Building a palatial estate from the ground up isn't for every A-lister, but Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen couldn't be happier with their new home. In the October issue of Architectural Digest, the couple opens the doors to their lavish yet cozy digs. After finding the open lot more than six years ago, Tom and Gisele recruited architect Richard Landry and interior designer Joan Behnke to execute the vision for their home — one they insist is rooted in casual living. Sure, it includes a koi-fish-filled moat and square footage that could rival Versailles, but Tom says that over-the-top design was never part of the agenda. "We knew Richard and Joan could take us where we wanted to go without imposing a signature look. They understood that we wanted a comfortable house, not a style statement," says Tom.
A blend of three types of Texas limestone give the exterior walls a castle-like feel. To top it off, a bridge serves as a path to the front entrance.
In the kitchen, a backsplash made with antique Tunisian tile adds color while an oak island and textured brick ceiling lend a rustic touch.
The open-air architecture in this loggia strikes the perfect balance between indoor-outdoor living. We love how the paned doors look like giant windows!
To tour the rest of Tom and Gisele's home, visit Architectural Digest or pick up a copy of the October issue.