September 12th, 2014
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!
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!
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.
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?