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Design tips from Kris Swift & Britany Simon

SheKnows got the scoop from designers Kris Swift and Britany Simon on how to recreate the stylish looks spotted on Tuesday's Design Star. Learn how to make your own succulent planter and chevron fence for killer DIY style.
Design tips from Kris Swift & Britany Simon

Watching Design Star episode 4 where the designers made over indoor/outdoor spaces, we went nuts for Kris Swift's super cool succulent planter and Britany Simon's graphic chevron fence design! Luckily, we got tips from the designers themselves on recreating the look at home. Check it out!

Design tips from Kris Swift & Britany Simon

Kris Swift's tips for making a succulent planter

Required materials:

  • Drill with a hole saw bit extension
  • Skill saw
  • Hammer and chisel
  • Wood stump
  • Your favorite succulent


  1. First you'll want to map out the placement of your succulents, leave enough room on top of the reclaimed wood stump so that you can show off a succulent or two, but still have room for drinks or a small item.
  2. Once you've marked out the wood, use a drill with a saw bit extension at the appropriate gauge to predrill a hole into the wood (keep in mind you can do this on the top or sides of the stump).
  3. After you've predrilled the round hole, cut a couple of straight lines through the middle of the predrilled hole to weaken the wood into smaller pieces, then hammer and chisel out the smaller pieces of wood leaving a clean hole in the stump.
  4. Remove your favorite succulent from its container and place directly into the stump, making sure that there is a little bit of dirt at the bottom of the hole you've drilled and clean the excess dirt from the top of the stump.
  5. With most succulents, the table can be placed in the direct sun and sprayed with water a couple of times a month once the plants get completely dry. Be sure not to overwater. These tables are completely low maintenance and thrive on simplicity.

Crazy for chevrons? We are too! Sure, you can bring in chevron prints by using accent pillows and outdoor rugs, but how about kicking it up a notch with a graphic chevron fence? See how it's done.

Design tips from Kris Swift & Britany Simon

Britany Simon's tips for making a graphic chevron fence

The key is to definitely use pressure-treated lumber for the project if it is going to be outdoors, so it can withstand the elements.

Design tips from Kris Swift & Britany SimonInstructions:

First layout the pattern in the space you want to recreate it in to determine the size of your pattern and the width of your herringbone planks. Then you want to screw in a base for the pattern on the wall at every point along the pattern. This is so you can screw your planks into the wood instead of screwing directly into the concrete block.

It's a very simple pattern. It just takes a little time with all of the cuts. What I also wanted to do with the pattern was string wire along the wall to match the points of the herringbone and plant cat claws or vines in front of the wall, so then the vines would grow along the same pattern to add even more dimension to the wall element. The wall serves dual purpose... it adds instant architectural interest AND privacy from your neighbors!

More Design Star inspiration

Design Star: Kardashian office makeover
Design Star: White room challenge
Design Star: Designing a house

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