Designer private guesthouse walk to downtown/Soulard
About jenn s.
With a passion and pride about Saint Louis, Jenn opened Dwell 912, a modern Saint Louis bed and breakfast. Designing, modern alternative spaces and developing a niche through calculated marketing, Jenn has contributed to Saint Louis' travel and hospitality scene for the last 13 years. Meeting people who are visiting or relocating and sharing the city’s many gems, both noted and hidden, as well as its history and hoods, has entirely been her reward. Some of my favs..... Musician: Patti Smith Activities: Traveling, estate sales, dining out Actor: Bette Davis, Adrian Brody Song: Dylan's "Don't Think Twice" School Subject: Lit, History, Debate Addictions: Vintage stores, doughnuts TV: Antiques Road Show, House Hunters International Movie: Annie Hall Restaurant: ...totally unfair!!! Breakfast: One that someone else cooks, says the innkeeper!
jenn s. purchased this Guest House in 2004
Why jenn s. chose LaSalle Park
Jenn lives in a grand three-story home built in 1885, with a curving staircase, huge pocket doors and large rooms. Years ago she converted the caretakers' quarters into a B&B, now called Dwell912. She splits her time between running that business, managing her own landscape company, and rehabbing the house. Jenn is more used to raw spaces. She lived in a warehouse loft in downtown St. Louis for many years, and became accustomed to carving out a space that suits her needs. She maintains a no-rules approach. Industrial pieces blend in nicely with antiques. Likewise, she chose modern shades of avocado and grey, but also left some of the original floral wallpaper. Jenn admits to loving to get her hands dirty. Case in point: she single-handedly did all tuckpointing in her huge basement, scraping out old mortar crack by crack and carrying it out to the dumpster out back. (She's also that crazy person outside at 11:00 pm mowing the lawn, so you could say she's motivated.) All that energy translates into a gorgeous, serene home that's ready to share with others.
What makes this Guest House unique
My Style: Industrial and elegant, modern and eclectic … I am forever reinterpreting each space of the house. Inspiration: Living in a warehouse for ten years and discovering that when you have an endless amount of space and good light, there are no rules. Favorite Element: The wine cellar, marble and iron fireplaces, multiple skylight windows, the gilded mirrors that were purchased with the house. The baby crap green paint in my living room Oh, and my father's reel-to-reel player and tapes from the 1960s and 70s. Biggest Challenge: Incorporating my design style and aesthetic while respecting the historical value and character of the house. What Friends Say: Do you ever stop? Biggest Embarrassment: When I first bought the house, out of the frustration of my inability to remove it, I painted over the wallpaper in the master bath. Proudest DIY: Building the frames and mixing and pouring the 32 Portland cement step stones through my courtyard over my freezing cold birthday weekend in March 2006. Cutting the Murphy's window into French doors for access to second floor walk-out balcony. Designing and building my own chicken coop. Biggest Indulgence: Purchasing local art and attending Art Basel for the last 6 years. Best Advice: Never be limited by what a space or object already is; consider what it might become. Dream Sources: Barns, warehouses and dumpsters. European open-air markets
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
Short & Sweet
Slight confusion due to construction at the property during Check-In time but overall good stay.
Convenient eclectic spot!
Great location for our St. Louis adventures! We loved the narrow spiral staircase!! The space is both old fashioned and modern at the same time! There was a serviceable kitchen which was important to us for cooking. I was a little unnerved by the full glass window looking into the trees from the shower. I would suggest a shower rod and curtain for that window for those of us uncomfortable with that exposure! A very charming place and great communication with owner.
Never again - good luck with your business model
No communication on how to access property - couldn't access it and had to find an alternative last minute. Two weeks later and at least 60 minutes of phone calls/hold w/ property owner and VRBO (mostly VRBO), and full refund still not completed. Diatribe extremely edited for general audience viewing and in respect for my time, which has no value to VRBO.
Great property! Perfect location for visit to downtown (Busch Stadium & Gateway Arch)
The venue is a beautiful, historic building and is decorated with items that inform the guest of the art, history, and beauty of St. Louis. Only 1/7 mile from Busch Stadium (according to Google Maps) and just a bit farther to the Gateway Arch National Park. We walked to these venues. Jenn is a great hostess and ensured the venue was ready. Will be our go to spot to stay next time we’re in St. Louis.
Exceeded our Expectations
The space was beautiful and in a perfect location for us to walk to/from Busch Stadium.
Thank you for hosting us! We will recommend this to anyone we know staying in the downtown area!
Jenni was great with communication and making us feel welcome. Central location was convenient and quiet. Would definitely recommend