Spring furnishings: four finds

I grew up in a home where design was at the center of my family’s livelihood. My mother was an interior designer and my father was a custom home builder. So it’s only natural that I was drawn to the subject at an early age.

These days, it seems design is on everyone’s mind. Once looked upon as an indulgence for only the affluent, now homeowners and apartment dwellers of all income levels are embracing interior design to define their own personal sense of style—at just about any price point.

Right here, in the heart of Las Vegas, we have one of the nation’s most comprehensive design resources: the Las Vegas Design Center at the World Market Center. I know, because I work there. One of the fringe benefits is seeing great examples of design every day. For this, my first design column, I want to tell you what’s got my eye there right now:

Barclay Butera Settee from Postcards Home: Every home needs a punch of red. In this case, the tight seat and nail head trim lend a distinctive sense of tailoring and refinement. Nail head trim is tough to execute properly, and this piece has it covered. This settee looks even better in pairs.

Three-Leg Chair from Global Views: Combining elegance, strength and comfort into a chair is a tall order for any furniture builder. Even tougher if the chair has only three legs. This one does it in spades. The turned legs, tufting and tight seat yield a design that shines in virtually any setting. The low seat height and the pitch of the back make it really comfortable.

French Heritage Chaise (pictured above): The carvings and distressed, white-painted antique finish convey a wonderful sense of craftsmanship. The blue-and-white-flame-stitch fabric takes things to a level that makes this piece feel at home in traditional and transitional settings alike. Blue is everywhere now. I cannot imagine a room without it. It’s my favorite color.

Teak Console from Phillips Collection: Can you possibly think of a better use for this piece? What a beautiful table. Found objects and natural materials add a wonderful sense of warmth to any environment. Most importantly, they give a room the feel that its design was the product of years of searching and collecting things that really speak to your style.

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Josh Strickland

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Josh Strickland

What he’s wearing now: Abercrombie & Fitch jeans, Wet Cement shirt, Benetton scarf, David Yurman ring, Scott Kay bracelet. Style icons: Ralph Lauren and Tom Ford. With his rising-star status solidified, Strickland recently indulged in a few A-list purchases. “I never imagined I would buy real Louis Vuitton accessories,” he says. “Growing up, my style was all over the place. I characterized it as preppy Southern. Now when I’m in the recording studio, I sway toward sweats and sneakers so I can stay comfy and warm.”