Ayesha and Stephen Curry pay tribute to a nostalgic trend with this statement outdoor piece

The couple revived a retro-inspired print in time for al fresco season – adding visual interest without overwhelming their space

Ayesha and Stephen Curry
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The Bay Area's favorite power couple, Stephen and Ayesha Curry, have been decorating with checks – a vintage print rooted in nostalgia. 

Golden State Warriors player Stephen and his actress wife Ayesha is used to making headlines in sports and the silver screen, but recently, they've turned their attention to (unintentionally) inspiring our decorating decisions – including outdoor furniture. Or, in this case, checkered patterned furniture. 

Pictured on their patio, Ayesha is seen standing next to an outdoor sofa – printed in a nostalgic light gray check. The pattern instantly evokes memories of bygone summers – but this light-gray colorway brings it firmly to the contemporary day. Is it enough to start a new outdoor furniture movement, however? Design experts suggest so. 

According to Etsy’s trend expert Dayna Isom Johnson, vintage patterns, much like this check, are in growing demand this 2023 – especially when it comes with a modern twist like Ayesha and Stephen's pared-back gray sofa.

'Old school patterns are showing up in new ways, as younger generations of Grandmillennials and Cottagecore-enthusiast Gen Z shoppers seek to create cozy, eclectic and nostalgic interiors,' she says. 

Dayna Isom Johnson
Dayna Isom Johnson

Dayna Isom Johnson is Etsy's trend expert with over a decade of experience unearthing the latest and chicest styles. She is unwavering in her pursuit of new and unique finds and is passionate about helping shoppers find exceptional pieces that showcase their personal style.

'These patterns bring an air of sophistication and refinement to contemporary spaces while maintaining a sense of playfulness and individuality,' Dayna comments.

 And this translates beyond garden trends and in terms of interiors, too. 'In the last three months, we've seen a staggering  1,041% increase in searches for embroidered botanical items, while searches for vintage wallpaper are up 162%,' she says, as another example of another classical revival. 

In specific terms of Ayesha and Stephen's sofa trend, however, Dayna is not alone in her admiration. 

'Checkered pattern is considered a classic print, and I could see it trending this summer. Classic patterns become timeless, and when properly used in a space, you can create both a modern or traditional aesthetic,' adds Las Vegas-based designer Monica Rivas.

Ayesha and Stephen Curry

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To style a sofa like Ayesha and Stephen's, the designer recommends pairing it with dark green accents (through plants), just as the couple has done. 'Meanwhile, accent pillows with small textured patterns would pair well with clean, sleek line furniture for a nice modern look.' 

Decorating with checks is a wonderful way to bring color and pattern into the home. With designs ranging from buffalo plaid to tartan, checks are incredibly versatile as they work with so many other prints and can complement both traditional and contemporary schemes.

Megan Slack
Head of Celebrity Style News

Megan is the Head of Celebrity Style News at Homes & Gardens. She first joined Future Plc as a News Writer across their interiors titles, including Livingetc and Real Homes, before becoming H&G's News Editor in April 2022. She now leads the Celebrity/ News team. Before joining Future, Megan worked as a News Explainer at The Telegraph, following her MA in International Journalism at the University of Leeds. During her BA in English Literature and Creative Writing, she gained writing experience in the US while studying in New York. Megan also focused on travel writing during her time living in Paris, where she produced content for a French travel site. She currently lives in London with her antique typewriter and an expansive collection of houseplants.