Hawaiian Style

I know it's Fall, and I love Fall. The leaves, the harvest colors, pumpkins and all that. But I had to share a couple of Island obsessions I am having at the moment:

I have been an admirer of Marion Philpotts-Miller for years, so when I saw this article with her house in the latest Coastal Living (October 2007), I had to share. As a matter of fact, this house, when I first saw it, was an inspiration in the remodel of my own house. I decided to use V-groove paneling in my house after seeing the board and batten walls in her kitchen and sitting room here:

Marion Philpotts-Miller has a wonderful relaxed aesthetic that is so well put together and timeless. You come to realize that the long term colors are very neutral, but she adds alot of color with pillows and accessories that can be changed whenever the mood strikes. Take a look at her website with partners, Charles De Lisle and Jonathan Staub.

Another recent obsession are the quilts of Robin Ferrier. Robin is a fantastic artist who lives on Maui. ( She, ahem, also just so happens to be my cousin! ) She applies her talents to creating beautiful contemporary wall quilts with hand-dyed fabrics she creates herself. Wonderfully graphic, these quilts are truly works of art. Robin has a very informative blog that chronicles her methods and more of her work. So check it out!

Some of you may be familiar with more traditional Hawaiian quilting styles. Donghia has used this style as inspiration for their outdoor fabric line. Just another obsession:

Big Island and Oahu Indoor/Outdoor Fabric by Donghia

Here is the Donghia fabric used on a Bertoia chair in an interior by designer Philip Galanes. Loving it!

House and Garden Feb. 2006, Photo by Thomas Loof

I hope this adds a little sunshine into your Fall day!