Italians in the House

If you have been reading my blog, you know that I love everything Italian. So, when Sofia Barozzi and Erica Brenci visited me from Italy back in April, I was especially happy to have them. We met at the SF Flower Mart, chose some beautiful flowers, and brought them back to my home and made a couple of lovely bouquets. While Sofia and I were prepping flowers and making bouquets, Erica took some lovely snaps. At the time, I didn't realize that she was not only taking pictures of us and the flowers, but also many shots of different corners of my home. I love the way Erica captured different spaces in my home - and it is fun to see your home from the eyes of another person. Thank you girls for visiting me, and for a very beautiful and memorable day! Tanti baci e abbracci!

The number sign in my front yard has little people on it representing each member of our family - it's pretty cute! Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography:  Erica Brenci / lesamisphoto.com

Our "medicine cabinet"! Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography:  Erica Brenci / lesamisphoto.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography:  Erica Brenci / lesamisphoto.com

A corner of my kitchen. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography:  Erica Brenci / lesamisphoto.com

My breakfast room. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography:  Erica Brenci / lesamisphoto.com

This phone is from the late 1920's - the same time period as our house was built. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography:  Erica Brenci / lesamisphoto.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography:  Erica Brenci / lesamisphoto.com

Kitchen window sill. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography:  Erica Brenci / lesamisphoto.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography:  Erica Brenci / lesamisphoto.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography:  Erica Brenci / lesamisphoto.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography:  Erica Brenci / lesamisphoto.com

My sweet dog Charlie. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography:  Erica Brenci / lesamisphoto.com

Lovely Sofia and her bouquet! Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography:  Erica Brenci / lesamisphoto.com

Credits:

Styling and design by Kiana Underwood Photography by Erica Brenci / Les Amis Photo

Unique Vessels: Spice Jars

If you are familiar with Persian cuisine, you know that many aromatic spices are used in preparing the various dishes. One in particular is saffron, which I use all of the time. As a result, I have tons of empty jars that were just too cute to throw away. I was recently fortunate enough to be able to travel to Italy and France, and was inspired by the simple Provençal beauty - from a single flower in a milk jar, to buckets of lavender at the market and backyards filled with wild flowers and herb boxes. These images became my inspiration for this project.

For this DIY I simply stripped the labels from the jars, borrowed one of my children's gold Sharpies and hand-decorated the jars, and placed some simple flowers in them. These clusters can really be used for any occasion - a brunch, dinner for two, cocktails with friends, or even a tea party - the possibilities are endless.

I brought these colorful soaps back from the town of Grasse (the "perfume capital of the world") - they smell amazing! Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

The originals Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

And after label removal and decoration Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

You can use any flowers that your heart desires - I used: freesia, scabiosa, geranium, lavender, and button feverfew (for a little touch of yellow with all the purple) Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

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