Colors of Colina: Mint + Peach

Mint and peach - I just love this color combination. As you might have read in my first Colors of Colina entry, I tell Colina the overall color theme of the bouquet that I'm going to make, and she wears something complementary. I quite like how lovely this color pairing turned out - soft and beautiful. There is simply so much room to let your imagination and creativity explode when you choose color as the theme for your project. The possibilities are almost endless, and you can find a unique element to incorporate every time. For me, the unique element(s) of this bouquet are many, but if I had to pick just one it would be the dates. I love the yellow color tone and I think it ties together the whole bouquet in conjunction with Colina's mint-colored dress.

When I make a bouquet I want to "wow" people with it, so I always strive to use unique combinations of flowers and foliage that I think stand out from the "everyday" bouquet.

Flowers: orchid, strawberry tree, dates, potato vine, garden rose, carnation, coleus Colors of Colina: Mint + Peach / Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

Colina, her bouquet, and the lion. Colors of Colina: Mint + Peach / Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

Colors of Colina: Mint + Peach / Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

This knit-covered pole was such an awesome surprise, and it matched Colina's dress perfectly - whoever made that colorful cover was quite retro and we thank them! Colors of Colina: Mint + Peach / Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

Colors of Colina: Mint + Peach / Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

Colors of Colina: Mint + Peach / Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

Credits:

Styling and design by Kiana Underwood Photography by Nathan Underwood

Chic Dinner Table in Pink

Happy New Year my friends! I have missed you. I was on the road with my family to Texas and back (yes, 4300 miles / 6900 km of driving), so 12 days away from work and the blog seemed a world away. But, it sure was a lot of fun. I hope that you all had a fabulous holiday season as well. I am excited for all the new possibilities that this year has already presented. I also have some new ideas for projects which I will be blogging about and sharing with you over the next few weeks and months.

Earlier in December, my good friend Angie Cao and I, along with the amazing food stylist Alexa Hyman, got together and styled a lovely winter dinner table. It was great fun - here are the results!

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Angie Cao / angiecao.com

As I was coming up with the theme for the floral styling, I simply imagined what I would want my winter dinner table to look like. I wanted to stay away from the typical winter and holiday red and green, but still wanted some color, so I chose pink - which always has availability in so many shades. (It didn't hurt that I found the most amazing anemones and ranunculus in pink!)

I used ornamental kale, mistletoe, ranunculus, anemone and scabiosa in one arrangement and for the smaller clusters I used only one or two kinds of flowers. I bought some inexpensive regular glass textured vases and painted them gold and I must say I love how they turned out.

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Angie Cao / angiecao.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Angie Cao / angiecao.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Angie Cao / angiecao.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Angie Cao / angiecao.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Angie Cao / angiecao.com

Can you believe this ranunculus? Such a beauty! Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Angie Cao / angiecao.com

This arrangement of narcissus and mint simply smelled exquisite! Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Angie Cao / angiecao.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Angie Cao / angiecao.com

Floral styling and design by Kiana Underwood Photography by Angie Cao Food styling by Alexa Hyman

Unique Vessels: Floral Cases

I sure am glad it is Monday! I had a very busy wedding weekend, so although Mondays aren't usually my favorite, today I am looking forward to a little rest (as much as three kids will allow) before the next event. I saw these lovely cases online at Anthropologie and thought "how fun would they be?" as unique vessels. They are bright and cute and look wonderfully festive with flowers in them. These could be used for almost any occasion, from a dinner party to a baby or bridal shower, or even as props for an eclectic photo booth. Most of all, they are super easy to put together - just pick your favorite flowers and go.

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

To be able to add water, I lined each case with a plastic insert first, then arranged my flowers in them. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Chestnuts look like this before they become what we are used to seeing. I warn you though, do not be fooled by their fluffy look - they are prickly and if you get poked they sure hurt - so wear gloves while handling them!!! Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Saponarias (soapwort) are fun voluminous little flowers that have a lovely wildflower look. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

And finally, cafe au lait dahlias are one of my favorites, so I don't miss an opportunity to use them when in season! Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Credits:

Styling and design by Kiana Underwood Photography by N. Underwood Chroma Case(s) available at Anthropologie