Professional cyclist Lance Armstrong lives in a Spanish colonial-style house in Austin, Texas.
Of design, he says with a laugh, “I don’t know if I’m a pro, but I know I like it.”
“I’ll probably host a dozen dinners a year, and we’ll have appetizers or drinks in the living room,” says Armstrong, who hired Roy W. Materanek to give the interiors a smart, contemporary look. Over the mantel is a work by Andres Serrano. McGuire table lamps. A. Rudin sofas. Wood-frame chair chenille, Clarence House. Schumacher drapery silk.
Ryan Street & Associates, which overhauled the house, added a terrace looking out to the grounds, created by LandWest Design Group. Janus et Cie sofa and chairs.
Family photographs and a photograph by Danny Lyon, by the door, decorate the kitchen. Swaim barstools. Osborne & Little banquette vinyl. Vent and Viking range and microwave, at Abt.com. Kohler sinks.
A stone staircase—“a great architectural feature,” Armstrong notes—is visible from the family room. Materanek, who collaborated with his associate Jill Zamen, selected a range of “clean-lined furnishings and textural fabrics” for the space. Sofa from Jan Showers. Open-arm chairs from A. Rudin. Chair and ottoman fabric from Greeff. Rug from Patterson, Flynn & Martin.
Jerseys from the Tour de France, which Armstrong won seven times, from 1999 to 2005, are displayed in the media/game room. “He didn’t want them in a prominent place,” says Materanek. J. Robert Scott spotted pillow print. Dedar fabric on chair and ottoman in foreground. Pollack mohair on side chair. Great Plains wool on cocktail ottoman.
The pool cabana looks down a walk framed by cypresses. Janus et Cie chaise and table base. David Sutherland chairs and sofa, with Perennials fabric.
In the master bedroom is a photograph of the cyclist and his daughter Bella.
The painting by Antonio Más over the bed established the room’s palette. “I’ve always liked contemporary art,” says Armstrong. McGuire lamps. O. Henry House chairs, with Rogers & Goffigon fabric. Dedar bedcovering and bolster fabric; Glant headboard fabric. Drapery silk from Duralee; Great Plains sheer.
A fireplace warms the pool cabana, which is lit by Gothic-style lanterns.