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Jan's talent for designing was inherited from her father,
Jim Leake, who was an architect and mechanical engineer.
She is a cum laude graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology and holds a degree in textile design. She also attended the Maryland Institute, College of Art (MICA) where she studied printmaking, jewelry making and jewelry design.
Launching her career by designing fine jewelry, she quickly established herself as the go to designer for one of a kind custom pieces. She also designed annual collections for high-end costume jewelry companies and private label retailers.
Transitioning to the home retail furnishings field she focused on sales, purchasing, display and management.
Following her passion for residential design she accepted a position working for a structural engineering firm, honing her Auto CAD skills.
This fueled a new direction for designing kitchens, bathrooms and custom cabinetry. Her continuing success was followed by the establishment in 2004 of her company JLB Designs. She now offers additional interior design services with JLB Design Studio.