Bright Thanksgiving Centerpiece

When I think of Thanksgiving, a fireplace seems to be the perfect scene. Even in Northern California, it is usually reasonably chilly at Thanksgiving, so that fire really hits the spot. When I put together this arrangement, I wanted to use a color palette a bit outside the typical realm of Thanksgiving colors. I think that while you can still see autumn in this arrangement, it also has a more colorful element that you would not generally expect to see on a "traditional" Thanksgiving table. The lighter pinks, especially, lend a soft and happy quality to this piece.

I feel that the leaves on persimmon trees are just the perfect shade right now - a light brown with hints of pink and yellow which compliment the vessel and assist in creating a color combo around it. The peonies and the ranunculus are just a reinforcement of those autumn-dusted leaves of the persimmon tree.

I believe that it is always fun to try something new and step outside the traditional look once in a while - what about you?

Flowers: rose, peony, poppy, ranunculus, orchid, kumquat, tangerine, japanese maple, persimmon branch Bright Thanksgiving Centerpiece / Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

Bright Thanksgiving Centerpiece / Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

Bright Thanksgiving Centerpiece / Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

Bright Thanksgiving Centerpiece / Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

Credits:

Styling and design by Kiana Underwood Photography by Nathan Underwood

Garden Bounty

Happy monday! Last week was simply MAD! All week I was consumed with all things floral as I was prepping for weddings and events, so there was little time left to even breathe, let alone do a blog post. Last Sunday (before all the madness began) I worked on my garden and harvested some very beautiful things. As it happened, we were invited to a friend's house for dinner, so I did an arrangement to take over. It was a hit, the hosts absolutely loved it, and we had a fabulous time. I made this lovely autumn centerpiece using a number of ingredients from the backyard garden combined with some orchids from the flower mart. It is amazing to see how much loveliness can come from a relatively small garden...enough to make something spectacular!

Flowers: hollyhock, rose, orchid, dahlia, apple Garden Bounty / Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Garden Bounty / Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

Garden Bounty / Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

Garden Bounty / Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

Credits:

Styling and design by Kiana Underwood Photography by Nathan Underwood

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