Houzz DIY: Make a Mini Moss Sanctuary

March 29, 2016
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Check out our DIY: Make a Mini Moss Sanctuary tutorial on Houzz

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
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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