Valentine's Day Beauties

As an event designer, I don't do a ton of arrangements that are "holiday based". However, Valentine's Day provides an opportunity to introduce a new audience to my floral styling, and I love being able to work outside the box of traditional red rose designs that you might see from a retail florist. For those that request something, I simply give them a price, and then put together something that I think will look great. The following are a selection of a few that I put together for V-day. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N. Underwood / nruphoto.com

This was for a woman who wanted something slightly less feminine for her boyfriend! Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N. Underwood / nruphoto.com

These roses...I'm speechless - this one is what I would want for me! Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Another personal favorite! Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N. Underwood / nruphoto.com

For a valentine who loves daffodils. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N. Underwood / nruphoto.com

And this one wins the medal for an absolutely non-traditional valentine! Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N. Underwood / nruphoto.com

I wish you all a wonderful day, and hope that you get to do exactly what you love, today and always!

xo

Kiana

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

Autumn Dinner Party

In San Francisco, autumn, and September and October in particular, are months that we might be lucky enough to have a warm "summer" night. Last year in the fall I did the flowers for a dinner inspiration party at a residence in San Francisco that turned out quite lovely. I thought I would share some of the photos with all of you. Thanks in particular to Angie Cao, whose photography captured the flowers, food, and scenes in such an amazing way.

Angie Cao, angiecao.com, Photography | Kiana Underwood, tulipina.com, Floral Design | Fannie Pan, fannypan.com, Food Stylist | Lara Ritch, Prop Stylist

Angie Cao, angiecao.com, Photography | Kiana Underwood, tulipina.com, Floral Design | Fannie Pan, fannypan.com, Food Stylist | Lara Ritch, Prop Stylist

Angie Cao, angiecao.com, Photography | Kiana Underwood, tulipina.com, Floral Design | Fannie Pan, fannypan.com, Food Stylist | Lara Ritch, Prop Stylist

Angie Cao, angiecao.com, Photography | Kiana Underwood, tulipina.com, Floral Design | Fannie Pan, fannypan.com, Food Stylist | Lara Ritch, Prop Stylist

Angie Cao, angiecao.com, Photography | Kiana Underwood, tulipina.com, Floral Design | Fannie Pan, fannypan.com, Food Stylist | Lara Ritch, Prop Stylist

Angie Cao, angiecao.com, Photography | Kiana Underwood, tulipina.com, Floral Design | Fannie Pan, fannypan.com, Food Stylist | Lara Ritch, Prop Stylist

Angie Cao, angiecao.com, Photography | Kiana Underwood, tulipina.com, Floral Design | Fannie Pan, fannypan.com, Food Stylist | Lara Ritch, Prop Stylist

Angie Cao, angiecao.com, Photography | Kiana Underwood, tulipina.com, Floral Design | Fannie Pan, fannypan.com, Food Stylist | Lara Ritch, Prop Stylist

Angie Cao, angiecao.com, Photography | Kiana Underwood, tulipina.com, Floral Design | Fannie Pan, fannypan.com, Food Stylist | Lara Ritch, Prop Stylist

Angie Cao, angiecao.com, Photography | Kiana Underwood, tulipina.com, Floral Design | Fannie Pan, fannypan.com, Food Stylist | Lara Ritch, Prop Stylist

Angie Cao, angiecao.com, Photography | Kiana Underwood, tulipina.com, Floral Design | Fannie Pan, fannypan.com, Food Stylist | Lara Ritch, Prop Stylist

Angie Cao, angiecao.com, Photography | Kiana Underwood, tulipina.com, Floral Design | Fannie Pan, fannypan.com, Food Stylist | Lara Ritch, Prop Stylist

Floral Design by Kiana Underwood Photography by Angie Cao Food Styling by Fannie Pan Prop Styling by Lara Ritch