Home sweetest home: Local designers share tips to bring grace to your space

Nine leading Las Vegas designers gave us their take on the latest home design trends in the valley — from master suites and baths to home theaters and offices, spas and more.

Designer Patrick Peel

Lighting: Patrick Peel

A certified hospitality educator
for The International School of Hospitality, Patrick Peel, was a performer and professional dancer before becoming a designer. He has more than eight years of industry experience.
Lighting has become an intricate part of spatial design,” Peel said. “Timeless pieces that possess a sense of elegance and ease are able to transcend those moments,
from hosting a formal dinner to a casual, relaxing evening at home, and are what many are seeking.”
Lighting details lend a personal touch to rooms, and can be “over-the-top,” he said, “embellished with lots of crystals or feature architectural details that play with shapes and dimensions.”
Though there are many styles of lighting to choose from, Peel said, “I’m finding that matte finishes, mixing and matching fixtures, and large-scale celestials” are the way to add style while satisfying practical needs.

Outdoor Entertainment Areas: Jennifer Sher

A designer with a passion for books, art, travel and philanthropy, Jennifer Sher of Jennifer Sher Interior Design has a bachelor’s degree in interior design from the University of Arizona. She has earned a National Council for Interior Design Qualification certificate and is a member of the American Society of Interior Designers.
“One big trend we have seen in recent years is furnishings that don’t look like outdoor furnishings,” she said. “We have been using fully upholstered sofas, lounges, barstools and dining chairs made with weather-resistant fabrics for the ultimate in exterior luxury.”
Pieces that maximize comfort can integrate indoor and outdoor spaces, Sher said. “On one project we actually duplicated the family room sofas (with Sunbrella fabric) for the adjacent courtyard fire pit.”

Designer Jennifer Sher
Designer Jennifer Sher

“Fire features are still a key element, whether used decoratively for design impact or … cuddling up.”
Another trend is using outdoor drapery and bistro lighting to create mini sanctuaries, Sher said. “Creative lighting
can really transform an average patio into something magical, but the key to successful outdoor design is
to tailor your outdoor spaces to your own lifestyle.”

Glass Walls: Thomas C. Burger

Founded more than 35 years ago in New York City, Thomas C. Burger’s Zen Interiors played a major
role in many high-rise buildings gracing that city’s skyline. Fourteen years ago, he expanded the business
to Las Vegas. After graduating from Indiana University,
he traveled the world, then studied design and architecture
at the New York School of Design. Burger also lectures
on business practices to architects and designers
around the globe.
Home design is “turning away from the Tuscan look,” Burger said, and focusing on a “more contemporary
style by using expansive glass walls, clean lines
and open spaces.”
Entertaining outdoors rather than in formal living rooms reflects today’s more casual lifestyles. “Large glass windows and doors play a key role in simplifying the architecture,
as well as allowing the interplay of interiors and exteriors.”
This long overdue transformation, Burger said, “incorporates new eco-efficient technology, allowing
for practicality in energy conservation and beauty.
I see a future of glass houses a stone’s throw away.”

Designer Thomas Burger
Designer Thomas Burger

Master Suites: Peggy Scinta

Peggy Scinta is the recipient of the Las Vegas Design Center’s 2013 Design of the Year Award for work on a full home remodel. Her designs have been featured on HGTV’s “Brother vs. Brother,” starring Jonathan and Drew Scott, and she continues to work with their organization. She moved Scinta Designs from New York
to Las Vegas 13 years ago, and serves clients in Las Vegas, New York and Philadelphia.
“Our clients’ lives are so busy and complicated that after a long day they want a master bedroom that serves as a sanctuary from the world,” Scinta said. “Considering they spend almost one-third of their lifetime in their master bedroom — why not create a luxury space where all
the stresses of the day disappear?”

Designer Peggy Scinta
Designer Peggy Scinta


One of the biggest trends in master bedrooms is technology, she said. “Imagine starting your day by setting your shower temperature and commencing your shower right from your bedside.”
“I call my style ‘The New Traditional,’ which highlights
bold colors, geometric patterns and is paired with
‘new’ traditional pieces.”



Flooring: Morgan Lefever

A registered interior designer in Nevada, Morgan LeFever also has a National Council for Interior Design Qualification certificate.
She attended the Academy of Art University in San Francisco before transferring to UNLV to finish a degree in interior architecture and design with a minor in psychology. LeFever started in the high-end hospitality market, before focusing on luxury residential design. She has collaborated on numerous commercial and residential team projects.
Most client requests are for clean, classic or bold designs, LeFever said.
To achieve a clean design, many want floors that provide a seamless transition throughout with “no differentiation from their indoor space to their outdoor living areas,” LeFever said. Large-format tile — 18-inch-by-36-inch
or larger — is in demand, with clients seeking “products that are comfortable for indoor living but durable enough to withstand outdoor elements.”

Designer Morgan LeFever
Designer Morgan LeFever

Products that can be installed near water features and have subtle texture or movement provide a sophisticated look, she said.
Timeless patterns such as herringbone, installed at a slightly larger scale, update a classic, LeFever said.
“A larger-scaled classic pattern paired with a monolithic design yields a clean, yet tailored take on a traditional concept.” Materials that work well include a rich, wood plank or a simple porcelain tile throughout the home, she said, but tile’s easy maintenance in the desert heat prompts more requests for that flooring.
“Bold prints on porcelain tile or authentic hand-painted cement tiles with bright colors and large-scale patterns that sprawl across the floor” are popular, too, she said. “When used tastefully, a flooring product like this can truly make an impact.”

Designer Christopher Todd
Designer Christopher Todd

Offices: Christopher Todd
Christopher Todd is the principal designer at Henderson-based Christopher Todd Design.
“Home-office trends have evolved into one of the most important residential amenities, thanks to flexible working trends and self-employment,” Todd said. Bulky built-in cabinetry has given way to artisan-designed furniture that is beautiful and functional.
“Large carved desks have been replaced by open, inviting table-type desks, that with the right accessorizing, can be transformed … (into) a stunning focal point of the room,” he said. That change opens up the room, making it less formal and more inviting, and enabling both sides of the table to be used.
“Large built-in cabinet units with shelving have been replaced with smaller etagere cabinets with storage drawers, which are more conducive to keeping an office stylish and more organized, while … showcasing treasures.” Technological advances have made storing files in the “cloud” easy, Todd said, allowing for minimal-storage consoles that are big on style.

Home Theaters: Cary Vogel

Designer Cary Vogel
Designer Cary Vogel

A member of the International Design Society, Cary Vogel of Interiors by Cary Vogel, has been designing since he graduated from Parsons School of Design in New York City. He began his career working for a firm on Long Island’s Gold Coast — known for its lavish mansions — where he became a partner, designing and renovating residences there and in Manhattan, St. Croix and Florida. Vogel relocated to Las Vegas in 1988, and has been awarded Houzz Design and Service distinctions every year since 2013.
“Homeowners want home theaters and media rooms to be more multifunctional,” he said. In the design pictured, Vogel used deep, sectional seating on the first level to facilitate a more relaxed, conversational setting.
The room also includes a bar counter with stools for snacking or using an iPad or laptop. “Nowadays, we don’t just watch movies, we stream and binge-watch series, and the room’s setup reflects these changes in our viewing habits,” Vogel said. “Screens are getting larger and are allowing for a more immersive viewing experience, so we spend more time enjoying these spaces in comfort.”

Master Baths: Danielle Rios
Interior designer Danielle Rios specializes in custom furnishings and home couture. She is the founder of Danielle Rios Design Studio, with offices in Las Vegas and Los Angeles. The master bath has become a refuge at home, Rios said, “a spa-like zone for relaxation and tranquility.” Her advice is to make the space a personal haven.
“My ideal design for that area would include a statement bathtub, which should be the focal point
in the room, preferably two sinks, an open shower
with body sprayers and a spacious water closet.”
Sinks, faucets and tub should be “artistic markers of the room,” Rios said. Lighting sets the mood, and dimmers should allow for general, task and ambient settings. “Materials should define the space by adding interest with contrasting textures, depth and warmth.” Neutral palettes combined with distinctive finishes create a timeless design, she said. Strategic use
of mirrors add beauty, and plenty of storage is essential to a clutter-free bathroom. “A leading trend is cabinet storage with shelves above to add accessories and create a serene atmosphere with
your favorite treasures.”

Designer Danielle Rios
Designer Danielle Rios

Home Spas: Jennie Marsh
Jennie Marsh, who was raised in Las Vegas, is an interior designer for Sun West Custom Homes. She graduated from UNLV, with
a degree in interior architecture.
She also studied abroad at the Università degli Studi in Torino, Italy. Marsh (showering with a wire sculpture, at left) just completed the 2019 New American Home for the National Association of Home Builders.
The home, which was showcased at the International Builders’ Show, held in Las Vegas in February,
has earned the National Green Building Standard, Emerald status, the highest level of energy efficiency.
Rooms that are specifically designed for meditation and yoga are new trends Marsh said, driven by client requests.
“Infrared saunas with LED color light therapy, or chromotherapy, are becoming the sauna space for the luxury residential spas,” she said. Incorporated into those infrared room designs are platforms that allow enough space for a yoga mat.
“Massage rooms will always remain popular as people continue to look at ways to improve well-being in the convenience of home.”

Designer Jennie Marsh
Designer Jennie Marsh