Colorfully Collected at Austin

“Take the time to collect pieces that reveal you, and take care of them,” says designer Esther LaVonne. “They will look great in almost any area you reside in.” She comes across the very same challenges as other homeowners, but does her best to employ her personal style philosophy within her modern tri-level at the heart of downtown Austin. “Mix it up” She states. “It’s all about creating different layers within the space through various styles of furniture, bold color palettes and one-of-a-kind pieces”

at a Glance
Who lives here: Designer Esther LaVonne and her Boston terrier Jovie
Location: Five blocks from downtown Austin and Town Lake. “I love that I can jog in the mornings and wander into concerts in the evenings,” she states.
Size: 1,300 square feet, 1 bedroom, 1 bath
Designer/Builder: Dean Van Landuyt

Kara Mosher

The living space has a very open design, with windows on all three walls lending views of downtown Austin. LaVonne’s aesthetic is brilliant and funky, very similar to her favourite designer, Los Angeles-based Kelly Wearstler, whose style is classic, edgy and hot all at one time.

LaVonne has always known she wanted to own a design firm. She states, “I literally called a lady that owned her own firm 12 times right when I graduated so that I could begin working for her and learning the ropes. Three decades after I was prepared to begin my own firm.”

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Kara Mosher

The contemporary black cone alloy ottomans from the corner are from outlet decor stores. The ottomans were originally green and blue and LaVonne gave them a coat of green paint to match her decor. Her color placement is crucial in creating the space.

If LaVonne can change anything about the home it is to bring a balcony. “The big windows from the living space are fantastic, but it could be so good to slide them open as a way to work outside once in awhile”

Kara Mosher

Kara Mosher

Since LaVonne occasionally works out of home, having a coordinated and comfortable workspace is vital. One of her main design problems when moving in was figuring out which corner of the room could be her office area. “I wanted to get a opinion when I worked and I also wanted customers to have the ability to socialize with me if they stopped by,” she states.

The black-and-white Marilyn Monroe art print was updated with a red terry fabric mat when LaVonne transferred into her new home. Formerly, the crimson was hot pink.

The black leather upholstery for the Louis XVII seat for her desk is one of LaVonne’s biggest splurges for her home. Her dream piece for the house: “Certainly a daring, thick silk black-and-white striped Madeline Winerib 8-by-10 area carpeting. Those are the kind of rugs you maintain forever and move on to your kids. They’re beautiful handmade masterpieces.”

Kara Mosher

Kara Mosher

The coffee table in the living room holds many interesting pieces, giving guests a glimpse to LaVonne’s taste. “My personal style is influenced by bright colors, graphic patterns, ferocious lines and anything one-of-a-kind or unique,” she states. The red coffee table is from LaVonne’s Electric Expression line and the “Live,” “Work, “Produce,” prints are also LaVonne originals.

On choosing her color palette she states, “I have always loved red but I especially love the tones of colours in fashion recently are extremely intense. This can be exemplified in the color-blocking styles you see on road attire. The red I selected is a bright cherry vintage red and works nicely with all of the graphic black bits I have.”

Kara Mosher

Kara Mosher

LaVonne shares her space with Boston terrier Jovie. Jovie is as warm and welcoming as the home. The open area and light wood floors are perfect for a dog his size.

The golden yellow velvet loveseat is a Craigslist treasure LaVonne located in San Antonio. Its bold primary color and diamond tufting design serves as a focal point and sets the tone for the space.

Kara Mosher

The dining room is clean and inviting. The seats were a Craigslist find.

If LaVonne were to have any four people over for dinner she would have: Oprah Winfrey, Lady Gaga, Hillary Clinton and Iyanla Vanzant. This creative and unique group reflects the basis of her property.

Lamp, dining tabe, storage containers: Ikea

Kara Mosher

The next floor of LaVonne’s residence includes her bedroom and bath, and feels like a studio area. The big leaning mirror beside the sink keeps a clean and modern feel.

Kara Mosher

Although LaVonne loves her home, the one space she would revamp is the bedroom, which now serves as both a sleeping and music space. “I need a hot headboard and enjoyable nightstands. I’m working on a separate music space,” she states. “I want my bedroom to sense more amorous than just a place to generate music.”

Bedding and pillow covers: Ikea

Kara Mosher

The black armchair alongside LaVonne’s colorful closet fits the leather upholstered seat utilized as her desk chair on the next floor.

Kara Mosher

LaVonne’s kitchen cabinetry matches the light-colored wood tones from the hardwood floors throughout the space. Lots of natural light streams through the area, with windows on all sides offering views of downtown Austin.

Kara Mosher

This is LaVonne’s modern exterior. Even though she’s settled into her home, she states, “I shall really should change some of the artwork and pillows soon as my design eye becomes accustomed to details very fast. I need new fun pieces around me to inspire and maintain my job living!”

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Step-by-Step: Dress Your Home in Velvety Black

For one reason or another, black is a shade that seems rather daunting to function into an everyday setting. In spite of its prevalence in the world of interior design, committing to black could be difficult.

Maybe we have difficulty kicking the ingrained myth that it is going to take four coats of paint to reverse. Maybe it is a colour that reminds us of off-the-shelf networking furniture available at big-box shops. In any event, there is a reason behind the negligence, and I think it’s time to buck up and give it a try.

I have gathered a set of photographs together with the focus on adding black to a house in small steps, and I’m hoping to convince both you and myself that it is an easy colour to use. Incidentally, I’m planning on buying a gallon of paint this weekend. I suppose that means I’m officially convinced and prepared to take the dip.

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Pillow. A cushion enveloped in black is simple to change once the appeal has run its course, typically through a seasonal swap. Even though the pillow inside this photograph is the most obvious bit of black, notice that the colour is transported through the rest of the room, making a nice balance.

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Lamp base. Okay, this is a small accent, I understand, but even the very minimal inclusion of black can get you off to a good start. The best part is that you can paint a bit which you already have, and just repaint it if you do not like it.

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Frames. Black is the most frequent color seen in any framing aisle, making adding black frames the easiest way to integrate it in your living space.

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Chairs. Many seats can be found in both black or white, and I have a difficult time deciding which colour to go with — for some reason, white always wins. On the other hand, the use of black seats makes this kitchen seem much more sophisticated, and I’m all for spaces which seem like a million dollars.

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Artwork. When utilized at a large scale piece that overlooks the walls, black makes the space feel classy and refined.

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Chalkboard. If you are not certain of adding this type of daring color to your regular wanderings, a color of black which leans toward slate would be your thing to do. Keep it crisp and clean with a casual to-do record or let it become a feathery sheet of chalk dust.

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Salvaged furniture. I’m a massive lover of secondhand furniture and also have many such bits in my home. You can customize them with your own paint and hardware, making for a fun rainy day project. Also, note that the other uses of black in this space — the door, coat rack, frames and boot .

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Dining table and chairs. My fantasy table is one made of laminated timber set atop a beautiful steel base. Until this day, I could get down with a table. This dark table and chair set looks fantastic surrounded by an assortment of neutral tones.

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Accent wall. This ribbon of black makes the rest of the dining and living room a great deal more pronounced than a wall that is light would. A wall which doesn’t span across a lot of the flooring is an perfect spot to try this out.

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Bookcase. Now we’re moving into bigger dark swaths. The comparison of brightly-spined hardcovers appears spectacular in this stately grid of black. Maybe you already have a bookshelf in your home which could use a brand new winter coat.

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Floor. While it may be true that black flooring show dust over any other colour, this isn’t much of an issue in a kitchen that’s frequently swept and mopped. Oh, and notice how good the dark cabinets seem with it.

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Black partitions. The biggest commitment to the colour of night, wealthy black walls, feels cozy and warm in a space flooded with natural light. So go against the grain of typically used colours and measure into a pool of ink. Just be sure to use a finish that is matte rather than glossy to prevent potential eyesores.

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