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Kauai Surf House

Poipu | Kauai | Hawaii

This light-filled home in Poipu was redesigned to highlight this surf-loving client's desire for both comfort and a sense of place. Every chair, bed, sofa, porch swing, and daybed that South & Home's interior designers procured had to feel cozy, functional and evoke location through detail. Hawaii's beautiful environs, its surf and ocean culture, had to be the star of the show. The property features an ocean view that’s ever changing with the weather and time of day - there’s no singular “ocean blue.” South & Home's interior design team drew inspiration from those variations in palette, as each space felt a little different from the next.


White painted shiplap walls and rattan furniture helped to create an old Hawaii surf house theme. Layered patterns with fabrics and wallcoverings provided a playful, feet-up living ambiance with a modern twist. The wallpaper used in the guest bedroom is an ocean wave pattern illustrated in a Japanese style, which fit perfectly with the existing old Japanese Shoji doors in the house.


While ocean blues dominate the furnishings, warmer colors were brought in through vintage prints from the 1930s and golden-hour ocean and marine life photography from Mike Coots, a well-known, Kauai-born surfer and photographer. South & Home also worked with a local woodworker to custom create a statement-making gallery wall of mounted surfboard fins that sit in locally grown wood blocks. This home manages the perfect balance between casual, beachfront Hawaii and contemporary interior design.

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