The agent of that metamorphosis is Swan Interiors Owner Kristin Holmes, a member of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) and a well-known Maui interior designer.
Kristin’s grandfather, Enos Vincent (a Wailuku attorney and the Portuguese Vice-Consul on Maui from 1915 to 1925), bought the property in the mid 1920s. When Kristin’s Maui-born mother died 10 years ago, Kristin and her eight siblings inherited the corner building as well as abutting buildings along Church and Vineyard streets, including the buildings where Saeng’s Thai restaurant and the Maui Academy of Performing Arts are located.
“You wouldn’t believe what an undertaking it was renovating these buildings,” Kristin said, seated across from me at a stunning mango wood dining table in her store. “The buildings sat virtually untouched for several decades while the property was held in trust.”
Swan Interiors Owner Kristin Holmes offers refreshing new choices for Maui.
When Kristin and her siblings took over ownership of the property, they wanted to breathe new life into this historical area of Wailuku Town.
“I’m a historical preservationist,” Kristin said. “It’s my passion, and transforming this property has been an all-consuming project.”
Kristin decided to open her retail store in Wailuku because she believes in the potential of Wailuku’s future and is excited about giving back to the town where her family has such deep roots.
She describes the atmosphere of Swan Interiors as “tailored, refined, tropical.”
“Everyone has a different definition of what ‘tropical’ is,” Kristin said. “It goes way beyond cotton prints and Tommy Bahama. What we offer is gracious, relaxed elegance. We don’t try to do ‘exotic,’ but we offer refreshing new choices that fit a Maui lifestyle.”
“Frequently, furniture store buyers are not designers,” Kristin said. “But that’s not the case at Swan Interiors. Each of the designers has input and participates in the buying decisions, expanding the product offerings even further. We always buy with Maui lifestyles in mind. We custom-order fabrics to make sure they complement the furniture pieces. Our clients don’t just get what a manufacturer offers.”
It is well worth the trip to Wailuku to check out Swan Interiors, where design is made more accessible to local and part-time residents.
The store is filled with beautiful furniture for living rooms, dining rooms, dens and bedrooms. But that’s not all. You’ll also discover framed originals by well-respected Maui artists—beautiful oils, watercolors, pen-and-ink drawings and photographs for sale at very reasonable prices.
“We’re a furniture store,” Kristin said. “But we represent original local art as well, because art is an integral part of any home.”
Swan Interiors also offers an array of accessories—lamps, vases, picture frames, table linens, silk flower arrangements, rugs and pillows. (I had to wander around the store several times just to take it all in!)
With five designers on staff, Swan Interiors’ clients receive a full range of fee-based design services.
“We design and we project-manage,” Kristin said. “It’s very comprehensive and can include entire new kitchens and bathrooms, floor coverings, window treatments and furniture.”
“We call our work ‘transformational design,’” she added. “And that applies to whether you’re refurnishing or remodeling from floor to ceiling.”
Swan Interiors also offers a wedding and special occasion “Wish List Gift Registry” and the “Golf Widow Morning Invitational,” which runs from now until the end of March extending a 15 percent discount on any purchase made between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Call or visit Swan Interiors and talk with ASID members Holmes, Angela Sears, Jessica Guard McLellan, and Designers Mary Plaunt and Donna Poseley.
Visit swaninteriorsmaui.com to preview the store’s inventory, a design portfolio, and a customized catalog of products and services.