Jane Lynch's Forever Home
When Jane Lynch finished filming Best In Show in 2000, she decided she wanted a dog and a house. So she adopted her first pup, a Lhasa apso named Olivia, and spent her $70,000 life savings on a cabin in L.A.’s bohemian Laurel Canyon neighborhood. But the house wasn’t built to last, and after it suffered severe structural issues, Lynch tore it down and built a new, two-story abode with a guest house and a studio over the garage where she now resides with her partner Jennifer Cheyne, Cheyne’s son Harry, and Lynch’s nephew Danny.
“I’m probably going to live here forever,” she tells PEOPLE of the home she fell in love with. “There’s just such peace up here.”
In the living room, Lynch combined a high-end modern sofa and a Roche Bobois chair with a coffee table from CB2 and an armchair from West Elm. She credits Cheyne with giving the home its “completely eclectic” vibe by mixing more rustic and vintage pieces in with Lynch’s more modern style.
“This is one of my favorite things,” the Chicago native says of her personalized Cubs jersey that hangs proudly in her closet. She received the jersey after singing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” during the seventh inning stretch in Wrigely Field.
A Wall of Mementos
Another sentimental spot is the display shelves by her stairs, where the Glee alum shows off her four Emmys, as well as a SAG Award and a People’s Choice Award above a collection of family photos.
Artwork from Friends
Lynch, who hosts a special Red Nose Day episode of Hollywood Game Night on May 23 on NBC, displays artwork from her pals, like this numbered piece by Lynette Mettey, throughout her home.
Lynch says she hates clutter but collects “old dogs,” like 12-year-old rescues Millie and Bernice. (She also has a 2-year-old black cocker spaniel named Rumi.) Lynch wakes up around 4 a.m. every morning to enjoy a cup of coffee and some time with her pets. “Without animals, a house does not feel like home,” she says.
An Area to Entertain
Lynch turned to her friend, Will & Grace set designer Peter Gurski, to help her decorate her terrace, which features a rustic bench, orange-and-blue chairs and a heart-shaped light surrounded by greenery. “Always follow the heart light,” she tells guests of how to find her main gathering space. “That’s a metaphor.”
An Ode to Her Production Company
Her neighbor, Spike Stewart, a local artist, painted a colorful homage to her production company, which now hangs outside her home.
“I named the corporate entity from which I work Canyon Lady Productions because I’m a big fan, of course, of Laurel Canyon,” Lynch says in a video tour of the property. “But I’m also a big fan of Joni Mitchell and one of my favorite albums is Ladies of the Canyon. It’s plural, but I am one lady of the canyon. so this sign makes me very happy.”