Design studio Basic Projects and architect Heather Wilson have revamped a South Carolina house, pairing white walls and concrete floors with colorful vintage decor inspired by the vintage Hawaii bungalows.
The furnishings and fittings take cues from the client’s surf trips to Fiji and Hawaii, including a set of three French doors. The French doors are mahogany and meant to enhance the Hawaiian bungalow feel of the new roof. Other elements include brass fixtures, paper lanterns, organic linens, hand-dyed pillows and wool rugs. Hawaii were taken as a source of inspiration because the owners of the house love them a lot.
The living room has two light-colored sofas and a wicker peacock chair with vintage pink Hawaiian fabric. Other pieces include a poster of Hawaii from the 1950s, a vintage map, and an old hula girl photo. The tropical aesthetic is completed with dozens of potted plants, a surfboard, and a taupe-and-blue painting by artist Ty Williams.
The house contains two storeys, with living and sleeping areas on the ground floor in a new L-shaped plan, and a small attic and study upstairs. At the entrance is a foyer and a bathroom, followed by a hallway featuring an airy timber staircase and a wet bar with dark wood cabinets.
The open-plan kitchen and sitting area is divided by a white plaster fireplace with two built-in floating benches and an alcove for storing wooden logs. This space also includes a minimalist oak dining table and two benches, and a kitchen with white countertops and pale wooden doors. On the other portion of the residence are three bedrooms, two of which have private bathrooms. Light teal walls color a bedroom and a bathroom, evocative of the ocean.