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tiny winter wonderland

Tiny gardens have always fascinated me, ever since I was a little girl. I used to sit in the forest looking into the mosses and imagine other worlds existing in miniature, especially under the mosses that look like little trees. Perhaps that’s why terrariums are so intriguing to me, they cultivate not only that which I put inside, but my own wonder and imagination – something which I have clung to fiercely over the years… especially at this time of the year.

Thus, I was so excited to see that Terrain is offering products for holiday terrariums this season – from the coolest containers and accessories to the sweetest little decorations. You can make your own tiny winter wonderland.


For a more traditionally terrariumed approach, from left to right: the Hanging Paned Terrarium, the Tall Hanging Atrium Terrarium, and the Conservatory Terrarium.

For a more modern look, from left to right: the Bottle Neck Terrarium (love it) and the Hand Blown Terrarium – hand blown in Poland.

And for the accoutrements, from left to right: Okubo Shears from Japan, Terrain’s Woodland Terrarium Kit which has sold out since I started writing this post (but even better I found this place that will send live moss and lichen assortments from the forest floor in Idaho), and the Plant Mister.

Next come the rocks, from left to right: Jade River Stones, Tan River Stones, and Ocean Stones… And if you like rocks you should look here, here, and here.

And lastly, heh, we have the Bottlebrush and Bristle Brush decorations, from left to right: the Snowy Bottlebrush Trees (with red berries), the Bristle Brush Fox Ornament (love him), the Bristle Brush Robin Ornament, the Perched Owl Ornament, the Bristle Brush Cardinal Ornament, and the Bottlebrush Evergreens.

So if you have not yet had a go at terrariums I suggest you give it a try and create your own little world. Here are some instructions that will help you get started.

Image courtesy of pinterest.




yes please – chalkboard pots


I love these chalkboard pots from terrain! Not only are they black and white, which judging from my last few posts is a theme – but they are slate – which is another thing I have a thing for. In addition to their simple yet striking good looks they are a great idea – especially if you make your own, eat local, or buy in bulk. And if you do, bravo – you are someone after my own heart.
As it’s spring and time for farmer’s markets, and strawberry season is around the corner, these pots would be a great addition for the breakfast table, or for afternoon tea on the porch. They would also be great packaging for a gift of your own making or as a stylish step up for a restaurant or coffee shop.
All are available from terrain.



getting fresh – air plants


Air plants truly are a miraculous and mysterious group of plants. Intriguing to look at, their architectural and slightly eerie forms add a touch of green that is reminiscent of the sea and its creatures. Air plants, or Tillandsia, got their name because they don’t require soil to grow. Instead, in nature, they live on other things – plants, rocks, and trees – for their support, and they gather their nutrients and water from the air. Spanish moss, which hangs from the trees in the southeastern United States is a member of this group.
Their habits not only make them unusual and interesting, but make them extremely easy to care for. As they do not need to be planted, they can live on or in virtually anything and need only moderate light and a soak in water once a week.


If you want to create your own terrarium or interior scape you can order air plants, such as the above varieties, from the Air Plant Supply Co. So easy to care for, they are essentially foolproof, and as they are also so inexpensive, they are well worth a try. Terrain has some really great options for containers, shown below, both hanging or for a table. But one of the best things about air plants is that they don’t need a container at all! Put them on a piece of slate on your shelf or windowsill, or put some twigs in a vase and hang the air plants on the branches.



If you’d rather have something a little more ready made check out the great creations below from Tortoise Loves Donkey. Delivered right to your door, they make easy easier.
Images 1 & 2 courtesy of Apartment Therapy.
Image 3 courtesy of Curbly.
Image 4 courtesy of Cubeme.



the time is nigh

Wait! Hold the phones! Before we get into a week and maybe then-some’s worth of holiday design I have to say this… the time is nigh! In order to have your holiday amaryllis blooming for the holidays you need to get them now… and I must say there are some extraordinary new varieties available this year. These are some of my favorites…

So hurry and get some started… They’d also make a great gift for Thanksgiving that would be enjoyed through the New Year! But hurry, the time is nigh!




oh, Great Pumpkin!

 Maybe this isn’t what Charlie Brown was referring to, but these pumpkins are pretty great nontheless. Just wanted to take a moment to give a nod to Halloween – may yours be filled with more treat than trick… and may you indulge in said treats without getting sick… oh, brother!

 Velvet pumpkins available at terrain.



yes please – filigree spheres

I love these gorgeous new lamps from Terrain’s fall collection. Handcrafted using centuries-old techniques, the spheres are made from hand-hammered brass. They are then silver plated and finally etched and drilled with delicate, intricate patterns. Over time they develop a warm patina as seen in the image above at Styer’s Farm, Terrain’s flagship location.


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