With at least 41 away games per year, any pro baller would be psyched to get some post season quality time in their own bed. But after a recent car accident, Houston Rockets player Terrence Jones found a whole new appreciation for his home and the family he entertains in it.
The accident “really made me feel more blessed just about where I am and what I get to do,” Jones says.
With his busy schedule—his team is currently competing in the NBA Playoffs—Jones hadn’t found time to do anything with a room that had been sitting empty in his home for more than a year. So he asked Laurel & Wolf designer Lucinda Pace to coach him through the process of turning the blank canvas into a man cave. His one request? A pool table.
Pace created a clean cut modern space with rich materials like chrome, lucite and ebony. “Terrence and I agreed that the man cave would encompass a color palette in the vein of the team colors of the Houston Rockets,” she remarks. She also chose furniture that would be comfortable for his massive 6’9” frame, adding leather directors stools and a suspended ceiling fan modeled after a retro motorcycle engine.
Pace brought Terrence’s love of basketball to life with a specially commissioned painting of a crew sporting Nike Jordan’s by street artist Josh Webb, also known as Joe X2.
“She did a really good job turning the room around and making it feel modern and homey,” Jones says. “I’ve been able to spend plenty of time with my family and friends just watching TV and playing pool.”
Perhaps the most apt piece in the room though is a neon sign with The Notorious B.I.G.’s famous lyric, “It was all a dream.” The iconic hip hop song celebrates Biggie’s success and the life it enabled him to provide for his family. Jones’s own hard work got him this beautiful home and now he has a space to share with his nearest and dearest.
Design by Laurel & Wolf’s Lucinda Pace. Photos by Dustin Walker.