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Romantic Centerpiece Tutorial from Tulipina
Photos By N. Underwood
By L. K. on Jan 10, 2014 at 5:00 am in Homespun
We’re thrilled to introduce the lovely Kiana Underwood, proprietress of Tulipina, a boutique San Francisco–area floral design studio that caters to the modern, artfully minded bride. In addition to running Tulipina, Kiana maintains a DIY-focused floral blog, where she shares eye-delighting, easy-to-follow tutorials on seasonal flower arranging. We were so struck by her lush, inventive designs and charmingly eclectic styling sensibilities that we asked her to create a special DIY project for Swooned’s readers. Here she shares how to create a romantic centerpiece that is at once soft and vibrant.
When I was choosing the flowers for this centerpiece, I had romance in mind. Pepper is one of my favorites to work with; I love the romantic droop of the leaves, the texture, and the different colors that the berries offer. To complement the colors in the pepper branches and the romantic feeling, I chose three lovely shades of spray roses (these particular ones are fully opened and are as beautiful and fluffy as garden roses, in my opinion) and some lighter pink ranunculi. Finally, I think godetias are quite lovely (and not as often used), and the particular shade I chose was exactly the same as the pink peppers, making it a must.
Photo by N. Underwood
♦ Pedestal vase
♦ Spray roses
♦ Dusty miller
Choosing a vessel is a key element to maximizing the beauty of your flowers. Pepper is lovely when it’s hanging, so I chose a pedestal vase to maximize that quality. Begin by arranging the pepper inside the vase. I am generally a fan of asymmetric arrangements, so I begin each arrangement with that guiding principle in mind.
Add the dusty miller; it brings a soft and velvety look to the arrangement.
Add the godetias.
Continuing with the asymmetric shape of the centerpiece, add the roses and ranunculi. Make sure to allow the flowers to sit freely within the vase; you especially don't want to obscure the already opened flowers, as they are too beautiful to hide.
Continue adding roses and ranunculi until you have reached the desired fill.
Examine your piece from all directions to ensure beauty from every angle of view. I added more godetias and roses to the back after I did my “walk around.”
Despite what one might imagine, creating a unique and romantic centerpiece is not that difficult a task. If you can think a little bit outside the box and are willing to step out of your comfort zone, you can, indeed, come up with an amazing design!
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What's Being Said
Sara, Jan 13, 2014 at 12:11 am
Such a pretty centerpiece!
Ariana - Hey Wedding Lady, Jan 11, 2014 at 5:08 pm
This is so fun! I love floral tutorials and this one is gorgeous!
Plum Pretty Sugar, Jan 10, 2014 at 5:53 pm
Adore this beautiful floral arrangement! Such lovely colors and picks!
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