In doing research for barkcloth curtains for my home tiki bar, I discovered an awesome source for super affordable tropical barkcloth pillow covers — just $15 each for piped, zippered pillows from Diamondhead Fabrics. To fill them, I also found two (so far) terrific pillow forms, highly rated on Amazon (all the Amazon links in this story are affiliate links). Heck yeah there is more →
I’m having a new wedge-shaped sectional built for my Mahalo Lounge. I need to choose the upholstery fabric. It needs to play nice with my 60 yards of barkcloth pinch pleats — and I’m planning a leopard print rug underneath. What color to choose? I started my hunt by looking for a burnt orange — or coral orange — or a red orange — or even a rust — that would pick up on the blossoms in the drapery pattern. I online-shopped and ordered ’til my eyes about bugged out. Above: All 49 oranges, laid out by manufacturer. Let’s take a look at the seven finalists >>Heck yeah there is more →
What’s a home tiki bar without a little bit of leopard skin (faux, of course) included? Yes, even though leopards did not prowl Oceanic locations, leopard skin upholstery became associated with tiki decor in the 1940s and 1950s. For example, very famously, Elvis’ Jungle Room is full of animal-print covered Witco furniture, including a peek (<-hey Michael, ain’t ya proud of me?) of leopard. Leopard print was always the most popular tiki choice, though. Before I start showing you upholstery options for the sectional that will go into my Mahalo Lounge, it’s important to get grounded: I plan to have the main sitting area defined on a big leopard skin rug. So far, I have found two suitable options, although I’m still looking, because I’m not 100% satisfied these are “the best” I can do.Heck yeah there is more →
The pinch pleat draperies for my Mahalo Lounge home tiki bar went up last week, and I love them! As I’ve discussed before, the entire plan for the decor of my tiki transformation started with finding the right fabric — Kamuela, in green, by Diamondhead Fabrics — to cover the large expanse of windows in my living room/dining room. Once I had the fabric figured out, I then found a local company — Custom Window Treatments of Pittsfield, Mass. — to have the draperies made and installed.
Overall, this part of my project was a breeze — and how often can you say that! Diamondhead Fabrics was great to work with. Custom Window Treatments was terrific to work with. And, I thought that the money I paid for everything was fair. Heck yeah there is more →
Designing a well-functioning furniture layout for a room is one of the most challenging — and arguably the most important — aspects of interior design. I’m changing the furniture in my living room as part of its transformation into my Mahalo Lounge. So before I got too deep into the fun stuff (decorating), I am working to finalize the furniture layout. I am not a professional designer, and don’t know how to use such software (and honestly, I have no desire to learn yet another computer program). Instead, I design my furniture layouts (ala my kitchen cabinet layout) using Excel and Powerpoint and … scissors. Hey, it works well enough for me! Heck yeah there is more →
On a major hunt to find upholstery fabric to cover the sectional for my Mahalo Lounge, I am very excited to report that I have found two fabrics — both from Knoll Textiles — that come as close to the old-fashioned frieze fabric that we love than I have ever seen before. Above: That’s Knoll “Totem” in “Fling” set on a piece of vintage gold frieze from my archival collection (I am going to stop calling it a hoard; I am an anthropologist). Heck yeah there is more →