Winter Styling: Anemone and Cyclamen

My mother-in-law gave me this lovely antique bowl for my birthday a couple of years ago and I have been wanting to do an arrangement in it for some time now. So, when I saw these beautiful anemones, I found the perfect opportunity to do so. Anemones are really beautiful and come in amazing shades. To me, they are a bit like ranunculus - you almost never find them at the grocery stores - so people are not really familiar with them as cut flowers. However, they look amazing and unique in arrangements. When I found these anemones in this lovely shade of magenta, I decided I wanted to make an arrangement built around this color. I was able to find orchids which were almost the same shade, and I also stumbled upon some really lovely lighter shades of hyacinth along with cyclamen (a lovely winter flower), as well as some rosemary and thyme. So I put them all together; between the hyacinth and the rosemary and thyme, the aroma of this arrangement was to die for!

It's been an amazing year of developing this blog into something unique - thank you to all of you who read these posts. I hope that you have learned something wonderful about the art of floral styling!

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

Flowers: cyclamen, anemone, orchid, hyacinth, rosemary, thyme, garden phlox, hedera helix (ivy berries) Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Begin with the herbs, which in this arrangement essentially act as the foliage. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Add the ivy and hyacinth. I love the texture that the hedera berries add to this arrangement. (I have previously used them by spraying them with gold paint to add a gold accent to my flower arrangement) Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Add the garden phlox. Their lavender centers look so pretty mixed with the rest of the blooms. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Arrange the anemone throughout the centerpiece. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Now add the cyclamen. These flowers are so delicate and remind me of spring in my grandfather's garden growing up. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N. Underwood / nruphoto.com

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

Finally, add the orchid for a reinforcement of magenta (and of course beauty)! And most of all, as always don't forget to have fun! Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N. Underwood / nruphoto.com

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

Here is to an amazing 2014 my friends! See you next year.

Credits:

Styling and design by Kiana Underwood Photography by N. Underwood

Everyday Bouquet Inspiration

I really enjoy making bouquets, so when I have leftovers or get inspired at the market I generally take the opportunity to put a few together. While usually associated with weddings, they don't always have to be. There are so many unique combinations with bouquets, and they will last for several days if you put them in a vase with water. Of course, what better than a beautiful girl to accompany them?! (thanks Katy!) The recipe for this bouquet is very simple - peony, geranium, and pokeweed! In my opinion, peonies are so beautiful on their own that you don't really need to incorporate (nor want to overwhelm with) too many other flowers. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

This bouquet has more going on - ranunculus, rose, flannel flower, astilbe, and tuberose. Between the rose and the tuberose it smelled really amazing! Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

This bouquet has a more vintage feel to it. I used two different shades of garden rose, and a type of geranium that had a fantstic aroma, cyclamen, and nerine lily. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Credits:

Styling and design by Kiana Underwood Photography by N. Underwood