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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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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

Unique Vessels: Cute Mugs

Have you ever looked around your house and counted the number of cute mugs you have gathered? My sister and I are the queens of buying (or being given) cute mugs, and as a result we have a lot of them. After opening the cupboard the other day, I decided that a few of them would make a great ‘Unique Vessels’ post. Here are three ways you can use your mugs to create a beautiful table arrangement.

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Flowers: plum branches, garden rose, heuchera, succulent flowers
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Flowers: coleus, bunny tail, lisianthus, garden rose
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Flowers: lavender, geranium, fuchsia, dahlia
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Credits:

Styling and design by Kiana Underwood
Photography by N. Underwood

Unique Vessels: Serving Dishes

I’m sure that many of you have serving dishes or bowls that you never use. I know that I do, and have had these caviar bowls and chip and dip server forever, yet I rarely use them when guests are over. As one might expect, I thought that it would be fun to use them as vessels for flowers and fruits instead! I love incorporating fruits into floral arrangements, and in these designs, the fruits are equal in star power to the flowers that they accompany.

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Flowers:

cherry, kumquat, blueberry, lavender, peony, jasmine

Credits:

Styling and design by Kiana Underwood
Photography by Angie Cao