Autumn Color Series: Orange

I cannot believe that it is October already friends! Honestly, where did September go? Well, here we are nonetheless. I have to admit though, as a floral designer, I really don't mind that it is October. The weather here in Northern California has been amazing, and the floral variety I have been able to find is out of this world - not to mention the abundance of pumpkins at every market and all of the autumn spices in the air! With today's post, I am starting what I'd like to call an October color series. I feel like autumn has so many lovely colors that an entire month should be devoted to all the colors and textures and amazing variety offered by this beautiful season.

Today's DIY is really simple, but in my opinion also really pretty. I happened to find a selection of flowers that are very similar in color and with a perfect autumn feel, and combined them with a lovely green/blue contrasting vase.

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Cute blue/green vase. I love the rough texture. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Flowers: spider lily, ranunculus, holly, amaryllis, tree fern Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Begin by placing the holly berries. I could have just stopped at that, I love holly! Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Add the spider lily Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Add the ranunculus throughout the vase Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

As a final touch I used the tree fern. I think it looks like lace and it adds a sort of a dreamy feel. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Finally, the amaryllis feels right at home in this remaining empty space. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Credits:

Styling and design by Kiana Underwood Photography by N. Underwood

Big and Tall - Hotel-style DIY

Sometimes the event or room calls for a big/tall arrangement - something of a statement piece. You will often find these types of arrangements in hotel lobbies and fine dining restaurants, and I thought that it would be fun to put together a DIY to show the steps. I've had the urn below (available from Pottery Barn) for some time, and I love using it for tall pieces due to its weight and stability. Often people feel that large arrangements are complicated to put together, and should only be left to professionals. This is simply not true, and large arrangements are not any more complicated (and sometimes quite a bit easier) than their smaller counterparts. I hope that after looking at the pictures below, you will give it a try.

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Flowers: foxtail lily, larkspur, amaranth, magnolia, dahlia, lisianthus, tree fern, tree branches Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Begin by arranging your tree branches (choose a variety that suits your taste) in the urn. You want to build out the volume of your arrangement in this step. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Continue with the tree fern, which adds some body to the center. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Add the amaranth Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Some foxtail lily for height Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Adding some color - this is lisianthus Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

And finally dahlia and magnolia. Examine your arrangement, and fill where needed (I added more foxtail lily after this shot) Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Credits:

Styling and design by Kiana Underwood Photography by Angie Cao Tuscan Urn available at Pottery Barn

Unique Vessels: Colorful Summer Lanterns

Nothing screamed "summer" more to me than these lanterns while I was shopping with the kids for some crafy stuff at Jo-Ann's Fabric and Craft. As soon as I saw them, I knew that they would make wonderful vessels for an Independence Day or general summer picnic centerpiece. Why put candles in them when you can put flowers (at least in my world)?! One can never go wrong with a little early summer combination of peonies, dahlias, geranium, and roses. Throw in some unusual species and you have yourself a unique and beautiful table setting. For U.S. readers, have a wonderful 4th of July!

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Flowers:

pitcher plant, tree fern, amaranthus, rose, peony, mountain hyacinth, geranium, delphinium, dahlia

Credits:

Styling and design by Kiana Underwood Photography by N. Underwood