Italians in the House

If you have been reading my blog, you know that I love everything Italian. So, when Sofia Barozzi and Erica Brenci visited me from Italy back in April, I was especially happy to have them. We met at the SF Flower Mart, chose some beautiful flowers, and brought them back to my home and made a couple of lovely bouquets.

While Sofia and I were prepping flowers and making bouquets, Erica took some lovely snaps. At the time, I didn’t realize that she was not only taking pictures of us and the flowers, but also many shots of different corners of my home. I love the way Erica captured different spaces in my home – and it is fun to see your home from the eyes of another person. Thank you girls for visiting me, and for a very beautiful and memorable day! Tanti baci e abbracci!

The number sign in my front yard has little people on it representing each member of our family – it’s pretty cute!
Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography:  Erica Brenci / lesamisphoto.com

Our “medicine cabinet”!
Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography:  Erica Brenci / lesamisphoto.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography:  Erica Brenci / lesamisphoto.com

A corner of my kitchen.
Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography:  Erica Brenci / lesamisphoto.com

My breakfast room.
Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography:  Erica Brenci / lesamisphoto.com

This phone is from the late 1920′s – the same time period as our house was built.
Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography:  Erica Brenci / lesamisphoto.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography:  Erica Brenci / lesamisphoto.com

Kitchen window sill.
Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography:  Erica Brenci / lesamisphoto.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography:  Erica Brenci / lesamisphoto.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography:  Erica Brenci / lesamisphoto.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography:  Erica Brenci / lesamisphoto.com

My sweet dog Charlie.
Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography:  Erica Brenci / lesamisphoto.com

Lovely Sofia and her bouquet!
Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography:  Erica Brenci / lesamisphoto.com

Credits:

Styling and design by Kiana Underwood
Photography by Erica Brenci / Les Amis Photo

Human with Bouquets: Keely

Keely is my sis-in-law and one of my favorite people. She has been in my life for 15 years, and I like many things about her – but the one quality I absolutely adore in her is how real she is. There is just no BS. She is patient, kind, easy-going, fun, and most of all – what you see is what you get. To me, that’s one dynamite quality, and one that is hard to come by in people.

In addition to the wonderful person that she is, Keely has an immaculate eye for design and photography! She can style the same location multiple times, and each time you’ll be amazed by what you see. Each and every corner of her home is so adorable, and the time and attention that she has put into it is always quite evident. When you look through her Instagram feed, it is as though you are looking at bits and pieces straight out of a home and design magazine. When we were in Texas visiting over the 4th of July, I had the chance to grab some shots of Keely and her home, and I think you’ll be inspired by what you see!

Thanks for always opening your home to us Keel, and for being my lovely human. I love you!

In her living room. Flowers: tulip, anemone, spray rose, garden rose, smoke, agonis, lisianthus, coffee berry
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Keely and Yoshi in the family room. I absolutely love this room, and that sign…
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Here is a sweet little corner which has housed many different charming looks – this one being the most recent.
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A Texas girl at heart chilling in her backyard!
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Another lovely corner!
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Shelving in the breakfast room. I mean come on! I have to add that the shelves were made by her incredibly talented husband Mike who builds the most beautiful furniture for their home!
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And yes, this is how Keely rolls in her bedroom everyday!
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There is a girl beneath all this!
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A book case in the living room – this completely stole my heart!
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And the “Love” sign again! Obsessed!
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Credits:

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

The Great Summer Road Trip

My family and I are big fans of road trips and when the summer rolls around we usually go on one. This year we have embarked upon the longest road trip we have ever been on – 5 weeks on the road. Our first stop (from California) is usually Texas to visit family, and then we go on to New Orleans and the deep South (which is one of my absolute favorite parts of the country). This year, we’ll continue down to Miami, and then up the East Coast to New York City, and then back across the United States through Amish country, Chicago, Mount Rushmore, and (most likely) parts of Washington and Oregon before returning home.

Last week I stopped in Dallas for a workshop with Fullosophie at a great location – Chicken Scratch/The Foundry. It was so much fun, and the ladies who attended were absolutely lovely (and Chicken Scratch was a great venue). I had all of my flowers shipped from California, and Brannan Street Wholesale sponsored the workshop and shipped them in immaculate condition. Everyone was so thrilled to have California-grown flowers in Texas!

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

Flowers: parrot tulip, carnation, anemone, garden rose, spray rose, lisianthus, smoke, agonis
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It certainly was a warm afternoon, but as someone who lives in Northern California and does not get much heat in the summer, I really loved it.
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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Humans with Bouquets: Grace

I’ve been a fan of Grace Bonney and her amazing blog Design*Sponge for several years now. Design*Sponge was one of the first major lifestyle blogs that I became aware of when I started blogging. It goes without saying that it is one of those corners of the web where I look for inspiration, and is a go-to source for nearly everyone that I deal with in the design world.

I was really pleased when Grace said that she would participate in this series, and on a recent trip to NYC for some location scouting and event work, I stopped by Makeshift Society Brooklyn to catch her in her element.

To say that Grace is sweet would be an understatement, which is something that one already senses from reading Design*Sponge, and it was great getting to know her a little bit better in person. In my opinion, one of the admirable qualities about Grace is her desire and willingness to highlight artists and makers who otherwise might not be seen. Great examples of that are her “A Day in the Life” series as well as her usage of Instagram hashtags to share others’ beautiful photos and talent on her well-followed feed.

I really love these poppies that I was able to find at the Chelsea Flower Market, and although I had had a peony-based bouquet in mind for Grace, I think that the poppies stole the show.

Thank you for being a part of the series Grace!

Flowers: poppy, peony, astilbe, bleeding heart, sweet pea, blueberry, begonia
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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

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

Credits:

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