Out & About

Kauai Beach Cottage

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

Aloha all! Today I wanted to share pictures of the most charming little beach cottage we rented during our vacation last week. We’ve stayed at so many over the years but this one has been the favorite so far. I loved so many of the design elements incorporated into this plantation style cottage just steps away from the beach in Poipu on the sunny southern shore of Kauai.

I requested permission from the owner to photograph and feature it and she was kind enough to share sources. The owners live on the island and the husband is a builder. The cottage was so well designed from the pitched plank ceilings to the folding doors to the lanai. It was filled with coastal inspired decor and art, beautiful light fixtures, hardware, and a gorgeous kitchen too.

Both bedrooms featured floor to ceiling tongue and groove plank walls painted a creamy white, ceiling fans for circulating the warm island air, woven shades paired with breezy sheers, and seagrass woven headboards from Pottery Barn.

kauai beach cottage master


kauai beach cottage second bedroom


I loved the combination of finishes in this coastal kitchen: white cabinets, black honed granite countertops, chrome fixtures and a beautiful blue green mosaic tile backsplash from Pacific Tile, a perfect fit for a beach cottage! The floors are smoked antique white oak from Du Chateau flooring.

kauai beach cottage kitchen dining


open shelves glass backsplash


blue green glass tile backsplash


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Happy Memorial Day!

Monday, May 26th, 2014

Hello and Happy Memorial Day everyone! I hope you’re enjoying the long weekend and kick off to summer. We’re headed home from Oahu today after eight amazing days spent in Hawaii. I meant to post a ‘Best of the Blogosphere’ on Friday but this place does something to me, it saps any desire to look at a screen, yet simultaneously inspires me to get home and start creating again. I couldn’t justify time on a computer when the beauty of the islands called and the family was having so much fun together in the sun so I decided to play instead! I’ll post a belated roundup this week :)

Yesterday we went to visit Pearl Harbor and a huge storm came in just as we arrived with thunder and lightning and even flash flood warnings like we’ve never seen before on previous visits to the islands. The changing weather cut short our tour of Pearl Harbor and although we’ve visited before, we did take a few moments to reflect at this magnificent and meaningful memorial.

pearl harbor oahu

We ducked into the shelter of the museum as the clouds rolled in and the rain poured down to pay tribute to our brave brothers and sisters who gave their lives to defend our country on the battlefields.

pearl harbor oahu memorial

Let us never forget that the freedoms we enjoy we owe to those who paid the ultimate sacrifice. I’m feeling so much gratitude today for all of the men and women who have served in our military (and the families who support them) both past at present. Bless you all.

pearl harbor flag

I’ve got much to share this week, including some favorite adventures/stops/eats in Kauai and pictures of the best vacation rental we’ve ever stayed in, it was so charming with many great design elements to inspire!

Enjoy the remainder of the weekend. ..