doris duke's shangri la, part two

Sunday, January 12, 2014

I am absolutely in love with this room at Doris Duke's Shangri La in Honolulu, Hawaii. It is just so feminine and lavish - the Mughal Suite


She was inspired by a honeymoon to the Middle East.  She continued to collect and commission artifacts in keeping with the house's style for the next several decades leaving an impressive archival legacy:  

Let's go outside:

Mughal Garden

Pool with the Playhouse:


I'll be honest, I was beyond excited to tour this house... but then realized it was also a no-go with baby. I'm not sure what their official policy on children is but just so you know, should you fly all the way to Hawaii to see this house, be prepared to dedicate a significant amount of time to it. From what I understand, and why it wouldn't have worked out, is owned by the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art in cooperation with the Honolulu Museum of Art. Only allows a few people to visit each day. You have to buy your ticket (and like I said, there's not many spots!), wait for a bus, take the museum's bus to the house, tour and then shuttle back. All said and done it was a few hours too many for a little one. We're planning to make another trip back when our daughter is old enough so I can get my house fix! And you can always order the book.

 sources: mostly here, some here, here, here, here

doris duke's shangri la, part one

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

I know this "polar vortex" has a lot of friends Stateside on ice. Think warm thoughts! And to help you do that, let's tour another Hawaii house! This house is amazing, and famous - I'm talking about Shangri La. The house Islamic-style mansion built in 1937 designed by Marion Sims Wyeth. It was owned by heiress Doris Duke, who spent her winters here. The house is on the outskirts of Honolulu, near Diamond Head. Look at this loggia on the "playhouse"

The house

The Entry:

Central Courtyard:

Going inside:

Damascus Room

Syrian Room

Mihrab Room:


The Dining Room:

Going into the Living Room:

Lastly for today, the private hall which leads to my favorite space:

 sources: mostly here, some here, here, here, here

miniature grand house

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Do you ever come across something so remarkable on the web and think to yourself, "this person is amazing!" That's exactly how I felt when I found the Merriman Park blog. This blog is the story of a man who set out, as a novice, to create a something of his very own inspired by historic miniatures. Look at his fantastic handiwork:

Photos by and from Merriman Park