Macrame Plant Hanger Workshop and Q&A with Trilby Nelson

Happy Wednesday! It’s humpday and one day closer to the weekend.
Today, we are chatting with Trilby Nelson, an amazingly talented fiber artist in Austin.
Did you attend Blogshop Austin?
Whether you did or not, you did see her amazing wall hanging all over instagram.
And by some fine twist of fate, I am the very fortunate owner of that beautiful wall hanging and it holds court in the front of my home.
Trilby has hosted wall hanging workshops in Austin, which I have luckily been able to attend, and it was phenomenal. Despite being so talented, she is so sweet and approachable.
How lucky for us Austinites that she will be teaching another workshop, and not only that, it is a Macrame Planter Hanger Workshop!!!!!!  Not only can you macrame a plant hanger, you will ALSO make a beautiful succulent arrangement.  I cannot think of anything more fun to do on a weekend. This is a great girl time activity!
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For fun, Trilby indulged me in a short Q& A session….
Name: Trilby Nelson
Occupation: Display Coordinator for Anthropologie and freelance designer.
1.  What is the origin of your name? 
It’s from a book named “Trilby”. Also, Trilby is the name of a men’s hat in England!
2.  Where are you originally from?
Born in Los Angeles. Grew up in Fairfield, Iowa.
3.  What is your favorite place you’ve lived?
Thats a hard one. I’ve liked each place for different reasons. Iowa for living out in the country and family and old friends. LA for the mountains, desert, ocean, and city all at your finger tips. Portland for the food. Austin for the swimming holes.
4.  What brought you to Austin?
My boyfriend and I wanted to try a new city. We were tired of the rain in Portland at the time and so sunny and hot Austin sounded like a good fit.
5.  Did you always want to be an artist? 
Yes, in some way or another.
6.  How did you get into weaving as a medium?
I’ve always loved textiles and have used fiber in my work for a while. But, it wasn’t until a few summers ago that I was making macrame displays for Free People that I really started making large scale fiber pieces.
7.  What is your favorite project you’ve ever completed?
It’s not quite complete yet, but my sister Hilary and I have been working on a project that we’ll be introducing in the next couple of weeks.
8.  What/who inspires you the most?
All the creative people that surround me.
9.  What is the hardest thing about your job?
As a display coordinator there’s a lot on your plate, so I guess balancing the prep that goes into a project while keeping the big picture and a creative perspective in mind.
10.  You have friends coming to Austin, where do you take them to eat?
Well, even though I’m a vegetarian, I would have to say Smitty’s BBQ in Lockhart. Going there feels like you’ve stepped back in time.
11.  If a friend had to describe you with a single adjective, what do you hope it would be?
I would hope there’d be more than one adjective.
Ha!  I had fun reading her responses.  #11 made me laugh out loud!
Now for the deets…
Brooke Howsley and Trilby Nelson are teaching a Macrame Plant Hanger Workshop!!
Learn how to macrame your own plant hanger and AND how to make a beautiful potted succulent arrangement.
Co-taught by floral designer Brooke Howsley of Pollen Floral and fiber artist Trilby Nelson.
Nov 1, 12-3pm.
Pollen Floral Art. Austin, TX. 
$150 (All materials included)
Visit for details and to sign up.
Go sign up now people!! Indulge those creative fibers (pun intended).
Thank you so much Trilby!!

Pretty in Pink- Deeyn Rhodes of Nannie Inez

Well, we are one day closer to Friday.  Happy Tuesday!

Today, I have one of my favorite ladies for today’s Pretty in Pink guest- Deeyn Rhodes of Nannie Inez.

Now, Deeyn is one freaking cool lady. She is one of the classiest gals I know, and she just exudes sophistication.  Moving here from NYC, she is now the owner and purveyor of the coolest design & home decor shop in Austin- Nannie Inez.  She is frequently traveling the world, finding original and exceptional things to bring back to us.

Her store is such a gem, and should definitely be on your list of places to hit if you’re visiting, or if you’re doing birthday/ anniversary/ holiday shopping (hint hint Justin).

But cool things alone do not a shop make.

Deeyn makes the shop.

Aside from having beautiful things in her shop, Deeyn makes an effort to connect to her community.  She frequently invites other makers to come in and host workshops.  I myself have done a perfume workshop at the shop and it was delightful.

On a personal note, she is really special.  You know when you meet someone and they immediately put you at complete ease, so much so, that you feel comfortable talking freely and completely?  She has that quality.  And what an amazing quality to have.  Upon meeting her, I was so impressed by her style and sophistication, but even more impressed by her warmth and ability to connect.  She is so easy to talk to, and while I rarely tell people of my far-fetched long-term dreams, I have shared these with Deeyn.

Another (and yes there are many) of the exceptional things I have noticed about Deeyn is the care and time she takes with people.  While I am guilty of writing quick and truncated emails, often without greeting or salutation, she writes thoughtful and invested emails.

It’s no coincidence why people love her, and I’m no exception.

Thanks my beautiful friend for spending time with us, and for sharing some of your favorite items in the shop.


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Thanks again Deeyn for sharing your dad’s story with us, and for tuning us in to what’s hot in pink in your shop.




Pretty in Pink- Summer Hogan of Simple Stylings

Happy Monday (is there really such a thing?) and welcome back to aquahaus.

Today, we travel to NC, and I’m so excited to introduce you to the awesome Summer Hogan of Simple Stylings.

We’ve become friends through the awesome One Room Challenge, and if you don’t know what this is, you’re missing out! And you need to get with the program.

Last go round, she made over her deck and it is gorgeous.

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This time around, she is making over her closet, and what women doesn’t love that??

Summer is so warm, so genuine, and so encouraging.   She shows endless kindness, and has such a nurturing heart.  She has an adorable son, whom she adopted from Russia in 2010, and I love reading about their adventures together on her blog.  For someone who doesn’t consider herself crafty or creative, her design/ crafts/ cooking are pretty freaking extraordinary.

I find it so interesting that somehow through the internet, the world indeed has become smaller.  We are able to meet and cultivate friendships with people across the country, even across oceans.

I’m so happy to call Summer a friend, and am so happy she agreed to participate in Pretty in Pink.

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Thanks again Summer for spending time with us today.

Go forth and conquer this week people!!



Pretty in Pink- Kirsten Stoddard of Triple Max Tons

Welcome back!

When I moved back to Austin 2.5 years ago, one of the first people I was lucky enough to meet was Kirsten Stoddard of Triple Max Tons. Kirsten is awesome, and freaking hilarious.  She seriously makes me laugh so much, every time I’m around her.

When you throw a party, and you want it to be fun, you invite Kirsten.

If you’re having a bad day and you want to laugh, you call Kirsten.

You wanna craft? You call Kirsten.

You wanna watch the Bachelor? Yup…you guessed it.

She is basically the girlfriend you want to have in your posse, because she is just so rad and so real.  She is always up for whatever, and just down to hang.

Oh and you know the Flash tattoos that were ALL OVER ACL?

Yes, those, and the ones that Beyonce sports too?

Yeah, Kirsten is the PR manager for Flash tattoos!  And they are blowin’ up!!!

She also pens a super cool blog that I’ve been a long time reader of… and you should too.


And lastly, she’s so beautiful that she also MODELS!



As seen from the recent Purse and Clutch lookbook.


She does it all. Without further ado….


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Isn’t she just the best?  I wish she would do a house tour… (hint hint), she has awesome style.  The vintage Eames lounger is amazing, but so is that balloon.  Hilarious.

Thanks so much Kir for spending time with us.