Unique Vessels: French Onion Soup Bowl

It has been a little while since I've done a Unique Vessels post. The other day as I made french onion soup for dinner and took out my special bowls, I decided that they would be pretty with flowers in them! So, I made a little centerpiece with what I had in my garden. And so was born yet another post! Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N. Underwood / nruphoto.com

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

Flowers: rosemary, kale, orchid, pepper, hellebore, euphorbia, garlic flower. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Begin with the rosemary. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Add the ornamental peppers. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Now add the garlic flowers in a bunch. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Add the hellebore. These beautiful flowers blooming in my garden in the middle of winter are really a gift! Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Add the kale right where there is an empty space. Kale is a great replacement for a rose as a focal point! Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Add the euphorbia and orchid - and voilà, you have a lovely garden arrangement! Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N. Underwood / nruphoto.com

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

Credits:

Styling and design by Kiana Underwood Photography by N. Underwood Soup bowls available at Sur la table

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.

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

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

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Credits:

Styling and design by Kiana Underwood Photography by N. Underwood

Oklahoma Redbud DIY

Last week, I posted pictures of some blooms around my home, as well as a favorite Oklahoma Redbud tree from the neighborhood. The tree (don't tell the city arborist), graciously gave a small branch so that this post would be possible. Using a pedestal vase and some other blooms, it is very easy to put together a stunning centerpiece or corner piece garden arrangement. I love using tree branches, as they add a very earthy feel and great natural asymmetry to an arrangement. I hope that you enjoy it and give it a try!

tulipina.com / Kiana Underwood

tulipina.com / Kiana Underwood

tulipina.com / Kiana Underwood

Start with the kale tulipina.com / Kiana Underwood

Then the lilac tulipina.com / Kiana Underwood

With a base in place, start positioning the redbud tulipina.com / Kiana Underwood

Finally, add the anemone and ranunculus throughout tulipina.com / Kiana Underwood

tulipina.com / Kiana Underwood

Thanks so much for reading!

Credits:

Thanks to Valerie Teele for the use of her home All photography by N. Underwood for Naked Bouquet