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Tour Jenni Kayne’s Rustic & Airy Cali Home

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Comfortable yet chic, simple yet refined, sophisticated yet livable—the same words used to describe Jenni Kayne’s clothing line apply just as much to her amazing home. “I’ve always decorated my own places, so I know what I’m doing, even though it’s not my full-time job,” says Kayne. She even thought she might become a decorator at one point but admits, “I don’t have the patience to do it for other people.”

Residing in the same Los Angeles neighborhood she grew up in, Kayne and her husband have fashioned the house of their dreams. “Whether it’s art, food, or furniture, we always choose the same things,” she says, explaining how gut renovation and personalizing from the ground up actually came second nature to them. Determined to impart a “modern-meets-farmhouse vibe,” they made soaring glass windows and beautiful beams of reclaimed barn wood the bones of this sanctuary, where they reside with their two young children and their Labradoodle puppy, Chachi.

The Grand Entrance 

“I wanted the house to feel very California,” explains Kayne, who used native grasses and shrubs to lead the way in, while a grove of olive trees greets you when you head out back. As you enter the living space, the indoor rooms gracefully unfold on either side, as does the couple’s enviable art collection. “One of the hardest parts of collecting art is finding things we love that also feel right in our house,” she says.

A vintage Chinese rug and a Danish chair Kayne’s husband owned when they first met are simple comforts warming up the expansive foyer. Mercury-glass exterior lighting is simple yet stunning.

A vintage Chinese rug and a Danish chair Kayne’s husband owned when they first met are simple comforts warming up the expansive foyer. Mercury-glass exterior lighting is simple yet stunning.

Above a wabi-sabi-style bench, a gallery wall of small-scale art (tied together by the black frames) lies just inside the entry. Works radiate from the central spiral ink drawing by Raymond Pettibon.

Above a wabi-sabi-style bench, a gallery wall of small-scale art (tied together by the black frames) lies just inside the entry. Works radiate from the central spiral ink drawing by Raymond Pettibon.

Inspired by the work of French designer Christian Liaigre, Kayne sourced all the wood in the home from an Amish barn in Pennsylvania.

Inspired by the work of French designer Christian Liaigre, Kayne sourced all the wood in the home from an Amish barn in Pennsylvania.

The Living Room 

A true great room, the main living space was a challenge to decorate due to its overwhelming scale. “We had to source mostly new furniture to match the proportions of the architecture,” Kayne says. “Nothing fit when we moved in; everything was too small.” Believing “you don’t know what you need until you live in a space,” she gave herself time, living for nearly a year without a coffee table. “We had very young kids then, so it was fine to have empty space,” she says. Kayne smartly placed vintage travertine side tables in a quad formation to give the illusion of one big surface. Woven chairs from JF Chen add shapely texture to the space.

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A Richard Misrach photograph was the perfect solution for a blank living room wall. The welcome burst of color fits in thanks to the neutral vintage textiles below—some are rugs turned into pillows.

A Richard Misrach photograph was the perfect solution for a blank living room wall. The welcome burst of color fits in thanks to the neutral vintage textiles below—some are rugs turned into pillows.

Our home is clean, classic, special, modern, and personal… and it feels like us.

— Jenni Kayne

The Cozy Den

Kayne wanted her den to feel like a jewel box: intimate and cozy, the exact opposite of the rest of the bright, light, and expansive house. A driftwood coffee table is the only hint at the home’s rustic motif. The room is paneled in lacquered black wood and looks out onto the backyard. While the room was designed for watching television, Kayne admits they do most of their viewing in bed and actually use this space to gather with small groups of friends.

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Pottery by Victoria Morris, William Yeoward decanters, Hermès cocktail glasses, and a photo of the Rolling Stones are just some of the items lining the bar. Kayne uses the rose gold, pewter, and brass cups (a birthday present from her mom) for serving drinks and arranging flowers.

Pottery by Victoria Morris, William Yeoward decanters, Hermès cocktail glasses, and a photo of the Rolling Stones are just some of the items lining the bar. Kayne uses the rose gold, pewter, and brass cups (a birthday present from her mom) for serving drinks and arranging flowers.

The Dining Space 

The couple’s previous live-edge wood table was too small in this house, so they traded it for a larger one. Antique leather-and-iron chairs fill up during dinner parties lit by the intriguing burlap pendant, and the trio of paintings by Alison Van Pelt speaks to their passion for dramatically scaled art.

The stools surrounding the island are by artisan woodworker Doug McCollough of DM/DM. Kayne is a self-professed Heath Ceramics addict, lining her cupboards with various styles, alongside her Royal Copenhagen and wedding china. “We use all of it,” says the expert hostess, who also runs the lifestyle blog Rip+Tan.

The stools surrounding the island are by artisan woodworker Doug McCollough of DM/DM. Kayne is a self-professed Heath Ceramics addict, lining her cupboards with various styles, alongside her Royal Copenhagen and wedding china. “We use all of it,” says the expert hostess, who also runs the lifestyle blog Rip+Tan.

The Family Kitchen

“Once we had kids we realized we needed another place to eat that was more intimate,” Kayne says. Breakfasts, weeknight meals, and even casual dinners with friends take place around the kitchen island. The reclaimed beams that anchor the home were hollowed out to create its surface, which Kayne also uses as a chopping block. “I love to cook,” she says. “I take cooking classes once a month.”

For anyone else, a glass-fronted fridge might seem off-putting, but for Kayne and her husband, it works with their aesthetic. “We are Virgos, so we love for everything to look perfect,” she says. “I keep out tons of Weck jars and a cake stand to put baked goods on.”

For anyone else, a glass-fronted fridge might seem off-putting, but for Kayne and her husband, it works with their aesthetic. “We are Virgos, so we love for everything to look perfect,” she says. “I keep out tons of Weck jars and a cake stand to put baked goods on.”

The Dream Playroom

Turns out this incredible playroom is not just fun, but it’s also a necessity. “We live in a neighborhood where all the kids come to our house,” Kayne says. Her advice for planning a playroom? Use your imagination, and don’t make it too precious. A wall of built-ins hides baskets brimming with toys, and a garland by Confetti System is hung between clotheslines that showcase a rotating display of kids’ art. “We have [the kids] help us so they have a hand in customizing the decor.”

One of the best things about this house is that it's easy to live in with a family.

— Jenni Kayne
“I love a tepee,” Kayne says. “It’s so fun.” A sheepskin rug adds a cozy layer in a room where everything is kid height and floor play is a regular activity.

“I love a tepee,” Kayne says. “It’s so fun.” A sheepskin rug adds a cozy layer in a room where everything is kid height and floor play is a regular activity.

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7 Responses to “Tour Jenni Kayne’s Rustic & Airy Cali Home”

  1. lisofby says:

    love the den, and lots about the kitchen and dining (not keen on those chairs), but i adore the entry pavilion.

  2. Julid says:

    Notice how they’ve used the same art in both the living room and the dining room. It was staged for the photo shoot.

  3. Alla Kazovsky says:

    It’s the same art because it’s the same room. Dining room table is behind the sofa. I think it’s really beautiful and understated.

  4. Teresa says:

    They almost always stage homes for magazines and these kinds of shoots.

  5. LazyFair says:

    So calm and serene. Of course it’s staged but love the minimal look and feel while having all the comforts of home. Everyone has different styles of course — me, I love the look of wood — love wood….. I would simply add a little color and some Indian blankets and pillows – not too gaudy … but more in blues and grays…..

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