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INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY MAKERS VIDEO BY WADE!

June 6, 2014

individual medley was one of the first shops that i sold my goods at. to this day they have been incredibly loyal and lovely. and the cherry on top was being invited to participate in this video that features a handful of the designers that they carry. the piece was made by my dear friend and super talent WADE! along with the dudes of sharkpig.

be sure to check it out! but most of all when you happen to be in atwater village, ca and need a gift for someone or yourself – this shop is really a treat. shop local y’all! we all win!

here is another video WADE! did from the footage from the makers video of just us – chaparral studio! enjoy!

Chaparral Studio for Individual Medley / by WADE! from Chaparral Studio on Vimeo.

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February 12, 2014

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la i’m yours

November 6, 2013

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anyone who knows me is well aware that i am a proud angeleno, so its no surprise when kyle of LA I’M YOURS  hit me up for an interview i was pretty excited. also kyle independent of his blog is a pretty fantastic person to spend time with. and when laure offered to shoot my studio… i was all smiles! (and so was hannah. she is obsessed with miss joliet.)

unlike most interviews i have done that focus on the product in this particular story kyle really emphasized questions regarding the cross over between art and commerce. he had me asking myself questions i knew the answers to in my head but hadn’t really spent a lot of time communicating to a larger audience – and thank you kyle for that challenge. often times the chaparral studio “image” is limited to pretty pictures of succulents and crystals so its great to be able to engage and share my relationship and history with art and what business has done to me along with the influence my town, los angeles.

the photos of the studio are all by the amazing laure joliet. she came just in time, as my studio mate quinn built these beautiful custom shelves. hire him! he is amazing!

you can read the full post here. xo b

 

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flowers for kate

September 18, 2013

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my dear friend kate miss is getting married this month! (woohoo! wave the flags! and do a little dance – i really like her husband to be! and kate. duh.)

the lovely bride to be was celebrated recently at a bridal shower hosted at laura’s magical house overlooking the city. creative ladies katie and lisa made amazing treats (both edible and keepsake). i was asked to provide the flora. planted arrangements are my regular gig so any chance i get to work with flowers is very exciting. i picked up a romantic little collection for the occasion that consisted of soft beauties like queen anne’s lace, chamomile and ombre white to pink to lavender dahlias. naturally the bunch had to have some succulents from my garden added to the mix.

i also made a crown for the babe of the hour. was tempted to make collars of flowers for the dogs too… maybe next time!

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to see more photos of the sweet lady date and the fine looking details visit kate’s blog post here.

all photos by me, except the awesome shot of the patio. that one is by none other than my dog walking partner in crime… laura.

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joshua tree / 29 palms

September 6, 2013

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recently headed to joshua tree for an art event that i participated in along with my studio mates over at elephant. we built a stage that resembled our backyard. barb wire, cacti, hula hoops and all. on the stage many a performance by a friend or a stranger danced us / rocked us / took us… in to the night! the desert was littered in sculptures and survivors of the days sun rays.

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we had originally planned on camping but thanks to last minute heat fear we landed a sweet rental on air bnb in 29 palms. we shared a large house that as it turns out had quite the history in town, a pool that overlooked the basin and hills and was surrounded by native flora and other friendly plants. nights spent swimming in the salt water pool under a huge blanket of stars certainly makes it on my list of favorite things to do.

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the event ended with a much needed sound bath at the integratron, a meal at pappy & harriets and lucky for us, my man and i shared another night and day in the desert with swimming and some more art viewing. folks say that the sea heals. i agree, but they should also try the desert. nothing like a huge sky above you in the wild west.

 

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most photos taken by me – bianca. with a few exceptions… by bradney evans.

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l & j’s wedding / photos by polly antonia barrowman

August 23, 2013

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in april i had the great privilege of doing all the pretty flora details for my dear friends lia & jason’s wedding in palm springs.  and to add to the awesomeness of it all my super talented “scientist by day, photographer by day” friend polly antonia barrowman photographed the whole shebang from process to completion. while selecting which of the lovely photographs to show off on the blog i was reflecting back to that happy day of  bunching succulents with lia’s favorite flowers (peonies and chrysanthemum) in the kitchen excited knowing that soon my beautiful friend would be holding the concoctions of blooms down the aisle to marry her best friend.

lucky for me my best friend was there to help me with all running around. thanks again mr. evans (wink wink). again a huge thank to lia and jason for inviting me to be such a big part of their special day. and to polly thank you for gorgeous photos!!! folks – she is up for hire! check out her site here.

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oh hi / adventures in ojai, ca

August 9, 2013

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i can’t remember the last time i went on a vacation that was not related to a job or a social obligation. as grateful as i am for the awesome fact that i get to work out of my studio listening to npr accompanied by my hannah dog, it was crucial to get out of town recently. i needed to “recharge my cyrstals”. nature truly has an amazing ability to put things in perspective and freshen you up.

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that said, we had the greatest time in ojai. we camped. i packed my camera + macro lense, a sketch book, a book (that i didn’t even end up reading – instead i read a book i picked up on the local scene and trails). my boyfriend taught me how to carve wood underneath the heavy shade of oaks in our campsite. our meals were lit up by candle light and stars. we hiked every single day and discovered watering holes where we swam and pranced around like life like versions of my caves. it was epic. my home and car still reek of the white white sage clippings – with each little sniff a memory enters my brain and reminds me… do this more often. escape. have an adventure.

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(most photos taken by me. a few by bradney evans.)

 

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apartment therapy – meet the maker

August 8, 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

a major thank you to the super awesome gregory han for the fun interview and photo shoot that made its way on to apartment therapy today! always nice to hang out with someone who loves nature and design with equal measure. also hannah has a new best friend! see the full post here…

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the cream part 1 / photos by marble rye & moi

April 4, 2013

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finally i am post images from the cream event! it was quite the experience. i was surrounded by amazingly talented folks from all over town and felt so lucky to be amongst them! i met so many wonderful folks that i hope to work with lots in the future. thank you to everyone that came out!

below are couple shots of my table. the problem with doing your table and several other projects is that it leaves little energy to document so my apologies if my images aren’t up to par! we poured our hearts into this display – it was loaded with moss, orchids, succulents, floral notes and surprises all along the way. we designed a sweet heart table that was suited for a romantic pair. at the plate of the bride and groom was a tiny miniature nude that pulled a thread tied to a mica gilded wishbone (real!) in the center of their settings. the idea suggesting that the two would break the bone and wish for the best on their upcoming adventure as a team. throughout the table dressings there were many more scenes to encounter… such as honeymoons in the van with the pets, a glitter dance party in one of the vintage glass / brass trinket boxes, a woman painting a male nude, a lady flying a kite with her dog companion and much more… we were so lucky we got to use a gorgeous table and bench from found rentals and two sexy bertoia chairs from yeah! rentals to complete our look.
hopefully we can score some other shots of our table from elsewhere but in the mean time this serves as a little insight on our display at the cream event…

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one of the best parts of the event was collaborating with the talented jessica of bramble workshop to create this tablescape for the delicious urban palate display. they are such an incredible group of folks at this catering company – warm and friendly, up for creative challenges and best of all make the yummiest treats in town. jessica is responsible for the lovely box designs and the background and my handy work is all the florals. we did 6 lovely arrangements for their table along with garnish dressings and sweet boutineers to pin on to their handsome staff.
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another collaboration was this planted tipi (tepee, teepee…) for bash, please. this tipi was covered from head to toe in succulents, ferns, moss and love. it took a small crew of patient ladies with a passion for plants to install this beauty. i am quite pleased with the end result of this project but i have some ideas for a more sustainable planted tipi in the works! this one inspired me so much and was such a blast to build i kinda think i want to do my first test garden tipi for my dog…
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and my last collaboration with miss jess was this backdrop for smilebooth…. it was super silky soft. at one point in the process of making it i was convinced that i should put the strips of fabric on everything as decoration, including myself as a scarf. i think that is the side effect that happens when you spend hours upon hours starring and cutting  gold shiny metallic fabric…
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a big thank you to my friend and photographer melissa at marble rye for most of the images on this post (and on my site!) of this event.

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the cream event / this sunday!

March 6, 2013

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we are so excited to announce that we are a vendor at the upcoming cream event at the vibiana in downtown la. not only are we doing our own table loaded with wild centerpieces and styling suited for a bohemian festivity of love and then some… we are also doing florals and plantings for our friends urban palate – a creative and delicious catering boutique. in addition in collaboration with bash, please‘s behind the scenes crafty expert bramble workshop we have been building a tipi that will be loaded up with guess what… yup. plants. our favorite material! alongside some other cool nature inspired scenes… and last but not least we are also collaborating on a backdrop for our friends at smilebooth!
the event has sold out. but if you are already set to go – please visit! this is a prime example of what we do for events! and we’d love to work with you to come up with more magical projects in the near future… consider us for your upcoming celebrations… our skills go beyond the planted…

see ya soon lovers! xo

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