As a child, Jessie James Decker was a frequent visitor to the beaches of Florida’s Emerald Coast, and now as a mother of two kids with husband NFL player Eric Decker, she couldn’t wait to share the experience with her family. The singer-songwriter, who describes her style as sweet and Southern, had lots of ideas when she decided to update her 4-bedroom, 2-bath vacation home. To realize her vision, she turned to home decor site Joss & Main and their style director Donna Garlough, to help her create the perfect coastal vibe.
“For the living room, we took their basic, existing pieces like a slipcovered sofa and armchairs, and added depth with textured and patterned rugs and pillows,” says Garlough, who suggested shades of blue, sand and aqua as a nod to the location by the sea.
“When we are not out on the dock looking at the gorgeous view, we spend most of our time in the living area that flows into the children’s playroom,” says Decker, 28.
The neutral kid-friendly space, with a rocking horse and teepee to stimulate their imaginations, ties in with the theme of the rest of the house. Room accessories in the playroom include a mix of weathered wood framed art mixed in with personal photos for a gallery wall. A tip for creating a similar look is to arrange the art on the floor before hanging it up.
“I definitely don’t let small children prevent me from decorating the way I want to,” says Decker whose daughter Vivianne is 2, and son Eric Thomas II, 9 months. “It just means I have more soft Ottomans and baby gates covering fireplaces and stairs.” But she advises, “If you are desperate to have that piece of furniture that has the sharp edges, get rubber baby proof covers.”