After just six short months in her home, Claire Cottrell has achieved the look she strives for, “minimal a la modern Japanese,” specifically inspired by the Japanese architecture firms SANAA and Atelier Bow-Wow. While she dreams of having an all white space, she’s incorporated soft pastel colors punctuated by rich natural hues via handmade textiles, art and found objects that add texture to the space and create something completely her own. She is also clearly inspired by nature, which suits her, considering her home is nestled in the trees of Mount Washington, California. Claire is a filmmaker, design editor and founder of BOOK STAND, an independent art book shop headquartered in Los Angeles. Thank you, Claire! — Shannon
Image above: This is the biggest impulse buy I’ve ever made. The second I saw it, I said, “I have to have that.” At the time, I lived in an impossibly small studio with a Murphy bed. I didn’t have room for it until just this year, so the beautiful thing has been sitting in storage for almost ten years. I love it, and I’m so happy to see it every day.
Image above: The little white enamel Japanese teapot that I can’t live without on a vintage Wedgewood stove. Also, my white clay toiro donabe pot and a new tagine.
See more of Claire’s California home after the jump . . .
Image above: Can you tell I love white?! A vintage Saarinen-esque table with IKEA stools and an Eames side chair. A eucalyptus branch I nailed to the wall. Flowering broccoli in a white clay vase. And then a paper lantern I found in my garage. The man that lived in the house before me worked in the camera department, and he’d left it in the rafters. I rescued it and fitted it with a low-wattage bulb.
Image above: My tumbleweed! It’s left over from a shoot. Best home accessory ever. A nod to Ray Eames.
Image above: A Matt Merkel-Hess big dot bowl from IKO IKO.
Image above: In my dream world, my house would be all white. Having a little black dog makes it pretty challenging. Vintage kantha blankets are my solution. I have a stack of them in the linen cupboard to use whenever needed (e.g., on a rainy day: everywhere). This one is my favorite. The soft pinks and pastels are hard to find. The little stool is from Platform, this great little shop across the street from my local tea spot. The rug is a vintage find from the Rose Bowl, as is the table ($20!).
Image above: I love music, vinyl, little tables, etc. This is essentially my entertainment system. Records, radio and my iPod. There’s a Mike Mills print from his Humans collection peeking out to the side. It’s all black but has these teeny tiny multi-colored polka dots sprinkled at random in the black. In other words, humans.
Image above: I work from home, so my workspace is incredibly important to me. Everything about this makes me happy: the handmade wooden desk by Taku Shinomoto that I picked up in Venice at a Tortoise (Mr. Shinomoto’s the owner) “yard sale” for $20. The WAKA WAKA stools are by another local Japanese designer, Shin Okuda. The print is one of my favorite images: a nude torso covered with lilies by a Chinese photographer. And a hand-painted bookmark made by Austin-based artist Amelia Giller for my book shop.
Image above: All the essentials — washi tape, pens, paper, a stack of flower zines I was prepping for the L.A. Art Book Fair, the D.A.P. catalog and wildflowers I picked on a walk with my dog.
Image above: Little things sent to me by artists whose books I carry. Hand-painted stars by my friend Stella, and a little twig collage I made on a lazy Sunday.
Image above: White dipped wood table picked up on sale at West Elm. Vintage black Underwriters’ Laboratories portable lamp with peach cord from Duson in Silver Lake. A plant and a stack of current before-bed reads.
Image above: My dresser, a Debbie Carlos print and my monstera.
Image above: A linoleum block print by Cortney Cassidy, my handmade broom and the stained glass door to my backyard. It makes a rainbow on my walls every day between 4 and 5 pm.