Atop East Bay Hills, Williams-Sonoma Home’s Lainey Hollis and chef-author-lifestyle guru Ayesha Curry design a domestic slam dunk.
Throughout the thrilling 2015-2016 season, Ayesha Curry passionately cheered on her two-time MVP, NBA champion husband, Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry. But the hazel-eyed beauty, a former actress, knows something about being MVP herself. After all, she’s a devoted mother to two young daughters (Riley, 4, and Ryan, 1), and is the very definition of serial entrepreneur: She manages a lifestyle blog (ayeshacurry.com), a kitchen collection (olive oil, aprons), a YouTube cooking channel (“Little Lights of Mine”) and a food-delivery startup (gathermeals.com).
If that’s not enough to exhaust mere mortals, she is also just wrapping up her BBQ-centric pop-up restaurant, International Smoke, at the San Francisco test kitchen of Michelin-star chef Michael Mina. In September, the self-taught rising chef debuts her first cookbook, The Seasoned Life: Food, Family, Faith and the Joy of Eating Well (Little, Brown and Co., $27). And later this fall, she’ll star in a new Food Network show, Ayesha’s Homemade.
When it comes to home design, Ayesha proves her mettle as a team player, too. In April, the Curry family moved to Walnut Creek, where they reside in a 7,900-square-foot, Mediterranean-style manse designed by Lainey Hollis, vice president of product development for Williams-Sonoma Home.
“I wanted cool but functional,” Ayesha explains. “I worked very closely with Lainey, sending her ideas and working with mood boards she created, to achieve that look, which also expresses an elegant, welcoming homeyness.”
Surprisingly the residence is not (yet) tricked out with a basketball court. But, the two-acre property accommodates a 2,300-bottle wine cellar, media and billiard rooms, five bedrooms and four fireplaces.
Hollis integrated the Currys’ unique pieces “ranging from a framed heirloom rug they received as a wedding gift to Stephen’s MVP trophies,” she says, with furnishings from the Williams-Sonoma Home line. “Ayesha’s personal style inspired the design,” she adds.
The experience, says Hollis, was “incredibly collaborative.” Equestrian themes and artwork sourced by the designer are a nod to Ayesha’s passion for horses. Olive trees surrounding the home (one of Ayesha’s favorite elements of the property) sparked the overriding color palette.
The girls’ rooms and playroom are kitted out by another Williams-Sonoma line, Pottery Barn Kids, in soft pinks and purples, decorated with butterflies and even equipped with a kitchenette—just like mom’s.
In the Curry abode, home is where Ayesha is whipping up pan-seared steaks, her beloved go-to recipe. “We spend a lot of time in the kitchen entertaining family and friends,” she says. “My favorite room in our house is the breakfast nook because it’s framed by a wall of cherished family photos.”
Photography by Seth Smoot.
Written by Catherine Bigelow.