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Audrey's Ohana




Makawao, Hawaii



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What I Love About My Home

My apartment (called an Ohana here in Hawaii) is a converted workshop and boat storage area. I absolutely love the soaring 10 foot tall ceilings that really open up to make the small space seem very spacious. The great room opens up to a small outdoor area that I made into my little Zen garden. I usually have the back door open so I can look through my screen door from the moment I enter the house and look down my hallway and mentally escape into my garden.

Biggest Challenge in Furnishing My Home

My biggest challenge was the very odd floorplan and having a very small bedroom that also has a shower inside the room. The bedroom was way too small to fit my king size bed so I chose to turn the great room into my "everything" room and put my bedroom in a corner of this room. I was hesitant to have my sleeping area next to my living area but found that I really like this arrangement.

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Comments (38)

Um...Ohana means family. Hale means house.

posted by tomahto on April 14, 2011 at 4:37pm
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cute place though!

posted by tomahto on April 14, 2011 at 4:37pm
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Oh Audrey! I love it! It's fantastic!!!!! :c)

posted by lesleyh on April 15, 2011 at 11:43am
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And it really does look THAT great! It's a marvelous space to be in!!!
Excellent job, Audrey!!!

posted by 3carmel on April 15, 2011 at 4:41pm
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geez that garden is to die for.

posted by delg23 on April 14, 2011 at 8:42pm
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Audrey, this is really pretty! I love the bright turquoise accents... it looks like a fun, relaxing place to be in :)

posted by maechevrette on April 14, 2011 at 10:26am
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Gorgeous! I live in Mexico, so I definitely can relate to the tropical design. So. Amazing.

posted by LauraInCancun on April 14, 2011 at 10:43am
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Awesome! I live on beach in Fla & could see these colours & style in my Apt! Cute!!!!

posted by Shanti Johnson on April 14, 2011 at 10:45am
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PS luv Zen Garden!

posted by Shanti Johnson on April 14, 2011 at 10:48am
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Love the zen garden! Also I'm totally in love with the art of the tree and birds in your living area..could you tell me where you got it or who the artist is?

And I'm just curious why you didn't put your bed in the den area...too small?

Would love to have seen pictures of your kitchen and den.

Love all the colors!

posted by Tracy333 on April 14, 2011 at 12:05pm
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the garden... gorgeous.

posted by Pamela L on April 14, 2011 at 12:27pm
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Now I'm curious, what have you done with your den area then?

posted by diridi on April 14, 2011 at 12:32pm
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Audrey, you've done a beautiful job!

posted by HollyGoBrightly on April 14, 2011 at 12:59pm
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You've done a spectacular job!

posted by Calamity Ayne on April 14, 2011 at 1:38pm
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I want you to win!

posted by Eva Gorman on April 14, 2011 at 2:03pm
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Lovely Audrey! Its nice to see another Maui girl & space on here. The turquoise/lime combination is bright and happy. Your garden is beautiful, I'd leave the door open too.

I'm not the tropical zen type normally but love what you've done. I have an 800 sq ft space in Maui Meadows attached to my family's home. We just finished construction so unfortunately I'm going to miss entering this year's cool contest (my art & mirrors are still sadly stacked on the floor waiting to be hung in their new home).

posted by mauishopgirl on April 14, 2011 at 4:15pm
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Now this is what I consider small - cool. It's tiny (about the same size as my studio) and totally cool - I love that garden! Nice work!

posted by lili09 on April 14, 2011 at 4:18pm
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I love that wooden cabinet (bookcase?) with the cut-out doors!

posted by ohmydarlin on April 14, 2011 at 4:51pm
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I added you to my favs just for the location alone. But I do love the colors.

posted by rexrayfan on April 14, 2011 at 4:55pm
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Gorgeous colors! Love love love.

posted by kalemany on April 14, 2011 at 4:59pm
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I grew up on Maui and don't remember it at that time but just returned home and its tossed around a lot.

They don't use the term on the other islands (I was living in Honolulu before I moved back), just Maui.

posted by mauishopgirl on April 14, 2011 at 10:40pm
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Such a great space Audrey! The colors are all my favorites. I hope you go far so we can find out the sources of your interiors.

Audrey's Small Cool is No Ka Oi!

posted by suzyqzar on April 14, 2011 at 5:16pm
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Gorgeous! Gorgeous!

posted by little one on April 14, 2011 at 6:04pm
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Nice assemblage of things and colors. Love the green and blue and browns.

posted by digger61 on April 14, 2011 at 6:12pm
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I really love how you arranged this open space to fit so many functions and almost seem like rooms-within-a-room without adding anything to divide the space. So gorgeous!!!

posted by B Clark on April 14, 2011 at 6:49pm
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Your beautiful little space really captures the spirit of 'aloha'!

posted by J Hu on April 14, 2011 at 6:52pm
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Tomahto, on Maui, a secondary dwelling, a cottage/apartment/addition/suite separate from the main house is referred to as an "ohana" It is called an ohana because it is often used to house extended family as many of us have multi generations living on the same property . Very similar to a mother-in-law apartment or accessory dwelling on the mainland.

So, Audrey has not used the term incorrectly.

posted by mauishopgirl on April 14, 2011 at 8:08pm
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I wish I could see this in person. I love your outdoor area and your color scheme.

posted by robertspeg on April 14, 2011 at 8:42pm
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@mauishopgirl weird, never heard that term in all the years I lived there. ::shrug:: learn something new every day!

posted by tomahto on April 14, 2011 at 9:33pm
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Actually, I live in Honolulu and ohana unit is used all the time for the house behind the main house. Just check Craigslist.
Beautiful place. I love Makawao. This place fits right in there.

posted by Portobello on April 15, 2011 at 5:12am
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I love your use of color and pattern. I really wish you had shown a picture of your den. The shower situation is so odd, it's hard to wrap my head around.

posted by Gaidig on April 15, 2011 at 5:18am
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I love the colors! It looks so peaceful and inviting. I wish I could have a space just like it!

posted by mauimeow on April 15, 2011 at 4:47pm
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Looks so inviting! Good job!

posted by CathleenMainland on April 16, 2011 at 7:10am
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Love, love, love. The combination of colors is great.

posted by Jen7 on April 16, 2011 at 9:51am
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I'm one of the few people who have seen Audrey transform this ohana from an industrial garage to a truly inviting home.

She has created a unique, multi-faceted yet function and relaxing space. It is so much better in person than pictures could ever convey. She continues to update and improve, which keeps it fresh and inviting. I thought it was perfect when I last saw it a few months ago (before I moved off island), but the changes I spotted in the photos takes it to yet another level.

It is a place that reflects her amazing personality: beautiful and serene.

posted by Aloha808 on April 16, 2011 at 5:47pm
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I love how you've combined an electic yet tropical zen feeling with all of your lighting, furniture, colors, and artwork. I adore that painting of the birds and the tree - cool artist!

I hope you win - you could be the next design star!

posted by alohajade on April 17, 2011 at 12:15am
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loving the turquoise and the unique furniture pieces!

posted by moonflowerkei on April 26, 2011 at 10:05am
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This is one of the most beautiful and tranquil spaces I have ever seen! The tropical colors are soothing and the zen garden is utterly calming! Way to go!

posted by Aurora T. on April 28, 2011 at 4:23pm
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