10 Essentials of Modern Casual Style

California designer Tim Clarke shares his advice for outfitting a beach house with a fresh, laid-back look.

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Master Bedroom Sitting Area
Photographer David Tsay

Essential #10: Large-scale Pattern

One of Tim’s tricks for getting a modern but warm look is to take classic motifs and interpret them in a fresh way. For example, in the master bedroom, a hand-blocked fabric dresses the windows. “The damask print gives the space that traditional warmth, but the large scale of the repeat adds a contemporary twist,” says Tim. It works especially well here because it’s among the few patterns in the room. “One big print with some oomph goes a long way,” he says.

We love: wraparound windows, especially when they surround a master bedroom sitting nook and open to a seaside garden.

Shop the look: Custom sectional sofa, Tim Clarke. Castel Messina sofa fabric in Celadon, Donghia. Light fixture, Tower 20. Side table, Mecox Gardens.

Tim’s shop Tower 20 offers furnishings, accessories, and design services—including custom furniture. For more call 310/452-8374 or visit timclarkedesign.com.


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