Style It Your Way – The Thurman Sofa

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

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

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

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

HAPPY-MESS LIFE BALANCEMicah-HappymessLifeBalance

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

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

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

LET’S FACE ITRogi-LetsFaceIt

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

MODERN MEETS NATURESteph-ModernMeetsNature

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

WONKA’S LIVING ROOMAlex-WonkasWorld

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

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

GILDED ELEGANCEHoney-GirlsBestFriend

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

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

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

Get The Look for Less – The Chesterfield Sofa

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

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

And now — for our Splurge VS. Steal feature.

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

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

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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.

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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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.

Warning! We may make you drool.

Whenever people ask me what is one of the best parts about living in Hawaii, the first thing that comes to mind is definitely the food. Hawaii is blessed with many different cultures and all the amazing food that comes with it. Now when it comes to great food, our Red Knot Honolulu store location is apart of a downtown community thriving with deliciousness everywhere!  And we’re located 10 minutes from a magical place where you can get just about anything you could possibly want – Eat The Street

Oahu residents have been flocking to this monthly food festival for the past four (going on five) years and the community has been changed ever since! Month after month, friends would tell me all about the delicious food they ate and how I just had to try it one day. So finally, on August 28th, I caved in and went to experience the event that has been slowly taking over our Fridays and our Instagrams.

Eat The Street is an event that happens on the last Friday of every month where vendors set up booths to sell food from 5-10 pm. There is a new location that recently had a grand opening called the Makers & Tasters in Kewalo that has over 40 vendor booths overlooking the harbor. Each event features a different theme and the last event featured all the savory favorites from past Eat The Streets: bacon, garlic, spicy, and chocolate!

I arrived at 6 o’clock and it was decently crowded but I never had to wait in line for more than a couple of minutes – which was a pleasant surprise! My first stop was to pick up something to drink from the famous Wow Wow Lemonade.  For $10 we were able to not only get refreshing lemonade but also a cute mason jar with the brand’s logo on it. I’m a huge fan of the mason jar trend so that definitely sealed the deal for me. What’s great about it is that not only can you get refills for only $5 if you bring your jar with you to any event or stand, it helps to reduce waste and encourage the use of reusable drink receptacles!

After a quick lap around the entire lot, we settled on some fried pork belly, seasoned fries, and a waffle dog!

The fried pork belly had a spicy garlic sauce with salad and rice on the side. I’m a fan of good ol’ pork belly right off the grill but the spicy garlic sauce helped kick things up a notch. It was a little spicier than I usually go for but the rice and salad definitely helped balance it out. For those who are just wanting to try a little bit of everything, it was the perfect amount to split between two people.

The seasoned fries were definitely a hit with me. I mean, who doesn’t love fries? The special mayo sauce with furikake sprinkled on top was a great alternative to a traditional chili & cheese or garlic fries. This was also a great portion size for two people to share!

Next stop?  The Hawaiian Waffle Dog Co. for…waffle dogs, of course! I chose to drizzle some syrup on mine but there were a few other topping choices – including dried minced garlic! It was a perfect mix between sweet and salty. Just watch out for the possible messiness if you decide to go with syrup like I did!

Before we ended the evening with ice cream sandwiches from No Ka ‘Oi Cookie Company, we sat next to the water and watched the weekly fireworks go off in Waikiki. What a beautiful way to end the night! Fireworks go off around 7:40pm every Friday so make sure you time your visit to Eat The Streets so you can enjoy the show while you munch. It’s a great view!

All in all, this is a great place to stop by and hang out with friends or spend some time with your family. I’d definitely recommend at least going once to enjoy what our local street food vendors have to offer! Save the date for the next event on September 25th for some Oktoberfest themed treats!

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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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  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!!!