This week, we've been enjoying some wintry weather here on the East Coast, and watching the snow fall has certainly put us in the holiday spirit! Catch a glimpse, above, of our Styer's nursery in the snow.Comment
Tagged: Outdoor Living
December 10, 2013
November 25, 2013
Each season, terrain partners with inspiring artists, makers, and designers; this holiday, we’re especially excited about collaborating with Apolis to create the “Forage On” Market Tote. Apolis literally translates to “global citizen.” We sat down with global citizens and co-founders, Shea and Raan Parton, to learn more about their ethos of “advocacy through industry,” and how businesses can create social change.
terrain: What sparked your desire to begin making bags?
Apolis: Rather than starting with a desire to make bags, we began with a traveled upbringing and a desire to advocate through industry. We grew up in Santa Barbra, California and it was our parents’ firm belief that we couldn’t appreciate our home town if we didn’t see the world. They also held stock in the proverb “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” Rather than giving the artisans we work with fish, we help them find the pond-- teaching the skills and providing the tools to create something meaningful and marketable. Our brand is based on simple, unisex products that are easy to execute. We currently work with artisans in over 15 countries, taking a holistic approach that includes craftsmen, skills, and natural resources from each location to boost multiple industries. For example, in Bangladesh, where the “Forage On” tote and our other market bags are made, the country mandates jute growth. Knowing the abundance of jute, we worked to create a product that utilizes the natural resources of the country. We find what works and design backwards.
November 6, 2013
To mark the launch of our home-grown design service, Design by Terrain, we proudly introduce you to the man behind the magic, Matt M. Matt’s creative and artistic vision combine with deeply rooted passions for gardening and design to provide clients with unparalleled living décor, from customized containers to planted gifts that can be enjoyed far longer than a bouquet. We chatted with Matt about his design background and what he has in store for the holiday season, and we have to say, we couldn’t be more excited and inspired!
terrain: When did you first start experimenting with botanical design?
Matt: As a child, I would spend my Saturdays helping an elderly neighbor with his yard work. I thought his gardens were the most magical place in the world. I vividly remember the first time that I saw giant alliums blooming in his border garden. I had helped him plant the bulbs the previous autumn and it was my first time seeing such a magnificent flower that I had helped bring to life. I was the proudest and most curious 9-year-old in that moment. That's where it began.
terrain: What sparked your interest in design?
Matt: My mom was always my style idol. I was amazed at how effortlessly she could pull a home together. Our days were spent poring over her decorating magazines, finding the wildest antique stores possible, or carving out a new flower bed in the backyard. A defining moment for me was when I received the first issue of my Metropolitan Home subscription at age 12. It opened up my mind to a whole new level of design and soon I was practically begging all of my parent's friends to let me re-decorate a room in their house or refresh their landscaping in order to experiment with all of my new ideas. I was quite unlike any other teenager around.
November 1, 2013
Not just for kids anymore, these grown up treats use spiced chocolate ganache to take old fashioned s’mores to a new level. Once prepared, we love the idea of packaging individual servings of ganache in our favorite 7.4 ounce Weck jars, then cozying up the individual servings alongside graham crackers and marshmallows in pint-sized, paper berry baskets to set out on a table near the fire pit. Below, check out our ganache recipe along with a list of all the supplies you’ll need to create s’mores kits for your next fireside gathering.
(makes 4 s’mores)
8 graham crackers
1 paper berry basket (available in craft stores)
1 serving of ganache in a Weck jar
October 21, 2013
Here at terrain, there's nothing we enjoy more than welcoming friends to our garden. Recently, we spent a day with chef, author, and blogger Aran Goyoaga as she made her first visit to terrain at Styer's. Despite some wet weather, she had a chance to explore the nursery with camera in hand before taking a lunch break in the greenhouse. Once she returned home, Aran kindly shared some favorite moments from her day, above.
Photos courtesy of Aran Goyoaga.Comment
October 14, 2013
In a dazzling array of shapes, sizes, and colors, each autumn brings a bountiful harvest of pumpkins to the patch. Native to North America, these beloved members of the squash family are now cultivated across the globe, with unique varieties cropping up from France to Australia. From tiny, white Baby Boos and knobby Galeux d'Eysines to brightly-striped Kakai and massive Atlantic Giants, there's a perfect pumpkin for any type of craft, seasonal display, or harvest-inspired recipe. We rounded up some favorites during a recent visit to Styer's, and couldn't resist finding out a little more about these cheerful additons to our autumn décor.
October 10, 2013
One activity we look forward to each autumn is journeying to our local orchard for a day of apple picking. On average, orchards will have up to a dozen varieties available on their trees, based on the local climate. In our area, growers are currently offering up Mutsu (often known as Crispin), Stayman’s Winesap, Jonagold, Golden Delicious, and Honeycrisp apples fresh for the picking. Of course, the only thing better than picking apples is eating them, but it can be hard to keep track of which type works for a particular dish. After a day at the orchard and farm, above, we broke down a list of our current favorites, detailing what sets each variety apart and how it is best incorporated into fall treats.
September 26, 2013
Eager to enjoy a last week of warm weather before the seasons changed, our copywriter Caroline L. recently took a trip to Croatia’s Adriatic coast. Starting in the sunny, seaside city of Split, she spent some time relaxing on the beach at Bacvice, a calm, shallow inlet popular with residents and visitors alike. “Swimming in the Adriatic was definitely a highlight of the trip,” she says. “The water was so clear and warm.” Split is also famous for Diocletian’s Palace, the massive structure that forms the center of the city. Built by a Roman emperor as a place to retire, the white stone palace has evolved with the city rather than being set apart as a historic site. Now, its narrow, winding passageways and hidden courtyards are filled with outdoor cafés where locals gather each evening.