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Our Holiday Playlist

December 24, 2014

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Our Holiday Playlist

Whether you're wrapping gifts, decking the halls, or celebrating with friends, the holidays are always better with a little music. We put together the playlist below with songs for every holiday occasion, from time-honored classics to new favorites. We'd also love to hear from you-- what are some essential tracks on your Christmas playlist? Happy listening!

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The Dirt | 2014 | week no. 52

December 22, 2014

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The Dirt | 2014 | week no. 52

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!

Thoughtful and beautiful portraits of animals from photographer Tim Flach. (via NYT)

The curious world of hybrid vegetables. (via NPR)

A handy guide for building a fire. (via Real Simple)

Incredible snowshoe drawings. (via Huffington Post)

An unexpected, savory hostess gift. (via Cupcakes and Cashmere)

A striking wreath DIY made with winter's best botanicals. (via Sacramento Street)

If you're on the West Coast or headed on vacation-- LA's 20 best bites. (via Oh Joy!)

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Habit + Habitat: Alli McGrane

December 22, 2014

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Habit + Habitat: Alli McGrane

Ever wonder what the folks at terrain do when we're not in the nursery? 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 Web Stylist Alli McGrane, who works behind the scenes to make sure every photo and email looks beautiful. With just three(!) days until Christmas, Alli took us to her studio for a peek at her favorite holiday habit-- crafting hand-printed gift wrap.

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

Alli: I'm the web stylist. On a typical day, I'm setting up scenes and products that will be photographed for our emails and website.

terrain: Can you tell us about your studio space at home?

Alli: It’s a very small space. There's just enough room for a small desk and shelves, but it has a lot of natural light to work by.

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Forever Terrariums

December 15, 2014

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Forever Terrariums

This Christmas, we're considering a new possibility for gifting with terrariums. Though we love a classic vessel filled with lush, living plants, we've recently started creating "forever terrariums"-- long-lasting displays of preserved botanicals and curios that don't require a green thumb. We especially like these everlasting creations as gifts for a holiday hostess or a friend who travels frequently. To create the forever terrarium above, we paired a Vintage Hungarian Storage Jar with a bed of sparkling snow and a few shimmering cedar cones, then added a battery-powered strand of our favorite Stargazer Lights for a warm glow. Finally, we topped off the display with some twigs of red winterberry for a holiday twist, and finished with a simple strand of baker's twine for gifting. Head to our stores to find a gorgeous selection of complete forever terrariums, or make your own with natural finds and your favorite vessel

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The Dirt | 2014 | week no. 51

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!

These pretty paper ranunculus would make a show-stopping handmade gift. (via Design*Sponge)

A naturally amazing art installation in Oslo. (via My Modern Met)

An amazing photo of a newly-discovered cloud formation. (via The Times)

With sweet season in full swing, we're loving this in-depth guide to chocolate. (via The Kitchn)

Pretty placecards for the holiday table. (via Say Yes)

A colorful guide to winter's best flowers. (via Green Wedding Shoes)

A healthy addition to your holiday bar. (via The Chalkboard)

A collection of gorgeous photos from around the world-- you'll be surprised at how they were taken. (via BBC)

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Ask Our Experts: Fresh Tree Tips

December 9, 2014

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Ask Our Experts: Fresh Tree Tips

As we hang the last ornaments and drape the final strands of tinsel, we asked our nursery experts for keeping trees fresh and green until Christmas morning. With proper care, our fresh-cut spruces, firs, and pines can maintain their needles for a month or more-- lodgepole pines and Fraser firs can keep theirs for up to 10 weeks! Read on for our top three tips to keep your tree looking merry throughout the season.

1. When you receive your tree, create a new cut 1-1.5” above the base of the trunk. This step is key, as sap buildup from the old cut will prevent water intake.

2. Immediately place the tree in a bucket or stand filled with water to preserve needle retention. Keep the final cut of the trunk submerged in water at all times to prevent sap from sealing. A general rule for watering is: add 1 quart of water per inch of trunk diameter each day.

3. Do not place your tree near drafts or excessive heat, which can cause early needle drop. Use proper lighting and decorations to reduce fire risk. A room humidifier can also help to keep the tree fresher longer.

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W&P's Gin and Tonic with a Twist

A classic cocktail for any time of year, we especially enjoy the bright, herbal complexity of a gin and tonic during the holidays. Even better, we love this cocktail when it's mixed with hand-crafted spirits courtesy of W&P Design's homemade gin kit. Recently, we sat down for a cocktail chat with Eric Prum, who co-founded W&P with his friend and college roommate, Josh Williams. Eric filled us in on the gin kit, their new tonic water collaboration, and his favorite seasonal twist on a traditional G&T.

terrain: How did W&P get started?

Eric: At UVA, Josh and I were roommates. One day, we were shaking up some cocktails with friends and tried to rig a Mason jar into a cocktail shaker. The result was a bit messy, but the idea always stuck with us. Almost a decade later, we decided to return to that idea and really give it a go. We ended up funding the Mason Shaker through Kickstarter, and from there, created W&P Design.  

terrain: How did you choose the infusions for your gin kit? 

Eric: Gin is a neutral spirit that has been flavored to get that complex taste we know and love. We wanted to develop a few different variations on gin that are interesting as well as delicious, so there are three spice blends that can be paired with the Homemade Gin Kit. The original, which comes with the kit, combines over a dozen herbs, spices, and aromatics to create a classic gin. We also created a refined smoky blend, and a spiced blend with warming notes of cinnamon, cloves, and ginger. With the kit, it’s pretty much impossible not to make a great batch of gin, but we suggest having a bit of fun. Add a twist to the infusion by throwing in cucumber spears, fresh herbs, or citrus zest-- you’ve got your very own signature gin! 

terrain: What inspired your collaboration with Boylan on a new tonic water?

Eric: We realized that there weren’t any delicious, all-natural, American cocktail mixers on the market. Plus, we make a lot of cocktails, and it's disappointing to mix a great gin with a subpar tonic. Rather than just letting that slide, we began talking to Boylan about how we could combine our skills and resources to develop mixers that would pair perfectly with craft cocktails. We’re really happy with the result (and so are our taste buds!). Boylan is an iconic soda company with over 100 years of history, so it was a natural pick for us to partner with them. 

terrain: We love a classic gin & tonic, but around the holidays we’re always looking for creative cocktail recipes for parties and gatherings. Are there any unexpected ingredients you’d add for a G&T “with a twist?"

Eric: We love using seasonal ingredients in our drinks, especially ingredients that we already have on-hand. You’ve probably already got cranberries and rosemary for your holiday dishes. We suggest muddling a sprig of rosemary and a few cranberries in your glass before adding your gin and tonic. The result? A festive spin on the classic that’s perfect for the holiday season. 

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The Dirt | 2014 | week no. 50

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!

A clever idea for spreading the bounty of homegrown fruits and veggies. (via Grist)

Heading into the kitchen? Check out this handy video archive of cooking fundamentals. (via NYT)

If your holiday season is feeling full already, consider a low-key weeknight party. (via Gardenista)

We're planning to set up a hot cocoa bar on Christmas Eve. (via Sugar and Charm)

How new plant species are discovered. (via The New York Botanical Garden)

A picture-perfect holiday cake. (via Free People)

And how to take the perfect food photo. (via Cupcakes and Cashmere)

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