Dress Your Walls

Ever stared blankly into space? Yes, when I’m running low on caffeine.
Sorry, let me rephrase that. Ever stared at a blank space? Specifically at home, at a blank wall that is screaming for help, and the creative guru in you wonders about the different ways you can give your walls a makeover. Then literally, you are staring blankly into space with endless ideas in your head about how to turn your bare walls into instant eye candy.

Don’t settle for plain Jane and give your space a wow factor with these easy and fun ways to add texture and style to any blank walls.

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Painting doesn’t have to be just one solid color. You can do different designs such as stripes and chevron, with the help of painters tape. For bedroom walls use moody and sensual colors. For the living room, light, bright and sunny colors. Stripes create optical illusions an increase room size. And ombre is no longer just an exotic hair trend, it also works for an interesting wall color! You color schemes are endless!

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Aspiring to create different looks without the labor (and unpleasant scent) of paint? Whether you’re feeling cool, glamorous or shabby chic, there are so many unique ways to incorporate wallpaper in your room. Geometric designs add a modern twist to a room, floral prints give a feminine touch, or pops of color for a casual and fun vibe. Wrap the room one pattern or create a focal point by trimming out a section of wallpaper with molding as an accent.

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Another way to prevent a blank wall from looking empty is by filling it with a collection of artwork or photos. An oversized painting or artwork makes a statement piece in any space. Abstract paintings give life and color, while landscapes create a soothing aura against a soft blue wall. Personal photos help the space feel more intimate. For those who love order and organization, set various pictures in identical frames. For those who believe chaos is beauty, show off a collage of photos on the wall Pinterest or Instagram style– random yet stunning.

DECALSDecals

Simple and cost-effective, wall stickers and decals are becoming more and more popular. You can find decals in almost any design, color, shape or size. They are lightweight and can be applied on any smooth surface (wall, ceiling, mirrors). Decals can be as easily removed when you are in the mood to redecorate.

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Mirrors make a stylish accent piece while making spaces look larger. Hanging a large mirror on a blank wall can reflect light, opening up the room while acting as a wall art. There are a lot of unique styles and DIY opportunities for mirrors. Consider arrangements of smaller mirrors, such as side by side, or by pairs.

THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX

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Don’t limit yourself to just one of the above. It’s great to mix and match –turn your blank wall space into a gallery of your favorite prints, photos, and objects! Boring? Absolutely not. Eclectic? Of course, it helps give your own personality.

Now let’s stop staring… if your walls could talk, what would they say?

Celebrate Independence from Ugly Furniture!

More than just a perfect day for the beach, barbecue and fireworks, the Fourth of July is an important part of American History. Every year we celebrate our nation’s declaration of independence and ongoing political freedom during this wonderful holiday.

In any type of relationships whether it is on a political, professional or personal level, if something is not going right you try your best to work through it.  If it doesn’t work, it’s time to let go.  Break it up, don’t be dependent on something or someone that doesn’t work with you.

In the home furnishing industry, we celebrate 4th of July by encouraging your freedom of independence from ugly furniture.  Because if you don’t love it, you deserve something else.  Something better.  Something you love.      

It’s time to say goodbye… especially to something like this…

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Starting today and throughout the weekend, we will also be making history here at RK as we offer the biggest sale we ever had.  EVER.  The Fireworks Sale offers a savings of 10% – 15% off your entire purchase.  See below for details.

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If you can relate to how this young lady in our commercial below is feeling, then it’s definitely time.

So out with the old and in with the new, Mr. & Ms. Independent!  We’ll see you at Red Knot! 🙂

(I am your) Father…’s Day

It’s just a couple of days away.

Every year, it seems to get trickier.  Sure, for the most part dad’s simpler than mom, and he probably won’t make a fuss if you get him another “World’s Best Dad” t-shirt, pen, or mug, in which this case, simple = bo-oring.  Another watch maybe?  How about a tie?  Bleh.  Same o’, same o’.  Definitely not an ounce of cool factor there.

Put a little bit more effort into getting dad something unique, stylish and practical.  This guys deserves a little more thought as he was probably the one who taught you how to drive, play your first ball, scared the pants off of your first boyfriend and one day (or he may already have) walk you down the aisle.

These awesome finds at Red Knot will really wow him.

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Home of the Future

Last week we unplugged and disconnected from technology, finding bliss in the simplicity of life unwired.  Today we are celebrating technological advancements as we go back to the future and share with you Five New Home Technologies we are kind of excited about.

Kevo UniKey

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Image courtesy of www.unikey.com

For those of us who are tired of fumbling through our keys to get into our homes, Kevo eKey is the perfect solution. An ultimate convenience, a light touch of your lock is all that’s needed. Your smartphone takes the place of the old-fashioned physical key, running the app in the background so you don’t have to turn on the app to access entry. You can send an eKey to anyone, anywhere, anytime. You can also disable and delete access, even controlling the days and time the eKey will be active. If you don’t have a smartphone, a Kevo Fob is available. If you run into any technical glitch, a physical key is available as back-up.

HomeChat

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It now possible to chat with your home appliances. Wha-at? Not kidding. And not only can you chat with your refrigerator, washing machines, etc.. they can text each other as well! All of this is possible in the new intuitive interface from LG, HomeChat. Seong-jin Jo, president and CEO of the LG Electronics Home Appliance Company says, “Not only does LG HomeChat help simplify and enhance our products, they also deliver a unique user experience, adding even more value to our customers’ lives.” The smartphone app can allow user to check what is in their refrigerator without even opening the door. Very useful when you’re in the grocery store and didn’t make that shopping list! You can also text your washer to wash your clothes and ensure that laundry is done by the time you get home. If you’re going on vacation, no worries. You can instruct your appliances to go on safe mode until you return.

ELAN g1 Universal Remote

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Image courtesy of www.elanhomesystems.com

When it comes to controlling technology at home, wouldn’t it be grand if there was one magic gadget that could allow you to access not just one, or few, but ALL of them? Apparently so. Through ELAN Home System users can gain complete control not just to their televisions and home theaters, but to their entire homes. The versatile ELAN g1 Series features a single hand-held remote control that can manage up to “16 zones of security, two electronic door locks, an audio/video receiver with up to 32 connected TVs, up to 24 lighting keypads, three thermostats, three IP surveillance cameras and up to 16 groups of irrigation”. This can expand depending on your home capabilities or budget. It makes me feel incredibly powerful just thinking about it.

LED Light Bulb Speaker

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At home, some occasions call for light… and music (at the same time). You can have the best of both worlds in a brilliant concept – the Sony LED Light Bulb Speaker, which, through Bluetooth, provides up to 360-lumens of app-controlled lighting and integrated speaker system. The bulbs’ brightness and songs can be controlled and played through a smartphone app or a wireless remote controller. The LED Light Bulb Speaker can be placed anywhere lighting is available, providing simple audio installation without the hassle and cost of a complete home renovation. It’s the perfect gadget for creating instant ambiance such as a romantic date night at home.

Tulip Shower + Bath

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A luxurious space saving shower & tub in the shape of a beautiful flower? Sign me up! The Tulip, designed by Piotr Pyrtek, takes inspiration from the flower in the minimalist form of bathtub/shower. The flip-down feature makes room for lying down in the bath. It retracts to an upright position, the enclosure prevents splashing and contains steam for showering.  A revolutionary home technology designed for tiny spaces, the Tulip is small but ultra-modern.   The bathtub features underwater jets and massagers.  Patent pending, and not yet available for purchase, but hopefully soon.

Unplugged…

Have you ever experienced a day without technology? No phone, no internet, no social media, not even an ipod…The thought of it is just horrifying, isn’t it? Our lives are so consumed with technology, we live and breathe it, as it is literally all around us.

Is it possible? Most people won’t think so. I think nearly impossible. Technology has become an essential part of my daily routine, both integrated in my personal and professional life. Never have I thought I would go without it. Well, that is, until recently when I spent one full day disconnected from technology.

The experience of doing away without my iPhone, iPad, laptop and all platforms of social media was an in interesting reflection of my self and my surroundings.

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When you strip people of technology, you see what’s left.

On a normal day, every morning the first thing that I do is turn on Pandora, my Goldfrapp station on default to wake me up while I make coffee and breakfast. Sometimes the beat to their song is strong enough to make me reminisce and feel like I’m walking down a fashion runway. A very “I’m fabulous, yes I woke up like this,” attitude. This particular morning, I could not listen to Pandora so it was dead silent and I can actually hear birds chirping. I felt a bit more tired although I appreciated the silence, so I decided to do yoga for about 45 minutes hoping it would wake me up. Not only did I feel refreshed, I felt more focused and energized. Note to self- I really should go back to doing yoga again. It was a wonderful start of a loooong day without technology.

Throughout the day there were a few temptations to look at my phone or turn on my iPad and laptop. I haven’t checked my email, and it made me nervous about what I was missing out on at work. It was my day off, but I do love my job and I like to check in here and there. Also, it made me wonder if I received any emails for a flash sale on a new pair of red pumps for HauteLook or Ideeli. I was also curious at how many hits my fashion blog had the day before, whether or not there are any offers for my Kate Spade wallet on Ebay and PM, what my sisters and brother are up to on IG, etc….But I needed to take my mind off of my phone and Apps that I frequent. What better way than by reading an actual magazine! I picked up a copy of my recent Vogue, Elle Décor and House Beautiful magazines and read…. for a couple of hours. And then…..

I had become a bit stir-crazy and began experiencing technology withdrawals.  So I took a drive out to Ala Moana, where I haven’t been in forever. All I can say is, oh, lucky we live in Hawaii! Where else in the world could you live and work in paradise? It was a beautiful day, so beautiful it felt surreal. I been so out of touch with nature and where I am that I forgot I live in one of the biggest tourist destinations on Earth. People pay to come here. I live here!

The remainder of the day was spent reconnecting with my creativity as I made jewelry for a friend’s bridal party and a tulle skirt for a toddler’s first birthday. My inner domestic goddess was summoned as I did laundry and cleaned. Per Bronson’s request, I made his now favorite short ribs taco for dinner. Because of this, he totally agreed I should be off technology much more often!

Overall the day seemed longer and I did so many more things than if I had stayed home and tweaked online or on my phone. I was more focused and attentive to things that I could do, not see onscreen.

Lesson learned – For the first time ever, I disconnected from technology. Also, for the first time in a very long time, I was able to reconnect with my self and live in the now. Sometimes life can get so overwhelming that we forget to live in the moment.

Yes, technology is part of our generation, but its intricacy can be superficial stuff. Without technology to rely on, it made me more dependent on myself and my capabilities.

My suggestion? Once in a while, unplug yourself from the complexity of technology and take a moment to look at life through your own lens of simplicity.

Because sometimes simplicity is bliss.

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Storage Wars

We are in a day and age when we own so much stuff. Really- so. much. stuff. It can get overwhelming and stressful. When you have so many things and you don’t have a clue how to organize (or hide) it, it looks undefined and messy. Yikes! However, finding the right storage solution can help maximize storage, as well as living space.

It’s possible to de-clutter your home and get organized with the help of some of these fun storage ideas–

KERA SIDEBOARD

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Sideboards are not just for dining rooms anymore.  This elegant sideboard from Nye Koncept made of Walnut wood veneers feature extra large storage compartments that can accommodate even the big things.  Use it to fill an entry way, an empty wall (it’s 83″ long!), or in your bedroom as it can accommodate tabletop accessories, dining ware or clothing.

BESTA BURS TV CONSOLE

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Are you a gamer or music/movie fanatic?  This modern and eco-friendly TV console from Ikea (it is made of melamine and honeycomb structure recycled paper filling) is the perfect place to store your video games, DVD collection, and other techs and wires you may have lying around.  The console features two spacious drawers to help organize your entertainment system.  Let the pop of yellow be your main focal point, not all that mess!

BILBAO COFFEE TABLE
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No one will ever know that your coffee table can… hide things.  Particularly this Bilbao round coffee table from Red Knot. It adds a transitional look to any space with its mixed media feature- brown wood finish and chrome base. The 4 storage spaces helps you keep things organized and clean.

3-PIECE STORAGE OTTOMAN SET

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Stylish? Check.  Functional? Check.  Multiple pieces & one price?  Check!   This 3-piece ottoman set from OSP Designs by Wayfair comes in a variety of vibrant colors to choose from.  Includes one storage bench that fit two smaller ottomans,  and the two smaller ottomans also opens to reveal storage capabilities.  Made of faux leather, the seat is comfortable and is a great multi-function seating/storage option.

NEVIS STORAGE BED FRAME

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This versatile bed has the benefit of being able to match nearly any almost any bed decor you already have. With its minimalist modern design it looks great snuggled up to a wall or floating in a room. Built from sustainably harvested Tropical Mahogany hardwood solid wood, this simple contemporary piece will add a sophisticated look to your bedroom. This bed is available in, Full, Queen, King and California King sizes.

WALLY MODULAR BOOKCASE

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Made in Italy, this stylish, attractive and contemporary, modular Wally Bookcase allows endless storage options.  It can be used alone or in multiples to create a longer or larger bookcase.  It is a great alternative to a built-in wall unit.  A variety of sizes and finishes are available to meet the storage needs of your space.  Perfect for the book-lover, or collectors as the shelves also make great display cases.

Green Living: Homes Made of Innovative Materials

When it comes to green living and innovative designs, these homes are like no other. Ready to hear about some amazing homes that you probably wouldn’t mind having? If you are in the process of building or remodeling, you might wanna take some notes, as these homes take the term “greenovate” to a whole new level.  Read on….

SHIPPING CONTAINER HOUSE

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Located in Nederland, Colorado, this house is made with two shipping containers.  Can’t tell, huh?  Eco-friendly strategies in creating this sweet far-from-the-norm house on a hill (literally) includes the use of recyclable materials, solar paneled roofs, and photovoltaics for electricity. One container holds two bedrooms and bathrooms, and the other container holds a kitchen. The center space between the containers is used for entry, dining and living room.  Total living space is over 1500 sq. ft!

POP-UP HOUSE

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Have a knack for building legos? You would absolutely love this pop-up house concept!  Available in France and built in just four days, a pop-up house is assembled using insulated blocks separated by wooden boards, tightened by long screws.  The modular capabilities allow for changes in layout, shapes and extensions.   Considered a passive house, the pop-up house has low energy consumption, while capturing maximum solar energy.  Wood is composed of Laminate Veneer Lumber (LVL), which is resistant to fire and earthquakes.

HEMPCRETE HOUSE

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When you think of hemp, you don’t immediately think “I’m going to built my house with that!” When you hear concrete, then yes, of course, maybe. So hemp + concrete = hempcrete. Hempcrete is a building material that incorporates hemp mixed with lime-based binder. Hempcrete is making its way as a sustainable resource for housing and construction. It is strong, lightweight, breathable, and mold-resistant. Hempcrete is 3x more resistant to earthquakes than concrete. Over time, the material hardens and can last for hundreds of years. Hempcrete is a renewable resource and can be reused either as a building material or back to the soil as a fertilizer.  America’s first hempcrete house was built in Asheville, NC in 2010 (pictured), and has since made a green statement in encouraging the use of hempcrete in residential and commercial use.

WATERNEST 100

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Eco-House of the future!  Designed by Italian Architect Giancarlo Zema for EcoFloLige, he got his inspiration from the aquatic nests of water birds, believing that we, too can live with a “floating experience in a natural habitat”.  Made of 98% recyclable materials and energy saving techniques, the Waternest 100 is constructed of recycled aluminum hull and recycled timber, powered by solar panels.  It is designed to be positioned along sea areas with calm waters, lakes, bay, rivers, etc. Since the earth’s water levels are increasing, we might just have to adapt.

ZEROHOUSE

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The Zerohouse is a prefabricated house that can be easily shipped and built, featuring a full kitchen, bath and two bedrooms. It is climate-controlled and has the ability to be operated independently, collecting solar power for energy. The Zerohouse can also store up to one week’s worth of energy usage. It gathers rainwater in an elevated reservoir and waste disposal connection is unnecessary as waste is processed into dry compost below the house. Master controls are wired to a central computer, so everything in the house is automatic. If you’ve always wanted to live in the desert or in the middle of nowhere, then the ZeroHouse is the perfect option for remote living, especially if you’re thinking of living far, far away from civilization.

 

The Secret Garden

Love greenery and in need of an interior design refresh?  Consider adding plants to create a relaxing and natural atmosphere to your home.

For busy-bee serial plant killers (like myself) who lack the time or talent to grow anything underground, you might be thinking, “But I don’t have a green thumb.”  Don’t worry, we are not alone.  Just like there are faux leather and faux fur, there are also faux plants- artificial plants that look so life-like, you can now grow your own secret garden without getting down and dirty.  Really, you can do it without barely lifting a finger, except, of course, to open your wallet. 🙂 There are so many different ways to incorporate flowers and greenery into any space.

Avoid committing indoor plant decorating faux pas and read some of our tips below.

TABLETOP ACCESSORIES

1Succulents and terrariums add modern green accents to any room.  Besides overwhelming your tabletop, you can’t go wrong with this.  Whether store-bought or DIYs, you can utilize several pieces, line them up, or even put them in a box.  Buy a glass cover and place over a succulent for an easy, maintenance-free terrarium. Feelin’ beachy?  Fill up a glass bowl or mason jar with succulents, sand and small driftwood, even a seashell or two.

CORNER PIECE

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Have an empty corner that you want to fill?  It’s the perfect spot for an oversize plant or vase.  It adds texture and depth to any room, while adding a hint of mama nature.  Remember, you don’t have to add a lot of greenery to make a statement.  It’s all about placement and arrangement.  Contrary to popular belief, you do not need to be symmetrical and fill the opposite corner with the same or even any plant at all. Put a floor lamp instead.

ROOM DIVIDERS

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Floor plants make great and creative room dividers.  Place several large plants behind your sofa to separate your living and dining area.  It creates a little indoor jungle, adding layers to the room  while separating spaces.

ORCHIDS

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Bring charm and elegance to any room with orchids.  They are ornamental plants that symbolize love, beauty and strength.  Place them on tabletops and entryways, on window sills and wall shelves.  Use them to add a pop of color since they are usually available in a variety of hues and styles.

Here are some artificial greenery available at our Red Knot stores:

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From Left to Right–

1. PHALAENOPSIS, $59
2. PINK PHALAENOPSIS, $19
3. GLASS POTTED ECHEVERIA PINE, $19
4. MINI DRACULA ALOE SUCCULENT GLASS, $329
5. FORSYNTHIA IN A VASE, $199
6. MOTHER IN LAW TONGUE, $69
7. SUCCULENTS IN CERA POT, $33
8. ONCIDIUM PLANT, $59
9. PAPYRUS GRASS IN VASE, $129

There are many more ways to include plants and greens in your home.  Secret or not, start your garden, and little by little, watch your (faux) plant greenery grow.  

Images courtesy of Houzz & Google Images.

All That Glitters Is…

…gold… and silver. They shine, they sparkle, and yes, they’re luxurious!  In home design metallics are no longer just festive accents during the holidays. Modern and chic, whether in the spring or summer, gold and silver brings a dash of style and regality like no other colors.

Image courtesy of The Elegant Bode
Image courtesy of The Elegant Bode

How do you incorporate this glitzy trend in your home?  Read below for some tips.

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They might be flashy, but they can also be considered neutrals because they work with any color palette. Although, keep in mind metallic tones are reflective in nature. So it’s important to allow them to be the star of their own show, and make them pop. Gold and silver can make any space gleam worthy, you have to literally, make them shine.  As accessories, the most dramatic impact is done in small doses. Otherwise, it will be overwhelming.  If you decide to go bigger, as in metallic furniture, then by all means go BIG! Then keep everything else neutral. Lastly, you can mix and match gold and silver. It adds texture and creates a history- a not so monotonous “I actually live here” look.  Like everything else, it’s all about balance.

GO FOR THE GOLD

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Black and gold = sexy and lustrous. For fashionistas, think the LBD with a gold statement necklace. Rich gold also works well on rustic brick walls as it create a contrast of whimsy. Achieve this look by placing a gold starburst mirror against urban brick walls. For a sunny and more inviting atmosphere, play up yellow with gold.  For a feminine touch, go for light gold and glass, such as our Rachel Occasional Table Collection here at Red Knot.

SEE THE SILVER LINING

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Silver works great with floral patterns as it softens the palette. Decorate with white tabletop accessories to enhance the silver. Cool shades of blue or white with silver and chrome accents creates a sleek and polished look, however you can warm up the atmosphere by adding warm tones of gold.

BE INSPIRED

Here are our 10 faves from Red Knot that can bedazzle any space.

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1. Rachel Oval Cocktail Table, $339
2. Leather & Lace Wall Art, $549
3. Nyack 3-Drawer Mirror Chest, $399
4. Robinson Accent Table, $99
5. Silver Table Lamp, various styles – $129 & up
6. Dendrobium Silk Floral Arrangement, $79
7. Mercury Ball Decor, $24
8. Mirror Glass Tray, $59
9. Gold Star Tabletop Decor, $24
10. Silver Metal Sculpture Set, $59

As you can see, metallic furnishings and accessories give your interiors edge and glamour.  So don’t be afraid to go for the gold (and silver) because it’s your home’s time to shine.