A self-described color freak, interior designer Ashley Astleford was ecstatic to find a client that loved color as much as she did. This large house, home to a Texas couple and their five children, was a new, blank slate when Astleford came across it. The client wanted to create an eclectic, cheerful and lived-in look.
With five children, comfort and durability were priorities, but Astleford refused to sacrifice on style. She used reclaimed materials, durable furniture and laid-back textiles to make the house livable.
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Who lives here: A couple and their 5 children
Location: Frisco, Texas
Size: 7,000 square feet
That’s interesting: The client and Astleford made several furniture shopping trips to New York, California and San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, and ended up becoming great friends.
Bright accent colors are often combined with more subdued tones, but the client wanted none of that — hot pinks, yellows and turquoises are the focus in this home.
The playful chairs in this outdoor dining area are cast iron, and Astleford repainted them. The bold wall gets its cheerful hue from a custom-mixed stucco, and the fireplace and stove are adorned with a colorful collection of mixed Mexican tiles. “So many people are afraid of using color,” says Astleford. “But for me, there are no rules with color.”
While color was the primary emphasis in the home’s design, the client also wanted her house to feel authentic. Wood, stones and other natural materials play a prominent role in Mexican design, so Astleford brought those elements into the home as well. The stonework in this outside seating area is made up of Milsap stone, which provides an elegant contrast to the custom turquoise finish on the ceiling of the portico.
All of the floor tile in the home is reclaimed Saltillo tile, which gives the floors a warm and worn-in look. Astleford wanted the home to feel eclectic and collected, so she fit great pieces into the project, rather than custom designing furniture to fit into the home. Antique furniture helps create this look too — the smaller piano in this room is actually a harpischord made by the client’s father.
The fireplace surround in the family room was found in San Miguel de Allende, and Astleford had it reworked to fit. This room is full of color and pattern, so Astleford kept the walls white as a crisp contrast.
The client found the white art deco–style sofas and chairs at a flea market in Northern California, and brought them back to Texas. Since they’re not incredibly comfortable, Astleford used the turquoise sofa as an anchor. This cozy area is just outside the kitchen, creating an open and entertainment-friendly space.
The kitchen is the automatic gathering place for this extra-large family. The big island and bar countertop provide plenty of space for prep work and casual eating. The cabinetry is made of maple and glazed with multiple colors by a professional artist in Mexico. The hood is custom made out of stainless steel and copper sheet metal for a rustic and authentic look.
An extra beverage area and combined pantry provides more storage and prep space. This room is off to the right of the main kitchen and outfitted with a coffee maker, an ice machine, a dishwasher, a refrigerator and an extra sink.
Chandelier: Lucite and petrified coral, Madeleine Weinrib; backsplash: Mexican red travertine; countertops: marble and butcher block
Another exposed piece of dry, stacked Milsap stone lends texture and visual interest to the dining room ceiling, while a blue accent wall draws the eye to the outdoors. A playful iron bottle rack holds empty wine bottles to create an ever-growing sculpture.
Pendants: ABC Carpet & Home; leather chairs: parsons; table: custom
The entryway is adorned with a brilliant pair of Lucite lamps that Astleford found at a design shop in California. These incredible pieces were once in one of Liberace’s homes and provide a beautiful contrast to the antique Mexican console.
Oil painting: David Villaseñor
Salvaged white oak flooring gives the bedrooms a warm feel. “She wanted the look of old and textured materials,” says Astleford.
The beautiful painted wood bed frame in this children’s room is a 1930s Romanian piece found in Dallas.
While most media rooms are dark and stodgy, the client wanted something more colorful and brighter to fall in line with the rest of her home. A blue lacquered bar creates the ideal place to serve up movie-time treats and matches the turquoise linen covered walls perfectly.
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