Workshop Weekend

Happy weekend! It has been an absolutely crazy week prepping for my upcoming workshops, Petals and Penmanship with Maybelle Imasa-Stukuls this Saturday, followed by my two-day wedding floral design workshop with Creative Live on April 22-23.

Last week during one of my visits to the flower mart, I found these amazing locally grown spray roses – their shade is exquisite. So, of course, I brought them back with me and did an arrangement for one of my friends. She loved it and happened to have dinner guests, so it worked out perfectly!

Flowers: geranium, columbine, rose, tulip, oregano, ranunculus
Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

The “back” of the centerpiece.
Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Don’t you just love these roses?! They look like they were dipped in white chocolate!
Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Credits:

Styling and design by Kiana Underwood
Photography by N.R. Underwood

Designing with Houseplants

Have you ever considered making a centerpiece with just what you have in your planters or from your house plants? Well, I did just that a little while ago. I hadn’t gone to the flower mart and I did not want to go to the grocery store. So, I took a look around my house and I decided to use some house plants combined with pansies from the planter we have on our deck, and here is what I came up with. What do you think?

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These begonias were inside a pretty pot in our breakfast room, the lemon thyme I had purchased from our local garden center to plant inside our herb box in the back yard, and the pansies usually live on our balcony. I think it is simply amazing what you can come up with using just a few greens and flowers.

Flowers: begonia, pansy, lemon thyme, house plant greens
Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Begin with the begonia – they actually do quite well as cut flowers in a vase and their leaves are so pretty and shiny that they make a perfect arrangement addition.
Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Continue by adding the thyme and pansies until your vase looks full.
Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

As a very last touch, I added a few stems of the house plant greens. I was amazed at how long this arrangement lasted!
Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Credits:

Styling and design by Kiana Underwood
Photography by N.R. Underwood

A Sweet and Simple Easter

Happy Friday friends! I did this Easter DIY last year, but it was not published on my own blog, so I am sharing it with you today. I think it is simple, cute and colorful – as well as a fun activity to do with kids in prepping for an Easter table.

With Easter, the possibilities for creative expression are abundant. This particular design incorporates the staples of spring and Easter (colorful flowers and eggs) in a unique and easy way. I did not color the eggs here, but think how much fun it would be to have all sorts of colorful eggs on that plate!! The green ranunculus are amazing in the texture that they bring to the design, and the colorful pop of the tulips and lilies scream cheer and happiness. A few ceramic rabbits on another cake plate finish the Easter motif. I hope that you enjoy trying your own version of this DIY!

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Angie Cao / angiecao.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Angie Cao / angiecao.com

Flowers: tulip, ranunculus, lily
Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Angie Cao / angiecao.com

Begin by placing the pedestal bowl on top of the cake platter and start arranging the tulips so that they hang over the side of the bowl. The tulip leaves (attached to the stems) create a nice fill as well.
Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Angie Cao / angiecao.com

Continue by placing the lilies in the same manner next to the tulips.
Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Angie Cao / angiecao.com

Add the ranunculus and additional tulips.
Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Angie Cao / angiecao.com

Continue by filling in with additional numbers of each variety. This arrangement works well by having a reasonable segregation between the floral varieties.
Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Angie Cao / angiecao.com

Stack the eggs carefully around the platter and voilà – you have a lovely Easter centerpiece.
Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Angie Cao / angiecao.com

Credits:

Styling and design by Kiana Underwood
Photography by Angie Cao

Humans with Bouquets: Will

As some of you know, I was recently in London. I would be lying if I told you I wasn’t super excited about this particular feature today! Everything about this shoot was an amazing experience – from the moment I asked Will Taylor to be one of my humans, to the day I visited the New Covent Garden Market to buy flowers, through to the day that I photographed him on the bank of the Thames in beautiful London.

Styling and photography by Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

For those of you who aren’t familiar with Will, you soon will be, as his book Bright Bazaar: Embracing Color for Make-You-Smile Style is about to be released (April 29 in the US) and it is going to explode your mind. He is also a freelance designer, and the founder and editor of the wonderful interior design and color blog Bright.Bazaar. If you haven’t guessed it yet, and couldn’t tell from these photos, Will is all about color.

If you’d like to meet Will, he is going to be in Los Angeles and New York for book signings in May. Please check his blog for details!

In my opinion (and clearly many others), Will’s taste and style are immaculate, but what has endeared him to me most is the kind, humble, and wonderful person that he is. It is a pleasure to have you on my blog Will – thank you for participiating in my series and for a great day in London. You certainly have brought color and happiness to Humans with Bouquets!

The beauty of buying flowers in Europe in spring is that these amazing ranunculi were abundant and coming straight over from Holland.
Styling and photography by Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Styling and photography by Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

To me, this is the essence of who Will is – bright, happy and positive!
Styling and photography by Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Styling and photography by Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Styling and photography by Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

A stylish young Brit + beautiful flowers + Big Ben – could there be a better combo?
Styling and photography by Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Styling and photography by Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Styling and photography by Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Styling and photography by Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Can you tell Will is a natural at this? I didn’t have to tell him how to pose at all – all I did was snap away – and, of course, wound up with lots of favorite photos to share!
Styling and photography by Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Credits:

Styling and photography by Kiana Underwood