Best of the West in Design, Kristen Forgione
Summer is here, and the Best of the West are all headed to Las Vegas Market! We've rounded up seven of the best and brightest in interior design and photography and are looking forward to a lively panel discussion with them on what's new in "West Coast Style"! As a sneak preview of what's to come, we checked in with each of our Best of the West influencers to see what West Coast style means to them, and what trends they're most looking forward to exploring this summer and beyond. Read on for insight from our panelists, and don't forget to catch the Best of the West panel for even more discussion. We'll see you at market!
Kristen Forgione used expertise gained from a background in wedding and event design to launch The LifeStyled Company, a blog chronicling her authentic and purposeful design aesthetic along with DIY tips and home décor trends. Five years later, LCo Design has grown into a flourishing full-service design and retail studio servicing clients throughout Arizona and beyond. Kristen’s work has garnered national attention from media outlets including HGTV, Houzz, The Today Show, Modern Luxury magazine and Luxe Interiors + Design.
Kristen’s Signature West Coast Style
"We are PROUD to be West Coast based, most specifically from the desert! For us, West Coast style is an effortless combination of natural textures and colors, bringing in a mid-century modern approach to lighting, cleanliness of lines and a sense of the outdoors. Clean air, soft winds, and a feeling of sun-kissed heat belong in every room. The LifeStyled Co has created our own look called #OrganicDesertLiving that we feel perfectly encompasses all of the above."
Kristen's "West Coast Style" in Four Pieces
- A huge organ pipe cactus in a black concrete pot
- Oversized brass & glass globe chandelier
- Classic black-on-black Eames Lounge chair and ottoman
- Abstract modern print in a natural wood frame
Top Four Materials for Next Season
- Colored concrete
- Tan leather (natural or vegan) accents
- Terra cotta
"Colored concrete has so many uses (I am obsessed!), and is super durable. The softness of color you see when mixed with concrete is going to steal the show."
Top Four Colors for Next Season
- Nude shades
- Terra cotta
- Softer, muted blacks
- Layers of white, in a wide spectrum so everything from ivory to bright white
1. Abstract Artwork Wendover Art Group, C378, Longitude 2
2. Colored Concrete Sagebrook Home, A427, Decorative Cement Planter, Gray
3. Cactus Sullivan, Inc., C966, Cactus Plant
4. Eames-Style Chair Dovetail Furniture and Designs, B159, Belmont Chair with Ottoman
5. Nude shades Jaipur Living, B424, SBK06 Throw
6. Brass & Glass Globe Chandelier Arteriors, C379, Dallas Med. Chandelier
Top Four “Must See” Showrooms at Las Vegas Market
Upcoming Trends She’s Eyeing at Market
"Curved couches! I’m also intrigued by this scratch ‘n sniff wallpaper I keep hearing about… hoping that lands in my lap while we’re there!"
Favorite Find at Las Vegas Market
"We found a kids’ size Acapulco chair that I literally RAN across the showroom for. Other than specific pieces, I love to get lost in all the big multi-line showrooms looking for smaller lines just waiting to be discovered!"
Favorite Places to Stay/Dine in Las Vegas
"My favorite place to stay is The Paris–not only is it centrally located but they also have THE BEST lobby band in town! For dining, Beauty & Essex."
Market Shopping Tips for First-Timers
"My first market trip was like the first time to Disneyland…you really can’t explain how it is going to look and feel until you’re there experiencing it for yourself. I usually try to stick to a list and a budget. I also try to keep the showrooms where I know I am going to be doing a lot of relationship-making toward the end of the day, since they can be time consuming but ultimately, really worth it! Wear comfy shoes and take a ton of pictures because it will all start to run together. We literally look at our market pictures all year long!"