Design Fixation


Sneak Peek /// Our Bathroom Makeover

When we moved into our new house back in July, we wrote out a long list of areas that we wanted to change or renovate. Top on the list was the first floor bathroom. The photo above is what it looked like when the previous owners lived here. I just didn't love the color, and everything about it was, well, awkward. So we decided to make some changes to the wall. And it involved more than just paint. Click through to see the what it looks like now. 


My Friend Bob Vila

Did you guys know that I write for Yep, the guy that hosted This Old House... only he's built his own DIY empire, so I don't actually get to work with him personally. But I'm still holding out hope that I'll meet him someday. His voice was always on the TV on the weekends when I was growing up.

Anyways, I just thought I'd share a few of the articles that I've written for him lately. Here goes nothin'....


Free Thanksgiving Printables!

Today I have a couple of free goodies for you... two printable Thanksgiving themed quotes! All you have to do is click on the images below to view them full size and then right click to save and print. I put mine in shadow boxes in the living room, where I plan to swap them out seasonally. So you might see some wintery printables soon, too!


5 Fabulous Bright Pink DIY's

This is one of my own original projects... a DIY PANTONE trash can 
that I made for Curbly. Check out the full (and easy) tutorial here.

DIY hot pink shibori napkins. Need I say more? Here's the tutorial.

This plastic animal planter is just fantastic. Get the how-to here.

I adore this magenta cable knit hat... get the pattern for free here.

Make this fuschia statement necklace using the directions I shared over at


Fall Essentials For Creating A Cozy Home

It looks as if fall is upon us. It's been apparent for quite some time, but I've just now begun to accept it. Don't get me wrong, it's not that I don't like fall itself - it's just that I really hate winter. And once fall hits, it means that we're one step closer to snow. But in honor of learning to love autumn, I've been spending some time cozying up our house for fall. Here are some of my inspiration photos, and a few tips I've learned along the way.

1. Bring the outdoors in. It may be chilly outside, and your yard may be filled with lots of brown plants - but that doesn't mean that your house can't be filled with lush plant life. Buy a few new houseplants (they improve air quality) and cut some branches to give your space some vibrancy. Photo: Elle Decor

2. Add candles. Candles look pretty unlit and even prettier lit, so it's a win win. And you might opt for a pumpkin or cinnamon scented variety to make your house smell like fall. If you have a fireplace that doesn't work, try clustering candles as shown above. Or buy an Anywhere Fireplace to put inside... we have one and we love it. Photo: Glamour

3. Take advantage of the plaid fad. Plaid is in, and it makes me happy. I'm not sure why, maybe it's the nostalgia factor. It's easy to incorporate into your home without spending a ton of money... try a blanket to cozy up your bed, or a couple of throw pillows for the living room. Try gray plaid if bright ones like this scare you. Photo: Design*Sponge

4. Add pops of warm color. Orange is a quintessential fall color, and it's surprisingly easy to add to existing color schemes. If this hue is too intense, try a more muted version or a even something in the yellow family. Photo: Desert Domicile

5. Add cozy blankets. This applies to more than just your bed... we have blankets in the living room and even in the office (I'm always cold). This is a great opportunity to try some new patterns... stripes, polka dots and plaid (see #3!) are all great options. Photo: Parachute

6. Layer, layer, layer. If you have a couple of rugs, try layering them on top of each other... it will lend a warm, intimate feel to any space. If that's too much, try layering lots of pillows and blankets - or any textile, really. Photo: Via Lorri Dyner

7. Add soft textures. Faux fur throws, fuzzy pillows, and cashmere blankets are all excellent choices. The softer the better. I like to hold my pup Charlie in my lap - he's the softest texture of them all ;) Photo: Cheetah Is The New Black

Happy fall everyone!


Faith's DIY Halloween Costume Tutorials

I'll be honest... the older I get, the more I love Halloween. It just seems like the ultimate opportunity to be super creative with an outfit. In public. 

The Pumpkin Spice Latte has taken on a persona of its own this fall... either you love it or you hate it. So I thought that it would be the perfect Halloween costume! This look is super easy to DIY, and it's sure to make people giggle. I created a full photo tutorial on how to make one yourself over at Curbly... check it out here.

Last year I dressed up as a character from one of Lichtenstein's works of art. The comic book style looks complex, but it actually isn't difficult to achieve (although it does take a little while to do the makeup!).

Start by painting your face white. Next, use black eyeliner pencil to do the eyebrows, the tear and the outlines on the lips, nose, etc. Then paint red dots on one half of your face, and blue dots on the other half. Last, apply a glossy pinkish-red lip and fill in the tear shape with blue face paint.

For the rest of the outfit... Wear a bright, color-blocked dress and pair it with ankle boots and chunky jewelry. 

If you want to check out my Day of The Dead costume from a few years ago, head over here. Happy Halloween!


Easy DIY Gold Starburst Mirror

In keeping with my post from last week, today I'm going to share an original tutorial with you. Click through to find out which mirror I made from the photo above, and how to make one yourself! It probably took me about a half hour to assemble, not including drying time. In other words, it's easy.


Changes + A Few Fun Links

Happy Friday everyone! Before I jump into today's post, I wanted to take a minute to tell you that Design Fixation is going to be undergoing some exciting changes! I've decided to adopt a "quality over quantity" approach, so I will be posting once a week with a bit more of a focus on original posts. My goal is to share one original how-to every month, along with three other high quality posts filled with helpful information, inspiration and resources. There, I said it. Now hopefully I'll stick to it! 

Onto today's post, part of the reason for this change.... I've been a busy blogger! Here are links to a few of my most recent articles for websites other than my own.

My latest article on 

My most recent tutorial on Curbly: 

I contributed a few photos to this fun article for Houzz: 

Getting ready for fall with this metallic pumpkin tutorial:

Don't forget to stop by next week... I'll be sharing an original tutorial for a super easy gold starburst mirror. It will literally take you half an hour to make. See you then!


Typeface Tuesday /// A Typography Wall

I can't even express how fabulous this is. Wow. A monogram wall using all different typefaces. Just wow. Find out how it was done over on A Prudent Life.


5 Stunning (And Easy!) DIY Necklaces

Find out how to make this gold necklace using hardware store materials here.

This one is surprisingly easy... get the tutorial here.

Make an easy fringe necklace using these instructions. 

This DIY copper tube necklace is pretty gorgeous. Get the how-to here.

This double brass tube necklace is easy to make too. Here are the directions.  

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