I don't know about you, but there is something absolutely fabulous about getting and receiving flowers especially if they are wild grown and organic. There is something really real and authentic about flowers grown this way. Here is list of three organic flower farms that are turning out the most special arrangements. These are one to keep in your files.
Floret Flower Farms in located in Skagit Valley, Washington on only a tiny 3-acres. With such little space it is extraordinary what the founder, Erin Benzakin, has been able to create. Established in 2008, Floret features a design studio and learning center which hosts on farm workshops for flower farmers and floral designers to learn about small scale flower production and the art of floral design. In 2014 they began offering a collection of garden-related products such as bulbs, seeds, tools and growing resources, and in 2016 Floret released their own line of specialty heirloom and flower seeds. http://www.floretflowers.com/
Larkspur began as a retail floral shop located in Bucktown in 1994, and have since then established their farm in the Southwest Michigan town of Buchanan. Although their specialties are peonies and heirloom annuals, the Larkspur floral farm raises over 50 types of flower varieties a year using sustainable farming practices such as low-till methods, using organic and naturally found soil amendments, and the use of cover crop and co-planting for weed control. Since their beginning they have transformed their retail shop into a modern studio space which offers floral deliveries, wedding designs, pop-up floral design classes, open-studio nights, and collaborations with local artisans. http://www.larkspurchicago.com/
First generation farmers, Steve and Gretel Adams, founded Sunny Meadows Flower Farm in 2007. Located in Columbus, Ohio on 10 acres of land, Sunny Meadows focuses on creating a healthy environment for their plants to grow and for their team to work in by minimizing their use of chemicals and growing sustainably with organic practices like making their own compost, using organic amendments, and using integrated pest management to minimize their effect on pollinators. http://www.sunnymeadowsflowerfarm.com/
Each of these farms delivers their beautiful and farm grown flowers to locations all over. I can't think of anything better than fresh flowers grown with love.
Every so often, I get an urge to make my bed. Not in the way of getting new bedding or even in changing the bedroom decor. I mean how the bedding comes together and is arranged - in short, how the bed is made. Bed-making is probably way down on your list - just a chore that needs to get done. But perhaps the drudgery of bed-making has a silver lining. I think it does. There are two really important things to having a great bed: comfort and beauty.
First, the comfort. You want your bed to be a sanctuary that provides bliss any time of the day. That's asking a lot, but there is a way to get there. The first is making sure that the sheets stay relatively clean. In my 1970's childhood household, sheets were washed once per week and I've tried to stay true to this schedule. Just the idea of slipping into clean sheets produces a tiny burst of joy, yes?
Comfort is also influenced by what fabrics you choose to sleep with. Most sheeting is cotton or linen since they breath, are soft and long wearing. Linen breaths more than cotton and gets softer over time. Either works well. Sheeting should not be made from synthetics since they are the opposite of these. On the next layer, you can add a blanket which should also be made from natural fiber. Wash once a month. Your comforter or duvet insert can be either polyester or down. I recommend having a light and heavier weight insert to use seasonally. During the dog days of summer, the duvet cover can be used by itself as a bedspread - no insert needed. As a last layer, don't forget a bed throw either on the bed itself or nearby. Having a throw around is a little personal luxury that's all about portable comfort. I often will use a throw during the day when napping or reading and sometimes at night if it's very cold.
The key to comfort? Cleanliness, quality fabrics and layering.
Achieving a beautiful bed is harder to define, since it is very subjective. A beautiful bed is in the eye of the beholder. There are a couple of bedmaking components that enhance beauty, no matter how you define it. The first is keeping everything in good shape. By good shape, I mean keeping pillows, duvets, blankets and all free of rips, tears, stains and in generally good condition. It is surprising how these tiny imperfections impact perception.
The next part of making a beautiful bed is the care and craft of layering and folding the bedding as you make it. This is really a simple act but one that will do wonders for the overall appearance of the bed afterwards. Laying down your flat sheet and tucking the sheeting well is like laying a smooth and well crafted foundation for a home. If this initial part is done well then the entire bed will benefit. We recommend hospital corners for your sheeting. Y’know, the way nurses used to fold sheets before fitted sheets were invented. Not to worry, your bed will not look like it belongs in a hospital. Use this technique with your flat sheet and/or comforter. It might seem minor or a waste of time given no body will actually see these corners. But herein lies the secret to great beauty, I think. beauty is made in the details and when no one seems to be looking.
To get this look, follow these steps:
- Lay the sheet on the mattress and tuck it in at the foot of the bed.
- Grab the corner of the sheet still sticking out and pull it up so that it sits on top of the mattress (we’ll call this the triangle).
- Tuck in the remainder of the sheet corner that you didn’t pull up.
- Tuck in the triangle.
- Repeat at the other corner.
By Sydney Lawson
It's the heat of summer, and keeping cool at night can be a challenge sometimes. Air conditioning, if you have it, is an obvious choice. But there are other ways to beat the heat that are all-natural, electricity-free and simple. Here is our list of five basics that will make a difference in your comfort and heat.
Linen is extremely breathable and self-cooling in heat thanks to its high moisture absorbency, soaking up 20% of its weight before feeling damp. Plus, who doesn’t like a complimentary massage? Due to breaks in the fabric, linen stimulates blood flow and induces relaxation. The more relaxed you are, the cooler you will be.
Waking up in the middle of the night thirsty with a dry mouth doesn’t help keep you cool. The body is 70% water as we all know, and without water consumption our bodies begin to overheat. Studies show that room temperature water is better than ice cold water in terms of the amount of energy your body uses to heat the cold water and the body fat that cold water solidifies, making it harder to digest.
This will allow air to circulate within and outside of your bedroom. If you're getting hot at night, it is better to let heat out than let it sit in one place. Also, there is something very soothing about fresh air even if it is a warmer evening.
Are you always trying to find new ways to fall asleep faster, stay in a deeper sleep, and wake up in a better mood? Then linen bedding may help you in your quest! Similarly to linen clothing, it is breathable and its high-moisture absorbency makes it softer over time. Not only does it absorb a lot of moisture, it also quickly releases it through evaporation; a guaranteed, natural cooling system.
If the heat (along with the stress of everyday life) is making it hard to fall asleep, try breathing techniques. Focusing on your breath distracts you from thoughts on your hot situation and helps you relax. There are also certain techniques to make you tired!
by Sydney Lawson
I often look at fashion for clues as to new trends, and there is something definitely happening right now with summer plaid. Summer plaids are those slightly campy patterns often in classic red, white, and blue that signal carefree style. Ever since Julie Andrews waltzed through the fields of Bavaria with her check picnic blanket in the Sound of Music, a little plaid clothe just seems right for outdoor events and entertaining. We stumbled upon just such a plaid, with classic colors of red, navy, yellow and white and have made a collection of napkins, tablecloths, and runners that are great for carefree entertaining, indoors and out. This is a pattern that goes just as well with paper plates to bone china and back again. If there is one cloth that just says the season, this might be it.
This month we are kicking off something new. It's a look into our Favorite Things organized by month and season. You probably don't know this but Modernplum started off as a blog about a lifestyle laden with simple things, authentic experiences, and finding beauty everyday. Favorite Things is about capturing all those. We have a new board on Pinterest that will keep everything organized by month. First up - the Trench Coat. This embodies everything we love about Spring dressing. It's slightly spontaneous, it's simple, it's a classic and it's timeless. Where it to the park or to dinner. Slip it on with heels or court shoes. Put your hair up or in a pony. Most every retailer regardless of price point carries the trench during this time of year. If there is one piece of clothing that signifies the new season, it's the trench.
It's Valentine's Day and I can't think of a better way to express my gratitude and love to everyone than with paintings by Cy Twombly. Twombly paintings are both personal and universal. They are about me, and you, and us, and them. His painting's scratches, marks, and smears express the our universal need to connect with others, to reach out and to belong. Looking at these paintings makes me feel connected to humanity as a whole. I can recognize myself in these marks. There is something hopeful and comforting and very inclusive about that. These paintings are a wonderful Valentine's Day reminder about the true nature of love. Have a beautiful day, everyone.
No doubt, this is the season for special meals at home. During this time it's always fun to whip up some breakfast food that makes these time extra festive. At these times, I often make this pancake. It is not the flat, griddle cake, dosed with lots of syrup variety of pancake. It is a Finnish pancake that puffs up like a balloon in the oven, and the consistency is more like a custard, than a cake. In Finland, the pancake is served with lingonberry preserves, their version of strawberry jam. We like it with any kind of jam or frozen berries that have been heated over the stove and mixed with a little sugar. And honey always tastes good. The recipe comes from an old cookbook, A Slice of Santa Barbara, which my mother gave me years ago. It is pretty simple to make: Melt 1/2 cup butter in the oven in a 9" x 13" pan. Then combine 4 eggs, 1/2 cup sugar, 1 cup flour, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 3 cups milk, and 1/2 cup sour cream. Then add this mixture to butter in the pan, and bake for 1 hour at 350 degrees. Top with berries and powdered sugar. The prep time is about ten minutes. This is also a great company recipe since it bakes in the oven like a casserole. It really starts the day out feeling festive. Have a wonderful holiday weekend and happy eating.