A JLID Pad Tailored for a Client in the CWE- Nearly Ready for It's Close-Up

A LONG OVERDUE SNEAK PEEK AT A JLID REMIXED HIGHRISE RESIDENCE

 

A client I'd been working with for some time to find a residence to build out from a grey box or renovate had finally found what was just the ticket... In the Park East Tower, a 26 story high-rise in the heart of Central West End, exists a 2 bedroom/2 bath condo with floor to ceiling windows that flood the space with light that she entrusted me to "Jacob-fy" and give the "reserved" JLID business . The backdrop of the unit are killer Eastern facing views of Downtown and Northern views of the vibrant neighborhood below. While the high-rise is relatively new, the existing finishes and design elements happened to be a bit more builder grade and outdated than the address implied. The first step was to demo most existing style mis-haps to make room for sleek and modern- yet approachable- finishes that when completely tailored and finished will become a handsome, streamlined pied-à-terre. The views are complimented by a supporting cast of calming and decidedly relaxed yet sophisticated elements that collaboratively create a refuge high in the sky.

-JTL

BEFORE...

ALMOST AFTER... DAY 1 OF INSTALL

A CLAYTON RESIDENCE TAKES SHAPE WITH THE HELP OF A VILLAGE

The Davis Place Tudor that a "clientladyfriend" and her husband asked me to help reimagine and design with them is turning out to be one stunner of a house! Typically, one may think of a Tudor as a dark and a characteristically cavernous architectural style, but when we're finished refining this stately c.1930s home with light and airy designing elements the former two-family will have an entirely new incarnation. 

The unique project in which converting a large 2-family home (with very interesting masonry work affectionately called "Drunk Brick" by tradesmen) into a larger single family residence was expertly planned and construction has been facilitated by Mehlman Brothers Development and Core10 Architects. Working with my clients to select and design all of the preliminary finish selections per the building schedule has transformed the spaces are now beginning to illustrate what the sleek and understatedly elegant interiors will look like! I do say that with care, a creative vision and a little more than a facelift, drunk brick has never looked more sober.

-JTL

A GRANDE DAME IN THE CWE GETS THE JLID TREATMENT

One of the most architecturally diverse and magical assets to the City of St. Louis is the Central West End. Mature tree-shaded private streets graced with gorgeous turn of the century manses comprise most of the lively area. I just happen to be the VERY lucky designer who will transform the interiors of this c.1909 George W. Hellmuth stucco Mediterranean/Italianate hybrid masterpiece. From the moment I was invited in by my new and trusting clients for our first meeting, I was already inspired by architectural integrity and attention to detail that the previous owners have maintained and have lovingly been custodians of ver the years. As many of the interior design elements will be updated and modernized in a subtle masculine capacity for these savvy guys to enjoy, the existing details will remain in tact. Because, honestly- they don't make 'em like this anymore. 

-JTL 

Average to Astonishing- A JLID and Cite Works Gut/Renovation Underway

Our latest Town & Country project is really moving along! The existing house- a 30 year old WeCo Faux Colonial is getting the JLID treatment along with the genius of architect, Ann Wimsatt of Cite Works. The original cookie-cutter structure had good bones, but needed some finesse to transform it into a stately yet understated Federal Colonial home complete with x-eye Chippendale details (including arbors) to give it it's own distinct character and a hint of refinement that isn't pretentious. Demo has begun and it's just a few short months until this reimagined home is being outfitted with a curated collection of furnishings and curiosities to finish it off. Can't wait to show you more!

Cheers,

JTL

New JLID Design/Build Renovation in Clayton

Best Dressed client enlists JLID to put together the pieces of what will be a gorgeous Davis Place showplace. It's a truly unique project in which converting a large 2-family home into a larger single family residence was expertly planned and will be facilitated my Mehlman Brothers Development and Core10 Architects. Working with my clients to select and design all of the preliminary finish selections per the building schedule has already allowed the spaces to take shape- even though the current "Before Pictures" don't illustrate or represent what the reimagined interiors will look like! Much, much more to come as the renovation continues!

-JTL

Bright Idea- A Client starts to See His Clayton Abode Begin to Take Shape...

This Clayton Bachelor Pad was pretty much a blank slate and although it's still in the works, we had some of the new lighting fixtures installed last week that REALLY make a difference and made the spaces lighting pedigree go from bland to a diverse and handsome collection of sculptural fixtures that set the tone for the cool guy that lives here-

BEFORE- Bland.

AFTER- Modern and Fresh

New (Old) Rug

Finally under foot and free of phantom "Little Kitty Pees A Lot's" distinct marking of it's territory- the previous owner must have had an affinity for the feline persuasion- this antique Anatolian Oushak carpet is fresh as a daisy thanks to the expertise of the folks at Woodard for ridding the addition to the kitchen of smellssss of cats past. Great seasonal addition to the space and I immediately fell for the patina and the obvious traffic wear. That or someone paced. A lot.

-JTL

Park East Tower: A Quick Challenge Renovation- WEEK 1

WEEK 1- BEFORE

A client I've been working with for some time to find a residence to build out from a grey box or renovate has finally found what we were looking for- and it's just the ticket! In the Park East Tower, a 26 story high-rise in the Central West End, exists a 2 bedroom/2 bath condo with floor to ceiling windows that flood the space with light that she's entrusted me to "Jacob-fy" and give a JLID aesthetic. The backdrop of the unit are killer Eastern facing views of Downtown and Northern views of the vibrant neighborhood below. While relatively new, the existing finishes and design elements are a bit outdated so the first step will be to demo most of what's there to make room for sleek and modern finishes that will result in a handsome, streamlined pied-à-terre. The views, while being real stars of the show, will be complimented by a supporting cast of calming and decidedly relaxed yet sophisticated elements that collaboratively create a refuge high in the sky.

-JTL

Dining Designers for St. Louis Magazine

What a honor to toast the St. Louis institution, Tony's, that was voted "Best Restaurant of 2014" by St. Louis Magazine. Not only was it a much deserved accolade for the iconic spot to not only experience some of the best Italian fare in the city but a fantastic and flattering ask by the incomparable Style Editor, Helene Sayad to be one of three designers to grace the cover of the issue honoring the fine dining establishment where so many memories have been made and shared by so many St. Louisians including yours truly. Here is to many more years of excellence and memories and to being part of one of their many milestones! Cheers!

-JTL

ALIVE Magazine Comes Over For A Visit

I was so pleased to have ALIVE Magazine- who has always been such a wonderful supporter of young and local talent within the art and design community- over for a visit and tour of my own home as a feature in their September 2014 Fashion Issue. A designer at home is a little more of a creature in it's natural habitat per-say. With samples, design boards, current and upcoming projects seemingly everywhere that will house (chaotic chaos), I have to say that I was a little nervous tat the place would look like a pseudo fabulous editorial of "Hoarders" but as usual, their team brought it and I'm thrilled to be a part of this issue and to have had the progressive publication and the St. Louis community's trend-setting glossy write such lovely things about my work that I'm so blessed to have to keep me inspired every day.

Check out the feature written by the wonderful Sarah Stallman and shot by the super-talent, Wesley Law.

http://www.alivemag.com/homes/sub_homes_article.cfm?ref=1731&ref2=6&story=The-Evolution-of-Style


French/Military

I JUST had these two favorite chairs of mine delivered back to Chez Jacob. I kept the finish as-is (because it's too perfect) but had redone in grey wool army survival blankets. You know, to butch them up.

-JTL

Mr. Couturier

I was honored (and a little excited) when the internationally renowned designer, Robert Couturier, started following my work. As a fellow designer and admirer of his stunning talent I did some designer digging and just HAD to share his Connecticut retreat. The stark white refineries of a Neo-Classical example of architecture with the juxtaposition of a rambling, casual aesthetic is breathtaking. Bravo, Robert.

-JTL

CWE Condo Renovation

After downsizing to a condo in the Central West End, my client realized that the space he purchased had a few issues- one of them being that it was totally outdated and you had the sense that you were in a retirement villa, which, my client was definitely not ready for. Needless to say, I had my way with the space- first, taking out walls that created inconvenient spacial issues. Then going wild and creating a masculine yet refined environment by layering textures and finishes; adding new ebonized wood floors, silk grasscloth wall covering, gutting the kitchen yet not designing a space too modern (to satisfy his innate traditional sensibilities) and giving the entire place a JLID touch without loosing him in the design concept. And, after moving to the city from T&C, it became his new cosmopolitan bachelor pad.

-JTL

Cost Effective Kitchen Revamp

In the process of doing what the pictures will look like a total gut reno of a kitchen for a family in suburban St. Louis, but, in fact is a relatively cost effective and an essentially cosmetic update. We didn't move any of the existing systems, do any major demo or construction but the overall design concept is something that is such a departure from the "wood heavy" environment that had been the heart of the house. My clients felt it just "wasn't them" and when they requested something that was a little more sophisticated, stream lined and modern compared to what they had ben used to I delivered. Well, I'm still in the process of delivering, anyway. Stay tuned for more of the finished space!

JTL

Dali-esque Table

Here's a sneak peek of one of the pieces I'll be using in the design of a client's master bedroom. It's a fantastic organic, kidney shaped table in a wonderfully patinaed antique satin brass finish. Very Salvador Dali/Surrealist but polished and sophisticated for the space.

-JTL

Jacob Laws Designed/Custom Furniture

There is a design conundrum that some clients tend to have which is "what do we do with this vast, plain wall in a two-story great room?" My solution that I just implemented was to design a custom Greek Revival bookcase that is a major piece of hardware. It is in keeping with the scale of the space but also was large enough to make the massive wall seem much more approachable and the space more intimate. I had it built by a custom furniture maker in Los Angeles who utilizes reclaimed Pine. After that, I had it washed in a grey stain for a cooler patina. I had to style it up of course, too...

JTL 

Alive Magazine Features Jacob Laws Interior Design and the Launch of My New Firm on the Official "Style Notes" Blog!

(And I couldn't be more flattered!) It never fails to surprise me when those who you have cultivated professional and personal relationships get behind you and support something they know means the world to you and are so passionate about. Thank you to everyone for the enthusiasm and excitement for this huge step! Here's to more love of design in years to come!

http://www.alivemag.com/blog/index.php/2014/06/this-week-in-fashion-peat-wollaeger-celebrates-first-brick-and-mortar-and-jacob-laws-launches-a-new-venture/

Love, JTL

More Art For Cortona!

Just one day before its debut to the public and hosting ALIVE Magazine's annual Hot List party, I oversaw two more art installations for The Cortona at Forest Park. Two different mediums but just as equally impactful. Peter Manion's large scale, vibrant canvases are alive with color and movement while photographer, Ken Konchel's black and white studies of St. Louis architecture are an ode to the city and showcase the examples of stunning local milieus that translate into art. 

And lest we forget that pool...  Condo living, vaca style!

JTL