Best of: August

Late summer in California brings about some of the best local garden rose selection at the Flower Mart, as well as in my garden. I have really been enjoying working with roses this past month. Here are some of my favorites from the single arrangement work that I did in August.

Not really an arrangement, but just a photo of the roses because it was too gorgeous not to!
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Bouquet of zinnia, dahlia, rose, sweet pea, ranunculus, rice flower, and begonia for a pink-loving bride.
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On a weekend with dinner guests, I decided to fill my mixer with flowers and garden trimmings. It was a hit!
Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

Last minute garden-style arrangements for a party in someone’s garden!
Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

One of my most favorite floral combinations: gardenia, hellebore, snowberry, rose (from my garden) and basil.
Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

This was for someone who likes yellow roses. As a garden-style designer, it’s hard when someone wants 2 dozen yellow roses, and a traditional approach just wouldn’t suit me!
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Garden-style happy boutonnières for a colorful wedding.
Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

Nruphoto takes the BART to work every day, and I give him a ride to and from the station. One day when I went to pick him up I saw him walking down the stairs with the raddest vintage suitcase – as if he was living sometime in the 50′s going on a trip! He had purchased the camera on the right and it came in the suitcase. I’d say that’s a major bonus!
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I wish you all a happy and flower-filled weekend!

Credits:

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

Ohio Amish Country

One of the highlights of our summer road trip was driving through Amish country in Ohio. We visited a part of northern Ohio with a large population of both Amish and Mennonites.

To be honest, aside from the fact that they choose to live a very simple life, I really didn’t know much about the Amish. However, after my recent visit, I have to admit that I am in awe of these people. I absolutely loved everything that I saw, from the beautifully manicured lawns and gardens, the perfectly organized clothes hanging to dry in the sun, their amazing produce and farmers markets, to their outfits and the awesome beards (my husband was jealous). It was all a breath of fresh air, and far away from the usual pretentiousness that life in a major city tends to cultivate.

The beauty in the countryside was overwhelming, so I simply took pictures everywhere I went. They absolutely love flowers – flowers everywhere…so I think that the Amish and I would be good friends, if only for the love that we share for flowers.

Our non-equine buggy.
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Giant hibiscus on someone’s front lawn, so of course we stopped for a snap.
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It’s not ber-LIN (like the German city), it’s BUR-lin!
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To me, there is something very special about people who choose this as their ride and mode of transportation as opposed to cars. Here is a great example of an Amish buggy. For the first couple of hours, my kids were looking for Volkswagen Bugs every time we said “buggy”…until we did some explaining!
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A visit to the cheese factory.
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She did give me the look of “Really?!”
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Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Farmland
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Clothes drying on the line.
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Hard to see, but this Dalmatian was relaxing next to the driveway.
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Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

The produce (and pies) were amazing. All fruits and vegetables were about 1/3 of the price I am used to in San Francisco.
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Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

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We found this abandoned motel about two hours from the Amish farms as we were heading out of northern Ohio. We explored for a bit – which was a lot of fun.
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Credits:

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

Colors of Colina: Burgundy

As I have been doing my Humans with Bouquets series this year, naturally, I have developed a relationship with some of the people who have participated. Colina is one of those people, and I am lucky enough that she is local, and graciously agreed to shoot with me a few more times.

Aside from the unique beauty that she possesses, to me, Colina inspires color. She has an incredible wardrobe and a lovely color sense, as well as a beautiful style. What more could I ask for? I decided I wanted to create a human-focused color series. With the coming of autumn, the possibilities are almost infinite; so, as a prelude to the season I chose the color burgundy. I simply told Colina what the general color theme of the bouquet that I was making would be, and here are the results!

Flowers: pokeweed, ranunculus, zinnia, rice flower, dahlia, foxglove, anemone, geranium, smoke, dusty miller
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

Credits:

Styling and design by Kiana Underwood
Photography by Nathan Underwood
Colina’s dress from Anthropologie and shoes from Swedish Hasbeens

Humans with Bouquets: The Bacquets

My sister-in-law, Kassi and her husband Dan have 5 kids – Tyler, Tannyn, Tayli, Traxler, and Tavvi. That’s a lot of kids. They are the Bacquets.

Bacquet Family

Family photo courtesy Kassi Bacquet

Today’s post is very near and dear to my heart, not only because the Bacquets are my family, but because I think of them as champions among us. Life has its ups and downs for everyone, but I think that some of us are dealt a tougher hand than the rest. Almost two years ago Kassi and Dan were given the gift of beautiful fraternal twins (a boy and girl), and what could be better than that, right? But there was a catch, their baby boy (Trax) was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis a few days after birth. For those of you who aren’t familiar (as I wasn’t), Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is a fatal genetic condition that affects the internal organs, especially the lungs and pancreas. Especially tough is that Trax is a normal, active toddler, as the disease is not externally apparent.

Having been with the Bacquets for 2-3 days at a time and seeing their life up close and personal, it is apparent how much CF has touched upon every aspect of their life and changed it in many ways. Even with health insurance, medical bills are a huge issue, as insurance doesn’t cover all of the necessary treatments. I would say that on average, Trax’s CF treatments occupy 2-3 hours of their lives every day – and when you have 5 kids, that is a lot of time to spend on just one. However, they have taken it in stride, and their faith, sense of humor, and the love that they have for their family and each other remains strong!

I honestly don’t know how I could ever cope with having to worry about every little fever that creeps up, a minor cold, or a cranky baby who doesn’t want to be connected to a machine 3 times a day for 30 minutes – while still having to be a parent to four other kids.

Don’t let these incredibly adorable tiny faces fool you, they can destroy you! The last time we visited it was about a month and a half ago, and one afternoon Trax cried non-stop for an hour.
Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

Let’s just say that we had an array of different flowers for our shoot, but both Tavvi and Trax were much more into my watering can…
Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

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

With everything that Kassi has to do every day of her life as a mom to 5 kids, she is a put-together and stylish mom!
Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

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

And this guy, well he doesn’t need an intro – the photos speak for themselves! I’ve known Dan for 13 years, and he still remains one of the funniest guys ever! He makes me laugh like no one does. My kids love him as their uncle Dan, and he is easygoing, patient, and fun – as well as a great dad.
Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

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

For more of Kassi’s story, please check out this interview on Design Mom.
For more information about Cystic Fibrosis, please check out the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Credits:

Styling and design by Kiana Underwood
Photography by Nathan Underwood