Girl's Surfboard Headboard

Decorate your Hawaiian style bedroom with a surfer girl full size surfboard headboard. It is a complete headboard that will fit standard bolt-on type Full bed frames. The overall dimensions are 60 in wide x 54 in. tall. The headboard is painted white with routered edges. The Surfboard is painted light pink with a dark pink accent stripe down the center and finished with three hibiscus flowers in white. The headboard is finished with sprayed on enamel paint and varnish giving it a smooth finish. This girl's surfboard headboard is the perfect compliment for a surfing theme bedroom.

Luau Dance Decorations

If you are having a dance or a party and need a great luau backdrop, this Island Eternal theme would create the perfect luau setting. Choose from a variety of tropical theme decorations that will make your guests think they're in paradise. Assembly is required.
Island Eternal Hut Each

Tropical Chandelier

I love tropical chandeliers. I placed a large one in my stairway going to my basement. It adds just the right exotic touch. This
tropical chandelier (item #CH425P) from Home Annex would look great in any tropical style room. Height : 34" Diameter : 33". Includes 6 small palm shades & 1 large palm shade. $448.20
For more tropical chadeliers visit The Hawaiian Home.

Bamboo Tabletop Fountain

The sound of water from a fountain can instantly calm even the most hectic homes. Enhance any room in your home with the exotic style of the stacked bamboo tabletop fountain. Water cascades down from one tube to the next to produce a soothing sound and interesting sight. The best thing is, this great tropical fountain is at outlet prices. Sale $79.99 was $199

There are more tropical fountains here.

Boys Surfing Theme Bedroom

Are you looking to create a boys surfing theme bedroom? This is what I do in my boy's bedrooms as it is a look that will grow with them through their teen years. First start off with a
surfer wall mural
. Choose one of the following surfing mural featuring a woody car and surfboards. 57.5" High x 80" Long $279.99

G-Day Mate Mural Surf City Mural

Next you need a boys surfing quilt. This one is only $69.98 for twin size or $89.99 for full size and they come with one or two matching shams.

Surfing USA Twin Quilt with Pillow Sham
Now it is time for some fun surfing accessories. A woody car rug $49, a surfboard mirror $169 surfboard clock $29.99 and a surfboard lamp $199

It is really easy to create a boys surfing theme bedroom by mixing and matching different surfing accessories that you love. There are more ideas on how to create a surfing theme bedroom on my website The Hawaiian Home.

Pineapple Weathervane

Add the finishing tropical touch to the top your house with a pineapple weathervane. Corny for some, but fun for others, this weathervane is available in antique or polished copper. $230.92 Also get free shipping for orders over $99.00!
Available at Cape Cod Weathervane Company! (item number 635)

Hawaiian Patch Quilt Set

Any bedroom can be transformed to a Hawaiian style bedroom with this Hawaiian patch quilt set iconfrom Overstock. This set includes one quilt and two pillow shams. It features Hawaiian tropical prints of flowers and fruit in colorful red, white and blue hues. I love this traditional design. It is available in full/queen or king size. Either one is $69.99
For more Hawaiian bedding sets visit The Hawaiian Home.

Kids Beach Theme Bedroom Mural

I just found a new product for creating children's murals. First you paint the backdrop or use your existing wall. Then peel off the adhesive backing and place the 3 dimensional painted light weight wood pieces on the wall . It is really simple to install a beach mural, but makes a huge impact the By the Sea Mural Kit is the perfect way for parents to create a kids beach theme bedroom with ease. This children's bedroom theme mural kit features beach huts, dolphins frolicking, fish swimming, palm trees, seagulls to mention a few. Your little one can even peel the fish and other items from the wall and play with them amongst the beach settings. Items are non toxic and 100% safe. I love this product. They ship worldwide. This By the Sea Mural Kit contains 23 pieces for $260 Australian dollars. Individual pieces such as the beach cabana or palm tree can also be purchased separately.

Hibiscus Art

Steven Meyers captures the structure and beauty of a hibiscus. This hibiscus framed art
print is an x-ray photograph that is so dramatic that you can almost smell it! What a great way to add some tropical art to your home. The outside frame dimensions are 25.4" wide by 25.4" in. high. $101.99

Decorate your Beach Home with a Flip Flop Quilt

What could be more fun than decorating your beach home with a
Flip Flop Quilt
? I love the bright flip flop design on this handcrafted quilt. This cheery beach quilt is available in sizes twin-king for $129-$179.
There are more beach quilts on my website.

Tahiti Antique Wicker Sofa Collection

Many Hawaiian beach homes are furnished with wicker furniture. You can recreate the same tropical style look in your own home. This "Tahiti antique wicker sofa collection" makes it easy to create a beautiful tropical style room. This tropical furniture set comes with a sofa, loveseat, chair, 2 end tables, and 1 coffee table. It can be purchased from North Carolina Furniture Discounters item # [ SSSR58-Group A (Antique) ] $3351.75. Other fabric choices are also available.
For more tropical style furniture, visit The Hawaiian Home.

Tropical Tycoon Monopoly

If you can't afford your own Hawaiian home, why not pretend you do? This If you love Monopoly, you'll love this new Monopoly DVD experience. Tropcial Tycoon is a game set in an exotic location that delivers colorful and unpredictable experiences. Who can rise from Beach Bum to Island Lord the quickest? This is a fully interactive DVD tropical game play for your home TV.
Tropical Tycoon Monopoly - buy it at Sears item number 05236454000

Balance scale - baroque

Balance scale - baroque
Very good looking with a glass top and stainless base.You can set it for pounds or kilos. Price: $118

Beach Quilt Patterns

I love making some personalized items for my Hawaiian style home. I have recently bought a few Hawaiian quilt patterns and am anxious to learn how to quilt. This book called Shoreline Quilts: 15 Glorious Get-Away Quilts from Amazon looks like a great book full of beach quilt patterns. It is for beginners or advanced quilters. $7.14

Palm Tree Rug

When decorating your Hawaiian style home, don't forget about the floors. They can be the most fun to decorate. I love this palm tree rug with bamboo border. The border lies on a sand-colored background accented with fanning fern leaves. This is a wool rug available in sizes:
2' x 3' $53.99
3' x 5' $134.99
5' x 8' $359.99
I have more tropical rugs on the website.

Luau Tiki Glasses

Do you like to throw luau parties? Perhaps you do catering. A great place to get tiki glasses in bulk is Galasource.
The brown tiki glass (model 51125) would be the perfect tropical glass for your next luau. It comes in a case of 36 glasses for $104.99
For more luau supplies visit The Hawaiian Home.

Liz Claiborne Tropical Comforter Set

Designer Linens Outlet is a great store for tropical comforter sets at discount prices such as this Liz Claiborne Bon Aire comforter set. It comes complete with tropical comforter, bed skirt and sham set.icon The vermicelli stitch detail and linen cotton flora accents in yellow, green, lilac, gold, rust, and hint of brown. Available in sizes twin-cal king for $139-$199
Save an EXTRA 20% in the Semi Annual Clearance Sale. Click here for details. sale ends March 31.
For more tropical comforters, visit The Hawaiian Home.

Kilauea Vocano Just Blew a Plume of Ash

Kilauea volcano is blowing ash, the first time since 1924. My husband sent me the link as he is fascinated with volcanos. He actually mines out of a dormant volcano in Colorado that was ranked by the USGS as the #10 threat of eruption in the country. They figure this Colorado volcano has been dormant for thousands of years so I'm hoping it remains that way for thousands more. It makes me want to sing the Jimmy Buffet volcano song, "I don't know where I'm a gonna go when the volcano blow" See the full story and video of the Kilauea activity here:

Shubin + Donaldson Architects - Santa Barbara Riviera Residence

Shubin + Donaldson Architects

Santa Barbara Riviera Residence

Sun Filled in the Hills - Shubin + Donaldson Architects have created an ideal place to soak up sun and views in the Santa Barbara hills.

Owners Geoffrey Moore and Genie Gable searched more than a year to find a site that met their exacting and almost-contradictory requirements.
- Moore (international businessman and writer who, when not travelling, splits his work time between a home office in Santa Barbara and a corporate office 85 miles south in Santa Monica) wanted a shaded, quiet office space filled with cutting-edge technology for global communication where he could write without distraction.
- Genie, his wife (principal of Genie Gable Interior Design, and a graduate of the Professional Design Program at UCLA, studied in the masters classes of Rose Tarlow) sought sun-filled spaces with unimpeded views of the nearby Pacific Ocean and, at night, the city lights of Santa Barbara.
The public rooms reflect her specialisation of modern design in modern homes.

Although by Santa Barbara standards the home is relatively compact (Moore and Gable are empty-nesters) no space is wasted. "We use every room every day," she says, "and never tire of the constantly changing light from the ocean to the south, the canyon to the east and the mountains to the north."

This relatively small house (when compared to its neighbours) has all of the elements of a 5,000- or 6,000-square-foot house in a tidy, 3,200-square-foot package. The three-level home and two-car garage include open living/dining area, kitchen, master bedroom and bath, guest bedroom and bath, home gym, powder room, two home offices with office bath, outdoor dining area, outdoor lounge areas, lap pool, and 1,400 square feet of lower-level storage.

Hidden environmentally sustainable design - Though not immediately obvious, this house embraces several green design characteristics.
  • The house layout is based on solar orientation, resulting in passive solar gains throughout the year.
  • Photovoltaic power generates household electricity through a 2.8kw system (when power is not needed, it feeds back into the grid).
  • A passive roof-top solar heating system provides for domestic hot water and a passive solar ground-level hot-water system is used to heat the pool.
  • The natural flow of hot and cool air is fortified by the use of radiant hot-water floor heating and separate central air conditioning in the ceilings. - Although these systems are in place, they are rarely used because of the solar orientation of the home and the natural ventilation.
  • The architects re-used the existing foundation and caissons. During construction, the existing house was taken apart piece-by-piece, with all usable elements donated to Habitat for Humanity.
  • Other energy-saving systems include double-pane windows, UV-resistant glass, ample insulation, and energy-efficient appliances.
  • Deep exterior overhangs are designed to provide shade in the summer, and let in sun during the winter.

A dramatic glass canopy ceremoniously marks the entrance to the home, bisecting the ground-to-roof planes of glass that form sidelights and clerestories. Throughout the house, walls intersect with glass in a play of solidity and transparency. There is a certain efficiency of design in the layout, yet it provides all of the amenities so that the house looks and feels like a five-star private residential club. By taking up minimal space (what's absolutely necessary and no more) the house also takes up minimal resources.

A monumental feeling is emphasised by designing the house to constantly open up to the outdoors. A neutral colour scheme complements the colours of nature that comprise the predominant palette. An infinity pool just outside the living room leads the eye to the ocean and the Channel Islands beyond. Four separate terraces surround the house, continuing the indoor/outdoor feeling and accessibility.

Each room affords great vistas as well as stunning natural light throughout the day. Large windows create frames for nature. Floor-to-ceiling bookshelves complement the mahogany living room wall that houses an entertainment centre. Set into the wall, and surrounded by floor-to-ceiling glass, it acts as an extension of the outdoors. Doorways in general (even in the limestone-clad bathrooms) are taller than usual and lead the eye upward to be rewarded by either natural light or a beautiful vista. Dark walnut floors and softly minimalist furniture are sophisticated and inviting. Bedrooms and master bath look out to the ocean. The kitchen faces the hillside, emphasising how the house maintains a connection with nature.


Firm: Shubin + Donaldson Architects is a high-design architecture firm that specialises in developing livable environments. Headed by partners Russell Shubin, AIA, and Robin Donaldson, AIA, the firm tailors its projects (custom residential, office buildings and interiors, retail, hospitality, planning, and multi-family housing) with a refined sensitivity toward the land and context.

Architect: Shubin + Donaldson Architects - Robin Donaldson, AIA, Principal and Russell Shubin, AIA, Principal
Project Team: Nils Hammerbeck, Daniel Webber, Kelly Kish, Allison White, Josh Blumer, Alan McLeod, and David Van Hoy
Interiors: Genie Gable Interior Design
Contractor: Quillin Construction
Landscape: Lane Goodkind
Photos: Ciro Coelho
Article & Imagery: Courtesy - Taylor & Company (many thanks)

via: Taylor & Company

Cabbage chair

Cabbage chair

Coconut Shell Candles

Any beach lover will fall in love with these coconut shell candles. They are the perfect accessory to create that tropical atmosphere and provide some nice background lighting. Made from real coconut shells and sanded for a smooth finish they come with either brown or white wax.
3 1/2"diameter $6

Coconut Shell Candle - Brown Wax


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