Fun with Boutonnieres
November 18, 2010
Known by the most fashionable British men in the 18th Century as the “button hole flowers” and later coined by the French as the boutonniere, these tiny sculptural pieces were traditionally worn to ward off bad luck and evil spirits.
Sophie is our studio master in creating what we now recognize as the special-occasion-statement of masculine flair and sophistication. Here is what she has to say about the matter, from lot garden to suit lapel!
What are some of your favorite lot garden plants you use for boutonnieres?
I gather everything from our lot garden. The flowers from parsley have small florets that are quite beautiful. I like anthriscus for their delicate, fernlike quality, and the tiniest little strawberries. Achemillis mollis is one of my favorites because you can use both the broad leaf in the background and the tiny star-shaped blossoms in the center.
I like to pay attention to the various stages of flower development. Before a flower blooms, it’s bloom, and even the post bloom all can add a unique statement to the boutonniere.
Creating boutonnieres is like sculpting the smallest…
On the Tables of Saison: Bountiful-Local
February 1, 2010
If you were to wander to the side of Stable Cafe, just past a shipping container topped with a garden grown by yours truly, you will find Saison. Saison (French for season) is a reservations-only restaurant that opens its doors on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
evenings to serve the locally sourced menu of Executive Chef Joshua Skenes with the discerning and cultivated wine pairings of Sommelier Mark Bright. The feel is secret supper club meets informed elegance. The experience is one of both intimacy and invitation: the tables are small and candle-lit while the kitchen is open and guests can be a part of the culinary magic with wine in hand.
, Chef Joshua Skenes
, city garden
, community garden
, culinary magic
, Fall Flowers
, floral arrangements
, interior decor
, Lila B. Design
, locally sourced
, san francisco
, san francisco chronicle
, San Francisco Event
, simple centerpieces
, Stable Cafe
, succulent and flower
, supper club
, urban farm
, urban garden
October 31, 2009
Okay so I’m not (usually!) much of a star gazer when it comes to celebrities. But when I found out that Michael Pollen would be one of 8 guests in Boulevard’s Wine Vault ~ and Lila B. flowers would be the centerpiece. I ogled.
Sophie, part of the Lila B. gang, created this vessel from an old wine box and then we poured in the locally grown ingredients…
Foraged Acorns & fragrant Quince from ‘Florists at Large’, our own ‘City Grown’ edible Rumex, red & yellow Rudbeckia, and Gallardia seed pods, and Half Moon Bay Dahlias and fragrant Chocolate Cosmos made this arrangement almost delicious!
Thanks to Michael Pollen ~ for all his inspiration ~ and influence on how we think at Lila B.