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Introducing the Jenni Kayne Lake House

Perhaps Jenni’s most defining quality is her ability to create inviting, warm, and inspiring spaces at home. That’s why when the opportunity came about to create a Jenni Kayne home, we knew we’d take notes from Jenni’s book by creating a calming environment full of organic, timeless materials inspired by its surroundings.

We fell in love with the cozy serenity of Lake Arrowhead from our first visit, and more specifically, with this home. Nearly every room has a view of the lake, with endless potential and opportunity to create something special to enhance its idyllic environment. At Jenni Kayne, we believe that living well means taking cues from nature, slowing down and spending time with family and friends, and letting the little details shine. We brought in pieces from some of our favorite brands and harnessed the beauty of Lake Arrowhead to create our first Jenni Kayne home. We couldn’t wait to share it with you, and now, the Jenni Kayne Lake House can be yours– a place where living well comes to life.

The Living Room

Our idea of a perfect living room is a space your guests never want to leave, and where every corner is used to create a lived-in feel. This space was built around its key feature: the large window overlooking the crystal-clear lake. We let the view steal the show and chose details that felt like an extension of the outdoors: a rustic but polished coffee table and a vintage-feeling, 5 cabinet credenza from Danielle Hausberg anchor the room and echo Arrowhead.

The plush, neutral linen couch and hammock-style lounge chairs from Maiden Home are perfect for lazy days spent between the lake and the living room. In keeping with our preference to texture over color, we used woven throw pillows and blankets to create a varied, cozy feel.

The Dining Room

Jenni’s dining room always has a warm, inviting feel and none of the untouchable formality of a traditional one. We emulated her dinnertime feel with a few rustic touches, like a stately reclaimed wood table, our rope-wrapped oak chairs, and neutral art by Armadillo. Plus, the full lake view doesn’t hurt.

The Kitchen

As a common watering hole for family homes, the kitchen was an important space for us to get just right: we aimed for a mountain feel with upscale features and finishes in the hopes that the kitchen would be a central feature of the house, always filled with homemade meals, fresh produce, and family gathered together.

We used Farrow & Ball’s “Light Grey” paint to bring a nature-inspired green-gray to the kitchen, and a vintage-inspired range. Rustic wood shelving brings the outdoor feel full circle, and white marble countertops keep things bright and sleek.

Elsie Green’s cutting boards, wooden bowls, and pickling jars were the perfect complement to neutral ceramic dishware.

The Master Bedroom

The master suite is perhaps the most special space in the house. Located on the entry level, steps from the bedroom lead straight down to the dock. Anchored by the original fireplace (modernized with a fresh coat of paint) and a simple, artfully made console from Danielle Hausberg, the bedroom has a spacious and beautiful closet by California Closets, and, perhaps most importantly, a cloudlike bed thanks to Awara by Resident’s plush mattresses (we couldn’t help but use one in every bedroom) and Maiden Home’s perfectly neutral, organic-textured linen bedframe.

The Guest Bedrooms

We wanted to extend this oasis-like feel to all bedrooms in the house, and transformed a dark bunk room into a rustic children’s dream with a single bunk and a lofted bed. Our guest rooms were meant to feel tranquil and serene, using mostly neutral materials with special touches like the Lulu & Georgia rattan pendant and floor lamp.

The Bathrooms

Jenni’s cardinal rule in decorating, and in life, is to take pride in the details. We knew we needed to extend this intentional feeling to the bathrooms as well, designing spaces that were just as comfortable for taking a warm bath or slowing down while getting ready in the morning as reading on the couch or sunbathing on the dock.

We aimed to keep everything light and bright, replacing dark, dingy tile with calming whites and state-of-the-art trimmings. Taking cues from our Golden State surroundings, we turned to Heath Ceramics for their iconic, classic tile and ever-Californian feel. Rejuvenation mirrors and light fixtures in gold and black add an element of sleek style to the otherwise neutral spaces.

We kept the bathroom details streamlined and beautiful with sophisticated, classic fixtures, and replaced old bathroom appliances with state-of-the-art Aimes WASHLET + toilets from TOTO to enhance the relaxing, upscale bathroom feel.

The Details

To us, living well means making thoughtful choices for every piece in your home and your wardrobe, no matter how small.

If there’s one overarching theme of our first Jenni Kayne Home, it’s the presence of special details to create a feeling of comfort and care. Keeping the main backdrop neutral and calming and using thoughtfully chosen decorative elements is our trick to making a house feel like a home.

We chose art in near-neutral tones from Uprise Art as the finishing touch in the main spaces of the house, hung over walls painted in the most classic white from Farrow & Ball. We turned to June Home Supply for lake-friendly decorations like the perfect picnic basket and finishing touches like wall-mounted candlestick holders, and mixed in Danielle Hausberg’s artful stools.

Nothing quite ties a room together like a high quality rug, and Armadillo’s are utilized throughout the space: we love their Australian design, handmade quality, and affinity for neutrals.

We placed Elsie Green stools strategically throughout the home, like next to the freestanding tub for towels or bath accessories or used as a side table for lower beds, and her woven baskets were the perfect stylish storage for our ample supply of cozy alpaca blankets.

It’s important to us that kids are always free to explore nature and embrace it fully, without worrying about stains. Luckily, dirty clothes can be powerfully and easily cleaned with our Mudroom’s Maytag Smart Front Load Washer & Dryer. The “Extra Power” button boosts stain-fighting performance and utilizes a dual-temperature wash, so time spent with family hiking, biking, and kayaking is totally carefree.

While we love bringing the outdoors in, there’s nothing quite like experiencing nature itself—and that’s why Arrowhead is our dream destination. Surrounded by pine trees, snow-capped mountains, and a dreamlike lake, we plan to spend all the time we can reading on the dock, swimming in the lake, and exploring in our Oru Kayaks. Wherever you may be, we hope our first Jenni Kayne home inspires you to embrace nature, revel in the details, and slow down a little bit along the way.
Photos by Tessa Neustadt