About Jessica Hastriter

As the Director of Marketing & Advertising for Moscow & Pullman Building Supply, some of my duties include event planning, managing advertising strategies, vendor relations, and maintaining our brand identity. Most importantly, I enjoy what I do and love working for the MPBS family!

Indoor Plants

Looking for Indoor Plants? You’ve come to the right place. If you haven’t been in our stores before, you’re missing out.

Our nursery buyer, Barb, does her best keeping us in stock of beautiful indoor plants. Varieties differ depending on the time of year, shipment schedule, and product availability. A good majority of the time you can find Monstera, Succulents, Cacti, Spider Plants, Pothos, and Ficus.

What are the benefits of Indoor Plants?

Instantly add life to any sterile or plain space with a plant. Indoor plants can help boost mood or make you feel calm, which is important especially in a time when so many people are spending more time at home than ever. Whether you have the winter blues, are stuck in quarantine, or have to work or study from home…  you should seriously consider adding an indoor plant to your space.

Plants remove carbon dioxide from the air during photosynthesis, which can help us feel less fatigued and can contribute to our overall well-being. Feel less stressed knowing that some houseplants can even remove indoor air pollutants commonly released such as ammonia, benzene, or formaldehyde. Rest easy knowing you’re breathing in healthy, clean air because plants are natural air purifiers!

Larger Plants 

Large plants can instantly change the atmosphere of a room by adding warmth to the space. They can also be strategically placed to add movement, texture, or draw your eye as a focal piece. Help break up a plain wall or big space with larger potted plants in decorative ceramic pots or baskets.

Quick tips, make sure to allow for ample space with any larger houseplant. You’ll want to ensure the plant is potted in a large enough container to allow for healthy root system growth and for proper drainage. Follow your plant’s instructions when it comes to watering needs. Most larger houseplants need watered about once a week, or when the soil feels dry. We suggest using Miracle Gro Potting Mix, to help protect against under and over-watering. As with most plants, be sure to consider your plant’s sunlight needs and location when adding it to your home.

Some of our favorite larger indoor plants include Ficus, Palms, and Monstera.

There are many types of Ficus plants. Also known as a Rubber Plant, this specific ficus showcases variegated leaves, adding to it’s beauty. They are known to live for many years, in proper living conditions.
Photographed: Ficus ‘Tineke’

Add an instant tropical feel to any room with a palm. This specific palm in most happy when the soil is kept moist, but not soggy. Misting your palm can help keep in moisture, too.
Photographed: Palm ‘Chamaedorea Cataractarum’

Monstera plants are a beautiful addition to any space and are gaining popularity in the interior design world. Their large, split leaves are a captivating focal piece for any room with sufficient space.
Photographed: Philodendron ‘Monstera Deliciosa’

Medium Plants 

Choosing a plant that is smaller offers more choices for location. For example, you can place them on your coffee table or end table without overtaking the entire space, or having to worry about seeing through the plant while visiting with company. Small to medium sized plants act as great accent pieces to any space, ideal for book shelves, in a home office or learning space.

Another beautiful option for medium sized plants in hanging them from the ceiling. Make sure to securely fasten your hook, ensure the hardware, and rope can withstand the plant and pot’s weight load before hanging. This look has become popular because they don’t take up a lot of table or counter space, while still adding warmth. Adding a hanging plant to your bathroom, bedroom, or above your kitchen sink has never been easier. You can see hanging plants often in Bohemian designs where they incorporate different textures like macrame ropes, doilies, or other mandala style, colorful textiles.

Some of our favorite medium sized plants include Draceneas, Pothos, and Ferns.

Draceneas come in multiple varieties, this Flordia Beauty is a slow-growing evergreen plant. It requires bright, but not direct light and a snug pot.
Photographed: Dracaena Surculosa ‘Flordia Beauty’

Pothos are one of the more popular houseplants because they are easy to care for. Be prepared to find sufficient space for your Pothos because they can grow to over 20′ long! They will thrive in indirect sunlight and in a container with good drainage.
Photographed: Hawaiian Pothos

The White Rabbit’s Foot fern in named for it’s unique, furry air roots that grow out the sides of the container. It is most happy with regular fertilization and in the indirect sunlight exposure of an eastern facing window.
Photographed: Fern ‘White Rabbit’s Foot’

Succulents, Sedums & Cacti

If you’re looking for a low maintenance plant, this might be right up your alley! Succulents, Sedums, and Cacti are overall fairly easy to take care of because they need minimal watering. These types of plants require a container or pot with excellent drainage to help avoid root rot. We suggest selecting a soil that is specifically formulated to dry out quicker with fast-draining formula, thus helping prevent over-watering. Miracle Gro Cactus, Palm, & Citrus Potting Mix is a good choice. Adding pebbles to the bottom of your pot will add even more drainage.

A few benefits to succulents, sedums, and cacti are they come in so many different shapes, colors, and sizes. This allows you to pick the perfect plant that will fit your style, match your color scheme, or add the right amount of pizzazz to your space. These plants are so versatile, they can be used individually or in arrangements, even grouped together in a wreath or centerpiece for the holidays. They fit well on desks, book shelves, and small areas.


Great for your home, office, dorm, or apartment… Succulents are versatile because of their small size. Just make sure to keep in mind most succulents do require adequate sunlight.
Photographed: Various Succulents

The branches of this specific sedum, the ‘Burrito,’ can be fragile and heavy, so be careful when transplanting. It can be propagated if any of the leaves fall off. A trailing growth habit makes it perfect for hanging baskets. It prefers a location in full to partial shade. 
Photographed: Sedum Morganianum ‘Burrito’

Cacti are an excellent low-maintenance option since they do not need much water or care. Be careful when potting, their spikes can easy poke and break off into your skin. We suggest wearing leather gloves.
Photographed: Various Cacti

Whether you consider yourself a green thumb or not, our staff is more than happy to help assist in anyway we can. Stop by to see our selection in each store today. Our indoor plant shipments normally come in on Thursdays, but do vary due to availability. If you have a specific plant in mind, feel free to call, email, or message us to check if it’s in stock. We’d be more than happy to help look into it!

Due to space limitations, we physically cannot house as large of a selection of indoor plants in our Moscow location. What we have will be located on the right-side of the sliding entrance door on a round table. Our retail space is larger in our Pullman location, meaning more plants! We have a full indoor nursery, which you can find just past our Lawn & Garden department or through our Outdoor Garden Center.

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Thanks for reading,

Jessica Hastriter

Director of Marketing & Advertising

By |September 9th, 2020|In Bloom on the Palouse|

Let’s Talk Butcher Block

Let’s talk butcher block!

If you’re thinking about remodeling your kitchen, Butcher Block is a great option for countertops! People tend to shy away from Butcher Block saying” “they’re too much maintenance and I’m afraid it will stain or scratch.” The reality of it is, not everything you hear is true.  In fact, for the past century and a half, Europe has considered wood the preferred material for kitchen countertops. Wood is a sustainable resource that provides outstanding durability while adding a natural beauty and warmth to the space. Unlike quartz, wood countertops are eco-friendly. They do not attribute to water or noise pollution. It’s no wonder it’s such a desirable choice!

Now offered at Moscow & Pullman Building Supply is CafeCountertops.  These solid wood countertops are food-prep safe and produced here in the USA! With the ability to use these countertops basically anywhere, they are built to withstand temperature changes and moisture. This means they’re not only great for accent areas like in your island, but can be used in sink or cooktop areas without fear.

Hand-Rubbed Oil Finish delivers an effective combination of food-prep-safety and easy, long term care. The blend of food-safe oil and hard natural waxes create a food-safe finished product that has excellent moisture resistance that blocks out liquids and dirt. Scratches made with this surface can be removed, too! Maintenance for this finish is an easy, twice-yearly treatment. Enjoy the convenience & protection of this finish, which is recommended for kitchens.

Super Top-Coat Finish is considered a permanent finish option. This finish is idea for bathrooms, bars, or furniture (like tables). This, much like any other clearcoat, cannot offer a food-prep-safety guarantee (in other words, it’s not meant for chopping like the hand-rubbed oil is). It is suitable for both standard and commercial or bar grades, that are non-food-prep areas. It is also an additional cost.

With 16 edge profiles available to choose from, you can customize your countertops to fit your style! Match pre-existing countertop edges, or create a fresh, new look to accentuate your space.  Premium, custom edges are available, too!

Ask out design center pros for more information on these countertop edge profiles. Also find tangible countertop samples in our store, so you can check them out in-person.

For CafeCountertops with the Hand Rubbed Oil Finish, an easy wipe-on wipe-off procedure needs to be completed twice a year. It contains an all-natural wax blend that effectively repels moisture, making them completely suitable for areas next to sinks. However, we do not recommend letting water stand on the worktop surface for long periods of time. Another great aspect to this countertop option, is they are stain resistant. So, no need to worry if you spill heavily-pigmented foods such as red wine or yellow mustard on your countertop! All of the standard finishes block out dirt and stains. Food and drink should, however be wiped clean with a mild soap and towel. Comparatively, this maintenance is significantly less than what is required of other butcher block brands.

The Super-Top Coat is an optional finish, equivalent to other brand’s ‘permanent’ or ‘waterproof’ finishes. CafeCountertops encourages you to do your research about this finish to see if it’s right for you based on your desired countertop application and/or location. We suggest visiting CafeCountertops’ FAQs page for more information on solid wood countertops care and maintenance.


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Thanks for reading,

Jessica Hastriter

Director of Marketing & Advertising


By |August 24th, 2020|Cabinet Chat - Design Blog|

How to Build a Raised Garden Bed

Raised garden beds have numerous benefits. Learn how to build a raised garden bed in this blog post!


Benefits of Raised Garden Bed:

  • Great for Beginners – If you’re new at gardening starting with a raised garden bed is a great idea! Raised beds offer numerous benefits that make gardening easier, see below why they’re an awesome way to start out!
  • They Look Nice – Raised garden beds offer a beautiful, clean, contained look for your garden. You can easily create a gorgeous gardening space with raised beds. TIP: Add pea gravel around your garden beds to add even more emphasis. This can also create a nice pathway to your garden and gravel can help create a weed barrier, making less upkeep.
  • Plant Earlier in the Season – You’ll notice on the back of your seed packet the ground needs to remain above a certain temperature for your seeds to germinate. The soil in a raised garden bed stays warmer than in-ground gardening, because the walls offer insulation, which means you can plant earlier.
  • Keep Out those Critters – By elevating your garden off the ground, you automatically help prevent bugs and critters in your garden. Dogs are less likely to trample or urinate in your garden if it’s in a raised bed. Obviously if deer are an issue, a raised bed alone will not deter them, but you can add a built-in deer fence around it. This is not only functional, but gives a polished look.
  • Easier on Your Back – Trust us, your back will thank you for building a raised bed because you won’t have to bend over as far. You can also sit on the edges to easily tend to your garden.
  • Better Drainage – If you’re next to a creek or in an area prone to flooding, a raised garden is just what the doctor ordered. Because your garden will be raised up off the ground, this allows for more drainage. Proper drainage is essential for a healthy and productive garden. You won’t have to worry as much about over-watering or root rot with proper watering in a raised garden bed.
  • Fewer Weeds – Most soil in raised garden beds does not require tilling, which means less work for you! Tilling can actually cause more weed growth in your garden, because when you cultivate soil, you’re also mixing in potential seeds and propagating. You won’t have to worry about this with a raised garden bed!


Sounds like fun, let’s get started!

Materials List:

  • Bloom InstaBrace – We sell these in a 4 pack, there are two different styles to choose from (sun & dragonfly). They are very easy to use!
  • Whitney Farms Organic Raised Bed Mix – You will need a soil blend specifically formulated for raised garden beds.
  • Wood of Your Choice – For this, use whatever wood you would like or have on-hand, you will need at least 4 pieces. Reclaimed or recycled wood will work great (just make sure they’re not too warped). We suggest using (3) 2’x4′, (2) 2’x6′, or (1) 2’x12′.
  • No tools necessary!

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  • Step 1 Find a flat, level area that is large enough for your garden bed. TIP: Be sure to take into consideration the amount of sun or shade it gets, this will depend on what you plan on planting.
  • Step 2 Once you have your area set up, place all four InstaBraces in a square or rectangle (depending on the length of your boards and your desired shape).
  • Step 3 Starting in one corner, slide the end of your board into the brace, repeat until all boards are in the braces.
  • Step 4 Finally, add your soil and start planting! It’s as easy as that!

Gardening can be quite therapeutic and a great getaway from your hectic work life. So if not into gardening, why not try something new! You may just fall in love, please it’s not as difficult as it’s cracked up to be! Check out all our blogs for more DIY projects, tips, and inspiration!


Thanks for reading,

Jessica Hastriter

Director of Marketing & Advertising

By |May 13th, 2020|DIY Enthusiasts|

Hydro Dipping

Let’s Hydro Dip. Once you learn how, you’ll be dipping everything you can!

Hydro Dipping, also known as immersion painting or water transfer painting, is a process where paint is applied to an object by dipping it in a water bath. Most any three dimensional object that can get submerged under water will work. Over the past few years Hydro Dipping has gained popularity and it is a fun and creative DIY activity. So, let’s get started!



  • The item(s) you want to dip (you can dip most anything, really). We’ll show you multiple examples. Ceramics, glass jars or bottles, and terracotta pots work great!
  • Rust-Oleum Bonding Primer Spray Paint
  • Rust-Oleum Spray Paint (pick 2-3 of your favorite colors – you will need at least 2 different colors and no more than 4).
  • Tub of water (make sure it’s a tub you don’t care if it gets dirty, it will get paint on it. Also be sure it is large enough to fit your item(s) and the water is deep enough to be completely submerged).
  • Rubber gloves
  • Rust-Oleum Clear Enamel Spray Paint (optional, apply for added protection)



  • If the item(s) you’ve select to hydro dip are slick, you will want to make sure to put down a coat of primer for a good base. The paint will adhere better and you’ll have better results. Wait for the paint to completely dry.
  • Start spraying your first color onto the top of the water in your tote. Make sure you spray in the middle as the paint will spread towards the tote walls. Take your second color and spray directly onto the surface of the water, again in the middle. Repeat. You’ll see the paint will start to look like a striped circle on the water.
  • Once you are done spraying your paint, you’re ready to dip! HINT: Make sure to wear gloves for this part. You will hold your item above the water and slowly start dipping it into the water. Make sure to take your time, so the slower the dip, will provide better coverage.
  • When your item is completely submerged, move it around underneath the water with one hand. With you other hand start clearing the surface of the water in a fanning motion, this will allow you to pull your project up out of the water without getting more paint on it.
  • Lift your item out of the water and gently shake off excess water. HINT: You can use a blow dryer to push off the remaining water droplets (use the low setting).
  • Let your project dry completely overnight. For added protection, coat with a clear finish.


We want to see your photos, but don’t forget to tag us at: @mbspbs & hashtag: #mpbsproject

Looking for more DIY projects, tips, and inspiration? Check out all our blogs. Also, shop our selection of Rust-Oleum spray paints in our stores.



Thanks for reading,

Jessica Hastriter

Director of Marketing & Advertising

By |May 8th, 2020|DIY Enthusiasts|

Garage Storage Organization

Garage Storage Organization

Garage storage organization may seem like a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be! We have all of the tools and gadgets in-stock to help you get your project done. Don’t forget to utilize our friendly curbside pick up and delivery options to place your order!

Here are a few products we suggest to tidy up that garage, workshop, tool shed, or basement:


Peg Board & Hooks – Peg board is a great option for tool organization because you can customize it to best fit your needs. Utilize space efficiently and have everything all in one place, plus it’s especially handy if you’re working with limited space.

Check out Onward Locking Peg Hook Assortment – 47 pc, Zinc

(Reg $12.49, sku: 23793R)

Bicycle Lift – Maximize your storage potential with a bicycle lift. The pulley system takes the ease out of lifting & safety lock helps prevent accidental release and falling down. This pulley system easily lifts bikes up to 44 pounds.

Please read directions before installation. Mounting surface must be strong enough to hold intended weight.

Check out Onward Bicycle Life – Black

(Reg. $22.99, sku: 2280BC)

Garage Organization System – Take care of clutter with this nine-piece organization kit. The optimal solution for your organizational needs! This organization kit can work in your garage, shed, utility closet, or even your laundry room. The nonslip hooks protect and safely store everything you need to hep clean up your area. Create storage space on the wall for power tools, brooms, long handled tools, ladders, extension cords, and more. Hooks can be arranged in different configurations to suit different needs.

Additional hooks and rails sold separately. 

Check out Onward Garage Storage Kit

(Reg. $49.99, sku: 29009s)

Want more fun projects to do around the house? Check out our blog Home Projects You Don’t Have to Leave the House For

See more products by Onward here.

By |May 7th, 2020|DIY Enthusiasts|