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c o l l e c t e d a BY REBECCA KOENIG | PHOTOS BY SUZY GORMAN I want my houses to be collected, not decorated. A big West County house served as a blank slate for Jacob Laws, senior designer at CURE Design Group. Using curved lines, textured neutrals and eye-catching light fixtures, Laws turned the cavernous space into home for a recently relocated family with young sons. T&S | What is your background? JL | I was always designing. Even when I was 4, I was getting in trouble with my mother for pushing the baby grand across the floor. I was always rearranging everything. I have a degree in art history, which helps in a lot of ways, as far as putting things together and balance and symmetry. I’ve worked on historic row houses in D.C., bachelor lofts in New York and farmhouses in Clarksville. T&S | Do you have a design philosophy? JL | My goal is to make sure the end product is something the client can live in and looks corrected and mindful. There’s nothing worse than a ‘decorated’ house. I want my houses to be collected, not decorated. I’m a little more mindful of keeping things user-friendly. At the end of the day, it’s my client who’s living there. When I’m finished with the room, it’s their sanctuary. T&S | Tell me about this house and family. JL | The house was about 2 years old when they moved in, and it was empty when they bought it. They had a really small space in Boston and moved to this McMansion and didn’t have any idea where to start. We went through room by room and decided where to start based on their priorities. Once we got started, their entire focus changed because they didn’t even have furniture to use in this kind of space. Usually I love to incorporate pieces a client already has, but in this case we really didn’t have anything. I AT LEFT: Pottery adorns the fireplace in the hearth room; a symmetrical design is anchored by floor-to-ceiling windows in the great room. OPPOSITE: Laws installed eye-catching light fixtures to double as artwork.