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March 10, 2014

Floral and event-design company Passion Roots shares flower arranging tips


Photos: Crystal Chanel Photography

Your apartment decorating to-do list has been backlogged since you moved in—two years ago. Time to call in the emergency Aesthetic Reserve.

Give your space some much-needed TLC with nature's remedy: a fresh floral arrangement. Shilhi Seibel and her team from the floral and event-design company Passion Roots are experts at brightening your abode with blooms. See... Read more »

Posted on Monday, March 10, 2014 in Permalink | Comments ()


March 5, 2014

engiNERDart marries creativity with functionality in fun, simple lamps

It comes up after you’ve dragged yourself out of bed and it goes down way before you’re ready to hit the hay—in a perfect world, the sun would revolve around you.

Instead, you make do with a measly desk lamp and fluorescent overheads. But where’s the fun in that? Where’s the style?

Leg lamp from A Christmas Story: too corny.
Genie’s lamp from Aladdin: not enough light (or wishes).
Lava lamp:... Read more »

Posted on Wednesday, March 5, 2014 in Permalink | Comments ()


January 31, 2014

3rd Ave Shore opens new decal shop in Kailua

3rd Ave Shore

"Congratulations, you've come in third!" is probably not the best thing to hear when you're in, say, Sochi.

But if you're in Kailua, then you're golden, because you've just walked into 3rd Ave Shore's shop, now open on Hamakua Dr.

Owner and designer Sam Hardin started Read more »

Posted on Friday, January 31, 2014 in Permalink | Comments ()


November 19, 2013

Easy, affordable holiday decorating tips to dress up your table

Holiday Decorating Tips

Dressing up your table for a holiday dinner party is kind of like brushing your hair in the morning. You may or may not get around to it. (Some days you're just really, really busy.)

Which is why we're bringing it up now...

See, we want your soiree to have major "wow" factor and that means not letting those key details fall by the wayside. So we turned to Stuart Kotake, Associate Director... Read more »

Posted on Tuesday, November 19, 2013 in Permalink | Comments ()


November 4, 2013

6 finds from Red Pineapple's new, larger Ward Centers store

Red Pineapple

Miss Manners' Rule of Etiquette #1: When visiting a friend's new home, one must always bring a housewarming gift.

Miss Manners' Rule of Etiquette #2: When visiting Red Pineapple's new home, one must always leave with a housewarming gift — even if it's for your own home.

Red Pineapple didn't move far from its old location (it's actually right next door) but... Read more »

Posted on Monday, November 4, 2013 in Permalink | Comments ()


September 18, 2013

Kailua Living boutique mixes beachy apparel with home goods

Kailua Living Boutique

When one door closes, another door opens. No wait, we got that wrong.

When one store closes, another store opens. Yep, much better.

Case in point: after Kai Boutique lost its lease next to the Kailua post office, co-owner Shanon Jenkins Schubert decided to regroup and open a relaxed... Read more »

Posted on Wednesday, September 18, 2013 in Permalink | Comments ()


August 20, 2013

DIY tutorial: How to make your own shadow box

Shadow Box DIY

Precious moments? Your life is full of them. Your brain, on the other hand... not so much. Try as you might, details from, say, your high school graduation or that amazing summer in Italy are fading faster than your overpriced, name-brand yoga pants.

Sure, you've got framed portraits sprinkled here and there, and photos stashed in a drawer. But for something front, center, and even more memorable, we suggest a shadow box. Thanks to Pictures Plus, we learned that... Read more »

Posted on Tuesday, August 20, 2013 in Permalink | Comments ()


July 12, 2013

The real reason behind Fishcake's big fixture sale

Fishcake's fixture sale
Fishcake isn't going anywhere, though, for $800, this metal mobile ladder could.

Fixture sales are often a sign that a store is about to move or close. For the record, Fishcake wants you to know it isn't going anywhere.

When the Kakaako shop announced its store-wide fixture sale earlier this week, it... Read more »

Posted on Friday, July 12, 2013 in Permalink | Comments ()


July 2, 2013

Local Living Design Studio's hand-stamped home and bag lines

Local Living Design Studio

Life, like a good rom com, has its ups and downs.

For instance, you might be a gorgeous, popular sorority queen (up) until some jock breaks your heart (down). Turns out he's headed to law school with his new "serious" girlfriend (ugh, double down).

Our advice? Take a page out of Elle Woods' pink scented notebook and change up your surroundings. Okay, a cross-country move might be a... Read more »

Posted on Tuesday, July 2, 2013 in Permalink | Comments ()


June 28, 2013

Nico Made's whimsical, nature-inspired greeting cards

Nico Made

Hold the phone. When it comes to maintaining quality relationships, an I <3 U!! =) text isn't going to cut it. You need to play your cards right with an actual card.

Stack the deck with Nico Made's whimsical greeting cards. Graphic designer Nicole Ferrara layers nature scenes with graphic linework for depth and texture. Her new summer designs, just into stores, brighten the lineup with iconic Hawaiian images done in vibrant sherbet and citrus... Read more »

Posted on Friday, June 28, 2013 in Permalink | Comments ()