Kendall Jenner’s LA home appears on the cover of Architectural Digest this month, and it brings several surprises, as well as serious food for thought in terms of design. First, it’s just not very Kardashian. Where’s the pristine all-white living room, the lashings of marble, the blinging chandeliers?
While Kim and Kanye went for an Axel Vervoodt-designed minimalist masterpiece (a thing of beauty, but one it’s hard to imagine anyone actually living in), Jenner and her designers, Kathleen and Tommy Clements and Waldo Fernandez, have enhanced what she calls “the peaceful, Spanish-y, farmhouse-y vibe” of the house. And it is undeniably gorgeous.
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1. Comfort is back in fashion
Like a growing number of interiors fans her age, Jenner has favoured a more traditional look, with vintage furniture and textiles, to suit what her designers call her “bohemian and funky” taste.
She wanted “a place where I can simply zone out and relax”, and her living room is just that, with loungey terracotta-linen sofas piled with cushions in front of the fireplace. The bedroom is similarly organic in tone, with slubby linens, a simple upholstered bed and exposed wooden rafters bringing a cosy atmosphere. It’s a home that already looks lived-in, in a good way.
2. Creating a knockout kitchen can inspire healthy habits
The kitchen is one of the most surprising parts of Jenner’s home. Rather than the streamlined handleless cupboards and total absence of clutter that have come to be hallmarks of the celebrity ‘show kitchen’, hers has teal-painted Shaker-style cabinets, a range cooker, rustic wooden stools and even numerous copper pans hanging from a rack above the island.
What, she actually cooks? Apparently, yes. The house has prompted her, she says, to spend more time in her kitchen, where she has “upped her chef game” - a situation with which many will be familiar, having developed a new obsession with fermenting, juicing or baking during lockdown. Make dedicated spaces for these practices in your kitchen, and, like Kendall, you might find yourself becoming quite the pro.
3. Adding impact to a hallway is always a good thing
The entrance hall, an oft-neglected space, has been coming into focus recently - as any interior designer will remind you, it’s the first thing you (and your guests) see when you come home, so it’s worth putting a bit of thought into its design.
A spectacular artwork is one way to do it, and Jenner’s comes in the form of a colour-changing LED ovoid wall sculpture by the American artist James Turrell (whose work was recommended to her by Kanye. Who knew?). Putting a favourite artwork near the front door like this, rather than pride of place in the living room, might mean you actually look at it more often.
4. Crafts are the new cool
In an unexpected move for a 24-year-old, Jenner turned what was a home cinema into an arts-and-crafts room. Not one for big parties, she wanted a home that would be a retreat from her high-octane modelling life, and this light-filled studio, stocked with art supplies and furnished with an easel and a chaise longue (plus a custom-painted floor cloth inspired by Cy Twombly’s studio, no less) is the modern crafter’s dream. Carving out calm spaces for meditation and mindful practices is another trend to emerge post-lockdown, and this room proves it’s worth it.
5. Bathrooms can be furnished like any other room
No longer does a bathroom need to be lined with hard surfaces and filled with bathroom-specific fittings. Jenner’s has a free-standing brass tub - one of the house’s few superglam details - which is teamed with free-standing wooden shelves (holding ceramics alongside the skincare), a wooden stool and an antique rug covering the on-trend penny tiles.
A collection of framed botanical prints hangs on the wall, adding to the decorative look of the room. This isn’t a purely functional space, but a visually interesting room where one could happily sit and soak for hours - an example of the bathroom’s change in role in the WFH world, from somewhere you’re in and out of in the morning to a space devoted to relaxation and self-care. It’s another insight into a celebrity lifestyle that isn’t defined by ostentatious styling, and a refreshing one at that.
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