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friend of mine just moved back to town. She’s on a budget, so for her new place she’s relied on hand-me-down furniture, thrift-store finds and plenty of creativity. When she told me she got a headboard for just $10, my first thought was that it had to be hideous. Wrong. It was genius. She purchased a $10 wooden door from Reuse Hawaii, painted it yellow and attached it to her bed frame. There are plenty of ways to make headboards or improve upon existing ones. They can be inexpensive, ecofriendly conversation pieces that double as focal points.

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• Curtain call. Hang a curtain rod above your bed and suspend fabric of your choice from it. Just remember to use enough fabric so that it can drop behind your mattress, and hang the rod so that it sits wider than your bed on both sides.

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On another note ... In last week’s column I suggested using rocks for drainage in container gardens. A gardening expert recommended it to me years ago, and I’ve been passing along the advice. It turns out it’s a common misconception that this improves drainage. As pointed out by a local horticulturist, studies have shown that water does not move easily across differing materials. Instead, the best method is to mix potting medium with perlite and/or cinder.

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ust as its name suggests, Elite Design Group LLC is on its way to being in the top ranks of Hawaii’s competitive construction industry. The design and construction firm was founded in late 2010, and though the company is relatively new, Elite Design Group and its project managers boast a dozen years’ experience on the local build scene, having served with several other companies and businesses on Oahu. Having worked for others most of their careers, the team at Elite Design Group made the decision two-and-a-half years ago to step out on their own, feeling they could benefit their customers better in this way. Elite Design Group centers its work on both commercial and residential projects; however, what sets the company apart from others is its one-on-one relationship with clients, which allows Elite Design Group and its team of 30 employees to arrive at the best final outcome for everyone involved. The Elite Design Group team sets out to build a relationship with its clientele in order to educate them and give them the knowledge they need to work within a budget that is right for them.The company does this by walking clients stepby-step through the entire construction phase. This way, if a conflict in design or price point arises, the team will be able to find a solution without sacrificing the clients’ vision. “At Elite Design Group, we want our customers to come away feeling happy and satisfied with the final outcome of



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QUESTION OF THE WEEK: Help! I am a 53-year-old female, and I just found out that I will have to pass an exam in order to get a raise. I thought I had ample time to take this test, but the deadline is next month. My memory retention is horrible. Do you have any suggestions?

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A short story about my memory Recently, I found out that I have a not very well-known dysfunction called “prosopagnosia,” or face blindness, the inability to recognize faces. My case is not severe. I can easily recognize those I see on a regular basis, but am unable to recognize others with whom I have spent only a few hours or see only once in a while. I was relieved to have an explanation after all these years, and I’m sharing it because if you are a client who I have physically met but whom I seem not to recognize on the street, stop me if I walk past you, and, when you do stop me, tell me your name and mention how I know you. My memory otherwise is intact!

corner of your room, farthest from the entrance with a solid wall to your back, giving you the greatest command of your space. You want to be able to see the entire room from your desk. If this is not possible, at the very least, sit facing the entrance, and if that is not feasible, place a mirror on the desk so that you can see behind you.

Tips for absorbing and retaining information Unfortunately, no amount of feng shui can help me with my prosopagnosia, but I can use feng shui to enhance my study and work area and maximize the energy for absorbing and retaining information. Follow these tips to build a physical foundation for retention:

Tip #2: Have good lighting Although this may seem like common sense, one of the classic rules in feng shui is to have proper and appropriate lighting. You can use two lamps for optimum brightness, but ensure that the light is gentle on your eyes, so avoid fluorescents whenever possible. If you must use fluorescent lighting, use an incandescent lamp simultaneously to counter the harshness.

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Tip #3: Neaten your work, study area Disorganization causes stress and

dens hanging over your head and can also represent headaches, which, of course, you want to avoid at all costs. Tip #5: Use metal elements in your study area Metal is an excellent element for a study area, bringing the qualities of clarity, efficiency and precision.To help maintain focus, use metal accessories such as pens, lamps, pencil holders, even a metal clock. Using a metal desk, though, can result in metal overload, creating a cold and uninviting environment.

Tip #6: Use hematite for grounding If you are the type who likes to have stones or something “lucky” in your work environment, hematite, considered a metal element because of its shiny surface, will help you concentrate and ground your energy.

Tip # 7: Bamboo helps your concentration, positive energy flow Decorative bamboo on your desk helps you stay focused and fosters positive energy flow, and entwined fronds energetically enhance information retention. For positive energy flow, the more stalks the better. Base the number of stalks you use on what you want to achieve. One stalk means simplicity and a meaningful life; two stalks mean love; three stalks mean wealth, happiness, and long life, or longevity. (The word for four in Chinese is similar to death, so using four stalks is considered rude and unlucky.) Five stalks mean wealth in all four bodies, physical, emotional, mental and spiritual. Six stalks mean peace, harmony and good luck; seven stalks mean good health; eight stalks mean growth and prosperity; nine stalks mean great luck, or good fortune, and 10 stalks mean perfection or wholeness. Twenty-one stalks mean blessings.

Whether you apply one or all of these tips to your work or study space, you will help to create the best possible environment for concentration, memory retention, productivity and energy flow. Now, if I can only figure out a way to help me remember faces!

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Kitchen updates that won’t break the bank T ake a look around your home and think about which spaces you use most. If the kitchen made the list, you’re not alone. For most homeowners, the kitchen is the heart of their home, and all the time spent there likely causes a fair amount of wear and tear. If this sounds like your kitchen, it might be time for a remodel. While the National Association of Home Builders finds that home remodeling

is at its highest level since 2005, homeowners are still being understandably cautious with their investments. The good news is that no matter the size of your budget, there are cost-effective ways to update your kitchen to revitalize the center of your home. 1. Yes, you can update your cabinets The most dramatic change you can make in your kitchen is to update the cabinetry. But for many, the thought of new cabinetry equates to a budget breaker. According to Sarah Reep, design lead for QualityCabinets, it certainly doesn’t have to be. “The key is to do your homework and find a brand that offers the trifecta of style, function and affordability,” said Reep. To keep pace with consumer requests and spending, QualityCabinets recently expanded its budget-friendly Woodstar line to include additional indemand finish options, door styles and accessible design features. “Homeowners want to stay on budget without compromising on style or function. We designed this line so they don’t have to,” said Reep. 2. Set the stage with a beautiful backsplash Another affordable way to make a statement is by updating or adding a backsplash. “A backsplash is a subtle way to update

your kitchen. Choose clean white subway tiles or add some drama with interesting patterns or colorful glass tiles,” advised Reep. Home improvement stores carry DIY tile kits in a variety of colors that are fairly simple to install yourself. Additionally, stylish, removable tile decals can help jazz up your walls quickly without the cost and commitment of tile. 3. Everything but the kitchen sink Not quite. The sink is one of the most frequently used features in a kitchen but easily ignored. Updating your kitchen sink to serve as a focal point of the room can do wonders for your space. A beautiful apronfront sink or sleek new faucet can create a dramatic update to your kitchen and provide that attention-grabbing “wow” factor. Pair it with a new coat of paint or light fixtures that complement your design vision and you’ll be amazed by what you can accomplish.

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they are commercially rated and are frequently used in high-rise condos. The majority of homes in Hawaii experience varying degrees of salt exposure.The combination of high humidity and salinity in the air, along with tropical temperatures, creates an extremely corrosive environment, which most people can attest to. The Makai range of windows and doors addresses this issue by utilizing the highest grade of stainless steel hardware available. Salt can also be problematic on glass, causing etching and constant staining. It also attracts moisture and dirt. By using Cardinal Neat Self Cleaning Glass, the problem is eliminated. Virtually all homes in Hawaii experience an area that is hot at some time of the day. The solution is using Cardinal 366 Low E, one of the most energy-efficient glasses available in North America today. By using a combination of Cardinal 366 Low E with Argon and Neat Self Cleaning Glass, more than 90 percent of heat can be reflected out of the home. Finally, screens are the first item to deteriorate in most windows because of their poor design. Discount Windows & Doors has developed a strong screen system that can be removed from inside the home and, in most cases, with one hand.

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Expanding outdoor living space adds value to homes E ven during a challenging economy, the outdoor living trend remains popular as homeowners seek to add lasting value and functional living space under the sky and stars. Whether it’s a do-it-yourself patio or a professionally installed outdoor kitchen, the beauty, usefulness, value and ease of maintenance in outdoor living space is limitless. Extending living space outdoors is as old as time itself. “Creating an outdoor room is a natural extension of your indoor living space,” said landscape architect John Johnson. “By creating a space in the open air and adding elements like fireplaces, pergolas, water features and greenery, you get a very different feel. People want and need that connection to the outdoors.” Adding value Without erecting the traditional four walls and roof, outdoor living space can be easily added to large, small, twin or town homes. Enhancing an outdoor space with hardscapes adds value and can be adapted for multiple uses. “Homeowners continue to embrace the trend of maximizing outdoor living space, whether it’s an outdoor kitchen or patio living room with a fire pit,” said Lonny Sekeres, a landscape designer with Villa Landscapes. “Real estate experts say that for every dollar you invest in landscaping projects, you could see up to a $2 return when you sell your home.”

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Do-it-yourselfers will find easy-to-install, maintenancefree pavers and segmental retaining wall systems are budget-friendly for patios, walkways, courtyards, raised gardens, fire features and wall projects. New construction should include plans for exterior hardscapes, and remodels can benefit from the advice of design-build professionals or experts from a landscape supplies retailer, says Sekeres. Al fresco living A popular trend is to expand kitchen space with outdoor grilling areas, stone fireplaces for cooking wood-fired pizza, or stone counters around a grill for food preparation. “It’s a

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Covering all bases for effortless entertaining W hether you’re a hosting aficionado or a novice entertainer, planning a party at home can carry a certain level of stress. Sometimes, despite all the cleaning, cooking and decorating we do to prepare, it’s the easily overlooked little things that can cause the biggest unwelcome surprises. The No. 1 disaster experienced by party guests and hosts is a malfunctioning toilet, according to a recent survey conducted by Delta Faucet Company. Interestingly, most respondents did not pay attention to their toilet when preparing for a party. Running, leaking or regularly clogged toilets are tempting to ignore, however it’s during parties when bathrooms are in constant use that problems can easily arise. Chip Wade, expert craftsman and host of HGTV’s hit new show “Elbow Room,� recently partnered with Delta Faucet Company to encourage homeowners to get ahead of the problem by addressing toilet troubles before planning an event. “Chip knows that hosts aren’t the only ones who feel the stress of a party —

homes get stressed, too,� said Susan Peters, senior retail brand manager at Delta Faucet Company. “Our goal is to help educate homeowners about bathroom maintenance. Even just a few extra people in the house require plumbing fixtures to work overtime to accommodate more flushes, resulting in greater potential for something to go wrong if you already have toilet issues.� Tip No. 1: Luckily, despite the fear many of us have when it comes to actually replacing a malfunctioning toilet, resolving the issue is a relatively easy and inexpensive fix. The Corrente toilet from Delta Faucet is a high-performing, water-efficient solution that comes with all the tools necessary for easy installation. The Delta Corrente toilet kit includes the tank, bowl, toilet seat, mounting hardware and wax ring, as well as a SmartFit Multi-Tool. Additionally, the EZ Out Toilet Removal Kit provides many of the items needed for uninstalling an existing toilet. Tip No. 2: Wade also suggested enlisting the help of a friend to point out other areas of the home that may need to be

addressed. Entertaining should be fun and exciting, not a burden. No matter where you are or what you are celebrating, remember to cover all your bases when

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Learn to care for your roof Expert tips, low prices await you at ‘Big One Day Sale and Demo’

on’t miss the Cool Roof Store’s Big One Day Sale and Demo this Saturday, March 9, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The public will have a chance to learn first-hand about one of the biggest revolutions in home improvement today. Even better, the lowest prices of the year on all major coatings — GacoRoof Silicone, Hawaiian Sunguard, Cool Roof Store Ceramic, and NXT Cool Zone for Monier tile — are always reserved for the One Day Sale and Demo. Attend the hands-on demonstration on how to install Cool Roof coatings that can extend the life of your roof for as long as your structure lasts. Why tear off your old roof every 10 to 15 years and then pay to have it hauled to the dump? Recent advances in silicone- and ceramic-based coatings make the application easy and much less expensive than traditional reroofing. The GacoRoof Silicone coating comes with a manufacturer’s 50-year material warranty — even if you have continual ponding water. You’ll never have to re-roof again. Plenty of free parking is available on the street, but come early to grab a good seat as these events are always well-attended. Jim Wilkinson of GacoRoof will lead a hands-on demonstration explaining some of the secrets on how to best roll out your silicone roof. He will demonstrate different “tricks of the trade,” depending on whether you have an asphalt, metal or shingle roof. If you have pictures and a


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measurement of your roof size, bring it with you to the seminar so the Cool Roof Store (CRS) folks can show you how much coating you would need for your roof. Or,

the CRS experts can measure your roof on Google Earth for a quick estimate. Whether you want to do it yourself or have a roofer do it, you will want to attend this one day sale and seminar. Be prepared to make a purchase that day as the biggest discounts of the year are always at the One Day Sale for attendees only — for both product sales as well as professional installation. Homeowners with Monier tile, shingle or metal roofs will want to hear about the amazing NXT Cool Zone coating that reflects between 30 and 91 percent of the sun’s heat, depending on the color. Even the darkest colors, like charcoal gray, resist fading and cracking because of their cross linking polymer chemistry and nanotechnology. Their effectiveness has been proven for 42 years in Australia’s extreme heat with more than 800,000 roofs worldwide. This is unlike any other roof paint you

have ever seen. Make your old Monier and shingle roofs look like new — and cool down your home at the same time. If you want to coat your asphalt shingle roof, you will want to attend the ceramic coating seminar. Asphalt shingles can be easily coated so that you never have to re-roof again. You can also choose any color you want to blend into your neighborhood. However, there are specific techniques you need to know when you deal with asphalt shingles. It is important to seal up all the “keyways” before you put on your final coat. Learn the difference between shingle types and coating requirements. Bring pictures of your roof for the experts to examine. Hawaiian Sunguard, Apoc and Cool Roof Store ceramic coatings will be on sale that day. Visit The Cool Roof Store at 575 Cooke St. in Kakaako. Go to for web specials and video tips. For a free home estimate, call 591-1900.