Pacific Natural California Cool Interiors: How to Get the Look Now!

Happy Thanksgiving! I sure hope my baking and cooking are done by the time you’re reading this. 🙂 And I hope you’re enjoying a delicious day of thanks. While it’s true I enjoy devouring design books and shelter magazines as much as turkey and stuffing, a couple of them truly stand out. I just spent the afternoon with PACIFIC NATURAL AT HOME (Rizzoli, 2021) by Jenni Kayne and could not put it down. Like. I could not. (Apparently I’m so smitten I’m totally like talking valley or whatever.) Pacific Natural California Cool Interiors: How to Get the Look will be a stream of consciousness summary of what I digested from the delicious “research.” But this summary will not do. Buy the book immediately. Oh my Lord, it’s a killer combo of Belgian chic with laid back luxe West Coast cool, and I want to live inside the pages.

Window seat and plaster shelves in Pacific Natural at Home - an interior inside this lovely book by Jenni Kayne. #pacificnatural #interiordesign #minimalstyle #neutralinteriors
Image: P. 138-139 Sarah Solis; Photographer: Angi Welsch

Pacific Natural California Cool Interiors: How to Get the Look

1. Buy This Book Immediately. You’ll Thank Me.

No, I’m not being silly; nor is this sponsored. It’s just that freakin good and that freakin inspiring.

Pacific Natural at Home by Jennie Kayne - book cover
Pacific Natural at Home (Rizzoli, 2021)

Why? Two words: Jenni Kayne.

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2. Think More About Subtraction Than Addition

As you study the look of Pacific Natural and California Cool, you’ll notice again and again certain design elements intentionally left out or eliminated.

White modern natural kitchen in Pacific Natural at Home - an interior inside this lovely book by Jenni Kayne. #pacificnatural #interiordesign #minimalstyle #neutralinteriors
Image: P. 60-61 Sheila Bouttier Photographer: Nicki Sebastian

This minimal, calm, pared-down look is a result of doing away with a lot of traditional wood trims and casings and embellishments around doors, windows, and walls.

Calm serene white bedroom in Pacific Natural at Home - an interior inside this lovely book by Jenni Kayne. #pacificnatural #interiordesign #minimalstyle #neutralinteriors
Image: p. 174-175 Molly Isaksen Photographer: Karyn Millet
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3. Welcome in Natural Light

For a sunny outlook for interiors and you, allow as much light into your space as possible. If privacy is an issue, filter the light with linen window treatments or creative screening. It certainly doesn’t matter if you live far from California sunshine…I have been keeping my windows naked for decades in the middle of the country and can attest to its power.

Natural and organic office in Pacific Natural at Home - an interior inside this lovely book by Jenni Kayne. #pacificnatural #interiordesign #minimalstyle #neutralinteriors
PACIFIC NATURAL AT HOME (Rizzoli, 2021) by Jennie Kayne. Image: P. 230-231 Jessica De Ruiter Photographer: Angi Welsch
Quietly serene bedroom in Pacific Natural at Home - an interior inside this lovely book by Jenni Kayne. #pacificnatural #interiordesign #minimalstyle #neutralinteriors
PACIFIC NATURAL AT HOME (Rizzoli, 2021) by Jennie Kayne. Image: P. 34-35 Jenni Kayne Photographer: Angi Welsch

4. Incorporate Natural Materials Whenever Possible

You’ll notice white oak playing a starring role in many of the interiors within the book, and it’s such a winning, European-yet-California-cool-inspired design element to get the look. Jenni Kayne recommends bringing in natural stone, wood, and linen, cotton, and plants.

Calm white bedroom with linen headboard in Pacific Natural at Home - an interior inside this lovely book by Jenni Kayne. #pacificnatural #interiordesign #minimalstyle #neutralinteriors
Image: P. 51 Emma Grede Photographer: Angi Welsch

5. Stick to Neutral Colors

“A timeless palette grounded in neutrals gives way to endless possibilities for layering, tone, and texture.” – Jenni Kayne

Courtney Cox designed bedroom with natural serene style in Pacific Natural at Home - an interior inside this lovely book by Jenni Kayne. #pacificnatural #interiordesign #minimalstyle #neutralinteriors
Image: P. 100-101 Courteney Cox Photographer: Angi Welsch

But which neutral paint colors?

5 Neutral Paint Colors for California Cool from Benjamin Moore - Hello Lovely Studio. #neutralpaintcolors #paintcolors
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Jenni Kayne has some favorites she uses again and again. For Benjamin Moore colors, try Alaskan Husky, Barely There, Gray Owl, Steam, and Pure White

Jenni Kayne cedar stump with linen sofa in a lovely tranquil natural luxe space.
Jenni Kayne’s unfussy approach to styling…hello lovely indeed.

For Portola Paints (check out their amazing Roman Clay and Limewash finishes), try Drop Out, White Cliffs, Figueroa, Full Circle, Mont Blanc, Stone 1, Gem, and Stone 2.

8 Neutral Paint Colors for California Cool interiors - Hello Lovely Studio. #neutralpaintcolors #paintcolors #portolapaints
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And for Farrow & Ball colors…

Jenni Kayne dining table
Jenni Kayne’s effortlessly cool tablescapes are also legendary!

try Dimity, Strong White, James White, Wimborne White, and Pointing. Find them RIGHT HERE.

5 Neutral Paint Colors for California Cool Interiors - Farrow & Ball on Hello Lovely Studio. #paintcolors #neutralpaintcolors
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Mary Oliver quote on Hello Lovely about the mystery, blessing, and personal growth. #maryoliver #poetry #inspirationalquotes

6. Bring Nature Indoors

Jenni Kayne’s book will give you all sorts of inspiration to bring branches and foliage inside and to decorate with living potted trees.

Jenni Kayne dining table with minimal design and clean lines.
Jenni Kayne Dining Table…in case you’re after a natural California modern look.

7. Style Your Coffee Table & Shelves

Get your copy of PACIFIC NATURAL AT HOME for Jenni Kayne’s take on the art of styling.

Jenni Kayne Harbor Sofa in natural linen looks organic, quiet, and luxurious in this sunny living room with coffee table.
Jenni Kayne California cool interiors…hello lovely indeed.

8. Train Your Eye With Jenni Kayne’s Help

The fresh modern approach to California cool interiors and lifestyle is easy to love, and spending time on Jenni’s site HERE will deliver resources plus all the inspiration you need.

Lack back Cali organic natural luxe bathroom by Jenni Kayne with nesting basket.
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Lovely wood end of bed bench by Jenni Kayne with throw pillows, sheepskin rug, and cozy slippers.
Natural, quiet, subdued mood in a lovely Jenni Kayne bedroom with white bedding and linens.
Natural, quiet, subdued mood in a lovely Jenni Kayne bedroom with stripe rug and minimal design.
Elizabeth Gilbert inspirational quote. #elizabethgilbert #quotes #inspirationalquotes
Jenni Kayne round dining table and chairs for a quiet, laid back, Cali luxe organic vibe.
Natural, quiet, subdued mood in a lovely Jenni Kayne bedroom with macrame wall hanging.
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9. Make Sure to Study Jenni Kayne’s First Book, PACIFIC NATURAL

For entertaining and lifestyle tips, do check out Pacific Natural.

Pacific Natural (Rizzoli, 2021) by Jenni Kayne
Outdoor dining tablescape with organic, earthy, Jenni Kayne style - in PACIFIC NATURAL (Rizzoli, 2019).
Jenni Kayne (Rizzoli, 2019)
Beautiful outdoor tablescape with earthy organic florals and fruit - Jenni Kayne for PACIFIC NATURAL (Rizzoli, 2019).
Photo: PACIFIC NATURAL by Jenni Kayne (Rizzoli, 2019)
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Organic Cali style by Jenni Kayne for these styled cocktails with rosemary - in PACIFIC NATURAL (Rizzoli, 2019).
PACIFIC NATURAL by Jenni Kayne (Rizzoli, 2019)
Naked cake with fruit for an outdoor fete with an organic, earthy, laid back feel - Jenni Kayne for PACIFIC NATURAL (Rizzoli, 2019).
Photo: PACIFIC NATURAL by Jenni Kayne (Rizzoli, 2019)
Lovely unfussy laid back Cali organic style tablesape with gray candles - Jenni Kayne in PACIFIC NATURAL (Rizzoli, 2019).
PACIFIC NATURAL by Jenni Kayne (Rizzoli, 2019)
Gorgeous organic and earthy, unfussy outdoor tablescape with black plates - design by Jenni Kayne in PACIFIC NATURAL (Rizzoli, 2019).
Photo: PACIFIC NATURAL by Jenni Kayne (Rizzoli, 2019)
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Earthy organic outdoor tablescape by Jenni Kayne for PACIFIC NATURAL - a must own lifestyle book with recipes.
PACIFIC NATURAL by Jenni Kayne (Rizzoli, 2019)

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-michele

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4 Comments

  1. Amy
    November 25, 2021 / 11:59 pm

    Love, love, love!!!

    • Michele
      Author
      November 26, 2021 / 5:59 pm

      It’s an amazing book!

  2. LINDA
    November 30, 2021 / 5:42 am

    I love the clean and simple look! The natural components – plants and wood- are great accents and really add a lot of warmth to the neutral color palette. I also want to thank you for sharing Jenni’s favorite neutral colors – I have been wanting to repaint, but the choices can get overwhelming. I love these neutrals. I am heading to the paint store to pick up samples, so I can pick one for our home.

    • Michele
      Author
      November 30, 2021 / 4:23 pm

      Thanks so much for letting me know – love hearing this feedback and so happy to offer some guidance for paint colors! Keep us posted on what color you decide on.

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