i grew up in southern california, so i’m not sure why i’ve never heard of lotusland. i discovered this amazing place via diane keaton’s pins and got curious about where this lotusland was — and lo and behold it’s in my own very own backyard in santa barbara — about two hours north of los angeles. lotus land is the historic estate of Madame... 
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greenhouse love.

mini indoor greenhouse design / sfgirlbybay

Femke Pastijn styling + photography by Jeroen van der Spek. i recently shared my patio makeover with you, but what i’ve only shared a few glimpses of here and there on instagram is the rest of my yard — which consists of a very large and daunting hillside i need to landscape. i’m getting to that, but then at the very top of the hill is this plateau, where... 
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caring for your green thumb.


as i mentioned yesterday, gardening is my new jam. i’ve been hitting the nursery so much they know me by name, but that’s okay — i like being a familiar face there. it will be a little while before i can really break ground on the pile of dirt on my hillside, so i’ve been planting lots of potted succulents, and herbs to cook with. my hands were getting... 
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thoughts for a friday.


japanese floral artist takaya-hanayuishi. slowly but surely it’s beginning to feel like spring around here. i know the rest of the country has got some thawing out and catching up to do, and i think if you happen to be in australia, it’s already summer, right? but my thoughts for a friday are turning to all things springtime. lazy days, pretty blooms, all those... 
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cactus flower.


i took a little lunchbreak on my patio this afternoon, and couldn’t help but find it quite peaceful back here, this weird little space off my kitchen nook. i keep killing everything in sight out here, because it gets an awful lot of wind, so i’ve finally succumbed to succulents. they do just fine in the gale storms that whip down from twin peaks into poor wind-swept... 
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