Hawaiian Bathroom Design for Minimalists

For those minimalists who would like to bring a bit of the islands into their bathroom,
Leilani Hawaiian bathroom accessories
are the answer. Leilani is a wonderful tropical bathroom ensemble with an Asian inspiration coordinating shower curtain and hooks. This is a smooth black and cream tropical design.
Leilani Bath Towel
For more Hawaiian bathroom sets, visit The Hawaiian Home.

Palm Tree Planters

Don't forget about placing your tropical plants in gorgeous planters. This set of palm tree planters are made of metal and have intricate detailed drawing of palm trees on them. This is perfect in a tropical style home. Set of 3 $129.99

Palm Planters (st/3)

Palm Tree Wallpaper Mural

How easy is this to decorate your walls? This palm tree wallpaper mural looks terrific. It comes pre-pasted and vinyl coated. The images have been die-cut so that they look like hand painted murals after application to a smooth wall surface. Each package contains complete instructions to help you design your own masterpiece. Install them in minutes! I think this is even a product that I could install myself. I love it and I know just the place that needs a plam tree mural. How fun. 43" x 65" - 2 sheets
It is available from WallNutz . $39.95
There are more tropical murals at The Hawaiian Home.

Tiki Wreath

An ideal addition to a beach home, the tiki wreath features natural shells, oats, bear grass, green caspia, green hydrangea blooms, starfish, sand dollars, scallops, and sea urchins. You can buy it from Wreaths Galore item number FLW381. It is now on sale for $64.98
Dimensions: 18W x 18D x 3.5H inches

Tropical Bar

Every Hawaiian style home needs a tropical bar. Most often you will see a tiki bar. If you don't want to go with that much of a theme room, then perhaps this tropical bar is more your style. Constructed from birch solids and ash burl veneers, this original collection is ready to provide you with years of sturdiness. With its carved accents and Mocha Java finish, the Havana Bay Collection Furniture will remind you of your favorite tropical destination. It includes the bar and two barstools. The bar features two door shelves, hidden table and wine rack. The barstools upholstered with Tobacco Brown leather feature arms for comfort. $1999 ( free shipping)
Click here to view more tropical bars and tiki bars.

Hand Painted Beach Screen

A fabulous way to hide an unslightly area of a room is with screen. This
hand painted beach screen
displaying the beach at night is beautiful in tropical style homes. Quality crafted by skilled artisans, this beautiful tropical room divider features a canvas front, and a frame and back of durable wood composite. Back of folding screen is light beige. $249

Pineapple Vanity Light

My Hawaiian bathroom is one of my favorite rooms in my house. I have this
pineapple vanity light
over my bamboo mirror. I choose the pearl bronze finish as it is not too bright like the gold finish and it matches my bamboo faucets really well. I noticed that from until April 7th is is on sale for $196.20

Plantation Pearl Bronze Four Light Bath Fixture

Palm Tree Bedding Set

Now you can bring the feeling of slipping off to sleep in a tropical retreat, home with you. This fantastic bed set collection keeps the style of the shore going with a wonderful palm tree pattern that simply is perfect for summer. Stylish and fun. Complete bed set includes comforter with pillow sham(s), bedskirt, fitted/flat sheets and pillowcase(s). This palm tree bedding set(item #096-13303) by Ty Pennington comes in sizes twin-cal king for $119.99-$199.99
For more tropical bedding sets, visit The Hawaiian Home.

Palm Tree Bar Stools

Add a tropical touch in your kitchen with palm tree bar stoolsicon. They look like wood but are actually metal so they will hold up for many years. These bar height stools have a gorgeous burnished palm finish. So perfect for the latest “ Island” look in home decorating, these stools will remind you of a day in the South Seas. Marbled color tones, “bamboo” look legs, and intricately made fern leaves on the backs give these tropical bar stools the look of fine art. A pretty bone microsuede fabric seat tops these stools off like icing on the cake. So much beauty, you’ll love bringing them home! 2 palm tree bar stools for $399
Click here for more tropical bar stools.

Hawaiian Bedroom Set

Today I came across the most beautiful Hawaiian bedroom set. Too bad I already have one. Kathy Ireland designs gorgeous tropical furniture and this Hawaiian Islands styled North Shore sleigh bedroom set is no exception. Cherry colored wood is a great choice in tropical decorating. The set is created in cherry color veneers, with split cane, in a medium toned warm brown color with medium distress and sheen. The tropical sleigh bed is offered in Queen, King or Cal. King sizes. You can also add matching dresser, mirror, nightstand or t.v. armoire. I think this is a gorgeous Hawaiian bedroom set and it comes with free shipping!

For more Hawaiian Bedroom Sets, click here.

Home office

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Love the simplicity and serenity of these two study/office spaces. Very lady-like too. Image one on the left is from Jed Johnson, on the right from Jan Showers.

Koa Wood Furnishings

Koa wood is a rare and highly sought after wood and is most often associated with Hawaiian furniture. I love koa wood and have several nice items in my home. A great place to find some beautiful koa wood furnishings is eBay.

Pineapple Accent Rugs

Add a touch of the tropics to your floors. These pineapple accent rugs iconare beautiful and cheery. The glorious pineapple takes center stage surrounded by fleur de lis. Designs by Suzanne Nicoll. Rugs are hand hooked wool with latex back. Imported. Professionally clean. $89.99-$99.99
For more tropical rugs, visit The Hawaiian Home.

Frederico Zanelato - Casa Martins Siquiera

Frederico Zanelato

Casa Martins Siquiera

A True Weekend Retreat - Ferederico Zanelato's own house no doubt paved the way for the design of this marvellous family home near São Paulo. Maximising the slope of the plot, this house spreads living over three levels in three distinct zones.

The embracing the views of the Serra do Japi was the "be all" and "end all" of this build.
Frederico wanted a house that stimulates discussion, where spaces are integrated and connected to each other, as well as the surrounding plot. Conveniently the plot is well orientated to minimise the suns impact on the residence, and thus the requirements of air conditioning. Frederico's skills at minimising materials and specifying kept this build in economical proportions as well. Total construction cost $510US/m².

Located in a condominium between Jundiaí and Itupeva, 60km from São Paulo, 1000m², with a mild slope and a fantastic views of the Serra do Japi.

The client
A happy young couple with two children, a child and an adolescent and many friends. They wanted a home for the weekends, a place for unforgettable moments, for parties, to receive guests, relax and create. As an advertising director and businesswoman, respectively, the husband and wife team are usually based in São Paulo, and required a "retreat" from the hustle and bustle.

Following the topography of land and its geographical position, the house was designed in three blocks; intimate, social, and service, linked by an elongated circulation area of three distinct levels.

A single open plan wing for the living room, dining and kitchen is connected by a hallway to the rear block of two levels.
To the left of the hallway: two storeys and 4 bedrooms. To the right: the services/utility area and above, private office.

Access to the home is through a wooded avenue. The façade clearly indicates two blocks separated by a large panel of wood, the main door, which when opened, mimics the tree lined avenue. Up lighting is used to create sensations and justify the texture of materials in the entrance way.
Just inside the entrance are doors leading to two of the four bedrooms and stairs to the second level. Both levels overlooking the central courtyard or "birds square" as the owners refer to it. Wooden shutters afford shade and further privacy to these rooms, breaking the white façade nicely and distinguishing the two areas.
This courtyard receives morning sun and cross ventilation through strategic openings, making it a year round pleasant breakfast spot.
Passing the courtyard on your left as you head away from the entrance, you arrive at the social wing. Pleasantly shaded, overlooking the pool, a leisure area and further behind, views to the Sierra Japi.

Here, kitchen, dining and living room intertwine. It’s position between the "birds square" and the swimming pool area is strategic, for coexistence and as a buffer between the two zones: repose and action. The "birds square" works as a further filter between the social and private wings and creates an open intimate space.

The outdoor rooms, or BBQ area, is located in the largest free area of the plot. It too is open to those views that inspired the choice of the land: the Serra do Japi.

Half way to the second level bedrooms, the circulation area opens to a roof deck over the living area. Used as a mini-golf course, the deck is also the only access to the owners workshop and hidden office, which is above the service wing.

The choice of materials was defined according to the function of each area obeying the basic rules of environmental comfort and wishes of this family.

The Result
A house zoned into three distinct areas, each buffered from the other by the outdoors that allows for private retreat or very social entertaining.


Architect: Frederico Zanelato
Co-authors: Marcelo Miua and Fernanda Kano
Student: Regina Sesoko
Structures: Vagner Garcia de Oliveira
Photos: Bebete Viégas
Completed: 2007
Costs: $510 US/m²

Information courtesy of: Frederico Zanelato

Frederico Zanelato - Architect's Residence

Frederico Zanelato

Architect's Residence

Structured Strata - Layered up for optimum views, ventilation and privacy, Ferederico Zanelato's house in São Paulo is a quality residence at an economical price.

This architect’s house is what it should be, driven out of pure needs and the situation at hand, with clear intention. Frederico, with a Masters focus in economical design, is conscious about using materials wisely. Serving him well in the design of his own house, which apart from quality hard wearing flooring, uses well finished local materials to create a high class residence. Completed in 2005 and setting aside the cost of the plot, the house came in at under $400 US per square metre for construction! Far more impressive, considering that similar executions in São Paulo are quoted as $1200 US.

The plot is located in the Sierra Itapety, 54km from São Paulo, surrounded by a pool of Atlantic Forest, which drives the houses windows and openings, catching your eye from every corner.
The geographical position provided the strategic entry of light and ventilation. Large overhands and shading battens provide shelter from peak summer heat, and allow the air to cool in the shade before entering, traditional solutions within new design. The slope of the land also imposes on the distribution of the volumes, the zoning, the entrance and landscaping, thus completing the desired dialogue with the house’s surroundings.

The ground floor is occupied by the social area: living room, kitchen, guest bedroom and bathroom. With access to the front garden and full sun, this level is laid out by relative use of sunlight, with a bright and airy living area, and the guest bedroom snug at the rear.

The middle level: houses a covered car park and service area - come laundry and bathroom.
On top of the social area is a patio / garden, solarium with reflecting pond, and a wooden deck.
The intimate master bedroom and bath are housed in the final volume suspended above. Cloaked in shade providing battens, yet still with views out across the valley.

The materials chosen for the construction, simple and local to the region, establish a connection between the area and the owner’s way of life. The exterior, cleanly rendered in stucco, is livened up with a fantastic entrance way mural. The floor of white granite is broken by a carpet of pink sandstone that calls attention and directs to the main entry. Wet zones are covered with white granite chips and the ground floor exterior with large grade loose gravel. Useful for tropical storms and the winter floods common in São Paulo.

The views to the surrounding Atlantic forest, framed by white walls, form calming green curtains. Outside the master Bedroom, water, vital for life, reflects and intensified the surrounding green and the sky above. Features which embrace and justify Frederico’s choices of white, black, wood, stone and iron.


Architect: Frederico Zanelato
Completed: 2005
Costs: $400 US Per square metre

Images and information courtesy of: Frederico Zanelato

Hawaiian Placemats & Napkin Set

Set a gorgeous table for two with this 7 piece Hawaiian placemat set. Each set includes two 14" x 19" placemats, two 18" sq. napkins, two napkin rings and one 14" x 60" table runner. It comes in a beautiful green color. This would make a nice wedding present. $24.99

Tropical Daybed

I love this tropical daybed and think it would make a stunning statement in a beach style home. The unique Royal Collection by Padma's Plantation introduces the cable sweater weave in Abaca to an entire collection. Seats are hardwood corner blocked frames with elasticized fabric spring decks for extra comfort. Specifications 92"W x 39"D x 40 1/4"H
Royal Day Bed-Padmas Plantation additional fabric choices are available. Wood colors choices range from white to black.

Royal Day Bed-Padmas Plantation

Laundry Rooms

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Really cool and spacious laundry rooms. All images from Mark Lund Photography.


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