It’s Raining, It’s Pouring…It’s Christmas!

‘Tis the season for holiday parties – and lucky us, we have the best clients that allow us to flex our holiday mistletoe! Here’s a taste of one of our favorite installations of the season.

Nestled in the Pacific Palisades (and with the rain not letting up here in Los Angeles), we adorned the entryway foyer with red ilex berries which stood in Japanese style vases, surrounding a magnificent display of ‘winter wonderland’ white florals: pillows of white hydrangea and roses with touches of magnolia leaves, berzilia, hypericum berry, and silvery dusty miller.

Inspired by only the finest pages of Sunset Magazine (and the latest episode of Brothers & Sisters) our client Gail mentioned her love for magnolia leaves and winter whites – and we took it from there! Both the mantle and the dining room chandelier were the centerpieces for the evenings’ festivities. Using fresh holiday garland mixed in with some rustic magnolia, we adorned the fireplace mantle, accenting the needles with several varieties of white orchids – perfect for welcoming Santa down any chimney!

The chandelier, also draped with mixed holiday greens, created a visual floating wreath. Strategically placed fresh orchids evoked that hint of winter white as the sweet smell of Christmas air filled the room! Wishing you all fresh blooms in your stockings this year! 2011…here we come!


Toby Kassoy, was born and raised in Southern California. In her college years she went up to Eugene Oregon, where she first fell in love with floristry. Upon returning to Los Angeles, she spent 8 years working in the Entertainment industry, while all along, flowers were always tugging on her heartstrings. In 2004 she decided to leave her corporate job and open Lilla Bello, aptly named after the beautiful lilac bushes she remembers outside her kitchen window in Oregon.

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