Don’t want your in­te­rior de­sign to look just like the neigh­bors’? Shel­ley Gor­man’s River Nor th has a few cu­riosi­ties that will set you apar t.

Vegas Magazine - - Contents - By Spencer Lu­b­itz // Pho­tog­ra­phy by Emily Wil­son

SKG De­signs owner Shel­ley Gor­man talks River North, her eclec­tic in­te­rior bou­tique.

Like so many good ideas, de­signer Shel­ley Gor­man’s in­te­rior de­sign store River North was born out of frus­tra­tion. The owner of de­sign firm SKG De­signs, which works on re­model and new con­struc­tion projects all over Sum­mer­lin, Gor­man says she de­cided to open her first re­tail space af­ter spend­ing count­less hours look­ing for pieces to sat­isfy her cus­tomers’ dis­tinct tastes. “There aren’t a lot of stores in Las Ve­gas where you can walk through with your client and get feed­back,” she says. So she opened her own. Hav­ing quickly out­grown the space it orig­i­nally oc­cu­pied on a sec­ond floor in The Mar­ket LV in Tivoli Vil­lage, Gor­man re­cently re­lo­cated to a larger storefront on the ground floor, where buy­ers can also or­der Gor­man’s cus­tom-de­signed fur­ni­ture. “I love de­sign­ing fur­ni­ture,” she says. “If I can’t find it, I’ll de­sign it and build it.” Gor­man’s tastes run to­ward the quirky—and her eclec­tic se­lec­tion of fur­ni­ture, light­ing, art, rugs and ac­ces­sories re­veals a love of mixed me­dia. Dra­matic nat­u­ral tree root sculp­tures sit on in­dus­trial iron bases; grace­ful iron fig­ures do a swan dive down walls; and even fash­ion ac­ces­sories such as Cyn­thia Desser jew­elry re­flect Gor­man’s aes­thetic. “She is my al­ter ego in the jew­elry world. I love her mix of me­tals, sha­green and metallics!” she en­thuses. Other unique ob­jects in­clude hand-thrown ce­ram­ics by Port­land, Ore., ce­ramic artist Jes­sica Wertz and French (by way of Mi­ami) can­dle com­pany Alixx, whose nat­u­ral wax can­dles oc­cupy mouth-blown glass and hand­made ce­ramic cylin­ders. And if you can’t find what you want in the store, just ask: Chances are, Gor­man can make it. River North, 410 S. Ram­part Blvd., Ste. 145, 702.331.0344, river­


Clock­wise from left: Home ac­ces­sories at River North; Shel­ley Gor­man; the mid-mod “Milky­way” ta­ble lamp, $ 598.

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