Monday, January 14, 2013

Dreamy in a Bottle

Decorative bottles from Lanikai Home & Style

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Your crazy college days taught you all about the hazards of hitting the bottle. Today, we want to teach you about the benefits.

So take out your books and turn to Lanikai Home & Style's latest home accessory: fun painted glass bottles that can be used as vases or decorations.

Look closely, and you'll realize these are the same bottles you knew in college (and, most likely, still keep in touch with today.) Jose. Patron. The occasional Grand Marnier. You'll also find a Perrier or two.

But, thanks to design assistant Laurel Bruce, they've been made over with a fresh coat of paint, revealing all the ridges and details of the bottles' original design - embossed stamps, deer heads, even hieroglyphics. The result is a beautiful accent to any table or shelf.

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The 26-year-old interior design major got the idea off Pinterest and, after collecting bottles from a few Kailua bars, soaking them in soapy water and scrubbing the labels off, went through several trials and errors to perfect the painting process.

If you'd like a bottle that can hold flowers and water, look for ones that Bruce spray painted on the outside only, or used oil-based paint to coat the interior (tip: the surface will feel super smooth when you run your finger along it). Otherwise, any bottle is fair game.

Each one comes with a name tag and some even sport decorative accents draped around their necks, like a seashell or a crystal taken from an antique chandelier.

So feel free to pick up one, or several, on your next visit. They look great in clusters.

And don't worry. Unlike the originals, you won't regret them the next day.

$12-25, available at Lanikai Home & Style, 171-D Hamakua Dr., (808) 261-5681.

Posted on Monday, January 14, 2013 in Permalink

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Lei Chic is a daily email and shopping blog that plugs you into Hawaii's newest and hottest boutiques, designers, trends, spas and salons, and more. You'll also discover all the cool events, dinners and sales happening around town in our Weekend Picks every Thursday. With Lei Chic, you'll get the inside scoop on what everyone will be talking about tomorrow – in your inbox today.

Lei Chic associate editor Natalie Schack has been a cultural anthropology student,museum worker bee and dabbler in graphic design. When she isn't scouting new fashion, compiling to-do lists or crafting puns, Natalie spends her free time dreaming up elaborate picnic ideas; "researching" via YouTube tutorials, blogs and Instagram; and dusting off her pith helmet for the next adventure life throws her way.


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