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A creative, carefree look

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Botanical artist Krislyn Komarov, shown with husband Dmitri, kept her creative streak in check when designing her Los Angeles home. Although visitors will see the occasional exclamation point — here in the form of hanging bubble chairs — the overall effect is more lived in, less design lab. “We didn’t want the house too packed,” Komarov says. “I collect things and love curiosities, but I don’t want a house that looks like people don’t actually live there.” (Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times)
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Komarov is best known for botanical installations — the kind that won’t fade after five days in water. Here, charred manzanita is adorned with hundreds of tiny mirror fragments. (Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times)
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A 7-foot cypress stump became inspiration for a little DIY lighting: Komarov wired the salvaged wood and found a complementary shade. (Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times)
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Komarov’s botanical sculpture and a resident fan. (Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times)
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Whereas many people might fill the kitchen window with plants and flowers, Komarov uses the space as a stage for her latest fascinations. The most recent: white porcelain and ceramic figurines — some kitsch, some classic — that form a still-life of quirky elegance. “That space is like an altar to me,” she says. (Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times)
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An ornate frame surrounds a series of small mirrors instead of a single sheet. The bed is flanked by more simple beauty. (Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times)
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Komarov’s floral creations, like her home, reflect her pursuit of beauty in the unconventional. (Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times)
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The front of Komarov’s house offers the first hint that what lies inside defies easy labels. (Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times)
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