Thursday, January 18, 2018

Oahu Ke Aloha

Oahu is my favorite island on the planet. In the Hawaiian language it means: "the gathering place." It is the one place on earth where I can resource and reconnect with nature and with myself.
Truly a beloved place 🌈

I would like to share what inspired me in nature during my last trip there, and bring some of the Hawaiian style into interior decorating.
Nature is an integral part of everyday life on Oahu - people spend lots of time outdoors, and the leaves and flowers find their way onto prints and furniture design.

Acacia Wood Bench (American Rattan)




'Riding the Tides' - bronze sculpture
by Andrea Everhart




Kamuela (Diamond Head Fabrics)

Natural sceneries are so breathtaking in Hawaii that one wishes to sit and watch...



Plumeria Pillow Cover (Etsy)














Rattan Pole Table (Yuni)
'Sky, "'Oh'ia, Earth' by Andrea Pro













...hoping to merge and become one with the sound of the ocean and the songs of the tropical birds.






























Marva Teak Dining Set (AllModern)
Hawaiian Quilt Pillow Covers (Aloha Designs)


























And when at last you recline and look up through the palms, relaxation is immediate and deep!




Brighton Chair (Wayfair)


Ottoman (AllModern)




















Fern (Diamond Head Fabrics)


Koa wood has famously been used in Hawaii as it used to grow abundantly on all the islands.
'Koa' means 'warrior'. The first surf boards were made of koa, as well as all the canoes.



1940's Hawaiian Koa Wood Club Chair (1stdibs)


Koa Honu (Martin & McArthur)



Lanikai Makau Series Koa Ukulele
(Cascio Music)



















Please enjoy this beautiful Hawaiian song by Keali'i Reichel:
E O Mai





A hui ho! Me ke aloha 🌴



Sophie Castro offers Interior Design services in Los Angeles, CA and Honolulu, HI.She can be reached at: sophiecastrointeriors@gmail.com


All nature photographs were taken by author.
























Thursday, October 26, 2017

Green Castkills

End of the summer in the Catskills, NY is always a treat. It is not quite fall yet, but nature is silently and almost invisibly starting to prepare for cooler months ahead. And so the air is fresh, the colors vibrant, like if nature gave it all before eventually shedding until spring returns.




I love long walks in the woods, walking on branches and leaves, and the rich smell of earth and soil – then coming back to a welcoming home.

Hang your jacket, and come sit and relax!

Reclaimed Wood Coatrack (Amazon)



Moroccan Wedding Ottoman (Anthropologie)
















Maxwell swivel leather Chair (Restoration Hardware)







The sight of a fireplace beckons to sit for contemplation...







Corona Coffee Table (Anthropologie)




















East coast flowers are abundant: brown-eyed Susan, purple coneflower, lilies, Russian sage, Queen Anne's lace...
Artisan Mission Rocker - oak (Amish outlet store)

















     All attract bumble bees and butterflies.
Greylock gold Easton chair (Annie Selke)











Pillar coat Rack (Wayfair)
Urban Mission pub Table (Liberty Furniture - Houzz)
Art Canvas (The Bungalow Craft)















Apple tree - so yummy! It's almost time to come home...

Harvey Ellis club chair - circa 1906 (Stickley)



Rustic metal wall Rack
(Wallmart)




















Moroccan Pouf (West Elm)












... for a cup of tea!






Or a hot chocolate! Feeling full of beautiful nature :)





Sophie Castro offers Interior Design services in Los Angeles, CA and Honolulu, HI.She can be reached at: sophiecastrointeriors@gmail.com


All nature photographs were taken by author.













































Oahu Ke Aloha

Oahu is my favorite island on the planet. In the Hawaiian language it means: "the gathering place." It is the one place on earth w...