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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Good Bones
Photo: Jonny Valiant

Good Bones

While the kitchen and baths had to be completely taken down to the studs and rebuilt to better accommodate the functional necessities of a family of five, everything else was approached with a light touch. "The house had incredible bones, and we wanted to highlight them," she says. "It was important for us to maintain the era of the home and to keep it authentic."

Kanter chose Ann Sacks smoked subway tile for the backsplash. The barstools are from Maine Cottage. The pendant fixture above the island is from Restoration Hardware. The faucet is by Lefroy Brooks, and the range is by Wolf.

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