My Favorite Room: Nightclub Mogul Cory McCormack
Where does a Las Vegas nightclub guru like to unwind? Cory McCormack, who helped create Body English and Rehab at the Hard Rock Hotel, tells us.
He may be behind some of the most exciting nightclubs in Las Vegas, but Cory McCormack can still appreciate a quiet night at home. The veteran hospitality impresario was recruited by Harry Morton, son of Hard Rock founder Peter Morton, to re-energize the hotel with the creation of Body English in 2004. During his time there, Cory helped create Rehab, the city’s first and longest-standing pool party dayclub, in turn creating the massive trend now referred to as daylife. Read on to learn how Cory’s kitchen and family room serve as a haven from the fast-paced Vegas nightlife scene.
are your favorite features in the room?
My favorite room in the house is the kitchen/family room area. This is where we spend most of our time. I love how the kitchen opens up to the family room so that we can all be together. I particularly love the kitchen – it is a really wide open space and so inviting! We cook and watch television there too. My 10-year-old son, Mason, will do his homework while my wife, Shannon, makes dinner, and that's really nice. In this way, she can still feel part of everything, since the rooms are connected. When people come over they always comment on how much they like our kitchen.
does this room make you feel at home?
The room is warm and cozy, which makes it so comfortable you never want to leave. The room has large couches, pillows and soft throws. I travel a lot for work, so when I go home it's great to just be in the comfort of my own home. It's the kind of place where you can just kick off your shoes and relax. You know how you visit some homes and you are afraid to touch anything – some of the pieces look fragile. That's definitely not my home!
I find that since I am around nightclubs all the time, I like our home to be really peaceful and quiet. My wife and I call it our little bubble. Since we have both been in the industry for over 15 years and it's a really tough industry to be in, to be in the bubble is so nice – we are far away from the nightclub chaos!What are some of your must-have essentials at your home?
That would have to be lots of brown, red and burgundy throw pillows and blankets to make ourselves cozy. Another essential would be the air freshener Febreze, and a Rettin water ionizer that alkalizes our water. I think the water tastes better and it's supposed to be healthy for you. And of course, I love my king-size Tempur-Pedic mattress, which is really comfortable.
The color scheme of the house is warm earth tones. Deep browns and tans and different shades of creams. We have a lot of rich fabrics, and lavish drapery.
Where do you like to shop for home products?
There are a few places we like to shop for home accessories. Home Goods stores always has some nice accent items, as well as a small local store called Lemontree in Henderson, Nev., which has really cool accessory items. And we bought a few couches at Macy's.How do you define your style?
Our interior designer described it as Mediterranean Tuscan- European classic feel. Our home's exterior looks a little like an Italian villa.
I am a down to earth kind of guy; I like things simple and classic. Nothing too modern or fancy or trendy. We like evergreen stuff that never goes out of style – just like a classic Armani suit!What are your current/upcoming projects?
The next home improvement project on the list is to re-landscape the backyard and pool area. We wanted to put an elevator in so my father-in-law can have an easier time going up the stairs. After that, we plan to convert the office into a playroom for our Mason. He is at the age now when his friends are coming over, and since they are starting to get loud, we are going to move them off into the far corner so the noise can’t be heard at the other part of the house.