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Popular interior designs are fickle. What was once thought to be all the rage, soon becomes passe and considered old fashioned. It seems by the time everyone feels the need to update to the newest trend, something bigger and better comes along to take its place.

This holds true for most things including cars and fashion.

If fashion has taught us anything, it is trends are bound to recycle themselves. A great number of trends that may be deemed dated are resurfacing to make a comeback in modern homes. Let’s take a look at a few!

WOOD PANELING. Wood paneled walls first came on the scene in the 1970’s. The cozy indoor/outdoor feel and the ease of maintenance was all the rage. They were, for all intents and purposes, indestructible. Once the fad lost favor, people were left with the dilemma of what to do with the walls! Many were painted, covered with dry wall or even wallpapered over to mask their appearance. A more modern twist to wooden walls is paneling an accent wall or adding ship lap in a horizontal or diagonal pattern. Although, this will likely become a passing fad, the restoration back to drywall would be an easy option. If you happen to have wood paneled walls, embrace the look, you are back in style! If you would like to add wood on your walls, only use the real stuff, (not laminate) for a fresh updated look.

STAINED GLASS. Energy-efficient windows are practical by design, but they lack interest and excitement. You may find vintage stained glass in older homes, they also work beautifully inside a contemporary space. But be prepared, stained glass is not energy efficient. However, installers can create a solution that works for you. In my personal home (built in 1912) I have hung large stained glass panels inside the window frame to give a vintage feel, but still have the energy efficiency of my regular window. If I care to change the look, I can easily remove them. I am thrilled stained glass is making a well-deserved comeback, as the sunlight streaming through stained glass is magical.

WALLPAPER. The 1940’s, 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s all have had their representation of some type of wallpaper: large floral patterns, graphic designs and the metallic papers of the 1970’s to name a few. The wallpaper available in today’s market is not your Grandma’s wallpaper. The new paper is easier to install and remove. Thankfully, it won’t be a huge hassle to replace it in the future. Pick neutral, textured patterns such as muted stripes or other basic patterns. Along the same lines as adding wood to your walls, try wallpapering only one accent wall for a look that is unexpected and gives the eye a special treat.

LARGE FLORAL PRINTS. Every 1980’s home had it’s fair share of floral prints, from couches to comforters, the oversized prints were everywhere. But as popular as they once were, the backlash was fast and furious! Styles swung to the other side of the pendulum reigning with neutral grey and beige. But wait, the so-called “frightening florals” are gaining popularity again in bedding, pillows, draperies and wallpaper. The key to success with floral designs is restraint. A little goes a long way!

BLOND WOOD FLOORS. Consider yourself lucky you if you happen to have the original maple, light oak or pine floors in your home. Dark floors had their moment, but folks were left with the impracticality of their upkeep as every speck of dust shows! Newer homes are installing the lighter woods. It seems, we have learned our lesson! Don’t be surprised if lighter woods live to see another day or maybe even another decade!

SHAG RUGS. Seriously! Think of it as more of an area rug than the wall to wall carpeting that was all the rage in the 1970’s. Today’s slightly more muted versions (no more mottled shades of blue or green!) add just the right amount of texture and warmth to hard wood or vinyl tiled floors. The fact that shag rugs are making a comeback does not let you off the hook if you rug is matted and worn. If that is the case, consider replacing it with the floor of your choice.

BRIGHT COLORS AND PASTEL COLORS. Colorful kitchens and living rooms were key design features throughout the 1950’s and who can ever forget the avocado green and harvest gold of the 1970’s? All white rooms grew out of the desire to get relief from the bright and bold. White rooms are currently popular, but this choice is playing it safe, which can get a bit boring. Pops of color will add character and your personality to a room without going overboard.

Pastel colors have made a few comebacks! Remember the pinks and light greens in the kitchen and baths of the 50’s? Then in the 80’s the pastels exploded again. Teal and peach tiles were everywhere! Once again, moderation is the key. Painting walls with soft colors or throwing pastel-hued accessories into any room can create just as much of an impact as going bold.

GOLD FIXTURES. Before you envision the shiny brass faucets from 1986, know that the trending gold fixtures have had a bit of an upgrade. Gold faucets have taken kitchen and bathroom remodels by storm. (Well, of course they have! We have already purchased the nickel and bronze faucets since they were widely available. The industry has to put something new out there for you to buy for job security!) With the all white kitchen trends, the gold adds a beautiful, classy pop of color to an otherwise monochromatic space. Drawer pulls in gold (brass) add a great accent to those faucets. Choose a pull that does not have a shiny brass look, as it could make your cabinets look dated. Instead, choose a matte gold with a simplistic design.

BLACK APPLIANCES. Who would have thought stainless steel appliances could ever be

upstaged? The appliance industry has done an outstanding job of introducing styles that are matte finished as compared to the shiny ones of the past. Anyone who owns a stainless steel appliance understands the issue of keeping it clean and free from fingerprints! Frankly, the stainless steel on these appliances is neither stainless nor rust proof. Those white and black appliances, which are still on the market, with their powdered-coated paint finish look better and better as time goes on.


GLASS BLOCK. Who would have thunk it?! Glass block is starting a comeback in new housing projects where just a little light is desired! Who doesn’t want a well-lit home with an added bonus of privacy?

For me, the bottom line will always be what makes me feel comfortable and happy. You may still have many items in your home the industry deems outdated. If you love them and they are not too dilapidated, hang on to them for dear life. They may be on their way back into favor in the not too distant future, because what goes around comes around!


Sadly, I am going to have to miss one of my favorite food events in Hawaii. It is Loy Krathong, one of the Thai Buddhist temple of Hawaii’s two religious festivals celebrated at Kapiolani Park. In Thailand the krathong holds a candle, three incense sticks and a small coin set among flowers. The krathong floats down the river and wishes are made through prayers. The other event is the Songkran Festival, the Thai New Year’s. (Songkran means, “to move” in Thai.)


Water is sprayed around for good luck and you may be a recipient if you attend!

The Loy Krathong Festival will be held Saturday, November 9 in Kapiolani Park. I personally go for the home cooked Thai Dishes that can’t be found at restaurants in Hawaii. I usually begin with a hot (4 chili peppers!), green papaya salad from an expert. I particularly enjoy a curry with fish cake, two types of small Thai eggplants, coconut milk and chili pepper. There are several different soups, typically from a fish base, delicious spiced chicken wings and various noodle dishes, including pad thai and one with bamboo shoots. They offer Thai iced tea and coffee plus many sweet desserts. All proceeds go to the temple and you will see the monks helping out throughout the day. It is believed the more you eat and drink, the more merit you give to the temple.

The festival goes from 9 am to 6 pm and is located in the Bandstand at Kapiolani Park.




November 9th … There will a Block Party on Kalakaua Avenue in Waikiki with food, handmade crafts and entertainment for the entire family.

November 9th … The Thai Buddhist Temple of Hawaii in Kapiolani Park will be hosting the Loy Krathong Festival. Check out “Let’s Eat Out” below for more details.

November 10th … If you enjoy craft fairs, the Diamond Head Arts and Crafts Fair will be held in the parking lot of the Kapiolani Community College. This is one of Oahu’s largest outdoor fairs with more than 200 vendors. The hours are 9 AM -2PM.

November 24th … Xterra Trail Run World Championship will be held at beautiful Kualoa Ranch in Kaaawa. For more information, check out their website:

November 29th … Come and enjoy the Waikiki Holiday Parade honoring Pearl Harbor survivors and military families. Hundreds of bands will participate along with military units and entertainers. The parade begins at Fort DeRussy and ends at Kapiolani Park. For more information go to their website:

November 30th … The Christmas Holiday season lights up in Kapolei with an electric light parade from 6-7 PM and the lighting of the Christmas tree at Kapolei Hale. More information is available on their website:

November 30th …The Alii Shores Handcrafters will have their annual Christmas fair in Kaneohe from 8 AM until 3 PM. This is the seventh year for this popular event with quality goods from talented artists. I am a bit biased, this is my fair and will be held on my property. For more information, email me at We hope to see you there.

This month, as the large waves roll into the North Shore, the surfing championship series include: the Van Pro at Sunset Beach until November 10th; the Hawaiian Pro at Haleiwa from November 13th to the 24th; the Vans World Cup from November 25th -December 7. Next month is the Billibong Pipe Masters from December 8th to the 20th at Pipeline.


November 1st-3rd…The Blaisdell Concert Hall will present Harry Potter and “The Goblet of Fire” in concert. Experience this great movie on a big screen with high definition with live music from the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra. Call 808-946-8742 to purchase tickets.

November 1st- 3rd … Herman’s Hermits will perform at Blue Note Hawaii. Baby Boomers will remember this English pop band from the sixties.

November 2nd and 3rd … The annual Oh Baby! Expo will be held at the Blaisdell Exhibition Hall from 10 AM until 5 PM both days. This venue offers gifts and services for mothers and babies from hundreds of vendors.

November 2nd, 3rd, 5th and 6th … The Backstreet Boys will be in concert on their DNA World Tour at the Arena Stage from 8 -10 PM. If you can find tickets, this should be a terrific show.

November 7th-17th … The Hawaii International Film Festival will celebrate films, documentaries, shorts and animations at various locations. For more information, check out their website: htttps://

November 9th and 10th … The Hawaii Symphony Orchestra will present “Two Seasons”, include symphonies from Prokofiev, Schubert and Magnussen.

November 15th- 17th … Starting this year there will be a music festival in Honolulu. The three day festival will be held at the Blaisdell Concert Hall and multiple venues on Oahu. Some of the musicians performing will include: Hawaii Youth Symphony, Eden Kai, Rya Goto, Ryoko Moriyama, Royal Hawaiian Band, Quinn Kalsey, Engelbert Humperdinck, Kiyotaka Sugiyama, Kalapana and the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra. For a complete list of entertainers and event venues, go to their website:

November 20th, 21st and 23rd … Mega star, Janet Jackson, will perform three concerts at the Arena Stage. She has sold more than 180 million records worldwide! I have tickets and can’t wait!!

November 23 and 24th … The Blaisdell Concert Hall will present the Baby Shark Mini Show. Children will get a chance to meet Baby Shark in person. Baby Shark is an internet sensation with children and sure to captivate your keiki.

November 24th … The Wiki Wiki Hawaii Vintage Collectibles Show will be held at the Blaisdell meeting rooms from 10:30 AM until 4 PM. This event is held three times yearly. Here you will find antiques, jewelry, furniture, coins, dolls, etc…..

November 27th … the O’Jays, a popular Motown trio from the 60’s, will be in concert at the Blaisdell Concert Hall from 8 PM until 10 PM.


November 29th- December 1st …The Islandwide Christmas Crafts and Food Expo will be held at the Blaisdell Exhibition Hall. If you like a crowd, there will be thousands of shoppers and hundreds of vendors. You might want to go just for the entertainment: Ben and Maila, Melveen Leed, Rene Paulo, Kupaoa and Kapena will perform. The fair starts on Friday at 4 PM. For more information, check out their website:

November 29th and 30th …If you could use a laugh or just a few giggles, don’t miss comedian, Jo Koy, in his “Just Kidding World” performance at the Arena Stage from 8 -10:30 PM.

The Diamond Head Theatre will be presenting The Sound Of Music from November 29th through December 22nd. Get your tickets early for the best seats.

Kind regards,
Cathy, Mary and Jeff