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reating either a traditional design or a modern one is straightforward. Creating a space that marries the two styles can lead to a design divorce. If done incorrectly, the outcome can be awkward — but if done with care, the results can be truly amazing. I put this principle to work during a recent project for clients Anne and Jeff, who had a large ground-floor living room with a large problem. The room was packed with mismatched furniture and jarring styles: chic sofas rubbed elbows with ornate chairs, modern artwork hung alongside antique paintings. Unsure how to make it all gel, Anne and Jeff asked if I could help them unify their old and new pieces and turn the discordant room into a harmonious space. The couple had a contemporary chocolate-


brown sofa and loveseat they wanted to keep. So, I decided to start the process with those two pieces, bring in some of their antiques and make everything speak the same language with color and pattern. To this end, I selected a palette of bright colors (creams, greens, blues and yellows) and chose a variety of bold fabrics (linens, paisleys and weaves). My next task was to give some of the older pieces a new lease on life. I sent out an antique sofa and two cane chairs to be painted white and reupholstered — a blue/green woven fabric for the sofa and a funky paisley for the chairs. I also cut an old dining-room hutch in half and painted the bottom turquoise-blue — a color you wouldn’t normally see on such a traditional piece. I then organized the room into separate zones

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like carvings, bowls, vases and pillows, to mix things up even further. Life is about appreciating the past while embracing the present, and the same can be said for good design. By mixing colors, patterns and styles, Anne and Jeff’s space went from eccentric to eclectic. It is now the perfect marriage of old and new — and I’ll toast that union any day of the week.

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Above the main sofa, I created a gallery of the couple’s artwork that combines both traditional and modern pieces. The whole seating area faces a wall that houses the repurposed turquoise hutch, which now holds a flatscreen television. I moved Anne and Jeff’s piano into a corner beside the seating area and chose a large, ornate wall mirror to anchor that area. I then repurposed an existing chandelier by painting it white and hung it above the piano. Beside the piano, I created a small seating area with a white leather egg chair and an arc lamp. I also put in accessories,


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ing construction costs low. The standard single-wall construction and lightweight framing prevalent in Hawaii construction were an ideal match with metal, since the average metal roofing system weighs in at less than 2.5 pounds per square foot! And despite its lightweight footprint, metal is a superheavyweight when it comes to longevity and strength. Improvements over the past 30 years in metal roof design and engineering have created the only highly wind resistant systems that survived recent major storms. In fact, Tropical Wholesale had installed more than 200

ant roof during Hurricane Iniki. And as a bonus, these roofs look great, just like a much heavier masonry tile. But instead of weighing in at 20-plus pounds per square foot, they are light for every structure.” Tropical Wholesale’s metal roof systems are available in attractive tile

profiles, with smooth- or light-aggregate finishes, and come in more than a dozen different colors. They are also available in a shingle–type format, as well as traditional ribbed roofing — a good solution for some homes with a low-slope roof design. And the premium metal roofing

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room where most families spend the bulk of their time would be a popular remodel — and one that pays off big in terms of value and comfort. Even a minor kitchen remodel — costing about $21,000 — will return about 78 percent of its value on resale, according to Remodeling Magazine. A major kitchen job, costing around $57,200, will recoup about $41,200, or 72 percent.

sure to boost your home’s resale value and increase your satisfaction with the room. Remodeling Magazine says the average bathroom remodel costs around $16,100 and returns up to 71 percent of that cost at the time of sale. 5. Basement/attic remodel With more families staying put in the homes they have, rather than moving up to larger homes, many Americans are looking for ways to expand their living space while staying in place. Attic and basement remodels are great ways to

add usable, livable space at a fraction of the cost of building an addition. The lingering effects of the Great Recession have multiple generations living together under one roof again, and many of these families create bedrooms, bathrooms or even family rooms in unfinished attic or basement space. Everyone appreciates the extra room, and attic renovations and basement remodeling yield resale returns of 83 percent and 75 percent, respectively, according to the Cost vs.Value Report.

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while talking on the phone or while brainstorming a business idea. Make sure all your electronic cords are bundled and tucked away under your desk so you aren’t tripping over them while chatting with a client on the phone.

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ith more and more people staying put in their homes, homeowners have realized the importance of creating a space that is meaningful to them and their families. Heirlooms and vacation trinkets are no longer hidden in closets and cupboards, but rather displayed to tell a story. Paired with the onset of do-ityourself programs aimed at instilling design confidence in all, this new zeal is leading everyone to stop asking, “How does this look to you?” and start asking “What does this say about me?” Adding personality to a space shouldn’t be a difficult task. Look in your closet, jewelry box or to your favorite home accessories to get a sense of which styles and colors attract


you the most. If you’re getting mixed signals because you love your sleek black suit as much as your vintage watch, don’t worry. There is nothing wrong with mixing and matching styles. Just ensure you tie your design together with one cohesive element, such as a common color. Here are a few ideas for infusing your identity into your home’s decor: Color your world Color is a great way to add personality to a room. Neutral hues can actually make a room appear quite dramatic when

carried throughout in various textures, such as accent pillows, rugs and upholstery. You can go bold with vibrant, saturated hues as well, in anything from artwork to furniture to wall color. “Switching up a room’s color with a quick coat of paint can really change the look, feel and personality of it,” says Jackie Jordan, director of color marketing for Sherwin-Williams. “If you want your room to ooze with energy, you might choose reds and oranges, while those

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re you a homeowner who’s eager to launch into a longawaited home remodeling or backyard patio project? If so, be aware that whether doing a major kitchen remodel, putting on a new roof or taking on even a minor project calls for careful attention to detail. It’s even more important if you’re not a do-it-yourselfer and want to hire a contractor to perform some or all of the work. Doing your homework upfront and being crystal clear in your dealings with a home remodeling or landscaping contractor will reduce miscommunication, frustration and expensive errors. If you’re ready to take the plunge, here are some time-tested tips from FindLaw.com, the world’s leading online legal resource, for a better remodeling or landscaping project:


Does it make sense? Before you move too quickly, it’s critical to determine if it makes sense to remodel. The first place to look is your neighborhood. Are other neighbors improving their homes and enhancing the exteriors of their homes, as well as their yards? Is your city or town properly maintaining streets and public areas? Are you committed to staying in your home at least five years? Remodeling and landscaping can be expensive and, in many cases, you will not fully recoup your investment. While it’s important to do it for yourself, be careful not to over invest either.

Do your homework Before you call a contractor, do your homework to get a good idea of what you want

from your remodeling or landscaping project. Visit showrooms, talk to friends and neighbors who have recently remodeled, read home and landscaping magazines, and visit open houses and showcase homes to see what’s hot in home remodeling and landscaping projects. Start a notebook to collect your ideas, product information and product samples.

Listen to word-of-mouth If you hire a contractor, make sure that any contractor that you consider is licensed, bonded and insured. Word-of-mouth is the most reliable method of finding a contractor. Ask your friends, neighbors or family members for the names of contractors or landscapers with whom they’ve worked.

Build a budget As you do your homework, start piecing together a budget of what various products and materials may cost. Keep in mind, especially when remodeling an older home, there may be unexpected surprises (such as plumbing or electrical) that could drive up the costs of your remodeling project. To be on the safe side, always add 20 percent to the costs of a remodeling project.

Get multiple bids Always get at least three proposals when selecting a contractor to handle your remodeling or landscaping project. Always meet the contractor in person and never agree to hire a contractor after your first meeting. Obtain all esti-


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mates in writing and carefully compare the details that each contractor has spelled out in his or her proposal. Check your permits Be wary of the contractor who says you don’t need to pull a permit from city hall for your remodeling or landscaping project. A permit typically represents the minimum construction standard set by a local community. In other words, a permit actually protects you as the

homeowner from shoddy construction or landscaping practices. Get references Before you say “yes” to a contractor’s proposal, get at least three to five references from a contractor. Call the contractor’s references and ask about the experience of working with him or her. Also, contact your local Better Business Bureau to see if any complaints have been filed about the contractor.

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