In this episode, Ana Castillo of The Castillo Collective, shares the story and design philosophy behind her Hawaiian home, built almost entirely out of recycled and salvaged materials. Together we explore the idea of doing more with less and how to allow the design of your home to grow with you and unfold as your needs change.
“Our style and what we strive to do when we’re working with clients is create sustainable spaces that inspire intentional living.”
Ana gives us a glimpse into her life path and what brought her to the Big Island of Hawai’i as well as the story behind the building of her unique home in Kealakekua Bay.
Ana shares how a trip to Bali with her artist mother was the spark of inspiration she needed to pursue a career in design.
In addition to her mother, traveling and immersing herself into the creative work of others acts as a huge source of inspiration for Ana.
Ana’s design style / philosophy: “Our style and what we strive to do when we’re working with clients is create sustainable spaces that inspire intentional living.” Embracing the imperfect is a welcomed challenge.
Ana describes the interesting attributes of her home; living in harmony with the natural environment, promoting a low-waste, minimalist style through the use of recycled and salvaged materials.
Ana shares how the Hawaiian culture has influenced her approach to design projects, from respecting nature to paying attention to how a space makes you feel.
Ana recommends “slowing down and listening” when setting out to redesign your space.
On thrifting and working with vintage pieces: “Every piece has a story behind it. To put it in a new space gives it new life and yet it still retains its character and history”.
ABOUT THE CASTILLO COLLECTIVE:
The Castillo Collective is an emerging creative design studio founded by husband and wife team, Ana and Luis Castillo. Their unique design philosophy reflects their shared passion and vision; to create functional, timeless design that embraces living in harmony with the natural environment.