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.

 

 

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.

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.

500 Reasons to Follow Us

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1. a group of people living in the same place or having a particular characteristic in common.  2. a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals.

Being the new kid on the block within the furniture and design community, is no easy task. To celebrate the coming of Red Knot’s modern affordable design options to Hawaii, we launched an Instagram contest: 500 Reasons to Follow Us. Our Instagram followers were given the chance to win a $500 Red Knot gift certificate. The response we received was amazing and it was encouraging to see we were not alone! We shared a common interest with so many people who craved fun affordable designs. And now our Red Knot community is thriving with design-savvy personalities.

At the start of October, we announced Michael Pistono as the lucky winner of 500 Reasons to Follow Us. We had the pleasure of meeting Michael at our Aiea store to snap some fun photos of him and our Red Knot team. Congratulations Michael and we look forward to seeing you again in our home!

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Red Knot Team Leader Honey Millon with Michael Pistono.
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Left to right: Janice Bookhart, Rogi Ramil, Honey Millon, Michael Pistono, and Mia Yosimoto.
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Who said you can’t have a little fun?

 

Let’s Play With Color

Looking for a way to change the feel of your home, but not sure exactly where to start?

Easy.

Play with color.

Color is a universal language and is psychologically proven to affect emotions and behavior. Colors in home furnishings and decor may affect your mood. It is a powerful design tool that can make your space feel bold, cozy, cheerful, calm, playful, and even dramatic.  Colors can also brighten or darken a room as well as expand or shrink a space.  The color red, for example, creates a bold, yet comfortable aura. Yellow and orange makes you and your surroundings feel happy and fun. The color purple encourages creativity and imagination.

Even if color doesn’t affect your emotions, one thing is for certain:  a vibrant colored piece of furniture can definitely make a statement in any space.  Yes, that lime-green swivel chair in the living room? All of your friends have sat on it, posted a selfie on IG while sitting on it, hashtagged their post #iminlove #iwishihadthis #thecoolestthingever. It will definitely make a statement in social media 😉

So don’t be afraid to experiment and use color. It’s time to explore the rainbow, open your box of crayons or your paint (or makeup) palette and embrace the numerous shades of color.

Red Knot’s selection of colorful home furnishings and accents can give your space that “pop” of color you have been looking for. Take a look at some of our most vibrant pieces below:

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*PURPLE TARKIO SOFA/ LOVESEAT

*ORANGE ACKERMAN BAR STOOL

*ROBINSON ROUND END TABLE

*BLOOM SOFA

*KIPP SOFA/LOVESEAT

*YORK SWIVEL ACCENT CHAIR

*DARYL DINING CHAIR

*STRYKER SPINDLE END TABLE

*JERVIS SOFA-CHAISE SECTIONAL

 

In love with any of these colorful pieces?  What are you waiting for?

Come visit our Beretania or Aiea location and let’s play!