Midcentury Austin Home Earns a Makeover

When designer Sharon Radovich was seeking to buy a home, it came down to two properties: a midcentury cottage that needed major work and a four-story condominium that had just new paint and carpet. “I decided to buy the run-down cottage,” she states. “I thought I would fix it up and flip it in three to five years, but 20 years later I’m still here!”

Radovich’s vibrant and modern style comes to life within her work at Panache Interiors, and she brought the exact same elegance to her own home. A boldly darkened living space, a whirlpool bath wall and a glowing pink ceiling assisted give the previously dilapidated cottage a new appearance.

in a Glance
Who resides: Sharon Radovich
Location: Austin, Texas
Size: 1,167 square feet; 3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom

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Radovich got creative with her small living room space by adding two swivel foldout chairs from Collectic Home. While they provide comfortable seating, in addition they fold to allow for more room.

A framed pastel titled “Victory Series,” by Kay Biggs, sits on top of this fireplace mantel. The surround is a polished absolute black granite, added by Radovich during the house’s first renovation.

Mirror: Lights Fantastic

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Deciding whether or not to tear the house down and start all over was Radovich’s initial design dilemma. Although she’d have loved a small, contemporary house with walls of windows, she ended up maintaining the existing house and renovating in two stages.

Her initial phase was refinishing the floors. Almost a decade later, she restored her kitchen, adding new tile, appliances and flooring.

A wall unit from Four Hands serves as the ideal place for keys when she gets home. Art by Austin artist Maxine Price frames the TV.

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This cozy sitting room with a leather loveseat from Four Hands sits just off the kitchen. Cheerful yellow horizontal stripes provide a background for an artfully centered painting by artist John Siebels. The contemporary pendant lighting is from Besa Lighting.

Painted stripes: Creamy and Torchlight, Sherwin-Williams; coffee table: Canton Flea Market

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The stripes wrap around the whole space, serving as a background for a wallpapered door comprising a Komar photomural embellished with Swarovski crystals.

Swivel leather seat: Austin Furniture Depot

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The home office features patterned wallpaper. Radovich and three of her Panache Interiors workers work from this office. Currently they’re working on a varied number of jobs, such as custom draperies, a Zen bathroom remodel plus a Moroccan-inspired formal living area.

Wallpaper: Gear Guild Productions SBK13601 by Como; Roman shades: Allen+Roth thermal blackout, Lowe’s; lamp: Ikea

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Next to the design group’s office is a guest room with a full size pullout sofabed. It gives a cozy place for Radovich’s nephews to stay when they visit. Over the sofa hangs a framed painting in the night market in Bangkok, Thailand.

Sofa: Collectic Home America; Paint: Dorian Gray, Sherwin-Williams; curtains: West Elm

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Radovich kept the original oak floors throughout the house and afterwards stained them a dark walnut. She painted the master bedroom ceiling a glowing pink to bring a female and fun signature. Radovich’s mother made the comforter that was bold that was vibrant.

Bed framework: O’Asian Furniture; side tables: Four Hands; lamp: purchased from customers; ceiling paint: Heart’s Desire, Porter Paints

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Along with the kitchen, Radovich renovated the house’s only toilet, adding new floors, a new dressing table from Ikeaand mosaic tile to give life to the room. Radovich prefers an all-white bathroom since it has a resort-like feel.

Shower curtain: Bed Bath & Beyond; floors: American Tile Stone Peak Touch Series, Snow; accent lighting: DAL Tile

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Radovich designed and studded this toilet wall, adding interest and pattern to an otherwise blank canvas. “I really like the drama of outsized graphics and picked a German-inspired pattern for this project,” she states. “Once the layout was applied to the wall, then I desired more impact than paint would provide.” Radovich summarized the pattern in chrome figurines to add dimension, texture and a bit of bling.

Silver pebble wallpaper: exclusive to Panache Interiors

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Radovich sits in her table when enjoying a book on design and a glass of wine. “My style is more expressive, artful and relaxed,” she states. “I design lavish yet livable spaces to get a sense of style and grace in everyday life.”

Chandelier: West Elm; window panels: Ikea; dining chairs: crocodile vinyl, Four Hands; table: Storehouse

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