Early Autumn Arrangements

I don’t often do single arrangements, but I won’t lie, when a lovely gentleman calls you, and asks for a “spectacular” arrangement for his wife on their anniversary, it is hard to say no!

So, here is my version of spectacular. With autumn it is so easy to create “knock your socks off” arrangements because the colors and textures available are simply beyond amazing!! As a designer, I am truly in heaven in autumn.

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

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

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

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

This is a little something I put together just for me to enjoy. One of the great things about visiting the flower mart is that I usually have leftovers for myself, and I always take advantage of it and put together a few little things for around the house.
Early Autumn Arrangements / Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

The raindrops on my roses this morning were truly a novelty given the serious drought we’ve been having in California.
Early Autumn Arrangements / Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

Credits:

Styling and design by Kiana Underwood
Photography by Nathan Underwood

Colorful Cosmos

You know autumn is just about here when cosmos are in full bloom and bursting with beauty and amazing color here in Northern California.

To me, they look like a decadent daisy (indeed they actually are part of the daisy family), and add just the right touch of playfulness to an arrangement. I did this bright arrangement over the weekend, and I paired the cosmos with some bougainvillea (which by the way is also at the peak of its beauty right now), godetia, and some amazing ruffly ranunculus. Here are the results.

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

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

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

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

Credits:

Styling and design by Kiana Underwood
Photography by Nathan Underwood

Garden Inspired Party

A couple of weeks ago Victoria of sfgirlbybay asked me to do the floral arrangements for her party with Women & Whiskies. We chatted about the colors and and the overall theme of her party and here is what I came up with. Victoria loved every single one of the arrangements and they looked beautiful in her lovely home; the party was so much fun and we learned a lot more about whiskey than thought possible!

One of the benefits of having an “in-house” photographer extraordinare is that NRUPhoto takes amazing pictures of my work before they make it to the events!

The palette I chose – based on the party’s theme – was colorful and vintage style.

Flowers: garden rose, ranunculus, nerrine lily, hellebore, tuberose, sweet pea, anemone, queen anne’s lace, zinnia, pepper, lime, snowberry
Garden Inspired Party / Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

Garden Inspired Party / Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

Nothing like Sally Holmes to lend extra beauty and grace to an arrangement!
Garden Inspired Party / Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

Garden Inspired Party / Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

Garden Inspired Party / Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

Garden Inspired Party / Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

Garden Inspired Party / Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

Credits:

Styling and design by Kiana Underwood
Photography by Nathan Underwood

Colors of Colina: Mint + Peach

Mint and peach – I just love this color combination. As you might have read in my first Colors of Colina entry, I tell Colina the overall color theme of the bouquet that I’m going to make, and she wears something complementary. I quite like how lovely this color pairing turned out – soft and beautiful.

There is simply so much room to let your imagination and creativity explode when you choose color as the theme for your project. The possibilities are almost endless, and you can find a unique element to incorporate every time. For me, the unique element(s) of this bouquet are many, but if I had to pick just one it would be the dates. I love the yellow color tone and I think it ties together the whole bouquet in conjunction with Colina’s mint-colored dress.

When I make a bouquet I want to “wow” people with it, so I always strive to use unique combinations of flowers and foliage that I think stand out from the “everyday” bouquet.

Flowers: orchid, strawberry tree, dates, potato vine, garden rose, carnation, coleus
Colors of Colina: Mint + Peach / Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

Colina, her bouquet, and the lion.
Colors of Colina: Mint + Peach / Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

Colors of Colina: Mint + Peach / Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

This knit-covered pole was such an awesome surprise, and it matched Colina’s dress perfectly – whoever made that colorful cover was quite retro and we thank them!
Colors of Colina: Mint + Peach / Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

Colors of Colina: Mint + Peach / Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

Colors of Colina: Mint + Peach / Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

Credits:

Styling and design by Kiana Underwood
Photography by Nathan Underwood