In 1998 floral designer Erin Taylor opened botanik, a charming flower shop just a stone's throw away from the Pacific Ocean in Summerland, California. Her specialty: small succulents daintily arranged in aged terra-cotta pots.

from Veranda, September 2007

Over the years, and with much hard work, Erin's business thrived and expanded into the cottage next door. Erin added both home and outdoor furnishings, textiles and accessories to her repertoire.

This past Martin Luther King day I took a quick stroll through her shops only to find delight in every corner.

all photos - Riviera View

The outdoor garden entrance.

Today's arrangements.

A classic.

The entrance to the Garden Store.

Once inside...

...great merchandising and eye to detail.

Time for bulbs already? (I'll leave that to you gardeners.)

Orchids bursting through the roof.

So pretty.

Step inside the home store next door to find more design bounty. Naturally finished case goods. Great lamps and textiles. Seriously in California heaven here. This girl has nailed it.

Love that carved mirror. (sorry for the flash.)

Fun textiles/pillows.

This little vignette was beautiful in person.

A nod to the designer Tony Duquette.

Textiles by Les Indiennes.

If you're on a Southern California road trip take some time to discover these two little gems on your own. botanik is located about 10 minutes south of Montecito just off Highway 101. Happy Driving.


Angie said…
Gorgeous place.
nancy g said…
you drove right past me, did you wave as you drove through Ventura? I will have to go check this out, it looks very fun!
Unknown said…
Sorry I missed you Nancy! Next time, definitely!

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