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 20, 2013
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 11, 2013
This Christmas, we're hanging a reminder of summertime gardens on our tree with these tiny botanical frame ornaments. Along with the specimens above, some of our favorite pressed flowers for winter include delicate Queen Anne's Lace, colorful ranunculus, and spiky Eryngium or "Sea Holly." We crafted these ornaments with some help from our botanical press, but if you're short on time, consider filling your frames with pre-dried flowers, like edible violas or preserved ferns.Comment
November 8, 2013
When the creative folks at Design*Sponge proposed that we pair up for a fall wedding shoot at terrain, we couldn't say yes quickly enough! Inspired by rich, red wine blooms like dahlias and peonies, D*S created an autumn wedding wonderland in our garden. They also had some help from talented friends including BHLDN, photographer Jorge de la Barra, stylist Ginny Branch Stelling, and floral designer Sullivan Owen. Read on for a roundup of wedding DIY's from the shoot, and find out how you can win an engagement photo session with de la Barra Photography and D*S.
With engagement season quickly approaching, de la Barra Photography is giving one lucky couple an engagement photo shoot in New York City, styled by none other than the talented team at Design*Sponge! Stop by StyleMePretty by November 15 to enter for your chance to win.
Photo courtesy of de la Barra Photography.Comment
October 31, 2013
Halloween has arrived, but it's not too late to get into the spooky spirit with a quick and easy craft devised by the creative folks in our nursery-- planted mini pumpkins. Longer-lasting than traditional carved pumpkins, these tiny arrangements are our pick for lining a porch rail, dressing up a desk, or placing at each seat around an autumn table. Read on for our how-to, with a simple sealing trick that will keep your pumpkin planters looking fresh for weeks to come.
October 23, 2013
When the creative minds at Design by Terrain spotted the glowing, autumnal reds and purples of these Echeveria and Kalanchoe succulent varieties, they knew that they'd found the perfect finishing touch for the season's table. After placing the succulents in the center of the arrangement, our designers filled out this living centerpiece with a bed of fragrant, trailing thyme. To finish the look, the planting was paired with a classic Roman Urn, which combines a traditional shape with a clean, limestone finish that sets off the bright hues of the succulents.
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Ready to deck your fall table? At both terrain locations, Design by Terrain creates custom-made, planted arrangements to take home. Mention this post at the store and the Design by Terrain team will plant a succulent centerpiece especially for you, or use their design to create your own planting with finds from your local nursery.Comment
October 17, 2013
This year at Styer’s annual Autumn Bounty Festival, terrain employees took part in a company-wide pumpkin carving contest. The competition was fierce, but it was Megan M., our production specialist, who took home the top prize for her etched design, pictured above. In fact, Megan’s first place pumpkin isn’t a pumpkin at all – it’s a gourd! Megan says, “I chose to carve a gourd because the flesh tends to be tougher, and it had the perfect, smooth surface I was looking for.”
Want to get the look? Megan used woodworker's tools and a chisel to carve away a thin layer of the gourd’s skin and create a white background surrounding her design. She etched the butterflies free-hand, as the skin on her gourd was very dark, but choosing one with a lighter skin tone would allow you to draw or stencil your design before you start carving. Or, if your heart is set on a darker variety that will truly pop, you can cut a stencil out of wax paper and tape it to the surface of the gourd or pumpkin as an easy alternative to drawing directly on the skin. Megan admits that it took some patience to create her masterpiece, but we think it was worth the effort. We'd also try out her technique on smooth-skinned pumpkins in unusual hues like red and blue.Comment
October 9, 2013
Dotting woodland paths and roadside foliage with glimpses of deep purple, pokeberries have found their way into our workshop this autumn as the source of dye for a variety of natural fall crafts. Our nursery specialist, Jessica J., recently paired a splash of pokeberry dye with dried cornhusks and stalks to create the wreath above at our Autumn Bounty Festival. We couldn't wait to deck our doorstep with this colorful DIY, so Jessica gave us her how-to for making a custom cornhusk wreath.
What You'll Need:
3-5 corn stalks with leaves and husks
Wire or twine
Pruners or scissors
Hot glue gun