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Tour This Stunning Hawaiian Home Blending Boho and Midcentury Style

January 09, 2023

Vintage vibes and boho beauty combine in this midcentury modern Hawaiian home, making it the perfect place for a young couple to start a family.

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A Colorado Couple Looks to Hawaii for a Quieter Life

When a Colorado couple set out for a quieter life in Kauai, Hawaii, they settled on a charming midcentury home that felt like a breath of fresh air. A month after moving in, they collaborated with designer Shaolin Low at Studio Shaolin in Honolulu, who helped them refresh the home, bridging boho and midcentury design in a clean, open-concept space.

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Tranquil Surroundings Make This Home Feel Quintessentially Hawaiian

Surrounded by native foliage visible from the three lanai spaces, the home couldn't feel any more perfect for the Aloha state. Unlike a traditional porch or patio, the Hawaiian word "lanai" describes an outdoor space that is an extension of the home, often covered under the home's roof and included in the home's floor plan.

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A Baby On the Way Made for a Tight Renovation Deadline

Because the couple was expecting their first child, the project had a tight deadline. In just four months, Shaolin overhauled the four-bedroom, three-bath house. "Since we are on Oahu (neighboring island), it was a lot of coordinating to get it all done," she remarks.

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Refinished Concrete Floors Were a Key Part of This Renovation

One major bullet point on the agenda was refinishing the concrete floors. While the results look effortlessly beautiful, getting there wasn't so easy. "This was such a thing. We had to do it in phases since the owners were living there," notes Shaolin. "Some of the house had carpet, so there are these little tack marks in the concrete that we ended up using rugs to cover up. We also were on a budget, so we had to save all the trim pieces for the doors and baseboards."

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