Workshops: Intensive Floral / Los Angeles

As has become the norm lately, I know it has been ages since I last blogged. Life has been super busy, hardly leaving me any time to breathe. That said, I have finally reached a point where I can take a moment and reflect back on the past 4 months. I'll start with the intensive floral workshop I had in February at Hedley & Bennett headquarters in Los Angeles. It was such a fun experience, with some amazing students (and generally awesome people) as well as a ton of lovely flowers.

I hadn't really spent much time in downtown LA before, and I found out that it is actually pretty amazing. There were a ton of great restaurants (and we got wonderful recommendations from Ellen Bennett), and the downtown area has a unique vibe with its different districts - e.g. garment, jewelry, flower, etc. In addition to partnering with Hedley & Bennett, Pottery Barn was kind enough to provide all of the vessels for the class, and Brannan Street Wholesale sent us some amazing flowers from San Francisco.

Finally, a huge thanks to everyone who attended. Workshops couldn't happen without you.

Please see the following links for more information on group or private workshops/instruction.

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

The famous Hedley & Bennett office swing!

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

Credits:

Styling and design by Kiana Underwood Photography by Nathan Underwood

Unique Vessels: Floral Bird Bath

In my opinion there is nothing more representative of spring than the combination of a bird bath and flowers. When I saw this beautiful bowl at Pottery Barn the other day, I knew that I wanted to create a garden centerpiece in it. The jasmine in my garden is currently in full bloom; not only is it beautiful, but every time I walk through my garden I am greeted with the most amazing aroma - one that brings me back to spring at my grandmother's home when I was a little girl. This arrangement would be perfect for a spring wedding, an easter centerpiece, or just a lovely table centerpiece for yourself to add some beauty to your kitchen or dining table!

I wanted to create a truly lush garden in this bird bath, so I used what was blooming in my garden (camellia and jasmine), and paired them with some other spring beauties from the San Francisco Flower Mart.

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

A little spring floral guide! Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

For this arrangement I used a kenzan (pin frog) as the bird bath is very shallow and the stems would not have stayed inside the water on their own. Place the kenzan in the center of the bowl and begin arranging the flowers by pushing the stems between the pins. I started with the jasmine and camellia first and then added the geranium.

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

Add the sweet peas and climbing rose. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Add the freesia. This spring freesia is quite something - it is bigger and lovelier than I have ever seen! Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Add the parrot tulips. They add a beautiful grace to the arrangement hanging down from the bowl next to the jasmine. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Add the peonies in the front where they can show themselves off. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

I arranged my flowers off to one side of the bowl so that the pretty bird wouldn't get completely lost in the arrangement. 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 Footed Bird Bath Serve Bowl available at Pottery Barn

Unique Vessels: Halloween Serving Dishes

It's been a while since I have done a "Unique Vessels" post. Today I want to show you two ways you could use serving dishes as vessels for some festive Halloween fun! I decided that this Pottery Barn Cauldron Punch Bowl and Cauldron Condiment Set would be fun to fill with flowers for a Halloween party. I think they both turned out pretty cute, and are very easy to put together. You can fill yours up with the autumn flowers of your choice. I happened to have some bittersweet berries and chinese lanterns, and thought that they would be perfect as they both last a very long time. Note: the Cauldron Punch Bowl says "no longer available" online, but, I have seen a number of them at the store.

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

For this, all you need are mini pumpkins, and some flowers or berries. I chose all white pumpkins, but you could mix it up if you wanted some color; or, just do all orange. Pumpkins in the fall are pretty no matter what you do with them! Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

For this, I just used chinese lanterns. You could also use mini pumpkin tree stems, or maybe peppers. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Credits:

Styling and design by Kiana Underwood Photography by N. Underwood Cauldron Punch Bowl available at Pottery Barn (no longer available online, but still available in store) Cauldron Condiment Set available at Pottery Barn