Home Staging: Turning a House Into a Home in Waikiki

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This past week we pulled off a miracle! We sourced and installed decor for a 538 sq ft condo in less than 48 hours! This gem is located in the heart of Waikiki, literally a block from The International Market Place, and just a 5 min walk to the beach. With tons of natural light and windows, 500 square feet felt open and breezy. We love the modern feminine vibe we pulled into the space and think potential buyers can easily envision themselves living here. Without a doubt, this property is going to go quick!!

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Huge thanks to Allan from Photo Ops Hawaii for comin’ in clutch and documenting it for us on such short notice! I know this is the first of many more homes to come for us in 2019.

xoxo,

Marina

Pantone's Color of the Year 2019: Living Coral

Pantone has announced its 2019 Color of the Year…. * drum roll please * … Living Coral- and we are totally in love! Living Coral is inspired by the ever-changing interactions between nature and technology (more specifically, social media) and the impact it has on our everyday lives.  According to Pantone, Living Coral is a “fusion of modern life” as it “welcomes and encourages lighthearted activity.” Every year Pantone goes through the process of finding new sources of color inspiration in various industries such as entertainment, fashion, travel destinations, new technology, materials, and so on.  So, doing what we do best, we’d like to share some design inspiration and ways that you can incorporate Living Coral into your space or event.

 
 

In spirit of the new year, we’d like to take a walk down memory lane and share you the lounge we created for this Waimea Valley wedding. We love adding a hit of color to your palette by utilizing accent pieces such as Kilim rugs and pillows. They’re also a great way to add some pattern and texture to your design.

 
Coral Halekulani Chair  Photo by Jenny Quicksall

Coral Halekulani Chair Photo by Jenny Quicksall

 
 
King Kamehameha Chair  photo by Betty Globa

King Kamehameha Chair photo by Betty Globa

Rattan Chair  photo by Jenny Quicksall

Rattan Chair photo by Jenny Quicksall

 

SOOO much coral goodness out there… here’s some of our faves!

 
Floral by Ocean Dreamer

Floral by Ocean Dreamer

 
 
Photo by Savan Photography

Photo by Savan Photography

Photo by Ashley Slater Photography

Photo by Ashley Slater Photography

 
 
King Lunalilo Peacock Chair  Photo by Kyle Addison Wright

King Lunalilo Peacock Chair Photo by Kyle Addison Wright

 

We hope this inspires you to try adding a touch of coral to your event or home this year. We’re lovin’ it and excited to play with more color!

xoxo,

The Roam Rentals Crew

Holla for the Holidays: Backyard Holiday Party with Ashley Goodwin

Can you believe it?! Christmas is less than 12 days away! I repeat, christmas is less than 12 days away!!! Although most all is merry and bright during this time of year, let’s be honest and say that the holidays can also be quite chaotic at times too (in a good way)… from gift shopping to attending holiday parties, there’s always something to do! And it’s a whole different story if you’re the one HOSTING the party… from cooking to cleaning and making the house presentable, it can be a lot of pressure! Don’t worry, we’re here to share some party inspiration that you can recreate right in your own backyard. It’s not exactly the most “traditional” in terms of color and decor, but that’s the best thing about it! It’s time to give your guest a whole new party experience. So are you ready? Take a seat and grab a cup of cocoa, we’re about to share with you some highlights from our holiday party with Ashley Goodwin that’ll knock your fuzzy socks off. (Did we mention she hosted AND did the photography?!)

The best thing about smaller backyard parties is that you don’t have to worry about preparing for large amounts of people so there’s more time to focus on detail. Annnnd most importantly, they’re much more intimate and include some of your favorite people. Sometimes less really is more— especially when it comes to decor! This time around we chose a gold, sequined table cloth from The Wedding Linen Company for a festive vibe; it provided the perfect contrast for the rest of our table setting. And although we wish we knew how to fold napkin swans, ain’t nobody got time for that! Instead we focused on color and texture— the dyed blue alongside the bougainvilleas really popped!

If you’re feeling fancy, bring out your favorite cheeses and meats. It’s the perfect finger food for your guests to pick at when warming up for the rest of the festivities. It doesn’t even have to be from a special cheese or meat boutique; pick up one from your local grocery store and set it on a nice platter and you’re good to go! It’s all about presentation!— we won’t tell!

 
 

And of course, what’s a party without a little wine?! Remember how we said it’s all about presentation? The same can be applied to your drink station too! Even without the fancy crystal cups, these tiny present cocktail picks are a party in itself! Keep your guest hydrated with a cute water dispenser as well!

 
 
 
 

As you can see, a little goes a long way when it comes to detail! But really the most important thing about any party is the people you’re with! So don’t forget to relax and just enjoy the moment! It’s not a party unless you’re there too! Or, if you need some help taking the load off when designing your holiday don’t forget to hit us up!! It’s what we’re here for! We’d love to whip up some holiday magic for you!

xoxo,

The Roam Rentals Team

Photography: Ashley Goodwin

Table Linen: The Wedding Linen Company

Specialty Rentals: Roam Rentals

Picture Perfect: Holiday Family Photoshoot with Emily Choy

Let’s just get straight to the point- we recently received the photos from our holiday family photo shoot with Emily Choy and they’ve totally surpassed our expectations! And they’re right on time to send out family holiday cards too! Emily’s mother was gracious enough to open up her home and allow us to set up shop in the living room of her new home.  We brought in some new furniture pieces and even special holiday décor to create a cozy set up.  Every family was utterly adorable and Emily did a fantastic job at capturing each of their unique personalities.  Just take a look for yourself! And just remember: these are REAL families, though they’re so photogenic and could be models for a family magazine!

Did we mention that we had CONFETTI?! Because who doesn’t love a little extra sparkle? We’ve been anticipating the shoot for awhile now and it didn’t disappoint. We brought our our new sofa for the day so happy families like this one could be comfortable and be their natural selves.

Let’s not forget, pets are family too! We love how Emily perfectly captured each family’s unique personality and style throughout the shoot. One thing that remained consistent however, was the love and smiles that everyone had for each other!

Does your family have a special pose or tradition they like to do? Those are always great to get on camera! It was so much fun seeing all the families enjoying each other’s company—we’re so grateful that they allowed us to help capture special moments like these for them!

And might we add, everyone got along so well! There was nothing but smiles the entire day! Moments like these are timeless and we can’t stop looking back on how well everyone’s photos turned out!

We hope you enjoyed these highlights as much as we did! Now that Thanksgiving has passed and Christmas is right around the corner, it’s times like these we really realize how blessed we are to have the people we care about besides us. And even if they’re miles away, there’s still so many ways to connect with them! With the new year approaching, it means that there’s so many opportunities to make new memories and we’d love to help you do it in style! Just shoot us an email—we look forward to meeting you!

xoxo,

The Roam Rentals Team

Backdrop Magic: Inspiration to Transform Any Party With Our Backdrop Wall

It was only a few weeks ago when all of Hawaii welcomed home one of the biggest music sensations—Bruno Mars.  From the moment it was announced that he was performing on Oahu for his 24k tour, it was all anyone was talking about (and really, who could blame them?!).  Now we all know him for his amazing musical talent, but did you know he also has his own rum company? SelvaRey Rum!  Before each concert they had a party to promote the brand and approached us to create a backdrop for the perfect photo opt.  We don’t mean to brag, but we think it turned out pretty amazing! After doing the event, we started to daydream about all the new ways to use our backdrop wall and collected some photos for inspiration.  If you’re planning on hosting a party or event— a backdrop wall is an exciting way to add some personality and get guests talking!

 
Photo Courtesy of  SelvaRey Rum

Photo Courtesy of SelvaRey Rum

 

The great thing about starting with a plain, white wall is that you can do just about anything with it! Some prefer to go for a more minimalistic approach, while others cover it entirely—it’s all up to you!

 
Photo by Unknown

Photo by Unknown

Photo Courtesy of  Abbi Kristen

Photo Courtesy of Abbi Kristen

 

Let us let you in on a little secret— backdrop walls aren’t limited to being only used for backdrops… you can use them for your escort cards as well! Who doesn’t love cute AND functional?! It’s still photogenic enough to be worthy of posting it to IG.

 
Photo Courtesy of  Backup Backdrops

Photo Courtesy of Backup Backdrops

Photo Courtesy of  Backup Backdrops

Photo Courtesy of Backup Backdrops

 

Can’t decide on what your backdrop should be like? Consider the theme of the event or any special interests that are related. Not limited to your favorite foods or hobbies, think about your favorite places to visit, or somewhere that’s on your bucket list and recreate the look!

 
Photo Courtesy of  Backup Backdrops

Photo Courtesy of Backup Backdrops

Photo Courtesy of  Backup Backdrops

Photo Courtesy of Backup Backdrops

 

Now there’s an endless amount of opportunities that we could share with you, but then we’d all be sitting at our computers all day when we should really be out and about bringing our ideas to life instead! At this point you can see for yourself how much of a difference a backdrop can make in adding that finishing touch to your party. So what are you waiting for?! Shoot us an email so together we can create the perfect backdrop for you!

xoxo,

The Roam Rentals Team

Now Trending: Ashley Rose Fall/Winter 2018 Collection

Who here is guilty of putting off holiday gift shopping until the last minute? –don’t worry, you can be honest, we won’t judge! As a matter of fact, we totally understand the struggle. With the end of the year slowly approaching, there’s always so much left to do!  Especially if you have little ones of your own.  You’re already their personal assistant, chauffeur, and cook on a day-to-day basis, the holidays just add to your never-ending list of to-dos. Now you have to worry about holiday performances, activities, parties, AND gift shopping?! “Me time” is already practically non-existent and with the holidays it just seems like an elusive fairy tale. 

This year, we’re here to help. Allow us to introduce to you Ashley Rose Clothing. We were talking with the lovely Ashley herself during a car ride one day and thought it would be cool to team up and have a photo shoot for her for her Fall/Winter ’18 collection! And we have to say, our models were the absolute CUTEST!

 
 

For those of you who have just now discovered her clothing line let us share with you what she’s all about! After moving to Hawaii, Ashley started her business in 2016.  Unlike many businesses who are profit driven, she focuses on building her brand based on mindful consumption and high quality products and recognizes the importance of our relationship with the community and environment.  You can read more about her story here!

 
 

We did our best to make everything look picture-perfect for this special day! To capture the moodier vibes of fall and winter we brought out our Emerald Velvet Sofa. Bonus: the extra comfy cushions and soft velvet were ideal for the little ones. To add a pop of color we layered our Round Jute Rug over the Indian Chindi Rug!

One great aspect about her products is that certain pieces are gender neutral! Which means, you no longer need to worry about finding those matching outfits for family photos (and everyone looks great!).

We were already fond of the banana leaf design on our pillows –but these adorable banana leaf outfits have made us fall in love all over again!

The nice thing about her pieces such as the Frankie Romper, is that they can be worn in any type of weather! Either wear it on it’s own during warmer weather, or over a layer or two when it’s chilly out!

Are you sold yet?! If you’re still on the fence, if you sign up for her newsletter you receive a 15% discount on your first purchase! And because it’s online you don’t even have to leave the comfort of your home! We wish we could get a few of these pieces for ourselves!

xoxo,

The Roam Rentals Team

Special Thanks to Our Dream Crew:

Photography: Gabriella Katalin

Specialty Rentals: Roam Rentals

Florals: The Happy Haku

Clothing Designs: Ashley from Ashley Rose Clothing

End the Year in Style: 6 weeks left to book up some magic!

This past week has been craaaaazy! (in a good way!)  If you’ve been keeping up with our Instagram stories, you’ve seen that we’ve had multiple back-to-back events and our team was constantly on the go! But now that it’s come to an end, we know there’s so much more to create before 2019. With just six weeks left in 2018 we’d like to end the year with a BANG and we hope you’re eager to do the same. 

With that said, if you have any events or photo shoots planned and still need some finishing details, now’s the time to book with us! Our spots are quickly filling up so act fast!  From family or personal portraits, vow renewals, weddings, corporate events, home staging, and brand activations—we do it all! If you still need some convincing, check out some highlights from our past work!

 
Photo By:  Alexis Foust

Photo By: Alexis Foust

Photo By:  Alexis Foust

Photo By: Alexis Foust

Photo By:  Alexis Foust

Photo By: Alexis Foust

 

Take a look at this happy family! We were so fortunate to have been invited to take part in helping Erica and Noz on the day of their wedding vow renewals.  In celebration we created an intimate low seating area with all things macramé!

 
Photo By:  Ashley Goodwin

Photo By: Ashley Goodwin

Photo By:  Ashley Goodwin

Photo By: Ashley Goodwin

Photo By:  Ashley Goodwin

Photo By: Ashley Goodwin

 

Or how about this rad lounge we did for Reiko and Brandon’s reception?! We were really feeling the “ALOHA” spirit with the signage from Mood Events! The entire set up was the perfect photo op. We still go back at this memory and smile!

 
Photo By:  Emily Turner

Photo By: Emily Turner

 
 
Photo By:  Emily Turner

Photo By: Emily Turner

Photo By:  Emily Turner

Photo By: Emily Turner

 

Let’s not forget about this whimsical love bird photo shoot we put together with Love Letter Weddings! We love how well the colors contribute the the overall happy vibes.

 
Photo By:  Sarah Jual

Photo By: Sarah Jual

Photo By:  Sarah Jual

Photo By: Sarah Jual

Photo By:  Sarah Jual

Photo By: Sarah Jual

 

We hope by this point we’ve got you convinced! If you’re interested in working with us, shoot us an email at hello@roamrentalshawaii.com and feel free to send us over a link to your Pinterest or photos for your vision! Curious to see more of our past work? Keep scrolling to check out the rest of our blog! You’ll see that we’ve done a variety of shoots and styles and we’re always willing to expand our horizons and try something new. Here’s a not so secret-secret: if you sign up for our newsletter, you’ll receive a FREE copy of our look book! How cool is that?! We look forward to working with you!

xoxo,

The Roam Rentals Team

Love That Lasts a Lifetime: Kailua Wedding Vow Renewals

Real Talk—relationships aren’t easy. They’re a full-time commitment that requires a lot of work and effort.  But like anything else in life, if you’re passionate about it and love the person you’re sharing the experience with, eventually all your efforts will pay off and it’ll all be worth it in the end. When it comes to the topic of weddings, many envision the day of—the glitz and glamour, smiling faces, and abundance of love. But we don’t often stop to think about the journey to that moment or what happens afterwards. For many, getting married is a huge milestone in life—at this point you’ve leveled up and are no longer in the “dating” stage—you’ve found your partner for life. But as great as it may seem, there comes a time where you can get stuck in a rut and your relationship needs another jump start.  Wedding vow renewals are a common way for couples to breathe new life into their marriage and remember all of the reasons why they’ve chosen each other; for others it’s an opportunity to celebrate the wedding they’ve never had, or simply to celebrate surviving with each other for so long! After years of dating Roxanne and Allan decided to renew their wedding vows and proved to us that true love really does exist.

When we had our first phone call with Roxanne, she mentioned booking with Ashley Goodwin and as a personal bff/friendor as I call her… we were down for whatever she had in mind. Ashley threw out the idea to have us stay and help style details with her to spiffy up their airbnb rentals and the result was pretty freaking magical. We both love styling at shoots and creating fun content together so we had a blast foraging the blooms in the backyard and creating vignettes for her photos.

 
 

Pamakane of Ocean Dreamers added the perfect pop of vibrant colors with her floral creations!

 
 
 
 

Sometimes it’s the small things that count—instead of using our usual furniture, we utilized the patio couches that were already installed at the location. We spiffed up the space by adding different pillows and a kilim rug to bring the entire look together.

And what’s a celebration without cake?! Who would’ve guessed that a cake could be this pretty?!

 
 

So there you have it— although the journey to finding and maintaining love isn’t always the smoothest, there’s never a wrong time to try and turn things around! It may not be immediate, but where you put the effort is where you’ll see the results! So let’s take this moment to celebrate how far you’ve come! We’re always excited to join in and help make your journey memorable!

xoxo,

The Roam Rentals Team

Special thanks to our Dream Team:

Photographer: Ashley Goodwin

Specialty Rentals: Roam Rentals

Florals: Pamakane of Ocean Dreamers

3 Ways to Style Our New Mid-Century Lilikoi Sofa & Chair

Throughout the year we are constantly on the hunt for new pieces of furniture to add to our collection.  Recently, we picked-up two new lilikoi yellow mid-century modern pieces and we’re so in love.  Yellow just so happens to be one of our favorite colors and the great thing about this particular shade is that it works with just about any design.  Since we’ve gotten it, we’ve been dreaming up so many new ways of how it could be used.  And if you’re a Pinterest enthusiast like we are, then you’ll understand the fun of daydreaming through all the inspiration that you come across.  We’re so excited and didn’t want to keep these great designs all to ourselves—keep reading to learn more about how to add some color to your style with our newest pieces!

 
 

1. Mid-Century Everything
Architectural Digest characterizes mid-century designs based on it’s organic influences, simple forms, and democratic detailing. The style often works because of its clean lines and it’s bold use of colors and accents. If you want to learn more about the style, feel free to check out our previous blog post here.

 
Photo Courtesy Of:  Brittni Mehlhoff

Photo Courtesy Of: Brittni Mehlhoff

 

Here’s how to achieve the look:
-Lilikoi mid-century sofa & Orange side tables- For that pop of color—after all, yellow is the happiest of colors.
-Mid-century love seat & Mid-century coffee table
-Jute rug & banana leaf pillows- Tie the entire set up together with a touch of some personality.

 
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2. Jungalow Style
Like mid-century designs, jungalow style also features a various uses of bright colors.  In addition to this, the Decorist also refers to its incorporation of patterns, plants, and global accents. Though the concept may seem a bit intimidating with the boldness of every color and pattern, it’s all about taking the time to find just the right pieces!

 
Photo Courtesy Of: Kat from  Housewife Confidential

Photo Courtesy Of: Kat from Housewife Confidential

Photo Courtesy Of:  Oldbrandnew

Photo Courtesy Of: Oldbrandnew

 

Be bold and give it a try:
-Lilikoi mid-century sofa—the perfect way to incorporate color to your design.
-Kilim pillows—get that “global accent” box checked off as well- many of our Kilim rugs & pillows are handmade and hand-dyed in Turkey.
-Modern rattan side chairs & Rattan side tables.
-Rattan Peacock Chair
-Diamond Moroccan Shag Rug

 
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3. Fresh & Modern
Not to be confused with mid-century modern designs, modern styles perfectly achieve a minimalist design with more neutral colors.  Though its lines are clean and crisp, its use of asymmetrical pieces add some personality to the entire look. In its visual graphic laying out the characteristics of a modern look, the Fresh Home suggests that modern designs are great for smaller spaces as it amplifies the illusion of having more space.

 
Photo Courtesy Of: Unknown

Photo Courtesy Of: Unknown

 

Freshen up your current living space:
-Lilikoi mid-century sofa & Pink Mid-Century Accent Chair —although yellow tends to be more of a brighter, bold color—it’s all about finding the right shade!
- Mud-cloth pillows & throw (for bonus points layer the mud cloth throw over a jute rug)
-Light pink pillows, cream pillows, & white moroccan pouf
-Hair-pin wood side table—for that asymmetrical accent piece.

 
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So there you have it, three different ways to style the same yellow sofa. Get creative with what you already have available! As you go through the rest of your week look around and observe what type of pieces or furniture that catches your eye! If you’re in need for some inspiration, head to our Pinterest! We’re always searching for and sharing innovative new ways to incorporate new designs into what we do!

xoxo,

Marina

You've Got Me Hooked: A Wedding Wish Come True at the Kahaluu Fish Pond

Though there’s plenty of fish in the sea, not every one is meant to be together. That’s why when you do find someone who’s meant for you, remember hold on tight and never let them go. Being in the industry, we’re fortunate enough to be invited to share some of the most special moments with our clients. It always melts our hearts to see couples like Lauren & Mark who are head-over-heels smitten for one another. Created and designed by yours truly, seeing everything come together after months of planning really had me feeling grateful for this Hawaiian life I get to live. After seeing all of the beautiful moments from that night, you’ll understand why we’re so caught up on it!

 
 

Even after the day has passed, June Conchran has us swooning all over again with every amazing photo she’s taken.

Work never feels like work if you’re doing what you love and collaborating alongside some of your favorite people.  Pacific Party Rentals & Accel Rentals ensured that every guest’s dining experience was one to remember.

 
 
 
 

As usual, Passion Roots worked her magic and provided the florals. She even managed to glam up our large rattan pendant lanterns! They’ve never looked better! The Farmer’s Daughter team installed it all to display for everyone!

 
 

And featuring what we do best, we created a cozy little lounge for the special day. We decided to go with a modern-bohemian design featuring both of our peacock chairs and white rattan sofas.

Inspired by a wish lantern festival that they were invite to on the Irrawaddy River in Mayanmar, the couple wanted to have a one of their own to share with their guests.  Instead typical paper lanterns, the couple got creative and used coconut shells to carry the wishes instead.  The lanterns symbolized good luck and letting go of one’s worries and were released on the Kahaluu Fishpond during the night.

To those of you who have already found their special someone— congrats! For those of you who are still out there fishing— just remember, patience is a virtue! Once you’ve found your person and are ready to start planning your big day—don’t forget to reach out to us! We’d LOVE to help make all your wishes come true! Happy Aloha Friday!

xoxo,

Marina

Special thanks to our Dream Team:

Design & Coordination: Marina Tolentino- Bustle Events

Venue: Kahaluu Fishpond

Photography: June Cochran

Specialty Rentals: Roam Rentals

Event Tent: Pacific Party Rentals

Specialty Tableware: Accel Events

Florals: Passion Roots

Floral Installations: Farmer’s Daughter

Tying the Double Knot: A Kualoa Ranch Wedding

If you’ve grown up with siblings or really  (I mean really) close friends, then you’ll understand the love-hate struggles of getting along. It seems that everywhere you turn, they’re always right there in your personal space.  From every “EW, don’t touch me!” to “Hey, that’s MINE!” one thing’s for sure—at the end of the day they’re still one of your best friends.  As we grow older, we begin to realize they’ve seen us through every high and low- and despite it all, they’re in it for the long haul.  After all, they are our siblings so they’re pretty much stuck with us—but it’s actually a pretty amazing thing (it’s up to you if you want to admit it out-loud though).   For Bailey and Gibby, the two sisters decided to expand their bond and came together for a spectacular double wedding at Kualoa Ranch!

 
 

Getting to the wedding was an adventure in itself; guests were taken in a canoe across the way to get to the venue.  And let’s face it, it was perfect for a mini photoshoot too! The Absolutely Loved team did an amazing job at capturing every heartfelt moment.

 
 
 
 

To help their guests become better acquainted with the island, they had a cute, yet beautiful map printed.  Don't worry, all of the important places were included.  I spy a dinosaur ready to say it’s wedding vows.… 

 
 

When it came time for the ceremony, this lucky father got to walk both his daughters down the isle! The great thing about a double wedding is that it also means double the love!

 
 

After both knots had been tied, a lovely waterfront dinner was served.  We love how simple, yet elegant the entire setup turned out. 

 
 
 
 

In between all of the excitement, guests were able to escape for a moment and take sometime to themselves at our lounge area. There’s something about having an all white rattan setup that makes everything so much more relaxing.

Our favorite from this wedding was our teepee low seating area! (There were two!) We were able to get creative with the Event Accents team— it was definitely different from anything we’ve done before and such a fun way to capture the boho vibes!

 
Teepee (Event Accents),  Silver Tray Top Side Table ,  Kauai Kilim Rug ,
Pillows & Textile Rugs ,  Tan Moroccan Pouf  &  Low Indian Stools , Peacock Chairs (Ambient Rentals)

Pillows & Textile Rugs, Tan Moroccan Pouf & Low Indian Stools, Peacock Chairs (Ambient Rentals)

 

So what can we say? Despite the times we tell our siblings to “get away”—they truly are one of the best people to have around. Moments like the one Bailey and Gibby shared is proof that having a sibling is actually pretty great.

xoxo,

Marina

Special Thanks to our Dream Team:

Photography- Absolutely Loved

Venue- Kualoa Ranch

Specialty Rentals- Roam Rentals

Other Rentals- Ambient Rentals

A 2018 Design Trend You Need to Know

At the beginning of 2018 Pinterest introduced it’s new “it” color and it’s been silently taking over both the runway and interior home designs. The reason why you probably haven’t quite noticed it is because it has become the new replacement for more neutral colors.  Have you guessed what it is yet? It’s sage green! According to the Pinterest 100, saves for the color have increased by 170%. Don’t worry if the shade isn’t quite the right color for you, green is a versatile color with a wide range of shades to choose from.  If you’re looking for new ways to incorporate the trend and add some color in your life, don’t worry we’ve got you covered.  We’ve compiled a few ways to incorporate this beauty of a hue into your next event or home décor!

 
Photo Courtesy of  IKEA Livet Hemma

Photo Courtesy of IKEA Livet Hemma

Photo Courtesy of  Loga Agaton

Photo Courtesy of Loga Agaton

 

If you want to go for bold and go for an extreme make over, try a statement wall and repaint your living room.  Be one-step ahead with Décor-Aid’s 2019 color of the year- coined night watch green.  We just love how well it flows with the unique, modern furniture pieces.

 
Source Unkown

Source Unkown

 

Or who would’ve thought that kitchen tiles could look THIS good?! The use of wooden shelves and even potted plants gives the entire room a new breath of life!

 
Photo Courtesy of  Danae Horst

Photo Courtesy of Danae Horst

 

If you’re not entirely sure about any huge changes in your life, start with the small things.  A new rug or velvet couch in your living space is a good place to start!

 
Photo Courtesy of  Minimalist Home

Photo Courtesy of Minimalist Home

Photo Courtesy of  DelightFULL

Photo Courtesy of DelightFULL

 

Make everyone green with envy and incorporate green into the color palette for your wedding day! A simple tablecloth can make for an exquisite dining area! We always love to use our emerald green velvet couch when given the opportunity. It makes for a lavish, yet relaxing lounge area.

 
Photo Courtesy of  Rae Marshall

Photo Courtesy of Rae Marshall

 

You could even break tradition and choose a green dress for the bride or her bridesmaids. Green heels can also elevate your entire look!

 
Photo Courtesy of  Green Wedding Shoes — Mike  Cassimatis

Photo Courtesy of Green Wedding Shoes— Mike Cassimatis

Photo Courtesy of  Rae Marshall

Photo Courtesy of Rae Marshall

 

There are SO MANY creative ways to add a little color to your life! If you need help getting started and need a little inspiration, you could always check out our Pinterest here. Or if it’s for any special event, feel free to reach out, we’d love to chat more with you about your creative vision! We’re always keeping an eye out for what’s up and coming and we hope you’re along for the journey!

xoxo,

Marina

Blooming Love in the Concrete Jungle: Modern Wedding Inspiration at Kaka'ako Agora

Located in the heart of Honolulu, Kaka’ako is the playground for every hipster.  Although it may not seem like much at first, look a little closer and you’ll see an array of various murals along each building side amongst the warehouses.  Every mural showcases each artist’s unique personality & inspires those who see it to create their own art.  Given its modern aesthetic, it made the perfect landscape for a mid-century modern, bohemian photo shoot. Together with photo magic of Gabriella Katalin, we were able show off our creative passion at the Kaka’ako Agora. This lovely little video by Pono Grace captured all the magic of that day.

 
 

Every photo Gabriella Katalin highlighted the strengths of everyone involved and their hard work.  We’re grateful that Nouba’s’ blog took notice of this well and featured the entire thing here!

 
 

The kick-off to any amazing wedding are the invitations.  It sets the mood for your wedding before it even starts and gets guests excited for the big day ahead.  JiwaJiwa Press created the perfect invitations to do just that. Though simple, the inside of the envelope adds personality with some fun yellow and black marble designs!

 
 

Whik’d Hair and Makeup took control and ensured that both our bride and groom were picture perfect. Speaking of the bride, she looked absolutely gorgeous in her dress designed by Rue De Seine from Magnolia White Bridal Salon.

 
 

Okika Floral took care of the rest and made everything pretty by adding the vibrant colors of the floral arrangements.  We love how the palm leaves and other foliage frame our peacock chairs; or how the bright orange antheryums and orchids contrast with the simple, yet chic dining setting with copper accent details.

And don’t forget about the cake! This lovely cake perfectly accentuated our small mid-century cake table.  Sometimes less really is more!

Although it’s been a hot minute since this photoshoot, we still can’t get over how everything turned out! (We still watch the video often, it just captures the entire vibe so well!). And with 2018 slowly coming to a close, we’re excited for what the new year has in store for us!

xoxo,

Marina

Special thanks to our Dream Team:

Planning/Design/Coordination: Yours truly for Bustle Events

Photography: Gabirella Katalin

Videography: Pono Grace

Wedding Stationery: JiwaJiwa Press

Hair & makeup: Whik’d Hawaii

Specialty Rentals: Roam Rentals

Photo Booth: Kii Booth

Dress: Magnolia White

Suit: Zara

The Local's Guide to Oahu by Guest Blogger April Cheng

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of connecting with April at an entrepreneur meet up. We instantly went deep diving into all chatter small business and dreams for our brands and I knew right away she’s be an awesome guest blogger for our tribe! She runs a successful travel agency out of Honolulu and links people up with some amazing deals and itineraries for both locals and honeymooners all over the world. Our family is taking our first trip to Osaka this winter and she put together a super fun, toddler friendly schedule that took all the stress of booking hotels, travel, tickets off my shoulders and we scooped up some major savings!

Both family and clients are frequently asking us the best places to visit when on island, and while we love to share our faves, I thought it would be fun to share tips from the travel pro herself. Enjoy!

April says, when you live in Hawaii, you are automatically a tour guide to one of the most famous places in the world! Since our company, TravelChic World, is based in Oahu, we have your “Locals Guide to Oahu” for all visitors traveling to the “gathering” island. Visit these locations to experience Oahu at its best.

 
Photo by Elana Loo

Photo by Elana Loo

 
  1. Waikiki

One of the most famous beaches in the world, with a ton of shopping and restaurants to satisfy any want, need or desire.

 
Photo By:  Edmun Garman

Photo By: Edmun Garman

 

 2. Diamond Head

This spectacular state monument trail, “takes you to the edge of a 300,000 year old crater. While the hike isn’t that long in terms of distance, it can be somewhat challenging due to its ascent. Parts of the trail are over uneven rock, and the 99 steps near the end of the hike are steep. Also, the only water fountains are at the beginning of the trail, so you’ll want to bring a water bottle or bottled water to stay hydrated” (hawaiistateparks.org).

Our advice, arrive early in the morning before the crowds hit, bring water, wear a hat and put on your sunscreen and prepare for beautiful views of South Oahu.

Visit the Hawaii State Parks website for more info.

 
Photo By:  All Trails

Photo By: All Trails

 

3. Shave Ice

It’s not shaved, it’s shave ice. Cool down with different flavor syrups after a surf session or hiking.

Our favorite spot, Waiola Shave Ice, right by Waikiki. (Marina’s fave is creamsicle or matcha flavors with mochi and ice cream inside!)

 
Photo By:  @ieatsf

Photo By: @ieatsf

 

4. Malasadas

A donut-like dough deep fried with sugar or filled with any filing or flavor you can imagine.

Our favorite spot, Leonard’s Bakery.

 
Photo By:  @justheretoeat

Photo By: @justheretoeat

 

5.  Pearl Harbor and USS Arizona

Visit this historical site and pay your respects to those who lost their lives on this faithful day on December 7, 1941.

 
 

 

6. Iolani Palace

The only palace in the United States, Iolani Palace is rich with Hawaiian history of the royal family. (Roam Rentals agrees this is a must see to learn something about Hawaii beyond the luaus and mai tais!)

 
Photo By:  Grace J. Silla

Photo By: Grace J. Silla

 

7. Lanikai

One of the most famous beaches in the world, Lanikai beach is located in Kailua. There are tons of small local shops and eateries that represent the east-side vibe of Oahu.

 
Photo By:  Lauren Masden

Photo By: Lauren Masden

Photo By:  Lauren Masden

Photo By: Lauren Masden

 

8. Haleiwa

Located on the North Shore of Oahu, this is the perfect place to experience a little bit of old Hawaii. Take a picture with the famous Haleiwa sign before you enter the town.

 
Photo By:  Christie Kanani

Photo By: Christie Kanani

Photo By:  Christie Kanani

Photo By: Christie Kanani

 

 9. Kahuku Shrimp

Large shrimp farms are situated in this small area of Oahu. Eat the freshly caught shrimp with garlic and white rice and chili oil. Simply onolicious!

 Our favorite spot, Romy’s Shrimp Truck. Get there early!

 
 

 10. Dole Plantation

Did you know pineapples grow from the ground? A lot people assume they grow from trees, but when you visit Dole Plantation, you will see how they grow from the ground up, and the different stages of a pineapple before it reaches the ripe stage to be eaten. Cool down and enjoy pineapple dole whip, a soft served frozen treat.

 
Photo By:  @linnyxvx

Photo By: @linnyxvx

 

 11. Luau

Want to experience the Hawaiian culture in one day? Visit Germaine’s Luau and eat Hawaiian food and experience local entertainment at its best. 

 
 

Written by TravelChic World, your go-to travel agency with a personalized touch. We specialize in personalized and customized itineraries around the world and of course, Hawaii. Visit us at www.travelchicworld.com.

Feeling out of the Blue: Wedding Inspiration at the Royal Hawaiian Golf Course

I don’t know about you, but I’m beginning to think that the term “feeling blue” isn’t such a bad thing after all!  Though the origin of the term may not be for certain, we’d like to make it a challenge and redefine what it really means.  After all, there are so many wonders in this world that are blue—the sky, ocean, sapphires, our wedding photo shoot with Rae Marshall, and the list goes on!  As a matter of fact, not only does the photo shoot at the Royal Hawaiian Golf Course redefine what it means to be blue, it’s also a refreshing twist on your traditional bohemian style. We’re not the only one’s who seem to think so either, we also got featured on Confetti Daydreams! The entire shoot was envisioned and coordinated by Rae Marshall who approached us for a lounge area, making the entire process a breeze!

 
 

When it comes to your special day you’re definitely going to want to share it with the people you care about.  Thus, the importance of invitations! As always, these handwritten invitations are perfectly done by Anna Claire Calligraphy; every stroke is elegantly looped and placed.

 
 

The dining area curated by Accel Event Rentals makes sure that everyone dines in style!

 
 

Erika from Perfectly Made Hawaii helped make our models look good and feel good.  Jeff Alencastre from Concepts by Jeff added a touch of life by incorporating a pop of magenta and pinks into the floral arrangements!   

 
 

We had so much fun designing and creating the outdoor lounge area! Unlike the typical brown peacock chair, we decided to go with all white furniture to keep it classy! It’s the perfect way to enjoy the outdoors and take in the natural beauty of the golf course. Fun fact: our pillows are specially sourced hand-dyed and hand-embroidered batik fabric from Thailand! Being able to find unique new pieces from various places are what make doing what we do so enjoyable!

 
Lounge  Seating ,  Tables , and  Textiles

Lounge Seating, Tables, and Textiles

 

As you can see, being blue doesn’t have to be all that bad! It’s all a matter of perspective and how you decide to add color to the things you do in life! We’re always more than happy to help you find the right furniture and pieces to incorporate a little color into your big day so don’t hesitate to reach out! Happy Friday!

xoxo,

Marina

Special thanks to our dream team:

Photographer: Rae Marshall

Calligraphy: Anna Claire Calligraphy

Dining Area: Accel Rentals

Florist: Jeff Alencastre— Concepts by Jeff

Hair/Makeup: Erika— Perfectly Made Hawaii

Dress Designers: Gypsy Bride

Specialty Rentals: Roam Rentals

Venue: Royal Hawaiian Golf Course