Inside ‘L Word’ star Jamie Clayton’s apartment in Los Angeles (photos) – The Hollywood Reporter

“Chaotic.” This is Jamie Clayton (L-word: Generation Q, Reason 8) describes her apartment in LA before she started working with interior designer and architect Davide Casaroli last year. “She’s very colorful and happy,” Casaroli says, and her furniture, collected by the actress over the years, reflected that.

But because there was so much going on, as the designer puts it, Casaroli decided to reduce the number of pieces in the apartment while adding structure and grounding to the living room with a large oval rug from Woven.

“She gave me so much freedom,” Casaroli says. “The main theme was to use her beautiful pieces, all that she loves, all that is a story for her and then we made it more functional and we created more seating in the living room as I would be one room with different seating . ” To create extra flow in the room, Casaroli Clayton’s blue, whimsically patterned Matthew Williamson moved to the Duresta sofa away from the wall. “You can walk 360 degrees around the sofa,” says the designer. The actress bought the sofa in London at Harrods while filming Reason 8. “It was a big dividend,” she says.

Other eye-catching pieces include a botanical bronze sculpture by Kenneth Tilly (found in LA’s Mimi London showroom); a Lucite chair from Jeff Messerschmidt’s Pipeline Series (“It was a huge score for me,” Clayton says); a “classic” Saarinen tulip table and vintage swivel chairs upholstered in a rich gray. “They are surprisingly comfortable,” says the actress.

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Living room furniture includes a specially designed pink daybed by Davide Casaroli Design, Io Alabaster rug from Woven, upholstered Milo Baughman era swivel chairs, a botanical bronze sculpture by Kenneth Tilley (from Mimi London), silk drapery in a mustard shade and a Matthew Williamson for Duresta sofa.
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Now, says Clayton (who next time plays as Pinhead in Spyglass and Hulus reboots) Hellraiser), “your eye is attracted to specific pieces, not 20 different things. There was a flamboyance to my place that Davide helped refine. He had a beautiful way of making everything stick together and tell an overall story.” Or, as Casaroli puts it: “I took her one notch down and she took me three notches up.”

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Jamie Clayton and interior designer Davide Casaroli
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Clayton and Casaroli had been friends before working together; the two met in Los Angeles. “I had made season one of Reason 8 and it had not come out yet, and I’m a little workhorse, and I do not like to have time off, “Clayton remembers,” and I took a job working for Moschino. I’m friends with [Moschino creative director] Jeremy [Scott] and they opened the Moschino store on Beverly. And Davide came shopping, and we just quit completely. ” In addition to Moschino, Clayton notes that her favorite fashion brands include Dries van Noten and Maison Margiela. “All that Martin [Margiela] did was brilliant and I love what [creative director] John [Galliano] do now. And Dries is amazing with his prints and this kind of flamboyant approach to clothing. “

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Many of the artwork – including pieces by Zackary Drucker (self-portrait, above center), Josh Reames and Laura Krifka – were found in LA’s Luis De Jesus Gallery. “It’s really important to support working artists,” Clayton says.
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Casaroli – who was born and raised in Italy, where he studied architecture before moving to LA eight years ago – also served as art curator for the project. “Jamie is an art collector and we had a lot of fun. We went to different places in LA and we ended up working with the art gallery Luis De Jesus, a great gallery in the center. They have amazing artists, and most of them are LGBTQ – and they’re really interested in diversity, which is something that both me and Jamie love. Every single piece is powerful, from Zackary Drucker’s self-portrait in the living room to three pieces by Josh Reames. I love them very much. “

Clayton adds, “The one thing that I just think is really important is to support working artists. Art can be expensive, but there are ways to access art via Instagram. A lot of the art I have in the apartment is artists I found on Instagram or from friends in New York. “

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Vintage table lamps and bed frames, Grand Arroyo bedside tables from Mimi London and works of art by Josh Reames decorate the bedroom.
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One storey holds service and books, and a seating area includes a Jeff Messerschmidt Pipeline Series chair and a Patricia Urquiola side table from Moroso. Flowers by Gemma Sonego.
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A breakfast nook includes a Saarinen tulip table by Knoll and vintage Alessandro Albrizzi MCM executive chair. “The morning corner is my favorite place in the house, the light comes in from the large window and reflects the Knoll tulip dining table. It is a peaceful place with comfortable seating,” says Casaroli.
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A version of this story first appeared in the December 1 issue of the Hollywood Reporter magazine. Click here to subscribe.

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