How to make a doorless closet look good? For those of us with neo-sixties leanings, Bay Area cult fashion designer Erica Tanov has an easy, inexpensive answer.
Erica has been creating inspired rooms for years: her book, Design By Nature: Creating Layered, Lived-In Spaces, and bedding collection are longstanding Remodelista favorites. For a few lucky clients, she takes on interiors commissions—
in this case, a friend needed help pulling together the parlor floor of her Edwardian house in Berkeley.
Erica’s artful solution for an open utility closet that “needed some kind of coverage”? A macrame curtain that she DIYed herself: “I wanted something functional yet beautiful, mixing refinement with a touch of hippie.”
We spotted the project on Instagram and asked Erica to fill us in.
- Triple-strand natural cotton rope Erica used Twisted 8-millimeter Crafting Cord from KnotsYourMomsMacrame; $10.99 for 25 feet. She also recommends Niroma Studio for macrame materials and tutorials.
- Brass beads Erica used Wild Dove Beads’ Brushed Matte-Finish Solid Brass Beads with 10 millimeter holes; $5.39 for 20.
- Brass curtain rod and brackets Erica combined a 3/4-inch Round Hollow Rod, a Half Opened Socket, and a Full Closed Socket, all in a satin brass finish from Orion Ornamental Iron’s Italian collection.
The Curtain in Progress
The Finished Curtain
Browse the Remodelista archive for DIY ideas, including:
- DIY Pleated Lampshades (with Embroidered Surprises), Budget Edition
- Trend Alert: Stitched Patchwork Clothes as Window Coverings
- Save the Sofa: 5 Good-Looking Ways to Protect the Favorite Seat in the House
- Design Sleuth: Macrame Headboards from the Ace Hotel