5/29/16

What I love about motherhood.

motherhood

I’m still getting used to the fact that I have a one-year-old. It feels like just yesterday that Kai came into our lives.

It’s no secret that he was a bit of a surprise. But what’s been the greatest surprise of all is just how much we love him. Continue reading

5/21/16

Decorating with Havenly

heavenly living room concepts

It took me, like, 7 years to decide on paint colors for our last apartment. Needless to say, I can be a little indecisive when it comes to home decorating. Problem is, I like so many design types. Girly, rocker, bohemian, country cottage… I can’t make up my mind!

We sold quite a bit of stuff when we moved to Hawaii, so in many ways our new apartment felt like a clean slate. Exciting? No! Clean slates mean choices and decisions, oh my! Needless to say, I was thrilled at the opportunity to partner with Havenly. Havenly is an online interior design service that ranges from $79 (for a small room refresh) to $199 (for a complete design experience per room). Why is it so affordable, you might ask? Well, it’s all done virtually. 

Sometimes working with teams virtually can be a hassle. Not Havenly. The site provides a detailed style test to help pinpoint your style (or in my case, styles). From there, you can browse through the profiles of Havenly’s style experts (think: Tinder for interior designers). Once you’ve chosen your favorite designer, you’re connected and the relationship commences! We worked with a gal named Sarah who couldn’t have been more kind, thoughtful and patient with us. We had a few hiccups along the way including indecisiveness (who, me?!), our dream rug selling out before we could snag it, on top of the fact that not all retailers ship to Hawaii so several items actually couldn’t be shipped here. Despite all those challenges, Sarah went above and beyond to make sure she was helping us create the living room of our dreams.

One of the things I loved about Havenly is that the design process is done in stages. This isn’t a one-concept-delivered-and-done service. Havenly designers have a specific series of steps – a method to the madness, if you will – and are happy to go back and forth on iterations before the final design is rendered. It’s all incredibly visual fitted to your exact room specifications, which I really appreciated.

So, enough of the small talk.

You already saw the initial two concepts (above) that were presented to us. Which one would you pick? I’ll reveal my choice in the coming weeks!

In the meantime, I’m excited to tell you that Havenly has extended a 20% off code for Margaritas In The Rain readers! Use promo code MARGARITA20 (through September 1, 2016).

Disclaimer: Although Havenly gifted me with their design services, I only write about products I’m truly excited about.

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tropical sunrise smoothie with papaya mango coconut milk

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3-6 months baby essentials

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watermelon margaritas

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Hawaiian Vanilla Company

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kailua beach family photoshoot

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gdiapers aloha

Diaper talk

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mango pico de gallo

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spicy tofu poke bowl

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