Welcome Fall: Rolling Greens Harvest Event

Alright Los Angeles, maybe you didn't get the memo since it's currently 80 degrees and sunny, but Autumn is HERE and that means one thing: PUMPKINS. Also, sweaters and candles and cozy indoor plants and Fall decor; but most importantly, pumpkins. We love this time of year and always look forward to when this beautiful inventory arrives! To celebrate the arrival of this glorious season, we're throwing a Harvest bash with all your Fall essentials and we can't wait to see you there.

We're so excited to host our Harvest Event at our LA location in just a few weeks! Put on your favorite sweater, grab your girls and join us on Saturday, October 15th from 10:00am - 6:00pm to shop our pumpkin patch, browse our brand new Fall displays and check out a on of amazing curated vendors that we've partnered with to bring you the ultimate Autumn experience. 

Yeah, we're already drooling just looking at this list. From ice cream to jams to stunning henna tattoos, we'll have a bit of everything. Get ready for a beautifully curated pop-up experience, and in the meantime, check out our wonderful vendors:

Simply Brigadeiro - bite sized gourmet chocolate desserts.
Shivani Mirpuri - Henna artist + henna pumpkins

Zlicious Confections - salted caramel corn and savory popcorn

Sweet & Divine by Emmaline - gourmet boutique bakery

M Greenwood Jams - gourmet jams
Semolina Pasta - artisanal, handmade pasta
T.A.R. Works - handmade wooden goods
Sweet Rose Creamery (1pm-5pm) - handmade ice cream

In addition to the pumpkin patch and pop-up shops, we'll also be hosting our signature Pumpkin Succulent Arrangement workshops at 11:00am and 2:00pm. These arrangements are a fun twist on the traditional pumpkin and are the perfect addition to your Fall Decor! 50% of the proceeds from these workshops will be donated to Children's Hospital Los Angeles. Sign up online to reserve your spot - we can't wait for these!

As you can see, we're heading into Fall full force, even if the LA weather hasn't gotten it together yet. Celebrate the season with us on October 15th! 

#RGathome: Bungalow Living with Sara Karkenny

Beautiful design, stunning light, and the perfect pop of green - the #karkennybungalow has everything you need for the loveliest of spaces. We’ve known the wonderful Sara Karkenny since her days of being a Rolling Greens intern and we are so excited to give you a peek into her beautiful bungalow today! We love the minimalist yet cozy feel of their home, with its rustic color scheme and simple statement pieces expertly arranged to complement the white walls. It’s always a great feeling to see Rolling Greens plants worked into our friends’ vision for their homes, and we’re totally inspired by how Sara mixed her picks into the living room! Keep reading to hear more from Sara about the bungalow, and find more inspiration on her Instagram.

“When my husband and I found our little bungalow (#karkennybungalow) we knew it was the perfect place to reside.  It sits between the ocean and our favorite local farmers market. In this at home shoot we did with Angelica Marie Photography, we wanted to capture the authenticity of our space and incorporate the story of our little home.  

Being an interior stylist, our aesthetic was quite important to us, and setting our home up as an oasis meant lots of plants!  With all of my clients, I try to teach them what helps their home the most so that when I am done creating their space they can continue to enhance it as they please.”

“Plants for me are the number one accessory any home should have.  It instantly brings life to space that other objects can’t.  Material things have to be paired with something that breathes or else the space will look cold and uninviting -  it’s just all about asking what you want your home to feel like.”

“When we were choosing plants we had to be mindful about how we would care for them and the best conditionings and lighting for each.  You always have to take into consideration that different plants give off different personalities and it depends on what your space looks like, not any plant looks good, there is careful and thoughtful consideration when I pick out foliage for my clients as well as for this little bungalow of ours.  For example fiddle figs, a popular type right now, pair really well with harsher silhouettes and materials like leather and jute.  It’s a soft edged plant so it balances well with the body of different types of modern/mid century furniture.”

"After interning for Rolling Greens during college, I continued to fall in love with their product long after I gave my goodbye hugs.  Their stores have such an amazing atmosphere, their visual team's creativity continues to inspire their customers and bring a nursery experience to a new level.  I love shopping at stores for both myself and my clients where the store itself feels inviting and beautiful and well loved. Working in retail for so long, the shopper's experience is such a priority to me, I am extremely picky about where I spend my time to source out product for both my own home and my client's homes.  I spend hours sourcing daily and want to gain inspiration along the way, and Rolling Greens provides that.  

Their plants have always kept so well.  The quality is amazing, especially with someone like me who does not have a green thumb.  Their staff is always so helpful and knowledgable, and that is half of the shopper's experience in my book. Rolling Green's provides a lot more than just their foliage, with wonderful events and all the creative collaborations they do, they create a mini world of beauty that you can find a little shopper's refuge in."

Huge thanks to Sara and Angelica Marie Photography for sharing your little corner of the world with us! Anybody else officially read7 to move in? All the heart eyes for the #karkennybungalow.

Do you have a favorite #RGathome moment you’d like to share? Tag your photos on Instagram or tell us more in the comments!

Q&A with Marloe Founder Analisa Jimenez

Have we mentioned how much we love getting to collaborate with local creatives + makers? We're surrounded by such artistic people in the Los Angeles community, and one of our favorite ways to collaborate with our creative friends is to host a learn + grow workshop together. We're especially excited for September's workshop, where we'll be sharing how to make a unique Hanging Leather Plant Duo with MARLOE founder Analisa Jimenez!

Marloe is "the perfect marriage of simplistic, timeless designs and durable, functional leather goods." Handmade in Long Beach, CA, each bag is beautifully minimalist and we can't lie, we want one for every day of the week. We think Marloe leather and Analisa's skills are going to pair perfectly with Rolling Greens vessels and plants, and we can't wait to see all of our workshop guests' pieces!

We will also be hosting a fun Marloe pop-up shop at our Beverly location on September 11th before and during the workshop! The pop up starts at 11:00am and concludes at close, 6:00pm. Analisa will be selling her amazing handbags and leather goods as well as some planters so that everyone can shop her product throughout the day, too! Check out the Marloe Instagram in the meantime and get ready to shop! 

We're so inspired by the Marloe aesthetic, and wanted to share a little more about Analisa and her process with you. Read on to learn more in a fun Q&A!

Photo by Raychel Walton

Q: What is your design process? Where do you find inspiration?

A: There isn't a concrete way that I go about designing. Every time is different. Sometimes I get inspiration from vintage bags and wonder, "how can I make that modern and my own?" Other times, its a design that I conjure up in my head. I try to let it happen naturally, I feel that that works for me in my design process. 

Once I have a design or a sketch ready, I do seek inspiration for colors or textures of the design from pretty much anywhere the inspiration hits me. It could be a classic film, magazine, nature, or even looking through Pinterest, yes, I do sometime use Pinterest for inspiration! It can pretty much come from anywhere. 


Q: How do you go about sourcing materials for ethically crafted goods?

A: All of our hides and hardware come from a small, family owned and operated leather supply company in Los Angeles. We try to source as much as we can locally to help other small businesses grow. All of our designs are hand cut, prepped and sewed in house at our studio. Some of our designs are even hand stitched for precision and detail. 

We manufacture our designs in small batches to ensure quality. In making our design we use as much of a hide as we can which is why you will find that a lot of our styles are made with the same type of leather. We don't think of extra leather as "scrap". Nothing goes to waste!


Q: How would you describe your design aesthetic?

A: I would say that Marloe is a reflection of my personal style or at least what I would like it to be. Marloe is minimal and classic. I love designing simple, constructed looks but I also enjoy designing versatile and functional pieces from soft leathers. Our designs are made for everyday use. We want it to be the comfiest bag that you resist switching it out for months! The key factor in my designs is creating a piece that can be carried on through ever changing and evolving styles or trends.  

Photo by Raychel Walton

Q: When did you first hear about Rolling Greens? 

A: I first heard of Rolling Greens from Angela, who is a long time design expert (as I would say) at Rolling Greens. She was one of my instructors at design school and offered me an internship at the store. I gladly accepted and came to Rolling Greens as an intern to help merchandise the store. 

Which is why it's so surreal to be invited back as a business owner and designer. Not to mention being given the honor to teach a workshop!


Q: We're so excited to collaborate on our upcoming learn + grow workshop! How would you describe the relationship between Marloe goods and Rolling Greens greenery?

A: I am very excited to teach this workshop! I obviously work with leather everyday and its something I love so much and to be able to share that is amazing. 

What's more "green" than using leftover leather for hanging plants?! I think that people are realizing, now more than ever, that we have got to start doing more to help prolong the life of planet, and re-purposing what we can. These planters are a beautiful way to re-purpose leather and bring greens plants into your home! I think our workshop students will enjoy seeing their plants grown over time using a long lasting planter that they made themselves!

Photo by Raychel Walton

Thanks to Analisa for sharing more about your artistic process with us! Make sure to sign up now for our upcoming workshop on Sunday, September 11th while spaces are left! 

Getting Social
Photo by: @dylan.g.moss

Photo by: @dylan.g.moss

Once a month we look back to reflect on the time we have spent together; whether it be creating DIY staghorn ferns, spending summer nights with friends in our nursery, or just seeing one of our plants in your home. Our biggest inspiration comes from you and we do our best to fill our store with plants and decor that we hope you will love. At Rolling Greens we are family and enjoy seeing your happy faces and our plants in your #RGathome posts. Today we're sharing a few of our favorite recent posts, and we hope they'll inspire you as much as they did us! 

Photo by: @klinteriors

Photo by: @klinteriors

Photo by: @audreyscheck

Photo by: @audreyscheck

Photo by: @ss_karkenny

Photo by: @ss_karkenny

Photo by: @simonaevna

Photo by: @simonaevna

Thanks to all who have joined us and shared the RG love. Don't forget to share your photos @rollinggreens & tag them with #RGatHome!

learn + grow: Desert Terrarium

It may be obvious by now that we are all for combining our love of DIY with our love of beautiful cocktails. You can try to come up with a better recipe for a Sunday afternoon in LA, but it's going to be difficult! We're so excited to share this month's learn + grow workshop, where we will be creating beautiful desert terrariums AND sipping gorgeously unique cocktails from mixologist Matthew Biancaniello!

We're thrilled to have Matthew join us to share his cocktail expertise and a short demo from his new book Eat Your Drink! These cocktails are inventive and vibrant, and you'll probably want to host a summer part immediately so you can wow your guests with these concoctions!

Summer is far from over, and we're celebrating it in full force with botanical cocktails and desert terrariums that will fit perfectly in any Southern California aesthetic. A few spots remain, so sign up now for next Sunday's workshop! 

#RGathome: Behind the Scenes with Designer Max Humphrey
Photo by Lu Tapp via http://meghanrienks.co/

Photo by Lu Tapp via http://meghanrienks.co/

It’s no secret that we love nothing more than a bright pop of green in a living space. No, really - invite us over for dinner and we’ll probably try to sneak a house plant into your living room. One of the fun things we get to do at Rolling Greens is collaborate with talented interior designers to help them bring their vision to life with the perfect indoor greenery. We were so excited to work with Portland-based designer Max Humphrey this spring while he designed a bright and gorgeous office space for the amazing Meghan Rienks!

Max joined us at our Beverly location to choose the plants that best fit his California-inspired design. He let us know that the big thing he was looking for was a large house plant to cover a big vessel, so we started there. Since Max was looking for something bushier, with height and full leaves, we decided on a Fishtail Palm. We then chose more basket-sized plants to cover smaller vessels in the room, along with some to hang. On his favorite plants to style with, Max said “I like stuff that looks a little more wild...I like fluffy stuff with big leaves. Succulents are great - especially in California.”

It’s always a pleasure when Max drops in! We asked how he first began shopping at Rolling Greens:


“There’s a turning point with clients when they go to you for everything - down to the coffee table books, house, artwork or what color car to buy. And plants have become a way to make a room feel finished, because clients see houses in magazines and they look really finished - and the last step of accessorizing is plants, which bring life - it’s my favorite part. I latched onto Rolling Greens because it is well-curated. When you’re new to plants and you go to a greenhouse, you just get lost and give up. This one is tightly curated and manageable. There’s enough product, but not too much.”

It was so inspiring to be part of Max’s design process, and we wouldn’t be more obsessed with how he incorporated his picks into the final product - Meghan, can we move in? Read on for a few photos of the gorgeous space, or check out the full tour on Wayfair, Megan’s blog, or her fabulous YouTube channel!

Photo by Lu Tapp via http://meghanrienks.co/

Photo by Lu Tapp via http://meghanrienks.co/

Photo by Lu Tapp via http://meghanrienks.co/

Photo by Lu Tapp via http://meghanrienks.co/

Photo by Lu Tapp via http://meghanrienks.co/

Photo by Lu Tapp via http://meghanrienks.co/

#GatherWithRG: Summer

If you follow us on Instagram, you've already seen a few shots from our first Gather event. Geared towards encouraging creative collaboration, we launched this series to thank the many tastemakers that we've had the privilege of working with this year. Building community and partnering with local creatives is something our whole team is super passionate about, so we couldn't have been more excited to join everyone together for a beautiful evening under the stars!

When we first began planning this event, we knew exactly where we wanted to stage it. We transformed the exterior succulents beds and patio at our Beverly location by positioning two of our unique dining tables in the space. Our larger succulent benches were flipped around and flanked with bohemian cushions and pillows graciously provided by Found Rentals. After layering in textiles from Hamamlique, we added in custom succulent arrangements and florals. The event began just before sunset, which meant the perfect summer temperature and light. 

Obviously, all great summer events begin with a little Rosé. As our friends arrived, we started the night off with a few fresh appetizers including peach goat cheese crostini and watermelon feta bites. It was so lovely to have so many local creatives together to mingle and meet the people behind the Instagrams! Our guests also created floral hair pieces and received eccentric henna tattoos by artist Shivani Mirpuri.

As ths sun dipped under the horizon and dinner time came, guests served themselves from the delicious spread generously provided by Holy Cow BBQ (one of our absolute favorites!). Antique silver from Rolling Greens Owner Greg Salmeri's personal collection added a unique touch to the cool-toned tablescape. It all came together for the perfect summer BBQ!

As our favorite tastemakers left for the evening, they were gifted with bags which included massage gift cards to our famed neighbor, The NOW, special cactus art prints, and a softening body soap, among other goodies. We had such a wonderful night celebrating a year brimming with creativity and are already planning the next event! Thanks to all of our friends and partners for celebrating with us.

DIY: Mounted Staghorn Ferns

This may be one of our favorite DIYs yet - and not just because you get to play with a staple gun. For our July learn + grow workshop, we had so much fun making pairs of Mounted Staghorn Ferns using recycled coffee bean bags and wooden plaques at our LA location! We love how these pieces are subtle and natural, yet make such a statement in any room - and they're simple to make, too! Read on for a step-by-step guide on making your own, and check out some photos from this fun workshop with Alex Michael May & Mel Denisse

Mounted Staghorn Ferns

Materials:

  • wooden plaque
  • sawtooth hanger
  • landscaping fabric
  • burlap
  • staghorn fern
  • soil
  • sheet moss
  • staples + staple gun

Instructions:

STEP ONE: Secure your sawtooth hanger to the back of your wooden plaque to establish a top.  This will also allow you to hang your piece easily right after you complete it.

STEP TWO: Next, cut enough of the landscape fabric and burlap to completely encase your staghorn fern. Your landscape fabric should be doubled since it will be folded in half. We suggest making each cut a little bigger than you think necessary, since the fabric will be wrapped around the fern.

STEP THREE: Now, take out your fern from its plastic container and gently shake off any excess soil. Take a small amount of sheet moss and submerge in water. Take it out and squeeze any excess water. Wrap the moss around your fern and place in the landscaping fabric.

STEP FOUR: Next, use your landscaping fabric to make a "pouch" around the fern. Then cover the pouch in burlap and place onto the center of the plaque.

STEP FIVE: Using your staple gun, staple all around the fern into the plaque. It may take a lot of staples, so don't worry if you feel like you just keep stapling away!

STEP SIX: After you are finished stapling, trim off the excess burlap and landscaping fabric. Use another portion of damp sheet moss to add to the top of the fern to cover any visible soil.

STEP SEVEN: Hang your new mounted staghorn fern! We made one large and one small to pair together, but you can make however many you want, of any size!

STAGHORN FERN CARE:

WATER: You can either mist or soak your Mounted Staghorn Fern. If misting, mist the entire plant, focusing on the underside of the antler fronds and the shield fronds. To soak, place the staghorn plant-side down in a basin or sink full of room-temperature water large enough to hold the entire plaque. Soak the plant for 10-20 minutes, or until the root-ball is saturated. Alternately, place the plaque in a sink or bathtub tap, and allow room temperature water to run through the root ball until saturated. Allow your plant to drip dry before rehanging. A good rule of thumb is to water once per week in dry, hot times of year, and once every 2-3 weeks during cooler months. If your space is really humid, it does not need to be watered as frequently. Less light and less heat = less watering!

LIGHT: Staghorn Ferns need bright, indirect or diffused light to thrive, though they must be protected from the harsh rays of the direct sun. A great place to put your staghorn fern is the brightest space in the home where they will not take direct sun. Rooms with southern and eastern exposures tend to be best, through unobstructed north windows will do. Western light is fine, but be careful, as this afternoon light tends to be hot and harsh. 

A Pop of Green - Interior Plantscaping

As you may have noticed, we do a little bit of everything around here. From customized arrangements to commercial and residential landscaping, private events to unique monthly workshops, we can't help but to work with plants and design in any way we can. Today we wanted to share a Rolling Greens service you may not know about: interior plantscaping!

Whether it's for a private home or a beautiful storefront, we love combining the perfect containers + plants to complement a space. From a small pop of green to complete your #shelfie to large commercial installations, our team works with you starting with the design and all the way to regular maintenance. What better way to bring the beauty of California indoors?

Your decor aesthetic is an extension of your own personality, so we love to get as creative as possible with plantscaping in homes and corporate spaces! We love how this hanging faux-greenery chandelier adds such rich dimension and texture to this beautiful white space. The more uniquely you, the better.

How do you add a pop of green to your indoor spaces? Stop by either location for the perfect houseplants, or check out our new Interior Plantscaping page to see how we can help transform your space. 

learn + grow: Mounted Staghorn Ferns

We're so excited about this month's learn + grow workshop! On Sunday, July 24th, our Baristas will show you how to create two of your very own mounted staghorns! We'll be using vintage coffee bean bags and hand-stained wooden plaques, and we couldn't be more inspired by this textile and combination. The two sizes can be mixed and matched with your existing wall art to create depth and texture, and the colors will integrate well into any color scheme. We're also excited to have our friends Alex Michael May and Mel Denisse join us for this fun day of DIYing!

photo by our own Siena

photo by our own Siena

 

Your large size will be 16" x 20" inches and include a 6" staghorn fern, while your small size will be 10" x 10" and include a 4" staghorn fern. Pair them together, or have one in your bedroom and one in your living room for a pop of green all over the house! Reserve your spot at the workshop now - we can't wait.