DIY LEATHER MAGAZINE HANGER

I’m all about displaying magazines and books in a way that utilises their full value, and looked around for a long time for a strap to have them as art, but was sad to see that most wall straps meant you had to roll your precious mag – sooo not going to happen! Recently I used our DIY Leather Kit to come up with this idea about a way to display them so that they keep their shape and last a long time. Read on to see how!

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You need:

Or pick yourself up a leather kit (now in 4 colours) to for the above materials and much more!

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How to:

1. Measure your leather straps out – mine were 1.5 cm (0.4 inches).

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2. Cut them out.

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3. To make one strap you’ll need to pieces of leather.

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4. Press them together at one end and punch a hole in both sides. I do that at the same time so the hole is in the same place.

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5. For the top section, you’re going to add the screw from the underside and then the ring in between the layers, and then sccrew down the top part of the stud.

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6. It should look like this.

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7. Measure the length of the magazine you want to use – I used a Harper’s Bazaar originally to measure and then added a few cm so I knew everything would fit. Punch a hole about 2.5 cm (i inch) up from the end and then cut a nice tail.

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8. Add your button stud to that hole and place your magazine inside by slotting the underneath piece of leather into the magazine/book.

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Then place some hooks on the wall and add your hangers!

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Make sure to check out our DIY Leather Kit if you’re keen to recreate this!

DIY WRAPPED FLOWERS (PERFECT FOR HANGING)

Valentines day is just around the corner, and as you might know from a few posts (here and here), it’s my opinion that February 14 is best celebrated with flowers – whether you get them from your one and only or you buy them for yourself (nothing better than a trip to the flowers markets to brighten up your day!). But what does one do with the ever present conundrum of your flowers dying over time? Oh the sadness of having to throw your wilted blooms away!

Bearing that in mind, and also the mountains of bouquets you will no doubt receive from your myriad of lovers this V day, I’ve come up with a little flower DIY which you can do just as your flowers start to wilt, perfect for prolonging their use and creating a lovely decoration. The rope wrapped style I’ve used here is inspired by sage smudge sticks I’ve been seeing around, and can either be hung up or placed on a table. These are also the perfect gift for your Galantine!

DIY Wrapped Flowers

You need:

  • Flowers (types like roses dry really nicely).
  • Herbs like sage, rosemary and anything else you love the smell of.
  • String
  • Scissors

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How to:

1. Place your flowers, leaves and herbs together, layering them together in a long bundle and making sure there are flowers all the way from the top to the bottom.

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2. Starting from the bottom, take your string and wrap it around your bundle.

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3. Criss cross your string around your bundle.

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4. Tie it off around the back when you reach the top.

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Simple, fragrant and beautiful. I love them because they can either be used as a centre piece or hung up as decoration, and are lovely given to someone as a gift.

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WARDROBE REHAB: BEST CLOSET ADDITIONS OF 2014

If wardrobe rehab is about anything it’s about having a smaller, wardrobe filled with better quality pieces that are able to be worn over and over. The beginning of a new year is a great time to review your closet additions from the year before, understand what pieces become instant staples, and what pieces didn’t. Doing this usually helps me refine my closet (and style) decisions in the coming year.

Looking at the pieces in this outfit, shot during a little coffee break at FOLK  in Byron Bay, I realised that over the course of 2014 my style has evolved, with certain closet additions becoming the backbone for most of my outfits, and in that way coming to help shape the outfits/looks I put together. Below is a quick list of my best additions in 2014, they’re killing it in the cost per wear category!

  • The Tan Tote & Flats – If 2014 proved anything it was that, for me, tan is the most versatile colour for accessories (ok, after black that is). In the past I had always shied away from tan but on a whim picked up a tote and a pair of flats, and promptly found that they went with everything!
  • The Man’s Watch – A sleek black leather watch became a permanent companion for my wrist after I got it in February, a step away from the chunky gold ones I had been wearing the year before. Although just a watch, its minimalism came to reflect the direction my wardrobe took as a whole. Or so I like to think!
  • The Panama – Hats in general have come to dominate my closet, they seem to have the ability to perfectly dress up and outfit.
  • A Crisp White Shirt – I have to admit to being a white shirt hoarder, I bought a few this year and wore them all the time – a staple you’ll never get sick of. Until you run out of bleach!
  • Lace – For times when I wanted to up the ante a little or add some detail, I found myself usually reaching for the lace items in my wardrobe, a white lace playsuit, a lace skirt, or a pair of lace shorts like these ones below.

What were your best additions in 2014?

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Wearing: Spell Designs Lace Shorts, Witchery Top, J Crew Sandals, J Crew Bag, Daniel Wellington Watch

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Photos of me by Mel Carrero, beach photos by me.

OUR MACRAME PLANT HANGERS AT LIMEWOOD

As many of you probably know already, I’m lucky enough share our new studio with my boyfriend who runs Charlie & Rose, an interiors company that focuses on restaurants and other hospitality projects. The best part about working in such close quarters (apart from his knack at fixing our technical problems and making tea) is that sometimes we get to contribute to one or other of his designs (you may remember these mason jar lights?). Not so much in a structural sense, but in an icing on the cake sense. Recently, we had a great time creating a dozen macrame plant hangers for a new restaurant in Hong Kong called Limewood – the planters are quite difficult to make and therefore not easy to put in a tutorial, but we’re excited to be offering them as a workshop, so will keep you posted on dates! As you’ll see in the pics it’s such a cool space, and trust me, the menu is just as yummy as the mint walls!

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Ps. Check out the recipe for one of Limewood’s signature cocktails here.

Congratulations Maximal Concepts and Charlie & Rose on such an fun and unique space!

Photos by Nicola Lemmon