Charmed at First Sight

Kula maui bedroom
Guests receive royal treatment in the second-floor master suite, with its mix of comfortable furnishings and intriguing art.

A charming parlor flanks the entry, with doors that can close the room off from the rest of the house. Just  beyond the entryway are the living and dining rooms; natural light streams into both rooms through large windows and doors that open to a spacious, columned lānai.

Polli, who loves to cook, was instantly smitten with the kitchen, which boasts plenty of storage space (there are a whopping twenty-five drawers) and appliances any professional chef would be proud to own, including two Wolf wall ovens, a Sub-Zero refrigerator, and a Wolf four-burner range  with a built-in  griddle and grill. Apart from the kitchen’s functionality, both Polli and Kent were captivated by the striking look of the space, with its sleek white cabinets hanging above granite countertops, and a center island topped with butcher block. “We didn’t need to change a thing,” Polly says.

Kula Maui living room
The living room’s sectional sofa wraps around an antique Asian trunk Polli won in a silent auction. Next to the fireplace, at lower right, sits a honu (sea turtle) carved from a burnt kiawe stump; Kent commissioned the piece as an anniversary gift for Polly.

In the dining and living rooms, an eclectic assortment of furniture, patterned rugs and keepsakes offset crisp white walls and Brazilian mahogany floors. “I don’t have one style. I like to keep things interesting,” Polli says. The Smiths have traveled all over the world — and they never come home empty-handed. That’s why built-in shelving in nearly every room was another big selling point. “There are nooks everywhere,” Polli says. “I told Kent, ‘Now I know where I can put all of our stuff.’” Throughout the home, there’s an enviable collection of antiques and artifacts from the Smiths’ far-flung travels — from delicate hand-carved animals they picked up in the Amazon rainforest, to an eye-catching wooden fish sculpture purchased at a trading post in South Africa — and framed family photos and original artwork adorn the walls. “Before we moved in, someone asked me if I had enough art to fill this house,” Polli says. “I just had to laugh.”



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