My girl crush on designer Jenni Kayne was born a few years ago — I *think* it was when I first laid eyes on her enviable Beverly Hills pad that was my ideal mix of modern and cozy. Or maybe it was when I saw the photos from the stunning holiday party she hosted there. In any case, there’s no doubt that Jenni embodies that effortless California cool, both in her interiors choices, womenswear collections, and easygoing entertaining style as captured on her fantastic blog, Rip & Tan. Imagine my thrill when Jenni invited us to come on over for brunch at her place, and agreed to answer our Q&A for all her secrets to channeling her gracious and chic hostess style.
*Photos by Belathée Photography
My standard hostess outfit:
High-waisted jeans and mules with one of my sweaters. It’s cute and comfortable, both of which are very important!
What scares you about entertaining?
If I am doing all the cooking I can get a little stressed about the timing of the dishes. I like to time it so they are all served fresh and hot!
The entertaining rule I rarely break:
Prep beforehand so you are not stressed in the hours before the event.
My must-have entertaining tool:
A cute apron to wear while cooking and as people arrive.
The taste I’m always craving:
I am always craving Santana Barbara hickory pistachios!
Current favorite color palette for parties:
Neutrals, forever and always! I love mixing and matching different neutrals and adding seasonal florals to everything.
My signature entertaining dish:
I change things seasonally so it depends on the time of year. I really do try to cook new things all the time. In the summer I love making crisps with seasonal fruit.
Always in my refrigerator:
Sauerkraut or pickled veggies.
The restaurant meal I’ll never forget:
My first time eating at Mozza was very memorable! Their dishes have so much flavor and are incredibly comforting.
Jane Birkin, for her effortless style and ease.
Pictured: Gold Canvas Cutlery
Secret to a great dinner party:
A relaxed host. It is important because your guests can pick up on whether you’re stressed or relaxed. I always invite my guests to take their shoes off, because it encourages them to get comfortable.
My entertaining style in 5 words or less:
Effortless, relaxed, natural, delicious and welcoming.