Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Carnivorous Plants

Sunset magazine!!! Check it out! one of my carnivorous designs made it into this months issue!

More photos to come...

Photo By Caitlin Atkinson

Pitcher Plants in Terrariums

Monday, January 7, 2013

More "Amphoral" Pots

Here's are some more pics of a series of "Amphoral" pot compositions I designed. I know I have posted some Photos of these before... But THESE photos were taken by the very talented photographer Caitlin Atkinson, and are just too good not to share. I wanted to play off of the cool-calm-deep sea feel that the pots had themselves by using plants with similar blues, whites, and gem tones. I love the almost surreal look this achieves.
photo by Caitlin Atkinson

Photo by Caitlin Atkinson

Photo by Caitlin Atkinson

Above: I mixed different layers of texture with plants that carried the same Blue and Cream color scheme. Here, a Aeonium 'Sunburst' is glowing above Dichondra 'Silver Falls', Variegated Silene, and a Silver native lupine. All with very low water needs. Photo by Caitlin Atkinson

Photo by Caitlin Atkinson

Photo by Caitlin Atkinson 

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Frosty Gifts

The holiday party season is upon us! Why not leave the re-gift bottle of wine at home, and show up with an original arrangement you made yourself? After all, there's nothing like a beautiful handmade gift from the heart.
You can get creative with the container - in the past I have used tarnished old silver dishes, a glass vase filled with white sand, large shells, even just a small container with one unique succulent in it gets a great response.  I made this one using a verity of "frosty-looking" succulents to give it that winter feel. Also, I knew these were a great selection of plants that my friend James could later add to his existing Potted Garden.  
I purchased all of these supplies at Flora Grubb. They have an awesome variety of plants and pots to choose from.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

All I want for Christmas - Taxidermy

It seems like you cant open any design magazine these days without seeing some sort of taxidermy, antlers, or replica of both. Though it may seem a bit morbid to some, I'm completely hooked. (as you can see from the pictures) I love the woodsy natural feel you get when you accompany them with Christmas decor. pic #1 - I found these neat little copper wire lights from Restoration Hardware and wrapped them around a set of antlers that I already had... I think it might be my new favorite thing, and it couldn't be simpler. I made the garland from scratch using several types of eucalyptus leaves, branches, berries/nuts, and layered them with evergreen. You cant beat the aroma, and eucalyptus still looks good when it dries out. which is good, because its going to. I want to post some step-by-step photos and directions on how to make your own. I hope to have them posted soon.      

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Staging Jobs.


   (Photo by realtor company) 
                                          (photo by realtor company)

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Textures and Color

One of my favorite things about my job is creating compositions. whether they are bold and striking with color and drama, or calm and subdued and calm by using plants and pots with similar colors and tones...just playing off the different textures and letting the plants speak for themselves. I have been accused of "hating color"...I like to think its just a deeper understanding of it.? I just like to think outside the box, and sometimes less really IS more.           

One of my favorite lines of pottery - Amphoral Pots from Vietnam. available at my favorite store of all time - Flora Grubb.