Modern Palette, Antique Charm: Loma Linda Home by Chris Barrett

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High above Beverly Hills, California, this house on Loma Linda Drive by Chris Barrett Design epitomizes a great mix between casual California and elegant tradition. Neutrals abound here: against pure white walls, the predominant colors are browns and black. Far from a stark or jarring combination, however, this pairing of opposites works so well because of injections of light through a two-story atrium-like living room, skylights above the dining table, and reflections on polished wood floors. Primary hues get their say, too: bright red and true blue highlight a contemporary art hanging on the living room wall, then show up in more subtle forms in the patterned rug. A billiards room, complete with plasma TV, exudes a “club” atmosphere that’s lightened by white shelving and fun “director’s” chairs.

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Likewise, the blend of antique furnishings and modern décor here blends dignity with whimsy in just the right measure: the kitchen is any cook’s dream, with a massive center island that might be ponderous with that black granite top…were it not for the brightness of the dining area and homey touch of hanging copper pots to bring their own touch of color to the scene. Bedrooms are richly appointed, with polished sleigh beds and four-posters, complemented by well-loved print rugs, plump-cushioned loveseats, and fringed afghans. And what woman wouldn’t love stepping out of a soaking tub onto another antique rug…or curling up on that very feminine lounge chair designated for “Daddy’s girl”? It’s a house that’s elegant yet relaxed, with just the right touch of humor, courtesy of Christ Barrett.

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Written by Janet Butler

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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).