Wildly Structured

I originally did this DIY as a contributing post for another blog in the spring, but alas, it is no longer available. I think that it has a lovely feel for autumn, and wanted to share it with you. Even in autumn, these floral ingredients are all still available! I have always had a soft spot for olive branches - they remind me of Tuscany and the Mediterranean - both areas of the world that I love. This DIY is one that I would call a statement piece. I wanted to use a vessel with a bold color to compliment the muted palette of the flowers. The flower varieties lend a delicate but wildly structured (organized chaos) quality to this centerpiece. I hope that you’ll give it a try and enjoy doing so.

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Flowers: olive branch, garden rose, hydrangea*, fritillaria, pokeweed, kangaroo paw

* I decided to add the hydrangea about halfway through this DIY for some additional texture Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Begin by placing the olive branches throughout the vase, making sure that you choose branches with the most olives and that they hang down from the vase - creating a nice contrast of color. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Continue by adding the pokeweed, fritillaria, and garden rose Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Continue with the remaining garden rose and kangaroo paw, and continue filling in with additional quantity of each variety. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

As I worked through this arrangement, I felt that it could use a touch of both the puffy texture and the beautiful light green that the hydrangea adds. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

The end result has an earthy and organic feel – wild, but structured. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Credits:

Styling and design by Kiana Underwood Photography by Angie Cao

Corned Beef Box with Spring Flowers DIY

Happy Monday! My husband has an antique corned beef box that I've had my eye on for some time, and this past weekend I decided to act upon my urge and put together a spring arrangement using it as the vessel. Old containers, like the vintage cans from last week, make for great looking arrangements with a bit of eclectic flair. One doesn't usually associate corned beef and flowers, but I rather like the unexpectedness. You'll notice that box is just for aesthetics, and a glass (or plastic) container/vase must be placed inside. tulipina.com / Kiana Underwood

Beef...and flowers. tulipina.com / Kiana Underwood

What you'll need: tulipina.com / Kiana Underwood

I mistakenly left out one of the ingredients in the overview shot - agonis (leaves) - but you'll see them make an appearance in these next few shots.

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tulipina.com / Kiana Underwood

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tulipina.com / Kiana Underwood

tulipina.com / Kiana Underwood

tulipina.com / Kiana Underwood

tulipina.com / Kiana Underwood

tulipina.com / Kiana Underwood

The white garden roses smell amazing, and I am enjoying this box in our breakfast room, where we spend most of our time.

Credits:

Thanks to Valerie Teele for the use of her lovely living room in the first picture. All photography by N. Underwood for Naked Bouquet