Friday, June 13, 2014

The Best Staging Prop: a Kaneohe Bay View

When it comes to properties, the old saying applies - use what you were given. The house below was definitely given much: above all else an awesome view of Kaneohe Bay. With a little work, we helped this property look its best. Check out the results below.

 The living room with the panoramic views

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

A Special Place: The Manoa Heritage Center

A few weeks ago I was lucky to have been invited to a very special place: the home of Sam and Mary Cooke in Manoa - a historic property that is the Manoa Heritage Center. We toured the grounds and looked at the heiau (an ancient Hawaiian temple), and at the end of the tour we had lunch with the Cookes and visited their beautiful home.  

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

A Kaneohe Surprise

It has been forever since I last blogged, but today I am back with some photos I took at a property in Kaneohe a few weeks ago.  This house is perched on a hill and the reason it brought me back to blogging is not the wonderful views of the Koolau Mountains, but the interior of the home. This place looked awesome. The pictures speak for themselves, check them out below. What do you think?

The living room. The mirror propped against the wall makes the space seem larger.

Monday, February 24, 2014

A Lamp Project

It started with a large piece of driftwood I found on the beach.  After taking it home I watched it resting in the garden for a few months until one day the idea came to me to turn it into a floor lamp. 

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Great Architecture: The Reichstag, Germany's Parliament

The pictures below were taken last summer, but I am just now finally now getting organized enough to post them. I had the good fortune last July to take a guided tour of this great building. 

The Reichstag building is a wonderful mixture of old and modern, situated in the heart of Berlin. It has survived having been burned down, looted, and then being (mostly) abandoned for decades. This is where the German parliament met from 1893 to 1933. Having been damaged by a fire in 1933 it stood mostly empty for six decades.  After the reunification of Germany in 1990 the building was thoroughly reconstructed under the direction of British architect Norman Foster.  Since 1999 it serves once again as the seat of Germany's parliament.

Looking up to the cupola from the parliamentary chamber.