As a professional beach volleyball player, Olympian Alix Klineman is always on the road. So far, in 2021, she’s traveled to Qatar, Mexico, Russia, and the Czech Republic for tournaments. “This year has been hectic,” she tells AD. “Even when I am here, my days are super long.” And now with the Tokyo Olympics just around the corner—where she’ll make her debut with her volleyball partner, two-time Olympian April Ross—Klineman likely won’t be getting a break anytime soon.
But when she isn’t on the sandy court, the 31-year-old star athlete enjoys spending time with her fiancé, retired NHL pro Teddy Purcell, at his contemporary house in Hermosa Beach, California, which she moved into last summer after helping him renovate it.
The newly engaged couple—Purcell popped the question on their rooftop deck in June—enlisted interior design duo Lori Teacher and Monique Blum of Lo + Mo Design to redecorate. They were able to “warm up the house quite a bit,” Klineman says, noting that “everything turned out better than we could have imagined,” especially the kitchen.
For Klineman, having a big enough space to make her favorite meals “was a really huge focus.” The space was outfitted with dark-colored cabinetry, white marbleized countertops, and top-of-the-line appliances that are constantly put to use. Klineman’s favorite dishes to cook are homemade pasta and risotto, with Purcell helping out as her sous-chef sometimes. “That’s a fun thing for us to do together at the end of the day,” she says.
Purcell also had some requirements. “I was adamant about having a wine fridge and a little bar that’s not in the kitchen,” explains the former Los Angeles Kings player. “We love to entertain, but I don’t want to be in Alix and her friends’ space when they’re cooking. So I like to hang out in the bar and the small island, play tunes, and watch.” Adds Klineman, “It was really important to us for it to feel like there was space for everyone to coexist without stepping on each other’s toes.”