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Care and maintenance: Wood salad bowls and boards

Wood bowls and boards require less maintenance than you might think. Here’s how to keep yours in mint condition. (Prime directive: do not soak.)

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Care and maintenance: Leather wallets and handbags

Leather is a natural product. By the time it becomes a wallet or handbag it may look unnatural in a pleasing way, but it can be tricky to clean.

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Care and maintenance: Silver jewelry

Living a normal life on planet Earth means that our silver jewelry will tarnish. Pick a treatment that suits your jewelry and temperament.

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Care and maintenance: Flower vases

The flowers looked great but now they are dead, and even if you can reach inside the vase to clean it, you may not especially want to.

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How to remove marks from dinnerware

One day you notice that your ceramic plates and bowls have grey lines or scratches on them. “Well!” you think to yourself, “this is not acceptable!

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How to serve butter

Used in moderation, butter is no more likely to kill us than most of the other things we eat. So why not just buy the best and serve it right?

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How to buy the right size tablecloth

How has civilization advanced this far without the makers of tables and tablecloths ever apparently speaking to each other?

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How to fold cloth napkins

If you have ordinary cloth napkins and limited spare time, you’ve come to the right place! These styles provide maximum effect with minimal effort.

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How to select dishes for a place setting

As dinnerware shoppers quickly discover, the number of decisions to make (brand, style, color, which items, how many of each) can be vast.

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Books at Terrestra: The Architecture of Happiness

If you have ever wondered "Why is design so important? What difference does it really make if a serving bowl is porcelain or plastic?"...

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