Tagged: At Home

  • 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 cultivating healthy house and patio plants.

    Spring is a great time to up the ante in your plant care routine. To keep house and patio plants looking their best, follow these simple steps:

    Move
    Most plants benefit from a summer outdoors. Think of it as their summer vacation. If you have an exterior space, move your plants outside around mid-April, or when nighttime temperatures are higher than 50 degrees F. If you have an unexpected cold night, take them indoors. 

    Once outside, gradually move plants from shade to sunlight; they will burn if moved immediately into direct sunlight. Also, make sure to shelter them from strong winds. Remember: plants need time to acclimate to new environments– check on them frequently in the first few days. 

    Repot 
    Spring is the best time to repot and prune your plants, before the summer growth season starts. Plants typically need to be repotted every 12 to 18 months. A common misconception: repotting does not necessarily mean putting the plant in a new planter, but rather, changing its soil or potting mix. If you do change planters, try not to go more than 2–3” large than the current pot. 

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  • The Dirt | 2014 | Week no. 17

    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 garden party season with a focus on entertaining. Hope you'll enjoy, and feel free to share what you're reading in the comments. We'd love to hear from you!

    Wouldn't this rose petal honey make a sweet party favor or hostess gift? (via Gardenista)

    8 million flower petals make confetti worthy of any party. (via Poppytalk)

    Three garden-fresh side dishes for a spring dinner party. (via Cupcakes and Cashmere)

    We'd love to set the table with this bouquet of paper tulips. (via The House That Lars Built)

    Dress up your party decor with these show-stopping faux flowers. (via WSJ)

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  • 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

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  • 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!

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  • A Spring Tray Tablescape

    April 11, 2014

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    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.

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  • 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. 

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  • 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).

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  • With the weather finally feeling like spring in our garden, our stylists got into the spirit of the season with a blooming garland. Made from an abundant bunch of preserved eucalyptus and fresh-plucked flowers, this springtime swag brightens the mantel, patio, or anywhere else it hangs. Take a peek at the video above to see it in the making.

    What You'll Need:
    Preserved eucalyptus
    Fresh cut or dried flowers (we used fresh ranunculus, anemone, and frittilaria)
    Floral wire

    Remove the smaller, leafy stems from the main branches of the eucalpytus. Begin by overlapping bunches of euclayptus, attaching the stems with floral wire as needed to form the garland. Use larger handfuls to create a fuller garland. Once your garland reaches the desired length, accent with fresh or dried flowers, attaching with floral wire. Since the eucalyptus is preserved, the garland will make a long-lasting display that can be freshened with new flowers as the seasons change. Our favorite place to display this springtime DIY? Dressing up a garden tuteur with a few snips of colorful ribbon.

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