Designer Spotlight: Tim Clarke

Take a design cue from Santa Monica, California-based designer Tim Clarke, who is known for stunning arrangements and easy beach elegance.

Bohemian outdoor sitting area

Photographer: David Tsay

Island Finds

A little bohemian flair goes a long way. This umbrella, with its batik-style print and fringe trim, looks sophisticated when paired with a ceramic garden stool and chunky woven furniture.

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Slipcovered living room

Photographer: David Tsay

Slipcover Shortcuts

Not a fan of white seating? Try dark brown slipcovers, which disguises stains and can be thrown in the wash for easy cleaning. For the accent chair, Tim had a slipcover, made using the “wrong side” of the fabric—it gives it a faded, comfortable look.

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Casual statement dining room

Photographer: David Tsay

Make a Statement

If you love wicker but want a more elegant feel for your dining area, choose chairs with a narrow back and formal lines. Add some fun with an oversized pendant lamp (like this 36-inch capiz shell orb), which also helps anchor the large space.

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Colorful kid's bunkroom

Photographer: David Tsay

Color Splash

For houses with open floor plans, Tim covers the walls in white paint to let stunning views take center stage (pictured here, All White, 2005, by Farrow & Ball). For rooms where homeowners want lots of color, like a kids’ bedroom, he amps up energy with bright accessories and patterned textiles—hot pink anyone?

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Soft casual bedroom

Photographer: David Tsay

Great Texture

Create a casual vibe in traditional spaces by incorporating woven accents, like Tim did in this master bedroom. The headboard and baseboard has pretty rope details—plus a curtained wall adds a colorful dimension to plain walls.

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Modern cozy sitting room

Photographer: David Tsay

Modern, Yet Cozy

Tim’s trick for pleasing clients who love both modern and classic looks: choose fabrics with traditional patterns in large-scale repeats—their size gives a contemporary twist.

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Rustic modern dining room

Photographer: Lisa Romerein

Style Combo

The key to pulling together two looks: combine elements of each style side by side—like this rustic farm dining table with sleek, mod white chairs.

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Nature-inspired living room

Photographer: Lisa Romerein

Nature Inspired

Shiplap walls are a great way to up the coziness factor of a beach den. To help frame the view, he reversed the typical color-on-walls, white-on-trim approach by painting the trim a neutral hue.

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Warm, bright kitchen

Photographer: Lisa Romerein

Shining and Bright

A well-lit kitchen eliminates the need for artificial light during the day. Here, Tim chose quartz countertops, which gleam during the day and are naturally scratch-, scorch-, and stain-resistant.

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Comfortable outdoor living area

Photographer: Lisa Romerein

Comfortable Conversation

Tim’s top technique for designing outdoor spaces: design them as you would indoor ones. To create the look of an area rug, he laid pea gravel; the dramatic ocean wave sculpture provides a focal point and gives the outdoor “room” definition.

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Laidback media room

Photographer: Lisa Romerein

Laidback Style

To keep a media room bathing suit friendly, Tim upholsters sofas in weather-resistant outdoor fabric. Here, quirky vintage and contemporary pieces to bring out an irreverent, kick-back vibe.

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Delicate Master Bedroom

Photographer: Lisa Romerein

Sweet Dreams

Ticking patterns and thin stripes on walls and rugs add a laid-back fanciness to beachy bedrooms. Be sure to ground soft stripes with hard furniture, like this black-finished four-poster bed.

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Master bathroom with natural light

Photographer: Lisa Romerein

Diffused Light

Don’t sacrifice windows for necessary wall space. Light-diffusing shades and hanging mirrors allow plenty of light to filter through, while still maintaining privacy.

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Soothing guest bedroom

Photographer: Lisa Romerein

Soothing Palette

Look beyond blue and green for a nature-inspired palette. Tim found inspiration for this guest room’s wall color from the insides of razor clam shells. A woven saddle-leather headboard and bleached-oak frame complement the lightness of window shades and white ceiling and trim. 

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Organic spa bathroom

Photographer: Lisa Romerein

Organic Feel

Untreated cedar paneling creates an spa-like atmosphere in this bath. Not only does it smell amazing, but it also adds an unexpected level of warmth and character.

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Colorful and neutral guest bedroom

Photographer: Lisa Romerein

Fresh Spin on Neutrals

Let your creativity shine through by experimenting with unexpected color combos. Tim chose an earthy orange, slate gray, and sky blue for a subdued dose of color. He also added height to headboards by painting wide stripes on walls.

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Clean lines laundry room

Photographer: Lisa Romerein

Clean Laundry

Contain laundry room clutter with plenty of storage space. Tim doused this hardworking space in creamy colors to instill calm amidst the chaos of daily chores.

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Color pop living room

Photographer: Lisa Romerein

Color Burst

Reverse the typical paint approach—color on walls and white for the trim—to frame coastal views. Tim chose Pratt & Lambert’s China White (33-8) and Gossamer (32-26) for this living room. A single shot of color—like this plum-colored wing chair—instantly livens up a neutral palette.

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Soft beachy sitting room

Photographer: Lisa Romerein

Sweeping Views

When floor-to-ceiling windows provide stunning ocean-and-sky views, Tim looks no further for color inspiration. “It’s like a giant, bright blue painting in every room,” he says. To provide a subtle backdrop for the vibrant blues, Tim used a palette of creamy whites and soft earth tones.

Eclectic wall art

Photographer: Lisa Romerein

Eclectic Arrangement

When putting together a wall art gallery, Tim incorporates different type of media—black-and-white photographs, paintings, and drawings. He also experiments with various styles of mats and frames to create an unintentional and eclectic look.

Rustic elegant dining area

Photographer: Lisa Romerein

Subtle and Comfortable

Tim often mixes several styles in a single space to create interesting juxtapositions. Here, he mixed a delicate chandelier with a rustic farm table and chunky wicker chairs for a look that’s casually elegant.

Clean simple kitchen

Photographer: Lisa Romerein

Clean Kitchen

Rich mahagony countertops add more warmth than traditional stone or marble. Painted cabinets and shelves in Light Blue by Farrow & Ball also keep this white kitchen from feeling too sterile.

Relaxing outdoor living area

Photographer: Lisa Romerein

Relaxing Outdoors

To keep this outdoor living area about the calming Pacific Ocean backdrop, Tim chose furniture with neutral hues and lots of texture. “The point of beach living is to celebrate the outdoors, not recede from it,” he says.

Inviting guest room

Photographer: Lisa Romerein

Inviting Guest Room

Tim created an artful arrangement in this guest bedroom by mixing several motifs—textured, chalky matte, and transparent—to design a smart, balanced look. Antique accents throughout—from the quilt to the nightstand—complement the more ornate details such as the lamp and mirror detailing on the headboard.

Neutral bedroom

Photographer: Lisa Romerein

Nurturing Neutrals

Tim keeps calm earth tones alive with modern elements such as a clear teardrop lamp base and a burst of green in a white polished vase.

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