Design Fixation


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.


10 Beautiful DIY Easter Egg Ideas

Find out how to make these bright gilded eggs by yours truly right here.

More gold eggs... check out the tutorial here.

Check out the how-to for these black and white beauties here.

Decoupaged confetti? Yes, please! Learn more here.

I'm loving these colorful PANTONE eggs.

These pastels are quintessentially Easter. Here's the tutorial.

Yet another use for washi tape! Check out the how-to here.

These watercolor-esque eggs are so pretty. Check out the tute here.

Gold glitter gives these Easter eggs a glamorous vibe. Here's the tutorial.

Learn how to make these muted eggs with a typographical twist here.


Roundup /// 7 Gorgeous DIY Projects For Your Home

Make a set of white serving boards using this tutorial.

Add some color to your wall with this how-to.

Make a set of faceted votives using these instructions.

Turn a bunch of old t-shirts into a boho chic rug. Learn more here.

Industrial meets sweet with these fun cement candle holders.

Can't tell your keys apart? Make them stand out using this tutorial.

Find out how to make this stylish pom pom wall hanging here.


Spring Giveaway!

It don't know about you, but I'm getting awfully sick of winter. I'm ready for budding trees and flowers and sunny days. And spring is a great time to add some pops of color to our homes, so I thought I'd host a little giveaway... 

Here's how it works: using the Rafflecopter form below, enter to win up to 15 times. The winner will be contacted via email on March 4th, at which point he or she will choose one of the ten springy home decor prizes shown above. And then I'll have the item shipped directly to them. Now, for some details about the prizes (click on the red links to see the item on the retailer's site). Good luck, and happy (almost) spring!

1. Wildflower Art Print - An 8x10 watercolor print that will add some color to your walls.

2. Brushes of Color Pillow Cover - Small dots of color in the shape of brushstrokes fill this 14x14" pillow cover.

3. Gold Glass Votive - A small candleholder with a beautifully textured surface.

4. Lagoon Blue Wood Bowls - Set of two pretty turquoise and wood bowls with a 6" diameter.

5. Xylo Vase - A deep blue vase with a narrow opening, perfect for that beautiful bouquet of spring wildflowers.

6. Gilded Notebooks - Two petite, unlined notebooks with glamorous gold accents.

7. Printed Serving Bowl - A 7" diameter serving bowl with a geometric minty green pattern.

8. Rifle Paper Co. Coasters - A set of 8 coasters in 4 different floral patterns.

9. Organic Turkish Towel - A soft towel made of 100% organic Turkish cotton.

10. Rifle Paper Co. Happy Card Set - A set of 8 colorful cards with envelopes.


Navy Blue + Purple Home Decor Inspiration

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I find it fascinating how tastes and styles change. Even my own taste. I used to love decorating with the color purple, and then I just stopped liking it. There wasn't a shade that I would even consider. And now I love it again. Especially these warm, medium purples that are popping up all over homes lately. Check out my favorite examples of this jewel-toned combo in the photos above.  

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