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Forever Terrariums

December 15, 2014

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Forever Terrariums

This Christmas, we're considering a new possibility for gifting with terrariums. Though we love a classic vessel filled with lush, living plants, we've recently started creating "forever terrariums"-- long-lasting displays of preserved botanicals and curios that don't require a green thumb. We especially like these everlasting creations as gifts for a holiday hostess or a friend who travels frequently. To create the forever terrarium above, we paired a Vintage Hungarian Storage Jar with a bed of sparkling snow and a few shimmering cedar cones, then added a battery-powered strand of our favorite Stargazer Lights for a warm glow. Finally, we topped off the display with some twigs of red winterberry for a holiday twist, and finished with a simple strand of baker's twine for gifting. Head to our stores to find a gorgeous selection of complete forever terrariums, or make your own with natural finds and your favorite vessel

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Handmade Holiday Ribbon

December 11, 2014

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Handmade Holiday Ribbon

This year, we're adding a handmade touch under the tree thanks to Maddie Flanigan, the blogger, photographer, and seamstress behind Madalynne. Maddie kindly took a break from her own holiday projects-- pattern making, sewing, and workshops, to name a few-- and shared a simple wrapping DIY with us. With just a few stitches, she transformed our Linen Ribbon into the season's prettiest topper for gifts of all shapes and sizes.

Maddie says, "To make sure your stitches show up, choose a sturdier thread-- like an upholstery thread or buttonhole twist-- for this project. If you have a sewing machine, the easiest way to create your ribbon is to sew straight down the center with your stitch of choice. To sew by hand, I suggest marking your ribbon with dots about 1/4" apart using a quilting ruler and disappearing marker, which can be found at any craft store. Then, choose a larger-size needle to match the heavier thread, and follow your markings with a zig-zag stitch." We paired the embellished ribbon with our favorite kraft paper and a few botanical accents for a sweet and simple package sure to make Christmas even merrier.

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Winter Potpourri in Weck

December 2, 2014

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Winter Potpourri in Weck

Nothing says “thank you” quite like a homemade gift from the heart. This year, we’re crafting hand-mixed potpourri in mini Weck jars, like the ones pictured above, as a simple and thoughtful gift that’s perfect for anyone-- from the hairstylist to the hostess. The 7.4 oz. jars come in a set of four, so there’s enough to make a fragrant gift for everyone on your list. We tucked sprigs of incense cedar, lemon cypress, and a lemon peel into the reusable jar and tied a piece of baker’s twine around the top for a festive touch. For a spicier version, add orange, cinnamon, or cloves! 

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Design by Terrain: A Fall-to-Holiday Centerpiece

With Thanksgiving just a few days away, we turned to the experts at Design by Terrain for tips on making a naturally beautiful centerpiece to finish our table. Ready to bloom in the coldest months of the year, amaryllis were their flowers of choice for a living display. Green thumb Megan M. created the amaryllis trough centerpiece above with more than just Thanksgiving in mind-- it's also the perfect planting to transition from fall into the Christmas season. Megan says, "Amaryllis work well in transitional containers because they give you vivid, green foliage at Thanksgiving, and amazing blooms at Christmas. Here, I paired the bulbs with pinecones-- an accent commonly used during both holidays-- and some sprigs of autumnal, orange winterberry. As you prepare for Christmas, swap the orange winterberry for a more festive, red variety. You could also tuck some fresh greens in for an extra holiday touch."

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Setting Nature's Table

November 21, 2014

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Setting Nature's Table

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, we’re looking for new ways to create beautiful and dramatic centerpieces on the tabletop. Stylist Alli M. created the stunning, mixed-metal centerpiece above, starting with the Antique Bloom Wreath as a base, then placing a Steel Plant Stand in its center for height. Next, she wired the Antique Bloom Taper Wreath to the stand and chose our mint-hued Pure Beeswax Tapers as a final flourish. “You can mix any fresh cut leaves, flowers, or berries to layer in a natural element," says Alli. "The bluish tone of the seeded eucalyptus contrasts nicely with the antiqued gold of the wreaths.” She adds, “We scattered a few metallic cedar cones at the base of the arrangement for a little extra shine.”

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Steel Plant Stand, 14"
Antique Bloom Wreath
Antique Bloom Taper Wreath
Pure Beeswax Tapers
Floral Wire
Floral Shears
Fresh greens and berry clippings (Alli used seeded eucalyptus, orange winterberry, and peach hypericum)
Champagne Cedar Cones

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Notes From Our Stylist: A Starry Sphere

Throughout the holiday season, we'll be chatting with our stylist, Alli M., about her favorite ideas for festive decorating. First up, she's sharing a bright and simple style tip for greeting visitors on the doorstep. Pairing a favorite planter and a fresh wreath with a garden sphere wrapped in Stargazer Lights is one of Alli's best-loved looks for Christmas-- and a great way to use existing garden décor during the winter months. “I love this display because it’s a one-stop-shop,” says Alli. “It’s easy for anyone to put together and offers an unexpected take on the topiary shape. Just wrap the sphere with lights, add a length of jute ribbon, and stack the components together. The boxwood wreath at the bottom adds greenery to the doorstep at a time when there isn't a lot of color around the garden, and all of the other elements can easily transition into outdoor décor for future seasons."

Get the Look: Starry Sphere
Stargazer Lights, 98’
Zinc Sphere Hanging Basket, Medium
Fresh Boxwood Wreath, Medium
Forest Hewn Planter
Ticking Stripe Jute Ribbon

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Design by Terrain: Pinecone Place Card Holders

As we prepare for the holiday entertaining season, we’re coming up with new ways incorporate unexpected, natural elements into our tablescapes. Place cards are one of our favorite touches, sure to charm guests when held in a lustrous, painted cedar cone like the one above. We also love the idea of using a sprig of evergreen or fresh rosemary on each plate as a final flourish to welcome guests to the table, or printing names on freshly pressed fall leaves in metallic ink. With nature, the possibilities are truly endless! 

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If pumpkin picking isn't in your plans for fall, our patch-to-doorstep crates of pumpkins and gourds have arrived in time to decorate for the season. This year, our design team hand-selected fresh pumpkins and gourds in three fall palettes, then added coordinating moss and dried bottle gourds for well-rounded autumn style. From vivid garden hues to spooky and sophisticated pairings, here's how we're using our pumpkins by post. 

Atop the Mantel: Add a strand of Stargazer Lights to the classic hues of the Fall Foliage crate for a warm and welcoming autumn display atop the mantel. 

On the Doorstep: Effortlessly dress the doorstep for fall as soon as your pumpkins arrive thanks to the display-ready wooden shipping crate. We especially like the Green Thumb collection for adding an unexpected touch of fresh green to fall decor. 

As a Centerpiece: Tuck the dramatically dark reindeer moss of the Moonlight crate into a polished copper trough, then display the collection of white Baby Boo pumpkins and crimson gourds inside. Pair your sophisticated centerpiece with patterned linens for elegant fall entertaining. 

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