La La Anthony is back where she started. Upon splitting from Carmelo Anthony, the actress and former MTV VJ purchased a new house in Brooklyn, the borough where she was born and raised. Anthony opened up the doors to the playful pad, which she shares with her teenage son, for Architectural Digest.
“I live in New York, which is a crazy city — it’s moving constantly. So when I go home, I want to have that moment where I can just exhale and feel relaxed and comfortable,” said Anthony. Along with decorator Nikki Chu, Z Gallerie and One Kings Lane, Anthony created a space that fuses her playful femininity with an edgy Brooklyn vibe. And with enough space to host her large family for visits, of course.
On the staircase, a photograph entitled “Untitled 2: Omo” by Drew Doggett, of an African woman with a piercing through her chin and these beads and necklaces around her neck, holds court. Anthony said the piece accentuates that part of the house, but also manages to catch her eye every day. “It’s just such a powerful piece. And it was really an important piece of art for me. It symbolizes power and strength, and it’s African,” said Anthony. The black-and-white piece stands out amid the playful pastels of the room.
The living room is a luxe oasis, where Anthony loves to hang out on her plush sectional couch. Surrounded by colorful pastel wallpaper, Anthony said the room’s vibe “makes you feel awake, fresh, and fun.” It’s all a part of embracing where she’s at in life, where the goal is to “surround myself with positivity and positive vibes.” With hardwood floors, a silver Timber coffee table, and a decorative Leopardo statue, the space embraces a glam ambiance while still being comfortable.
In her 14-year-old son Kiyan’s room, blue and white wallpaper works seamlessly with a series of Carmelo Anthony’s jerseys on the wall. “He’s going to high school, his dad’s jerseys are up on the wall, and his furniture feels a little bit more grown-up, but it still has the elements of a teenager’s room,” said Anthony. “He absolutely loves his room.” A leather bed and playful accents give Kiyan a space that he can grow into as he ages.
The dining room is another unique space, filled with metal and glass versions of a Tic-Tac-Toe board and Connect 4 board. While Anthony was skeptical if they would get used at first, she soon learned better. “Then people came over, and everyone was engaged in a Tic-Tac-Toe battle or Connect 4 battle. Guests sit there drinking, playing games, and laughing,” she shared. “That’s really fun for me.” It was all part of Chu’s mission to create a space reminiscent of a hotel lounge or lobby, where there’s plenty of seating.
“I really wanted to create a space for La La that was colorful, feminine, and chic,” says Chu. “The most important element that La La wanted in her home was to make sure that it was comfortable but also stylish enough to entertain. Providing enough seating in the dining area and a large sectional in her living room was a top priority for her.”