There’s an elephant in the room, or rather on the wall at Devall Design Home.
The life-size digital photograph was snapped by a noted wildlife photographer, says Susan Devall, who commissions wall art for her clients.
Also on view at her new store at 562 N. Larchmont Blvd. is Moroccan-style patio seating made of cement with accent pillows.
The Norton Ave. resident designs homes, inside and out. She builds cabinets and makes lamps with a new take on the old. An original worktable of weathered wood and steel legs serves as inspiration for book cases, tables and counter tops.
Her grandmother’s 1950s sofa finds new life in a style in her custom line, while Italian leather ottomans are hand-stamped with a pot leaf design. “They are popular with young executives,” she says.
Recycled car seat belts are reborn as upholstery for a surprisingly sleek and stylish chair.
“I’m a big reclaimer.”
She also frequents estate sales, says the designer who branched out on her own 17 years ago after getting her start at Ethan Allen.
Growing up in Arizona and Detroit she learned young from her parents: professionals who were also do-it-yourselfers. “We had 10 to 12 rare antique cars,” she recalls.
She learned to tan leather, build furniture and other skills, which today she calls on a team of craftsmen to execute.
Her work—from a smooth concrete-poured tub to vintage iron fence panels that diffuse a modern skylight—has been featured on houzz.com.
She left her longtime base in the Hollywood Hills for Larchmont, because “I wanted a sense of community.”
Gifts and accessories include ceramics made of volcanic clay, Swedish organic apothecary and an artisanal candle line. Visit devalldesignhome.com.