Beach Vinyl Lettering

Vinyl lettering is a really neat way to customize your walls. How about adding a nice beach phrase to your walls such as "Aloha" or "Island Girl". You can even create your own custom beach phrase. You can place the beach vinyl lettering on picture frames, magnet boards, on your headboard, closet doors - anywhere you desire. The possibilities are endless.

"Aloha" Vinyl Lettering

"Beach This Way" Vinyl Lettering

"Island Girl" vinyl lettering
Your Own Custom Beach Saying vinyl lettering

Tropical Dining Room Table Set

Here is another beautiful tropical dining room table set that I came across in my search for a new tropical dining table. Inspired by tropical style, this collection brings a little warmth to your home. I love the leaf carved accents on this set.
Includes in this tropical table set is the following:
1 x Rectangular Leg Table with 18 Inch Leaf
4 x Side Chair with Contour Back
2 x Arm Chair with Contour Back
This set is constructed from hardwood solids and fancy face oak veneers.
$1708.78 including shipping

Hardwood Floor Clearance- This sale is Hot!!!

Lumber Liquidators
If you are in need of new hardwood floors, this could possible be the best deal ever. There are tons of odd lots, clearance items and more. Also, Hoboken Floors, a huge hardwood flooring distributor just filed for bankruptcy. Lucky us, as Lumber Liquidators is stocking all of their inventory. You can get over 2 million sq ft of hardwood flooring from 49 cents sq ft! Sale valid April 26th - April 27th.
April Clearance Sale at Lumber Liquidators! Plus Hoboken Bankruptcy Sale! Valid 26-Apr-08 through 27-Apr-08.

Save 10% off at the Company Store

10% off at The Company Store
Get 10% off your entire order with code AFDSAVE10 at The Company Store®! You can only get this discount by clicking through the link and then entering coupon code:AFDSAVE10 at checkout. The Company Store has all kinds of beautiful tropical quilts, tropical chairs and other tropical style decor elements. This sale ends May 4th. Also, think about Mother's Day as they have beautiful sleepwear, robes and slippers. Let me inspire you with some of the tropical decor items they sell:

Personalized Picture Frames

Once in a while I have a really brilliant idea. Today is one of those days! I love the personalized picture frames iconbelow and thought of some fun ways to incorporate them into tropical style decor. This picture frames can be changed to whatever you want them to say. So why not personalize them and then add some fun vacation photos of the beach, etc. Here are some possibilites:
I love (heart) Hawaii, I love Beaches, I love Maui, I love Oceans
Your families last name
Vacations, Hawaii, Beaches
I think you get the idea. $31.95-$39.95
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Pugh + Scarpa Atchitects | Solar Umbrella

Pugh + Scarpa Atchitects

Solar Umbrella

Model Rebuild - When remodelling their own residence Angela Brooks and Lawrence Scarpa could never have imagined the press and accolades that would be bestowed upon a build designed around their own very personal needs. Economical, solar powered, solar water heating, nearly off the power grid and with a fitting yet aesthetically contrasting extension. A rear extension that embraces the house's 1920's bungalow origins and pays homage to its design sake, the Paul Rudolph Umbrella House of 1953.

Overview and Plot
The lot, in Venice California, typical of the area, has two road frontages. This allowed the house's orientation to be flipped, the crux of this build. With the living area and kitchen behind now facing the larger rear garden, an additional bedroom was added upstairs, and the second bedroom converted to an office. Most of all, the flip orients the house to the southern sun allowing the sun's energy to be stored in the concrete eastern and western walls and floor.

The extension has the majority of its glazing along the warmth facing southern wall, with northern glazing opening up for cross ventilation. The architects describe it as "global regionalism," Californian indoor outdoor flow, wrapped in modern technology using recycled and sustainable materials, offsetting the use of concrete with gains made through its thermal storing properties that lead to lower power bills. Overhangs regulate the sun in its strongest months and double glazing with a low-E film , framed in aluminium with thermal breaks, control the wind and indoor environment. To save on materials the solar panels themselves form the outer canopy and Solar Umbrella, shading the house. With the rear set up, insulation was blown into the walls and floors of the original wing and operable skylights in the kitchen and bathroom provide natural light and ventilation whilst maintaining privacy.


In winter, warmth is provided through radiant in-floor heating powered partly by one of three solar hot water panels. Two are used to pre-heat the domestic hot water before it gets to the gas-fired hot water heater and the other to heat the pool. These panels halved the gas use of the house which is now 2.5 times as big! As usual there was initial outlay for the solar water heaters and panels, which 10 years.

Living area extension

Although the double height extension sets the house apart from its neighbours, the fact that it is at the rear facing the alley, contrary to most of the houses on the block, mean its northern facing traditional fa├žade, lets it fit in with the Joneses. The services are concealed up the side of the house, and a bike rack just inside the new front gate provides mobility to the nearby shops (apparently a novelty in the US).


Well thought out landscaping incorporates gravel, to allow the plot to drain and prevent it from heating up like large paved areas do, and planting is drought tolerant, with species that appeal to the abundant hummingbirds in the area. The new pond and pool also help regulate the temperate and composting was also included as part of the landscape design.

A relatively simple layout provides for both open plan living and more intimate work and rest areas.
Downstairs the office, with access to the main street, sits beside the second bedroom and main bathroom on the eastern wall. The living room and kitchen take the southern and western walls respectively. As well as allowing heat to rise up and out the upstairs windows, the industrial like steel stairs link the downstairs area to the more private master bedroom with en-suite.

The Results
The house now provides an additional open plan living area ideal for the couple's son, connecting outdoor play and space indoors. The Solar Umbrella plays its dual role, keeping the house cool and shaded in summer and warm through its solar panel composition in winter. Utilitarian, the house is built to be lived in and enjoyed rather than as a show-piece 'typical' modern build. This to me is what makes this a home.


Name of Project: Solar Umbrella, Venice, California, USA
Architect: Pugh + Scarpa Architects
Completed: April 2005
Total project cost excluding land: US$390,000.00
Usage: 3 permanent occupants 105 hours/week, 15 visitors/week at 3 hrs per visit average.

Information courtesy of: Pugh + Scarpa Architects

Girl's Bright Floral Bedding

Bright, light and pretty, the Fiona Bed-in-a-Bag has a bit of a tropical bedding look. It includes everything you need to decorate your bed including comforter, sheets, shams, even the bed skirt. It’s also got bold flowers, playful stripes, ruffled edges and lots of charm! It is available in twin or full for $59.99 Take note of how simple it would be to paint the walls in this girl's tropical bedroom in a darling pattern. Visit The Hawaiian Home for more tropical bedding sets.
Fiona Bed-in-a-Bag

Message in a Bottle Invitations

Get your guests excited about your next luau with the perfect luau invitations. How about a message in a bottle? These tropical bottle invitations include 12 pre-printed invitations and ribbons including sand, a mini lei, and a cork with resealable tape. Can you imagine the look on your friend's face when they receive these in the mail? Yes you can mail them and they come with adhesive-backed mailing labels. $14.99 per dozen.
Tropical Bottle Invitations Dozen

Tropical Sink Strainer

Do you think it would be more fun to do the dishes if I knew there was a fun Hawaiian touch at the bottom of my sink? Maybe. This stainless steel sink strainer has a colored enamel design with a hula girl. $10.95

OJMR Architects | Fritz Residence

OJMR Architects

Fritz Residence

L Shaped Simplicity - Wrapped around a cooling pool with ample shade and expansive living areas, this Jay M. Reynolds residence in Palm Springs, combines two simple volumes to create a modernistic whole.

The house is located on a flat, irregularly shaped lot at the end of a cul-de-sac. The neighbourhood contains a variety of styles and references to the preferred typical suburban desert subdivision architecture.

Mew single-family residence including kitchen, dining area, living room, office, three bedrooms, and two-and-one-half bathrooms.

The house is designed for a retired couple with the need for guest bedroom suites and a large communal space for the living, dining, and kitchen areas.

To achieve a feeling of "simplicity" within conventional means, it was decided that planning and construction must be straight-forward and the character of the house reflect a strategy of enclosure and openness focused towards the main outdoor space. Two simple volumes are connected together to define a corner with one wing containing the guest bedrooms, and the other containing the master suite. The two wings are connected at the main living, dining, and kitchen space.

Hallways are located along the east and south sides of the two wings and help to define the laterally spaced rooms, which can be closed off from the circulation zone with large sliding walls. The rooms all access the outdoor pool/courtyard space from large sliding glass walls.


Name of Project: Fritz Residence, Palm Desert, California
Architect: The Office of J.M. Reynolds Architects, Los Angeles
Jay M. Reynolds, AIA, principal
Built area: 2,600 square-feet
Completed: 2003
Budget: US$650,000
Materials: Exposed concrete block walls, natural stone veneer walls, plaster over wood framing, concrete floors, walnut cabinetry, Gascogne Blue limestone floors in bathrooms, translucent glass panels, Montauk Black marble counters in kitchen, Venetino White marble countertops in bathroom and on kitchen island.
Photos: Ciro Coelho

Information courtesy of: OJMR Architects and Taylor & Company (many thanks)


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