When you imagine meeting a real-life, legendary Yankeeof the pinstriped, World Series-winning varietythere are many things you might envision happening. In all likelihood, none of them is this: having said Yankee walking toward you holding a manila folder overflowed with magazine clippings showing his favorite ...interior design ideas? I scour magazines for inspiration, said Jorge Posada, the half-Dominican, half-Cuban, Puerto Rican-born catcher who played with the New York Yankees for 17 seasons before retiring and moving with his wife, Laura, and two kids, 13-year-old Jorge Luis and 11-year-old Paulina, to Miami in 2010. Laura and I had worked with designers to decorate our homes in the past, but now we prefer to do it ourselves. We watched them and we learned.
Did they ever. The couples grand Coral Gables home, a three-story, waterfront beauty they decorated themselves, is an exercise in the art of blending elegant, classic style with homey, unpretentious comfort. We wanted a house our friends and family would feel good in, said Laura, who also hosts a lifestyle show, Manual de Supervivencia (Survival Guide), on the Fox-owned Spanish language network Utilisima. We wanted it to be peaceful and relaxing, but practical too. Case in point: the kitchen. We dont have a chef. I cook every day, explains Laura. So it was important for us to have an open kitchen because otherwise Id be locked up in there by myself. Married for nearly 15 years and famously family-orientedtogether theyve written two books: 2009s Fit Home Team, a healthy living guide for families, and 2010s The Beauty of Love, a touching memoir that chronicles their love story as well as their first childs battle with craniosynostosis, a rare birth defect that causes an abnormally shaped skullthe couple has carved out a delicious, new South Florida life at the center of which is the ability and the time to enjoy simple pleasures. I drive the kids to school in the morning and pick them up in the afternoon, says Jorge, who also steals away once a week to fly to Puerto Rico to play in a softball league with his childhood friends. In no hurry to decide whats next for his career, Im enjoying my time off, and after so many years of not being around, its really nice to get to do this. The Posadas invited INDULGE into their home for a first-ever look at their new Southern life.
So you designed the house yourself. Thats pretty brave.
Laura: Yes, we did. I take credit for the movie theater and the display case of all of his trophies and awards. I wanted Jorge to have all of his memorabilia in one safe, beautiful place. Honestly, I also didnt want baseball stuff all over the house! But Jorge is awesome at thisand he is the one who came up with the great wine display in the dining room as well as the idea for our bedroom.
Jorge: In the bedroom, its actually Jennifer Anistons bed! I saw it in an old Architectural Digest she was featured in and I loved it. We took the image and had one made just like it. If she only knew we have her bed!
Of all the houses you must have looked at when you were searching, what was it that made you say yes to this one?
Laura: We had seen so many we didnt like that I had all but given up. Then Jorge came home one day and said, I found a house! There wasnt even a for sale sign on it. I walked in and I was pretty negative, thinking this was going to be another one I didnt like. And in fact, I didnt like it. I walked around and said the kitchen is too closed up, the closet is too small, theres no open space. As it turned out the owner, who was also the builder, was right there and he said, We can fix all of those things.