• This month, we're teaming up with The Sill to focus on indoor gardens. Always seeking new ways to bridge the gap between plants and people, The Sill inspires us with creative ideas for indoor, windowsill, and near patio gardening. Stay tuned throughout April as The Sill shares more of their abundant knowledge; below, check out some tips for choosing your perfect houseplant.

    When choosing a houseplant it is important to remember that plants, like people, have different temperaments. Give yourself – and your plant – some time to get to know one another. Nurture the relationship with a little extra attention early on while your plant acclimates to its new environment, and you’ll be together a long time. Not sure where to start? Light. Nearly all plants prefer bright light, but some thrive just as well in the shade. Determine how much light your space or patio receives and choose your plant accordingly. 

    Determine your light
    What direction do your windows face?
         South: Provides the most light and therefore the most options. Plants can be situated far into the room and still receive bright light.
         East: Light drops off quickly so it's best not to situate plants too far away from the window.
         West: Same light as east windows but accompanied by more heat.
         North: Provides the lowest light. Situate your plants directly on the sill.
         No Windows? If you want to brighten up a dark room with a plant, choose a “low light” plant but move it to bright light 2 weeks per month.

    Sometimes its what’s outside the window that counts.
    If you live in NYC like we do, its not uncommon for your window to face a brick wall. To ensure you know what kind of light you’re getting, here’s a simple test: place a white piece of paper on the spot you intend to put your plant. Then spread your hand out about 1 foot above the paper. What do you see?
         Well defined shadow = bright light
         Fuzzy shadow, still recognizable as your hand = medium light
         Only faintly discernable shadow = low light
         No shadow = no plant


  • Habit + Habitat: Susan Schu

    Ever wonder what the folks at terrain do when we're not in the garden? In our monthly series, Habit + Habitat, we're finding out by asking one person to share a favorite habit and a beloved habitat. This month, we’re chatting with culinary enthusiast Susan about her favorite ingredients, dishes, and farmer's markets, near and far.

    terrain: What is your role at terrain?

    Susan: I am the Kitchen Specialist and Product Knowledge Specialist for terrain in Glen Mills. As Kitchen Specialist, I present workshops and demonstrations on various culinary topics, prepare and offer tastings from our cookbooks, sample our packaged food, and more. As Product Knowledge Specialist, it’s my responsibility to share the stories of the products we sell with colleagues and customers. Our products have unique stories that make the purchase meaningful. 

    terrain: What’s the one word that describes your habit, and one that describes your habitat?

    Susan: I think the best word to describe my habit, cooking, would be “passionate.” I’ve always had a passion for cooking and culinary pursuits– for as long as I can remember, I’ve been collecting cookbooks and creating home-cooked food for the people I love. Spending time in my kitchen, whether I'm chopping fresh vegetables or rolling out dough for a pie, is relaxing and pure pleasure for me. I know that may sound crazy for some people, but it's true!

    My habitats are the wonderful farmer's markets, produce markets and roadside stands in the greater Philadelphia region-- places like Reading Terminal Market, 9th Street, and the markets in Lancaster County. I would describe these places as “inspiring.” When I see pristine haricot verts, I'm inspired to make a Nicoise Salad the following day. Or when I see beautiful, blushing crimson rhubarb, I know there will be a rhubarb pie in my future. Don’t even get me started on heirloom tomatoes!


  • The Dirt | 2014 | Week no. 16

    The Dirt is our version of a weekly link roundup, where we share what's currently capturing our interest around the web. This week, we're putting the spotlight on Easter! Hope you'll enjoy, and feel free to share what you're reading in the comments. We'd love to hear from you!

    We’re amazed by the number of hues in this all-natural eggshell ombre. (via Apartment Therapy)

    Wouldn’t this pastel cake make the perfect Easter dessert? (via Sweet Paul)

    A history lesson about one of our favorite blooms for the Easter table. (via Design*Sponge)

    Which dishes would you serve from this board of Easter dinner inspiration? (via NYT)

    136 years of tradition at the White House Easter Egg Roll. (via White House History)

    Shibori-inspired eggs dyed with indigo. (via Tuts+)

    Once we're done dyeing eggs, we'd love to hop over to this weekend workshop at Georgia's 3 Porch Farm. (via Gardenista)

  • A Spring Tray Tablescape

    April 11, 2014

    At Home

    Ideal for a spring dinner party or a dream wedding, we can’t take our eyes off of the tablescape pictured above, styled by Terrain Decorating Services using our new and exclusive trays from Habit + Form. “A runner of copper trays was the perfect counterpart to our pink and plum floral palette,” says designer Matt M. “The trays brilliantly anchor the tabletop and balance out the very feminine tones. We mirrored the copper with some sweet, copper votive holders made from plumbing pieces.” We’re loving that there are so many uses for Habit + Form trays and troughs, both decorative and functional. “We’re using them everywhere!” says Matt. 

    Get the Look 
    Habit + Form Circle Tray, Copper
    Polished Bronze Bud Vase  
    Frosted Rose Vase Collection
    Stone and Glass Vase  
    Alabaster Bud Vase
    Pure Beeswax Tea Lights
    Two Tone Tumbler
    Washed Linen Napkin
    Washed Linen Tablecloth 

    For more information on In-Home and Event Decorating Services, please email decoratingservices@shopterrain.com.

  • As soon as we got a glimpse of Noelle Horsfield's pottery, we couldn't wait to start setting our Easter table. Playful, remarkably detailed, and entirely hand-crafted, her bowls and platters feature pairings of woodland creatures and colorful blooms that put us in the spring garden spirit. We recently caught up with Noelle to see her Rabbit Platter in the making and learn more about what inspires her work.

    terrain: Tell us a bit more about yourself and your work. How did you get started as a maker?

    Noelle: I went to school for painting and worked in a variety of mediums including mosaics and jewelry making. When my husband and I moved to Maine, I had an opportunity to start working with clay and really felt like I hit my stride—it just felt like the right medium for me. 



    In many parts of the country, the weather in early spring can be a bit unpredictable—warm then cold, bright sun then rain. Able to handle the season’s ups and downs, English daisies and Hens & Chicks are two of our favorite, up-for-anything arrivals in the nursery. Read on to learn more about these beautiful and resilient botanicals that bring a welcome pop of color to the garden.

    English Daisy (Bellis perennis): In England, the English daisy is referred to as a “lawn daisy” because of its frequent (sometimes unwelcome) growth in grassy lawns. Technically a biennial, this spring-blooming flower can withstand temperatures as low as 10 degrees Fahrenheit. Offer your English daisies full sun and moist soil, and their tuft-like blooms and short, feathery petals in hues of white, pink and red will make them a colorful addition to containers or garden beds.

    Hens & Chicks (Sempervivum tectorum): Members of the wide-ranging succulent family, Hens & Chicks come in over 3,000 different varieties! Native to Europe and Africa, these succulents get their name from a tendency to propagate via offsets. The “hen” is the central plant, and the “chicks” are the propagated offspring that spread around the central “hen.” Gaining wild popularity in recent years thanks to their unique appearance and low-maintenance needs, Hens & Chicks make for hardy ground cover; they thrive in rock gardens and containers when planted in well-draining, dry soil and full-to-partial sun. Too much water will rot their moisture-rich leaves, which makes them ideal for planting in drought-prone areas. Hens & Chicks’ colors change throughout the seasons, making them a year-round delight for the garden.

    Throughout the season, our plant team highlights their freshest additions to the garden with New in the Nursery. Check in at your local store to take home these newly-arrived greens.

  • The Dirt + The Sill | 2014 | Week no. 15

    To kick off a month-long collaboration, we asked our friends at The Sill to take over this week's edition of The Dirt. Always seeking new ways to bridge the gap between plants and people, The Sill inspires us with creative ideas for indoor, windowsill, and near patio gardening. Stay tuned later today and throughout the month of April as The Sill shares more of their abundant knowledge on indoor gardening. In the meantime, read on to see what captured their interest around the web this week. 

    This museum tops our bucket list of places to visit (via Enea).

    A Q&A with this acclaimed birthday girl (via National Geographic).

    Behind the scenes of the NYBG Orchid Show (via NYBG).

    What to be more productive at work? Get a plant (via Fast Company).

    This sweet omelet with berries has us dreaming of brunch. In bed (via Food52).

    Artist Camila Carlow is giving a whole new meaning to having a green thumb (via Eye Heart Spleen).

    Good news, your macrame planter is cool again (via Apartment Therapy).

    This local find is squashing the multi-use stigma (via Brooklyn Limegreen).

    The Sill and terrain team up for a Pinterest board of windowsill garden inspiration (via Pinterest).

  • Where We've Been: LA

    April 4, 2014

    Outdoor Living

    Two members of the terrain team got a splash of sun recently when they headed west to explore LA and the surrounding landscape. Graphic designer Danielle P. travelled cross-country for an engagement brunch that turned into a surprise wedding-- not even the couple's parents knew the secret! After the big event, she explored the city and nearby Newport Beach, taking a boat trip to spot sea lions, staying at LA's landmark Roosevelt Hotel, and strolling down the Walk of Fame. She also enjoyed an abundance of spring foliage at every turn, including giant tree ferns, blooming bougainvillea, and the city's iconic palm trees.

    On a separate trip, web merchandiser Melissa M. headed outside the city to Joshua Tree. Known for its rugged, desert landscape, the National Park is named for the gnarled Joshua trees-- a species of yucca-- that grow among the craggy rocks. Each tree lives for hundreds of years in the harsh climate, with some specimens reaching 1,000 years in age. After hiking through the park and spotting some daredevil tightrope walkers balancing between the rocks, Melissa returned to LA, where she visited LACMA and took in the view from the Griffith Observatory at sunset. Perched above the city, the observatory (most famous for its appearance in Rebel Without A Cause), offers panoramic views of the Hollywood sign, the LA skyline, and the Pacific Ocean.

    1, 2, 3: Joshua Tree; 4: Griffith Observatory view; 5,6: LA; 7: LACMA