Happy birthday to us!

Red Knot is celebrating its third birthday this month! We’ve had three wonderful years of providing Hawaii with stylish, quality furniture at affordable prices, and we’ve loved every minute of it.

We’ve chatted with some of our amazing Home Furnishing Consultants at all three of our Red Knot locations to learn more about the items their customers are obsessed with. Careful- one look at these pieces and you might be obsessed too!

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Keito, our Home Furnishing Consultant at the Red Knot store in Honolulu, told us his customers LOVE the Randall sectional by Violino. The Randall is a versatile piece, Keito says, as “a neutral cover makes it easy to blend with any color palette.” As he notes, muted colors are very in right now, and for good reason- they go with everything.

It’s not just the color that makes the Randall ideal for all sorts of spaces. We carry this sectional in two configurations! Whether you want the chaise on the left or on the right, we’ve got you covered. We asked Keito how he’d style this piece for one of his customers:

“The style can transition easily between modern and traditional styles. By adding a few pillows with contrasting colors, patterns, and textures, [you can] add a little bit of luxe to this neutral sofa.”

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This sectional sounds like the perfect fit for anyone! Come see the Randall at our Honolulu store and test out that comfy chaise for yourself.

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At our Pearlridge store, one of Ruby’s bestsellers is the Sofia sofa by Actona. It’s easy to understand why her customers ask about it- the mid-century silhouette and blue-grey fabric are a match made in heaven. When asked to describe the look of this piece, Ruby had one word: “timeless.”

She’s right about that- this sofa is a style time-traveler. The Sofia seems at home in all kinds of rooms, from transitional to mid-century modern to contemporary and back again! The color also offers a unique opportunity to play up the personality of a room: Ruby once styled this piece for a client who had an orange floor, which complemented the steel blue of the sofa beautifully. But we think this sofa would look great as the focal point among more subdued tones as well!

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What kind of accessories would you pair with this sofa? Check out how we’ve dressed up the Sofia at our Pearlridge store.

KAPOLEI

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Russel’s Kapolei customers are loving the color grey for upholstery (as is the rest of the home decor world!) so an obvious choice for fan favorite is the Broadway power reclining sofa by Violino. Just by looking at it, you can tell why everyone’s asking about it- soft, stone grey performance fabric plus reclining seats equals serious comfort.

But the coolest feature of this sofa is also the smallest one…built-in USB ports! Imagine being able to relax and recline on your new sofa, and not having to get up to plug your phone in. That’s the dream right there. This sofa fits easily into any contemporary setting, but Russel notes than it can also be styled with a rustic look (which is also enjoying some popularity).

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Which style would you choose for the Broadway? Try out this reclining sofa- and the matching loveseat and chair!- at the Kapolei store.

Did you do a triple-take when you saw these beauties? Good things tend to come in threes, and this is no exception: visit any of our three locations between August 18 and 20 and take 10% off everything.

That’s right. Everything. Even clearance.

This deal is so good, it’s only happening for three days. So whether you’re in town or on the leeward side, make it out to one of our stores to celebrate our third birthday with us!

Shape up!

Get in shape with our geometric new arrivals! Funky lines and clean finishes give these accent pieces modern flair.

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Actona gives us another glossy fixture to fall in love with in this TV table. Off-center levels of storage and a single glass shelf are balanced by a smooth white finish, keeping the look minimal but oh so cool. This table will be right at home in your sleek modern living room, but beware- you may not have the heart to put a TV on this statement piece!

STUDIO DISPLAY CASE

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We are excited to have the Studio collection by Red Knot newcomer Aspenhome grace our floors! Square and rectangular storage compartments are perched atop splayed metal legs, clothed in an unexpected turquoise finish. Use this piece as an updated curio cabinet, or even as a makeshift room divider in smaller living spaces.

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Rose gold is still in, and we’re still loving it. The black circular shelves and bronze finish make one classy pair. With wine glass storage and wheels for mobility, this cart boasts both fashion and function. We can’t imagine a trendier way to serve drinks at your next party! P.S. if you’re not about rose gold, we carry it in chrome too.

Who knew geometry could be so stylish? Visit a store near you to check out these shapely beauties up close and personal.

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.

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

Happy Halloween!!!

Through Rose (Gold)-Colored Glasses

Silver can be so cold, gold can be too lavish, but rose gold….it has a certain charm to it. I’ve noticed in recent years that rose gold and copper metal has all but taken over a lot of the home decor world, particularly when it comes to millennials. Watch any home decor haul on Youtube and I promise you’ll see at least one piece of rose gold or copper in almost every single video. But what makes these two warm metals so special? Well, let’s talk about the difference between the two.

Both are a variation of the well beloved gold shade. While copper has a very orange based undertone, rose gold is a mixture between copper and gold with a more pink undertone. Copper is seen more often in home decor but a touch of rosy metallic shine is not unheard of either.

What I love about this rose gold and copper trend is it’s warmth. Gold can often times be too loud or bright, where as rose gold and copper brings a warmer yet luxurious feel. From light fixtures to accessories, take a look at some of the great ways you can welcome this new metal into your home!

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  1. Pendant Light | $294.99-$614.99
  2. Wall Stag Head | $29.99
  3. Metallic Pendant Light (With Edison Bulb) | $115.99-$199.99
  4. Mule Shot Glass (Set of 4) | $29.95
  5. Photo Frame | $34.95
  6. Shopper Bag | $14.99
  7. Copper Chair | $299.99
  8. Sequined Cushion Cover | $17.99
  9. Metal Basket | $17.99
  10. 4 Piece Canister Set | $113.99
  11. Task Lamp With White Marble Base | $54.99

Doze off in style

We spend about a third of our life sleeping – that’s an average of 8 hours a day or 229,961 hours in a lifetime! Unless you work from home, your bed is a piece of furniture that gets used the most. At Red Knot, we offer a few different options when it come to styling up your bedroom.

Let’s start with the Nevis.  It’s one of our most popular bedroom collections made in Indonesia with solid tropical mahogany and eastern ashwood veneer. All of the drawers feature full extension, ball-bearing glides for easy access to all of your belongings. The floating platform bed frame works great in the middle of a room or under a window. One of the amazing features of the Nevis bed – the convenient storage on either side of the bed. It’s an added benefit for those with smaller spaces.

* Red Knot tip:  For those who love this bed frame but want a headboard: try a headboard wall decal! They’re cost efficient, easy to apply/remove, and come in many different styles.


Next up is the Element collection. Also made in Indonesia, this collection is made of solid tropical mahogany and mahogany veneer. It also features ball-bearing glides and similar clean lines. What sets the Element apart is it’s clean design without any hardware or handles on it’s drawers. This hardware-less design provides a clean palette for your modern bedroom decor and it helps to keep you from getting caught on anything!

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* Red Knot tip:  This particular set is great for the minimalist at heart, but to spice things up a bit you could decorate the headboard by draping some sheer cloth on either side or hang lights along the top for a little bit of sparkle!.


If the Nevis and the Element had a baby, it would probably look like our Icon collection. The Icon is an imported collection crafted with melamine over MDF in a rich coffee finish. With aluminum and chrome accents both on the bed frame and the drawer hardware, it’s low profile creates the illusion of a larger space.

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* Red Knot tip:  For those with small spaces, give the illusion of a bigger room by hanging your curtains higher than just your window height. By bringing your curtains closer to the ceiling, it adds the illusion of height within a small space.


If you like the Icon, but just want a fresh light color? Look no further! Coming soon to our stores is something we all have been waiting for: a white bedroom set! Please give a big warm welcome to our new Bellmar bedroom collection. Sister to the Icon, the Bellmar boasts the same stylish features but without the glass paneled drawer accents.

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*Red Knot tip: White bedroom furniture can give a modern, clean look to any room. However, be mindful of using too much white as it can make your cozy room feel a little cold and one dimensional. An easy way to break up all of that white is to layer on colorful accessories.


Wanting a mid-century modern vibe? The Palisades collection is a modern take on this popular trend. Similar to the Element, it has a clean facade without any hardware for drawer pulls. The legs taper out to give each piece a mid-century modern look. However, it’s best feature is the white upholstered headboard which gives it a soft, luxurious feel.

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* Red Knot tip: Put away all of those pillows and let your headboard shine through! Historically, headboards were used to isolate us from the cold, they’re now used as a focal point of a bedroom while adding a decorative element.


Last, but certainly not least (and definitely my favorite!) is our Cornith bedroom collection.  It’s constructed from Javanese hardwood with English dovetail joints. The Cornith is the only all solid wood bedroom collection at Red Knot and it’s affordable price tag makes it an absolute steal. With it’s gorgeous design and solid wood craftsmanship, what’s not to love? My fellow Red Knot team members would describe the Cornith as rustic, yet still refined and I would have to agree.

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* Red Knot tip:  One feature to note about the Cornith dresser is that it has 9 equal sized drawers. This is actually a more modern concept that is hard to find in a lot of traditional pieces. Have fun styling this collection by playing up accents with metal or chrome. The contrast between the natural wood and metal or chrome creates an interesting juxtaposition that will keep the room from feeling too rustic.

Design Inspiration

As you already know here at Red Knot we have an undeniable love for design.  Through our blog we are able to share with you tips and inspiration to bring out your inner creative and design-savvy dweller.  Truth be told, we also have our list of favorite blogs we frequent- they, too, inspire us with extraordinary ideas and amazing designs that stir our minds, we couldn’t wait to share them with you!

 

Apartment Therapy

An essential blog for resources in home improvement and design tips. The site feature topics in homekeeping, DIYs, renovation, tech, and entertaining. The site is updated frequently with posts from different parts of the world. Apartment Therapy is mostly pictorial, with lots of jaw-dropping photos of interiors all the while providing practical home décor ideas. Founder Maxwell Ryan was known as the “apartment therapist”, described as “one part interior designer, one part life coach,” who would visit his clients’ homes to help them make their spaces beautiful, organized and healthy. In their mission statement they believe that “a calm, beautiful home is linked to happiness.”

 

Centsational Girl

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“Fabulous, for less” is Kate Riley’s motto in her blog, Centsational Girl. Centsational Girl is an incredible resource for design, home improvement and DIY projects and how to bring affordable style to your home. The best guide for designer style on a budget, you will find tips, tricks and tutorials on designing your home in the most creative and inexpensive ways through furniture makeovers and craft projects. Kate shows you how “fix up your place and with finesse, one do-it-yourself project at a time”. Browse the Project Gallery for article archives, the Style Files for inspiring home improvement and interior decorating ideas, and Kate’s other site, Best of DIY for over 1,000 DIY projects.

 

Design Milk

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“Always fresh + never sour, Design Milk fills your thirsty cup to the brim with design finds from around the world.” An incredible go-to resource for information about art, architecture, interior design, home décor, fashion, and technology. They have a number of regular columns and features that make interesting reads such as Design Store(y) (inside look at a retail design shop), Skim Milk (minimalist design) and Where I Work (offices and tools to help unleash creativity of top designers) to name a few. In their Interiors page, there are a pages of eye-candy photos of striking and much coveted spaces.

 

Savvy Home

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The Savvy Girl believes in the notion that the decorating is an ongoing adventure. Influenced by a love for the coastal lifestyle, Savvy home was founded in 2010 by Gabrielle Savoie out of a beach apartment on the coast of South Australia. It is a great source for décor inspiration, expert tips, shopping and décor services. The site features blog posts on interior design, entertaining, travel and house tours. You can also purchase featured furniture and accent pieces in their Shop page.

 

Remodelista

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Remodelista is one of the best home and design websites to visit.  They have design perspectives from all over the globe, from here in the U.S to Australia to Europe and Asia! Talk about online globe-trotting, visit their Travel category for exquisite interiors throughout the world!  Their Home Inspiration category feature blog posts with amazing inspiration for the home, where you can find art and decorating ideas, color palettes, and home accessories in a range of styles- modern, rustic to minimalist.  In the Experts category you can browse a selective listing of design firms and design professionals.  You can get remodeling advice from DIYers, remodelers, and architectural enthusiasts.

Spring Break!

Everyone loves to dream about their next vacation.
Whether you’re looking for a blast of sunlight to recharge or some outdoor winter fun.  Let’s say yes to a full week rejuvenation with our destination picks for an unforgettable Spring Break.

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NASSAU, BAHAMAS
The Bahamas is known for its breathtaking beaches.  Nassau, its capital city, is a popular destination for shopping, dining, entertainment and of course, beach activities.  Things to do: Boat trips, snorkeling, guided tours and shopping in busy Bay Street.  For James Bond fans, visit the British Colonial Hotel, where they filmed two of the Sean Connery-era movies.    Fun Fact: As part of its rich history, Nassau was a home base for pirates for many of years and yes, that includes Blackbeard.

 

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An island on Northeast Carribean, St. Marteen (or St. Martin) is divided between France and the Kingdom of Netherlands.  Phillipsburg is the Dutch Capitol with old renovated buildings and typical Antillean architecture. Things to do: Soak up the sun in their sugary white beaches such as the Great Beach Bay and Orient Bay.  For shopaholics, visit Frontstreet and Backstreet, the  main streets that are crammed with retail shops.  As a leading duty-free port, St. Marteen offers over 500 duty free shops for up to 50% below U.S prices.  Love butterflies?  Experience the dazzling world of St. Marteen’s Butterfly Farm.  Fun Fact– At 37 square miles, St. Marteen is the smallest land mass in the world to be shared by two countries – the lack of conflict creates an unusual serenity which makes it even more appealing to visitors.

 

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MONTEGO BAY, JAMAICA
Reggae music? Check.  Rum punch?  Check.  Tasty jerk chicken? Check.  The sun never sets at Montego Bay, Jamaica!  Montego Bay, or “MoBay” for short, is the second largest city in Jamaica.  Beautiful perfect white sand beaches, backed by picturesque low mountains, MoBay is the tourist capital of Jamaica.  Topping it is the laidback culture of the Jamaican people that will put your mind at ease.  Things to do:   Doctor’s Cave Beach, with its clear and calm waters believed to have powers of luring visitors from around the world.  Hipsters and artists, check out Montego Bay’s “Hip Strip”- Gloucester Avenue.  The strip is filled with art galleries, coffee shops and souvenir stores. Go bamboo rafting at Martha Brae Rafter’s Village and learn about tropical flora and fauna.  Feeling brave? Visit the haunted house of Annie Palmer, The Rose Hall Great House and learn about the mistress of voodoo.  Fun Fact:  Montego Bay is also called “the friendly city” because of the warmth and friendliness of the locals.

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HEAVENLY, SOUTH LAKE TAHOE
Living in Hawaii, sometimes you may want to walk away from the sunny life in paradise and experience something different.  Different, like, somewhere cold, where it snows, and maybe you can even do snow activities.   Heavenly, Lake Tahoe is just the place.  Things to do:   Ride the gondola to Heavenly slopes where you can ski and snowboard, with your choice of terrain variety–more than any Lake Tahoe resort.  For less or non-experienced snow-goers, classes are available.  Shop at the Heavenly Village shops for fun stores like Rocket Fizz and Sock City – candies and socks for days!  Walk on over to the other side of Heavenly, and there is Reno, Nevada, where Harveys and Harrahs casinos are (conveniently) located.  You read that right.  You can be in two states at one time!  Fun Fact:  Lake Tahoe is surrounded by the Sierra Nevada mountain range,  a beauty created by nature that the Washoe Indians called it “The Lake of the Sky”.   Up in the Heavenly mountains, you can see a spectacular view of Lake Tahoe.

 

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MIAMI, FLORIDA
Miami is one of the nation’s and the world’s most popular vacation spots.   No wonder Will Smith wrote and sang a song about partying in “the city where the heat is on!”  Besides having the largest cruise ship port in the world, Miami also has the largest collection of Art Deco architecture.  She boasts more than 800 buildings in Miami Beach’s Art Deco district.  Things to do: Miami offers a little bit of everything, from serene beaches to art and food festivals, to the lures of deep-sea fishing and golfing, to the trendy nightlife of South Beach.  Nikki Beach Club and Key Biscayne are great hangouts, for the partygoer and the introverts, respectively.  Little Havana gives you a taste of Cuba, while Viszcaya Museum and Gardens invite you to a fairytale experience with its European-style palace.  For clubhoppers, SL Miami, Liv, Cameo, Skybar, and Mynt Lounge are some of their swankiest nightclubs.  Fun Fact: The first suntan lotion was invented in 1944 by Miami Beach pharmacist Benjamin Green.

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA
What happens in Vegas, goes on instagram 😉  Known to Hawaii locals as the ninth island, Sin City, Las Vegas has evolved into one of our favorite destinations.  About 40 million tourists visit Las Vegas every year, and it’s easy to see why.  You can visit every part of the world without leaving the city.  Things to do:  Possibilities are endless in Las Vegas!  Place bets on card games or slot machines, watch dazzling and jaw-dropping shows from world-renowned entertainers, performers and magicians.  Party at the hottest nightclubs like the Tao and Hakkasan usually ventured by A-Lister celebs.  Visit museums, watch a spectacular water-based show at the Bellagio, go hiking at Red Rock Canyon, see a man-made wonder at the Wynn, go shopping at the fabulous Fashion Show Mall– you name it, Las Vegas got it!  Fun Fact:  The Las Vegas strip is the brightest place on Earth when you are looking down from outer space.

 

Now it’s time to let yourself unwind…  Where will you be spending your next Spring Break?

(Images courtesy of Google images)

Turn The Light On!

There’s something about having perfect lighting. Whether it be for photography, dinner parties, or even working from home– there are many different types of light you can use.  In this post we feature the characteristics of various lighting types.  Since they are all designed with a certain use in mind, let’s go over where they would work best in your home.

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INCANDESCENT
The oldest form of lighting, incandescent is the most common bulb most people are familiar with. It provides a warm, steady light and is used mostly in residential applications. It is also compatible with control dimmers, timers, and photo sensors so they are also widely used in commercial lighting. Life span is between 700 – 1000 hours. Incandescent light is inexpensive to manufacture, however, it is not as energy sufficient as other lighting options.  Fun Fact- Incandescent light is on its way out, as part of the Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) mandating that low-efficiency light bulbs be gradually removed from production. 

HALOGEN
Halogen lighting has the advantage of being more efficient and a longer life than the incandescent bulb. Halogen lights are smaller in size and are compatible with dimmers.  They are more expensive and burn at a higher temperature.  They emit “white light”, similar to natural daylight in which colors appear sharper.  Halogen bulbs are fragile, so be careful with handling- never use your bare hands to change the bulb as the oil can shorten or even end the light bulb’s lifespan.  Design Tip- Halogen bulbs are used for car headlamps and work lights. At home, they work best as under-cabinet lighting.

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CFL
Fluorescent light gives a flat, cold light, often bluish and harsh and can also be loud and flickery.  CFLs are the compact fluorescent bulbs- they can be used anywhere you would use an incandescent light bulb.  Contrary to regular fluorescent lights, CFLs are quiet, instant-on and have warmer, color-corrected tones.  A normal lifespan is up to 10,000 hours and because of the small amount of mercury contained in the bulbs, they should be recycled when burnt out.  Unlike incandescent and halogen light, most CFL bulbs cannot be used with dimmers.  Design Tip- Use CFL bulbs for indoor and outdoor lamps, and decorative lighting.  

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LED
LED light, or “Light-emitting diode,” provide only directional light, making them ideal for task lighting.  They are low in power consumption and have a long life span. LEDs are small, with common colors such as amber, red, green, and blue.  Many LEDs have a rated lifespan of up to 50,000 hours.  Since LED is not diffused light, the bulb will not work solely for general room illumination.  Because of these features, LED lights provide unique design opportunities.  Design Tip- LED strip lights = unlimited DIY projects, including  illuminated closet rods.  How brilliant! 

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**images courtesy of houzz.com**

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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