I heart hanging plants, how you can get this look

Our home 71. by Melissa Louise

I absolutely LOVE hanging plants at the moment. so 60’s i know. But its a trend which is back with a vengeance. We moved into our old Victorian semi in Woodstock a year and a half ago, see our move here. It has plenty of old world charm, character and beautiful features. This includes our three meter (9.8 foot) high ceilings.  As a newer addition to our home, we have a fish pond which extends from outside to inside (under a window), this was the place meant for my hanging plants…

BEFORE:

Hanging plants by Melissa Louise Here’s a quick step by step photograph roundup on how you can also achieve this look…

 

Hanging plants by Melissa Louise

Plants bought at the local nursery. 

Hanging plants by Melissa Louise

Brass pots bought at the Milnerton Market, My thrifting heaven. 

Hanging plants by Melissa Louise

Basic tools you will need. 

Hanging plants by Melissa Louise

Ceiling hooks are essential. 

Hanging plants by Melissa Louise

Carefully knock holes in the bottom of the pots for drainage. 

Hanging plants by Melissa Louise

And in the sides to attach the rope for hanging. 

Hanging plants by Melissa Louise

Knot the ends tightly.

Hanging plants by Melissa Louise

Nearly there. 

AFTER:

Hanging plants by Melissa Louise

Re-pot plants and hang. You are done. 

Soon I will be doing a Home Tour with The Pretty Blog. Stay tuned for more after shots. YAY!!

Happy Monday.

xxx

All Photographs by Melissa Louise.

Product Crush: Wallflower urban garden & home

I couldn’t decide on one single product in this store… I just love it all. Wallflower urban garden & home is a store based in the Salt River Arcade building in Salt River, number 376 Albert Road. Our studio is based in the same building and I cant resist popping into wallflower every now and again.

Below are a few photographs around their store.

Wallflower feature by Melissa Louise

The lanterns must be my favourite items in store. 

Wallflower feature by Melissa Louise

Wallflower feature by Melissa Louise

Wallflower feature by Melissa Louise

Wallflower feature by Melissa Louise

How cute is that lassie dog succulent. He may feature in our studio shoot this weekend. 

Wallflower feature by Melissa Louise

Wallflower feature by Melissa Louise

Wallflower feature by Melissa Louise

Visit them in store to see beautiful and new products.

xxx

All photographs by Melissa Louise

 

DIY Washi Tape Gallery wall

DIY Washi Tape Gallery wall by Melissa louise

Peach lamp(R40.00 / $4.06) , Woven basket (R2.50 / $0.25) both are Milnerton Market finds, see my sunday thrifting adventure at Milnerton Market I blogged about a while back. The ‘M’ mug was a birthday gift from my darling sister from Typo, and the washi tape I purchased at Pink Coffee Boutique for R25.00 / $2.54 a roll.

Long weekends are my best. That extra day makes all the difference and allows for me to get.things.done. In South Africa we have just celebrated woman’s day, hence the public holiday on Friday… hi5 to being a woman and getting things done!

On Sunday I attempted my very first washi tape gallery wall… It’s an inexpensive and quick way to personalise your space and its great if you are renting. We live in an old Victorian semi detached house, the high ceilings allow for lots of room to play.James and I share a desk at home, the right two thirds being his space and the left one third being my space. James uses the desk more often but every now and again Ill pull up a chair and set my laptop up on my side which is now pretty.

Below are the before and after shots.

DIY Washi Tape Gallery wall by Melissa louise

DIY Washi Tape Gallery wall by Melissa louise

Two struggles I had were, ONE, getting the pictures straight. I’m useless at that, I would recommend marking it out with a ruler and a pencil. TWO, the washi tape wasn’t very sticky and kept peeling off the wall…. I wiped the wall down first, so dust couldn’t have been the issue, I also used a hair dryer to heat the tape hoping to make it sticky, but nope. I’m yet to resolve that one, any suggestions?

xxx

Images: All by Melissa Louise

DIY Belt and Scarf Storage Ladder

DIY Scarf Ladder Feature by Melissa LouiseOn Fridays I would normally share an Etsy Round up with you but due to yesterdays madness and inability to get this post out, I have something far more exciting… You can see previous Etsy Round ups here and here. For today though its time for some scarf reviving storage solutions.

For those of you who follow me on twitter you would have seen that on Monday I bought a really shabby timber ladder off gumtree for R100.00 (+- $0.10). The plan for this was to alleviate a problem I’m sure most girls have… STORAGE! Where to put your excessive but obviously necessary amount of shoes, belts and scarves. My dear friend, Nikki who is the author of a beautiful family & lifestyle blog called Nikki and Nicholas, has previously posted a beautiful rendition of exactly what I’m about to attempt. See her Ladder here.

Scarf cupboard by Melissa Louise

My current scarf and belt store. (It’s such a mission finding whats at the back)

This Ladder was originally a bunk bed ladder. I was looking for something small that wouldn’t be over powering in my bedroom and lets face it I wouldn’t be able to reach the top had it been any taller. But in hind site, this one was a little too small as I couldn’t fit all my scarves and belts on it. So chose wisely according to your needs.

Once you have your ladder prepare it by giving it a light sand (It’s recommended that you do this part outside). Once sanded wipe it down with a damp cloth to get rid of any dust particles. I did this DIY in two evenings after work, hence painting inside. If you decide to paint inside make sure your space is well ventilated.

BEFORE:

DIY-Ladder-before by Melissa Louise

 The ladder, sanded, wiped down and ready to paint.

The paint selection is entirely up to you. I stuck to what I had left over from another DIY I’m yet to share, its an off white by Plascon. I would suggest two coats of paint and primer, although I didn’t use primer this time round and it turned out just fine.

DIY-Ladder-during by Melissa Louise

 The Ladder after one coat of paint. I left the top tread bare to allow me to turn it around while wet.

AFTER:

DIY Ladder done by Melissa Louise

The Ladder in position and doing its thang.

I love the way it turned out despite the fact that I still have scarves and belts shoved at the bottom of my cupboard. Think i’ll need two ladders… *Blush*.

Below are three easy ways to store your belts on a storage ladder.

1. Loop: Simply loop the belt around the tread, do this lightly allowing the belt to hold its natural curve.

2. Wrap: Tightly wrap you belt around the tread closing it off as you would when around your waist, using the buckle to secure it.

3. Drape: Drape the belt over the tread, I felt this worked better for bigger belts.

how-to-wrap-the-belt-numbered by Melissa Louise

Three easy ways to store your belts on a storage ladder. 

xxx

 Images: All by Melissa Louise

Our Home: Moving Day. No 71

Its fast approaching our one year anniversary of living at no. 71. We have created so many memories and really have enjoyed our home. Iv been longing for an entire year to get Melissa Louise up and running so that I can share this adventure with friends and family that live afar.

Here is a little flash back of moving day. 29.06.2012

Moving day was so exciting. I couldn’t sleep for nights before, this was something Id been wanting for the longest time. The weather a little overcast and June being winter we wished the rain away. I unfortunately had to work that Saturday morning from 9am-1pm (gotta love retail). It was a bizarre feeling leaving one home that morning and arriving at another some 4 hours later, one that was all ours. James and I both lived with our parents before the big move, we were very excited to start this new adventure together

Our home 71. by Melissa Louise

Moving in by Melissa Louise

Welcome home by Melissa Louise

We were so blessed to have the help of loved ones that day. Many hands create light work and with that, I arrived just after 1pm and all the manual labour had been done. (Promise I didn’t plan to get out of that one) But I was just in time for the delivery of our fridge and washing machine and the unpacking of everything.

Tafelberg Furnishers were so great, from step one. Efficient, well priced (we even managed a little discount) and even year later their after service is prompt and friendly.We then had a very informal but delicious lunch and spent the rest of the day unpacking, cleaning and basking in what was ours.

Tafelberg-Furnishers by Melissa Louise

kfc-lunch by Melissa Louise

That evening we sat on a borrowed couch in our lounge cluttered with boxes, we lit a fire and stared at each other. What fun we are going to have we both agreed. That was a premonition like no other, one year later we are so happy and have achieved so much together. I cant wait to share an updated house tour.

Although this was a very exciting day for us and we only really had two bedrooms to move, others may find that physically transporting the contents of an entire home and other belongings to your new home can be the most stressful part of the whole moving process.

With some careful planning and a little preparation, much of the stress can be avoided.

Here are a few tips and some advice for when moving:

1. Have help. Packing, unpacking, moving, carrying- That’s what friends are there for.

2.Pack by rooms. Try to keep similar room items together, for example books, CDs, clothes, kitchen utensils etc. This will make unpacking much easier

3. Label your boxes efficiently. This helps when it comes to unpacking. I had one last box, until last month, that I just couldn’t tackle. The label read ‘ADMIN’, but when unpacking I found treasures I thought Id thrown away. I would have unpacked it ages ago had the label been more precise.

4. Cleaning. Wash your linen, crockery and miscellaneous items as you pack them away/put them in their place. This will create lighter work at a later stage.

5. Prioritise. Where to unpack first? My two were the bathroom and the bedroom. Its a good idea to make up your bed first, that way you can crash when all else seems a mess.

6. Food. Consider ordering your favourite takeaway to keep everyone happy and avoid the hassle of preparing food on your first night. KFC was our lunch time snack and we celebrated by going out for dinner.

7. Recycle your cardboard, surprising just how much cardboard you’ll have after the move. To avoid being surrounded by empty boxes for days, spend an hour dismantling them and take them to the recycling centre.

 

xxx

Images: All by Melissa Louise