Ain’t Fall Grand!

Walter and Tiffany James’ home in Kahala is dinner-party ready.

Go big this season with autumn tones and larger-than-life arrangements.

THERE MAY NOT BE OBVIOUS SIGNS OF AUTUMN IN HERE IN HAWAI‘I, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t add a few touches of fall to your abode. As party season looms, friends and family will likely be popping into your home unannounced. Take this as the perfect excuse to give your entertainment areas a stylish update to reflect the season. Your inspiration comes from the rich shades synonymous with fall—pops of orange, gold and even purple.

Our aspiration was not only to pull colors containing those tones, but to infuse a few unexpected shades into the mix as well. One look at the dining area of Walter and Tiffany James’ Kahala home gave us a chance to set our plan into action. Their stunning, contemporary-style dwelling proved to be the perfect setting for our autumn aesthetic. We chose to create a dining room concept that would work well for either a sit-down dinner or an intimate cocktail reception.

First, we used a trio of 36-inch-tall glass cylinder vases, which we then topped with an equal-sized glass tabletop adorned with three large, gnarly grapevine roots. To mimic the look of driftwood, the roots were sand-blasted and bleached. In addition, we added sprays of various blossoms to flow through each piece. Blooms included South American roses in hot pink, yellow, orange and antique green, alongside lilies, tulips, marigolds, Mokara orchids, purple hydrangea, guava leaves and sea grapes. Big Island-grown cymbidium orchids were also hung from the sides. The focal point beneath this striking arrangement was a Buddha head, which stood 26 inches tall, surrounded by additional grapevine roots— all accentuated with luscious flowers and candle light. Nestled within these florals were island-inspired pieces including bedazzled faux coral and curly vines.

When it came to seating, chairs were transformed by draping them with ruched fabric in a soft gold. The cloth was embellished with elegant tassels and finished with a single yellow South American rose and faux berries that climb up the back of each chair. The homeowners’ own table settings were used, while material in shades of chocolate and copper were utilized for napkins and complemented with jeweled napkin rings.

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Get the Essentials

• Cylinder vases, butterflies, jeweled coral, curly vines available at Flora-Dec, 537-6194,
• Fresh flowers available at Bella Rosa, 951-0787,
• Buddha head and napkin rings available at Pier 1 Imports, 589-1212,
• Chair fabrics, tassels and napkin fabric available at Fabric Mart, 488-8882,

Tips for Adding Autumn Touches

• Change the pillows in your home to earthier colors—coppers, browns and golds —to add a soft touch. These hues will add warmth to any room.
• If entertaining, when guests arrive, place aroma pots filled with cloves, cinnamon, apples etc., in key locations throughout your house, to capture the essence of the season.
• on coffee tables and hallstands, have monkey pod bowls of fall fruits, persimmons and pomegranates. Intersperse these with nuts, cinnamon sticks and pine cones. Added bonus: You will also have great snacks during the party or afterward.

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