Lily Lodge Flowers the Antidote to Boring Red Roses on Valentine's Day
Tired of overpriced not particularly beautiful red roses that often don't even open for Valentine's Day? Maybe your significant other doesn't even like roses? One woman I know married the man who finally figured out her favorite flowers were tulips and showed up with a bouquet of her favorite flowers rather than roses on Valentine's Day. Regardless of the reason, there are options available for those who want to give truly beautiful flowers to that important person in your life.
Ariana Lambert Smeraldo the owner of Lily Lodge, a spectacular flower shop in Los Angeles, California is no stranger to designer style. She was appointed West Coast Director of Stores and Public Relations of Bottega Veneta in 1998. It is not surprising that her store offers so much more than just the run-of-the-mill red roses. Just like many grandmothers have whispered to their granddaughters over the years that the women who choose Bottega know that their own initials are enough, Lily Lodge offers up floral arrangements for those with quiet but exquisite taste. Ariana understands that a combination of beautiful raw materials, a trademark style and understated elegance will always be chic.
Gallery: Lily Lodge Flowers
The store's philosophy is to sell organic pesticide free flowers from small independent growers whenever possible. For those who love hard to find and unique flora the shop offers Calla Lilies, Allium Gloriosa lilies, and organic Dahlias among other varities. For the traditional rose fans their roses are grown in real gardens and still have a fragrance, a far cry from corporate flower mills. Another particularly unique aspect of this shop is the opportunity to put the flowers in rare and vintage vases of your choosing. All are authenticated and signed and some even come with a story. From Qing Dynasty to vintage 1940's murano glass to Art Deco style vases or ceramic and art pottery from designers such as Raymor, Rosenthal and Royal Haeger your chosen flowers can arrive with a spectacular keepsake to use long ofter the blooms have faded. So even if you are committed to the traditional gift of roses the vase can be something quite special.
While located in Los Angeles the shop is happy to ship around the country with a minimum purchase of $75.00 and can be shipped overnight for a fee of $25-$55, which considering how much the prices of roses get jacked up around Valentine's Day seems like a bargain. Obviously if you choose an exotic or antique vase you are looking at a more substantial investment, but it is all in the name of love, right?!