Hedge, Viv, and I got back a few days ago from an amazing 4th of July *glamping* trip – it’s an annual tradition (only the second year for me and Viv) at the stunning many-acre compound just south of Mendocino, CA, known as Lacey Acres.
On the property is a glorious cabin where big group meals for 50+ family and friends are prepped and served. The Laceys designed and built the cabin with the vision of being able to host large parties in a welcoming, open concept space – and boy did they succeed. The entire cabin, especially the main hosting spaces, is one of the most breathtaking and functional I’ve seen. And given that I suffer from cabin coveting (a side effect of having lived in cities the past 10 years) and suspect other fellow urban-dwellers do as well, I wanted to share some shots I snapped and reminisce:
Arguably the grandest (and definitely the busiest) room in the cabin is the Lacey Kitchen, also known as the Two Step Cafe (because it isn’t breakfast without music and some light toe-tapping). The Laceys chose to use two different counter materials in the kitchen: Carrera marble for the counters against the walls, and zinc for the island. Throughout the home are antiques and vintage finds, so the old-fashioned warmth of the zinc counters enhances the nostalgic charm in an otherwise modern open floor plan.
Other details I absolutely love about the kitchen: the pot filler to the left of the range, the big 30″ griddle space on the range, the fact that the island is a farmhouse red with cookbook cubby shelves, and the view of trees from the Shaw farmhouse kitchen sink (large enough to bathe large babies in, so the sink is famously called the “baby washing sink”).
THE DINING AREA:
Throughout the main floor of the Laceys’ cabin are stunning beamed ceilings with iron hardware. This fireplace establishes the main dining space within the open floor plan. It’s faced with local stone, and the firewood comes from fallen branches on the property.
(Art note: the painting to the right of the fireplace is by Brit Lacey, the second of three sons in the Lacey clan!)
Another view of the main dining space, with a view of the window seat! The most amazing part of the kitchen-dining area is that the Laceys designed this cabin so that the dining table could be extended out French doors and onto their wraparound deck, to seat over 50 people. (The largest dinner they’ve ever hosted was for July 4th, 2013, where over 80 people joined!)
This deck is seriously inspired. If I ever get to design my own cabin, a deck wide enough for dining will definitely be set off the kitchen.
What would an amazing cabin for hosting be without an amazing bar? Not only have the Laceys collected covetable antiques to decorate the cabin, they were also super creative and resourceful to have found the bar countertop at a flea market and installed it here, just off the kitchen. The counter surface works well with the zinc island in the kitchen and the steel bar stools.
From behind the bar, another fabulous and fitting detail is that the cupboard doors + hardware are from antique ice boxes! (Don’t mind the blue painter’s tape – that was put there to keep us youngsters out of the good liquor cabinet!)
Honestly my photos don’t do the Lacey property any justice (especially since they were taken on the last morning after a weekend whirlwind and clearly not staged); this cabin belongs in magazines! Such a privilege to be invited back each year to celebrate the USA in this exquisitely American cabin.