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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!

 

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Nuptials that will go down in the books March 24, 2011

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For the wedding celebration of Jeannie Choe, the San Francisco summer fog took a day off and allowed the sun to shine.  We wasted no time in harvesting some of our most colorful lot garden blooms for this literary- themed nuptial day located just a few doors up the street at one of our favorite neighbors, the Stable Cafe.

The bride started off the creative process by sharing her collection of vintage glassware and ball jars to use as vases.  Some were dyed and others were classically clear.  We added a bright combination of dahlias, daisies, billy bobs, mint, sage, and berries.

Wooden farm tables featured large arrangements surrounded by a constellation of smaller, intimate miniature landscapes.  We filled a large glass terrarium from our friends at Roost with knofia, ferns, knofia, and poppy pods.  Beneath cloche bell jars were magical combinations of locally gathered botanicals.

This day was definitely one to go down in the “books.”  From the array of antique books holding seating cards and stamped on the page side with the wedding date, to the menagerie of striped socks sported by groom and best men, and the darling mint green fingernail polish of the bride.

Photos by Lisa Wiseman Photography.

Garden Up! and Garden Anywhere! March 21, 2011

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TWO new fabulous publications ~ and inside ~ you’ll see a unique example of Lila B’s unique vertical gardening. Both on newsstands now!

Garden Up! by Susan Morrison and Rebecca Sweet. Available at your local bookstore and Amazon.

Garden Anywhere! by Sunset Magazine. On stands from now until June. Grab your copies now for loads – o – inspiration!

For hands on workshops check out Lila B’s upcoming April classes on hip terrarium making, rustic floral arranging, and urban vertical gardens.

Original Terrarium Design and Creation February 24, 2011

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Classes now offered thru Lila B. Design!

Our first of the new series: Feast & Flowers
April 11th 6-8:30 pm
Original Terrarium Design and Creation with Elizabeth Artis
at Stable Cafe in San Francisco

Have you always wanted to make your own terrarium?

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Meet new people while learning a new skill and enjoying food and wine at Stable Cafe.

Classes include all materials to make your own terrarium, light dinner fair, and libations for $175 per evening.  Early registration is encouraged as space is limited.  Join us from 6-8:30 pm on:

See Full Schedule Here

Love Expressed with Sustainable Beauty February 21, 2011

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One of the seasons most delightful celebrations took place at on the rolling hills in Northern California.  A fully organic venue, thousands of redwood and douglas fir seedlings were planted throughout the lands as part of a responsible forest management plan.

Everyone agreed there could be no better place to hang bell jars filled with moss and flameless flickering tea lights for the wedding celebration of Kevin DePalmer & Elizabeth Mooney.

This was an event that integrated the talents of both friends and family.  We placed magnolia leaves preserved with glycerin that had been hand-picked by the bride’s grandmother on over 200 feet of burlap elegantly draping the single table winding between the trees and hillsides.  Outstanding in the Field, known for setting up magical and completely local “farm dinners” all over the United States, set the table with farm fresh tomatoes, grits, Burrata cheese, grilled meats and marinated figs. The delectable cake was provided by the brilliant sisters of Patisserie Angelica.

Flowers for the event were simple and local, featuring fragrant oregano and sage as punctuating accents.  Nestled in the bell jars were poppy pods and small artificial white doves which carry a sacred meaning for the family.

The bride and the groom came wanting to orchestrate a celebration that was special and local- a collaborative effort with friends.  We think this celebration achieved true elegance by allowing for rustic emphasis punctuated by small, special, family-oriented touches.

Thanks to Thor Swift for the photographs capturing the occasion.  Elizabeth’s handmade dress by the very talented Sue Hanley of Atelier des Modistes in San Francisco’s Russian Hill neighborhood.

Details:
August 21 2010
Reception Venue: Failla Vineyards, St. Helena Ca
Flowers: Lila B. Design
Dining: Outstanding in the Field
Cake: Pattiserie Angelica
Dress: Atelier des Modistes
Photography: Thor Swift

For more photos see: Thor Swift Photography: see (2) blog posts:
http://thorswiftstudio.blogspot.com/2010/10/catching-up-elizabeth-and-kevin-august.html

http://thorswiftstudio.blogspot.com/2010/11/more-from-elizabeth-and-kevin.html

and to download our write up:

Sustainable Local Celebration at Failla Vineyards

With Love February 14, 2011

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Photo by Holly Stewart Photography. Flowers by Lila B.

Winter Wonderment February 2, 2011

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Photo by Holly Stewart Photography. Hair + Make up by Dawn Sutti.

Flowers & Styling Collaboration by Lila B. Design.

Elegantly Foraged January 25, 2011

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Photo by Holly Stewart Photography. Hair + Make up by Dawn Sutti.

Flowers & Styling Collaboration by Lila B. Design.

Warm Wishes to You December 30, 2010

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photo by Holly Stewart Photography

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.