Monday, September 30, 2013

Coral Print Pillow


Aloha! Today I thought I'd share with you this fabulous coral print pillow. It would definitely make a great addition to any island theme decor!


Sunday, September 22, 2013

A Driftwood Planter

Saw this adorable driftwood planter at a house in Kailua. Just another thing to add to the list of things to make out of driftwood...

Friday, September 20, 2013

Friday Listening: 14

Here is a song from way back in 2000. Thirteen years later it is still fun to sing along to!





Wednesday, September 18, 2013

A Breezy Retreat in the Hills of Kaneohe

This kama'aina estate, just half a hour's drive from Honolulu is all old-world charm. Can you just imagine spending a restful week here reading, relaxing and recharging? The home features high ceilings, rich woods and fabulous views of Kaneohe Bay and the Ko'olau Mountains. I would not mind spending a long weekend here!

Sunday, September 15, 2013

What Can You Do With Old Surfboards - 2

A while back I posted some pictures of a fence made of old surfboards (you can find it here). Recently I visited a home in Kaneohe, Hawaii, where I saw this outdoor shower. It is quite an ingenious way of using an old surfboard. May have to try it some day!



Thursday, September 12, 2013

Great Architecture: The Music City Center in Nashville

On our recent travels in the South, we visited the brand new Music City Center in the downtown Nashville. It is a beautiful building, with special touches of music incorporated throughout. It is an enormous structure, taking up three city blocks. Definitely a great example of 21st century design!

total area: 2.1 million square feet

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

A Chair Project

Yesterday I finally completed a project I have been meaning to do for a while. It was to repaint two old folding chairs we have on our covered deck. They flank the picnic table we use for dining (Hawaii having such lovely weather year-round, we barely ever use our dining room). The picnic table is brown. The chairs were brown. They blended in, which is not necessarily a bad thing.  I, however, wanted to make them pop. 

Here is one of the chairs. First task was to sand off
the remains of the old varnish.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

The Gardens at the Biltmore

Aloha readers! Today's post is of a place we visited toward the end of our summer travels. Instead of going chronologically I am just going to write about these places randomly. The point is not to recreate our trip, it is to share with you some of the lovely spots, great architecture or natural beauty we got to experience.

Today, I am posting some of the pictures I took at the gardens of the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Friday Listening: 13

It's Aloha Friday again, and here is my song for the day. It is another beauty by Lindsey Stirling, called Elements. Hope you like it!



Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Furniture Facelift Inspiration


My friend Debbie, who is a realtor, got a set of white rattan furniture from a client. We are in the process of figuring out what how to updatethe set for 21 century island living.

Below are some pillows in different colors and patterns to provide inspiration for a new look for the old set.


patterned pillows





















The furniture is currently painted white. We will need to reupholster the pieces, and possibly paint over the white. What do you think? Which one is your favorite?