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5 Gorgeous DIY Weaving Projects

Recently I did some crafting with my blogger friends Rose and Haley from Popcorn and Chocolate, and they happened to be in the midst of some seriously cool weaving projects which they sell their amazing tapestries in their Etsy shop called All Wool and No Shoddy (go check it out!). So of course it made me want to give weaving a try too... what a great way to use up all of those yarn scraps that keep piling up! They were kind enough to share some tips and tricks with me, and I was immediately hooked (I'll be sure to share my progress over on Instagram ASAP). And as usual, I jumped on Pinterest and started looking for inspiration -- here's what I found.

Learn how to pile weave with this tutorial.

Learn to weave in the round with this pom pom rug.

Give this tassel weaving a try using this tutorial.

Add wave shapes to your tapestry... learn how using these instructions.


Giveaway! $50 Cutting Edge Stencils Gift Certificate

Enter a giveaway for a $50 gift certificate to Cutting Edge Stencils. Simply visit Design Fixation to enter:

It's no secret that I love the look of wallpaper, but I'm totally intimidated by the idea of actually hanging it in my own home. One day it will happen. But until then, I'm a huge fan of wallpaper alternatives like metallic tape and stencils. Enter Cutting Edge Stencils. It is a stencil company run by two professionals in the decorative painting industry, and they are growing quickly... they now sell hundreds of stencils ranging from classic designs to modern geometrics to quotes. And they are generously offering you the chance to win a $50 gift certificate! 

They have a number of different styles available, and they also give plenty of guidance when it comes to actually using the stencil. Check out their YouTube channel to find out more about the process, and browse their stencils here.

Enter a giveaway for a $50 gift certificate to Cutting Edge Stencils. Simply visit Design Fixation to enter:

Here's how the giveaway works: enter to win up to 35 times using the Rafflecopter form below. The winner will be contacted by email on July 27th, at which point they will pick out their favorite stencil (under $50) and Michelle over at Cutting Edge Stencils will ship it to them for free. Open to US residents who are 18+. Good luck!

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My Favorite Lesser-Known Creative Instagrammers

Although I've begrudgingly hopped on the Snapchat bandwagon, Instagram is still my true internet love. And I don't think I'm the only one, right? So today I thought I'd share seven of my favorite lifestyle and DIY/design focused Instagram accounts. The beauties above are by Alannah Cate, a self proclaimed design, flower and travel addict. 

thelittlethings is by wedding coordinator Alexis Accomando ^

House Updated is by a serial house renovator named Brit ^

Michelle Solobay shares beautiful moments from Washington, DC and beyond ^

Sarah Hearts is a blogger who posts colorful photos and video tutorials ^

Projectsis shares sun-drenched travel photos with a design-y feel ^

^ And last but not least... fatorangecatstudio is a photographer from Boston  ^


How To Decorate Your Home With Baskets

Yep, that's right... baskets are super cool these days. But these aren't your grandma's baskets - these are textured, uniquely shaped beauties from around the world. And they can be used in so many different ways. Keep scrolling to check out some serious inspiration.

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Daring Home Décor Inspiration

Wallpapered ceilings, bold color combinations, unique furniture... there are a lot of daring home décor decisions happening in the space above. Which is what inspired me to start a new Pinterest board called "Daring Home Décor... Be Bold!" (as if I don't already have enough Pinterest boards hehe). It's filled with tons of eye-catching rooms that will hopefully inspire you to get creative with your home. Here are five of my favorites - check out the rest of them right here. 

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Thirsty for more? Check out tons more daring home décor inspiration over here.


Wedding Fixation /// 7 Must-See DIY Wedding Ideas

I have some big news, friends... a few weeks ago, while Mike and I were walking through the Boston Public Garden, he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him! Of course I said yes, and I can't wait to celebrate the big day with him and all of our friends and family. So, needless to say, now I've launched into serious wedding planning mode. Don't worry, Design Fixation won't turn into a wedding blog, but I may share a few extra wedding-related posts here and there ;) So today I'm rounding up seven lovely DIY projects that will add some extra character to your reception.

Wrap white tulle around a chair and tuck a sprig of lavender inside. Found here.

Glue corks to cardboard letters to spell out the word "bar." Found here.

Make your own birdcage veil using this simple tutorial from Wedding Chicks.

Tie ribbons to a tree for a fun photo backdrop. See it here.

Share photos on this pretty floral photo hoop. Directions here.

Create a seating chart out of vintage bottles. By Laura Hooper.

Hang a few lanterns from a tree with rope and add fresh flowers. Via.


Easy DIY No-Sew Window Valance

When we moved into our house, the windows in the kitchen came with a set of old mini blinds. And although I hated the way they looked, I liked their functionality - we do lower them every once in a while. And then it dawned on me... hide them with valances! So another DIY was born. Here's the comparison:

So much better, right!? They are a contemporary way of adding a more traditional window treatment without blocking out any light. And because I mounted them a couple of inches above the window frame, the whole window looks taller! Win win.

And I can't even tell you how easy these were to make. You'll just have to try making some yourself to find out! Here's what you'll need...

  • 1/2" thick wood planks, (2.5") x (window width + 2") 
  • White linen fabric, (26") x (window width + 10)
  • White ribbon, (1") x (window width + 10)
  • Thumbtacks
  • 2 clothespins (not pictured)
  • Superglue (not pictured)
  • Staple gun
  • Scissors
  • Hammer

Begin by folding the fabric in half (so it's now 13 inches tall) and centering the width of the fabric along the width of the wood (it should be standing up on its edge). Position the fabric so that 11 inches are below the wood, and about 2 inches are draped over the top of the wood. Center the ribbon on top of the fabric. Place a thumb tack (centered from left to right) through the ribbon, fabric and into the edge of the wood. 

Then move all the way to the right side, and do the same thing. Make sure the fabric and ribbon are both pulled taut, and that exactly 11 inches of fabric sits below the ribbon. Do the same on the left side as well.

Then add thumb tacks halfway in between the original tacks, and then halfway in between those until you have done the whole front edge. It should now look like the image above.

Now it's time to do the small sides. Fold the remaining fabric and ribbon around the corner of the wood and place a thumbtack in to secure it (about half an inch from the corner). You should have a few inches of fabric left. Fold the raw edges in on themselves so they are hidden. They should be folded so that they hit right at the back corner of the wood, as shown above. Secure with another thumb tack. Repeat the process on the other side.

Staple the raw fabric edges to the wood. Now you'll want to iron your fabric so it is completely wrinkle-free. Iron the corners as well, so they form a nice, crisp box shape.

You're now ready to mount it to the wall. I would recommend mounting everything a couple of inches above the top of your window frame because it will make your window look bigger! Just make sure that the bottom of the valance still covers the mini blinds.

This is what mine looks like mounted, from the underside. Conveniently, there was a ledge above our windows so I screwed the wood right into the underside of the ledge. But if you're not blessed with a random ledge above your windows, buy two corner braces per window and mount them to the wall and then place the wood on top and secure with the included screws. 

The last step is to glue a clothespin to the underside of the wood so you can clip those ugly strings up inside the valance and out of sight. I also removed the rod that you twist to open and close the blinds... you can still twist the little hook without the rod. 

And that's it, you're finished! Easy peasy, right? So much cleaner and more "finished."

You can customize these too. If you're going for a more dramatic look, try a printed fabric with a contrasting ribbon. Or for a more organic feel, try a natural, un-dyed linen or burlap with leather ribbon. 

This is a great way to add a unique window treatment to a room where you usually want all the light you can get, but you might occasionally still need to lower those mini blinds. And because of their boxy shape, they feel quite modern. Feel free to post any questions in the comments section below. Happy crafting everyone!

Did you like this project? If so, feel free to spread the love and share it on Pinterest!

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