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A Gemstone Guide with Lily B.

February 8, 2016

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Newly arrived in our jewelry shop, the necklaces above are the latest gemstone beauties from Lily B. & Co. With a background in environmental science and wildlife conservation, Lily has a deep appreciation for the natural world-- an interest reflected in her choice of remarkable stones from across the globe. While these necklaces are perfect standalone pieces, we especially love to wear them layered together in complementary groupings. We recently dug into the history and symbolism of these striking stones, and Lily shared some of her best pairings. 

Moonstone & Pearl Couplet: Noteworthy for its light-catching color, moonstone has been a prized gem for centuries. Ancient Romans believed it was shaped from solidified rays of the moon. In more modern times, moonstone experienced a revival in popularity with Art Nouveau jewelry. Moonstone is also known as the "Traveler's Stone," symbolizing protection and good fortune. Layer with: Clear Sky Quartz, Pearl Pathway

Periwinkle Chalcedony Nugget: Naturally occurring in shades from white to deep brown, chalcedony has been found in artifacts dating back to the Bronze Age. This gem is actually a type of quartz, made up of extremely tiny crystals. Blue chalcedony is associated with calming and balance, reflected in its soothing shade. Layer withPearl & Chrysoprase DuoOlive Quartz Droplet

Rose Quartz & Moonstone Amulet: A common stone for jewelry and carving since antiquity, quartz naturally occurs in a spectrum of colors, from clear and pale yellow to golden brown and pink. Rose quartz is traditionally associated with unconditional love, a symbolism perfectly suited to its gentle, pink hue. Layer with: Polished Watermelon Tourmaline SliceBaby Stalactite Slice 

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Brand-new on our bookshelf, Simple Matters is quickly becoming one of our favorite reads for organization inspiration. From Reading My Tea Leaves blogger Erin Boyle, this thoughtful volume is filled with practical guidance for creating a purposeful, welcoming space. We recently asked Erin a question that's been on our minds for some time-- what's the best way to keep the kitchen organized while also being prepared for drop-in guests or party hosting? Below, she shares her essentials for entertaining and everyday use. 

Erin says, "Whenever I’ve moved house—which has been often—the process of packing or unpacking a kitchen has astonished me. We keep so much tucked in those cabinets and drawers. From the comestible spices and condiments and jars of dried goods, to the practical pots and pans, to the still-practical but also-festive dishes and tools that allow us to invite friends for entertaining and merriment. If you’re seeking a bit of simplicity in the kitchen, it can be helpful to streamline these serving pieces to what’s practical and purposeful but still lovely. Here are a few pieces that I find particularly helpful to keep on hand, whether for elevating the everyday or welcoming friends."

A Simple Carafe: A carafe can hold water or wine or juice with equal aplomb, and look good doing it. Being handleless also means that it stores easily when space is at a premium. Not for guests only!

A Beautiful Set of Mixing Bowls: Eminently practical for all manner of food preparation, a set of mixing bowls can also be effective salad bowls, or vessels for stacking bagels at a simple brunch, or—with the right mindset—ice buckets!

A Solid Cutting Board: With a bit of care, the same cutting board can be used to prepare and serve your crudités or cheese. Fancy food not required. On more harried nights, you can reheat pizza and slide it out of the oven and onto your board for a bit of instantaneous pizzazz. See what I did there?

A Classic Platter: If you’re set on a more traditional approach to serving, a creamy white platter will get you all kinds of mileage. A classic design will stand the test of time and complement just about any other dishes that you might have. 

A Bottle Opener: For beer or wine, and ideally for both, every adult kitchen needs a way to open a bottle of something festive. Cheers!

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This Valentine's Day, we're trading in hearts and arrows for a more natural take on gift wrap. Topped with an array of botanical finds, the pretty packages above were created by Display Coordinator Suzie A. We can't wait to wrap a few of our own gifts inspired by Suzie's designs. These sweet and colorful boxes are sure to charm their recipients-- perhaps as much as the presents inside!

Suzie says, "For the bright pink package, I made my own wrapping paper; I used heavy art paper and lightly coated it with a thin layer of milk paint. I paired the colorful paper with our Metallic Leaves Garland in place of ribbon, and tucked in some sprigs of dried heather for a finishing touch. On two packages, I used our birch bark strips as wrapping. To make them fold more easily around the box, I cut the bark to size then lightly scored it with a cutting knife at the places it would need to bend. Next, I secured the bark with some twine and added a few dried pepperberries for simple color. For the final gift, I created a small bouquet of tillandsia and natural cuttings as a topper. To complete the look, I lightly painted some of the tillandsia leaves with floral spray for added interest and color."

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Fireside Coffee with La Colombe

On chilly days, we love settling down with a cozy cup of coffee in the kitchen or beside the fire. For the ultimate winter warm up, we joined forces with La Colombe and Tasting Table to give away $500 gift cards from both terrain and Tasting Table, plus a year’s supply of La Colombe coffee and gear

One of our most essential pieces for brewing at home or around the fire pit is the Chemex shown above. This pour-over system produces a clean and refreshing cup every time, emphasizing the bright flavors of your favorite beans. Its simple, timeless design is also a welcome sight on our kitchen counter. Read on to find La Colombe’s tips for the perfect Chemex cup, and enter the contest below to create your perfect winter warm up.

What you’ll need:
Chemex
Paper filter
Gram scale
Freshly ground coffee
Hot water

To start, weigh out 30 grams of your favorite coffee at a medium grind. Right now, we’re loving Mexican Sierra Sur, a high-altitude coffee that offers flowery notes of rose and honeysuckle. Heat 510 grams (17 oz.) of water to around 204®F, just below boiling. Our ratio of coffee to water is approximately 1:17, but feel free to experiment! Wet your filter with hot water before brewing to remove any papery flavor and preheat the Chemex, then pour out the rinse water.

Now you’re ready to pour! Add the coffee into your Chemex, then place it on the scale and add 60 grams of water. Allow 30 seconds for the coffee to bloom, then add the remaining water. For the best brew, try to keep the level of water and coffee consistent in the filter by pouring in pulses.

From bloom to finish, your brew should take about 3 minutes and 30 seconds. Once the water finishes descending, remove the filter and enjoy the scent of fresh coffee as you await your morning brew!

Enter the Winter Warm Up Giveaway here.

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Cold winter air can be tough on the skin, so we've been on the lookout for natural remedies that moisturize, soothe, and reinvigorate. We asked the expert-- Farmaesthetics founder and longtime friend of terrain Brenda Brock-- for a beauty DIY that can beat the midwinter blues. She recommended the scrub above, packed with natural oils and sweet rose petals. Brenda says, "This body scrub will thoroughly invigorate, exfoliate, circulate and hydrate the whole body, all winter long. The coconut oil will be deeply delivered into skin tissue, while the salt and petals serve to remove dull, sluggish surface cells. Cinnamon essential oil is a powerful antibacterial, so it's helpful for staying healthy during the colder months. It's the perfect winter scrub to delight the senses, soften the skin, and get a cold, stagnant system moving." Stowed in our favorite Weck jars with pretty wooden lids, this all-natural scrub also makes a beautiful gift. Find the recipe below, plus Brenda's notes on the benefits of each ingredient.

Pink Salt & Cinnamon Rose Scrub         

What You'll Need
4 tablespoons organic unrefined coconut oil (softening, protective & reparative)
4 tablespoons organic avocado oil (or any mild oil, like almond) (emollient, soothing)
1/2 cup finely ground pink Himalayan salts (purifying, re-mineralizing)
2-3 drops cinnamon essential oil (antibacterial)
Organic rose petals (beautifying & skin brightening)
Small glass mixing bowl
Spoon

Place coconut and avocado oils in mixing bowl, then melt in microwave or on the stove top for approximately 40 seconds, or until just melted. Remove from heat and stir in salt, then add essential oils and stir. Sprinkle in rose petals and stir gently until blended. Place in Weck jar and store in cool, dry place-- better yet in the refrigerator-- until ready to use.

To use: Apply to warm, wet skin in a circular motion, focusing on areas of congestion, stagnation, cellulite, or roughness. The scrub will warm and melt into skin when applied. 

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Brightening our midwinter table, the colorful ceramics shown above are brand-new arrivals from Source and Tradition. Each piece in the collection of slab-pressed and pinched porcelain shows the markings of natural linen and reveals the touch of the artist’s hands. In this case, the artist is ceramics maker and gallery owner Alexandra Vaga Fallon. We recently caught up with Alexandra to learn more about her inspiration and life in the coastal town of Bay Head, NJ.

terrain: How did you begin making ceramics? What is your background as an artist?

Alexandra: I’m 36 years old. I fell in love with clay as a child, started throwing when I was 14, intended to major in clay, got sidetracked, and returned. I've had the great fortune of studying under some of the finest craftspeople in the country both through RISD and apprenticeships. Ceramics with Anne Paone, fine woodworking with Ric Allison and James Krenov, and bronze with Dana Stewart before returning to my first love, clay.  

terrain: What led you to become a tableware designer?

Alexandra: I have an incredible love for food, cooking, and bringing people to the table, but the specific inspiration for my line comes from my own upbringing. My artistic interests and my family are a study in contrast. My father is physicist from Muhu, Estonia, a tiny island in the Baltic Sea. His grandfather founded a dairy co-op and they created prize winning butter. My grandmother’s table was set with homemade cardamom raisin bread (“Rosina Sai”), homemade butter, honey, and salt that were all local and incredibly fresh. The serving knives, spoons, and trivets were made from juniper wood and I can still remember the smell. My mother is an artist. Her grandfather came here from Poland as a teenager, bought a small canvas and leather company, and became involved with aviation and parachute technology. He supplied World War II with parachutes, built a jump tower at his home for Amelia Earhart, and went on to save countless lives. My grandmother’s table was set with fine ironstone and silver. She is a gourmand and her table manners impeccable. I sit comfortably in both worlds, and I want my work to do the same.

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Tidying Up with Marie Kondo

January 14, 2016

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In 2011 when Marie Kondo introduced her first book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, her approach to streamlining personal belongings and discarding the superfluous quickly caught fire. Apparently, there were quite a few of us out there whose lives needed change by tidying. 

Five years later, Kondo has returned with Spark Joy, a companion to her first book and a step-by-step guide to uncluttering the home. While Tidying Up introduced us to the macro view of her minimalist method, Spark Joy patiently walks us through the exact steps needed to unclutter our lives. Take a look at a few of her ideas below, and let us know: have you tried Marie Kondo’s approach? How did it go? And if not, would you?

1. Find your joy. When looking to declutter, keep only what brings you joy. Let go of any items that you may have once loved, but that have now outlived their usefulness.

2. Visualize your ideal home. To start, Kondo recommends indulging your wildest fantasy. What kind of place you want your home to be? A calm, quiet space to reflect? A warm hub of friendship and family? Find a picture that represents your perfect environment, and keep it in mind as you work towards decluttering.

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