Before & After: A Honolulu Midcentury Becomes a Designer’s Vivacious Home and Studio

Interior designer Ginger Lunt revives a 1954 residence that she fell in love with as a young girl growing up in the tropical forests of Mount Tantalus.

A short, steep, and winding road separates Mount Tantalus (Puʻu ʻŌhiʻa) from urban Honolulu—but it is a world away. Designated a forest preserve in the early 20th century, the range has been minimally developed. Thick with undergrowth and canopied by ironwood, guava, pine, and a variety of Hawaiian flowering trees, it gets 160 inches of rain per year compared to Waikiki’s 30.

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Caitlin Wheeler
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Caitlin Wheeler was a lawyer in Silicon Valley and is now a writer in Durham, NC. She's written about lawyers with zany careers, the North Carolina wine industry, and global architectural design.


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