LOVEly flower blogs #4 - Tulipina

Good morning, Today I am delighted to introduce you to the wonderful Kiana - from the blog Tulipina. She has a very natural and creative style and uses a lot of unusual vessels for her bouquets. In this little interview,  you can discover a little more about Tulipina and about Kiana's story. You can read the other interviews from the LOVEly flower blogs series, here, here and here. I hope you will enjoy it. I don't want to spoil anything, but the pictures are just stunning! Have a nice Monday! Elodie

Tulipina_Blue_vaseWho are you and what are you talking about in your blog?

Hi, I’m Kiana Underwood – floral designer at Tulipina. My blog is focused on beautiful floral design and DIY – using as much of the natural beauty that surrounds us. I love to design using unique vessels, and I love more eclectic rather than traditional floral design. In addition, I do a lot of event work, and really enjoy quirky and eclectic weddings.


Where does your passion for flowers come from?

My mother always had fresh flowers in the home growing up, and I was privileged to have access to some lovely gardens as a child. I think that these things certainly inspired a passion for flowers. I received a Master’s degree in International Relations, but didn’t get very far into a career before deciding to have children. While I had very regularly put together floral arrangements for family and friends, I decided to turn this passion into a business in 2011, and it’s been amazing for me creatively to explore my passion on an everyday basis.



What inspires you?

There is so much natural beauty that surrounds us, and I get an enormous amount of inspiration from my garden, as well as my neighborhood. I am very fortunate to live in California, which has a moderate climate that allows access to great floral varieties year-round.



What is your favorite flower?

There are many flowers that I love to work with, but as far as a personal favorite, mine is gardenia. The delicate nature of the flower and the aroma are to die for.


Which other flower blogs are you reading regularly?

With three children plus a dog, a DIY-focused blog, and a business, I don’t have a lot of time to read other blogs. When I do have a spare moment, my reading is usually not flower-related.


(c) All photography by N. Underwood

2flowergirls #5 - peonies

Hello dear readers,Today is the big day for the start of #2flowergirls in June with madame love and glomerylane. The flower of the month is the peony and I am very much looking forward to seeing your creations and see which variety you found. There are more the 200 varieties of peonies, from white to purple, from yellow to light pink. Peonies are called pivoines in French and Pfingstrosen in German (Pentecost) as they usually bloom at that time of year and are many people's favorite flowers. No wonder, they just look gorgeous in the garden, in an exuberant bouquet and are a classic for weddings. So let's the peonie's explosion start! Please post a link to your blogpost in the comment field underneath or on Inga's blog and we will post your photos on our peony pinterest board. For those who don't have a blog or don't want to blog about it, you can just post a picture on Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #2flowergirls or send us your peonies per email.

I hope you will like my pictures. I tried to show the variety as much as possible and found 6 different ones from 3 different flower shops yesterday, and displayed them in single vases.








Here is also a selection of Inga's photos. I am completely in love with the bloom in front of the mirror. You will see her complete shooting soon on her blog.




Speak to you soon! Your 2 flower girls - Elodie & Inga

Photos: (c) Elodie Love and Inga Lorig

peonies obsession

I know I've been posting quite a lot of peonies lately but for me it is one of the best things about springtime. I can't get tired of those beauties.Especially the pink ones which are yellow inside. So there you go - here are some new peonies directly from my kitchen. I think peonies are the perfect gift, when going to your friend's party. They look so unspectacular when they are still closed and so incredibly beautiful when they open up. The petals are so thin, that they almost look like silk. That's maybe the reason why I like them so much: They look like they directly come out of a very talented tailor's workshop.


Je sais que j'ai posté beaucoup de pivoines sur mon blog ces derniers temps, mais je ne peux pas m'en empêcher. Pour moi, c'est une une des raisons pour lesquelles j'adore le printemps. J'aime tout particulièrement les pivoines roses avec un pistil jaune fluo.  Alors voilà: de nouvelles pivoines en direct de ma cuisine. Je pense que les pivoines sont le cadeau parfait à amener à vos amis, lors d'une fête. Elles ont l'air très banal quand elles sont encore en bouton et créent la surprise en s'ouvrant le lendemain matin. les pétales sont si fins qu'on dirait de la soie. C'est sans doute la raison pour laquelle j'adore les pivoines: On dirait qu'elles sortent directement de l'atelier d'un merveilleux tailleur.

Küchenblume and flowers in my kitchen

So it is time for me to write a bit about my neighbourhood (Kiez in German).I live in a very beautiful part of Hamburg called Eppendorf. It is very green, full of little decoration shops and pretty cafés. In the Isestrasse, where the splendid Isemarkt (a very cool market) takes place twice a week, you will find my favorite flower shop in Hamburg: Küchenblume.

but you know me, I couldn't just have gone there, just to take some now, I have some very pretty peonies in my kitchen. I love this season.

Küchenblume Isestrasse 76 20149 hamburg

Mo-Fr. 11:00 – 19:00 Sat.: 10:00 – 16:00