Let Your Style Shine Through: Custom order program

Furniture shopping tends to happen as often as once every few years, so it’s important to enjoy the whole process.  Buying furniture should not be hard, nor should it be stressful. It should be fun. Yes, technical factors such as design, size, quality and price should be taken into consideration, but also remember the most important factor of all is personality.  

Find and buy furniture that reflects you.     

Your home interior, just like your fashion choices, is a reflection of your personality.

At Red Knot, we take the term “personality” and give it meaning through our Custom Order Program.  We have never been your average cookie cutter furniture store and we are so proud to share that custom options are available for many of our upholstered pieces including sofa, loveseat and chairs.

Our frames from VIOLINO can be customized through different color selections and custom order options.

Hamlin, our only (and best selling) power reclining sofa and loveseat, can now be ordered in various colors.  So, for those who abide by the “no-white” rule for all kinds of reasons, fear no more, as we have black, brown, gray, and even burgundy available for our “lazy boys” (and gals) who wants to relax in their perfect reclining sofa after a long day.

The very modern and sleek Jackson sofa a.k.a the bachelor favorite, can now be ordered in a sectional.  You read it right, ladies.  Not just a sofa, but a sofa-chaise sectional.  That means more seating and leg room, which is a wonderful compromise between you and your-boyfriend-who-loves-it-because-it’s-perfect-for-his-mancave.  It’s a win-win situation!  Imagine, movie nights at his place with more room for cuddling!  Also, another thing to note – through our custom program, he can consider another color other than black that is not so…masculine. 🙂

Speaking of colors, Violino offers fabrications in different colors as well as textures.  Ariapelle and Dinera are both high-performance fabrics, the first having a more sheen, and the latter, a more matte finish. What they both have in common is they feel and look leather-like, but they are made of 100% high-quality and breathable polyester.  When it comes to color and texture, whichever fits your personality best, you decide.

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(Photo by Red Knot Team Member Stephanie Vierra)

Not only do our Violino frames make fantastic options just by themselves, we had to kick it up a notch by providing another custom order program. In addition to custom colors and sectional preferences, the Whitney sofa is now available in a sleeper.  It’s an actual pull-out bed.  And to be even more precise, a Queen size memory-foam sleeper.  Great to have for those expected (and unexpected) guests.  Although we have to warn you, the memory foam mattress just might make them want to stay a little bit lo-onger than you planned.  You’re welcome.

Our BOLIYA frames, Barkly, Gilford, and Bannon offer (almost) endless possibilities of colors and fabrics.  With over 90 different fabrics to choose from, Boliya provides virtually the most custom options at Red Knot.  Fabrications include micro-fiber, twill and velvet to name a few.  Ranges of hues vary from grays to browns, denim, blues and reds.  You decide what color your sofa will be AND you can also choose the colors of the accompanying pillows on your frame.  So many options!

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(Photo by Taryn Kabei)

Think about who you are, what you love and what inspires you.  Incorporating these elements makes your home more comfortable for you and your guests.

Quoting one of my current favorite designers, “If you are comfortable in your home, everyone else will be too. That sense of authenticity is what gives a home its soul.”—Interior Designer Courtnay Daniels Haden

Let your style shine through your home with our custom order program.

Rule Breakers – Wear White After Labor Day

Fashionistas beware. It is almost Labor Day, so that means wear as much white as you can, because after Monday, September 7th, you can no longer wear white.

Atrocious, isn’t it?

Who came up with such a thing? With a mixture of social, political and seasonal factors dating back to the 1800s, the wealthy class wanted to clearly define themselves from the rest of the population. They set out to create a belief that white clothing is worn during the summer months, starting on Memorial Day and lasts until Labor Day. Any day after that is considered fashion faux pas.

Because it declutters the mind, the color white projects creativity.

Through creative efforts, we get our work vibe on here at Red Knot every day (holiday or not) and we have to disagree with this tradition. We love bending rules to support wearing the color white year-round. Especially since it seems like it’s only getting hotter and hotter each day, white is our go-to color to beat the heat!

Inspired from this debate, we’d like to introduce our white furniture and accents from Red Knot, because we just can’t let them go…

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(Clockwise)

  1. TULIP COFFEE TABLE, $269.  Sleek and contemporary, this high-gloss and chrome coffee table adds sophistication (and a little bit of futuristic touch) to your living room.
  2. LARGE WALL CLOCK.  Walls can’t talk and tell you time, but having this oversized wall clock will have the same effect, promise!
  3. DALINO SIDEBOARD, $699.  An organizational must-have this sideboard is simple, but features lots of storage space.  You’ll know where to actually find things.
  4. TITAN BAR TABLE, $339.  Perfect for a small dining area, this bar can double up as your dinner table and home bar.  Cheers!
  5. CLUB LUX ACCENT CHAIR, $199.  Don’t be fooled by the size, this petite accent chair is super-comfy!
  6. SHAKLEFORD LEATHER SOFA, $1049.  A fresh look on contemporary seating, this leather sofa is surprisingly plush.  The wide track arms can be used as extra seating, thus making this the perfect “party sofa”.
  7. ACKERMAN BARSTOOL, $199.  No need to say more, this is the perfect match for the Titan Bar Table.  Want it in color?  No problem, as it is available in brown and orange.
  8. JEANET DINING CHAIR, $129. Yes, we have white dining chairs too!  Jeanet has chrome legs with nickel plated finish, which makes her tarnish resistant.  Isn’t she lovely?
  9. PENTA END TABLE, $168.  White rattan + tempered glass = a subtle touch of island.slash, global.slash, eclectic.slash, retro element in your space.  You pick your style, there is no wrong choice.
  10. SUPERNOVA NESTING END TABLE, $139.  Why have only one when you can have two?  This nesting table can give you additional tabletop space, so decorate away.
  11. SHELL TABLE LAMP.  So fitting for Hawaii, don’t you think?  Although these Capiz shells were not from our Hawaiian beaches, they are still so fun and flirty.
  12. PLUMP OTTOMAN, $149.  Another versatile piece- use as an ottoman, or additional seat for guests, or just have it because it swivels.

Cleaning Windows and Glass

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Achieving a streak-free look when cleaning windows, mirrors and glass furniture around your home can be a bit challenging. Sometimes it is frustrating to see cloudy streaks especially after you just cleaned them! However, with the right cleaning solution, tools (and attitude), you can get your glass effortlessly sparkling clean.

THE (CLEANING) SOLUTIONS

Choose ONE of the following:
-Mix one part vinegar and four parts water
-Mix 1 cup rubbing alcohol, 1 cup water, and 1 tablespoon vinegar.
-Mix 1-2 teaspoons of dish detergent in a large bucket of warm water. Add ½ cup of vinegar for excessive grime.
-If you have glass cleaner, dilute it using distilled water. Tap water has minerals that may leave streaky deposits on glass and mirrors.

THE TOOLS

-Squeegee – the best cleaning tool for glass windows as the smooth rubber blade allows for streak-free cleaning
-Microfiber cloth – soft and lint-free, won’t leave residue like papertowels
-Newspaper or an old t-shirt – they don’t leave lint and make great buffers and polishers after wiping the glass. Old t-shirts are absorbent and don’t worry, the ink on the newspaper will not transfer onto the glass.
-Cotton swabs- for those hard to reach areas, such as corners and edges.

THE TRICKS

-Pre-clean mirrors that have an accumulation of dust and dirt. Wipe with a dry, soft cloth.
-Clean from top to bottom. Always begin at the top and work your way down to avoid drips.
-Wipe glass surfaces in a circular motion, then vertical strokes and lastly, horizontal swipes.

ADDITIONAL TIPS

-For glass or windows with hard water stains, use pure white vinegar (do not dilute)
-The best day to wash windows? On a cloudy day, because the sun’s heat can dry windows too quickly causing unwanted residue and streaks.
-The best way to spot streaks? Dry the inside of the window the opposite way you dried the outside. For example, dry vertically inside and horizontally outside.
-Windows should be cleaned thoroughly, at the very least, twice a year.

 

References:

http://home.howstuffworks.com/home-improvement/household-hints-tips/cleaning-organizing/5-tips-for-cleaning-glass-without-streaks.htm

http://www.topcleaningsecrets.com/house/how-to-clean-glass-and-mirrors.html

http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/1298133

http://housekeeping.about.com/od/bathrooms/tp/10-Glass-Cleaning-Tips.htm

http://www.howtocleanstuff.net/how-to-clean-mirrors/

Happy 1st Birthday Red Knot!

It was just like yesterday when Red Knot first opened its doors, inviting the island’s savvy dwellers to a showroom never before seen in Hawaii.

It has been exactly a year ago when you allowed us to introduce ourselves as Red Knot, the “freshest furniture store”, where we help you create a fun, stylish and unique space in your home.  With raving reviews from customers who come into the store as well as through social media, we know that in some way we made an impact.

And as our company mission statement to “enhance our customers lives through innovation, continuous improvement, exceptional values and ultimate customer experiences”, here at Red Knot we strive to achieve that mission on a daily basis.

To celebrate our anniversary, we wanted to share with you some of our favorite photos that reflected our adventures throughout our first year being in business.  Enjoy!

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Here’s to 100 years and more, Red Knot!!!

A Few of Our Favorite Things

Red Knot has the most amazing things, from little gadgets to home decor accents- some that you might not find anywhere else. This week’s post, we take a cue from Oprah as we share a few of our favorite things.

Click on each photo for description and pricing.

We hope that they too, become your favorites!

Work It!

Millennials are a generation of hard-working and creative individuals.  As part of a new breed of the workforce, working from home is not a big deal to us.  I don’t mind, I really enjoy it. Not only has it become universally acceptable but it is also a huge trend in home design.  Therefore, it is important to create a functional, pleasant and inspiring home office where your ideas and dreams turn into reality.

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As nice as it sounds, you do not need a spare room to set up a work station in your home. Especially for small spaces, you can utilize areas such as an empty corner or hallway, a closet, stairway landing, and unused space between rooms, or other areas you may not have noticed!

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Images courtesy of Google Images & Pinterest

One thing to remember is that whether or not you will be working from a spacious home office space or just a corner nook, the heart of your work remains the same. Personalize your work space to be as creative as you are and indulge in sleek designs that is stylish, yet professional.

We’ll show you how!

THE BASICS

First things first. The key pieces of a home office (or any office) is a desk, chair and shelving. They transform any space into an efficient work area.

DESK
The desk is your focal point, so select a desk that is beautiful but also functional. The style should complement the surrounding areas of your home, it should not feel dull and overbearing. If your house is traditional, choose wood or veneer tops and for modern spaces, use high-gloss surfaces and metal furniture.

CHAIR
Pay attention to ergonomics. When working from home, most of your time is spent sitting. So it is even more important to choose a chair that not only looks good, but feels good. Sitting on an uncomfortable desk chair can not only affect your back, but also your mood and overall productivity.

STORAGE/ORGANIZATION
Speaking of mood and productivity, I believe a cluttered desk equals a cluttered mind. Organization is key. Creative people work better in spaces that are clean and not overcrowded, as disorganization can create mind-blocks to new ideas. Too much stuff can get congesting, and I’m not one to enjoy brainfarts when I am working. Use artsy bookcases and filing cabinets to store files and documents. If you’re short on space, build up a great wall vertically using floating shelves as they are easy to install. Choose baskets, boxes and organizers in fun colors and prints to add a pop of quirkiness in a dull space.

THE ADD-ONS…

LIGHTING
Ideally, you should situate your home office as close to natural light as possible. But even with natural light, you will still need additional lighting for the night hours or wee hours of the morning. Say, if you’re still up at 1:30am trying to finish a blog post by deadline, *ahem*. Try adding on table lamps as they have endless design possibilities. Task lamps make great choices for a smaller work space as they don’t take up to much visual room.

ACCENT PIECES
Let decorative details steal the show. Add something to your home office that would inspire you to keep going. A family photo, a wall art with a quote or your goals, or a picture of a place you would like to visit. Live green plants on your desk can create a break from being indoors, and you don’t have to worry about forgetting to water them. In addition to being an elegant touch, a luxurious throw and pretty pillow encourages you to work harder so you can take breaks! In your home office, you can take a nap and no one will ever know! Having stylish accent pieces that are personal to you creates a balance between being at home but allows you to have a professional atmosphere to apply serious work ethics.

Whatever type of work that motivates you to design a home office space, remember that it is your home and your working environment. Let it reflect you and all you need is a little inspiration to get you going!

Here are ours, at Red Knot:::

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**Chanella Office Desk, $399
**Dalino Office Desk, $349
**Johnny Wall Unit, $449
**Plump Office Chairs,$99
**Pinnadel Swivel Stool, $99
**Lucca Wall Unit, $699
**Lightbulb Blow Table Lamp
**Colorful Hourglass, $39
**Bookends, $79

Setting The Bar

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The busy modern lifestyle has got us multitasking, with very little time to spare. It’s no wonder that in the past few years, there has been an increasing trend in home bars. The perfect home bar is no longer just the place to serve cocktails, it’s where you can also relax. It is great for entertaining and is the ideal hangout spot with friends when late night club and bar hopping is no longer an option. They allow you and your guests to enjoy a bit of bubbly fun in the comfort of your own home.

Let’s look at features and current trends in designing a home bar.

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+Stools
Like any other seating areas, your stools must be comfortable. This is where the party chatter happens. Stools must be stylish, yet relaxing. Standard barstools are 30” high, and counters tools are 24”. They come in different finishes and styles, ranging from all wood to upholstered in leather or fabric, to low back to backless seats. If you’re unsure of the actual height of your bar table, consider adjustable swivel barstools as they have gas lifts that allows height adjustment, such as these Nitro Bar Stools from ZuoModern.

+Storage
Another important feature of a home bar- storage space as much as possible. This is to store your wine, alcoholic mixers, glasses, etc… Old armoires and bookcases make for awesome bars. Just a little paint here and there, and walaa! you got yourself a shabby chic home bar with a lot of drawers and shelving.

+Glassware
Home bar design is not complete without a variety of glassware, a blender, and other bar tools. Glam up your bar with beautiful glass decanters.  Be creative when selecting trays and coasters!

+Accents
Add conversation pieces on or around the bar to add personality. Interesting wall art or tabletop accessory will bring up the mood and encourage guests to have something to talk about.

If you don’t have the room for a sideboard or server, a mini bar or a bar-cart will do.

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Create a home bar that fits your space best and then fill it with the best mixed drinks of your choice.

Speaking of, we’re sharing a favorite cocktail perfect for the summer- Tequila Sunrise, recipe courtesy of Drink Mixer.

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2 msr tequila
orange juice
2 dashes grenadine syrup

Pour tequila in a highball glass with ice, and top with orange juice. Stir. Add grenadine by tilting glass and pouring grenadine down side by flipping the bottle vertically very quickly. The grenadine should go straight to the bottom and then rise up slowly through the drink. Garnish stirrer, straw and cherry-orange and enjoy!

*photos courtesy of Houzz.com & Google Images.

The New “Kids” On the Block

Oh, you know…. Since last week’s post about staircases, the 90’s nostalgia is still lingering.

Back to the present, Red Knot has gotten some fun new things on the floor and we’d like to share them with you, as well as ideas on how to incorporate them into your home.

Introducing…

The Cowhide Rug

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If you have already rejected the notion of incorporating animal skin as part of your home décor, you may have to reconsider. Cowhide rugs are not as cruel as they look. They are stunning accent pieces and can be paired with either an eclectic or traditional design, depending on how they are integrated into the space. They are stain-resistant and soft to the touch. Cowhide rugs can be used as a focal point by selecting a contrasting color of your current color pallet. Brown cowhide makes a space feel inviting and white gives an elegant and luxurious feel. Cowhide rugs add texture and layers to an otherwise monotonous space. Pull colors from the rug with the rest of the room for a cohesive look. If you want it as a stand-alone piece, place it in a corner, with a chair, end table and lamp for a cozy reading area. Interesting fact – cowhide rugs are baby and kid-friendly as they are naturally soft to the skin.

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Zuo Modern Dining Chair Collection

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A fresh new look on mid-century modern, Red Knot welcomes an expansion of our dining furniture from ZuoModern.

Trafico Dining Chair
A striking balance of black leatherette upholstery and chrome give the Trafico side chair a sleek appearance. Almost like a high-end car interior, the chair has a fashion-forward look that epitomizes modern sophistication. Available in black and white.

Nitro Barstool
With its padded rolls and adjustable height, this bar stool looks as funky as it is functional. It has a chrome base with footrest and leatherette wrapped seat. Chair height can be adjusted anywhere from 30.5″ to 40.5″. Available in Gray and Brown.

Criss Cross Dining Chair & Counter Barstool
The Criss Cross side chair brings a modern and edgy vibe to any dining space. Chrome legs exemplify sleek minimalist style, while the woven seat back offers a cool detail from which the chair gets its name. With two height choices, the Criss Cross works in any décor setting, modern or transitional. Dining chairs are available in white and black, and counter stools are available in brown and black.

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Migration Glass Coffee Table

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Give your living space that extra oomph! This fascinating coffee table is not one to miss. Made entirely of tempered glass shaped into a triangle, this coffee table is a thing of beauty! The all-glass look gives you a blank canvas to work with, so decorate your tabletop depending on the trends, holiday season or your mood.  The more splashes of color around it, the better. The Migration Coffee Table is sleek, sophisticated and modern. What else could you possibly ask for?

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The Teak Stool

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As a subtle response to our high request for teak here at Red Knot, we brought in the super teak stool. It’s more than just a stool. It’s a chair, it’s a table, it’s an ottoman! The intricate design of the stool can be an accent piece by itself.  It looks like a big piece of log made of smaller logs. It can be whatever you want it to be. Well, almost. You can use it as an end table, an extra sitting space or foot rest, or an interesting art piece that makes for great conversation starters. Just think, your puzzled guests looking at it, saying, “Really, what is this?” It also makes for an interesting glass coffee table- just add glass.

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The Colorful Glass Lamps

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Photos by Red Knot Team Members Stephanie Vierra & Anson Barros

These cylinder glass lamps speak for themselves. If you need a pop of color in the form of something simple and universal, here they are. They radiate an energetic vibe without overwhelming the room. Use as singles or multiples to pull color from accent pieces (as pictured). Available in yellow, lavender, teal and frosted glass.

In a couple of weeks our wonderful buying teams are off to market again.  I wonder what awesome things they will be bringing back to Red Knot!

Stepping up

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Images Courtesy of Google images and Houzz

Staircases make me think of how grand a home can be. As a millennial growing up in the nineties it also makes me think of nostalgic moments in film where the beautiful heroine makes an unforgettable entrance down a staircase. Rose Dawson in Titanic, Cher Horowitz in Clueless and Laney Boggs in She’s All That. Staircases can visually enhance a home’s décor, while providing functionality. Let’s not forget it’s also a confidence booster for anyone who needs to make a grand entrance.

The sky is the limit when it comes to staircase style and design. Let’s look at the different types of staircases and their qualities.

STRAIGHT

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Straight stairs are the most standard and common types of stairs in both residential and commercial properties. The stairs go from one floor to another effortlessly and are easy to assemble. General rule is 16 steps maximum for a full flight, or no higher than 12 feet. There are various sub-models- full straight stairs, half landing stairs and quarter landing stairs. Advantages: Easiest staircase to move furniture or heavy things up and down. Simplicity of design allows easy measurement and building of rails/handrails. Disadvantages: Because of the linear design, they take up more space than other staircase models. Falls down straight staircases can also be very dangerous.

L-SHAPED

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A variation of the straight stair is the L-Shaped stair. This model has a transition point where there is a landing and a 90 degree bend. It adds visual interest and can be placed in a corner of a room. Advantages: The landing gives a rest-stop for those who may get tired walking up the steps. In case of falling, the landing reduces the number of treads one can fall in a straight flight down. Disadvantages: They are more difficult to construct. Moving large items are a bit trickier because of the turn.

WINDER

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Winder stairs are a variation of the L-Shaped stair. Pie-shaped steps takes place of the landing, having one narrow end and the wider end on the other. Advantages: They require little space and the compact is a popi;ar choice in modern and sustainable home design. Disadvatages: Winder stairs are generally more complicated to build and harder to navigate. In addition because there are no uniformed steps it is less safe than other stair designs.

ARCHED / CURVED

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Arched or curved stairs add a touch of elegance. Often times this design is found in the entrance for making a grand impression. Advantages- The grandeur of the staircase design add luxury to any home, so it’s a great investment as it increases resale value of your home. The radius is larger compared to spiral stairs, so they are easier to walk up. Disadvantages- Curved stairs are the most difficult and most costly to build because of the intricacies in the steps and the railings.

SPIRAL

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Spiral stairs are the most complex of all stairs. The steps circulate around a central support pole. They are made very compact, extensively used in lofts and other small spaces. Advantages- Spiral stairs can be made to fit any space. They are visually interesting and there are many styles of railings available. Disadvantages- Since the design of the stair is a space-saver, the steps are steeper than regular stairs. They are more difficult to walk up and down especially for older individuals.  Lastly only one person can use the spiral staircase at a time.

What type of staircase fits your personality?