Venus Williams has a pretty impressive résumé. The tennis superstar is also an entrepreneur, activist, clothing designer, best-selling author, Olympic-gold medalist and interior designer.
Her involvement with the latter began in 2002 when she started V Starr Interiors, a company that specializes in commercial and residential interior design.
The company's latest project (and first hospitality gig) was for the world-famous InterContinental Miami, a luxury hotel located right at the center of the city's financial and business districts. Williams' design of their two 3,300-square-foot, presidential suites, the Metropolis and the Royal Palm, were part of a larger, $30 million renovation for the luxury property, the hotel announced in a release.
While both suites have unique aspects, Venus looked to the hotel's location for the inspiration when designing the spaces. "The inspiration for the suites was really Florida," she says. "I really wanted it to have an impact on the story, so that way the guests could really feel connected to the hotel as well as the city."
The color scheme in the Royal Palm suite is very tropical, featuring mostly oranges, yellows and whites, while the Metropolis suite feels more modern, utilizing subdued colors such as gray and tan to give guests an urban city feel.
What do you think of Venus' latest project? Should she hang up her racquet and design full-time?