The Nailhead Trend

A traditional design that goes back over 400 years is still getting a ton of attention.  Since its appearance in the 17th century, we’ve seen it all over- in all works of furniture, decor, and even fashion.  And trust us when we say it is not tacky.

It’s actually… nailheads.

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The nailhead trend was introduced primarily in upholstered furniture as a practical way for craftsmen to secure fabric or leather to the wooden frame.  Trims such as gimp were also added beneath the nails to conceal tacked upholstery.  Attention to detail is important as craftsmen need to ensure each nail head is perfectly spaced.  The first puncture of the nailhead is vital to avoid damaging the upholstery.  Think, the timeless Chesterfield sofa.

Today we see nailhead and rivets as decorative elements, evoking history and allure in any piece.  From modern to traditional design styles, it is no longer just for upholstery. The nailhead trim can be seen in occasional tables, headboards, dressers, and other accent furniture.  It gives definition to the shape, texture and color of the piece, accentuating the space.

 

Here’s some of our lineup from Red Knot:

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Aren’t they absolutely stunning?  It’s no wonder decorative nailheads continue to be a growing trend in the furnishings industry.  It’s an extra detail that makes a statement, adding glamour with a little bit of edge.

So if you want your furniture to be a stud, go nail ’em.

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Fancy Lights

At Red Knot we lo-ove accessories!

Our trendy buying team makes it a point to find fun accessories at market.  It’s no surprise when one day, our showrooms were filled with the latest, jaw-droppingly-gorgeous-but-not-over-the-top-conversation-starter-and-too-pretty-to-use lighting accessories ever seen at Red Knot.

A post last March introduced the basics of lighting.  Today, we’re taking it up a notch, sharing with you some of our “superlights”.  These are our lighting accessories currently in the limelight.  We’re talking F-A-N-C-Y, fancy– (but you already know).  

Let us introduce to you…

…The Glamorous One

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Ladies, your dream has come true.  A stylish “chandelier” lamp without the weight and cost of the real one!  This pendant lamp screams glamour and chic with three tiers of cascading silver loops.  Hang it over your bed or vanity, and it brings out your inner diva.  You were born to be a superstar!

…The Thomas Edison(s)

RedKnot_ThomasEdisonLightsA nod to the man who developed the first commercially successful lightbulb, these Thomas Edison lights are our most recognized designs.  Perfect for those who want a part of history in their home, or to add a trace of antiquity in a nominal way.   Also great to have around for anyone looking for inspiration or ideas.  Don’t you just love those lightbulb aha! moments?

…The Flowerburst

RedKnot_HangingLight3Literally, a burst of floral polypropylene cutouts.  The multi-layer cutouts create a burst of white floral fringe.  Extraordinarily detailed and unique, we have never seen anything like it.  Putting it together was well quite… perplexing…however the end result is breathtaking.

…The Blind Moon

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Did you know that a circle can be made of straight lines?  The circular shape consists of ribbons, made with plastic similar to window blinds, which are layered and interlocked to create an intricate sphere.  This contemporary linear sphere pendant light brings a unique take on the moon shape we are naturally familiar with.  Hence, the blind moon, get it? ;P

…The Weathered Element

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There’s something about the nature of an element such as hydrargyrum (in layman’s term Hg, or quicksilver a.k.a mercury) that can bring character into a space. Vintage yet stunning, this mercury glass table lamp features a crackled metallic finish.   Trust us on this, what you see is not rust.

…The Crystal Snowballs

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These sphere lamps could also be called “the disco balls”, but boring ones without all the fun colors, so maybe not.  It reminded us primarily of snowballs, which is so much better, because you know, in Hawaii snow and building a snowman is what we wish we had as part of our childhood. Oh Elsa, we just can’t let it go.

….The Artist’ ScrollRedKnot_SatinLamps

This beautiful lamp features elaborate gold print on a drum shade.  If henna tattoos and Victorian damask print had a baby, this artwork will be it.  The candlestick base is painted white with a crystal glass finish for an elegant touch.  We have no problem of letting this one just sit there looking oh-so-pretty.

Lastly, we can’t leave this final one hanging… (yes, pun intended 🙂 )

The Honorable Mention…RedKnot_HangingGlobe

Only the most creative mind can appreciate this thing of beauty. The globe metal sphere hangs like a boss, adding a point of interest in any room it is placed in.  You can place any chandelier, candelabras, or pendant light, of your choice as size allows within the sphere.  This globe sphere has been widely used in different spaces for residential, retail and commercial space.  The most popular placement is the dining room!

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Image Sources – pinterest.com, Google Images, ourlifeeclectic.blogspot.com, overstock.com, foter.com

What do you think of our new lighting accessories?  Did we light up your world? 😉

2016 Pantone Color(s) of the Year

(Belated) Happy New Year, everyone!  It’s been two weeks into the new year and we hope that you are having a fantastic 2016 so far!

With so many exciting new developments within our stores, 2016 is dubbed as the year of “change”.  Through innovation and continuous improvement, this year we are going to have a lot of new and exciting ventures to look forward to.

Speaking of “change” and “exciting” things, in regards to design, the new year calls for a fresh new hue by the world’s color authority, Pantone.   Last year we were introduced to the color Marsala.  This year, for the first time in history, Pantone announced not just one, but two colors of the year, Rose Quartz and Serenity.  Yep, twins!

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Rose Quartz and Serenity are shades of light pink and light blue.  A unisex palette, the colors were selected as a response to our societal movement towards gender equality.  Pantone explained that selecting two colors challenged traditional perceptions about color association.  The colors offer a touch of sophistication and relaxation.

“Joined together Rose Quartz and Serenity demonstrate an inherent balance between a warmer embracing rose tone and the cooler tranquil blue reflecting connection and wellness as well as a soothing sense of order and peace.” – Leatrice Eisemen Executive Director, Pantone Color Institute.

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In home decor they make great accent colors in dark or light colored rooms.  They can also bring a rustic farmhouse look when paired with gray.  If you’re feeling beachy, rose quartz and serenity can create a soft feeling of sunset on the beach.  I’ve seen them, and pink sunsets are one of the most beautiful works of nature.  

The colors are unassuming and as a pair brings an essence of inner peace and tranquility –  vital factors in creating your home sweet home.

What do you think of Rose Quartz and Serenity?

(Photo Sources: sephora.com, hairstyles-expert.com, allmodern.com, imgmodels.com, lookastic.com, imagelab, resourcefurniture.com, ethanallan.com, freytagsflorist.com)

 

T’was the night before Christmas…

…..and all through Red Knot,
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse
The stockings were hung by the office with care
In hopes that Kanakaloka (Hawaiian Santa) will soon be there…

*****

May your Christmas sparkle
with love and laughter,
and we hope you experience 
all of the sweet magic,
with your family and loved ones
this Holiday Season!

 – From your friends here at Red Knot

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Team Red Knot (L-R): Shawn Esteves, Jake Javier, Rogi Ramil, Honey Millon, Alex Takeda, Stephanie Vierra, Micah Eugenio, Tobias Vidaurri, Anson Barron

 

To Sectional or Not to Sectional

– that is the question.

For most furniture shoppers, this is one of the most common questions one ponders before finalizing their living room seating of choice.   Different factors come into play when making this decision such as looks, size, room layout, comfort, lifestyle and personal preference.

Let’s take a crash course on sectionals – defining common terminologies and identifying their pros and cons.  When we’re done you’ll be well on your way into making the right decision to sectional or not to sectional.

SECTIONAL 101

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sectional
[sek-shuh-nl]
n. a sofa composed of several independent sections that can be arranged individually or in various combinations.
(www.dictionary.com)

Sectionals come in a variety of shapes- L-shape, U-shape, or semi-circular.

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In regards to design, there are two types – stationary and modular.  Stationary sectionals are the most common. They are a set shape, and are locked in place by hooks or latches. The pieces cannot be separated besides for moving purposes.  Modular sectionals have pieces with finished edges, offering endless configurations and each section can be setup as a standalone piece.  They are basically big comfy lego blocks.

BASIC LINGO
Chaise – An extra long seat offering full leg room (great for lounging)
Corner Chair – A sectional piece that looks like a wedge intended in to be placed in a corner
Armless Chair – A single seat sectional piece with no arms
Ottoman – A footstool without arms or back. Primarily used as a footstool but in modular sectionals can be used as a seat or table.
RAF – (Right Arm Facing) When facing the piece or section, your arm is on the right. i,e. RAF chaise means the chaise is on the right when you are looking at it.
LAF – (Left Arm Facing), opposite of RAF 😉

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Photo by Rogi Ramil, Red Knot Aiea

PROS
*Multiple seating looks cozy and inviting.
*Creates a nice setup to watch television without craning your neck (having a sofa and loveseat will do that to ya!)
*Offers lots of room not only for the whole family but also for guests and entertaining.
*The chaise is a great place for lounging, cuddling, sleeping and videogam-ing. 🙂

CONS
*Some sectionals (stationary) only have one configuration, which limits future rearranging plans.
*They can take up a lot of room visually and physically.
*The stationary sectionals also limit furniture add-ons.
*The wedge and corner seats can be awkward.

SOME QUESTIONS TO CONSIDER:
*Does my space allow for the size and flexibility of a sectional?
*Where is it going and what will it be used for? (Family room? Parties?)
*How many people do you need to accommodate?
*Am I planning on moving homes in the near future?

So now the last question is … sectionals – yay! or nay?

8 Things We Are Thankful For

Oh my how has the year flown by!

It’s already Thanksgiving, one of our favorite holidays of the year!  Not just because of the food, festivities and the biggest shopping day Black Friday, but mainly because it is a time to reflect and be thankful.  It is a day we spend with friends and family and eat (and drink) way more than we can handle.

Thanksgiving is a day when we stop and take a moment to realize how truly blessed we are.

At Red Knot, we continue to be thankful.  For every thing Red Knot.  From our families within the different departments, our sisters stores and parent company C. S. Wo & Sons, Ltd., to our vendors and manufacturers, and of course to our loyal customers.  Thank you.

Thank you for allowing us to continue to not only make a difference, but also to enhance your lives through our passion of providing the very best home furnishing service.   

Of course we can’t do this without some of our magnificent lineup.  To continue our yearly “tradition” of sharing our current Red Knot favorites for this year, here are some things we are thankful for.

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HESTER COFFEE TABLE SET
“Our new Hester Coffee Table Set has become one of my absolute favorites since the day it arrived on the floor! This piece starts off as a coffee table with four storage ottomans and transforms into a dining table with just the press of a button. With its maximum functionality and comfortable style, this piece is perfect for those that need the ultimate space saver.” – Stephanie, Red Knot Honolulu

JACKSON SOFA
“I love it because of its very sleek and simply luxury modern style! Be sure to balance the lighting of your setup to have a better contrast. Since the Jackson sofa is black I would add white and grey with a little hint of teal.” – Rogi, Red Knot Aiea

AUGUSTUS SECTIONAL
“This sectional is very versatile, trendy and you can pick the color that you want. Three pieces would be perfect but you can add more if you want to make statement. It’s totally up to you the only limit is your imagination.”– Jake, Red Knot Aiea

TOMPKINS CHAISE STORAGE BED
“The not-so-shabby but chic chaise lounge, sofabed and storage all in one! I’m so thankful that we have the Tompkins here at Red Knot- I love that it has the neutral look and curves of a chaise, but the functionality of a bed and storage space. It also comes with all of these pillows! Great for small spaces that can’t accomodate a full size sofa. Proving again, that big things come in small packages :)” – Honey, Red Knot Team Leader

RANDALL SOFA CHAISE
“The Randall sofa chaise is my favorite piece at Red Knot. This is because of the quality of its construction (solid wood frame, 2.5 density foam cushion with Pirelli webbing), price (a steal at $1599), and contemporary style.” – Tobias, Red Knot Honolulu

CARMAN SOFA
“I’m thankful for the Carman sofa because for one, I love the color yellow and because it stands out from the rest of our sofas here in RK. Most importantly it makes me feel happy whenever I look at it and sit on it!” – Micah Ellah, Red Knot Honolulu

MAGUIRE COLLECTION
“My current favorite item is the McGuire living room set . It takes you back to a retro time period but still has a modern look . The clean lines makes this pieces versatile when designing a home or staging. I have had a lot of great comments from clients.” – Shawn, Red Knot Aiea

“I definitely don’t mind this piece photo bombing my selfie! The Maguire accent chair has great styling for a large high-backed chair and fits into many color schemes with its grey fabric. I especially like the extra space to get comfortable with a book, or get cozy when sharing the seat with someone, or maybe even both. Definitely a favorite of mine from the many new pieces here at Red Knot!” – Alex, Red Knot Aiea

YORK SWIVEL CHAIR
“I love the modern style and comfort of the York. It reminds me of a mini Papa San chair. Being that I grew up with a Papa San chair in my house, it brings that home feeling with a hint of modern style. C’mon who doesn’t love a swivel chair?!” – Anson, Red Knot Honolulu

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

DIY Mask

Can you believe that Halloween is already tomorrow?!  If you have been too busy catching up with life and other things that you didn’t realize you haven’t come up with a costume yet, don’t worry!

A very simple and bewitching solution is none other than the DIY mask.    

The great thing about masks?  It’s not just for Halloween- you can use it for costume parties anytime of the year, Mardi Gras, or if intricate enough, to a fancy masquerade ball!

For the most part, you don’t have to buy supplies or spend a lot of money to create your mask.  Be creative and look for things you no longer use at home that you can reuse . I scoured my craft bins and found tools and pieces that I could incorporate, I did not spend any money at all.

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*Templates of masks can be found online for free.  Google is your best friend.

*Cardboard or thick paper.  I used a piece of an Amazon shipping box we were about to recycle.

*Scissors for cutting shape of your mask.  I would not recommend a box cutter.  I tried it, and almost cut myself.  Ouch.

*Adhesive to secure decorative accents.  This can be superglue, jewelry glue, glue stick, glue gun, glue dots, basically anything that has the word “glue”.  Also consider double-sided tape for a cleaner look.

*Pretty Paper– tissue paper, a page from a magazine or catalog, used gift or shopping bag.  You can use the paper to cover the cardboard template of your mask.  I reused tissue paper from a previous birthday party.

*Decorative pieces– feathers, sequins, glitter, lace, jewels, whatever you have that you can glue on your mask.  I found some leftover peacock feathers from my last jewelry making project, and teal capiz shells from a broken bracelet.

*String to secure mask.  You can also use a stick or straw for a handheld mask style.

THE MASK
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In a little less than an hour, this is what I created and you can as well.

Happy Halloween!!!

Style It Your Way – The Thurman Sofa

One of our newest arrivals at Red Knot is the Thurman Collection from Violino.

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The Thurman takes the term “designer” to a whole new level.  An upscale new frame from Violino’s European collection – contemporary, yet elegant.   Modern, yet transitional.  This Italian frame features a firm seating of 2.5 density foam, sinuous springs and piping to frame it’s curved silhouette. Definitely a one-of-a-kind statement piece to add to your space, the Thurman gives the advantage of being stylish and versatile.

Our Red Knot Team Members dressed up the Thurman sofa, reflecting their creative personalities and design tips.

STARBURST COLLIDE
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“Starburst has been one of my favorite candies since I was younger, especially the orange flavor. This very modern collection is proof that orange is the new black. I’ve styled up all my favorite items at Red Knot in one look.  The Thurman sofa is paired with the York swivel chair and Supernova coffee table topped with three phalaenopsis plants.  I also used three different accent pillows and the most popular rug in our store, the Cosmopolitan rug.  The hurricane lamps in turquoise, lilac and amber are the icing on the cake. And for final touches I used wall art (LA and NY) to really complement the color scheme of this vignette.” – Jake Javier, Red Knot Pearlridge

HAPPY-MESS LIFE BALANCEMicah-HappymessLifeBalance

“Everyone wants to find their work-life balance, and whether you’re studying, adjusting work schedules or typing up documents, the living room is one of the most comfortable places to work from; it’s the definition of balance – everything happens in the living room. By enhancing your living space with stimulating colors like orange or magenta, it can help to keep you focused and elevate your mood.  This contemporary room design allows you to feel comfortable and psychologically keep you sane through all the work you need to finish by midnight! I chose glass tables to reflect a clean studious atmosphere and they also highlight the sofa. Then, by adding a cow-hide ottoman, the room suddenly becomes playful – who would’ve thought to match this sofa with an animal print? To keep a casual feel, drape your throw blanket over an ottoman. Lastly, the accessories pull the room together. The textured rug creates an elegant balance and pillows in a saturated magenta or a hue of orange provide a stimulating effect. The use of greenery, like the potted succulents will provide harmony and comfort.” – Micah Eugenio, Red Knot Honolulu

COZY COTTAGE HOUSEShawn-CozyCottageHouse

“I wanted to bring in different wood elements into the space with a modern sofa piece. I love the outdoors, so earthy tones played a key role in this design.” – Shawn Estevez, Red Knot Aiea

THE PEARLAnson-

“The Thurman sofa reminds me of a clam! In this case it reflects how a neutral sofa when dressed up with accessories, can flourish to create a beautiful pearl! Also, I kept this look neutral by using plants and natural colors.” Anson Barros, Red Knot Honolulu

LET’S FACE ITRogi-LetsFaceIt

“Some people are scared of mixing modern and traditional pieces, especially when it comes to colors. It’s like eating plain cereal, instead of eating cereal with raisins and diced apples.  The beauty of modern and rustic elements will reveal itself once you add colors and textures.” Rogi Ramil, Red Knot Aiea

MODERN MEETS NATURESteph-ModernMeetsNature

“This sofa screams “sophisticated and unique” so I wanted something modern and light, yet still inviting. I used a lot of metallic and glass to bring in a glam factor, but anchored it with lots of green hues and plants. It has a modern and sophisticated edge while maintaining a warm and inviting vibe.” Stephanie Vierra, Red Knot Honolulu

WONKA’S LIVING ROOMAlex-WonkasWorld

“Your design can be inspired by anything. I took direction from an art piece ,”Wonka’s World”, to create “Wonka’s Living Room”. My design tip – find a color palette, art piece or even an outfit that speaks to you and run with it.” Alex Takeda, Red Knot Aiea

NOVEL ROOSTNovelRoost“I was striving to create a look that was modern yet still relaxed and inviting. I began with the Cosmopolitan rug for its geometric designs.  The patterns helped to add structure to the curvature of the sofa.  Next, I chose the Vintage coffee and end table. The rustic wood tones complemented the color of the sofa and the metal base anchored the style to the living room. Additionally, I added in the York swivel chair. It added an entertaining and fun element. Finally I finished this look with complementing blue pillows and lively accessories.” Tobias Vidaurri, Red Knot Honolulu

GILDED ELEGANCEHoney-GirlsBestFriend

“This vignette was inspired from a glamorous palette – since the Thurman sofa is in a light gray, it was very easy to complement it with an ‘all that glitters’ theme.  A fashionista’s lair, this living room features a glass oval coffee table, a chic rocking chair with chrome legs, and silver end tables with gold table top decors.  The hand tufted wool rug adds texture and mimics the curvaceous legs of the coffee table, while the splattered wall art completes the modern glam look.  There are also complementary patterns on the accent pillow.  Pops of yellow help to break the monotony of the palette, and gives it a more lived-in feel.  Fashion magazines, coasters and decanters are ready for when the BFFs come by for a girls night in.  Just like diamonds, the Thurman sofa is most definitely a girl’s best friend.”  Honey Millon, Red Knot

Now you can see how versatile our Thurman collection is.  Which look is your favorite?

Get The Look for Less – The Chesterfield Sofa

The Chesterfield sofa is more than just a classic piece of furniture.  It is historic as it is luxurious.  Named after the Earl of Chesterfield in the 1700s, this sofa has been around for hundreds of years.  Created and handcrafted in endless forms and fabrications throughout a span of four centuries, the Chesterfield retained its signature elements – button tufting, rolled arms, rivet trims, and low bun legs.

As styles vary, so do prices.  At Red Knot, we stand by our standards – to provide you savvy dwellers value and quality at affordable prices.  Our Chesterfield sofa is a steal compared to industry designer pricing.  How awesome is that!

And now — for our Splurge VS. Steal feature.

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POTTERY BARN Chesterfield Grand Sofa * ANDELLA HOME Audrey Sofa  * JOYBIRD Theo Sofa *ANTHROPOLOGIE Linen Lyre Chesterfield Sofa, Wilcox *WILLIAMS SONOMA Bond Chesterfield Sofa

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Inspired by Madison Modern Home‘s staging project featured on Houzz,  we recreated this living room with our Chesterfield sofa as the focal point and used other Red Knot pieces.  The Chesterfield sofa gives off a modern twist with a little bit of texture play when paired with a cowhide rug, glass coffee table and fun pillows and tabletop accessories. We had so much fun recreating this look!

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