Healdsburg Homestead: A Sustainable Oasis

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Hidden on a 170-acre property in the hills of Healdsburg, CA, this off-the-grid homestead fits into the landscape effortlessly. Perched on a south-facing hillside, the home uses passive solar design. It is constructed of Watershed Block masonry and straw bale. Timber was milled on site. The internal design details of custom milled live-edge wood and lime plaster work to bring together sustainability and beauty.

The open design brings the landscape inside. The kitchen opens to the edible garden for easy harvest. An upper level of the house was designed as an essential oil studio and apothecary. This faces the medicinal aromatherapy garden. The homes sustainable elements include solar and a living vegetated roof. We planted the roof with sedums and led the roof run off into pollinator habitat and rain gardens. The use of permeable hardscape, dry-stacked stone, rain chains and native plants optimize water use. Herbal ground covers and native meadow grasses were implemented to create a resilient landscape.

Natives and herbs were set as the landscape’s foundation as part of a natural ecology that has adapted over thousands of years to be suited specifically to California and its climate. The design team created a modern oasis of sustainable design by integrating the entire site to create the best in sustainability.

ORIGIN Magazine: Herbal Alchemy In Valley of The Roses Morocco


Our article for Origin dives into the epic Herbal Alchemy Adventure we had in May. Our annual travel adventures go to gorgeous and remote places to preserve the art and beauty of the worlds natural treasures. In May we journeyed to the Valley of the Roses, Morocco, to meet with a French perfumer to harvest and distill thousands of rose petals under the stars in the heart of the Valley.

The Valley of the Roses is an endless garden where the air is heavily perfumed and the villages step back in time. Every year between April and May, the valley produces 4000 tons of wild roses. Damask rose is sought after by perfumers throughout the world for its rich, heady aroma. Rosa damascena, the Damask rose, originates from ancient Syria and has been revered since ancient times for its incredible perfume.

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We journeyed here to experience the regions revered annual rose harvest. We found a French perfumer who founded Kasbah des Roses as the pioneering eco project for their green beauty brand HÉVÉA. The perfumer, Christian Pamies was a landscape designer whose iconic gardens were found throughout the French Riviera. Steeped in the tradition of Grasse, France, he transformed his love for plants into a new endeavor with his wife Valérie Sabini. They imbued their passion into HÉVÉA with a unique perspective on raw beauty through the power of plants and age-old traditions. Giving a voice to the rituals, and techniques behind the art of natural perfumery.

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Check out the article Herbal Alchemy in Valley of the Roses Morocco in the latest issue!

Or inquire on our next years Herbal Alchemy Adventure where we delve into natures beauty and preserve the art and traditions of remote and beautiful cultures around the world.

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California Outdoor Living With Galanter & Jones

Even with California’s beautiful Spring weather there are cloudy days and cool nights. Galanter and Jones is the perfect solution for outdoor living. Galanter & Jones is a design build studio run by brother & sister duo Aaron & Miranda Jones. They debuted with a sleek line of heated outdoor seating, the first of its kind, hand built in chilly San Francisco.

Gravitating toward concrete and minimalism these pieces are modern, designed with clean, elegant lines that exude luxury and comfort. The Helios features a double curve that is smooth like river rock and ages with a patina.


With adjustable heating, simply set it to your desired temperature and enjoy. The bench will even hold the setting for next time. The stone will stay cool in the shade on hot days, keeping you comfy outdoors throughout the seasons.

You can visit them at their San Francisco showroom or see their beautiful furniture showcased at Flora Grubb Gardens, Living Green & The Future Perfect. We are in love and think you just might be too!




North Bay Home and Outdoor Living

Top landscape trends for 2017

The Ultimate Backyard


DIY Edible Gardens principle and lead designer, Angelica Papio shares her experience and design perspective for North Bay Home and Outdoor Living on stands now! Hear from landscape design experts on the leading design trends for 2017.  

Take a peek at an local staycation home that is all about fun, food and family get together's.

Experts agree staying home is the new trend in luxury outdoor living. There's an ongoing trend of enjoying your own environment. Overall people are thinking about lifestyle. They want to integrate the garden into their lives. 

Creating a tranquil sanctuary

The drought has been such a big deal that people have been really pressed to find alternatives to Lawns. We highlight meadow grass and prairie mixes as lawn substitutes. Replacement lawns, drought tolerant plants and water conservation are all part of a larger trend of sustainability that includes edible landscaping, permeable hard scape and an eco-friendly environment that doesn’t require pesticides. Such areas encourage pollinators, including bees, birds and butterflies.
Sustainability should be considered from the beginning of the design. To create a backyard that invites lingering, a design should incorporate both sustainability and usability.

Take a look at North Bay Home and Outdoor Living 2017 online mag with Page Flip!

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ORIGIN Magazine Latest Issue

As a featured eco columnist at ORIGIN Magazine I want to share the new issue. It is on stands nationally in the U.S., this week!

This issue, all 150 pages, features tons of women who eat impossible for breakfast, top wellness trendsetters, yoga leaders, best vegan chefs and foodies , cruelty-free fashion, Lenny Kravitz, Giselle, Melissa Etheridge and other pioneers, rockstars and athletes. 


San Francisco has always been a haven for the bohemian counter-culture and still has a current way of merging art with technology and social justice with ecology. From housing the largest living wall in the United States, to pioneering organizations aiming to transform our culture though reconnecting us to ancestral arts and ceremony, SF has a wealth of eco activists who aim to make a difference by transforming the world around them.

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San Fransisco Eco Profile

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