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KreepyTiki
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Posted: 2008-06-27 11:28 pm   Permalink

Thanks again, everybody, for all the good Ju-Ju!!

It's nice to see folks getting the same vibe I do from my little manufactured oasis!

But now I find myself contemplating a more behind-the-scenes tour of Paradise Cove. Because you might be surprised to learn just how much "smoke & mirrors" is involved in the creation of that space. It really is 50% carefully orchestrated illusion.

So, instead of "Pay no attention to that Tiki behind the curtain!", I'm prepared to lift the veil, so to speak, and let all the cats out of their respective bags, revealing just what "tiki-on-a-budget" really means!

Interested???



 
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The Granite Tiki
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Posted: 2008-07-02 07:21 am   Permalink

Superb!

 
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KreepyTiki
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Posted: 2008-07-02 08:50 am   Permalink

Mahalo!!! Much appreciated!!!

 
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Posted: 2008-07-08 07:09 am   Permalink

WOW!!!!!!!!!! Thanks for sharing! I love it!!! I am feeling inspired, I need to work on my pad.
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KreepyTiki
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Posted: 2008-07-09 02:50 am   Permalink

Right up front, I should say that I live in a RENTED apartment which has automatically dictated certain things I can and can't do in terms of "remodeling". So my Tiki-On-A-Budget approach has not only been financially motivated, but also necessitated by the fact I have a LANDLORD to answer to.

Therefore, I've had to be doubly creative in realizing my tropical fantasies in 3D -- having to walk a fine line between what I'd ideally LIKE to do and what I can actually GET AWAY with.

And now for some MORE 'Paradise Cove' pics!...

I apologize, up front, for some repeat pics from the previous page of this thread, but my aim, here, is to give a before-and-after demonstration of the impact and HUGE importance of creative mood LIGHTING in my lounge, and to show how proper lighting can not only hide a multitude of sins, but enhance whatever's there in delightfully unexpected ways.

The best way for me to do this is by using pics first WITH, then WITHOUT a FLASH; and since I've already posted several of my best "without-a-flash" pics already, please forgive me for re-using a few to make my point.

First up is the entry area, WITH a flash...





Then WITHOUT a flash, with the room's actual lighting...









Then the area above my bed, first with flash...



Then without...





And here's my bedside lamp, with and without a flash...





Next is my desk area which stands beneath a tapa & palm leaf canopy, and also features a moving, lighted waterfall picture which adds nicely to the overall ambiance. First seen with a flash...





Then without...





See the incredible difference lighting can make? In one fell swoop you can go from cluttered/tacky/kitschy to mystical/seductive/exotic!

And, of course, proper ambient Exotica and/or appropriate tropical sound FX can add enormously as well! So be creative and go crazy!

And here's a couple decorative touches only shown with a flash so you can see what you're actually lookin' at...

Wall fountain with mist-maker...



And the section between the entry area and the desk...





And here's a couple other random touches...







Next, a look at my aquarium with and without flash...





As you can see, cheap plastic tiki cups from a party store can become something altogether nicer with the addition of those battery-operated stick-up "click-lights"!



Just put a piece of CLEAR packing tape across the top of the cup, sticky side down (to set the light on), then place the light on top, light facing down into the cup. Then, using that sticky Styrofoam mounting-tape backing that's on the back of the click-light, just add some decorative bit of fake foliage or whatever. Works like a charm and it's cheap and no risk of fires!




Now HERE'S something I would NEVER ordinarily do -- namely, painting a tiki in bright "Disney" colors...



(When Sven saw that photo he said "Eeeek!")

But trust me -- there IS a method to my madness! For, while the original wood tones looked great in a normally lit room, they made the piece all but INVISIBLE in the darkly lit corner where the tiki would have its permanent home.

SO -- once I gave it the new paint-job, though it admittedly looked garish as hell in normal lighting (along with everything around it!)...



...it suddenly became JUST RIGHT in the special ambient "mood" lighting of Paradise Cove!





Okay -- Next up is my "Big Kahuna Fountain", first seen with a flash...



Then without...







Which do you think is nicer?

Then the room's Northern wall, seen first with flash...



Then without...



And finally here's the Cove's North-West corner, first with a flash...



...and then without:



So, fellow TC'ers, if there's three lessons I've learned in creating my home tiki lounge, it's these: LIGHTING, LIGHTING, and LIGHTING!

It even works wonders with miniatures, as with my "Tiki Lagoon" fountain...



And my Enchanted Tiki Room Big Fig...



Lastly, I'll leave you with another Before and After look at my former bedroom and its new incarnation as Paradise Cove...





Cheers and Mahalos!

Castaway Clemens


[ This Message was edited by: KreepyTiki 2008-07-09 08:07 ]

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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2008-07-09 1:25 pm   Permalink

Wow, amazing proof that the right lighting is everything. The density and layered clutter of the room is dazzling. So after all this, what DOES your landlord say?

 
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KreepyTiki
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Posted: 2008-07-09 3:10 pm   Permalink

Major Mahalos for the ringing endorsement, BigBro!

And as to what my landlord has said about it... well, he hasn't SEEN it yet!

Anyway, I thought I'd add a couple close-up pics I just took of my 'Moai Grotto' aquarium...





Glub!

Castaway Clemens

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Howland
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From: Folly Beach, SC--'Follynesia'
Posted: 2008-07-14 6:57 pm   Permalink

WOW! So much to look at. I love all the 'stuff' you have scattered about in a organized sorta way. Very pleasing to the eye. Great resourcefulness too with your DIY basket lamps. And that's the best use I've ever seen of the plastic party city type wall coverings. It took me awhile to realize it wasn't the real deal. I'm always a fan of DIY lighting. As others have said--great lighting and layering. You definitely have an eye for detail. Now if only I could collect that much cool stuff for my place-your room makes my room look so sparse. I'd like to see what you would do with a whole house or a larger bar room--awesome!!!! Looking forward to seeing updates but what else could you do?

Cheers!,
Brad
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KreepyTiki
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Posted: 2008-07-14 11:31 pm   Permalink

Mahalos, Brad! Praise from someone as skilled as yourself is always doubly appreciated!

And I wouldn't go TOO far with the layering and clutter in your marvelous Jungalero Lounge, as the look you've gone for is sort of commensurate with Forbidden Island, which ain't exactly a bad thing! It has a restful, shabby elegance which the best designed, slightly more upscale Tiki Bars seem to have.

In Paradise Cove I was deliberately going for the kind of haphazard, cluttered effect of the Tiki Ti -- the kind that comes from YEARS of adding stuff. And my REASON for this (which YOU don't have) is that it would better disguise the plastic wall treatments and make them look more real -- especially in the particularly subdued lighting of my lounge.

I got a real kick out of the fact that even YOU were fooled, at first, by the illusion I created with some of the walls! Thanks again!

And as to not seeing what ELSE I can do with Paradise Cove -- Well, here's what I'd still LIKE to do...

I want to install a thatched, mini A-Frame with small hanging float-light near the ceiling in the NorthWest corner of the room. I'm also going to add a rattan (wicker?) peacock (plantation) fan-chair to the room, against the North wall (the one with the most artwork on it). They always add a nice touch, as the ones in your Jungalero Lounge certainly do. And, lastly -- and I'm not sure if I'd have ROOM to really pull this off or not -- but I dream of having a small bamboo bridge spanning an artificial water-feature enhanced with some kind of rippling light effect underneath!

That last bit may simply be more than the space can actually handle, but I still daydream about the possibility!

Cheers!


 
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KreepyTiki
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Posted: 2008-07-19 09:05 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2008-06-26 22:14, Kewlava wrote:
Folks, I've seen this room in person, a few months ago, when it was half-way.
It was inspiring and incredible then. These pix, as good as they are, don't do it justice.
Beautiful work, Paul my friend.

Shipwreck Kelly

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Kelly, ole pal -- Mucho Mahalos for the kind words! Somehow I missed replying to your post until now. Your appreciation is very appreciated, especially from one as skilled, creative, and talented as yourself!

Cheers! (And Happy Birthday!)


 
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KreepyTiki
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Posted: 2008-07-19 09:57 am   Permalink

Here're a few more pix of my latest MINI-addition to the Lounge...



This actually started out as a cute little tiki-themed bird-house I picked up a few days ago at CVS Pharmacy for just ten bucks!

I brought it home and customized the heck out of it, adding miniature foliage, lighting fixtures (i.e. battery-operated tea-lights decorated in tapa-style with a Sharpie!), a moai on the roof and a tiny glow-in-the-dark plastic pufferfish suspended from beneath the thatched roof, just over the entryway.

I still have yet to transform the offending "Pina Colada's" into "Mai Tai's", but all in good time!

And here's what it looks like with a flash...



And a close-up showing...



...the Tiki Hut's proprietor waiting inside!



And this is where I display the lil' Hut -- on top of my volcano bowl which, in turn, rests atop one of my lounge's many tiki's!

And, finally, here's a peek at ANOTHER tiki-themed bird house I got 4 cheap and customized.



Though, as yet, I haven't found an appropriate place for it in Paradise Cove. (Clashes too much with my more elaborate Enchanted Tiki Room Big Fig!) And don't you think that sign should say "ELVIS's Tiki Lounge"?

Well, that's it 4 now. More to come soon!








 
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teaKEY
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Posted: 2008-07-19 10:17 am   Permalink




Tweety, Eeeek!


 
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KreepyTiki
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Posted: 2008-07-19 2:54 pm   Permalink

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On 2008-07-19 10:17, teaKEY wrote:

Tweety, Eeeek!



Sorry! I agree that there is NOTHING remotely tiki about Tweety!

But two things in my defense: 1)With the room's ACTUAL lighting, Tweety becomes all but invisible in that particular spot, and 2)Tweety has a particular personal significance connected with a dear friend who gave it to me, so it's there purely for sentimental reasons.



 
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KreepyTiki
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Posted: 2008-07-19 3:45 pm   Permalink

Here's a couple new lighting touches...



This shot was taken with semi daylight, so you see more than you normally would (and, yes, I PhotoShopped Tweety OUT! ), but I added little lights behind the hanging plant because, at night, it all goes just TOO dark over there.

Also: A LITTLE SECRET...

You know how damn expensive float-lights are, right? Well, my Tiki-On-A-Budget solution works like a charm and it's SO simple. I just slide one of those little battery-operated Stick 'n Click lights between the criss-crossing ropes and the glass float on the side that faces TOWARD the corner (and which no one really SEES) and -- voila! The perfect ILLUSION of a real float-light!

I used that technique for ALL the float-lights in Paradise Cove, and no one's ever noticed they weren't the real (and PRICEY) deal.



The pufferfish-light is REAL, however! (THAT I could AFFORD!)

And now for illuminating a wall-mask, which I've been WANTING to do ever since I got it, but just never wound up actually DOING until now!



That's what it looks like in normal lighting.


And then with an appropriately devilish glow...



That's crumpled aluminum foil inside the mouth which creates the reflected-light effect of glowing embers, just like the interior of the smoldering timbers in the fire sequence in the 'Pirates' ride at Disneyland. But it looks better in person than it photographs, unfortunately.



Anyway, I think it adds a necessary balancing touch.

Okay -- that's it for this latest up-date.

Cheers!


 
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KreepyTiki
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Posted: 2008-08-08 11:38 am   Permalink

Thought I'd share the newest plans for my lounge, though THIS if gonna take some major doing!

My scheme is to transform THIS corner...



...into THIS:



TOLD ya it was gonna take a lot of work! But at least it's not a FULL-scale A-frame!

Well, please lemme know whatcha all think, before I start any actual construction.

As I've never built anything quite like this -- and can't afford the services of Bamboo Ben -- I'm very open to any and all construction tips!

Cheers and Mahalos!


 
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