THE WEEKENDER – TERRAIN

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Walking into Terrain is like if Martha Stewart art-directed a Secret Garden-themed issue of the Pottery Barn catalogue and the Barefoot Contessa was there to head Craft Services. With one location in Glen Mills, PA (about 30 miles outside of Philadelphia) and a second in Westport, Connecticut (of course, darling), this URBN-owned utopia is part nursery, part home goods store, part luxury organic spa, part adorable café /artisan food shop and the absolute definition of whimsical.

Some of my favorite household purchases have come from Terrain, and are not limited to this slate cheese board, Mason jar salt & pepper shakers (a hipster dream/nightmare), and these jadeite bowls which make me feel like I’m working in the kitchen of an Edwardian-era manor house alá Downton Abbey. When you’re not being absolutely delighted by hand-woven linen napkins, vintage soda fountain straws, pink Himalayan sea salt or Rodin Olio Lusso face oil, you can also buy a $4,200 refurbished farmhouse dining room table which I will eventually (absolutely) need.

This time around I was on a mission to find the perfect cake stand (settling on this) and also picked up a few succulents (I will never not hate this word) for my bookshelf at home.  I have these grand plans for a springtime terrarium or windowsill herb garden despite the fact I kill everything within two weeks of purchase and also live in an apartment that gets the same amount of sunlight as a morgue.

After having to chase me around the store like a 27-year old toddler, my parents and I had lunch in Terrain’s Garden Café. With a seasonal menu that uses all organic products from local farms, I had pork belly eggs benedict with sage hollandaise and a pot of bourbon French Press coffee with notes of deep buttery chocolate and fruit overtones. We also ordered the mushroom soup with crème fraiche and truffle oil,  the pumpkin brioche French toast with pecan crumble, brown butter and Pennsylvania maple syrup (a highlight), and a creamy mushroom quiche.  Dessert was a Meyer lemon mousse with graham cracker crumble and jasmine almond brittle, served in an antique porcelain teacup.

If you’re not in the Philadelphia or Connecticut areas, don’t despair. Terrain now has online shopping so you can run through your savings account from the comfort of your own incredibly well-decorated home.

Location: 914 Baltimore Pike; Glen Mills, PA

Take Note: Reservations for Styer’s Garden Café are available on opentable.com

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