Hello friends! As some of you may know, I was fortunate enough to spend a semester of my senior year of college in Siena, Italy. By the time I graduated, I was so madly in love that I decided to go back. So, while studying for my M.A. at Johns Hopkins SAIS, I spent a year in Bologna (the city of students, dogs, and absolutely amazing food) – a life experience that I cherish with every bone in my body and wish upon my children some day.
When I was thinking of styling this shoot, I was inspired by my experiences in Italy and what I had seen while living there. I remember beautiful shop windows filled with magical little things as well as the beautiful presentation of flowers – how perfect they always seemed whether they were in a floral shop or some little alimentari (grocery store). I imagined what my shop would look like if I had one in Florence, and I came up with this shoot. I hope you enjoy this as much as Angie Cao, Valerie Teele, and I had fun putting it together!
Wedding season is just about to kick into high gear, and with gorgeous spring flowers readily available (most of the below are available in summer as well), I wanted to put together some really bold and dreamy bridal bouquets to start the season and inspire any brides who have not yet chosen their blooms.
Happy Monday! After all of the activity of Mother’s Day, I thought that it would be nice to do some very simple statement pieces. To me, ‘simple statement’ arrangements are those that are both simple in ingredients and creation, but also arrangements that can be placed anywhere within the home. These two arrangements are just as at home on a piano as they would be on a bedroom nightstand or fireplace mantle.
What you’ll need: ranunculus, lamb’s ear, grape hyacinth, black mystic
Begin with the black mystic and lamb’s ear
Continue with the ranunculus, with larger flowers closer to the neck of the vase
Add the grape hyacinth
Finish with additional ranunculus buds to add height and texture
In this simple piece, a single ingredient is used – boronia. It is quite fragrant, and the lovely pink of the boronia against the matte white of the tall urn adds a lovely splash of color wherever you place it.
For the last post before Mother’s Day, I wanted highlight something that you can give your mom that lasts a long time. I made this succulent jewelry box over a month ago, and it is still going strong. Cut succulents are easily replanted in soil and will continue to grow and thrive. If you want to give your mom something this Mother’s Day that will last, this is the DIY for you.
I found this wonderful glass jewelry box (large) at Pottery Barn and thought that it would be a wonderful vessel for an indoor succulent garden.
As originally intended. Image courtesy potterybarn.com
What you’ll need: succulents*, succulent soil (or other porous soil – important), plastic wrap, glass box
* You may have noticed that there is an African violet in the center of the box. I wanted to add something with a bit of contrasting color in the center of the garden. Other great choices would be begonia or kalanchoe (also a type of succulent)
Line the bottom of the box with plastic wrap, and add the soil. This will help keep it from leaking when you mist (not pour) water on it
Add the succulents and flowering plant. Cut succulents will do fine when replanted, but if taking them from existing pots, it is easy to pull them out of the soil and replant without cutting them
Continue adding until you are satisfied with the look of your garden
Succulents do not need much water. Mist with water once a week and it will last a very long time
Happy Mother’s Day to all the amazing and hard-working moms out there!
Antique Silver Jewelry Boxes available at Pottery Barn
Styling and design by Kiana Underwood
Photography by Angie Cao