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Thursday, May 17, 2012

Bust out of the white room

Many times, when people buy a new home or are staging to sell, they are gripped with the need to keep it safe, with neutrals everywhere, and never break out of the mold to create a unique space. On the other hand, many who do feel creative, go overboard, and each room ends up feeling like something out of a Fellini movie.

HGTV tackles the dilemma of boring white space with their “White Room Challenge,” in which designer contestants have to transform such a room into something fabulous, based on a theme of the week. Honolulu-based designer Melissa Rivera-Torres of Unleash Studio was a recent contestant, and she brought her industrial-design talent to the table in a colorful (and sweet) episode.

Fresh off the excitement of the show, I caught up with Rivera-Torres at Fishcake, where they held a screening for the episode, and where many of her pieces can be found. She gave tips on transforming your white room and shared some of her insights on style and design.

Watch the video for an interview with Melissa Rivera-Torres:


Posted on Thursday, May 17, 2012 in Permalink

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Honolulu Real Estate focuses on the Hawaii housing market, condos and homes for sale, Hawaii rentals and general news about real estate in Hawaii. It also includes stories on apartment living, home decor and profiles.

Melissa Chang graduated from the University of Hawaii with a degree in journalism and has been blogging since 2007, mostly on food and travel. She works primarily in social media, so you can find her online @Melissa808 on Twitter and Instagram.


Jaymes Song is a real estate agent at Prudential Advantage Realty in Kahala. Jaymes is in the top 7 percent of Prudential agents nationwide. Previously, Jaymes was at The Orange County Register, Honolulu Star-Bulletin and rose through the ranks to overseeing news and operations for AP in Hawaii and the Pacific Rim. Jaymes lives in the Portlock area and loves his real full-time job of being dad to two curious kids.

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