Unique Vessels: Wooden Terrarium

Pottery Barn was kind enough to send me this wonderful little wooden terrarium, and I thought that it would look lovely with a selection of white vases and brightly colored flowers. One might usually put some potted green plants or herbs in a terrarium, but I wanted to put together something that would work well both open and closed, and that would catch the eye with color even from the corner of a large room.

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Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Small Wooden Conservatory Terrarium Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

A selection of small white vases works nicely inside Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Flowers: chestnut, sweet pea, craspedia, begonia, blushing bride, maidenhair fern 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 Wooden Conservatory Terrarium (small) available at Pottery Barn

Unique Vessels: Salt Keeper

I've had this lovely hand-painted salt keeper for about a year - full of kosher salt - and I use it every day. The other day, as I was cooking, I grabbed some salt out of the keeper and quite suddenly noticed that it would make a gorgeous little box for an arrangement. Rather than dump out quite a large amount of salt, I stopped by Williams-Sonoma and picked up another one. Given the hand-painted nature of these boxes, they are all very similar, and yet not at all exact. So cute. The dahlias really add a wonderful splash of color, and I love the texture and asymmetry that the plums bring to the design.

I will be giving away the salt keeper used in this post. To enter, please go to my Instagram page (@tulipinadesign) and follow the instructions. One winner will be chosen at random on Monday, July 22, 2013.

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Enter on Instagram to win this Provence Hand Painted Salt Keeper! tulipina.com / Kiana Underwood

The lid is easily removed by poking one of the small dowels with a needle and easing it out tulipina.com / Kiana Underwood

Flowers: dahlia, plum, snapdragon, maidenhair fern tulipina.com / Kiana Underwood

tulipina.com / Kiana Underwood

tulipina.com / Kiana Underwood

tulipina.com / Kiana Underwood

Credits:

Styling and design by Kiana Underwood Photography by N. Underwood Provence Hand Painted Salt Keeper available at Williams-Sonoma

Unique Vessels: Floral Laboratory

I'll have to admit that this is one of my favorites so far this year. I'm not a science geek by any means, but somehow the idea of using beakers, graduated cylinders, and volumetric and Erlenmeyer flasks (yes, I even learned the names) wouldn't let go until I had put together this little floral laboratory. I was amazed to find just how many shapes and sizes were available - making the possibilities almost endless. To add to the laboratory feel, I placed all of the cut flowers on a chalkboard with some great colored duct tape. tulipina.com / Kiana Underwood

tulipina.com / Kiana Underwood

tulipina.com / Kiana Underwood

What I've used: tulipina.com / Kiana Underwood

tulipina.com / Kiana Underwood

tulipina.com / Kiana Underwood

tulipina.com / Kiana Underwood

tulipina.com / Kiana Underwood

tulipina.com / Kiana Underwood

tulipina.com / Kiana Underwood

Credits:

Styling and design by Kiana Underwood Photography by Angie Cao All lab glassware by Karter Scientific and available on Amazon.com