It Takes a School to Make an Elephant

It Takes a School to Make an Elephant

There are fewer things sweeter than witnessing what happens when open-minded people get thrown together to think, paint, create and trust in the outcome.  Several weeks ago what unfolded at my children’s school was just this: Magic. Photo by Johanna La Fleur...
A Cushion to Fall Back On

A Cushion to Fall Back On

It started when I saw a wonderful, floppy, thin mattress on a vintage beach chair my old friend Frances Boswell had sewn. (See her delicious blog, Kitchen-Repetoire.com). What a snuggy solution to sprucing up an old, angular chair! She was also knitting a stretchy...
Golden Gate Bench

Golden Gate Bench

Here in northern California so many front yards are beautifully designed and lovingly maintained, but rarely used. While traveling a few summers ago in Istria, I was struck by the very different form that a ‘front yard’ took there: a bench against a wall...
Buenos Aires: The best design is on the street

Buenos Aires: The best design is on the street

Exploring Buenos Aires last month with my family, I was overcome by the urge to see, taste and absorb everything as completely and as quickly as I could in our 5 days there, which felt far too short. I had been visiting this city remotely for many years: planning...
Nice to Meet You, Come on in!

Nice to Meet You, Come on in!

Let me introduce myself. I am Johanna Leestma La Fleur,  designer, entrepreneur and enthusiastic observer of all things beautiful, clever and original. I love to travel, cook, spark ideas, garden, sew and cycle. I am a mother and an eager collaborator. Oh, and I am a...

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