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Pls Join Lila B. + several hip local SFM February 6, 2012

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Pls Join Lila B. + several hip local SFMade’s for a celebration honoring local goodness (and goodies!) at Banana Republic on Feb. 9th. http://ow.ly/i/qYY1

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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!

 

Lovely Living Garland December 23, 2010

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Decorated with living Paphiopetalum Orchids and Succulents ~ Dried Hydrangea and Cotton Pods this garland will live a long life once the greens fade.

Before we hung it above our client’s fireplace ~ we captured a few photos.

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.

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!

Amy + Jeph – Concept to Ceremony September 24, 2010

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Amy + Jeph sprouted beautiful ideas for ther wedding day at Holman Ranch.
Sophie from Lila B. sketched out a few to set the scene…
We all went to work to create the setting (including Jeph’s handpainted working gramophones!)
Amy Byrd orchestrated with her event planning team..
Anna Kuperberg captured it all on film.

Spring Blooms at Spanish Hacienda September 23, 2010

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The story of a special wedding at Holman Ranch in Carmel Valley, CA told with Anna Kuperberg’s bright photos ~ in three blog entries.

First, Amy and Jeph’s bride & groom personal flowers. Spring blooms ~ with a just picked look ~ lovely.

Back in the Studio: Jazzed about Winter September 10, 2010

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What?!?  Winter?!?  Before you shake a treasured last day of summer blossom in our direction… let us explain!  It is true, we are a little stuck on winter in the studio at the moment, because it is the focus for our latest collaborative venture with some of our favorites.
Who you ask?  Well… as you might recall we are helping to create improvisational still life and living portraits of the four seasons with a very talented team of creatives.

Using jazz as our point of departure, we played with a pair of forgotten champagne glasses in the still life and a stunning model named Alexis who was brave enough to allow us to adorn her flaxen hair cotton pods and a wee mouse.

Perhaps the longer days of Summer provide the most befitting moments to contemplate winter?  What do you think?

Watch the Behind the Scenes of Seasons
Shoot
from Josh Semolik
on Vimeo.


Stay tuned for photographs to come. In the meantime, enjoy our documentary. Lila B. Design is most psyched to get jazzed about winter with Holly Stewart Photography, Make Up Artist Dawn Sutti, and Filmmaker Josh Semolik.

We love a good ball jar. June 25, 2010

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Photos by Sophie de Lignerolles.

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!