Situated in the bohemian surfer outpost of Maui's North Shore, this seaside home once featured a dark interior with little character. The young family, who would call the space home, was looking to implement a brighter aesthetic to reflect their personal style.
As the interior design team on the project, we set out to give the home a major redesign. Sticking to a crisp white palette as the backbone of the scheme, we brought in bright pops of color and bohemian patterns to elevate the design, all the while maintaining a sophisticated yet kid-friendly feel.
HOTEL HANA MAUI
This is a project that is very dear to my heart. Located in the town of Hana on the eastern tip of Maui, Hotel Hana Maui (now known as Travaasa Hana Maui) is the first resort on the island to greet the rising sun. It is the real Hawaii. We had the honor of redesigning the interiors with Hunton Conrad & Associates in 2001. It was the last remodel of the property before it changed ownership.
The look of the lobby was designed after the hotel's rare collection of original art by Arman T. Manookian and Robert Lee Eskridge. The Sea Ranch cottages were designed to reflect the deep rich colors of Hana. The bedspread and drapery fabrics as well as the guest bath wall stenciling were custom designed from photos of original antique Hawaiian kapa patterns. The guest room fabrics were painstakingly hand printed by Peter Fasano, LTD . The custom furniture was produced by Duck Soup Furniture, Maui.
HAND-CRAFTED HAWAII HOME
Every inch of this home in Hawaii has a hand-crafted quality to it and a true artisan touch. When the young family stepped foot into their home, they wanted to feel as though they were transported back in time, to a Hawaiian hale from the 1950s built by an old craftsman. Every surface, wood panel and inch of fabric was handmade, crafted and printed with love.
For our client's family home in the world-renowned ski destination of Telluride, Colorado, we entered the project in the early stages to tackle the complete interior design. The vision was modern architecture with a warmth and ease to reflect the family's lifestyle and their love of entertaining.
The open floor plan of the living room allows for easy entertaining and lounging with friends and family. Grand panoramic windows offered spectacular views of the ski town and mountains.
POLYNESIAN DESIGN ELEMENTS
For this little oceanfront getaway on Maui, we incorporated a collection of Hawaiian and South Sea Island arts & crafts. The entertainment center and dining table were constructed out of wood from a grand monkey pod tree that had been salvaged from removal on Baldwin Avenue. The bathroom cabinetry included hand-crafted louvers for ventilation and wrapped rope pulls, all of which were made by Gail's husband, Pieter DenHartog. For the king bed in the master bedroom, we repurposed a carved wall from an old Javanese home for the headboard.
CUSTOM FURNITURE & ARCHITECTURAL ELEMENTS
Gail and her husband Pieter DenHartog, a designer and fabricator, often collaborate on all aspects of custom designed furniture, cabinetry, doors and architectural details. Together, they take great delight in designing pieces that function well with the lifestyle of the client.
Plantation Era Home
On the slopes of Haleakala, lives the sleepy hamlet of Keokeo and nearby, lives a beautiful tin roofed house that had been moved from a plantation housing area of the island during the pineapple era. We were a part of a team that helped restore this gem to a modern and fresh version of a plantation style home.
In the main house, walls that had created a tiny kitchen, dining room and hallway, were removed creating a light and airy open plan kitchen and dining room. Original floors were kept and refinished. We created a kitchen plan which included new cabinetry, counters and appliances and light fixtures. The bathroom was also redesigned with new cabinetry, fittings and finishes. In the guest cottage, we replaced the kitchen cabinets and linoleum, refinished the floors throughout, added new lighting and sisal rugs. Keeping it simple, light and fresh.
It was a wonderful project to be a part of, to work with a client who had the vision to create a beautiful upcountry home for herself.