Pineapple Accent Table

I think this upscale Ambella Home Pineapple Accent Table is absolutely stunning. It has an inlaid fossil stone top with striking star design. The pineapple base looks terrific in a tropical home. It also has a drawer perfect for smaller items. Dimension: 24"W x 24"D x 26"H. $1101 & free shipping

Ambella Home Pineapple Accent Table
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Tiki Mini Golf Game

Check out this cool tiki mini golf game on itunes. This game has 3 different tiki themed golf courses. This is a great game for playing on your ipod anytime you need a tiki fix.
iApple Tiki Mini Golf Game on iTunes (search for mini golf)

"The Hawaiian House" Inspiration Book

How about some inspiration of Hawaiian houses? The Hawaiian House Now is a beautiful book that tours 21 specially photographed homes throughout the islands of Oahu, Hawaii (the Big Island), Maui, and Kauai, including houses that update the “aloha spirit” of traditional Hawaii; town houses in Honolulu; country houses; fantasy houses that express a personal vision; houses that blend the indoors and outdoors; original architectural statements; and, of course, beach houses. What a great way to get inspired on how to decorate your Hawaiian style home. Available from Amazon for $20.58

Marriott's Maui Ocean Club

I love Maui and we go there often. A great place to stay in Maui is Marriott's Maui Ocean Club. Located in the heart of the Ka'anapali beach resort destination, this is a great resort for families. This non-smoking resort is located along 1 mile of gorgeous beaches. Families will love the 3.5 acre superpool which offers slides, spas & kids shipwreck play area.

Topical Comforter Set any Size only $39.99

You'll be feeling the tropical breezes under the covers of this tropical sunset comforter. This is one of the most affordable tropical comforter sets anywhere. Only $39.99 will get you the comforter, bed skirt, and between 1-3 shams. At prices this low you can afford to add the tropical sheets, curtains, and toss pillow. So for around $100 you have a complete new tropical bedroom.

Tropical Sunset

Bamboo Palm Topiary

No Hawaiian home would be complete without some tropical plants. I like this faux bamboo palm topiary because I tend to forget to water my real plants. So, silk tropical plants are definitely the way to go for me and it looks so fresh and lifelike! It comes in a variety of sizes from 39" to 84". $79-$299

Huge Clearance Sale at Macys

Macy's is having an online warehouse clearance sale! Take an additional $10 off $100 or more purchase Enter promo code: WAREHOUSE at checkout. Offer is valid March 21-25. This pineapple bathroom set by Lilly Pulitzer is on clearance. This could make a really cute girly tropical bathroom.

Hawaiian Luau Decorations

Anytime is a great time for a luau, especially when you can get such cute Hawaiian luau decorations as the hula girl pinata and the palm tree pinata below. Wouldn't it be fun to do a Hawaiian theme birthday party? I'll have to see if I can get one of my boys to do this as a birthday party. They may not be too fond of the hula girl. These Hawaiian pinatas are available at Shindigz where you can save 10% on party supply orders of $100 with promo code SZCJC8

item # PIALASP item # PIAPLM
$12.99 each

Pineapple Baskets

On my last visit to Hawaii I picked up several pineapple baskets at the Aloha swap meet. I gave them as presents. These baskets have a unique design in that the bottom part that holds your goodies is made of one piece of wood carefully carved to make the basket. When not in use the basket folds flat, then you turn the basket flush with the pineapple and the whole thing folds flat for easy storage. $19.99

Hawaiian Wall Mural

Wouldn't it be fun to take your Hawaiian pictures and turn them into a huge wall mural? What a fun way to personalize your home. Murals Your Way allows you to use your own photos and turn them into beautiful works of art. Or, if you prefer choose one of their stock photo murals like the Hawaiian sunset mural. Choose any size you desire. There are more Hawaiian murals here.

Bamboo Sink - A Work of Art

If you have a modern Hawaiian style home, this bamboo sink would be striking atop a dark wood vanity. This sink will become the focus of your room as it is a work of art.
Overall dimensions: 16.5"W x 5.75"H
It is available from (item number DLN1317)

Save 15% on Select Tropical Furniture Items at Target

Now is a terrific time to save some money on tropical furniture at Target as you can
save 15% off select furniture purchases of $125 or more. You had better hurry as this offer ends March 22 and is only available for online purchases. I found a couple of items you may be interested in.

This hand painted tropical chest (item number B000X5NEWI) is normally $169.99. With the discount save $25.50 for a sale price of $144.49 plus get free shipping on this item.

Here's a fun kid's tropical bedroom set (item #B0011FWVS2) that would be perfect for an under the sea bedroom theme. This 5 pice set includes a mirror, nightstand, chest of drawers and a twin-size bed frame. It is normally $1299, which is a terrific price by itself, but with the discount save $194.85 for a sale price of $1104.15

If you are in need of an exotic accent table (item # B000JUZE34) then here's one with great ratings. It matches perfectly to any tropical setting. The normal price is $79.99. Save $12 for a sale price of $67.99.

Grass Cloth Wallpaper

When decorating your Hawaiian style bedroom, bathroom or family room, don't forget to decorate your walls. A terrific and easy way to do this is by adding grass cloth wallpaper. There are so many choices now in grass cloth wallpapers that you wall will look like they are covered in authentic grass mats. Here are some of my favorites:

Grass Cloth Wallpaper Grass Cloth Wallpaper Grass Cloth Wallpaper
# 5065613 # 5065610 # 5065606
$27.26 per roll $32.94 per roll $20.44 per roll
For more grass cloth wallpapers, click here.

Hawaiian Bedding Set Sale

I love this tropical bedding set perfect for a Hawaiian bedroom. This Tahiti jacquard 4-piece comforter set icon includes comforter, bed skirt, and two pillow shams. It is gold with accenting red and green flowers. This is a high quality bedding set for a low price - only $99 in queen, king or cal king sizes.
For more Hawaiian bedding sets, visit The Hawaiian Home

Pineapple Accent Table

Held down by a fossil stone base and detailed carvings topped with glass, this pineapple pedestal accent table from the Estate Collection is a true rarity. A tropical feel coupled with superior quality give this round glass top accent table a fresh look that welcomes individuality. It would look terrific with a tropical floral arrangment on top. Size: 24"Dia x 26"H
Pineapple Accent Table item number BT31370
$599 with free shipping.

Hawaiian Floor Lamp

The pineapple, a universal symbol of welcome and hospitality, serves as a beautiful motif on this Hawaiian floor lamp. This elegant floor lamp features a quality-crafted resin base with decorative details and a durable, hand-painted antique gold finish. Linen pleated shade with trim casts a pleasing soft glow. The details are what is going to get you the perfect Hawaiian style home and this Hawaiian floor lamp would make a beautiful addition.
Click here for more Hawaiian lamps.

Tropical Sofa Sectional

This is one of my favorite looks for tropical sofas sectionals. In my next house I will have something similar. The Carribean Breeze Collection by Padma's Plantation sets the standard for tropical sophistication, the natural abaca weave and plantation hardwood frame combined with deep, thick cushions make this sectional both beautiful and comfortable. $7948 for this large configuration, you can also get smaller tropical sofa sectionals. Carribean Breeze Sectional 5-Padmas Plantation
Carribean Breeze Sectional 5-Padmas Plantation


anthropologie, italy
I wish I were in one of these gorgeous small towns in Italy. This fantastic book is for sale at Anthropologie.

Source: Craving Anthropologie

Nicholas Burns - Johanna Beach House

Nicholas Burns

Johanna Beach House

Thinking Globally | Acting Locally - Nicholas Burns has taken this "green" addage and designed a modern residential retreat that: incorporates international ideas, templates low impact construction, has relatively minimal impact on the environment and embraces this spectacular plot.

The Johanna residence sits a few kilometres off the Great Ocean Road in Victoria, Australia, up a bush track leading to a gravel turnaround. This porous parking area is the first step into Nicholas's realm of environmentally concious design, allowing the water to soak through in a semi un-constructed area, combats erosion far better than a concrete slab.

Constructed of rammed earth taken in part from the surrounding area the house self regulates in temperature for all but the coldest of days. A super insulated wood burning fire in the centre of the living area tops up on the few days that it is required, whilst for most of the year the 300mm walls and thick floor store daytime heat for night time release. Carefully judged overhangs and windows, shade the rooms from peak summer heat, and allow cooling air to pass.

Arriving at the house you play out a mini script that depicts the notion of a holiday home. A getaway, a release from the constrictive day-to-day life we lead in the city.

Leaving your car you head towards a strong rear wall. From this angle the house appears a small bank or cliff, solid and permanent, with stripes of layers in the rammed earth walls creating cliff like strata. Nearing the house, a courtyard leads you in to a "Burns" play on space and dimensions.

As if entering a cinema through the back corridor, the short courtyard, with its imposing 300mm thick rammed earth walls, contracts to a single passageway and heads to the front door.

The constricting nature of the entrance has you prepared to duck your head and don a helmet and caving lamp. Yet as you pass the front door and round the partitioning wall, you're released into a panorama of views out across Johanna beach and along the coastline. About ten minutes later, you'll realise you're in a wonderful open plan living / dining room.

Nicholas Burns has an affinity for the architecture of Tadao Ando, which he studied for years, admiring as I do, his self taught designs.

Hidden in full view throughout the design of this residence are homages to Ando. Tadao's designs, based of the Tatami mat, 900mm x 1800mm, are all divisible by this measure, leading to a hidden, calming simplicity. Nicholas's dimension is 600mm "so everything has an inherent logic in the space, making it unobtrusive.” Simply furnished, the house allows you to focus on it's surrounds.

A slight twist on a single plane design, the two bedroom wings are set back from the living area to allow 180 degree views. This also allows a raised courtyard to be placed behind the living area. A sheltered area from winds heading up hillside, it also provides an area for BBQs and outdoor dining.
All but one of the four bedrooms soak in the views and sunsets, the fourth, a more reserved room, is windowed to the rear and surrounding bush, an ideal room for private contemplation.


About Nicholas Burns

In the 1990s, Burns left his architecture studies in South Australia to pursue a self-education in philosophy and building crafts, a la Tadao Ando. In 2000, he moved to Singapore, where he is still based, travelling from there through Europe, India, China, South-East Asia and Japan. I think Nicholas's practice really focuses on balancing the three way split, design, clients desires and the environment in which the build sits.

As part of all initial concepts and drafts, Nicholas's practice now encourages all of their clients to offset the carbon footprint of the build with United Nations-Certified carbon credits.
The environment is a strong stakeholder. But as you can see, in no way at the expense of fantastic design.

via: Nicholas Burns
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