When you think of NFL superstar Danny Amendola, the likely image is of a man with Don Draper who looks like he’s sprinting around the field, football in tow. When you think of Danny Amendola, the interior designer, think of a man with a Don Draper aesthetic, outfitting his newly completed Austin home.
The space, much like its 35-year-old owner, who in 2017 became the first NFL player to be signed by Ford Models, is laid out without being pretentious. The decor, with its dark brown wood, clean shapes and retro patterns, is trendy but not too trendy. It doesn’t seem like it’s being experienced by someone trying to be someone they’re not. “I had a lot of inspiration for the house when I was in Palm Springs,” Amendola explains to A D. “I was in a Bing Crosby house for a Coachella night, and I just loved it. It was a mid-century modern ranch house, and every room I walked into really gave me, you know, a kind of vibe that I haven’t experienced anywhere else.
These vibrations are what Amendola was trying to recreate in his own home. “What I wanted to do here was create depth and weight with the different textures we used. There is a lot of steel on the walls at the back and heavy tiles for part of the living room to add more warmth, to make it anchored, defined. The way Amendola talks about interior design certainly isn’t what one would expect from an NFL superstar. But the two-time Super Bowl champion knows exactly what he’s doing when it comes to arranging a space.
“The way Danny viewed the design of his home is really a reflection of him as a person,” said Lisa Sherwood, a close friend of the NFL star from her college days who now works in the immovable. Sherwood’s career and own expertise have made her the perfect person to turn to Amendola for home design advice. “I helped him by giving him confidence here and there, and by bringing in Tray [Toungate] as architect for the renovation, ”explains Sherwood.
Toungate, Sherwood and Amendola got to work renovating the house (which was built in 1968) and within a year the job was done. “Our main priority was to make sure this house had an identity. ” Toungate said. “Like, this is Danny’s house. It must sound like Danny and his vision, right? He was instrumental in the process, and almost everything you see in the project bears Danny’s fingerprints.