Why I Design


HOW I DESIGN ‘HAWAIIAN STYLE’

HOW I DESIGN ‘HAWAIIAN STYLE’


Posted By on Jan 27, 2017

For me, a big part of interior design means incorporating and bringing together skilled artisans who share my vision to create unique spaces for clients. After 10 years on Maui, I’ve been fortunate to have connected to some outstanding artists. Maui has more local artists per capita than does Oahu – even though Oahu has ten times the population of Maui. Artists are drawn to and inspired by Maui to create, to produce, to work. And thus...

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1. Scant resources – What are the main stores on Maui for home-related furniture and accessories? The short list is dismal at best: Costco, Target and Pier One. There is one high-end beach-chic store called Hue, but we’re an island of 150,000 people – and so the options are minimal. Most of the clients who hire me do not opt for the standard issue ‘low-grade’ Hawaiiana look seen in many of the hotels and condos on this island. What...

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Since I was a small child, I’ve always been fascinated by the ‘what could be’ element of interior design. From an early age, and regardless of where I was (on an airplane, in a restaurant, in someone’s home), I came to realize I was constantly re-designing the spaces in my head. From changing the color palette, to reupholstering the furniture, to rearranging the entire room, my right brain was in constant...

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How to Hang Art

How to Hang Art


Posted By on Aug 22, 2016

Many struggle with hanging art too high, too spread apart, too small or too little on a big wall. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve walked into a home, restaurant, or office, and had to bite my tongue because something was hung so high it would create a crook in my neck if I stared at it too long; or, how often I’ve seen a small piece centered on a big wall – which literally looked like a postage stamp on a large envelope. If...

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Hand Painted Surfboards

Hand Painted Surfboards


Posted By on Jul 25, 2016

Just wanted to share one of my favorite and most unique art accessories. I’ve placed several of Kim’s hand-painted surf boards in homes, mounting them horizontally over sofas and beds. The colors within her custom designs are stunning, here are a few of my favorites. From 5′ to 7′ lengths, she’s been painting them for years. If you want one of your own message me directly.

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Wood Burned Art

Wood Burned Art


Posted By on Jun 15, 2016

So many of you loved this pineapple I posted last week that I’ve decided to post it again. It’s a wood-burnt image by my dear friend Christine, one of my favorite local Maui artists that I’ve used for many years in many projects. She free-hands (!) organic images (flowers, palm trees, island scenes) into different woods with a simple $12 wood burner – in this case a 27″x 40″ piece of teak....

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