garden-filled chemex.

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I’m very excited to have floral designer and stylist Kiana Underwood of bay area-based tulipina stopping in today to give you a floral arranging tutorial. Kiana creates beautiful event and wedding arrangements that are creative and totally unexpected. she’s going to share an idea for creating an arrangement in a vessel that may be sitting around your home, looking lonesome and not living up to its full potential — today the lovely shaped chemex coffee maker — an easy step-by-step (AND REALLY PRETTY!) photographic demonstration. thanks, Kiana!

CHEMEX

Like many mid-century designs, the Chemex coffee maker seems to be making a comeback. I have seen them all over the place lately. I have had my eye on the Chemex as a floral vessel for some time, so I finally decided to buy one and fill it with flowers. As you might guess, I love the way that it turned out!

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Flowers used in this arrangement: Pieris, huckleberry, ornamental peppers (purple and yellow), artichoke, peony, ranunculus, smoke bush, and Amaranthus.

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1. Begin with the Pieris on one side of the vessel. I wanted to concentrate their draping quality in one area.

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2. Add the purple ornamental pepper. I have used two kinds in this arrangement, and I think that the purplish leaves of this pepper are absolutely lovely. 3. Add the white ranunculus to create a balance between the different heights of the Pieris and the ornamental pepper.

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4. Add the Amaranthus on the opposite side of the vase from the Pieris.

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5. Continue with the huckleberry – it lends a lovely texture to the arrangement.

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6. Add just a couple small branches of smoke as a complementary shade of maroon. 7. Add the two purple artichokes in the front of the vase where they can be a focal point of the arrangement, as well as your peonies. It is tough to get peonies in California in autumn – they have to be imported from the Southern Hemisphere (usually Chile or New Zealand).

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8. Now add the maroon ranunculus for some height. The beauty of ranunculus is in the bend of their stems and the delicate nature of their petals. You can really add a graceful touch to your arrangement by carefully placing them within the vessel. 9. Finally add the yellow ornamental peppers for a bright pop of color!

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• Styling and design by Kiana Underwood; Photography by N. Underwood.

Comments
10 Responses to “garden-filled chemex.”
  1. Beautiful arrangement! I love the idea of using a chemex coffee maker as a vase too.

  2. Lauren says:

    So amazing. I love the colors and unique styling. Thank you for sharing!

  3. Nadia Winkel says:

    I love Kiana’s designs and her DIY blog! She is such an amazing designer. To see a DIY of hers here on sfgirlbybay is truly awesome. The use of the ornamental peppers adds so much color and I adore the ranunculus.

  4. Ana says:

    Lovely work Kiana! Your arrangements are some of the best I have ever seen.

  5. Chelsea says:

    Thanks so much for this awesome tutorial!

  6. Sarah says:

    so prettty

  7. wow, this is so lovely. who knew that a coffee maker could make the perfect vase?! great job!

    xo, lily on fillmore

  8. Sarah says:

    Nooo! Sacrilege to see a Chemex being used like this!

  9. julianna m says:

    this arrangement is fantastic!! I would never have thought to use artichokes and peppers in a floral arrangement! Do you know where she gets her beautiful plants? I have a difficult time finding any quality plants… I guess I will have to start a greenhouse?

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