Featured: Kyndra James
We have always been inspired by Kyndra's motivation and hustle. She has shown time and time again that working hard and sticking to your goals gets you where you want to be. Although she moved to Hawaii in 2016, we still consider her part of the Forage team (and miss her dearly.) Check out her killer taste, FMW wish list and her comments on the idea of "home" as we kick off our "Fragments of a Home" series.
What does Home mean to you?
I've always been somewhat transient and have been single for most of my life, so my home is my sanctuary. It's the place I go to decompress and sort through all of the thoughts and feelings I have when I was not inside these walls. It's where I go to rest my mind and body, un-chaos my life and become inspired.
Talk about an item/items in your home that you love most and why.
Well, I just moved across the country (and the ocean) about six months ago so it's been somewhat of a slow build. I only brought two suitcases and didn't ship any of my belongings. At the same time I have a clean slate to start with for anything and everything. My favorite item I've purchased so far was over craigslist from an elderly man who was practically in tears when he sold it to me because he loved it so much, I think his name was Simon. He and his wife were moving into town into a much smaller place. I was telling him how much I loved the bench and he said "Yes, I really love it, too.". It's this really beautiful Danish mcm bench. I'm currently using it as a desk/vanity/bookshelf since I don't have a lot of other places to put things yet. I love it so much and I'm so appreciative that he sold it to me. I promised him that I'd take really good care of it.
What is your favorite source/sources for interior design inspiration? or Where do you find inspiration for your home?
I gotta be honest, I'm a tumblr maniac. I find that I'm inspired by photos of well sunlit homes with clean lines and a lot of plants. I've become somewhat of a neat freak so I'm a nerd for organizational solves and ideas. Nature is also a huge factor, as much as I love clean white space, I'm a sucker for a lot of plant life and natural wood. I've also become obsessed with mauve and pink increasingly over the past year, so a pink wall with a large philodendron and I'm tingling in my bones. Even visiting shops and restaurants that have these qualities get my gears grinding for ideas in my own home. I also cruise AirBnB and get inspired by all the beautiful homes up for short term rentals, or boutique hotels like Camp Wandewega or Urban Cowboy. I guess I basically want my home to look like a boutique hotel on AirBnB.
What is your favorite room and why?
My favorite room is either the kitchen or my bedroom. I always joke that if I had a kitchen in my bedroom I would probably cook a lot more. I'm also a sucker for an awesome bathroom (however my current bathroom is not awesome so it is not my favorite room). I work long and late hours in the hospitality and retail industry and have rarely ever not had a roommate. My bedroom is my own space that I can go where I don't feel pressured to engage. (It's also where I put all my favorite things.) I also find that cooking a great meal is soothing to my psyche and has a great reward (most of the time haha).
If you could move anywhere in the world, where would it be?
I'm kind of already living the dream right now but wouldn't argue about a beach front rental... I also have dreams of Greece or pretty much anywhere on the Mediterranean Sea or I want to live in a bright pink stucco house in Argentina. I also wouldn't mind having a cozy cabin in the mountains or maybe a studio in the French Quarter. I don't know. I kind of want to live everywhere.
Where are your favorite places to shop for home-related items?
I have yet to find a shop in Honolulu that's comparable to FMW, but I have a few boutiques I visit regularly to see what new items they get in. (Ginger 13, Owens & Co, Echo & Atlas, Olive & Oliver, Hound & Quail, Paiko). There are many brands there recognize from FMW and new ones that I've never heard of. A lot of Australian companies have product in Hawaii as well. Not to forget, there's plenty of thrift stores here and people are constantly moving off the island so it's a great place to find quality goods if you know what you're looking for. I've found Craigslist to be the best source for larger items at reasonable prices.
What are some of your favorite items from Forage that you have in your home?
Like I said before I only brought two suitcases with me. I managed to squeeze in my golden and pink rug by GUR, a beautiful golden palm throw by Happy Habitat, a vintage brass pineapple lamp (that I cannot find a shade to match for the life of me) and my Tivoli AM/FM radio.
Current Forage wish list:
How do I say everything without saying everything?
Once I have somewhere to put them I'd like to grab myself some of those stackable colorful boxes Box Box by HAY.
With lack of storage atm, I'm obsessed with woven baskets, so yeah, pretty much all of Doug Johnstons collection.
The BOX by Naknak in PINK
Q Hooks by afteroom in PINK or the Hex Key J Hooks would also be great to hang my denim.(Basically if it's pink I probably want it.)
The Dots by Muuto
Also I have a 4 legged cohabitant now, I'm not sure if you still have but am looking for a dog bed, so the Rake Dog Bed by Dusen Dusen.
(To shop Kyndra's picks, click on the images below.)