afternoon tea at the house of commons

Devoid of the usual kitschy quality you find in most state-side tearooms, the House of Commons is a fresh, clean space in the Lower Highlands neighborhood near Downtown Denver. I ordered the Afternoon Tea, and enjoyed a smooth spiced orange black tea while nibbling on dainty tea sandwiches such as cucumber, smoked salmon, and curried chicken. My husband opted for the refreshing Chatsworth iced tea and a hearty ham sandwich dubbed the Westminster. The mini scones were fluffy bits of perfection, and since finding anything even resembling Devonshire cream has been pretty non-existant for me here in Colorado, I was definitely in Devonshire-cream-heaven. I flashed back to my college days and sitting for hours at a little tea room in Stratford-Upon-Avon with my girlfriends, discussing Shakespeare and gorging ourselves on tea and scones. Although the House of Commons has a very updated, modern look, it still seems quintessentially British, and that feature, paired with the lovely tea and yummy tidbits, will definitely draw me back again in the very near future.

House of Commons 2401 15th Street Denver, CO 80202 (303) 455-4832

Images | Styling by Lauryl Lane.

winter wonderland

Less than a week after I arrived in Denver, I woke up one morning to about eight inches of snow!!! First snow of the season, and in October!!! And exactly one week later, we got ten inches more!  The locals here say all the early snow is unusual and probably means that we're in for a mean winter. I'm slightly terrified and also terribly excited. The prospect of a white Christmas absolutely thrills me to pieces!

I don't mind being "snowed-in." I suppose that's one of the great things about working from home, and also one of the worst! I never get to claim a snow day, work is always just a few steps away. But on the upside, that also means that if I am snowed-in, there's a very slim chance that I'll get cabin fever. I'll always have something to do!

Having an early snow like this sure made for some particularly gorgeous trees- it's just stunning to see the changing leaf colors with a layer of snow on them. Pretty, pretty!

And I couldn't resist an image of my "Cali-convertible" completely covered in white powder. When I bought this car, I definitely didn't envision it like this!

It amazed me how much the snow blows around- even the succulents on my covered back patio were covered in drifts of snow. I've since moved my succulents into the studio... they didn't seem to be a big fan of freezing temperatures.

I also had to cut back the palm tree - the weight of the snow ended up breaking almost all of the branches. And the fountain has been turned off since we discovered that even running water can freeze!

I know that many people don't like snow or cold temperatures- and while I'll admit that I'm not yet fully adjusted and my winter wardrobe needs some serious improvements- I also know that the biggest things I've missed living in Southern California have been experiencing all four seasons and SNOW!!! There is something ridiculously cozy about snuggling under a blanket and looking out your window at a white winter wonderland. I love it.

Images by Lauryl Lane.

the big reveal!!!

I write to you today from the awe-inspiring state of....

It's my new home!

I know the rumor mills have been circulating, and I'm happy to put all the speculation to rest. It's official! I have moved to Denver, Colorado, and am in the process of relocating my company as well. Earlier this morning we put out an official press release, and I love how the title was worded, "Botanical Stylist Lauryl Lane Says Goodbye To Hollywood Hills And Hello To Rocky Mountains."

Those who have been following my work/blog will know that I've had an ongoing love affair with the city of Los Angeles, and saying goodbye to L.A. is definitely one of the hardest things I've ever done. Los Angeles has been so good to me. I know a lot of people who, like me, grew up in the midwest and then moved to the "big city," only to be chewed up and spit out. Why L.A. never did that to me, I don't know. It must have known I was a kindred spirit from day one. I have had nothing but wonderful experiences in Los Angeles, and the friends I've made there will remain my friends for life. I also have an exceptional base of clients in Southern California, and I will continue to serve them no matter where I end up.

Nothing changes for my clients currently booked in SoCal. I will be there, designing your events, just as planned. I have a place to stay anytime I need to go back to L.A., and I also have the use of a friend's floral design studio in West Hollywood. I will continue to take bookings in the area too, although those will be limited.

My husband moved here in July, and I've gone back and forth many times already. The two hour flight between DEN & LAX is unbelievably pain-free. But I've missed my husband, a lot, and I've ultimately decided that I want to cut back on the amount of travel weddings/events that I'm doing anyway, and focus on designing "at home."

Although Denver was never a city "on our radar," we like it. I've always considered myself a "mountain girl," despite never having lived near mountains of any kind...  so moving to Colorado felt like "going home." I miss my friends in L.A. like crazy, but in this digital age, good friends are only a skype away, so I think I'll be just fine. ;-)

Can I just say how EXCITED I am to start designing here in Colorado? This place is so gorgeous I can hardly stand it! I'm still setting up my office and getting my studio unpacked, but I'll have lots more details to share in the coming days and weeks and months...

Thank you to everyone who has helped make this move possible, and to those of you who have been my support system along the way. I can't wait to introduce you to this city as I find my own way in it!!!