2015: Year in Review

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The kitchen is one of the most important rooms in your home, especially during the holiday season. It’s the hub of the cooking action, and the gathering place where family and friends can catch up, sip a cocktail, and watch the Thanksgiving meal come to life. This month, we take a look at three of our projects for inspiring new ways to get your kitchen holiday-ready!

Kaimuki Bungalow

Our goal when undertaking the Kaimuki Bungalow project was to update this beautiful home while preserving its unique, original charm. Reinvigorating this Hawaiian-style, 1950s-era cottage was a wonderful opportunity to showcase our design creativity and expertise.

To maintain the classic charm of the original home without sacrificing comfort and practicality, we designed around the home’s existing footprint to limit construction and keep the tongue and groove wall intact wherever possible. We reused wall sections that were removed throughout the renovation process, to keep with the home’s original style.

A partial wrap-around lanai became the home’s new entryway, which added 400 square feet of outdoor living space and opened up the living room and access to the kitchen.

Because the homeowners loved the original entry door, we designed the new door with the original small frame glass peephole detail, and painted it a beautiful aqua blue color.

Kaimuki Bungalow exterior

We upgraded the bathrooms to create separate, customized spaces for the homeowners—a special soaking tub bathroom for her and a walk-in shower bathroom for him.

Throughout the process, and especially in the bathrooms, we kept the details simple yet elegant, so as not to detract from the undeniable charm of the home.

Kaimuki Bungalow bath

In keeping with the style of the home’s original kitchen, we used the previous stainless steel countertops, integrating butcher block and quartz countertops to achieve a chic yet simple balance. We maintained the cottage charm by installing white shaker cabinets, which perfectly complimented the subway tile backsplash. The homeowners will be constructing their own wood island as the kitchen’s centerpiece.
Kaimuki Bungalow kitchen

Kaimuki Bungalow reflects the importance of thoughtful design when undertaking 1950s-era restoration. This reinvigorated home exudes simplicity yet elegance, and sheds light on the possibilities of whole home transformation.

Beautiful Kailani

Beautiful Kailani is the perfect representation of our design expertise when working with a tight space. A Lanikai townhouse in original condition, Beautiful Kailani was fully upgraded to reflect a sophisticated, modern style all while maintaining a casual, beachy vibe in a small space.

Because of the townhouse’s tight quarters, we were determined to make the most of every nook and cranny. When tackling the kitchen upgrade, we sought to open up the space while maximizing storage. To address the homeowners’ wish for a conveniently-located desk area, we created one at the end of the kitchen island, which can double as a breakfast bar. We installed light wood cabinets to give the kitchen a softer, beachy feel, adding warmth to an already luxurious space.
Beautiful Kailani dining room

To establish design consistency, we installed cork floors throughout the downstairs area.

Cork flooring is a wonderful green product that’s soft under foot, hypoallergenic, lightweight, and renewable.

Not to mention, it looks beautiful throughout the home!

Beautiful Kailani kitchen

In the master bathroom, we opened up the room visually by including a glass door for the shower and detailing the space with beautiful glass tiles in blue and green hues, the homeowners’ favorite colors.

After installing a pedestal sink near the shower to create additional space, we then added extra storage options above the toilet.

Beautiful Kailani bath

Once we completed the remodel, our team at Archipelago Hawaii was lucky enough to furnish this gorgeous townhouse! In the dining area we added custom dining chairs by Window World HI, and selected a stunning dining table base and topped it with the homeowners’ original glass top. Indich rugs pulled together the dining and living room spaces, which we complimented with a large sectional sofa. The owners of Beautiful Kailani have an extensive art collection, and the addition of their art pieces throughout the home truly brings out the space’s personality.

Beautiful Kailani is a remarkable project that stands out to us as we close out this year. In a small home, it’s important to maintain a balance of taking advantage of a space and avoiding clutter. With Beautiful Kailani, we believe we achieved the perfect balance, all while exhibiting the home’s functionality and sophistication!


As one of our in-progress homes, Ewa-lution is a stunning interior furnishings project that we’re having a wonderful time designing! Both the homeowners are doctors, and have owned the same furniture since before they attended medical school. After purchasing this new home, they also wanted to have it designed professionally. Open to new ideas and not afraid of a little color, our homeowners are making our jobs incredibly enjoyable!

We first shopped for living room area rugs.

Our homeowners fell in love with Monstera, one of Tiare’s favorite patterns, which they chose in a fun color combination – teal and lime green with a camel-colored accent.

Ewa-lution living room

After bringing in a custom-sized runner for the entry hallway, we then selected a beautiful teal sectional and a large round swivel chair in a camel-colored fabric for design consistency. The accent pillows pull the design together, effortlessly combining the mix of colors. Even the coffee table, doubling as an ottoman, was custom-made to fit perfectly with the sectional in an espresso stain to balance the counter stool finish in the kitchen.

We encountered a challenge with the great room finish selections. The homeowners didn’t like the wood tone of their kitchen which is a very prominent part of the great room. Normally, we would carry a similar wood tone into the rest of the space. We decided to add a driftwood finish in the dining room table and buffet as well as the living room entertainment center cabinet. We then reupholstered their existing espresso stained counter stools, covering the backs with a light green vinyl. Parsons chairs were slipcovered in a beautiful aqua tone to soften the space and balance out the dark wood.

With this color scheme in mind, we repainted the dark walls a livelier palette, including light green and aqua.

We changed out the decorative lighting throughout the living room, incorporating a stunning lighting fixture into the space: a hand-blown, aqua-blue glass fixture with globes at varied lengths.

This exceptional detail added a touch of drama as well as some much needed lighting.

Ewa-lution light fixture

Another show-stopping feature of Ewa-lution interior is the breathtaking photo the homeowners purchased to place over the buffet. After realizing the photograph would be too small for the space, we decided to place it in a white linen liner and multicolored wood frame which brought together the 3 wood tones in the space, giving it even more visual interest.
Ewa-lution artwork

One of our favorite parts about the Ewa-lution project is that we’re able to incorporate the homeowners’ existing pieces and materials into a brand new space. We can’t wait to see the end result.