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Upcoming Holiday Bazaar with Lila B. Design November 14, 2011

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Looking for a way to bring your holidays to life? How about a Bazaar featuring the best in city-grown botanicals and more?

Join Lila B. Design at
Stable Cafe, 2128 Folsom St, San Francisco, Ca
December 11th from 10am to 4pm

Warm your hands around a drink, savor some fresh pie by Three Babes Bakeshop, be dazzled by Carrie Kjellesvik‘s modern handcrafted jewels, and last (but not least) say hello to us and check out our newest living arrangements. If you’re visiting at Noon, we’ll provide you with some of our methods on how to make your very own holiday gift. And at 1pm you’ll tap your toes to some old time ‘feel-good’ music until we close up shop at four.

photos by sophie de lignerolles and tinywater photography

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Blossoms, Wine, and Laughter: All in an Evening of Floral Arranging Fun April 20, 2011

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Last night was a wonderful night at Stable Cafe ~ Lila B’s lead designers Anna Hoffmann and Elizabeth Artis provided fun and informative instruction on floral design.  They took over the baristas counter with tools and offered great inspiration from their years of floral arrangement wizardry.

Buckets of lovely local blooms filled the cafe ~ as did delicious nibbles + drinks. Everyone took home two beautiful arrangements that they made and an extra handful of lovely flowers with a third vase so they could show off their new talents at home ~

It is Springtime and flower arrangement is for everyone!

 

Fun with Boutonnieres November 18, 2010

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Known by the most fashionable British men in the 18th Century as the “button hole flowers” and later coined by the French as the boutonniere, these tiny sculptural pieces were traditionally worn to ward off bad luck and evil spirits.

Sophie is our studio master in creating what we now recognize as the special-occasion-statement of masculine flair and sophistication. Here is what she has to say about the matter, from lot garden to suit lapel!

What are some of your favorite lot garden plants you use for boutonnieres?

I gather everything from our lot garden. The flowers from parsley have small florets that are quite beautiful. I like anthriscus for their delicate, fernlike quality, and the tiniest little strawberries. Achemillis mollis is one of my favorites because you can use both the broad leaf in the background and the tiny star-shaped blossoms in the center.

I like to pay attention to the various stages of flower development. Before a flower blooms, it’s bloom, and even the post bloom all can add a unique statement to the boutonniere.

Creating boutonnieres is like sculpting the smallest of masterpieces. What kinds of textures do you look for when sculpting your pieces?

I look for a variety in textures and colors. Of course I consider what is about to bloom in the garden. I like to sculpt with lots of texture- fan-shaped, fernlike, oblong, blunt, spatula-shaped, broad-leaved, slender-leaved, all yield exciting compositions.

How do you know when you have a succesfull composition?

I look for each one to be unique! A successful boutonniere will make whoever wears it feel special.

Photo credits: Lisa Leigh, Lisa Wiseman, Prima Photography, Wendy K. Yalom, and Sophie de Lignerolles.

Welcome to town Harry & David October 31, 2010

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With a Fall Orchard as our theme we helped set scene on the sidewalk of San Francisco’s Union Square.

Welcome to town Harry & David! Open less than two weeks, their store — looks fabulous. Pears? You ask yes, they really are worth drooling over….

Installing huge happy fall flowers on the busy sidewalk: Oh so gratifying! Passers-by ogled. We smiled ear to ear.

Thanks to Todd at On the Mark Promotions for organizing this event and Sophie de Lignerolles for these photos.

Amy + Jeph- The Reception October 21, 2010

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The elegance of teal set off with soft orange, all held by classic ball jars- here is our final collection of inspiration from the reception of Amy and Jeph. Set at Holman Ranch, the wedding was one of our favorites this season.

Thanks Amy and Jeph for sharing your delightful aesthetic! We wish you all the best for a beautiful life together!

Explosions of Pink July 2, 2010

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A recent collaboration with Blueprint Studios resulted in bursts of pink. Held at the Westin St. Francis and symbolizing San Francisco’s own Ghirardelli Square ~ these flowers evoked feelings of strawberry ice cream sundaes and they even made us drool a bit.  

May your weekend be filled with sweet bursts of color.

Photos (2 ) thanks to the talented  Carmen Holt Photography & (1)  Jeannie Choe.

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!

A Feast for your Eyes December 3, 2009

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San Francisco Chronicle
November 29, 2009
Sunday Home & Garden Feature
5 feasts for the eyes
Tabletop inspiration from the talent behind S.F.’s Dining by Design

Designer Gil Mendez collaborates with Murray’s Iron Works, Anthem, and Lila B. to create a San Miquel de Allende inspired dining room.

In featured feast #4, Lila B. creates a ‘fresh take on
traditional centerpieces’ and writer Anh-Minh Le offers it up as an ‘idea to steal’.
{read more}

photos by www.macdonaldphoto.com

Star Struck October 31, 2009

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Okay so I’m not (usually!) much of a star gazer when it comes to celebrities. But when I found out that Michael Pollen would be one of 8 guests in Boulevard’s Wine Vault ~ and Lila B. flowers would be the centerpiece. I ogled.

Sophie, part of the Lila B. gang, created this vessel from an old wine box and then we poured in the locally grown ingredients…

Foraged Acorns & fragrant Quince from ‘Florists at Large’, our own ‘City Grown’ edible Rumex, red & yellow Rudbeckia, and Gallardia seed pods, and Half Moon Bay Dahlias and fragrant Chocolate Cosmos made this arrangement almost delicious!

Thanks to Michael Pollen ~ for all his inspiration ~ and influence on how we think at Lila B.

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Dahlias by the Dozen October 6, 2009

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For the past few months, we’ve been relishing in the beauty of the Dahlia.

Pink and Orange

Grown in a beautiful variety of shapes, sizes, forms, and colors…they bring
beauty to any home or garden…We like to combine them with fun fruits
(berries, pears and more!) along with green foliage – and you’ve got a winner.

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Want them to last longer in your vase? Remove the leaves below the water line,
cut them often, keep them out of the sun, and change out the water every couple of days..

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Sounds like a lot of work, it’ll be worth it. Dahlias will bring on a smile, guaranteed.
Go see them planted in Golden Gate Park – you may just be amazed at the diversity of them!
HUGE to small….fluffy to compact….bright to pale…

And…to read more try Design * Sponge.

2009-093-1Photo 1 by Jenny Koehler. All others by Sophie de Lignerolles.