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At home with: Kate Aldrich and Tim Shaffer of Patina Decor

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A Sam Diamond painting hangs above a sofa in the living room of Kate Aldrich and Tim Shaffer, owners of Patina Decor, in downtown Las Vegas.
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With superb taste and one of the best upscale vintage boutiques in Las Vegas, Kate Aldrich and Tim Shaffer have won the hearts of locals craving high-end design—whether it’s a Gio Ponti in their living room, a Claes Oldenburg on their walls or Russel Wright dishware on top of their Danish Modern table.

So diverse and well-stocked is Patina Decor’s elegant Downtown showroom (1211 S. Main Street)—quality vintage furniture, pottery, barware, lamps, art and high-end decor—that we couldn’t help wondering, what does their own living room look like?

Kate Aldrich and Tim Shaffer, owners of Patina Decor, pose with their dogs Frida and Petra in their Downtown Las Vegas home.

Kate and Tim give us a peek behind the doors of their 2,800-square-foot ranch-style home in Rancho Park, which they share with dogs Frida and Petra and Chester the cat.

The foyer

Arriving from Denver in 2010, Kate (a high-end plate designer) and Tim (a décor dealer and former mountain bike racer) moved into a 1962 home purchased from its original owner and worked their style with the custom design. In the foyer, they kept the gold, silver, blue and cream striped wallpaper that covers the walls, ceiling and molding. The stripes, mixed with a decoupage French writing desk, a Catholic prayer candle rack (flanked by 18th century chairs) and a Sam Diamond female nude woodcarving, alert visitors that this is the home of serious collectors devoted to their own individual tastes.

The living room

Large windows pour ample daylight into the living and dining rooms that host what could best be described as a loose nod to Hollywood Regency—an eclectic mix of vintage, luxury, style and pattern, offset with a collection of mostly modernist abstract paintings. A vibrant Erwin-Lambeth chair and ottoman covered in a Jack Lenor Larsen fabric of striped blues jumps from the art deco rug beneath it. A Renzo Rutili bench with chartreuse cabinet and three sofas—two of them accented by embroidered pillows and one an Italian Giovanni Erba couch—fill out the rest of the room. The décor includes a sculptural cast-iron cat (circa 1940s), a small abstract Susanne Forestieri painting on an easel, small Austrian sculptures and white Italian ceramic pieces, including a hedgehog planter holding an orchid atop a 1950s white mosaic coffee table.

At home with Patina Decor

The dining room

The floating three-piece olive burl wood buffet lining the back wall matches the Milo Baughman 1970s burl wood dining table, surrounded by six gilded chairs upholstered in bright pink, orange and green floral. On top of the buffet sits a 1950s Alexandre Noll pitcher and bowl, a 1920s Russian bronze sculpture of a woman’s crowned head and a 1940s metal winged horse and rider. The three large abstract paintings add another layer of depth. On the table, the magenta glass bowl and the olive green candles in the 1930s church altar candelabras tie in with the colorful dining room chairs.

On collecting

Neither Kate nor Tim clings to brand or name recognition when buying art, furniture or decorative objects for their personal collection. Rather, they grab what attracts them. “It’s so eclectic. It’s piece by piece,” says Kate, to which Tim adds, “Sometimes it’s the color.” Both are longtime collectors, and their house is filled with paintings, at least one at every turn. Fortunately for them, Kate says their tastes are exactly the same.

The family room

Tim says his favorite space in the house is the cozy lamp-lit family room, with a built-in bookcase and TV cabinet attached to a stone fireplace. And though Kate’s more a fan of light and color, she says she, too, is drawn to the family room, where wood paneling covers the bottom half of the walls and wood beams cross the ceiling. Windows and sliding glass doors take up nearly an entire wall overlooking the backyard. A cream-colored mid-century modern sofa in the center of the room is flanked by 1960s Sarreid brass Spanish chests that serve as end tables. Two Fabio Lenci teakwood and white wool chairs, each with paned glass siding, sit at either end of the mid-mod coffee table. A collection of lamps embellishes the room’s character, and the early 1900s Bauhaus school chair somehow blends perfectly with the Mexican and Spanish accent pieces and paintings.

"The Bensons" sitting outside the home of Kate Aldrich and Tim Shaffer, owners of Patina Decor.

The favorite piece

“The Bensons,” a sculpture in the front yard, of a man and woman, once a raffle giveaway at the Denver Art Museum.

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