Last week I hosted a MacMillan Coffee morning and I needed to make it extra special. Why?
1) My friends were giving up their time and money for a good cause
2) It was in honour of a very special lady who is fighting cancer with the bravery of a lion
3) I do like a theme
Recently a zebra vibe has been emerging about my place. From black and white striped floors. to papier mache zebra heads, it’s all taken a walk on the wild side. Not only that, but I’m very well known for my love of animal print clothing, so it felt totally appropriate to create an exotic natural habitat for me and my tribe to gather for charitable feasting.
The kitchen extension has created a wonderful entertaining space, with huge sliding glass doors leading outside. The problem is, my house is back to front, so the glass elevation opens out onto my driveway and, when the gates are open, passers by are privvy to a good nosey in. As the gates were to be left open for the guests, I wanted to create a little bit of privacy for the coffee morning revellers inside. My solution was a ‘curtain’ of faux-liage that looked a lot like jungle vines and created subtle screening from both inside and out.
It set the tone for a fun atmosphere and a wild tea party, making guests feel both welcomed and wanted, which I feel is the very least you can do when they are good enough to give up their time and part with their money in aid of a good cause. We raised over £500 in just a couple of hours and I feel sure that creating the right atmosphere was key that success.
The ‘curtain’ received a lot of love, both at the event and subsequently on social media. It was super easy to create and resulted in such an unexpected feel-good vibe that we are all in agreement that it can stay a while longer. Maybe even long enough for it to be transformed into a Christmas version, but more on that later.
I shared the 3 step how-to on Instagram stories where recently I’ve even been brave enough to film myself talking. Milestone, I know. But for those of us who still prefer to have things written down, here’s how to give your windows a bit of on-trend jungle fever, creating a subtle amount of coverage, but also enhancing the view from the inside, out.
What you need:
1) Vine Leaf Garlands £19.99 for 100 strands from Amazon
2) Faux Ivy garland £15.99 for 24 strands from Amazon
3) Command Brand Damage Free Hanging Clips £6.35 from Amazon
Handily, the strands of foliage are the perfect size to clip straight into the clips. The clips have a double sided sticky pad and my advice is to clip in your fauxliage before you attach it to the window frame. My window frames are aluminium and I would be more hesitant to try this on wooden, or painted surfaces. They are supposed to be 100% damage free, but please do not take my word for this. Maybe do a demo on some old wallpaper or painted surface first.
At first I hung the strands in a neat alternate pattern - two vine leaf, one ivy. But the overall effect was much better once I’d added more random strands in and amongst so that it looked a little bit more natural.
My vines do not touch the floor, in fact they fall about 3/5ths of the way down the window, which i feel is even more effective. I placed real plants and more abundant greenery on the floor at the bottom of the window to layer up the leafiness and also to bring it all to life.
Make no mistake, this look is a bit “stage set”. I’m not sure it’s a permanent feature but it has certainly caused a stir from both inside and outside, and it definitely adds an extra fun factor about the space which we are still enjoying long after the last of the cake has been scoffed.
It feels a bit like the new beaded curtain which sits very well with my boho aspirations and inspired me to search up modern varieties on Pinterest. This look I can totally get on board with for Christmas, when I do like to put on a bit of a Debenhams style window display and create a bit of neighborly curtain-twitching.
If you decide to give the fauxliage curtain or … let’s call it nouveau beaded curtain a go, please let me know how you get on and tag your pics #housecandy if, like me, you are that pleased with the results that you fancy a pat on the back.