White Lotus

Happy November friends! I honestly can't believe it is November, I mean we were just on summer vacation! It is always amazing just how quickly time flies when things are busy, and with a business, three kids with school and activities, and various other miscellaneous things, the year has zipped along at breakneck speed. I have had my eye on lotus for some time now, so when I saw that this Australian variety was available, I didn't waste any time. The lotus, along with the candy cane tulips with some gardenia added, were both eye candy as well as beautifully aromatic. It is amazing what beauty you can achieve by simply adding some different textures and shades of color together in a vessel!

Flowers: lotus, passion, ranunculus, rose, tulip, silene, gardenia, flannel, hydrangea, tweedia White Lotus / Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

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

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

Credits:

Styling and design by Kiana Underwood Photography by Nathan Underwood

Unique Vessels: Spice Jars

If you are familiar with Persian cuisine, you know that many aromatic spices are used in preparing the various dishes. One in particular is saffron, which I use all of the time. As a result, I have tons of empty jars that were just too cute to throw away. I was recently fortunate enough to be able to travel to Italy and France, and was inspired by the simple Provençal beauty - from a single flower in a milk jar, to buckets of lavender at the market and backyards filled with wild flowers and herb boxes. These images became my inspiration for this project.

For this DIY I simply stripped the labels from the jars, borrowed one of my children's gold Sharpies and hand-decorated the jars, and placed some simple flowers in them. These clusters can really be used for any occasion - a brunch, dinner for two, cocktails with friends, or even a tea party - the possibilities are endless.

I brought these colorful soaps back from the town of Grasse (the "perfume capital of the world") - they smell amazing! Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

The originals Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

And after label removal and decoration Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

You can use any flowers that your heart desires - I used: freesia, scabiosa, geranium, lavender, and button feverfew (for a little touch of yellow with all the purple) Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Credits:

Styling and design by Kiana Underwood Photography by N. Underwood