You will always find at least a few myrtle topiaries in my house at any given time. They make a wonderful house plant– if you care for them properly, you will enjoy them for years to come! I’ve learned to really love caring for these finicky (I mean beautiful and classic!) little ladies and often get questions on how I keep mine alive and thriving. Here are some top tips:
• They love sunlight! You don’t want them sitting outside in direct sun all day long or they will dry out very quickly, but they definitely need great daylight. In the winter months, consider moving them around your house if they’re in an area that doesn’t get much sunlight. A sunny windowsill or side table near a window are great spots. Keep off a mantle if you’re burning fires or else they will fry.
• Water, water, water! Especially in the warmer months (or in the winter if you have your heater running constantly), they will dry out really quickly. At some points, you may need to water once a day, or every other day. Although, be careful not to water too much! You want the soil to be evenly moist, but not soaked constantly. I’d say average is 1-3 times per week. A quick test is to wrap your hands around the pot– is it really cool to the touch? If so, then it’s probably watered adequately.
• Trim! These cuties like to be maintained and do really well clipped into shapes. I keep mine in balls and trim about once a month. Snip at the branches and do not cut the leaves.
• From about March through September, use a mild liquid fertilizer about once a month.
• Your myrtle will likely come staked and tied– make sure to keep it this way to maintain its shape.
I am so excited to announce that my family is growing! We are expecting a baby girl this summer and couldn’t feel more grateful. This pregnancy has been much different than my last one with my son. A whole lot more nausea that has lingered well into my second trimester and I still haven’t turned a big corner with my energy levels (perhaps because I’m chasing a toddler all day?!) Either way, it’s all so, so worth it.
I’m excited to share my favorite baby girl clothes and products in the coming months!
I recently took a trip to Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard and fell absolutely in love with both. Island-goers usually frequent one *or* the other (not both) and typically take sides. I could never choose! They are both incredible for different reasons, and both insanely charming in their own way. I gathered a ton of ideas for our new home in California and left completely inspired… and eager to go back!
Since spring is right around the corner (I’m counting down…), I purchased this teak console table that I’m using as a little potting station in my backyard. It now holds pots that I use around the house for topiaries, herbs and other small plants. It has been so fun to finally have a place to store everything, and it adds a little charm to my patio! Below you can shop some of my favorites for very basic gardening and (cache)potting for your home.
Wishing you and yours a very happy holiday! A large cheese and charcuterie platter is one of my favorite appetizers for a crowd. You can chuck it full of cheese, nuts, fruit, meats, olives… the list goes on. I wrote a blog post a while back that outlines what I like to add to mine and how I get variation. Hope it helps you create your own! The board I have shown here is a favorite reclaimed bread board from McGee & Co. – I have the XL size and it’s the perfect board for a crowd!
This is my go-to, tried-and-true classic chocolate chip cookie recipe. There are a few key things that make these chocolate chip cookies extra delicious– the addition of sea salt, setting the dough overnight, and giving the cookies a good fall on the stovetop mid-bake. Let me know how yours turn out!
2 1/4 cups all purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt dash of cinnamon 3/4 cup dark brown sugar 3/4 cup granulated sugar 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted + 1/2 cup (1 stick) salted butter, room temperature 2 eggs, room temperature 2 teaspoons vanilla 12 ounces dark chocolate chips Sea salt (to sprinkle on top)
Whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon in a small bowl and set aside. Beat butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time, and vanilla until combined. Slowly beat in dry ingredients. Stir in chocolate chips. Refrigerate dough overnight Bake at 375 degrees until light golden brown, about 10 minutes. Midway through baking, give the sheet pan a good drop on the stovetop to flatten them. Sprinkle sea salt on top, let sit on sheet pan for a minute or two, and then transfer to a cookie rack.
Spring is officially here and I could not be more excited! I love hosting this time of year– in addition to the abundance of beautiful blossoms, there are so many fun entertaining pieces to use for a fresh spring table. I also love that recipes are light, fresh and colorful. Below are some of my favorite tableware pieces for spring as well as some delicious seasonal recipes. Happy brunching!
It’s Henry’s first Easter and I’m so excited to have his first Easter basket complete. Although he’s a little too young to fully understand, I still wanted to start the tradition and am looking forward to having him “open” it on Easter morning. I stuffed it with books and toys and am linking some of my favorite gift ideas for your little ones here!
We had such a special weekend celebrating H’s baptism with family and friends. I served finger sandwiches and an orzo salad, and of course set out a large cheese board for snacking. For dessert, we had custom cookies and a homemade angel food cake with berries and lemon curd. It was a beautiful, sunny Sunday that we will remember forever!