Studio Choo Blooms in San Francisco
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As a floral designer in my past life, I have long been an admirer of San Francisco's Studio Choo for their emphasis on locally grown and wild flora. I was so interested in their work that one foggy afternoon a few years ago, I drove from the city to an address listed on their blog in Pacifica. I assumed that they had a store there, but when I pulled onto a quiet residential street, I realized that proprietors Alethea Harampolish and Jill Rizzo designed flowers out of their houses. I was too shy to knock, but when the two best friends opened their official store in January of 2010, I was delighted to visit and have referred friends there ever since. Located on Divisadero Street in San Francisco, Studio Choo (as a part of Prairie Collective, a group of friends with similar small business) boasts a selection of home accessories in addition to seasonal flower arrangements. Above: An arrangement of scabiosa stellata, olive branches, bearded iris, and kangaroo paw mingles with a collection of locally produced ceramics. Above: Wooden utensils sit in a wire mesh basket. Above: Grapevines adorn a mantel. Above: A succulent wreath hangs above vases of tulips, daffodils, and ranunculus. Above: The store's home goods include wool blankets, pottery, and apothecary jars of wooden matches. Above: A bromeliad air plant sits in a gourd container, while dried hydrangea is arranged in a stoneware ceramic vase. Above: Welsh woven blankets and pillows are paired with a vase of pink foxglove. White blooming branches stretch out over the display cabinet. Above: The store on Divisadero is painted white to set off the wooden beams. Above: Yellow rosa banksia stand out on a foggy afternoon. Above: Studio Choo's sandwich board keeps passersby informed of new arrivals from the market.