8. On the next string begin with a snowball, but cut the first straw in half and retain the other half for the top of the string. This will allow the balls to hang at alternating levels from one string to the next. Continue alternating the beginning straw from whole to half as you complete the remaining strings.
9. When you have completed all the strings, tie them to a tension rod that you have installed in the window. Hang the first string about 2 inches in from the window. Every strand after that should hang about 4 inches apart.
All it takes to create an outdoor getaway is a comfortable chair or two. Here, designer Erin Benedict chose a pair of Adirondack chairs softened by large cushy pillows. And, note the pulled-back curtain to one side: If you have a place to hang a curtain rod or wire, an outdoor curtain adds softness and privacy. “Elegant black and gold striped drapes perfectly frame the Adirondack chairs, adding a contemporary element while complementing the timeless architectural details of the early 1920s structure,” Benedict says.