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A series of our informational blog posts intended to provided helpful details and resources for those interested in Interior Design, our company and our work.

Fun and Fabulous Current Design Trends

I’ve been following this year’s industry trends and find them a refreshing mix of old friends loosened up with a new twist.

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Sustainable Kitchen Remodel on a Budget

This Big Island kitchen renovation proves you don’t need deep pockets to spice up the heart of your home on many levels—functionally, aesthetically, and with an eye to the environment!

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What's Trending Now in Bath and Soaker Tubs

Stand alone bath and soaker tubs are (once again) trending. Clean-lined contemporary styles in new materials are bringing the tub front and center.

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Kitchen Design Takeaways from the 2016 Kitchen & Bath Industry Show

Congratulations! You’ve just won the jackpot without traveling a mile. In January I attended the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show * in Las Vegas—the largest and most exciting show of its kind. This month you’re the winner because I’m sharing the latest 2016 kitchen trends, products, and technologies gleaned from over 500 exhibitors from all over the world.

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How Interior Design Can Make Valentine's Day Last All Year Long

For many of us, February means Valentine’s Day and a chance to acknowledge those who mean the most to us—be they family, friends or work mates—anyone with whom we have forged a connection of any depth--emotionally or professionally.

During my 40 years as a professional Interior Designer, I’ve enabled my clients to show how much they care by paying attention to the surroundings of their loved ones, their employees as well as themselves. I think of it as “concern made tangible” or walking the walk on a spiffy new floor.

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Hau'oli Makahiki Hou! New Year, New You

Traditionally, the start of a New Year offers the promise of a fresh start. In Hawaii we have the added luxury of extending our window of opportunity through the end of the Chinese New Year which is celebrated this year beginning February 8, lasting until February 22.

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Interior Design in Hawaii - Creating Aloha

Skillful Interior Design Can Bring Joy Into Your Life

Since we're located in Hawaii, it naturally follows that our interior design and decorating philosophy is all about aloha. Of course I’m not referring to the “hello” or “goodbye” aloha translation popular with visitors. Rather, I’m thinking about the powerful Aloha Spirit! That special feeling and attitude that directs people in Hawaii to treat each other kindly. Respect for nature, and the desire to emulate her breathtaking beauty.

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It's Easy Being Green: Sustainable Design in Hawaii

Things To Consider When Remodeling/Building for a Sustainable and Healthy Environment

Living in Hawaii, surrounded by such astounding natural beauty, has inspired many property owners to keep Mother Nature in mind when building and remodeling their homes and businesses. The trend towards sustainable design in Hawaii is encouraged and supported by the availability of many "green" products and suppliers. Although green design leaves less of an impact on the environment, it may have an impact on your wallet.

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Big Island Interior Design: A Contemporary Corporate Retreat

Working with the beautiful blue-green ocean as a backdrop is always a plus for interior designers in Hawaii. Trans-Pacific Design was recently given this opportunity when we were hired to transform a two bedroom villa in a tropical resort community into a contemporary corporate retreat.

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Trans-Pacific Design: Mahalo to All Volunteers and Vendors

Completing an interior design for a Hawai'i bedroom within two weeks is a challenge. What's the secret?  A very important deadline! Our client:  a 16 year old girl with brain cancer. Her wish? Re-decorate her bedroom. Here on Hawai'i Island we're fortunate to have many generous people that donated their time or employees to make this wish come true!

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Hawai'i Island Interior Designer Asked to Help Make-A-Wish Come True

Two weeks ago Sunday, we were asked by Make-A-Wish Foundation - Hawai'i to help make a little girl's wish come true. She wished for a bedroom remodel!  Little did I know that this would feel like the most important deadline I have faced in forty years as an interior designer.

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Trans-Pacific Design Wins Two ASID Hawaii Interior Design Awards

Trans-Pacific Design left this year's Award celebration with two Hawai'i Interior Design awards! One for this beautiful home on the water on Hawai'i island. The most rewarding things about working on this tropical interior were the great clients, and working with Terry Cisco of Dinmore & Cisco Architects.

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