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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.