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:
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