A Home Made to Entertain

Serena & Lily's powerhouse co-founder, Lily Kanter, happily juggles life, family, and frequent dinner parties in her turn-of-the-century Mill Valley, California, estate.

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The Backdrop
Photo: Jonny Valiant

The Backdrop

As handily as Kanter and her family have perfected their hospitality, though, they also heavily rely on another, more quiet co-host: their historic Mill Valley home, which Kanter and her husband thoughtfully remodeled and outfitted with entertaining in mind, from the custom teak table in the dining room that seats up to 16 to the elaborate open-air party room outside, complete with a sky-lit eave, brick fireplace, and oversize heating lamp. But it wasn't always so ready for company.

The dining table is custom from the Wooden Duck. The Josephine dining chairs and Birds Nest hanging lamps are by Serena & Lily.

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