Hawaiian Magazine Rack

Get organized Hawaiian style with this 3 level Hawaiian magazine rack. It is perfect for holding all of your favorite Hawaiian magazines. $19.90

Tropical Wrapping Paper

Wouldn't you be excited to receive a gift that is all wrapped in tropical wrapping paper? You gifts will look so great, you almost won't want to open them. This tropical wrapping paper has images of waves. $5 per roll. Or if you prefer choose from the surfer themed wrapping paper with images of surfers, surfboards, waves and more. $6

Tilly's Sale

Tilly's - Surf & Skate Clothing
I want to inform you a a great sale! Save an additional 20% off all clearance/sale items at Tilly' when you enter coupon code: "Yippee20" at checkout. Offer expires April 17. Save on surf clothing, sandals, some Roxy bedding sets, backpacks and more. Below are are a few of the items I like that are on sale.
HURLEY Puerto Rico Mens Boardshorts - Brown CROCS Cayman Womens Sandals - Turquoise
ROXY Arielle Comforter Mini Set - Full/Queen

Roxy Bedding Set -Coconut Floral

Roxy a brand known for their surf clothing. They also make wonderful tropical style bedding sets. This "Coconut Floral" Roxy bedding set iconwould love awesome in a tropical style home. It is a coconut floral print and rustic shades of red, brown and beige brings the true feeling of the ocean breeze, swaying palm trees and your beach hut in a fun and rustic pattern. This is an affordable tropical bedding set as the twin bedspread and one sham are only $64.99 and the full/queen with 2 sham are $89.99.
Click here for more Roxy bedding sets.

Tropical Pet Bed

Diamond Donut Bed Large Microvelvet
Engulf your pet in a luxurious tropical pet bed. It features an elegant tropical fabric design. The oval outer ring creates the feeling of security pets love while the removable tufted cushion can be used as a crate or travel mat. Circular tufting crates an elegant upholstered look and ensures fibre does not clump or shift when washing. 42 inch x 32 inch. $99

Tropical Clock

You will feel like you are on island time when you stare at this tropical island desk clock. It will get you in the mood for your weekend getaway. This tropical clock is handcrafted utilizing unique process resulting in a stunning high gloss ceramic-like finish. Measures 6" x 6", comes with transparent acrylic stand. $27.99
Tropical Island - Tropical Paradise - Desk Clocks

Tiki Statues for your Garden or Pool Area

Now is a great time to buy some with fun garden statues as you can save 10% on all Design Toscano garden statues and fountains, only in the month of April. Use Priority Code CJPSTATUE at checkout. They even have some tiki statues and Easter Island head statues. These could be placed directly in a tropical garden or as pool decorations.

Gods of the Three Pleasures Tiki Gods Statue The God of the Luau Tiki God Statue Easter Island Moai Monolith Sculpture - Garden

Hawaiian Party Plates & More

Hawaii 10 1/4
I love this set of Hawaiian Partyware. This vintage Hawaii tableware ensemble gives a fun vintage look to your luau tables. The hibiscus and vintage design comes on a variety of tableware pieces to make entertaining easy. The set for 8 includes 10 1/4" Vintage Hawaii dinner plates and luncheon napkins as well as plastic cups, a tablecover and 24-piece cutlery set (8 forks, 8 spoons, 8 knives) in the color of your choice (choose at checkout). $16.99
You can also add additional settings. Add some more fun to your Hawaiian party with a set of tiki lantern garland. $4.99
Save 10% on party supply orders of $100+ with promo code SZCJC8

Tiki Island Lantern Garland 12' Each
Click here for more Hawaiian party decorations.

Hawaiian Comforter Set

This comforter set is as close as you can get to a Hawaiian decorating theme bedroom. I love this Hawaiian Sunset Comforter Set as the price is so great only $29.99 gets you a complete comforter set with a comforter, bed skirt and sham(s) for one incredible low price! With it's oversized tropical blooms and sunset-red ground, Hawaiian Sunset is as refreshing as a mini vacation. I am thinking about this for my bedroom. If I want a new look in a few years, I will have gotten by money's worth! This Hawaiian comforter set is available in full, queen or king size all for the same price. What a deal!

Drew Mandel Design - 83A Marlborough Ave

Drew Mandel Design

83A Marlborough Ave

Infill house on a 13ft wide plot, becomes feature residence of the street - Drew Mandel has used every inch of this brownfield (ex 1 car garage & garden) site to create his ideal residence. Influences of Frank Lloyd Wright and Rudolph Schindler eminent in the residence's façade lead to elegant use of wood detailing for the interior.

Drew, an up and coming Canadian architect snapped up an “interesting” plot, that his colleague at MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects, David Miller had on offer. Setting out to create his debut "big time" design, Drew won a number of awards in Toronto and Canada. The house is an impressive example of modern infill, coming in at a modest $182 per ft2.

The Lot
Miller and his architect wife, Amy Falkner, had obtained a minor variance allowing them to build to the very edges of the property line without the usual margin of grass or ground cover. (It's only because the houses on each side are set back from the lot line that there is any space at all between the Mandel-Cooper house and its neighbours.) To support development, the municipality had allowed a substantial increase in the floor space, from 908 to more than 1,280 square feet above ground.
Their relatives labelled the plot a bowling lane, Mandel and his wife like to think of it as a lane each.

Focusing on commercial design at work, Drew’s evening efforts on his own house pulled from his designs of multiplexes, community centres, libraries and banks. The main Achilles heel of the plot, the extended walls down either side of the property, led Drew to (as he sometimes reflects) to overcompensate with house glass panels at either end and a large light well at the centre of the build. I disagree; the house is fantastically bright and airy.

Breaking the house away from other designs out there and I believe linking it to his favoured FLW and Rudolf, is the use of patchwork glass rather than a large expanse of industrial like uniform façade. A cute modernist take on the Juliet balcony protrudes from the master bedroom, breaking the rear wall further and allows great views down to the meticulously landscaped garden, that complements the house so well. Adding to the functionality of the glass façade, a large central panel pivots to allow bigger pieces of furniture to be hoisted in.

Bringing in that industrial design know-how resolved the issue of construction methods too. Such a narrow tall design refused traditional frame design used in residential projects, meaning an industrial to balloon framing technique was adopted. Steel supports for the entire 38-foot length of the walls were put up first, and then the floors were locked in afterwards.

Further industrial features of the house include the two ramps from the entrance of the house to the living room and from the master bedroom to the second bedroom, a comfortable alternative to stairs.

From the semi-subterranean guest room at the front of the house you head south up the ramp to the living room, then north up five stairs to the dining room-kitchen floor, then south again up the house's only full flight of stairs to the master bedroom and bathroom. Finally, completing the layout you head north, up the second ramp to the second bedroom.

The Result
Drew and Denise have blown their relatives away. Despite the restricting plot they've created a house that through it's high ceilings, skylights and maximum glazing at both ends is a bright, spacious and airy home.


Architect/Designer: Drew Mandel Design
Client: Denise Cooper & Drew Mandel
Completed: 2007
Structural: Blackwell Engineering Ltd. (David Bowick)
Builder: T. Fijalkowski & Associates
Site Plan Approval: David Miller & Amy Falkner
Lot:13' x 115' or 1560 ft2
Costs: $182 per ft2

Information courtesy of: Drew Mandel Design

Furniture Deals at Target

There are lots of furniture deals at Target right now! From now until April 19, spend $125, get 15% off furniture at
or spend $125, get 15% off patio furniture at
and get free shipping on select bedding at
Be sure to click through one of the links to get the special savings.

Hawaiian Room in a Box

Hawaiian Room in a Box -how's that for a name? This is a cleaver idea. This room kit contains accessories that would match an island theme bedroom. Included in the Hawaiian accessories room box are:
Hanging magazine rack with beach towel backing.
Grass-fringe nightstand lamp with steel stand.
Brightly striped area rug.
Photo frame and alarm clock.
Surfboard-shaped coat hanger and wooden storage box.
Hawaiian Room in a Box (item number ADL2172) $199.99

Tropical Hibiscus Pillows

These gorgeous hibiscus pillows would make a fresh addition to your home this Spring. Choose from either yellow or red hibiscus print pillows, they are designed for indoor or outdoor use. They are resistant to mildew, weather, and fading.
18x18 and 19x24-inch sizes based on availability.
Available from Pillows $37.99-$39.99
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