A couple weekends ago, I had the opportunity to attend a workshop hosted by my local West Elm store here in Miami. I almost jumped out of my seat when I saw what the project was: a DIY macramé plant hanger by Yerbamala Designs! Now, to explain my enthusiasm I have to tell you that I’ve recently taken on the challenge of owning houseplants. This shouldn’t be a big deal, but THIS IS A BIG DEAL for me. Okay? Okay.
I’m relatively new at this, but I’ve made it a couple months now with a flourishing Bird of Paradise who is lovely and charming all you could hope for in a plant, and a
pain in the butt remarkably fickle Fiddle Leaf Fig. She’s a real jerk. She stays alive just enough to taunt me, but I’m not giving up on her yet. Mark my words, she’s gonna flourish, even if I have to hot glue some fake leaves onto her branches! (Wait, can I actually do that?)
Now that I’m embracing my new identity as the crazy cat lady of houseplants, I want them everywhere! I love how a few (or a couple dozen) houseplants really make my home come alive. (Ok, so a couple of mine are still fake, but I told you I was new at this, right?) Anyway, I had the perfect little corner desperate for a hanging plant, and I just couldn’t wait to get my hands on one. So, when I had the opportunity to be coached through the process of making my own macramé plant hanger, I couldn’t have been more excited!
Yanira (Yadi) Lopez and Alexis Oliva are the incredibly talented husband-and-wife duo who created Yerbamala Designs. Their original modern-meets-boho collection of macramé pieces are fresh, inspiring, and intricately beautiful. From their hand-crafted wall hangings to their plant hangers, each piece is unique and incredibly detailed.
They shared a bit of their story and guided us step-by-step as we made our own macramé plant hangers. Yadi and Alex are both Cuban natives who came to the U.S., love to travel, and enjoy the artisan culture of Miami. One glance at their Instagram gives you a peek at their covetable collection of houseplants, so, you know, I was instantly a fan. And after spending the afternoon with them, I discovered that they are as genuinely kind as they are talented.
So, if you’re a local Miamian and want to check out one-of-a-kind products by Yerbamala Designs or just take the opportunity to meet Alex and Yadi, follow their Instagram at @yerbamaladesigns for upcoming workshops and events. They can also often be seen at the Art District’s Miami Flea event, which takes place every third Sunday. Stop by their booth, admire the craftsmanship of their designs, and tell them I say hi!