Philpotts Interiors

Mauna Kea Muse

Mauna Kea, Hawai'i, HI

When a San Francisco couple first purchased the home located on Hawaii Island, they were contemplating to tear it down or restore it. Originally built in 1979, this home had gone through several owners, was left vacated and barely livable for several years. The process began to clean up and restore its original design, reawakening its peacefulness and serene qualities. The goal was to make the house comfortable with modern conveniences and create more openness and light.

The home’s old growth teak ceilings and beams were restored. Museum quality lighting fixtures had been imported from Germany to highlight the extensive art collection of the original owner. The kitchen has custom cabinet doors embellished with thin copper piping, which turned to a lustrous blue green patina. Light was brought into the house by elevating the ceilings to increase the volume, and lighter wall coverings were used wherever needed.

The interior courtyard was originally designed with the Koi pond and water feature that serve as the heartbeat of this home. The water feature provides flow and restorative essence to this Zen garden.

The home returns as a peaceful respite far from busy, urban living– a place of serenity and rejuvenations.