The Mrs. Box no. 5

Back in February I styled The Mrs. Box shoot in Solvang along with some other lovely creatives. This was such a fun project as it allowed me to explore a different realm of floral styling. Who knew that styling flowers with tiny ring boxes could be so much fun?

Here are some of my favorites:

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com for The Mrs. Box | Photography: Jose Villa / josevilla.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com for The Mrs. Box | Photography: Jose Villa / josevilla.com

The urns, in particular, were fun for me as I tried to make them as 3D as I could on a flat surface, and I really treated them and placed the flowers as though I was creating a real life arrangement in water with lots of different textures and complementing hues. 

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com for The Mrs. Box | Photography: Jose Villa / josevilla.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com for The Mrs. Box | Photography: Jose Villa / josevilla.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com for The Mrs. Box | Photography: Jose Villa / josevilla.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com for The Mrs. Box | Photography: Jose Villa / josevilla.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com for The Mrs. Box | Photography: Jose Villa / josevilla.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com for The Mrs. Box | Photography: Jose Villa / josevilla.com

Can we talk about this girl's hair? I mean, does it get any better than tulip petals for your hair?! :)

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com for The Mrs. Box | Photography: Jose Villa / josevilla.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com for The Mrs. Box | Photography: Jose Villa / josevilla.com

I had saved a number of potted poinsettia from the holidays, and they still looked really beautiful in February. Plus, I'm quite obsessed with their peachy colors, so I thought it would be perfect to incorporate them in one of my designs. They really look like watercolor.

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com for The Mrs. Box | Photography: Jose Villa / josevilla.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com for The Mrs. Box | Photography: Jose Villa / josevilla.com

Jose told me this one looked like a painting! I would have to give most of the credit to those beautiful tulips and their incredible colors.

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com for The Mrs. Box | Photography: Jose Villa / josevilla.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com for The Mrs. Box | Photography: Jose Villa / josevilla.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com for The Mrs. Box | Photography: Jose Villa / josevilla.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com for The Mrs. Box | Photography: Jose Villa / josevilla.com

It was super fun to make this very tiny bouquet (less than 2 inches all around). When I am choosing the florals for projects like these, I make sure to procure as many different flowers in different sizes, shades, and textures as possible...because to me, that is what makes these images so interesting. Of course, it goes without saying that Jose Villa's photography is impeccable!

Credits

Images by @josevilla with @joelserrato, floral design by @tulipinadesign with co-styling by @maemae_co @greylikes and @kalebnormanjames featuring @shapirodiamonds rings.

Dining Room Makeover

We moved into our current house in 2007, and quickly painted the dining room walls from "for sale" off-white to a lovely deep crimson. We added in some dining furniture and a large wrought iron mirror that fit the Spanish-style home, and for the last 7 years have not done much with it. Over the past few months, I've wanted to move the decor of the home toward a bit more minimalist and industrial/modern design, and a makeover was in order. While there is only so much one can do in a 1929 Spanish-style home without creating an enormous confusion in interior styling, I thought that a more muted color palette and some small changes would mix things up. We kept the table, but got some new chairs. We painted the walls a light mint (sea foam) color, and removed the large wrought iron mirror in favor of some photography on the walls. Nothing huge, but the entire room has taken on a new character, and feels both larger and brighter. Makeover complete!

I love making changes like these from time to time, and I continue to look forward to the day when I can pour a little creativity into a new kitchen!

A couple of "before" snaps. Dining Room Makeover - Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Dining Room Makeover - Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Dining Room Makeover - Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

A little leftover arrangement from this weekend's work. Dining Room Makeover - Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

Dining Room Makeover - Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

Credits:

Styling, photography, and design by Kiana Underwood Select photography by Nathan Underwood