A Happy Start

Happy New Year everyone. I hope you all had a fantastic holiday season! Our family usually goes on a winter trip - either on a road trip, skiing/snowboarding, or out of the country. This year we got so busy that it left little time to plan a trip, and we decided to "staycation" it. I have to admit, as much as I love to travel, I really enjoyed staying home this year. It gave me the opportunity to do all that I wanted. So, for a couple of days straight I made arrangements for myself, and it was wonderful! After all, what I love most about my job is the creative aspect - so I'm pretty much in heaven when left alone to create without the hassle of dealing with the business side of things.

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

I had some leftover flowers from a photo shoot that I combined with some foraged goods from my garden (as well as our neighborhood). It was a pretty great mix to work with.

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

Here's what came out of those lovely peonies.

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

This is proof that you don't have to have a farm to create a farm arrangement. I am what you would call an "urban farmer". I live in an urban area 20 minutes outside of San Francisco and have managed to cultivate a lovely garden in my little backyard. With a little help from my garden and some locally grown flowers from the SF Flower Mart, I was able to create this arrangement.

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

The first bouquet of 2015

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

These were the most ruffley narcissus I ever did see. And they had the sweetest aroma.

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

I mixed the narcissus with some geranium, acacia, camellia, and privet from the garden. I love how different this arrangement turned out.

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

A very soft palette. I love the color of these hydrangeas from the garden this time of year. I mixed them with some camellias and pansies from my garden.

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

And here is the final result.

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

This arrangement from yesterday included everything from my garden sans the ranunculus. Citrus blossoms, hellebore, viola, hydrangea, rose, and snow bush.

Credits:

Styling and design by Kiana Underwood Select photography by Nathan Underwood

Best of: August

Late summer in California brings about some of the best local garden rose selection at the Flower Mart, as well as in my garden. I have really been enjoying working with roses this past month. Here are some of my favorites from the single arrangement work that I did in August. Not really an arrangement, but just a photo of the roses because it was too gorgeous not to! Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Bouquet of zinnia, dahlia, rose, sweet pea, ranunculus, rice flower, and begonia for a pink-loving bride. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

On a weekend with dinner guests, I decided to fill my mixer with flowers and garden trimmings. It was a hit! Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

Last minute garden-style arrangements for a party in someone's garden! Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

One of my most favorite floral combinations: gardenia, hellebore, snowberry, rose (from my garden) and basil. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

This was for someone who likes yellow roses. As a garden-style designer, it's hard when someone wants 2 dozen yellow roses, and a traditional approach just wouldn't suit me! Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Garden-style happy boutonnières for a colorful wedding. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

Nruphoto takes the BART to work every day, and I give him a ride to and from the station. One day when I went to pick him up I saw him walking down the stairs with the raddest vintage suitcase - as if he was living sometime in the 50's going on a trip! He had purchased the camera on the right and it came in the suitcase. I'd say that's a major bonus! Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

I wish you all a happy and flower-filled weekend!

Credits:

Styling, photography, and design by Kiana Underwood Select photography by Nathan Underwood

Colors of Colina: Burgundy

As I have been doing my Humans with Bouquets series this year, naturally, I have developed a relationship with some of the people who have participated. Colina is one of those people, and I am lucky enough that she is local, and graciously agreed to shoot with me a few more times. Aside from the unique beauty that she possesses, to me, Colina inspires color. She has an incredible wardrobe and a lovely color sense, as well as a beautiful style. What more could I ask for? I decided I wanted to create a human-focused color series. With the coming of autumn, the possibilities are almost infinite; so, as a prelude to the season I chose the color burgundy. I simply told Colina what the general color theme of the bouquet that I was making would be, and here are the results!

Flowers: pokeweed, ranunculus, zinnia, rice flower, dahlia, foxglove, anemone, geranium, smoke, dusty miller Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Credits:

Styling and design by Kiana Underwood Photography by Nathan Underwood Colina's dress from Anthropologie and shoes from Swedish Hasbeens