Design by Terrain: A Winter Woodpile

Even if you don't have a wood-burning fireplace, a well-stocked woodpile can add rustic appeal to winter gardens and porches after the growing season comes to a close. To brighten the decorative woodpile at our Styer's location, the creative team at Design by Terrain added a splash of paint to the end of each log. Emphasizing the unique, geometric shapes of the split logs, the pop of paint elevates this traditional garden accent. (For those with fireplaces-- keep in mind that the painted logs shouldn't be burned later.) Our designers chose a sophisticated, all-white palette to match winter's snowy landscapes, but they also recommend painting a few logs in brighter hues for a more festive appearance during the holidays.


A Foraged Bouquet

November 24, 2014

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As cold weather brings gardening season to a close, we're looking for creative ways keep blooms in our homes throughout the winter. One of our favorite ways to bring the garden indoors is with dried and preserved flowers found at home or in favorite foraging spots. With foraging in mind, we asked Georgia florist Mandy O'Shea of Moonflower and 3 Porch Farm to share a found and preserved bouquet to close out the season. She teamed up with friend and photographer Rinne Allen to shoot the results. We loved working with Mandy and Rinne this spring, and they impressed us once again with their gorgeous flowers and photos. Read on for our chat about the foraged bouquet above.

terrain: What are some of your favorite flowers to grow for preservation?

Mandy: Some of the more common flowers that preserve well are gomphrena, strawflower, sunflowers, celosia, amaranth, yarrows and others, however I find that I am becoming more drawn to drying different textures. One of my favorite textures (which is in the featured arrangement) is a radish variety named Rat Tail. Their seed pods are both great fresh for eating and wonderful for drying. Grasses are also a good choice to dry. Once some grasses dry, I notice that they plume out a bit. I am constantly experimenting with drying to see what works and what doesn't.

Rinne: While I do not specifically grow flowers for drying, I walk around my garden this time of year and bring cuttings inside that last for months...many of them have already gone to seed or dried on their own. Things I enjoy throughout the winter are Allium, Cardoon, Autumn Clematis seed pods, various grasses...and I love the way that deciduous magnolia leaves curl when once they have fallen to the ground.


The Dirt | 2014 | week no. 48

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 getting ready for a feast with our favorite Thanksgiving reads. Hope you'll enjoy, and feel free to share what you're reading in the comments. We'd love to hear from you!

Ten tips for effortless hosting. (via Into the Gloss)

Ideas for simple corn husk crafts-- we'd love to incorporate the flowers into our Thanksgiving centerpiece! (via Apartment Therapy)

Playful pumpkin rolls that the little ones will adore. (via Love Taza)

The United States of Thanksgiving. (via NYT)

A clever and comprehensive guide to Turkey Day etiquette. (via Bon Appetit)


Design by Terrain: A Fall-to-Holiday Centerpiece

With Thanksgiving just a few days away, we turned to the experts at Design by Terrain for tips on making a naturally beautiful centerpiece to finish our table. Ready to bloom in the coldest months of the year, amaryllis were their flowers of choice for a living display. Green thumb Megan M. created the amaryllis trough centerpiece above with more than just Thanksgiving in mind-- it's also the perfect planting to transition from fall into the Christmas season. Megan says, "Amaryllis work well in transitional containers because they give you vivid, green foliage at Thanksgiving, and amazing blooms at Christmas. Here, I paired the bulbs with pinecones-- an accent commonly used during both holidays-- and some sprigs of autumnal, orange winterberry. As you prepare for Christmas, swap the orange winterberry for a more festive, red variety. You could also tuck some fresh greens in for an extra holiday touch."


Setting Nature's Table

November 21, 2014

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Setting Nature's Table

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, we’re looking for new ways to create beautiful and dramatic centerpieces on the tabletop. Stylist Alli M. created the stunning, mixed-metal centerpiece above, starting with the Antique Bloom Wreath as a base, then placing a Steel Plant Stand in its center for height. Next, she wired the Antique Bloom Taper Wreath to the stand and chose our mint-hued Pure Beeswax Tapers as a final flourish. “You can mix any fresh cut leaves, flowers, or berries to layer in a natural element," says Alli. "The bluish tone of the seeded eucalyptus contrasts nicely with the antiqued gold of the wreaths.” She adds, “We scattered a few metallic cedar cones at the base of the arrangement for a little extra shine.”

Get the Look
Steel Plant Stand, 14"
Antique Bloom Wreath
Antique Bloom Taper Wreath
Pure Beeswax Tapers
Floral Wire
Floral Shears
Fresh greens and berry clippings (Alli used seeded eucalyptus, orange winterberry, and peach hypericum)
Champagne Cedar Cones


Design by Terrain: A Forest Table

November 19, 2014

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Design by Terrain: A Forest Table

Ornaments don’t have to be just for the Christmas tree—this season, we’re welcoming woodland creatures made of everything from blown glass to bristle brush onto our holiday tabletops and mantels. Above, our iridescent moose ornament is right at home on a forest-inspired table of fresh greens and golden lights. Simply remove the hang tie from the top of the ornament and nestle it into the surrounding décor for a cheerful accent that is sure to delight.


The Dirt | 2014 | week no. 47

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

Drying tips from The New American Herbal for fresh herbs all year round. Author Stephen Orr will be joining us at the Holiday Open House in CT! (via Design*Sponge)

For readers in warm climates, a harvest-inspired Thanksgiving outdoors. (via The Kitchn)

The basics for growing a beautiful bonsai garden with expert Eric Schrader. (via Gardenista)

A seasonal appetizer perfect for pre-Thanksgiving snacking. (via PopSugar)

Watch a practical cabin come together in under two minutes. (via Avantika Agarwal)

Elegant and unexpected sculptural elements in gardens around the world. (via WSJ)

We're closing out tonight's dinner with this decadent dessert. Happy Monday! (via Sweet Paul Magazine)


Notes From Our Stylist: A Starry Sphere

Throughout the holiday season, we'll be chatting with our stylist, Alli M., about her favorite ideas for festive decorating. First up, she's sharing a bright and simple style tip for greeting visitors on the doorstep. Pairing a favorite planter and a fresh wreath with a garden sphere wrapped in Stargazer Lights is one of Alli's best-loved looks for Christmas-- and a great way to use existing garden décor during the winter months. “I love this display because it’s a one-stop-shop,” says Alli. “It’s easy for anyone to put together and offers an unexpected take on the topiary shape. Just wrap the sphere with lights, add a length of jute ribbon, and stack the components together. The boxwood wreath at the bottom adds greenery to the doorstep at a time when there isn't a lot of color around the garden, and all of the other elements can easily transition into outdoor décor for future seasons."

Get the Look: Starry Sphere
Stargazer Lights, 98’
Zinc Sphere Hanging Basket, Medium
Fresh Boxwood Wreath, Medium
Forest Hewn Planter
Ticking Stripe Jute Ribbon