Clare & Her Home
Hailing from England, celebrity stylist and fashion expert Clare Mukherjee's timeless style and passion for creative expression is clearly visible in her work, which blends European influences with a strong, sharp and sophisticated vision. With an innate understanding of the fashion world and keen eye, she's truly a jack-of-all-trades. From personal shopping and delivering on-air commentary, to bringing to life iconic fashion moments that have graced the covers and editorial pages of InStyle, Flaunt and Vanity Fair, there isn't much that Clare has left to conquer in the fashion world.
Her meticulous attention to detail and distinct sense of style (all of which have captured the attention of celebrities and fashion publications alike) translates seamlessly into her beautifully designed home. We couldn't be more excited to share how Clare curated her dream space and, of course, details about her next adventure and greatest endeavor to date: Motherhood!
Whether you're in the process of moving to a new city, designing a home or reworking your wardrobe, Clare has plenty of insight to share. Peek inside this mid-century-inspired home to learn more about Clare, and the fashion and design-filled life she shares with her husband in LA!
How would you describe the overall aesthetic of your home?
I would say that my approach to my home is definitely 'less is more'—not too much color and lots of white. I like to keep it simple and neutral with my clothing and home but with the odd luxe element. I'm definitely not a minimalist, but I don't like too much 'stuff'! Our lives are so hectic in this city that it's so nice to have a simple and calm space to come home to!
What brand or client has been your favorite to work with in your role as a professional stylist? And who are you dying to work with in the future?
OK, that's a hard question because I have been so fortunate to work with so many great people and brands! I will say, I am very proud of my work as a stylist and consultant with the brand Everlane right from its beginning. As a stylist, to see the company grow like it has and to be involved in helping to create the overall aesthetic has been incredibly rewarding!
Styling the Clare V. Fall 2016 campaign was also a dream come true as I have been a huge fan of all things that Clare does for years! When I got the call for the job, I was thrilled! My good friend Haley Boyd's shoe line Marais USA is another brand I am honored to be associated with as a stylist. I live in her Jardin heel—they are my ultimate go-to shoe for day and night!
What is your favorite room in your house, and why?
I spend so much time in our tiled 'Garden Room' that we added to the back of the house—it really is the perfect indoor/outdoor room. We worked with the architect Barbara Bestor on it (she designed Silver Lake Intelligentsia, the Clare V. Silver Lake flagship store and many more!) and it truly exceeded all of our expectations. It has expansive windows, huge French windows that open right out into the garden, a lovely high ceiling and the most fantastic views. I especially love the Cle 'Los Feliz' Tile that Barbara used. It's just such a lovely, bright and comfortable space to spend time in!
Tell us a few of your favorite furniture resources! Where do you love to shop for home goods?
Where don't I shop?! I am a huge Rose Bowler—I love the hunt and I'm not afraid to rewire electrical pieces or reupholster furniture. When I first met my husband, Andrew, he had just bought an architectural 1959 post-and-beam house in the Hollywood Hills and was all about anything and everything mid-century! He introduced me to Modernica and Amsterdam Modern, and we have bought a lot of pieces (predominantly Eames and Case Study furniture) from them over the years. It definitely satiates his more masculine/minimal aesthetic!
When we married and moved into our current home (which is a 1934 Danish Colonial in Franklin Hills), I definitely looked to soften our furnishings by incorporating more comfortable, timeless pieces while keeping all of our Eames, too. Custom Room & Board pieces never disappoint, our two navy swivel chairs in the main living room are R&B, and people always ask about them, imagining they are outrageously expensive vintage pieces!
When it comes to lighting and home accessories, you can not beat Schoolhouse Electric. I'll confess: 90 percent of the lighting in our home is from Schoolhouse! Oh, and I have a serious Heath Ceramics obsession. The last time we were in the Bay Area, we made a pottery pilgrimage to its factory in Sausalito, and snapped up some serious bargains!
We didn't have the easiest journey to parenthood, which makes getting this far all the more precious. We are really over the moon and can't wait!
What types of plants/flowers do you typically have in your home? Do you have a watering routine or do you just wing it?
I wing it! In regards to plants, I try to stick to succulents that don't need much watering, but—like every other design-obsessed homeowner—I do have a fiddle-leaf fig tree (called Freddy) that is the bane of my existence! I spend a lot of time making sure he is happy!
With flowers, I like to keep it simple and tend to stick to white and green. I love a bunch of white tulips in one of my Heath pieces, and I'm always snipping our white roses from our front garden and sticking them in glass jars! But an expert flower arranger, I am definitely not!
Can you tell us about the owl collection on your dining room windowsill?
It's funny you ask about them as it's a slightly bizarre and unique story! I mentioned that when I first met my husband, he had just bought a mid-century home and it was from an elderly gentleman who had passed away. Andrew was in the process of gutting/renovating the house (to its former glory, I must add—he was very respectful of its design and architectural origins, which rather impressed me at the time!).
In our early stages of dating, I stopped by and he showed me a dusty box that he had found in the hallway cupboard in an otherwise completely empty house. Inside the box was a bunch of old tissue paper and the owls! The man who had owned the home was a travel agent and had obviously collected the owls on his travels. My husband contacted the realtor (who was a friend of the previous owner) having found this personal collection, but she said to keep them and that he would be happy for us to have them. We have honored and displayed them ever since!
Where do you always take guests who visit you in LA from out of town?
A day trip to Malibu never goes amiss. We start at Malibu Farm on Malibu Pier for breakfast and then head to my secret beach spot for a walk and some dolphin watching! I also love showing people what's happening in Downtown LA. Grand Central Market is such a fun destination, and I love a good stroll around the Arts District, stopping by Poketo and Hauser Wirth & Schimmel for some culture. Los Angeles County Museum of Art is always fun for visitors, and an oldie but goodie for impressing visitors to LA is the Hollywood Bowl—the atmosphere and experience is just so magical and so LA!
Do you have any clever home storage tips to share with our readers?
Hmm, I could do with some myself! But I will say don't hold onto things—be tough with yourself and give things you don't use away. Just donate them, or don't let clutter build up in the first place! Think to yourself, there are people out there who need your excessive stuff more than you do. Prevention is key! Being a stylist, I can't avoid having a huge collection of clothing and shoes, but I do try to filter through it as much as I can and only keep pieces I know will be useful.
When you're styling on-set or at a client's home, what supplies do you always have within arm's reach? What's in your emergency kit?
My kit is huge (everything from Spanx and nipple covers to armpit pads, shoe inserts and starch spray, etc.), but my absolute essentials are a lint roller, safety pins, a hand-held steamer, doubled-sided tape, a sewing kit, Shout wipes and a Tide pen!
What foods do you typically serve when you entertain?
I'm in no way a hugely talented chef, but I do really enjoy cooking with fresh produce, and tend to keep it simple! We have an outdoor grill and sink, which makes it fun to have easy al fresco dinners. When I have people over, I love to serve food family-style as it creates a convivial and relaxed atmosphere.
At the last dinner party I hosted, I served grilled marinated skirt steak (from our much-loved local butcher McCall's in Los Feliz—I love it there), grilled peaches and burrata on a bed of arugula, a shaved zucchini and mint salad with shallot vinaigrette and some crusty bread! My go-to dessert is normally fresh berries and fresh whipped cream! Very low maintenance.
When I host, I make sure to have plenty of bottles of San Pellegrino (they always get consumed), and in the summer, I do a fruity light cocktail for when people arrive. White wine sangria with peaches and mint always goes down well!
Do you have any tips on decorating a patio? Where do you source your indoor/outdoor pieces?
I say, don't be afraid to use textiles outdoors. I love to pile pillows up on my outdoor couch and chairs! A fun assortment of striped pillows and throws in a good color story is a nice, classic way to decorate a patio.
I found our couch at CB2, and West Elm always has nice outdoor lounge furniture. The dining table and bench is from IKEA, but I love Fermob outdoor dining furniture. It's pricey, but so chic! I have my eye on its six-person dining table with an attached canvas canopy—swoon! Our white outdoor loveseat is the Cruz sofa from Room & Board and the rest of our outdoor pieces are from the Rose Bowl.
I think it's just really important to think outside the box and mix it up. Don't go all matchy-matchy with your outdoor patio set, avoid anything they sell at Home Depot and throw in some vintage mid-century chairs with your new West Elm outdoor sofa.
Congratulations on your pregnancy! What about motherhood are you most looking forward to?
Thank you! I am honestly looking forward to absolutely everything and anything—even changing diapers! I can't wait to go to mummy and baby groups, music classes, to walk him around our neighborhood, make friends with other new mums and share the experience of parenting with my husband and the feeling of having our own complete little family. We didn't have the easiest journey to parenthood, which makes getting this far all the more precious. We are really over the moon and can't wait!
I'm definitely not a minimalist, but I don't like too much 'stuff'! Our lives are so hectic in this city that it's so nice to have a simple and calm space to come home to!
Do you have any on-camera outfit ideas to share? Do you dress differently for in-person appearances, or is it roughly the same?
I sure do! When on camera, it's best to stick to form-fitting pieces. It's not the time for swing dresses or shapeless shifts. It's also better to stick to block colors and avoid patterns, which tend not to translate well on camera.
I often wear tailored pieces like short suits (I don't love my body, but my legs are OK, so I always get them out!), and will tuck tops in (albeit reluctantly) to show some waist. I must confess, I much prefer dressing other people for on-camera than I do for myself! I dress very differently in real life! It's actually a constant battle and I have been enjoying taking time off from doing TV as I don't have to worry whether my clothing works on camera! On camera, I'm in form-fitting pieces and force myself to wear color and high heels. My real-life style is very minimal and simple and nowhere near exciting enough for on-camera.
I have a uniform of sorts. Before I got pregnant, during the day I lived in striped oversized oxford shirts or Saint James tees, high-waisted, ankle length white jeans or cropped kick flare pants, my white Stan Smith sneakers or Martiniano flats with an A.P.C. double-breasted navy blazer. In the evening, I'd wear something like a navy silk shift dress, a grey Everlane cashmere cardigan draped over my shoulder and my Marais Jardin heel with my 2.55 Chanel bag. Because I'm pregnant, I'm currently living in Hatch maternity cotton dresses. Sadly, none of these are TV-friendly outfits!
What are your top-five wardrobe essentials?
Oh, this is hard but for me personally (not what I would instruct clients, as that varies from client to client!). It's a white jean, cotton striped oxford shirt, a leather loafer in a neutral color, a tan cashmere cardigan and a LWD (little white dress!).
Which fashion trends are you looking forward to wearing this fall?
Suiting is going to be huge this fall, especially pinstriped pant suits and sharp tailoring. After I give birth, I can't wait to get back into my pantsuits! Just before I got pregnant, I bought the most gorgeous double-breasted blue pantsuit from Creatures of Comfort. I can't wait to wear it with a white tee and Stan Smith sneakers during the day or dress it up with my block-heeled nude Maryam Nassir Zadeh heels at night. I also love anything military-inspired and was excited to see lots of navy blue fitted jackets with cream white wide leg pants at Proenza Schouler, and two-piece skirt suits with brass buttons at Burberry. Swoon.
Custom couch (walnut legs and grey upholstery) // Eames lounger and ottoman // Marble slab on coffee table // Living room side table // Custom storage unit // Dining chairs (in 'Celery') // Navy chairs (in 'Vance Indigo') // Tile in the Garden Room // Ticking stripe pillows (similar) // Outdoor dining table and bench // Outdoor couch (similar) // Kitchen light base // Kitchen light shade // Brass planters // Candles // Kitchen clock // Utensil holder // Fruit bowl // Dining room mirror // Dining room chandelier // Metal hoop stand // Jute rug // Living room pouf // Mini table in the Garden Room // Kitchen towels