Tagged: At Home
December 1, 2013
November 22, 2013
After almost 25 years as an event planner, TableArt founder Kathy Warden is no stranger to throwing a party, or to giving the perfect hostess gift. Earlier this month, Kathy shared some thoughtful tips for hosting a warm and welcoming holiday gathering, so we knew just who to ask about finding the right gift to say “Thanks!” when it’s our turn to be a guest.
terrain: Starting with the basics, what are some things to consider when choosing a hostess gift?
Kathy: It’s always best to plan ahead, thinking about your hostess and what she would appreciate based on her home, lifestyle, and interests. Does she love chocolate or wine? Is she a foodie? Give her something that can fit naturally into her décor and lifestyle.
terrain: What are some of your go-to hostess gifts for holiday get-togethers?
Kathy: A bottle of wine, chocolates, or a holiday-scented candle are choices any hostess will enjoy. Homemade snacks and sweets are a lovely, personal touch. If your host likes birds, bird seed or a birdhouse can make a wonderful, seasonal gift. If she's a close friend or family member, consider a more personal gift based on what she especially enjoys.
November 22, 2013
Inspired by the seasonal fir, cedar, and winter branches currently arriving in our stores, we created this set of printable gift tags to put a finishing touch on all of your holiday hostess gifts. Click on the image above to find a downloadable sheet of six tags.Comment
November 20, 2013
Since the holidays are a perfect time to gather around the fire with family and friends, the mantel often takes center stage as we decorate for the season. This year, we're decking our mantel with a combination of bright, gilded metals and finds from the garden. We crafted this colorful strand by connecting a few of our Garden Filigree Garlands end-to-end, then added a finishing touch with fresh bay leaves and some dried Echinops for a splash of bright purple. With its neutral, metallic base, this garland is easily adaptable to any holiday palette-- some of our favorite pairings are the rich oranges and greens of winterberry and magnolia, or fragrant, fresh-cut evergreen boughs.Comment
November 15, 2013
When it comes to setting the holiday table, even the smallest details can make a big difference. With that in mind, we created a quick DIY for dressing up our votives-- tiny "crowns" made from fresh herbs and stems. Crafted from just florist's wire and a few sprigs of your favorite botanicals, these fragrant finishing touches are as simple as they are festive.
What You'll Need:
Thin florist's wire
Fresh cut stems-- we like rosemary, marjoram, winterberry or other woody varieties that don't wilt easily (Note: Choose the freshest cuts possible, as they are safer to place near a votive flame than dried stems.)
1. Measure the amount of wire you'll need for the crown by wrapping once around the top of your chosen votive. Add an extra 2", then cut your length of wire.
2. Straighten the wire and fasten the base of your first stem by tightly wrapping a loop of wire around it.
3. Overlap the top of the first stem with the base of a second stem and wrap both with wire to fasten. Repeat with as many stems as necessary to completely cover the wire.
4. Once the entire length of wire is covered, form a circle by attaching the two ends of the wire, snipping off any excess. Place atop a votive and deck out your table!Comment
November 8, 2013
With a particular talent for designing imaginative tablescapes, TableArt owner and creative director Kathy Warden has gained a well-deserved reputation as a planner of top notch events in our hometown of Philadelphia. She tells us, "TableArt approaches the planning and design of a party as one process-- art and architecture. For us, party planning is an art form." With that in mind, we went straight to the source for advice on hosting the perfect get-together this holiday season and teamed up with Kathy to create the guide above with tips for entertaining all the senses. She says, “Your goal is to create a warm, welcoming, intimate environment for guests to relax and enjoy themselves. Pay attention to the small details, because each one is a gift from you to your guest.”Comment
November 7, 2013
With their wild, natural shapes and unexpected components plucked from the forest, we've long been fans of Brooklyn floral designer Emily Thompson's stunning arrangements. This holiday season, we're thrilled to be offering Emily's Pear & Spruce Wreath, a style designed especially for terrain, along with her collection of terrarium-inspired ornaments. Though she's busy decking the halls this time of year, Emily took a break to chat with us about the things that inspire her, how she designed our exclusive wreath, and her work for one very noteworthy client-- First Lady Michelle Obama.
terrain: You grew up in Vermont’s rural Northeast Kingdom. How does that background inform your work today?
Emily: My place of origin figures enormously in my design sensibility. The Northeast Kingdom is a beautiful place, with old mountains and swimming holes and glacial lakes, but it's also quite brutal and austere. The winter lasts and lasts, so the absurdly brief summers are all the more glorious. It's a place of harsh contrasts and mysterious bogs. I have always felt inclined toward this balance of extremes. I've always loved the romance of houses torn apart by invasive vines, and love to work the destructive side of the natural world into my thinking.
November 1, 2013