From living ornaments and terrariums to footed centerpieces, each of these one-of-a-kind, planted presents makes for an exceptional hostess gift or tabletop adornment. Crafted by hand and topped with embellishments like ribbon, baker’s twine, pine cones, and pebbles, these ready-made gifts in glass are stocked in both of our stores for the holiday season. If you’re feeling creative, visit our greenhouse for pint-sized plants and everything else you’ll need to fashion living gifts of your own.Comment
December 6, 2013
December 5, 2013
During his recent visit to terrain at Styer's for an evening of cocktails and crafts, Paul Lowe of Sweet Paul Magazine mixed up his signature "Norwegian Wood" cocktail that got rave reviews from attendees. Paul told us, "This cocktail works perfectly for big parties, because it's an easy, 'throw everything into a large bowl' recipe. It's sweet, with a little kick from the rosemary, so everyone loves it. Originially, I called it the "Anne-Frid," after my favorite ABBA singer-- she's from Norway, like me. I changed the name a while back to something more earthy that matches the flavors of the drink."
Customize your cocktail with seasonal berries and fruits, or spice things up with a flavored simple syrup. To make your own syrup, boil equal parts sugar and water with cinnamon, lemongrass, herbs, chili, or any other ingredient you like, then cool before it's time to mix your drinks.
December 3, 2013
Last weekend at terrain, we greeted the season with our annual Holiday Open House, a full day of festive crafts, treats, music, and events at both of our stores. We also welcomed local artisans for the Kristkindlmarket-- an open-air marketplace of crafts, plants, Christmas trees, and holiday goods inspired by the German tradition of outdoor winter markets. Visitors prepared to deck the halls with workshops for evergreen garlands and tillandsia ornaments, and entertained their little ones with gingerbread houses and Christmas crafts from around the world. To top off the day, guests gathered to watch our first-ever tree lighting, complete with carolers and hot cocoa, then enjoyed a special evening of candlelight shopping. Take a peek at the festivities, above, and stop by our events page to see what we've got planned for the rest of the holiday season.Comment
December 1, 2013
November 25, 2013
Each season, terrain partners with inspiring artists, makers, and designers; this holiday, we’re especially excited about collaborating with Apolis to create the “Forage On” Market Tote. Apolis literally translates to “global citizen.” We sat down with global citizens and co-founders, Shea and Raan Parton, to learn more about their ethos of “advocacy through industry,” and how businesses can create social change.
terrain: What sparked your desire to begin making bags?
Apolis: Rather than starting with a desire to make bags, we began with a traveled upbringing and a desire to advocate through industry. We grew up in Santa Barbra, California and it was our parents’ firm belief that we couldn’t appreciate our home town if we didn’t see the world. They also held stock in the proverb “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” Rather than giving the artisans we work with fish, we help them find the pond-- teaching the skills and providing the tools to create something meaningful and marketable. Our brand is based on simple, unisex products that are easy to execute. We currently work with artisans in over 15 countries, taking a holistic approach that includes craftsmen, skills, and natural resources from each location to boost multiple industries. For example, in Bangladesh, where the “Forage On” tote and our other market bags are made, the country mandates jute growth. Knowing the abundance of jute, we worked to create a product that utilizes the natural resources of the country. We find what works and design backwards.
November 22, 2013
Inspired by the seasonal fir, cedar, and winter branches currently arriving in our stores, we created this set of printable gift tags to put a finishing touch on all of your holiday hostess gifts. Click on the image above to find a downloadable sheet of six tags.Comment
November 22, 2013
After almost 25 years as an event planner, TableArt founder Kathy Warden is no stranger to throwing a party, or to giving the perfect hostess gift. Earlier this month, Kathy shared some thoughtful tips for hosting a warm and welcoming holiday gathering, so we knew just who to ask about finding the right gift to say “Thanks!” when it’s our turn to be a guest.
terrain: Starting with the basics, what are some things to consider when choosing a hostess gift?
Kathy: It’s always best to plan ahead, thinking about your hostess and what she would appreciate based on her home, lifestyle, and interests. Does she love chocolate or wine? Is she a foodie? Give her something that can fit naturally into her décor and lifestyle.
terrain: What are some of your go-to hostess gifts for holiday get-togethers?
Kathy: A bottle of wine, chocolates, or a holiday-scented candle are choices any hostess will enjoy. Homemade snacks and sweets are a lovely, personal touch. If your host likes birds, bird seed or a birdhouse can make a wonderful, seasonal gift. If she's a close friend or family member, consider a more personal gift based on what she especially enjoys.
November 21, 2013
We can’t get enough of these pint-sized conifers that just arrived in our nursery, made all the more darling when strung with tiny lights and baubles on the tabletop or mantel. Ranging from 3-10 inches in height, they also look great featured in a window box display or planted outdoors, where they will grow very gradually (only an inch per year for some species!). Learn more about how these petite pines can bring life to holiday decorating, below.
Pixie Dust Dwarf Alberta Spruce: Slow growing and requiring minimal pruning, this mini conifer cultivar will typically increase in size 1-2 inches per year, reaching a maximum height of 6 feet if left un-pruned. Cold hardy, it loves a cozy container or can be planted directly into the ground. Keep this pint-sized pine’s roots moist in well-drained soil and place in full-to-partial sunlight. In mid-summer, you’ll see it sprout tiny, yellow buds. Watch for dead growth that tends to clump near trunk of the tree, especially during fall and winter. Gently slough lifeless foliage away to keep your tiny evergreen merry and bright!
Amber Gold Arborvitae: Turning a brilliant shade of amber-green during the winter months, this cultivar is native to Europe and will grow up to 10 feet tall and 3 feet wide if left un-pruned. With scale-like foliage that naturally takes on a globe form, it is sensitive to soggy soil and should be placed in full sun to keep the roots from rotting.