Around the world in one room
Written by: Amy Howell Hirt
There is a unifying thread that runs through David and Darlene Barnes’ custom home in Villa Hills. It’s not a paint color—David counts 45 different shades. And it’s not the trimwork—although there are 25 miles of it. From an English-style conservatory to a Grand Canyon-flavored entertaining area, the spaces in this 16,000-square-foot home are connected by something much more powerful: a lifetime of cherished memories and acquired interests.
Working with builder John Toebben, residential designer Mike Studer and interior designer Henry Vittetoe, the couple raised the expectations of custom design to create a home that lovingly displays more than a few of their favorite things. “We’ve traveled all around the world and wanted to enjoy what we’ve collected. That’s why we ended up with themed rooms,” Darlene says. “Now we can go through the rooms and say, ‘Remember when we got that?’”
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