There’s a collective exhale as you walk into Giuliana and Bill Rancic’s Idaho vacation home in Gozzer Ranch. Perhaps that’s because, upon entering the 4,900-square-foot home perched on the side of Lake Coeur d’Alene—which National Geographic chose as one of the top five lakes in the world—you’re smacked with breathtaking water views through the crystal-clear all-glass folding wall in the cathedral-ceiling great room.
“People have no idea what they are getting into because you can’t see the view from the street,” Bill says of their northwestern hideaway. “Then, when you walk in that front door and turn your head it’s like, wow.”
It didn’t start that way, however. When Bill and Giuliana—who returned as cohost to E! News in September—first purchased the home in August 2016, it needed a major overhaul. “The house was not our style and had these tiny windows so that you couldn’t see the amazing view,” Bill says. “We completely changed everything.”
The couple knocked out the back wall to create a seamless indoor-outdoor living space, revamped the kitchen, ripped out built-ins, and added thoughtful design elements that reflected a more rustic minimalism style. “I wanted to have that cabin feel,” Giuliana says, “but we wanted to keep it really clean, beautiful, and simple.”
To succeed in that vision, the Rancics worked with interior designer Lonni Paul, who was also at the helm of the pair’s homes in Brentwood, California, and Chicago, as well as a handful of other projects. Paul took Bill’s passion for lake views, Giuliana’s “rustic minimalism” mantra, and added in her own ideas of “easy living” to create the ultimate urban lodge.
The result: a home filled with a blend of high-end statement pieces and inexpensive yet functional décor that enhances the property’s natural beauty. The great room, for example, is outfitted with white sofas from Highland House, but covered in performance fabric from Lonni Paul for Duralee. “I wanted their [six-year-old] son, Duke, to come in from the boat with dirty feet and lay on the sofa without anyone worrying,” Paul says. “It’s supposed to be a place for the family to relax and not fuss.”
The furniture, along with the oversize tree-trunk coffee table from Phillips Collection, was also chosen because of its low profile, so that nothing would obstruct the view. “We wanted to make sure that when you’re standing there, you can see the lake,” adds Paul. “Even the lanterns on the Palecek console table are open so they won’t interfere with your sight line.”
So the home’s precious vistas remain intact, sure, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t some eye-catching design elements indoors as well. Suspended from the ceiling is an antler chandelier from CDN Antler Designs and a pop of hot pink comes courtesy of the custom neon sign that hangs over the bar.
“I get my crazy ideas late at night,” Giuliana says. “So I texted Lonni at like midnight saying I wanted a neon sign because it’s not something you typically see in a cabin.” Paul was on board, and they decided to use a saying from the Giuliana’s Italian heritage: cent’anni. “It means a toast to 100 years of life, health, good times, happiness, and love,” Giuliana adds.
The craziest idea of all, perhaps, was to create a DIY Instagrammable log wall. “When we removed these big built-in bookshelves near the fireplace, we were left with a hole,” says Giuliana, who also launched her skin care line, Fountain of Truth, early last month. “I thought it could be fun to fill it with logs. We spent days sanding and gluing each log, which we found on Etsy, into place to create a unique showpiece. Now, when people first come in, they ask to take a picture in front of the wall.” Anything for the Gram, right?
The rest of the five-bedroom house follows suit with that simple yet bold balance. The master bedroom has a similar neutral color palette to the great room, but in the master bath, the space gets some modern flair from the sculptural Kohler tub replete with—what else—lake views.
Duke’s room has a traditional bunk bed but gets a playful touch from a bear-shaped bookcase and lighting. And the outdoor patio has a full living and dining furniture set that’s topped off with a high-definition TV.
“We keep those back doors open most of the time, so the indoors really just flows outside,” says Bill. “I get up really early, have my espresso, and watch CNBC out there.”
Giuliana opts to sleep in before joining her husband of ten years with a latte and cozy blanket. “Bill and I chat for a while before Duke gets up,” says the mom of one. “Then once he does, we have breakfast out there together.”
She adds: “This place is really special, and we’re so happy with how it turned out. It’s one thing to see it in pictures, but to actually live in it, be in it, and breathe it—it’s just an incredible feeling. We are truly creating beautiful memories as a family.”
The Rancic’s bought the Idaho cabin with renovations already in mind, but the scene surroundings came move-in ready.
To achieve a more rustic-yet-minimal style, the couple knocked out the back wall to create a seamless indoor/outdoor living space, revamped the kitchen, ripped out built-ins, and added thoughtful design elements, such as an antler chandelier and brass accents.
“People have no idea what they are getting into because you can’t see the view from the street,” Bill says of the incredible lake views from the houses slightly elevated perch. “Then, when you walk in that front door and turn your head it’s like, Wow.”
Achieving the Instagram-worthy wall of logs was a family DIY project: “We spent days sanding and gluing each log into place to create a unique showpiece,” Giuliana says. “Now, when people first come in, they ask to take a picture in front of the wall.”
Bill and Giuliana bought their lakeside home in 2016 and gave the space an entire overhaul. “To actually live in [our home], be in it, and breathe it—it’s just an incredible feeling,” Giuliana says. “We are truly creating beautiful memories as a family.”
Interior designer Lonni Paul embellished the kitchen’s clean Cosentino marble countertops and Sub Zero refrigerator with brass fixtures, from Kohler (who also outfitted the bathroom), and pendants from Circa Lighting.
Design details like the window frame and dining room chairs, from Wisteria, compliment the cabin’s natural surroundings, while the neon hot pink sign above the window—which reads “cent’anni” and means “a toast to 100 years of life, health, good times, happiness and love,” according to Giuliana—adds a bit of unexpected fun.
“We keep those back doors open most of the time, so the indoors really just flows outside,” says Bill of the home’s outdoor seating area that overlooks Lake Coeur d’Alene. “I get up really early, have my espresso, and watch CNBC out there.”
Paul ran with Rancic’s idea of “rustic minimalism” and Paul’s own brand of “easy living” to create spaces filled with a blend of high-end statement pieces and inexpensive, functional décor that enhances the property’s natural beauty.
Paul outfitted Duke’s room with a traditional bunk bed as well as more playful touches thanks to the bear-shaped bookcase and sconce lighting from Restoration Hardware.
“It’s supposed to be a place for the family to relax and not fuss,” says Paul of the feel of the home, exemplified in the master bedroom, which features the same soft palette as the great room.
It’s not often the Rancic’s choose to close off their lakeside views, but window treatments throughout the home from The Shade Store offer privacy when necessary.
Giuliana and Bill’s master bath gets some modern flare from the sculpture-esque tub and brass sink faucets, both from Kohler.