Foxfire Mountain House: On Style, Hosting and Friendship

Over the past two years I've had the privilege of getting to know Eliza Clark and Tim Trojian, co-owners of Foxfire Mountain House in Mt. Tremper, New York. Our friendship started as many of mine do these days. I discovered Foxfire on Instagram and after a few weeks I worked up the courage to reach out to Eliza, confess my admiration of Foxfire and ask if she might be interested in working together. Eliza responded just a few minutes later with an enthusiastic "Yes!" and the rest is history as they say! 

Eliza and Tim discovered the Foxfire property, complete with the original 11-room Inn, in 2013. The renovations were extensive but Tim and Eliza dug right in, learning as they went - laying hundreds of tiles themselves, pouring the concrete bar and more - all to achieve their dream of working together on something that they truly loved. 

As we put the final touches on our 2nd annual creative retreat, "The Art of Living Well", I asked Eliza (who is also an accomplished author, television producer and interior designer) to share a bit on what exactly helps to make Foxfire Mountain House so very special.

The style at Foxfire is both perfectly on trend and yet perfectly timeless. That's certainly not an easy thing to achieve! How do you do it?

That's a nice way to put it, thank you! Decorating is a true passion and so the design at Foxfire evolves with the times as I do, incorporating new things I love and changing things around as often as I feel the urge. I'll love a pillow one day and then suddenly I won't. You know? Worse than that even. Suddenly it just has to be gone! I'm not sure why but it's fun and a little challenging sometimes too. There are certain things that feel like Foxfire's style that never really change: the use of natural materials, vintage furniture and lighting, great lamps...

For those of us who know you and your husband, Tim, Foxfire really is a perfect reflection of you. How do you translate your personal aesthetic into design?

The main thing is that I love antiques and vintage. When I worked as a television producer, I worked on American Pickers and the Canadian version, not surprisingly called, Canadian Pickers. My favorite past time is scouring antique stores and consignment shops. It's a big part of my life and it's given Foxfire, and our new property La Colina, their look. It just wouldn't be my thing to have an all new room. A mix of old and new can work really well, though - old dressers, for example, are a challenge because the drawers often don't close properly and they can smell musty and transfer that to your clothes. So I like new dressers or I get very particular with any old ones I buy. And I love beeswax candles. When night falls, I like a glass of wine and candlelight. I transfer that to Foxfire for sure.

 Photo: Cottage Farm

Photo: Cottage Farm

So many of the things at Foxfire are either handcrafted, vintage or thrifted. Why is this important to you and how does it help develop the overall feel of Foxfire?

For sure. I like an item to have weight and patina and a sense of history to it. I like unique (though not "whimsical", lol). I don't want anything of mine to look like everybody else's and I'm often customizing pieces of furniture in some way. Making an old lamp base into a hanging light or painting a chair a different color. That kind of thing. I really love beautiful handmade pieces for the same reason. They are authentic and have a soul. Energy went into making them and that energy continues to have a beautiful vibration coming out of them. (Can you tell we live close to Woodstock??) But it's true. In the end, I guess that's what personal style is. You make design choices based on some instinct or deep memory of something you feel is just "right."

Foxfire is so much more than just an inn - from the bar room to the glass house, it's all a bit of an experience. What elements tie it all together so cohesively? 

That's the best. It should be a sensual experience to be fully encompassing and memorable. It should look, smell, sound and feel good. What's the fifth sense? Taste. I've never licked the coffee table, hehe, but the restaurant food is good, I can vouch for that.

 Photo: Juliana Bird Photography

Photo: Juliana Bird Photography

When you're visiting Foxfire there is such a great feeling of being at home here. Why do you feel that it's so important to make your guests feel so perfectly at ease in the space that you have created?

Nobody wants the old standard hotel room vibe anymore that's bland and neutral, and usually uncomfortable with furniture that was meant to last forever but was never once comfortable. Airbnb and other home rental sites really changed the way people want to travel and influenced the new boutique hotel movement. While a homey feel is the perfect setting, a lot of guests don't actually want to be in someone else's home with strange clothes in the closet and stuff stored under the bed, used food and condiments in the fridge. They still want to be taken care of and have the true getaway feeling of being pampered, where everything is fresh just for them. At Foxfire, you can make a fire and play records and generally make yourself at home, but you'll be served a yummy breakfast in the morning and you don't have to clean up after yourselves before you leave. You can fully relax and that's important to us since it's what hospitality is all about.

 Photo: Erin Egleston

Photo: Erin Egleston

What's the best thing that you've learned from your years of hosting about helping strangers connect in a real way to this place? 

We've really enjoyed the "salon" experience that our guests get during their stay. We're constantly seeing people connecting at the bar or in the lounge, sharing stories and then exchanging contact info. Lasting friendships are made. I think it starts simply because each guest has specifically chosen to come to Foxfire and so they already have that in common. They're already united in looking for something similar to enjoy in those very precious periods of downtime they have. It's a meeting ground. There are a lot of like-minded creatives and adventurers who find their way here.

You and Tim have become seasoned hosts. What's your favorite part about welcoming guests to Foxfire?

First impressions are really important and so I like to see our guests come into the inn and look around, taking it all in: the glowing candles, fire burning in the hearth, fresh flowers in every room, and a bartender behind the bar ready to make their drink of choice. It's a perceptible shift to relaxation you can see in their expressions and that's my favorite part.

 Photo: Juliana Bird Photography

Photo: Juliana Bird Photography

The word that I hear the most often with Foxfire is "magical". What is it about this place that you think makes everyone feel this way?

It's true. We hear that word ALL that time and we love it. I'm not completely sure what it is that makes people feel that way. Perhaps a combo of everything. People also talk about the vibe and the good energy in the place - I think all three terms are kind of the same thing they're describing. I'm not sure where it comes from but I'm happy for it!

What's next for Foxfire? And tell me a little bit about the new property, La Colina.

We're excited to be publishing a book of design tips and recipes coming out in Fall 2019. La Colina, Foxfire's new sister property, is a dream. A gorgeous 1930's Spanish-style estate set at the top of a hill with mountain vistas. We're renovating four cabana rooms that have lovely old plaster walls and fireplaces, and making over the kitchen in the main house. We're opening in June so we're kind of obsessed with it at the moment. Can't wait for everyone to see it!

 Photo: Sweet Root Village

Photo: Sweet Root Village

I hope that you will consider joining us at Foxfire Mountain House along with my friend Nicole Cole of Vestige Home for what will surely be four incredible days of creativity, relaxation and discovery for "The Art of Living Well." There are only three days left to register so don't miss out! All of the details can be found here along with a bit more about Foxfire, The Forest Fern and Vestige Home. 

Until next time friends.

I would like to offer a huge thank you to Eliza Clark and Tim Trojian for all of your support, encouragement and friendship over the past two years. 

Friday Roundup: What I'm Loving This Week

Whoa, this week was a doozy on this end. With the majority of our household sick with the flu, another ice storm, and my sweet niece in the hospital in Pittsburgh we've just been keeping our heads above water. A few days in bed meant that I had some extra time to dig into a few new obsessions - here's what I'm loving this week.

Learning to Block Print with Carla Weeks

I can't wait to make a trip to Philadelphia to take this class with local artist Carla Weeks. I've been a big fan of Carla's work for some time ever since I saw her beautiful wallpaper from Anthropologie in my friend Nicole Cole's bathroom makeover. From her gorgeous pillows to her large scale murals, Carla's work speaks to me with her tone-on-tone minimal aesthetic. I've haven't done any printing myself since way back in my high school days so I'm excited to learn from Carla. 

 Guild House by Carla Weeks, Image  Heidi's Bridge

Guild House by Carla Weeks, Image Heidi's Bridge

Planning the Cooking Class for The Art of Living Well with Foxfire Mountain House

The cozy Bar Room at Foxfire Mountain House has to be one of my favorite places. From the artisan cocktails to the vintage indigos casually draped on the chairs, every meal feels so very special. I can't wait to learn from the Foxfire chef's during our private cooking class at our retreat in March. Our 2017 guests shared that the bountiful meals with Nordic country influence, thoughtfully prepared by Foxfire helped them to feel cherished during their stay so we knew that we absolutely wanted to include a cooking experience for this year's retreat. 

 The Bar Room at Foxfire Mountain House, Image:  Sweet Root Village

The Bar Room at Foxfire Mountain House, Image: Sweet Root Village

 The handmade concrete bar at Foxfire Mountain House, Image: Sweet Root Village

The handmade concrete bar at Foxfire Mountain House, Image: Sweet Root Village

Ceiling Mounted Shower Curtain Rods

I might be in the minority hear but I think I'm over glass shower surrounds. Yes, they are bright, minimal and really open up a space but I love the privacy and coziness of a shower curtain. I'm loving ceiling mounted shower curtains like the ones below. We will be trying this in our bathroom remodel since we decided that shower glass wasn't for us (not to mention the over $2k price tag for a 36"x36" shower). I'm thinking a mossy green linen curtain mounted high would be a perfect addition. 

 Image: House and Garden, UK via:  Beginning In The Middle

Image: House and Garden, UK via: Beginning In The Middle

 Image via: From Moon to Moon

Image via: From Moon to Moon

Floret Farm's Cut Flower Garden

I ordered this book for my mom for Christmas last year and this week I broke down an purchased another copy for myself. Is there anything better than dreaming of a garden bursting with flowers while stuck inside in the dead of winter? Filled with so much useful knowledge and inspiring photography, "Cut Flower Garden" is a must-have for your favorite gardener. Admittedly, some of the flowers are far too labor intensive for my own taste (you have to know your limits right?!) I will absolutely be adding Hellebores, Peonies, Bells of Ireland and more to my garden this year.

 Image:  Floret Flower

What are you loving this week? I'd love to hear from you!

Until next time.

Why I Don't Teach To A Pattern

This may come as a bit of a surprise but when I first started teaching Macrame and Weaving workshops, I really didn’t love teaching. I would worry about ALL of the things. Would anyone sign up for this class? Are my pattern samples okay? What if I forget to pack any scissors?!

 Photo: Juliana Bird Photography

Photo: Juliana Bird Photography

On top of that stress was the reality that I really wasn’t having much fun teaching, and to be honest, I think that some of my students felt the same way. As we would work through the class sample, my students would say the same things, again and again - “Mine doesn’t look like yours, I’m really terrible at this.” Or, “I’m really holding up the class, I just can’t get this.”

They would become frustrated that they couldn’t perfectly tie a knot or remember how to do a certain weave. It wasn’t fun for them and I left the classes feeling completely exhausted when I wanted to feel inspired.

Despite all of this I wanted to continue teaching. I needed to find a solution, and quickly. I tried changing my patterns for the classes. No luck. Maybe I needed to offer different kinds of materials? Nope, that didn’t help either. Was it my workbooks? The venue? The music even? Wrong. Wrong. Wrong. 

Then it finally hit me. I was sucking the fun out of my classes, and creating stress for myself and my students, by removing the CREATIVITY from my classes.

I wanted my workshops to be a place where my students could tap into their personal creativity, without constant comparison to me or to the person next to them. I wanted to talk about all of the things that are the most fun about making this kind of art - composition, texture, layering, expression, style.

So, I stopped teaching to a pattern.

 Photo:  Erin Egelston

Yes, I have samples for each class but instead of bringing one pattern, I bring many samples that use the same tools and materials that I provide to my students. Each of these samples is then executed in a different style.

We spend a lot of time in my classes talking about how we can go about creating a look that is personal and unique with the materials. For my larger classes I always bring an assistant teacher so that each student can have individual time to talk about how to bring her piece to life. 

I’m not exaggerating when I say that this COMPLETELY changed everything for me.

I now find that the classes are usually very relaxed and each student is able to work at her own pace. If she is having trouble with one technique, we can focus on getting it right before forcing her to move on to the next part of the project. I love having the time to discuss each individual’s piece and teaching a new technique that would be perfect for her work.

Most of all, I love seeing how each and every piece that comes out of the classes is 100% original. 

Nothing is better then when your feelings are confirmed by your students themselves. Here are just a few things that my students have shared about recent classes - 

I really loved that this class was a chance to work with the artist in the studio and not one of those events where everyone leaves with the exact same piece. It was a real opportunity to begin learning techniques and creating my own piece. I loved the experience and I’m totally hooked on macrame!
— Eileen B.
Couldn’t have imagined a better course — exceeded all of my expectations!
— Tara S.
Today, I had the opportunity to learn macrame taught by the experienced and artistic Sara Banner. I highly recommend taking a macrame workshop with Sara if you have the opportunity. At her workshop, she does not have you follow a pattern. This was an excellent idea because each macrame wall design was different and unique. I plan to continue to learn macrame and grow my skills.
— Aliia W.

I hope that you will consider joining me at my upcoming retreat at Foxfire Mountain House for four magical days where we will immerse ourselves in craft. I'm pulling together all of my favorite tools, materials and resources this year and I absolutely can not wait to teach you - without a pattern of course. You can read all about our all-inclusive retreat here.

If you are a teacher or considering teaching I hope that my honesty here might help you in your journey to becoming the best teacher that you can be. I'd love to hear from you if you have any questions or insights that might benefit our community. 

Until next time Friends.

 Photo: Erin Egleson

Photo: Erin Egleson

Studio Snapshot with Vestige Home: Making New Friends as a "Grown-Up"

Let's be honest for a moment - making new friends as a "grown-up" isn't always the easiest thing to do. Sure, we all of piles of new-age pen pals through our favorite apps but I'm talking about new friends IRL. A while back I realized that if I wanted to build new friendships then I would have to get past my insecurities, seek out inspiring women and then ask to meet. Yes, sometimes your DM goes unanswered but more often then not this is how I start to form real connections with some pretty awesome people. 

That's exactly how I met Nicole Cole. I started following Vestige Home in early 2017 and soon learned that she was located in Philadelphia, only about two hours from our home. When planning a visit to my sister in Philly I contacted Nicole, tried to sound as un-stalker-ish as possible, and asked if I could stop by her studio on my way home. I guess it worked because she agreed and we set a time. 

I loved Nicole right away. She is warm and welcoming, a feeling that continues in her studio space filled with collected treasures and beautiful carvings. Her attention to detail was unmistakable - the workshop was curated (yes, even her workshop) and reflected her unique point of view, something that is hard to find. From the soft pink door to the tiny hanging plants, I was smitten. 

 A wall of collected leaves in Nicole's home workshop.

A wall of collected leaves in Nicole's home workshop.

 A collection of  Wee Forest Planters  in Nicole's home.

A collection of Wee Forest Planters in Nicole's home.

Nicole's home is as unique and lovely as she is (did you see her One Room Challenge reveal? Yeah, it even got a shout out from House Beautiful) from the tumbleweed chandelier to the inky craftsman trim. Nicole's designs are both stylish and comfortable, always with the most beautiful vintage finds and layers of texture. Just this week Nicole is featured on the Style Matters Podcast with Little Yellow Couch. The interview really captures Nicole's warm personality and gives you a bit of insight into her design perspective and influences. 

 A glimpse into Nicole's home office. Photo:  Kyle Smith Born

A glimpse into Nicole's home office. Photo: Kyle Smith Born

I knew that Nicole would be the perfect teacher to add to The Art of Living Well, the 2018 retreat hosted by Foxfire Mountain House. Nicole taught me how to carve, a skill that I cherish. There is really nothing like using a simple, beautiful object created by hand to move task to ritual. As a teacher, Nicole focuses on teaching skill and guiding creativity, allowing each student to create something completely unique.  

 I learned to carve from Nicole. The walnut spoon above is the first piece I started in her studio.

I learned to carve from Nicole. The walnut spoon above is the first piece I started in her studio.

I hope that you will take some time to discover more of Nicole's design and carving work and we would absolutely love to have your join us for the all-inclusive retreat at Foxfire Mountain House from March 8th through 11th. We will gather over four days to exploring how creative practices and moment of thoughtful self-care can help lead the way to a life well lived, something that Nicole strives for in her own work and life. I can't wait to meet everyone this year and add a few more friends, IRL of course. 

How to Cut Mosaic Hexagon Tile

After many months of plumbing, electrical, drywall, repairing and painting, it's finally time to get the tiling going in our guest bathroom remodel. 

I picked out this matte black porcelain hexagon tile for the floors from Our home was built in 1947 so hexagon tile was an easy, classic choice. This gorgeous bath via Canadian House and Home was one of the inspiration images that I used when planning the space. So simple and gorgeous right?!

 Via House & Home March 2013, photo by Michael Graydon, designer Mandy Milks

Via House & Home March 2013, photo by Michael Graydon, designer Mandy Milks

My husband, Chris and I had done plenty of tile projects in the past so late last week we got the kids to be early and figured we would have the floor installed by midnight at the latest. With the tile saw at the ready we mixed up our thin-set and then... we quickly realized we had NO IDEA how to cut this stuff. 

The wet saw didn't work, it just flipped the small tiles up and on top of the blade. We tried our tile nippers only to have the tiles shatter when we tried to cut them. We needed to do some digging so we dumped our thin-set (goodbye $30!) and started Googling. 

We found a few online tutorials like this one from Young House Love for how to cut penny tile that helped get us started and after a bunch of researching, and some trial and error, we landed on a method that worked really well for us. 

Here's what you need - 

Ceramic Tile Cutter | Tile Nippers | Painters Tape | Scissors | Measuring Tape | Scrap Container

And here's how we did it - 

1. Tape the tile to a piece of cardboard (we used the pieces that were shipped with our tile) on the line that you will be cutting. The tape gives you a guide, helps to hold the tile in place while scoring and prevents tile breakage when nipping each tile.

Tile Cutting with The Forest Fern

2. Using the ceramic tile cutter, score each tile along the tape line. You aren't cutting the tile here but rather just setting a line to help encourage a clean break when you use the nippers.

Tile Cutting with The Forest Fern

3. Place your nippers on the scored line in the middle of the tile and slowly apply pressure until you break the tile on the line.

Tile Cutting with The Forest Fern

4. Save all of those cut halves that don't break! You will have some pieces that still shatter despite your best efforts. You can simply pick those pieces off of the mesh and replace them with your stash of cut pieces.

Hexagon tile cutting with The Forest Fern

5. Start laying out your tile. We dry fit all of our tiles before we started to set them. Yes, this was time consuming but it really saved us a lot of headaches during the installation process since all of our tiles were already cut and labeled.

6. Speaking of labeling, use some painters tape to label each sheet of tile so that you know where they go when it's time to install. We printed out a photo of the floor and made a little directional map to help remind us of the pattern.

And that's about it! I actually really liked cutting the tiles this way - it was far less messy than working with a wet saw and a lot quieter too - perfect for those of us who do projects while the kids (and neighbors) are sleeping.

I hope that something here might help you with your next tile project. We can almost see the light at the end of the tunnel with the guest bath. On to wall tiles! 

Our Guest Bath Remodel - Planning and Tips

Hello friends, it's been a while! Admittedly, the blog has been much neglected this year. When it's May and your last post is about Holiday baking (eek!), you know that it's time to jump back in. I'm feeling inspired and this year I'm hoping to bring you even more content including sharing my passion for interiors, more highlights of local gems like my favorite shops and interviews with amazing makers and artists.

I'm excited to share the plans for first big remodel in our current home - our guest bath. When we moved into our 1947 ranch about two years ago we knew that this would be one of the first really big projects that we would have to tackle. There was pretty obvious water damage in this room - so much so that our plumber recommended that we not use the old shower at all - so up until now, this bath has served as a powder room.

The before's are too bad aesthetically, but all of the damage was lurking underneath piles and piles of plaster, wire mesh, bad vinyl flooring and tile. 

You can see that the shower was already partially demolished when I took these since we had attempted to retile the shower about a year ago only to find that THERE WERE NO STUDS IN THE WALLS since they had been eaten away from extreme water damage. So yeah, we put that project on the back burner, covered the shower with plastic to keep out kids and guests and affectionately dubbed this "The Murder Shower". Cute, right?

But, before we get to the construction breakdown, let's look at all of the pretty stuff.

I wanted the space to be modern and little bit traditional with a slight midcentury vibe. This bathroom from Design Sponge served as the primary inspiration for the space.

  Photo by Paige French and Chris Isham for Design Sponge  

Photo by Paige French and Chris Isham for Design Sponge 

I love the simplicity of the classic black and white tile as well as the thoughtful mix of materials and accessories. Our home is a strange mix of a formal Pennsylvania stone ranch and a California Modern ranch so after much searching and Pinning, this felt like the right direction.

As my husband Chris worked on the demo, I put together a mood board for the space to clarify my ideas and give us a good starting point. I've become a big, big fan of developing mood boards. It saves me a ton of time and helps to keep us and our team on point - even our contractors. I make all of my boards in Keynote and then export them to a PDF that we hang on the wall for reference.

Since we don't have room for a pretty clawfoot tub like the inspiration room, the Kohler Brockway Sink was my first choice for the space. I knew I loved these sinks since I had seen them at the incredible Foxfire Mountain House and the cast iron enamel is a timeless yet modern look. Bonus - this sink is a major space saver in our small footprint. 

We went with a porcelain matte black hexagon tile for the floor and a large format white subway tile for the walls. For the inside of the shower floor and the shower niche we are using this marble hexagon tile from Home Depot. The ceiling will be a faux shiplap and since we are keeping the original V-groove wall cabinets on either side of the window, the shiplap will be installed to mimic the lines of those cabinets. 

The more permanent fixtures in the space like the sink faucets, the shower fixtures and the shower door handles will all be in a warm stainless. We are bringing in some mixed metals with this light fixture from Cedar and Moss as well as brass accessories and knobs (see source list below). 


We almost have all of the materials and fixtures ready and waiting for installation - yeah our garage is pretty full right now! In regards to the sourcing, I wanted to share a huge tip on saving both time and money with this kind of remodel.

When you are finding and buying all of your materials yourself, something like this can easily become very overwhelming. I saved myself a ton of time and money by working with one supplier for the majority of our purchases - I used the company's live chat feature and worked with one customer service representative for all of our purchases including the Kohler sink and faucets, the Delta Shower trim kit and valves, our Tile Redi shower pan, drain assembly, Kohler soap dish and the vent fan. beat any advertised price that I could find and also worked with me to get the very best price possible on their already low prices with free shipping and no tax. The whole process was a breeze and we saved hundreds of dollars. This is in no way sponsored, I just really love the service that they offer and wanted to pass along that tip!

I have a few other fun projects for the bathroom in the works like custom artwork and that DIY shiplap ceiling that I'm excited to share with you as well as all of the construction details. In the meantime, here is the list of sources for the mood board. 

This week our tile board and drywall is going up and I'm pretty darn excited! It feels like we are inching towards actually finishing this thing!

xx, Sara

Treasure Hunting: Clover Market, Bryn Mawr PA

This past weekend, I made the trip to Bryn Mawr for Clover Market, a seasonal open-air market with over 100 vendors featuring antiques, vintage finds, original art, handmade items and some of Philly’s best food trucks. If you haven’t been to one of their market events, it’s definitely worth checking out. 

One of the best things about Clover Market is that it is a juried event so all of the vendors are carefully selected. I was impressed by the consistent quality and uniqueness of the handmade and vintage items. The weather was perfect for a spring treasure hunt - bright and sunny and just a little bit cool.

Here’s a little glimpse of some of my favorite finds.

This awesome bar set up at Soldier 58 was one of the first things that really caught my attention. Great Mid-Century styling and they also had several sets of vintage glassware that were very tempting. 

I really loved the feel of the mugs from Mud & Maker. It had a great weight and shape and who can resist a bee motif?

I’ll admit it, I’m a sucker for a hand crafted candle. The candles from Candelles were not only all natural with a soy wax and phthalate-free fragrance oils, but the scents were light, inventive and irresistible. We left with eight new candles and my favorite scent is the Sweet Tobacco.

I was particularly taken with these garlands from Untold Imprint. Each garland that founder and maker Phoebe creates is hand dyed, torn and knotted in small batches. The colors are perfection with subtle graduation. 

I was very impressed with the jewelry from Michele Sky Jewelry. Her designs are refined and delicate with a global influence. You can see more of here limited edition designs here.

Check out these amazing stained glass figures from Le Puppet Regime. Each one was so unique and I could see the passion that maker Genevieve Geer puts into each design. 

The ceramics from Stanley Chester & Albert were awesome with their Victorian and Edwardian motifs and I really loved these small vessels. I could see one of them in the nook above my sink. 

Some of you know that #ihavethisthingwithtextiles and Clover Market did not disappoint. The hand dyed textiles from Riverside Tool & Dye were simply amazing. All of their products use natural materials like these raw silk throws. From clothing to home goods, they are turning out beautiful work. I have my eye on these pillowcases. They also had some lovely indigos that were hard to resist.

Here’s just a sampling of some of my other favorite textile finds. The lovely white chenille blanket now resides at my sister Beth’s home in Philadelphia. 

My sister and I also both came home with fabulous baskets from Gypsy Fish Studios. Mine is the perfect place to keep all of my air plants and my son really likes it too.

My friend Beth Taylor (some of you might recognize her from my post on The Broad Street Market) found these stunning garden orbs. She came home with three of them in various sizes and I can’t wait to see what she does with them. 

After a full morning of treasure hunting, we had to check out the amazing food trucks at the event. We loved the Fried Chicken Bowl from Poi Dog and my favorite was the Crab Salad Sandwich with sweet chili sauce from HEART Food Truck. The Made in the Shade Lemonade was perfectly refreshing. 

This is Butch Cassidy, the cutest Australian Shepard puppy around. We met Butch and his mom Sandy having lunch and Butch was really enjoying his slider from Oink and Moo BBQ

My absolute favorite food find was this outstanding ice cream sandwich from Weckerly’s Ice Cream. Weckerly’s French-style ice cream is all small-batch and features local and organic ingredients. Each flavor is made completely by scratch and highlights seasonal flavors. We had the Meadow Mint - perfect local bergamot mint ice cream and dark chocolate sea salt fudge sandwiched between two delicate classic shortbread cookies. This might have been the most amazing ice cream dessert I have EVER had. Yes, it’s that good. I really wish I had another one right about now...

Overall, we couldn’t have asked for a better day or a nicer event. Check it out if you get the chance, it’s a great place for a treasure hunt. 

You can find more information about Clover Market including upcoming market dates and vendor applications at

Follow Clover Market on Instagram @clovermarket

*All opinions expressed here are my own and I am in no way associated with Clover Market. If any sources are missing or credited incorrectly please contact me at and I would be happy to correct them.

Fiddle Leaf Love: How To Repot Your Fiddle Leaf Fig

Oh fiddle leaf fig, how I love you! I was giddy when I finally located my fiddle at my local nursery. Yep, I was that crazy lady with two toddlers trying to get a giant tree into her car. The kids promptly named our new friend "Figgy" and you've probably spotted him in many of my photos and posts. 

I knew right away that Figgy needed to be repotted. His roots were pushing through the top of the soil and when I watered him, the water just rushed out of the drainage holes in the grow pot. 

We found Figgy a new larger pot at Ollie's Bargain Outlet. Seriously, Ollie's has some pretty fantastic pots at amazing prices. You don't want to pick a pot that is significantly larger than the current grow pot. A few inches larger will do the job. We picked a pretty blue and green terracotta number and paid $23.  

The first thing that I did to get ready to repot was to mix up my potting mix. This is something that I learned after having many house plants suffer from over-or-under-watering problems. Most commercial potting soils are just too heavy for house plants and they don't do a great job at letting water drain away or letting roots breathe. I started to make my own potting mix by combining 1/3 organic potting mix, 1/3 vermiculite and 1/3 perlite. My plants are so, so much happier since I started to do this!

For a big job like this one, I like to make my mix in a big plastic container. I find that I am always either repotting a current plant or adding a new plant to my home so it's great to have a bunch of potting mix ready to go. 

After you have your mix ready, you can add that mix to your new pot. Add enough mix so that the top of the root ball of your fig will sit even with the top of your pot. I was lucky enough to have a small helper for this job.

Now it's time to gently remove your fig from the current pot. I like to do this by squeezing in the sides of the grow pot until the root ball gently slides out of the pot when it is tipped on the side. As predicted, my poor Figgy was terribly root bound.

I decided to do some root pruning. The trick here is to remove no more than 20% of the root structure. I used an old knife to gently remove just the outside layer of roots all around the root ball.

Here is the end result...


Next, we picked up Figgy by the bottom of the root ball and moved him into his new home. Use your potting mix to fill in around the sides of the root ball using your fingers to gently push the soil into any air pockets. I also like to water as I go here to ensure that the soil is nice and damp (not wet!). When everything is filled in, give your happy plant a good watering.

Keep your newly repotted friend out of direct sunlight and you may need to water a bit more frequently at first. You will also probably notice that you fig is looking mighty perky - mine sure does!


Hey there Figgy, aren't you looking lovely!