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

Keely and Yoshi in the family room. I absolutely love this room, and that sign... Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Here is a sweet little corner which has housed many different charming looks - this one being the most recent. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

A Texas girl at heart chilling in her backyard! Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Another lovely corner! Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

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

And yes, this is how Keely rolls in her bedroom everyday! Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

There is a girl beneath all this! Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

A book case in the living room - this completely stole my heart! Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

And the "Love" sign again! Obsessed! Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Credits:

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

The Great Summer Road Trip

My family and I are big fans of road trips and when the summer rolls around we usually go on one. This year we have embarked upon the longest road trip we have ever been on - 5 weeks on the road. Our first stop (from California) is usually Texas to visit family, and then we go on to New Orleans and the deep South (which is one of my absolute favorite parts of the country). This year, we'll continue down to Miami, and then up the East Coast to New York City, and then back across the United States through Amish country, Chicago, Mount Rushmore, and (most likely) parts of Washington and Oregon before returning home. Last week I stopped in Dallas for a workshop with Fullosophie at a great location - Chicken Scratch/The Foundry. It was so much fun, and the ladies who attended were absolutely lovely (and Chicken Scratch was a great venue). I had all of my flowers shipped from California, and Brannan Street Wholesale sponsored the workshop and shipped them in immaculate condition. Everyone was so thrilled to have California-grown flowers in Texas!

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

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

Flowers: parrot tulip, carnation, anemone, garden rose, spray rose, lisianthus, smoke, agonis Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

It certainly was a warm afternoon, but as someone who lives in Northern California and does not get much heat in the summer, I really loved it. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Autumn Color Series: Black

Sunflowers don't usually come to mind when one imagines a dark-colored flower, but when I saw these lovely ones, I decided that I wanted to do a 'black' Color Series post with them. It certainly didn't hurt that there were an array of different flowers also available in the same color. Black is not a color that one would normally pick for a flower arrangement, but I think it is quite elegant. Note: There are very few (if any) truly black flowers. These are some of the ones that come close, and show just how varied some of the color ranges are for certain varieties (e.g. sunflower, calla lily, dahlia).

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Flowers: calla lily, amaryllis, pepper, banksia, dahlia, sunflower, agonis Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Begin with the agonis. The way you place this inside your vase will determine the shape of your arrangement. I love the wispy look of these leaves, and they lends a strong fall look and feel to the arrangement. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Add the calla lily. I concentrated mine to one side, and I think that they can make a better statement close (rather than spread apart) to each other in the vase. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Arrange the dahlia - they are so velvety and rich! Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Now add the sunflower - I think of these as the star of my arrangement. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

The peppers are really black and they add great texture. I bunched them together in the front center of the arrangement where I had saved some room. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Now add the banksia. When I saw this at the market, I had no idea it was banksia as it looks nothing like the big colorful flowers I am familiar with. I learned that this is what it looks like at the end of its cycle, and I thought it was quite funky and so just had to use it. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Finally add the amaryllis - these are such a beautiful shade - I just love them! Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Credits:

Styling and design by Kiana Underwood Photography by N. Underwood