Jennifer Laskey of Salvage Beauty Design Co, RedLight Special Events, & Weddings by JL shares her Historic Hobart House with us!
Time lived in: 5 years this June
GLB: What do you do? Or what industry are you in?
Jennifer: I have my own boutique small business doing event and wedding planning, venue event direction, and event + interior design: Salvage Beauty Design Co, RedLight Special Events, & Weddings by JL. I also run the events at Mírate in Los Feliz and Madera in Hollywood as my two key clients.
GLB: What makes this space “home?”
Jennifer: I have a lot of collected furniture and fixture treasures I have found over the years and cycled through many historic homes and apts, with some especially curated for this / my first home.
Having my furry family here also makes it home for me. My cats Mr Muffin and Kitty Capone.
My dogs Kingsley the Puppyman also known as Ploof and our new addition, Phi Phi.
It also really speaks to my artistic side and my soul having so many original vintage details left in tact.
GLB: What are some things in your home that you can’t live without?
-My four pets.
-New addition last Dec, my Finnleo sauna has been a life changer
-From a visual standpoint the array of vintage chandeliers and sconces really make my heart sing or if we had to get practical here. I suppose the shower is the most key but I also do enjoy the clawfoot bathtub.
GLB: What room do you spend the most time in? Why?
Jennifer: I work so well relaxed and comfortable and as bad as it is, I do amazing late night work in one of my two beds (bedrooms) + I love sleeping so green bedroom for the win.
GLB: What are 3 words to describe your personal/interior style?
Jennifer: Vintage, eclectic, ornate
A little more about Jennifer's Style:
Salvage Beauty Design is a Los Angeles, CA based full-service design company that can enhance the beauty and inspiration of your environment as well as improve your property value or business revenue.
We focus on historic restoration as well as interior design projects small and large, both residential and hospitality projects. Our style is heavily rooted in salvaging original, historic architecture and design, incorporating antiques and restoring things to vintage standards. We use salvage or replica pieces in our signature old-meets-new, modern vintage glamour, bohemian, and eccentric glam styles. We specialize in historic or architecturally unique residential homes and apartments/condos as well as indoor and outdoor restaurant, bar, and event spaces.
I love ornate, showstopper vintage sconces and chandeliers (in every room) as well as mixing antique finds with beautiful modern pieces with a lot of character and old-world charm. I also am very drawn to the use of faux paint or unique artisan paint in my designs. I am also always a fan of a good vintage stove, antique pedestal sink, chic wallpaper in a bathroom, and rich toned vintage Persian rugs. I can’t get enough of anything tufted, velvet, or mirrored. If doing remarkably well I also love a renovated home keeping in mind period style for that more chicglam vintage vibe.
I’m a big fan of Spanish, Moroccan, and Parisian design influences, though I feel you should never buy more than a few pieces from the same store, but instead collect gems and treasures from a variety of sources. It took me a long time, but I finally acquired all of my 'dream furniture', vintage fixtures, and antique accents.
GLB: What do you love about living in a historic craftsman home?
Jennifer: For me it’s been fun to have a slightly different architectural and design style as prior to buying this home I lived in 1920s-1930s Spanish architecture for the 17 years prior (my die hard favorite style)
The craftsman has a lot of moody almost gothic vibes which I love. I played on that in the downstairs design for sure. I also love that this particular craftsman has a lot of lines, windows, and stained glass that feelings very Victorian (another style I swoon for).
GLB: What do you love about living in Los Angeles?
Jennifer: Honestly my absolute favorite thing about LA is all the historic architecture and amazing array of vintage styles. I am deeply saddened when things are demolished or modernized from an original condition.
I also love that LA is big on celebrating and splurging which as afforded me to create and excel at my event and wedding planning + venue booking / event direction business.
The array of cultures and diversity of our city is also really cool
I also love the variety of amazing restaurants and gourmet markets
Another thing I am so grateful for is the influx of adult dance studios, dance performance companies and yoga studios- dance and yoga make me happy, relieve much stress and are my passions.
GLB: What are your favorite LA spots?
Smoothie/ juice: Kreation
Acai bowls (my fave): Erewhon, Sunlife, backyard bowls
Restaurants: forever fave: Dan Tana’s. New fave Mírate. Casual fave, Bowery Bungalow
Coffee: the coffee bean
Hidden gem coffee shop: Aroma (Tujunga village/ studio city) and Alcove (los feliz)
Dance: Leigh Purtill ballet, the C Spot, Groov3
Yoga: Tara Yoga, Sivananda, liberation.
Home restoration accents: Liz’s antique hardware
Event space/ historic home: The Paramour Mansion, runner up: Carondelet house
More about the Historic Hobart House:
Introducing the ‘Historic Hobart Wallsworth House’
1800 South Hobart Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90006
This is a Mills Act (historically protected) home is in mid city/ Los Angeles CA, in the HPOZ (historic preservation overlay zone) of Harvard Heights, which is sandwiched between west Adams and Koreatown. It’s a cute historic pocket, filled with a lot of historic homes, mostly craftsman style-lovely for establishing shots.
This particular one was built in 1909 by notable architect of the time, Frank Tyler, and is craftsman style with a lot of Victorian accents, which is rare!
This historic 1909, 2-story, 12 room home is totally original, with everything period and immaculately designed by Jennifer Laskey of Salvage Beauty Design Co. It's a treasure trove of sensational backdrops that makes you feel transported back to the early 1900s, with architecture that can’t be replicated today. There are an array of different looks on the two floors. The first floor has darker, creepy sexy moody vibe, while the top floor is a little brighter and lighter and more glamorous.
The house is particularly extraordinary since it has almost everything original: untouched hardwood floors, unique windows with diamond window panes, original fireplace, artful stained glass built-ins, majestic woodwork, doors, cabinetry, tile, hardware, an astounding collection of vintage light fixtures, etc. I brought a handful of updated things back to their historic roots by adding back antique light fixtures, switches, sinks, knobs, hardware, you name it.
Honestly to me it is insanely rare and so special to find a home of this era, 1909 to be exact, and moreover have it be pretty pristinely original (not renovated visually). Unlike the vast majority of buyers, I was not interested in a remodeled or modernized house, nor any that didn’t have an original kitchen and bathrooms, all original windows, original hardwood floors, vintage architectural details, etc. The only upgrades done were to one of the three bathrooms, but it still had an old clawfoot tub and I got rid of the 80s pedestal sink so fast, finding a mint green vintage gem of a sink from the east coast and it was like it was never messed up at all. I think to this day what I’ve spent on plumbers to get the vintage facets and handles working would have allowed me to buy 10 new sinks (same goes for an antique toilet that is so cool), but that’s what’s true to my heart- all antique. Admittedly, I have come to grips with the new shower but every other detail in the house was original. This house had the most amazing woodwork and stained glass features, along with these coved windows in the dining room and a gorgeous fireplace/ mantle, these are the things really take my breath away and are one of a kind! To have every vintage door, and door hardware, perfectly aged original hardwood floors, and unique details at every turn, and all the little details was such a lucky gem of a find! Sure many things needed repairs, and some still do, but I was up for the challenge.
The house also has unique and vibrant color, with custom paint with an aged look in many rooms, as well as an exquisite collection of antiques collected from across the country ranging 100-200 years old- an amazing mix of modern glamour and unique vintage furnishings.
There is also a huge front porch complete with swing, enclosed balcony and back patio plus a mid sized yard, creepy vintage garage with old carriage doors, and driveway parking for 5 cars tandem plus the creepy basement and attic to boot!
2500 sq ft, 12 rooms / 3 vintage bathrooms / creepy basement/ walk-in closet- entire dressing room/ attic
Salvage Beauty Design by Jennifer Laskey is an LA, CA based full service design company that can enhance the beauty of and inspiration provided by your environment as well as improve your property value or hospitality business revenue. We focus on historic restoration as well as interior design projects small or large. Our style and passion is heavily rooted in cherishing and salvaging original, historic architecture and design details, incorporating antiques or restoring to vintage standards with salvage or replica pieces, as well as a signature styled old meets new, modernized vintage glamour, where we effortlessly mix chic modern furnishings/ homes with an infusion on vintage charm, be it subtle or bold. We specialize in historic or architecturally unique residential homes and apartments/condos as well as indoor and outdoor restaurant, bar, event spaces. The latest addition to our services is consulting and designing homes and hospitality spaces for film and TV. We have an amazing track record of this and can help you enhance not only your own happiness by residing in a stunning space, but in many situations, pay your mortgage or rent by consulting, designing, and/or representing your home/ helping spread the word about it to our vast film / location industry connections.
What I created here as a film + photo shoot business to share my art, and monetize my investment is pretty cool and I am so inspired and proud of that too. My dream is to do the design, marketing and rep other historic homes for filming work as well! I basically designed the house and utilized my many connections to book it for photo shoots and filming. My favorite gigs so far have been Savage Fenty and Forever 21 in the print category. There have also been many horror films shot here. Forthcoming the Blue Rose should be a good one.