#RG at Home Design Archives: Sara Andréasson

For our October edition of RG at Home: Design Archives, we sit down with one of our very favorite clients: bi-coastal PR agency Michele Marie PR co-founder Sara Andréasson as she gives us a sneak peek and shares the personal details that bring her home to life.

 Sara with her adorable pups.

Sara with her adorable pups.

Our chat with Sara:

How did you end up finding Rolling Greens? What do you like about it?

Your store on Beverly Blvd. is on my way to work, so I would pass by it every day and just wonder what was going on in there. One day, I just decided to stop in, and it's become my happy place. If I'm ever having a bad day, or if I need a break from life, I go in.

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A lot of people say that about our store—they just happen upon their happy place here. 

Yeah, I'm there... probably... twice a week, maybe more during the holidays. You've curated such an incredible space and store; it's so inviting, and the staff is incredible. It's always so fun to come in, whether you're buying things or just getting inspiration or taking a class. You just always feel better after you leave. 

Thank you! How many workshops have you done?

I've only done one, a Take Root Seminar last year. It was right before Thanksgiving, and we created a beautiful tablescape for a holiday table. I took the class with my business partner, and we both took away so much from it. I went to her house shortly after that class, and she had recreated that entire scene at home.

Did you do Thanksgiving there?

We did, and I did Christmas here. We do a big party every year, and my family came and we hosted Christmas dinner here. I tried to recreate that tablescape as well, but I think hers was better executed.

Your house is so beautiful. Can you tell us a little bit about its history?

It's a Spanish-style house from 1923. The house is a little smaller, because we do like to entertain, but we really bought the house for the property. It's pretty special, driving up and seeing the Hollywood sign and Griffith Observatory. It's also really quiet, which is rare to find in a city. Our neighbors are incredible, and it's a great place to have dogs. 

You have such an amazing eye and such an innate sense of style. How do you identify the pieces that will work in your home when you come to the store? 

I feel like I learned from you—setting up rooms, and even just little corners. I take pictures of spaces in my home and [look at them in the store] and try to either recreate what you've done or use what I have or add a little something else. 

 Sara’s guest room featuring our indigo lumbar pillow and side table arrangement.

Sara’s guest room featuring our indigo lumbar pillow and side table arrangement.

 Sara’s living room.

Sara’s living room.

What's your favorite room in the home?

I love this room we're sitting in [the living room], with the art and all the windows, and I put my big Christmas tree here; and I set up another one for my dogs. 

I'm also loving my bedroom right now—we just got two new pieces by my friend Jessica Tingley, a wildlife photographer. They're photos of two lions, and we're both Leos. I gave them to my husband on his fortieth birthday a few weeks ago. My husband Jesper and I are both huge animal lovers, and we try to save as many of them as we can. Those are special pieces that have a big connection to both of us.

So, outside, you have lemon trees—

Yes, and I love a vodka soda, so we have lime trees, too! [laughs] We also have grapefruits, and a vegetable garden—tomatoes, eggplant. 

Do the dogs get to the vegetables?

No, the dogs don't get in the garden, but we do have squirrels. But it helps to plant marigold around the edges to keep everything out. 

What a great tip! So many of our customers tell us that their plants get eaten by possums or squirrels.

We're able to grow strawberries, tomatoes, cucumbers, herbs, eggplants. When we moved in, we had to remove all of the previous landscaping, including a huge rose garden because our dog is deathly allergic to bees. We worked with our landscape architect, Anton Prack, to plant things that don't attract so many bees. And coyote-proof it all!

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 Pillows from our Summer collection match Sara’s outdoor style perfectly.

Pillows from our Summer collection match Sara’s outdoor style perfectly.

 All items from our store on Beverly Blvd.

All items from our store on Beverly Blvd.

Where does your love for flowers and plants come from?

I grew up in Temecula [California], in kind of the middle of nowhere, and my parents have ten acres of land and rescue animals. I always loved plants and flowers and grew up around that. I'm not great at cooking or other things around the house, but I can be creative with flowers; I've always loved going to the flower mart and seeing all of the possibilities. It really warms up a house. I see you're doing incredible faux arrangements as well. We have a mixture here in the house. 

That's why you can't tell the difference between the real ones and faux ones! ... The outside is unbelievable. Living in LA, it's so amazing to have outdoor space like this. 

It is. My husband is Swedish, and he moved here three weeks before we got married. This is iconic LA living; it's what people dream about. Driving home, I see people stopping to take pictures of the Hollywood sign, and it's cool to feel like you're a part of that. 

Thanks for joining us! Check in next month for another RG at Home feature!

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#RGatHome Design Archives: Punch Hutton
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Rolling Greens is LA’s premier boutique destination for all things home! A lot of our repeat customers are like family to us and we love hearing about how they have incorporated our product into their homes. That’s why this fall we are launching a new series called #RGatHome Design Archives, where we bring you behind the scenes and into the homes of some of our favorite clients. Join us once a month to get some genuine inspiration from some of our favorite people. This month Punch Hutton invited us over and we couldn’t be more thrilled to launch this series with her up first!

  Items from Rolling Greens:  pillows, antique marble side table with iron base, plants and containers.

Items from Rolling Greens: pillows, antique marble side table with iron base, plants and containers.

  Items from Rolling Greens:  ceramic container with maidenhair fern, amber bottle and glass, terrarium.

Items from Rolling Greens: ceramic container with maidenhair fern, amber bottle and glass, terrarium.

  Items from Rolling Greens:  antique marble console table with iron base, vintage green glass bottles, succulent arrangement and all greenery and vessels.

Items from Rolling Greens: antique marble console table with iron base, vintage green glass bottles, succulent arrangement and all greenery and vessels.

Punch is no stranger to LA. The creative director of West Hollywood's San Vicente Bungalows grew up in the city, but spent 17 years in New York as deputy editor of Vanity Fair. She and her family have moved back west, and are settling into the Hollywood Hills, where she mixes classic, vintage, and modern design—fine art and antiques commingle with ceramics, potted succulents, fiddle-leaf fig trees, and natural elements on her mantles and tablescapes. Continue reading below for an inside look into her new home and life in Los Angeles. 

 This room is one of our favorites, and not just because those chairs are a vintage pair we brought back from Europe, but because of the way Punch put the room together. The use of color and patterns really bring the elements together.

This room is one of our favorites, and not just because those chairs are a vintage pair we brought back from Europe, but because of the way Punch put the room together. The use of color and patterns really bring the elements together.

A LITTLE Q&A WITH PUNCH:

How are you settling into your new home?

My family and I moved back to Los Angeles from New York about a year and a half ago. As we were setting up our house, I really wanted a big, beautiful plant to sit in our entryway, and I didn't know where to go. And it was actually my mother in law who suggested Rolling Greens. And on my way there, I called my mom, and told her [where I was going], and she said, "of course! It's the best!" 

My mom is an interior designer, she works with you all the time in your shop and in Culver City. We walked in thinking we were just going to buy a plant, but we came away with furniture, marble, the iron table, the lanterns...

What kind of pieces do you look for when you're designing your home?

So when people ask, "What's your style?" the answer is we don't have a style, and I like that we don't have a style. 

“IT'S ECLECTIC”

It's eclectic, and we find the pieces that we like that make us happy. We're not afraid of bold colors or patterns or accents. We like happy rooms. But sometimes you need a classic piece, and then on a classic piece you can throw on something that's a little different. 

“IT'S FESTIVE”

And you're embracing lifestyle. We bought so much furniture from you, it started as accent pieces, and now, look at these chairs—we love them (referring to the pair of vintage mid-century modern club chairs pictured below)!

Do you spend a lot of time outside?

We spend so much time outside. We have a pizza oven outside and a big table —which we got from Rolling Greens! (pictured below, styled with items from RG’s pantry section)— where we might do Thanksgiving dinner. 

 Pictured above is Punch’s outdoor table styled with items from our pantry section at Rolling Greens. We love this summery eclectic al fresco vibe!!

Pictured above is Punch’s outdoor table styled with items from our pantry section at Rolling Greens. We love this summery eclectic al fresco vibe!!

What's your favorite room in the house?

We like to create a happy home, a place where everyone loves to gather. For us that tends to be where there's seating, and a television, and a fireplace. For us, that's also the kitchen. I think the kitchen, in most homes, is a really happy place. It's got a lot of activity, you can welcome people in. The kids do their homework there. 

How do you feel that you've adapted your New York style to living in California? How has Rolling Greens helped you adapt?

Here in Los Angeles we live much more indoor/outdoor, whereas in New York, you're in a 2,000 square foot apartment, and most people don't have outdoor space. So here, we have plants inside, plants outside, we have our doors open all the time.

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And you have your dogs! Did you have dogs in New York?

No, it's not fair to them. Here, they can go outside, swim in the pool, they run around in the yard. That was actually the bribe we made to our children. We promised them a dog and a pool, and now we have two dogs!

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Thanks for joining us! Check in next month for another At Home feature! 

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Rolling Greens x Floyd Home
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We're so excited to welcome Floyd Home to Los Angeles! To celebrate their new move, we have partnered up to create an exclusive pop-up space for design enthusiasts and local residents alike to indulge in. In the form of a beautifully designed home, the pop-up will be located in the lovely community of Blackbirds, Echo Park, a micro-community that interweaves community, nature, and design.

As a brand that celebrates the beauty and individuality of not only objects, but also people, places and, appreciation of their origins, we cannot be more excited about this pop-up, and we invite you to join us from June 23rd through July 1st!

Adding our own touch to the event, we helped design an entire bedroom, as well as part of the backyard space, in the home featuring our home décor and furniture from our own nursery.

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In the bedroom space, you can expect a special collection of interior foliage, indoor/outdoor containers made from concrete, fiber clay/cement and, fiberglass, that is not to be missed.

In the backyard space, we have also set up a special surprise for you. We’re beyond excited to announce that we’ll be featuring, for the very first time, our signature collection of pillows made from textiles in Provence, France (that is not to be missed!) Accompanying that collection will also be other featured outdoor & garden décor items including Moroccan glass carafes, Mediterranean-inspired vignettes, and beautiful throw blankets.

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If something catches your eye, you can explore a collection and conveniently get it at the pop-in shop or on the Floyd x RG section of our online showroom. We hope to see you there! RSVP here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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3 Colorful Flowers You Need For Spring
 Kalanchoe

Kalanchoe

1. Kalanchoe

The first flower that we would recommend for spring is actually a succulent! The Kalanchoe plant has very thick leaves and foliage. However, the plant produces vibrant clusters of tiny blooms that will add some color to your living room or garden. This gorgeous succulent is great because it does not require very much maintenance. The plant loves indirect sunlight and thrives when watered thoroughly on a weekly basis. Whether you place the plant outside in your garden or indoors with a beautiful container, these blooms are perfect for the spring season!

 Hydrangea

Hydrangea

2. Hydrangea

The Hydrangea is a classic flower because they are easy to maintain, tolerate almost any soil, and bloom in beautiful shades of blue, pink, purple, and white.  The plant thrives with direct sunlight in the mornings with some afternoon shade. The flower should be planted in the spring so that the plant will blooms during the peak season from mid-summer through the fall. 

 Begonia Reiger

Begonia Reiger

3. Begonia Reiger 

The Begonia Reiger plant has shiny, glossy, and asymmetrical leaves. The stem of the plant blooms into a cluster of 3 vibrant rose-like flowers. To properly care for this plant, your should place the flowers near a sunny window, while avoiding direct light. Prior to watering, you should check to see if the surface of the soil is dry to touch. If dry, the plant should be watered so that the soil is kept moderately moist. The Begonia Reiger blooms in mid-spring so it is the perfect time to visit our greenhouse!

 Begonia Reiger

Begonia Reiger

Visit our greenhouses to shop these incredible flowers! Learn more about our Jefferson location and our eight greenhouses here.

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How to Encourage Cacti to Bloom

Right now our Jefferson location is filled with beautiful cacti that are in full bloom! These beautiful flowers only bloom for 3-4 days out of the year, making them even more special. Continue reading below for tips and tricks on how to encourage your cactus to bloom at home.

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There are many factors that will effect whether or not your cactus will bloom including age and care.  Every cactus has a specific age at which it will begin to bloom. For some, this can take up to 30 years!  The best way to ensure that your cacti will flower this year is to purchase a plant that is already in bloom. 

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Additionally, cacti will only bloom if they have the proper light conditions, watering, and fertilization. During the Spring and Summer months, or the growing season, cactus need maximum light and thrive in heat. The plant should be turned occasionally to ensure that it is receiving even light exposure. Additionally, the plant will need more water during this period. Prior to watering, ensure that the top two inches of soil are completely dry. The cactus should be fertilized during the growing period with a cactus specific fertilizer that will add phosphorus and potassium to the soil.  

During the Fall and Winter months, or the dormant period, cacti thrive best in a cool and dry environment. They should only be watered about once a month to prevent the plant from shriveling up. The cactus should be moved to a cooler location that still has plenty of light. 

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With the correct age and conditions, your cactus will bloom beautiful flowers in shades of white, pink, red, orange, yellow, or purple. Make sure to check out our wonderful selection of cacti and other plants at our Jefferson and Beverly locations

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