Winter Styling: Kale and Citrus

Happy Friday friends! I hope that you all had a fantastic Thanksgiving. Mine was wonderful and very busy with preparations for a rather large wedding this weekend. Now that Thanksgiving is over, I will be primarily sharing "winter styling" on the blog through the remainder of the holiday season. For this post I wanted to use the traditional holiday colors, but decided to throw in a little purple for a different color element. Ornamental kale is so lovely; to me it looks like a rose, and I think that its soft purple hue really complements the rest of the flowers. I also love to include fruit in my arrangements, and so added some citrus to boost the organic and natural look of the design.

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Flowers: ilex, ranunculus, anemone, kale, lemon, geranium, inkberry, smoke Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

For this arrangement I used a basket frog to secure the citrus branches inside the vase in the way that I wanted. Sometimes larger branches have a mind of their own (due to their heaviness) and are not easily manipulated. Place the frog at the center of the vase. You can use floral clay to secure it at the bottom of the vase so that it does not move. Begin placing the citrus branches inside the frog. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Add the ilex - this is going to give the arrangement some height. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Place the inkberry on one side of the vase. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Continue with the anemone. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

And the geranium leaves. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

These ranunculus are absolutely amazing. I love the red and green color combination and amazing texture! Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Add the kale...filling in some of the empty space. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Finally, add the smoke to give the arrangement a little more body, and to add to the purplish hue that began with the kale. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

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Credits:

Styling and design by Kiana Underwood Photography by N. Underwood

Inkberry in a Spanish Jug

I found this amazing hand-painted Spanish jug for $5 at the local HomeGoods store. If you have one near you, I highly recommend checking it out, as they often have unique items that would be ten times the price at a "fancier" store. My sister and I love to go to HomeGoods (a bit of an obsession honestly) knowing that we'll always find something unique, useful, eclectic, or creative. This is an extremely simple arrangement - a couple of sprigs of inkberry (with leaves removed) that drape out and form the "space" of the design, and a yellow-orange dahlia and some blue hydrangea for color. The inkberry adds to the Mediterranean style of the vase by mimicking olives quite nicely. It would make a great outdoor summer centerpiece - just add some wine or sangria, tapas, or cheese and crackers.

Note: Inkberry can be messy, and will stain clothes, so use some caution when working with it.

Have a wonderful weekend!

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I love both the colors and tilt of this jug Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Flowers: inkberry, dahlia, hydrangea Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Credits:

Styling and design by Kiana Underwood Photography by N. Underwood