When we began searching for our Hawaiian home, it was clear that my fiancé and I didn't see eye to eye on where exactly that would be.
My fiancé, who was living on North Shore at the time, wanted to live closer to the bars and restaurants downtown. I'd rather imagined he'd stay put, I'd join him, and together we'd restore a mid-century home with an ocean view. But, since marriage is compromise (and neither of us are millionaires...sigh), we've taken up residency in a condo in the Ala Moana neighborhood of Honolulu.
It’s our first home together and the first piece of property either of us has ever purchased. While I doubt it will be our forever home, it feels nice to have planted solid roots in Hawaii.
We love our building and our neighborhood--which is in walking distance to great bars/restaurants in Kaka'ako, the Ala Moana Center, and, of course, the beach.
Most importantly, we love having a place of our own for friends and family to visit (I've said it before and I'll say it again: a visit to Hawaii will change your life).
With limited square feet, designing a home that's stylish enough for entertaining and practical enough for real life is challenging to the say least. While we've managed to get the basics down--couch, bed, pots and pans--we're still on the hunt for the details.
We want our house to reflect our island life, but not feel too kitschy...it is, after all, a home and not a tiki bar.
It'll probably be months before everything finally comes together. Until then, here are some things for the apartment I'm currently coveting.