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FEBRUARY 20, 2011


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lack is both timeless and elegant. Everybody loves a little black dress or a sleek black sports car. But when it comes to decorating, black is one of the most feared colors in the spectrum. Many people think black will make a space too dark, but good designers know that, if used properly, black is a powerful tool. I demonstrated this during a recent design project for my clients, Joanne and John. They live in an elegant house that was lovingly renovated over time by her father. Sadly, he passed away before he got to work on his dream project: the dreary family room in the basement. So, I decided to pick up where he left off. The room was really shabby, with wood-paneled walls, an outmoded fireplace and uncomfortable seating. However, the rest of the house had a lovely, traditional feeling with a neutral palette and a few black accents. I chose to bring this design scheme into the basement, but crank up the black to add much-needed sophistication. There was some structural work to attend to first. A new ceiling was installed, the room was rewired and a mysterious door that didn’t open was replaced with a wall of windows. I then painted the wooden walls a tranquil cream (after dealing with lots of primer, that is), put

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up some 36-inch-high white wainscoting and put down a plank-style, brown cork floor. I now had a soft, neutral room. Yet, with a neutral scheme the eye wanders with no place to land. Black accents help focus the eye, but you have to use them wisely — by punctuating, not overpowering. The right amount of black will add excitement and enhance


the other tones in a room. I created an L-shaped seating area along two adjoining walls, brought in two beige chenille-covered sofas and added black and black-accented pillows. These sofas share a charcoal ottoman, a round side table and an area rug with a black and neutral pattern that speaks to the new blackand-gold floral drapes. Along one of the walls, I created a fireside lounge. The room had an old stone fireplace that was a bit of an eyesore, so I built up the mantle, painted it white and refitted it with a gas insert. To one side, I put in two very cool designer chairs that are called “smoke chairs” and added a huge wall mirror and a black side table. No matter where you sit there is a good view of a new 54-inch television, which I put against the final wall. The television sits atop a long wooden console and is flanked by black-and-white framed photographs.

When designing with black, lighting is especially important. So, in addition to recessed lights, I installed a crystal drop pendant outlined in black, two fireplace sconces, a bronze table lamp and a photographer’s tripod lamp. I also added some accessories: baskets, bowls, vases, artwork and framed photographs — including one of Joanne’s dad, the master renovator. One way to elevate good style to great style is to embrace a bit of drama. And that’s exactly what I did in Joanne and John’s space. By setting up a neutral canvas and then strategically adding dabs and dashes of black, I created a comfortable family room that has just the perfect stroke of sophistication. Interior decorator Candice Olson is host of HGTV’s “Candice Tells All.” For more ideas, information and show times, visit www.hgtv. com/candice-tells-all/ show/index.html.

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e are fortunate to have tradewinds 90 percent of the time here in Hawaii. And Tradewind windows by RMA Sales are designed to capture these abundant tradewinds that cool our Islands naturally. The Tradewind window is built right here on Oahu at the company’s facility in Halawa Business Park.

With custom made-toorder windows manufactured locally, you receive your windows faster than from the Mainland and with less risk of damage. Window parts, components and accessories also are available at RMA Sales. But most importantly, the company offers local and dependable customer service for your

Tradewind windows. Tradewind louver jalousie windows are available in aluminum or vinyl surround frames to deliver style and functionality to island homes. Vinyl surround frames can be made with either inside or outside screen features, and continue to be the frame of choice among homeowners. The inside screen feature makes screen removal

surround frame is available in two colors: white and almond. An option available is a 2-inch decorative vinyl exterior trim option to accentuate the window profile. The aluminum surround frame provides a rigid, durable, sleek profile with mechanically fastened corners. Aluminum also requires minimum maintenance with the occasional dusting and washing to remove dirt and salt buildup from the frame. No need to worry about wood rot or rust. The Tradewind aluminum surround frame is available in three colors: bronze, satin anodized and white painted finish. The Tradewind louver jalousie window hardware is made of corrosion-resistant components that are housed in aluminum or vinyl channels. Though the demand for 4-inch blades still rules, the 6-inch louver blades are gaining popularity in Hawaii as it offers a different window profile for the home. Jalousie blade options include: clear, opaque,

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tectural style. The ready-made and custom cabinets are constructed of full plywood boxes, solid wood face frames and doors. Locally stocked are maple, light or dark cherry and the new “espresso” oak, constructed of plywood boxes and engineered MDF flat panel style doors and frames. Selec-

tions are growing, with new styles soon to come. Ohana Building Supply stocks a vast selection of granite countertops such as African Fantasy, Blues in the Night, Yellow Dragon and White Galaxy, to name a few. Finished with an elegant bull-nose edge, these stylish countertops add character to any kitchen

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“create memory points,” said design trends seminar speaker Kate Brennan of the Chicago design firm Mary Cook and Associates. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the average size of a new single family home decreased from 2,438 square feet to 2,377 in 2010. This made designing to maximize space a popular theme at the show. One session focused exclusively on new ideas in home design for floor plans measuring 2,500 square feet or less. Open floor plans are now in high demand because they are not only more practical for entertaining — the hosts can interact with their dinner guests in a spacious kitchen while they are preparing food — but the lack of walls and closed-off spaces make the home

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pen floor plans, energy-efficient features, and lots of closet space are among the elements that today’s home buyers are seeking in newly constructed homes, according to industry experts at the 2011 International Builders’ Show. The research and trends presented at the show offer valuable insights and information to home builders so that they can build homes that appeal to the modern consumer’s preferences.

Once-popular features such as large living rooms, soaking tubs and second-floor laundry rooms are now out of favor. Home buyers found that the convenience of not having to carry laundry to another floor was outweighed by the noise that interrupted their sleep. Home buyers are looking for small details in their new homes, such as a built-in desk under a stairway, or a courtyard tucked between two downstairs bedrooms. Successful home builders

seem much larger. More than ever, the kitchen is now the hub of the home. Even if busy families are bringing home takeout, they want the kitchen island to be large enough to serve a multi-tasking purpose as a place to do homework, crafts, and pay bills — as well as to enjoy coffee on a Sunday morning. Natural finishes are also more popular. Recycled flooring, using a mix of wood grains on the cabi-

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f you’re a homeowner, you probably consider your home to be a longterm investment. But have you thought about futureproofing your house to maximize its value? Is your house large and accessible enough to raise a family? Is it possible that your in-laws may move in one day? Are you planning to stay in your home after you retire? Applying the principles of universal design can improve access and security, enhance style, and ultimately help your home meet the needs of you and your family for years to come. Universal design is a personalized type of architectural planning that ensures accessibility on a universal scale to all people who live in a space, regard-

less of age or ability. “Universal design enhances people’s lifestyles,” says designer and author Mary Jo Peterson. “It helps them do all of the things they’ve always done but it makes the space work for them, for their parents, for their children — it brings aesthetics and accessibility together. In short, it’s just good design.” A number of changes can make your home more safe and accessible for all. For example, you can create a no-step entry with sloped walkway and tactile paving leading to the entrances of a house. Wide, open spaces and larger doors in the interior of your home not only promote accessibility, but also enhance the appearance of your home.

In the bathroom, Delta Faucet Company’s Bathing Systems inspired by Universal Design help make the user’s experience functional, safe and comfortable without sacrificing beauty. The Traditional Shower System from Delta Faucet is a stylish multi-piece shower wall set and shower base designed to accommodate users of all ages and abilities. With a zero-threshold entry and trench drain, there is nothing for the user to step over when entering or exiting the shower, permitting easy access by foot and wheelchair alike. The system features an optional flip-up seat for added comfort and convenience. Various model sizes make the unit a practical option for any project, whether new construction or retrofit. “Universal design is not simply a medical solution to a physical challenge,” Peterson says. “Rather it is de-

sign of products and spaces that precede possible changes in the lifespan of a home and its residents.” Technology also plays a significant role in universal design products. For example, touch-sensitive technology enables the user to manually set the volume and water to a comfortable

temperature and then start and stop the flow of water with a simple tap. Light switches with large flat panels rather than small toggles are easier to control. Verve Living systems, for example, incorporates wireless switches that are completely movable and can be placed wherever it

is most convenient to control lighting or miscellaneous electric loads through outlets. By applying the principles of universal design, you can increase your home’s value while making it a welcoming place for people of all ages and abilities.

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athroom remodeling remains America’s most popular — and profitable — home improvement. Recession aside, homeowners, and prospective buyers, still want stylish bathrooms that offer a relaxing, comfortable place to recharge and rejuvenate. While today’s bathrooms are likely smaller in overall square footage, they can feel larger through better space planning and innovative solutions. “Small bathrooms can

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be just as enjoyable as their larger, more extravagant counterparts thanks to some forethought and clever tricks-of-the-trade,” says Todd Fratzel, a residential construction engineer and home improvement expert. “It’s important to start by designing an efficient floor plan that is as inviting as it is efficient, and leverages available space and product innovations.” Fratzel suggests selecting fixtures that extend your room’s size. The Porcher

Solutions wall-mounted Dual Flush Toilet conserves water and saves valuable real estate by placing the toilet’s water reservoir in the wall. Part of the company’s Solutions Collection of luxury bath furniture products, the in-wall tank system and coordinating wall-hung lavatory are the perfect small-space solution for a down-sized, but feature-rich, bathroom. “Extending a room’s physical square footage through built-in or wallmounted fixtures provides

a ‘big-bathroom’ feel to smaller spaces,” explains Fratzel, managing editor of Front Steps Media and author of the website, homeconstructionimprovement .com. “Likewise, shifting from a tub to a shower is a better match for how we live today, as well as a means of adding more features in less square footage.” Fratzel notes that multifunction showerheads and hand showers provide the same relaxation as a soaking tub in far less time and with significantly less clean up. The American Standard Shower System, for example, features a five-function personal hand shower that is ideal for pinpointing sore muscles with therapeutic massaging action. Another luxury easily incorporated into a small bathroom is a residential steam shower, which offers a spa-like experience in the same footprint as a conventional shower. The steam generator, such as those from Mr. Steam, can be located away from the bathroom, so that even in a downsized space, homeowners can relieve tired muscles, enhance skin tone and treat respiratory conditions. Don’t forget the feet, says Fratzel, who advocates the use of radiant floor heating to deliver more consistent room temperatures more efficiently and in a healthier way than conventional systems. Ideal for new construction and retrofit applications, modern radiant systems, such as those available from Uponor, heat objects instead of air. In fact, people with radiant heating systems can be comfortable at temperatures six to eight degrees lower than with traditional forced-air heat. Finally, small spaces seem larger and more

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ith summer still several months away, the comfort of a hot bath or invigorating shower continues to be something to look forward to every day. However, in many ways, the bathroom can be a frigid place on a cold latewinter or early-spring day. In fact, it often may feel like the coldest room in the house thanks to all of that impersonal chrome, porcelain and tile. But, it doesn’t have to be. It’s possible to warm up even the chilliest bathroom, even on the tightest of redecorating budgets. As you plan your bathroom revamp, start by looking right under your feet. Many bathroom floors are made from ceramic tile or natural stone, such as marble. Sure, these hardsurface elements look nice, but they also can feel downright icy on your bare feet, not to mention hard and slippery when wet. With 207 designs in distinctive colors and textures, including authentic-looking tile and stone, Tarkett FiberFloor provides the beauty of nat-

ural flooring with enhanced durability. “Today’s fiber-backed resilient sheet flooring products aren’t your grand-

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while protecting natural resources. Heated towel racks — once luxury items — now are available at affordable prices for any bathroom, offering floor-mounted, wallmounted, hard-wired and plugged-in options. Imagine the luxury of wrapping yourself in a thick, toasty towel the moment you step out of the shower. This can easily become reality. Another warming luxury, the overhead heat light, has come a long way over the years. Now you have the option of getting that infrared warmth from a standard-sized bulb instead of the oversized versions of the past. They provide instantaneous heating. Talk with your

Tarkett’s FiberFloor Easy Living Classic resilient flooring in Savanna Flagstone - Fossil beautifully provides warmth underfoot. electrician to see what options would best work in your bathroom. With so many options to warm up your bathroom’s

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