PANTONE 17-4123 Niagara
PANTONE 13-0755 Primrose Yellow
PANTONE 14-4620 Island Paradise
PANTONE 13-1404 Pale Dogwood
PANTONE 15-0343 Greenery
PANTONE 17-2034 Pink Yarrow
PANTONE 18-0107 Kale
PANTONE 14-1315 Hazelnut
I’m very excited to update you all on my latest custom design project for a client at the Anaha Tower at the Howard Hughes’ Ward Village. For those of you who are not familiar with Ward Village, the carefully curated neighborhood is being branded Honolulu’s newest contemporary luxury village. Located on 60 acres between the Pacific Ocean and the Ko’olau Mountains, and adjacent to Waikiki and Downtown Honolulu, Ward Village gives the residents and guests of Waiea the all-encompassing community experience. Being one of the lead interior designers for Ward Village’s various residences, I’ve had the great pleasure of working of being able to be a part of the incredible design process of the project
My most recent Ward Village project at the Anaha Tower is one of my most favorite to date. My client asked for layers, texture, drama, sophistication, and a unique touch. With Anaha Tower expected to be completely constructed by mid-2017, I relied on my renderings to allow my client to fully visualize the transformation.
To add a one-of-a-kind, nature-inspired aesthetic, I incorporated a textured wall covering as a mural in the living space to complement the outside view of Diamond Head, and the breathtaking backdrop of the ocean and sky. A desk workspace was added to the living room make the area more multi-functional. To break up the open concept floorplan, I used a floor to ceiling mount spherical lamp as a decorative barrier for the desk space and the lounge and dining area.
In order to bring a good balance of texture and elegance, I furnished the luxury space with a rich navy blue velvet sofa. The bold statement piece combined with the zebra wood coffee table and swivel chairs added a touch of masculine drama. I was sparse with my additional decorative touches on the surfaces and walls in order to not distract from the minimalist modern feel of the rest of the design.
For the dining space, I brought in a Carrara marble top dining table that give a strong earth element to the luxury space. The table top gives the visual effect of it almost floating on top of the acrylic table base. I decorated the dining area with quilted ivory leather accent chairs to maintain the contemporary and sleek aesthetic.
The master bedroom features a Phillip Jeffries grass cloth studded wall covering for texture and the bed resembles a boot as the curved footboard sits upon a raised base. The artwork is made of a mosaic of natural stone and it does an excellent job of tying in the emerald green upholstered headboard. I stuck to an earthy color palette to bring intrigue and balance to the room while also making a statement.
To maintain style with functionality, I decorated the opposing wall with a framed television surrounded with electronic moveable artwork to hide the screen when not in use. Giving an everyday item a decorative upgrade allowed the room to maintain its essence without sacrificing practicality.
The guest bedroom headboard wall is styled in a Phillip Jeffries granite wall covering. The natural element is perfect for establishing a warm neutral base for the room. I added royal blue accents to perfectly complement the stunning view of the Pacific Ocean. The color scheme of the space balances out the calming nature influence as well as the contemporary sleek design.
The white wave textured wall was added as a dramatic contrast to the opposing granite wall. We created a framed wood surround concealing LED lighting for visual interest and the illusion of movement.
Being one of the lead interior designers for Ward Village’s various residences, I’ve had the great pleasure of working of being able to be a part of the incredible design process of the project. This Anaha Tower interior design is a perfect reflection of contemporary sophistication and luxury.
The holidays are incredibly meaningful to my family and me. Spending time with loved ones, late nights listening to our Sinatra favorites by the roaring fire, reminiscing about fond memories, enjoying a fantastic glass of Veuve Clicquot, and cooking all of our much-loved recipes. While these wonderful memories are so meaningful because of the people we share them with, the homes in which they all take place also play a great part in making these times so special. Our environment has a strong affect on how we experience certain moments, specifically on our mood and emotion. Because of the immense impact that our surroundings have on us, it is essential that we consider the elements that go into making our homes an atmosphere that promotes relaxation, intimate gatherings, and festivity this holiday season. With this in mind, I made a quick guide for you to help you achieve the perfect holiday ambiance for your home this Christmas and New Year's celebrations.
Bring In Texture and Color
Texture and color are very important for decorating for the holidays. For texture, think velvets and cozy faux furs. You'll want to choose materials that people want to snuggle up to and touch. Bringing in deep reds and greens or icy blues with silver and gold hues will help you find the perfect Christmas palette for your home.
Set The Mood With Music
The holidays wouldn’t be the same without the musical element. While we often consider visual cues when thinking of interior design, it is important to consider our other senses. Put on your favorite Christmas tunes to lift your spirits and engage your senses. If you are having a more elegant gathering, hire a professional piano player to entertain your guests and give your party the perfect background melody. Many of my most favorite fond Christmas memories are of people gathering around the piano for impromptu caroling into the wee hours of the morning!
Incorporate Your Sense of Smell
Our olfactory sense is one of the strongest triggers of our emotion and memory. If you want to fully immerse your space in the season, add some seasonal candle scents to your room. Inspire mood through scents that speak to you. From more earthy scents like fir and firewood and fresh snow to sweeter aromas like pecan pie and apple cider, there are hundreds of ways to subtly enhance the aroma of your home this season with natural oils and freshly baked goodies.
Find The Perfect Ambient Lighting
The goal of ambient lighting is to set the mood of a room by providing varying levels of lighting. Adjust the lighting level based on the time of day or tone that you would like to create. Soft lighting helps inspire relaxation and intimacy while more bold and bright lights promote energy and alertness. Try different bulbs and shades or even candles to see how the effects feel to you and to determine type of an atmosphere you want to create.
Be Mindful of The Arrangement of Space
Utilize your space by giving your guests rooms to move around and relax without overwhelming them. Placing too much in one room will overcrowd your senses and increase your stress levels. On the other hand, sparsley placed furniture and decor in a room leaves it feeling distant and cold. Style vignettes around common gathering spaces like the fireplace or the dining room table to warm and welcoming environments where people want to spend time. Be mindful of what you include in these spaces because your accessories also make a statement and have a direct affect on your mood. Displaying a candle arrangement on your mantel is conducive to relaxation and warmth. Placing beautiful garlands and other holiday decorations across your table, and throwing warm and cozy textures over your chairs draw people into your space.
Don’t Be Afraid To Personalize Your Decor
One thing I cannot emphasize enough is adding a personal touch to your holiday environment. One year for Christmas, I decorated my tree with peacock feathers. My home felt so festive! I love being able to include a favorite element of each of my family members or an item that inspires each of them into our holiday decor to truly make it our own special space. Styling with decorative elements that each person identifies with will add an air of belonging and character to your home. It’s easy to get lost in the holiday design and forget that your home is a space that is an extension of you. No matter how beautifully your styling turns out, you don’t want your home feeling too unfamiliar, or “staged” and unwelcoming. Not only do personal touches in your home create a sense of belonging and comfort for you, it also does for your cherished family and friends who wish to enjoy the spirit of the season with you!
One of my favorite things about being an interior designer is being able to give my clients the space that they truly want and feel connected with. My recent living room project in St. Louis for some friends turned clients that we met in Hawaii was the perfect example of this.
Charming in its various incarnations, the holiday season is full of festive grandeur, decadent baked goods, family gatherings, and most importantly, stunning interiors. Whether you are a surrounded by a snowy winter wonderland or enjoying the tropical climate, I want you to be able to celebrate this season in beauty and elegance. As an interior designer who understands the significance of travel and nature in design, I want to share with you my holiday interior design guide to help you achieve that one-of-a-kind luxurious holiday home that you’ve always wanted!
When it comes to deciding on your table setting, it is all about establishing the perfect balance between aesthetic and accessibility to create the ultimate entertaining space. Choose your favorite luxury material for a table runner to spruce up your tabletop. Deck out your dining space with elegant, rich, and natural arrangements and centerpieces to complete the look. When decorating, make sure to treat your dining ware as decor. To add elegance and charm to your dining experience, dress up your table with festive crystalware, like my favorite Versace Medusa Lumiere Red Wine Glasses and Decanter, to balance classic style and bold influence. What surrounds your table is equally as important as what is on it. Subtle intricacies like a Persian rug from your recent trip overseas or a bold art centerpiece give your dining room a global one-of-a-kind, holiday look without distracting too much from the seasonal theme.
Make Your Mantel The Focal Point
Atmosphere is everything when it comes to the holiday season. Warm your room with your favorite festive scent to complete the sensory experience of your home. If you’re still searching for the right scent for your space, Jo Malone’s Holiday Collection has some of my absolute favorites! Not only do they smell amazing, they also double as a stylish addition to any room. Frosted Cherry and Clove, Orange Bitters, and Pine & Eucalyptus and are among some of my faves!
Don't Neglect Your Shelves
Although they tend to be overlooked, shelves are the optimal location for creating your very own wintery vignette. Stuck deciding what to put on your shelf? Pair your favorite holiday trinkets with a stack of beautiful festive books or cozy pillows. Pick pieces that emulate the holiday spirit while still remaining elegant. For a bit more of a unique look, add travel pieces to your holiday display to way give your home a high-end global flair.