This home was the 2011 CH+D Design Awards winner for Residential Interior Design (more than 3,000 sq. ft.). Marion Philpotts-mIller and her firm, Philpotts Interiors, have operated with offices in both San Francisco and Honolulu for the past 20 years. So when a California family approached her to design the interior of the vacation home they were building on the coast of Lanai, it was a perfect match.
Working closely with San Francisco's Zak Architecture, Philpotts-Miller wanted to infuse the traditional wood-heavy design with lively colors and patterns that reflect the vibrancy of its surroundings. In the great room, wood- and wicker-framed furniture pop against a palette of teak and puka lava stone, thanks to a whimsical array of fabrics.
This home is located on the southwestern-most point of Lanai, one of Hawaii's most secluded and pristine islands. In a place where the weather swings between 60 and 80 degrees, a house is not built to keep out the elements. It is built to celebrate them. The large dining table is framed on either side by massive doors.
Philpotts-Miller used various patterns in a shared color palette for the bedrooms; in the master, beige, black, white and tan is doled out in measured amounts, while bolder colors are provided by the view.