Design Fixation


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.  


7 Easy DIY Projects Using Wood

Make a set of these adorable succulent planters using this tutorial.

This colorful wooden bead key chain will make you want to start your commute!

I'm loving the simplicity of this wooden clock. Get the how-to here.

Make a set of these salt and pepper shakers using this tutorial.

Keep all your ducks in a row with this handy wall notebook.

These cube tea lights are pretty... find out how to make them here.

Never burn your fingers again with these fun wooden corn holders.


Trend Alert /// Shiplap Walls

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If you're like me, you might not have known what the term for those beautiful paneled walls in the above photos was until recently... but now I know. It's called shiplap and it's taking Pinterest by storm. We have a small shiplap wall in our closet in the new house, but I'm pretty sure I'm going to have to incorporate it into one of the main rooms somehow. It's just so classic and lovely.


5 Gorgeous DIY Projects Using Paper

Learn how to make these pretty watercolor gift tags at The Crafted Life.

Find out how to make this pretty coffee filter wreath here.

Get the directions for this paper rose wall art here.

Learn how to make this super simple accent wall (or photo backdrop) over at Poppytalk.

Transform a plain old paper globe using this tutorial.


Typeface Tuesday /// Calligraphy In Motion

This is the coolest thing I've seen in a while. Mesmerizing. It is a video of master calligrapher Seb Lester's favorite calligraphy videos. Check out the accompanying article and photos of his unbelievable work over on Booooooom.

See more calligraphy-related goodies here.


My Most Recent Houzz Tours

See Navya's beautiful Scituate, Massachusetts fixer upper here.

Tour Bethany and John's eclectic Essex, Massachusetts home here.

Michele's lovely Eliot, Maine home can be seen here.

Check out Claire's timber frame home here.

It's been many months since I've shared links to the home tours that I do monthly for Houzz... above are four of my recent articles. Click the red links to see each home in its entirety. Be prepared for some serious house envy!


Shopping Guide /// Golden Goodies

Pineapple Phone Case by Skinny Dip /// $19

Gold Starburst Mirror by Creative Co-op /// $30

Gold Stripe File Folders by Kate Spade /// $16

Collect Beautiful Moments Print by yours truly! /// $18

Gold Wishbone Earrings by ArtistiKat /// $38

Wall Planter Set by Urban Outfitters /// $30

Gold Stapler by Kate Spade /// $28

I know, I know... I've been obsessed with gold for a while now. But I keep running across these fabulous golden finds and I can't help but share them with you. Which is your favorite? I'm leaning toward the wall planter set ;)

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