Tagged: Outdoor Living

  • 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

    Outdoor Living
    , At Home

    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."
  • Camping in Style

    August 20, 2014

    Outdoor Living

    Camping in Style

    While we love spending time in the great outdoors, a traditional camping trip can sometimes make us miss the comforts of home. So, we rounded up a list of luxurious camping locations for our future adventures. Scattered across North America, these stunning sites make it easy to take in the view without having to pack your own tent.

    1. Treebones, Big Sur, CA: Located on the rugged coast of Big Sur in central California, this gathering of yurts-- portable, circular dwellings traditionally used by Central Asian nomads-- is heated by cozy fireplaces. You can enjoy the ocean view from your yurt, the pool, or the "Human Nest"-- a suspended, woven wood pod that's ready to welcome more adventurous campers.

    2. Paws Up, Greenough, MT: The spacious lodgings at Montana's Paws Up feel like anything but tents thanks to a list of jaw-dropping amenities that includes spa-worthy fixtures, crackling fire pits, and even a personal butler. Outside, you can hike, fish, ride, and participate in ranch activities against the awe-inspiring backdrop of the mountainous Bob Marshall Wilderness.

    3. Steep Ravine Cabins, Mount Tamalpais, CA: Only an hour north of San Francisco, this group of oceanfront cabins is the most minimal location on our list-- you'll have to bring your own sleeping bags, food, and cooking gear. Part of California's Mount Tamalpais State Park, the cabins offer private beach access, breathtaking Pacific views, and the feel of a remote getaway just a short drive from the city.

    4. Firelight Camps, Ithaca, NY: Firelight is billed as "an elevated camping experience," and it lives up to its name with luxe, safari-style tents and a menu inspired by the local food and wine of the Finger Lakes. Once you've settled in, you can hike through Ithaca's famous gorges, go on a foraging excursion, or settle in around the nightly campfire for s'mores.

    5. Minam River Lodge, Wallowa, OR: Located deep in Oregon's Eagle Cap Wilderness, Minam River Lodge is accessible only by hike, horseback, or single engine plane! Don't let the remote location scare you-- once guests arrive, they're welcomed with lodge-grown produce, a wood fired hot tub, and of course, spectacular hiking in the Oregon woods. 

    6. Outpost Co., Anywhere: Inspired by the luxury of 19th century expeditions, Toronto-based Outpost Co. sets up spacious, handmade tents anywhere you want to go, from Canada's Northern Labrador to your own backyard. Cozy Hudson Bay blankets, woodstoves, food, and gear are all included-- they'll even set up a child-sized teepee for the little ones! Outpost owner and former Antarctic expedition leader Constantin Von Flotow designed the company's signature tents with meticulous attention to detail, copying Civil War era structures down to the mahogany poles and brass fittings.

    Image Credits: 1. Treebones, 2. Paws Up, 3. Julie Chai for Gardenista, 4. Firelight Camps, 5. Gardenista, 6. Outpost Co.

  • Trail Mix in Weck

    Eager to fit a little more fun into the last few weekends of summer, we're heading outside for hikes and camping excursions. Our favorite Weck jars are coming along for the adventure, packed with a classic snack for woodsy weekends: trail mix. We love thinking up new combinations of fruit, nuts and sweets for each visit to the great outdoors (or just snacking around the house!). Our latest recipe includes:
    Pecans (lightly toasted if you like)
    Golden raisins
    Shredded coconut
    Dark chocolate morsels
    Sunflower seeds
    Chopped candied ginger
  • 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)

  • What's the most fun job at terrain? It's hard to say, but we'd have to guess that our Installation Designer, Matt M., has one of the best, since he gets to spend so much time surrounded by flowers! He says, "I've been with terrain since it launched in 2008. As Installation Designer, I do all sorts of styling, planting, arranging, building, foraging, climbing, hauling, and Instagramming-- and then I do it all over again." Around the office, Matt's known for his gorgeous floral creations and amazing Instagram photos, so we picked a few of our favorites and asked him to tell us what he's been up to this summer, both in the nursery and on his days off.

    Visit to Chanticleer Garden: Chanticleer, just outside of Philly, is one of my favorite places to get lost for a day. Its gardens are endlesslessly inspiring and whimsical.

    New York Flower Market: The flower district in New York City is the mecca for all things floral.  No matter how often I visit, I find something new every time. If you've never been to the 28th Street markets, you absolutely must check them out. Imagine the fleetingly beautiful lifespans of the most incredible flowers from all over the world, right in the heart of the most frenetic city on Earth. It's dazzling.


  • Earlier this summer, our Web Merchandiser Melissa M. decided to mark a milestone birthday by crossing a big item off her travel to-do list. She tells us, "I turned 30 this year, and decided that it was finally time to take the coast-to-coast road trip that I'd always wanted to go on. I asked my brother to go with me-- we've always been close, but never taken a trip together." They picked out a week's worth of destinations across the country, then flew to San Francisco to get started. The first leg of the trip took Melissa to Redwood National Park, home of the famous, towering trees. "The hike through Redwood was amazing," she says. "We didn't see any other people along the way, and the forest was just unreal-- a mossy fairyland."

    From Redwood, Melissa headed north along the Oregon coast, stopping at Thor's Well on craggy Cape Perpetua. She turned inland next, cutting across Washington and Idaho to reach Montana and Glacier National Park. "We spent the most time at Glacier, and it was definitely a highlight of the trip-- just an amazing landscape where every view is better than the last. We boated, hiked, and drove the length of Going to the Sun Road, a route that travels east to west across the mountains. Thanks to an insider tip from a friend, we also stopped by Polebridge Mercantile to try out a Montana speciality- huckleberry bear claws!"

    After saying a reluctant farewell to Glacier, Melissa turned south toward Wyoming and Yellowstone, where she took in sights including the Grand Prismatic Spring and-- of course-- Old Faithful. "From Yellowstone, we crossed the Badlands in South Dakota and stopped by Mount Rushmore, where we got to sample ice cream made using Thomas Jefferson's recipe." She adds, "It was great! My brother is going to try making it at home."

    The final stop on the trip was a long way east-- Kentucky's Mammoth Cave National Park. "Mammoth Cave is the largest cave system in the world," Melissa explains. "It's over 400 miles long and they're still finding new areas! It was, honestly, a little scary how huge the caves were." After Mammoth, it was finally time to make the rest of the drive back to the East Coast. The grand total for their trip? An impressive 4,936 miles!

  • A Meadow Urn

    August 11, 2014

    Outdoor Living

    In the heat of high summer, it can be difficult to keep statement-making containers from withering away in the sun. The beat-the-heat planting above uses meadow-inspired grasses and foliage as its main ingredients, which fare better during the dog days than their more delicate, flowering counterparts. Set against a crisp, white urn and cool greens, pops of Echinachea ‘Aloha’ and Coreopsis ‘Sienna Sunset’ keep the arrangement feeling playful. This combination is also a favorite for butterflies, so your planter will invite even more color into the garden. Read on for a list of all the components you’ll need to bring this planter into your own backyard! 

    Get the Look:
    1.Cotinus coggygria ‘Royal Purple’
    2.Melinus ‘Savannah Ruby’
    3.Euphorbia ‘Diamond Frost’
    4.Echinacea ‘Aloha’
    5.Perovskia atriplicifolia
    6.Coreopsis ‘Sienna Sunset’

    Fluted Stoneware Urn