Welcoming Spring 2015

Happy spring friends! Apologies for my prolonged silence, but I have been super busy these past few weeks with events, workshops, and pretty much a busy life of being a mother of three (with spring sports having begun).

I have to admit, things are crazy (in a good way) this year and I find myself struggling to keep it all balanced. I have gathered some of my favorite images from the past few weeks to share with you. Spring is here indeed – as evidenced in these arrangements.

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Styling, design, and photography by Kiana Underwood
Select photography by Nathan Underwood

Pop Up Bridal

I recently did floral arrangements for BHLDN‘s bridal pop-up shop in San Francisco, and wanted to share some snaps that NRUPhoto took of the event. They wanted some soft hues, so I decided that one could almost never go wrong with blush and its variants.

I know some of you are going to want to know what those pink bubble gum looking berries are!! They are berries that I foraged from a very awesome bush (the only one I’ve found) that I found in San Francisco and they are called Pernettya – I absolutely loved working with them!

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

Credits:

Styling and design by Kiana Underwood
Photography by Nathan Underwood

Prelude to Spring

Happy February friends. Spring is coming!

I know I have been way MIA lately – life has been super busy leaving me with little time for blogging. But, at last here I am to share with you a slice of what I have been working on for the past few months! I made a video combining the two things I love: flowers and music.

Music is an ever-present source of inspiration in my life; it affects me in a way that nothing else does. About a year ago, while I had Wagner’s Tannhäuser Overture blasting, I knew I had my inspiration.

To me, there is something deep, grand, and fantastical about Wagner’s music. I wanted to create a brief artistic moment, as grand and worthy of that piece as I could with flowers. So started months of planning, work, and imagination. This is the result, and I hope you enjoy watching it as much as I enjoyed creating it!

Here are some behind-the-scenes images that NRUPhoto graciously captured on the day of our shoot.

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

Wagner is so grand that I wanted to create an equally grand and intricate arrangement. The magnolia branches really helped with lending that extra touch!
Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

To me, Wagner’s music has a very unique fairytale quality – so I wanted to design an arrangement whereby one would imagine that setting, mysterious and sort of out of this world, while still maintaining my tendencies for bright and colorful designs.
Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

It was a lot of fun (and work) shooting the last scene, as we wanted the flowers falling evenly and abundantly behind me!
Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

Credits:

Styling and design by Kiana Underwood
Photography by Nathan Underwood

A Happy Start

Happy New Year everyone. I hope you all had a fantastic holiday season!

Our family usually goes on a winter trip – either on a road trip, skiing/snowboarding, or out of the country. This year we got so busy that it left little time to plan a trip, and we decided to “staycation” it. I have to admit, as much as I love to travel, I really enjoyed staying home this year. It gave me the opportunity to do all that I wanted. So, for a couple of days straight I made arrangements for myself, and it was wonderful! After all, what I love most about my job is the creative aspect – so I’m pretty much in heaven when left alone to create without the hassle of dealing with the business side of things.

I had some leftover flowers from a photo shoot that I combined with some foraged goods from my garden (as well as our neighborhood). It was a pretty great mix to work with.
Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

Here’s what came out of those lovely peonies.
Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

This is proof that you don’t have to have a farm to create a farm arrangement. I am what you would call an “urban farmer”. I live in an urban area 20 minutes outside of San Francisco and have managed to cultivate a lovely garden in my little backyard. With a little help from my garden and some locally grown flowers from the SF Flower Mart, I was able to create this arrangement.
Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

The first bouquet of 2015
Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

These were the most ruffley narcissus I ever did see. And they had the sweetest aroma.
Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

I mixed the narcissus with some geranium, acacia, camellia, and privet from the garden. I love how different this arrangement turned out.
Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

A very soft palette. I love the color of these hydrangeas from the garden this time of year. I mixed them with some camellias and pansies from my garden.
Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

And here is the final result.
Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

This arrangement from yesterday included everything from my garden sans the ranunculus. Citrus blossoms, hellebore, viola, hydrangea, rose, and snow bush.
Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

Credits:

Styling and design by Kiana Underwood
Select photography by Nathan Underwood