How to Add a Leather Handle to a Cutting Board

Over Christmas I made some walnut cutting boards as gifts for family, and I totally forgot to post about them. (Doesn’t Christmas feel like a million years ago, even though it’s only been 2 months?) I meant to add leather handles to the cutting boards that I gifted, but I ran short on time. So I decided to make another and add the leather handle with brass screws that I had originally planned.

How to add a leather handle to a cutting board

The leather strip is a simple detail, but it really punches the board up style-wise, plus it allows you to hang it up if you’d like.

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How to Mount a Staghorn Fern to Hang on Your Wall

Wall-mounted staghorn ferns are a beautiful way to add greenery to a room, but they can be rather expensive. I wasn’t about to pay a pretty penny for one when I knew I could mount a staghorn fern myself. Though I was a bit intimidated at first, it was actually not difficult at all, and I love how it turned out. A group of three or four mounted ferns would make a great living gallery wall, wouldn’t it?

Make your own vertical garden by mounting and hanging a staghorn fern

If you’re wondering how to care for a mounted staghorn fern, I’ve got advice on that, too.
Want to try it? Here’s how

Weekend Inspiration

I’ve been feeling kind of discombobulated this week after Steven surprised me with a little mid-week overnight trip to the coast for Valentine’s Day. We stayed in the Sou’wester, which is a funny campground/lodge/motel park in southern Washington where you can stay in a vintage travel trailer. It was cute and very up my alley, but there was a WILD storm with roaring winds and rain all Tuesday night, so the noise wasn’t so good for sleeping in a trailer. Plus at like 4AM the outside door to the bedroom flew open! It was funny after we were done being freaked out, haha, and I think I’m still catching up on sleep. It was definitely a fun, memorable little trip, though. This is Steven in the trailer, attempting to make the same face as that kitschy glitter-covered deer on the table:

But onto the links. Lately I’ve been feeling like I need some new sources of inspiration. So I’d like to ask a favor: Please tell me your favorite blogs! I’d love to discover some new ones. Interiors, plants, DIY, or vegan recipes are all good starting points, but more offbeat recommendations are totally welcome, too.

Make this stylish brass stand to hold your photos and art.

My style role models for when I get older.

I adore the many unexpected details in this house tour. I think my favorite part is the bathroom. Would the poster creep you out? Not me!

Came across this super cool flip clock the other day, but I’d settle for this one as a much more affordable substitute.


How to Not Kill Your Houseplants

Lessons I've learned the hard way about how to keep houseplants healthy

Have you ever killed a houseplant? I’ll admit it, I have, and I still feel guilty about it. For the past couple of months I’ve been writing plant guides for Apartment Therapy, and over the course of writing them, I’ve learned a lot about mistakes I’ve made with my own plants. Through experience and research, now I know a lot more about successfully growing plants indoors, to the point where my house is turning into a jungle. So if you’d like to learn from my mistakes, here’s my best houseplant advice.
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