Go Inside Brooklyn Decker's Comfortable Austin Home (She Designed It Herself!)
HELLO AND GOODBYE
No interior designer needed – Decker decorated the five bedroom, five-and-a-half bath home from top to bottom herself. "I love interior design more than a lot of things in life," she told MyDomaine. "I go on instinct. It's more emotional. Unless you have something very distinct in your architecture, I think there's room to experiment and play."
COOKIES AND CREAM
Decker had one vision in mind for her kitchen counters – think Oreos – and was dogged about making it happen. "I was looking for Arabiscato [marble]," she said. "I wanted it to look like cookies 'n' cream. You can't find it anywhere. We looked in England and all around the States, mostly online because I was doing it myself." But her worldwide search came up empty, until she got a tip about a marble yard in nearby San Antonio. "Basically, when I saw it, I hugged it. And I gave it a little gentle kiss."
The greyish-blue color on the kitchen cabinets was a product of trial-and-error. "I originally wanted to go all green – a very high gloss, creamy vibrant green," Decker said. "We couldn't find a color that worked. Then we tried several grays and ventured into the blue territory. When the marble came in, we realized how much it drew the blue and gray out of the stone. I don't know if it's a perfect match, but it was a lot of experimenting."
Decker looked for living room furniture that could hold up to their regular houseguests, plus a baby boy and their two bulldogs, Billie Jean and Bob Costas. "We have so many people kind of beating up on the furniture. It needs to be heavy," she explained. "I think that's where antiques are so wonderful. No matter how great construction is now, there's something about an antique that just holds the test of time."
The all-American couple (Roddick is the last U.S.-born male tennis player to win the U.S. Open, after all) needed a theme to match. "It's very all-American," Decker said. "A lot of wood, a lot of denim, a lot of natural elements, with a sense of humor."
A closer look at the art in Decker's home shows off her silly sense of humor, like the "farts" neon sign. But her design taste also skews traditional, like her floor-to-ceiling living room curtains. "The length of the curtain is a distinctly Southern thing. I said, 'There needs to be some formality in this house, and it will be in the length of my curtains.' It matters, and I made it count."
Decker stayed away from being overly feminine for the sake of Roddick ("I live with a very masculine dude. He doesn't love anything too precious."), but filled her pink quota with the fabric on the dining room chairs, which came from vintage Mexican serape blankets that she slowly collected. And Decker's brother actually built the dining room table, which has a chevron inlay. "That's a special one," she said of the table. "A lot of pieces in the house have a story and a history."
Her perfectly mismatched style extends to the bedroom, where a mostly white bed offsets a light-up orange arrow over the headboard. "There's really no rhyme or reason to it. I just pick what makes me happy," Decker said.
BLUE SUEDE SHOES
The blues throughout her home extend to Decker's closet. The white walls make the dark blue clothes jump out, complimented by the seersucker chair.