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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Fantasia Ball 2014, IMUA Family Services

IMUA Family Services annual gala, the Fantasia Ball, is just days away! It will be a night to remember.


The Black & White Fantasia Ball will be held at the Hyatt Regency in Kaanapali on April 5th. Fashion, dining, shopping and more come together to support an extremely important and valuable resource for our Maui county families, Imua Family Services.

Imua Family Services mission is to provide comprehensive early childhood development services to children and their families with the support and resources needed to achieve their full potential in life. I attended the ball last year and learned so much about the services Imua offers our families and also listened to stories of keikis and their parents who have been helped by Imua.

The Fantasia Ball is a fantastic and fun event for a worthwhile organization and this year’s event will be no exception. It is truly one of THE events I look forward to each year. Here’s a few highlights on this year’s program:

  • Fashion collection showing by MONaRREZ, Chicago’s 2013 Designer of the Year
  • Original design showing by Fashion Technology Program Students from the University of Hawaii, Maui
  • An instagram contest with a prize from the Cos Bar at the Shops at Wailea.

Imua Fantasia Ball

You can read more about the Fantasia Ball  here and buy tickets here. I hope to see you there!

If you can’t make the Ball, come and dance the night away with us at the after party to end all after parties, Fantasia After Dark.

Imua AfterDark

All images courtesy of Imua Family Services.


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.


Cindy Yokoyama founded Ginger13 in 2004 to create memorable and unique jewelry. I discovered Ginger13 and became a fan a few years later when I scooped up several pairs of her fun mismatched earrings at one of my favorite Honolulu shopping spots, Bamboo Sky. Lighting bolts and koi pendants dangling from beautifully formed hoops were perfect for weekends out or dancing downtown.

On a recent weekend jaunt to Honolulu, my sister and I decided to check out Chinatown, on the edge of downtown. Chinatown is undergoing a revitalization. Hip eateries are replacing dive bars and indie boutiques are filling once empty spaces. As we turned the corner by Hawaii Theatre, we stumbled upon the recently opened Ginger13 brick and mortar!

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Imagery beyond Borders: Life in Forty-Eight

I first stumbled upon BodhiKai Imagery and its creator, Melanie Barrow, on instagram. I was admiring one of Melanie’s shots and discovered she was a travel and nature photographer. We chatted a bit more, I disclosed photography was a new love for me and she gave me a tip for a very cool lens to try out. Since then, I’ve followed BodhiKai Imagery on Facebook and have also struck up a virtual friendship with Melanie. Although we have yet to meet in real life, I’m already in awe of her passion, talent and spirit. She is a mother, a devoted military wife, a veteran, a former chef and an adventurer with a serious case of wanderlust.

I was so excited to read about BodhiKai Imagery’s latest project – Imagery Beyond Borders: Life in Forty-Eight.

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Imagery Beyond Borders: Life in Forty Eight is a global photography project with the goal to bring together people from diverse international locations to bridge cultures, customs and geography through photography.

Each month in 2014, BodhiKai Imagery will send two disposable cameras to a different location. The recipient will document their daily life over the next 48 hours.

BodhiKai Imagery will publish a sneak peek in its upcoming travel photography magazine. The full project will be published in a special edition or book once completed. In 2015, an exhibition in Seattle will feature the project. A portion of the proceeds from the project will benefit the Fisher House Foundation.


You can learn more about the project on BodhiKai Imagery’s Facebook page.

All images provided by Melanie Barrow and should not be used without her express permission. If you are interested in purchasing prints from BodhiKai Imagery, check out the Etsy shop here.

Melanie is a Chicago native with deep roots in Hawaii. She currently resides in Gig Harbor, Washington, with her family. BohdiKai Imagery photography has been featured in Hawaii Magazine and the L.A Times and on CNN and Hawaii Five O, just to name a few. Melanie has also written several travel guides that have been featured in international publications. She also offers photography instruction.