Tags archives: Santa Barbara

Inspiration Board: Saturated Mustards & Reds

Hot colors + hot illustrations = hot. Loving the 70’s vibes of these hues…

Via, from upper left, clockwise: Faraday Bikes, Red Cheeks Factory, Julia Rothman, Designlovefest

Press: Flutter Magazine

I’m super excited to announce the latest Flutter Magazine is out online here and in PRINT out today (I will be getting my hands on a copy within the hour, check me on Instagram @kellyoshiro if you want a peek). I have two things in the magazine, a farm to table dinner shot in apple orchard (remember this backstage post?) which you can check out HERE. Shot by Nancy Neil with food by the Paper Palate (um, pumpkin tacos anyone?). Cambria Wine generously provided libations.

My second story was a cute little DIY for making dried confetti flower petals shot by Arna Bee. Kim the editor of Flutter, Joy of Joy de Vivre and I had fun playing confetti tossers… check it, HERE. I’ll be posting the full scope soon and THANK YOU to everyone who contributed.

Cover photo: Michael Costa

Flower Chic: Pink Peonies & Mercury Glass

Who doesn’t love peonies, and these beauties from Fabulous Florals are nothing short of amazing, especially since its almost September (peonies are generally not available after mid-July at the latest). To show off these blooms, I mixed in some delicate pink hydrangea and the always unique flower, blushing bride, for texture.

Such a lovely and delicate shade of pink in the peonies and blushing bride…

For this arrangement, I’m using this mercury container (6″ x 8.5″) from Jamali Gardens. All containers like this need a liner, here I used a glass cylinder filled with water and a mesh of chicken wire (this creates a frog to hold the flowers). For this arrangement you will need:

-2 bunch of peonies

-3 bunches of blushing bride

-1 bunch pink hydranga

-mercury glass container with liner

-chicken wire

– floral shears

A special thanks to Fabulous Florals for sponsoring and providing these blooms (and if you’re wholesale they do ship flowers to anywhere in the US.) And to see all Flower Chic posts click right here.

Flower Chic: Green & Modern Wedding Bouquet

I love when brides carry a colorful bouquet on their wedding day, so this week I thought it would be fun to do one in my favorite color, green.

For this bouquet, I used viburnum, blueperum, bunny tail, poppy pods, and green trick dianthus. To make the bouquet, start with a mix of the main flowers, placing them at different levels. Once your bouquet is a nice shape, wrap the stems with floral tape. Then use either ribbon or a piece of linen (as I’ve done here) and use floral pins to hold it in place. You can add a criss-cross detail with jute or keep it simple and leave it as is. And to see all Flower Chic posts click right here.

Flower Chic: Clematis Bouquet

unique wedding bouquets

I’m a big fan of clematis and for this week’s flower chic, I’m using it to make a simple and wild bouquet. To make the bouquet, start with a base of mint and then layer the vines of clematis on top until you get a nice cascading shape. You will need 1 bunch of mint and 3 bunches of clematis, floral tape and floral shearers. Once you’ve gotten a shape you like, wrap the stems with floral tape and then finish it with ribbon (I used a copper velvet ribbon here). The fragrance of the mint plus these beautiful blooms make this one easy (and unforgettable) bouquet. And to see all Flower Chic posts click right here. Enjoy!

Color Palette: Lady-like Satin with a Touch of Pink & Yellow

Satin is such an classic texture, I love the shimmer and instant glamour it brings to a room or wedding. For a bedroom design, I could see layered satin bedding with a hint of lace and cream furniture with gold details. For a wedding, satin linen could be overlayed with delicate lace, and elegant cut crystal containers would hold soft pink and yellow blooms. Would you consider this soft, and somewhat, girly palette?

Flower Chic: Jewel Tone Centerpiece

I love a palette of rich jewels tones in flowers. Mix in some umbrella fern for a forest-y vibe, and you’ve got a colorful and fun centerpiece.

For this arrangement you will need:


-1 stem fritillaria

-5 stems fuschia peonies

-3 stems of umbrella fern

– 1 bunch red astilbe

– 8 stems purple anenomes

– 10 stems purple tulips

-10 stems lilac

-5 stems allium, purple sensation


-brick of floral foam, cut with a knife until it fits your container

-bucket of water

– floral shears

-container (mine is from Jamali Garden and is available here)

Begin by cutting your floral foam so that it fits your container (a craft knife works great for this). Soak your foam in water for several minutes until completely soaked through. Begin by putting a few pieces of umbrella fern at the base and the start placing your flowers, I generally start at the top to determine the highest point of the arrangement and then work down to the base from there. Keep turning your arrangement as you place flowers so you can make sure your arrangement looks good from all angles. And to see all Flower Chic posts click right here.

Flower Chic: White Muscari

I love, love muscari, and this variety in white is so feminine and delicate. Here, I styled them in my old pointe shoes…

Of course, they also look pretty good in an old golf trophy I picked up an antique store. I like the idea of a table design of different trophies filled with simple blooms, what do you think? And to see all Flower Chic posts click right here.

From the Archives: Aqua & Gold Inspiration Board


I thought I’d share this inspiration board I did last year because I’m still so infatuated with the color combination of aqua and gold. Isn’t is dreamy? Original post right here

Images from left to right, top to bottom: {Row 1} 1. Miki Duisterhof 2. Tim Walker 3. Miki Duisterhof 4. Leo Patrone {Row 2} 1. Jim Franco 2. via Martha Stewart 3. via {this is glamorous} 4. Delesie {Row 3} 1. via{this is glamorous} 2. Helen Norman 3. Jim Franco