New Guy In Town | REVEAL

These days I mainly work on new construction custom homes or large scale renovations, which are my passion, but – they take a loooooooong time to complete (a custom home can take over two years). Which to you people means it takes an even longer time to see professional, pretty pictures of the space. And seeing as I’m a media whore , and try to get my work published as much as possible, I can’t show off professional pictures until they have been published as magazines aren’t interested in images that have “been seen.”

Long story short, I’ve got a lot of pretty eye candy cookin’ fo ya but it might take awhile for you so get a peek. So I figure – why not show off some old, but never-been-seen-so-new-to-you, images of work I’ve done in the past? Over the next few weeks I’ll be posting reveal pics of a few smaller projects I’ve completed a few years ago.

First one up – the bachelor pad Project  New Guy In Town.LafayetteSquare002 copyThis project was published in Alive Magazine two years ago, but I had it re-shot by Megan Thiele and just never got around to posting the pictures. I started this job over three years ago after some friends referred me a handsome, young bachelor who just moved to St. Louis from Indianapolis. He basically knew no one in town, but bought a killer historic town home in Lafayette Square that had just been renovated.  The space was great but he pretty much came with nothing but a collection of DVDs, a lawn chair, and his grandfather’s guitar. We started from scratch on everything.


This is how homeboy was rollin before he had JD in his life….Baughman Before 1Sads.

Good news – the space has killer exposed original brick which led us to a vintage-with-a-touch-of-industrial vibe balanced by pops of modern lines and graphic patterns.

This is how it all shook out…
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My friends at Architectural Elements built and installed open shelving from reclaimed wood and pipe, giving me plenty of surface area to style with objects reflecting the client’s personality and interests.LafayetteSquare003 copyLafayetteSquare007 copyA mix of many interesting objects including pieces from my friends from Hammer and Hand, mini framed vintage German flags for his German connection, an image of  door handle in Traverse City for his love of the city, and vintage matchbooks from various St. Louis bars for his new city’s roots.LafayetteSquare004 copy cropEvery man needs a comfy leather chair.
LafayetteSquare005 copyI used an indoor/outdoor rug for the dining room, as they are durable and can handle a spilled beer or four two. Excellent for hosting late night poker parties.
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One of my favorite moments in the home is the exposed guitar case . This was formerly a dreadful, 1990s – esque white laminate with glass shelf display case that simply had to go. My client is quite the handy man and refinished it with wood veneer all himself. LafayetteSquare009 copyAnd obviously, every grown man needs a bar to house his bourbon toped by some bullhorns.LafayetteSquare010 copyIt just wouldn’t be a true JDM reveal without a good old fashioned Before | After recap….

Living room Before
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Dining Room BeforeBaughman Before 3Baughman Before 5Dining room AfterLafayetteSquare009 copySince these pictures were taken by my beautiful and talented friend Megan Theile, homeboy has up and moved to Oregon, leaving his town home for sale. Maybe the next New Guy In Town would like to try it on for size?  Maybe a young couple? Or maybe YOU? Take a peek and maybe you, or someone you know, would like to call it home. Listing —–> HERE.

And if you, or any cool single guy, need a little JD Mills in your life, reach out to your girl —->


  1. Love that cognac leather chair! So gorgeous. The after looks amazing! xx

  2. Okay, I know I just left another comment but this just affirms it. I love Hammer & Hand as well and even bought one of those green lanterns a few weeks back. Love the pieces you got!


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