Hawaiian Living Room Inspiration

Here is a Hawaiian Living Room featured on HGTV.

I love how the designers used neutral colors as a backdrop for the walls, then they spice it up with bright colors in the accessories. That way the owners can change out the pillows and inexpensive accessories for a whole new look whenever they need a change.

Palm Tree Coffee Table

Complete your Hawaiian living room with a wood palm tree coffee table expertly carved by Thai artisans. The intricately carved palm trees and waves are gorgeous details. What a cool looking piece of tropical furniture.
23-Inch Tropical Palm Tree Design Wood Coffee Table
More tropical coffee tables.

Tommy Bahama Cologne

I gave my husband some Tommy Bahama cologne as a Christmas present. I absolutely love the scent and so does he! It has a nice spicy scent without being overpowering. You may want to consider this as a Father's Day present for the beach lover.

Tommy Bahama - Signature Men's 3.4 oz Cologne Spray (No Color) - Beauty

Trying to escape from reality

It's been a ridiculously rainy week here in the Northeast and I've been craving some beach time. Since that seems to be a little bit out of our lives right now I opted to saturate myself with gorgeous, breath taking beachy images and leave you this weekend with some of them for you to look at every time you want.

Call me girly or romantic but I am head over heels for this dining room.

Now, this is one of the most beautiful beach bedrooms I've seen lately. I adore the bed and the bedding. How about you?

I love that blue floor and the blue cushion and the blue bottles, and the blue sea. And the green palm trees, don't you feel like you can almost touch them?

You can't get more beachy Bohemia than this door. Really.

Sigh. I hope you can find your escape (either virtual or physical) this weekend too.
images from Coastal Living.

Beegee Bags

This beautiful vintage-inspired clutch would make a great gift to a girlfriend. Beegee Bags's owner and founder, Brooke Geraldi, offers customized clutches, for the brides interesting in giving something special to their bridesmaids. I love the beautiful fabric use inside.

Modern Minimalist House Design

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There are actually no set steps to making your home minimalist, except to change your philosophy and shoot for the ideals in the previous section above. But here are some tips that I would offer to anyone trying to shoot for minimalism:

1. One room at a time. Unless you’re just moving into a place, it’s hard to simplify an entire house at once. Focus on one room, and let that be your center of calm. Use it to inspire you to simplify the next room, and the next. Then do the same outside!
2. Start with furniture. The biggest things in any room are the furniture, so you should always begin simplifying a room by looking at the furniture. The fewer pieces of furniture, the better (within reason, of course). Think of which furniture can be eliminated without sacrificing comfort and livability. Go for a few pieces of plain, simple furniture (example of a minimalist coffee table) with solid, subdued colors.
3. Only the essentials. Whether looking at your furniture or anything else in the room, ask yourself if the item is truly essential. If you can live without it, get it out. Try to strip the room down to its essentials — you can always add a few choice items beyond the essentials later.
4. Clear floors. Except for the furniture, your floors should be completely clear. Nothing should clutter the floor, nothing should be stacked, nothing should be stored on the floor. Once you’ve gotten your furniture down to the bare essentials, clear everything else on the floor — either donate it, trash it, or find a place for it out of sight.
5. Clear surfaces. Same thing with all flat surfaces. Don’t have anything on them, except one or two simple decorations (See Tip 9 below). Donate, trash or find an out-of-sight storage spot for everything else. It will make everything much, much more minimal-looking.
6. Clear walls. Some people hang all kinds of stuff on their walls. No can do in a minimalist home. Clear your walls except for one or two simple pieces of nice artwork (see Tip 8 below).
7. Store stuff out of sight. This has been mentioned in the above tips, but you should store everything you need out of sight, in drawers and cabinets. Bookshelves can be used to store books or DVDs or CDs, but shouldn’t have much else except a few simple decorations (not whole collections of things).
8. Declutter. If you are clearing flat surfaces and the floor, and storing stuff in cabinets and drawers, you’ll probably want to declutter your storage areas too. You can do this in a later stage if you want. See How to Declutter for more.
9. Simple artwork. To keep a room from being boring, you can put a simple painting, drawing or photo, framed with a subdued, solid color, on each wall if you want. Leave some walls bare if possible.
10. Simple decorations. As mentioned in the above tips, one or two simple decorations can serve as accents for a minimalist room. A vase of flowers or a small potted plant are two classic examples. If the rest of your room has subdued colors, your accents could use a bright color (such as red, or yellow) to draw the eye and give a plain room a splash of energy.
11. Plain window treatments. Bare windows, or simple, solid colored curtains, or simple, wooden blinds are good. Too much ornate stuff around the windows is clutter.
12. Plain patterns. Solid colors are best for floor coverings (if you have any), furniture, etc. Complex patterns, such as flowers or checkers, are visual clutter.
13. Subdued colors. As mentioned in Tip 9 above, you can have a splash of bright color in the room, but most of the room should be more subtle colors - white is classic minimalist, but really any solid colors that don’t stress the eyes is good (earth colors come to mind, such as blues, browns, tans, greens).
14. Edit and eliminate. When you’ve simplified a room, you can probably do more. Give it a couple of days, then look at everything with a fresh eye. What can be eliminated? Stored out of sight? What’s not essential? You can come back to each room every few months, and sometimes you’ll discover things you can simplify even more.
15. Place for everything. I’ve discussed this in other posts, but in a minimalist house, it’s important that you find a place for everything, and remember where those places are. Where does you blender go? Give it a spot, and stick with it. Aim for logical spots that are close to where the thing is used, to make things more efficient, but the key is to designate a spot.
16. Sit back, relax, and enjoy. Once you’ve simplified a room, take a moment to look around and enjoy it. It’s so peaceful and satisfying. This is the reward for your hard work. Ahhhh. So nice!

Surfboard Wall Stickers

An easy to decorate your walls, is by adding surfboard wall stickers. They especially help to create a surfer bedroom, but would also look cool in a family room or bathroom.
See more surfboard wall stickers & tropical wall stickers.


Breath taking images from Malabar. A company known world-wide that manufactures handloom fabrics in vibrant colors and textures, embroideries, appliques, sheers, silks, chenilles and velvets. Malabar also carries a collection of beautiful colored grass wallpapers designed to complement the fabrics. These fabrics are made in Kerala, a town in the southwest of India, with stockists and distributors worldwide.

Shoes, flowers, cakes

Probably women's three biggest obsessions. I love many, many things but there is something perfect about these three things being together that make me think of what a perfect girlfriend afternoon-out is for me. It would start with shoe shopping, a long and exiting walk in the City (not wearing high heels of course), re-energizing by eating some out of this world cake at Payard, while sipping some chilled white wine and finally on my way back home I would pick some flowers to display on a vintage jar and enjoy them the next day and remember that great girlfriends afternoon-out.

Images from here.

Carlos Mota

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Carlos Mota is a fantastic stylist whose work has been featured in numerous great magazines. Here are some of his stunning work. Visit his website to see even more stunning images.

Show Me Your Hawaiian Rooms & Hawaiian Decorating Ideas

I would like to see your finished Hawaiian rooms. If you would like to be feautured here on The Hawaiian Home Blog, send your pictures or your link to your blog where you have your Hawaiian rooms or Hawaiian decorating items, tips, or tricks and I would love to show your Hawaiian decorating ideas!
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Coastal Living Furniture

My favorite magazine is Coastal Living Magazine. It is the only magazine that I read completely from cover to cover.

I love looking at the beautiful furnishings found inside the gorgeous pages of Coastal Living. If you have ever wondered where you can find Coastal Living furniture - CSN stores carries lots of Coastal Living furniture.
Here are a few inspiration pieces to get you in a tropical decorating mood:

William Waldron

William Waldron is a professional photographer who knows very well how to capture the beauty of the interiors he photographs. He lives and work in New York City and his client list includes most of the prestigious magazines.
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Beach Scrapbooking Products on Sale

Several beach scrapbooking products are currently on sale at A Cherry on Top. Quantities are limited and are going fast.
Beach Shaped Brads sale $2.39 save 40%
Celebrate Beach Ribbon sale $1.49 save 40%
Celebrate Beach Accessories sale $0.59 save 40%
Tropical Stickers sale $0.88 save 50%
Travel Clear Stamp Set sale $7.50 save 50%
Seashore Stickers sale $0.88 save 50%
Undersea Stickers sale $0.88 save 50%
The Hawaiian Home has more beach scrapbooking products.

It's time to throw a Luau Party!

Luau season has arrived. Don't forget to order your luau party supplies in time for the big event. Here are some of my favorite items for summer:
Everyone needs a lei at your party and this mega lei assortment is a colorful blend of leis to get everyone in the partying mood!
Hawaiian Party Personalized Banner 37 X 105 Horizontal Vinyl Banner Each
Create your own personalized Hawaiian Luau Banner to advertise your event or welcome your guests to the luau.
Vintage Hawaii Ensemble Kit
You can't go wrong with this set of vintage Hawaii tableware with all the components to create a fun tropical theme.
Tiki Entrance
If you want to go all out add this set of Hawaiian tiki decoractions in create a fun backdrop for photos or to create a grand entrance to your luau.
Visit The Hawaiian Home for more luau party supplies.

etoile by Shani Beadle

Beautiful images from etoile's new collection. I love of how well Shani Beadle is able, once again, to evoke that gorgeous tropical, simple living.
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I love those striped fabric pillows.
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Wedding dress + Cake

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I think it would be a great and unusual idea to make your wedding cake a representation of your dress. Of course as long as the wedding cake is as beautiful as one these.

Images: cake power, in style, chapeaudegateau


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