Thursday, April 30, 2015


Santa Barbara, California
and the surrounding towns are always a great place for inspiration: sun, sand, a small but fantastic zoo, great places to eat, sleep, and shop.  Since it's a day trip for me, we make the drive several times a year and always stop on the way at Summerland, CA, and peruse all the lovely finds at Botanik . garden . style . home.  Molly Hutto, the former manager, now the new owner, of Botanik has brought a new, fresh, and lovely feel to the store.  When asked, "What does living beautifully mean to you?"  She was happy to share her answer with all of us.

One of my favorite quotes is

"Never stop dreaming ... become your dream." 

I believe living beautifully is achieved by being happy with yourself, appreciating what life has to offer and designing your life in a way that brings you happiness.   I have always enjoyed my role in the home and garden design business; it has been the creative outlet of my dreams. Getting my hands dirty planting succulent gardens, merchandising, or interior design consultation for my clients, has kept me challenged as manager at Botanik.  

Now I get to step into a new role as owner;  I still find myself dreaming of limitless possibilities for Botanik, and for my new role as a business owner.  I am excited to bring new life into the business, a fresh take on a classic store.  Botanik has a neutral color pallette to bring serenity, with color and texture in the merchandise to engage and excite the mind.  I advise my clients to do the same in their own homes, to surround themselves in a neutral pallette allowing for color and texture in accents, while adding objects and keepsakes of happy days past, to remind them of the joys in life.  I am lucky enough to see my dream become a reality.  I try to live everyday with a smile, and a feeling of gratitude for life and all it has to offer.  

Live Beautifully one day at a time and never stop dreaming.

- Molly Hutto - Botanik, Summerland CA

2329 Lillie Avenue
Summerland, CA  93067
p  805 565 3831

Congratulations Molly on living your dream, and encouraging us to do so as well!

*All photos by Portobello Design


  1. Rie Molly has done such a beautifully creative design in her shop...I could spend a lot of time there!!
    Thanks so much for entering my giveaway and have a great weekend!

    The Arts by Karena
    Giveaway from The Enchanted Home!

    1. Karena, I couldn't be more thrilled to enter your drawing! Thank you for hosting! And for the kind words! xx Rié

  2. I always adore stopping in ....when I am in Summerland. I would love to be there right now!

    1. We were meant to be friends! Me too! xx Rié

  3. Really a wonderful place, isn't it? I love this part of California, and all the lovely shops, boutiques, and charming cafes.
    And, huge congrats to Molly for making it her own. Great posts, Rie

    1. Marsha, Always a delight to have you stop by! I can never get over the sky in the Santa Barbara area, it's the most amazing blue. Have a lovely Mother's Day. Rié

  4. Beautiful store, and it looks like the day you went on was equally beautiful. I have always loved that entire stretch of California, so many fun things to do and see!

    Congrats to Molly!

    1. It was a lovely day. I hope you get a chance to visit soon! Thank you for coming by! All the best, Rié


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