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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Diamond in the Rough
Photo: Jonny Valiant

Diamond in the Rough

When the couple first set eyes on the early 1900s home, they knew it would need a lot of work, but they were up for it. "I saw something special here," Kanter says. After completely gutting and rewiring the ancient plumbing and electrical systems, she fearlessly tackled the next hurdle, bringing the home's Edwardian-meets-Craftsman architecture and handsome, original woodwork into the 21st century.

A Lee Industries sofa joins a chair and ottoman from Maine Cottage. The shelves are painted Tasty Apple by Benjamin Moore.

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