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1/19/18

A New Project /// Ampersand 365

The Ampersand 365 Project /// By Faith Towers Provencher of Design Fixation
Photo: Faith Towers Provencher 

Big news guys! If you've been following me on Instagram, then you already know... I'm doing a new project called Ampersand 365. Here's a little overview:

Throughout the course of 2018, I'll be creating one handmade ampersand per day for 365 days straight. I'll be sharing each one in my Instagram stories, and I'm also saving them all to the highlights section of my profile (click on Ampersand 365) so you can see all of them at once. I'll hashtag each of my creations with #ampersand365 so you can easily keep up with my progress, and at the end of the year I'm going to compile every single one into a video!

The Ampersand 365 Project /// By Faith Towers Provencher of Design Fixation
Photo: Faith Towers Provencher 

The goal for the project is to stretch my creativity a bit further everyday, both by coming up with 365 different ways to express a single symbol - and by trying new media and techniques that I haven't used before. And by sharing this project with you, my hope is that you'll be inspired to test your creative boundaries as well :)

The Ampersand 365 Project /// By Faith Towers Provencher of Design Fixation
Photo: Faith Towers Provencher 

In my mind, art is meant to be shared... so the other component of this project is to encourage you guys to get in on the fun too. So be sure to use #myampersand365 to share your own handmade ampersands! I'll be posting my favorite readers' ampersands in my stories.

The Ampersand 365 Project /// By Faith Towers Provencher of Design Fixation
Photo: Faith Towers Provencher 
I think it will be a challenge to follow through with something every single day for an entire year, but I'm up to the task. And bringing you guys along for the ride gives me some serious accountability. I've already had friends and family show me their ampersands, and people have been sending over ideas as well... and it makes me so happy to watch this little project bring people together over something as humble as an and symbol.

Image above: my dog Charlie got in on the action with a special ampersand breakfast. And below is a time lapse video of my confetti ampersand. Check out the rest of them by clicking on the Ampersand 365 Highlights icon in my Instagram profile.






1/12/18

Get Organized /// 10 Genius Hacks and Ideas


It's that time of year when everyone starts talking about getting organized, myself included. And when our basement flooded a few weeks ago, that really put a fire under my butt to get this house in order. So today I'm sharing 10 hacks and ideas that will help you get organized this January. 

Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

1. Duct Tape Labels


This first one is made with colored duct tape, believe it or not! I printed out labels on my new DYMO MobileLabeler, which allows you to customize the layout and font on your phone and then print wirelessly. So much easier than the clunky labelers of my childhood! Just trim the labels to size and place them on top of the tape. 

Photo: The Crazy Craft Lady

2. Magnetic Makeup


This one practically turns your makeup into a work of art by using magnets to attach each item to a cookie sheet with a pretty paper background. Genius! Check out the tutorial here.

Photo: Via Cute DIY Projects

3. Hidden Printer


If you have a drawer to spare, consider removing the side and placing your printer inside so that you can easily access it but you don't have to stare it. Find out more here.

Photo: The 36th Avenue

4. Shoe Organizer For Cleaning Supplies


This concept can be used for all kinds of different problem areas in your home. Just hang a shoe organizer on the inside of a door and place cleaning supplies (or craft materials... or kitchen utensils...) inside the pockets. Read more about this awesome cleaning closet here.

Photo: Yesterday On Tuesday

5. Ice Cube Tray Jewelry Organizer


Use ice cube trays to organize earrings and rings... they even stack! Check out the deets here.


Photo: Honey We're Home

6. Matching Baskets


Use a set of matching baskets to store items in your linen closet for a super cohesive look. Add hang tags to label each box. You won't want to close the doors, it will look so pretty! Check out the details here. 


Photo: Today's Creative Life

7. PVC Organizers


I'm definitely going to try this one... Cut PVC pipe down and store acrylic craft paint inside. Check out the full tutorial here.


Photo: IKEA 

8. IKEA Skubb Dividers


I have these in my dresser and they are amazing. They would work in all kinds of drawers I bet. Get a set of 6 for $6.99 (!) here.

Photo: Faith Towers Provencher 

9. Bracket Shovel Storage 


I did this one yesterday and it is fantastic. It's such a great way to get those shovels and rakes up off the ground. Check out my instructions here. 


Photo: The 2 Seasons 

10. IKEA Cookbook Hack


These cookbook holders are actually made out of IKEA spice racks! Find out how to make your own cookbook storage area here.

This post was written in partnership with DYMO. 
Thanks for supporting the brands that keep Design Fixation online!



1/5/18

4 Easy Ways To Add Warmth To Your Home This Winter

Hey guys... today I have a special treat for you... a guest post by the talented Kacey Bradley of The Drifter Collective! She's going to share some fun ways to make your home cozy and inviting during these oh-so-chilly winter months. Take it away Kacey!

When it gets cold outside, you can always take refuge inside of your home. And, while your home will always be warmer than the falling snow and freezing temperatures outdoors, you can still do more to make your home exude the coziness you crave. We’re not talking about turning up the thermostat or lighting a fire, either: a few simple décor choices will make your home as warm as it has ever felt. Here are four ways to do it:

Add and Layer Fabric Elements


From sweaters to scarves to coats and wooly hats, you layer yourself in fabrics in order to go outside in the wintertime. You can give your home the same treatment and reap the same warming reward.

Start with your sofas, where you’re sure to curl up with a good book or Netflix marathon this winter. Here, you’ll want at least one throw blanket at the ready: not only will you be able to use it when you’re chilly, but the additional layer of fabric on top of your couch instantly creates a cozier appearance. This is especially true if you layer two different throws, or if you choose a thicker one made of faux fur, for example.

Once your couch is fully fabric-ed, look outward to the rest of your room. Do you have soft textiles on the floor to cushion and warm your feet? What about your windows? In terms of the former, area rugs placed over hardwood or tile make floors feel warmer — literally. Curtains also serve a decorative and functional purpose: thick fabric hung over your windows is one of the best ways to keep heat from escaping your home during winter.

4 Easy Ways To Add Warmth To Your Home This Winter /// Design Fixation
Photo: Creative Commons

Brush on New Paint

Colors can also create a feeling of warmth, and everyone’s interpretation of “warm colors” will be different. Golden yellows, burnt oranges and deep reds are some of the more common shades when considering which colors are warmest. But there might be a color that speaks to you and makes you feel warm inside, even if it’s not “warm” by other people’s standards.

So, choose a bright paint color if that’s what makes you feel happy or otherwise cozy. Just make sure the color you choose goes with the rest of the elements in your room: with everything tied together, your space will feel more cohesive and, therefore, homier.


Say “Yes” to Metallic Accents


4 Easy Ways To Add Warmth To Your Home This Winter /// Design Fixation
Photo: Creative Commons

In a similar vein, the right metallic elements can bring warmth into a space, too. In most cases, stainless steel and chrome are seen as cooler hues that, while modern and fresh, fail to add more warmth into your space. Instead, opt for metallic accents in bronze, brass, copper or even gold. As you envision these metals, you can see why they’ll be warmer than their silvery counterparts: they have yellowy or reddish undertones, rather than icy gray.

With metallic accents, you can bring warmth to spaces other than your living room. You can swap out your kitchen hardware in a few hours, or upgrade your bathroom fixtures to these types of metal. In fact, there are plenty of ways to make your bathroom look and feel warm in winter: along with new hardware, you can install an electric towel rack, for example, to make your linens even more inviting post-shower. 

Waft a Warm Aroma — Intimate Lighting Optional


4 Easy Ways To Add Warmth To Your Home This Winter /// Design Fixation
Photo: Creative Commons

Scent is an often overlooked way to create a certain ambience or atmosphere. However, there have to be certain aromas in your memory that make you feel warm and cozy — those should be the scents you choose to perk up your home during the winter.

For many people, these scents will be seasonal ones. Cinnamon, spiced pear, baked goods, pumpkin… all of these have ties to the fall and winter seasons, when you’ll want your home to be at its coziest. It’s up to you how you’ll create your home’s scent story: you can use air fresheners, potpourri or candles, for example.

In choosing the latter, you’ll earn the added bonus of warm, intimate lighting, which can further add to that cozy atmosphere you crave. Think about it: from weddings to fancy restaurants, tabletop candles inspire you to lean closer to loved ones, talk quietly and connect. Your home probably won’t feel that formal, of course, but having candles on lends itself to a closer, more intimate vibe that’s perfect for wintertime dinner parties, movie nights and snuggling, of course.

Get Cozy

These are just four of the many ways to make your space feel warmer this winter and beyond. Ultimately, the choice is yours: what décor elements make you feel most at home, most comfortable? These should be your first line of defense against the winter chill. Adding blankets, warm colors and metals, seasonal scents and mood lighting will then be the icing on the cake. All you’ll have left to do is cozy up and wait for spring.





    

Meet Kacey


Kacey Bradley is the lifestyle and travel blogger for The Drifter Collective, an eclectic lifestyle blog that expresses various forms of style through the influence of culture and the world around us. Kacey graduated with a degree in Communications while working for a lifestyle magazine. She has been able to fully embrace herself with the knowledge of nature, the power of exploring other locations and cultures, all while portraying her love for the world around her through her visually pleasing, culturally embracing and inspiring posts. Along with writing for her blog, she frequently writes for sites like US Travel News, Thought Catalog, Style Me Pretty, Tripping.com and more!

Follow Kacey on Twitter and subscribe to her blog to keep up with her travels and inspiring posts!




12/28/17

Glam Gold New Year's Eve Decor With Treetopia

Glam Gold New Year's Eve Decor With Treetopia /// By Design Fixation

It felt like the holiday season flew by this December, and now here we are on the cusp of a brand new year! And as most of you know, I like to decorate. (That may be the understatement of the decade.) So I partnered up with Treetopia.com to give my dining room a fresh look for New Year's Eve. You may remember my gilded woodland Christmas decor that I shared a few weeks back... well, I'm continuing with that same gold theme for New Year's Eve. 

Glam Gold New Year's Eve Decor With Treetopia

I started with a beautiful gold garland from Treetopia, laying it across my mantel and covering it in frosted string lights. A few beaded ornaments were the perfect finishing touch for the top of the mantel.

Glam Gold New Year's Eve Decor With Treetopia /// By Design Fixation

I also dressed up the front of the mantel with the phrase "pop fizz clink," using gold adhesive letters. You should be able to find something similar at your local craft store.

Glam Gold New Year's Eve Decor With Treetopia /// By Design Fixation

The overall look is warm and festive, perfect for celebrating the arrival of the new year. It looks beautiful once the sun goes down too, thanks to the bright glow of the string lights.

Glam Gold New Year's Eve Decor With Treetopia /// By Design Fixation

The ornaments come as a set of six, with three copper ones and three gold ones. This color variation gives the look a lot of extra dimension, preventing it from becoming too monochromatic. I also love that they can be used for two different holidays... the more use I get out of holiday decorations, the better!

Glam Gold New Year's Eve Decor With Treetopia /// By Design Fixation

I also decked out my bar cart, creating a champagne station so guests can help themselves once their glasses are empty. It's right next to the dining room table too, so nobody has to get up at dinner to refill their glass.

Glam Gold New Year's Eve Decor With Treetopia /// By Design Fixation

I wound a second set of the Sweet As Sugar string lights around the top of the cart, and put a bottle of champagne on ice inside of a decorative footed glass vase. 

Glam Gold New Year's Eve Decor With Treetopia /// By Design Fixation

To continue with the typography theme from the mantel, I also added the word "cheers!" to the top surface of the bar cart using the same gold adhesive letters. 

Glam Gold New Year's Eve Decor With Treetopia /// By Design Fixation

The bulbs add a bit of extra functional light so you can see what you're doing, but they also cast a warm inviting glow over the whole area. 

I hope you enjoyed my glam gold New Year's Eve decor ideas... you can check out four other bloggers' posts this week too by heading to the sites below. Cheers to a fantastic 2018!

Glam Gold New Year's Eve Decor With Treetopia /// By Design Fixation

This post was created in partnership with Treetopia. 
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12/18/17

Amazon Prime Gift Guide: Last Minute Gifts For Your Trendy Friend

Amazon Prime Gift Guide: Last Minute Gifts For Your Trendy Friend
Is it possible that Christmas is only a week away? Well, I just looked at my calendar to make sure I'm not losing my mind, and it is true. Christmas is in fact seven days away. Which means that Amazon Prime is your new best friend. I've been saving fun Amazon Prime items all year long, and now I'm sharing the best of the best with you for all of your last minute shopping needs. Here are 11 beautiful gifts for that super trendy friend on your list.


And in case you missed it... last week I posted another gift guide which has a handful of Amazon Prime items on it as well. Check it out here. Happy holidays friends!




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. 
Thanks for supporting the brands that keep Design Fixation online!



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.



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