23-year-old Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers is one of the best, if not the best, players in the NHL. The first overall pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, McDavid signed an eight-year, $100 million contract extension with the Oilers in 2017, so he is not hurting for cash.
Which means that if he wanted to, he could certainly afford to hire an interior decorator for his 8,000-square-foot mansion in Edmonton.
Instead, McDavid let 23-year old interior designer Lauren Kyle deck the place out because, well, she’s his longtime girlfriend.
She made some, how shall I put this… interesting design choices.
And by interesting, I mean literally everything in the mansion is black and white. Everything.
Looks like @BarDown has discovered our feature on the home of a certain Connor McDavid, from July. The photos were taken by @paul_swanson_ and the words were from @CarolineGault.https://t.co/lc67aCkYo4
— Edify Magazine (@EdifyEdmonton) November 24, 2020
Caroline Gault of EDify took a little tour of McDavid’s place earlier this year and it’s quite a scene, man.
She wrote up a nice piece on the home, which had to be difficult, because THE WHOLE PLACE IS BLACK AND WHITE.
Gault wrote, “When asked to describe the interior in three words, Kyle says, ‘Tactile. Intimate. Hub.'”
AND BLACK AND WHITE!
connor mcdavid got a house with the most threatening aura known to man pic.twitter.com/TTq0BtuIK4
— sarah (@claudgiroux) November 24, 2020
The house has an open-concept kitchen with a sculptural-looking island made of Calacatta Porcelain that Kyle claims is used for “grounding and balancing the space.”
Downstairs, there are three large-scale Ralph Ueltzhoeffer portraits of Andy Warhol, Jimi Hendrix and Jack Nicholson, each composed of thousands of tiny words. The iconic faces gaze upon a cozy lounge and a frosted glass orb Apparatus Studio chandelier that dangles over the pool table, setting a playful tone to an otherwise moody, masculine room. “I wanted it to feel like a speakeasy separated from the other rooms of the house in style, because it should have its own feel,” explains Kyle. “I find, generally, that basements are so boring, and no one utilizes them well.”
Down here, Kyle scores top points for utilization. It’s where they play basketball and pickleball on that sports court (similar to the rest of the house, the sports court is also monochromatic), and they regularly hit the gym and steam shower. In the evenings, they watch movies in a theatre room that brings new meaning to the phrase, “staying in.” Equipped with custom sound paneling by Edmonton’s Eldrick Upholstery + Interiors, the room’s finishing touch is the black, movie theatre-style popcorn machine in the corner.
Of course it’s black. The WHOLE HOUSE IS BLACK, and white.
Connor McDavid’s new murder/torture/secret lair home fits his creepy demeanor perfectly— 🅱️rendan (@BrendanFretwell) November 24, 2020
She also made sure the closet attached to the master bedroom that has glass doors.
“I find it so helpful to have a glass front to the closet […] then you see all your basics, your blouses and your coats,” said Kyle. “It’s just so much easier to pull it all together because you can actually visualize it.”
I feel you, Lauren. I feel you. No. Wait. No, I don’t!
Interior Designer: So, Connor, what kind of aesthetic are you looking for in your new home— åwebster84 (@awebster84) November 24, 2020
McDavid: Well it’s just a team effort. We just have to keep designing hard, keep doing the little things and that hard work will pay off
Interior Designer: ...
connor mcdavid said if I can't live in a cold damp basement I will make the entire home a cold damp basement instead https://t.co/CaW3kxBPxI— golf hate account (@slut4pld) November 24, 2020
if i was connor mcdavid and i logged on to see people roasting my expensive home i would still be in an expensive home— lmao (@ElyseBee) November 24, 2020
This is true.
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