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Set in Stone

Austin’s most sought-after boutique designer, Duffy Stone, talks color, fashion and her big year.

Duffy Stone

The red-headed designer’s personal look fits her playful aesthetic, which is on full display at Olive in East Austin. 


Austin designer Duffy Stone is known for her bold, liberal use of color: Think an accent wall of oxblood carpet, allover cobalt carpeted floors and sherbet-toned fitting rooms. “Color is the fastest way to make a space your own,” says the designer, who’s responsible for the vibrant interiors of many of Austin’s retail hot spots, including Olive, Esperos Soho, Esby and Beehive. “It’s my job as a designer to push clients and introduce them to ideas that will make their space one-of-a-kind.” Stone developed her design chops in California after attending design school in Long Beach. “I always try to incorporate that naturally California-cool vibe in my work,” she says, though the Dallas native made it back to Texas soon after graduation. This effortlessly cool California style is perhaps most evident in her design of Esby. The cozy South Austin storefront fits right in with the brand’s monochromatic, pared-down aesthetic, with cement floors, unfinished woods and white brick walls—a departure from Stone’s usually multicolored work. “It’s an exciting challenge to work and collaborate with so many styles, but I always find a way to leave my stamp somewhere in the mix,” she says. Although her bread and butter is boutique design, she is quick to work with residential clients who share her “not-so-serious” design philosophy. This past year, Stone designed Olive’s second outpost in New York City, launched an expectedly colorful line of throw pillows at Austin’s Wildflower Organics and embarked on a retail project in Los Angeles. She also had her first baby, Sonny. In spite of all the changes, Stone has no intention of slowing down. “Meetings are starting later now,” she says, “and you can expect to hear a little baby coo in the background of our phone calls.”