The Great Pumpkin

CR: All photos excerpted from Terrain by Greg Lehmkuhl (Artisan Books), © 2018; principal photography by Isa Salazar.

Maybe you’re not naturally crafty. That’s fine; not all of us are. But this fall things might be different. There’s even a chance you might find yourself grabbing twigs, branches and pumpkins by the armful all season long. The trick is to leave a hand free to grab the new book from Terrain, too. Terrain: Ideas and Inspiration for Decorating the Home and Garden edited by Greg Lehmkuhl and the gardeners of Terrain (Artisan Books) was released on October 16. Here’s your sneak peek. We think it will heat up your imagination about projects for the home, inside and out, this fall and winter.


Decoupaged Pumpkins on bed of foraged vines, pinecones and moss (excerpted from “Terrain” © 2018, principal photography by Isa Salazar)

While the book embraces all four seasons, just like Terrain’s store and garden center, we couldn’t help but flip through the pages in search of all things related to pumpkins, berries, and weathered woods and metals — the unofficial calling cards of autumn.

Harvest Meadow Table with tall plumes of botanicals (excerpted from “Terrain” © 2018, principal photography by Isa Salazar)

The book provides dozens of ideas for arrangements and decorating, including wreathes, centerpieces and outdoor displays, and outlines the artistic merits of different vessels, wreathe shapes and orientation (like a wonderful woodland chandelier), principles of an effective arrangement, tips for decoupage, and repurposing natural pieces in unique ways (hello, pumpkin planter).

Planted Pumpkins with succulents and moss (excerpted from “Terrain” © 2018, principal photography by Isa Salazar)

Along with beautiful photography, each project includes a list of what you’ll need and clear step-by-step instructions. Additionally, each one offers insights about the project components that makes it feel like you’re taking a gardener’s master class. For example, The Fall Berries & Foliage wreathe offers a side note about the difference between the American and Oriental Bittersweet vines (now you know). Side notes even break down the distinctions of a variety of pumpkins, and you’ll never carve one the same way after becoming an aficionado.

Fall Berries and Foliage with bittersweet vine (excerpted from “Terrain” © 2018, principal photography by Isa Salazar)

With the holidays coming up, this book offers plenty of encouragement to bring nature into the home. You might even find a few of the “ingredients” on a fall walk or lingering in the garden shed; the rest can be found with a quick stop at the garden center. The book just helps us see such pieces in a creative new light. In short, the simplicity of the page layouts provides a clear and unintimidating overview of very creative pieces, and the tips and explanations provide a valuable education. You may never see botanicals on your next fall hike the same way. You’ll see them as an artist or craftsperson does, and that’s a beautiful thing.

Greg Lehmkuhl, author of “Terrain”


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