating them for both Christmas and New Year's... and I'm sharing my Christmas look today.

Also...

Treetopia has generously offered one of you a 6.5' All That Glitters Tree! 
Enter the giveaway down at the bottom of this post. 

Win a 6.5' All That Glitters Christmas Tree! Click the image to enter at DesignFixation.com /// Woodland Wonderland Christmas Decor + A Tree Giveaway!

The All That Glitters Wreath is a beautiful vintage gold color. Not a bright, saturated gold, but a light, reflective hue that's totally glamorous. And for the decorations, I love the idea of using what you already have. So I decided to go outside and use things from my backyard - pinecones and sticks add a beautiful woodland vibe to any tree or wreath. 

Win a 6.5' All That Glitters Christmas Tree! Click the image to enter at DesignFixation.com /// Woodland Wonderland Christmas Decor + A Tree Giveaway!

I cut snowflakes from plain white paper to add a wintery feel, and hung up a "Noel" sign in the middle. This is a large wreath, so it lends itself to displaying something festive in the center.

Win a 6.5' All That Glitters Christmas Tree! Click the image to enter at DesignFixation.com /// Woodland Wonderland Christmas Decor + A Tree Giveaway!

Treetopia's Gemmed Up Pearl Beaded Ornaments add a glamorous finishing touch to the wreath. They come as a set of six, with three copper colored ornaments and three gold ones.

Win a 6.5' All That Glitters Christmas Tree! Click the image to enter at DesignFixation.com /// Woodland Wonderland Christmas Decor + A Tree Giveaway!

I added a string of clear lights to my wreath, and it looks absolutely magical at night. My tree came with lights already attached (hallelujah!) and it looks beautiful once the sun goes down too.

Win a 6.5' All That Glitters Christmas Tree! Click the image to enter at DesignFixation.com /// Woodland Wonderland Christmas Decor + A Tree Giveaway!

I decided to stick with the same woodland theme for the tree, but I took it a bit further to give it a bold presence in the corner of our living room. I added twigs to give it that outdoorsy feel, and a shimmering gold ribbon all the way around. 

Win a 6.5' All That Glitters Christmas Tree! Click the image to enter at DesignFixation.com /// Woodland Wonderland Christmas Decor + A Tree Giveaway!

White snowflakes paired with large pinecones lend some contrast to all the glamorous metallic elements. I also added a few dried sprigs of seeded eucalyptus for a hint of color.

Win a 6.5' All That Glitters Christmas Tree! Click the image to enter at DesignFixation.com /// Woodland Wonderland Christmas Decor + A Tree Giveaway!

I painted some of the pinecones with a touch of gold and then I strung them up on a long piece of rope, adding some extra texture to the tree. Satin gold ribbons lend a sweet little finishing touch to the  DIY pinecone garland.


And now, the biggest news of all... you can win your very own All That Glitters tree! This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only, and there are lots of ways to enter... see the Rafflecopter form below. A winner will be chosen at the end of the day on November 10, 2017.

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And be sure to head over to the other four bloggers' posts to 
find out how they decorated their trees and wreaths! 

Tracy Alves: sunnychichome.com
Jade Harrington: jaderbomb.com
Jessa Plant: sparklelivingblog.com
Olivia Johnson: baublestobubbles.com

Win a 6.5' All That Glitters Christmas Tree! Click the image to enter at DesignFixation.com /// Woodland Wonderland Christmas Decor + A Tree Giveaway!

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10/26/17

Essential European Travel Shopping Guide

Essential European Travel Shopping Guide /// By Faith Towers Provencher of Design Fixation

Before I went to France this past summer for my honeymoon, I did a lot of research on what to bring. I asked friends, I went online, and there was a lot of trial and error involved (thank goodness for Amazon returns). But once we finally embarked on our journey I was happy I did... because I felt pretty prepared! And I thought I'd save you the trouble of doing all that research and share the items that I think are essential for a two week trip to France. Here goes....

1. Kaukko Backpack - Use a small backpack as your carry-on. It's much easier to manage than a shoulder bag since it's centered on your back (less chance of whacking fellow fliers on the face while walking down the aisle). It will also do double duty as a handy bag for day trips - so I made sure to choose one that my husband wouldn't be embarrassed to carry. Get it here. $41  

2. Sifini Crossbody Bag - This was the only handbag I brought with me, and it was perfect. The crossbody strap is detachable and it has both a top zipper and an interior zippered wallet pocket to deter pickpockets. It will fit all the essentials, plus a water bottle a small umbrella. And maybe even a light long sleeve layer! Buy it here. $22

3. The Happy Planner Snap-In Cover - It wouldn't be Design Fixation if I didn't mention something creative. I bought this snap-in cover and then filled the interior with a mix of lined, blank and grid paper. And then I wrote/sketched in it everyday (which I would highly recommend... it's really fun to thumb through once you're home). Buy everything you need here. $20+

4. Plug Adaptor - These are definitely essential because outlets are different depending on the country you're traveling to. These are great because each one has two inputs. Get a three-pack here. $12

5. Large Lightweight Scarf - You'll definitely want one of these. It can act as a light throw blanket on the plane, a cover-up on the beach, a wrap if you get chilly at night, or simply a pop of color for a neutral outfit. Buy it here. $7

6. TravelPro Skymax Spinner Suitcase - This suitcase rolls like a dream, especially after using an old non-spinner for many years. This 25" size fit all of my stuff for a two week trip plus some of Mike's (he brought a smaller bag). Buy it here. $160

7. Portable Phone Charger Power Bank - This one is crucial. Mike and I both used ours a ton since we were constantly taking pictures and getting directions on our phones. Grab this highly-rated one here. $21

8. Noise-Isolating Earphones - I ordered/tried/returned a handful of different earbuds, and these (the less expensive ones!) were the winners. They have awesome sound, especially for the price, and I find them to be super comfortable. Get 'em here. $15

9. Hanging Toiletry Bag - Until recently, I've packed my makeup and toiletries in multiple pouches and bags. But it began to seem like a very disorganized system, so I bought this hanging toiletry bag with tons of pockets and it fit the bill perfectly. Buy it here. $28

10. Wine Wings - Thanks to my friend Megan for tipping me off on this one. If you're planning to buy a couple of bottles of wine, you'll want to buy these airtight padded wine bottle sleeves. The bubble-wrap style exterior will protect the bottles from breaking, and in the unlikely event that they do break, the wine should stay contained within the bags (i.e. not all over the clothes in your checked baggage). Get a 4-pack here. $20

Hope you guys found this helpful! To check out some photos from our trip, scroll through my favorite French doors or the design trends I spotted in Paris and beyond. 




10/19/17

Easy DIY Geometric Tissue Paper Pumpkin

DIY Geometric Tissue Paper Pumpkin /// By Faith Towers Provencher of Design Fixation

Do you ever get sick of orange pumpkins? I do. But that doesn't mean I don't like color. I mean, c'mon... have you seen my past projects? (If you haven't, check this out. And this).  So today I wanted to share a fun little tutorial that will help you transform any pumpkin into a geometric work of art using leftover tissue paper.

DIY Geometric Tissue Paper Pumpkin /// By Faith Towers Provencher of Design Fixation

Here's what you'll need for your tissue paper pumpkin:
  • An heirloom pumpkin
  • Elmer's glue
  • Scissors
  • Foam brush
  • Plastic cup
  • Leftover tissue paper

DIY Geometric Tissue Paper Pumpkin /// By Faith Towers Provencher of Design Fixation

Begin by cutting lots of triangles from a variety of different colors of tissue paper. I had lots of tissue on hand because I like to reuse it from gifts if it's in good condition. Vary the sizes and shapes.

DIY Geometric Tissue Paper Pumpkin /// By Faith Towers Provencher of Design Fixation

Next, put a teaspoon of water into a plastic cup and add a tablespoon of glue to it. Mix it up with your foam brush. If it seems too watery, add some more glue. It should be a frothy consistency.

DIY Geometric Tissue Paper Pumpkin /// By Faith Towers Provencher of Design Fixation

Put a dab of the glue mixture on the pumpkin where you'd like to place a triangle, and then gently attach the tissue piece. Use your brush to apply another layer on top of the triangle. Make sure all of the corners are firmly attached. Once the whole top is covered, let it dry thoroughly and then add a few triangles on the bottom.

DIY Geometric Tissue Paper Pumpkin /// By Faith Towers Provencher of Design Fixation

And you're finished! This is a super simple project, and it looks so fun with all of the bright colors. It's also great because it requires minimal materials... most of which you may already have on hand.

DIY Geometric Tissue Paper Pumpkin /// By Faith Towers Provencher of Design Fixation

You could use any kind of pumpkin you like; I tried it on a peach colored heirloom pumpkin with bright pinks and oranges and it looked awesome. And it could look interesting with patterned tissue too. 

DIY Geometric Tissue Paper Pumpkin /// By Faith Towers Provencher of Design Fixation

You might try different shapes too... the sky's the limit, really! Looking for more no-carve pumpkin ideas? Check these out.

DIY Geometric Tissue Paper Pumpkin /// By Faith Towers Provencher of Design Fixation




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