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ments like colors, shapes and sizes are used to create equilibrium (for example, placing a side table on one side of a sofa and a floor lamp on the other). If you only employ symmetrical balance, a room will seem stiff and formal. By adding asymmetrical balance, you create more interest and energy. With these principles in mind, I kicked off my redesign. To help the room get its groove back, I got rid of all of the existing furnishings, painted the walls a light gray and started from scratch. One of the walls contained a century-old wood-and-stone fireplace. To update it, I removed the mantel and had it painted white, clad the front in a carrera marble hexagon tile and replaced the dated hearth tile with black slate porcelain tile. For above the fireplace, I chose a recessed, wood-framed mirror that houses a hidden television. Then, to create symmetrical balSEE PAGE 10

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ance, I flanked the fireplace with white cabinetry and black walnut shelves, and placed a beautiful ink-blue lounge chair in front of each shelving unit. Opposite the fireplace, I created an accent wall that kicks up the composition with color and shape. I painted the wall black to pick up on the color of the slate. I then positioned two gorgeous crystal sconces that flank an asymmetrical grouping of framed photos. In front of this wall I set an ash-colored sectional sofa and a little raw oak side table, finishing the ensemble with a lovely white lac-

quered coffee table. A large window comprised most of the third wall of the room. Here, to offset the solid-colored fabric on the furnishings, I hung patterned drapes in a muted gold and brought in a large area rug that picks up on the colors of the drapes. Lastly, to help further balance the space, I created a small sitting area along the half-wall opposite the windows by using one of the lounge chairs, a little table and a beautiful little crystal chandelier hanging above it. Flanking the chandelier are two matching pieces of art, a diptych, that help create a lovely composition along the

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hours with a particular customer, educating them on the different types of wood and stone flooring, each product’s features, functions and benefits, and also give them tips on what might best suit their decorating taste. It’s an essential part of helping the customer make a decision and we constantly learn new things in the process, as well.” And that is the very reason that Pacific Imports has been offering free seminars at their beautiful showroom nearly every month (by popular demand). The next session is scheduled for Saturday, July 23, from

10 to 11:30 a.m. “Everyone tells us how glad they are that they attended and how much they enjoyed the seminar,” says Hilton. Listen to basics on wood, laminate and stone flooring while enjoying coffee and donuts. The program is very interesting and informative, and you will have the opportunity to ask all the questions you would like, either in the session or one-to-one afterwards. There also will be a great deal of installation information and sound advice on what might be appropriate for your house or condominium. Best of all,

attending is the only way you can get the private sale pricing, which is the very best deal you will ever get from Pacific Imports. This is a promise that Hilton is serious about and vows that any other advertised sales or trade shows specials will not match this pricing. Hilton is the presenter at the seminar and is a sought-after expert on wood flooring in Hawaii. Often a consultant for project developers, builders and local publications, she has very extensive knowledge on wood products, the manufacturing process, the pros and cons of various

products and the finer points of installation. Pacific Imports features Hawaii’s largest wood flooring showroom with 3,000 square feet of display space. Products include their very own, and very popular, Kahala Floors line of beautiful engineered wood flooring made especially for Hawaii, arguably one of the best engineered floors in the world. They also feature Bayside Solids and laminate flooring, and have recently added extensive choices in tile, stone and carpet. Please call 8477711 for more information or to reserve a seat for the seminar.

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the showroom and work out a three-dimensional design for the cabinet and counter layout on the computer if an overall floor plan for the room is provided. If the customer approves the quoted price, the sales associate will meet with the home owner at the jobsite and work out a detailed plan there. Customers planning a building or remodeling project are advised to buy now and start early if they want it completed by the end of summer. The cabinets, countertops, and flooring are the major builtin components of any kitchen or bath and should complement each other in terms of style and color schemes. These components need to be considered and integrated into the design plan along with appliance selection, which will affect dimensions and installation. A wide variety of choices in hardwood cabinets and granite countertops is on display at the C&C Cabinets Granite showroom, as well as stainless steel sinks. The cabinets are precision designed and include high-quality handles, pulls and runners. No particle board or other synthetic materials are used in the fabrication of the cabinet doors, shelves and drawers. Because these are high-quality products, the assumption is that the prices will also be high...but at C&C Cabinets Granite this is

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condos they looked at. However, it had been redesigned by the previous owner as an ADA compliant apartment, meaning that much of the interior would have to be gutted. Hickox was confident that her team would be able to transform it into a “like new” condominium home for the new owners. Hickox noted that the kitchen and baths were stripped down to the studs and plumbing and wiring replaced and/or moved throughout. All new appliances were installed in both kitchen and baths, a dining counter was added in the kitchen which was “pushed out” toward the living room to provide four more feet of space, cabinets and walls were

refinished, existing flooring was removed, ceramic tile was selected for kitchen, baths, and hallway flooring, and new wall-to-wall carpeting was laid in the living room and bedrooms. Hickox, a specialist in wall treatments and painting, worked with the owner to choose the designer lighting fixtures and select colors for walls and other surfaces. “We have our own showroom with an extensive selection of cabinet, trim, counter and flooring samples that we can take to the job site and confer with the home owner to make sure the colors are what they envision. Lighting, both natural and artificial, can change the appearance of colored surfaces. For example, we chose a beige grout for the bathroom floor tile, but the artificial lighting in the bathroom made it look pink...so we made a new selection. Tiles can look entirely different when placed against or next to a contrasting color. This

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