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About House of Mahalo

Who are we?

Justine & Scott on their wedding day

Hi, we’re Justine and Scott!

We’re the newlywed couple behind this home, craft and lifestyle blog, as well as the couples travel blog Wanderers of the World.

When not travelling together and with our Rough Collie, Kai, we’re always busy making something or busying about the house.

As a Design Engineer by trade, Scott does a lot of technical projects like 3D printing and digital displays, while Justine has been cross stitching since she was 10, baking since she was 6 and just generally creating something colourful for as far back as she can remember.

So really, it’s no surprise that House of Mahalo was born!

Why did we create House of Mahalo?

Justine and Scott outside their new home

I think we can all agree 2020 has been a strange year so far. It really made us think about who we are without travel (and without travel blogging). We didn’t have to look far before realising that our “double life” at home is what also makes us happy.

We’re proud of the house we bought together in December 2018 and we’re really proud of the artwork and DIY home decor we’ve made for it.

You could say House of Mahalo is our little passion project to do on the side of our travel blogs. Basically, it’s a passion project about passion projects… hmm, anyone else getting ‘Inception’ vibes while reading that?

Who is House of Mahalo for?

If you love making things and want your home to be a place of love, respect, kindness, warmth, comfort and safety, then House of Mahalo is for you!

What does House of Mahalo mean?

House of Mahalo

The name: House of Mahalo is all thanks to the first BIG trip we took together way back in 2016. We spent a couple of weeks in the USA; one week of which was in Hawaii.

We loved the place, the vibe, the culture, everything about Hawaii so much that it has been a huge part of our lives ever since.

Hawaii was what motivated us to start our first travel blog. We named our dog Kai, which is Hawaiian for ‘sea’. And now House of Mahalo shares some Hawaiian roots too.

Mahalo is a Hawaiian phrase meaning thanks, gratitude, respect, pride and esteem. We’re grateful for our loving home. We’re respectful of each other and everyone who comes inside it. And we want to continue to be proud of the home we bought together.

That’s what ‘House of Mahalo’ means to us – and we hope the tutorials and blogs we share on it will help you to create your very own ‘House of Mahalo’!

Say hello!

If you’d like to chat to us about any of our tutorials or need to contact us, please use our social channels (linked below) or you can email justine@houseofmahalo.com.

House of Mahalo Instagram: @houseofmahalo

House of Mahalo Pinterest: @houseofmahalo

House of Mahalo Youtube