3 Reasons to Start a Spring Garden

Spring is the perfect time to start a garden. Not only does it give you the chance to get outside and enjoy the sun, but it also allows you to create a space that brings joy into your life every day.

Gardener’s Gift Box

The Gardner’s Gift Box is available for purchase at TheMercantileByTCDS.com

This season we have a Gardener’s Gift Box that gives you everything you need to get started on your new hobby: fresh-planted herbs in beautiful containers, plus beautiful garden books for inspiration.

Gardening can be an incredibly rewarding experience, but it’s important to remember that this isn’t just about flowers or plants—it’s about creating a space that brings you joy every day. It’s about bringing nature inside so you can enjoy its beauty without having to leave your home.

Three Reasons to Start a Spring Garden

1. Spring gardening isn’t just about flowers or plants—it’s about creating a space that brings you joy every day. It’s about bringing nature inside so you can enjoy its beauty without having to leave your home.

2. Spring gardening is about making a promise to yourself (and your family) that this year will be different. You’re going to create a space that doesn’t just look good but also feels good—a space where everyone can relax, unwind, and find some peace in their lives.

Beautiful coffee table books to keep you inspired all year long.

3. Starting a spring garden is all about planning ahead and preparing for success! You’ll need to check your zone for the best plants to grow; clear out a space, remove weeds and debris; prune old plants and trees; prepare the soil; and add fresh compost.

Creating a beautiful garden doesn’t have to be hard work either. With some basic tools and materials, anyone can create their own little piece of paradise in their backyard!

The Fancy Pantry

The Fancy Pantry

Your kitchen is the heart of your home. It’s where you gather with your family, where you prepare and share meals, where you laugh and enjoy each other’s company—and it should be a space that feels comfortable and inviting.

We understand a well-designed pantry will bring calm and order to your kitchen while transforming the way the heart of the home looks, feels and functions.

That’s why we offer customized solutions for every kitchen—no pantry is too small or too full to be organized.

With the right accessories and layout, meal-prep and clean-up will be much more enjoyable.

We’ll keep your decorating style and budget in consideration as well as how you use your kitchen when we design and implement your new pantry.

Visit TheMercantileByTCDS.com to learn how we can work together to create your dream pantry!

Recipe: Rustic Italian Vegetable Bake

Continuing to crave healthy yet hearty dishes, Jess Rogers, of The Blonde Shallot, has graciously shared another delicious recipe with us for this month’s recipe feature. We are loving this Rustic Italian Vegetable Bake recipe; hearty enough for a main dish or perfect for pairing with a larger meal as a side. This dish is a great addition to weekly meals.

Recipe

Vegetable Bake shown in T&C Mercantile white lidded ceramic bakers with wood & stainless cheese grater.

Spice Blend:

  • 2 Tablespoon Granulated Garlic
  • 2 Tablespoon Granulated Onion
  • 2 Teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 1 packet Good Seasons Italian Dressing Mix
  • 2 Tablespoon Herbs de Provence
  • 2 Tablespoon Fennel Seeds

Ingredients:

  • 2 zucchini, sliced in ½ inch rounds
  • 2 yellow squash, sliced in ½ inch rounds
  • 4 red bliss potatoes, scrubbed and sliced in ½ inch rounds
  • 1 jar roasted red peppers, roughly chopped
  • 2 tomatoes, diced and excess liquid drained
  • 1 can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can Gluten Free Panko
  • Olive oil
  • Flat Leaf Parsley

Directions:

Mix all spice blend ingredients together thoroughly and set aside.

Coat potatoes with 2 tablespoons olive oil, 1 teaspoon kosher salt and a little freshly ground pepper. Lay out on a baking sheet (does not need to be single layer) and bake at 400 for 30 minutes till nicely browned. *does not need to develop a dark brown finish.

Set aside and allow potatoes to cool, this step can be done ahead of time.

Combine zucchini and squash in a large bowl. Drizzle with ¼ cup olive oil, and ½ cup of spice mixture. Mix well and massage the oil and spices into all slices to evenly coat everything. Add to the cooled potatoes, cannellini beans, roasted red peppers, and tomatoes, Mix gently with your hands.

Line 2 baking trays with foil. Spray foil, and dump half of mixture onto each tray and spread out evenly. Again, this does not need to be an even layer. Sprinkle half can of GF panko crumbs on each sheet, spray with cooking spray, and give it a light, even drizzle of olive oil.

Bake 400 for 30-35 minutes until panko is golden.

Garnish with chopped parsley or add freshly grated cheese for a little extra deliciousness.

Let The Blonde Shallot Cook for You

We are so grateful to Jess for sharing her delicious recipes with us. We encourage you to check out The Blonde Shallot for your next meal, visit their website to ” order for pick up or delivery  and follow their Instagram for updates to their market selections.

Location: 471 Prospect Avenue, Little Silver, NJ

Contact: 732.383.5302

Please make sure you check out a few other recipes we have shared from Jess’s kitchen: Jess’s Skinny Minnie Vegetable Soup and Chicken Enchiladas Verde.

The Blonde Shallot as seen in The Scout Guide Two Rivers and The Shore

For the current issue of The Scout Guide Two Rivers and The Shore, T&C Mercantile had the pleasure of featuring some of our tableware collection items displayed in the image above. 

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Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

T&C Mercantile Gift Sets

We have created four beautiful gift sets that your sweet is sure to love this Valentine’s Day.

  • Lavender Body Lotion
  • Lavender Hand & Body Wash
  • Small Lavender Vanilla Candle
  • Lavender Bud Sachet
  • Ceramic Heart Dish
  • Love Spell Candle
  • “Best Match Ever” Matchstick Set
  • Ceramic Heart Dish
  • Lavender Bath Salts
  • Lavender Body Scrub
  • Lavender Bud Sachet
  • Ceramic Heart Dish
  • Love Spell Candle
  • “Love You More” Matchstick Set
  • Ceramic Heart Dish

All Gift Sets are beautifully wrapped and ready to gift. Stop by the Mercantile, Monday – Friday 10-5 or Saturday 12-5, to shop our gift collection and curated collection of homewares. All of our gift sets are available on our website and we will gladly ship directly to your sweetheart with a personalized note.

Design Trends We Are Loving for 2022!

As we move into the New Year, we are looking toward more intentional design trends, from style to function these trends are steeped in celebrating personal style and comforts, stylishly. There were some trends and mindsets that we adapted into our design work in 2021 that we know will continue into the year, while others will fade to make room for new styles to shine. These are our favorite trends that we are loving for 2022!

Green with Envy

TCDS Flat Lay Inspiration

We know that it isn’t the color of the year, but we couldn’t be more happy to see that green is continuing to win the hearts of design clients and Mercantile customers alike. From deep rich greens to bright or muted hues we have loved incorporating this color that is universally associated with nature and growth.

Books

With minimalistic style and the ever growing digital world, books seem to have fallen out of fashion in recent years. We agree with trendwatchers that there is a resurgence in attraction to cultivate beautiful and interesting books to adorn coffee tables, home libraries, and offer inspiration.

Check out our beautifully curated collection of books at T&C Mercantile.

White and Warm Woods

#triplelfarmsproject

We are happy to see that, although white is still on trend for obvious reasons, a heavier exploration of colors integrated with this bright basic creating for more personality and warmth in homes. White is a classic neutral offering a light and brightness that is highly desirable, but can feel sterile if not balanced well. Woods in particular have been making a big come back in fresh hues for updated feels. As shown above in our #triplelfarmsproject kitchen a warm white creates a clean backdrop for a furniture style stained rustic alder island. We love this trend, there is a depth with a stained wood that you can’t get with a painted finish.

Want to see more of our Triple L Farms Project? We are thrilled to have this project featured in the 2022 Kitchen Issue of Design NJ, check out the article here!

From styling and color to entertaining and responsible design practices, we are inspired and excited to incorporate these trends into our work this year! If you are looking to start a renovation, new build, or interior design project this year, we would love to speak with you. Complete our contact form to get started.

Give Thoughtfully

So much of this season is about giving, thankfulness, and good tidings and we believe it can all be done beautifully. Continuing our four-part mini-series we are hoping to inspire you to give thoughtfully throughout the season. To find the perfect gift for those special people on your list, we have compiled some of our favorite gift ideas from the Mercantile to help you this holiday season.

Gift Guide

1. Sphere Glass Vase

This unique Green Glass Sphere Vase is beautiful with either one simple flower or a small grouping of sprigs, tie with a ribbon and it is ready to gift. Also, see our post on using this a place setting and a guest gift at your holiday gathering.

2. Fifty Places to Drink Beer Before you Die

Fifty Places to Drink Beer Before you Die by Chris Santella, is the perfect gift for the lover of hoppy beverages. This book is sure to inspire them to explore their favorite libation well beyond their neighborhood pub.

3. Arwen Brass Picture Frames

How lovely is it to be surrounded by the faces and places you love most! It’s the perfect time to give the gift of a favorite memory displayed in a beautiful frame. We love these modern brass floating style frames, available in 4×6, 5×7, and 6×6.

4. The Soapstone Board Collection

Our Soapstone Serving Board Collection is a beautiful gift for the entertainer! This set includes a 10×14 natural soapstone board, chalk for noting the details of you charcuterie offering and the board oil to ensure that this will be a piece that is used for years to come.

5. The Clean Up Collection

The Clean Up Collection, is a great gift for anyone on your list. This set features a bar of Fer A Cheval Genuine Marseille Soap, a pot & pan brush, and a natural olive wood soap dish.

6. Table and Kitchen Linens

Whether used everyday or on special occasions, every home should have a beautiful set of linens. Check out our selection of kitchen and table linens. Pair our linens with beautiful serving pieces to create a custom gift set.

7. Hand-crafted Wooden Serving Bowl & Serving Set

This gorgeous wooden serving bowl and serving set is hand crafted in the United States. Use to accessories your kitchen or for serving for a true farm-to-table story.

8. The Bar Collection

This collection is a bartender’s best friend including essential bar tools that will help prepare any cocktail. The Bar Collection is a classic styled set featuring wooden handled barware & glass decanter with mango wood stopper.

9. The Bath Collection

Give the gift of pampering to a deserving friend this season. Our Soothing Lavender Bath Collection features all American made products including a lavender lotion, wash and lavender vanilla candle.

10. The Kitchen Collection

Our Kitchen Collection set includes a pair of natural French linen oven mitts, a linen half apron/kitchen towel, and one of our signature T&C Mercantile amber + cardamom scented candles. Sets are packaged and wrapped beautifully in a linen bag tied with a bow and accented with dried lavender.

11. Brass & Glass Display Box

This brass & glass display box is a treasure for favorite items. Give this sweet piece to the person who loves beautiful items in their home. It adds a touch of nostalgia and a vintage feel to a bedroom, living room, kitchen, or office. Place simple décor pieces inside for a great way to display favorite jewelry pieces.

12. The Holiday Scent Collection

Celebrate the scents of the season with our own holiday scented candles paired with a beautiful vintage style glass jar of matchsticks to create a gift set sure to please. Available in Evergreen Woods and Cranberry Woods scents.

Wrapped with Care

We love gifts that are as thoughtfully packaged as they are tailored to the recipient. Each of our pre-designed gift sets are beautifully wrapped and ready to gift. We are happy to gift wrap any purchase and offer custom gift set creations, both in store and virtually.

Shop our full collection of pre-designed gift sets and gift ideas from the Mercantile. We are open 7 days a week from 10-5pm and Thursdays,10-8pm. Shop online anytime for Holiday, Gifts, Home Accessories, and more.

If you are looking to create the perfect custom gift set for that special someone, contact us at 732-345-1441 or via email at [email protected] and ask how we can help.

Holiday Table – Gather Beautifully

Ask any designer and we bet they would say they have a soft spot for holiday decorating. Whether you are a professional designer or just love to be surrounded by beauty, decorating for this time of year is the perfect way to catch the holiday spirit!

Once the tree is trimmed and the stockings are hung, it is time to for enjoy this magical time of year. For us, this season is best celebrated through giving and being surrounded by loved ones. One of the many ways to honor the spirit of the season are through gatherings and meals. This year’s holiday table is a modern classic, complete with rich greens, crisp linens, metals, and simple styling.

Start with a Vision

Setting a table is an important way to set the stage for the entire meal. Like in designing homes, we find that starting with a vision will help pull together the smaller details more naturally. For our fall table, we channeled earth tones and more rustic elements. When we envisioned our holiday gathering, we opted for a more polished and formal setting. We chose to stick with a traditional holiday color palette. Layers of green are offset with touches of rich crimson and a few pops of bold red. Adding elements of metal offer a welcome shine and allure to finish the look.

Ambiance is Everything

Ambiance is always important when designing a welcoming space. We wanted the table décor to be uncomplicated, yet stunningly classic. To create this look, we chose a natural garland and assorted candles. A visual display of the season’s true spirit we placed olive branches, symbolic of peace and friendship, in a simple glass vase for the centerpiece.

A mix of taper and pillar style candles adorn pewter candle sticks and fluted glass hurricanes presenting the perfect glow to the table.

The abundance of strung lights that seem to blanket everything this time of year offer a cozy luminosity. We love the idea of finding tasteful ways to incorporate this seasonal staple into the lighting for your meal. If your dining space will accommodate it, set up a tree decorated to align with the styling in your tablespace. If space is limited, consider using small planted or faux trees placed on a side table or clustered nearby.

Plan and Display Ahead

Plan your menu ahead and take time to consider how and where it will be displayed and served. Knowing how you are going to serve everything ahead of time makes for an easier execution when the time comes. This also means you can stay more present during the event, knowing that each course is ready to go.

Dessert does not have to wait until the end. Showcase sweet treats beautifully displayed, on a side table or buffet for a deliciously festive addition to the décor. Setting these goodies up early will give guests a tempting peak at what is to come.

No Detail is too Small

Unique touches like adorning the chairs are a detail that will go along way. We love using these sweet mistletoe wreaths to continue the layering of greens throughout the space.

We love adding personal touches to the table for our guests. This stunning, yet simple place setting is easy to create with just a few materials and doubles as a beautiful gift for your guest to take home. They are sure to remember your special gathering every time they use this beautiful orb style vase.

Cheers!

From our home to yours, we hope that you have a happy and healthy holiday season and wish you a Happy New Year!

Love the Look?

Shop our T&C Mercantile holiday table and décor online or visit us in our Red Bank shop. We are open from 10-5 everyday, Thursday is our late shopping night, open till 8pm.

RECIPE: Corn Chowder

This time of year is made for delicious comfort food and soups, chowders, and stews are comfort in a bowl. This month we are excited to share the Corn Chowder recipe from one of our favorite cookbooks, Feed Your Mind. Bay Magazine has created a cookbook is not only beautiful and packed with delicious recipes, but it is local as well. This cookbook draws inspiration from our state’s very own Long Beach Island (LBI to the natives) highlighting locally-sourced seafood, farm-fresh produce and regional ingredients.

Serves 4-6

Ingredients:

  • 2 T. butter
  • 4 scallions, chopped plus 2 T. reserved for garnish
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 celery ribs, chopped
  • 1 lb. white potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 4 cups fresh corn kernels (from 8 corn ears)
  • 1 quart chicken broth
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper

Preparation:

In a large and heavy saucepan, melt butter over medium-low heat.

Add scallions, bell peppers, and celery stirring until hte vegetables start to soften, around 8-10 minutes. Add in the potatoes, two cups of the corn, broth, salt and pepper. Bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring occassionally, for 15 minutes.

In a blender, puree the remaining two cups corn with milk and add into the soup. Simmer until the soup thickens slightly, 7-10 minutes.

Serve:

Ladle chowder into bowls or cups and top with chopped scallions and enjoy!

This Corn Chowder is simple yet delicious, making it a perfect recipe for week night dinners. The Feed Your Mind cookbook offers recipes for unique appetizers, side dishes, main courses, desserts, and cocktails, making it a great addition to the kitchen.


We stock the cookbook in our Red Bank shop or click the button below to order your copy!

Holiday Entertaining – Combining the season’s natural beauty with it’s sense of magic.

There is just something about this time of year! Is it the bite in the air, the glow of the lights, the melody of the songs? We can’t say for sure. What we do know is this time of year seems to have a bit of magic in it! With this magical time of year, we are surrounded by a barren nature outdoors and turn inside for holiday entertaining.

Above all the things that make this season special is the overwhelming sense of togetherness. Regardless of your beliefs, this season has a way of uniting; families, friends, communities, and neighbors. That alone can feel magical.

Often gatherings are a big part of this togetherness. This year, as we thought about holiday entertaining, we have found that we are especially drawn to nature when imagining how to highlight this magical season.

Our holiday table is a celebration of nature and the season’s magic.

Keeping things more natural, we opted out of doing a tablecloth, using the wood table as the base for our table-scape. A crisp white linen topped with a rustic burlap runner offer some subtle structure to the décor. From there things get interesting…

Bring the outdoors in!

We love the idea of abundance when it comes to bringing in the natural elements, so we decided that we would go all out with layering the greens. Rather than using a more traditional pine or holly, we chose some of the seasons less celebrated plants for this table. A variety of dried and faux sprigs of eucalyptus create a plentiful bed all along the table. Rather than florals, we chose a variety of potted rosemary plants.

A small potted creeping rosemary is at home on this earthy table

Tip: Rosemary is commonly used in holiday meals, by having these plants on the table it offers a nice semblance to the food you are enjoying at the table. This doesn’t have to be rosemary. Consider personalizing this philosophy to your meal. If there is a particular herb, fruit, or vegetable used in your menu, consider highlighting it on your table-scape.

Black and Brass Accents offer modern touches to the earthy theme.

We chose sleek matte black dishes and paired them with polished brass flatware for a fun juxtaposition of contemporary glam.

Mixing Elements

The Holiday Tables is set.

Rust and Mercury are both elements of nature. Although we wont go too far into the periodic table, the idea of adding items that are reminiscent of nature’s elements has validity when creating an earthy theme. Giant rustic bells and oversized mercury ornaments are perfect accents to adorn the greens. Wooden Block placeholders display personalized cards for guest’s seating locations.

Set the mood

Aged Brass frames around antique glass hurricanes offer a perfect candle glow.

We all know that lighting is so important when creating a mood. Candlelight is among the most romantic and cozy forms of lighting you can use in a space. We chose to place pillar candles in several glass hurricanes along the table to give a soft warm glow.

No matter if your holiday gathering is large or small, we hope you have a wonderfully magical holiday season this year!

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Holiday Entertaining – We are looking to dining outdoors this season

This year, it seems, we are all craving some form of normalcy in an anything but normal time. While holiday entertaining may look different than we would like, there are still ways to make the holiday season special and inviting. We love the idea of hosting an el fresco dinner. The weather may be crisp but this only adds to the enjoyment of the season.

Location is everything

Find a cozy or pretty location like a patio, under a large tree, or in a garden space to set the scene. Consider bringing your dining table and chairs outdoors, the use of furniture that is traditionally used inside the home creates a slightly formal feel in a more casual setting.

Don’t be too concerned with pristine landscape, take advantage of the natural ‘décor’ around you. What could be more fitting than enjoying a meal among the fallen leaves that make the season so beautiful.

Décor for entertaining outdoors

The beauty of this concept is that most of the décor is taken care of by mother nature. For the tabletop, fresh flowers are a must…consider selecting something unexpected. Blooms that offer a contrast against the natural landscape create a focal accent. Here we used various sizes of the same glass vessels for assorted heights while keeping a consistent look. We chose pops of purple wildflower-like flowers. Instead of mixing the flowers in all of the vases, we grouped each flower type in it’s own basin for a more graphic touch.

Mixing Materials

In our design work, we love how mixed materials create interest to a space, this philosophy is true for tablescapes as well. Here we show brass, silver, and mercury metal tones mixed with organic elements like French linens, handmade pottery, and recycled glassware creating a causal yet polished composition.

A collection of vintage brass candlesticks adds a classic elegance and of course the source on an important ambience element. No matter the time of day that your holiday entertaining will take place, a candle glow is a welcome addition to the experience of dining outdoors.

Keep things simple

Stick with a minimal color pallet and use multiples of the same pieces to keep things simple yet interesting. Layer extra dishes to add subtle dimension and substance to each place setting. Forgo any excess of linens, instead stick with simple cloth napkins as the primary textile on the table. An added bonus, less fabric allows for more worry free dining experience. No need to worry about a spill and the makes meal cleanup a breeze.

Toasty Additions

A key to holiday entertaining is making everyone feel at home, this can be achieved even when dining outdoors. Have blankets available for guests to drape over themselves while dining. Light a fire nearby in a fire pit or chimenea to offer elements that have a cozy feel.


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