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2150 Folsom Street: Revisited August 14, 2011

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Guess what?  We have a new look!  We gave our loading dock a new gray-slate color to complement the Lila B logo and there are three new succulent-filled frames perched just over the entrance.

 

Baylor and her father constructed the frames using this excellent How-To from Sunset Magazine while Sophie designed the succulent arrangements.  In case you are wondering how we water them, take a tip from one of our craftiest designers, Shannon:  Nothing works like the Ultimate Vanquisher, a super soaker.

 

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.

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.

What Grows? July 26, 2010

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Blooming favorites from our very own growing grounds known as ‘The Lot Garden’.

‘City Grown’ flowers and their fabulous June 2010 photos taken by Lila B’s Sophie de Lignerolles.

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!

Eye on the Bay… and Eye on Us- Adorning Cavallo Point for Channel 5 March 29, 2010

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CBS Channel 5’s television style team at Eye on the Bay recently featured the historic lodge at Cavallo Point for a set of interviews… and we were invited to set the stage.

We took to the assignment with zest, assembling a combination of ranunculus, hellebore’s, freshly blooming western red-bud to inspire and complement conversation.

As floral stylists, we consider the mood that an arrangement will set during an event.  Sometimes we want it to make statement, and other times we want it to inspire others to speak.

Tune in on Channel 5 on Monday May 17th at 7 pm see just how we decided to complement the history and beauty at Cavallo Point with some fun Spring floral arrangements.

Succulents and fine-crafted metal? Organically-green and blacksmithing? We think so. February 4, 2010

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Come out February 3rd-February 5th to Design San Francisco, an event with speakers, discussions, and showrooms waiting to invigorate and inspire the design-inclined.  Bonus: Visit Murray’s Iron Works and you can admire how some crafty Lila B. Design arrangements partner with custom furniture designs!

Fine designs brought alive with living landscapes

We were given the liberty to enliven the old world elegance of Murray’s Iron Works (known for producing some of the finest custom-made iron furniture and lighting available anywhere in the world) with succulent landscapes and select local blooms. Join us there at 3pm on Thursday to learn about custom furniture design from Gil Mendez, an accomplished designer with Murray’s Iron Works that we love.  Mendez will lead a lively discussion tracing the design process from conceptual sketch to fabrication drawing from many years of experience.

Let the blacksmithing begin!

On the Tables of Saison: Bountiful-Local February 1, 2010

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If you were to wander to the side of Stable Cafe, just past a shipping container topped with a garden grown by yours truly, you will find Saison.  Saison (French for season) is a reservations-only restaurant that opens its doors on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday

Saison Floral Centerpiece

 evenings to serve the locally sourced menu of Executive Chef Joshua Skenes with the discerning and cultivated wine pairings of Sommelier Mark Bright. The feel is secret supper club meets informed elegance.  The experience is one of both intimacy and invitation: the tables are small and candle-lit while the kitchen is open and guests can be a part of the culinary magic with wine in hand.