How to Read a Plant

How to Read a Plant

Homestead Brooklyn’s Summer Rayne Oakes with the first of a 4-part series on tending to your leafy best friends…

A few years ago my friend said he wanted to get a dog. He had never had an animal in his life and didn’t seem like the type of guy who was capable of caring for one.

I teased him and insisted he get a potted plant instead, as I felt it might be a lower bar. “If you don’t kill the plant,” I assured, “then you can get a dog.”

He killed the plant and got the dog. Luckily the dog’s happier than ever; seems like he and the pooch made a better pair. The incident of course got me thinking: plants don’t come easily to a lot of us, and they are by no means equivalent to caring for an animal. It’s like the two categories — pets and plants — require slightly different orientations. Of course you can develop the sensitivity and sensibilities for both plant care and pet care — and many of us do. I’d check those two boxes myself, having grown up with both plenty of pets and plants; and especially now that I’m living with a plant-pecking foster hen (not necessarily recommended for city apartments) — and an inordinate number of plants — to the tune of 700 or so. (I know, ridiculously excessive, but it’s like paradise in apartment-form).

The reality is, however, that plants don’t communicate in the same way that pets do. Plants are more introverted, whereas pets are the extroverts of the household. A dog will let you know when she needs to go out — and if you fail to do so, you’ll likely wind up with a mess on the floor. Cats are a bit more sensible when it comes to these matters, as most are potty-trained. But I had a cat that would throw mail at me in the mornings if she didn’t get fed on time. Plants do no such thing. Or when they speak to us, they do so in their own quiet way.

Over the years I’ve learned to watch out for certain signals from my plants to learn what they’re telling me. Sometimes signs like a yellowing leaf or browning around the edges can mean multiple things, but you can often use process of elimination to get to the root of the matter (every plant pun intended). Here are some of the major signs and what to do about them:

Wilted plant

Your plant is dehydrated. If it’s really flaccid, give it water immediately, but if it’s just starting to wilt, water it in the early morning hours with room temp water, as that is the best time of day to water plants.

Brown tips

Your plant is likely suffering from lack of humidity. Get the plant a humidifier, give it a pebble tray below with water, or create a plant huddle so the transpiration — or the evaporation of water from the plant’s leaves — can create a little more humidity in the surrounding atmosphere.

Leaf drop

Your plant is shocked. Leaf drop typically happens after transplanting, moving from one place to another, or taking from a high light to low light area. The plant needs to acclimatize to its current environment and sometimes this can take time.

Yellowing leaves, brown spots

Your plant is sunburned. If your plant is close to a window, particularly a window with a southern- or western-exposure, then it may be getting too much sun. Either pull the plant back from the window (even two feet can make a difference) or add a diaphanous shade to cut the light.

Yellow leaves at bottom

Yellow leaves can mean many things, but yellow leaves at the bottom of the plant can mean that it needs some fertilizer, or that the plant leaves are just getting old and dying back. Once the leaves turn brown, you can snip off; and if the leaves continue to turn yellow at a rapid rate, then give a balanced liquid fertilizer, like a 10-10-10, diluted by half while watering during the growing season (March – September).

Yellow leaves (general)

Yellowing leaves that happen throughout the plant often means that the plant has been mismanaged in the watering department. You either watered it too much or too little, so try to get a sense of what your plant’s needs are and get it on a proper watering schedule.

Of course, these are just some of the signs our plants are stressed. If you have other questions, I encourage you tune into Plant One On Me, my weekly Q&A on all things plant-related and more inspiration on HomesteadBrooklyn.com and @homesteadbrooklyn.

Lead image by Jessie Kanelos Wiener.

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How to Read a Plant

How to Read a Plant

Homestead Brooklyn’s Summer Rayne Oakes with the first of a 4-part series on tending to your leafy best friends…

A few years ago my friend said he wanted to get a dog. He had never had an animal in his life and didn’t seem like the type of guy who was capable of caring for one.

I teased him and insisted he get a potted plant instead, as I felt it might be a lower bar. “If you don’t kill the plant,” I assured, “then you can get a dog.”

He killed the plant and got the dog. Luckily the dog’s happier than ever; seems like he and the pooch made a better pair. The incident of course got me thinking: plants don’t come easily to a lot of us, and they are by no means equivalent to caring for an animal. It’s like the two categories — pets and plants — require slightly different orientations. Of course you can develop the sensitivity and sensibilities for both plant care and pet care — and many of us do. I’d check those two boxes myself, having grown up with both plenty of pets and plants; and especially now that I’m living with a plant-pecking foster hen (not necessarily recommended for city apartments) — and an inordinate number of plants — to the tune of 700 or so. (I know, ridiculously excessive, but it’s like paradise in apartment-form).

The reality is, however, that plants don’t communicate in the same way that pets do. Plants are more introverted, whereas pets are the extroverts of the household. A dog will let you know when she needs to go out — and if you fail to do so, you’ll likely wind up with a mess on the floor. Cats are a bit more sensible when it comes to these matters, as most are potty-trained. But I had a cat that would throw mail at me in the mornings if she didn’t get fed on time. Plants do no such thing. Or when they speak to us, they do so in their own quiet way.

Over the years I’ve learned to watch out for certain signals from my plants to learn what they’re telling me. Sometimes signs like a yellowing leaf or browning around the edges can mean multiple things, but you can often use process of elimination to get to the root of the matter (every plant pun intended). Here are some of the major signs and what to do about them:

Wilted plant

Your plant is dehydrated. If it’s really flaccid, give it water immediately, but if it’s just starting to wilt, water it in the early morning hours with room temp water, as that is the best time of day to water plants.

Brown tips

Your plant is likely suffering from lack of humidity. Get the plant a humidifier, give it a pebble tray below with water, or create a plant huddle so the transpiration — or the evaporation of water from the plant’s leaves — can create a little more humidity in the surrounding atmosphere.

Leaf drop

Your plant is shocked. Leaf drop typically happens after transplanting, moving from one place to another, or taking from a high light to low light area. The plant needs to acclimatize to its current environment and sometimes this can take time.

Yellowing leaves, brown spots

Your plant is sunburned. If your plant is close to a window, particularly a window with a southern- or western-exposure, then it may be getting too much sun. Either pull the plant back from the window (even two feet can make a difference) or add a diaphanous shade to cut the light.

Yellow leaves at bottom

Yellow leaves can mean many things, but yellow leaves at the bottom of the plant can mean that it needs some fertilizer, or that the plant leaves are just getting old and dying back. Once the leaves turn brown, you can snip off; and if the leaves continue to turn yellow at a rapid rate, then give a balanced liquid fertilizer, like a 10-10-10, diluted by half while watering during the growing season (March – September).

Yellow leaves (general)

Yellowing leaves that happen throughout the plant often means that the plant has been mismanaged in the watering department. You either watered it too much or too little, so try to get a sense of what your plant’s needs are and get it on a proper watering schedule.

Of course, these are just some of the signs our plants are stressed. If you have other questions, I encourage you tune into Plant One On Me, my weekly Q&A on all things plant-related and more inspiration on HomesteadBrooklyn.com and @homesteadbrooklyn.

Lead image by Jessie Kanelos Wiener.

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Making Alternative Wellness (+ A Course Discount)

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“Let food by thy medicine and medicine be thy food” – Hippocrates

Jennifer Capozzi is an inspiration. After being diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis as a child, she set off on a long exploration of managing her illness via holistic approach. Currently, she assists individuals to support them on their own personal journey toward a plant-based holistic lifestyle. Her work is tailored to the individual client, addressing personal needs and helping them gain a clear understanding on how they want to feel; not just physically, but emotionally and energetically. Her method incorporates avenues of seasonal foods — crafting recipes, implementing herbs blends, and creating unique adornment rituals with medicinal essential oils.

If you are interested in working with Jen and live in the Philadelphia area, be sure to check out her workshop ‘Food As Medicine’ taking place at Greensgrow Farms on Saturday, April 9th. She & Greensgrow have been so kind as to extend a 20% off promo code for anyone interested in signing up. Just enter fp20%off49 (case sensitive) at checkout.

If you’d like to work with Jenn and do not live in the Philadelphia area, please reach out via email (jen@barlumeapothecary.com).

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What started this “food as medicine” journey for you personally?

When I was sixteen I experienced what some physicians consider a ‘perfect storm’ — traumatic stress, in conjunction with having one too many vaccinations administered within a short time period, which resulted in what is now termed ‘non-hereditary rheumatoid arthritis.’ My onset was also a rare occurrence — 18 years ago, it did not exist in the medical world. I was not able to actually begin any form of relative treatment for RA until I was 21. By that point I had only 40% range of motion and full deformities in my hands not to mention decreased liver function. I was put on a cocktail of chemotherapy drugs, immune-suppressant injections and a heavy duty anti-inflammatory, along with physical therapy 5 days a week. By 23 I almost lost my liver from the meds, most of my hair fell out and I threw up every time I had to get an injection. By my late 20s I had exhausted every pharmaceutical drug combo and nothing was working to manage my RA. I kept looking for answers. I knew that there had to be a way to heal my body, not to deplete it through conventional medicine.

What was exceedingly helpful as I began researching and trying out different herbs, nutrients and diet options was becoming gluten-free and vegetarian, which helped tremendously with decreasing inflammation, but brought to the surface a bigger issue that is overlooked in our healthcare system, which is addressing the pain, depression and anxiety that comes along with such a terrible disease. Through this process of sampling various pharmaceutical meds and quickly experiencing their numerous side effects, I started to ask my body what it really needed in order to feel better. I had already cultivated an awareness of how my diet effected my RA positively, so each step brought be closer and gave me more insight, I believed that there had to be a better way. Thus jumping both feet first onto the path of weaving together herbal medicine, seasonal diet and the universe serving up (just in time might I add) the desperately needed resource of medicinal grade essential oils, I truly began the healing process. Essential oils were a key aspect in not only supporting my immune system but, more importantly, helped me address and work through the depression and anger that ensues from being in a state of chronic pain. I started studying with an herbalist as well as pursuing my certification for medicinal essential oil practitioner. I knew that there had to be the right recipe that would repair my body.

As a woman who has dealt with — quoting my rheumatologist here — one of the worse cases of RA he has ever seen (he cried on my 30th birthday because he honestly did not think I would live this long) – speaks volumes to the power of plant medicine and one’s own determination and will to not let conventional medicine be the only course of treatment. I chose a different route and I would not be here if I didn’t fight for a better life and a different option – one where I am empowered, confident, in tune with and happy to be present in this body and excited to see repair as I age…rather than choosing to accept and believe that my only future would be riddled full of joint replacements, drugs and ultimately a wheelchair. There is always another option, that road is not always the easiest, but I am forever grateful that I chose this route. I wouldn’t be here nor would I have found what I love if I had not believed there was a way to heal.

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What are some big misconceptions that you’ve debunked along the way?

Calorie-counting and that the latest food trend is always just a fragment of a larger picture. Superfoods and supplements can have a place and time, but it’s never a cure-all. It’s all about working in concert with how your body is feeling and responding to what you are eating. Lastly, that not every essential oil or herbal tincture is created equal. Do your research. Get to know the practices and people crafting these medicines and ask yourself if it resonates with your body and your beliefs.

If you were to recommend that our readers make one swap in their diet, what would it be?

The greatest swap I would say is to expand your container and join a CSA. This act alone is a promise to yourself, that you are worth the commitment and it challenges you to try new recipes, get creative and, most of all, to become in tune with what it means to truly eat seasonally. Reconnect to the land. It speaks volumes to choose to swap out your carrots from a chain grocery store (which were shipped a great distance to even get there) with carrots from your local farmer. This is the most effective way to invest in nourishing and supporting yourself, by investing and nourishing your local community. There is something that resonates deeply by engaging with our food through local farms, CSA’s and farmers’ markets — we get to know our farmers, we can ask questions about their methods, we can gain a tremendous amount of insight through these interactions, which ultimately lead us to having a better appreciation of where our food really comes from.

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What are some of your favorite plants/herbs for good health?

I could seriously sing songs about kale — it is one of my favorite greens to eat! Kale is high in fiber and iron. As a vegetarian, it has been a key element in my diet to keep my red blood cell count and iron in balance. Not to mention it just makes me happy.

Stinging nettles is another green that is wonderful if you can procure some fresh nettles (just make sure you have some thick gardening gloves on), you can sauté them in coconut or olive oil, incorporating them into any meal in place of spinach or other green. Nettles are high in iron, potassium, calcium, vitamin A and C. This plant has been such a help to me in managing my RA to help remove uric acid from my system, which causes inflammation. Nettle tea is one of my favorites. It’s simple, yet addresses so many internal body systems — kidneys, urinary tract, digestion, circulation — flushing out toxins while nourishing each organ as it passes through. When each of these body systems are supported and operating at optimal capacity it promotes radiant skin, we can absorb nutrients efficiently and our bodies can assimilate them appropriately. Nettle tea is wonderful hot or cold. I love serving my nettle tea with a dollop of raw honey…a few pieces of fresh ginger and a spoonful or coconut oil served hot!

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Who are some figures in wellness industry that you look to for inspiration and knowledge?

I am constantly inspired by so many people! Being here in Philadelphia and having such an incredible resource like Greensgrow Farms has been one of the key lifelines in my business, sourcing beautiful seasonal and local produce that allows me to in turn, craft nourishing foods for my clients.

I am fortunate enough that many of these farmers, herbalist and chefs I have met along my own journey have become my friends. One of whom, Matt Volz who runs Greyrock Farm in my hometown of Cazenovia, NY continues to inspire me. Matt has integrated some old farming methods, utilizing draft horses to work the 200+ acres, producing some of the most gorgeous fruits and vegetables a girl has ever seen. The farm share Matt has put together is one of the most well-rounded offerings I have seen, each item is outstanding in its own right — raw milk, breads made from local grains, fermented foods, grass -fed beef, pork and chicken from the farm. I think most folks have this idea that farm life is a simple life. It is in the fact that we get back to the basics, but in order to achieve that it takes a tremendous amount of conscious and consistent effort to keep that vision clear and in focus, not to mention a passionate commitment to that lifestyle. Every time I go home, I stop by Greyrock before I head back to Philly. It’s a reminder to myself to keep my vision clear.

Deb Soule from Avena Botanicals has always been such an inspiration to me… She is a legend in biodynamic farming and that energy shines through in her herbal products. If you ever find yourself in Rockport, Maine, do yourself a favor and stop by to see Deb and her incredible herbal gardens. She pours so much sacred love and ritual into cultivating her herbs.

One of my favorite blogs for the past few years has been My New Roots by Sarah Britton. Her blog has been immensely helpful to me on my own journey. Sarah has this natural way of story telling and how her daily practices inspire her to take certain comfort foods and reinvent them into a rejuvenating experience. Ultimately, this is what we all want when we eat, we are initially trying to satisfy our hunger, but, in peeling back that first layer of the onion, we are also trying to satisfy our emotional need to be comforted and supported. All food has an energetic aspect to it — when we consume certain items, an internal conversation takes place. We just need to tune into that dialogue.

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What does “free” mean to you?

“Free” to me is being able to move through life fully present, not bound by the stories of my past, but able to enjoy my current moment. Curating daily life with a clear intention that connects me with how I truly want to feel and my heart’s desires. Most of all, “free” to me is living life guided by my intuition, not by what I ‘should do’ or imposed expectations or thoughts, but my own. Intuition is being in tune with each part of ourselves — mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually. Being in nature, I am grounded and in awe of the immense possibility that surrounds me. It is that energy that consistently reminds me to keep going, to let go of the fear of forging my own path, rather take a cue from the landscape around me, there is always another way. The path less traveled can feel insurmountable, but keep climbing, trust your intuition — the view is always worth the trek. . . enjoy the journey, be open to wherever it leads.

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Leave Houses: Mid Century Modern Rooms in Tree

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Located at the top of a leave hillside rests a mid century contemporary getaway. 

I’ve usually experienced a ‘ rsquo & factor; &nbsp that was for;mid century contemporary style. I really like lively style; although the clear outlines, the bent perspectives, the simple&nbsp. Although the most of nbsp & the;furnishings& nbsp function any artwork that is extravagant, mid century decor’s character nevertheless smashes through. And what may I love significantly more than mid century style that is contemporary? Obvi, the leave. (Yes, obvi were mentioned by me. I ve. Wut?)

Tree is among my personal favorite locations on the planet; rsquo & it;s just a few hours beyond LA, but a universe absent. Period decelerates available, the ale choices just a little cooler. Then when I came across a mid century contemporary wasteland home (having a swimming!), I leaped in the chance to hide-away there for some times. Nbsp sequestered&;from nbsp & my;fast-paced existence, I woke using the sunlight and slowly consumed my espresso from the swimming. I rocked& my;and nbsp;using the breeze within the brilliantly striped hammock&nbsp & nbsp invested underneath the superstars, maintaining comfortable from the outside hearth. Available, about the wasteland slope that is dirty, existence was great. Obvi. (Sorry!) Possess A look in the enchanting home below.

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If you should be thinking about remaining below, browse the home on AirBnB.

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Baking Soda’s Miracle

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This home choice will work for a lot more than baked products…

This article originates Emily, from our website intern!

Sodium bicarbonate soda. It s no problem finding cheap and organic. Here are a few enjoyable methods to include more of it inside your life!

Internally:
Cooking soda, in tiny amounts, is a superb method to calm heartburn since it neutralizes gastric acid. Try combining 1/2 teaspoon of water; with 8 oz&nbsp and drink along it. It’s also recognized to improve pain and elimination purpose. To greatly help influenza signs and rid chilly, blend it with cider vinegar that is diluted.

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Skin:
Implementing cooking soda for your skin is secure and fairly enchanting. It’s suggested to check on the little region (like your hand or supply) to make sure you don’t encounter any awareness. Many people don’t therefore, provided that you’re not overdoing it, cooking soda must improve the skin.

Two of water with 1/2 or blend a fall teaspoon of cooking soda to produce an insert for different skin problems or insect attacks. It’ll reduce discomfort and scratching.

Treat the feet following a long-day! By tossing 1/2 mug of cooking soda into heated water create a soda base bathtub. You may also stroke some cooking soda that is additional in your feet to exfoliate for calm sleek and elevated toes!

Talking about pampering, if you want a bathtub — take a look at this Sea-Salt Detox Shower article that utilizes baking soda to cleansing your day aside.

An all natural homemade deodorant and deodorant club

Create a mild exfoliator with your fluid of preference as well as equivalent areas of cooking soda. You can test apple cider vinegar water, aloe coconut-oil or oil to greatly help eliminate makeup and dust. This really is ideal for freshening the face area up and remove skin.

To greatly help the eyes, boil high and some water a tea-bag. I love lavender to relaxed, peppermint to p- puff on circles that are black. Include 1 tsp of cooking soda and blend in to the tea. Subsequently take-two cotton models and bathe them within the tea. Put on your eyes for 10-15 minutes. Relax some audio.

Mouth:
Cooking soda keeps you and also the dentist pleased! It is LOVED by the mouth area. It will help cavities, colour, badbreath ….

Daily-use is required by among my favorites, but reaps nbsp fantastic outcomes& ; nbsp & an easy soda wash. Simply blend 1 nbsp & teaspoon;of cooking soda with water around the mouth area for 30 secondsapproximately. Do that after lemon-water or your day espresso to greatly help counteract the acid. It’s is also an air freshener that is great!

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Throughout the House:

Place within the washer. Include 1/2 mug of cooking soda for your washing to greatly help clear, eliminate spots and alleviate your garments! It& rsquo;s really mild and is very good for rsquo & kids .

Maintain for longer plants new. You realize blossom food’s box that accompany your bouquets? Soda does exactly the work that is same. Spread only a little within their water.

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Relax cloth diapers in a combination of water and cooking soda (before cleaning) to get a better clear.

Hunting. Soda is for cleansing incredible. Surfaces, the bath, the range, the range, pans and pots. Something. Place at first glance and wash having a moist cloth. Spots and dust be-gone!

Obtain the scents that are great! Spread some inside wardrobe, carpeting or your sneakers. The underside of one’s trash-can mdash; it’s a deodorizer that is once great.

Unclog your pipes and clear your sink.

Polish your gold.

Eliminate tea or espresso spots within the container or cups by utilizing soda.

Air fresheners that are typical are full of contaminants and substances that I absolutely wear’t desire to be inhaling in. Create your personal with three elements: your preferred acrylic water and soda. Blend together . Spritz your house having aromatherapy and a normal deodorizer!

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A Return

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A location to flee, a location to come back to…

On particular streets, on particular evenings, I love to close down my headlights and allow the moon information me house, a sparkling beacon one of the spattered superstars. It’s simple to overlook what evening appears like — dark, brooding, for-actual night — whenever your eyes are becoming familiar with the permanently-orange haze of the town after dark. Streetlights’ continuous hype enhancing vehicle horns and remote trains and puppies shouting, a that WORLD IS it also BELOW s not going anyplace any time soon. But to date, its own mayhem and world hasn’t yet found this location. This host to no mobile phone support, no web, no sidewalk. No connection except the type you discover using rsquo & what;s outside your doorway.

The dirt that is accustomed track leading towards the England Cape that is Old – – house shimmers before me pines on nbsp & either part;trim directly into analyze the dim vehicle that creeps their street up. Like suspicious relatives twisting to request “what exactly could it be you need to do?” They loom above, although in an infinitely more pleasant method than an curious cousin. The lamps press on in the last second, before sneaking the final 1/4 kilometer toward house, wherever her puppies and my mother rest, in order to not  my resting mom, surprise the puppies and moreso.

Operating these streets, rsquo they&;re just like rsquo & they;ve been. Ice wherever anticipated heaves, rsquo & exactly the same swamp where I will;t support myself search for moose each time despite moving at an hour or so when moose may be current I-pass &mdash. Places where my vehicle has tucked off a situation of any winter, the street guiding me. House was previously a location to flee from. A location I just desired to observe in my own rear-view reflection when I left towards the hype and noise of city-life and profession and more. Abandoning household and also the buddies who remained (who never-FAIL to request today “therefore, when have you been shifting again?” enjoy it’s as unavoidable whilst the sun growing).

There is once the home I was raised in experienced impossibly tiny and sweltering a period when returning experienced international. But when rsquo & I;ve drifted further afield the area has just broadened. Developing in heat and chance, a light at the conclusion of the street that is dim.

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Reunited

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To return with good friends would be to encounter a sense of house…

Where you left down; yet you acquired precisely  weeks might move – and sometimes even decades &ndash. Previous, potential and existing meld into one measurement.

Weekend, I went& nbsp;with a few people I maintain best to my heart & nbsp;up north to camp. Each individual completely distinctive, having a mixture of character characteristics that simply may’t be copied. A good team which makes to get a fun-time no real matter what the event.

It s uncommon we perform ndash & a weekend jointly; which one appeared particularly distinctive. With sharp atmosphere switching actually cooler, making heat was continuous &mdash and our single; objective. Organizing for that many comfortable sleeping circumstances…maintaining the fireplace ablaze…providing another an additional set of wool clothes…the problems of the outside stripped-down the low-requirements of everyday life, and there we were. Simply us. Discussing a weekend, eight buddies.

What dissolved my center was reading individual people at individual occasions state how pleased they were that we were carrying this out; that, at that very second, there is nowhere else-they’deb instead be – freezing noses and all.

Prepare anything together with your team, this year. Perhaps rsquo it&;s a visit to some town in the united states, rsquo & perhaps it;s a visit to some cafe next door. Where you-go and that which you do gained’t be why is this gathering special it s the originality each, and also the folks that’ll be there one provides towards the team in general. Miracle simply has a tendency to occur while friends get together. All you’ve got to complete is choose where so when.

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Pictures by Thomas McKenna and FP Brigette.

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Interior Decor: On-Location For Star

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Need some moody home decor inspiration? This is it.

Maybe it was being lost in the hidden hills of LA  that generated so much excitement about our Eastern Star location. Or maybe it was meandering down the quiet one-lane gravel road. As we sailed higher, along a winding path through the hills, we spotted massive and artistic houses dotting the yellow fields, hiding under oak trees. Homes up here aren’t commercially beautiful, they’re artistically inspiring, attractive and unique. They’re moody…and, dare I say, confident?

We parked the car near a ivy-clad statue. Birds chirped, the wind quietly ran its fingers through swinging willow branches, and our boots kissed the stones beneath us as we ventured inside. Beautifully worn Moroccan rugs adorned the floors, brilliant stained glass windows hovered above, shelves overflowed with vintage books and magazines. Statues and busts hid around every corner and portrait paintings hung on the wall. This bewitching home had a soul — incredible lives had existed here. You could feel it with every bone in your body. Have a look below, and be inspired.

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+Are you attracted to moody home decor? I’d love to hear why or why not!

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20- Bedroom Refresh

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My bedroom is my sanctuary. It deserves to look its best.

The bedroom is a place for relaxation. It’s the place our minds and bodies unwind. Dreams are created here, and comfort is achieved when it’s feeling clean and well-kept. Take 20 minutes out of your day once or twice a week, and give back to the room that gives you so much. Ready, set, go.

Air. Crack the window and let the fresh air flow, no matter how chilly it is outside. I love doing this. Even if it’s during the dead of winter, I keep the window cracked for a few seconds. Welcome the breeze and let it clarify the stale indoor air. This step is the easiest of them all. Prop it open for as long as you please.

Floor. Made for walking, not collecting. Toss your dirty clothes in the hamper, and shoes in the closet. Close closet doors. 3 minutes

Trash. Grab a trash bag and walk around the room. Pick up any candy wrappers, clothing tags, etc. Empty wastebasket into trash bag and place trash bag by the outside door to take out later. 2 minutes

Bed. Head over to your linen closet and take out your second set of clean sheets. Tightly make bed. 4 minutes

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Iron. Grab your pillowcases and a light-smelling spray. I mixed up part lavender essential oil, part water for a relaxing bed mist. Lightly spray your pillow (and your comforter, or throughout the air for extra freshness), and then press your pillowcases until all of the wrinkles are out. Falling asleep on crisp folds is a dream. 2 minutes

Spoil. Walk outside and snip a few flowers or greens from a plant. Place in a mason jar next to your bed for some earthiness. If you prefer a plant, try switching one out of the other room and hang it over or next to your bed. 4 minutes

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Decorate. Swap out a throw pillow from the living room, stack a few books on the bench, or toss on your bed a cute blanket that has been sitting in your closet. Adding new little touches will surprise you the next time you walk into your room. 5 minutes.

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5 Strategies For Selling Your Kitchen The Proper Way

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Getting the correct basics inside your kitchen—and easy dishes inside your back-pocket—makes cooking simple (we declare). Therefore we asked Salzman -centered cooking teacher and individual cook, to provide her her five tips that were greatest on steps to make certain you also have an extremely nicely-filled kitchen.

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