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June 6th, 2014

Welcome to the weekend friends! Great news, this week we closed escrow on that fixer house we bought, I’ll share more details about the purchase process and some ideas for the future remodel next week. I’m really excited to have a blank canvas to transform and there will be plenty of DIY projects as we progress from room to room, more details to come, let the renovation journey begin!

This weekend is another round of ‘Best of the Blogosphere’, each time I’m so inspired by all of the creativity out there, enjoy these spaces and projects ! 

Read the start to finish on this patio makeover complete with pergola and furnishings at SAS Interiors.

patio paradise sasinteriors


Use screen door parts as Chippendale style fretwork panels for a headboard by Lowe’s Creative Ideas.

chippendale headboard


Would you believe this teal blue bathroom vanity was an IKEA Rast dresser in a former life? Look at it now! Via IKEAhackers.

ikea hack vanity


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Kauai Favorites

June 5th, 2014

After sharing the beach cottage vacation rental last week, several of you asked about favorite stops on our visit. Our travel there in May was our fourth visit in the past thirteen years to this particular island of Hawaii and on each trip we’ve had some really great experiences so I thought I’d share them today in case you want to bookmark for a future trip!

kauai favorite things to do

Kauai is “The Garden Isle” and is Matt’s favorite. I love them all equally but he prefers how Kauai is sleepier and less populated than Oahu or Maui, although it has been developed more since when we first visited in 2001. Hollywood loves to film movies here where the beautiful beaches are plentiful and the locals so friendly!

kauai map

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Poipu & The Southern Coast

On all four of our visits over the years we’ve stayed in Poipu in various vacation rentals, it’s sunny and kid friendly at Poipu Beach Park and we love to hang out at Brennecke’s and consume mai tais and sashimi with a view of the beach! Poipu is a great place to just lounge for a few days on a beach with a great book while the kids play in the surf.

kids in kauai

A good restuarant is Keoki’s Paradise (great fish, amazing Hula pie) in the Poipu Shopping Village (lots of free live music and entertainment) across from Kiahuna Plantation (a great place to rent a condo). The Marriott is also on Poipu Beach, various friends have stayed there and recommended it. Splurge on fine dining at The Beach House restaurant (sunset views!).   

Right outside Poipu is old Koloa town, with shopping and art galleries. Don’t miss the sashimi and the best ahi poke at Koloa Fish Market, so delicious and a favorite with the locals too. 

The West Side

Around the west side you can drive up to Waimea Canyon known as the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific” with impressive views on the journey up and also from the top looking down to the sea. 

view of waimea canyon

wiamea canyon


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