Pastel Glam

Hope everyone had a beautiful and wonderful Easter Sunday!  Today’s blog post takes inspiration from our most recent holiday, as pastel colors in home decor is as glamorous as it delicate.

Pastels are a great, soothing choice for a space of relaxation, most specifically if paired with neutrals or warm white.

Below are some of our faves:


1. Banbury Two-Drawer End Table, Wayfair
2. Pastel Round Stonewear Bowl, Elizabeth’s Embellishments
3. Safavieh Morgan Accent Chair, Bed Bath & Beyond
4. Minimalist Wall Clock, Amazon
5. Safavieh Shag Rug, Decor Market
6. Windham Desk, Target
7. Glass Table Lamp, Target
8. Daystar Sofa, Ashley Furniture
9. CaliTime Throw Pillow Covers, Amazon
10.  Amalfi Stackable Side Chair, Design Lab MN

Step Into Summer – Ashley Goes All Out

It’s time to relax outdoors.  The perks of living in paradise is that spring and summer is always around the corner. What better way to do so than sip mimosas in your very own backyard?  Not to mention in chic, affordable outdoor furniture by Ashley.

Ashley Furniture Industries introduced their new line of outdoor furniture, joining a $4.5 Billion industry with the likes of Pottery Barn, Joss & Main and Pier1.  The company saw the outdoor category’s explosive growth in the past few years and decided now was the time to make a play.

“Outdoor furniture is a rapidly growing category and the outdoor room is a room we want to fill with both fashion and value.” says Todd Wanek, Ashley CEO.

Ashley Homestores here on island followed suit and just launched some of Ashley Outdoor collection in their showrooms.  Three of the main sets are below:

The Loughran outdoor sectional set’s clean architectural lines and supportive cushioning make being outside even more inviting. 

Comfortable and carefree sums up the beauty of the Abbots Court outdoor seating set. 

Swivel and rock as long as you like in the Predmore swivel rocker lounge chair.

Ashley Showrooms on Oahu are located in Salt Lake (main showroom), Ward, Pearlridge and Kapolei.

You can also visit Ashley’s website for more selections.  Please note that prices online, if any, do not reflect store prices.  Special Order option is available.   Please contact me for a showing at our main store here on Oahu.

Now who is ready for a staycation?



Words of Inspiration- Design Quotes

Happy Aloha Friday!

The weekend is slowly kicking off and you’re still working on that one project.  If you’re like me, the weekend doesn’t matter, we still hustle.  If you’re NOT like me and need to get things done because you want to enjoy weekend, well then darling, just take a deep breath…and smile.

When you’re in a design rut and need time to unwind, here are some motivational quotes from our industry’s best to help you get re-inspired.


“When you are stuck, walk away from the computer and draw. It will teach you how to see.”-Gerard Huerta

“There is no design without discipline. There is no discipline without intelligence.” –Massimo Vignelli

“There is no such thing as a boring project. There are only boring executions.” –Irene Etzkorn

“The goal of a designer is to listen, observe, understand, sympathize, empathize, synthesize, and glean insights that enable him or her to ‘make the invisible visible.’Hillman Curtis

“Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.” –Steve Jobs

“The future belongs to a different kind of person with a different kind of mind: artists, inventors, storytellers-creative and holistic ‘right-brain’ thinkers whose abilities mark the fault line between who gets ahead and who doesn’t.” –Daniel Pink

“When you believe a thing, believe it all the way, implicitly and unquestionably.” –Walt Disney

“Design creates culture. Culture shapes values. Values determine the future.” –Robert L. Peters

“An artist is not paid for his labor but for his vision.” -James Whistler

“Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun.” -Mary Lou Cook

“You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.” -Mark Twain


Hope that helps.  Remember, you’re awesome. 😉


All Wired Up

French design collective PETITE FRITURE was included in the July/August 2014 issue of Elle Decor’s What’s Hot feature, and what else could I say but ooohh la la.

Ooohh la la.

Established in 2009, Petite  Friture’s main focus is to promote promising young designers, and “develop with them a catalogue of objects, lighting and small furniture that creates a vibration.”  Their team of talents’ expertise include interior design, product design and art direction.

Their latest project was designing power-coated steel indoor and outdoor furniture in fun, playful shapes.  The results?  Cool. Brilliant. Simple, but looks uber-fun.

Photo Credit: Petite Friture

Photo Credit: Petite Friture

Photo Credit: Petite Friture

No pun intended, but down to the wire, this has been some of the more amusing and yet accessible statement pieces I’ve seen.

Another photo of their studio set-up in Milan:

Photo Credit: Petite Friture

Simply chic.

Non, c’est très chic.  

For more information, or to connect with PETITE FRITURE:

Visit their website
Like them on Facebook



Swivel Me Pretty

Go for a spin in this glamorous swivel chair designed by Barbara Barry for Henredon.

Featuring a sophisticated build mimicking a pretty lady in a pleated skirt, this prim and proper swivel chair is a statement piece in any reading room or a fashionista’s home office. It will also make the ideal vanity chair if you don’t feel pretty enough already!


The chair  is offered in other fabrics and finishes such as walnut, silver leaf or brushwork painted finish.



Henredon Interior Design Showroom

New York Design Center
200 Lexington Avenue, Suite 616
New York, NY 10016
United States

Phone: (212) 679-5828
Fax: (212) 679-6509



Lavender Mist

The color purple has always been synonymous with luxury, femininity and royalty…

Painting a room purple may be a suggestion most people would question, but pale purple, or lavender, is a neutral color that is a necessity for any glamorous home. The hue is almost gray that it compliments any type of interior.


Lavender color is versatile and depending on how it’s used, it can bring a romantic, calming, modern or eccentric feel to a room.

The color is also subdued, which makes it easier to coordinate with almost any type of fabric. And for the same reason, it lavender paint makes the perfect backdrop for wall art.


*For a “wow” moment, choose glossy lavender paint in an entryway.
*The bedroom is the best place to use lavender as it is soothing and almost lulls you to sleep!
*Avoid using lavender in a kitchen or bathroom as it is the type of color that needs to be complemented with other patterns, textures and hues.
*Gray with lavender is a chic and glamorous combination, while browns add warmth, and green add a little bit of romance.

Some current hot finds to bring lavender hues into your spaces: