Where it Began

Recently I had the opportunity to work with an exciting new magazine, Souvenir. The magazine is a lifestyle publication that features independent artisans, and unique styles. So when they asked if they could do a feature about me I was not only thrilled but honored.

As part of the article the editors asked me a few questions that have got me thinking about my background and why I got started. I realized it is difficult to pinpoint the exact moment when I started as a flower designer—it was a process. Since I was a little girl working in my parent’s garden, I have been surrounded by plants. I remember some of the weeds had the prettiest flowers and sometimes I would get confused and pull up the flowers while leaving the weeds to grow uninhabited.  Reflecting on that moment, I realize how much it influenced the wild garden style I like to create today.  

Garden Roses 

Growing up there were always flower arrangements in our home and at our table, so as I began to create my own home naturally I did the same. My children will tell you our home has always been abundant with flowers inside and out. Over time, people began to notice the way I styled my garden or entryway and would ask me to give them guidance—I guess that is where it started.

I'm glad I did that feature and it forced me to think about how I got started and where I draw my inspiration.  It has really given my time to reflect and realize how lucky I am that each day I get to wake up and do what I love.

It may sound cheesy, but my inspiration comes from the entire world around me—colors, trees, everything I see.

Everyday Tools

The location of my studio is a great example. Every day I smile, looking at this scraggly nest hanging out of an old tree in front of the church across the street. I love that nest and the angel in the window of that church. The old power lines and the wildflowers sprouting out of the dirt lot outside my studio gives me inspiration each and every day— to me this place is picturesque.

That little barefoot girl in her parent’s yard, mud squishing between her toes, pulling up flowers instead of weeds tends to peek her head out when I’m working. I am passionate about what I create, and although it sounds corny, 

I draw my inspiration from each unexpected piece of the world around me.   

Harvest BBQ

As summer is coming to an end it's time to savor those final few warm weekends and enjoy BBQ's with friends and family. It’s also the time of year when you can enjoy some to the best produce your local farmer's market has to offer. Harvest time is in full swing.

Our good friends at Pulchella Winery know all about that. Right now they are up in Paso Robles harvesting grapes for their next delicious batch of wine. Before they started all the hard work they had a great party, to celebrate  their cult members and the end of the summer. I was lucky enough to help stage and do flowers for. 

It was a fun rustic backyard event - wine and a pizza oven, what more could you want? Oh yes, good company, and that was abounding.  

Pulchella Grapes

Grilled artichokes grilled figs and lemons and of course a glass of Pulchella wine.

Cheers to a Fall Harvest!

Inaugural Post

Tulips, Ranunculus and Eucalyptus

For years people have been asking me to start my own blog, so finally I broke down this is the first post of the White Fig Designs blog.

I am excited to start on this new endeavor. It is something completely new to me, so I'm sure there will be a few bumps in the road as a start off. White Fig Designs has grown so much since it started, and I am so grateful for the success. This blog just feels like a natural next step. It will be a lifestyle, design, home and garden, and anything else it naturally evolves into blog. It will simply be another creative outlet.  

I'm so excited to get started on this project and can't wait to share it with you! Please enjoy...