Bright Thanksgiving Centerpiece

When I think of Thanksgiving, a fireplace seems to be the perfect scene. Even in Northern California, it is usually reasonably chilly at Thanksgiving, so that fire really hits the spot.

When I put together this arrangement, I wanted to use a color palette a bit outside the typical realm of Thanksgiving colors. I think that while you can still see autumn in this arrangement, it also has a more colorful element that you would not generally expect to see on a “traditional” Thanksgiving table. The lighter pinks, especially, lend a soft and happy quality to this piece.

I feel that the leaves on persimmon trees are just the perfect shade right now – a light brown with hints of pink and yellow which compliment the vessel and assist in creating a color combo around it. The peonies and the ranunculus are just a reinforcement of those autumn-dusted leaves of the persimmon tree.

I believe that it is always fun to try something new and step outside the traditional look once in a while – what about you?

Flowers: rose, peony, poppy, ranunculus, orchid, kumquat, tangerine, japanese maple, persimmon branch
Bright Thanksgiving Centerpiece / Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

Bright Thanksgiving Centerpiece / Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

Bright Thanksgiving Centerpiece / Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

Bright Thanksgiving Centerpiece / Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

Credits:

Styling and design by Kiana Underwood
Photography by Nathan Underwood

White Lotus

Happy November friends! I honestly can’t believe it is November, I mean we were just on summer vacation! It is always amazing just how quickly time flies when things are busy, and with a business, three kids with school and activities, and various other miscellaneous things, the year has zipped along at breakneck speed.

I have had my eye on lotus for some time now, so when I saw that this Australian variety was available, I didn’t waste any time. The lotus, along with the candy cane tulips with some gardenia added, were both eye candy as well as beautifully aromatic. It is amazing what beauty you can achieve by simply adding some different textures and shades of color together in a vessel!

Flowers: lotus, passion, ranunculus, rose, tulip, silene, gardenia, flannel, hydrangea, tweedia
White Lotus / Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

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

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

Credits:

Styling and design by Kiana Underwood
Photography by Nathan Underwood

Early Autumn Highlights

Here are some highlights of what early autumn has looked like so far for me.

Due to a very warm September, my garden still thinks it is summer, so I have been enjoying my roses quite a lot. Everything in this arrangement is from my garden.

Flowers: honeysuckle, lemon, garden rose, tea rose, jasmine, iresine
Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

I was pleasantly surprised to find peonies at the market this month – with all sorts of beautiful peonies coming from Chile. So, of course I took the opportunity to create an arrangement around this rich color pallete pairing tree peonies with these awesome carnations! The fuchsia is a touch from my own garden.

Flowers: peony, carnation, rose, ranunculus, silene, zinnia, privet, sumac, astilbe
Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

Flowers in a grocery bag. No, I did not pick them up from the market like this!
Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

A harvest arrangement for a client who wanted green and white for a dinner table centerpiece.
Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

An all-white arrangement upon client request.

Flowers: rosemary, tea rose, peony, rose hip, nodding abutilon, privet, japanese anemone, parrot tulip, tuberose
Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

A happy bouquet for a bride who wasn’t expecting peonies in October!
Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

An arrangement for a client who wanted a sweet garden bouquet!
Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Credits:

Styling and design by Kiana Underwood
Select photography by Nathan Underwood

Autumn Wedding

Autumn weddings are some of my favorite, as I love the opportunity for some of the rust and gold-colored palettes that come with the season. This wedding in San Francisco was no exception, and I was able to take advantage of some lovely amaryllis and golden persimmons in conjunction with rose, tuberose, and eucalyptus. Not only were the colors out of this world, but the smell floating through the wedding reception was heavenly. And the icing on the cake was the kind and lovely “thank you” e-mail I received from a very happy bride the following Monday!

Flowers: amaryllis, rose, tweedia, tuberose, privet, persimmon, pomegranate, ranunculus, eucalyptus, nigella, nerine lily, cyrtanthus
Autumn Wedding / Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

Centerpieces
Autumn Wedding / Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

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

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

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

Flower girl basket and boutonnières
Autumn Wedding / Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

Cocktail arrangements
Autumn Wedding / Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

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

Credits:

Styling and design by Kiana Underwood
Photography by Nathan Underwood