Humans with Bouquets: Joy

When we were in New Orleans a couple of weeks ago, I had the pleasure of stopping by Joy Wilson's lovely home in the French Quarter for a little shoot. Oh, you don't know Joy Wilson? Sure you do...you just know her as Joy the Baker! If you are at all into cooking or baking, then you know that Joy has the most scrumptious blog about baking and cooking. Additionally, she has a certain way of captivating you by simply telling you what is going on around the Internet or elsewhere, what she did that day, or just downright pointing out something that you too just happened to be thinking of. So, in a way, Joy not only teaches you how to make amazingly delicious food in the easiest way, but when reading her blog, it is as though you are sitting down and having a cup of coffee with a friend. Her "Let it be Sunday" posts are a great example of this, and one of my fav blog series.

As a reader of Joy's blog, and someone who loves to make decadent food, I love the fact that she celebrates the usage of real ingredients such as butter, sugar, and chocolate. I mean, have you seen these black and white baked donuts? Her second book - Homemade Decadence - comes out in October. I am certainly looking forward to it!

As someone who loves to travel and isn't afraid of change, I loved hearing Joy's story on how and why she moved earlier this year to New Orleans and into her gorgeous home (built in the early 1800s). It's a gorgeous place, and filled with art and style (and a cat called Tron).

Thank you, Joy, for participating in my series. You are a breath of fresh air, and it was great spending time with you!

A little glimpse of the incredible natural light and art in Joy's home. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

This balcony is even more amazing in person!! Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Joy's kitchen, where all the magic happens. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Flowers: peony, anemone, rose, nigella, blushing bride Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

We walked around the neighborhood, which is oozing with charm. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

And finally, these french doors + Joy + her bouquet - so much light and so much beauty in one image! 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: Navid

Today marks the birth of another series on Tulipina - Humans with Bouquets. I wanted to continue with the "how to" ideas, but also wanted to branch out into showing more bouquets this year. I have always loved the idea of people holding bouquets - no matter what size, age, or gender. People at a general level fascinate me, so, I combined these two elements and the lucky "chosen one" for my first post was my little guy (who patiently participated). Note: Making a bouquet is far easier if you do it while looking in a mirror from time to time. This allows you to see all angles while building it.

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

Flowers (left to right): jasmine, sweet pea, ranunculus, astilbe, tea rose, peony, juliet garden rose, blushing bride Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Begin by making a small bouquet containing the items that you want in the center. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Continue to add around the center - small flowers in between the larger ones that you want as a focal point. I certainly wanted my juliets and the peonies as the focal point. The astilbe, sweet pea, and the blushing bride, although smaller, add an over all richness to the bouquet. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N. Underwood / nruphoto.com

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

I saved the jasmine for last, because I wanted it to stand out and add a whimsical quality. I loosely added them around the side of the bouquet so that they wouldn't get hidden. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Once you are satisfied with the fullness of your bouquet, you can tie it with a string, then wrap it with floral tape (to keep all the flowers in place and secure), and finally wrap it with ribbon. 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

Unique Vessels: Wooden Terrarium

Pottery Barn was kind enough to send me this wonderful little wooden terrarium, and I thought that it would look lovely with a selection of white vases and brightly colored flowers. One might usually put some potted green plants or herbs in a terrarium, but I wanted to put together something that would work well both open and closed, and that would catch the eye with color even from the corner of a large room.

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Small Wooden Conservatory Terrarium Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

A selection of small white vases works nicely inside Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Flowers: chestnut, sweet pea, craspedia, begonia, blushing bride, maidenhair fern 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 Wooden Conservatory Terrarium (small) available at Pottery Barn