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
ArchitectDesign™ said...

oo la la -i need this book!

Ann said...

I know, my birthday is coming up and it is most definitely on my list!!

Freckles Chick said...

Jaw droppingly beautiful!

Thanks so much for taking the time to leave such a heartfelt comment on my blog post recently. It truly resonated with me & it's nice to know that I'm not so isolated in my thoughts/feelings whist bumbling my way thru this parenting thing ;-)


Suzanne LakeandGarden said...

A true Shangri La! I've never seen images of this beautiful home before. The details are so lovely that I hope it's a long slow tour!
Hopefully your turn to see it in person will come before too long. Thank you for sharing,