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A breathtaking highrise loft by Jerry Jacobs

Jerry Jacobs before and after Jerry Jacobs before and after

The subject of this before and after submission can be found in Monterrey, a couple of hours south of the Texas border. It  is the most industrialized city of Mexico, home to around five million people. For many years the “Colonia del Valle” a suburb in a secluded Valley by the Sierra Madre has been the enclave for industrialists and their families, with its own million-dollar membership fee golf club and home to several corporate headquarters, it is one of the top income per capita suburbs in the country. That’s where you will find the 20 story residential tower where Jerry Jacobs has created a breathtaking loft apartment. And if you are wondering about the views, they include the Sierra Madre, the “Cerro de la Silla” (Saddle Mountain), and the golf course. Pictures with views follow.

Jerry Jacobs before and after

Jerry had already created two other homes for the clients, one on the Mexican Caribbean Riviera, the other in the Tobacco growing jungle of Veracruz, Mexico, where the family’s hand made cigars business is located. But now the client’s daughters were returning from high school in London to attend the excellent college in Monterrey. The girls had enjoyed European contemporary design and requested a loft type layout and the use of wood and glass. A full floor apartment of about 4500 sq. ft. was available in the new building, and  Jerry had just six months to transform it into the very wonderful space you see before you.

Jerry Jacobs before and after

The study or work area is incorporated into the main space with library, living and dining room areas all in one. The kitchen is open (glass enclosed) to the main space as well. The master bedroom is for the two girls to share, while a pied-a-terre with two small bedrooms and a seating area is provided for the parents, an elder brother or guests.

A few more details, because we know you like details. Sandblasted tempered glass covers the structural columns of the main spaces. A glass doorway is provided for the elevator entry. The roman sheers and shades are all motorized due to their lengths of up to 28’. The bookcases (27’ x10’) with rolling ladder were produced in California. The floors are washed oak long strip diagonally placed to direct the main entrance flow towards the outward corner view.

Jerry Jacobs before and after

We don’t have pictures but are told that glass wall tiles and butcher-block counter tops in matching colors are used in all bathrooms. While consistency was part of the palette, a different color was chosen for each bedroom tying the room fabrics and bath materials together.For the girl’s suite in purples and blues, the parents’ is red and the guest’s is black.

Jerry has thoughtfully provided a listing of where the furniture, appliances, tiles and more came from. We think its a great thing to share and encourage you to do the same when you submit your before and afters to beforeandafter@modenus.com To read more about how to submit please see our short note.


BB Italia. Panama Chairs, Sity Sectional, Meta Coffee table.

Brueton. Dining table. Make-up tables chair. Kitchen stools.

Cassina. Moove Long Easy Chairs, Kick table (not shown).

De Padova.  Inciza armchairs. Desk chairs

Georgetti. Recliner armchair.

Molteni. Tables.

Montis. Baku sofa.

Ligne Roset. Pollen tables.

Poltrona Frau.  Socrate Sofa.


Downsview. Cabinetry.

GE Monogram. Appliances.

Franke. Sink & Faucet.


Ray Charles White. Aluminum Water Study. Main Room.

Vicente Rojo. Piramides series. Entrance.

Elizabeth Saltos. Red Bedroom and seating area.

Glass Tile.

Ann Saks tile and Stone.


Gant. Chenille on Headboards

Clarence House. Bedroom pillows and ottomans.


Vola. Basins and Faucets.

Jacuzzi. J dream shower.

Area Rugs.

Christopher Farr.


Leavit-Weaver Floor & Table lighting.

All photography used in this before and after Modenus interior design blog by Michael Calderwood, Mexico City.


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