Every day I am inspired by the raw beauty of nature, and constantly think about ways of how to bring it into my home — and yours. I believe that nature is handsome more than pretty, and am always searching for an unexpected definition of beautiful.
WHO I AM
I love working with plants so much that I’ve spent more than 15 years surrounding myself with them. I attended the UC Berkeley program for garden design, founded Lila B., a San Francisco green-certified plant and flower design business, authored two design books — and built a parking lot garden in the middle of a big city.
Bringing nature to the city is essential to what I do, so you can often find me creating botanical arrangements in the urban industrial Mission District neighborhood where my own garden and studio reside. For me, it all comes back to the idea that even if you have a really small space, you can bring a little bit of green inside. Whether it is an elaborate living centerpiece or tiny single succulent, through plant design you can make any space feel at home.
I spent my childhood on a farm, followed years working on an eco-friendly estate which lent a natural edge to my design aesthetics. Now I split my time between a live/work urban studio located a converted box factory, the central California countryside, and visiting as many gardeners and floral designers as I can around the globe— all testament to my commitment to design, people, and their relationships with plants.
FIND MY WORK
In the spring of 2014, I published THE PLANT RECIPE BOOK, which features more than 100 lush photographs of creations similar to the ones I make for Lila B. In the same year a major international hotel chain asked me to collaborate on their worldwide botanical strategy.
My latest book, DECORATING WITH PLANTS, distills home style inspiration, detailed plant care tips, and radiates all the magic that living with houseplants bring.
My work has also appeared in Sunset Magazine, Good Housekeeping, and Better Homes and Gardens. I have been a guest a on PBS’ “Growing a Greener World” and a DIY expert on HGTV.com and Houzz. I love to travel around the country teaching people how to beautify their places with plants.