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Senior living is what you make of it, so make it the best it can be! At The Gatesworth, the opportunities for leading a fulfilling life are as interesting and unique as the Residents themselves. Our Residents find a variety of choices such as fitness classes, lectures, book clubs and outings to support their physical, mental and educational well-being.

The Gatesworth is committed to equal housing opportunity and does not discriminate in housing and services because of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status or national origin.

Editor’s Letter General Manager Andrea Griffith editor-in-chief Trish Muyco-Tobin Editorial associate editor Lisa Watson

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entertainment columnist Debbie Baldwin design editor alan E. Brainerd


t the turn of the 20th century, exciting and momentous events were taking place across St. Louis that proved pivotal to shaping the city’s identity. St. Louis had gained status as America’s fourth-largest city, giving it enough clout to host the World’s Fair and the Summer Olympics in 1904. It was also a time when the likes of Scott Joplin and W.C. Handy entertained, filling the air with ragtime and jazz; while Tennessee Williams, Sara Teasdale and T.S. Elliott inspired with their written word. Union Station was becoming a bustling hub; and for St. Louisans who wanted their peace and quiet, the expansion of the parks system gave the city Forest Park and Tower Grove Park. All sorts of industry prevailed, including automobile, fashion and beer (there were more than 100 breweries in operation citywide). This industrial growth brought about an upswing in commercial and residential building. Downtown, architect Louis Sullivan amazed with the Wainwright Building, considered one of the world’s first skyscrapers. And in the ‘suburbs,’ architect Guy Mariner would soon begin work on a three-story brick home on Lenox Place amid the frenzy of the World’s Fair. That stately English manse, #23 Lenox Place, became the framework for this year’s Ladue News Show House. The home’s historic appeal and pedigree are undeniable: From its first owner, the descendants of Count and Countess Henri de Penaloza; to its most recent occupants, Dr. Coy and Rachel Fitch, who were community leaders in their own right. As you’ll see in the following pages, more than 20 of St. Louis’ top designers lent their artistic vision and hands-on skill to rise to the occasion, executing modern-day spaces that preserved the grace and grandeur of this fine home.

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The work of local artist Kyle Lucks extends further than the watercolors LN readers have grown to know, encompassing a variety of media and subject matters.

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portraits, an accurate likeness and detail are the priority, so I prefer to work with graphite pencils that I have a lot of control over. Currently, all the work for my gallery and inventory is in watercolor, because it allows me to work larger and capture the light and color of a landscape or city scene. Plus, I love how the water and pigment can have a mind of their own, creating effects I wouldn’t be able to achieve by putting the brush to paper. LN: Are you working on any new projects? KL: In addition to a few private commissions in progress, I am devoting a lot of time to Lucks Art 911, which I launched last year to create original fine art for public safety professionals. The flagship products are customized prints that can be personalized with an officer’s name, rank, assignment and I.D. number. In addition, a portion of the proceeds from each sale are donated to public-safety-related charities, such as Backstoppers. Lately we have dedicated time to expanding the list of agencies on board, which includes St. Louis County and St. Louis Metro police departments, the St. Louis Fire Department and a handful of agencies from the Kansas City side of the state.

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LN: How did you get your start? Have you always been drawn to art? KL: Fine art runs in the family, so I had an abundance of inspiration and support at a very young age. One of my mom’s greatest stories is when I was 3 years old, I drew all over the walls and a commissioned house portrait she was working on with a black oil pastel. It was my first attempt at abstract expressionism! I don’t remember doing that, but I do remember drawing constantly ever since. In my opinion, the support I received outside of the classroom helped me progress at a quicker rate. At age 10, I received my first commission and had a drawing published in a national sports magazine. I practically lived in the art department at Parkway South High School, and received more and more commissions, which cemented the goal in my mind of one day being a professional artist.

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HE UNVEILING OF THE 2013 Ladue News Show House at #23 Lenox Place was an affair to remember! For its third annual showcase, LN invited the area’s top designers to put their creative spin on 11 rooms and spaces throughout the World’s Fair-era manse. As you’ll see in the following pages, the designer spaces were spectacular! Spotted in the crowd were Barbara Goodman, David and Miran Halen, former Creve Coeur mayor Harold Dielmann, and the newly engaged Andy Dielmann and his fiancée Kristin Connell.

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Carol Fyhrie, Kevin Sherwin

Laurie Morris, CJ Knapp

Priscilla Visintine, Janet Ryan

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Kelly Underwood, Rebekah Paz

Karen Karl, Chris Pitzer

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HE ST. LOUIS COUNTY LIBRARY Foundation held its signature Starcatchers Gala, celebrating The Great Gatsby, at Library headquarters in Frontenac. Guests, who arrived dressed in their best Gatsby attire, enjoyed cocktails and live music, as well as several antique cars on display. The program included several awards presentations, as well as a fine dinner enjoyed before an oral auction and featured speaker, author Lisa Scottoline. The Foundation promotes literacy and reading through a variety of programs throughout the community.


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ES AMIS, ST. LOUIS’ FRENCH Creole cultural preservationist organization, is playing a major role in the city’s upcoming 250th anniversary in 2014. Guests were invited to The Racquet Club of St. Louis for dinner and dancing, as well as an oral auction and a fiddle stomp, to help in this effort. The Creole Corridor on both sides of the Mississippi River is in the process of being nominated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. St. Louis is the gateway city to the Creole Corridor and its related historic regions. Phillip Hulse and Natasha Hawkins served as event co-chairs; and Elizabeth Sayad was honorary chair.

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IGHLIGHTING THE IMPORTANCE of art as powerful therapy, supporters and friends of Cancer Support Community came together for the organization’s Art of Hope gala. Recognizing both Dr. John DiPersio and Maryville University’s Kids Rock Cancer, Cancer Support Community filled the ballroom at The Ritz-Carlton with guests. Multiple artists were working on paintings as guests enjoyed cocktails and browsed through silent auction items before heading into the ballroom for a spectacular program, including wine and dinner, awards and music. Proceeds from the evening support the many programs and services that CSC provides to help inspire and support cancer patients, survivors and their families.

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UESTS RECENTLY GATHERED at the Saint Louis Woman’s Club in the Central West End for Concert with the Masters. A Parties of Note event presented by the St. Louis Symphony Volunteer Association, the evening featured several concertmasters performing together led by concertmaster David Halen.

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A majestic residence with a commanding presence. Elegant custom finishes. Lavish millwork and amenities including an outdoor pavilion and pool with cascading waterfalls. Situated on 3.4 secluded acres and surrounded by nine private acres, it is truly a park-like setting. Magnificent stone exterior with a cedar shake roof. The first floor has a grand entrance hall, two-story dining room with fireplace, a lovely parlor room with fireplace, a game/family room with step-behind bar, a custom paneled library with fireplace, and a soundproof, state-of-the-art theatre room. The kitchen has been featured in several national magazines. It opens to a breakfast banquette, which leads to a wonderful hearth room, again with fireplace, and beautiful terraces. The master suite features his & her baths, separate closets, sitting room and a gracious master bedroom with fireplace. The second floor includes bedrooms with en suite baths and a guest/nanny/housekeeper wing with complete living quarters. 5 Bedrooms I 10 Baths I 12,873 Square Feet I $6,650,000

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TROY I $1,690,000 395 Highway V 5 Bedrooms, 7 Baths 29 Acres, 5 Acre Lake Special combination of custom features and impressive grounds unite to offer luxury living within a private estate setting. Susan Hurley 314.308.6636

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LADUE I $869,000 72 Clermont Lane 5 Bedrooms, 4 Baths 3,823 Square Feet, Pool Gracious home in sought-after Ladue neighborhood with beautifully proportioned rooms, updated features and rich finishes. Linda Benoist 314.983.2119

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LADUE I 21 Upper Ladue I $3,600,000 5 Bedrooms, 7 Baths, 6,349 Square Feet, 1.9 Acres, Pool, Pool House and Secret Garden

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CLAYTON I $2,700,000 155 North Bemiston 5 Bedrooms, 6 Full Baths, 2 Half Baths 6,321 Square Feet Architecturally appealing Clayton town home with elevator to all floors and refined bespoke finishes that speak to today’s luxury buyer. Carol Sunshine 314.749.4803

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CREVE COEUR I $924,900 11 Balcon Estates 5 Bedrooms, 4 Baths 4,664 Square Feet Stunning custom home on a lush and private acre+ with gracious living spaces and sophisticated finishes throughout. Heidi Long 314.308.2283

LADUE I 3 Picardy Lane I SOLD 5 Bedrooms, 6 Baths, 5,529 Square Feet and Old World Charm

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HUNTLEIGH I $5,800,000 12 Huntleigh Woods Drive 4 Bedrooms, 4 Full Baths, 2 Half Baths 9,614 Square Feet Old World grandeur is artfully united with today’s conveniences to create the perfect home for entertaining and everyday living. Peggy Dozier 314.983.2206

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LADUE I $825,000 150 Dielman Road 4 Bedrooms, 4.5 Baths 3,086 Square Feet One level living in this charming whitewashed Colonial on lush landscaped grounds with flowering trees, brick terraces and pool. Steven T. Johnston 314.983.2282

LADUE I 20 Black Creek Lane I SOLD 4 Bedrooms, 3 Full, 2 Half Baths, 4,097 Square Feet, Unique front garden, private terrace and pool.

BRENTWOOD I 10 Cricket Lane I SOLD

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CLARKSON VALLEY 16519 Kingspointe Lake Lane $979,000 5 Bedrooms, 6 Baths 4,556 Square Feet

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How Sweet It Is

HE WEDDING OF LINDSAY ANN RAMES AND Derek Anthony Robertson was about more than the union of two souls; it also meant the union of two families. Lindsay and Derek met while in management training for Enterprise; Lindsay is an account manager and Derek is a branch manager. In his plan to propose, Derek recruited their colleagues: He hired a driver to pick up Lindsay from work and take her to the airport, where they first met. There, the driver gave Lindsay a box with Champagne, chocolate-covered strawberries and a heartfelt letter from Derek, before driving her to Tilles Park, where Derek waited for her with a ring. After toasting with a glass of wine, the duo headed to Bar Napoli, where their friends and family were waiting to celebrate the engagement. Derek and Lindsay worked with their families to plan the August 24 wedding. “It was pretty unbelievable,” Derek says. “I did a few things here and there, but both of our families did a majority of the work. Her family put on a heck of a show for the whole day.” The couple recounts the cake-tasting as their favorite part of planning the event. Lindsay’s mother and Derek’s mother and grandmother, who had flown in for the weekend, joined



BY BLAISE HART-SCHMIDT the pair at The Cakery, and everyone’s different opinions on the cake called for a sweet compromise. In the end, they chose a cake with alternating layers of fresh strawberry with strawberry frosting, traditional vanilla wedding cake with raspberry and cream, and red velvet. “Everyone had their own favorite cake, favorite toppings and favorite fillings,” Derek remembers. “It was great. We had way too much cake for lunch.” Bloomin’ Buckets transformed Ladue Chapel into “an indoor garden,” Lindsay says, complete with hydrangea plants on the altar. This allowed Lindsay and Derek to transplant the flowers into their garden at home as a keepsake, an idea Lindsay says she loved. Derek says he was touched by the speech Lindsay’s father gave, incorporating both her family and his. “My parents don’t live in town; they live in Austin,” he says. “It was neat that he involved my family members even though we don’t see them as much.” Guests waved sparklers as the couple exited the reception and sped away on a decorated golf cart. The couple, wanting to spend as much time as possible with their out-of-town guests, spent Sunday with family and friends before heading to Maui the next day.

THE DETAILS THE DATE August 24, 2013 THE BRIDE Lindsay Ann Rames THE GROOM Derek Anthony Robertson THE BRIDE’S PARENTS Dr. Richard and Sue Rames THE GROOM’S PARENTS Meshell Robertson-Counterman and Joe Counterman THE CEREMONY Ladue Chapel THE RECEPTION Bellerive Country Club THE WEDDING DRESS Monique Lhuillier, Town and Country Bridal THE RINGS Adler’s Jewelers THE FLORIST Bloomin’ Buckets THE CAKE The Cakery THE BAND Griffin and the Gargoyles THE PHOTOGRAPHER Switzer Film THE BRIDESMAIDS’ DRESSES Bella Bridesmaid THE SUITS Jos. A. Banks THE INVITATIONS Vellum THE WEDDING PLANNER Sabrina Torti, Proposing Dreams





‘Spannring’ the Globe



EANIE REIS AND TOM SPANNRING weren’t distracted by superfluous details when planning their wedding. They knew what mattered most: celebrating their holy matrimony with family and friends. The couple met as parishioners of the same church in London, and dated for a year and a half before getting engaged. Tom, a native of Austria, rented a wagon in a famous 19th century Ferris wheel in Vienna; and at the top, surrounded by a gorgeous view of the city, got down on one knee to propose. Deanie, a native St. Louisan, planned to move to Vienna right after the wedding, and the couple wanted to spend as much time as possible with family and friends. With this in mind, on July 14, they designed a simple ceremony at Church of the Annunziata in Ladue and reception at Old Warson Country Club. The couple asked their friend, a German priest, to officiate the traditional Latin mass. Tom, a classical music lover, coordinated the music; Schola Cantorum St. Louis, conducted by Horst Buchholz, performed a capella pieces, including Missa Papae Marcelli by Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina. The understated elegance of the ceremony carried over to the reception, which Deanie says was “more like a dinner party.” Guests enjoyed music from the Landolfi String Quartet while they dined. Deanie regrets not getting more than one piece of the multilayered and multi-flavored cake from The Cakery, while Tom says he most enjoyed the celebratory cigar and cognac at the end of the evening. The couple left the next day to move Deanie to Vienna, then embarked on their honeymoon to Dubai. There, they enjoyed shopping and relaxing on the warm beaches before heading back to settle into their new home.





THE BRIDE Deanie Mary Reis

THE CAKE The Cakery

THE GROOM Thomas Spannring

THE BAND Landolfi String Quartet

THE BRIDE’S PARENT Mrs. Deanie S. Reis


THE GROOM’S PARENT Mrs. Gertraud Spannring


THE CEREMONY Church of the Annunziata THE RECEPTION Old Warson Country Club THE WEDDING DRESS Jenny Packham, London, UK THE RINGS Skrein, Vienna, Austria




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mily Kennedy isn’t easily surprised. In fact, talk from family had already foiled one planned proposal from her then-boyfriend Daniel North. So when Daniel wanted to surprise Emily with a ring, he had to go all out. It happened in Chicago: Emily was there to celebrate her birthday with family, while Daniel worked on U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill’s election campaign. When the car pulled up to Navy Pier and Emily saw Dan standing at the end of the pier in a suit, she truly was surprised. And after saying yes, she realized a boat nearby was filled with the couple’s friends and family all watching the proposal and ready to celebrate—an immediate engagement party! Emily says her main hope for the wedding was for everyone to feel comfortable and at home. Both Emily and Daniel love Forest Park, so choosing to be married at the World’s Fair Pavilion was an easy decision. The groom’s best friend officiated the ceremony, and Studio B brought a photo booth with fun props and projected the images above the dance floor throughout the night. Coldstone Creamery set up an area


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where guests could don aprons and mix their own desserts, or have the experts do it for them. The bride’s family also planned several surprises. Her father coordinated a fireworks display to honor his late wife, Ellen Clark, between dinner and dancing, which Daniel cites as his favorite part of the evening. Emily’s sister, Katie, surprised the couple with the Pi food truck coming by to give guests something to snack on later in the evening. “Everyone seemed to have a great time,” Emily says, noting that Mayor Francis Slay and even Claire McCaskill attended. “Dan worked for her; and normally, U.S. senators don’t attend their employees’ weddings, so that was cool. And she stayed and danced!” Daniel adds, “She even tweeted two pictures from the wedding!” Emily’s careful planning early in their engagement came in handy when Daniel was accepted to Loyola UniversityChicago’s law school. Classes began only a few weeks before the wedding. Because of Daniel’s busy schedule, the couple has no definite plans for a honeymoon—for now, they are acclimating to Chicago and life as newlyweds. Despite stress from the planning, Emily said she was able to enjoy the night. “A friend of mine said, Emily, as soon as you see him, it all goes away, and I thought, That’s not true, but it was true,” she says. “As soon as I saw him, my anxiety went away and it was just us two.”

The Details The date September 14, 2013 The bride Emily Anne Kennedy The groom Daniel Steven North The bride’s parents Bob Clark, Mike and Barbara Kennedy The groom’s parents Kevin and Cynthia Emberton THE CEREMONY & RECEPTION World’s Fair Pavilion in Forest Park The Wedding dress Jim Hjelm, Ultimate Bride The rings Simons Jewelers (bride), Ben Bridge Jewelers (groom) The florist Artistry Florist The cake Sugaree Bakery THE BAND Dr. Zhivegas THE PHOTOGRAPHER Susan Jackson THE TUX Saville Row The invitations M. Haley Design The wedding Planner Shelli Alred

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weddings Megan Elyse Sclaroff & Daniel Jeremy Katz

A Moment in Time


ou could say that timing is everything when it comes to the romance between Megan Sclaroff and Daniel Katz. Megan, who works in mobile advertising, and Daniel, who is in sales for a national hotel chain, met online via, and dated for about a year before becoming engaged. Planning to spend a quiet New Year’s Eve at home in Chicago, the pair went to get sushi at the same restaurant they went to for their first date. Daniel had been acting strange all day, Megan says, but she thought nothing of it. It wasn’t until they got back home and settled onto the couch to watch the ball drop, however, when Daniel got down on one knee to propose. Megan, a native of St. Louis, and Daniel, who is originally from Detroit, decided to get married in her hometown. They enlisted the help of her mother, Jan Sclaroff and the couple’s wedding planner, Simcha Lourie, to plan the wedding long-distance. The couple’s Jewish ceremony included the traditional chuppah, with the bride and groom surrounded by friends and family. The white, circular chuppah dripped with orchids,


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By Blaise Hart-Schmidt and symbolized the home the couple would share and God’s watchful protection. Megan enjoyed the experience of creating custom invitations with the help of Melissa Haley. “I loved the process of being able to start from scratch and pick everything, down to the colors and fonts and pattern,” she says. Wanting a classic, black-tie wedding, the couple settled on the theme, ‘A Moment in Time,’ and included details throughout the reception to enhance the theme. White and gold accents, combined with the twinkling circle lights from above, created a classic atmosphere, and crystal clocks served as takeaways for guests. A projected image of a clock on the dance floor rounded out the theme. Daniel says the day included highlight after highlight. “Writing my own vows and seeing her come down the aisle, and the chuppah itself was a very neat thing,” he says. “My favorite part of the reception was having everybody there who was important to us. And the first dance, which was to Hunter Hayes’ Wanted.” The couple enjoyed a relaxing Mediterranean cruise with stopovers in Italy, Turkey and Greece before returning home to Chicago to begin their lives as newlyweds.

The Details The Date May 4, 2013 The Bride Megan Elyse Sclaroff The Groom Daniel Jeremy Katz The Bride’s Parents Dr. Allen and Jan Sclaroff The Groom’s Parents Joel and Diana Katz THE CEREMONY & RECEPTION Four Seasons Hotel THE WEDDING DRESS Vera Wang The Florist Festive Atmospheres The Cake Encore Bakery The Band J Robb The Photographer Stephen Seebeck The Tux Calvin Klein The Invitations M. Haley Designs The Wedding Planner Simcha Lourie

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Fall’s Top Six



J.Crew, $165

Oscar de la Renta, $690, Neiman Marcus Tasha, $38, Nordstrom

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No outfit is complete without jewelry, and the piece for fall is the statement necklace. Big and bold, these pieces take the stress out of putting together the perfect outfit.

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The Satchel


Grace Kelly made the satchel bag iconic when Hermes re-named its Sac à Dépêche the ‘Kelly’ after she famously carried it to hide her baby bump. And as is always the case in fashion, history repeats itself: These timeless carry-alls are the ‘it’ bag for fall some 50 years later.

Balenciaga, $2,250, Neiman Marcus Marc Jacobs, $1,395, Nordstrom

Prada, $3,500, Neiman Marcus

Chanel, $4,600, Saks Fifth Avenue

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Valentino, $2,745, Nordstrom

Michael Kors, $1,695, Nordstrom

Kate Spade $498 Saint Laurent, $2,950, Neiman Marcus

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Fashion & Beauty



Booties have been trending for a few years now; but this fall, it seems there’s hardly any room for another type of boot. Now designed in every possible style and height—from rugged casual to formal stilettos—this shoe is the work horse of the season.

Jimmy Choo, $1,595, Saks Fifth Avenue

Prada, $790, Nieman Marcus

L.K. Bennett, $395, Nordstrom

Pedro Garcia, $540, Nordstrom

Rag & Bone, $495, Nordstrom

Chanel, $1,350, Neiman Marcus

Jimmy Choo, $950, Nordstrom

Brian Atwood, $1,595, Saks Fifth Avenue


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Vest The vest has become an essential fall wardrobe component and there’s nothing quite as chic as the fur vest. Whether you’re a fan of real fox hair or prefer to keep it vegan, this is the item that will fancify any outfit.

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Dylan, $106, Vie

Adrienne Landau, $895, Saks Fifth Avenue

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Jack, $70, Cha Boutique


The Printed

J. McLaughlin, $295

Rebecca Taylor, $668, Esther

If there is one thing you can’t own too many of, it’s the blouse. Light, airy, feminine, comfortable, versatile, flattering, the phrase, ‘must-have,’ is an understatement. Blouses layer beautifully and know no season—the cornerstone of a stylish closet.

Parker, $198, Neiman Marcus

Plenty, $158, Ivy Hill

Joie, $248, Neiman Marcus

Plenty, $178, Ivy Hill Ecru, $150, Vie

Haute Hippie, $325, Esther

Equipment, $208, Vie

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Flared Dress Gone are the days of the dress only being worn for special occasions. This season, the dress shape has a flared skirt and fitted top. These sleeveless selections can take you from the office (layer a blazer on top) to a cocktail party in a cinch.

Lela Rose, $1295, Neiman Marcus

BB Dakota, $90, Cha Boutique

Kate Spade, $448

Tibi, $525, Neiman Marcus

Parker, $297, Nordstrom

Rebecca Taylor, $378, Esther

Theory, $285, Saks Fifth Avenue


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TEPHANIE KANTIS IS A BONA FIDE ST. LOUIS SUCCESS STORY. AFTER MAKING A NAME FOR HERSELF in luxury furniture and accessories, the Ladue High School grad has branched out her brand to include handmade artisan jewelry—created from bronze and dipped in 24k gold, with semi-precious stones. LN recently spoke with Kantis about her Ladue roots, advice for fellow entrepreneurs and her most sought-after venture to-date: a high-end jewelry line that can be found locally at Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue in Plaza Frontenac.

Tell us about growing up in Ladue. While attending Ladue Horton Watkins High School, I grew up loving theater, drama and music. I loved the creative part of art, so I decided to get a degree in design at Florida University in Miami. I’m from a large ethnic minority—a big, fat Greek family—and we always went to the Greek Orthodox Church. All my family is still in Ladue, or work with me. My aunt is a fashion style executive on my team; my cousin is a graphic designer, who also went to Ladue High School; and my husband also is part of the company now. How did you transition from designing luxury furniture to creating highend jewelry? I’ve traveled all over the world since I left St. Louis. I studied in London for a year to do a thesis in interior design. I always was very inspired by different cultures and their history— especially gems, jewels, crests, castles and royalty. As an interior designer, I designed grand homes for high-end clients out of my Stephanie Anne company in Dallas. While designing children’s luxury furniture and accessories, I became known as the queen

of the baby world. But after a decade, I was getting a little bored, so I started designing adult furniture and home accessories. Then, about three-anda-half years ago, I really needed a break. So my husband and I and our two fat cats hightailed off to Mexico, and that’s where my creativity really came back. I was doing sculpture, and I realized I could make art for fashion and I could wear these pieces. When did you know your artisan jewelry line would take off? One day at my interior design store, I was showing my staff how I could sell a client this sofa. But she kept asking me about the jewelry that I had made and was wearing. Instead of the $3,800 couch, she said she would give me $3,800 for all the jewelry I was wearing. In twoand-half years, my jewelry is now in 20 Neiman Marcus stores and 20 Saks Fifth Avenue stores across the country. How would you describe your jewelry? It is handmade, bronze and dipped in 24k gold, with all semiprecious stones. They are statement pieces that are artistic and unique. The patina of the gold looks like that of the islands of Greece or Italy. The style is definitely bold, but it also has a historical element—like the European family jewels, but with a modern twist. It’s Queen Elizabeth meets Chanel. What is the most exciting part of the jewelry-making process? When I finally get an idea just right in my sketch, that’s when it’s most exciting. And I already imagine seeing it in

different stones for different seasons—baby rose for summer and smoky topaz during the winter. It’s also really exciting at a trunk show when the lady puts on a piece and her face lights up. At that moment, I think to myself, This is why I do this. Tell us about your new jewelry line, Stephanie Kantis. For fall, the line is all bold, gold and regal, with three basic pieces that you can wear 15 different ways. Pick your favorite pendant, bracelet and chain, and you can hook the bracelet to the chain as a belt, wear the chain long, or double-up the chain and add a pendant. It is trademarked the Versital collection, so it’s the perfect travel piece for the holidays. What is your advice to fellow entrepreneurs? To all the gals and guys in Ladue, the world is at your fingertips— you can do anything you want. And it’s OK to change careers—it’s never too late. Life is short, and this is not a dress rehearsal. Bring what you love to life.




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It was a bit like coming home again to find a beloved wisteria in full bloom and a soft, favorite bathrobe waiting in the closet—this return to Palm Beach after an almost 20-year absence. Best of all, the 16-mile barrier island was pretty much as we remembered it: newly minted, pristine and still boasting its extraordinary beauty and small-town character.

ncorporated in 1911, Palm Beach began in large part thanks to Henry Flagler, founder of Standard Oil and owner of the Florida East Coast Railway. He and other beneficiaries of the Gilded Age started buying up acres of land and had the foresight to plan exceedingly well, thereby maintaining the green space and integrity of powder-white beaches. This brought about the graceful evolution of the island, so apparent more than 100 years later. The Chesterfield Hotel, a registered historical landmark


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property, epitomizes the small-town friendliness of Palm Beach. Located in the heart of the palm-lined, bouigainvilleafestooned residential area, it is within walking distance of the beach, restaurants and Worth Avenue. Many of the rooms have recently been redone, but—much to our delight—ours was quintessential 1950s Palm Beach with lovely prints lining the walls, painted white furniture, and 20—yes 20—needlepoint pillows in which to sink, as well as homemade chocolatechip cookies delivered nightly. The newly renovated Leopard

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The Chesterfield Hotel

Lounge is one of the most spectacular bars and dining spots we’ve ever seen, and with award-winning cuisine and live music nightly, it is simply perfection. Top restaurants include Cucina Dell Arte, a happening night spot at ‘The Bar;’ Nick & Johnnie’s, for local music and seafood; HMF at The Breakers for high-style decadence and Gilded Age cocktails; Echo, for acclaimed Asian cuisine; Café via Flora, for great food in a romantic setting; The Palm Beach Grill, for classy American dining; and the bistro Ta-boo, which, since 1941, has served as a haven for celebrities, sugar daddies and facelifts gone amok. Sights to take in on the island are Whitehall, the Flagler Museum; The Society of the Four Arts with its lovely gardens; Bethesda By-The-Sea, the beautiful Episcopalian church; Palm Beach Par 3 Golf Course, with the Atlantic on one side and intra-coastal on the other; the Royal Poinciana Playhouse; The Breakers resort; and Club Mar-A-Lago, once the ‘humble abode’ of the likes of Marjorie Merriweather and Donald Trump. If you feel the urge to leave the island

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for a while, you can experience the modern version of a Gilded Age shopping center at The Gardens Mall featuring 1.4 million square feet of specialty shops. Also off the island is Wellington, home of the International Polo Club of Palm Beach, a world-class venue for the exciting sport of kings. Drop-dead gorgeous polo players on sleek polo ponies remain one of the best reasons to go west over the bridge. As for the ultimate in high-end shopping, not even Wordsworth could capture the rapture of shopping on Worth Avenue. Conspicuous consumption is alive and well here, but don’t let the price tags scare you away from window-shopping. Marvel over the emeralds and diamonds sparkling in the windows of Graff or Patti Esbia, play Cinderella and slip into a pair of classic Stubbs & Wootton slippers, or wander into Taglialatella Galleries and take in the diamond dust art work of Russell Young. For a dose of reality, check out the stylish and gently used garments discarded by Palm Beach socialites at The Church Mouse…how reassuring to know that some things never really change.



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#23 Lenox Place: An Introduction more than 25 years ago takes on a fresh feel. The Grand Hall represents a true salon! David Deatheridge has masterfully taken his love for Mid-Century design and created the perfect gathering place for friends. Using the original palace-size Persian rug as his jumping-off point, he has blended the shades of color, texture and whimsy perfectly. Oh, to hear Cole Porter at the piano! The Sun Porch is a symphony of blue and white. Teddy Karl has taken what is considered an old standard color combination and breathed fresh life into it. The mix of patterns lures you to sit down and read a book on a lazy afternoon and admire the gardens. The Dining Room is the ideal combination of high drama and glamorous elegance! Steve Toedebusch and Gigi Lombrano created the ideal transitional environment. The crystal chandelier dances off of the gilt frames on the contemporary art, and faux bois mirrors guard the hall entrance, while the neutral silk wallcovering is the ideal backdrop for the colorful personalities of the dinner guests. Ascending the stairs, Tom Manche took his cue from the color and Asian style in the existing wallcovering to dress his windows

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elcome to # 23 Lenox Place, a grand Edwardian-style home designed by renowned architect Guy Mariner. Built in 1904, the three-story house features restrained elements that were, at the time of construction, a major deviation from the over-opulent Beaux Arts period that was coming to an end. Along a private street in a coveted neighborhood, #23 is one of 23 homes that were built between the years of 1903 and 1906. Its most recent owners, Dr. Coy and Rachel Fitch, made this their home for the last quarter of a century, where they entertained friends and family, as well as gathered with colleagues and community leaders to raise money for civic causes that were important to them. Now, take a deep breath and enjoy your step back in time, while each designer brings you aesthetically to the present. As you enter the home’s Foyer, designed by Kim Taylor, you notice the updated drum shade ceiling fixtures are the perfect complement to the original painted wainscoting that lines the room. Even the hand-screened wallcovering that was installed

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and design the Upstairs Landing. Collectors will love this! The Master Suite, executed by the team at I. O. Metro, also used the existing hand-screened wall covering as their guide. Using the 19th-century fourposter bed and armoire (both original to the home), their team skipped a century and introduced 21st-century elements to complete the design transformation of the bedroom, bathroom and dressing room. The Library, designed by Tamsin Mascetti and Jacquelyn Morrison, mixes and layers pattern and periods. As Diana Vreeland would say, The eye has to travel; and in this space, it couldn’t be truer. Bookshelves are full of interesting notions amid a backdrop of water-hued stripes. The Guest Room and bath designed by CJ Knapp and Kimberly Kowalski of Savvy Surrounding Style take on a metropolitan feel as a tribute to urban living. The Asian-inspired screens create the perfect window treatment so that guests can gaze out onto the garden, while earth tones help to create a Zen experience.

Last, but not least, the Nursery created by Anne Smith and Liz McGovern of June Roesslein Interiors is inspired by the recent royal birth of Prince George. The pale blush walls serve as the backdrop to enhance light fabrics and wood tones. This little princess’ starter room is for the girlie girl! Don’t miss the gardens: The front and west garden designed by Rand Rosenthal, and the rear and east garden space by Jim Graeler of Chesterfield Valley Nursery. You may not like every space, but I can bet you will find something in every space you like!



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Show House Designers Kim Taylor, Leah Jarrell K Taylor Design Group David Deatherage David Deatherage Design Teddy Karl The Great Cover-Up Gigi Lombrano, Steve Toedebusch Gigi Lombrano Interiors, Steve Toedebusch Design Tom Manche Tom Manche Interiors LLC Mike Wyrock, Andrew Maloney, Susan Nack, Paul Alan, Leslie Gentry I.O. Metro Tamsin Mascetti, Jacquelyn Morrison Tamsin Design Group CJ Knapp, Kimberly Kowalski Savvy Surrounding Style Anne Smith, Liz McGovern June Roesslein Interiors Rand Rosenthal Rand Rosenthal Design Group Jim Graeler Chesterfield Valley Nursery

Show House Committee Millie Cain Publicity Liaison Alan E. Brainerd Design Liaison Lisa Malone Volunteer Liaison Jeffrey P. Warner, Sam Hall Property Liaisons

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Trish Muyco-Tobin LN Editor-in-Chief Megan Langford Director of Show House Operations

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OR THE THIRD CONSECUTIVE YEAR, U.S. BANK has shown continued support as Platinum Sponsor of the Ladue News Show House. Through this, along with its many other charitable endeavors, the company commits to investing in the future of the communities it serves. “We believe that strong communities are built on strong foundations,” says Nicole Garrison-Sprenger, the company’s VP of corporate public relations. “In addition to providing financial support, we encourage all of our employees to get out in the community and strengthen it by giving of their time and talents.” To support this work, U.S. Bank provides each employee with eight hours of paid time off to volunteer. “Because the program has been so well-received, this year we increased it to 16 hours for employees with five or more years of service,” Garrison-Sprenger notes. Even excluding those hours, the bank’s employees reported 5,336 hours of volunteer service in 2012. The company backs up those man-hours with charitable contributions, as well. Last year, it launched its ‘Dollars for Doing’ program, which matches employees’ volunteer time with qualifying nonprofits with $5 per hour for up to 40 hours a year. In all, through charitable contributions by the U.S. Bank Foundation and through sponsorships, U.S. Bank contributed more than $2 million to the St. Louis community in 2012. Those funds aided causes as varied as the American Red Cross and the U.S. Bank Air Show at Fair St. Louis, the Saint Louis Zoo, The Muny and the Urban League of St. Louis, just to name a few. U.S. Bank employees are helping out in neighborhoods throughout St. Louis. “They teach financial education courses, paint homes, provide leadership to nonprofit partners, and provide support and service to individuals, businesses and civic partners,” Garrison-Sprenger says. So if you meet an employee out there doing good, be sure to tell them thanks!

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IELMANN SOTHEBY’S INTERNATIONAL REALTY BROKER AND owner Andy Dielmann says his company believes in supporting the St. Louis community. “The Show House represented the role we like to take in community investment and extraordinary service.” That’s why, for the third consecutive year, Dielmann Sotheby’s served as a presenting sponsor of the Ladue News Show House. Dielmann was thrilled to help open the doors of this year’s Show House, located at #23 Lenox Place in a historic neighborhood of the Central West End. Situated on a double lot on a desirable street, the home exudes Old World craftsmanship and glamour, which is enhanced by modern conveniences and updates. Completed in 1904 by architect Guy Mariner, the World’s Fair-era manse was built to rival English estates. As part of its overall commitment to support area nonprofits, Dielmann Sotheby’s was proud to take part in this endeavor, which will support four of the community’s deserving nonprofits. “We have a group of people dedicated to leading and working with nonprofits throughout the St. Louis area,” says Kerry Brooks, Dielmann Sotheby’s VP and sales manager. “All of us feel it is our responsibility to give back to the community.”



EAL ESTATE AGENTS J. WARNER AND SAM HALL OF THE Dielmann Sotheby’s International Realty’s Warner Hall Group are excited to present the best of what city living has to offer with the third annual Ladue News Show House. As the listing agents for the Central West End home at #23 Lenox Place, they enjoyed seeing the completed works created by the project’s designers. “I have personally renovated 20 homes in my adult life, and Sam is a licensed contractor whose area of concentration is the Central West End,” Warner says. “Therefore, we really appreciate and understand what this sort of project undertakes. We marvel at the transformation on numerous levels.” The duo are strong proponents and advocates for the benefits of city life. “This home allowed us to share our enthusiasm for the benefits of urban living and the joy of becoming the caretaker for homes that will be forever cherished in our community,” Warner says. The home was built during the Golden Era, a time of extravagance and luxury that permeates #23 Lenox Place—from its abundant double lot to the oversized rooms. “This home could easily been one that the fictional Gatsby would have called home,” Warner says. “More importantly, the Show House offered visitors an opportunity to see the best of living in the city of St. Louis has to offer.”



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SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center The young patients at SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center receive top-notch care, regardless of their families’ ability to pay. That’s where the Glennon Guild comes in. For more than 50 years, The Glennon Guild has raised money and awareness for SSM Cardinal Glennon. Last year, the Guild collected almost $200,000, which helps to fund projects that don’t fit in the hospital budget. Most of the money raised by the Glennon Guild comes from the Glennon Card, which gives holders a 20 percent discount at some 285 retailers and restaurants throughout the area. The Guild also raises money through an annual fashion show. Many of the 300 women of the Glennon Guild are mothers, and understand the importance of providing quality health care for sick children. U.S. News and World Report ranked SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center in the top 50 Best Children’s Hospitals for neonatology and pediatric cardiology and heart surgery for 2013-2014. 1465 S. Grand Blvd., 577-5600,

Circle of Hope The National Cancer Institute estimates that by the end of 2013, more than 1.6 million Americans will have been diagnosed with cancer. The volunteers of Circle of Hope Bracelets are working to change that. Circle of Hope Bracelets designs, creates and sells bracelets to fund cancer research, education, treatment and care. Volunteers have created more than 300 designs at the headquarters in Frontenac, and sell them throughout the country. In less than 15 years, the organization has donated $2.8 million to more than 100 cancer charities. “Our volunteers see the Circle of Hope Bracelets as a life symbol that forms a tangible bond among cancer patients and their circle of supporters,” says Nancy Lipari, marketing director for the organization. “Our volunteers are passionate about making a difference and raising awareness of the need for active participation in the campaign against cancer.” Volunteer distributors become a vital part in the campaign against this devastating disease, Lipari says. “Together, our efforts make a difference.” 460 N. Lindbergh Blvd., Ste. 201, 983-9039,

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This wonderful atrium ranch is a former display – and only 8 yrs old. It features 4 bdrms/4.5 baths, and is 4450 sq.ft. The enclave of all newer homes is anchored by the beautifully refurbished Frisco Depot. Custom features & amenities extend throughout with vaulted & arched ceilings, beautiful flooring, granite, & striking fixtures and moldings. The Great Room features a handsome 2-story dry stacked- stone fireplace and a 2.5 story wall of windows overlooking wooded privacy. The kitchen has beautiful custom cabinetry, granite, & top-line appliances. The main floor master suite provides a perfect retreat. The lower atrium features a fabulous Rec Room, Media Room, Weight Room, and Wine Room. Not to be missed is the front veranda with gas fire-pit, and the expansive 47 foot deck across the back. This home is in immaculate condition and shows pride of ownership throughout!

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Every Child’s Hope

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When Every Child’s Hope (ECH) was founded in 1858, it was an orphanage for St. Louis children whose parents died in the cholera epidemic. Today, the organization provides a broad range of services for children and families in need in both St. Louis and Kansas City, Mo. ECH director of development Sharon Fenoglio says the organization helps children with issues ranging from eating disorders to abuse to problems in the juvenile courts system, preparing them to be self-sufficient and contributing members of society. Last year, ECH gave approximately $3.1 million in free services to more than 1,500 individuals. These services include residential treatment, transitional and independent living, counseling and alternative education. “We help kids who need it most, to find hope and independence for tomorrow,” Fenoglio says. “It’s important to lift kids up to find the gift that they can offer St. Louis, whatever that may be.” ECH’s largest fundraiser is its annual gala, and the organization is currently raising money for a new Life Skills Center to house offices, a lounge and training center for young clients. 8240 St. Charles Rock Road, 427-3755,

The members of the St. Louis section of National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) lead the region in social justice, with their commitment to community service, advocacy, education and philanthropy. In its 118-year legacy, the NCJW has sponsored myriad initiatives, including Victim Service Council, Legal Advocates for Abused Women and the Crown Center for Senior Living. NCJW St. Louis sponsors projects including Back to School! and Kids Community Closet, which provide clothing, school supplies and dental and eye screenings to area children. The organization also supports the Silent Witness Exhibit, an exhibit that honors women murdered in domestic violence crimes. The NCJW raises most of its funds through The Resale Shop, which opened in 1940. The store sells new and gently used clothing, house wares, shoes and accessories. NCJW St. Louis president Marlene Hammerman says that many people have misunderstandings about the organization. “Some may think that the NCJW only funds projects in the Jewish community,” she says. “NCJW serves those in need of all religions, races and ethnicities. You don’t have to be a woman or Jewish to join.” 295 N. Lindbergh Blvd., 993-5181,


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Kim Taylor / Leah Jarrell • K Taylor Design Group

ELCOME TO #23 LENOX PLACE, A home firmly rooted in a romantic, gracious past, but clearly designed for sophisticated and stylish modern living. That’s the message conveyed by the spacious, wood-paneled entry foyer, which sets the tone for the 2013 Ladue News Show House. Designers Kim Taylor and Leah Jarrell saw the room not only as a place to receive guests and provide a smooth transition to adjoining rooms, but also as a central gathering spot for a busy family. With that in mind, they strove to balance the room’s inherent formality with a feeling of comfort, warmth and welcome. In place of traditionally styled furniture to match the home’s turn-of-the-century features, they opted to create a strong transitional contrast, selecting large-scale, clean-lined furniture and lighting, and grounding it all with a mix of organically inspired textures. The color palette consists of dusted pewter, soft gold, cream and steel gray, and coordinates nicely with the room’s original wallpaper, which the designers left in place.

Central to the room’s design VENDORS is the comfortable shelter-style Ageless Rug Treasures sofa, accompanied by an upholFabricWorks stered accent chair and low Innovative Remodeling coffee table. On the opposite wall, they placed a contemporary KDR Designer Showrooms console table featuring a lightcolored rustic wood grain. A pair Minka Lavery of velvet-covered ottomans are Thomas Lighting tucked underneath, providing additional seating, as well as a convenient place to set a purse and parcels. Two large light fixtures on the ceiling and a large floor lamp on a wood tripod base, all with white linen shades, provide crisp, clean light. “The idea is to create an entry point that is tasteful and inviting, while allowing the architecture, including the soaring ceiling and amazing woodwork, in this historic home to shine,” Taylor says. “The foyer is a wonderful central space for a family to gather at the end of the day before going to bed or heading out for activities around the Central West End.”



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The Grand Hall

By Nancy Robinson


David Deatherage • David Deatherage Design

he side-entry, three-story English style manse was clearly built for gracious, turnof-the-century entertaining, with the generously scaled grand hall serving as its central gathering spot. A noteworthy 37 feet long, the room benefits from a wealth of Old World architectural assets, including long, graceful balconied windows, a spectacular floor-to-ceiling carved stone fireplace with a family crest, beamed ceiling, leaded-glass windows and built-in book cases. Even so, it required a discerning eye and open mind to transform the room into a space for chic, contemporary entertaining circa 2013, a task designer David Deatherage took on. “My initial response to the room was that it was dark and moody, and had a rich history that it wasn’t revealing,” Deatherage explains. “I didn’t want to abandon the past but to breathe new life into it. I imagined the room as a place to enjoy culture: to view art, to entertain, exchange ideas, and listen to music.”

A vintage Oriental rug that’s been worn to perfection and dates to the original owners of the house provided the starting point for the designer, who played on a blue theme accented with contrasting tones of ivory, gold and persimmon. In addition to the geometric wallpaper by English interior designer David Hicks, Deatherage installed a large collection of artwork, which he hung salon-style. Also occupying pride of place is a Persian blue velvet tête-à-tête and a grand piano for musical entertainment during social gatherings. True to his personal style, Deatherage filled the grand hall with refined custom pieces (the fireplace screen with the gold starburst pattern and a refinished persimmon-colored Baker coffee table in the Moroccan style), as well as glamorous Hollywood Regency furnishings from the 1940s through the 1960s. While at first blush, Hollywood Regency might seem like an unlikely choice given the architectural envelope of the room, Deatherage views it differently. “I see it as a way of celebrating the past while optimistically looking forward,” he says.

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Teddy Karl • The Great Cover Up


HERE ARE FEW DECORATING SITUATIONS THAT can’t benefit from a classic blue and white scheme, and the sun porch designed by Teddy Karl is no exception. Karl transformed the room, which features windows on three sides and overlooks a mature garden, into a crisp-looking, yet cozy and comfortable living area through the infusion of all things blue and white. “The room was originally a bit dark and heavy-looking,” Karl explains. “I definitely saw how it could be a relaxed space, yet one that would stand up to the traditional formality that the house dictates.” Among the many blue and white furnishings and accessories are a transferware garden seat, ceramic table lamps, crewel-stitch decorative pillows and various porcelain accessories in the Oriental style. A skirted loveseat with blue trim, a tall, whimsically shaped wing chair with a bold blue and white stripe, chinoisserie spool chair, and a small, geometric patterned perch provide comfortable seating for a small group. Woven bamboo shades soften the large expanses of glass and afford partial VENDORS privacy in the sun room, while the sea grass Bernard rug softens the brick floor underneath Christianson without overpowering the small space.

One of the biggest challenges in designing this window-filled room was the fact that it had only one wall. It was there that Karl placed a reproduction antique secretary, which draws the eye upward and offers a strong focal point in this cheerful and lighthearted room. “I see the room as an escape from the formality that the main floor plan of the house suggests,” Karl concludes. “This would be a wonderful morning room; I envision the owners enjoying their coffee or an early evening meal here. And it would be a wonderful place to read the paper or a book.”

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The Dining Room

By Nancy Robinson


Gigi Lombrano / Steve Toedebusch • Gigi Lombrano Interiors / Steve Toedebusch Design

KDR Designer Showrooms feeling was extremely formal and a bit dowdy and dark,” Richard Thomas Wallpapering Lombrano says. “We really wanted this to be a room that Rugs by Saga would be used frequently, not Sherwin-Williams just for formal dining. We The Curtain Exchange envisioned family meals, as William Shearburn Fine Art well as easy entertaining and lots of parties.” With that in mind, job No. 1 was to lighten and brighten the room by removing the old mauve silk wallcovering, formal window treatments and dark rug, and replace them with fresh and informal patterns, colors and textures. In addition to a new light and airy rug underfoot, the designers chose a gold and cream ikat-patterned fabric for the window treatments and a beautiful cream wallcovering reminiscent of grasscloth with just a hint of metallic. A strip of metallic gold paint near the ceiling adds an unexpected note of glamour, while additional sparkle is created by a mostimpressive vintage Waterford crystal chandelier (which, like the dining table, is original to the house), and a pair of mirrors in gold-finished faux twig frames on the wall opposite the windows. Other furnishings include stately dining chairs, a pair of button-tufted poofs, fine Herend china and a curated assembly of artwork. The piece de resistance in this collection is Andy Warhol’s Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, which hangs over the fireplace.


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“We also opted—at my urging—to use a contemporary buffet,” Toedebusch says. “On my own projects, I frequently tend to mix styles, and Gigi agreed that this approach was perfect for bringing the dining room into the present.” Lombrano says it’s not about being eclectic. “It’s about adding layers that play off of each other with respect to shape, movement and elegance, building an environment and telling a story.” Indeed. If walls could only talk…

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f walls could talk, the dining room at #23 Lenox Place no doubt would have plenty to say! One can only imagine the scintillating conversation at the many formal dinners that have been hosted during the past 100 years in this stately room with Italian marble fireplace, beamed ceiling and gracious floor-to-ceiling windows. But as often happens in an old home, the formal dining room had become quite outdated in recent years, according to designers Gigi Lombrano and Steve Toedebusch, who Vendors imagined a very different lifeByron Cade style and approach to enterCharles Blood taining, circa 2013. “When we Decorative Painting first saw the room, the overall


The Upstairs Landing By Nancy Robinson

Photos by Michael Jacob


Tom Manche • Tom Manche Interiors LLC

soaring leaded-glass window with a graceful arch and overlooking a broad staircase provided a classical backdrop for Tom Manche’s design of the upstairs landing at #23 Lenox Place. At the same time, however, the space presented a unique set of challenges that ultimately became Manche’s source of inspiration and informed every major design decision he made. “Because of the doors to various rooms on each wall, there was very little space for furniture in the hall that is approximately only 12 by 12 feet,” Manche explains. “The inspiration for my plan came both from the limited space and the existing wallcovering that the owner wanted to remain in the house. The wallcovering almost looked like plates hung all over the walls and was very busy. I didn’t want the space to feel overwhelmed with multiple patterns and colors.” Manche’s solution was to ground the room with a round, solid-color skirted table that he placed in the center beneath a low-hanging brass chandelier. The table’s carotene-colored sateen fabric plays off the orange color in the medallion-style floral wallcovering, and also works nicely with the deep blue Oriental stair runner. “My color palette consists of black, white, orange coral, rose and blue,” Manche says. “With the exception of the zebra-patterned chair upholstery, all of the fabrics are in solid

colors; and each of these colors—with the exception of black— is shown in the wallcovering or existing stair runner. Black is a universally neutral color that adds sophistication to a space without conflicting with other colors.” Around the perimeter of the room Vendors are comfortable chairs accompanied by KDR Designer small tables, lamps and a folding screen, Showrooms the latter original to the house. A simple Tom Manche window treatment softens the large Interiors window on the landing, where Manche placed a narrow mirrored console table, two large transitional-style clear Lucite lamps, and a pair of diminutive lyre-back chairs. “On a sunny day, the room is filled with light from the large window on the landing, giving the space a warm and inviting ambiance,” Manche says. “I envisioned it as a space where family members could go to relax, read a good book, or even do some knitting or needlepoint.”

“I envisioned it as a space where family members could go to relax, read a good book, or even do some knitting or needlepoint.” Tom Manche

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The Master Bedroom

By Nancy Robinson


hen IO Metro designers looked at the master bedroom for the first time, they shared one overwhelming impression: This space is for the birds! The walls were covered with a Schumacher wallpaper pattern appropriately named Lenox, which featured an exuberant and colorful avian-inspired design. The wallpaper ultimately would remain in place, along with the massive vintage mahogany armoire and four-poster bed that belonged to the original owners of the home and has graced the master bedroom for more than a century. “It seemed there was such a great sense of love and life embedded in the floorboards—and in the abundance of wallpaper,” explains IO Metro designer Mike Wyrock. “These things were so intimately tied to many of the previous owners.” They were also quite charming in their own right, such that the designers felt both compelled and challenged to use them as a springboard for their interior design scheme, circa 2013. Today, the master bedroom is a modern and sophisticated


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avian paradise that’s just as well suited to reading or lounging as it is for sleeping, with a floor plan built around the classically designed fireplace. New furnishings include a large, clean-lined modern sofa and chaise longue, sparkling glasstopped and mirrored tables, as well as a few avian-inspired accents, such as the large contemporary cage-inspired chandelier and tall decorative bird cage. The room’s new color palette also Vendors plays beautifully off the vibrant tones I.O. Metro of the wallcovering. The designers Zack Smithey Art selected a variety of deep blues, including a striking Atlantic Blue for the ceiling and a deep blue velvet upholstery for the sofa and chaise. Providing a crisp contrast is the ivory bedding and natural linen tones on the window treatments. “Everything that’s been added brings in deep color tones, as well as textures that are uniquely different from what was already in the space, including brushed velvets, silky shags and linen,” Wyrock says. “The many different finishes, textures and materials are woven together to create a soft and comforting nest.”

Photos by Michael Jacob

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The Library By Nancy Robinson Tamsin Mascetti / Jacquelyn Morrison Tamsin Design Group


Photo by Michael Jacob

lthough the word ‘library’ typically suggests a stuffy system of organization, Tamsin Design Group’s vision for this room is anything but. Indeed, it’s infused with fresh color and texture, and serves its function more elegantly than ever. “When we first saw the room, it was a symphony in ’80s femininity, with peach-colored walls and elaborate peach drapes,” says Tamsin Mascetti. “The room had good bones with its built-in shelving, a large window and hardwood flooring, but it felt safe and drab and was seriously out of date. We wanted to celebrate the traditional structure of the house, while introducing innovative color and texture to bring it into this decade with a modern twist.” Vendors The designers succeeded ABC Home on all counts, transforming the Designers Guild Fabric small, centrally located second-

floor library into a cool modern Donna Goro Designs oasis executed with a palette Harlequin Wall Covering of navy, turquoise and charKaren Schiller treuse. The starting point for Upholstery the design scheme is the mini Tamsin Design Group geometric wallpaper that lines West Elm the book shelves and serves as the perfect foil for furniture and accessories, notably a pair of gold Moroccan poufs, vintage settee and turquoise glass chandelier. “The settee we’ve chosen dates back to the time the house was built, but propels it into this century with a fresh gold finish and lush turquoise velvet upholstery,” Mascetti explains. “The floor coverings are another combination of old and new; a rustic quilted hide rug is topped by an area rug patchworked from deeply textured, overdyed, antique kilim rugs.” Other special touches in this small room are the gold twig task lamp, mirrored side tables and a collection of Jonathan Adler vessels on the bookshelves. “We envision our room appealing to an up-to-date woman with some time to kick back and put her feet up,” Mascetti concludes. “The mood is relaxing, happy and serene.”

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The Guest Room

By Nancy Robinson

ine woodwork, a high ceiling and graceful windows provided the perfect starting point for the design of the second-floor guest room in this year’s urban manse. In fact, the classical framework emboldened the designers to think out of the box and take a fresh, eclectic approach to the space. Rather than furnishing it to accommodate infrequent overnight visitors, Savvy Surrounding Style designers CJ Knapp and Kimberly Kowalski envisioned an elegant second-floor living area that would be useful to the home’s residents on a daily basis. Hence, they dispensed with the expected 18th-century reproduction bedroom suite in favor of an assortment of


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transitional and modern furnishings that play off key 2013 design trends. “We were inspired by our recent trips to markets in Chicago and New York,” Knapp explains. “We loved the mix of rustic, contemporary and metallic that was so prevalent.” Working with a neutral palette of cream, taupe and white, Knapp and Kowalski filled the room with several large-scale artworks and stylish seating pieces for relaxing and entertaining, including a large comfortable sofa and two klismos chairs. Adding to the room’s rustic-contemporary ambience is a pair of chic acrylic ottomans topped with unshorn wooly sheep skins, white lacquer bar and a rustic beaded

Photos by Michael Jacob


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chandelier. In place of Vendors: traditional window treatCKD Originals ments, the designers used Lexington Home Brands Asian wood screens with a Rod Knapp Painting geometric design, providand Contracting LLC ing privacy and a subtle Savvy Surrounding Style pattern. Creating a pleasant contrast to the whole Sedlak Construction are warm metallic accents: Sherrill Furniture a gold-painted ceiling, gold-flecked cowhide rug, gold-leaf and glass étagère, and various gold-finished accessories throughout the room. “Our goal was to create a serene, livable, yet current and casual chic interior by combining natural elements with rustic glamour,” says Diane Fogerty, owner of Savvy Surrounding Style. “This room would be a very comfortable reading room or a family gathering area for playing games, relaxing and unwinding.”

“Our goal was to create a serene, livable, yet current and casual chic interior by combining natural elements with rustic glamour.” Diane Fogerty

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The Nursery By Nancy Robinson


Anne Smith / Liz McGovern • June Roesslein Interiors

Photos by Michael Jacob

ush, hush! There’s a new baby in the house —and designers Anne Smith and Liz McGovern have made sure this little one will be cradled in a style fit for a king or queen. The recent addition to the British royal family earlier this year was exactly the inspiration that McGovern and Smith needed when charged with designing the nursery at #23 Lenox Place. “We envisioned a royal baby inhabiting the room, and so we created a room fit for royalty,” the designers say, noting that the high ceilings, stately windows and original vintage crystal chandelier provided a wonderful framework and starting point. Instead of the classic blue and white color story for a Vendors baby boy, however, McGovern Brandon Painting and Smith chose to envelop Brewer Quilt & Design the room in a soft, ethereal DSM Installationspalette of nostalgic ivory and Daryl McAdoo blush, which they felt were

atmosphere of the nursery is soft, natural sunlight filtering through three windows during the day, while at night, the crystal chandelier and wall sconce create a bit of sparkle and soft mood lighting.

KDR Designer Showroom especially fitting for a royal female’s nursery. Walls were Rugs by Saga stripped of old wallpaper St. Louis Furniture Transfer and repainted in a soothing Treasure Rooms St. Louis blush pink hue, and the floor was covered with a subtly patterned silk and wool area rug to create a cozy, hushed atmosphere. Adorning the windows are ivory-colored silk panels with shirred cornices and tasseled trim. The pièce de résistance is the diaphanous canopy that hangs like a fabric crown over the crib that’s detailed with an elegant Greek key motif and can be expanded to accommodate a full-size mattress as the child grows. Further enhancing the gentle

“We envisioned a royal baby inhabiting the room, and so we created a room fit for royalty.” Liz McGovern

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The Butler’s Pantry By Nancy Robinson

t the turn of the century, a butler’s pantry was commonplace, especially in affluent, well-run homes. These long, narrow passthrough spaces between the dining room and kitchen offered convenient storage for dinnerware, glassware and serving pieces. They also served as small, discreet rooms where meals, both familial and formal, could be prepped and staged out of sight. For the Show House, the butler’s pantry was refreshed and re-dressed to suit the everyday needs and casual entertaining requirements of a modern-day family. To that end, interior designer Julie Bruns and Byron Cade’s Nancy Bischoff furnished a charming little room that is the perfect place for a bar and intimate gathering place. “People tend to congregate in the kitchen nowadays; so chances are, they would be congregating in the butler’s pantry,” Bischoff explains. “We changed it out a bit with that in mind.” A custom window treatment was installed and the modest ’80s-era cabinetry was painted celery green with a custom tea-stained finish to match the toile-patterned wallpaper.


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But the real appeal of the butler’s pantry circa 2013 can be found within the glass-door cabinets, which are now a treasure trove of new and vintage silverplate, pewter, crystal and china with a rustic fall theme. Key pieces include an antlerhandled silverplate ice bucket, Spoede Woodland china, Reed and Barton silverplate bowls and trays, Waterford decanters, Saint Louis stemless martini glasses, William Yeoward martini pitcher and the vintage Lynn Chase Winter Game Birds china in chestnut brown. “We tried to strike just the right balance,” Bischoff says. “A fall theme seemed like a natural, since people are starting to think about Thanksgiving and the entertaining season.”

“People tend to congregate in the kitchen nowadays; so chances are, they would be congregating in the butler’s pantry.” Nancy Bischoff

Photo by Michael Jacob


Nancy Bischoff / Julie Bruns • Byron Cade / Relative Design


The Front Porch & Terrace By Nancy Robinson

and Rosenthal’s landscape artistry makes it clear as one approaches #23 Lenox Place that something very special is going on at this home. The entrance walk is reminiscent of a horn of plenty and a full-on celebration of the fall harvest and autumnal color. Rosenthal placed a series of large black cast-iron urns and pots at key points along the walk, and then filled them with delightfully artful arrangements of produce. Most notable are the bi-colored French and Cinderella pumpkins, various types of gourds, and ornamental cabbage and kale. Urns also are overflowing with a most unusual Black Forest grass, a bright flowering plant called celosia, and the highly textured, lime-green foxtail fern. The latter looks particularly charming planted in the vintage 1940s California wine crates that now grace the balconies of the three long windows on the front of the home. Another unusual and interesting component in Rosenthal’s landscape design is what he calls a ‘living sofa,’ which welcomes guests at the front door. “Part of my design


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work is to take vintage or contemporary furniture Warson Woods Antique Mall and ‘reupholster’ it with Rand Rosenthal Design Group living plants, effectively making it living furniture,” he explains. “I keep the character of the original piece, but I spin it. The landing at the front entrance was the perfect place for a conversation piece that grabs your attention and adds a sense of excitement. It’s very showy and very weird.” The furniture piece he designed for this year’s Show House is a Victorian-style sofa that’s almost as old as #23 Lenox Place. “If I had to guess, I would say it is maybe 90 years old,” Rosenthal says. “The frame is rough-sawn oak and stuffed with pine straw and horsehair, and upholstered with black fabric. I sprayed it with a product called Never Wet, which seals and waterproofs the cloth and wood.” As for the plants themselves, Rosenthal says he has a definite preference for succulents like agave because of their ‘architectural’ features and because they “love heat and neglect,” which made them the perfect choice for St. Louis.


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Rand Rosenthal • Rand Rosenthal Design Group

“Part of my design work is to take vintage or contemporary furniture and ‘reupholster’ it with living plants, effectively making it living furniture.” Rand Rosenthal

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The Back Deck

By Nancy Robinson

he landscape surrounding this year’s Show House is lush and verdant, populated with mature hostas, euyonomous and other beautiful ground-cover plants beneath a high canopy of oldgrowth trees. That was the backdrop against which landscape expert Jim Graeler worked his magic, transforming the patio and deck on the back of the home from plain Jane to just plain fabulous. Graeler says the bi-level outdoor living space was a strong


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asset from the perspective of design and traffic flow. “I liked the fact that we had two different areas to work with on multiple levels and separated by steps,” he explains. “To me, it’s like two rooms in a house: You have a room on the patio and a room on the deck, and essentially an open floor plan. Through the use of different furniture and potted plants, we created a unique traffic flow with a pop of color that ties it all together.” Thanks to the variations in available sunlight, Graeler was able to incorporate an assortment of both shade and

Photos by Michael Jacob


Jim Graeler • Chesterfield Valley Nursery

sun-loving plants, including coleus, scaevola, geraniums and potato vine, the latter noteworthy for its chartreuse color and ability to drape over the sides of the pots. “We also used some banana trees, which gives some height and heavy texture Vendors in contrast to the smaller, more Amini’s delicate foliage,” he says. Chesterfield For the outdoor furnishValley Nursery ings, Graeler brought together a collection that is complementary K Taylor Designs to the surroundings and which David Deatherage also picks up on metal accents on Byron Cade the deck railing. A dining table and chairs, plus a curved sofa and end table, render the deck and patio suitable for a range of activities, including dining, relaxing and entertaining.

“Through the use of different furniture and potted plants, we created a unique traffic flow with a pop of color that ties it all together.” Jim Graeler

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