Mahalo to everyone who joined me in the celebration of the Grand Opening of my new jewelry studio here at Sunset Beach on the North Shore of Oahu!
We enjoyed a wonderful evening of music by Zoe Curtis, Kendyl Beschen, the Abrigo Ohana, and neighbor Teddy, along with food by Happy’s Hawaii Catering. Lots of beautiful ladies (and men) showed up to check out the studio space, newly renovated by Nick Christensen and Dusty Middleton of Christensen Bros. Construction Company.
Many weeks of preparation went into the design and decor of the studio. Before moving in, we gutted the entire space which consisted of old torn drywall and broken windows, as well as an old wooden workbench.Christensen Bros Construction Company was amazing–fast and professional! They finished the job in under 2 weeks. Dusty, Aukai and I painted the walls, ceiling, floor, trim and doors. Well, my sweetheart Dusty did most of the painting…
Picking out paint choices was not an easy task…I stood at the paint section at Home Depot for about 30 minutes before deciding. My eyes instantly were attracted to “Reef Green,” which I thought was fitting because I LOVE the ocean, especially here at Sunset–the color of the ocean on a calm summer day is exactly the feeling I want to be surrounded by! I love the contrast of complimentary colors, so I chose to do some kind of pink for the trim- I chose “Mulberry” because Aukai and I love to harvest mulberries on the North Shore bike path! And for the sliding closet doors, (which I must tell you were $3 at Re-use Hawaii) I chose Carolina Parakeet, since I’m a Carolina girl, born and raised in North Cackalacky!
After the painting was done, we got to focus on decorating, my favorite part!
Most of the displays and furniture were second-hand or reused in some form or fashion. All of the picture frames were reclaimed from thrift stores and given a fresh coat of paint, and the earring and necklace displays were made from found items, either in nature or thrift shops. My favorite display piece is my “necklace tree,” made from my friend Craig’s plantation on the East Side of Oahu. Craig called me up one day, saying, “I’m doing some trimming here on the farm and I’ve cut these pieces of wood. They keep telling me they want jewelry hung from them!” And so their wish was my command! My handy boyfriend Dusty showed me how to use Liquid Nails and a caulk gun to glue the branches together at the base–we used masking tape to temporarily hold the branches in place while the glue dried. Then we placed hooks in the branches from which to hang necklaces. Turned out to be an intricate project, not to mention that I only finished it the day before the opening!
My second favorite display is the masterpiece earring display.It’s a carved wooden frame with a vintage feel. (Goodwill $8). My girlfriend Marie’s husband (ROB) hammered old copper piping and placed it inside the frame to form rows upon which the earring cards hang. Such a beautiful piece!
I found a great love seat at Salvation Army for about $130- a perfect addition for customers to rest while waiting to buy jewels (or their significant other to buy jewels!)
The rest of the displays and office decorations…well you’ll just have to come and see for yourself when you head this way to Sunset Beach, Oahu.
Everyone enjoying themselves while shopping and conversing and listening to excellent music and delicious food and beverages.
All the ladies enjoyed the experience of shopping in the new studio! We danced
The night ended with great dancing under the stars and an encore by neighbor Teddy.
Mahalo again to everyone for your love and support!