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pril showers bring May flowers. You know what else brings flowers? Graduations and Mother’s Day celebrations. This weekend, my family and I are celebrating both. After two years, I’m happy to say I have graduated with my master’s degree in communication from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. My mom is here to help celebrate, and we’ll continue the merriment for Mother’s Day. If you’re like me, you keep flowers in the bouquet as long as you can. Yes, I must admit that I am not known for my flower-arranging skills. Luckily, I’ve been learning some quick tricks of the trade and getting better at it. If the flowers keep coming, I’ll get the practice I need. (Hint. Hint.) Until then, I’ll stick to these tips for my favorite flora. Before starting, choose your desired vase and add room-temperature water followed by cut-flower food. Then, gently hold your flowers next to the vase to discern how much trimming they’ll need. Trim at least 1 inch from the stems at a 45-degree angle using a utility knife, and remove any leaves that will fall below the water line. The stems absorb water better when cut. For branches, use a strong cutter such as a lopper to cut a slit or two at the base of each stem. This type of cut will allow for the most water absorption. Then, trim twigs that will fall below the water line. Place each stem into the vase, one by one. Start with the tallest, largest flowers at the center, and work your way around. Move on to the next largest and so on, filling in with smaller flowers as you go.

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e’ve all heard the saying, “You’re just pouring money down the drain.” Have you ever thought about its meaning? It means to waste money. None of us want to throw money away; but that’s exactly what you are doing if you have to let the water in your bathrooms and kitchen run and run to get hot water. You’re also losing money if just a trickle of water is coming out of the faucet, your water-using appliances seem to be wearing out faster than they should or you keep buying products to get the white spots off shower doors (and they don’t work). Additionally, water is our most precious resource, second only to the air we breathe, so wasting water is a big no-no. Harald von Sydow, director of Nano Tek-On, said that everyone in Hawaii has water that leaves calcium deposits and builds up limescale in their plumbing. Some areas are worse than others, and these deposits build up until the flow of water is impeded. Limescale and calcium deposits clog plumbing and the workings in your dishwasher, hot-water heaters and other water-using appliances — even your coffeemaker. This contributes to ultimately pouring hundreds of your hard-earned dollars down the drain every day, week, month and year.

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According to Harold, “I used to experience these situations, and in looking for the solution, I learned about how the science of nanotechnology has made it possible to break up the calcium and limescale buildup inside the plumbing. We use a unit called HydroFlow. Our team of nanotechnology exper ts can install HydroFlow on the plumbing in your home, and you will get the same result as I first experienced — and still do.

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“The calcium and limescale buildup inside the plumbing will start to break up. Soon, spotting will reduce and be easy to wipe off. And the water won’t be trickling out of your shower heads and faucets. Instead, it will be flowing freely. You will no longer have to wait for hot water because your hot-water heater will be working more efficiently.” Nano Tek-On attaches the little HydroFlow unit to the outside of your plumbing with no cutting of pipes. Installation only takes a few minutes and then it goes to work to rid the pipes of corrosion and limescale. HydroFlow is silent, doesn’t change the taste of your water, is environmentally safe and safe for you as well. How does HydroFlow work? It generates a radio frequency that causes mineral

ions in the water to naturally clump together and wash away — right down the drain. All the minerals in your home’s plumbing system are affected and as the “clumps” travel through the water, they attract ions from existing deposits and eventually break away from the sides of the pipes. The HydroFlow unit breaks down limescale from the inside of your plumbing so that it washes away down the drain, instead of your money washing away. The resulting benefits are that your water-using appliances will last longer without the corrosion caused by limescale and calcium deposits and you will save money on your water and electric bills. On average, the unit will lower your electric bill by 30 percent. To learn more about how you can pour limescale down the drain, call 395-2996 or visit nanotekhi.com. Nano Tek-On also specializes in environmentally friendly surface treatments including sealants for glass and natural stone, antimicrobial coatings and self-cleaning surfaces. Nano Tek-On is the exclusive home of HydroFlow in Hawaii. MAY 12, 2013 • 3


4 MAY 12 • 2013 AMERICAN CARPET ONE

The ‘One’ to trust for flooring installations BY KYLE GALDEIRA pon entering a home or business, one is sure to notice a beautiful flooring system whether in the form of plush carpet or stunning hardwood. What goes unseen, however, is what it took to achieve the blend of beauty and functionality through a professional, quality flooring installation. Certified Flooring Installers (CFI) at American Carpet One are poised to adequately handle every step of the job, from prepping the sub-floor to installing the desired flooring option. “Over 80 percent of manufacturer-related replacements are due to failures of the sub-floor and improper prepping of the new floor,� said Larry Marvel, installation manager at American Carpet One. “Not the floor itself, but what was done incorrectly prior to installation. It’s the things you don’t see that end up becoming problematic.�

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Floor coverings include carpet and vinyl tile — anything that covers the floor above the substrate. Prior to a new flooring installation, the skilled installers at American Carpet One inspect underneath the previous floor covering to assess the condition of the substrate, and check for waves and ripples, holes and other imperfections that may cause warping and other costly problems if not corrected. CFIs ensure that any substrate conditions, including the presence of properly functioning carpet tack strips that are strong

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enough and not rusted out, meet industry standards. Marvel explained that the experts at American Carpet One utilize scientific techniques such as a calcium chloride test, which is required by all hard-surface flooring manufacturers prior to installation. The 72-hour test tracks the vapor emissions that escape from the substrate over a 24-hour period. Too much vapor raises a red flag, and not addressing the conditions could lead to a new flooring system’s warranty being voided. With a host of CFI certified installers standing by to assist

AMERICAN CARPET ONE contact // 447-2752 web // www.AmericanCarpetOne.com customers with their flooring dreams and desires, American Carpet One offers customers a means of meeting the highest industry standards. “Being connected to CFI, we receive constant training updates and installation reviews on different flooring

substrate problems and adhesive problems — it’s an ongoing process aided by a pool of resources at our fingertips,� Marvel said. CFI is an international nonprofit organization established in the early 1990s to train and certify installers with

the end goal of ensuring customers that the installers working on their projects are indeed qualified. All journeymen carpet installers at American Carpet One were recently certified by CFI — a first for the industry in Hawaii.

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6 MAY 12 • 2013 WAYNE’S FLOORING AMERICA

‘Engage’ with vinyl tile for a durable flooring choice M etroflor’s new interlocking floor product, Engage, is the perfect floor if you are looking for durability in either your home or business. Engage is backed by a 25-year residential and a five-year commercial warranty. This Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT) product is installed free floating and clicks together with the industry’s best locking system, Uniclic. Because Engage does not require adhesives, the floor is ready to be used as soon as it is installed. It also eliminates any potential VOCs or off gassing, making it a sound recommendation for spaces with indoor air-quality issues. Since Engage is a vinyl product, it is moisture-resistant from the top down, making it a suitable option for the kitchen or bathrooms. Here are some reasons to go with Engage: • Engage Essential planks come in a 7 1/2-inch by 47 1/2-inch plank size with various color options. • Engage is a great option for homeowners looking for a quality DIY (do it yourself) type product. Metroflor is the world’s largest LVT manufacturer and has introduced another innovative product with Engage in the largely popular category. Other products manufactured by Metroflor include Hybrid

and Konecto. For more information on Metroflor, please go to the website www.metroflorlvt.com. Find the answer to your needs with Metroflor’s Engage at all Wayne’s locations: Kaimuki, Kaneohe and Sand Island. You also can visit The Carpet Outlet in Salt Lake or other flooring outlets throughout Hawaii. Reasons to choose LVT flooring Homeowners interested in renovating their flooring may be wondering what the big deal with LVT is. Here are a few benefits you get with LVT flooring: • Durability. Vinyl floors are easy to maintain and care for, especially for people with children or pets. • Moisture resistance. Luxury Vinyl Tile is more resistant to water than hardwood- and laminatetype products. • Softer underfoot. Luxury Vinyl Tile is softer on your feet and body.

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• Keep grass approximately 2 inches in length and only take off 1/3 inch of new growth. • Alternate the direction you mow each session. If you mow in the same direction every time, the wheels will create a rut in the grass. • Plant flowers around the yard for a pop of color. Using mulch in flower beds will also add detail to your landscape. • Use string trimmers around trees, rocks, fences and other obstacles to give your lawn a polished look. • Use a broom to clean grass clippings and soil from pavement and walkways. Making your lawn stand out as the beauty of the block will take some work, but the end result will be worth the effort. Yard work can feel easier and even enjoyable when using the right lawn care tools for the job. Visit www.troybilt.com to learn more about lawn care products to help make time in the yard more pleasurable. This article is courtesy of Brandpoint.

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8 MAY 12 • 2013 SURFACE SHIELD ROOFING

Save on energy bills with roof coatings W ith more than 20 years of experience in Hawaii’s roofing and solar industry, Surface Shield Roofing’s Shon Gregory has seen the business change as materials and technologies are adapted to the needs and priorities of property owners. “Our clients are becoming increasingly concerned with rising energy costs,” Gregory said. “Traditional technologies and materials are still in use, but we’re finding that more and more people are looking to advancements in roofing to help defray their costs.” Because of our state’s dependence on imported oil, energy costs in Hawaii are the highest in the U.S., and the need to reduce the price of cooling a home or business has led to innovations. “The market demands that we work with the latest materials and technologies,” said Gregory, “because our clients want to save on their energy costs over the long term.” “Cool roofing” is an approach that has a variety of cost and environmental benefits, and the number of home and business owners adopting it is growing rapidly.

Because such coatings are applied to existing roofing substrate, demolition that sends waste to a landfill is unnecessary. Buildings using cool roof materials and technologies can save up to 25 percent on energy costs. Roof coatings are seamless and when installed correctly, can solve roof leaks on almost any type of roof substrate. Fieldapplied reflective roof coatings can extend the useful life of most roof substrates, keeping the surface cool and providing a level of protection from the sun and weather. Roof coatings can add 25-plus years to the service life of a roof and reduce the amount of discarded roofing materials that end up in landfills. “Large commercial properties were the first to embrace cool-roofing technologies because of the size of their buildings,” explained Gregory. “But in the past years, we’ve seen a major spike in the number of residential property owners opting to go with roof coating technologies previously used mostly by the commercial sector.” Surface Shield uses a variety of roof coating products. Here are a few benefits of one of the highly efficient coatings

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• Silicone coatings are fast-drying. In tropical climates, silicone is dry enough to walk on in two hours. This means multiple coats can be applied in the same day. Work is completed sooner than with other coatings.

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Re-purposing garage sale castoffs into fabulous finds A s the warmer weather is upon us, it brings many new activities: baseball, picnics, beach time and — best of all — garage sales. People are purging what they don’t need or no longer want. It’s the perfect opportunity to turn their trash into your treasure. From outdated odds and ends to forgotten furniture, there is a wealth of worthy items just waiting to be found, re-imagined and re-purposed. Pretty in paint Rusty metal, chipped paint, colors from another decade — they are common sights for the garage sale shopper. But when you look beyond these imperfections — and at their spray paint potential — you’ll soon find some diamonds in the rough. Metal products, such as tables, chairs, garden tools or even watering cans, can receive an easy and instant update with Rust Protector spray paint from Krylon. The product, available in a variety of colors and finishes, dries in just eight minutes. As you create your new masterpieces, you won’t have to worry about grass, leaves or other particles getting stuck in your fresh coat of paint. Plus, the paint provides the ultimate protection against rust, keeping your new treasures looking amazing, regardless of the elements they face. If it’s color you desire, look no further than Krylon’s new ColorMaster spray paint with bold, bright or basic

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elements to be admired on bookshelves and mantels. Even old books can add a level of sophistication to your home. Grab a handful in coordinating colors to stack on a dresser or end table for instant eye appeal. Buy an old ladder and prop it against the wall to drape blankets.You can even spray paint an old coffee mug rack to create a fabulous jewelry organizer to hang all your favorite accessories. The possibilities are endless.

New uses for old things The key to finding items at garage sales is to look at how they can be used in new and different ways. Don’t view that dusty, broken typewriter or vintage camera as mechanical pieces you have to fix, but rather as interesting design

Turning up treasures If your main reason for getting giddy over garage sales is to make a quick buck, you’re not alone. Valuable items could lurk at every turn, and they are just waiting to be snatched up by eager buyers. Before you head out to garage sales, however, do your research and read up on collectibles. Generally, pieces with high nostalgia will fetch a higher price tag. Think classic lunch boxes, comic books, sports memorabilia or board games — things you loved as a kid that never seem to go out of style. You can also enlist the help of a collectibles expert, who can tell you everything you need to know. Visit www.krylon.com for more ideas. This article is courtesy of Brandpoint.

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10 MAY 12 • 2013 GOLDEN CABINETS & STONE

Kitchen cabinets can be an expression of your style BY KYLE GALDEIRA olden Cabinets & Stone offers its customers multiple elements of customization, which in turn allows clients’ creativity to run wild. Those building from scratch or remodeling an existing space have the choice of including 30- and 40-inch wall cabinets as well as the option to feature glass panels as an added artistic element. Special orders are welcomed, and if customers provide the measurements for their desired cabinetry, Golden Cabinets & Stone can create a 3-D computer rendering of what their project will look like upon completion. As pending home improvement projects command the attention of property owners, customers will be pleased to learn that later in May, Golden Cabinets & Stone will add 10 new granite and three quartz countertop varieties to its extensive inventory. Owner Wayne Cao explained that in the next few weeks, the fresh, new countertop styles will be available for those looking to build a kitchen or bathroom, or simply spruce up an existing space. Reservations for the new countertops are being accepted now to aid in the planning and design process. The company is also offering a huge sale during which customers can take advantage of savings ranging from 40 to 50 percent off the entire stock of cabinetry and countertops. Cao encouraged customers to stop in and check out Golden Cabinets & Stone’s new selection of porcelain tiles. Multiple varieties of the tile are available, and the covering resembles travertine — a form of limestone deposited by mineral springs. “The porcelain tile really provides the look of natural stone, modeling travertine,” Cao explained. Golden Cabinets & Stone has gained a reputation for offering quality, affordable cabinetry and countertops to meet the needs of Hawaii’s consumers for more than five years. Cao noticed how expensive it had become to purchase the products in Hawaii and sought to bring more affordable options to local residents. Cao added that Golden Cabinets & Stone is fully stocked with inventory, and “a wide range of choices” are available for customers shopping for everything from cabinetry to hardware — including handles for an attractive yet functional touch. “When we transform a client’s outdated kitchen into a new, more functional space, it is most satisfying seeing their face and hearing how much their whole family enjoys this new element in their home,” Cao said. Golden Cabinets & Stone operates out of a convenient central location, and serves its customers that have come to appreciate the company’s professional service, quality products and “unbeatable” prices. With a 3,000-square-foot showroom at its Kalihi-Palama store located at 1299

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Kaumualii St., Golden Cabinets & Stone offers a multitude of cabinetry in addition to 50 varieties of granite and quartz countertops, 30 choices of sinks and an array of high-quality porcelain floor tile varieties — the perfect combination when renovating a bathroom or kitchen. Other possibilities for utilizing cabinetry include modifying office areas, adding closets or sprucing up a garage or lanai with various storage elements.

The cabinetry selections are constructed from solid wood doors and plywood boxes, and provide customers with unsurpassed quality not available from competitors that offer particle or pressboard styles. Golden Cabinets & Stone is continually introducing new cabinet options along with countertops, which are in stock to aid home or business owners with completing projects as fast as possible.

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Something to Believe In By gaining clarity on the differences between feng shui, religion and spirituality, we can understand how each might fit into our lives their approaches. Here are a few:

• Experience versus belief. Religion requires you to follow a particular belief system that the church (or place of worship) and its authorities have established. Spirituality places less importance on structured beliefs and focuses more on growing consciously and evolving to our highest level personally.

QUESTION OF THE WEEK: I enjoy your articles tremendously, but recently after bringing up the topic of feng shui with a group of friends at church, I got an earful. Their viewpoint was that feng shui is a religion, and it goes against what we believe. Is this true? Also, I have always been curious as to the difference between religion and spirituality and what makes a person spiritual, rather than religious?

he first par t of your question reflects a common concern for those with religious beliefs. The viewpoint that feng shui conflicts with religious beliefs suggests a lack of clarity about what feng shui actually is. Feng shui is not a religion — nor does it bring luck, or “black magic,” used to drive out evil spirits. It is not about worshipping deities or subscribing to superstitions. Feng shui is a body of wisdom centered on energy flow and how it affects us — a tool used to manage energy having no geographical, cultural, or religious boundaries. No matter what your religious beliefs or unique set of life goals are, you can use feng shui wisdom to better support yourself physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually.

• Fear versus love. Although most religions state that God is loving and forgiving, they also teach the concept of sin and the consequences of wrongdoing; whereas, spirituality is entirely love-based, without the concept of sin or judgment.

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• Various schools of feng shui. A part of the confusion with respect to religion comes from a school of feng shui known as “BTB feng shui,” which originated from the indigenous Bon religion of Tibet before the introduction of Buddhism. However, over thousands of years, as the body of wisdom traveled from India to Tibet and then to China, it evolved, losing its religious connection and incorporating indigenous teachings and philosophies. Its current teachings have nothing to do with Buddhism and everything to do with simply and effectively creating more comfortable and harmonious environments. No matter what school of classical or tra12 • MAY 12, 2013

• Heaven versus heart. Many Western religions refer to God as a supreme being in the heavenly realm, watching over us. In spirituality, God is considered omniscient, without gender, and found in all things animate and inanimate. Spirituality sees no separation between the “Creator” and “Creation.”

ditional feng shui you subscribe to, in its most basic form, feng shui uses no religious statues or lucky figurines in its teachings. • The marketing of feng shui. Feng shui is often marketed as something easy and fun, and “new age feng shui” uses Asian décor and symbolism, associating it with “Zen-like,” or peaceful, environments. In these manifestations, happy Buddhas, lucky gods, and divine deities, are used as a part of the trend, but without religious significance. • Religious figurines. Traditional churches are “against” feng shui because so-called deities are used and promoted as “good feng shui.” The truth is that you can be Christian and use feng shui, substituting a figurine of Jesus for the Buddha to provide “good energy” to the inhabitants of the home. Feng Shui never challenges, replaces, or in any way undermines a person's religious convictions or values and can align with your religious beliefs. • Religion versus spirituality. With regard to religion and spirituality, you can be religious without being spiritual and you can be

• Outer versus inner. Religion places more emphasis on outer forms and rituals and organized doctrines, while spirituality is less concerned with these things, focusing more on one’s inner experience of God and living a heart-centered existence.

spiritual without being religious. You can also be religious and spiritual, as they are not mutually exclusive. Religion and spirituality are just labels, representing different ways of focusing on God and what God means. Followers of religion and spirituality share a common belief in and desire to enter into a deeper relationship with a Higher Power of some kind, and both are seen as “paths to God,” with some distinct differences in

• It’s more than what you do. The bottom line is that being spiritual is not about what you do or who or what you believe in. Spirituality is a matter of your state of consciousness and your approach to life. By choosing to live with a greater connection to your spirit, you can be inspired by your own life and not necessarily by something outside of you.

Alice Inoue is a life guide at Alice Inoue Life Guidance LLC, a company committed to assisting people in living empowered lives. Visit www.aliceinspired.com to read her blog, sign up for her newsletters and download useful feng shui tips.

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hese days, you don’t need a farm or even a yard to grow some crops. With aquaponics — definied as the symbiotic cultivation of plants and aquatic animals in a circulating system — more and more people are becoming urban gardeners, growing their own food in just about any shape or size of space, including small apartments and condos. “Aquaponics is a merger of two kinds of technology — aquaculture and hydroponics. It’s basically soiless farming,” explained Clyde Tamaru, extension specialist at the UHManoa College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR). “Right now there’s a big movement in aquaponics. A lot of people are jumping on board and a large part of it is that soil is not required. “There also are a lot of other benefits. There are no weeds, and because there’s no soil, you don’t get dirty. And you can grow pretty much anything — lettuce, tomato, cucumber, chili pepper, basil, green onion, taro, etc. And if you wanted to, you can do it from indoors, but it requires artificial lighting.” Depending on your budget

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and space, a home aquaponic system can be very basic or super fancy. The main components needed are a fish tank, water pump, grow bed, growing medium, fish and plants. You can build one yourself or buy a ready-made unit that will be up and running right away. From the time your system is built, Tamaru said it takes about six weeks to start seeing crops from seeds, or four weeks with starter plants from lawn and garden shops. As for maintenance, there are live fish, so it’s like taking care of a pet. But it’s still considered to be much, much less work than maintaining a dirt garden. “A lot of people think building an aquaponic system is costly, but it’s about the same price as putting together a

fancy aquarium,” said Tamaru, noting that green onion, leafy greens and basil are the easiest to grow. As for types of fish, the best include tilapia, koi, fancy goldfish, carp and ornamental types such as angelfish, guppies and tetras. “Aquaponics is an emerging technology that I think we all need to take a really hard look at because on our island we have limitations of water and space, and this kind of technology is pretty much trying to adjust to those things. “Also, I think a reason for the big movement is people want to practice sustainability. This whole thing about the three Rs — reduce, recycle, reuse — that basically describes aquaponics. It’s becoming self-reliant by producing your own food.”

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the challenges and opportunities of aquaponic operations in Hawaii. There also will be faculty members from CTAHR sharing the latest developments in aquaponic research and extension being conducted by the college, and a representative from isisHawaii talking about the role of aquaponics in education. Cost for the conference is $79 (early-bird rate) or $99 (regular rate). For more information or to register, visit www.aquasustain ability.com.


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the home. Here are two sustainable home improvements you can make: 1. Eliminate incandescents. You’ll have to do it soon anyway, so it may pay to start the process now and phase incandescent light bulbs from your home. A federal law banning incandescent light bulbs means that by the end of 2014, you probably won’t be able to find one of the old-fashioned power-guzzlers on store shelves anymore. Instead, more energy-efficient bulbs such as LEDs and compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs) will dominate the marketplace. 2. Switch to a solar water heater. Switching to solar power for heating water can be a huge energy and money-saver. Solar

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Green energy production reigns supreme Sunetric is approaching 50 megawatts of installed solar power over its nine-plus years of business, encompassing a wide range of jobs and projects. To put that figure in perspective, the solar power generated by Sunetric’s installations saves 78,437 pounds of carbon dioxide — the leading greenhouse gas — each year, and offsets the use of 83 barrels of oil annually. The company installs hundreds, and sometimes thousands, of solar panels every week, thereby eliminating a piece of the “carbon footprint” created by fossil fuels burned in Hawaii to make electricity. “Being environmentally friendly goes into everything we

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Consign and Shine Before trashing damaged or old furniture, consider an alternative. Consignment stores offer a showroom setting and a chance to earn a return

y plan today was to continue with tips from the Waialua beach house I recently designed and furnished. But this past week I had an epiphany that I feel compelled to share with you. We’re so used to receiving furniture on consignment from people who are moving off-island, downsizing, looking for a way to retire their parents’ things or simply redecorating. At Cathy’s Marketplace, more than a dozen amazing pieces came in last week. But among our customers was one who looked around and said, “How do I know what to do with stuff that I no longer want?”

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What do you do with old, unwanted furniture? Obviously if you’re moving, you need to get rid of your things, and get rid of them fast. The paper’s classified section, craigslist, CathysMarketplace.com and other websites are an option, but if you don’t want strangers coming to your home, what do you do? You could donate, but a lot of charities these days don’t take large, bulky items because they don’t have the space for them and they’re difficult to unload. That’s where consignment comes in. You immediately get something out of your space. And pieces show better displayed in professional settings than they do online or at a garage sale. The negative is you won’t see any money until your piece sells, and that could take a little while. And the more time that goes by, the more your piece is likely to get discounted, because it costs money for a showroom to store your things. Believe it or not, I’ve also talked people into keeping their pieces. Some complain about the old-fashioned look of their parents’ furniture, but sometimes all it takes is a fresh coat of paint, new fabric or new drawer pulls to breathe in new life.

We don’t want to clutter our landfills, so try looking at all options — selling a piece yourself, consigning or simply updating it— before you end up tossing it. So at the showroom last week, we took our customer through the steps and gave some advice. Be realistic about what you have. A quality older piece of furniture that has a stain or a tear can still be of value. But an inexpensive piece with a stain or tear is just an old piece of furniture. Just like selling a home, if you put a little bit

of elbow grease or attention into a piece, it’ll likely help it sell faster. How to tell if something is worth consigning Recently we got a vintage McGuire dining set that’s in great condition, but needs updated upholstery. We got some great case pieces by Herman Miller, an iconic furniture maker who’s still in demand today, but they need some TLC. If they were in mint condition, they would be triple the price. We also got a 15-foot cream-colored

sectional sofa that’s in perfect condition. But there’s not a huge market for people looking for such a large piece. All of these are great and will probably find a good home, but it’s going to take that right buyer. Our customer chose to consign, so we reviewed the photos she sent, decided what we would take and gave her advice on what to do with her other pieces. So keep in mind: If you need to a solution for your old furniture, you might want to update and keep a few choice pieces, and find a new home for the rest so that your home can shine.

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, style-conscious consignment warehouse with upholstering and repurposing services at 420 Keawe St. To find out more, go to www.cathyleestyle.com. MAY 12, 2013 • 13


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Couples who design a fresh space together, stay together O pposites attract, and for couples who live together, compromising on personal style and design choices can be a difficult bridge to cross. Someone who wants a modern, contemporary vibe might not like the decor choice of someone who prefers a more traditional or rustic feel. What most people don’t realize, however, is that blending two opposing tastes can actually be more visually appealing than sticking with just one design style.

Paint is prime Adding a splash of color (or two, or three) is a low-cost way to liven up the blank canvas of your home. And you don’t have to stick with just one color throughout your home. Highlight an accent wall in your living room with a darker shade or apply a funky wallpaper print. Or, paint your kitchen red with shades like Crisp Crimson or Rocket Red from Dutch Boy, as it increases appetite and elevates passion, perfect for a romantic dinner for two. Purples such as Plumes or Merlot Grape, also from Dutch Boy, have been known to induce passion, ideal choices for a couple’s bedroom. Art and soul Bringing artistic elements into the space is an easy way to add personal flair. From wall decor and blown glass accents to picture frames and candles, no decorative piece is too small to make a big impact. Display items in groups of three for a dramatic display. Candleholders or vases in varying heights or complementary color schemes can marry two styles easily, and pairing a gothic frame with a softer, lace-applique can actually bring great dimension to an overlooked nook of the home. The perfect mix Don’t be afraid to mix various textures and patterns. This will add dimension to the space, transforming a flat and otherwise boring look into a world of wonderment. First,

pick a main color you want to focus on, which will be the anchor color for the space. Let’s say you choose blue for this role. Lay all blue fabrics on the floor — window treatments, rugs, pillows and blankets. You’ll immediately notice some that seem out of place. Remove these from the pile and you’ll begin to notice an interesting cohesion among the remaining fabrics. Next, you’ll want to incorporate a complementary color. If blue is your anchor color, add hints of orange to the mix for a playful pop.

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22 MAY 12 • 2013 BIG ROCK

Small garden updates make a ‘Big’ difference at home H ave you visited the most beautiful showroom on Oahu yet? If not, make some time to drop by. You will be pleasantly surprised and pleased that you did. Big Rock Manufacturing has been making rock products here on Oahu for more than 30 years. The owners, Bonnie Cooper and Brian Joy, first opened a small shop in March 1983 where they made lightweight stone veneer. They have since expanded the stone line to include all manner of stone garden and pond products. Big Rock was the first place here to offer homeowners a way to easily and inexpensively create their own ponds and waterfalls for home gardens without digging a hole for the pond. The above-ground pond trend was not intentional at the time, but rather a necessity, as Big Rock needed to find a way to display its ideas for ponds using the concrete showroom parking lot areas it inhabited.The owners decided to build up (rather than dig down) using concrete blocks to make the shape of the ponds. To make waterfalls, the duo simply used some of the many light-

weight boulders they had cast, and it worked like a charm. All customers needed to do if they wanted to make their own pond was to go home, lay out a shape on the ground using a rope or hose, measure the circumference, length and width and bring that back to Big Rock. Bonnie or Brian would then calculate what was needed, and from these simple three dimensions, ponds started springing up in yards across the Islands. The average pond —5 by 8 feet — only takes a weekend to construct and is a wonderful, fun family affair. All you need is a CMU block, a heavy-duty rubber liner, some moss rock veneer to cover the cement block, a submersible pump and a waterfall boulder. Add a few affordable tiki torches and you have tropical tranquility in the garden. Big Rock sells all the gear you need: liners, pumps, underwater lighting, filters, foggers to add the misty look and, of course,

BIG ROCK contact // 834-7625 address // 1050 Kikowaena Place web // www.bigrockhawaii.com the cast stone to make it look natural. Add a few moss rock stepping stones leading up to the pond and you are done. Above-ground ponds have many advantages: grass clippings from mowing the lawn don’t fly into the pond, and you have a little area to sit and watch the fish. You can add small fish and a few water plants for a clear, healthy and naturally well-balanced pond. There’s no chance of mosquitos, either, because the fish take care of that. Ponds are a wonderful addition to any home, and

if you are ready to do the work yourself, they do not cost much. Something small with a nice waterfall makes all the difference in the world and adds life and music to your garden area. Drop by the showroom in Mapunapuna. You will see two ponds and many other displays for garden water features, such as water-boulders, Japanese garden bowls and many pre-cast waterfalls. There’s a map online if you are unfamiliar with the area, just search Big Rock or call 834-7625.

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The cost-effective way to a safe, comfortable bathroom R emember that hard day of work when you were stuck in traffic and the stress of the day weighed heavily on your mind? Wasn’t the thought of coming home and taking a shower or bath comforting? The bathroom can be one of the most comforting rooms in your house. Nothing can make you feel more comfortable than relaxing in a newly remodeled bathroom. The bathroom can also be one of the most dangerous places in the house. There are more than 200,000 accidents in the United States that are bathroom-related every year, according to reports. That’s about 70 percent of all home accidents. With more than two decades of experience, All Island Bath Remodeling LLC has perfected a unique combination of services. These solutions cost a fraction of the price of traditional remodeling and could turn your bathroom into a comfortable and safe haven. Resurfacing your worn or stained tub or wall-surround to look like new in any color is a cost-effective way to add life to your bathroom. The company has artists who can simulate granite on countertops or wall-surrounds, renewing your bathroom surfaces. Converting your existing tub to a walk-through shower, making it safer and more comfortable for seniors, can prevent a potential accident and make life easier for anyone who has difficulty stepping over the tub skirt. The company also has a low-cost alternative that utilizes your existing tub and cuts the skirt to lower the step-over height. Tub liners, which fit a new tub over your old, rusty or hard-to-clean tub or wall, will transform your bath with simulated granite or marble, creating a remodeled look without the mess usually associated with a complete demo. They also save you money. All Island Bath has ways of saving you money on traditional remodels without sacrificing quality. The company has developed new, unique methods: • Low-cost “tub cut-outs” utilize your existing tub to make the step-over height about 8 inches lower than that of your existing tub. • Complete conversions change your tub to a shower. • Grab bars and safety accessories make life easier for seniors.

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Get the facts before starting a home construction project F or most homeowners, building a new house or taking on major renovations on an existing home can be daunting. Many find themselves asking questions such as how much will it cost? What design will best accommodate my family’s needs? And most importantly, which company can I trust to walk me through the entire process from start to finish? Fortunately for homeowners, Graham Builders, Hawaii’s premier design+build company, can provide those answers. With more than 20 years of experience, the locally owned company has helped families bring their dream homes to reality. Here’s what two recent clients have to say about their experience with Graham Builders: We wanted to build out from our current house, but had no clue how to do it. We ended up going to Graham Builder's free informational seminar where they walked us through the whole process. The presentation was very professional and very easy to understand. The best part? We never felt any sales pressure. — Eric I., Hawaii Kai 24 • MAY 12, 2013

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easy to work with, had great design ideas, addressed all of my concerns and built a house for me that I am proud of and get many compliments on. — Diane I., Moiliili

Since 1995, Graham Builders has educated more than 5,000 homeowners on the step-by-step process of homebuilding and renovation through its monthly “Building Your Home for Life” seminar. A leader in the industry, Graham Builders was the first design and construction firm in the state to offer free educational seminars to the public. “Our ultimate goal with the seminars is to inform and educate homeowners of what is involved with new builds and remodeling projects and why they should choose professionals with a proven track record,“ said Evan Fujimoto, Graham Builders president. “We’ve accomplished that goal if homeowners leave feeling empowered with knowledge to make informed decisions about their home projects.” Seminar attendees learn: • Where to start • How to select a builder • What to watch out for • What one needs to know about residential design • Tips for setting a budget • Tips for estimating • Tips for financing • Tips for scheduling

The two-hour seminar is the most comprehensive, as Graham Builders also covers topics that are important to local families such as multigenerational living and sustainable building. Graham Builders has the distinction of being the first builder ever to win the prestigious Better Business Bureau of Hawaii Torch Award for ethics in small business in 2007. To learn about the latest trends in design and renovation, multigenerational living and sustainable building, attend Graham Builders’ “Building Your Home for Life” seminar on Wednesday, May 29, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Honolulu Country Club. Seminars are free, but reservations are required. Visit www.grahambuilders.com or call 593-2808. AN ADVERTISING SUPPLEMENT PUBLISHED BY OAHU PUBLICATIONS, INC. | ALL RIGHTS RESERVED