A 1970s home goes utterly modern
Modern design isn't always something new. When Dr. Leslie Jacobs purchased a 1974 Pierce Meleton-designed home on the Vermilion River it was clear that innovation has no expiration date. The dentist and mother of two started with a clean slate and brought in Larayn Guidroz of Swags and Tassels to spearhead everything from furnishing and painting to flooring, lighting and accessories.
Despite the age of the home, Guidroz says it was so innovative and contemporary that there was very little structural design required. She updated the master bath with marble flooring, granite inserts, soft blue walls and iridescent wash bowls; she painted the master bedroom a bold navy and added a patterned cream wool carpet. Custom pieces like the upholstered master bed and linen bedding fill the home.
Guidroz mixed sleek pieces with lux fabrications - think an ottoman made from Tibetan long-haired sheep fur along with a cypress floating ceiling in the formal living area.
"A monochromatic color scheme was used with a multitude of texture to add interest and warmth. I designed the custom sofa with curved chaise in chenille, and two leather chairs with fretwork," Guidroz says.
She draped a small window pane sheer that allows a view of the in-progress infinity pool and the Vermilion River and added bold art like the 6-by-6-foot painting in the room.
From custom twist shag carpet and sculptures by Emmanuel Bouzaglou to artwork by Adrian Fulton and a library ceiling with a metallic silver luster stone with embossing, Jacobs' home is a study in what's new now.