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9/12/143 Creative Ways to actually use that hammock

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There are some amazing, tasselled, bohemian hammocks out there, but do they ever make it past your online wish list and into your backyard?  A hammock seems like one of those items that requires all the stars to be aligned (or two massive trees to be aligned in your yard at least) and even then, it’s only temporary, unless you live in the tropics.  Anyway, my point is that while we may think a hammock is only good for lounging in outdoors and we might not have the space or proper support beams, it can be used in different ways inside your home all year round.  So, don’t hesitate to get that beauty on your next overseas trip because ‘it’s not practical’- this one I found at a market is from Guatemala and it’s been serving me well as a curtain for years!

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Hang a hammock as a curtain lengthways, folded in half for leverage along your window, the loops are already there to hold onto the rod.  Or you can do this above version, where it hangs on a tree branch and loops through itself on single window- so pretty!

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Cover a tired old chair to give it a new life-  don’t be shy about leaving the ties hanging out; it gives it added texture and character.

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This last one is pushing the envelope a bit and may not be for everyone, but I twisted my hammock really tightly on both ends (do this with a friend), then secured each end with some jute before hanging each loop on a separate window bracket.  I stuffed the middle bit full of plants as an unconventional, but effective window planter.  Secretly, I love it.  This would be perfect in a kitchen window where you don’t have to worry about blinds as well or you could do a version in your bathroom, to make watering easier.  What do you think?

{Project by Nicole Valentine Don for Justina Blakeney est. 1979.}
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Photos by: Fiona Galbraith

 

Nicole Valentine Don Nicole Valentine Don

Nicole Valentine Don is a Canadian prairie girl living in Sydney, Australia. Often affectionately known in design circles in Australia as ‘Little Nicki’. She is a stylist, maker, blogger, teacher and avid DIYer; ex-gymnast and aspiring actress. Nicole contributes DIY posts and interiors roundups to the blog on a weekly basis. Catch up with Nicole on her blog, The Transcontinental Affair.

10 responses to “3 Creative Ways to actually use that hammock”

  1. katie says:

    I LOVE the planter idea. Now, I don’t have a hammock, but I have gorgeous bay windows in my bedroom. I’d love to find a cute deep colored floral printed sturdy fabric for something like this.

  2. I love this last idea with the plants. Like you said, it may be a bit out there for some but it’s also SO creative!

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  4. Tammy says:

    I think my favorite is twisting it by the walls and putting in plants. I think I would do that outside since I don’t really trust myself not to brake it… But awesome ideas! thanks for sharing.

    • Nicole Valentine Don says:

      Thanks! Yes, this would be great outside, even along a fence or something. I was a bit worried that I’d brake some of my pots myself, but I got lucky ;)

  5. Amy says:

    Very clever and so colourful! I would want to be very careful of dangling loops though, like we see in the second photo. A small child or pet could get caught in that with disastrous results.

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