Embracing Hawaiian Tradition On Kauai


When a West Coast-based, globe-trotting couple with multigenerational roots in Hawaii sought to create a retreat on the island of Kauai, they turned to Philpotts Interiors, a firm with equally deep roots in Hawaiian residential and hospitality design. Guided by lead designers Marion Philpotts-Miller and Jodie Emerson, the result is a classic setting that’s both fresh and timeless.

This is a serenely traditional plantation house set in the hills, with distant ocean views, and filled with a collection of locally crafted objects and paintings by eminent Hawaiian artists. High-ceilinged rooms access lanais, the sheltered porches that are so much a part of the Hawaiian house vocabulary. At top, the welcoming entry lanai leads to the living room, featuring a painting by Yvonne Cheng; a demilune table holds a collection of turned bowls under a vintage map of the island.

The open kitchen and dining area also lead to a lanai; the painting is by Charles W. Bartlett.

The master suite is simple, almost austere. Througout the house, there’s no drywall or plaster (which cannnot withstand the humidity) and here the shiplap’s not just a trend, it’s a necessity. Watercolor by Abigail Romanchak.

Below, a corner of the office, plus a light-flooded guest bedroom and lanai for a very lucky guest. The painting is by Avi Kiriaty.

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