Humans with Bouquets: Angie

As you all might have figured out by now, Humans with Bouquets is a series where I feature people who I know and care for deeply, or those who I admire (sometimes from afar).

Today’s human holds a special place in my heart – my good friend Angie has been a loyal friend since the very beginning of my blogging endeavor. She is a photographer (and an excellent one at that), and I am fortunate that she has photographed many of my projects over the last year and a half. She is always willing to shoot, and her vision makes me better every time we work on something.

Angie’s husband recently gifted her with this very cool Ural Tourist motorcycle with sidecar, so when we planned this photo shoot, we knew that the motorcycle had to be a part of it. After all, what’s better than a hot biker babe holding a beautiful bouquet with a sidecar full of rhododendron?!

Thank you for being my “human” Angie – you are a great addition to this series!

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

Flowers: sweet pea, ranunculus, rose, peony, silene, rhododendron (sidecar).
Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Rhododendron is absolutely amazing this time of year and blooming in all sorts of colorful variety, so I filled the sidecar with it for a massive pop of color.
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

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?

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

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