Four Days in Amsterdam

Amsterdam has to be one of my favorite places in the world. I have visited there many times, and each time I go I love it even more. The Dutch are absolutely lovely people, and we have never had a negative experience with anyone during our visits. The city is clean (compared to some other European cities) and filled with beautiful flowers. So, during our summer vacation we decided to spend 4 days and show our kids this beautiful city that we love so much. Until next time Amsterdam...

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com
Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

We rented a houseboat on the Amstel and biked all over the place.

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Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Every corner of the city has a unique and beautiful touch. It is hard not to take pictures of everything you see.

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com
Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

A lovely little flower shop tucked in one of the alleys in the city.

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

There are bikes everywhere, EVERYone bikes - from moms with two kids in the front basket to business people dressed in suits going to work.

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

One of our very own city bikers - always 100 meters ahead.

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

The absolutely gorgeous giant baskets of petunia had me every time. So beautiful and abundant.

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

We biked with the kids all over the city, and although I was afraid at times that we were going to get hit by a car, or by another biker, it never happened because everyone is pretty respectful of one another and patient with city biking rookies like myself. So, we had a very fun time cruising around the city and seeing everything.

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Arasteh Underwood
Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Arasteh Underwood
Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com
Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

I loved stopping by the beautiful Albert Cuypmarkt close to where we were staying to buy some food and flowers.

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

Oriental poppies grow like weed in Amsterdam. I was envious and in awe!!

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Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com
Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com
Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

I took a quick trip with my youngest son to the amazing Rijksmuseum for some Dutch Masters while the others were waiting in the very long line for the Anne Frank Museum. We made it back just as they were getting in (2+ hours later).

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Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

On our walk to Rijksmuseum we encountered these beauties.

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

Credits:

Photography, styling and design by Kiana Underwood Select photography by Nathan Underwood and Arasteh Underwood.

Prelude to Spring

Happy February friends. Spring is coming! I know I have been way MIA lately - life has been super busy leaving me with little time for blogging. But, at last here I am to share with you a slice of what I have been working on for the past few months! I made a video combining the two things I love: flowers and music.

Music is an ever-present source of inspiration in my life; it affects me in a way that nothing else does. About a year ago, while I had Wagner’s Tannhäuser Overture blasting, I knew I had my inspiration.

To me, there is something deep, grand, and fantastical about Wagner’s music. I wanted to create a brief artistic moment, as grand and worthy of that piece as I could with flowers. So started months of planning, work, and imagination. This is the result, and I hope you enjoy watching it as much as I enjoyed creating it!

Here are some behind-the-scenes images that NRUPhoto graciously captured on the day of our shoot.

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

Wagner is so grand that I wanted to create an equally grand and intricate arrangement. The magnolia branches really helped with lending that extra touch!

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

To me, Wagner's music has a very unique fairytale quality - so I wanted to design an arrangement whereby one would imagine that setting, mysterious and sort of out of this world, while still maintaining my tendencies for bright and colorful designs.

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

It was a lot of fun (and work) shooting the last scene, as we wanted the flowers falling evenly and abundantly behind me!

Credits:

Styling and design by Kiana Underwood Photography by Nathan Underwood

Adieu to 2014

Happy Monday friends! It's been a while since I've blogged, I know! I've just been so darn busy growing this flower business that it has left little time to actually blog about it. Nonetheless, here I am on the last Monday of 2014. I wanted to share some of my work from the last half of the year. A lot is in store for me in 2015 - from workshops and collaborations, to art videos and weddings - not to mention actual life with 3 children and a dog! I wish you all an amazing New Year - may a few resolutions be broken and one or two come to fruition. Until then I leave you with some of my favorites!

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

An autumn arrangement I did for Pottery Barn

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

A colorful corner in my work space

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

A holiday arrangement in partnership with Pottery Barn

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

An arrangement for practically any occasion

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

Hanging flowers are thing of mine!

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

An arrangement I created in a vessel my father gave to me - it is very dear to me

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

My colorful twist on a holiday centerpiece

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

Playing around with leftovers never looked better!

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

About the only way we were going to have a white Christmas at the Underwoods

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

The last bouquet of 2014

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

Happy is another thing of mine!

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

An arrangement I created for Victoria's last Women and Whiskeys party.

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

An arrangement inside a wine trough - also for Victoria's party

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

Last but not least, a peek behind the scenes from my video production day. I am so thrilled about this little project and can't wait to share it with you guys later in January!

Styling and design by Kiana Underwood Photography by Nathan Underwood