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Tour Broadway Star Heather Headley’s Perfect Private Escape

“I got played,” jokes Tony winner Heather Headley of the coach house her husband, retired New York Jets player Brian Musso, suggested they build next to their home in the suburbs of Chicago. The 2,100-square-foot structure was originally meant to be a recording studio, a gift from Musso to Headley, and a place where the actress and singer, who stars in Netflix’s Sweet Magnolias, could get creative.

“That’s how it started,” she says, “and then Brian went to, ‘I’ll get an office and then maybe I’ll do a movie theater in the basement so I can watch my golf.’ I was like, ‘I thought this was my space!’”

In the end, the three-floor structure, which is just steps from their main house, is filled with personal touches that represent them both, from the exposed wooden beams they bought from Alabama (where Musso’s father played college football, #22) to Headley’s Grammy Award, which casually sits on a shelf among plants and books.

The project broke ground in 2018, before the pair realized they were expecting their third child, and just wrapped up earlier this year. “I am not great with the process,” Headley admits. “Even in my theater work, I’m all about the show. Rehearsals drive me crazy. There were tough days [during construction] where I thought, ‘I’m just going to make it a swimming pool.’”

Thankfully, Musso and Headley hired a team that would let them, as Headley puts it, “sit in the audience and enjoy the artistry” while also staying true to the couple’s classic, unfussy style. Enter architect Walker Renneker of Tent Shop Design in Birmingham, Alabama, and Chicago-based interior designer Amy Storm, who took their direction to heart and created a light-filled sanctuary with nods to Headley’s Trinidadian heritage, and filled with neutral shades, because, as Headley says, “In five or 10 years, I still want to like this place.” Storm was even able to work in pieces the couple discovered themselves, such as a dining table they scored at Scott Antique Markets in Atlanta.

Tour Broadway Star Heather Headley’s Perfect Private Escape

<div class="caption"> To build a new coach house next to their main home, Broadway star Heather Headley and her husband, retired NFL player Brian Musso, brought on architect Walker Renneker of Tent Shop Design in Birmingham, Alabama, and Chicago-based interior designer Amy Storm. The new structure’s mansard roof loosely mimics the design of the property’s primary house. </div>

To build a new coach house next to their main home, Broadway star Heather Headley and her husband, retired NFL player Brian Musso, brought on architect Walker Renneker of Tent Shop Design in Birmingham, Alabama, and Chicago-based interior designer Amy Storm. The new structure’s mansard roof loosely mimics the design of the property’s primary house.

<div class="caption"> Benjamin Moore’s White Heron brightens up the living room, where a <a href="https://bernhardt.com/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Bernhardt" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Bernhardt</a> sofa mingles with <a href="https://www.stanfordfurniture.com/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Stanford" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Stanford</a> leather chairs and an <a href="https://www.interludehome.com/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Interlude" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Interlude</a> coffee table. The rug is from <a href="https://usa.armadillo-co.com/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Armadillo & Co" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Armadillo & Co</a>. </div>
<div class="caption"> Headley’s awards (including her Grammy) share shelf space with a collection of books, planters, star pods, and sculpture from <a href="https://amystormandco.com/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Amy Storm & Company" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Amy Storm & Company</a>. </div>
Headley’s awards (including her Grammy) share shelf space with a collection of books, planters, star pods, and sculpture from Amy Storm & Company.
<div class="caption"> The couple’s <a href="https://www.scottantiquemarket.com/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Scott Antique Markets" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Scott Antique Markets</a> find, an old fisherman’s table, is the centerpiece to a dining room, where a NanaWall door opens up to the great outdoors. </div>
The couple’s Scott Antique Markets find, an old fisherman’s table, is the centerpiece to a dining room, where a NanaWall door opens up to the great outdoors.
<div class="caption"> The Alabama wood that makes up the home’s beams appears again in the kitchen table. <a href="https://fourhands.com/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Four Hands" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Four Hands</a> counter stools and a <a href="https://katyskelton.com/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Katy Skelton" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Katy Skelton</a> light add to the ambience. The rug and baskets are from <a href="https://amystormandco.com/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Amy Storm & Company" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Amy Storm & Company</a>. </div>
The Alabama wood that makes up the home’s beams appears again in the kitchen table. Four Hands counter stools and a Katy Skelton light add to the ambience. The rug and baskets are from Amy Storm & Company.
<div class="caption"> <a href="https://www.tentshopdesign.com/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Tent Shop Design" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Tent Shop Design</a>’s open stairwell mimics the one in the main house. A Jan Pauwels chandelier hangs overhead. </div>
Tent Shop Design’s open stairwell mimics the one in the main house. A Jan Pauwels chandelier hangs overhead.
<div class="caption"> Musso’s <a href="https://www.instagram.com/restandrepine/?hl=en" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Rest and Repine" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Rest and Repine</a> desk sits atop an <a href="https://amystormandco.com/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Amy Storm & Company" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Amy Storm & Company</a> rug. The sconces are from <a href="https://www.visualcomfortlightinglights.com/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Visual Comfort" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Visual Comfort</a>. </div>
<div class="caption"> The guest bedroom features bedding from <a href="https://www.pompomathome.com/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Pom Pom at Home" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Pom Pom at Home</a> and pillows from <a href="https://amystormandco.com/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Amy Storm & Company" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Amy Storm & Company</a>. </div>
<div class="caption"> In the bathroom, a gray <a href="https://www.hollyhunt.com/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Holly Hunt" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Holly Hunt</a> wall covering sets a serene scene against <a href="https://www.annsacks.com/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Ann Sacks" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Ann Sacks</a> tiles. The mirror is from <a href="https://www.mirrorimagehome.com/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Mirror Image Home" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Mirror Image Home</a>, and the bath towel is from <a href="https://amystormandco.com/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Amy Storm & Company" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Amy Storm & Company</a>. </div>
<div class="caption"> A glass door with a metal frame lets light in. </div>

A glass door with a metal frame lets light in.

<div class="caption"> <a href="https://www.tentshopdesign.com/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Tent Shop Design" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Tent Shop Design</a> made the chairs in the lounge outside of Heather’s recording studio, where memorabilia from her past roles is on display. The table is <a href="https://www.selamatdesigns.com/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Selamat" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Selamat</a>; rug and pillows are from <a href="https://amystormandco.com/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Amy Storm & Company" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Amy Storm & Company</a>. </div>

The result? A bright refuge where visiting guests can sleep, the children can watch movies, Heather can record, and Brian can work.

And even though the coach house started as a space for just Heather, no one in the Headley-Musso household, which includes their three children, could have predicted what a special space it would be for everyone to share during quarantine. (Especially with that movie theater.) “It’s been a respite,” Headley says. “We’re all together, and there are definitely worse places to quarantine.”

Originally Appeared on Architectural Digest

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