Inspirational Books for Designer's: summer's over but the book list continues-

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Those of you who don't live as close to the equator as I do might be lamenting the end of summer's balmy days and the grasp of fall's chilly nights. Nothing motivates the mind quite like a good read when curling up in the snugness of ones boudoir preparing for that long winter's nap. Even in Hawaii the rainy days of winter can dampen the spirit but here is a book list to help keep the circulation flowing.


Book Cover- Design Collections with Limited Colors


For Home Stagers and Real Estate Merchandisers color selection is Primo and Pantone is the science behind color forecasting and selection; this book offers a glimpse at the power of merchandising in a paint can and how a little color can go a long way. Although much of the book surrounds print and marketing design the same principles can be applied to interiors.

Design Collection with Limited Colors

by Ken Ozawa  





Book Cover-Green Design: Creative Sustainable Designs for the Twenty-First Century


When it comes to design trends in home staging, "Green" design is at the forefront of fashion but what does that mean exactly. This book offers designers an introduction to what it means to be Green and how to achieve it in your design work. Whether it's identifying and incorporating renewable resource products or effectively recycling the "old" into "new" this inspirational work makes being green a little easier.

Green Design: Creative Sustainable Designs for the Twenty-First Century


by Marcus Fairs    




Book Cover-Zaha Hadid: Complete Works

 The future will be designed by a woman. Zaha Hadid is so ahead of her time she blows Star Trek off the stellar map with her AMAZING architectural work. In a field dominated by men Ms. Hadid was the first woman ever to receive the prestigious Pritzker Prize for Architecture in 2004, which if you didn't know is the the equivalent of an Oscar and Nobel Prize rolled into one. Born in 1950 in Baghdad, Iraq Ms. Hadid received a degree in mathematics before attending the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London. With astounding projects being produced all over the world Ms.Hadid will take your breath away as she transports you into the future with her design work.  

Zaha Hadid - Complete Works

by Zaha Hadid  



Interior by Zaha Hadid




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Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Kimo- you are my design guru!  I especially like the book on green design.  It's so important to be current with the latest trends and design practices but there aren't enough hours in the day to sift through everything.  Many thanks.

Sep 28, 2009 02:03 PM #1
Ana Hitzel
AccentPositives Home Staging - Corona, CA
Professional Home Stager Inland Empire

Thanks for the list Kimo.  I have heard of Zaha Hadid and will definitley check out this book. :)


Sep 28, 2009 03:30 PM #2
Yvonne Jaramillo Ahearn, Esq. (B)
Hawaii Life Real Estate Brokers - Kailua, HI

Thanks for the booklist! Plan to pick up Ken Ogawa's book. Interior design is my next favorite thing to selling real estate! Aloha ~ Yvonne

Sep 28, 2009 03:31 PM #3
Cindy Bryant
Redesign Etc. Home Staging - Houston, TX
"Houston Home Staging Pros"

We're not quite as close to the equator as you, but it was 93 degrees today.  But I do love a good read, that actually teaches you something.  Thanks!

Sep 28, 2009 05:04 PM #4
Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
"Staging that Sells Portland Homes"

Hi Kimo -- I also have that book Green Design and found it wonderful.

Sep 28, 2009 07:02 PM #5
Beverly Carlson
Carlson Properties 325-721-2429 - Abilene, TX
Abilene's Staging Realtor

Hi Kimo,  Thanks for the intriguing list. I like to read on COLOR and design.  

Sep 29, 2009 12:04 AM #6
Kimo Stowell
HI Pro Realty LLC RB-21531 - Honolulu, HI
REALTOR Associate® RS-76763 - Honolulu Hawai'i

Aloha Kathy, there are so many Green products out there these days and some of them surprisingly expensive. Some consumers think Green design is cheap but it it's good to know what's budget friendly and what's not. Namasgar!

Aloha Ana, Ms. Hadid is an incredible Architect. She broke the glass ceiling as a female architect winning the Pritzker Prize and we will see more of her designs in the public forum now.

Aloha Yvonne, color is inexpensive and the most potent pop you can add to a space. Fear and preconceived notions of color prevent many from exploring the possibilities. Of course people can go off the deep end in color too to the point of obscenity. Finding a happy balance is the key.

Aloha Cindy, 93 that's hot! even for here but we have the cooling trade winds that keeps our clime between 75 and 85.

Aloha Maureen, the design world has been growing in leaps and bounds with so many choices out there. It's great to have a reference tool's at ones disposal.

Aloha Beverly, they have some pretty funky color designs in the book but it's meant to show the power behind color marketing and merchandising. Enjoy!


Sep 29, 2009 07:00 AM #7
Connie Tebyani
Platinum Home Staging, Inc. : RESA-Pro - Calabasas, CA
Platinum Home Staging, Los Angeles and Ventura County

Timely post!  I JUST picked up a copy of the green design book.  I love interesting architecture and incorporating the natural elements surrounding a home, INTO the home. Great read, great post - Mahalo!  (& Peace ;)

Sep 30, 2009 02:21 AM #8
Cathy Lee
CL Design Services Home Staging - Danville, CA

WOW! What a great blog article. I almost missed this-I have been busy with a huge job and not on the site much. Thanks for this great list-just in time for my wishlist before my birthday. :)

Sep 30, 2009 05:19 PM #9
Kimo Stowell
HI Pro Realty LLC RB-21531 - Honolulu, HI
REALTOR Associate® RS-76763 - Honolulu Hawai'i

Aloha Cathy, I'm glad to hear your busy!

Oct 01, 2009 09:54 AM #10
Michelle Minch
Moving Mountains Design Home Staging, Pasadena, CA - Los Angeles, CA
Home Staging Los Angeles and Pasadena, CA

Congratulations Kimo, your post has been featured in the Designers and Architects group!

Nov 15, 2009 07:54 AM #11
Kimo Stowell
HI Pro Realty LLC RB-21531 - Honolulu, HI
REALTOR Associate® RS-76763 - Honolulu Hawai'i

Aloha Michelle, thanks for the feature!

Nov 17, 2009 06:17 AM #12
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