Winter Styling: Lily and Hydrangea

Hi friends! I hope that you all had a lovely Christmas. My family and I took a road trip to Texas to visit my husband's sisters, and we have been having a lovely time. Among the three sets of parents we have 11 children and it is such a joy to watch them play and have so much fun together. I figured I should share my last holiday DIY for this season before the new year, and say "adieu" to all the reds, greens, and whites for 2013.

When I found these big, beautiful red peonies at the market, I had to use them for a winter arrangement. I mixed them with some camellia buds from my garden, red nerine lilies, and the beautiful lacecap hydrangea as a touch of white.

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

Flowers: peony, carnation, nerine lily, ornamental pepper foliage, hydrangea, and camellia Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N. Underwood / nruphoto.com

I used a floral frog with this arrangement as the vessel is pretty shallow and some of the branches are pretty large. Using a floral frog to secure things makes it a little easier. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Begin with the camellia. Secure the stems inside the sharp needles on the frog. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Add the pepper foliage. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Add the nerines in between the camellia. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N. Underwood / nruphoto.com

On the same side, add the carnations. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Now, add the peonies where there is empty space. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N. Underwood / nruphoto.com

And finally, add the lacecap hydrangea for a lovely touch of white. I love this hydrangea, it is so beautiful. 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

Autumn Fruit Centerpiece

Centerpieces don't always have to have flowers. A centerpiece with mainly fruits and some succulents makes for an unusual, but lovely centerpiece for a Thanksgiving or general autumn dinner table. I used a basket frog to secure the top-heavy fruit branches in this shallow fruit bowl, and it worked out perfectly. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Flowers/fruits: persimmon, citrus, ornamental pepper, date, succulent Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Place the basket frog at the center of the bowl insert your citrus branches with equal weight distribution on each side. If you don't distribute the weight evenly, the branches (and your frog) will topple over. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Add the persimmon branches. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

I found these lovely ornamental peppers at the market. Their color compliments the rest of the arrangement beautifully, so I added some in between the citrus and persimmon. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Place the succulents on one side of the centerpiece for some lovely asymmetry. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Finally, add the dates for some additional texture and for a draping effect. Not only is this fruit-centric centerpiece beautiful, but it will last quite a long time! Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Credits:

Styling and design by Kiana Underwood Photography by N. Underwood