Humans with Bouquets: William

If you are a San Francisco Bay Area resident and are not yet familiar with Craftsman and Wolves in the Mission district, you have been missing out. Under the direction of Chef William Werner, CAW offers an amazing and ever-changing menu of breakfast pastries, cakes, confections, confitures, desserts, lunch, and other savory fare seven days a week. When William happily agreed to be one of my humans, I was delighted, and it provided me an opportunity to get to know him a bit better, and snap some great shots in and outside of CAW.

It's always amazing to meet other people involved in small businesses and learn more about what led them to launch something (CAW opened in 2012). For William, Craftsman and Wolves is the pursuit of twelve years’ experience in restaurants and hotels on both coasts. During these formative years he refined techniques for pastry and chocolate work, honed in on his presentation style, and expanded his palette of flavors. And by "expanded", I'm pretty sure that he completely rewrote the book!

I had some friends visiting from Italy last week and I suggested that they go to CAW before leaving San Francisco - I received this a day later: "thank you for the advice, CAW was the best food and place ever in San Francisco!". Oh, and they went back the next day as well.

Flowers: fritillaria, peony, rose, tulip, pieris, veronica, geranium Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Such amazing light pouring in during the day! Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

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

William with some of his delicious creations. 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

Craftsman and Wolves, a notion of Outfit Generic, is a contemporary pâtisserie located in San Francisco’s vibrant Mission district. It is located at 746 Valencia Street / San Francisco CA 94110.

Credits:

Styling and design by Kiana Underwood Photography by N.R. Underwood

The Magic of Spring

Spring is here and the possibilities are infinite!! Rhododendron is really at its best this time of year - so lush and beautiful. When I saw this particular shade at the flower mart I picked it up right away. I wanted to make a really happy arrangement that would brighten any space, so I mixed it with some peonies, ranunculus, and columbine from my garden. This lovely combination makes for a true spring garden arrangement.

Flowers: pepper, peony, rhododendron, ranunculus, veronica, columbine

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

Columbine is one of my favorites - such a delicate and beautiful garden gem. 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

English Garden Inspiration

Happy Friday friends! I have been in New York all week and it has been amazing. I never get sick of this city; there is always so much wonder around every corner! Today's DIY was inspired by the camellias growing in my garden and neighborhood right now. I think of camellia as the winter rose; it is just so beautiful and delicate. I wanted the arrangement to have a bit of an English garden look, so I included garden rose and used a wonderful urn as the vessel. Some fluffy pampas grass was added for height as well as to add to the dreaminess - completing the styling.

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Flowers: camellia, garden rose, artichoke, pampas grass, andromeda, veronica Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Begin with the camellia branches. I used quite a lot of them, as I wanted the leaves to add fullness and a bright green color. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Continue with the andromeda. These are not quite yet flowering, and have a "lacy" look to them. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Start adding the garden roses - spreading them around the arrangement as desired. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

The veronica adds height and texture. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Finally, finish with the artichokes and pampas grass. The artichokes lend a very natural and earthy garden feel, and the pampas grass adds height and a lovely ethereal quality. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Credits:

Styling and design by Kiana Underwood Photography by N. Underwood