This week I have been fixated on the color combination: Coral + chartreuse + teal + black. The Retro Decorating Gods approved, because I went poking around the Goodwill, feeling very lucky, turned a corner, and sure enough, there it was: A vintage Turner art print, in my fixation colors, perfect for my Mahalo Lounge, for $5.99. TGIF, everyone!
In yesterday’s story about sarong dresses, rompers and cabana sets ala Alfred Shaheen for Unique Vintage, a reader commented that famed pattern designer Gertie also has a sarong dress pattern — so if you have the skills, you can sew your own. That’s Gertie, above, I think — she’s pretty darned famous for her vintage dress patterns!Heck yeah there is more →
Kate knows I am all about the tiki so sent me this heads up the minute the word was out: Unique Vintage, the clothing company, has just come out with a new collection — Alfred Shaheen for Unique Vintage — Heck yeah there is more →
You only get one chance to make a good first impression. So the entry way into the Mahalo Lounge has been draped in beaded curtains. Entry ways into the heart of tiki bars are important, too. You want to set the mood even before your visitors get inside.Heck yeah there is more →
I’m back on the Mahalo Lounge wagon, trying to finish. It’s slow going, I’ll tell you, because it’s all about the itty bitty details — and there are A LOT of them. Mostly, at this point, I’m focused on: the ceiling. The biggest news: I made a decision on where to install the second of two vintage Orchids of Hawaii lights, which came out of my local Luau Hale, a longtime vintage extant tiki bar and restaurant. I put the light, swag style, dead center on the third of the five beamed sections that comprise my 30′ long living room-dining room.Heck yeah there is more →
All five portions of the ceilings in the Mahalo Lounge are now done! My wallpaperer Sally came over last week, and over the course of three days — she counted 14.5 hours of work for her — so that’s 29 hours working together — we finished the last two sections. The ceilings look fantastic — my husband — an awesome critic — adores them! Heck yeah there is more →