Month: April 2016

How to Water an Air Plant

Like us, air plants need water too! Air plants are a pretty and hardy plant and this means low-maintenance and relatively little attention; but you cannot just pop them into a terrarium or stick them on a shelf and forget about them.  Air plants need to eat and their natural food is water. Here’s how to water it:   Photo: Monica Melsness    

4 Reasons You Need a Greenhouse

With global warming our climate is changing rapidly, so  having a greenhouse in the backyard can bring more stable growing conditions for your garden plants. Greenhouses hold tropical plants, citrus trees, succulents, and several types of  vegetables and herbs. I have not yet convinced you? I’ll give you four more reasons to have one. 1- Flexibility – A greenhouse allows you to grow a wider variety of food and flowers. 2- Stability – A greenhouse offers a predictable environment which shelters tender plants from damaging weather extremes. 3-Self-sufficiency – A greenhouse empowers us to easily save and germinate our seeds, making it possible to avoid paying for them. 4-It’s Beautiful – When you choose a perfect greenhouse for your garden, you can redefine your outdoor space. Look below at this beautiful example I chose for you!  

Eliza Blank – Founder of The Sill

Eliza Blank, the 30-year-old founder of The Sill, grew up watching her grandmother garden and believes that every house needs a plant. Here’s how her team is greening the urban jungle. Why did you start The Sill? Owning a houseplant in a city like New York is so important. When it came time for me to move out on my own, one of the things that I really wanted to do was fill my apartment with greenery; immediately I realized how difficult that would be. It wasn’t just the access, it was the missing element of design. You have your choice of 100 shower curtains—why isn’t there that breadth when it comes to buying a potted plant? Do you sell anything besides plants? About a year into the start of The Sill we started designing and manufacturing our own line of ceramic planters. All the tabletop items are designed with input from our plant team. The pots are well suited to the plants, they’re the right size, and they incorporate drainage when appropriate. What’s the most common question you get …

The Montessori Bed

The Montessori method focuses largely on education, but many Montessori principles can be applied to decorate your little one’s room as well.  Since it’s their room, everything should be within the child’s reach, and on the child’s level. This includes all furniture, especially the bed. Here are some ideas for you to apply the method in a creative way to make your child’s room look even more beautiful, comfortable, and fun.   Photo:  Via Pinterest,   Sweet HOME from wood

Alassis Collection

 Alassis  candles …an exclusive collection by Mei Xu, the award-winning entrepreneur behind Chesapeake Bay Candle. Inspired by sophisticated ancient scents that transport us back in time to mediterranean civilizations and lush, fragrant gardens – evoking a elegant aura in your home.   Alassis Candles  $25.00

Spiced and Grilled Steaks with Citrus Chutney

Ingredients Chutney ½ grapefruit, thinly sliced, seeds removed 8 ounces kumquats, sliced, seeds removed 1 shallot, finely chopped ⅔ cup sugar Pinch of kosher salt 1 tablespoon Champagne vinegar or white wine vinegar  Steak And Assembly 2 tablespoons coriander seeds 2 tablespoons ground coffee 2 tablespoons kosher salt 4 teaspoons light brown sugar 4 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa powder 1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper Vegetable oil (for grilling) 2 hanger steaks, center membrane removed, each cut into 4 pieces Directions Chutney Bring grapefruit, kumquats, shallot, sugar, salt, and ¼ cup water to a simmer in a small saucepan over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally and lowering heat if needed, until citrus is soft and liquid is syrupy, 45–60 minutes. Stir in vinegar and let cool. Cover and chill. Do Ahead: Chutney can be made 1 week ahead. Keep chilled. Steak And Assembly Toast coriander seeds in a small skillet over medium heat, tossing occasionally, until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Let cool, then finely grind in spice mill or mortar and pestle. Mix ground coriander, coffee, salt, brown sugar, cocoa powder, and pepper in a small bowl. Prepare a grill for medium-high heat; lightly oil grate. Season steaks generously …

Happiness in Your Home – According to Science

I grew up hearing my grandmother saying that home was the best place in the world. Anyone disagree? Today I know this is not only a theory of my dear granny, but also proven by science. Our house conveys security, warmth and well-being, and it is  precisely this feeling that makes us feel homesick when we are traveling.  Science has proven that it is possible to make our home better and (why not?) even happier. Paint a wall green or yellow   Yellow and green are colors that bring more feelings of happiness and well-being, according to a study by the University of Vrije in the Netherlands. Make a floral arrangement   A long study, conducted by Rutgers University in New Jersey, demonstrated that having  flowers at home brings a sensation of comfort and causes happiness. Spread photos around the house   Try putting a picture frame with a beautiful picture of your family or a friend, next to your bed. Scientists at the University of Portsmouth, in England guarantee that this will make you happier. According to this …