Lingering Plants from a Long Gone Garden

Lingering Plants from a Long Gone Garden
We bought our first house in 1986. Not long afterwards, we met the neighbor from three doors down. His name was Ethan Becker. His grandmother and mother wrote the first Joy of Cooking. Among many other things, he was working on an updated edition, which would publish in 1997. Ethan lived in “Cockaigne”, the Bauhaus home which his father had designed. The kitchen was surprisingly tiny, but the landscape was expansive, about eight acres. One of our favorite parts about it was a wildflower garden his mother, Marion Rombauer Becker, had planted, beginning, I’m guessing, in the early 1940s. This garden featured prominently in the 1971 classic, Wild Wealth, which she co-wrote with Paul Bigelow Sears and Frances Jones Poetker, and was illustrated by Janice Rebert Forberg. From the book, one can envision a garden that was filled in its heyday with an unbelievable assortment of plants. However, by the... Read More

Trim and Edge your Yard like a Pro

Trim and Edge your Yard like a Pro
Come learn how to achieve professional-looking results when doing your own lawn maintenance.  To go along with your beautifully manicured yard, see 8 Giant Yard Games to Play, 20 Amazing Backyard Lighting Ideas, and Outdoor Projects to Build this Summer. This post, Trim and Edge Your Yard Like a Pro, is made in partnership with STIHL.  All opinions (and yard work) are my own.   Benefits of doing your own lawn maintenance: Being outside, enjoying the weather, possibly getting some added vitamin D! Seeing immediate results when you’re done. Using the time to “read” or just get thinking.  I’ve been listening to an uplifting, motivational, or thought provoking audiobook or podcast while I work. Not having to pay someone. Getting physical exercise. Learning to trim, edge and cleanup after as part of your lawn maintanence routine is the difference between an okay job mowing and a clean, beautiful … Read More

Dynasty Gallery adds candles to offerings

Dynasty Gallery adds candles to offerings
Dynasty Gallery showcased its Glisten+Glass candles at winter markets, including this display in Atlanta. Sometimes a manufacturer’s best ideas can come from the outside. For instance, take art glass producer Dynasty Gallery’s decision to add hand-poured candles to its offerings. CEO Linda Corrado says that direction stemmed from retailer feedback. “Quite ironically, we hadn’t planned to develop any candle line; the suggestion, instead, came from our retailers,” Corrado told Home Accents Today. “In fact, one year ago, we introduced our Glisten+Glass Collection of hand-blown glass votives. This is a collection of decorative and functional vessels that coordinate with other art glass pieces in our line.  Our retailers felt that these votives begged to be turned into candles and kept urging us to create our own candle collection. I have to say, we are grateful for their vision. We really enjoyed the experience of exploring this new world of candles, … Read More