When it comes to flowers it’s really a passion of mine. I enjoy creating the huge arrangements every week in Villa Blanca. I’m most definitely an amateur but what I lack in expertise I make up with enthusiasm. I always look at the space before determining what arrangement to create. In Villa Blanca the flowers have to follow suit and be blanca. I often mix it up with lots of wild greens and sometimes big white feather plumes as shown here, which always makes it look really gorgeous.

The secret is to buy a lot of the cheaper background and fillers and then strategically place the more expensive flowers. On the desk we often submerge roses attached to a device called a pinfrog in a tubular vase for the desk which gives it a very contemporary look.

My other restaurant Sur needs more color, and the melange of pinks, blues, and purples really pops in the center of a very eclectic restaurant. We try to keep our arrangements fresh for a week. We replenish the water daily and sometimes add a minute amount of bleach.

In my house, which intentionally is a rather bland palette because it gives me the freedom to change flowers and accessories without redecorating! You can see a plain tubular vase that I used in my house filled with cellofane that makes for a very effective flower arrangement.

In the entrance to my house that is where I like to put my Pièce de Résistance. As you can see in the arrangement below I’ve incorporated willow twigs and spring shades of flowers which makes a very beautiful welcome.

Often I will create a look by using colours in the same family but many different types of flowers, which always seems to impress.

This has been an eventful week and I’m delighted to share a bit about our charity event. On Monday, Villa Blanca hosted a fashion show and luncheon for the Children’s Burn Foundation.  The Children’s Burn Foundation is a California-based nonprofit organization dedicated to preventing burns and fires and providing services to those who have been affected by a burn injury.

We had about 120 ladies attend the luncheon and I’m honored to announce we raised $20,000 for the charity. Additionally my friends at Epione Spa in Beverly Hills contributed thousands of dollars in treatments to the women, and we were fortunate to have had many prizes donated.

As for the fashion portion of the event, the models strutted the runway in lavish designs by Chris Makowksy, with hair and makeup Batia. Chris additionally designs much of my attire, and his work is absolutely the finest there is.

Overall it was a phenomenal success. It’s energizing to see friends come together to promote change and I feel honored to have been apart of it. Thank you to everyone who made this possible, and may we continue to learn, grow and inspire together.