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Gift Guide /// For Him (Under $100)

1. Work Hard Play Hard Duffel /// Gent Supply Co. $99
2. Whiskey Wedge /// Corkcicle $18
3. Yeti Colster Can Cooler /// Yeti $30
4. Custom Playing Cards /// Snapfish $25
5. Graham Beige Dial Watch /// Tommy Hilfiger $65 (on sale)
6. City Map Glass /// Uncommon Goods $14 
7. Wool Bow Tie /// Bartek Design $25
9. The Magnificent Multitude of Beer Print /// Pop Chart Lab $90
10. Sanuk Slip-On Slippers /// Zappos $60

Here we are, into the second week of December... how did that happen?! If you haven't finished your holiday shopping yet, then I have a couple of posts that you might love. Today, a guide filled with stylish gifts for the men in your life. And in case you missed it, last week I shared a gift guide for her. 

Hope you're enjoying the holidays friends!


Holiday Gift Guide /// For Her (Under $100)

Design Fixation Gift Guide: For Her (Under $100)

1. Paddywax Small Concrete Candle /// Urban Outfitters $14
3. Umbra Geo Stopper + Charm Set /// Urban Outfitters $20
5. Meteor Shower Jewelry Bowl /// Liquorice Mood Studios on Etsy $19
7. Hexagonal White Marble + Mango Wood Coasters /// Waiting on Martha $22
8. Striped Marble + Wood Bookend /// West Elm $49
9. Dauville Gold Bud Vase /// Waiting on Martha $30
10. La Boheme Rose Gold Watch /// Cluse $99

It's hard to believe that it's that time of the year again... but there are Christmas carols playing on the Sonos and the tree is up - so it must be true! Today I'm sharing some of my favorite goodies for the ladies; topping the list are a stunning rose gold watch from Cluse, a fun little digital/instant combo camera from Polaroid and a genius bracelet that holds your hair tie (therefore preventing the dreaded dented wrist syndrome). And best of all, everything is under $100!

Looking for some gift ideas for the guys in your life? Check out my gift guide for him here. 


5 Ways To Add Charm & Personality To Your Home

Photo: Glitter Guide
It's easy to get into a rut when it comes to decorating. If you're a fan of a particular home goods store, it's easy to just order up everything you like from the catalogue and be done with it. But that always leads to a lack of charm and personality in a space. There are a few easy ways to infuse your home with some extra style that's uniquely yours, however... here's how:

1. Display souvenirs from your travels. Don't hide those mementos from past trips in the closet - hang them proudly on the wall or place them amongst the books on your shelves. While they always add visual interest and a worldly sensibility to a space, they also provide personal meaning to a room and can be great conversation starters. Not to mention, every time you look at them you'll be reminded of the wonderful experience you had while on vacation. 

Photo: Vintage Revivals
2. Add vintage pieces. Hang a vintage map of your hometown on your wall, or grab a few pieces of crystal cut glass from the antique store to create a unique centerpiece. Creating a bit of contrast with more modern pieces always adds visual interest. Just make sure they match your color scheme to some degree.

Photo: My Domaine
3. Go BIG. When in doubt, hang something large and eye-catching on the wall. Here, a flag adds some serious drama - but you might also consider a large painting or even a woven tapestry. The sheer size alone will be cause for conversation when friends come to visit.

Photo: Suburban B's
4. Don't be generic. Sure, you could buy six matching chairs from IKEA. Or you could buy four uniquely shaped black ones and two unusual leather ones. Why not break out of the mould and try something that's a bit different? Take your time looking around on eBay, Etsy, consignment shops and local boutiques to find pieces that are truly unique. 

Photo: Fernanda Marques
5. Try unexpected colors and textures. Is there a wallpaper pattern that you drool over every time you see it? Or a favorite flower color that you just can't pass up when you visit the florist? Use those clues to identify a bold color or pattern (or both!) that you could add as an accent wall or a statement furniture piece.  

The overall key to adding charm and personality to your house is to pick furniture and accents that are unique to you. Dig a little deeper. Surf the net a little farther. And most of all, allow your true self to shine through! 


8 Fall DIY Projects Perfect For Thanksgiving

Before we know it, Thanksgiving will be upon us... and I don't know about you, but I'm knee-deep in fall-themed DIY projects. We're hosting Thanksgiving for family here at our house again this year, so I'm trying to spruce up our festive fall decorations. 

I recently created the pinecone garland above for Houzz... head over here to check out the tutorial. And click "Read more" below to see seven other gorgeous Thanksgiving dinner-worthy DIYs.


7 Beautiful Leather DIY Projects For Your Home

Wood and Leather Suspended Shelf by Camille Styles
Leather is one of those versatile materials that can be used for so many different applications, but it is (in my humble opinion) very underutilized. Perhaps that's thanks in part to its price, or the fact that people don't know where to buy it. But I'm here to solve both of those problems! If price is the issue, simply buy secondhand belts and leather jackets at your local thrift store and upcycle them. Or you can get less expensive scrap pieces from many fabric stores. And if you're having trouble finding it... look no further than Amazon! Try this or this.

Note: If you're not a leather fan due to moral reasons, most of these DIYs can be done with vegan leather as well! Click through to check them out.


7 Creative Last Minute DIY Halloween Costumes

Halloween is right around the corner, and if you haven't gotten a costume yet, you might want to hop to it. Don't panic though... there are so many fabulous DIY costumes out there that would be easy to pull together quickly. This year I'm planning to go as a Picasso painting - be sure to check out my Instagram feed this Friday to see it! I always like to do a costume that involves face paint (this was my favorite), so I thought Picasso's Portrait de Dora Maar would be perfect.

Anyways, today I'm sharing 7 of my fave DIY halloween costume ideas that you could easily have ready for this weekend. Click the links below each photo to check out the corresponding tutorials. Enjoy!


House Tour /// Our Dining Room

As we slowly finish each room in our house, I've been sharing little tidbits here on Design Fixation. (Although I use the word "finish" lightly... nothing's ever truly finished, is it?). So today I thought I'd show you some photos of our dining room. I've shared the sources at the bottom of the post as well.

One of the things I love most about this house is all the character that comes along with its age... so the floors in this room had me at hello. When we first ate in this room with Mike's parents, my mother-in-law-to-be commented that it felt like a cozy pub - so we went with that vibe, and filled it with darker wood tones and less color than the rest of the house. 

The accent wall was there when we bought it, and it was the first thing that caught my eye when I saw the real estate listing online. We added the gold convex mirror and sconces, along with an Anywhere Fireplace insert for some ambiance since the original fireplace is no longer working.

We love to mix up cocktails on the weekends and experiment with new recipes. We've accumulated lots of fun booze thanks to Mike's job in the wine and liquor industry. I'm into whiskey drinks these days.

We found a vintage map of our town from the mid 1800's and our house is on it! We framed it and hung it over the chest of drawers. According to public record, the original section of our house (including this room) was built in 1830. I love looking at the worn floors and wondering about all the stories that accompany each scratch and dent. 

Thanks for checking out our dining room! The sources for most of the furniture and accents are linked below. To see more of our house, head over here. More rooms coming soon!

Table: Craigslist, originally Restoration Hardware /// Ornate Altar Chairs: Brimfield
Smaller Chairs: Craigslist, originally DWR /// Chest of Drawers: Sauder 
Map: Ward Maps /// Fireplace: Anywhere Fireplace /// Convex Mirror: Amazon
Bar Cart: Sauder /// Drawing Above Cart: Zaria Forman /// Sconces: Amazon
Tree Candle Holders: Camp To Castle Vintage /// Terrarium Vase: Christmas Tree Shop 
Gold Textured Vase: CB2  /// Curtains: Handmade By Yours Truly


Big News... I'm Teaching A Skillshare Class!

I've been itching to tell you guys some big news, and now I can finally let the cat out of the bag - I'm teaching a Skillshare class! A couple of months back, someone from Skillshare asked me whether I might be interested in teaching a class. And while it felt like it was a big leap outside of my comfort zone, I decided to go for it!

Fast forward two months after lots of video takes and some massive yarn messes, and I have officially published my first class! In it I teach students how to create a fun bohemian style woven throw pillow using basic sewing and weaving skills. I'm a big fan of functional DIY projects, so this one fit the bill perfectly - a weaving that is transformed into a throw pillow for your home.

So if you're interested in taking my class, head over here to watch the quick intro video. The free Skillshare membership lets you watch any of the many hundreds of free classes, while the premium membership gives you access to all 10,000 classes (including the full content of mine). So if you'd like to become a premium Skillshare member, simply click the blue bar at the top of this page. (My referral link will give you a great deal... 3 months for 3 bucks!). 

And if you're not keen on making a throw pillow but you'd still like to join Skillshare, click here and then click on the Skillshare logo in the top left and you can browse their amazing selection of courses. 

Thanks for checking it out, friends!


How-To: Easy DIY Tassel Fringe Necklace

Hey friends! The other day I was rifling through my jewelry-making supplies and I ran across a pair of hoop earring components with loops across the bottom that I've had forever. I've been wanting to make a tassel-style necklace, and that's when it hit me - attach the tassels to an earring, and voila, a fringe-y tassel necklace was born. So today I'm going to share the tutorial with you.  

Here's what you'll need for your tassel fringe necklace:

Begin by cutting three 6" long pieces of one color of embroidery floss, and do the same for the rest of the colors.

Fold the three pieces of the first color in half and thread them through the first loop of the earring. Slip the tails through the hole that is formed by the folded strings.

Pull the ends taut. Repeat this process for the other four colors. Separate the threads of the strings a bit so they look more like fringe than string, and then trim them along the bottom so they are even. I trimmed a few strands slightly shorter so they didn't look quite so perfect.

Next, use your pliers to attach one end of the chain to the hoop with a jump ring. This is a good time to try the necklace on to make sure the length is how you like it. Trim a bit of the chain off if it is too long, and attach the other end of the chain to the hoop using the other jump ring. Use your pliers to cut off the single loop on the top of the hoop.

And that's it - your tassel fringe necklace is all finished. I told you it was easy! The end result is elegant with a bit of a boho chic vibe, thanks to the length and texture of the tassels.

It's a great example of how thinking outside of the box can lead to a positive outcome... I probably never would have made a pair of earrings with these, but now I have a fringe-tastic necklace instead! 

The customization possibilities are endless for this necklace - switch up the colors, use gold instead of silver, or adjust the length of the fringe. I might even make fringe out of chain next time. I mean, I do have another earring left to use.

One more tip for you - if your embroidery floss isn't laying flat, use an iron on a very low setting to flatten it out. Then spray it with a quick shot of flexible hold hairspray.

Interested in other fun jewelry DIYs? Check out this statement necklace and these glitter earrings.

Did you like this tutorial? Spread the love and share it on Pinterest!


10 DIY Alternatives To Traditional Curtain Panels

Paint a design on plain old roller shades. Image found here.

Every time I try to switch out my window treatments, I get frustrated with the price and generic-ness (I know, that's not a word) of store-bought window panels. Why must we pay so much for a piece of fabric? So today I'm sharing ten unique DIY alternatives to curtain panels. Click "read more" to check them out.
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