When Apple Met Dahlia

Happy Friday everyone! I have to be honest, I have completely lost track of the days while on my epic road trip with my family. In a way, I think it's good, considering the fact that I am sort of a workaholic when I am at home. In any event, this trip has forced me to stay away from my real world for a while. While it has been an amazing adventure, I am really starting to miss my work and home (and dog). Just before we left, I did this arrangement with apples and bright colors. I love the purple and orange, and combined with the light green apple branches I feel they really have great harmony. I don't think peonies will be at the market when I get back, but I know dahlias are still going full force, and I am looking forward to using them.

I know I have been slacking on the blogging lately, but I will be back with a lovely Humans with Bouquets post on Monday!

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

Flowers: dahlia, pokeweed, scabiosa, lisianthus, euphorbia, milkweed, sweet pea, hyacinth, garden rose, apple branches Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

I used a floral frog for this arrangement, as I wanted the apple branches to stay secured in the vase. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

I started with the apple branches, then added the pokeweed, euphorbia, and dahlias. 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

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

California Spring in December

The other day when I was at Bi-Rite Market I found this lovely selection of local farm flowers that all reminded me of spring. From the paperwhite narcissus to the scabiosa, rose, garlic flowers, and poppies, this arrangement really belongs to spring. But, since they were available, I saw nothing holding me back from using them all in one lovely arrangement. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Flowers: narcissus, scabiosa, poppy, ranunculus, garden rose, garlic flower, kumquat Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Begin with the kumquat. Just grab a bunch, trim, and place in a bunch on one side of the vase. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Follow the same concept with the narcissus - they are so pretty in a bunch. Add the to the opposite side of the vase. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Place the garden roses and one ranunculus in between the narcissus and kumquats. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Add the taller bunch of the garlic flowers to the side of the arrangement - these are so pretty in a bunch as well. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Begin dispersing the scabiosa throughout the vase in a haphazard way - their beauty lies in their tall and skinny stems being displayed and their flowers sitting freely within the vase. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Add some additional taller ranunculus as well as another smaller and shorter bunch of the garlic flowers to the arrangement. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Finally, add the poppies. Their beauty in an arrangement is much like that of the scabies - they are beautiful when looking a bit haphazard. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Credits:

Styling and design by Kiana Underwood Photography by N. Underwood