It’s yet another comfortable Sunday afternoon in her forties, and Serena Williams is lounging in her newly decorated home office on Zoom with her big sister Venus. It was only two months after the tennis titans faced off at the Top Seed Open in Kentucky, which was their first return to the field since the forced break due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The world-famous couple, who have played many roles in each other’s lives in the 23 years since their first match against each other – best friends, former teammates, contestants and longtime roommates – laughs as she reflects on the five-year journey. to collaborate on their biggest joint effort to date: designing Serena’s dream home.
After co-owning a property in Palm Beach Gardens where the Grand Slam duo have lived together intermittently since 1998, Serena dividing her time between Bel-Air second homes in Paris, she bought her own property on the edge of water, with a breathtaking view. in a coveted enclave north of Miami, minutes from Venus and their parents. To help make the home perfect for her own family, she naturally turned to V Starr, Venus’ world-class design company.
“I was stepping away from Venus for the first time in my life, so I wanted it to be really meaningful,” Serena says. While mixing family and business can be risky, the secret to their success as siblings and creative collaborators is simple: “You have to know your way. I am really good at tennis; I’m not so good at interiors. But I was able to learn just by looking at Venus.
As with any other client, Venus says, her priority was to fulfill Serena’s vision, who made a total of 180 during the design process. After purchasing the 14,500 square foot Spanish Mediterranean-style home, Serena’s traditional tastes suddenly felt out of step with this new phase of life. She credits her love of modern art and technology for ushering in a more modern, minimalist aesthetic. Then, of course, there was the budding romance with tech mogul Alexis Ohanian. The high-profile couple had only recently started dating right after Serena embarked on this massive real estate project, but Sonya Haffey, director of V Starr, said Serena’s future family goals were an integral part of her plans. design from the start.
Last July, after three years including a bowel renovation, Serena finally moved into the completely redesigned, state-of-the-art intra-coastal property with a husband and toddler. As the old saying goes, “If you build it, they will come.” Although, they all argue, it was mainly Serena’s singular imagination – with guidance from V Starr – that spearheaded the design.
“We had just met,” Serena says of Ohanian. “And I wasn’t going to be like ‘Hey, let’s do this together.’ It would have been really weird for him, “she said with a chuckle.” Yes. It would have been a little scary, ”Venus interjected.
While Ohanian played the supporting role in Serena’s more hands-on approach, one space the beloved father took the lead in perfecting was their three-year-old daughter’s bedroom. Both parents agree that the focal point of their entire home is Olympia’s custom-designed pink castle bed with a built-in slide and an equally spectacular and one-of-a-kind chandelier created by blown glass artist Josh Fradis. Indeed, it is perfect for a princess.
“She goes down the slide every night while we think, man, we shouldn’t have done this, because now at bedtime she just wants to slide,” Serena admits. “But whatever makes her happy makes me happy.”
While Olympia’s bedroom is arguably the most extravagant space in the house, Serena insisted on showing a little more restraint in other areas. The marriage of clean lines and upscale features with warm woods and relaxed touches that complement Serena’s laid back vibe has resulted in a cohesive visual narrative that embodies Serena’s newly evolved design aesthetic, which Haffey calls ” livable luxury, ”adding that the client was a well of creativity, serving as benchmarks for hotels she has stayed at around the world.