JENNI ON MOTHERHOOD My whole world became about them the minute they were born.
HARDEST PART Balance and patience.
BEST PART I am in love with my kids in a way that I didn't know was possible.
FAVORITE PART OF THE DAY Bath time. I am a bath person, and the three of us get in the tub together almost every night, while my husband sits with us. It's a special time that I won't have forever, so I cherish it.
ROOM STYLE Whimsical with a grown-up twist with inspirations as varied as Native American-meets-safari, the bar at the Chateau Marmont, and French dollhouses, these playful yet sophisticated spaces splashed with decidedly adult antiques deliver on their bold themes without feeling kitschy.
PLAYROOM I wanted it to feel like the rest of the house: clean and modern but warm and earthy, while still being fun and functional for the kids, and not too precious. I decided on pops of color but with a white base that we wouldn't get sick of. Then I found a Moroccan rug that is durable and cozy and makes people want to sit on the floor and play. I think it's all about the mix–it was important that the space feel open and organized so the kids don't get overwhelmed.
TANNER'S ROOM When I found out I was having a boy, I wanted to create a room that was inspired by a mix of Native American and safari. The focal point is a great teepee with a beautiful dream catcher hanging on it, as well as other Native American-inspired art and accessories. I hung faux stuffed trophies above his bed, which plays into my safari inspiration. My goal was for his room to be bright and clean and feel like an extension of our home, but at the same time I wanted to have fun with it.
RIPLEY'S ROOM When I found out I was having a girl, I went a little pink-crazy, which is out of character for me. I wanted my daughter's room to feel like it was straight out of Paris. I have always loved the butterflies on the ceiling at Bar Marmont and said if I ever had a girl, that's what I would do in her room. So when the time came, Maurice from Bloom and Plume sprinkled her ceiling with butterflies, and my French friend Ambre found the most beautiful wire chandelier from Paris with little birds hanging from it. Then I added a mix of modern and French whitewashed antiques, with pops of color. I put a French settee that I have had in my house for years in her room and ordered her crib from Bonton in Paris.
PLAYROOM Save: IKEA kids' table and chairs. Splurge: Moroccan rug from Lawrence of La Brea
RIPLEY'S ROOM Save: I framed beautiful bird and butterfly posters from Smallable. Splurge: The parchment dresser from JF Chen
TANNER'S ROOM Save: I got great linen sheets from The Company Store. Splurge: Personalized Shirley McLauchlan blanket and Oeuf bunk bed.
HOMEMADE TOUCHES We added a chalkboard wall for the kids to draw on, and strung their artwork on jute on the wall, which looks fun and makes the kids proud.
PERSONAL TOUCHES Ripley's Room: My grandmother's self-portrait and silver jewelry box. Tanner's Room: His quilted Linda Moore portrait that I commissioned as a Father's Day gift for my husband, and his personalized Shirley McLauchlan blanket that Ripley gave him when she was born.
The butterflies on the ceiling in Ripley's room, and hanging lots of small, simple art together, gallery style, for a more interesting look.
THE PLAYROOM IS . . . Organic, fun, ever changing.
RIPLEY'S ROOM IS . . . French, girlie, pink.
TANNER'S ROOM IS . . . Native American, earthy, safari.
PLAYROOM I think a playroom needs to be kid-friendly and not too precious. We filled ours with tons of wooden toys that the kids actually want to play with (Camden Rose is a must!). And for an affordable and still-modern touch, I like mixing in IKEA pieces with the rest of the room. For softness, I added tablecloths and sheepskins, which add comfort to the room (we're constantly hanging out on the plush rug). The process of hanging the kids' art has been especially fun–not only does it add pops of color, it also makes them feel so good. Tanner loves hanging his own artwork now!
RIPLEY'S ROOM Kids' rooms are a great place to mix high and low (like an expensive rug and more-affordable framed art). My goal was to create a room that was white and bright, like a French dollhouse, but I ended up going a little pink-crazy as soon as I found out I was having a girl. But I stuck with my French theme by picking out a more classic crib and changing table from Bonton, and adding a butterfly creation, which then gave me the idea to add the bird and butterfly posters, as well as the framed bugs and butterflies from my sister Saree's Evolution.
TANNER'S ROOM Tanner's room is really all about the teepee, which I found on Amazon! With the addition of a neon dream catcher, the room really came to life. I love how I was able to add simple pops of color to the white-and-cream backdrop with the stuffed-animal trophies and arrows.
Lawrence of La Brea rug
Geronimo Balloon-Troopers balloons
Great Plains teepee from Amazon
Kimmel Kids dream catcher
FAO Schwarz elephant
Custom-built sliding door console
Woven bins available through Jenni Kayne stores
Confetti System garland
Lost and Found xylophone
Bonton changing table and crib bedding
Wendy Addison wall hanging
Blanc D'Ivoire chandelier
Framed Hermes scarf
Smallable framed print and rocking sheep
Bloom & Plume butterfly installation
Oeuf Sparrow Crib
Rug Company rug
Roost pouf, available through Jenni Kayne stores
Smallable deer nightlight
Cavern wallpaper on the back of shelving unit
TOP IMAGE Ripley's room is filled with a mixture of new pieces, including the Bonton crib and changing table, plus some antique favorites and unexpected touches. The bright pink horse print is actually a Hermes scarf that Jenni framed. Above In the playroom, Tanner proudly hangs his own artwork using clothespins. To add a touch of sparkle, Jenni mixed in a metallic garland by Confetti System.