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It’s official: One half of this blog is going back to school. I've just started my first semester of the MFA program at Warren Wilson College just outside Asheville, NC. A mountain town with a full-bodied musical presence, Asheville boasts an interesting roster of residents...

Over the last nine months, we’ve toured a variety of gardens — from L.A. to Montauk to right down the street — in which we ask people about their VIPs (Very Important Plants), design solutions, and how they entertain outdoors. But when it came to...

Ryan and I are big believers in joining the dirt with the dapper, the glam with the gardening — which is why we are jazzed to be featured in the new issue of Riviera magazine. Jazzed and honored. The story, written by AnnaMaria Stephens and photographed by Robert...

While on vacation last week, we indulged in quite a bit of 2013 hindsight. (I mean, what else do you do while on a sluggish drive from NYC to DC?) This was the year we nurtured our surroundings like never before, experienced an exciting coup,...

You know that feeling you get when you come in from the cold and there’s a hot toddy waiting for you, all roaring with lemony steam? It gets the heart pumping and the skin glowing. It's a feeling that lights up the darkest December sky! With...

I’ve been smearing myself with fragrant oils for a while now, ever since my tween-age years (y'know, back in the aromatherapy heyday of the 1990s), but I’ve never tried making my own infusion until now. The idea to make a skin salve with calendula flowers came...

“There’s something about airplants that’s charismatic,” says Josh Rosen, the man behind L.A.-based Airplantman. His minimalist designs let tillandsias’ freak flags fly. “They have a personality. Like the Tillandsia bulbosa — they look like they can get up and walk away.” [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="650"] Josh Rosen...