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