Monday, May 5, 2008

Design Intervention Last year’s hit design book Hawai‘i: A Sense of Place is still a fixture on your coffee table. But staring at that photo of an oversize pune‘e on a spacious lanai hasn’t sparked any grand ideas for your considerably cozier living area.

That’s why interior design expert Rachel Mallon of Design Savvy Maui created Room in a Book

—to help people who want to personally design their space but don’t know where to begin.

Complete an online questionnaire, provide space dimensions and pictures, and in a month or less (one week for pdf versions) Mallon sends a custom-made book with a floor plan, two to three possible renderings of your room, a material and furniture board, and a suggested shopping list. Included step-by-step instructions on what changes to make, and when, mean it’s that much easier to create your new look.

If you’re still unsure, e-mail her simple decorating questions or read her blog where she posts previous questions and answers, such as how to choose a wall color to complement a sage duvet.

With a few novel ideas, you can move those photographs of other rooms to a shelf and see your own unique space transformed.

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Lei Chic is a daily email and shopping blog that plugs you into Hawaii's newest and hottest boutiques, designers, trends, spas and salons, and more. You'll also discover all the cool events, dinners and sales happening around town in our Weekend Picks every Thursday. With Lei Chic, you'll get the inside scoop on what everyone will be talking about tomorrow – in your inbox today.

Lei Chic associate editor Natalie Schack has been a cultural anthropology student,museum worker bee and dabbler in graphic design. When she isn't scouting new fashion, compiling to-do lists or crafting puns, Natalie spends her free time dreaming up elaborate picnic ideas; "researching" via YouTube tutorials, blogs and Instagram; and dusting off her pith helmet for the next adventure life throws her way.

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