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At Home with Jessie James Decker
For country music star Jessie James Decker and her husband, New York Jets wide reciever Eric Decker, football season means decamping from their home in Nashville to New Jersey. The pair's spacious and light-filled house is a stunner, but until very recently, it wasn't exactly homey. "When we're here it's just all about football season," Jessie tells PEOPLE. "So when Target asked if they could come and decorate one of my houses I was like, 'New Jersey!' This place needed so much love."
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Making the House a Home
"I had a couch, the ottomans and the bigger pieces," she explains, but the bare essentials needed a big assist. Target brought in accent furniture and accessories, and gave the place an overall zhoosh. "They tied in all the pieces I had and made them make sense and feel cozy, and added colors and textures I never would have thought." Now, the warmth doesn't just come from the fireplace.
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The Makeover Takeover
Decker gave the design team total control based on one important qualifier: "They all looked really cute and dressed well, so I knew they were going to make my place look really great," she explains. "I just said 'do your thing.'"
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A Little Bit Country
For the record, the singer labels her style as "pretty but rustic, with a big splash of glam." The faux-fur accents in the living are a favorite for fitting both. "That is me," she says. "If you see my house back in Nashville there is faux-fur everywhere. It's just such a pretty mixture together."
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In addition, to many a football-viewing fete — "Before I had kids I hosted all the wives here. Now, it's usually me curled up on the couch" — Decker loves to entertain friends and family. "That is my thing. I know how to throw a party. I'm Italian, but I'm also Southern so I want to feed people and make it as comfortable as possible," she says. Platters and serving dishes set out in the dining area and on side tables and ottomans allow guests to serve themselves.
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The Trouble with Trophies
In the dining area, Decker faced a design element that was initially out of her "French Country" comfort zone. "When I saw the little animals just sitting on the table, I was kind of like 'I wonder where those are gonna go,' she recalls. "But as soon as they started placing them on the wall, I was like, 'Nail 'em in. Keep them. I love them.'
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Taste Runs in the Family
As for her husband's take on the newly decked out space, she says, "He will absolutely love it. The great thing about us is we have identical taste." He also breaks a few jock stereotypes with his love for design. "People wouldn't think of him that way because he's a football player, but he is a very creative person. He has excellent taste."
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