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.
Quarter-sawn walnut cabinetry is paired with leathered quartzite countertops and black accents, including the drawer handles and window shades.
The floors are covered in honed limestone tiles which contrasts the rich wood details, like the pitched ceilings.
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.”
Sliding glass doors disappear into the walls leaving corners of rooms completely open to the outdoors.
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.
In total, there are six guest bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms, as well as four other bathrooms around the property.
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.
Photos Courtesy © Mariko Reed/OTTO