Midnight Macrame-ing and Hanging Planter In My Kitchen

This is not a how to post about macrame. I just freaking learned it. I also just learned that it is only a bunch of knots. I can't believe this. Here I thought it was going to be so complicated and time consuming. Anyway, I really wanted to learn how so I could make all the things. One of those things I've been longing for is a hanging planter in my kitchen. 

YES. In my kitchen. I don't have any lights hanging down over my kitchen island which is sometimes a big bummer when you are a lighting freak like me. Then I saw what Three Birds Renovations did in Lana's kitchen and knew this was the answer! Yes, please.

So, now the issue of learning how to macrame. First of all there are 1.2 million tutorials on the internets about how to do this. I used this one as it was a larger pot, just like the one I wanted to use and didn't look too complicated for a beginner like me. I also bought a macrame book, naturally, bc I love books. This book is bomb.

It has so many patterns I think I could make just about anything with this in hand. Some day I hope to make a big tapestry or macrame something like Mandi at Vintage Revivals did with this bed. Some day I'll be that cool.

One night after my daughter went to bed, I set to work on my macrame planter. Four year olds and craft projects requiring concentration don't mix. I sat down on the floor next to my dining room table so I could anchor the planter hanging ring under the table leg. I had no idea if I'd still be sitting there the next morning with my hair pulled out trying to win at knots. To my surprise I was done in about 30 minutes. Isn't it so interesting how we build these things up to seem like such a big deal and then you grab some string and realize in about 15 minutes that this ain't that bad.

Since I finished the planter hanging so fast I was a little disappointed that it went so fast and I didn't get to practice a bunch of knots. So, I found a stick and practiced the knots a bit longer so I knew I had the hang of it.

I think I have the hang of this. My daughter loved this little macrame practice tapestry. Her and my husband thought this looked like a good hammock for one of her babies. :) This macrame thing will also come in handy making some sort of project in my camper. Since I am the "vintage" half of our Vintage vs. Vanity Camper Throwdown, I have to make sure I live up to the name. Macrame fits my 70s theme well.

Here's the new hanging planter with vintage pot in my kitchen. I think it helps fill some of the vertical visual space. Since I removed the upper cabinets It's been a little bare. I love it. But it's bare. This bright plant helps.

Macrame Hanging planter of kitchen island

I threw that painting up there that I had and I'm not sure if I'm in love. I wanted to take it down but my family outvoted me. They like it. So, it will stay and I'll see about adding more artwork down the wall. I'll have to figure out something for over the range that will not get too disgusting with grease. I could install a hood, I guess. We obviously are getting by without one so I'm in no hurry. Plus I kinda like not having a big metal appliance overhead.

What do you think about the overhead space in my kitchen? Artwork? Range hood? Emptiness? Comment below and help a girl out!

Before & After: The Cozy Cactus Gets a Facelift

If you didn't know, I have a little condo here in Phoenix that serves as a vacation rental on Airbnb. This condo got a renovation late last year when I bought it and has had two tweaks since. For some reason it just wasn't showing well in the photos. Nothing to do with the photos either. Those were as good as they could get. The problem was I tend to have a mental block when designing my "own" spaces so in the end it just felt like a hodge podge of things. Just like my own home. Blah. 

So, I decided to do what I always do when I get in the way. I pretend I'm not me. I treat my own project as if it is not. I pretend I'm working for a client home or one of my flip homes (Those don't seem like mine for some reason. Maybe because I know they are mine only temporarily). Instead of thinking about what I want, which is everything, I think about how I could make it look great for a magazine or for a client. I narrowed the plan and stayed on track rather than just saying hey I love this turquoise sofa let's put it in here.

First task was to tackle the biggest issue, the coloring. The condo has Saltillo tiles and a brick wall, so the room is saturated in an orange-y pink. The brick wall I like, the floors, eh. Phoenicians are so over Saltillo, but those from outside the area like it. It feels authentic I guess. I don't have the money or time to take out the tile so I did what I could to soften it up with ALL the rugs. Rugs everywhere! So much cozier.

Next I decided to up how many this condo can sleep by adding a sleeper sofa. Before it slept 4 but now it sleeps 6. I decided to go with a gray IKEA sofa to cool down the warm tones and lighten things up a bit. I think it worked. I also removed the brown coffee table and side tables to eliminate that brown/orange-y tone. I added a Jenny Komenda print to bring in some cooler colors while sticking to the cactus - desert vibe. I'd like to add some white curtains to this room as soon as I figure out how to hang them. The ceiling and the windows meet at an awkward angle right next to a ceiling beam so some creativity is needed. I'd also like to add more desert feeling pillows and more greenery, but I need to pace myself with the spending. There's time. Below are the before photo when I bought the condo, two versions of the living room and then followed by the current version. I think I'm finally getting it right.

Another change to the space was in the kitchen. Not a major overhaul, but adding that shelf really helped balance the room. I already completely renovated this room and added plenty of cabinetry back in the fall, so the shelf really wasn't needed. However, without it the room just felt really unbalanced with all the storage on one side. The crazy cactus wallpaper still shines through behind the shelves. I'd love to do some window treatments to spruce up that area but for now this will do. BABY STEPS! Below is the kitchen before i renovated it, then the first version of it after renovation and then now. And yes now there is a rug in there, too!

Next was the master bedroom. This is such a cozy bed and room but again the Saltillo tile and brick wall made it very orange-y pink and cold feeling. Black curtains weren't helping. What was I thinking? They're great curtains, just not for this room. So, I softened up the room by swapping them out for gray versions, throwing not one but two rugs under the bed, adding vibrant throw pillows and another lovely Jenny Komenda print. Below is the space when I bought it, then version one and then the current deal-io. Funny how pillows, curtains, rugs and art can completely change a space.

Speaking of, I did the same thing in the second bedroom. Despite this room being all white walls with just the tile to deal with, it still felt dark and heavy. What is wrong with me? I quickly got to work changing out the rug, curtains and throw pillows. I also removed the basket (hello another dark thing) and hung a FringeFortyFour tapestry

Cozy Cactus Second bedroom before facelift with basket on wall and dark accents

Finally, out on the back patio I added a little more of what I wanted this Cozy Cactus Retreat to feel like...a relaxing place to unwind after hiking, working or spending the day at a Spring Training game. I found THE CUTEST hammock chair on the entire planet. And guys no joke it was only $62. I swear. Will people drink their coffee in it while reading in the morning or pass out in it after hitting the Scottsdale clubs? Don't know. Don't care. Just don't fall out. The thing was finding this Husky velcro strap that easily hangs the chair from the tree. The strap goes on so easily, being that it's velcro, and doesn't damage the tree.  It even holds up to 300 lbs. If you want to get a hanging chair of your own, you can throw it up on a tree while you're camping and easily remove it to take it home. Cool, right?

So there, now I have a much cozier Cozy Cactus Condo for guests to relax in. If you'd like to book a stay while you're in Phoenix, click the button below to check availability! We hope you'll enjoy your stay!