Urban, earthy & au naturel, these stunning spaces accomplish their balance and sophistication through the layering of textures, keeping color scheme to a minimum and incorporating organic and monochromatic accents. If you are designing a monochromatic color scheme based on neutrals, it works well to tailor your neutral scheme to harmonize with the neutral colors that already exist in the room.
The first series of images are of the home of Jenni Kayne (image above), an American designer, known for her timeless wardrobe classics that span both age and seasons. Her soulful approach to California living, illustrates that modern luxury is not defined by product or price, but by culture and experience. Her professional and personal pursuits have informed her aesthetic point of view – which is reflected by warm and inviting minimalism that is effortless, elegant and natural.
After recently moving into to her new home in Los Angeles, the designer who’s known for her laid-back apparel and accessories, called upon the team at The Studio at One Kings Lane to help her install a similar sense of effortless cool into the space.
A blank slate existed with soaring beamed ceilings, classic brick fireplace, expanse of window and elegant paneled walls. She sought to create a space that was simple, organic, and natural, “not too complicated or serious, but with each item still being thoughtfully considered.” Think natural furnishings, monochromatic accents, wood furniture, burls, sea-grass planters, cane Hoffmann dining chairs and an influence of the outdoors.
“ I look for special items in my wardrobe the same way I look them for a room. I want something that’s hand-worked and considered, something that tells a story and will age beautifully.” ~ Jenni Kayne
Photos by David Tsay – Styling by Alex Reid
post updated May 2019.
Everything in the living room is centered around the fireplace. The simple slipcovered sofa in white in addition to vintage pieces pull the look together. Monochromatic accents, such as the mud-cloth pillows, mid-century floor lamps and artwork, create graphic, eye-catching pops of black that provide vivid contrast to the subdued space. The kilim adds personality and is reflective of Jenni’s style
“I like to layer old rugs over jute or sea grass so that you don’t have to worry about finding the perfect size. I look for special items in my wardrobe the same way I look them for a room. I want something that’s hand-worked and considered, something that tells a story and will age beautifully.” ~ Jenni Kayne
While Jenni praises The Studio for “making [her] vision come to life,” Alex admits he learned a lot from his client as well. “I can sometimes be a ‘more is more’ type of designer, but working with Jenni I definitely became much more edited and somewhat of a minimalist,” he says. “It’s not about having a ton of pieces to fill a room. It’s more about having the right pieces.” Intriguing, unusual finds such as a chandelier with articulated arms and a bronze figurative sculpture provided just the right amount of interest. Clean. Simple. Organic.