Design Fixation

10/19/17

Easy DIY Geometric Tissue Paper Pumpkin

DIY Geometric Tissue Paper Pumpkin /// By Faith Towers Provencher of Design Fixation

Do you ever get sick of orange pumpkins? I do. But that doesn't mean I don't like color. I mean, c'mon... have you seen my past projects? (If you haven't, check this out. And this).  So today I wanted to share a fun little tutorial that will help you transform any pumpkin into a geometric work of art using leftover tissue paper.

DIY Geometric Tissue Paper Pumpkin /// By Faith Towers Provencher of Design Fixation

Here's what you'll need for your tissue paper pumpkin:
  • An heirloom pumpkin
  • Elmer's glue
  • Scissors
  • Foam brush
  • Plastic cup
  • Leftover tissue paper

DIY Geometric Tissue Paper Pumpkin /// By Faith Towers Provencher of Design Fixation

Begin by cutting lots of triangles from a variety of different colors of tissue paper. I had lots of tissue on hand because I like to reuse it from gifts if it's in good condition. Vary the sizes and shapes.

DIY Geometric Tissue Paper Pumpkin /// By Faith Towers Provencher of Design Fixation

Next, put a teaspoon of water into a plastic cup and add a tablespoon of glue to it. Mix it up with your foam brush. If it seems too watery, add some more glue. It should be a frothy consistency.

DIY Geometric Tissue Paper Pumpkin /// By Faith Towers Provencher of Design Fixation

Put a dab of the glue mixture on the pumpkin where you'd like to place a triangle, and then gently attach the tissue piece. Use your brush to apply another layer on top of the triangle. Make sure all of the corners are firmly attached. Once the whole top is covered, let it dry thoroughly and then add a few triangles on the bottom.

DIY Geometric Tissue Paper Pumpkin /// By Faith Towers Provencher of Design Fixation

And you're finished! This is a super simple project, and it looks so fun with all of the bright colors. It's also great because it requires minimal materials... most of which you may already have on hand.

DIY Geometric Tissue Paper Pumpkin /// By Faith Towers Provencher of Design Fixation

You could use any kind of pumpkin you like; I tried it on a peach colored heirloom pumpkin with bright pinks and oranges and it looked awesome. And it could look interesting with patterned tissue too. 

DIY Geometric Tissue Paper Pumpkin /// By Faith Towers Provencher of Design Fixation

You might try different shapes too... the sky's the limit, really! Looking for more no-carve pumpkin ideas? Check these out.

DIY Geometric Tissue Paper Pumpkin /// By Faith Towers Provencher of Design Fixation




10/11/17

Halloween Decor Ideas, Hold The Orange

Halloween Decor Ideas, Hold The Orange /// By Faith Towers Provencher of Design Fixation

Did you know that according to HGTV, orange is the most hated color in home decorating? While I don't mind a pop of orange here and there, it's definitely not one of my favorites either. And especially not for Halloween. So today I'm sharing 10 gorgeous Halloween decor ideas that don't involve the color orange. Click 'read more' to see them in all their spooky glory.

10/5/17

DIY Projects From Our Wedding

DIY Projects From Our Wedding /// By Faith Towers Provencher of Design Fixation

No, I didn't make my wedding dress. But I did make my veil! And it was probably the easiest DIY on the list. I used this tutorial and bought the tulle at Joann Fabrics.

DIY Projects From Our Wedding /// By Faith Towers Provencher of Design Fixation

We had our own hashtag for the wedding, #MikesGottaHaveFaith, so I made a few cards that said "Oh Snap!" with the hashtag info and framed them. I bought the frame on Amazon (similar to this one).

DIY Projects From Our Wedding /// By Faith Towers Provencher of Design Fixation

Surprise surprise, I did a lot of hand lettering for our wedding. The key to the signature cocktail sign is to lay it out on the computer first, and then use a chalk marker to write it on the mirror. Be sure to let it dry for a couple of days so it doesn't smudge when you touch it. But don't touch it anyways. Trust me.

DIY Projects From Our Wedding /// By Faith Towers Provencher of Design Fixation

Read more about the escort card DIY here. We used metalized film tape to attach the cards to wooden project panel boards from The Home Depot. It's way more adhesive than washi tape, and super metallic.

DIY Projects From Our Wedding /// By Faith Towers Provencher of Design Fixation

My mother-in-law helped us make these table runners for all of the tables... we used this fabric and iron-on hem tape.

DIY Projects From Our Wedding /// By Faith Towers Provencher of Design Fixation

Check out my full tutorial for our watercolor bunting cake topper above right here.

DIY Projects From Our Wedding /// By Faith Towers Provencher of Design Fixation

Yep, I made the programs too. I laid it out in Adobe InDesign, printed them all out at home and then Mike powered up the glue gun to attach them to these wooden handles.

DIY Projects From Our Wedding /// By Faith Towers Provencher of Design Fixation

This is an easy one... we chose questions for people to answer (things like "bucket list ideas," "where should we go on our next vacation?" etc.) and printed them out on white card stock. Then we attached them to clear vases or bowls and provided paper and pens in our wedding colors for guests to write their answers on.

DIY Projects From Our Wedding /// By Faith Towers Provencher of Design Fixation

For the table numbers, I used watercolor to paint a wash over super thick paper and then once it was dry I wrote the table number with a gold paint pen. Be sure to repeat on the backside so people can see it from all angles.

DIY Projects From Our Wedding /// By Faith Towers Provencher of Design Fixation

For the Mr. and Mrs. signs, I bought letters at Michaels and spray painted them gold. Then I just used a staple gun to attach them to grosgrain ribbon.

DIY Projects From Our Wedding /// By Faith Towers Provencher of Design Fixation

See those tassels on the sweetheart table? We made about a million of them and strung them throughout the whole venue. Thanks to our friends for helping ;) Head over here to check out some more details from our wedding, and stop by Design Fixation early next week for a fun roundup that's sure to get your creative juices flowing.

And thanks to Ben Hudson Photography for all of the gorgeous photos from our wedding!





9/29/17

The Key To Hiding Your Clutter In Style


Life is all about compromise, amirite? So when it comes to storage, it's important to merge both form and function. Sure, those big plastic tubs are great for hiding lots of clutter... but they're also pretty darn hideous. The key is to pick a storage solution that looks nice and that also has some options. 


So when I came across these folding baskets from Wayfair, I knew I had to have them. They can be used as both hidden storage and decorative storage just by orienting them in different ways. And they can be folded and unfolded, which means that they arrived flat (so I didn't have to struggle with a giant box). This also makes them super easy to store or transport when you move. The material, hyacinth, has a gorgeous autumnal feel which was what I was going for this time of year. It is almost October, after all.


So here's the key to really styling these things to the nines -  reserve a couple of the baskets (they come in a set of five) for hidden storage, orienting the opening so that it's on the top; and then arrange the rest face out. Place a couple of books on the bottoms of these, and then put something pretty on top of the books. I went with the seasonal choice, heirloom pumpkins, but you might also try vases, picture frames or other decorative goodies.



By using this method, you'll have a cohesive-looking setup which looks gorgeous but is also functional. So basically, compromise is key. Pick a storage solution that has the flexibility of serving two purposes, and you'll be well on your way to an organized home in no time! Check out tons of other great storage solutions at Wayfair.





9/25/17

8 Beautiful DIY Home Decor Projects Perfect For Fall

Learn how to make this wood and acrylic tray in a piece that I wrote for Houzz. 

Laura from A Beautiful Mess shows how to make this acrylic earring holder here.

Brushstrokes add a gorgeous pop of color to white cups. Here's the how-to. 

Danielle over at Finding Silver Pennies shares a shibori placemat tutorial here.

Add some blocks of color to drawers with this clever tutorial.

Learn how to make my gilded pinecone garland here.

Tell time in style with this fun rattan wall clock DIY.



And a video tutorial for this gorgeous centerpiece.

Looking for more fun DIYs? Check these out!



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!
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