Work in Progress: Las Vegas Spanish Mission Home

As some readers may remember, with a great team of professionals we’re revamping a Spanish Mission house in Las Vegas (which I first posted about in January). As the construction is almost completed, I thought I’d share more of our progress.

Inspiration for the interiors came largely from my client’s extensive travels and time living in Southern California. We wanted the home to blend modern elements with the classic unadorned details of traditional Spanish missions. One of the coolest design details, so far, are the inlaid tiles by Karen Patterson (of K.J. Patterson Ceramics) that are installed as flooring and in most bathrooms. Patterson, who’s based just outside L.A., is a true artisan and makes all of her tiles using traditional techniques from the Medieval period; pigment is mixed into the surface of the tiles, rather than painted on, so the colors will virtually never fade. The designs and neutral, dusty tones perfectly compliment the surrounding desert landscape.

I’m also loving the hand-scraped, wide-plank walnut floors and steel windows and doors that are installed in certain areas of the house. The contrast against the white walls is crisp, and dramatic—a nice counterpoint to the more ornate tile work.

Now we are revving up for my furniture and window treatment installation. Hunting for one-of-a-kind antiquates to fill the house has been one of the funnest aspects of this project!

Here are a few highlights of our progress:

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Accent tiles for the exterior bar and materials for the patio furniture.

I’ll post an update from my next site visit soon!


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