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November, 2022 | D&J Editors

Celebrity IOU: Idina Menzel – Season 3, Episode 11

Idina Menzel’s Slam Dunk Reno

Performer, singer, songwriter, entrepreneur, and author Idina Menzel wanted to show her gratitude to her close friend James. He runs an acclaimed youth basketball program in Los Angeles that teaches kids, including her son, both game and life skills. James grew up in the Lower East Side of New York City and began playing competitive basketball at a young age. After losing both parents in a short span, he immersed himself in growing his program to help kids learn the sport and dream big.

Idina Menzel with Drew and Jonathan

James wished to build a permanent training facility at his new home where his students would have a safe place to hang out and practice. So Idina teamed up with us to gift James a space to review films, meet with his players, and simply relax. We turned his detached garage into a showstopping office that boasts a sleek kitchenette, comfortable seating area, modern bathroom, and unique basketball-themed wall mural.

Before & After

Fletcher 60″ Bathroom Vanity
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Design Highlights

Black kitchen with light wood cabinets

Grab Yourself a Bite

It was important to Idina that James had a space where he could both work with his kids and relax by himself. So, we included a sleek kitchenette with an induction cooktop. Whether he needs to feed a whole team or make a little snack, he can quickly grab necessary cookware in seconds. 

black and white bathroom

Marvelous Marble

Our next step was to install an additional bathroom for his players. Not only will this be more convenient, but the gorgeous black marble and brass accents make the design a slam dunk.  

mural in lounge area

Inspired Living

Last but certainly not least, there needed to be a hangout spot. While the comfy living room furniture and 60-inch TV are great features, the star of the space is the basketball-inspired mural that spans two walls. Striking and monochromatic, it perfectly captures James and his vision for his players.

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