Winter Styling: Pedestal with Berries

A couple of weeks ago I found this lovely pedestal serving dish at Pottery Barn (no longer online, but still available in stores). I really like the look of it, and I thought it would make a lovely vessel for a winter arrangement. In thinking about the design, I wanted the flowers to stay mostly contained within the vessel and not drape so that the textured metal pedestal would show. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Flowers: ranunculus, peony, ornamental kale, lisianthus, fern, red winter berries, cones Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Begin with the heavier items. These berries would crush all the other flowers if placed on top of them, so I used them as the base from which I could secure the other flowers. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

This fern is particularly lovely because of beautiful little balls it has hanging from the stems. They eventually turn into very tiny white flowers. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Add the lisianthus and ranunculus. They add some height as well as grace to this arrangement. However, their stems sort of have a mind of their own. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Place the kale on the opposite side. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Add the peonies. Just 2 or 3 for added body and fill look amazing. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Finally, I added just a couple of cones for a wintery touch! Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Credits:

Styling and design by Kiana Underwood Photography by N. Underwood

Halloween: Ugly

I am usually a fan of sweet and nice Halloween decorations. My kids on the other hand, have outgrown the "sweet" Halloween - they want zombies and skeletons and scary things around the house. Halloween is in three days and they have been asking me do spooky and ugly this year! Well my friends, what can I say - "yes", ugly is the theme of my post today! So, here is what I came up with - it is ugly, don't you think? Well, it's as ugly as I could get! I think that if a witch were to put an arrangement together, this is what she'd come up with!! Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Note: the witch was given to me a long time ago by some dear friends, isn't she cute?! Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

I used some left over autumn berries, chrysanthemums, and these interesting agapanthus pods (I definitely don't think they are ugly, but perhaps would be much better used in a different arrangement). Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Don't be afraid to go for a spindly, haphazard arrangement - the uglier the better. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Credits:

Styling and design by Kiana Underwood Photography by N. Underwood