Let’s talk about the L word

It’s love, actually…

L-O-V-E, love.

Love is a universal word that has multiple meanings. It is an emotional state, a feeling that is so much more than we can ever explain. To some, it is complicated and undefinable. Love can be felt toward a person, an object, or an action. For most of us, we have the biological wiring to love and the need to be loved.

The official definitions of love (from Merriam – Webster) include:
(1) a strong affection for another person
(2) a warm attachment, enthusiasm or behavior
(3) the object of attachment, devotion or admiration

Here at Red Knot our most prominent form of Love is definition #2. This kind of Love happens all day, everyday. We have a LOVE for great design. We have sincere enthusiasm when it comes to stylish home furnishing and décor. Our brand is a reflection of our passion. We are dedicated to finding and sharing creative and inspiring pieces at affordable prices that you, our customers, will admire and love.

The only way we do great work here at Red Knot is by loving what we do.

Red Knot loves great design. Great design = Enthusiastic customers = Customers love Red Knot

So you can see that yes, love is interconnected and does make the world go round! 🙂

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Last thing – here’s a little secret about love and home design —

“Live with what you LOVE.  Never settle for what you kinda like, over what you absolutely love.”

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DIY – Canvas Painting

A fun & creative do-it-yourself project for artists and non-artists – Handpainted Canvases!

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What you’ll need:

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Canvas (your choice of size, for this one one, we used 9×12)
Acrylic Paint
Pencil
Paintbrushes (for you ladies, old makeup brushes will also do)
Scissors
Small card stock or scratch paper

Steps:

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STEP 1. Create and print an image using Photoshop (or any illustration program). Use scratch paper or cardstock paper to cut any desired shape you’d like to include in your painting.

 

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STEP 2. After printing, flip paper over and using a pencil, trace dark lines over the image and lightly shade. Remember, do not trace it on the canvas – yet.

STEP 3. Flip your paper back over, and place onto your canvas. Tape sides down for better control. Using your pencil, trace back again, this time, over the image on the front. If any, trace cut shapes onto canvas.


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STEP 4. Now paint, and let your inner Da Vinci & Van Gogh take over!  Remember, it’s okay for your artwork to not be excessively perfect – it’s supposed to be handpainted.  You can also go back and erase pencil marks that may be still showing through.  You can always go back to add shades, more colors, anything you want.

 

Make this is your masterpiece.

 

 

Painted Rattan

He-ello color!  

Rattan and wicker furniture are making their way back to being fun and trendy again!  We’re not talking about your Great-Aunt Anne’s patio furniture.  We’re talking bold, striking, and stylish indoor wicker and rattan furniture.  Yes…for the living room, dining room, even the bedroom.

You must think we are completely out of our minds, but let us share with you the features of painted rattan and why they work well indoors. After seeing photos of the home decor ideas we have below, you just might be swayed.

Rattan pieces can go well with any taste of design.  The different textures add an organic, durable and timeless look.  It can be incorporated into a shabby chic, tropical or coastal setting but can also switch from traditional to a whimsical environment.   Furthermore, wicker designs made of synthetic materials can create unusual shapes and innovative styles.   Like any accent piece, a pop of color will add an element of surprise.  You can bring out your inner rebel by mixing and matching colors and styles.  In our world, it’s perfectly OK to have yellow rattan dining chairs with your sleek Calem glass-top dining table.

Still not convinced?  Here’s some inspiration to get you in the mood.

 

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Ready to break (and make) some rules by taking the so-called “traditional” outdoor furniture and elevating it to a more contemporary level?

Come shop at Red Knot and view our colorful rattan choices.

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Pantone Color of 2015 – Marsala

Happy New Year everyone!

Our very first blog post of the year at Red Knot is the introduction of Pantone’s Color of 2015 — Marsala.

The hue is named after the Italian fortified dessert wine Marsala. Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute expressed that the warm brown and red undertone “gives the feeling of groundedness, strength, and confidence”.

This versatile color exudes sensuality, yet it is nurturing; will make a bold statement, yet it is still sophisticated. Marsala is also appealing to both men and women. In fashion, it’s open to experimentation from apparel, shoes, accessories, to beauty palettes. In home design, it can give any space the feeling of warmth and comfort, but depending on its surroundings, it still has the ability to transform an atmosphere into modern, transitional, vintage, and even playful!

We created an inspiration board to get you in the mood and take a sip of the biggest color trend of the year!

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Here are some ideas to incorporate the color Marsala into your home.

*Eisemen also stated that Marsala is “nurturing and fulfilling”, therefore it is a “natural fit for the kitchen and dining room, making it ideal for tabletop, small appliances and linens throughout the home.”  Time to update those placemats, tableware, candles…

*It can also be a great color choice of paint in the bathroom, creating an elegant contrast between Marsala walls and that white sink and toilet seat.

*In the bedroom, Marsala can create a comforting and relaxing atmosphere by combining it with deep reds and browns.

*Even a small space could feel warm and cozy when Marsala is coordinated with other warm hues, such as reds, yellows, oranges and true browns.

*For a pop of color, think Marsala and turquoise! A turquoise sofa and accent chair with Marsala pillows (or vice versa), complete it with an accent rug in Marsala, teal, or yellow.

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What do you think?  Love it?  We do!

 

Honolulu City Lights

There is something magical about spending Christmas in paradise.  It’s not bitterly cold, but chilly enough to wear sweater and boots, and call it winter in beautiful Hawaii nei.   Not to mention, this is the only place in the world where you see a giant sculpture of a barefoot Santa throwing the “shaka” sign, next to a cheerful Mrs. Claus (Tutu Mele) dressed in a muumuu.

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The Red Knot staff visited the beloved Honolulu City Lights last weekend, joining the thousands of locals and visitors who get to experience the tropical holiday celebrations of downtown Honolulu.  The event kicks off on the first Saturday of December with the lighting of the city’s 50-foot Christmas tree.  Honolulu Hale features beautifully decorated Christmas trees with various themes- some elegant, some whimsical, some adorable!   Photo-ops with the “real” Santa are also available.  Lights, decorations and displays of snowmen, elves, Rudolf and other familiar holiday icons extend two blocks on King Street and Alapai Street.   A must-see for those who love Christmas!   Events run through the month of December and on till the first week of January.  A joyous sight at night, the Honolulu City Lights is not one to be missed!

Mele Kalikimaka me ka Hau’oli Makahiki Hou!

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Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays

— from your friends here at RED KNOT.

A Holiday Recipe – Red Velvet Christmas Fudge

One of the best things about the holidays is it’s the season to indulge and satisfy your sweet cravings.  Never mind your diet, leave that for your New Year’s Resolution 😉

A recipe that we’d like to share is the perfect dessert for a holiday get together. Festive and absolutely delicious, not to mention also very simple to make.

Ladies and gents, a recipe for Red Velvet Christmas Fudge

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INGREDIENTS

2/3 Cups Butter
1/3 Cup Milk
3/4 Cup White Chocolate Chips (Ghirardelli)
3 Cups Red Velvet Cake Mix (Betty Crocker)
2 Cups Powdered Sugar

OPTIONAL TOPPINGS

Sprinkles (Red, Green, White)
Cream Cheese Frosting (Betty Crocker)

DIRECTIONS

1. Line an 8×8 pan with aluminum foil and lightly grease with butter.
2. Mix red velvet cake mix, powdered sugar, butter and milk in large microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for 2 minutes and 15 seconds.  Mix and stir until texture is creamy.
3. Add white chocolate chips, microwave for 15 seconds. Stir in the chocolate chips.  Microwave for another 15 seconds and stir until chocolate chips are melted and blended with the batter.
4. Pour and press the fudge into your prepared pan.  If any, add optional toppings such as frosting and/or sprinkles.
5. Place in the fridge and let sit for at least 2 1/2 hours.
6. Cut into squares, share and ENJOY!!!!

How to tie the perfect knot

One way to add a personal, finishing touch to any present you give during this holiday season (or any type of gift-giving event) is by adding a beautiful bow.   Don’t worry, it’s as easy as tying your shoelaces!   In just a few, simple steps you’ll learn how to create the perfect knot to top that gorgeously wrapped gift.

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1.   Tie the first knot.  When pulling on the ribbon diagonally, you will see you will have an upper and a lower part of the ribbon.
2.  Create your first loop with the lower part of the ribbon.
3.  Wrap the upper part of the ribbon over the top of the first loop.
4.  Tuck this part behind the loop and pull through.  Now you have two loops (a bow!)
5.  Tighten the center knot by pulling on the loops.  Adjust the loops and make sure that the loop on both sides are even.
6.  Trim ribbon to desired length and style.  For a double-pointed tail (pictured), fold the ribbon ends in half and cut in an angle.

 

…and there you have it!!! 

Stocking Stuffers

Happy December, everyone!

Have you started your Christmas shopping yet?  With the recent Black Friday weekend kicking off the holiday shopping frenzy,  I think it’s on everyone’s to-do list.  Here at Red Knot we offer unique gifts in home furnishing, decor and accessories.  For those who start off Christmas morning with the tradition of stuffing stockings with small, humble gifts, below are some of our favorite ideas.

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1. BOOKENDS, $49 (set of 2)
Love books?  Or know anyone who does?  This bookends set is perfect for any young professional, book-lover and aspiring writer!

2. SUCCULENT, $18
Anyone with a green thumb will appreciate how genuine-looking these succulents are.  They’re so beautiful, and no watering required.

3. BATTERY POWER CARD, $39
A stylish universal charger that fit in the tiniest of accessories, even in your wallet!  Available in various minimalist and patterned designs.  The power card works with any mobile phone, iPod, speakers, and other USB devices.

4. IPHONE 5/5S PHONE CASE, $29
Change things up with a new eye-catching phone cover.  Not only are these iPhone cases stylish, they are also shock-resistant with silicon side grips for a more secure and comfortable hold.  Available in various colors and designs – some even have games!

5. COASTERS, $29 (set of 4)
A simple marbled design, yet considerably a great addition to any room in the house.  Also makes a delightful birthday or hostess gift.

6. BOWLS, $8
These pretty small bowls are available in different designs and patterns.  Each bowl is sold separately, although we encourage you to use your creativity and purchase a set – don’t be afraid to mix and match the designs.

7. BUSINESS CARD HOLDER, $15
Great small gift for anyone who has a business card!  The sleek and modern design gives a wonderful first impression.

8. READING LAMP, $99
These little reading lamps are so fun and convenient to have.  Lightweight, with adjustable arms, they are amusing, yet functional.

9. BLUETOOTH SPEAKER, $59
They say big things come in small packages, and this portable tiny speaker proves just that. When fully charged, it has seven hours of playtime, and works with all Bluetooth enabled devices up to 30 feet away.  The sound of music is superior.  This Christmas, let’s get lo-ud!

10. REUSABLE BAG, $10
Not all reusable bags are created equal.  Our Loqi reusable bags are eco-friendly, reusable, long-lasting, water-resistant, washable and easy to store. Not to mention, stylish…very.  Take your pick, there’s a lot of designs to choose from!

 

I hope you love these Stocking Stuffers ideas as much as we do!  Now we have an early Christmas gift to you.  

Beginning today, Dec.5th through Monday, Dec. 8th, Red Knot is running an accessory sale of 25% OFF ALL ACCESSORIES!  How awesome is that?!

 

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So are you ready to stuff some stockings? Come visit us at our Aiea or Beretania location and we’ll help you find your perfect gifts.

10 Things We Are Thankful For

Thanksgiving is almost here!

Celebrated every fourth Thursday of November, Thanksgiving is a day spent with our loving families and gorging ourselves in the biggest feast of the year! Turkey, pumpkin pie, mashed potatoes, and gravy… yum! It’s a time for reflection on the current year,  and the many abundances it has brought our way. Of course, let’s not forget to be thankful.

Here at Red Knot, we have so many things to be thankful for. So far, 2014 has been such an amazing year for us. A new concept established by the best home furnishings retailer in Hawaii, C.S. Wo and Sons, and brought to life by equally talented individuals in our management, merchandising, advertising, operations, and corporate divisions. We are thankful for the very stylish, creative, and oh-so-fun furniture and accessories we discovered at market. We are thankful that they are now displayed in our showroom, thankful that we are able to share them with you through our two locations, as well as digital and social media.

Most importantly, we are thankful for you— our design-savvy shoppers who appreciate great design at affordable prices.  

Speaking of great design, our team rounds up their absolute favorite pieces here at Red Knot. Below are 10 things we are thankful for:

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Bloom

Hamlin

Cooper

Slinky

Minto

Seymour

Pinnadel

Hartland

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It is undeniable that Red Knot offers fun, creative and versatile pieces. We are definitely thankful for that.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!!