We’re shining a light on top local designers, innovative storage solutions, European imports and more. In this special section, Style Spotlight, which appeared in the September 2018 print issue of Hawaii Home + Remodeling, we highlight the latest style trends brought to you by professionals changing the game in Hawaii.
The evolution of Plus Interiors from a picture frame booth at the swap meet to a growing design shop is a tale of hard work and innovation. Today, Plus Interiors employs the creativity and expertise of design consultants for its California Closets division, helping homeowners create custom storage solutions for their spaces.
Design consultant Karen Luke draws inspiration from the clients she works with, allowing her to articulate quality and function through her storage designs. “California Closets provides beauty, quality and function to create an organized space for homeowners to enjoy, and our factory in Kapolei supports all our materials and manufacturing,” says Luke.
When considering a home improvement project, design consultant Roland Gabriel encourages his clients to do their research. “Clients often say, ‘I wish I did this years ago,’” he says. Most people, he adds, don’t realize that California Closets installations are usually completed in one day and can give a big boost to the value of their homes.
Designer Lori Paredes’ process is fluid, evolving from informal discussion to CAD drawings to material samples of over 20 finishes through the Italian Cleaf line. “We use technology to provide three-dimensional renderings, thereby inspiring customers to see the many possibilities of their design,” says Paredes.
Lylah Reid-Akana, design consultant, takes joy in all aspects of her work, from production and fabrication consulting, to CAD design and project management. “The key factors driving the success of a project are timing, needs, function, aesthetic, budget and managing expectations.” Of course, to get there, Reid-Akana takes extra care to listen to her clients, helping them “solve the puzzle” for their storage solutions.
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