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Good luck, home

’m Filipino, not Irish. Nevertheless, I’ve been celebrating St. Patrick’s Day my whole life. This year is no different. I’ll don my green shirt and miniature leprechaun hat, eat corned beef and cabbage, and maybe even have a green beer (or two). The luck of the Irish, as far as I’m concerned, isn’t reserved for those of Irish descent. My family has been making goodluck habits part of everyday life since before I was born. In the spirit of St. Paddy’s Day, here are five fortuitous practices for your home, from my family to yours.

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1. Bless it. Whenever our relatives or close friends move into a new place, they always make sure to have it blessed first. When I moved into my apartment, I’ll admit, I didn’t do this right away. But eventually, my neighbors and I came together and we got several units blessed by a kahu. Better late than never.

4.De-clutter. This is easier said than done, especially because I come from a family of pack rats. Although we have a tendency to keep more than we should, none of us will ever block the front door. Doing so would be blocking good fortune, opportunities or even visitors from coming in.

2.Go green. Plants symbolize growth, and my mom has always kept them inside the home for good luck. Bamboo, in particular, is renown for being lucky and easy to care for.

5.Mind the bed. Make your bed every morning to set the tone for the day. Also, make sure there are no mirrors facing the bed and avoid placing it in the direct path of the doorway.

3.Keep bags off the floor. This is especially true for a purses, which contain money. (Another superstition: Keep money in all your purses and wallets at all times.) Putting them on the floor means you don’t value what’s inside, so add some tables or hooks to your home to make keeping them elevated effortless.

The Irish may have their natural luck, but some of us might have to try a little. These practices are just some of the many superstitions my family follows, but if you want to incorporate some time-told traditions, consider studying up on feng shui. Alice Inoue is a local feng shui expert and just might be able to offer you the guidance you are seeking.

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etal’s share of the residential roofing market is rapidly increasing as more homeowners think in terms of sustainability and life-cycle costs.You want a roof that will last for the long term — one that you can forget about. Aluminum has proved to be one of the best metals for use in tropical marine environments such as Hawaii. The Country Manor Aluminum Shake (CMS) roof system was developed by Alcoa in 1974, and is now manufactured by Classic Products in Piqua, Ohio using 95 percent post-consumer recycled high-tensile aluminum. A cool, lightweight, fire-safe CMS roof for your home or townhouse complex may be just the right answer to solve your re-roofing problems by offering many advantages over other metals and conventional roofing, including:

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Looking for Signs When it comes to finding greater harmony within the walls of your home, begin by understanding the natural traits and characteristics of your other half

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QUESTION OF THE WEEK: I use your guidance to set up my home, and, although our home is for the most part “feng shuifriendly,” we just can’t seem to get things done here. I know you are also a professional astrologer. Can you comment on this — is it our personalities that are not compatible? I feel it is best to make consistent progress on projects in the home whereas my husband gets distracted a lot. I am a Capricorn, my husband is a Gemini.

realized early on that feng shui is not the answer to everything, no matter how much I wanted to believe that I could create luck and harmony simply by clearing clutter, facing an auspicious direction or managing the flow of energy. However, after consulting in hundreds of homes and businesses, I now see that we create our own luck and harmony with our awareness. While feng shui has energetic influence on a person, it will never change one’s intrinsic nature, but astrology will help you understand one’s natural traits and characteristics so that you can accept people in your life for who they are, instead of wishing they were someone they are not.

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Conflict stems from judgments on behavior Conflict between the people living together can stem from the need to be right. Most of us express our opinion, believing that we are right, but that sets up the scenario for an argument whenever anyone disagrees, judging us as wrong. I bet those of you who are “neat” like to show my articles to an untidy person in the home because you want that individual to change and be more like you! Am I right? The key is to realize that the person with whom you are in conflict is probably not trying to intentionally upset you, just being his or natural herself. Can that person change with intent? Yes! Can you change your per-

spective? Yes! No right or wrong exists, just a difference in perspective. See if you can find a way to inspire the person to change rather than judging him or her as “wrong.” A general look at the signs Astrology can give you general insight about a person’s nature by looking at what sign the Sun was in at his or her birth. Although the time and location of birth will show more precise prevailing influences, you may see a part of yourself, your spouse or children in one or more of the following descriptions. If you relate to more than one sign, other planetary influences are likely strong in your chart. Have fun with this! Aries: You do not finish what you start, even though you enthusiastically bought everything for the project. Advice: Make the starting of a new project conditional upon finishing the existing project. Taurus: You procrastinate on projects that you know you need to get started on. Advice: Ask a friend to hold you accountable and set up a deadline and reward for yourself for finishing. Gemini: You likely have 10 different projects going on at once, none of which

are completed. Advice: Cross those you haven’t started off the list, turn off the phone, and focus on one! Cancer: Home improvement projects interest you, but your need for security causes you to hold onto excess. Advice: Dispose of expired food in the fridge to open up a flow of energy for yourself. Leo: You have a lot of projects that need to be done, but often choose to have fun instead. Advice: Do nothing. The Capricorn in the house will get fed up and find someone else to get it done or make you feel bad about not doing it. Virgo: You need to wash your hands ten times and conditions have to be perfect before you start, then you run out of time. Advice: Tell yourself that getting sweaty is okay and you will have time to shower. Libra: You invite your friends over to help and end up socializing instead. Advice: On project day, invite only Capricorn (hard workers) and Taurus (once they start, they finish) friends. Scorpio: You are all or nothing and will only work on projects if they interest you. Advice: Ask a Pisces to help. They have a hard time saying no.

Sagittarius: You talk about a project a lot yet never seem to get around to it. Advice: Keep talking about it until the Capricorn in the house tells you to get serious and get it done. Capricorn: You will likely either get it done yourself or tell someone else to do it. Advice: Make a plan, have a goal, and realize that everyone is not as goal and achievement-oriented as you. Aquarius: You will take on any project but then procrastinate, and, when working, you are messy and disorganized. Advice: Just do your own thing, no matter what the Capricorn says you should or shouldn’t do. Pisces: You have great visions of how you want the project to look when completed but get distracted by life. Advice: Don’t let others talk you into helping them on their projects. Instead, put your focus on yourself.

So, as you can see, Capricorns are more structured and want to get to the top of the mountain, while Geminis want to juggle multiple tasks at the bottom — neither right nor wrong, but, in your case, frustrating. Understanding each other is the first step, and finding something that will give a Gemini a reason to get to the top of the mountain is key to both of you getting what you want. Today is all in good fun, but next week I will answer another question along these lines about how astrological signs interact with each other and what you can do to be more accepting, creating greater harmony in the home!

Alice Inoue is a life guide at Alice Inoue Life Guidance LLC, a company committed to assisting people in living empowered lives. Alice shares her wisdom as a professional speaker and personal consultant, and offers a series of instructional DVDs on feng shui, as well as her award-winning books on feng shui, happiness and spiritual life wisdom. Visit www.aliceinspired.com to read her blog, sign up for her newsletters and download useful feng shui tips. MARCH 17, 2013 • 11


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wice a year, I make the trip that so many people from Hawaii love — to our ninth island! No, I don’t stay at the Cal, and I don’t go to gamble or see the shows. I take these trips for my business, and like many other interior designers, boutique owners and buyers across the country, I attend our industry’s market event in glitzy Las Vegas! The World Market Center in Las Vegas comprises an incredible five million square feet, much of which is transformed for the semi-annual trade show featuring the latest in furniture, lighting, area rugs and accents. Anything and everything you need to make your home beautiful can be found in three buildings with up to 16 floors each. On my most recent trip in late February, I took my assistants Kara, Julie and Audra along. We were shopping for clients and our showroom, and of course, looking for new sources of inspiration. And inspired we got! I’ll use this column to give you some quick tips about creative repurposing.

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As I’ve said before, reclaimed furniture and accents are not just a phase. This truly is a whole new way of thinking and designing. As time goes on, people are finding more and more creative ways to use not only reclaimed wood, but to repurpose almost anything for form or function. I found these beautiful wall plaques made of wood reclaimed from barn floors at a past Las Vegas Market. They were displayed as interesting pieces of wall art that can be hung either singly or in multiples to create a grouping. I have some at our showroom, and I used some in a Diamond Head house that we remodeled and furnished. For that client, the Vavuls, I couldn’t find just the right headboard for the master bedroom — until I saw these plaques. Why not put six of them together and turn a piece of art into a one-of-a-kind headboard for a king-size bed? Voila!

Sometimes, even when you have hundreds of thousands of square feet of items appearing before you day after day, you can learn to see beyond how they’re displayed and find a creative solution for your design needs. Take a look at how older, worn and even broken tennis rackets can be turned into a whimsical piece of art.

I took a picture for a client whose son is an avid tennis player. Wouldn’t this make a great centerpiece for a kid’s bedroom? Or could it inspire someone like you to hunt through your closet or your parents’ spare bedroom to see if you can repurpose something to create a unique piece of art that speaks to you? Don’t look at things at face value. See what you already have lying around, look at it in a creative light, and see whether you can make something decorative or functional. It could be the most interesting piece in your home! I’ll be back next week with more for you from that treasure house in Las Vegas!

Cathy Lee is president and designer of Cathy Lee Style and Cathy's Marketplace, a furniture and accessories showroom with design services at 1110 University Ave. She recently opened reStyle Hawaii, an affordable, styleconscious consignment warehouse with upholstering and repurposing services at 420 Keawe St. Visit www.cathyleestyle.com.

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• Unlike the extremely low or 0 percent financing offered by some other lenders, the HCFCU Solar Photovoltaic Loan Special does not come with hidden fees or mark-ups to the consumer or the solar contractor. • HCFCU encourages the borrower to ask the contractor for “cash pricing.â€? This allows the consumer to see what the price for the PV system would be if they financed through HCFCU. Hidden fees are ultimately passed on to the consumer by increasing the overall cost of the PV system. • You will be able to work with the solar contractor of your choice. HCFCU does not limit your choices and will work with your solar contractor. • HCFCU’s PV loan program is offered as an unsecured personal loan rather than

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A bright future with a trusted solar provider BONTERRA RENEWABLE ENERGY AND SOLAR POWER contact // 548-7957 web // info@bonterrasolar.com bonterrasolar.com their superior customer service, first-class products, or their in-house team of craftsmen that install systems — Bonterra has risen ahead of the pack time and again. t’s no secret that in the past few years Hawaii has witnessed the beginnings of a clean energy renaissance. Leading this new energy revolution is the power of the sun. But with so many new solar providers popping up in the islands, it can be difficult to find a company worthy of your trust. Amid this sea of solar providers, one company, Bonterra Solar, has built itself a reputation for top-tier equipment, quality installations and the best customer service in the business.

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commercial developers to earn rave reviews. With their sturdy reputation, Bonterra has partnered with the Department of Hawaiian Homelands to develop the first net-zero energy community in the nation at Kaupuni Village, and they’ve also become the trusted solar provider for all Gentry Homes developments in the stat — an impressive feat to say the least. Commitment to Customers When it comes to working with Hawaii’s homeowners, you’d be hard-pressed to find another solar provider more committed to the customer. In every facet of the solar installation process — whether through

Zero-Money Down Financing When it comes to saving customers money, Bonterra has once again built itself a reputation head and shoulders above their counterparts. With their local leasing vehicle’s new zero-down leasing option, you can build a brighter solar future without any upfront cost. Bonterra also knows that there’s been a great deal of confusion surrounding the state of Hawaii’s amendments to the tax incentives available for solar installations. Through the fog, Bonterra has been able to provide clarity to their customers. For the average family, the state and federal government will continue to provide tax

incentives for up to 65 percent of the cost of installation. Now, some families may require more energy, and others less, but if you’re looking to save money on your electric bill and help save the environment, it’s still a great time to go solar. To find out what system will best suit your needs, contact one of Bonterra’s friendly representatives today.

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BIG ROCK HAWAII

Still ‘Rock’ stars after 30 years ig Rock is a store in Honolulu that is exceptional. It manufactures and sells all sorts of things that are unavailable anywhere else in the world. That’s because Big Rock specializes in making copies of our Hawaiian stones and has been doing this for 30 years. There is no other business like it. You can’t imagine how many rocks, boulders and pieces of stone the owners, Bonnie Cooper and Brian Joy, have accumulated throughout the 30 years, and they are always adding to the collection. Some of the beautiful stone bowls and unusual boulders have been lent by homeowners, who have seen and appreciated the quality of the copies and wanted to contribute to the collection. Molds are taken from the original pieces they find, and then reproductions are cast in a lightweight concrete. There is unquestionably no way a person can tell the difference between Big Rock and the real thing, and just think of how much of our islands’ natural stone has been conserved through Big Rock’s method of casting copies! Even after 30 years here on Oahu there are still many people who may have “heard” about Big Rock, but have never taken the time to visit the showroom, and Bonnie and

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with the few things they see at our show displays, but admit they have not been to the store. Once they come, they are happy they did and always spread the word to friends and neighbors.” Why would you use Big Rock? Well, it is much lighter weight than real rock, for example, the boulders do not have to be dug into the ground as they already have a flat bottom. The Moss Rock stepping stones are 3 inches thick and ready to place, but they look as though you have miraculously found natural rock for a pathway that is flat! The stone items can be used to dress up lanais too, surrounded with a bit of river rock and perhaps

a small fountain. Big Rock stone veneer is used to cover any and all wall surfaces, giving you a natural stone wall appearance, but it’s only about 1 and ½ inches thick and is easy to install! Actually all Big Rock stone products are easy to use, and Brian and Bonnie always encourage homeowners to consider doing the work themselves, whether it’s a rock wall or garden project. Big Rock has the stone veneer, stone benches and tables, boulders, stone bowls of many sizes, bridges, garden edgers, ponds, waterfall boulders, garden ornaments,

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Buddhas, tikis and much more. Of course, not everything at Big Rock is made there. Some garden accent pieces and other goodies are brought in, such as a variety of rain chains, Japanese-style lanterns, bamboo fountain kits, pond pumps, liners, filters, underwater lighting, birdbaths, decorative fountains and more than a dozen pre-cast waterfalls. Big Rock would like to invite you to come by for a visit. You don’t have to buy, but they would like you to see how 30 years of being Hawaii’s “Rock” stars has made them famous for the quality and uniqueness of their products.

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AMERICAN CARPET COMPANY

Ever-growing carpet company has the local community well-covered A s American Carpet One celebrates its 39th Anniversary as a locally owned and operated fullservice home floor and design center, the company continues to grow and improve along with the communities it serves. It began serving Hawaii on Jan. 2, 1974 in a 1,000-square-foot space with just five employees. Fast forward nearly four decades later, and American Carpet One has grown to include 110 employees from administrative staff to installers working out of its current Sand Island locale, which includes an 8,000-square-foot showroom and 33,000 square feet of warehouse space. The ample storage capacity allows the company to stock the most flooring product in the Islands, while also expediting the delivery and installation of products for its customers. American Carpet One was the first to introduce Stainmaster to Hawaii in 1986, and became a Stainmaster Flooring Center — one of 200 nationwide. The distinction gave the company access to the exclusive products and services, as well as the Ultra Life Advantage, which affords customers a warranty on the products. The company also benefits from its involvement with the Carpet One cooperative, which it joined in 1988 and serves as the seventh largest cooperative in the world. The cooperative includes roughly 1,200 other locally owned and operated businesses across the U.S., Canada, New Zealand, Australia and Guam. According to American Carpet One sales manager Aaron Okamoto, collectively last year the cooperative generated more than $3.8 billion in floor covering purchases, and the resulting savings are passed on to the customers here in Hawaii. In 2001, American Carpet One introduced its insurance division. While the operation does not sell insurance, it is the designated floor covering installer for State Farm, Allstate, USAA, Fireman’s Fund and Farmer’s Insurances.The service is set up as a direct repair program through which the insurance carriers have enrolled, so when customers file a claim, the carriers then assign American Carpet One to handle the job. Three years later, American Carpet One 24 • MARCH 17, 2013

became the first to offer one of the most popular flooring options on the market in Karndean — a vinyl floor covering billed as “The Perfect Floor.” The Luxury Vinyl Tile represents the fastest-growing floor covering category in the world. As Okamoto explained, “It’s a pure vinyl that provides a stain resistant flooring option. The product fits with our island lifestyle. When installed properly, it makes your floor pretty much water resistant, so in the event of flooding, it will survive. Anytime wood, laminate or carpet gets damaged, you need to rip it out, throw it away, and start again. This is one floor that will survive, and termites

haven’t figured out how to eat it yet, so we’re calling it the perfect floor. The design applications are endless.” For large industrial flooring replacement projects, American Carpet One acquired a secret weapon: The Terminator. The ridealong scraping machine pulls up all sorts of flooring, from vinyl to wood and carpet, and makes way for new applications. The process has led to substantial reductions in labor costs, which equate to savings for customers. Three years ago, the company also introduced a Healthier Living installation process, which guarantees to improve the indoor air quality during a flooring installation by killing bacteria and allergens and purifying the air. Last year, American Carpet One became the first company in Hawaii to have all its

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journeymen carpet installers approved by Certified Floorcovering Installers (CFI), an international non-profit organization established in the early 1990s. The installers are trained and certified with the end goal of assisting homeowners and customers by ensuring that those working on their projects are indeed qualified. Installers working at the company need to pass both written and performance tests in order to gain CFI certification. These certified installers are identified by the CFI seals on both their uniforms and work vehicles. “We don’t just sell flooring; we build

relationships in the community,” said Okamoto. “We make friends and that’s what it’s all about.” To set up a free consultation, including measurements of a home or business, log on to www.AmericanCarpetOne.com or call 447-2752.

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