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James Harden’s Home Court

That time we helped the all-star and style icon design his new digs

James Harden style at home with CB2

James Harden’s presence looms large — and we’re not just talking about his height or his beard. The league MVP has personality and style to spare, so when he turned 30 and officially became a homeowner for the first time, he wanted a space that looks as good as he does, on and off the court.

Luckily, James had the perfect collaborator in his sister AJ, who was in charge of designing his entire home (and it’s not exactly a small home). She had a feeling she’d need some help with a project this size, and thought we’d be the perfect collaborator to capture James’s edgy, playful style at home. And, well, we agreed.

Since James is so into fashion, we knew we wanted to work in pieces from the CB2 + GQ collection, plus a few other favorites to capture that signature James Harden style. We worked with AJ to transform the blank-slate property into a stylish home worthy of a star athlete, and now that James is back in Houston for basketball season, he can fully enjoy the fruits of his sister’s labor.

James Harden style at home with CB2

The property is sprawling and resort-like, befitting both its new owner and Texas location (everything is bigger there, after all). “I wanted to add a personal touch to [the home] 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 us. “We literally saw the house at the same time and we were like, ‘oh my gosh, that’s definitely it.’”
James Harden style at home with CB2James Harden style at home with CB2
The standout of the home might be the poker room — or at least, it’s James’s favorite. The showstopping bar provides a perfect backdrop for darts and Texas Hold ‘Em. And if you fold early, the navy velvet Gwyneth chairs provide a comfy spot for even the tallest athlete to chill out for a bit. Plus, as James puts it, “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.”
James Harden style at home with CB2

In true James Harden style, he has custom poker chips engraved with his initial.

James Harden style at home with CB2
Or maybe the crown jewel of the expansive property is all the indoor-outdoor space, perfect for enjoying Houston’s temperate climate during the winter basketball season. Because James travels so much, he’s seen his fair share of hotels — and both he and AJ fell in love with the boutique resort vibes of this particular property when they saw it together. “The whole setup in the house, from the bedroom to the balcony, that’s my favorite,” AJ says. “Even though it’s in Houston, it kind of gave you a Miami feel. So you kind of wanted it to be like at a resort. That’s what I wanted to go for, I wanted to capture that feeling.”

James Harden style at home with CB2

James Harden style at home with CB2
James Harden style at home with CB2
James Harden style at home with CB2
Of course, working for your family isn’t without its challenges. “My brother is one of those people who feels like everything should be in there the same day,” AJ laughs. “He’s one of those that he wants it now, so [my time] was my biggest challenge.”

The end result was well worth it, though. “I’m most proud of his reaction,” AJ says. “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.”

James Harden style at home with CB2

Inside and out, the home is big on comfort and has plenty of space for James to kick back (when he’s not working out, at practice or on the road for a game, that is). On the first floor, we worked with AJ to transform one of the rooms into a comfy-chill den-slash-game room, complete with a foosball table and oversized leather sectional to stretch out on.
James Harden style at home with CB2James Harden style at home with CB2
Now that he’s in Houston full-time for the season, James (finally) has a place to call his own where he can really get comfortable. “This home feels like a home,” AJ says. “[He has] a home base and a place that really feels like him. It reflects him and his personality.”

As for how James would describe his new place? One word: #schwaaag.

James Harden style at home with CB2

“I mean, it’s me, man. You walk into the house and it’s like, it’s beautiful, but it has my touches on it, you know?”
— James Harden

GQ cover photo courtesy of Erik Madigan Heck; painting by Adam Fein

For even more eye candy from James’s Houston home, including a glam guest room and spa-like bathrooms, check out the gallery below. Plus, you can shop his CB2 favorites right over here.

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