Art defines this New Albany home in almost every room with modern paintings, brutalist sculptures and unique finds from the couple’s travels.
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A project awaited Ben and Kimberly Aschenbrenner when they bought their Greek revival home around three years ago.
“We kept saying, ‘it’s a blank slate,” Kimberly said about the 1860s home that originally housed a doctor’s office.
The couple bought the home during a renovation but have since made it their own. They’ve ripped out the kitchen for a more contemporary look and painted and decorated its two stories with everything from thrifty and online finds to Kimberly’s own artwork, bringing cohesion to their eclectic style.
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MIX AND MATCH
The pairings in this home include a Zebra print sofa across from a blue velvet one in the parlor, as well as a glass ribbon lucite chandelier in the foyer found on eBay and wooden bookshelves in the library that belonged to Ben’s dad.
Wallpaper with a black background and floral print covers the walls of the formal dining room that combines plush pink velvet chairs with a glass-topped table for a touch of elegance.
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In the family room, a jungle-themed mural found on Etsy pairs with an animal print rug Kimberly bought off Craigslist, plus a leather sofa, a wooden love seat and a velvet yellow chair.
“It’s the thrill of the hunt, honestly,” Kimberly said about finding unique pieces.
For a couple that likes to cook and entertain, the Aschenbrenners converted a room that was once down to studs into a pristine white, modernized kitchen. White porcelain tile covers the kitchen floor and matches cupboards outfitted with gold fixtures. The walls, covered in white subway tiles, add texture along with the room’s Carrera marble countertops. Exposed beams on the ceiling and an island made from barn wood create a rustic touch.
A kitchen nook allows for access to a bar area, while the breakfast nook to the right — with a cow hide carpet under black rubber chairs and simple white table from IKEA — creates a more relaxed dining experience. A wooden divider painted with abstract shapes in whites, blacks and purples finishes the room with style.
Art defines the Aschenbrenner’s home. In almost every room, there’s modern art, brutalist sculptures and unique finds from the couple’s travels.
In the foyer, a quirky portrait gallery — including Kimberly’s own work — hangs bunched on the wall across from the staircase. At the top of the stairs, the landing serves as a gallery of sorts, decorated with natural elements including woven straw chairs. An animal skull with drawings hangs on one wall and on the other, a wall hanging of the anatomy of the brain.
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Above the couple’s bed hangs an African juju hat, a ceremonial piece worn by prominent members of African society.
nuts & bolts
Home: This modernized Greek revival home was built in the 1860s and home to doctors’ offices in the past. Now, the 4,400-square-foot historic abode has a mix of thrifty finds and local art.
Homeowners: Ben and Kimberly Aschenbrenner moved into this 4-bed, 2-and-1/2-bath home about three years ago with Kimberly’s daughter, Ava. Ben is a math teacher at Ivy Tech and Kimberly is an art director for Rue La La.
Distinctive elements: Large bay window in parlor; mix of wood and metal furniture; portrait gallery wall in foyer; animal hide and animal print rugs; modern and abstract art pieces; brutalist sculptures; chunky ’80s furniture; white “blank canvas” walls; velvet couches; antique and thrifty finds; full library with bookshelves lining the walls; funky light fixtures; oriental rugs; contrast of wood and metal pieces.
Applause, Applause! The homeowners would like to thank David and Nancy Young, Susan Block with Semonin Realty, and family and friends who were helpful during the renovation process.
IF YOU GO:
WHAT: New Albany Historic Home Tour
WHEN: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9
WHERE: The day begins at the New Albany Farmer’s Market at the corner of Bank and Market streets, where you can pick up your tour booklet.
TICKETS: $15 in advance; $5 kids under 12th grade; $20 day of tour. Tickets can be purchased online at www.developna.org or at area retailers.
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