Humans with Bouquets: Grace

I've been a fan of Grace Bonney and her amazing blog Design*Sponge for several years now. Design*Sponge was one of the first major lifestyle blogs that I became aware of when I started blogging. It goes without saying that it is one of those corners of the web where I look for inspiration, and is a go-to source for nearly everyone that I deal with in the design world. I was really pleased when Grace said that she would participate in this series, and on a recent trip to NYC for some location scouting and event work, I stopped by Makeshift Society Brooklyn to catch her in her element.

To say that Grace is sweet would be an understatement, which is something that one already senses from reading Design*Sponge, and it was great getting to know her a little bit better in person. In my opinion, one of the admirable qualities about Grace is her desire and willingness to highlight artists and makers who otherwise might not be seen. Great examples of that are her "A Day in the Life" series as well as her usage of Instagram hashtags to share others' beautiful photos and talent on her well-followed feed.

I really love these poppies that I was able to find at the Chelsea Flower Market, and although I had had a peony-based bouquet in mind for Grace, I think that the poppies stole the show.

Thank you for being a part of the series Grace!

Flowers: poppy, peony, astilbe, bleeding heart, sweet pea, blueberry, begonia 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

Credits:

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

Humans with Bouquets: Ellen

Today's wonderful human is Ellen Bennett, founder of Hedley & Bennett! Ellen is a successful entrepreneur/business woman who makes beautiful made-in-America (Los Angeles, to be exact) aprons. While, she started making aprons for the food industry, if you are a person of any craft whatsoever, one of her aprons will make a great addition to your standard "toolset". I first came across H&B when I was in the market for a new apron and just happened upon the website - and loved what I saw. After I read more about the company and found out that the founder/owner is a woman - I knew that I had to have Ellen as a Human.

On one of our recent trips to Southern California, we stopped by H&B headquarters in the Los Angeles Fashion District and did this shoot with Ellen. I loved how colorful and well-lit their offices were, and these shots reflect the amazing vibe that Ellen has built with H&B. Ellen told us that all of her aprons were made in the building, and as we walked through, sure enough we saw some of the lovely tailors who were sawing them and putting them together. I am always so excited to see another woman's success in business - and Ellen's passion was very evident. Thank you for participating in my series Ellen - you definitely have an another member of the apron squad!

You can learn more about H&B on the website, as well as follow along with the Bonafide Apron Squad Adventures!

Flowers: euphorbia, orchid, milkweed, astilbe, freesia, grapevine, ranunculus, blueberry, geranium, smoke 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

Credits:

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

When Life Gives You Blueberries...

The blueberry bush in my yard has been looking pretty good lately and finally this year the branches are long enough for me to cut a few to use in a flower arrangement. I also had some blooming peonies with the most exquisite texture, color and aroma. So, of course that had to be a part of my repertoire as well - after all, what kind of flower-obsessed girl would I be if I didn't jump at the opportunity to use some of the loveliest flowers in my garden?! Iris has been in season and I found some absolutely amazing clematis at Torchio Nursery (which I paid an arm and a leg for), so I decided to put together an arrangement that if van Gogh saw, he would want to paint. I don't know...what do you think?

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

Flowers: clematis, iris, blueberry, dahlia, euphorbia, sweet pea, orchid, grape leaf, daffodil, peony Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

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

No need for words. 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

Credits:

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