Walking into fishcake is like walking into a wonderland with creative furnishings and space accessories as far as the eye can see, topped off with a generous dollop of vintage and art. It was one of those spots that I needed to look at each deliciously designed detail.


The light filled interior is modeled after a fishcake factory with a fun industrial feel. The display fixtures are surely the inspiration of many a DIY. Unique items for the home, both handmade and vintage, tempted my wallet (which has been sealed shut for the holiday season, in an effort to…dramatic drum roll please, fast from shopping).


The Dressing A Dress art exhibit is a feast for fashion and textile obsessed eyes. I coveted this gown made from 200 swatches of textile archives by Kauai artist Louda Larrain in celebration of Hawaii Fashion month.


Body Works…sculptures by Jinja Kim were a treat for those who favor black and white in their space, also for Hawaii Fashion Month.


I wanted everything from canvas bottle bags to a vintage in-tray to the perfect small space coffee table set but this quirky piece for the animal lover (real heads ain’t my thang) was my favorite.

fishcake is easily at the top of my spots to visit on Oahu. They don’t just shine at retail, their services are also available for your commercial and residential design needs.

Visit fishcake online here or on facebook or their awesome instagram.

fishcake is located at 307C Kamani Street, Honolulu, Hawaii.

Dressing A Dress is available for viewing until December 30, 2014. Body Works concludes on November 30, 2014.

Tiny House Nation

FYI TV launched Tiny House Nation in July. Each weekly episode is an hour long and showcases a different family’s transition to and design of a newly built Tiny Home under 300 square feet. Other homes in the small space/tiny home category are also shown as mini-features. Tiny House Nation is not a detailed DIY presentation of the tiny home building and planning process. Nor does it explore legal challenges an owner may encounter in different states. The show does provide an expedited and summarized glimpse into tiny living focusing on the clever use of space and multi-purpose pieces. Whether we live in a tiny home, an apartment or have a room that is multi-purpose, we can all learn a tiny thing or two from Tiny House Nation.

Tiny House Nation

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Things I’m Loving Now…Small Spaces

Form meets function is my mantra for small home interiors. Furnishings and storage that appeal to my sense of whimsy make my small space dweller heart sing.

Things Lax Series Wall Mounted Desk

The wall mounted desk and shelf by VIASHstudios for the Lax Series line is not limited to web surfing. A dining nook, entryway table, vanity, bar or buffet are just a few ways this piece can transform.

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Our Kaka’ako is an area in the heart of Honolulu that spans nine city blocks and is serving as a hub and incubator for creativity, art, entrepreneurs and chefs. Murals grace the sides of old buildings while pop-up eateries and independent home boutiques tempt you from the street level.

On a recent visit to Oahu my sister Gabi was eager to share one of her favorite new Kaka’ako finds, Quince. Her exact words – “it’s so you, thought of you immediately and know you’ll love everything”.

We walked in to the cozy shop space filled with fun paper goods and colorful home accessories. Gabi was right, I was HOME and adored everything. However, the happiest surprise was when I spotted the proprietor, my friend Marissa!

Marissa Selders (Dang), her brother Chris, his wife Cherie and I played tennis together on Oahu in women’s and mixed doubles leagues. I’ve always enjoyed chatting with Marissa who is artistic with great taste. A Punahou graduate who attended Georgetown University, Parsons and Chaminade studying art and design, she’s dipped her talents into fashion with handpainted dresses in a past venture, Poppy Dress. Now she’s directing her creative energy into interior design, space planning and her home boutique, Quince.

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Quince is filled with colorful and modern paper goods, gift items, home accessories, books and jewelry. Her selections appeal to those that love their functional pieces to also have a sense of humor and a dash of quirkiness. Price points are reasonable and it’s one of those shops with an assortment  so well edited, you won’t want to leave until you’ve seen every last bit.

The above product shots are via Quince’s instagram feed. I can’t wait to see her current stock on my next Honolulu hop skip!

Quince has recently moved to a different space in the same area and will be celebrating their grand re-opening tomorrow, March 21st from 5 to 8 pm.

Visit the Quince site for more links and info here.

Hale Lani, House of the Heavens…Maui Meadows

My family moved to Maui Meadows in the early ’70s. Maui Meadows is a neighborhood in South Kihei located directly above Wailea. I was four when our house was being built in 1972 and I remember our home being one of just a few. We were surrounded by hills of empty lots filled with thorny kiawe trees. A few of my father’s family and friends wondered why he would want to live so far away from central Maui. My oh my, how things have changed. Maui Meadows is now a desired area nestled between mauka (mountain) and makai (ocean) with very few undeveloped lots. Residents enjoy cool mountain breezes, an ocean view and a close proximity to some of the best beaches on the island.

When I decided to return to Maui a few years ago I began to search for a rental until my dad suggested he expand the family house so I could live with them. I eagerly agreed. My intent on returning home was to spend time with my parents after more than two decades away and also to be available to them if and when they needed me in their senior years. I could think of no better location to live than Maui Meadows. I cuddle up at night in the crisp evenings, see amazing sunsets on my daily walks and wake up to birds chirping. I can also be at my favorite beach in Wailea, shopping at a boutique or sitting at Monkeypod’s bar enjoying wine and gnocchi in mere minutes. Since the 70s, highways have been built and expanded so Maui Meadows is also conveniently just a 25 minute drive from the central area and a few minutes drive from lower Kihei and its many grocers and other retail.

I live in the lower  portion of Maui Meadows where our view is a bit obstructed so I was thrilled to have the opportunity to attend an event behind the gates of Kaimanu Estates, at Hale Lani, House of the Heavens, on the upper portion of Maui Meadows where the views are unobstructed and jaw dropping.

Kaimanu View Round

This is the view from poolside at the estate (image courtesy of Erik Blair). It doesn’t get any better than this. Mountain and ocean views with a lush landscape immediately put everyone at ease and ready to chat while enjoying cocktails, pupus and bite sized sweets as the sun set. If you’ve never had the opportunity to view a South Maui sunset, imagine a kaleidoscope of color with the sun dropping amongst the clouds over the ocean. It is a treat I never tire of.

Kaimanu Pool Round

The 7 bedroom, 6,857 square foot home boasts several living areas, kitchens and dining rooms. My favorite feature was the ability to completely open up the living areas for the full indoor and outdoor experience. The rooms, indoor seating and outside recreation areas were all perfectly situated to take full advantage of the amazing view.

The architecture and interior spoke of island life but with modern touches throughout. One of my favorite areas was one of the kitchens with high end stainless appliances, white cabinetry and dark hardwood floors. The craftsmanship was gorgeous, streamlined and with quality materials for a luxurious yet inviting feel.

The property is private and you feel the connection to upcountry Maui’s crisp weather but also to the oceanfront below you, the best of both worlds.

My own pictures didn’t do this home justice so I’m opting instead to encourage you to take a peek at the listing hereThank you to Dano Sayles who organized and hosted us during our visit. He is also a longtime Maui Meadows resident. Be sure to check the other listings on his site after taking a peek at this property.

If you’d like to inquire with the listing agent for this property, you can contact Lucas Woodford at 808-280-2312. 

To see more pictures of Hale Lani and a video of fun candids at the event, check out the Maui Information Guide.