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

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

Winter Styling: Mistletoe, Poinsettia, and Rose

This past weekend a lovely client asked me to create a centerpiece for her holiday party similar to the one I have on my home page. As always, I was up for the challenge, and we were able to shoot the steps so that you can see how it is put together! I couldn't find the particular shade of David Austin Juliet garden roses that I had used last year (they have been harder to come by at the market). Instead, I found another shade and variety that is just as lovely, and helped dictate the lovely pink palette of this arrangement.

I absolutely love the different shades of poinsettia that are available this time of year - such beautiful shades of pink, peach, and cream - in addition to all of the lovely reds. I added these as well. And finally, what would a holiday arrangement be without mistletoe?! Does it get anymore beautiful than those delicate and glassy little berries?

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

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

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

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

Flowers: garden rose, amaryllis, dogwood (fruit), euphorbia, geranium, mistletoe Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N. Underwood / nruphoto.com

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

Begin with the geranium and dogwood fruit branches. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Add the mistletoe. These will be the base of the arrangement, but you can add some more to reinforce their presence at the end. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Continue with the euphorbia and poinsettia. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N. Underwood / nruphoto.com

And finally, I added the amaryllis and arranged all of my roses throughout the centerpiece. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N. Underwood / nruphoto.com

The client was quite pleased! Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Credits:

Styling and design by Kiana Underwood Photography by N. Underwood