Thursday, December 20, 2018

THE MAUI HOUSE - Part 4

As you can tell, we focused on the outside for a few years.  Oh gosh, did Mr. Ralph love puttering outside all morning.  Then in the hot part of the day, we could go upcountry (yes, Maui has a 10,000 ft tall mountain) to visit nurseries or to an outdoor "stuff" place or a Farmer's Market or a honey stand.  Kihei gets HOT in the afternoon.

 

Or we would do shopping in the air conditioning.  The first thing, of course, was a bed.  He chose a headboard that fit within one inch of the wall! 


The special turtle three panel art was made by our Maui artist friends who also moved back to the mainland to be with brand new grandchildren.  Forgive the crazy room colors.  This one is our ocean room.  The guest room is the tropical forest room.  Calming vanilla in the rest of the house and we did have a wine colored accent wall (have since painted that vanilla as it lightened up the whole room)  Corny but we love it.

We rented living room furniture for a month to see what arrangement we liked best.  We bought old people conversation pit furniture ... a sofa and a loveseat that are all recliners!  And arranged a round glass coffee table in the middle .. no sharp edges to attack our shins and room to recline without moving it.  It kinda makes the room look bigger since you can see right through it.  Same with end tables.


I remember the shopping experience of every stick of furniture in that place.  The bar stools are part of the dining set.  If we have eight people over, we have eight chairs.  If my sister was trying to teach me bridge, we had four chairs.  If the crowd on the back deck grew, we could easily take them outside.

A friend (neighbor) found that Buddha box (above the lamp) and our other friend/neighbor installed a small light inside, then hung it for us.  The stand alone chair was purchased from another other close friend when they had to move back to the mainland.

We brought VERY few items over to Maui, only things that would fit in a suitcase or carry on.  It was a process and we took every step together.






6 comments:

  1. I love living with neutral colors like your main area. Your bedroom is the perfect place for colors that are harder to live with because you're not there enough to get bored with them.

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    1. I love that soothing ocean color! And I love my desk!

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  2. O.S. You need to get these blogs and photos of your cottage printed in a hard cover book...Our Maui Home. Try Blurb for prices. I've done special topic books 6-7 times now and I treasure them.

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    1. I will look at Blurb. I've used Shutterfly a few times. It is nice to have an "album" in chronological order!

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  3. I just keep picturing Mr. Ralph puttering and the two of you putting your paradise house together. I can hear the love in every paragraph you write.

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    1. He was an extraordinary putterer! Was totally wrapped up in one until it was finished ... to his satisfaction. Then on to the next!

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