Modern & Unusual Fireplaces That Break The Mold

MY GOODNESS!!! Mother nature is sure giving all my friends in the mainland a run for their money this week! I know I live in Hawaii now, but I grew up in Oklahoma – where it is currently 14 friggin’ degrees outside (nowwww you see why I moved to Hawaii?!)!! I have to say though, I sure do miss the warm nights snuggled around the fireplace with my family in our jammies and socks – and it inspired me to find some AWESOME fireplaces that I think break the mold and keep you out of the cold all winter long! Check these lil gems out!

















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Crazy About Columns

When life throws me lemons, I make chocolate cake (and make ’em wonder how I did it!). Often times, architectural details like structural beams and columns can present a sour experience because they are integral to the property, and cant be removed. I can not tell you guys how many times I have opened up a wall during a renovation only to find a large post or beam that is totally holding up the entire roof of the house – and I can’t get rid of it. Here are a few cool ideas as to how to reinvent posts into something rich, warm, and amazing — just like my favorite decadent desert!!










Using Dark Paint In Your Home To Create Depth & Dimension

My job as an Interior Designer is to push you to try something different – and as a designer – I just gotta tell you how much I love painting a room a dark hue. It creates soooooo much depth and dimension! Think black for some serious drama, or warm gray, deep brown, rich navy, or saturated eggplant! You don’t gotta be rich to be fancy!


5 New Year’s Resolutions For Your Home

Diet? Check. Save more? Check. Land your dream job? Check. Often, your home is the last thing on your mind when it comes to resolutions, but I think it should be at the top of your priorities!


1. Organize – Can be a daunting one depending on how long you’ve “let things go”.

2. Start a project – Give new life to an otherwise unused or untouched room.

3. Make your home safer – Make sure your smoke detector is working!

4. Buy a plant – The cheapest way to bring life into your home.

5. Learn to enjoy your home!!

10 favorite things that make me wanna HOLLA this holiday season!

Happy HOLLADays y’all!! To celebrate, here are my 10 favorite things that make me wanna HOLLA this holiday season!

#10 – Skip the cliché (and awkward) mistletoe above your door and upgrade your holiday spirit with this DIY Holladays Doormat!


1) Plain doormat (the doormat shown is the TRAMPA from IKEA USA)
2) 1 Can of spray paint in your favorite color
3) Either a stencil (to make the WORDS in color) or large sticky letters (to LEAVE the words natural)
4) Long sewing pins to fix the stencil in place
5) Newspaper for over spray
6) Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey and Diet Coke (*optional)

1) Determine placing of stencil / letters and secure with sewing pins
2) Have sip of drink
3) Spray with paint in well ventilated area with mat on newspaper
4) While first coat is drying, have a few sips of your cold refreshing drink
5) Give your mat a finishing coat of spray paint
6) After second coat is dry, remove stencil / letters
7) Place on front step, go inside, and our yourself another drink!

#9 – To help you stylishly celebrate Hanukkah, you can create this copper menorah! This modern addition is so beautiful you may be tempted to leave it on your mantel all year long:

10676358_938198779524418_2628871740316271774_nNeed a last minute HOLLAday gift? Liquor is always an easy go-to! But why use a plain bottle stopper, when you can preserve your favorite holiday beverages with a stopper of spectacular sophistication? That’s why I chose this Amethyst encrusted beauty as my #8 HOLLAday gift-giving pick! Get the look for less from Newegg:

1450674_939895766021386_6987725427593214850_nNothing makes me HOLLA like my #7 HOLLAday pick! You can transform any space with this awe inspiring wall mural! The vinyl coated temporary paper re-invents your spaces with a faux installment of reclaimed wood, and won’t ruin the walls when you’re ready to move:

10849926_937885346222428_8162182116189060277_nMy #6 HOLLADay pick is this Terrarium from Urban Outfitters! They are a great way to add a little plant life and character in your small spaces and bookshelves – and they’re only $44!!


I am OBSESSED with anything vintage, and INSPIRED by all things old school! That’s why, my #5 HOLLAday pick is this stylish portable Crosley Radio turntable – which is the epitome of cool!


Don’t have a tree up yet for the HOLLADays? My #4 pick this HOLLAday season is this super easy DIY tree!! All you need is varying diameters of PVC pipe (sliced wide enough for ornaments to sit inside comfortably), some glue, and a wooden frame! You’ll be rockin’ around THIS Christmas tree for sure:

10805801_937877899556506_4198156503076771029_nMy #3 HOLLAday pick is near and dear to my heart – cause there’s nothing I love more than being creative! Spoonflower is most DEFINITELY my newest obsession, as it gives me and other creative minds the opportunity to create their own CUSTOM fabrics, wallpapers, and gift wrap too!! Check out this adorable headband my girl at Sea Wee Babies made for me from her own ORGANIC line of custom printed pineapple fabric!!


Personally, I LOVE this gift as I developed my love for interior design from creating doll houses with my mom as a kid. You can install your own wallpapers, carpets, and decor. That’s why I’ve made it my #2 HOLLAday pick for things that make me HOLLA during this season! I just love that this is a modern version of my old favorite! PLUS – it’s on sale from Joss and Main:


You ever been so moved by one thing it changed your life forever? Me too. My hands down FAVORITE American street artist is none other than the incomparable Aaron De La Cruz, and I’m lucky enough to call him friend too! That’s why my #1 HOLLAday pick are these limited edition earrings that come in 3 different colors – so I can wear a piece of the streets with me everywhere I go:


Spruce Up Your Home With These 10 Easy And Budget-Friendly Decorating Tips

Revamping your home decor doesn’t always have to be a bank-breaking project. Here are 10 ways to give your home a fresh look, without breaking a sweat – or your wallet.


1. Pull a room together by choosing two contrast colors – black and white, say, or white and one bright color – and use them as a repeating theme throughout, such as a row of yellow and white pillows on a sofa, or robin’s egg blue walls and all-white furnishings.

2. A simple but effective tip: Too much of a good thing is too much. Try taking all your home decor accessories and putting them in a box, then putting them back one by one where they’ll have the most impact.

3. Small details make all the difference: Beautiful coasters, interesting desk frames, a small but exquisite crystal vase filled with fresh flowers.

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4. Update lampshades with new ones in more contemporary shapes or simply fresh white shades.

5. Update your window dressings. IKEA and other home stores have reams of readymade draperies you can hem to the right size (or leave to puddle on the floor), or you can make your own from sheets or lengths of designer outlet fabric. Hang from an attractive new curtain rod, also available in stock sizes.

6. Take down all your paintings and other art and move them around to different walls or different rooms. It’ll be like seeing them for the first time.

7. Peruse Craigslist regularly for finds. It’s amazing what shows up at a bargain or even free – but like any good flea market shopper, be sure to check regularly, as good things go fast.

8. Spruce up your entrance by painting your front door a cheerful color. Pair it with a new lighting fixture, mailbox and house numbers – all available at the box store.

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9. Inexpensive frame mouldings from the box store can transform a plain wall or hallway into an instant paneled look. Paint the mouldings in a contrasting shade or white.

10. Some paint stores sell mixed paint for much less than custom-mixed paint because the color was off or it was returned to the store. Great if you’re willing to experiment on the color.

15 Bookshelves That Break The Mold

If you love reading as much as I do, then you are going to need a good bookshelf or bookcase to hold all your collections. Storing books in a rectangular or square shelf can be boring.  Check out these bookshelves that break the mold and can clear away the clutter while adding a little panache to your home.

Zelli – Duret Younes
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Infinity – Job Koelewijn
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Three Quad Styles – Nauris Kalinauskas
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Skew – Smansk
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Hang In There – OldandCold
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Books On Books – Invisible Bookshelf
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Bliss Storyline – Frederik Roije
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Hand-Carved Trees – Landers Woodworking
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Trailing Spiral – Brianna Kufa
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Library Tree Branch – Oliver Dolle
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SheLLf – Ka-Lai Chan
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Rocky Credenza – La Chance
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Tree Of Knowledge – Jamie Joseffry
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Five Tier Corner Unit – Loft Essentials
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Sloped & Slanted – Anthropologie
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