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So many from our Lot April 28, 2010

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Lila B’s City Grown flowers with  touch of other locals ~ held in a handmade twig vase.

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Favorites from the Lot Garden: The Smoke Tree or Cotinus Coggygria April 28, 2010

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Why we love it: The plumes of this plant make a sublime and elegant statement- providing incredibly smokey focal pieces in floral arrangements, while the leaves make perfect boutonniere backings.

You may not know: The root and the stem of this magical plant were traditionally cultivated for a vibrant yellow-orange dye.

What makes it ideal for the lot garden: This plant is not only beautiful… but very hardy.  It is quite happy in a large pot and made cheerful by a trim now and again.   The chartreuse variety stays vibrant and green, providing shade throughout the summer.

Tips for growing your own: Don’t add too much water and be sure there is fast drainage.  Watering can be infrequent and direct sun can be minimal.

Mad About Spring- Mad About Sophie! April 20, 2010

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Just Another Morning in the Lot Garden

Have you ever wondered who is our favorite photographer here at Lila B. Design?  Have you wondered who wields a pencil like you would not believe when design-time rolls around?  Our dear Sophie de Lignerolles is the Resourceress we cannot get enough of!!!

Gifted with a keen eye for color and resourceful hands that make magic out of found items, Sophie has been an indispensable part of Lila B. Design since shortly after it was created.  Sophie manages our lot garden- ensuring it is bursting with city-grown goodness and as the talented house photographer, composes a vivid record of our growing things and fanciful arrangements.  With an M.F.A. in Painting and an education in the fine arts that has taken her from Europe and New York to San Francisco, Sophie embodies cultivated artistic sensitivity with a tape measure on her hip: a combination that lends itself to tackling the most challenging floral and garden design projects with ease.

Do you an idea percolating that is curious or curiouser?  Would you like to know how to transform a parking lot into a garden or adorn an old shutter with succulents?  Consult Sophie, Lila B. Design’s master of creative reuse and re-integration!

City-Living: Inspiration for BobVila.com April 15, 2010

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Are you a city-dweller with a penchant for re-purposing and greening your environs?  Do you have limited space and a modest budget?  Well friends, Bob Vila has you covered and in this weeks inspiration gallery by Hillary Geronemus you can glean some techniques from our very own Lila B.Design.
Highlights include an exciting take on the vertical succulent garden and a fanciful living roof for your best friend- all from locally re-purposed materials from places like Building REsources!  Okay… so while the country may always have more plants, as long as we have a hand in things- our cities will be greener! 

The Prettiest: Fade to Pink at the Ferry Building April 9, 2010

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The Reason: A glorious celebration of union (otherwise known as a wedding)!

Fade to pink

Special Because: Flowers were arranged to “fade to pink.”  We used white to deep pink in season ranunculus to paint a dreamy spectrum.

We loved: Metal heating ducts used as flower vases.  Our very own magical Sophie constructed this recyclable, and most certainly reusable design.  Flowers situated within duct pieces on tables encouraged poignant consideration of industrial meets organic that directly mirrored the past and present uses of the Ferry Building.  The effect was striking, poetic, and clearly one to remember!

Painting Ferry Building with Flowers

Made Possible By: Stunning celebrations such as these are always the work of so many talented people.  For this one we would like to acknowledge stellar Event Planner Stacy McCain, scrumptious Caterer Paula LeDuc, and talented photographer Jeannie Choe for these gorgeous images.  Thanks everyone!  Congratulations Jill!