Returning from an early run on the beach, Jenny Best jumps into the pool at her home in Malibu, California. Her sun-streaked hair tangled with salt, she dives under the water and then plops down on a lounge chair to dry off. The morning air is thick with heat, the California sun already living up to its reputation. Before her is the Pacific Ocean, so dazzling blue it stretches out into infinity.
In a beach town famous for its flip flops, cut-off shorts and surf boards tucked under taut arms, Jenny’s home fits right in. The ranch-style house — located at the top of a hill — is a study in easy living. The extensive deck enveloping the front of the house is set with comfortable rattan chairs and a long table for entertaining. Inside, Jenny, the co-owner of Zouk Living, has decorated with an array of finds from her travels across the globe. Rugs from Morocco are paired with a custom-built purple couch, antique art from Sweden, candelabras from the Rosebowl Flea market and handmade baskets from India. The mishmash of styles blends together effortlessly, creating a home that is made for sandy toes and sunset dinner parties. • Ulrica Wihlborg
Above: The modern purple couch, designed by Zouk, is paired with traditional upholstered arm chairs. The living room comes to life thanks to a careful selection of beautiful accessories, from the colorful couch pillows to the Buddha lamp.
Above: A glimpse into the kitchen from the living room.
Above: The wood floors are painted white and covered with a mix of rugs from Morocco and India.
Above: The gold-framed drawing is an antique from Sweden. The silver candelabras were bought at the Rosebowl Flea Market.
Above: The one-of-a-kind kitchen table features a unique steel base and a massive wood table top. The chairs are covered in easy-to-wash linen slip covers.
Above: Jenny painted a chalkboard directly on the kitchen wall, which she and her son frequently use for messages and to-do lists.
Above: The main bathroom, recently renovated using natural materials, features a shower (below) that opens up to the outdoors.
Above: The view from the kitchen.
Above: The shaded outdoor deck is the perfect spot for a cup of coffee or relaxing with a good book.
Above: Jenny often entertains friends at her outdoor table, which seats up to 16 people. The dining plates are from Mateus.
Above: Jenny at home on her deck.
Photographs by Martin Lof ©2014.
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