Home & Garden

The Grapevine: Make an erasable calendar, book on literary houses, in bloom in Botanica


Make an erasable calendar

Here’s a way to make an erasable calendar for your kitchen or office:

Select a frame that has glass over the photo area and in a size that you want for your calendar. Place a blank calendar sheet inside instead of a photo. You can find calendar blanks of all types online and print one in a size to fit the frame you have chosen.

Use a permanent marker on the glass to write on the calendar. When the end of the month rolls around, simply wipe the glass clean with a little window cleaner and you’re ready to fill in the blanks for the next month.


Book studies literary decor

Want to know how to make a stately home? Invest in house stationery and glass wine decanters, according to a new decor book that draws on details written by literary greats: “Novel Interiors: Living in Enchanted Rooms Inspired by Literature,” by Lisa Borgnes Giramonti (Potter Style, $35).

In the book, Borgnes Giramonti, writer and founder of the blog A Bloomsbury Life, offers guidelines to help book lovers mix contemporary tastes with literary style. Using a collection of houses photographed by Ivan Terestchenko, Borgnes Giramonti identifies the literary references in each room and illustrates ways to make them your own.

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

In bloom at Botanica

A bromeliad called Queen’s tears (Billbergia nutans), in the greenhouse.