Photo by Melissa Oivanki

Designer tip: Combining local resources and personal heritage in a family home

When Chuck Williamson and his wife Meeta approached architect Mark Matthews, builder Robert Scheffy and interior designer Anne McCanless to vitalize their new University Club home, they did so with certain guidelines in mind. One: as much material and decor as possible should be locally sourced. And two: these elements should be combined as best they can with aspects of Meeta’s own Indian heritage.

Although a stereotypical Indian-inspired aesthetic might rely on bright colors and patterns, the Williamsons went a more subtle route, using artwork that emphasized Indian-inspired ornate motifs that still mesh with the more subdued colors of the overall interior. Even touches of texture, like carved chests and detailed pillows, lend a unique aura to the clean-cut lines and hues.

The best way to ensure that no one accuses you of stealing all your ideas from Pinterest? Buy local.

“We did not buy one thing online,” says McCanless.

To see more photos or learn more about how the Williamsons approached the design of their new home, check out our Interiors feature in the November issue, available on newsstands now.