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Known for her Vegas flash, designer Megan Tagliaferri takes things down (just a notch) at her own boho-glam Belmont Shore residence.

Belmont Shore, a quiet, sandy enclave of Long Beach, is worlds away from the glitz of the Las Vegas Strip, where of FLO Design Studio got her start designing interiors for casinos and hotels such as the MGM Grand and Hard Rock. “I’m a Portland [Oregon] girl, very earthy,” she says. “And then I went to Las Vegas, so there’s that glam element. Mixing those two tells a lot about me.” She was drawn to the coast by her husband, Jeff, a former professional baseball player and Southern California native. He had played college baseball in Long Beach, and they both fell in love with the idea of raising their family there, enchanted by the laid-back vibe and community of artists the locale attracts. “It feels like a sanctuary,” she says.

Known for her splashy hospitality projects, Tagliaferri conversely classifies her residential aesthetic as “California mod spiritual.” Nowhere is this more evident than in her own 3,800-square-foot Cape Cod-style waterfront house, where an eclectic mix of textures and art reflects her singular vision. Works by the likes of Andy Warhol, Ed Ruscha, Christopher Wool and Mark Hagen share space with an array of healing crystals and a clever mash-up of Danish Modern, vintage Knoll and soft antique Moroccan textiles. “My work is infused with visual and emotional textures,” she comments. “That’s where the true richness comes in.” To wit, Tagliaferri used a Japanese-style Wabi wallpaper by Calico on the walls in the entry—a backdrop for a custom FLO love seat upholstered in velvet by Brochier. In the dining room, walls are skinned with sumptuous striped Élitis wall covering beneath a ceiling of solid walnut wood slats, while the bar area features leathered granite countertops, herringbone oak floors and white walls as a canvas for a copper installation by artist Walead Beshty.

“I’m drawn to high style, but also love spaces where you can cuddle up,” Tagliaferri says—a key distinction for the mother of two, ages 8 and 5. The residence features myriad lounges and patios, making it a prime example of indoor/outdoor family living—right down to the priceless feature that came with the house: “I can sit up on the balcony and watch the children play in the sand below,” she says. “We listen to the waves together.” 

By Heather John Fogarty.
Photographed by Laure Joliet (laurejoliet.com, @laurejoliet).

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