A little bit of Michigan has taken up residence in Las Vegas. When Ellen Stretlien and her husband recently relocated from the Midwest to Sin City, they moved from an older, traditional house to an ultra-contemporary loft-style home with soaring ceilings, sharp angles and a floor plan as wide open as the surrounding desert.
They liked their new home's dramatic sophistication, but not its stark, white interior. "It was really cool, but a little chilly for our taste," Stretlien recalls. "It felt really uncomfortable."
The couple also intended to keep the furniture they'd brought from Michigan, an eclectic mix of antiques and reproductions, including Stickley mission style and traditional English pieces. The warm tones of cherry wood; rich brown leather; and the reds, golds and blues of their Oriental-style rugs were not going to look at home in their new setting without a radical interior color transformation.