Last week I lost my Las Vegas Design Market virginity. It was my first time. And, wow, was it good. So good that sometimes what happens in Vegas must not stay in Vegas. Especially when it’s perfect fodder for a design blog post!
During the trip, I was lucky enough to stay in a house that was so fancy it felt more French castle than Henderson, Nevada. (Thank you J.T. and S.H.!)
It had an outdoor swing that was custom-built (as in the reeds were gathered, soaked, and woven into the basket you see below) to look like a hot air balloon. Uh huh.
And a sofa upholstered in this fabulous fabric. Oh yeah.
But enough about the amazing house.
Let’s get on with the show!
I must admit, I felt kinda swanky walking through the front door to the LV Design Center. I mean, just look at that peacock on the glass. Need I say more?
There were three buildings with many, many floors each of which was filled, especially for the show, with design showrooms. It was so tiring, apparently my mind erased how many floors there actually were. Let’s just say we walked from 10 am to 6 pm, non-stop, two days in a row. The glamorous life of a designer. Not.
Inside, there were round mirrors o’ plenty. Round mirror trend alert!
These two sucked me in and I ordered them. Like a Vegas memento. And a reward for all that trudging–I mean walking!
Sputnik chandeliers (or “Spoot-nik” as my mom recently corrected; Bolshoe spasibo, mom.) are also A THING.
Antler this and that, (loose antlers, antler mirrors, antler chandeliers, and antlers attached to to the heads of their previously alive owners), were ubiquitous.
I did find this mirror beautiful, and all the more so, when I convinced myself it was made from antlers that had fallen, naturally.
Do you have a wood plank wall, yet?
As cool as a distressed wood plank wall looks–I love that they’re almost always made from reclaimed wood and offer a rugged, organic look over something that’s sleek, smooth, and sterile–I have to wonder, are these for us what the wood panel wall was in the 70s? You know, the wood panel wall that everyone grimaces at today and can’t wait to take a paint roller and some white paint to?
There was some pretty stuff…
This wall would be easy enough to recreate for instant “wallpaper” on the cheap.
Feather chandelier fitted with a bulb that changes colors, anyone?
I loved the simplicity of this line drawing and, of course, that it was of a dog.
Here was the perfect two-in-one: the clever bookshelf chair.
But if you want a little more b-b-b-b-bling in your chair…
Or maybe a cradle rocking bed is more your style…
Okay, for a rock star client (Note to self: must get one of those!) this would be kind of perfect, no?
There were quirky things.
I have a client who I think, I think, I think might have this wallpaper installed in her office. I hope so! I love it.
And there were odd things. Things that made you say, “Huh?”
And even this….
Some stuff was a little dark. No I don’t mean the ten thousand hanging lights or the sparking geodes (oh yeah, geodes are also A THING; if you want to be on-trend, you must get a smattering for your desk, coffee table, bookshelf, or entry table. Like yesterday or at least by tomorrow).
No, I meant dark as in this creepy snake wallpaper.
Some things fell into the category of, “Now who would buy that?”
Others fell into, “Wow!”
And others fell into…well, you tell me…
We happened to sit down at a snack table where Amy Yancey of Flipping Vegas, and her architect, Darryl, were sitting. We all started talking and they were extremely nice and down-to-earth.
Since a trip to Vegas is not complete without venturing out to The Strip, we headed there and witnessed some good design in the Ladies’ Room in the Paris Las Vegas Hotel.
But, by far, I thought the most design “eye candy” was had at The Cosmopolitan.
Even their sign in their parking garage was exciting.
The entrance to their China Poblano Chinese/Mexican (?) food restaurant took “making an entrance” to a whole new level.
The dog sculptures at The Cosmopolitan weren’t bad either.
But the three-story chandelier for the aptly named The Chandelier Lounge…had us at “three-story chandelier”.
How about you? Are you seeing antlers, geodes and distressed plank walls EVERYWHERE? But not snake wallpaper, gilded bananas and toilet armchairs, right? At least, I hope not!