James Harden's sister is the real MVP—this much is clear after seeing the Rocket's recently redesigned Houston home. After turning 30 in August, Harden officially became a first-time homeowner, but the massive place was a totally blank canvas. So he enlisted his sister, AJ, to tackle the entire design in collaboration with CB2, the modern furniture and home decor brand that's oft-regarded as a cooler, younger version of Crate & Barrel.
AJ sought to capture her famously fashionable brother's playful, edgy sense of style in his new home—no small feat given its sprawling size. "I wanted to add a personal touch that other designers wouldn't be able to, because I am his sister, so I know him and I know what he likes," AJ told CB2. "We literally saw the house at the same time and we were like, 'oh my gosh, that's definitely it.'"
Just shy of 17,000 square-feet, the house, which sits on a 3.57-acre lot, was custom-built by Frankel Building Group in 2017 for a family who wanted it to feel like a boutique resort. And it does, thanks to eight bedrooms, seven-and-a-half baths (including a master with a 14-head shower), a giant kitchen (with two islands), a music/stereo room, bedroom balconies, and indoor-outdoor entertaining space with cabanas and a full entertaining bar.
The siblings reportedly both that the palatial home "kind of gave you a Miami vibe," AJ says, and they wanted the updated design to reflect that vacation-like feeling.
Enter stylish, contemporary CB2 pieces, including several from the CB2 + GQ collection—Harden is a frequent feature in the men's sartorial mag, after all, and even covered it in May 2018—and custom art, like the vibrant, high-gloss piece by Houston artist Adam Fein depicting said GQ cover with Harden in a wild Gucci ensemble photographed by Erik Madigan Heck.
Room to room, the place is pretty much a modern masterpiece. On the first floor, there's the den-slash-game room; a chill, cozy space with floor-to-ceiling windows, an oversized leather sectional loaded with chic throw pillows, a low cement coffee table, and a wire mesh credenza against a gallery wall of black-and-white portraits of cultural legends: Miles Davis, Jimi Hendrix, Karl Lagerfeld, Sade, Al Pacino, and Run DMC. Games, too, come in the form of a foosball table, executive leather punching bag, and an ultra-stylish leather basketball hoop. The latter, which CB2 describes as "hand-polished and fashion-inspired," seems near tailor-made for Harden.
Then there's Harden's favorite part of the house: the poker room. It's dark and moody with a show-stopping bar appointed with various CB2 glass decanters, aluminum barware, marble tools, square trays, and cheeky equine shot glasses. Monochromatic leather bar stools are part of the GQ collection; elsewhere, two luxe navy velvet chairs in a vintage silhouette sit atop a grey cowhide rug. Per Harden: "People will be like, 'why are these random blue chairs in here?' Well, they're dope to me, you know? I like it, and that's all that matters."
As for the poker room's requisite poker table, that's there, too, along with custom poker chips engraved with Harden's initial. Would you expect anything less?
CB2 also offered a peek into the home's more intimate spaces, like a glam guest room in shades of ivory, brass, and grey, outfitted with an acrylic canopy bed, low dresser, minimalist bench, geometric mirror, and alabaster lamp. Apparently, lucky guests in Harden's home also get their own private study and bathroom in a matching aesthetic; the master bath feels more masculine in contrasting black-and-white with touches of cowhide and dark marble.
The outdoor lounge area is AJ's favorite space, and she filled it with neutral teak furniture, nesting tables, and textured planters. Evidently, the result is Beard-approved. "I'm most proud of his reaction," AJ said. "Because he trusted me to do it and, I haven't received any negative feedback. He loved every room. And my mom, too—she's already trying to give me her house to design."
Because the Harden abode is essentially a CB2 showroom, you can officially (attempt to) recreate the space in your own digs—all his CB2 favorites are linked online, and prices range from $3.95 (cotton washcloth) and $5.95 (aluminum tumbler) to $2,199 (foosball table) and $5,198 (leather sectional).
"I mean, it's me, man," Harden said of his house. "You walk into the house and it's like, it's beautiful, but it has my touches on it."
Okay, now where's our invitation?