A brief stop

I wanted to make a short stop from my very busy life to say thank you and wish you Happy Holidays.

My Favorite Store for Hawaiian Quilts and Tropical Quilts

Currently, my favorite store for finding Hawaiian quilts and tropical quilts is Linensource. Not only do they have a great selection, there prices are excellent too! They also offer free shipping on orders of $99 or more.

The Hawaiian Home has more Hawaiian quilt and tropical quilt choices from a variety of stores.

Lamps Plus Clearance - Many Tropical Decor Items on Sale - America's Lighting Superstore!
The January clearance sale at Lamps Plus has already started with savings up to 50% off. They carry many tropical decor items. Take an additional $30 Off Your Purchase of $200 or More at! Valid Until 12-31-2008.

Tropical Bamboo Swing Arm Wall Lamp sale $69.95 was $129.94
Bamboo Branches Floor Lamp sale $99.95 was $149.99
Shell Mosaic Table Lamp sale $89.95 was $149.95
Black and Gold Palm Frond Buffet Lamp sale $39.95 was $79.99

Sutter Hand Painted Secretary

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skinterior by cris bartels

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The Cut Sofa by Filippo Ghezzani

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Hawaiian Nutcracker

Last year I tried to buy myself a Hawaiian Nutcracker and they were sold out. So this year, I have placed my order early. You can find this 14" tall Hawaiian Nutcracker complete with Hawaiian lei and tiki drinks on sale at for $10.39.

Hawaiian Quilt Christmas Ornaments

Trim your tree in Hawaiian style with this set of 4 Hawaiian Quilt Christmas Ornaments. These miniatures would also make great favors at a Hawaiian style wedding. $20 for 4.

Hawaiian Quilt Christmas Ornaments (Set of 4)

Hawaiian Christmas Music

One year we went to Hawaii on vacation just before Christmas. I loved hearing the slack key guitar playing beautiful Hawaiian Christmas tunes. If you are a fan, Amazon has a huge selection of Hawaiian Christmas music. Here are a few of my top picks:

Herriot + Melhuish Architecture Ltd - Waimarama House

Herriot + Melhuish Architecture Ltd

Waimarama House

Shifting Tides - Strongly connected to the land and surrounding beachside - a prime example of the new beach house vernacular in New Zealand - Herriot + Melhuish have created a holiday home that's prepared to move, if the sands and tides shift against it.

Having recently picked up a New Zealand Architecture Award for 2008/9, this house exemplifies the latest in bach design. Not forgetting its heritage, the house uses traditional materials, in a befitting contemporary manner. Horizontal wethearbords, plywood and sheets of iron roofing were the mediums for many a handyman around coastal New Zealand, used to create simple holiday huts.

Today, the same materials have produced this modern wonder. A comfortable 4 bedroom home, with sheltered outdoor spaces and an upstairs retreat from entertaining for the owners.

Far from it's simple forebarers, this is a house where the living is easy. sheltered summer decks, outdoor showers, simple flow to the outside of the house and plenty of room for extra guests to camp out.

The client sought a family house on the beach, with four bedrooms plus studio and study. In this coastal setting, sun, views and habitable outdoor spaces alternately protected from and catching sun and wind were a priority.

Located close to the beach and fronting the Waimarama domain, the site is constrained both in size and by the need to relocate the house if required. Set against these constraints is a spectacularly open landscape - the edge between sea and hills, and a relaxed aesthetic of a small beach community.

Design Approach
The design approach combined a rational geometrical sensibility with a romantic attachment to the land and tradition. Hence a simple composition of two interlocking volumes: a white bedroom wing, loosely derived from the repetitious plan of 'shearers quarters', inserted into a double height 'timber 'crate'.

The forms are then extended, layered and truncated in response to site, views, sun and programme. The resultant north-facing courtyard not only leads to the front door but also provides outdoor family space – strongly connected to the house and sheltered from the afternoon sea breezes. Visual connection through the house and to the landscape was a key driver of the design. In the main bedroom upstairs, capturing the full drama of the sunrise and the expansive views from Cape Kidnappers to Bare Island were significant.

More than just a 'beach house', this is an all-year round dwelling. However, the need to relocate the building if required ruled out concrete construction. Instead high levels of insulation, heat pump technology and solar panels on the roof, augment the large double glazed openings that capture sun and trap heat in winter, but cool through sea breezes in summer.

The composition of natural oiled cedar weatherboards, painted plywood and weathered zinc sheet both connects the house to the landscape and some older local traditions, but equally clearly sets it apart from a lot of the local built context. This is a house strongly connected to the land but prepared, if the sands and tides shift against it, to move.


Architect Herriot + Melhuish: Architecture Ltd

Project team John Melhuish, Max Herriot, Oliver Markham
Contractor Mark Dawson
Photographer Paul Brimer
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via: Herriot + Melhuish Architecture Ltd

Swell Surf Clothing Sale

Get some great deals on surf clothing in the sale section at Swell plus get free shipping on all orders through 12/8 or save $25 on orders of $100 with coupon code: OVER1, save $50 on $200 with code OVER2, and save $100 on $300 with code OVER3.
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Black Friday Sales

There are many Black Friday Sales/Cyber Monday Sales going on this weekend. Here is a list of our favorite offers to help you decorate your home. Many of these stores have tropical decor.
Overstock Save 15% off Down Bedding at! Ends 12/1/08.
Linensource get free shipping sitewide ends 12/1/08.
Dreamtime Baby Dozens of Crib Bedding Sets up to 50% Off (Limited Time)
Lumber Liquidators Nothing down. No Interest. No Payments For 12 Months! Limited Time Only! Ends 11/30.
Designer Linens Outlet save an extra 40% off all orders. Enter promo code: HolidayFF08 at checkout. Ends 12/8.
Lamps Plus Take $20 off your purchase of $100 with coupon code: code: 55AFFCYB or take $50 off orders of $250 or more with coupon code: 89AFFCYB. Expires 12/2. Thanksgiving Sale. Get Great Savings on over 25,000 items + exceptional values at! Ends Nov 30. Save 15% OFF GIFT CERTIFICATES! Ends 12/20. save $5 off $50 with coupon code: HOHOHO
Bed Bath Store save 15% off $100 or more with code CY08 ends 12/1.
Black Friday Special at Cymax Stores - Select Magnussen Furniture on SALE! Up to 25% Off Reg. Prices!
Black Friday Special at More Fireplaces - 10% Off Advertised Price on Select SEI Fireplaces! Free Shipping Included.
Design Toscano save 10% on ALL purchases at Design Toscano through 11/30. Use code CJPNOV10.
Domestications save $10 off Any Purchase of $50 or more - Enter code D8NAFFN10 ends 12/31. save 7% off $85.00 or more purchase (Coupon Code: A9823) with coupon code: CJBFCM08 on orders of $100 - save $5, $250 save $20, $500 save $50, $750 save $75, $1000 save $100,$1500 save $150, $2000 save $200 Exp 12/02.
Wrapables Save 15% off all non-sale items until December 19th at!
Amazon Black Friday Deals are going on now!
Baby Center Store save up to 40% off storewide during Thanksgiving sale ends 11/30. Get free shipping on orders of $25 or mMore with promo code 44FS25 expires 12/1/08, plus save on screenbuster deals. Online Only Save on Hundreds of eBuster Deals Thanksgiving Day 11/27 + Free Shipping over $49.
Natural Area Rugs save 25% Off SITEWIDE + Get a FREE beautifully crafted 3' x 5' Bamboo Rug + FREE SHIPPING with your order of $79 and up. free Shipping on Select Home D├ęcor/Lighting, Save 30% Off Your Order w/ Code: TURKEY30 ends 12/1.
Canvas on Demand SAVE $20 OFF any order $200 or more with code: PF0208

Private Sale at Hammacher Schlemmer

Save Up to 60% at the Summer Savings Private Sale.
If you click on the link to get the private sale, you will find some wicker furniture on sale at great prices.

Tiki Topple - New Boardgame

There is a brand new boardgame out this year called "Tiki Topple". I haven't bought it yet, but it's on my to do list. This tiki game is good for ages 10 and up and has made the "Oppenheim Toy List" for the top toys of this year. The object of the game is to try to maneuver your secret tikis to the top of the line by playing the right combination of action cards. It sound like a winner. You can purchase it from Amazon.

Palm Tree Comforter Set

Create a beautiful, tropical atmosphere with this palm tree comforter set by Croscill. The oversized palm leaves, fern fronds, and exotic flora on Brazil Bedding by Croscill bring the beauty of the tropical rainforest to your bedroom. Polyester, printed jacquard-woven ensemble has a subtle, animal skin design and captivating colors of chocolate brown, paradise green, tropical blush, and exotic red. Palm tree comforter set includes comforter, bedskirt, and shams and comes in sizes queen-Cal King.
Brazil Comforter Set- Chocolate, Queen
More palm tree comforters.

Where to Buy Tropical Rugs

I have spent so many hours searching on where to buy tropical rugs. I have added tropical rugs to The Hawaiian Home in themes such as traditional Hawaiian rugs, tropical floral rugs, surfing rugs, beach scene rugs, sea grass rugs, palm tree rugs, tropical fish rugs and more from all the best online stores.
Hana Area Rug, 8' x 11'

Tropical Cocktail Table and Chairs

I think this cute little tropical cocktail table and chairs set is the perfect gathering place for drinks and fun conversation. The base is made of wicker and rattan, while the top is made of glass. Four wedge-shaped stools come in your choice of 4 tropical fabrics and are good for indoor or outdoor use.
Meli Cocktail Table Set- Island Palm

A quick note

Just wanted to say that my absence is due to this gorgeous little creature who's one moth old today. My days have become my nights and my nights are for feeding missions. No complaints. I'm happy more than ever now. I don't know when I'll come back on a regular basis but I will. For now, it's time to enjoy the happiest time in my life with my adorable baby and lovely husband.

Surfer Scrapbook Stickers

Pick up some cool surfer scrapbook stickers and other surfer scrapbook supplies from Just search for whatever you desire: beach, ocean, tropical, surf and you are sure to come up with some unique and fun supplies.

Surfer Bed in a Bag

I am loving the great find of this surfer bed in a bag. It is a 5 piece set complete with a comforter, one sham, bedskirt, sheet set (flat, fitted) and pillowcase. It comes in brilliant shades of blue, red and yellow color with a 1960s surf theme. Only $61.19 at


Visit The Hawaiian for more surf theme bedding.

Studio di Architettura Marco Castelletti - Casa del Masso

Studio di Architettura Marco Castelletti

Casa del Masso

Razionalismo Comasco - A near vertical site in Como, with stunning views, let Marco Castelletti nod to local Italian architecture of the thirties, whilst bringing his clients a modernist house, proportioned and segmented with precision.


"At the end of 2002 the clients approached us to design the house.
They wanted to build this new house next to their one, in the garden facing the lake, and they were after something typically razionalismo comasco, architecture of the thirties driven by architect Giuseppe Terragni. So they chose the project that best met their expectations, ours. The project's main idea gave the name to the building: casa del masso." Marco Castelletti.
The house, set on a steep slope above the street, can be clearly seen across the lake.
The building stands by the side of the client's old house designed by engineer Luciano Trolli in 1955, and it takes advantage of a little tract of flat land, as does the original residence.
The house is linked to the street by a long flight of steps which wind along the slope and down to the house, which is organised over two floors.

The composition is based on the intersection of two volumes:
The first - facing the lake, is an horizontal structure supported by pilotis houseing all the living and bedrooms.
The second - is vertical holding the staicase and the services rooms.

On the first floor the living room crosses the house and is directly connected with the slope behind. Here the presence of a erratic boulder, in italian language "masso" (here is where the name of the house comes), protrudes into the dwelling as the characterising element of the space, so that it seems that the house is anchored to the slope at this point.
The boulder can be seen through the glass floor of the living room.

From the parking area you reach the main entrance via a flight of steps or an elevator running on the side of the garden.
After reaching the main entrance a footpath covered by a overhanging volume introduces a little hall where you can see the landscape and the monuments of the city.
From here, a large staircase takes you to an atrium with the large glass window which frames the erratic boulder. The internal layout of the main dwelling faces the kitchen, the living room and some other rooms towards the lake, while bathrooms, services and the laundry are put towards the slope.

The materials used to build the house enhance the volumetric composition and the difference between the horizontal volume, suspended and completely covered by white marble dust plaster, and the vertical covered with a natural stone called Iragna, laid down in horizontal layers with different length and thickness.

The same stone was used for the external pavements, the main entrance staircase and the terrace floor on the highest level.

The large windows are divided in sliding parts with electrical rolling shutters made of aluminium.

Solar exposure is optimised wit hteh building orientated with its largest windows and rooms to the south, and services and bathrooms facing north.

ResultsThe clients were really satisfied of the project and followed all the phases of the building that, because of the particular nature of the steep land, involved many challenges.
The crane to build the house was placed on the slope with an helicopter used to transport heavy weights. None the less, the house was completed in seventeen months, from May 2003 to December 2004, as stipulated.


Architect Marco Castelletti Architetto
Short Biography
Marco Castelletti, born in 1958, graduaded from the Facolty of Architecture in Genova on 1983.
In 1994, 1999, 2001, 2003 and 2005 was awarded the architecture’ s award “Magistri Comacini” for works carried out in Provincia of Como and in 2004 the international award AR+D for emerging architecture in London.
In the spring of 2005 he was invited to give a lecture at the Royal Institute of British Architects in London.
He won many competitions for urban renewals in north Italy, as the upgrading of the Trieste waterfront, and from 1998 he has been invited to international competitions.

Project location Como Italy
Client private owners
Architectural design by Studio di Architettura Marco Castelletti
Interior design by Studio di Architettura Marco Castelletti
Landscape design by Studio di Architettura Marco Castelletti
Structural design by Ingeneer. Vittorio Montanini
HVAC design by Ingeneer. Vittorio Montanini
Lighting design by. Zumtobel
Main Contractor Impresa Biacchi s.a.s. – Plesio (Co)
Landscape contractor Impresa Biacchi s.a.s. – Plesio (Co)
Site Area 3000 sq/mt
Built up area 200 sq/mt
Budget 750.000,00 euro
Cost per sq. metre 1.800,00 euro
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via: Studio di Architettura Marco Castelletti

Tropical Jewelry

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This holiday season pick up some beautiful handcrafted tropical jewelry from When you enter coupon code: Holiday08, you will receive a $25 gift card with a purchase of $150 or more, and a $50 gift card on purchases over $250. These gift cards will be valid for one year from the date of purchase, to be used towards a future purchase. I love the Paradise Collection.


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