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Spruce Up Your Place With Inspiration From These Local Homes

Here are 9 ideas to help you redesign your space.


1. Sun- and-water-resistant furniture materials

Morimoto residence

Photo: Courtesy of MCYIA

Furniture materials that are sun- and water-resistant work both inside and outside and can make your home feel more spacious, especially with wide-open doorways.


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2. Pendant Lighting

Isle Inspo Hawaii Kai Kitchen

Photo: Aaron Yoshino

These blue pendant lights bring some color to an otherwise monochrome kitchen, with a blue vertical shelf to match. Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2017 is Greenery. Experiment with the vibe you’ll get from different pops of color with paint chips.


3. Modern Kitchen

Waikiki Kitchen

Photo: Olivier Koning

The kitchen of this 1970s house by Jamie Jackson Design features ceramic tile flooring made to look like wood. SubZero Wolf appliances and floating teak shelves make the room elegant.


4. Local Art

Dale Hope home

Photo: Aaron Yoshino

Dale Hope, author of The Aloha Shirt, displays local art in creative ways, from this Avi Kiriaty painting to Manuheali‘i canvas pillows.


5. Lots of natural light

Kendel Residence

Photos: Olivier Koning

Floor-to-ceiling doors and windows bring in natural light.


6. Island-inspired accessories 

Makiki House

Little touches of aloha can make your Island home feel modern, such as this pineapple tumbler in a Makiki house by Ko‘olau Builders.


7. Asian-inspired décor 

Lanikai residence

Custom John Robshaw pillows and the painting “Tea Time II,” by Tim Nguyen (Cedar Street Galleries), complement Asian-inspired furniture by Indochine (Jamie Jackson Design).


8. Vintage vibes

Jamie Jackson Design home

This Red Egg console from Pacific Home and a Kartell lamp bring a vintage vibe to a condo (Jamie Jackson Design). 


9. Go minimal

Koga Home

Photo: Aaron Yoshino

Artist John Koga decorated his mid-century home with a minimalist aesthetic, including repurposed tree stumps as seating.




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