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Unique Vessels: Garden-Filled Candle Holder

I’m always in search of a good pedestal vase, and so when the lovely people over at Williams-Sonoma Home invited me to choose one of their products to work with, I jumped at the opportunity and found myself just the perfect vessel – this Classic Glass Hurricane. I decided to create a lush, garden-style arrangement in one, and I even did a little DIY step-by-step to show you how to do it on your own. After all, it’s been a while since I did a DIY blog post.

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I pretty much used whatever I had in my garden – which at this time of year is quite a lot! All of my roses are in bloom, and the plum and apple trees are filled with lovely fruitful branches.

Flowers: hydrangea, rose, peony, passion vine, foxglove, ranunculus, allium, sweet pea
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Begin with the branches. Try to keep the branches as long as you can – without them falling out of the vase – to create a flowing effect.
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Add some of the longer-stemmed roses throughout the arrangement. Keep the shorter ones for the front of the arrangement as focal flowers.
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These Koko Lokos here are at various stages of their beauty. I have 3 bushes in my garden and I’m in LOVE!
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Another beautiful specimen in the garden which has my heart is this beautiful shade of foxglove – it perfectly compliments the Koko Lokos, and it’s a great flower to use to give height and asymmetry to your arrangement.
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Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

I did save one of my favorite roses as my focal piece. It is big, aromatic, and the color is amazing.
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Add the allium and passion vine at the end and your arrangement is done!
Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

Credits:

Styling and design by Kiana Underwood
Photography by Nathan Underwood

White Lotus

Happy November friends! I honestly can’t believe it is November, I mean we were just on summer vacation! It is always amazing just how quickly time flies when things are busy, and with a business, three kids with school and activities, and various other miscellaneous things, the year has zipped along at breakneck speed.

I have had my eye on lotus for some time now, so when I saw that this Australian variety was available, I didn’t waste any time. The lotus, along with the candy cane tulips with some gardenia added, were both eye candy as well as beautifully aromatic. It is amazing what beauty you can achieve by simply adding some different textures and shades of color together in a vessel!

Flowers: lotus, passion, ranunculus, rose, tulip, silene, gardenia, flannel, hydrangea, tweedia
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White Lotus / Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

White Lotus / Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

Credits:

Styling and design by Kiana Underwood
Photography by Nathan Underwood

Unique Vessels: Spice Jars

If you are familiar with Persian cuisine, you know that many aromatic spices are used in preparing the various dishes. One in particular is saffron, which I use all of the time. As a result, I have tons of empty jars that were just too cute to throw away.

I was recently fortunate enough to be able to travel to Italy and France, and was inspired by the simple Provençal beauty – from a single flower in a milk jar, to buckets of lavender at the market and backyards filled with wild flowers and herb boxes. These images became my inspiration for this project.

For this DIY I simply stripped the labels from the jars, borrowed one of my children’s gold Sharpies and hand-decorated the jars, and placed some simple flowers in them. These clusters can really be used for any occasion – a brunch, dinner for two, cocktails with friends, or even a tea party – the possibilities are endless.

I brought these colorful soaps back from the town of Grasse (the “perfume capital of the world”) – they smell amazing!
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The originals
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And after label removal and decoration
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You can use any flowers that your heart desires – I used: freesia, scabiosa, geranium, lavender, and button feverfew (for a little touch of yellow with all the purple)
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Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Credits:

Styling and design by Kiana Underwood
Photography by N. Underwood

European Flower Markets

I recently returned from a lovely holiday. While it was a relatively short trip, the kids stayed home with grandparents, and we drove a little Fiat 500 on a mini European road tour through Italy and France. We were able to return to some places that we love, and also visit some new ones (that we now love). I’m already ready to go back.

Florence is one of my absolute favorite cities. It is alive, beautiful, magical, and abundant with art and a rich history. Most of all, it feels like home to me as I spent a great amount of time there when I lived in Italy. That, and the shopping is out of this world (better than Milan in my book).

If you are in Florence on a Thursday morning, there is a lovely mercato di fiori (flower market) at one corner of the Piazza della Repubblica. Since I barely slept a wink during my stay, I was there bright and early waiting for the flowers to be displayed. While waiting I got a chance to sit in the piazza and watch it wake up without any crowds surrounding me (quite a treat in the summertime). It truly was a memorable day and I can’t imagine having spent it any other way.

An appropriate place for me to pose for a picture!
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The geraniums were so bright and beautiful and perfectly unblemished! If only I could bring it all back with me.
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And of course there were the ever-amazing dahlias!
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Can you smell the lavender?!
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A few days later, we drove to the South of France and stayed in the most beautiful village of Valbonne. On a Sunday morning, we took a day trip to Cannes and discovered the lovely (and large) Marché Forville where they had wonderful produce, fish, and flowers. Walking through this market made me want to shop for food and go back and cook, and if I lived there that is exactly what I would have done. Instead, I took a whole bunch of pictures of the flowers.

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I really enjoyed the way that the flowers were displayed – especially the signs.
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It is very hard to find peonies right now in California. No problem in Cannes.
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Here you can get a sense of the size of the market.
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Credits:

All photography by N. Underwood