Today we’re fortunate to have Kiana Underwood of Tulipina joining us for a chat…
Kiana is the owner of Tulipina Floral Design, a boutique San Francisco-area floral design studio. Her work exemplifies lush, garden-style design, and she focuses almost exclusively on eclectic weddings and events. Kiana has a passion for flowers, and has authored hundreds of DIY floral posts on her popular blog. Her most recent project is the ongoing floral art series “Humans with Bouquets”.
Kiana has been featured in numerous print magazines and is frequently seen on popular wedding and lifestyle sites such as Elle Decor, 100 Layer Cake, Green Wedding Shoes, Bright.Bazaar, Swooned, SF Girl by Bay, and many others.
BB: Describe the Tulipina signature look.
KU: Lush, garden style. Asymmetric designs. Unexpected color combinations and rich palettes.
BB: How did you develop your signature look?
KU: As I played around with different ingredients from the garden, and added some tidbits to my arrangements, I decided that I liked them better when they had a free flowing and organic look as they rested in the vases. I wanted finished designs that were more artful, and looked like they were in the garden without being tightly positioned and forced into the vessel(s).
BB: Where do you find inspiration?
KU: My inspiration can really come from anywhere – from a walk in my neighborhood, my garden, the amazing variety available at the San Francisco Flower Mart, a visit to the local nursery, music, or perhaps a visit to the NYC Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Love Tulipina style? Kiana has some great workshops coming up this spring:
Sat, Feb 21 – Los Angeles / Advanced Floral Design in partnership with Hedley & Bennett and Pottery Barn. Just a couple of tickets left.
Sat, Mar 14 – San Francisco / Advanced Florals + Photography
Sun, May 17 – San Francisco / Floral Master Class – Kiana Underwood & Max Gill
For more information: visit tulipina.com/workshops
As we say goodbye and thank you to Kiana, we’d like to leave you with a beautiful glimpse into her creative process…
Thanks for stopping by today, Kiana!
Photography: NRU Photo