Collected Chic: A Home Full of Treasures by Carla Aston Design

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The owner of this home is an artist who works in textiles and jewelry, with a collection she loves to have around her. As the designer says, “One of the best things about working on this was experiencing the wonderful treasures my client owned and loved. Having lived overseas and traveled the world, all of her things had meaning and memories.” The task of integrating the “meaning and memories” into a needed redo was a fun undertaking for Carla Aston Design Studio. The updating needed to be neutral — the “treasures” had enough color in themselves — but it also needed warmth: no stark ultra-modern sterility would work here. The solution was lots of pure, clean white, with mellow warmth provided by basic oak flooring finished in a medium-dark color.

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Now, the treasures have a “gallery” backdrop that shows them off to advantage. Oak carries onto door frames as well as an elegant mantel; bright pillows and wall hangings are all the “art” a living room (with vast wood shelving and entertainment center) needs. Ash-toned cabinetry gives a chic neutral touch to one bath, while off-white graces another, and a vintage armchair, colorful rug, and pottery give a soaking tub extra panache. The thoroughly modern kitchen holds a large center island, stainless-steel appliances, and tons of cabinet space, with granite countertops beneath a bay window that bathes the room in light. Every room, from the home office to the dining area to the bedroom, holds some visually interesting touch — all tied together by skilled design.

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Written by Janet Butler

Janet W. Butler is a freelance writer, editor, and editorial consultant by day and a “small soprano” by night. An RWA Golden Heart Winner, she is the author of the inspirational romance From the Ashes (“the best little book no one’s ever heard of”), published by SANDS Publishing in 2001; and a romantic suspense, Voice of Innocence, from Desert Breeze Publishing. She is a Chicago native transplanted to northeast Indiana, where she lives with her husband, daughter, and Cassandra “Trouble” Butler, S.R.C. (Spoiled Rotten Cat).