Humans with Bouquets: David J.

Today's human has been quite an influential person in our lives for the past 3 years. David Jacobson is a distinguished violin soloist - first performing with major symphony orchestras in his teens - and he and his wife Audinga (also a distinguished violinist) are my sons' most wonderful music teachers. Both David and Audinga have a fantastic approach to music education steeped in the history and tradition of Russian/European musical mastery. While the Suzuki method most popular today may produce technical ability via its rote approach, it often doesn't produce students who truly feel and understand the music that they are playing. This is something unique about how David and Audinga teach, and I truly appreciate it.

I have played the piano since I was 6, and never really had the best experience with my music teachers. Today, I am fortunate to live vicariously through my sons, and appreciate these lovely teachers for the greatness they add to our lives.

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

Flowers: orchid, dogwood, tea rose, carnation, silene, columbine, sweet pea Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

It all happens, the lessons and frequent recitals, here at the San Francisco Institute of Music. I love this place, and the sound of the violin and piano carry to the end of the street. It smells like music, do you know what I mean? If you have been around music all your life like I have, you know that the piano has a certain smell, and sheet music, it smells like old books. However, the welcoming vibe that I get from this place is what makes me love it the most. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

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

My little violinist and his teacher. These two have a very special relationship. I have never quite met a music teacher who is as patient and positive as David is with Aram, and I am so very grateful for that. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Thank you for being my human David! Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Credits:

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

Workshop Weekend

Happy weekend! It has been an absolutely crazy week prepping for my upcoming workshops, Petals and Penmanship with Maybelle Imasa-Stukuls this Saturday, followed by my two-day wedding floral design workshop with Creative Live on April 22-23. Last week during one of my visits to the flower mart, I found these amazing locally grown spray roses - their shade is exquisite. So, of course, I brought them back with me and did an arrangement for one of my friends. She loved it and happened to have dinner guests, so it worked out perfectly!

Flowers: geranium, columbine, rose, tulip, oregano, ranunculus Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

The "back" of the centerpiece. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Don't you just love these roses?! They look like they were dipped in white chocolate! 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

White Wedding Inspiration

Welcome April! This is one of my favorite months, as my daughter was born this month, and of course the floral variety is simply to die for. While I love exploring different colors and palettes for floral arrangements, in general, I am a fan of soft colors for weddings. My own wedding bouquet was ivory/cream. So, left on my own to create a wedding centerpiece, I gravitate toward whites and of course pedestal vessels.

Plum tree foliage in early spring is so fresh and beautiful (flawless) with an amazing shade of burgundy/pinkish light brown. It perfectly compliments the shade of the hellebore that are growing in my garden, and gave birth to the inspiration for this soft and feminine centerpiece.

Flowers: peony, ranunculus, columbine, rose, hellebore, plum foliage, geranium Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Local California-grown spray roses are my absolute favorite - they are so fluffy and come in amazing colors. This particular shade works perfectly as it fills the gap between the very white ranunculi, peonies, and columbines and the darker plum foliage. 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