OXFORD HOUSE PROJECTS
Jennifer Lehr, OH Founder and Creative Director, is a treasure hunter, designer, curator and event producer with expertise in vintage decor, textiles, furniture and contemporary art as well as in the art of entertaining. Jennifer is also an author of creative non-fiction and mom to two teenagers who are kicking ass in the world.
Once upon a time...
...in the suburbs of Los Angeles, there was a little girl who lived in a home that was an art gallery. Her father, Carl Schlosberg, was a private dealer who had the artistic and intellectual soul of an expatriate in Paris, circa the 1920s. Carl had particularly loved outdoor sculpture and transformed their backyard into a glorious sculpture garden dotted with pieces by the likes of George Segal, Francois and Claude Lalanne and Anthony Caro. From an early age, Jennifer loved helping her dad place artworks throughout their home for his shows and enjoyed giving guests tours of the exhibitions.
Jennifer also loved visiting her Grandma Honey where she'd spend hours swooning over her albums filled with black and white photographs of the many glamorous parties her Grandma had hosted in Kansas City back in the 1950's and 60's. And so Jennifer couldn't have been any more excited when she discovered the clothing section at the annual flea market at a church in her neighborhood. It was filled with sparkling satin, lace and velvet gowns, capes and gloves just like the ones she loved in the photos and she couldn't buy enough of them. To house her collection, Jennifer painted the walls of her treehouse and turned it into a chic dressing lounge with shelves lined with mannequins donning wigs and spectacular hats. Her own private paradise.
For Jennifer, every birthday was an opportunity to create a magical experience for her and her friends. They'd create plays inspired by the clothes and put on fashion shows. And at night it was time for "the bed game"—her favorite. She'd gather every pillow, blanket, comforter and bolster in the house, divide her friends into teams and then challenge them to create beds that resembled real things—like a cars, lipstick or a whale. Then the girls would judge each other's creations based on
Jennifer was a very fortunate child because
She's been throwing incredible parties ever since she turned her family's home into a hotel for her 11th birthday.
knows what she loves when she sees it—a feeling that has nothing to do with what's in vogue, or who is hot and important. With no affinity to any particular style or period, she has a profound appreciation of great design and the work of talented artisans. And what excites her most is mixing extraordinary pieces—of art, funishishings, textiles and objects—in a way that makes them all even more than they were on their own.
She is the daughter of Carl Schlosberg, the pioneering Los Angeles private art dealer who has been described by the Los Angeles Times as having "the artistic and intellectual soul of an expatriate in Paris, circa the 1920s." Inspired by the European salons of an earlier era, Schlosberg transformed the family’s home and gardens into an exhibition space when Jennifer was a young girl.
Jennifer had the privilege of traveling with her her father throughout the U.S. and abroad visiting—artists' studios, museums, sculpture gardens, auction houses and private collections. After college and a brief stint as a professional modern dancer, Lehr attended UCLA's MFA Program along side many emerging artists who would go on to have significant careers while also working with professors that were internationally-respected contemporary artists like John Baldessari, Lari Pittman, Chris Burden, Paul McCarthy. It was Baldessari who encouraged Lehr's writing and she would go on to become an author of creative non-fiction.
As soon as she graduated, to support her writing, Lehr began working as both an interior designer and creator/publisher of bespoke coffee table books for likes of legendary producer Norman Lehr and philanthropist Eli Broad.
Her eye has
She started throwing parties as a young girl—and took them to a new level when, for her 11th birthday, she turned her family’s home into a hotel getaway for her and her four best friends for the weekend. In their station wagon, her mom drove the girls to the Burbank airport—but just for lunch. An hour later, her dad, dressed in a tux and chauffer’s cap, picked the group up in his Cadillac and took them right back home—but now it was a hotel. They checked in at the “front desk” in the den where there was a safe for their jewelry. Jennifer had put room numbers on her and her sister’s bedrooms and furnished them with fruit baskets, welcome notes and had folded down the beds placing a chocolate on the pillows.
Being that this was 1980 and Jennifer’s house had two phone lines, the girls soon called the front desk and asked them to bring the bicycles out front so they could go on a drive. And for dinner, they dressed up for a formal dinner in the dining room. Her parents—now the wait staff.
When not a hotel, her family home served as an exhibition space for Carl Schlosberg Fine Arts. Her father Carl has been a private art dealer in Los Angeles for fifty years. Her backyard was a sculpture garden, and they had a gallery space—the entire home was transformed into an exhibition three times a year.
Jennifer got her masters at UCLA where she connected with other emerging artists and had the opportunity to work with many internationally-renowned artists like John Baldessari, Lari Pittman, Mary Chris Burden, Paul McCarthy,
“Life is what you celebrate. All of it. Even its end.” – Joanne Harris
Jennifer's love of entertaining dates back to her childhood, when she would pour over photographs of the Mad Men-like parties her Grandma Honey hosted in Kansas City. Jennifer’s events capture that perfect blend of elegant, relaxed and unpretentious. To celebrate her 11th birthday, Jennifer invited friends for a "weekend getaway," turning her home into a hotel and enlisting her parents as concierge, chauffeur and staff. She has been hosting ever since.
Forty plus years of hosting dinners, parties, showers, performances and book parties later, Jennifer opened the doors to Oxford House—transforming her 1923 classic colonial home in Los Feliz into an event venue where she produced extraordinary weddings, memorials, corporate events and retreats and hosted film shoots.
A passionate collector, Jennifer has amassed a distinctive assortment of entertaining essentials. (Tip: The key to a successful gathering is lighting and lounge seating.)