February 26, 2014
Inside a Lively Los Angeles Art Ark
Perhaps the anticipation of Darron Arronofsky's new film, Noah, has us in an Old-Testament tizzy, but this living room is giving us bonafide ark vibes. Don't get us wrong, Los Angeles-based interior designer Kathleen Clements (along with her son and business partner Tommy Clements) has a far more refined design than Noah's. But something about her use of animal sculptures and a fully-grown tree in this massively spacious room makes us think her design may have been heavenly ordained. Fortunately there is more art than animals, which deems it worthy of our title "Art Ark." If you're looking to take refuge in a similar space, follow these 10 commandments (ok, there are really only three).
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Photography: Kathleen Clements Design
Although this room is brimming with one-of-a-kind pieces and original collectibles, the structure is what gives it the feeling of grandeur. The room may be cavernous, even the size of some people's entire homes, but it's the light reflecting off the marble backdrop that makes it special. Get the look at any humble abode by covering your walls with a subtle marble-print wallpaper. Ferm Living makes a paper that is as realistic as the finest slab, admirers will never know the difference.
|Marble Wallpaper, $75, Ferm Living||Reeve Midcentury Coffee Table, $399, West Elm||Amber Paisley Throw, $60, World Market|
Noah may have had two of every animal, but Clements has narrowed it down to just a few sheep (Francois-Xavier Lalanne sheep to be precise) . The lifelike sculptures graze next to a similarly furry sofa, making the perfect place for any shepheard to unwind. If you can't make the fur upholstery investment, simply throw a sheepskin on the back of a sofa or on the seat of a chair. Wherever you may put it, someone is bound to curl up and "baaa".
|Gavin Armchair, $995, HD Buttercup||Large Sheep Sculpture in the Style of Lalanne, Price Upon Request, 1st Dibs||Cushy Lounge Love Seat Set, From $119, PB Teen|
A collection of every species in the world is impressive - sure - but it's nothing compared to a well curated art collection. Clements has paired paintings, prints, and sculpture. By varying mediums and styles of art, an advanced palette is shown and interesting juxtapositions are made. Who would guess a classic oil painted portrait would pair so nicely with an abstract wire sculpture? Apparently the divine-minded Clements.
|Dale Earnhardt Jr/88 by Banks Violette, Price Upon Request, Blum & Poe||Ruth Asawa Sculpture, Price Upon Request, Christie's Private Sales||1940's Oil Portrait, $995, 1st Dibs|