Garden-inspired Lush Centerpiece

Spring is one of the best seasons to work with flowers, and luckily, a lot of weddings happen in the springtime. For this DIY I had a lush, organic, and feminine theme in mind. So, when I stepped into my garden, which has been blooming beautifully since late March, I had no problem finding all sorts of gems with which to implement my vision for this centerpiece. That said, while we didn't get much rain (at all) in Northern California, what we did get came late, and caused a bunch of fungus problems with my roses. I had to do a lot of pruning in the middle of their growth to get them healthy, so I am especially happy with what I was able to gather for this arrangement, and what continues to grow and (finally) flourish.

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

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

I usually choose my vase(s) after I have chosen the flowers. For this particular centerpiece, since I had some climbing roses and larger branches, I felt that this milk glass pedestal vase would look great and allow the florals to flow out of it.

Flowers: garden rose, climbing rose, tea rose, clematis, hydrangea, ornamental kale Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Begin with the kale and create a base within the vase from which you can then build the rest of the arrangement. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Create the asymmetry of the centerpiece by placing the taller hydrangea branch on the opposite side of the kale. From here on, you can build a free flowing and natural looking arrangement. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Begin adding the climbing roses - some underneath the hydrangea and some above. In between add a couple of stems of the kale. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Now you can begin to add the single roses to the arrangement. These roses are so beautiful and aromatic, and an absolute favorite of mine. As you add your flowers to the vase, be sure to take a step back and examine your arrangement to make sure that you are adding flowers and foliage just where you need them - not too many and not too little. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

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

Finally, add the clematis. I only had one and it was perfect for added color, texture, and an overall beauty. Sometimes flowers placed in an arrangement singularly can make such a lovely statement. 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: Sam

I asked my friend Sam to stop by this past weekend for an hour or two as I really wanted her as my "human" for this week. Not only is she tall and beautiful, but she was a great sport and brought this lovely blue dress that you see in the shots - I couldn't have been happier with how it turned out! The cooler weather gives ornamental kale the most amazing color. I noticed their incredible beauty when I was at the flower mart the other day and I decided to make them the star of this bouquet. I mean, they might as well be roses!!

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

I have been wanting to use flowering maple in a bouquet for some time now, since it is blooming around the neighborhood, I took the opportunity. They are so delicate, and the bell shaped flowers add nicely to this bouquet.

Flowers: amaranthus, ornamental kale, lisianthus, carnation, queen anne's lace, flowering maple, lilac, ranunculus, hellebore, eucalyptus

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

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

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

Credits:

Styling and design by Kiana Underwood Photography by N. 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