Hawaii Renovation 19 June 2011

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JUNE 19, 2011

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magine how you would feel walking into a stark white room versus the same room with walls painted with an enveloping comforting earth tone such as golden bisque. You would feel very different in each of those two rooms, wouldn’t you? Color has the power to change the entire energy of an environment and is very important to consider when creating a space that feels good. Color can change a mood, activate your emotions and affect your subconscious. The impact of color is greater than just what you see through your eyes; it also has a vibration that affects you both physiologically and psychologically. In addition, your reaction to color is cultural and depends on your traditions

whether you are American or Chinese. Color likes and dislikes are also very personal, so I always advise clients to stay away from using charts that list what colors are good for the various rooms in the home. I prefer to work with what feels good to them. Although every color has a meaning in feng shui, it doesn’t make sense for me to suggest that someone paint a room blue just because it’s a good feng shui color for that room if and beliefs. For example, in the person doesn’t even like America, people wear the color blue. white at weddings, whereas in Taiwan, where I grew up, Feng shui color systems people wear white at funerThere are multiple color als, so culturally speaking, systems used in feng shui white means something dif- that can cause confusion at ferent depending on times: bagua, five ele-

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hen it comes to choosing outdoor furniture for your patio or lanai, there are several choices available. First is the synthetic woven product with aluminum frames that are available at many local hotels. Next there is the powdercoated aluminum furniture with fabric seats and glass-top tables seen at many big-box stores. Also there is the ultra-low cost plastic deck furniture. Finally, you have the solid wood patio pieces namely teak furniture. All these categories have advantages and disadvantages as well as wide differences in cost. When given a choice, most folks generally prefer the classic look and feel of solid wood outdoor furniture. There are many things to consider when choosing the right solid wood lanai furniture. There is cost, wood type, hardware quality, finish, warranty and maintenance requirements, to name just a few. Island Style Furnishings in Kaneohe has teamed up with Australis Leisure — a company


ADDRESS: 46-212 Kahuhipa St. CONTACT: 234-1129 www.AustralisLeisure.com.au with headquarters in Brisbane, Australia, and which specializes in the design and manufacture of solid wood all-weather furniture. For more than 30 years, Australis Leisure has been producing merbau wood furniture to survive the harshest conditions imaginable across Australia and the world. Island Style Furnishings tailors this high-quality furniture to meet the very specific and demanding conditions found here in Hawaii. Merbau wood (also known as kwila) is regarded as one of the most durable and stable timbers in the world. It grows in Northern Australia and across Southeast Asia. It is well-

known as the wood-of-choice for building docks, decks and flooring. Merbau is the perfect wood for outdoor furniture. It is twice as hard as teak, which makes it resistant to abrasion, pitting or roughening. It is significantly stronger and harder than teak, oak, eucalyptus and meranti, which are other woods commonly used for outdoor furniture. Many different kinds of wood will split if they are moved from a wet environment to a very dry one. Prior to manufacture, the merbau is kiln-dried to a moisture content of 12 percent. This stabilizes the structure of the timber so it doesn’t warp or crack. Merbau is naturally rot-resistant and insect proof. The wood is not subjected to toxic chemicals (treated). The secret is merbau’s reddish-brown tannin, which is toxic to bugs. The furniture is constructed using mortise and tenon joints

with cross doweling. This prevents loosening of the components over time. The furniture is only as good as the hardware that holds it together. All the hardware is constructed from corrosion-resistant stainless steel as well as some nickel-plated brass components. The stainless steel chosen is the 304 grade, which is commonly found in cookware and marine applications. Proper finishing is crucial to maintain the beauty of the furniture. A multi-step preparation process is used to ensure the best adhesion and penetration of the finish. Each piece is coated with three applications of Sikkens Cetol One™, which provides a protective, durable and beautiful finish without obscuring the grain. This

finish is recognized by contractors around the world as being one of the best choices available for preserving the natural beauty of outdoor wood. Island Style Furnishings also carries Sikkens Cetol One™ for its customers and provides them detailed maintenance instructions for keeping their furniture looking spectacular. The Australis Leisure brand furniture uses timeless classic styles that will always look current no matter how old the furniture setting is. The seating is very comfortable, the contour and shape make sitting for awhile a pleasure. Cushions are also available to fit most of the chairs in stock which are constructed from water and sun resistant outdoor olefin fabrics. There is a full replacement warranty that extends 5 years from the date of purchase. This guarantee covers splitting, hardware failure and breakage. Because Island Style Furnishings is the exclusive distributor of Australis Leisure all-weather merbau furniture in Hawaii, it can pass the saving on to its customers, which results in an excellent value for the price. JUNE 19, 2011 | HAWAII RENOVATION | 3


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ver the past few years, scientists and entrepreneurs have created money-saving solutions for many of the costly renovation projects today. These cost-conscious solutions will save you down time, are less invasive to your home, and will be a great help to the environment, saving huge amounts of waste we produce in Hawaii. Here are some examples of these solutions:





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