Beautiful, Wonderful Tuberose

Tuberose is one of my absolute favorite flowers. My mother has always loved them and she has passed that love on to me as a young girl. Not only are they beautiful, but their aroma is quite exquisite. In fact, they were the primary flower for my wedding and to this day many friends who attended tell me that tuberose reminds them of my wedding day. Today is my 13th wedding anniversary to my husband - my best friend! So, I thought it quite appropriate to share this DIY with you today!

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I believe this vessel is really meant to be used as a potting planter, but I decided that the color went beautifully with the floral combination. Kiana Underwood /

Flowers: tuberose, acorn, garden rose, ranunculus, blushing bride

They happened to have acorns at the flower mart, so I thought that it would be unique to use them with the tuberose - a combination that I had never seen before!

Begin with the acorn branches, place them freely inside the vase. Kiana Underwood /

Add the tuberose Kiana Underwood /

Continue with the blushing bride Kiana Underwood /

...and ranunculus Kiana Underwood /

Finally, add the garden roses in an remaining space. Kiana Underwood /

Here is a photo of my husband and I on our wedding day doing the tango to the song from Scent of a Woman "Por una Cabeza"! It was a beautiful night - I can't believe 13 years have already passed! Kiana Underwood /


Styling and design by Kiana Underwood Photography by N. Underwood

Going Back to Italy

Happy weekend friends! As a young(er) girl I lived in Italy for about a year and a half, first as an undergrad (in Siena), and then for a year as a graduate student with Johns Hopkins University SAIS (School of Advanced International Studies) in Bologna. These were truly some of the best times of my life, during which I met many wonderful people from all over the world with whom I still keep in contact!

Well, I left Italy in summer of 2000 and never thought it would take me so long to go back! I have traveled many places since then, but the longing to go back has never waned. 13 years later - and after hundreds of Italy-centric dreams - tomorrow I am headed back (on vacation)! I am so very excited! Italy feels like home to me - the people, the culture, the language, the country, the good with all of its bad - I LOVE it all! For me, there is almost nothing better than taking an afternoon walk around the Piazza del Duomo in Florence, or enjoying the pizza, gelato, and espresso (or latte macchiato).

I have a bunch of great posts for the time that I am gone, and am looking forward to the flower mart in Florence and some lovely pictures to bring back and share.


May 2000 / Taking the train / Kiana Underwood

May 2000 / Nate in Venezia / Kiana Underwood

May 2000 / In a flower field on Elba / Kiana Underwood

Tuscan Floral Window / Kiana Underwood Hello friends! As some of you may know, I was fortunate enough to spend a semester of my senior year of college in Siena, Italy. By the time I graduated, I was so madly in love that I decided to go back. So, while studying for my M.A. at Johns Hopkins SAIS, I spent a year in Bologna (the city of students, dogs, and absolutely amazing food) - a life experience that I cherish with every bone in my body and wish upon my children some day.

When I was thinking of styling this shoot, I was inspired by my experiences in Italy and what I had seen while living there. I remember beautiful shop windows filled with magical little things as well as the beautiful presentation of flowers - how perfect they always seemed whether they were in a floral shop or some little alimentari (grocery store). I imagined what my shop would look like if I had one in Florence, and I came up with this shoot. I hope you enjoy this as much as Angie Cao, Valerie Teele, and I had fun putting it together! / Kiana Underwood / Kiana Underwood / Kiana Underwood / Kiana Underwood / Kiana Underwood / Kiana Underwood / Kiana Underwood


ranunculus, peonies, freesia, hydrangea, horse chestnut


Styling and design by Kiana Underwood Window design by Valerie Teele Photography by Angie Cao