Sunday, April 19, 2009

Gettin' Your Green On at Flora Grubb

Just love going to Flora Grubb in San Francisco. Her store is so artful and original.

Here's detail on her vertical succulent garden.

A still life of tillandsia....

I need a driftwood shelf in my garden, right?

Even her logo raises my serotonin.

The custum-drip coffee bar rocks too.

The madam, herself.

This is her cottage in the back of her house. Another vertical succulent garden and cool combos down below in the ground.

As the Black Eyed Peas say, what's that junk inside your trunk?

Very cool eucalyptus pads....

My husband, David Gottfried, picking out garden sculpture.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Re:visionaries: Van Jones & David Gottfried

Check out the 6-minute video on Van Jones, with an interview by my husband and founder of the USGBC, David Gottfried.

Love the broadening of the context from green technology to creating a revolution and perhaps redemption for the human race, for connecting back to the human spirit through green to reclaim not just discarded materials but discarded lives. Let's create transcendent and ecstatic experience through our work in greening our planet and lives.

It’s deeper than a solar panel.

Van rocks!

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Sim Van der Ryn Visit

Sim Van der Ryn is a pioneer of green architecture, prolific writer, visionary, and rock star of "sustainable architecture." He's authored seven books. Sim's Inverness home is extraordinarily beautiful, deep green with inspired design, and I thought I'd post a few snaps of it here.

Above is his gorgeous front door, to the anteroom (top photo and below) that connects many parts of his evolving home. It was painted by Tibetan monks in colors that make you happy.

Lots of queer little artifacts such as this one below in the window facing Inverness Ridge.

Beautiful staircase to his bedroom. The wood is all reclaimed.

Below are a few shots of an awesome redwood root, twirled and turned as an arch on Sim's grounds.

Maya, age 4, is in there for perspective.

I love the sleeping nook (above) and the old bench (below, with pond implements).