Finding a “Perfect” Space

March 10, 2016
Posted by in Inspiration

 

Magic Cards

 

Over the last 10 years, my plant and flower design studio, office, and garden have moved more than a few times. I’ve worked out of my home, on a loading dock, in a cafe’s loft and courtyard, a shipping container, in a parking lot, and on a roof top. Yes, perhaps these all are unusual settings for a workspace but they all were, at the time, just perfect.

But things change. Needs change. And then the need for a new “perfect” space changes.

I began to wonder: What causes this need for change? Why is one place so close to perfect one year and then left behind the next?

In January, I once again moved. This time, it was more of transition than a huge move. It came as bit of a surprise to even me. Before I even could see the opportunity for something new (that was coincidentally right in front of me), I first had to recognize what I needed. I needed to rethink my space.

I knew something wasn’t working quite as smoothly as I wanted in my workspace, but couldn’t…

The Sweet Twirl of a Gardenia Bud

March 1, 2016

 

Holly Stewart - Gardenia

Just before a Gardenia blooms and emits the most fragrant scent -
its bud twirls in such a lovely pattern.

 

Photo by Holly Stewart Photography.

Letting Go. Slowing Down. Soaking In.

January 1, 2016
Posted by in Classes

In December 2014 a flood engulfed my studio and destroyed most of the contents. Was it a sign?

walking in japan garden

‘Take a Break!’ it may have said…or at least that is what I chose to hear. It had been Go! Grow! Expand! More! More! More! since I had started Lila B. Design in late 2006. A bit of weariness had set in for me and maybe that ‘voice’ was right?

I took a deep breath, let go of my list of ‘shoulds’, and hit the road.

Thai Garland, Farm, Kokedama, Vietnam

‘Take a Break’ was replaced with ‘Re-discover, unlock curiosity, and create flow.’

In retrospect, it wasn’t a break at all but a re-connection. A re-discovery of what and who I love.

Vero, Bangkok, Macy's
What I found was a heartening. My connection to plants and to family was an ongoing theme in my travels. My work and life didn’t need hard-lined break, it just needed a slight adjustment.

A year after the…

Making beautiful statements with living things