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9/19/17

French Design Trends, Straight From The Source

I'm missing France already, even though I just got back a week and a half ago. I'm already planning my next trip. But in the meantime, I thought I'd share some French design trends that I noticed while perusing the streets of Paris and the Côte d'Azur. Click "read more" below to check 'em out.

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French Design Trends, Straight From The Source /// By Faith Towers Provencher of Design Fixation
Fabulous hexagon floor tile at Maison Geney in Marseille.

9/11/17

The Many Beautiful Doors of France

The Many Beautiful Doors of France /// By Faith Towers Provencher of Design Fixation

After a fantastic two weeks traveling around France for my honeymoon, I'm back at my computer... and I'm so excited to share all the gorgeous things I experienced. One of the things I noticed most was how much attention to detail the French have when it comes to the exteriors of their homes. There's actually a city ordinance in Paris which requires building owners to keep their facades clean and in good shape. So today I'm sharing the many beautiful doors of France that we happened upon during our travels. Click read more to check 'em out!

8/25/17

First Harvest Blackberry Whiskey Cocktail


For those of you who have met me, you probably know that I love summer. I live for summer. But there is something about those first few nights when you feel a chill in the air... when you can tell that fall is on its way, but summer isn't quite over yet. This is also the time of year that some refer to as "first harvest" - when the first major garden harvest occurs, yielding some of my favorite fruits, vegetables and other things like honey and wheat. 

So in celebration, I worked with Wayfair to create a delicious cocktail using some traditional first harvest ingredients like blackberries and honey, paired with one of my other faves - whiskey.


Don't be fooled by the color of this cocktail... it packs a punch! But you can always cut it with a splash of sparkling water if you're not looking to get too tipsy. And here's the coolest part - it's made with a french press which filters out all of those pesky blackberry seeds! 


Here's what you'll need for two servings of this cocktail:

  • 4 ounces of your favorite whiskey
  • 2 ounces of Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur
  • 1 1/2 cups of blackberries
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • Mint for garnish

You'll also need a french press coffee maker, a cocktail shaker, a muddler and lots of ice.


Begin by slicing up the lemon and putting half of it into your french press coffee maker. Add the blackberries as well (reserve two blackberries and the other half of the lemon to garnish your drink later on).


Use a muddle to mash the fruit together until it looks like a total mess :)


Pour in the whiskey, the maraschino liqueur and the honey. Mix it together, and let it sit in the refrigerator for an hour or two so the fruit infuses into the booze.


Then put the top on the french press and slowly push it down, separating the liquid from the solids.


Pour the liquid from the french press into a cocktail shaker, add ice and shake vigorously. Pour into fancy glasses over ice.


Garnish with a blackberry, a lemon slice and a sprig of mint. I added a fun straw to mine as well.


If it's too strong for you, just add a splash of sparkling water for a more refreshing version of this late summer drink. Enjoy!


Looking for more cocktail recipes? Check out these popular ones.



8/11/17

Easy DIY Reversible Dog Bandana Sewing Pattern

Easy DIY Reversible Dog Bandana Sewing Pattern /// By Design Fixation

So I have a small obsession with dog Instagram accounts. I follow way too many. But in the process of scrolling through infinite adorable pooches, I started noticing a trend. Bandanas. And I think they're just the cutest darn things. So I decided to make one for Charlie, and then I created a printable pattern! 

Easy DIY Reversible Dog Bandana Sewing Pattern /// By Design Fixation

This bandana slides right onto an existing collar, so your pet can wear both at the same time (which was important for me because I like to make sure Charlie's always wearing his dog tags). It's also reversible, so it's actually two bandanas in one. The pattern includes three different sizes, so you can make one for your shih tzu, your puggle and your golden. Or if you're a cat person, the small size fits most cats (or can be sized down for little kitties).

Easy DIY Reversible Dog Bandana Sewing Pattern /// By Design Fixation

I'm selling it on Etsy (don't worry, it only costs $4. Which is significantly less than my soy vanilla lattés now cost at Starbucks... wtf is up with that?!). It's an instant download, so you'll be able to access the pattern immediately after you've purchased it. It includes step-by-step photos and written instructions, and printable patterns for sizes small, medium and large.

Easy DIY Reversible Dog Bandana Sewing Pattern /// By Design Fixation

It's a simple project, definitely suitable for beginners who only have basic sewing skills. It should take under an hour if you've done a sewing project or two in your day. Check it out here!

Easy DIY Reversible Dog Bandana Sewing Pattern /// By Design Fixation



8/2/17

10 Dreamy Outdoor Spaces To Recreate At Home

10 Dreamy Outdoor Spaces To Recreate At Home by Design Fixation

Somehow, August is already upon us and I'm starting to have that panicky feeling as I realize that I haven't spent nearly enough time outside this summer. Anybody else? So I've been working on updating our outdoor space a bit and I've been super inspired by these gorgeous spaces. 

10 Dreamy Outdoor Spaces To Recreate At Home by Design Fixation

10 Dreamy Outdoor Spaces To Recreate At Home by Design Fixation

10 Dreamy Outdoor Spaces To Recreate At Home by Design Fixation

10 Dreamy Outdoor Spaces To Recreate At Home by Design Fixation

10 Dreamy Outdoor Spaces To Recreate At Home by Design Fixation

10 Dreamy Outdoor Spaces To Recreate At Home by Design Fixation

10 Dreamy Outdoor Spaces To Recreate At Home by Design Fixation

10 Dreamy Outdoor Spaces To Recreate At Home by Design Fixation

10 Dreamy Outdoor Spaces To Recreate At Home by Design Fixation

1 /// 2 /// 3 /// 4 /// 5 /// 6 /// 7 /// 8 /// 9 /// 10

Want even more inspiration? Check out my friend Danielle's gorgeous coastal style deck.



7/28/17

A Designers' Guide To Newburyport


If you haven't been to Newburyport, Massachusetts, drop what you're doing right now and plan a trip. I went last week, and I had a blast... I can't wait to go back again! It's one of those perfect seaside towns with a great mix of culture and style that still maintains a laid-back vibe. If you're a foodie, you'll have a great time. If you're an art lover, you'll have a great time. And if you're a designer like me, you'll definitely have a great time. Here's a list of hot spots to hit:

7/18/17

A Few Highlights From Our Vermont Wedding


For those of you who have been following Design Fixation for a while, you probably know that the last few months I've spent a lot of my free time doing DIY projects for my wedding. Well, the big day finally arrived last week so I wanted to share just a few shots of the day. 

We got married at All Souls Interfaith Gathering in Shelburne, Vermont, which is actually the town I grew up in. Rain was forecasted for the entire day, but we lucked out and had only one passing shower. We laughed, we cried, we danced and (everyone says it, but... ) we had the best day ever. 


Our wedding cake was made by our caterer, and the fresh flowers were provided by our florist. I made the cake topper myself, and you can check out the tutorial here. 


We did a sand ceremony during which we each poured sand into one container, representing two people becoming one. We each collected our own sand from our favorite beach in Marblehead, Massachusetts the week before. Our pastor joked that it looked like dirt :)


We made our own table runners using this fabric (with tons of help from my mother-in-law... thanks Priscilla!) and collected tons of clear glass vases for the flowers from Goodwill.


My dress had a champagne-colored underlay, and I had some of the back removed by my seamstress to turn it into a keyhole style. By the end of the night it was black at the bottom... the sign of a good time!


Mike and I hand-painted the place cards and then I used my newfound hand-lettering skills to write our guests' names on the cards. And I just taped them to a couple of plain old pieces of wood from Home Depot.


And there were tissue paper tassels galore throughout the entire building. Stay tuned for more once we get our photos back from our professional photographer!



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