A Tranquil Maui Estate That Merges Traditional Hawaiian Style + Modern Design

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A Tranquil Maui Estate That Merges Traditional Hawaiian Style + Modern Design

Designed by Weigang Marvick & Associates with a traditional “Hale” architecture style, Makena Road is a 10,000-square-foot estate in Maui, Hawaii. While the architects brought the traditional elements, Stephanie Brown Inc. spent three years adding modern details, finishes and furnishings throughout. SBI incorporates a curated color scheme beginning with the neutral materials to the furnishings and art to create a cohesive and calm environment. “Some spaces have greater use of light materials, and others shift darker, depending on the desired mood. We also put great emphasis on rich, organic textures; from the use of uneven handmade tiles, rattan baskets and lighting, through to chunky wool area rugs and textural pillows and throws,” says Stephanie.

modern kitchen with wooden cabinets and marble countertops

Quarter-sawn walnut cabinetry is paired with leathered quartzite countertops and black accents, including the drawer handles and window shades.

modern dining room with black table in front of kitchen

The floors are covered in honed limestone tiles which contrasts the rich wood details, like the pitched ceilings.

modern living room with pitched wood ceiling

Stephanie explains: “I didn’t know exactly where everything would end up, which made it that much more crucial to adhere to the concept and palette: ivory, grey, black, bits of brass. And texture, texture, texture. Handmade and imperfect pieces were, well, perfect. In the primary spaces, we used one-of-a-kind decor and art sourced from LA stores such as Lawson Fenning, Croft House and Merchant. We also had key furniture pieces such as the dining and coffee tables custom made here in Vancouver, to ensure they were the ideal size, finish and design. It really is all about putting blinders on, and assessing whether each piece fits the overall concept and palette.”

modern sitting area on covered patio

modern bathroom

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

Sliding glass doors disappear into the walls leaving corners of rooms completely open to the outdoors.

modern home gym with sliding glass doors open

covered walkway view into space with dining table

modern dining area opened up to the covered deck outdoors

modern dining area with compact kitchenette

modern seating are with white sofa and two chairs

modern lounge area with white sofa facing tv hung on wall

modern seating area with white sofa and throw pillows

outdoor view to exterior terrace with hanging black chair

modern bedroom with black canopy bed and white linens with white chairs in a seating area

The primary bedroom is modern but maintains a tropical feel with its monochromatic color palette of beige. The ensuite bathroom features vertical walnut slats on the walls, in addition to honed marble slabs that cover the additional walls and vanity countertops.

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

modern bedroom interior with corner windows to the tropical outdoor space

In total, there are six guest bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms, as well as four other bathrooms around the property.

modern guest room with two beds in neutral tones

modern bathroom with floating wood vanity and open shower

backyard deck with surrounding palm trees and pool in the background

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

The pergola, seating and dining spaces, and the pool feature basalt and wood decking adding to the modernity of the outdoor landscape.

backyard view of modern house in tropical location

oversized lounge chair on exterior patio

covered entryway to modern house

tropical yard with covered seating area

tropical yard with stairs leading to a covered pergola

Photos Courtesy © Mariko Reed/OTTO

Caroline Williamson is Editor-in-Chief of Design Milk. She has a BFA in photography from SCAD and can usually be found searching for vintage wares, doing New York Times crossword puzzles in pen, or reworking playlists on Spotify.