Timeless & Beautiful Home Design with Carla Aston


Hey guys, welcome back! It is great to have you and I feel very especial today because I’m recording today’s intro from Palm Springs while being on an astrology retreat led by Astrotwins, who are these two incredible twin sisters and astrologists and amazing human beings. I feel incredibly blessed to have these two in my life. I am more of a dabbler when it comes to Astrology, but it is nice to see old friends, make new friends and just being in a supported environment where we can candidly chat about business and life. I originally joined their first retreat last year in Tulum, Mexico, after just breaking up with someone, when I just wanted to go to Mexico with a group of woman. And it was actually really cool to learn about my chart and astrology. I was pleasantly surprised.

Timeless & Beautiful Home Design with Interior Designer Carla Aston \\ The Home Staging Show Podcast Season 2 Episode 10

I usually publish episodes on Wednesday mornings on our blog. So if you are listening to this on Wednesday, when this episode is published, it is also Veteran’s Day and November 11th. 1111 is a very auspicious number in numerology and astrology.

I know this all sounds very woo-woo and California hippie girl stuff, but I believe in mindset and the power of intention. This has happened to me time after time both personally and professionally. If you are selling the house, set the intention that you want to sell for top dollars, and then apply that actions to do so. So I want you to take advantage of this 11/11 day, and make a wish for yourself. Everyone can make a wish, right? No harm done.

I asked a numerologist Felicia Bender about the meaning of 1111. She explained that the date is like a manifestation portal. Every universal life-force you believe in gives you an opportunity to clean up the thought and manifest your thought on this day. Because whatever you believe in, it is going to magnify that energy. It’s like law of attraction in action. It is a very powerful day. So whatever you are thinking about, when you apply action, you can really magnify that results. Another suggestion is that be specific about what you want abundance in life for. You have to move the needle, stop obsessing about the terrible boyfriend and calling on the one you want. Here is Felicia’s blog that goes in more in depth on this topic.

And the Astrotwins has an article about 1111, which you can find here. If you are interested in joining the twins for their annual Tulum, Mexico retreat, April 2nd-April 8th, go tohttp://astrostyle.com/events

Anyway, let’s talk about today’s actual show. On today’s show, we are interviewing interior designer & blogger Carla Aston. I first came across her work when I was researching for a blog post and came across her blog. I love her approach on design and really making it work for her clients. I also love her work. She has a great way to pull rooms together to make them both functional and beautiful. On this show, we are going to discuss interior design, remodeling, finishes selection, color selection, and many other tricks and tools that make great looking and functioning rooms.

If you have been listening to the show for awhile and like the show, please take a minute to rate and review The Home Staging Show on iTunes. That will be super helpful because that will help other people to find this show and allow me to keep finding great guests and keep recording. Today’s show is brought to you by EcoJoe, the eco-friendly St Joseph statue home selling kit. In real estate, there is a tradition of praying to St Joseph for good luck, and we made an eco-friendly statue made with clay. EcoJoe is 100% natural, he won’t harm the earth. To find out more about the product, visit ecojoekits.com

Here are some of the stuff we chatted on the show today:

  • The design process
  • Kitchen countertop selections
  • Working with clients’ needs and future needs
  • Design rules
  • Process of pulling a room together
  • Biggest mistake when it comes to remodeling
  • Countertop finishes
  • Quartzite countertops
  • Expectations / must-know for homeowners when it comes to remodeling
  • Working with contractors
  • Biggest return on investment when it comes to remodeling
  • Color & finishes selection
  • Working with color tones
  • What are tones
  • Design inspirations
  • Big trends coming up in 2016
  • Design pet peeves
  • Go to styling props
  • The business of home staging and the growth of home staging industry



About Carla

I’ve had my own business in The Woodlands since 2001 and now have the design studio of my dreams with a fantastic, supportive staff! We design all types of residential interiors for our wonderful clients, helping them create meaningful, beautiful, functional spaces to nurture their lives and loved ones.
Writing my design blog, Designed w/Carla Aston, has become my passionate hobby where I share my love of good design with others. Join in the conversation on my blog or follow me on my social channels to see what we’re up to in the studio!

Connect with Carla

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CarlaAstonDESIGNED

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Carla_Aston

Instagram: https://instagram.com/carlaaston/

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/carlaaston/

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/carlaaston

Also, Carla is currently writing some how-to design guides that will be referenced with her design philosophy tenets geared for the DIY-er and a new membership blog for her site for designers about business of interior design! Keep your eyes peeled for that.

Carla’s Work

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  • I cannot wait to listen! Carla Aston’s work is so good; I am a huge fan! And I was literally just looking for a podcast about design, but striking out (so I’m quite pleased to have now found yours).

    • Oh my gosh Carla, you are so kind! Design is also my fave subject 🙂 so I love that we can geek out over it on the podcast! It was such a pleasure to have you on the show. I love your work and your design sensibility. I have definitely seen designers who steamroll their clients, and I appreciate your approach very much. Plus, your studio sounds absolutely amazing and heavenly! A full bin of grays, yay!