Tagged: At Home

  • Best of the Bunch

    September 15, 2014

    At Home
    , Outdoor Living

    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.

  • The Dirt | 2014 | week no. 35

    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!

    How to grow a meadow. (via Modern Farmer)

    Ready for bonfire season? Here are a few practical tips for campfire cooking. (via Design Mom)

    Before you head to the orchard, some suggestions for freezing fruit. (via The Kitchn)

    Three great menus for homemade picnics. (via NYT)

    We'd love to spend Labor Day weekend on this dreamy porch. (via Instagram @haskellharris)

    A show-stopping cake for late summer, and some sweet garden bites (via The Cake Blog)

  • Best Guests

    August 24, 2014

    At Home
    , Outdoor Living

    Photo credits below.

    Ever on the hunt for the perfect present for the hostess, we asked six friends of terrain to choose the gift that they would bring to their ideal, end-of-summer gathering. From tablecloths to totes, each styled their picks in the photographs above to offer a unique take on this entertaining tradition. 

    Amanda Jones – Designer | @amandajanejones
    Where She's Going: A Laid Back Dinner Party
    "It seems my summers have been filled with these laid back, lazy gatherings. The best kind of dinners where, after the kids have gone to bed, you can sit with your friends late into the evening and chat by the fire pit, lemonade in hand." 
    What She's Bringing: Hungarian Storage Jar
    "I chose the storage jar as my go-to hostess gift, because it's the perfect size to fill with either fruit from the farmers market or a bunch of your favorite seasonal branches. It can be enjoyed in the moment and again and again!"
    Brittany Wright – Food Photographer | @wrightkitchen
    Where She's Going: Cooking with Friends 
    "A weekend gathering of my friends, where we bring ingredients and work on our dishes together." 
    What She's Bringing: Jadeite Mixing Bowls
    "I always bring a little something for the friend who’s letting us dirty up her kitchen. And because I often end up with large amounts of fruits and vegetables from creating my photographs or from picking up curious finds at the market, I try to bring food gifts along with me when I can. These bowls make the natural colors of the fruit pop." 
    Sarah Sherman Samuel – Designer + Owner of Smitten Studio | @sarahshermansamuel
    Where She's Going: The Great Outdoors
    “My ideal end-of-summer gathering is always a picnic. Food tastes better outside and surrounded by friends!
    What She's Bringing: Ombre Wool Throw
    "This throw would make a perfect picnic accessory or gift for the hostess, as a shoulder wrap when the sun goes down.”
    Aran Goyoaga – Food Stylist, Photographer & Writer | @cannellevanille
    Where's She's Going: An Afternoon Picnic
    "A picnic with friends is the best way to say goodbye to summer and welcoming autumn." 
    What She's Bringing: Rose Washed Linen Tablecloth
    "This linen lends itself to casual gatherings, and because tablecloths are not just for tables or dining rooms this one is perfect for year-round picnics.
    Ginny Branch – Stylist | @ginnybranch
    Where She's Going: A Summer's End Celebration
    "My friend and photographer Kathryn is actually having a party this weekend to celebrate the end of summer. We'll be taking advantage of the last crops of fresh Georgia corn, tomatoes, and stone fruit." 
    What She's Bringing: Marble & Wood Cheese Board
    "I thought this would be the perfect board to bring along with summer seasonals like rosé and my favorite cheeses from our local Many Fold Farm." 
    Hannah Queen – Photographer | @hannahqueen
    Where She's Going: Dinner on the Farm
    "There isn't much better than an outdoor dinner at my favorite local farm.”
    What She's Bringing: Canvas Stripe Tote
    “I’d bring this bag along to tote a Blackberry Hazelnut Galette for dessert, made with a few handfuls of berries that grow wild nearby."
  • The Dirt | 2014 | week no. 34

    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 gorgeous seafood feast on the Pacific coast. (via Cannelle et Vanille)

    The surprisingly complex and entertaining history of garden gnomes. (via Modern Farmer)

    We'd love to visit this art installation floating on the river in Philadelphia. (via WetLand)

    These photos make us wish summer could last forever! (via Design*Sponge)

    An urban farm right around the corner from our office. (via Free People)

    Organic gardening with Prince Charles. (via Maria's Farm Country Kitchen)