Friday, October 17, 2014

Weekend Chic: Garden . Style . Home

Home and garden is a season-less passion for me: linens, dishes, fresh flowers or orchids, new annuals for the garden and patio; add a destination store and you have my idea of the perfect day trip to start the weekend.

Located just south of Santa Barbara in the quaint beach town of Summerland, CA, Botanik is a destination for the home and garden.

French market baskets, fringed Turkish towels, rare orchids, candles, and beautiful linens...   I bought the "laced" top french market basket shown above.  It is perfect for a picnic that can be put together simply with a delicious loaf of bread, a good cheese, the best salami with fresh cracked pepper, fresh fruit, and sparkling Lorina French Berry or San Pelligrino.  Toss it in the back of your car and your ready for your day trip.

Season by season, Botanik has an ever-changing and inspiring inventory of chic gifts, furniture, and accessories for the home that will keep you coming back on a regular basis.

Timeless and classic, white orchids are always a personal favorite... I will venture out to deep purples, tigered rusts and yellows,  but I always return to the simply glamorous whites.  Before your guests arrive, tuck one beside their bed on a table with books, new and old, or a magazine your guest might particularly enjoy, along with a good reading lamp, alarm clock, and a bottled water paired with a bowl of fruit or tempting cookies, and a scented candle.  Creating an inviting retreat where friends can get away and relax, as if they were on vacation, even though it's only for a short period of time.  When it's time for them to leave, add a gift card and send them home with the orchid as a reminder of your time together.

Simple pheasant feathers in a tribal pot is a great autumn accent.

Anyone who loves to bring the outdoors in as much as I do needs a good collection of vases, urns, and cachepots.  Bontanik's collection is neatly arrayed on shelves with many styles to choose from, so you're sure to find a perfect match for your fresh cut bouquet or flowering plant.

Almost all designers at some point become fascinated with exotic plants, their scale - huge bold leaves that look wonderfully professional- accenting a designed space.   Most exotics begin their life indoors in pots, and can be moved outside once the weather gets warmer.   My favorite are orchids which add a sophisticated touch to a room and last longer then cut flowers.

Les Indiennes pillows, decor books (Charlotte Moss always a favorite) and artisan dinnerware will led you outside to their gorgeous garden area, where succulents and topiaries beckon you to take them home.

There has always been something rather romantic to me about a porch or a secret garden;  Botanik's outside garden is no exception, inviting guests to linger in the sunshine and smell the ocean air. 


For easy entertaining, take little pots of succulents and line them down the center of a dinning table with lots of candles on an Indian print table cloth, along with artisan pottery and simple delicious food -this makes for a casually elegant evening with friends.

Summerland, CA  is a charming town with their many antique and brocante shops, a perfect stop on your way to or from Santa Barbara or Montecito, CA.  Botanik is a don't miss, must plan a day trip, shop full of inspiration you will enjoy time and time again.  If you don't live within driving distance, they have an online shop as well.  Enjoy!

2329 Lillie Ave
Summerland, CA 93067

Since posting, I have had the great pleasure of receiving a thank you email from the manager, Molly, and have discovered the owner of Botanik also owns a charming children's store in Summerland as well - Amelia Jane.  Here is the information:

I hope it's lovely where you are...

All the best, Rié


  1. I am an orchid devotee also. I take such good care of them, they last for months and, believe it or not, I have one which is reblooming right this minute. Isn't that wonderful? What a great place, this BO-TAN-IC. Wish we had one in Houston. Big hug, Rie'

  2. I love Botanik. I don't know what you would call their style, but I could just move in that store! I am decorating a very small white box of an apartment in Laguna, and I want it to look just like that.

    1. A small white box can be very charming and specia!! I just had an email conversation with the owner Molly, I would give her a call and just ask some design questions, tell her I directed you to her. Also, you might want to check out Rooms and Gardens in Santa Barbara for design ideas you can see what more of their look on my previous post "New Port Cottage Style..." Thank you for coming by, send pictures when your done, or mid - process! If I can help, let me know! All the best, Rié

  3. Wow - Botanik looks beautiful! I love the garden displays of the succulents, so pretty! Thanks for sharing!!
    xo. Leslie
    Segreto Finishes

  4. Hi Rie - What a beautiful and special shop! Love the exotic plants!! And the wonderful selection of pillows. Thanks for introducing me to Botanik. Hope to visit in the future.

    1. Loi, How sweet of you to drop by... nothing quite compares with your amazing topriaries!

  5. First time stopping by and had to leave a comment:) I grew up about an hour outside of Santa Barbara and we now this area well. I was here about 6 months ago and picked up a few things for my home. Summerland is a great spot to shop for antiques too as I'm sure you already know:) ~leslie

    1. I am so glad you did! I love Santa Barbara; I am sure you know, but another great store is Rooms and Gardens. I did a post on them and designer Schuyler Samperton who used many of their items you can see the post: Newport Cottage Style above. I would love to hear about other places you like to go to in the area, just send me an email. Thanks again for stopping by. Rié

  6. Summerville, Montecito, and Santa Barbara make up one of the best stretches of CA coast, and Botnanik is a great place to stop when traveling this part of the state. Beautiful post, thank you for sharing!

    1. Thank you so much for stopping by... if you have some favorite places, email me I would love to hear about them. All the best, Rié


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