I’ve always been a big fan of home interiors. It’s due mostly to my mother’s need to rearrange all the furniture in my house every 4-5 months or so. She was what I like to call “French Country”. Soft colors, floral prints, random thrift store finds and a lot of DIY stuff, so it’s brilliant that that and those ideas are readily accessible in today’s world that’s to blogs and Pinterest.
Anyways, based on that, it’s no surprise that I’d be attracted to showcasing the idea of home interiors in this magazine. With our last issue’s theme, “HOME”, I asked a few different people from across the world to show us their interiors and answer a few questions which we’ll keep the same across the board (kind of like our fill-in-friday series). The first home comes to you from the island I live on, OAHU!
What made me want to showcase this home was the fact that Emily (the decorator) thought of so many details, whether it be the floating bookshelves coordinated by color, or the plants that hang over their sink and all of this is sealed with personal touches like the self portrait that John painted and the gifted embroidery in a frame reading “SUCK IT”. These beautiful touches make a home a home.
AGE: 27 and 32
LOCATION: Manoa Valley, Hawaii
# OF YEARS YOU’VE LIVED THERE: 6 months
WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT WHERE YOU LIVE GEOGRAPHICALLY?
There’s a lot of history in our valley which makes it an interesting place to live. I feel like a lot of people that live in Manoa enjoy a quality of life that’s unique to the valley and it shows through their attitude. The roads are wider, the weather is cooler and the proximity of things are convenient. I feel like we are living in an authentic Hawaiian neighborhood.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PLACE/SPOT IN YOUR HOME?
John likes to sit outside and watch the geckos. I like our kitchen because of our plants and it’s always the coolest part of our house. It’s also where the beer is :)
ARE THERE ANY THINGS YOU WANT TO UPGRADE OR CHANGE?
If we could chose anything I would want it to be a little bit bigger. Sometimes it seems a little too cozy, and it can make us lazy. And it doesn’t have a jacuzzi.
WHAT IS YOUR DEFINITION OF “HOME”?
Anywhere I look forward to going to at the end of a long day that’s comfortable, and uniquely my own.
FAVORITE PIECE OF FURNITURE?
John likes the bathroom vanity which we just painted to match the curtains. I Like our TV stand which we also painted. Both of them were gifts which we updated with a coat of paint and I think that adds to their character.
WHAT DOES YOUR DREAM HOME HAVE THAT YOUR CURRENT HOME DOESN’T?
A jacuzzi and several cats. Also a butler.
HOW DO YOUR FEEL YOUR HOME IS UNIQUE?
It’s an old garage so the layout is very unique. Our decor is welcoming and comfortable as soon as you step through the door. It encourages people to relax and make themselves at home. We have lots of pictures of our family and music we like as well as pictures we’ve both painted. It’s got great character and tells a story about us and I never get tired of looking at it.
If you have a home worthy of a peep, send your submissions to TheManifoldMag@gmail.com (DON’T BE SHY, FOLKS! INVITE US IN!)