A Little Experiment

Last year, I did a floral laboratory shoot, and it turned out to be quite a hit. So, when the designlovefest crew asked me to do the florals for their BLOGSHOP SF in April, I created these examples for them. I must admit, I do love how they turned out: unique and colorful! Have a lovely Friday, and a lovely weekend!

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

Garden-inspired Lush Centerpiece

Spring is one of the best seasons to work with flowers, and luckily, a lot of weddings happen in the springtime. For this DIY I had a lush, organic, and feminine theme in mind. So, when I stepped into my garden, which has been blooming beautifully since late March, I had no problem finding all sorts of gems with which to implement my vision for this centerpiece. That said, while we didn't get much rain (at all) in Northern California, what we did get came late, and caused a bunch of fungus problems with my roses. I had to do a lot of pruning in the middle of their growth to get them healthy, so I am especially happy with what I was able to gather for this arrangement, and what continues to grow and (finally) flourish.

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

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

I usually choose my vase(s) after I have chosen the flowers. For this particular centerpiece, since I had some climbing roses and larger branches, I felt that this milk glass pedestal vase would look great and allow the florals to flow out of it.

Flowers: garden rose, climbing rose, tea rose, clematis, hydrangea, ornamental kale Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Begin with the kale and create a base within the vase from which you can then build the rest of the arrangement. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Create the asymmetry of the centerpiece by placing the taller hydrangea branch on the opposite side of the kale. From here on, you can build a free flowing and natural looking arrangement. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Begin adding the climbing roses - some underneath the hydrangea and some above. In between add a couple of stems of the kale. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Now you can begin to add the single roses to the arrangement. These roses are so beautiful and aromatic, and an absolute favorite of mine. As you add your flowers to the vase, be sure to take a step back and examine your arrangement to make sure that you are adding flowers and foliage just where you need them - not too many and not too little. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

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

Finally, add the clematis. I only had one and it was perfect for added color, texture, and an overall beauty. Sometimes flowers placed in an arrangement singularly can make such a lovely statement. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Credits:

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