I want to give a shout out to a new business in Las Vegas!

I have heard that people who open businesses in recessions put themselves ahead of the game when the economy recovers because they have weathered the storm.  So anyone who starts a new business in this economy must be a genius!  I recently met a young entrepreneur who has done just that and I wanted to give her some well deserved credit!  Kelly Villatoro started a design and home staging company called Luxurious Living here in Fabulous Las Vegas!  I love design and architecture so I decided to take a look at her portfolio and was very impressed!  Educated in design at UNLV and CSN, Kelly went to work for a firm here in Las Vegas that was based in Canada called Haverhill Home Staging before striking out on her own.  Kelly maintains membership in the Association of Design Education and is studying to be a Leed Accredited Professional.  I have found her to be very practical in her use of space and how it relates to the design and the elements within it. 

A home stager gives potential buyers ideas how to set up a space as well as making homes more attractive through incorporating colors and pieces that make it unresistable to buyers!  Home builders do the same thing with their model homes and as you can imagine the homes sell quicker and for more money when they are perfectly staged!    Kelly and Luxurious Living do it better than I have seen and I heartily recommend them for both impeccable design as well as home staging when selling your home!  So when you are ready to sell you home give me a call and we will put Luxurious Living on the job! 

Make sure to watch for upcoming posts about the recovering Las Vegas Real Estate Market as well as new developments in Summerlin!


I want to give a shout to a couple of my favorite Las Vegas haunts!

Just a short distance east from Summerlin is Rosemary’s.  Located in a non-descript but upscale shopping center, Rosemary’s offers a fabulous dining experience, (I think it serves among the best food in Las Vegas!) expertly prepared by husband and wife chef/owners Wendy and Michael Jordan.  Chef Michael trained with Emeril Lagasse in New Orleans and the cuisine reflects his creole influence with dishes like hoppin’ john and cheddar grits.  Rosemary’s caters to the local crowd and has a great happy hour in the bar, half price bottles of wine on Sundays and lady’s night Wednesday  half price entrees for ladies!    I really love dining at Rosemary’s and am glad it is in the neighborhood! 

El Sombrero is a very small Mexican restaurant located in the Arts District in Downtown Las Vegas.  Housed in a VERY understated building, the El Sombrero was opened here in 1950 by the family of the current owners- 1950!  Teresa and Humberto own it now and he is the master chef and Teresa handles the often crowded dining room with a friendly manner.  I am a big fan of the tamales but the enchiladas, tacos and chile verde are on my favorite list as well.  Come early for the huevos rancheros and the chorizo and eggs as well!  The El Sombrero is a part of Las Vegas history that I hope is around for a long time to come! 

A great group to be a part of!

Tom Warden, Vice President of Community and Government Relations for the Howard Hughes CorporationI recently joined the Summerlin Friends of Red Rock, a group incubated by the Howard Hughes Corporation developers of Summerlin.  The group is a branch of the Friends of Red Rock Canyon which originated in 1985 to preserve the canyon’s resources and provide a volunteer organization to assist the BLM.  I had a great time at the welcome chuck-wagon breakfast and interpretative hike on the Moenkopi trail near the visitors center.  We had a great naturalist, Athena, with the Red Rock Canyon Interpretative Association.  Athena pointed out plants that the native Americans used to wash their clothes, eat and use as a straw and rock formations that geologists come from all over the world to study at Red Rock Canyon- all stuff the typical person sees as desert wasteland!  I had a GREAT time listening to Athena and laughing at Tom’s many jokes and one liners!  This is a great way to meet your neighbors and do something good for this national treasure! 

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