Modern Family Retreat

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Makena Maui bathroom
Beautiful tile work, a two-person steam shower and an amazing ocean view make this master bath a showstopper. The light fixture by Daniel Liebskind floats like a cloud just above the deep soaker tub.

Next door is the master bedroom, a large, comfortable space with a brilliant ocean view and the aforementioned TV cabinet. The highlight, however, is the bathroom. A white soaker tub stands front and center atop black, gray and white tiles with a circular pattern. More dusky-gray and white tiles march up and down the wall in a chevron pattern, and overseeing the scene is a white light fixture which looks decidedly like a pixelated cloud. A large steam shower with clever self-dimming windows is big enough for two, and to the right, a luxurious sauna.

We return to the atrium and pass by the Trekkie-inspired wall niches. Beyond, the hallway leads to a number of bedrooms and bathrooms, as well as a workout room with warm floor-to-ceiling cabinetry.

“Here’s the surprise,” says Tattersall, pulling on a handle. Down comes a bunk bed, then another and another — for a total of four secreted beds, a dream come true for kids of all ages. 

artistic steel staircase
Tattersall filled the three “beam-me-up-Scotty” niches on the second floor with curated artifacts: handmade wooden paddles by Mel Ross, a tiki totem carving by Folau Tupou, and didgeridoos from Australia.

On the way back downstairs, I notice a pair of oils by Gabrielle Anderman; the dark, monochromatic shapes make me think of massive mushrooms and dandelions gone to seed.

“It was a challenge to find fabric, furniture, art and patterns that would complement a 25-foot steel spiral staircase,” says Tattersall, showing me out. “I love the feeling of ‘exhale’ I get every time I walk in — it’s magnificent, yet warm and welcoming all at the same time. It is beautiful, and it works.”


Designer Tim Tattersall worked very closely with contractor Gal Cohen of CDG Construction on this Makena home makeover. We featured one of Galʻs other stunning renovations in our Sep-Oct 2017, A Diamond in the Rough

Photography: TravisRowan.com IG @travisrowanmedia
Designer: TimTattersallDesign.com IG @TimTattersallDesign
Builder: CohenDevelopmentGroup.com IG @cohen_development_group_maui
Rugs by Indigo IndigoPaia.com IG @indigopaia

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