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Our Philosophy

Lila B. uses sustainable, often locally grown plants and flowers to create stylish custom container gardens from our studio space and retail showroom in San Francisco’s Mission District. Whether transforming a deck or bedecking a wedding venue, Lila B. designs living arrangements that bring beauty, serenity, and artistry to any space, indoors or out.

As a certified San Francisco Green Business, we conserves resources and prevent pollution while working to create with repurposed, organic, and sustainably harvested materials – even our leftover blossoms find new life in local health clinics.

From single tabletop arrangements to corporate events, tiny balconies to specialized photo shoots, we focus on organic elegance and thoughtful design.

 


About Us

 
Baylor Chapman

Photo by Russell Yip at SF Chronicle

BAYLOR CHAPMAN

As founder and principle designer of Lila B. Design, Baylor brings over ten years of experience and a warm smile to garden and floral design. Before creating Lila B. Design in January 2007 she was part of a team of talented gardeners at an ecologically minded private estate while completing UC Berkeley Extension’s Garden Design Program. Her work has been featured in publications such as Sunset Magazine, California Home + Design, and Brides Magazine. Her first book, The Plant Recipe Book hits bookstores in April 1014.

Now, when Baylor is not knee deep in flowers, listening to clients, and translating ideas to designs, you can find her scouring plant nurseries seeking new varieties to share.

Baylor is perpetually invested in the process of envisioning things in new way- using relationship and circumstance to showcase the spectacular nature of both the ordinary and extraordinary. Her approach is personal and her eye for combining living things in arresting color combinations is impeccable.

Sophie de Lignerolles

SOPHIE DE LIGNEROLLES

Gifted with a keen eye for color and resourceful hands, Sophie has been an indispensable part of Lila B. Design since its early days. When she is not managing the lot garden- ensuring it is bursting with city-grown goodness- she is composing a vivid record of growing things and fanciful arrangements as our talented house photographer.

With an M.F.A. in Painting that has taken her from Europe and New York to San Francisco, Sophie embodies cultivated artistic sensitivity with a tape measure on her hip. Undeniably this is a dynamic combination that lends itself to tackling the most challenging floral and garden design projects with ease.

Our Studio

about pageWe’ve moved! Both our studio and our garden are now open to the public and within Stable Cafe’s courtyard.

We are usually working in our shop Tuesday through Sunday from 10-4pm but since we’re a small  and often work off site, it is best to call first if you’d like assistance from a Lila B. expert. Meander amongst our garden every day of the week until 4pm. Stable Cafe – 2128 Folsom St. San Francisco, Ca 94110

 

Our Garden

about page of gardenProviding inspiring reprieve amidst the busy industry of San Francisco’s Mission neighborhood, you will find Lila B. Design’s garden. Since March 2009 our city garden project has allowed us to integrate city grown flowers and plants into many of our projects, offering striking centerpieces and floral gestures that give a new meaning to the idea of local. In our garden we care for many of the plants and flowers we use from delicate seedlings to fully formed blossoms.


Who is Lila?

Lila Shippen Patterson
Lila B. Design founder’s great Grandmother, Lila Shippen Patterson born in 1874, is the inspiration behind the name Lila B. She and the founder’s shared passion for gardening and flower design (and with her ‘Florific’ name!) made Lila the perfect choice. -
President of her town’s garden club, collector of rare garden books, and botanical prints from around the world, Lila largely designed, decorated, and landscaped her residence with her husband Hugh Foresman where she lived until she was 87 years of age.
Making beautiful statements with living things