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Fashionable, Sophisticated Las Vegas Home
A style-minded couple bets on glamorous tailored elegance
Think about fashion in Las Vegas and your head fills with images of showgirls in sequins and feathered headdresses, gamblers in boastful prints, and club-hoppers in lamé cocktail dresses. Excess—and lots of it. But fashion enthusiast Lori Scalleat drew on a different style vision for her suburban dream home: the custom-tailored look. Luxurious but restrained, sophisticated, and comfortable. “Tempered Vegas,” in the words of Tim Clarke, the Santa Monica-based designer who crafted the interiors to suit Lori and her husband, real estate developer Jeff LaPour.
“In Las Vegas, appearance oftentimes trumps comfort, and we didn’t want that,” Lori says. “We are not glitzy people, and wanted a home that was casual, but with richness and authenticity. And it needed to be classic and age well, not trendy.”
Clarke’s first challenge on the project lay in the housing development’s covenants, which required all homes built in the neighborhood to have a Frank Lloyd Wright-style exterior. But the simple, open interiors that usually flow from the Prairie style weren’t a natural fit for the design-oriented couple. Lori, in particular, draws inspiration from fashion books and magazines. Clarke masterfully embedded restrained doses of sparkle and sheen into the streamlined architecture with organic, shady undertones for a look that appears natural.
Photography: Luca Trovato
Produced by Laura Hull
Interior designer: Tim Clarke, Tim Clarke Design Inc., 2110 Main St., Santa Monica, CA 90405; 310/452-8374, timclarkedesign.com.
Cool, Shaded Entry
“The dark interior palette was influenced by the climate,” Clarke says. “This house is situated in a desert, where extreme heat is an issue. Instead of big pale rooms, I opted to create shade.”
Wallcovering (“Campanelle”/Brown, Gold, Museaum Texture #5111): Fortuny, fortuny.com. Through Keith McCoy, 310/657-7150.
Rug (Persian rug): Rugs and Art, rugsandart.com.
Nickel lantern: owner’s collection.
Gilded églomise console (antique): Mecox Gardens, mecox.com.
Gilt wood stools (antique): Villa Melrose, villamelroseantiques.com.
Lamp on console (“Dorchester” #CHA8188): Circa Lighting, circalighting.com.
Striking Dark Library
Finishes played a key role in the rich interiors. Take the mahogany used for the cabinets and bookshelves in the library, as well as for the ceiling there and in the adjoining living room. Finished with lacquer, the wood would have looked shiny and new. Clarke gave it age and depth by having it rubbed with oil, producing the kind of layered look that usually happens over time and that brings out the grain of the wood.
A pleated shade pendant light from Baker’s Jacques Garcia collection hangs over a partners desk.
Area rug (Persian Sultanabad): Rugs and Art, rugsandart.com.
Bookcase lights (“Bookcase Light 6-Inch” #L4201B): Robert Kime, robertkime.com.
Library table (distressed leather top/French Wax finish); Tim Clarke Design, timclarkedesign.com.
Gilded stools (“Mish Stool”/Gilt #300-1, by Jasper): Michael S Smith Inc., michaelsmithinc.com.
Stool fabric (Croc Series): Mark Tursi, marktursi.com.
Giltwood chairs: Venfield NYC, venfieldnyc.com.
Chandelier (“Couronne Chandelier” #JG3029, by Jacques Garcia): Baker, bakerfurniture.com.
Oil painting of roses: Los Angeles Fine Art Gallery, lafagallery.com.
Etching (by Marcel Duchamp): Dragonette Ltd., dragonetteltd.com.
Cozy Living Room
Building on the aged appearance in the library, a vintage limestone fireplace mantel in the living room anchors an unconventional seating arrangement of three club chairs. Designer Tim Clarke steered away from a traditional arrangement, placing wing chairs around a stylish Ralph Lauren mahogany cocktail table.
Area rug (Persian Mahal): Rugs and Art, rugsandart.com.
Mirror (antique, burlwood, Restoration period): John Nelson Antiques, johnnelsonantiques.com.
Fire screen (antique): Reborn Antiques, rebornantiques.net.
Wing chairs (“Paris Chair” #S3506, by Greg Jordan): Scalamandré, scalamandre.com.
Wing-chair fabric (velvet): Rose Tarlow-Melrose House, rosetarlow.com.
Pillows: Villa Melrose, villamelroseantiques.com.
Green cabinet (Aldo Tura Rosewood and Parchment): antique.
River landscape painting; sous bois painting over green cabinet: Los Angeles Fine Art Gallery, lafagallery.com.
Cocktail table (“Duke” #1866-40): Ralph Lauren Home, ralphlaurenhome.com.
Glamorous Dining Room
The showstopper of Lori and Jeff’s home is the dining room. It’s glamorous, but also edited in such a way that it doesn’t speak the ostentatious vernacular of Las Vegas. Think evening wear.
With French doors that open to the front of the house, it was essential that the dining room look elegant not only by candlelight, but during the day, too, when natural light pours in. Grounded by an antique rug in green and gray, the dining room serves as a transition between darker and lighter spaces of the house. As in the living room and library, the ceiling is mahogany. But the walls are covered in a chalky, platinum-color Venetian plaster that nods to the bright appearance of the kitchen and family room. Dining chairs with silver bases are upholstered in gray-green silk. Window treatments are dreamy and feminine, gathering striped silk taffeta to look like the full skirt of a ball gown. A crystal chandelier glows above the dining table like a gem-encrusted statement necklace.
The dining room nods to Las Vegas shimmer, but with toned-down references. The chairs were altered from gold leaf to silver leaf.
Dining table (reproduction); buffet (reproduction): Tim Clarke Design, timclarkedesign.com.
Pair of candelabras: antique.
Dining chairs (“Duke Side Chair” #868-28): Ralph Lauren Home, ralphlaurenhome.com.
Chair fabric (“Wildly Chic”/Grasshopper, silk/linen #9420-12): Donghia., donghia.com.
Chandelier (antique); Sheffield mirrored plateau on dining table; giltwood mirror over buffet (antique): John Nelson Antiques, johnnelsonantiques.com.
Bronze lamps on buffet (Neoclassical): antique.
Area rug (Persian Malayer, antique): Rugs and Art, rugsandart.com.
Drapery (Anniston Silk Taffeta”/Mineral #3462000): Schumacher, fschumacher.com.
Casually Chic Family Room
Clarke notes that the kitchen and family room are more about light than design. Their ceilings are also wood, but painted white. The family room invites daytime visitors, but with the formal appointments of a black tuxedo. Sofas with simple forms wear cut-velvet stripes. Antique French chairs were left how they were bought, sporting striking zebra hides.
The family room adopted a casually chic appearance with formal appointments such as billowing linen draperies, a silvered floor lamp, and pinstriped velvet sofas.
Chandelier (silver-plated Italian 10-light, c. 1920): Immortal Treasures, immortaltreasures.com.
Floor lamp (antique): Reborn Antiques, rebornantiques.net.
Black bookshelf (antique): Big Daddy’s Antiques, bdantiques.com.
Bust in bookshelf; print in bookshelf (by Picasso); woodcut in bookshelf (by John Paul Jones, c. 1959): Dragonette Ltd., dragonettelimited.com.
Candleholders (antique, Austrian baroque): Leif, 310/492-0033.
Club chair far left (“Folly”): Hollyhock, hollyhockinc.com.
Fabric (“Shaker Linen”/Noir #92509-16): Rogers & Goffigon, 203/532-8068.
Dark woods were incorporated into the mostly white kitchen so it wouldn’t feel like a complete departure from the rest of the house. Wide-plank French oak flooring mimics the old floors of Parisian townhouses. “You wouldn’t find pristine, glossy floors there, and we didn’t want them here either,” Clarke says.
Chandeliers over island (“Astrid 8 Chandelier”/Polished Nickel #HL1293.8): Remains Lighting, remains.com.
Butcher block countertop (oiled walnut): Spekva Workshops, spekva.com.
Refrigerator: Sub-Zero, subzero-wolf.com.
Range: Wolf, subzero-wolf.com.
Island faucets (“Julia”); pot-filler faucet: Waterworks, waterworks.com.
An upholstered bench sits at one end of the island near the breakfast nook. Stainless steel appliances, white tile backsplash, and white cabinets give the kitchen a crisp, clean feel.
The luminous white kitchen has jewel-like frills such as lustrous nickel light fixtures and a banquette table with a hammered-metal base and ebonized mahogany top.
Light over table (antique): Reborn Antiques, rebornantiques.net.
Dining table (zebra wood top on sunburst nickel base); armchairs (“Regency Style Armchairs”): Tim Clarke Design, timclarkedesign.com.
Banquette cushion (“Assam,” discontinued): Mokum, mokumtextiles.com.
Fashionable Master Bedroom
Lori gave her inner fashionista free rein in the master suite. Feminine, with tailored pieces that appeal to Jeff, too, the room indulges in alluring fabrics.
An antique French bed initially specified for the space was too detailed and frilly. Clarke designed a bed with a simple silhouette that didn’t compete with the feminine elements. Its ebonized frame is upholstered in white linen. The patterned window treatment fabric is from Fortuny.
Sofa: Tim Clarke Design, timclarkedesign.com.
Sofa fabric (“Geisha”/Champagne, silk): Silk Trading Co., silktrading.com.
Club chairs (“Jules” ): George Smith, georgesmith.com.
Club-chair fabric (“Pasha”/Mussel, linen velvet #1591-70): Gretchen Bellinger, gretchenbellinger.com.
Coffee table (antique): JF Chen, jfchen.com.
Wall sconces (by Francine Villier-Levy): Bourgeois Boheme, bobointeriors.com.
Cabinets flanking fireplace (“Fontenay”/Antique Black with 22K Gold #DL-CB 11): Dennis & Leen, dennisandleen.com.
Drapery (“Barberini”/ Grey, Silvery Gold #5209): Fortuny, fortuny.com.
Chandelier (antique): Lucca Antiques, lucaantiques.com.
Area rug (Turkish Sivas): Rugs and Art, rugsandart.com.
Upholstered mahogany headboard (Linen in Natural): Tim Clarke Design, timclarkedesign.com.
Table lamps (discontinued): Williams-Sonoma Home, williams-sonoma.com.
Leather-top writing desk/bedside table, left (antique): JF Chen, jfchen.com.
Antiqued mirror (antique): Hollyhock, hollyhockinc.com.
Master Bedroom Sitting Area
In the bedroom, antique armoires flank the fireplace. Club chairs are covered in smoky purple velvet from Gretchen Bellinger, and a settee wears silk of the same color, while a Fortuny pattern dresses a pair of French doors
Posh Master Bathroom
Wrapped in silver leaf, the master bath takes on a lounge-inspired environment. A crystal chandelier reflects in a mirror that rests on an antique fireplace surround.
Wallcovering: silver leaf.
Flooring (carrara marble): Ann Sacks, annsacks.com.
Area rug (Samarkand antique): Y & B Bolour, ybbolour.com.
Drapery (“Greggio Linen”/Gasoline, discontinued): Rogers & Goffigon, 203/532-8068.
Slipper chair (“La Somme Chair” #AFSA360, Atelier Collection): Bourgeois Boheme, bobointeriors.com.
Chair fabric (“Karakul,” colorway discontinued, by Designers Guild): Osborne & Little, designersguild.com.
Chandelier (antique): Connoisseur Antiqiues, connoisseurantiques.com.
Mantel (antique limestone): Exquisite Surfaces, xsurfaces.com.
Giltwood mirror (antique): Hollyhock, hollyhockinc.com.
Fire screen (“Marivella” #3002): Reborn Antiques, rebornantiques.net.
Etagére (antique, mahogany): Lee Stanton Antiques, leestanton.com.
“My love for fashion stems from my mother, who had great taste,” says Lori. “She was up early, dressed beautifully, and lived an effortlessly chic life. She loved pretty details and always noticed a stitch, a silhouette, or proportion. I now do the same.” In Lori’s closet, a lighted shelving unit highlights her collection of shoes. A slipper chair covered in silk stripes makes dressing simple.
Outdoor Living Room
This space was intended to be an indoor-style room that just happened to be outside, not another spot for pool furniture. A velvet sofa with nailhead trim and a decorative mirror above the fireplace emphasize Lori and Jeff’s commitment to detail in every location throughout the house.
Sofas (“Paradis” #P 161 730): John Hutton, johnhutton.com.
Coffee table (“Ambrosia”/Antique Gold Leaf with Mirror #CT-161): Murray’s Iron Works, murraysiw.com.
Garden stool (“Large Glazed Crackle Stool”); mirrored silver sconces: Mecox Gardens, mecox.com.
Hand-carved mirror: Dos Gallos, dosgallos.com.
Hanging lantern (“Cole Lantern” #4096): Paul Ferrante, Hewn, hewnsf.com.
Homeowners Lori Scalleat and Jeff LaPour.
Interior designer Tim Clarke