{Thirsty Thursday} The Spiced Ginger

As some of you may have seen, I've started a new series on Design Fixation called Thirsty Thursday. The Ruby Red Swizzle was the first recipe I shared, and today I've mixed up a tasty little cocktail that I've dubbed The Spiced Ginger.  

I like to serve it in a coupe, as shown above. It's important to have a wide-mouthed vessel when you're adding cinnamon and sugar to the rim (or anything, for that matter). Nobody likes cinnamon on the bridge of their nose.

Here are the ingredients that you'll need for The Spiced Ginger:

- 2 oz. spiced rum
- 1 oz. Domaine de Canton
- 1/2 oz. fresh squeezed lemon juice
- A dash of Angostura Bitters
- 1 tbsp. cinnamon
- Ginger ale
- 1/2 tbsp. superfine sugar
- A lemon slice

Begin by pouring 3/4 of the tablespoon of cinnamon and all of the sugar onto a wide plate. Mix the two together with a spoon, and arrange them into a circular shape around the outer edge of the plate so that the coupe will fit perfectly within the mixture. Run the lemon slice around the rim of your glass, and dip it carefully into the cinnamon and sugar.

Next, fill a shaker with ice. Add the rum, Canton, lemon juice, bitters and the remaining cinnamon. Shake vigorously, and pour into your prepared glass. Top with ginger ale, and garnish with a slice of lemon.

I used Crusoe Organic Spiced Rum in mine, but you could substitute any other type if you have another on hand. The Crusoe has a nice vanilla aroma that goes nicely with this drink.

The spiced rum gives this cocktail a bit of an "island" feel, while the cinnamon and ginger remind me of something I would drink on a cold snowy night by the fire. Because of this interesting combination, it's the sort of drink that could really be enjoyed all year round.

So, what do you think? Is this your kind of drink? Let me know if you give it a try!

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{Typeface Tuesday} New York Numbers

New Yorker Nick DiLallo is capturing his city in a different way - through numbers. I've talked about numerical typography before, but I thought this was particularly fascinating because he shares all of his new content in real time via Instagram (so it almost feels like you're traveling around the city with him).

There's a feeling of historical significance in each of these images... the 305 above looks like it's been around since the early 1900's, doesn't it? It's interesting how the shape of a couple of numbers can remind you of specific decade - proof that typography really is important!

You can follow Nick DiLallo's New York Numbers project on Instagram here, or you can check out his website here.

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{Color Crush} Orange & Magenta

The second I saw this photo, I knew I had a crush. There is something so appealing about the combination of orange and magenta. Maybe it's just the lack of color outside (everything is still gray and depressing)... but the combo makes me smile. Below are some more great examples of orange and magenta in real life!


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What do you think of this color combo? Yay or nay? Have you tried it yourself?

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{Resource List} My Budget Living Room Makeover

In case you missed it, earlier this week I shared my budget living room makeover. And today I wanted to give you a list of resources - basically a shopping guide, detailing where I bought each item and any other relevant information. Where applicable, the red links go directly to the item in case you'd like to purchase it yourself. So here goes:

1. Orange and White Chevron Throw /// Cost Plus World Market $29
2. Bryant Sofa /// Boston Interiors $1099
3. Bamboo Flooring /// Lumber Liquidators
4. Espresso Ottoman /// HomeGoods $199
5. Santa Ana Verden Ikat Smoke Rug /// Rugs USA $156
6. Tufted Armchair /// HomeGoods $150
7. Gold Tray /// I made this myself using an acrylic frame

8. Graphos Typography Playing Cards (framed) /// Kiddo Collective $23
9. Tile Print Votive Holders /// C Wonder
10. Nordli Nightstand /// IKEA $79
11. Throw Pillow /// Handmade by me
12. Behr Clay Beige Premium Plus Paint /// Home Depot $36
13. Voile Grommet Curtain /// Wayfair $16 each

Overall, it was a very affordable makeover. I would recommend spreading the process out over a longer period of time, like I did... that way it won't feel like much of a financial burden at all. Plus, that gives you a chance to take your time and choose things that you really love. Let me know if you if you have any questions about the makeover process or resources!

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{Before & After} A Living Room Makeover On A Budget

I started with a white box. A boring, grungy, carpeted space with no personality... but a lot of potential. I painted the walls and tore up the carpeting myself (which was a dirty, disgusting process). Here's what the room looked like before: 

Pretty awful, right? There was nothing memorable about it, except for the uncomfortably bright green accent wall. So I made some pretty major changes....

Almost everything is either handmade, purchased on sale or bought at affordable online sites (stop by on Saturday for links to sources). My goal was to create an inviting, comfortable space with an eclectic modern feel to it. The end result is functional, but also an inspiring spot for my boyfriend and I to relax in everyday.

Charlie the puggle has claimed the blue chair as his own; he likes to keep an eye on the neighborhood.

The gold tray is big enough to hold some coffee table books, a vase of flowers and even a couple of coasters for drinks. Yes, I did make it myself using lots of spray paint and glitter.

We made our own triangular shelves to add to this unused corner of the room (yes, we did some serious woodworking). It's a great, pet-safe place for plants, and also a convenient spot for a glass of wine if you're sitting on that end of the sofa. I would highly recommend making a few of these if you have a similar corner in your home... they're very handy!

And it's a good display area for a vintage camera collection too. And feathers....

The gallery wall is an ever-changing exhibition of artwork, keepsakes and even polaroids (taken, of course, with one of my vintage cameras).

That's it for today, but be sure to drop by on Saturday for a list of sources, paint colors, etc. I'll tell you where this fun Moroccan-style hurricane is from! Thanks for checking out my living room makeover everyone!

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{Typeface Tuesday} Cooper Black

I'm about to tell you about something that made my day last week. And I'm putting myself at risk for sounding like a complete and utter nerd... but it's okay because I know some of you will really appreciate it.

I was battling rush hour traffic on my way down to Hingham, Massachusetts for a photo shoot, when I drove by Coop's Bar & Grille in Quincy. I was stopped at a red light, and that's when I realized it - the font that was used for the sign was Cooper Black. This is what it looks like:

So three cheers for Coop's Bar & Grille for using a font effectively... and in a clever way. I'm now dubbing this phenomenon a "font pun."  

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{Trend Spotting} Black & White

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I've always liked black and white (in fact, looking back through my old posts made me realize that I might have a bit of an obsession). So I've been pretty happy that it's been popping up all over the web lately. Black and white rooms, DIY projects, clothing... it's everywhere. Aren't those triangle-covered stairs so fun?

Coming up tomorrow, the clever use of a font in real life. Super clever. You'll see what I mean.

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{Thirsty Thursday} Ruby Red Swizzle

Today is the beginning of a new series here on Design Fixation, called Thirsty Thursdays. I'll be sharing inspired original cocktail recipes using interesting and sometimes unexpected ingredients. For many years I've enjoyed experimenting with craft cocktail recipes - and now I'm sharing my concoctions with you!

My first Thirsty Thursday drink is called the Ruby Red Swizzle. A traditional Gin Swizzle is made with lime juice, sugar, club soda and bitters, but I've mixed things up a bit with some new ingredients. Instead of lime juice, the citrus comes from red grapefruit juice and a bit of lemon.

So without further adieu, I introduce to you the Ruby Red Swizzle. Here are the ingredients:

- 2 oz. gin (I like Death's Door)
- 1 oz. Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur
- 2 oz. fresh grapefruit juice
- 1 oz. fresh lemon juice
- 1/2 oz. simple syrup
- A dash or two Angostura Bitters
- A splash of club soda

Begin by pouring all ingredients except the club soda into a shaker. Add ice and shake until your hands feel much too cold. Pour into a highball glass over ice. Top with club soda and garnish with a grapefruit wedge and a sprig of rosemary.

Sometimes people overlook garnishes, but they're often an important part of the sensory reaction to a drink... you always smell a drink before you taste it. In this case, the combination of the rosemary and the grapefruit complement the herbal aroma of the gin perfectly.

The Luxardo and the simple syrup give this drink a hint of sweetness, balanced by the citrus... and the club soda lightens it up. The perfect spring drink! Does it sound good to you? If you try it, let me know your thoughts in the comments section below.

All images by me.

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{Typeface Tuesday} Match Type

Three dimensional pink script. Made with matches. 'Nuff said. Head over to The Jealous Curator to see more of Pei-San Ng's typography work.

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Flowers of Instagram

By Faith Towers Media (that's me!)

This is my attempt to encourage spring to show its pretty face. Because if we have one more cold, blustery, gray day where my static-y hair sticks to my face like a magnet, I'm gonna lose it. Follow the links below the images to follow the user on Instagram.

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