When Apple Met Dahlia

Happy Friday everyone! I have to be honest, I have completely lost track of the days while on my epic road trip with my family. In a way, I think it's good, considering the fact that I am sort of a workaholic when I am at home. In any event, this trip has forced me to stay away from my real world for a while. While it has been an amazing adventure, I am really starting to miss my work and home (and dog). Just before we left, I did this arrangement with apples and bright colors. I love the purple and orange, and combined with the light green apple branches I feel they really have great harmony. I don't think peonies will be at the market when I get back, but I know dahlias are still going full force, and I am looking forward to using them.

I know I have been slacking on the blogging lately, but I will be back with a lovely Humans with Bouquets post on Monday!

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

Flowers: dahlia, pokeweed, scabiosa, lisianthus, euphorbia, milkweed, sweet pea, hyacinth, garden rose, apple branches Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

I used a floral frog for this arrangement, as I wanted the apple branches to stay secured in the vase. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

I started with the apple branches, then added the pokeweed, euphorbia, and dahlias. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

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

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

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

Credits:

Styling and design by Kiana Underwood Photography by N.R. Underwood

Humans with Bouquets: Ellen

Today's wonderful human is Ellen Bennett, founder of Hedley & Bennett! Ellen is a successful entrepreneur/business woman who makes beautiful made-in-America (Los Angeles, to be exact) aprons. While, she started making aprons for the food industry, if you are a person of any craft whatsoever, one of her aprons will make a great addition to your standard "toolset". I first came across H&B when I was in the market for a new apron and just happened upon the website - and loved what I saw. After I read more about the company and found out that the founder/owner is a woman - I knew that I had to have Ellen as a Human.

On one of our recent trips to Southern California, we stopped by H&B headquarters in the Los Angeles Fashion District and did this shoot with Ellen. I loved how colorful and well-lit their offices were, and these shots reflect the amazing vibe that Ellen has built with H&B. Ellen told us that all of her aprons were made in the building, and as we walked through, sure enough we saw some of the lovely tailors who were sawing them and putting them together. I am always so excited to see another woman's success in business - and Ellen's passion was very evident. Thank you for participating in my series Ellen - you definitely have an another member of the apron squad!

You can learn more about H&B on the website, as well as follow along with the Bonafide Apron Squad Adventures!

Flowers: euphorbia, orchid, milkweed, astilbe, freesia, grapevine, ranunculus, blueberry, geranium, smoke Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

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

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

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

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

Credits:

Styling and design by Kiana Underwood Photography by N.R. Underwood

Autumn Color Series: Yellow

Yellow, while not the only color in this arrangement, is the star. I simply adore this fall combination, as what's not to love about the combination of bittersweet, viburnum, garden rose, and more for an autumn colored treat? Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Bittersweet is lovely, but poisonous. The yellow husks give way to a lovely orange-red fruit. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Flowers: bittersweet, milkweed, euphorbia, branches from maidenhair tree, persimmon, garden rose, viburnum Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Begin with the bittersweet. I created a structure for the arrangement by placing the thin branches in my vase and then used it as a base to secure the rest of the flowers.

I try to avoid floral foam as much as possible, and instead try to use the stronger-stemmed varieties to build an interlocking base (almost like a basket frog) in which to secure the other flowers. Yes, it is much easier to put large and asymmetric arrangements together with the foam, but I have found ways to make do without and try to avoid it as much as I possibly can due to the environmental concern. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Place the maidenhair branches. The color and shape of the leaves are really pretty, and I thought they would be an unexpected and unique element. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Now add the viburnum - the glossy look of these berries is so so pretty! Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Continue by placing the yellow milkweed (butterfly weed) throughout the vase. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Add the garden rose, making sure that they are visible and that they do not get lost within the arrangement. They are too beautiful to hide! Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Add the euphorbia. I used these to add a wild touch to my centerpiece. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

The persimmons are added last. Place them where they won't crush the rest of the flowers. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Credits:

Styling and design by Kiana Underwood Photography by N. Underwood