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The color black is liberally used in a newly

designed home in Deep Eddy. Page 52

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Pops of color in the

open living-dining space
(opposite page, top; far
right) give the home
a modern look thats
not cold; horizontal
lines are common
throughout the house,
even on the exterior
(opposite page, bottom);
both the porch (below)
and master bedroom
(near right) enjoy plenty
of natural light.

The homeowners love color, Cravotta says,

so creating something that was tasteful and
modern and still relatively quiet while bringing
in pops of color was important.

No Small We focused on being efficient with space

and on traffic patterns, Cravotta says. The
looks good from a distance and up close and
has a nice tactile quality.
ample counter space and a pantry tucked
behind frosted doors.

homeowners love color, so creating some- Cravotta also designed several pieces of The master bathroom also has become a
thing that was tasteful and modern and still furniture in that room, including the sofa favorite of the homeowners. It features a huge
relatively quiet while bringing in pops of color table and end table. skylight that allows in natural light, marble
was important. The living room extends visually into the countertops and mother of pearl hexagonal

A couple downsizes and changes their The result is a 2,500-square foot home
where lines, textures and color comple-
porch, which is surrounded on one side by
floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors and on
tile, giving the owners the sparkle they desired.
The master bath is on the second floor,
design style and couldnt be happier ment each other on every surface and bring the other by a wall of windows that includes so the view out of the big window is a tree,
BY KATE HARRINGTON continuity to the spaces. Two areas of the retractable glass. That glass can slide down says the homeowner, who wanted to remain
house stand out and are where the home- on pleasant days, so that a breeze can come anonymous. The window brings in a ton of
ownsizing can be difficult. Downsizing and remaking the owners tend to gravitate: the living room and through the screens, or slide up when the fam- light, but theres also privacy. Its like youre

D look of your entire home can be even more so. But when
one couple decided to sell their traditional, 6,000-square
foot home in West Austin and build a new abode in Deep
screened porch, where geometric splashes
of color help make for a modern look that is
still welcoming.
ily is away or the weather is bad. A fireplace
on the porch makes it a space for all seasons.
As in the living room, Cravotta again used
in a treehouse up there. Sometimes you dont
even have to turn on the lights.
Throughout the home, Cravotta used natural
Eddy, they turned to interior designer Mark Cravotta and others to put The living room features a combination of horizontal lines in different colors and tex- materials that are inherently stain-resistant
together a modern, smaller home that still packs a big punch. black granite and vertical oak strips dyed black tures in the porchwood planks on the and easy to maintain. That way the homeown-
The coupleempty nesters who desired to live closer to the hike-and- around the television, speakers and fireplace. ceiling and walls, and limestone strips on the ers, who foster dogs, are able to blend beauty
bike trail along Lady Bird Lakewanted an easy-to-maintain home with a The black granite and oak strips, Cravotta says, floorto draw the eye across the space. The and practicality.

modern and open design. Cravotta, along with Barley Pfeiffer Architecture help the space not look visually chaotic. wood planks on the ceiling extend all the way Says the homeowner, Were constantly
and builder Risinger Homes, helped bring that vision to life with a home All the surfaces are tone on tone, he says. into the kitchen as well, a space with plenty amazed that theres not a thing wed change
that offers plenty of thoughtful details, custom design and an airy flow. It created a pleasing, monolithic texture that of natural light that is clutter-free thanks to in this house.

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