A tranquil Maui estate that fuses traditional Hawaiian flair with modern design

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Conceived by Weigang Marvick & Associates with a traditional architectural style “Hale”, Makena Road is a 10,000 square foot estate in Maui, Hawaii. While the architects brought in the traditional elements, Stephanie Brown Inc. spent three years adding modern details, finishes and furnishings throughout. SBI incorporates an organized color palette starting with the neutral materials of furniture and art to create a cohesive and calm environment. “Some spaces use more light materials, and others get darker, depending on the desired mood. We also attach great importance to rich and organic textures; from the use of uneven handmade tiles, rattan baskets and lighting, to chunky wool rugs and textured cushions and throws, ”says Stephanie.

Quarter-sawn walnut cabinetry is paired with leather quartzite countertops and black accents, including drawer pulls and blinds.

modern dining room with black table in front of the kitchen

The floors are covered with polished limestone tiles that contrast with the rich details of the wood, such as the sloping ceilings.

modern living room with sloping wooden ceiling

Stéphanie explains: “I didn’t know exactly where everything would end, which made it all the more crucial to respect the concept and the palette: ivory, gray, black, pieces of brass. And texture, texture, texture. The hand-made and imperfect pieces were, well, perfect. In the main spaces, we used one-of-a-kind decor and artwork from Los Angeles stores such as Lawson Fenning, Croft House, and Merchant. We also had key furniture such as dining tables and coffee tables custom made here in Vancouver, to make sure they were the ideal size, finish and design. It’s really about putting on blinders and assessing whether each piece fits the overall concept and palette.

modern lounge area on covered terrace

Modern bathroom

view of modern home office with sliding glass door open to the outside

The sliding glass doors disappear into the walls leaving the corners of the rooms completely open to the outside.

modern home gym with open sliding glass doors

Covered walkway seen in space with dining table

modern dining room opening onto the covered terrace outside

modern dining room with compact kitchenette

modern seats are with a white sofa and two chairs

modern sitting area with white sofa facing the TV hanging on the wall

modern sitting area with white sofa and cushions

exterior view on the exterior terrace with hanging black chair

modern bedroom with black four poster bed and white linens with white chairs in a sitting area

The master bedroom is modern but maintains a tropical feel with its monochrome beige color scheme. The adjoining bathroom has vertical walnut slats on the walls, in addition to polished marble slabs that cover the additional walls and vanity tops.

large modern bathroom with floating vanities on either side and a freestanding white tub in front of a window

modern bedroom interior with corner windows overlooking tropical outdoor space

In total there are six guest bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms, as well as a further four bathrooms around the property.

modern guest room with two beds in neutral tones

modern bathroom with wooden floating vanity and open shower

rear terrace with surrounding palm trees and swimming pool in the background

The lush gardens surrounding the property have the same cohesive feel as the interior with modern furnishings forming various seating and dining areas.

The pergola, the living and dining areas and the swimming pool have a basalt and wooden terrace adding to the modernity of the exterior landscape.

view of the backyard of a modern house in a tropical location

oversized lounge chair on outdoor patio

covered entrance to modern house

tropical courtyard with covered seating area

tropical courtyard with staircase leading to a covered pergola

Photos courtesy of Mariko Reed / OTTO


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