Basket Wall Tutorial

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Art is tricky — and basket walls are the perfect art option that makes a big, beautiful impact. They’ve become a House of Nomad (HON) go-to and are versatile whether you want a playful wall with pops of color (like this Lake Norman craft room designed by HON) — or a monochromatic collection, keeping the baskets to natural and black. The baskets not only layer the room in texture, but also bring in the story of where the baskets were sourced into your space.

Take our word for it: basket walls truly are not hard! But, there also is an art to the order of the steps. We’re giving you all our best advice here, step by step — timelapse included!

Step 1: Wall Shop

The number of baskets you need depends entirely on the size of your wall, so start by selecting the best wall you’ve got to hang baskets!

  • Tip: Places we love to do a basket wall include the living room, a large installation in a craft room, above a console in the entryway, above a piano — or a more sophisticated grouping in a dining room.

Step 2: Basket Shop

More often than not, art is purchased too small for a space — so keep that in mind as you tally up your basket list. Don’t skimp on the baskets!

  • Trick: When ordering baskets, stick with odd numbers. A nice grouping can start as small as 3 — for a mini-space. For an upcoming HON installation, we have as many as 27 ready to hang! Make sure your baskets are all different sizes, usually 1-2 large and 1 small, with a few in between sizes. It works to have a few the same size, but try to vary for the best look. Keep in mind, you don’t want baskets that compete.

  • Source: Search “tonga baskets” on Etsy or for “woven African baskets,” and note that the ones that are wrapped tend to hold up the best! We love to mix in a few simple, monochromatic ones and then add in a statement basket or two. The statement could be in the color, pattern — or size.

Also, be sure to check out African wall discs, which are stunning! But get ready, those can be pricey!

STEP 3: Tape it Up

On a roll of kraft paper, trace the largest part of the circle and cut out each shape. Using green tape, tape them on the wall.

  • Trick: Don’t be afraid to do this step, just get taping! We typically start with the larger baskets, then fill in with the smaller ones. Start with them pretty tight, like you are forming a cluster.

  • Common mistake: The most common mistake with basket walls is that the baskets are too far apart! They should be tight knit, which creates a custom art-installation feel. Our favorite way to fight this mistake is to provide some overlap.

  • Tip: Before you commit to your pattern always STEP BACK from the wall and look at it from when you walk into the space. Walk in and out of the space and look at it from different angles. 

Step 4: Basket Up the Wall

Take it from our install team: the simplest and most secure way to hang baskets is to use finishing nails and push them gently through the front of the basket.

  • Tip: Look at the weave of each basket and in between two of the weaves, find that space where you can slide the nail, so that it won’t be visible. Hold the basket over it's corresponding piece of paper, press/hammer in the nail — and gently pull the paper off once it’s hung.

Happy basketwall hanging! Cheers to layered, happier spaces!

Stay tuned for details from our BALI trip, where we died an went to basket HEAVEN and sourcing ALL the baskets for the Queen City. Follow along with our adventures on Instagram, and we’ll post details for studio parties and pop-up sales soon!

Hanging Chair Tutorial

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It’s no surprise that we are obsessed with hanging chairs! They add a relaxed, comfortable vibe to a space and tons of personality and we find our clients always jump for them, both for indoor or outdoor rooms!

The trick for these chairs is mounting them properly to the ceiling. After trial and error by our install guru, Jim Drake, we’ve created a tutorial for the proper steps to hang these chairs — and have them stay put in your ceiling! Happy mounting!

1. Source the Right Chair

It’s a tie for our favorite hanging chair between the Serena & Lily chair and Selamat’s version (pictured here!). While natural rattan is the color we’ve opted for in our designs, here’s a stunning black and white option we can’t wait to work into a space. And if your budget is in a pinch, this chair is a great option. (If hanging a chair is a little too much for you, go for this option for the same laid-back vibe without the mounting process!)

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2. Collect Your Hardware

There is a lot of variety with what hardware hanging chairs arrive with — some come mounted to a rope or with a kit, some don’t include any hardware at all.

  • A good place to start is this mounting kit. Whatever you do, purchase bolts/mounting materials rated for human weight and our suggestion is for 350-500 pounds, just to be safe.

  • Make sure you have a stud finder on hand.

  • You’ll need string/rope to measure chair height with (anything you have on hand will work!).

  • Once you know the length (see step 4 below), go grab heavy-duty rope and/or a chain needed for your space and chair.

3. Find a Stud

The number one most important thing is that you get the eyelet screw (included in the above kit) into a stud or a ceiling joist. Studs are usually spaced 24” apart or so, but find the exact location with your stud finder and mark it.

Warning: Some of the kits sold for ceiling mount say they can be secured to the drywall, but we don’t recommend going with that. You don’t want your chair to rip out of the ceiling with a glass of wine in hand!

This means that aesthetically, you might have to play around with the feel of the space within a foot or so. But let’s be honest, safety is paramount. Sometimes there is not anything for the eyelet screw to grab into right where you pictured the chair. But don’t skimp on this step — the chair has to be placed in a ceiling joist or stud.

Once marked, go ahead and drill your eyelet screw into the ceiling.

4. Measure the Height of your Chair Mount

To determine the proper length of chain or rope for mounting, try attaching a string or rope to the eyelet screw in the ceiling — or to the carabiner if you use the Amazon kit — and then to the chair. A trick is to put something under the chair to take off slack, so you can gauge how much length you are going to be using. An end table, nightstand or something similar is perfect for this step!

Trick of the trade: Most chairs come with rope standard for an eight foot ceiling, but keep in mind — ropes have give to them! A common mistake is hanging the chair too low. A misconception here is that you hang it at seat level. But if you do, it’s going to sink about four inches when you take a seat.

  • Measure where you think it should hang and subtract 3-4 inches from it. This should give you the perfect length. (Usually, this is about 25” inches above the ground.)

Once you figure out the correct length for the rope/chain, head to the local hardware store. They will cut chain down to the inch you need — and make sure it’s heavy weight bearing rope and/or chain.

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5. Mount Away!

Using your carefully marked ceiling placement and custom-cut chain, and extra carabiners in your kit — get mounting and happy swinging!

A special thanks to Jim, who passed along on these tips and hangs each and every hanging chair for our clients!

Offices you WANT to work in!

We have both been working hard creating a beautiful work space for ourselves that is inspiring and fun to work in! It can be hard working from your home so it is so important to create the right atmosphere where you can stay focused and not get too distracted... as you may now we are easily distracted. 

Things to keep in mind is what type of space are you drawn to normally? Do you like to be around lots of color to help energize you or do you need something more soothing and relaxing? I guess this also depends on your job :) Another thing is the lighting... we love the idea of adding a really fun light fixture in your office. This not only helps from a lighting perspective but it will add some personality to the space and make it feel more special. Another way to add color and vibrancy is with artwork and a rug! We love looking on etsy for both art and for rugs... there are so many  amazing color-washed and vintage rugs on there! 

These are our favorite offices that we have found from some of our favorite blogs and websites! Domino, My Domanine, and of course Pinterest