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…

Try on a Planted Stocking

December 22, 2015
Posted by in Holiday

Lila B. planted stocking






How-To: Mini {Garden} Living Wreath

December 12, 2015
Posted by in Holiday

Inspired to create a wreath that is also a mini garden? A twist on the living wreath and vertical garden craze, this project requires only ordinary ingredients and takes less than an hour to make. Hang it, grow it, and harvest your very own {garden} wreath.



Chicken Wire
Wire Cutter
Plants (we chose edible ones here) Strawberry and Thyme in 4″ containers
Sphagnum Moss (moistened)


1) Using a wire cutter slice off a strip of chicken wire about 8″ wide. Fold and roll the wire into a tube. Then bend into a loop (or wreath).


2) Stuff the holes in the chicken wire with your (moistened) moss.


3) Unpot your plants. We chose blooming and almost fruiting strawberries and two varieties of time. Squeeze and shake off the extra soil.


4) Open up the wire slits – and place your plants inside. Squeeze the wires shut again to hold it together. Work around the wreath form and keep planting big plants through the slits and smaller plants thru the holes.

living wreath how to



5)Gently tuck the…

Making beautiful statements with living things