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One to Watch

Ashley Clark's Ban on Beige

Interior decorator Ashley Clark is one to watch on the Orange County design scene. The Salt Lake City native lives in Newport Beach with her husband and four kids, and is staking her design claim with an online shop as well as a growing roster of residential design clients. Clark’s boutique, Skout, specializes in pillows and accessories made of vintage fabrics (think everything from African mud cloth to recycled denim), while her interior design work is all about creating homes that reflect her clients’ personalities and lifestyles. “I like quirk. I don’t want people’s homes to feel like a model home – too perfect or no personality,” says Clark, who often mixes high and low elements. “I’m able to incorporate some Home Depot or Ikea into a million-dollar home.”

When it comes to making high functioning, high-impact spaces, Clark relies on her favorite color (white) and then plays off that canvas with strategic bursts of color, art and pattern. “I love contrast, like white sofas, because pillows, art and accessories ‘pop’ off them. I love dark sofas for the same reason.” Her least favorite design element? “Tan or beige sofas – as in everything blends. Yuck!”

When it comes to papering walls, Clark takes a less-is-more approach. Relying on both hip and traditional companies such as Farrow & Ball, Hygge & West, as well as Cole & Son, she prefers papering just one wall in a room or taking wallpaper to the ceiling. “I love wallpaper in small spaces. It makes a bigger impact!”

:: shopskout.com

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