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May

Things do not happen. Things are made to happen.
John F. Kennedy

One of my new favorite people shared this with me the other day, and it’s become a part of my new routine. Each and every morning I wake up and watch this video — and I wanted to share it with you too! Enjoy!

To Accent or Not to Accent: That is the Question.

I meet with great clients each and every day and they are always so much fun! Many times, my clients are most comfortable with neutral colors like tans and beiges, and when I can’t talk them into interjecting some saturated color on all the walls, I suggest an accent wall.  

So, why an accent wall? Well, its a great way to punch things up without committing too much to a full on paint job. I also think its a fantastic way to highlight cool architecture, create more depth in a space and most importantly — create a great focal point in a room. For instance, if you have a beige sofa, on a beige wall, with beige art, create a bit more drama by accenting that wall in a rich hue of Garnet, Chocolate, or complementing color to the rest of your decor. Is your master bed just not as sensational as you’d initially intended? Spice it up in the bedroom by adding a pop of color that accentuates your linens.

The cool part about paint is just that: IT’S JUST PAINT! If you don’t like it, you can always change it. Just remember that what may look good on a 2” swatch may not look  so good on a 15’ wall. Choose your accent colors wisely and get second opinions from your friends, family and anyone who isn’t color blind — just make sure it’s something you can like, live and grow with!!

24

Apr

Behind the scenes at KHON2 News! News sets are sooo beautiful! (I’ll take pics of the set next time!)

Behind the scenes at KHON2 News! News sets are sooo beautiful! (I’ll take pics of the set next time!)

Check me out on my bi monthly segment for Hawaii’s own KHON 2’s Wake Up 2 Day called Affordably Fabulous! This week I explore what a cold beer, a jam session and a can of spray paint can accomplish! Check it out!

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Apr

I sure do love me a great bedroom! These bold striped curtains really balance well with the neutral stripes in the bedding and create such a cool visual punch. Theres nothing I love more than a bold stripe — unless it’s boldly striped drapes!!

I sure do love me a great bedroom! These bold striped curtains really balance well with the neutral stripes in the bedding and create such a cool visual punch. Theres nothing I love more than a bold stripe — unless it’s boldly striped drapes!!

17

Apr

If you never did you should. These things are fun and fun is good.
Dr.Suess

AFFORDABLY FABULOUS!

Every second and fourth Tuesday of the month you can check me out on Honolulu’s own KHON 2 news at 7:00am  giving tips and tricks on how to live Affordably Fabulous! 

Here I am with the amazing Mrs. Olena Hue talking about how to re-invent your drab old bedroom! Now that Spring has sprung it’s time to give your space some new life! ENJOY!!

My favorite combination of colors is Black and White. I love the simplicity of the contrast. I love the ability to change the feel of the space whenever I pop a bright color in with it. I love how genuinely smart the look is. Most of all, I love that no matter how I change in life I can always edit a few pieces or add a few more, and I don’t have to replace my entire collection. For the past 5 years I have designed my personal spaces around a Black and White scheme and no matter how many times I move, my furniture and accessories always look amazing. I’ve had walls in Gray, Navy, Olive, Robins Egg Blue, and lately - Red, and in each space my Black and White furnishings sing. As you continue to follow my blogs and design tips you will notice that many of my designs have a strong aesthetic - and often, it’s based around this color scheme. 
Don’t be afraid to take the design bull by the horns. Don’t be afraid to try something that sounds scary at first (like painting your walls black like in this picture). Don’t be afraid to step outside of your own box. Design is fun and you shouldn’t take yourself so seriously! So go ahead! Be BOLD!!!

My favorite combination of colors is Black and White. I love the simplicity of the contrast. I love the ability to change the feel of the space whenever I pop a bright color in with it. I love how genuinely smart the look is. Most of all, I love that no matter how I change in life I can always edit a few pieces or add a few more, and I don’t have to replace my entire collection. For the past 5 years I have designed my personal spaces around a Black and White scheme and no matter how many times I move, my furniture and accessories always look amazing. I’ve had walls in Gray, Navy, Olive, Robins Egg Blue, and lately - Red, and in each space my Black and White furnishings sing. As you continue to follow my blogs and design tips you will notice that many of my designs have a strong aesthetic - and often, it’s based around this color scheme. 

Don’t be afraid to take the design bull by the horns. Don’t be afraid to try something that sounds scary at first (like painting your walls black like in this picture). Don’t be afraid to step outside of your own box. Design is fun and you shouldn’t take yourself so seriously! So go ahead! Be BOLD!!!

How it all started… Vol.1

Hey! Thanks for taking the time to read my blog :)

I want to share with you a little more about me so you can understand who I am and what drives me. Each day I speak with clients and they say “I called you here ‘cause I don’t know what the hell I’m doing!”. Well, I want to let you in on the secret of why it is that I DO :)

You know how some people were born to Sing? Others, born to play Basketball? Well I may not be Whitney Houston or Michael Jordan, but you can definitely put me up there as someone who was naturally born to do what I do best - design. When I was younger I would go into a room and just instinctually know when furniture was misplaced or that pictures were hung too high on the wall. Often times my family members would leave the room to make a phone call or tend to some business in the other room, and when they returned, their spaces would be completely changed around and rearranged. They would always squeal with delight and remark how much better the room functioned for them. At the time I had no idea what this talent was, just that I had a strange association with space and proportion. I knew how to create a focal point and then base the existing furnishings around that point to create a more functional lifestyle. I knew - almost like Ray Charles knew how to play a song after hearing it once - that the architecture of the space, along with the way it needed to be lived in - could be manipulated and reconfigured, and a new space could be invented. To me, it was obvious, but to others it seems completely unnatural.

When I was 13 I had received my first babysitting gig. I was so excited to get paid, because I knew exactly what I was going to do with the money. I took the first $30 I ever made and insisted my mother take me to Home Depot where I selected the most incredible shade of turquoise paint. That night I drug out my mothers old brushes and paint supplies to transform my room into something fantastic. I can still remember vividly using our old step stool and some old sheets as drop cloths while watching an entire trilogy of ‘Honey I Shrunk The Kids’ on the Disney channel. I spent the whole night painting away. I had never even had the experience of painting a room, but I honed my inner art class painting skills, steadied my hand, and cranked out a professional grade job. The next morning my mom came into my room — and was blown away with my talent! As a reward she marched me down to the  department store and allowed me to pick out an accompanying bedroom set and accessories. There — right then and there — a star was born.

It is never cocky or boastful when someone claims their talents and shares them with the world. I have a God given talent that allows me to envision a space and let the 1) architecture 2) the clients’ point of view 3) their lifestyle dictate, my design. I am passionate about good design and I create spaces that people can thrive in. THIS kind of drive is exactly why I hope you continue to come to my site to check out what I’m doing and get great advice. THIS kind of drive is what I hope you have in your own lives and I pray that you have the kind of happiness doing your job that I have doing mine. Find your PASSIONS. Use your TALENTS. Make MAGIC :)