Style Vignette: The Plant Stand


A few years ago I became obsessed with acquiring a kumquat tree. I discovered the joys of a whole kumquat dipped in Nutella when I visited France after college and the scent of citrus blossoms is my favorite smell on the planet so when I read an article about how well many citrus trees grow indoors I knew I needed one. After a lot of research I found out that while kumquat trees are nigh impossible to find in Maryland, other citrus are a lot more common. I picked up a calamondin, a meyer lemon, and key lime tree from a local nursery and a love affair was born.

The thing with citrus, though, is they need a lot of light. I’d experimented with keeping them outside when it was warm enough and bringing them into a sunny room during the winter but even with religious fertilizing they were still a little shrimpy. I tried using a grow light but I quickly realized my indoor lighting setup wasn’t cutting it so I set out to change that.

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Nail Biting Quit Kit

nails Confession time:

I bite my nails. It’s a habit I’ve always hated and have tried to kick time and time again but somehow it just seems ingrained. I go through phases where I’m able to stop for a month or two but then a nail breaks and the rest look weird so I bite them down to match and then I’m back at square one.

I think the worst part about beginning to work on breaking a bad habit is admitting it in the first place. There’s something uniquely mortifying about recognizing that you have any kind of moral failing. But for me I’ve found that the accountability that comes with announcing my decision to change my behavior is crucially important to being able to quit so here I am, airing my moral failing in the hopes that this time I can make it stick.

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Style Vignette: The Bar

bar2Style vignettes are little snippets of our own personal home decor. No tutorials, just examples of our tastes and ideas for how we utilize our spaces.

I think the bar corner of our living room might be one of my favorite spots in the whole house. The hex shelves (which we built out of $5 of reclaimed deck wood from The Loading Dock using the tutorial over at A Beautiful Mess) managed to make our big living room feel much more intimate and it’s convenient to have it located perfectly between the kitchen and the main sitting area (I’ll post a house tour soon!).

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Valentine’s Day “We Love Love!” Dinner

For Valentine’s Day this year Conrad and I were a little bit torn about what to do to mark the holiday. His cousin and cousin’s fiance were in town so at first we thought we might just make them a reservation somewhere nice and lay low at the house just the two of us. But then we thought, why not have a dinner party? Most folks we know don’t have big traditions around Vday so we figured our favorite couples would probably be free. Plus Conrad is an amazing cook so we knew we could give our guests the experience of a fancy meal without the expense.

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Spiced Chai Concentrate


Remember when chai used to be the big thing? I remember going to cafes when I was in highschool and feeling so cool ordering a chai latte. It seemed so much more worldly than coffee. Not to mention spicy and refreshing and delicious.

Nowadays the beverage world seems to be all about artisinal/hand-roasted/small-batch coffee. I love myself a cup of french roast in the morning but lately I’ve been moving away from my daily coffee habit toward tea (it’s so much cheaper!) and I was reminded of how lovely it is to keep a jar of chai concentrate on hand in the fridge. It’s a little more initial work than cold brew coffee concentrate but I promise it’s worth it!

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An Introduction

Hi there!

We’re Libby and Michelle, two sisters fumbling toward adulthood in Baltimore City.


We were lucky enough to grow up with the quintessential grandmother. We used to spend summers visiting her home in Maine where she taught us how to knit, weave baskets, harvest from her incredible garden, darn socks, braid rugs, and make preserves. She was an amazing woman who lived independently until she passed away at 91 and through her example we learned about the importance of frugal living and the satisfaction that comes with making things ourselves. We wanted to start this blog as a way to share our projects and insights that are based on the lessons we learned from her.

On Friday nights you’re more likely to find us working on an embroidery project than out at the club but we’re pretty satisfied with our grandma lives.

Practical advice for the old at heart