Tagged: At Home

  • The Dirt | 2014 | week no. 40

    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!

    Homemade apple butter in three easy steps. (via Refinery29)

    The science behind fall color. (via Compound Interest)

    The perfect bread for an autumn dinner. (via Beyond Kimchee)

    Ten travel-inspired Instagrams that have us booking our next adventure. (via Design*Sponge)

    A super-simple recipe for the perfect pancakes. (via NYT)

    We'd love to take a class at Tallulah Rose Flower School.(via Design*Sponge)

    Coconut and blackberries at breakfast. (via The Kitchn)

  • Habit + Habitat: Isa Salazar

    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 Narrative Photographer Isa Salazar, the lady behind the lens for our lifestyle and blog images-- and our resident baking extraordinaire. Isa is often found in the field with her camera, but we caught her at the office to talk entertaining at her favorite getaway-- her family's historic farm. 

    terrain: What is your role at terrain? Can you describe your typical day?

    Isa: I’m the Narrative Photographer for terrain. A typical day at work for me isn’t always so typical. A couple weeks ago, for example, our stylist and I had to canoe into location for a shoot!

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

    Isa: For the farm, exploration. For entertaining, experimentation.

    terrain: What aspects of your family farm it make a good place for hosting? What are some of your favorite spaces there?

    Isa: The farm has been in my family for 40 years, and the house itself was built in the 1800s, so it holds a whole lot of history. You can really feel it when you’re there, and that makes the place especially warm and welcoming. It’s easy for guests to feel at home. One of my family’s favorite spaces for gathering after a long day is on the front porch at sunset, aka cocktail hour. 

    terrain: What do you love most about entertaining?

    Isa: The whole thing! I love feeding people and seeing friends have a great time. I enjoy the challenge of a large group and also the intimacy of a small one. My mother masters entertaining quite elegantly, and it’s really because of her that I love it so much. I look back to my childhood, when our family would host Lechonadas (Puerto Rican pig roasts) at the farm each summer. With five children and more than 100 guests, my mother somehow made the behind-the-scenes look effortless and exciting.

    terrain: Do you have any go-to dishes for fall gatherings?

    Isa: Tarts! I have a habit of veering off from recipes, but the Apple Nougatine Tart [above] from the Tartine cookbook is one I will follow exactly. It’s a crowd pleaser and great for fall, especially with some vanilla ice cream on the side.

  • The Dirt | 2014 | week no. 39

    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!

    Toast fall with this maple-flavored libation. (via Design*Sponge)

    Feeling crafty? Try your hand at one of these gorgeous floral garlands. (via Apartment Therapy)

    A beautiful and delicious cheese board for Rosh Hashanah gatherings-- or any other fall occasion. (via The Kitchn)

    Pizza for breakfast gets a makeover. (via NYT)

    Overpicked at the apple orchard this weekend? Try out these tips for making your own cider. (via Free People)

    We're falling in love with these inspiring, autumnal Instagrams. (via The City Sage)

    If the weather is getting cooler where you are, whip up one of these warm and hearty pastas. (via Bon Appetit)

    Our Autumn Bounty Festival is this Saturday in Glen Mills, PA! See you there?

  • Best of the Bunch

    September 15, 2014

    Outdoor Living
    , At Home

    Crafted by hand and dried to maintain their vibrant hues, our newest preserved bunches and cheerful wreaths are helping the garden last longer as we prepare for autumn's arrival. Whether brought as a bouquet for a friend, draped as a garland, displayed on a wall, or hung on the bannister, we couldn’t be more inspired by our stylist’s beautiful ideas, above, for incorporating these lively botanicals into your own décor. If you’re feeling crafty, consider mingling these long-lasting blooms with the season’s last fresh cuts for transitional appeal.

  • The Dirt | 2014 | week no. 38

    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!

    We're loving this series about gatherings for all seasons. (via The Kitchn)

    An unexpected innovator for green farming. (via Modern Farmer)

    Dazzling mineral planters for your tillandsia. (via Anthology)

    A fall apple tart that's as beautiful as it is delicious. (via Hip Foodie Mom)

    We can't wait to cozy up with this fall soup. (via Elephantine)

    Party-ready punch recipes for guests of all ages. (via Design*Sponge)

  • Five Favorites: Fall Entertaining Tips

    As we head into the cooler months, we're inviting guests back indoors for cozy autumn gatherings. While prepping for fall's first dinner party, we asked our own entertaining expert-- Events Manager Diane S.-- for tips on hosting this season. She says, "I love to entertain in the fall. The weather is usually great, so you can start the evening on the porch with a cocktail and music, then move inside for an informal dinner as the air gets crisper." Read on for Diane's five best tips for fall gatherings.

    1. Start prepping a few days in advance. "I pull out all the serving ware, platters, and glasses I'm planning to use, along with silverware, linens, etc. For a smooth, stress-free event, I put a Post-It on every serving piece, labeling what will go in each one, so I can mentally map out the night."

    2. Welcome guests with music. "I have my husband (who is a total music guy and played a guitar in a band for many years) select a playlist for when visitors arrive. I want guests to feel instantly at home and comfortable, and music helps set a relaxing tone."

    3. Create a signature cocktail. "This is a must for all my gatherings, making it easy for guests to select a drink. During fall, I love to celebrate the season with ginger, apple, or pumpkin. I'm a big fan of an apple cider sangria! I like to also have a white wine, red wine, and a good beer on hand, in case any guests aren't in the mood for a cocktail."

    4. Start with a snack. "My family is big on having home-popped popcorn as a crowd-pleasing appetizer. I like to flavor mine with truffle salt or pink Himalayan sea salt. It's such a simple thing to make moments before guests arrive, as well as an easy snack to enjoy while chatting."

    5. Keep dinner casual. "I prefer to serve a lighter, buffet-style dinner, so guests can choose how much they put on their plates. I often opt for a green salad with a truffle oil and balsamic dressing (can you tell I love all things truffle?), and then a casserole. Casseroles sound old-fashioned, but they're a simple way to entertain without being chained to the kitchen, since they can be made beforehand. I want to be with my guests catching up, not in the kitchen missing the fun! Finally, I aim to have dessert be a one-bite option– so that guests don’t feel guilty indulging." 

    Diane adds, "My most important tip for entertaining anytime is to take a moment before your guests arrive and relax; I try to grab a quiet minute or two and have a drink with my husband. Your house is clean, the prep work is done, and now it is time to enjoy your friends and family!"

  • The Dirt | 2014 | week no. 37

    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!

    We'd bring an old-fashioned apple pie to this sweet porch party. (via Second and Edgemont)

    A beautiful and thoughtful travel essay. (via Saipua)

    We're loving copper accents for fall-- here are a few great ideas for making your own. (via Apartment Therapy

    Relaxing and rejuvenating with essential oils. (via Cup of Jo)

    A handy guide to fall blooms. (via Popsugar)

    We're wowed by every photo on the US Dept. of the Interior's Instagram (via @usinterior)

    A stylish guide to garden sheds. (via Gardenista)

  • Early orchard crops are beginning to ripen in our area, and we can hardly wait to go apple picking! We'll admit, though, we're sometimes guilty of picking far more apples than we can eat once we get out among the trees. If you're headed to the orchard this weekend, we've rounded up five ideas for using a surplus of our favorite fall fruit. 

    Lighted Apple Garland: If a few of your apples are on the small side, pair them with freshly-snipped branches and a strand of delicate string lights for a glowing autumn centerpiece.

    Baked Apples: One of our favorite fall desserts, baked apples make a great last-minute treat since they need just a few pantry staples. We especially like to make them with tart apple varieties that balance their sweet filling. Preheat your oven to 350F, remove the core from an apple, and fill the hollowed space with butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Bake for 15 minutes in a shallow pan, and enjoy the flavors of fall. 

    Apple Votives: Hollow the center of a few apples-- ones with flat, stable bottoms are best-- and tuck a votive inside or pour your own wax and add a wick. Choose a fall-scented wax for a double dose of autumn cheer.

    Apple Cider Granita: If it's still warm in your region, pick up some apple cider while you're at the orchard for a summer-to-fall treat. Pour the cider into a baking pan, place it in the freezer, and stir once an hour with a fork until the cider is completely frozen. Afterward, scrape the frozen cider into a bowl or glass to serve. We like to spice up this treat with tart lemon juice, favorite herbs, or a hint of ginger. 

    Cider Simmer Pot: Welcome fall guests to a sweet-smelling home by simmering some leftover cider in a pot on the stove. Toss in cinnamon sticks, cloves, or orange slices for a more complex fragrance, and make sure the cider doesn't come to a boil.