The bold architecture of Jane Mattlin's Bexley home called for sturdy furnishings.

She needed items that wouldn't disappear beneath the exposed rafters and beams in her lodge-like living room, and colors that would pop against brown tile and red-oak trim in her roughly 9,500 square-foot house.

As Mattlin explored decorating styles, she was drawn to the English Arts and Crafts movement. She connected with the concept of blending beauty and function, and with the help of a decorator sought out handcrafted pieces that met that criteria.

"Simplicity was very important," Mattlin said. "Not anything ostentatious."

Decorator Marianne Minister worked with Mattlin to achieve an interior look that is both practical and posh. Mattlin took a scholarly approach to the project. "She got interested in the architecture and the elements, and she kind of took off in her own world," Minister said. "It was fun."

Over the course of three years, the two collaborated to transform the home, which Mattlin, 55, shares with her 92-year-old mother, Betty, and 61-year-old brother Richard. The family moved into the home in 2006.

"I had always told her, 'When the time comes, we'll live together,' " Mattlin said about her mother. But, she added, "We needed a house where we could have our own privacy."

Many of the furnishings throughout the home are custom pieces hand-crafted by artisans, from the smoothly carved Swedish wood table that anchors the dining room to the imaginative bed made with branches from a fallen white birch tree.

"We listened to the house," Minister said. "We just knew the house was dictating heavier furniture."

Minister suggested a mix of earth-toned fabrics accented with red and gold in the great room-the main gathering place in home-to balance the masculinity of the architecture and give it a warm atmosphere. "We didn't want it to be stiff," Minister said.

Mattlin, an animal lover who rescues miniature schnauzers, wanted the decor throughout the home to be pet-friendly and to reflect her fascination with the outdoors.

Framed images of wildlife and nature, including landscapes painted by Granville artist Paul Hamilton and a wolf photographed by wildlife photographer Monty Sloan, hang throughout the house.

Windows along the back of the house overlook a stone patio and private garden. Lush trees and potted flowers help to soften the home's stone facade.

Floral designer Scott Taylor of The Avant Garden in Bexley helped Mattlin to blend the interior design with the outside landscape.

"It should be harmonious," Mattlin said. "That's what was unique about the (Arts and Crafts) period."