Humans with Bouquets: Joy

When we were in New Orleans a couple of weeks ago, I had the pleasure of stopping by Joy Wilson’s lovely home in the French Quarter for a little shoot. Oh, you don’t know Joy Wilson? Sure you do…you just know her as Joy the Baker!

If you are at all into cooking or baking, then you know that Joy has the most scrumptious blog about baking and cooking. Additionally, she has a certain way of captivating you by simply telling you what is going on around the Internet or elsewhere, what she did that day, or just downright pointing out something that you too just happened to be thinking of. So, in a way, Joy not only teaches you how to make amazingly delicious food in the easiest way, but when reading her blog, it is as though you are sitting down and having a cup of coffee with a friend. Her “Let it be Sunday” posts are a great example of this, and one of my fav blog series.

As a reader of Joy’s blog, and someone who loves to make decadent food, I love the fact that she celebrates the usage of real ingredients such as butter, sugar, and chocolate. I mean, have you seen these black and white baked donuts? Her second book – Homemade Decadence – comes out in October. I am certainly looking forward to it!

As someone who loves to travel and isn’t afraid of change, I loved hearing Joy’s story on how and why she moved earlier this year to New Orleans and into her gorgeous home (built in the early 1800s). It’s a gorgeous place, and filled with art and style (and a cat called Tron).

Thank you, Joy, for participating in my series. You are a breath of fresh air, and it was great spending time with you!

A little glimpse of the incredible natural light and art in Joy’s home.
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This balcony is even more amazing in person!!
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Joy’s kitchen, where all the magic happens.
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Flowers: peony, anemone, rose, nigella, blushing bride
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We walked around the neighborhood, which is oozing with charm.
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And finally, these french doors + Joy + her bouquet – so much light and so much beauty in one image!
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Credits:

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

When Apple Met Dahlia

Happy Friday everyone! I have to be honest, I have completely lost track of the days while on my epic road trip with my family. In a way, I think it’s good, considering the fact that I am sort of a workaholic when I am at home. In any event, this trip has forced me to stay away from my real world for a while. While it has been an amazing adventure, I am really starting to miss my work and home (and dog).

Just before we left, I did this arrangement with apples and bright colors. I love the purple and orange, and combined with the light green apple branches I feel they really have great harmony. I don’t think peonies will be at the market when I get back, but I know dahlias are still going full force, and I am looking forward to using them.

I know I have been slacking on the blogging lately, but I will be back with a lovely Humans with Bouquets post on Monday!

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Flowers: dahlia, pokeweed, scabiosa, lisianthus, euphorbia, milkweed, sweet pea, hyacinth, garden rose, apple branches
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I used a floral frog for this arrangement, as I wanted the apple branches to stay secured in the vase.
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I started with the apple branches, then added the pokeweed, euphorbia, and dahlias.
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Credits:

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

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!
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Our “medicine cabinet”!
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A corner of my kitchen.
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My breakfast room.
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This phone is from the late 1920′s – the same time period as our house was built.
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Kitchen window sill.
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Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography:  Erica Brenci / lesamisphoto.com

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My sweet dog Charlie.
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Lovely Sofia and her bouquet!
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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