Day Trip: Terrain at Styer's for Seasonal Inspiration
There are so many ways to appreciate all that mother nature supplies us with. One of my more recent discoveries of this has been getting in touch with my green thumb. My favorite place to get inspired to put my palms in the dirt is definitely Terrain. Part of the URBN portfolio of brands, it is every creative's dream greenhouse. My recent trip to their location in Glenns Mills, Pensylvania was both an indoor and outdoor oasis of potted plants, budding shrubbery, endless gourds, creative arrangements, and a variety of home goods to die for.
Maybe it's the warmth of the whole environment (complete with a farm-to-table cafe) or the creativity of the store's botanical designers, but each visit always makes me feel so much more connected to the season. Everything from the smoldering bonfire to the rustic table settings inspired me to get really excited for this Thanksgiving! There is something to be said about the importance of home during the holiday season and Terrain always makes that notion so apparent to me.
Thanksgiving represents a time of harvest. On the fourth Thursday of November of each year we stuff ourselves to the brim with seasonal eats in celebration of the bountiful food we are lucky enough to have. In America many of us have lost touch with the true agricultural meaning of Thanksgiving. How easy it is nowadays to feel forcefully rushed into the holiday season. People have managed to complete tasks like decking the house in glamorous decor and splurging on gifts at the nearest shopping mall, all before the month of December even commences. And while I love the holidays just as much as all of santa's little helpers, I also think it's very important to stay in touch with the present.
If we stop to think, the end of November is a time to think back to our humble beginnings. I like to imagine what that dinner would have been like back in 1621. I'm sure it would have certainly taken much more time to prepare but also resulted in a much simpler cuisine. We must remember that this isn't a time about anticipating Christmas, or rushing around the grocery store, or even getting stuck in traffic en route to the turkey dinner. It's about allowing ourselves to simply appreciate all of the plants, fruits, and vegetables of the beautiful autumn harvest that nature has given us.
I love that my simple shopping day trip allowed me to get excited about decorating, planting, cooking, and giving thanks in celebration of this meaningful american tradition.
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