March 4, 2020

Painting Advice for Sellers and Homeowners in Hawaii

When it comes to paint, everyone has a different opinion, but there are some things you cannot argue about when it comes to paint:

1. The quality of your product

2. The application of the product to make sure it looks smooth and even

3. The tools you use to make sure that application is ...

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Nov. 26, 2019

Staging Your Home While You Live There...Or, Just Make It Look Staged

During listing presentations, the conversation always comes up: "What are we going to do about staging?

The answer I often give is "hire a professional."  They know how to stage a room so that things are balanced and airy and fresh. However, if you're going to do ...

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Posted in Remodel
Sept. 11, 2019

Want to Stay Out of Hot Water With Your Electricity Bill? Try a Solar Hot Water Heater

Are you considering converting your home’s electric to solar energy? Switching from a conventional hot water heater to a solar hot water heater is a great place to start!

hot water panels

“A solar hot water heater is almost always the first recommended step for someone to go solar,” says Zach Englert ...

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Posted in Remodel
Aug. 29, 2019

Harnessing the Power of the Sun in Hawaii

Due to its consistent sunlight throughout the year and its proximity to the equator, Hawaii is an ideal place to go solar!

The greatest benefit of adding solar panels to your home is the cost savings; but, there are very appealing environmental benefits as well, says Zach Englert, Sales Director ...

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Posted in Remodel
Aug. 2, 2019

Small Bedroom? Part 2: Decor Tips

Last time, Blair Morrison, who co-owns Windward Coast Design with Sherry Fahrenwald, provided tips on maximizing space in a small bedroom with strategic furniture placement and creative storage options. This week, she provided some easy décor ideas to create a spacious vibe in your nighttime retreat.

·      Keep the ...

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Posted in Remodel
Feb. 27, 2019

Bright ideas: What’s New and Now in Interior Lighting


Changing lighting fixtures has the power to transform a room. If you’re thinking of making a change but still feel like you’re in the dark, read up on the latest interior lighting trends and some advice from Tom Ogawa, owner of Lighting Concepts and Design in Honolulu.

  • Natural textures ...
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Feb. 20, 2019

Lighting Up the Night: Choosing the Best Exterior Lighting

Illuminate grilling area

Choosing the right exterior lighting is an integral part of making the most of year-round al fresco living after dark. Rick Benedict, owner of Beachside Lighting in Kailua, discussed how to choose the best lighting for aesthetics, safety, energy-savings, and our ocean side climate.



According to Benedict, the ...

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Jan. 23, 2019

“Tuxedo” Decor, Moody Colors and Concrete

Lotus bedroom

2019 Design Trends and How to Make them Work

Home design trends come and go as quickly as Windward rain showers.  As a homeowner, how can you incorporate the latest styles while remaining true to your own aesthetic? And what are some ways to integrate these up-to-the minute looks ...

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Jan. 9, 2019

Don't Want Your For-Sale Property to Sit on the Market? Consider a Professional Stager

Entry way

If you’re ready to trade-up (or downsize), hiring a professional home stager is one easy way to help your home sell faster. Read on for some "staging 411" from Blair Morrison of Kailua-based Windward Coast Design.

Why Should you Stage Your Home?

According Morrison, who co-owns Windward Coast Design with partner Sherry ...

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Dec. 19, 2018

Does (the end result of) Home Remodeling Excite You? Check out these resources for inspiration!

A home remodel is a great time to establish a new vision for your home that reflects your personality, your aesthetic preferences and your lifestyle. Are you someone who favors the sleekness of mid-century classic modern furnishings? Or do you prefer an exotic bohemian look? And how do you figure ...

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