Thursday, May 24, 2012

Faite Accompli ~ Secret Garden Tour 2012

Let’s just say that Karen Lampard of Café Paperie, Barbara Gray of Cottage White Interiors, Krista Niskanen and I left NO STONE unturned in our well-publicized, collaborative design effort staging Barbara’s magnificent ocean-front home, courtyard and pool area for the 14th annual ‘Secret Garden Tour of La Jolla’.
Our Dream Team worked for 3 solid months getting all of this perfectionner, sharing a common goal and a beautiful camaraderie along our creative journey and the end result was one of those rare
projects where the sum total was even greater than its parts.
Four designers working side by side, doing what we love in a seamless collaboration ~ and the beauty of it all?
We even amazed ourselves at what came forth.
That might just be the ‘secret’ to the Secret Garden Tour.  

FOOTNOTES: Once again, the paper performance art and original floral designs created by our resident artist/designer at the shop, Karen Lampard, left attendees awe-struck. Her tablescape in the dining room was sheer artistic genius created with layer after layer after layer of intricate detailing and carefully crafted scenes from "A Milliner's Garden" that literally danced across the table and looked as if it had come straight out of the Pageant of the Masters or Anthropologie's corporate office. Her au naturelle pillow created from real, over-bloomed roses held it's own on the sod 'bed' and her couture mannequin all dressed up for the garden party in fresh flowers, ivy, Spanish moss and ferns elegantly completed the boudoir vignette.
Many of her scenes have now been recreated at the shop ~ Come and see them while these fabulous works of art are on view for the next 2 weeks. Then, we re-stage for our Seaside Summer Fete being held on Saturday, June 9th from Noon to 5:00 pm.
We hope you're planning to attend ~
Summer needs a proper launch and we know just how to do it!


  1. Stunning as always my dear Lori! I had such a great time being at Vignettes again! And getting to meet you in person was awesome! I felt like I KNEW you this time after all the emails/purchases in the last year. KNOW your shell Manni is so happy in her new home. I NEED to do a post about her. WHERE does the time go? Thank you for the beautiful "Tiffany" extravaganza you & your team put together for us. And I ADORE the silver tray I bought while out there. HUGS!

  2. Lori, Karen and Barbara,
    What an amazing fete! I am speechless! I was soo awsome!

    Thank goodness for pictures.
    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!!!!!
    XO~~Ashley B.

  4. What amazing creativity - I enjoyed every photo!
    I just stumbled across your beautiful blog & have just signed up as your latest follower. I look forward to popping back soon for some more lovely inspiration!

    Country Style Chic


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