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The Wall Street Journal House of the Year

Poipu | Kauai | Hawaii

A mile away from Poipu Beach, sits Ka Lae Kiki (Hawaiian for "Sandpiper"), The Wall Street Journal's 2020 House of the Year. On three quarters of an acre and with 500 feet of ocean frontage, this 3,324 square foot home was spectacular well before South & Home was hired for a design refresh. Having been first constructed and furnished in 1999, the home was first modeled after a structure on the property of neighboring Allerton Garden at the National Tropical Botanical Garden in Poipu, Kauai. With it's white board and batten exterior siding and double pitched roof, it's a traditional Hawaii style classic.


The teal-colored acid-and-base stained and polished concrete floors mimic the ocean blue surroundings. The louvered windows, which bring in the tropical breeze throughout, tell the property's story of bringing the outside in. The iconic saltwater pool on the view is raised off of the reef and extends out into the Pacific Ocean. 

In order to bring the home up-to-date without straying from all that make is special, South & Home's design team specified new furniture pieces and fixtures. The pieces that were in good shape were reupholstered with fresh fabrics throughout. The colors from the outdoors were brought in carefully, as though to complement but not distract the eye from the incredible ocean view. 

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