Beachcombing & Shoptalk with Tim Clarke


Santa Monica interior designer Tim Clarke is well known for creating sophisticated, unique spaces inspired my modern classicism.  His signature coastal-influenced aesthetic is highly sought-after by clients who want a new interpretation of a modern beach home.


Coastal Modern is the very essence of the perfect beach house: Beautiful, inviting spaces that encourage warmth, community and ease.

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Though Tim borrows from the clean lines and well thought out simplicity of modern design, it is softened by organic shapes and textures.

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He includes vintage pieces, locally sourced materials and objects and mixes them into a soothing, muted color palette inspired by the colors of the beach and the sea.

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Named for the lifeguard station located just down the block, Tower 20 is Tim Clarke's popular retail store in Santa Monica, California. His eponymous retail location was opened in response to a demand by other interior designers and clients who wanted to purchase the unusual and eclectic furnishings and objects for which he is so well known. 


Tim has a very simple goal: to infuse inspiration drawn from the coastal lifestyle and the essence of the "perfect beach house" into any space, regardless of size or location.


From recycled teak tables and hand blown glass hurricanes by impossible-to-find Belgian designers Sempre, to Bottegga Montana hand-made wooden furniture created by Italian skateboarders in Wyoming. 


Gathering together a highly edited selection of art, objects, books, sophisticated textiles and custom furnishings made to order, Tim Clarke Interiors and his Tower 20 offer products and inspiration unavailable anywhere else.


"The contrast of this smooth, wide-plank table pared with tactile wicker chairs exemplifies the sensory experience of furnishings often found in a beach house, but this look works everywhere!"


"The juxtaposition of sleek organic, Asian zen with classic French,...creates a calm but stimulating mood. The beach always comes out in my work, whether or not the project is on the water, because let's face it: Relaxed chic works anywhere." Tim Clarke


Speaking of the beach, just across the street from the big blue Pacific ocean is another one of Tim's business ventures, the Blue Plate Oysterette.

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He and owner Jenny Morton have created a restaurant with good old fashioned seaside charm!

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A striped awning defines the sidewalk terrace outside with 3 covet-able, at least on a balmy night, wooden picnic tables.

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And inside everyone is having a great time as couple, friends, mothers and sons, fathers and daughters commandeer a table or space at the bar.


Stop by Balustrade & Bitters Online Magazine to read more & take a video tour with Tim as your host!


Tim Clarke Interiors , Tower 20 and now Blue Plate Oysterette all share Tim's common goal: to infuse inspiration drawn from the coastal lifestyle and bring the essence of California beach life into any space, regardless of size or location.


Photos & graphics courtesy, Tim Clarke Interior Design, Tower 20, Blue Plate Oysterette, Balustrade & Bitters

visit Tim Clarke Interior Design Inc.


click to visit Tower 20

visit Balustrade & Bitters Online Magazine


Karena said...

Lisa, I love Tim's work he is a genius designer, thank you for sharing

Art by Karena

Karena said...

Forgot to say how much I love that blue painted chest!!


Greet said...

Hi Lisa,
Thank you for introducing us to Tim! I love his modern coastal approach!
There are certainly some Belgian influences seen in his work!

Michelle said...

This post makes me want to trade my Manhattan view for the beach! Loved the pictures! Thanks for brightening this rainy day for me!

AB HOME Interiors said...

Thanks for the intro. I really relate to his aesthetic having summered in Newport Beach, and my Grandparents lived in Santa Monica. I love interiors that are fresh, sleek and easy to live in

Chic Coles said...

How beautiful! I would love to have a house on the beach designed by him...or at least with his design aesthetics in mind!

Michelle said...

Thanks for your kind words on my blog yesterday. You are too sweet!

Maria Killam said...

So talented!! Love those spaces, thanks for visiting me today :)

Renae said...

He exudes 'California-ism'! Fresh faced and talented to boot! Makes me want to hit the beach. I do like his decor style.


Anne Marie said...

sleek organic, Asian zen with classic French....


i love that!

Norbridge Antiques said...

This reminds me of happy vacations at the beach. Oh, to have a beach house!