Pewter bin pulls and knobs on a farmhouse kitchen cabinet farmstandculture.com

Why I went over budget on our farmhouse kitchen hardware and…sure, you want to know how much?

It's a subtle design point, but I think it makes a world of difference in our Early-American farmhouse kitchen renovation. Hardware. The handles, knobs and pulls that make our cabinets functional. It took me two tries to get the right look with our farmhouse kitchen hardware. Quite a first-world journey.

How to be pretentious at a preschooler’s birthday party

My kids went to a private preschool. The place is awesome. It is in a custom-built, self-sustainable little schoolhouse on the grounds of a nature preserve. Tuition was more than the taxes on my home. The teachers are kind and loving. The kids are learning and exploring. The parents range from frumpy to stuck-up. Fitting.…

Kid wearing purple rain boots

Is Autumn or Spring the better time to have kids help you in the garden?

Until this year, I never questioned whether Spring or Autumn was the preferred season for kids in the garden. Spring was the only season I imagined when I thought about brining kids to the garden with me. But, this year, I am open to reconsider. Before I had kids in my life, I idealized visions…

Forgotten herb: calendula

Weird name. Amazing herb. Close enough pronounciation "ca-len-juh-la" (how a "d" makes a "j" sound in English, I suppose it's my Connecticut accent.) Calendula is the weirdest looking seed I plant in my garden. Really, it looks like something from an alien nation. It's mildly spikey and curved, almost in an arrogant way. It grows…