Collection by Caroline Wallis

A Hawaiian Renovation that Blends European Modernist and American Midcentury Styles

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White walls, splashes of color, and vintage furniture are a winning recipe for this Hawaiian remodel.

With the help of salvaged materials and furniture, this Hawaiian home achieves what's often impossible: modern elegance but with a comfort that feels immediately worn-in and familiar. The secret sauce? Re-use. “If we couldn’t get a door or window from Re-Use Hawaii, we got it off of Craigslist—none were bought retail,” explains the architect, Fritz Johnson. The original house—a 60s “salt box” Oahu tract home—came with a charming midcentury facade that the homeowners wanted to preserve in the remodel. With an eye for classic, second-hand pieces, and a focus on the Dutch International Style, they teamed up with Johnson to create this cozy island residence.

The original house was a single-story structure, not robust enough to carry a second floor.
All-vinyl siding on the original shell was replaced with natural plywood T1-11 cladding.
Fritz explains, “The primary inspiration was Dutch International Style design.
The dining room table is made from recycled teak railroad ties from Indonesia.
The existing partitions were tongue-and-groove redwood.
To accommodate a second story, the ground-level had to be completely reconfigured in favor of a more open floor plan.
The bathroom’s glass block partition is just one example of the extensive list of repurposed materials used for this...
Inspired by a Julius Schulman shot of the Los Angeles Case Study House, the upstairs seeks to embody a sense of...
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