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

Humans with Bouquets: Grace

I've been a fan of Grace Bonney and her amazing blog Design*Sponge for several years now. Design*Sponge was one of the first major lifestyle blogs that I became aware of when I started blogging. It goes without saying that it is one of those corners of the web where I look for inspiration, and is a go-to source for nearly everyone that I deal with in the design world. I was really pleased when Grace said that she would participate in this series, and on a recent trip to NYC for some location scouting and event work, I stopped by Makeshift Society Brooklyn to catch her in her element.

To say that Grace is sweet would be an understatement, which is something that one already senses from reading Design*Sponge, and it was great getting to know her a little bit better in person. In my opinion, one of the admirable qualities about Grace is her desire and willingness to highlight artists and makers who otherwise might not be seen. Great examples of that are her "A Day in the Life" series as well as her usage of Instagram hashtags to share others' beautiful photos and talent on her well-followed feed.

I really love these poppies that I was able to find at the Chelsea Flower Market, and although I had had a peony-based bouquet in mind for Grace, I think that the poppies stole the show.

Thank you for being a part of the series Grace!

Flowers: poppy, peony, astilbe, bleeding heart, sweet pea, blueberry, begonia 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

A Little Experiment

Last year, I did a floral laboratory shoot, and it turned out to be quite a hit. So, when the designlovefest crew asked me to do the florals for their BLOGSHOP SF in April, I created these examples for them. I must admit, I do love how they turned out: unique and colorful! Have a lovely Friday, and a lovely weekend!

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