Serena Williams’ neutral balcony proves that mid-century modern design is here to stay

Tennis star Serena Williams shows that this popular design style will always be timeless.

serena williams at the met gala in 2021
(Image credit: Getty Images)

At Homes & Gardens, we have long been fans of Serena Williams' northern Miami estate. The Spanish Mediterranean-style interiors, designed by Serena's sister Venus Williams, are a seemingly endless treasure trove of design inspiration. 

From Serena's open-concept shower to the secret passage behind her living room, we can't stop discussing the Grand Slam champion's Florida house. Now, the tennis titan has casually revealed another perfect element of the home: her mid-century modern balcony.

Serena Williams poses casually next to the sliding glass doors of her balcony, wearing a green and yellow striped Gucci set and showing off her adorable baby bump. Behind her, we catch a glimpse of the Queen of Tennis' mid-century modern balcony. A natural-looking wood floor is surrounded by a glass and black metal railing. Serena's furniture includes a large circular stone coffee table, black metal chairs, and a beige planter in a shark rectangular style. The organic and modern elements of the balcony come together in a way that perfectly blends with the greenery outside the home.

'Mid-century modern homes have been trending for quite some time, and the style doesn't show any evidence of going away,' says Jennifer Ebert, design expert and Deputy Editor of Homes & Gardens. She goes on: 'The neutrality and focus on functionality within the mid-century modern style make it a timeless way to design your home. Serena has harnessed the evergreen elements of the midcentury style perfectly in this small and highly usable space.'

Jennifer Ebert
Jennifer Ebert

Jen is the Deputy Editor (Digital) of Homes & Gardens online. Before starting this position, she had completed various interior design courses at KLC Design School, as well as working across Ideal Home, LivingEtc, 25 Beautiful Homes and Country Homes & Interiors as an interiors writer.

'Many believe that the true spirit of mid-century design finds its most authentic expression in a compact balcony, owing to its foundational emphasis on space utility,' comments Artem Kropovinsky, Founder and Principal Designer at Arsight, an interior design studio in New York City.

'The essence of mid-century design lies in its embrace of simplicity, organic shapes, and the harmonious integration of nature. Its hallmark characteristics are sleek furniture, pragmatic layouts, and an ingenious utilization of space,' continues Artem.

Serena Williams has perfectly embodied these ideas with the design of her balcony which is perfect for observing nature, drinking coffee, sitting, and chatting. 

Artem Kropovinsky headshot
Artem Kropovinsky

Based in New York, Artem Kropovinsky, founder of Arsight, has a decade of extensive and considerable global design experience. Prioritizing minimalism, sustainability, and authenticity, Artem, alongside his team of professionals, works on projects in the US and worldwide.

Bringing ageless design to your home is easy with mid-century modern ideas like Serena's. Shop the tennis champion's coffee table as well as a similar planter and chairs below.

News Editor

I am a London-based News Editor at Homes & Gardens. My interests lie at the intersection of design and popular culture focusing on trends and celebrity homes. Before joining Future, I worked as a Content Writer and Communications Lead for Fig Linens and Home, a luxury linens and home interiors brand. I have a BA in Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence College and an MSc from the Oxford University Department of Anthropology.