Indoor Terrarium Ideas

The benefits of cultivating plant life in your home are numerous – plants produce an influx of oxygen, they moisturize dehydrated air caused by seasonal conditions and dry climates, and they purify the air by plucking out floating toxins, as well as improve mental health and bolster clearer thinking. Plants are nothing short of incredible for their propensity to heal, comfort, and celebrate – evident by their prevalence in hospital rooms and as traditional decorative elements at our big life moments – and can be woven into any design aesthetic with style and grace.

Square TerrariumThe latest in modern agricultural decor is the glass terrarium, a globe, pot, or case – either closed or open containing a mini ecosystem typically composed of plant life, soil, and a drainage system made from rocks, stones, gravel, or a mixture of any or all three. Terrariums are striking because unlike a planter, they expose a plant’s full scope – its roots and what keeps it rooted – on all sides, creating a modern and beautiful conversation piece for your space. Terrariums are also versatile because you can choose from a wide selection of plants, colors, and textures to fill them with, and in the realm of interior design, they aren’t a big splurge. Read the rest of this entry »

5 Bird Feeding Mistakes

Ceramic Hanging Bird Feeder

You bought a hanging bird feeder, hung it in your yard, and filled it with seed. You expected to see birds of all kinds flock to the
feeder, hungry and grateful for an oasis of plentiful sustenance. You check the feeder from time to time and the seed supply doesn’t seem to be dwindling. You also notice that there’s also not much bird traffic to and from the feeder. You think to yourself, ‘What did I do wrong?’ Unfortunately, attracting birds to your property is not as simple as placing your feeder in a random spot, filling it with seed, and waiting for the birds to congregate. Check out these five common bird feeding mistakes to avoid.
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The Best Watering Cans For Your Indoor Plants

Watering cans for indoor plantsHydrating your indoor plants is not as simple as filling up your watering pot and emptying it into the soil. In reality, watering your plants whenever you remember to or as part of your daily routine are both practices that are potentially harmful to their wellbeing.

Most house plants die for one of two reasons – dehydration or too much hydration. Too much hydration often masquerades as ‘pampering’ – we love our plants, we want our plants to thrive and bear flowers and fruit and improve our spaces, and so sometimes we give them too much of a good thing. An overabundance of water forces oxygen out of the root zone, blocking the roots from delivering important nutrients to the plant. Bottom line, there is no uniform watering rule and researching the moisture conditions of your house plants is essential to their survival. For example, some plants, like cacti, don’t need a lot of water, while plants that come from a marsh or a bog environment love to be water-soaked at all times. Read the rest of this entry »

3 Ways to Update Your Space with Modern Décor Accessories

cluster-of-lantersDoes your home need a design upgrade? Before you completely re-work a room, tear up the carpet, paint the walls, or buy new furniture, consider adding a few modern pieces to your space first. A couple – or even just one carefully placed object – has the ability to liven up a room or outdoor space without requiring a laborious and time-intensive makeover.
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Kitchen Composting – 11 Items to Put In Your Kitchen Composter

Kitchen Compost CollectorWhether you are a neophyte or an avid composter, composting in your kitchen is an incredibly useful and environmentally beneficial practice.

Consider your trash can – it’s stuffed throughout the week with food scraps, cooked and leftover food, cardboard, paper towels, dust, coffee filters, tea bags, and other household expendables. What if you could cut down on a significant portion of your household trash, decrease the presence of fruit flies, and eliminate unpleasant odors?
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Why Garlic Presses Are Versatile Time-Savers

Garlic PressPeeling and mincing garlic is a time-consuming task. Picking the sticky, flaky skin off of each clove and carefully mincing the delicate flesh into uniform bits requires skill, time, and patience (three things that home cooks sometimes lack). The garlic press, arguably one of the most controversial kitchen tools of the last century, is often used by cooks to save time. Its propensity for simplifying a common cooking annoyance has made it a popular utility tool in many kitchens.

 

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Growing Your Own Herb Garden: Benefits and Tips

Growing Your Own Herb Garden: Benefits and Tips

It is a known fact that gardening relieves stress. You may wish to try your hand at gardening too but are not sure if it will work out fine. Some people may be turned off at the thought of getting mud all over their hands. Perhaps you think you don’t have enough space for a garden. Whatever your apprehensions, growing herbs will be the perfect thing for you.

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Full Circle Sustainable Cleaning Supplies

Sustainable Compost bin

The Scrap Happy Compost bin

Full Circle Sustainable Cleaning Supplies and Kitchen Products

Every now and then, we come across a product that is so simple and yet so ingenious that it falls into the “life changing” category. You know the kind; they’re the ones that make you smack your forehead and ask “how did I ever live without this?” This is how we feel about the Full Circle kitchen products.

Our very favorite is the new Scrap Happy Scrap Collector and Freezer Compost Bin. We totally love composting because it drastically cuts down on the amount of trash we produce, and it also provides excellent (and free!) nutrition for our gardens. But less lovely is the process of collecting waste to add to our outdoor compost heap. Counter top compost bins can eat up prep space, and on the inside, coffee grounds, apple cores and banana peels become a stinky, slimy mess, and even attract fruit flies. Ugh!
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Earlywood Design products save trees

Earlywood Kitchen tools

Earlywood Trifecta includes the 2 sizes of Spatulas and a Spreader and come in 4 wood types.

Earlywood Design products save trees while being more functional than other tools clogging up your kitchen drawers.

Earlywood crafts their tools from sustainable wood and the artistry involved is impressive.  These tools are meant to last for generations and if treated with oil as needed, they will be handed down to your children and their children!  Not just beautiful, they are functional.  How many times have you been stirring a pot and wondered when the spoon didn’t reach the edges of the pot, “why am I using this tool?”   With these spatulas you can practically throw out every other stirring tool or spatula you have and you will reach for them every time. Read the rest of this entry »

Our Porcelain Amuse-Bouche set is new!

amuse bouche appetizer spoons set
Have you ever been to a restaurant that has offered you an amuse bouche? Literally meaning a mouth amuser, they are served in fine restaurants as a gift from the chef to start the meal with excitement.  Served in a small dish or a spoon, they are generally very decorative and exciting to look at.  These beautiful porcelain amuse bouche set of 6 spoons will do the trick and get your next party off to a great start.

They are also lovely for a tiny dessert when you want something rich but don’t want to overwhelm your guests with a heavy meal.  A chocolate truffle would be beautiful and top off any dinner.

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