Winter Styling: Anemone and Cyclamen

My mother-in-law gave me this lovely antique bowl for my birthday a couple of years ago and I have been wanting to do an arrangement in it for some time now. So, when I saw these beautiful anemones, I found the perfect opportunity to do so. Anemones are really beautiful and come in amazing shades. To me, they are a bit like ranunculus - you almost never find them at the grocery stores - so people are not really familiar with them as cut flowers. However, they look amazing and unique in arrangements. When I found these anemones in this lovely shade of magenta, I decided I wanted to make an arrangement built around this color. I was able to find orchids which were almost the same shade, and I also stumbled upon some really lovely lighter shades of hyacinth along with cyclamen (a lovely winter flower), as well as some rosemary and thyme. So I put them all together; between the hyacinth and the rosemary and thyme, the aroma of this arrangement was to die for!

It's been an amazing year of developing this blog into something unique - thank you to all of you who read these posts. I hope that you have learned something wonderful about the art of floral styling!

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Flowers: cyclamen, anemone, orchid, hyacinth, rosemary, thyme, garden phlox, hedera helix (ivy berries) Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Begin with the herbs, which in this arrangement essentially act as the foliage. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Add the ivy and hyacinth. I love the texture that the hedera berries add to this arrangement. (I have previously used them by spraying them with gold paint to add a gold accent to my flower arrangement) Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Add the garden phlox. Their lavender centers look so pretty mixed with the rest of the blooms. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Arrange the anemone throughout the centerpiece. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Now add the cyclamen. These flowers are so delicate and remind me of spring in my grandfather's garden growing up. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N. Underwood / nruphoto.com

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

Finally, add the orchid for a reinforcement of magenta (and of course beauty)! And most of all, as always don't forget to have fun! Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N. Underwood / nruphoto.com

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

Here is to an amazing 2014 my friends! See you next year.

Credits:

Styling and design by Kiana Underwood Photography by N. Underwood

Winter Styling: Lily and Hydrangea

Hi friends! I hope that you all had a lovely Christmas. My family and I took a road trip to Texas to visit my husband's sisters, and we have been having a lovely time. Among the three sets of parents we have 11 children and it is such a joy to watch them play and have so much fun together. I figured I should share my last holiday DIY for this season before the new year, and say "adieu" to all the reds, greens, and whites for 2013.

When I found these big, beautiful red peonies at the market, I had to use them for a winter arrangement. I mixed them with some camellia buds from my garden, red nerine lilies, and the beautiful lacecap hydrangea as a touch of white.

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Flowers: peony, carnation, nerine lily, ornamental pepper foliage, hydrangea, and camellia Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N. Underwood / nruphoto.com

I used a floral frog with this arrangement as the vessel is pretty shallow and some of the branches are pretty large. Using a floral frog to secure things makes it a little easier. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Begin with the camellia. Secure the stems inside the sharp needles on the frog. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Add the pepper foliage. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Add the nerines in between the camellia. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N. Underwood / nruphoto.com

On the same side, add the carnations. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Now, add the peonies where there is empty space. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N. Underwood / nruphoto.com

And finally, add the lacecap hydrangea for a lovely touch of white. I love this hydrangea, it is so beautiful. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N. Underwood / nruphoto.com

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

Credits:

Styling and design by Kiana Underwood Photography by N. Underwood

Winter Styling: Clementine and Peony

Usually peonies are nowhere to be found around the flower mart in December, but I have been able to find them quite frequently these days due to Southern Hemisphere imports. It was a true delight, however, when I found these tree peonies along with the loveliest bunch of clementines at Garcia Greens the other day (by the way, I'am a great fan of Mr. Garcia, he's the sweetest). I decided that I wanted to combine some flowers that are not traditionally used together, and I don't think I have ever seen mistletoe and peonies in an arrangement together (all the more reason for me to do one right?). In addition, the hellebores in my garden have been gifting me with lovely flowers, so of course I incorporated them into my arrangement as well.

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Flowers: peony, carnation, hellebore, mistletoe, orchid, ranunculus, clementine Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Begin by placing the floral frog in the bottom center of the vase. The frog is mainly needed for the clementine branches. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Arrange the clementines throughout the vase. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Add the mistletoe (or whatever winter berries you can find). Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Continue by arranging the ranunculus. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N. Underwood / nruphoto.com

I know I have said this before but carnations are so underestimated - can you believe the color of these? I love them, and they last forever! Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Place the carnations where there is space without squeezing them so that their fluffy texture remains unhidden. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Can you believe this peony? So very lovely! Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Finally, add the peonies - I added just three. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N. Underwood / nruphoto.com

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

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

Credits:

Styling and design by Kiana Underwood Photography by N. Underwood