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!

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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

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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

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

Credits:

Styling and design by Kiana Underwood Photography by N. Underwood

Autumn Color Series: Orange/Magenta

I know that I've already done orange as part of this color series, but the other day when I was at the market I noticed these stunning zinnias. Well, their color really captured me, and so I decided to make the last arrangement in this series a really bright orange and magenta! If you look closely inside the orange zinnias, you can see that on some there is a line of magenta around the center. So, I went to town on this color theme using some lovely garden phlox to really bring out the magenta! Thank you so much for having joined me on the color series adventure this month!

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Flowers: zinnia, garden phlox, pumpkin tree branches, marigold, smoke

(I also used a floral frog [kenzan/pin style] as the vase is rather shallow and the pumpkin branches are top heavy. The kenzan is a great way to secure those branches) Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Start with the pumpkin tree. (You may not be able to clearly see, but the pumpkin tree branches would have toppled over if I had not used the frog.) Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Add the smoke. I love the color of these leaves - they add a beautiful darker shade of purple! Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Now add the marigold and phlox. As is typical of my style, I wanted to create an "unstructured" asymmetric look for this arrangement. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Arrange the zinnias in the vase. You can really see their magenta center in this shot! Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

I felt like some more marigold was needed - so I added a bit extra! Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Examine the piece from all angles. If you are satisfied with how it looks, then you are done! Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

I wish you all a happy and safe Halloween! Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Credits:

Styling and design by Kiana Underwood Photography by N. Underwood

Vintage Cans and Tins DIY

In one of the weddings I did last summer, the bride asked for the vases to be vintage and as eclectic as possible. On one of my antiquing trips to fulfill this wish, I came across a bunch of vintage beer and soda cans ($2-3 each), as well as a couple of older tins. These were used with great success in the wedding, and I recently pulled them out of storage to use for this cute DIY. If you find old cans, the best way to remove the top is with a side/edge can opener - it removes it cleanly and without any sharp edges. You can use any flowers that you like, but I used hellebores, blackberries, violas, mint, japanese privet, freesia, and garden phlox. I placed these cans in two ways - one as a table centerpiece, and the other on some stools in an empty fireplace. They are cute just about anywhere.

These cans work well as a clustered centerpiece on a rectangular dining table.

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Clearing out your fireplace for a day or two and putting floral arrangements inside is a beautiful way to dress up a room and brighten a typically dark space.

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For each can, trim and place your desired flowers until you have achieved the desired fill and color scheme. Vintage cans are versatile - and the often eclectic colors don't need to match your florals.

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Additional views on the table:

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And some more in the fireplace:

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I hope that you'll give it a try!

All photography by Heather Zweig