A New Construction Home Featured in the New Orleans Parade of Homes Tour Designed by JL Studio

On left: Owner of JL Studio Designs, Jacquelyn Lindsey

On right: Homeowner/Client, Shannon Dufrene 

Hey there! Thank you for stopping by to check out my blog! If we haven't met yet, what's up!? I’m Jacquelyn Lindsey, the owner of JL Studio Designs and I specialize in designing custom, high-end residential homes from the ground up. It's been a minute since I've blogged but it feels great to be back and I'm super excited to share one of my latest new construction projects with you! The #DufrenePalace Project!

This lovely, French style home was recently featured in the New Orleans Parade of Homes Tour and it was a HUGE hit! If you missed the tour, that's unfortunate! BUT! . . . no sweat! We made a video tour for you! This luxury home is the perfect combination of traditional elegance and modern edge. So, watch this captivating, inspirational video and hear the homeowners insight on why it was so valuable that they hired JL Studio Designs before breaking ground on their new construction dream home!

One of my favorite aspects of this project is that my clients, Jason and Shannon Dufrene, brought in JL Studio from the very beginning. I worked with them before the construction even started. The Dufrenes hired me to review and revise the Architect's drawings before the slab was poured in order to make sure their home would have the best flow possible. I rearranged their floor plans and lighting layouts, designed the ceiling styles and created a scaled furniture plan.

This diagram shows one small example of how JL Studio rearranged the Architect's drawings. In the revision, JL Studio created a more attractive bathroom entrance with better flow and added a coat closet that the client otherwise wouldn't have had. 

Once we had the layout and the massing of the home perfected, we were able to jump into the fine details, ahead of the builder. 

Bring in JL Studio Before breaking ground! 

Bring in JL Studio Before breaking ground! 

It's very common that I get a call from new homeowners who want me to come in and do the design after the framing is done, or even worse...after they've sheet rocked! What people don't realize is that that's honestly terrible timing! The earlier you can hire your designer, the better off you'll be in the long run.

On the Dufrene project, I attended weekly job-site meetings from the get-go with the homeowner and Creative Builders in order to best combine her French-chic style and his masculine-rustic vision.

As a designer it is my number one goal to listen to my clients and create a home that best reflects their lifestyle and personality. In this project, Shannon expressed in the very beginning that she really wanted a light feeling, elegant home, while Jason pushed for a more masculine, rustic style that he felt strongly about. It was a delicate process but as you walk through the home now, you can really see how we meshed both of their styles together. It’s the high ceilings, polished stones, neutral walls, decorative moldings and enlarged windows that give this home a classic, light and airy feeling. But it's the handsome dark floors, smoke gray cabinets and textured brick features in the home that give it its bold, warm character.

Jacquelyn Lindsey and the Dufrenes making lighting selections during the construction process

Jacquelyn Lindsey and the Dufrenes making lighting selections during the construction process

LET'S TAKE THE TOUR OF THIS BEAUTY, SHALL WE!?

FIRST UP: THE ELEGANT FOYER!

I believe that your foyer should set the tone for the rest of your house. Typically, I like to start with the floors and work my way up in a design, but in this house I actually started with the walls.

If you're unfamiliar with the construction process, here's a tip: As soon framing begins, the electricians will need to know the dimensions for where to rough in the boxes for all electrical fixtures. TRANSLATION: You  technically need to have your wall sconces picked out before the walls are closed! (The height at which a sconce should be mounted is usually dictated by how tall the sconce is. So, if you don't know what light fixture you'll be using, then it's pretty much impossible to wire in the correct location.)  

Foyer Design by JL Studio in progress

In this project we selected light fixtures before the framing was complete and then I designed the wall panels and electrical locations around the sconce and statement mirror dimensions. 

I wanted the foyer to be very formal but light feeling. The decorative panel designs in the smooth white finish combined with the Italian sconces and marble staircase definitely give the entry a sense of traditional glamour. But the dark hardwood floors and iron stair railing give the foyer a handsome, masculine balance. And the gorgeous faux painted accent wall...Well, that's just me working with my decorative artist to add my usual magical pop! 

Designer Jacquelyn Lindsey of JL Studio Designs in finished foyer 

Designer Jacquelyn Lindsey of JL Studio Designs in finished foyer 

NEXT UP: THE CHARMING KITCHEN! 

When I first reviewed the Architect's plans, there were originally two kitchen islands. Sometimes, that's a fine idea, but in this case, it was too chaotic for the space. I replaced the two smaller islands with one larger island. Doing this gave the kitchen a much cleaner look and made it more functional. One of my favorite things in this kitchen is the twin refrigerator and freezer towers wrapped in cabinetry at each end. This symmetrical design gives visual comfort as soon as you walk in. :-) 

3D Kitchen Design Concept 

There's definitely something to be said for "feeling the space." Sometimes things may look great on paper, but can feel totally different once installed. With the Dufrenes, we went the extra mile to make sure that the light fixtures we selected were perfect for the space ahead of time. 

On left: Shannon Dufrene / Homeowner

On right: Jacquelyn Lindsey / Designer 

Designer Jacquelyn Lindsey verifying the cabinets are correct at install

Floors and cabinets going in!

Shannon originally came to me wanting an all white kitchen, but I assured her throughout the process that we could add a few masculine elements for Jason and the kitchen would still feel very light and airy. The light walls, gold hardware, polished stone and dramatic hood give the space her feminine vibe while the gray cabinets, wood floors and reclaimed beams tie in his rustic side. WIN! :-)

Kitchen designed by JL Studio 

NEXT UP: THE HEAVENLY WINE CELLAR! 

I honestly don't even think I need to say much about the wine cellar except that if you don't drink wine, I'm pretty confident this wine cellar could turn you into a WINO! 

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Wine cellar designed by JL Studio 

I know the wine cellar may look effortless, but a lot of thought and detail went into making it so special. The barrel shape ceiling, the brick selection and pattern, the eclectic chandelier, custom-made door hardware, multiple stain finishes and many more elements really make this wine cellar so inviting!

"I can't wait to celebrate the end of the construction process and enjoy a delicious glass of wine with my clients who I now call friends!" - Jacquelyn Lindsey, Designer  

"I can't wait to celebrate the end of the construction process and enjoy a delicious glass of wine with my clients who I now call friends!" - Jacquelyn Lindsey, Designer  

AND WHAT BETTER WAY TO ENJOY THAT GLASS OF WINE THEN KICKING BACK AND RELAXING IN A BEAUTIFUL HOME THEATRE?!

Home theatre designed by JL Studio Designs 

Home theatre designed by JL Studio Designs 

The detailed panel layout, moody lighting design, proper audio/video placement and monochromatic color palette make this room the perfect space to chill out and binge watch the best movies!

Oh...and let's not forget my client's super cute snuggle buddy, their little Chihuahua named Chloe :-) 

Designer Jacquelyn Lindsey in finished home theatre design with client's puppy, Chloe 

Designer Jacquelyn Lindsey in finished home theatre design with client's puppy, Chloe 

AND YES, IT KEEPS GETTING BETTER! AFTER A NIGHT OF MARATHON MOVIE WATCHING, MY CLIENTS WILL GET TO WAKE UP AND REFRESH IN THEIR NEW STUNNING MASTER BATHROOM!

Master bath designed by JL Studio 

Master bath designed by JL Studio 

For the master bath, Shannon wanted it to feel light and airy, like a spa, but also dramatic and elegant to compliment the rest of the house. To tie everything in, I continued the panel theme into the master bath and complimented that with the use of custom mirrors, crystal light fixtures, various marbles and a water-jet cut tub wall feature. (Try saying that ten times fast!)

I think it's safe to say Shannon and Jason will begin each morning feeling refreshed and inspired to take on the day!

Designer Jacquelyn Lindsey in finished master bathroom design 

Designer Jacquelyn Lindsey in finished master bathroom design 

AND NOW, LAST BUT NOT LEAST...MY FAVORITE ROOM IN THE HOUSE, THE EDGY BUT ELEGANT POWDER BATH! 

Powder bathroom designed by JL Studio 

Powder bathroom designed by JL Studio 

I really enjoyed designing this powder bathroom because the Dufrenes let me run with my vision and introduce elements that were way out of their natural comfort zone. (P.S. I LOVE when clients trust me to do that!!) If anyone knows anything about working with me, they know I like to use bold, unexpected light fixtures. For this bathroom I chose a contemporary, brass chandelier with spiky glass spears while I incorporated traditional European lighting throughout the rest of the house. The contrast of this unexpected chandelier with the traditional paneling and gold leaf ceiling really gives the bathroom that WOW factor! The Dufrenes weren't expecting it but now they say it’s their favorite room in the house and their only wish is that it were big enough for us to all sit in there and have cocktails. :-)

It's crucial to know that in design, beauty takes time, thought and attention to detail. In this bathroom JL Studio designed a panel layout on the walls in order to camouflage the door that leads to the backyard so the powder bath could have a more decorative, dramatic feel. JL Studio also selected all the finishes and fixtures, created drawings for tile patterns, worked with decorative artists on specialty finishes and coordinated paint colors with the stone selections to make sure everything would tie together.  

Powder bathroom designed by JL Studio Designs 

Powder bathroom designed by JL Studio Designs 

The end result was edgy, elegant and an absolute show stopper in the New Orleans Parade of Homes tour.  

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Cheers to Shannon, Jason and Chloe on finally getting to move into their new custom dream home this week!! 

Designer Jacquelyn Lindsey of JL Studio Designs excited to have completed another new construction custom dream home 

I can't say enough about my experience designing this home from the ground up. It's surreal to me that it's over now but it feels so good too! I couldn't be happier for my clients getting to move into this beautiful new luxury home! I believe it takes a solid designer to create a thoughtful dream house but it also takes a good, passionate client who really cares about the end product. Working with the Dufrenes was an experience I will treasure forever. They had a strong vision and they were determined. They were patient, open minded and trusting. Building is never a smooth road, but they embraced the process and stayed the course. I can't wait for them to start their new chapter in this home and I'm even more thrilled to now call them friends!  

JL Studio 2017 Design Highlights

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It's truly hard to believe that 2017 has already come and gone! As I was naturally reflecting on the past year, it dawned on me that I was literally so busy in 2017 that I didn't get the time to post some of my most memorable projects! Today I'm taking a few hours to sit down, reflect and write about my top ten design projects of 2017 and maybe a few other moments. :-) P.S. I have cucumber water in my Yeti cup and a purple clay hydration mask on my face while I'm writing this blog post. Oh...and it's 28 degrees outside with a chance of snow in New Orleans so I have pulled out my portable insta-furnace for extra coziness LOL. Anyway, let's get on with the JL Studio 2017 Top Ten! 

 

Photos from the Top Ten JL Studio Design projects of 2017. 

#1 of 10 JL Studio 2017 Top Ten - English Turn Bedroom Redesign 

When a young, brilliant girl is preparing to go to college, chances are her bedroom may be due for a more sophisticated upgrade! I thoroughly enjoyed this 2017 bedroom transformation! Now hopefully this little pup doesn't mess up these beautiful custom fabrics! #jlstudiotopten photography by Bach Imagery

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Bedroom redesign before and after photos

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#2 of 10 JL Studio 2017 Top Ten - Elmer Residence - New Construction in Old Metairie

I absolutely adored designing this Cottage-Glam New Construction Home for the Elmer family ! We had so much fun working together that we're still working together now on the home decor phase! Hopefully at this time next year we will have FURNished photos to share! Shout out to Nelson Clayton Homes for making the building process run as smooth as possible!! And thank you to Jefferson Door for the finished photos!

The Elmer's post construction getting ready to move in!

The Elmer's post construction getting ready to move in!

#3 of 10 JL Studio 2017 Top Ten - Circle House (Originally designed by Architect Albert Ledner) Bath renovation

This project is a bittersweet one. A couple years ago I got a call from a lady who told me, "My house needs a renovation but it's a very unique home. You will have to think outside of the box (or the circle LOL.) Do you think you can do that?" (Well of course!😜) For the past 2 years I've had the opportunity to update some of the home finishes and through that I had the opportunity to meet with renowned mid-century modern Architect, Albert Ledner, who originally designed the home back in the 60's. To say he is an inspiration is an understatement.

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When he learned a designer was redoing his 60's "Shaw House," or as I like to call it, the "Circle House," he ran right over to see what my plan was! We told him we were taking out the carpet and doing epoxy marbleized floors. He originally was not 💯 % sold on my idea! But I had a strong vision and I was going with it! Of course, I was naturally going to respect the original integrity and character of the home, but I still intended to make the changes I wanted to make. He came to see the floors once they were finished and he agreed that it was the perfect thing to do for the space! (Win!)😁

I also had the joy of attending the premier viewing of his career documentary that was presented at the New Orleans Museum of Art this year for the 2017 Architecture & Design Film Festival. He was 93 years old and I got to watch him sit on the stage and talk about what motivated him to design the crazy way he did. He inspired me to be bold and seek challenges. Sadly, he passed away a couple months after his documentary viewing. But I know his work and spirit will live on and continue to inspire people everyday. I'm praying 🙏🏼 for his family and friends as they transition into a new year, and a new chapter.

  

This bathroom renovation is the definition of custom! Custom blended floor finish, custom made concrete sink, custom mirror, custom lighting and even custom mosaic tile! Yes I said custom mosaic tile. My tile installer may have wanted to shoot me on this one as we hand picked each copper piece off of the mosaic sheets they came on and then relocated them on the wall to create a clean, copper stripe running through the bathroom. (WORTH IT!)

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It's been an honor to update this historic mid-century modern home and I'm looking forward to continuing this outside of the box renovation in 2018!

#architecturelover #RIP #CircleHouse 

#4 OF 10 JL STUDIO 2017 TOP TEN - COTTON MILL CONDO UPDATES 

This has truly been a fun project to update at the Cotton Mill Condos in the Warehouse District of New Orleans this year. The scope of work was a little smaller then usual, but equally as fulfilling! We rearranged the furniture layout, designed and installed new custom window treatments and drapes, updated a few finishes and introduced some new furniture pieces! AND GLAM BAM IT'S LOOKING BETTER ALREADY! Stay tuned for more updates in 2018! #modernglam

#5 OF 10 JL STUDIO 2017 TOP TEN - PARKS OF PLAQUEMINES - NEW CONSTRUCTION HOME

This French-Mod New Construction home we designed from the ground up is definitely going down as one of our 2017 highlights!! JL Studio assisted with the floor plans, exterior elevations and lighting layouts. This home was built for entertaining - completed with a pool, fire-pit deck, outdoor kitchen, movie theatre, Bocce ball court and more! And to top it off, we designed a custom made 12' steel chandelier that was thoughtfully tailored to the foyer space. #groundup #lightingiskey #jlstudiotopten

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After finalizing construction drawings, JL Studio also designed the layout and selected the finishes for the new construction pool. To help the client better visualize their backyard, we did 3D renderings and a fly-through video of the exterior.

Jacquelyn Lindsey, Owner/Designer of JL Studio selecting grout colors for the new construction backyard 

Jacquelyn Lindsey, Owner/Designer of JL Studio selecting grout colors for the new construction backyard 

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Project complete! Move in day for the Taylor family :-) 

Project complete! Move in day for the Taylor family :-) 

#6 OF 10 JL STUDIO 2017 TOP TEN - MILAN ST - UPTOWN RENO

One positive thing I can say about 2017 is the clientele I've been blessed to work with. I loved getting to know this family and watching this renovation come to life! They were so pleased with the outcome that they threw a house warming party after with over 100 people! I'm so happy I was able to attend and meet some of their friends! 

Renovation complete! 

Renovation complete! 

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My client's dog :-) 

My client's dog :-) 

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#7 OF 10 JL STUDIO 2017 TOP TEN - CONTEMPORARY NEW CONSTRUCTION - GABRIEL ESTATES

I've been working on this new construction home in Gabriel Estates for the past couple years but it's not totally finished yet! It's 13,000 sq ft, 3 stories & super custom! From standing on a muddy job-site to flying to market to go furniture shopping, this has been a very time consuming but incredible project for 2017!

New Construction - Gabriel Estates

New Construction - Gabriel Estates

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#8 OF 10 JL STUDIO 2017 TOP TEN - PRATT DR - NEW CONSTRUCTION

This rustic-vintage inspired new construction home has been very thoughtfully planned out by my client, builder and I. It is a project that truly exemplifies the art of collaboration and it's been an honor to work on this new build!! It has required a ton of attention to detail but it has also been a joy to have a client who cares about the details as much as I do! ☺️ We can't wait to finish the construction phase in 2018!! 

New Construction home in progress designed by JL Studio on Pratt Drive

New Construction home in progress designed by JL Studio on Pratt Drive

New Construction home in progress designed by JL Studio on Pratt Drive

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Ceiling design in progress

Ceiling design in progress

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Pool house stairs in progress

Pool house stairs in progress

Happy client :-) 

Happy client :-) 

#9 OF 10 JL STUDIO 2017 TOP TEN - "DUFRENE PALACE" - GABRIEL ESTATES - NEW CONSTRUCTION

This luxury new construction home in Gabriel Estates is for sure swooping into the top ten even though it's not complete yet! This custom build with Creative Builders will be in the 2018 New Orleans Parade of Homes and we can't wait for the big reveal! It's been a great experience to work on this project! It's challenged me in ways that have made me grow as a designer and my clients have seriously been such a blast to work with! We can't wait to finish the construction phase and toast in their new wine cellar! #jlstudiotopten #creativebuildersofla #dufrenepalace

Progress Photo of New Construction Home in Gabriel Estates Designed by JL Studio

3D Render of the kitchen layout

Kitchen faucet installed! 

Custom wine cellar design in progress

#10 OF 10 JL STUDIO 2017 TOP TEN - JULIA STREET - GALLERY ROWE CONDO RENOVATION

We're closing out our 2017 highlights with this drastic condo transformation in the #warehousedistrictnola ! After this renovation was complete, designer Jacquelyn Lindsey of JL Studio called on Nola artist Becky Domel Fos to add the perfect pop of color to this Julia Street condo! After collaborating, Jacquelyn and Becky decided the space was calling for a vibrant 7' tall saxophone! The outcome was so successful that JL Studio and Gallery B. Fos threw an Art & Design party in celebration! This event was definitely one of our most fun moments of 2017! #fallbackintocolor #jlstudiotopten #galleryrow #beckyfos #gallerybfos

Happy clients post renovation :-) 

Happy clients post renovation :-) 

Condo renovation re-designed by Jacquelyn Lindsey, Owner of JL Studio Designs  

Condo renovation re-designed by Jacquelyn Lindsey, Owner of JL Studio Designs  

Painting collaboration between designer Jacquelyn Lindsey and New Orleans Artist Becky Fos

Painting collaboration between designer Jacquelyn Lindsey and New Orleans Artist Becky Fos

FALL BACK INTO COLOR

A Color Inspired Art & Design Event hosted by Artist Becky Fos and Designer Jacquelyn Lindsey of JL Studio

Board displays showing the story of the Gallery Rowe Condo renovation and painting collaboration between Designer Jacquelyn Lindsey and Artist Becky Fos.

Board displays showing the story of the Gallery Rowe Condo renovation and painting collaboration between Designer Jacquelyn Lindsey and Artist Becky Fos.

Designer Jacquelyn Lindsey and Artist Becky Fos were thrilled with the amount of people that came to their "Fall Back Into Color" Art & Design event. 

Designer Jacquelyn Lindsey and Artist Becky Fos were thrilled with the amount of people that came to their "Fall Back Into Color" Art & Design event. 

Designer Jacquelyn Lindsey and Artist Becky Fos were thrilled with the amount of people that came to their "Fall Back Into Color" Art & Design event. 

Designer Jacquelyn Lindsey and Artist Becky Fos were thrilled with the amount of people that came to their "Fall Back Into Color" Art & Design event. 

 

2017 has honestly been a year of great new experiences, exciting accomplishments, honorable milestones, lessons learned, telling failures and humbling moments. Thank you to everyone who has been a part of my design journey and cheers to 2018! Wishing everyone a fulfilling year that is inspirational and passionate!

FALL BACK INTO COLOR!

A Color Inspired Art & Design Event Celebrating A Charming Condo Renovation & A Vibrant Art Collaboration

Can a space have too much charm? Of course not! Can a space have too much color? Well, yes. Don't get me wrong now - I love the chance to experiment with an unlimited color palette, but I believe there's an art in how to incorporate the perfect amount of color. And sometimes the art is literally just that - a piece of art! For this Julia Street condo renovation, I called on New Orleans Artist Becky Fos to add the perfect pop of color with a custom-made, colorfully painted saxophone. The outcome? Extraordinary! 

Art & Design Collaboration between Designer Jacquelyn Lindsey of JL Studio and New Orleans Artist Becky Fos.

When I walked into this loft for the first time, I knew immediately that I wanted to open up the floor plan and neutralize the bones in my redesign. I began by rearranging the kitchen. I relocated the pantry, widened the island, and removed part of a wall to open up the space. With the new and improved layout, the condo is now more functional and open, with even two areas to sit and eat!

Gallery Rowe Condo on Julia Street (Before the renovation) 

Gallery Rowe Condo on Julia Street (After the renovation) 

I also wanted to let the natural texture of the brick speak for itself, so we stripped the avocado green paint off the walls and BAM! What a difference having a neutral backdrop makes! By using the earthy, neutral tones on the walls and furniture, I was able to drastically transform this space into something special. 

Condo renovation in progress (Stripping the brick)

However, the project was a little more in depth then just colors and space planning. We relocated the light fixtures and added interior windows to bring the character of this space to the next level. 

Reno in progress  (Added interior windows)

Reno in progress (Added interior windows)

And of course, I always say, "No home is ever complete without the charm of some artwork and a POP of color!" :-) 

B. Fos and I are so thrilled with the outcome of our Art & Design collaboration that we want YOU to come celebrate with us! THIS NOVEMBER. Come! FALL BACK INTO COLOR with us! We'll be throwing a color inspired Art & Design event on November 18th at the Becky Fos Art Gallery on Magazine Street. Can't wait to see you there!

Cheers :-) 

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Project complete! 

OH....Since you're still here, I'll let you in on a little secret! If you come to our Color Event on November 18th, you can enter to win a West Elm home decor grouping that I personally put together! If you want to spice up your home this Fall with a pop of color, these West Elm gift giveaway items could be yours! I mean come on...who doesn't want a cozy throw and some comfy throw pillows?! Or better yet, some stylish tabletop accessories?! Hint to win: Dress in color and be ready to strike a pose! Can't wait to see you there!

These West Elm gift giveaway items could be yours!

These West Elm gift giveaway items could be yours!

Hint to win: Dress in color and be ready to strike a pose!

Hint to win: Dress in color and be ready to strike a pose!