Island Chic Bungalow

Wicker chairs on front porch

When I called my friend Jill Thatch to ask if I could interview her and her home for the blog, I knew I wouldn’t be disappointed!

Owner of Sugar Cane Hawaii boutique in Kaimuki, backed by a degree in Interior Design, Jill has an eye for all things cute & great! Which is where I come in! (Lol) Jill and I immediately made a soul connection the minute we got a chance to meet via a business introduction from a mutual friend and other boutique owner, Missy Owens of Owens & Co. Jill became a supporter of my home decor line of tea towels, pillows and signs and the rest was history. Along our journey of becoming friends, I came across a social media picture of an interior design project Jill got commissioned to work on, although it had been some 6 years since she had worked with a client outside of designing her own home and boutique, she nailed it! It was then that I knew that I wanted to explore the possibility of carving out my own niche in the world of interior designing . Long story short, after the birth of my son in 2015, I decided to take a “creative hiatus” from production and my career so that I could focus on my “main art project” - my now 3.5 year old son, Keahikuikamaunaehu. Although I stepped back from creating functional art & home decor products for boutiques across the state like Sugar Cane, I was still actively planning my return to follow my passions of making homes pono (balanced) through creating “Visual Peace”. Looking back I remember reaching out to Jill and she not only lent me her ear, but openly shared her perspective, advice and encouragement to just get out there and do what I love! I can honestly say that Jill was a positive force that elevated my self confidence allowing me to dive into the work and create my own future in the world of design. Now, here I am in 2019 and I’m intently working on shaping, creating, designing, winging it, loving life, hustling jobs, writing blogs & dreaming up my life as I go! I call it Designing with Mana! #designyourspace = #designyourlife.

Here’s to another amazing home that I had the privilege and honor to step into that I feel displays the authenticity of who this ʻOhana is, both as a unit and as individuals. As I scripted in my last article, I am continuing to keep my writing to a minimum and will share my Mana’o (thoughts/perspective) through my Designing With Mana perspective in the comments below the photos. For more tidbits on the interview story line, please also visit our Instagram page @nohodesigns.

If you have any thoughts, questions, or want design advice for your home or business please feel free to reach out to me! Xoxo Kamaile