Flower Magazine

MAY-JUN 2018

Browse "flower" to learn techniques from established and up-and-coming designers, be inspired by the floral decor of weddings, galas, and flower and garden shows, and infuse your lifestyle with chic floral fashion and home decor.

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The San Francisco–based floral designer shares summer arrangements from her new book, Color Me Floral, and answers our Flower questionnaire, giving us a peek at her personality and her world Kiana Underwood {of Tulipina Design} FRESH STYLE I arrange Underwood travels the globe teaching workshops that focus on her old-world- style arrangements, which she shares on Instagram @tulipinadesign. Her first book, Color Me Floral (Chronicle Books, 2018), with images by her husband, Nate, focuses on seasonal, monochromatic creations. Flower: In three words, describe your floral aesthetic. Kiana Underwood: Abundant, colorful, and complex. What flower best represents your per- sonality, and why? I love ranunculus, and I think it represents my personality due to its variation and resilience. Is there a floral trend that you like right now? I love that the old-world style of floral design has returned. Name three people who inspire you. I am inspired by Bach—I love his music and the enormous complexity that comes through as rather effortless. Bach's music is a work of genius. Oprah Winfrey also inspires me because she is strong and has achieved so much in her lifetime despite a very challenging childhood, and Julia Child because she started her career in a later stage of life yet still made an amazing impact and a lasting legacy. Did you ever have one of those aha moments that changed your life in a meaningful way? I went to graduate school and obtained my master's degree from a prestigious school for international studies and wanted to become a diplomat and travel the world. Once I graduated, I found a job as a research assistant—writing and running errands at a California think Photography by NATE UNDERWOOD 38 | M AY/J U N E 2 0 1 8

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