At the peak of winter weather (Rain, sleet, snow — the works) we often find ourselves craving fresh, clean and colorful style.
Kiana Underwood of Tulipina’s work certainly fits the bill. We’re big fans of her work (see here, here and here for some of our favorites), and these brilliantly hued centerpieces suit our blue Cambria Serving Bowls beautifully.
Take a look at her refreshing take on DIY flower arrangements for winter, here:
(written exclusively for Inside & Out by Kiana Underwood)
I am always a fan of bucking tradition (in general), and especially when it comes to holiday flower arrangements. There is so much variety to be had outside of red, green, gold, and silver for the holidays. With this in mind, I created a couple of DIY designs that are a bit outside of the norm in terms of both flowers and colors for the season.
This time of year here in Northern California, camellias are in season in all sorts of shapes and colors. So, I thought they would make a lovely addition to this holiday centerpiece. In my opinion, they are just as beautiful as roses.
The color combination, along with the lovely bowls, makes for a vibrant and cheery centerpiece. The arrangement inside the lighter blue bowl is intended as a corner piece, hence it has more height and variation to it. With each design, there is just enough to tie each distinctly to the holiday season without looking like every other department store or holiday table arrangement.
I hope you have a lovely holiday season!
Floral design and styling by Kiana Underwood
Photography by Nathan Underwood
When you live in Southern California, there’s never an inappropriate season for outdoor entertaining. This feminine, cozy get-together from Anna Delores Photography, Stella Bloom Designs and Vanessa Noel Events does the perfect job of embracing the gorgeous great outdoors in California’s Santa Ynez Valley. Despite the warm weather, this talented team still gave the setting some festive, seasonal flair with chunky knits, sparkle, and a touch of leather and fur.
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Most Wonderful Time Sign, Metal Lantern, Wooden Lantern, Red Blanket, and Pillows: Pottery Barn
Photography: Anna Delores Photography
Floral Design: Stella Bloom Designs
Reception Venue: Whispering Rose Ranch
Jewelry: 31 Bits
Calligraphy: Jamie Ellen Paperie
Cake & Desserts: MJB Cakes
Cocktails: Savour This Kitchen
Styling & Coordination: Vanessa Noel Events
Written and styled exclusively for Inside & Out by Kiana Underwood of Tulipina
Photographed by Nathan Underwood Photography
I take any and every opportunity to use non-traditional holiday decor in my home — I tend to stay away from the traditional looks and color palettes for floral arrangements. Not everything must be gold, red, and green, and if you enjoy a more natural and neutral color palate, there is no reason not to create just that for your holiday centerpiece.
This wine trough is simply lovely. I love the natural look of the wood and I think it could give a new twist to any holiday entertaining, and be used as either a centerpiece or just an arrangement for a buffet table. I used a few of these at a cocktail party which was held at a woodworker’s shop, and it turned out perfectly!
For the palette, I chose more subtle colors as well as decided to use some tomato vines from my garden which complemented the natural look I had in mind.
Flowers: peony, ranunculus, anemone, rose, porcelain berry vine, tomato vine, privet,
Note: To ensure that you don’t have any water leakage, you will need to line the insert for this trough. In general, unless you are sure that a vessel is watertight, always do a quick fill test to determine if any lining may be necessary.
Let’s be honest — we’d all love for our holiday dinner tables to look like a winter wonderland, but sometimes it just isn’t realistic. Decorating your table with a limited amount of time and budget requires a clever mix of everyday essentials and select holiday flair.
We love these holiday table settings for their mix of pretty red + white basics that can be used year round, with a few chargers, napkin rings, appetizer plates and napkins mixed in for holiday cheer. Are you on the hunt for easy holiday table decorating tips? Read on to get our top four tips, below:
1. Accent white dinnerware with festive chargers. You don’t need to buy a full set of dinnerware to make your holiday dinner party feel special. We love using glimpses of metallic — like these gold leaf chargers — to add just a little sparkle and shine. Bonus: These can be used year round!
2. Mix and match textiles you can use every holiday. Red or neutral table linens (especially when paired with a fun napkin ring) will add the perfect pop to your existing table setting.
3. Invest in a set of colorful dinner plates. We love using color year round! Whether you decide to go with red, blue, green or more — investing in a set of brightly colored plates means you only need a few accessories for the holidays.
4. Use appetizer plates as accents. Dress up your table with festive appetizer/salad plates for the season — they’re a little more affordable than a full dinner set, and easy to match with any of your dinnerware!
Curious about our top classic dinnerware picks? Be sure to check out Great White, Cambria, Gabriella and the new Napoli.
Written exclusively for Inside & Out by Kiana Underwood of Tulipina
Photos by Nathan Underwood
When it comes to floral arrangements, many people are concerned that the money they
spend doesn’t go very far given fresh cut flowers don’t last more than 4-5 days. So, I
decided to create a planter for those who would prefer to have a long-lasting
centerpiece or planter, using Pottery Barn’s Antique Silver Serve Bowl.
Even at your local market or grocery store, there is quite an array of different plants to
combine and create into an eye-catching and longer lasting arrangement. There are a
variety of beautiful mini-rose plants available at the market, so with a quick stop at
Trader Joe’s and my local nursery, I was able to find plans of different colors, shapes,
and textures to create this planter.
I particularly like this silver bowl and the writing that is etched on the rim: “Together with
friends and family is always the happiest place to be” – it is the perfect motto for the
I chose two shades of mini-rose plants, maidenhair vine, waffle plant (for the lovely
purplish foliage), a small hydrangea, rosemary, and finished with the lovely stephanotis
plant for a delicate and beautiful aroma.
It has been two weeks and the planter is still intact and beautiful, and it only needs
water every 2-3 days.
Take a look at more of Kiana’s amazing centerpieces here.
December’s officially here! We couldn’t be more excited to start the countdown to Christmas — but our home decor has some catching up to do. Thanksgiving was just a few days ago, so it doesn’t feel quite right to pack every bit and piece of our fall decor away yet.
This stunning tabletop does a perfect job of bridging the gap between the end of fall and the beginning of winter. Glints of gold contrast with rustic linens and classic white dinnerware in a casual, luxe setting.
Mixed and matched glassware and staggered candlesticks bring an additional element of interest. The bear salt and pepper shakers add just the right touch of whimsy, too.
How will you transition your home decor from fall to winter?
Designer: Wedding Mode
Photography: Amber Vickery
Pottery Barn items: Gold Leaf Charger, Napoli Dinnerware, Napoli Oval Serving Platter, Bear Salt & Pepper Shakers, Fox Napkin Rings, Cast Leaf Lidded Serve Bowl
Spending time with our family and friends during the holidays always makes us appreciate the little — and big! — things in life. This year, we’re celebrating them all with our new series: Give Thanks.
This week, we asked designer and blogger Kirsten Krason to share what she’s thankful for this year:
“During the Holidays I’m most grateful for my cozy bedroom. I stay in bed as long as possible on snowy days here in Utah. My kids usually climb into bed with me and we cuddle under the blankets.”
“I love the big windows in my room as well. It’s magical to watch the snow falling as we get ready for the day. Lighting a holiday candle sets the mood even more. These cozy moments remind me what life is all about.”
Photos by Jylare Smith
Seen in photo: Lily Task Lamp, Gold Leaf Tray
See what designers Becki Owens and Nicole Davis are grateful for, too. (Hint: It takes place in one seriously stunning kitchen.)