Wednesday, December 9, 2015

I have been thinking a lot lately about filters. Mainly our eyes and our views and how this filters which images we capture. How we see the world. How I see flowers.

I find the two above photos of flowers resonating.

(If you recognize these images and know the photographers please do let me know - clearly I grabbed these while in a late-night internet vortex...)

Tuesday, December 8, 2015


Well this certainly would make a fine gift for (me!) the holidays! A published book of late photographer Guy Bourdin exploring nature & magic. Goodness gracious sooooo good!

'The book explores the theme of nature in Bourdin’s work which seems to have had an underlying influence.'

Get your copy (and one for me) from the wonderful independent publisher Jane & Jeremy (always a favorite stand at Los Angeles Art Book Fair).

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Flowers by Louesa Roebuck
Happy Sunday!

A brilliant floral moment as created by Louesa Roebuck (yes, an inspiration and hero of mine in the natural world)! The dried with the fresh! 

What is informing your work these days, dear reader?

Saturday, November 28, 2015


There is an inherent generosity to floristry that is also very present here despite all the hard edge we’ve been talking about. Flowers are a gift. The garden in front of the shop is a gift to our neighbours and a gift to the passers-by. Even this store is a gift. Obviously receiving our flowers is a gift! But it’s a gift to all of us that get to work in this context. There is an effort towards some kind of purity in our work, an aesthetic purity more than anything.
-Emily Thompson for The Garden Edit

Take a moment to read what the very savvy, well-spoken and wonderful Emily Thompson has to say in regards to flowers in this triumphant article! I AGREE WITH IT ALL. Especially what people expect when they receive flowers - this sort of trained in-the-box view of what flowers 'should' be as determined by whom exactly?  I know that there is a shift in the paradigm of the flower world that is slowly but surely happening and I want to be at the forefront of it. Bravo Emily and team!    

Read the entire article here!               

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Flowers for Loss and Sorrow / TIGERS to LILIES

Sunday, November 8, 2015

The Meadow / En Soie 2015

Tuesday, October 20, 2015


"A film about about self-expression and self-publishing. An exploration of purpose, determination and the creative psyche."

BOOK STAND, my favorite art book stand, needs a little help (and love) for an avant-garde documentary that they are shooting. It will capture artists and creatives thoughts on processes, work and books as the film travels around the world to interview and film. I already want to see this, don't you? Let's make it happen!

Please check out their little film about it here and give a little shout out about it to your friends and family too!

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Friends! Very happy to announce that my website is finally up! I still have a few sections to add but at least it is ready to be seen. Moving slowly but at least I'm moving, right?

We got to work on the dreamiest wedding last weekend up in Santa Ynez. Have you been to SY before? It is such a picturesque place to visit, very special, with giant oak trees and meadows and old barns that happen to still stand to hold celebrations such as the one we experienced last weekend. There was so much love and so much magic in the air! 

Our very heartfelt congratulations to you Corye + Justin!

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Hanging Secret Garden by TIGERS to LILIES

A hanging secret garden.
We really nailed this one ;))))

A few words about weddings, etiquette and magic. We recently did a wedding at a really spectacular setting for a super sweet couple. This is where the magic ends. I wasn't sure whether or not I would (or should) share with you my feelings about weddings and more specifically this one particular wedding, but I think I should. Maybe someone else (you) could learn from our experience. Always trust your gut. Always.

I am reluctant to do floral work for wedding ceremonies. Not all of them mind you, because the ones I have done in the past have had a spectacular essence to them. But I am aware of the excessiveness that certain weddings carry. I don't want to contribute to the waste of flowers and water. The stress is usually high and the sleep very little. The focus on perfection is relentless, the work strenuous. It is a lot of prep work and a lot of caffeine (and time away from Aele). I much rather be in a field picking wildflowers with my girls and Aele in my arms! This particular wedding was something that I have so fortunately avoided all these years. We worked with an event company, not the bride and groom. As a general rule I like to meet the person who I am creating for, see if we connect (or not) and feel out the vibe. There was a lot (a lot) of negotiating and going back and forth with what we were presenting and what the event company wanted, not with what the bride wanted. Wait a minute, whose wedding is it anyways? Already at this point we had our doubts. There was a lot of pressure and questioning of everything and not a lot of trust in our abilities. This is something that we have never experienced. I need to  trusted, to be given the space to both create and to allow my floral magicians working along my side to do the same. To do what they do best (there is a reason I work with them after all). Positively and encouraging, I take care of my team and in return they work above and beyond. I am grateful and trusting of my team. I could not do it without them (Alana I hope that you are reading this). We are a family and approach the work in front of us with excitement, enthusiasm and most of all, love. I digress, sorry. Back to this wedding. After every email or phone call, I would feel the magic of what would usually be something wondrous and delicately beautiful, slipping away. It dwindled until finally there was none. Zero. There was no room for any creative whims. Nothing wild and free.  Our hearts were not in it. I'm not sure what we were really hired for? At this point I realized that we just needed to put our heads down and get through it because we had committed, not to the event company but to the kind couple that was getting married - this is not the way I want to work. I also tend to have a rebellious spirit when put in micro-managing working conditions. I cannot explain it but I start to stubbornly work against the flow. This is not what I want. Not what my team wants. This is definitely not what the event company wants. Long story kept short, the flowers turned out beautifully and we not only held our own in a rather unfriendly and oppressively hot working environment (over one hundred degrees that weekend), but we managed to help the event company's team finish up their end! We never received a thank you, a gracious nod of acknowledgement, or a simple smile. I was dumbfounded. A lesson in manners: always take the time to acknowledge hard work and say thank you. That is pretty straight forward, right? All this really made me feel this upset. My dream team did not deserve this and I think my inner motherhood came out to defend. And so I share all this here with you.

OK, all this to say dear reader, TIGERS to LILIES will do weddings. But we are selective. I hope that after reading this you too will understand where we are coming from. Creating the festive magic that only flowers carry for a ceremony of love is as dreamy as it gets. I would love to read your thoughts about this subject if you want to share. 

Monday, August 17, 2015

Thursday, July 30, 2015

SHIRO KURAMATA: Flower Vase #2

Artist Shiro Kuramata: Flower Vase #2
perrrrrfection. truly.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

WEEKEND LOVE: Regeneratrix

Nostalgia on a grand scale from New York artist Keith Edmier.
As seen on NOWNESS.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Every once in a while, TIGERS to LILIES will do a wedding. This wedding still holds so much warm beauty, natural elegance and magic for me when I look through the photos. 

Sunday, July 26, 2015


Just want to give Alana a major love shout-out! The best partner in floral crime ever.  
I love you Alana!

Saturday, July 25, 2015



OK, remember the post before last where I mentioned finding balance? Well one of the themes that keeps recurring (naturally) is one of children. Because of Aele I am so much more aware of time, of what matters, and of how I can contribute in an even bigger way. I keep thinking of CUBS to LILIES; an extension of TTL but all to do with children. I want to share all the things that I am discovering being Aele's mama and how she is teaching me to dive even deeper within my work. So while this gentle yet steadfast notion unfolds (at the only pace it can), allow me to share a workshop that Alana and I did for children for Mother's Day this year.  

Set up in a spacious and airy greenhouse, we set up a table for the eleven kids who eagerly participated in our 2-part workshop. The first half was creating cards for their moms using earth friendly, non-toxic watercolors. After a brief picnic lunch under the big eucalyptus trees, the children continued with the second half of our workshop: creating floral crowns for their mother's to wear on Mother's Day! It was such a sweet, heartfelt workshop! The children loved every minute of it and their joy was infectious. It felt pretty special to share an experience like this with these young spirits. 

See more here.
And stay tuned for more CUBS to LILIES...