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8/26/16

A Design Lover's Guide To Nantucket


On Wednesday I took a day trip to Nantucket - and I didn't want to leave! You guys, this island is like a little slice of heaven on earth. I expected pretty ocean views and cobblestone streets, but what I didn't expect was the attention to design and visual aesthetics that pervaded practically every inch of every store. I spent almost as much time ogling the light fixtures and wall treatments as I did shopping and eating. So today I thought I'd share a list of must-see spots in Nantucket.  Keep reading to check 'em out.

8/18/16

5 Fantastic Home Décor DIY Projects



In the mood to give your space a bit of a face lift? Here are five gorgeous DIY projects that have been floating around the internet lately... and they are making me swoon. Click on the link below each photo to check out the tutorial.








8/11/16

10 Spaces With Bright Pops of Sunny Yellow











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Am I the only one's who's been crushing on yellow lately? Maybe it's these warm summer days.... Here are ten fantastic rooms with pops of bright sunny yellow. And that last image is a shot from my latest article for Houzz - the rest of the house is just as colorful and fabulous. Check it out here. 




8/4/16

Beautiful Bathroom Inspiration



Lately we've been thinking about renovating our upstairs bathroom. It's one of those spaces that is just okay. But it could be better. Much better. We're planning to add a glass shower, a new vanity and lighting, and some pretty tiling on the floors and the shower walls. So I've been on the hunt for inspiration.... and here's what I've found.







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7/27/16

Home Decor Inspiration /// I'm Green With Envy


Paint color trends seem to go through phases. For a while black was the hot hue, then navy... and now dark green has been popping up all over the internet. And I have to say - I'm a big fan. It's moody and sophisticated, but it also has a natural, organic sort of feel. What do you think, would you dare to paint your walls dark green? Here's some inspiration that might sway you ;)







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7/21/16

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.




7/14/16

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: http://www.design-fixation.com/2016/07/giveaway-50-cutting-edge-stencils-gift.html

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: http://www.design-fixation.com/2016/07/giveaway-50-cutting-edge-stencils-gift.html

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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7/6/16

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 ^
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House Updated is by a serial house renovator named Brit ^
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Michelle Solobay shares beautiful moments from Washington, DC and beyond ^
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Sarah Hearts is a blogger who posts colorful photos and video tutorials ^
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Projectsis shares sun-drenched travel photos with a design-y feel ^
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^ And last but not least... fatorangecatstudio is a photographer from Boston  ^



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