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Canvas of Color Originality punctuates a Clayton home with style and a sense of humor.

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Picture Perfect An enchanting restoration in Webster Groves recreates the charm of a bygone era.

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A golf course community along the Missouri River, St. Albans is a must-see in our Relocating in Saint Louis guide on pages 54-79. A seasonal-inspired dessert of spring strawberries, meringue, lemon custard and mixed berry drizzle from Franco in Soulard completes a scrumptious meal of fresh fare in Toss a Party. A vibrant variety of the season’s hottest colors and complementary fabrics are showcased in Obsession on pages 12-14.

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The power of

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The ability of color to transform our surroundings, our mood and our outlook cannot be overestimated. And as time passes, I’ve become more aware of the impact of color in creating happy, serene and energypositive spaces. As for me, lemony, sun-kissed fabrics and ocean- and sky-inspired blues that shower rooms with ethereal beauty announce April’s much-anticipated arrival. This spring, let color drape your spaces with happiness. Our color-drenched Obsession department (pages 12 & 14) and suburban home and garden (pages 32-41) will sweep you away with an expanse of color that is sure to inspire a fresh new look. We found fabulous colors on countertops, wallcoverings, fabrics, draperies and flooring. In terms of color brightening your world, the options are countless! And in the garden – color always takes center stage. (Be sure to visit “Outdoor Living” at www.stlouishomesmag.com to see colorful, chic garden seats for your garden space.) Our unique urban home on pages 26-31 is another lively setting, and it reminds us of the power that color has to fill our lives with contentment and joy. Barb Slavkin, Allied ASID, member of the Color Marketing Group and owner of Barbara Slavkin Interiors, LLC, says that she is personally fond of the 2010 color palettes by SherwinWilliams, which reflect the comfort of getting back to basics with colors that exude a timeless quality and draw us to the idea of repurposing treasures that will become “future heirlooms.” She adds, “Color palettes that reflect a playful, feel-good temperament will be those with exuberant combinations that allow for mixing and matching to create joyful interiors.” Barb suggests Sherwin-Williams’ wonderful array of paint colors. And I love their feel-good names: Verve Violet (a bright purple); Summer Day (a bright, sunny yellow); Pickle (a bright, fun green... don’t you just love that name?); Sapphire (a clear, clean blue), and Animated Coral (a bright, pure coral). At my house, a bedroom redesign is on its way and taking its cue from these lively, cheerful colors! COLIN MILLER/STRAUSS PEYTON

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Haute HUES for Spring

Infuse your home with this season’s stylish shades.

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WALL COLOR Sherwin-Williams’ Refreshed Collection, available through Celtic Painting, 314-918-8188.

TILE & COUNTERTOPS Colorful surfaces will add vibrancy and character to your living spaces. Consider one of these bright beauties for your next home renovation or update.

Persimmon IceStone® surface, made with 100% recycled glass and cement, from Solid Surface Resources/All Surface Design, www. allsurfacedesign.com.

Geriba Beach Brazilian granite, available at Global Granite & Marble, 10330 Page Industrial Ct., 314426-1466, www. globalgranite.com.

Ahnzu Ocean Jewels Brown Lip Herringbone tile, available at Ambassador Floor Company, 636728-1600, www. ambassadorfloor.com.

Costa Esmeralda granite, available at Global Granite & Marble, 10330 Page Industrial Court, 314-426-1466, www. globalgranite.com.

Ahnzu Ocean Jewels tile in Abalone, available at Ambassador Floor Company, 17770 Chesterfield Airport Rd., www. ambassadorfloor.com.

Purple Haze IceStone® surface, available at Solid Surface Resources/ All Surface Design, 4556 Tholozan Ave., 314-771-1234, www. allsurfacedesign.com.

WALL COLOR Sherwin-Williams’ Rooted Collection, available through Celtic Painting, 314-918-8188.

FLOORING Introducing a bright or unexpected color underfoot will make your floors fabulous and add visual interest to your stylish spaces.

above: Mirage hardwood floor in Red Oak Bordeaux, available at Just Around the Corner, 314-4879909, www.jatcwoodfloors.com. below: Model® hardwood floor in Geisha, available at Ambassador Floor Company, 636-728-1600, www.ambassadorfloor.com.

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above: Mirage hardwood floor in Beech, available at Just Around the Corner, 314-487-9909, www.jatcwoodfloors.com. below: Model® hardwood floor in Valencia, Ambassador Floor Company, 17770 Chesterfield Airport Rd., 636-728-1600.

above and below: Model® nature-inspired hardwood floor in Mykonos from the C by Model collection, available at Ambassador Floor Company, 17770 Chesterfield Airport Rd., 636-728-1600, www.ambassadorfloor.com.

above: Mirage hardwood floor in Maple Charcoal from Just Around the Corner, 3526 Lemay Ferry Rd., 314-487-9909. below: Model® hardwood floor in Punalu’u, available at Ambassador Floor Company, 636-728-1600, www.ambassadorfloor.com.


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Plush & Pretty From left to right: “Checquers Velvet” and “Kitley” from the Lee Jofa David Easton Collection. Three French Hens www.threefrenchhensantiques 16935 Manchester Rd.

Fun & Fancy From left to right: Candice Olson for Kravet “Twisted Blue”; “Krazy Spa” with a raised scroll pattern; and Duralee Fabrics “Circadian Seaglass” from the Chancery Collection.

From left to right: “Kirby Lapis” with a flocked accent; “Solitaire Citrine” geometric upholstery fabric; and “Fanfare Mink” with a flocked accent.

From left to right: McHugh “Pear”; Robert Allen “Kiki Pinata”; and Waverly “Flamingo Beach Umbrella” indoor/outdoor fabric. Artistic Fabrics www.artisticfabrics.com 1234 N. Lindbergh Blvd. & 14081 Manchester Rd.

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From left to right: Duralee Fabrics Thomas Paul Prints patterns 20877 in Indigo; 20879 in Kiwi; and 20872 in Berry. From left to right: Duralee Fabrics Thomas Paul Prints patterns 20873 in Turquoise; 20874 in Maize; and 20875 in Dove. Lulu Belles www.lulubellesinc.com 1556 S. Lindbergh Blvd.

Crisp & Colorful From left to right: Stunning hand-stitched, multicolored crewel on velvet and silk taffeta striped curtains. The Curtain Exchange www.thecurtainexchange.com 8119 Maryland Ave.

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Jason Todd, landscape designer and project coordinator at Landscape St. Louis, creates unique, colorful outdoor environments. EDITED BY VICKI PICKLE PHOTOGRAPHY BY COLIN MILLER/STRAUSS PEYTON

DESIGNER SKETCH: Hometown: Jacksonville, Illinois Years of experience: 7 years of experience, 4 with LSL Education/affiliations: University of Illinois UrbanaChampaign, Major: Horticulture, Minor: Residential Landscape Design. Member of Illinois Landscape Contractors Association, Planet, Missouri Landscape and Nursery Association. With three words, describe your design philosophy or style: Traditional; appealing; and inviting. Design inspiration comes from: Everywhere! No matter where you are, elements and design details can be imitated to fit the architecture or outdoor room you are trying to create – paying close attention to colors, special compositions, textures, etc. www.landscapestlouis.com

DESIGNER Q+A How does the landscaping design process evolve at a design/build company? Creating a new outdoor environment is a thrilling process that should always be exciting and fresh. Using a systematic approach, we create a comprehensive plan for the outdoor space our clients envision that complements the home’s interior and exterior architecture, captures the personality and lifestyle of the owners, and achieves an environment that will be more than just a view. Once we have a final design in place, we proceed with the implementation and installation part of the project, many times in phases, and help with long-term landscape maintenance. The time we spend with our clients ensures project success as well as the relationship and friendship we look to embrace. Can you describe the scope of the outdoor environments? The basic concept of an outdoor environment is to create a usable space or what most people refer to as an “outdoor room.” Ideally, you try to create a series of outdoor rooms that include different elements, textures, shapes and colors that define the space and draw you in while cohabitating with what exists. Our team is passionate about what we do! We specialize in creating designs for your outdoor spaces that have beauty, functionality and visual interest, no matter the size of the project.

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How big a role do plants play in an outdoor environment? Huge! Installing a patio on the back of the house is only one step in achieving an outdoor space. Plants bring balance and harmony to the spaces that we create. They enhance the experience of outdoor spaces by bringing color, form and texture to settings, as well as help to define a space and provide a passageway from one space to another. Plants also help to establish a sense of style and accentuate the architecture of the structural elements within the outdoor room. Whether you are talking about plants in a garden bed or in a container on the patio, plant life adds visual complexity to complete every unique space we create. What are the most exciting aspects of your job? I get great satisfaction in helping clients create an outdoor living space that fits their lifestyle. Being able to see the hard work you put forth as a designer come to life – through the work of our unbelievable crew members – is extremely gratifying. But nothing compares to the feeling when you visit a year or two down the road and see just how much beauty and meaning the outdoor space you designed has brought to the owners. I always enjoy incorporating a fire pit into an entertaining space, for example, and hearing about the evenings spent there with family and friends.


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Creating beautiful rooms with cohesive styles is the key to making your home comfortable, fashionable and inviting. With fast-paced and ever-changing design trends to consider and an endless array of furnishings and accessories from which to choose, designing a stylish space may feel like a daunting task. However, enlisting the help of a talented design professional can make each project fun and exciting. With their knowledge of current trends and classic styles, experience in matching the perfect look with the right space and knack for finding the best places to shop for décor, design professionals create stylish, functional and beautiful spaces that truly make a house a home. Presenting the newest strategies for creating fresh, unique and personalized interiors that reflect their clients’ wishes, interior designers bring energy, skill and expertise to each design project. Our special Designers in Demand section introduces you to local designers and tastemakers who can help guide you through the exciting world of interior design. With their fingers on the pulse of what’s hot and what’s not, they bring you the newest and greatest products, looks and designs for your home. To see more from these designers, visit www.stlouishomesmag.com. PHOTO BY ROB GRIMM

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Marcia@marciamooredesign.com www.marciamooredesign.com 314-560-0830 Interior designer Marcia Moore believes every home “deserves to look its best and be a peaceful, nurturing and dynamic environment for the family who lives there.” Moore’s business caters to a broad spectrum of clients for large-scale and smaller projects in a range of budgets. From choosing paint colors and rearranging your own possessions to creating new environments, Marcia Moore Design will help you create a home that reflects your personality and lifestyle. Big home or small, new construction or rehab, do-it-yourself or extensive remodel, Marcia Moore brings a fresh approach to every project. “My goal is to create an extraordinary interior for each of my clients, regardless of the extent of the project, and to leave you with a smile on your face.” Your home deserves an extraordinary interior. You deserve a little Moore.

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DESIGNERS EXPRESS BLINDS AND DRAPERIES

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Ooh La La Home Furnishings 17701 Edison, Ste 101, Chesterfield, MO 63005 www.oohlalahomefurnishings.coms636-532-3353 Whether building new or remodeling an existing home, finishing a lake house or simply wishing to update an existing room in your home, consider Express Blinds and Draperies, the sister company to Ooh La La Home Furnishings. Felicia Cox has been the Express Blinds and Draperies sales consultant for more than 20 years. She specializes in Hunter Douglas shutters, blinds and shades, as well as custom draperies, cornices and other specialty treatments for the most discriminating buyer. American-made Hunter Douglas shutters, as well as most premium drapery treatments, can be manufactured and installed within a three-week period of time. She will be able to discuss every product you may be considering during your free inhome consultation. Please call for an appointment.

THE FINAL TOUCH

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Connie Novotny & Marcia Herrmann 109 N. Main Street, Columbia, IL 62236 www.shopthefinaltouch.nets618-398-2000

7707 Clayton Road, Clayton, MO 63117 www.emilycastle.com 314-727-6622

A full-service design and retail studio, The Final Touch is located in Columbia, Illinois – just a short drive from St. Louis. The beautiful boutique offers a fabulous variety of home accessories and gifts, and together, owners Connie Novotny and Marcia Herrmann have more than 20 years of interior design experience.

Castle Design is a full-service interior design company creating functional, aesthetically pleasing family homes and offices under the direction of Emily Castle, ASID. Our firm was formed to bring clients an unmatched level of client service in the areas of architectural finish selection and interior design. Every project includes looking, listening and guiding you every step of the way through rethinking, reviving or remodeling your space.

The Final touch has been in business since 2005 and offers a wonderful variety of popular products, from elegant furnishings to great gift items, such as lamps, mirrors, artwork, custom-made jewelry, Tyler Candles and SwitchFlops. Stop by soon to pick up a heartfelt gift or find the perfect final touch that helps make a house a home.

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DESIGNERS

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LAWRENCE GROUP/NICHE

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G.M. DOVEIKIS & ASSOCIATES, INC.

Pamela Calvert, Allied Member ASID pamela.calvert@thelawrencegroup.com www.nichestl.coms314-231-5700

Gail Doveikis, ASID and Cindy Kistner, ASID www.gmdoveikis.coms636-227-7788 Residential & Commercial Interior Design

“Pamela is an incredible designer who blends artistry with comfort. She has a unique gift for understanding exactly what her clients are looking for and always exceeds expectations.” – Olivia Kirk

Whether you are building or purchasing a new home, or remodeling an existing one, G. M. Doveikis & Associates can help you achieve the interior you’ve always dreamed about. Their firm offers a full scope of design services, including space planning and the selection of furnishings, draperies, flooring, lighting, finishes and accessories. Whether your taste is traditional, contemporary or somewhere in between, the GMD design team takes pride in really listening to your needs and preferences.

“My connection with Pamela was instant! In two minutes she knew more about my style than I did. Pamela was on target throughout the whole process. I ended up with a fabulous home and an amazing friend.” – Karen Keller “I have worked with Pamela for many years. Her creativity, expertise and ability to work quickly made our dream home a reality. I highly recommend her. She is a truly remarkable designer.” – Diane Fogerty

DIRECTIONS IN DESIGN, INC.

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1849 Craig Road, St. Louis, MO 63146 www.didinc.com 314-205-2010 Our passion – for beautiful homes and creative commercial spaces that live extremely well – has guided our client relationships for 35 years. “To create the extraordinary” applies to large and small, simple and complex, new construction and renovation projects of all types. If you are planning on building a new home, renovating a kitchen or bath, or simply redecorating, the experienced designers at Directions In Design will help you find your own individual style. Enjoy expert guidance to utilize your dollars well while achieving extraordinary spaces for you, your family and your guests. Please call to talk about your project.

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CAROLE HIATT DESIGN ASSOCIATES Carole Hiatt, ASID 5600 W. Main Street, Belleville, IL 62226 www.carolehiattdesign.coms618-233-1789 Carole Hiatt Design Associates, founded in 1980, is a full-service interior design firm specializing in project management with attention to product and finish selections, installations and budgetary guidelines. Our design encompasses residential, commercial and healthcare with aesthetic emphasis on clean, simple and classic lines. “Design Excellence – A Simple and Balanced Equation.” = Diligent client service oriented with a comfortable relationship between client and designer, thereby ensuring the client’s wants and needs are translated into a functional space reflecting their personality and lifestyle.

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THREE FRENCH HENS

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Kris Keller, Allied Member ASID www.thedesignsourceltd.com 636-391-7640

16935 Manchester Road, Wildwood, MO 63040 www.threefrenchhensantiques.com 636-458-8033

We want you to fall in love with your home over and over again. Our sincere wish is for every client to love their home more tomorrow than today! While our designers create stunning, award-wining interiors, the end result is a personal space that supports the well-being and lifts the spirits of the people who live there. Whether you’re starting over in a new home or want to add luxury, fun, romance or excitement to your existing home, call us to schedule a design consultation. Don’t forget to visit our online gallery of interior transformations on the St. Louis Homes and Lifestyles Web site at www.stlouishomesmag.com. Click on “Find Home Décor & Services” at the top of the page.

Jeanie Hood is constantly changing the 10,000-square-foot Three French Hens showroom in Wildwood. Her shop houses a playful-but-elegant mix of European pieces, fine furniture by well-known makers, choice accessories and gift items. Along with that mix, Jeanie and her associates offer customers a great shopping experience along with decorating advice. Three French Hens is in its sixth year and still growing. Not only does the shop serve clients in Missouri and Illinois, but also New York, Chicago and Los Angeles.

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With the dog days of summer just around the corner, splash a little color around to brighten your day! The talented designers at Expressions Furniture, the exclusive partner store in St. Louis for Dash and Albert Rugs, are delighted to help you make your outdoor spaces shine. Our polypropylene rugs can be hosed and bleached (really), making them great for high traffic areas indoors or out.

3"RENTWOOD"LVD #LAYTON WWWEDWINPEPPERCOMs The Andalusia Double Chaise, from the Richard Frinier Collection for Century FurnitureŽ, features an eye-catching, authentic Spanish-Mediterranean style. The handmade sand-cast aluminum frame exudes the elegance of wrought iron and is finished with a weather-resistant, multi-step antique powder coat. It is available in six color finishes – including CafÊ, Cloud, Crimson, Jet, Meadow and Sky – to ensure that no matter the color palette of your dÊcor, this chair is sure to blend beautifully with your home’s existing design.

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Three French Hens -ANCHESTER2D 7ILDWOOD www.threefrenchhensantiques.com 636-458-8033 Looking for a new way to add ambiance to your outdoor areas? Light up the area with “lighted twig lights.� They can be placed around your patio or in garden containers to add that touch of lighted elegance. The twig lights can also be used inside your home in floral arrangements or standing alone in a beautiful container. Three French Hens has been selling the lighted twigs for indoor use for over a year and a half, but now the lighted twigs are available to use outdoors.

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The Designing Block 7735 Clayton Road, Saint Louis www.thedesigningblock.net 314-721-4224 This eye-catching, curved rattan floor mirror, available at The Designing Block, features a Crossroads Rosa finish, an elegant arched top and beautiful bamboo detailing. A unique and fun interior design shop, The Designing Block is filled with stylish accessories for you and your home.


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Local, fresh fare adds seasonal flavor to your next party menu. BY VICKI PICKLE PHOTOGRAPHY BY MICHAEL JACOB

For a dinner party with an authentic Country French flavor, choosing Franco in historic Soulard is a classic idea. With its superbly fresh fare, having Franco’s talented chef cater your next party ensures that your guests will dine in style. Owner Tom Schmidt blends the historic French setting and its complementary menu with rustic, yet classic flavor. “Our cuisine and atmosphere combine seamlessly to showcase the area’s historic character and the vibrancy of nearby Soulard Market within the unique urban, neighborhood locale.” A cool spring evening was the backdrop for the memorable get-together. Angie Kirkland of Express Home provided her design expertise to showcase the freshness of the season with cleverly arranged fruits, vegetables, flowers and greenery that transformed the party table with spring-injected ingenuity. “With the latest trends in farm-chic décor and farm-to-table cuisine just feeling so right these days, why not surround yourself and your guests with sweet reminders of farm-fresh beauty from your local farmer’s market,” says Angie. “Adding spring fruits and vegetables to your table decorations will not only remind your guests of the simpler things in life, but will add that certain je ne sais quoi that the French are so famous for!” As the evening progressed, the menu’s flavorful selections kept coming. The evening began with Paris-inspired cocktails topped with champagne and ended with a light dessert that featured fresh strawberries, meringue, and lemon custard with a mixed berry drizzle. Prepared by Executive Chef Matthew Abeshouse, the colorful, fresh party menu was spectacular. “A Country French-style menu with a contemporary twist fuses perfectly with fresh, seasonal fare from the local farmer’s markets,” says Matthew. And daily trips to the markets ensure that the freshest foods will enliven a scrumptious, classic French menu from Franco, treating your guests to the season’s best.


Opposite page: Seared baramundi, polenta, asparagus and bacon jus. Below: Designer Angie Kirkland created a seasonal centerpiece using lemons, limes, tangerines, kumquats, greenery and flowers surrounding an artichoke. Oranges and lemons became creative, garden-fresh place holders. The party menu was a “traditional, rustic Country French-style menu with a contemporary twist,” according to Executive Chef Matthew Abeshouse. The floral-infused. bubbly cocktail, with a hint of cucumber, is served in a martini glass. The drink’s name was inspired by Saint-Germain – a famous boulevard in Paris’ 6th Arrondissement. See page 52 for resources.

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Originality punctuates a Clayton home with style and a sense of humor. BY JUDY UELK

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According to an ancient Chinese proverb, “The journey is the reward.” This couldn’t be more true for one lucky gentleman who found that creating the home of his dreams was fun every step of the way. This Clayton homeowner’s condo was a blank canvas ready to be transformed. With the expert help of interior designer Renée Céleste Flanders, ASID, his new home became a retro, contemporary space that refers back to the ’60s and is alive with color and artistic presence.


“I see interior design as a form of visual poetry.” – Renée Flanders, designer

“Whenever I begin a design project,” says Renée, “I study the architecture of the building itself. This was a circa 1960s mid-century modern construction, and I took that into consideration with respect to the interior.” With that design tenet in mind, the homeowner’s desire to acquire an Eames® lounge chair and ottoman, a quintessential example of mid-century design, figured perfectly into the direction Renée wanted to go. Following a trip to Ivey-Selkirk’s Modernist auction, the homeowner had three new pieces of art and a rug, all of which influenced the condo’s color palette. “My client loves bright, primary colors,” says Renée. “So, we chose bold fabrics that would pop off the white walls in the main living areas.” In a distinct departure from the neutral background, saturated green countertops were the inspiration for matching walls in the kitchen and dining area. The stark white Saarinen round dining table and tulip chairs are wonderfully juxtaposed against this rich shade. In contrast, a soft gray in the master bedroom provides a peaceful retreat at the end of the day. In addition to happy hues and classic mid-century furniture styles, artwork played a huge part in setting the tone for this condo. “It was great fun finding wonderful pieces to display,” says the homeowner. I love having a home filled with so many interesting things to look at and enjoy. Owning the ‘real thing’ is also very

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Opening pages: Handwoven in Nepal, the eye-catching wool and silk rug in the entryway was custom-designed and dyed to coordinate with the Sol LeWitt painting on the adjacent wall. The rug was produced as part of the RugMark Program of GoodWeave™, which works to end illegal child labor in the carpet industry and to offer educational opportunities to children in South Asia. The kitchen and dining area is a lively place. Artwork includes “Landscape” by Michael Hoffman; a floor sculpture, “The Poet” by John Hipple; and a wall sculpture “Bouquet of Knives” by the interior designer. A classic white Saarinen table and tulip chairs add to the mid-century modern ambience. A cork floor gives an ecofriendly touch. Above: Bold colors pop against a white backdrop and showcase an Eames® lounge chair and ottoman, a striped painting by William LaChance, a plaster relief by Ernest Trova, and “Toothpicks” by Walter Bauer. A whimsical Miss Rio ottoman, constructed entirely of recycled flip-flops, adds playfulness to the space. Below: An original painting on canvas by Renée Flanders, who believes that original art is the soul of the interior, is called “Curve/Carve.”


important to me,” he adds. “If I’m going to have it forever, I want to know it’s authentic.” That being said, Renée and her client were continually searching for significant pieces that would punctuate the home with originality, playfulness and a sense of humor. Of special note is the Walter Bauer “Toothpicks” sculpture that graces a corner of the living room. This original artwork consists of 144 wood pieces resembling toothpicks, all held together by gravity alone. Another of the homeowner’s most favorite newly acquired possessions is the Miss Rio ottoman in the living room. Made by local Brazilian craftspeople, this sure conversation starter is constructed entirely of recycled flip-flops. The journey – to find just the right pieces – was a grand adventure for the homeowner.

“No part of this project was work,” he says. “It was all fun. I loved the process. It actually became a great hobby for me. I think it’s so interesting that there’s a story behind every piece of art, every chair, lamp and rug.” The repetition of horizontal lines, vertical lines and circular shapes was key to Renée’s plan. “I see interior design as a form of visual poetry,” she says, “so I am constantly on the lookout for twoand three-dimensional objects that ‘rhyme.’” That design imperative, along with her commanding use of bright colors, classic mid-century modern furnishings and unique and whimsical art, give the space a strong voice that makes you want to sit up and listen. The homeowner couldn’t agree more. “I feel very comfortable here,” he says. “Renée really took the time to get to know me, and it shows. This is a place that makes me happy.” s

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Above: The living room is home to a small painting by William LaChance and a Fiam Italia mirror and glasswork by Jim McKelvey. Two sleek Sapien bookcases punctuate the space. Left: Shades of gray blanket the master bedroom in comfort and provide a quiet backdrop for whimsical art. See page 52 for design resources.


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picture perfect An enchanting restoration recreates the charm of a bygone era. BY JUDY UELK AND GARDEN WRITER, LUCYANN BOSTON PHOTOGRAPHY BY MICHAEL JACOB

Curb appeal is certainly an understatement. This is the kind of house that makes you do a double-take as you drive past. The charming white clapboard with its large wraparound porch, complete with a romantic gliding swing, is indeed enchanting. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the kind of house that looks as if it were plucked from another time and is begging folks to remember when life was simpler and a tall cool glass of lemonade, a


porch swing and a home filled with family love were really all that mattered. For homeowners Casey and Brent and their four children, this 1892 Queen Anne-style Webster Park gem is all that and more. The magical ambience that exudes from the home’s every pore captivated Casey way before she ever knew that her family would someday be its lucky caretakers. “We actually attended a party here,” she says, “and I just couldn’t get this place out of my head.” But Casey and Brent had just finished a renovation and were settled in when their dream home came on the market. Fortunately, some dreams really do come true, and four years later Casey learned that the house might indeed be up for sale again. “At that point,” she says, “I contacted the homeowner, we worked out a deal, and we bought it. The rest is history!” Although the home was exactly what she and Brent wanted, as with many older homes, the interior spaces didn’t quite work for a modern family of six. The exterior needed a makeover, as well, to recapture the distinctive character and

The setting offers a perfect perch from which to admire the garden’s symphony of color. original details that had been buried under 117 years of countless renovations. Contractor Bob Robben of Robben Contracting, Inc. says, “The couple was a pleasure to work with and gave our team the creative license to create something very special for them. Their project was challenging, fun and so rewarding.” Eight months later, after a sweeping restoration that touched nearly all of the home’s spaces inside and out, the charming white clapboard became a sparkling window to the past, while allowing its owners to live with the conveniences of today. “It was very important to us,” say the homeowners, “to maintain the historical and architectural integrity of the home. After all, that’s what made us

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Opening pages: The charm of the renovated late 19th-century home begins at first glance with a color-rich, beautifully maintained landscape and magnificently designed hardscape. The outdoor projects include design, installation and maintenance work (in phases) by Fiddle Creek Construction, Horstmann Brothers Landscaping and Annette Smith of Blooming Decorator. A gracious extension of the home, a wraparound porch is the ideal spot to relax and enjoy the gardens. “The homeowners were pivotal in the successful outcome of this delightful project,” says architect Ken Burns. Left: The bluestone walkway along the side of the home surrounds a splashing fountain enhanced by daisies. The homeowners repaired an existing brick wall and added a wrought-iron gate. Above: Luscious cream, gold, orange, sage and a touch of blue accentuate the dining room’s deep raisin walls, enveloping guests in a sense of well-being. An antique French armoire, used for display, is a family heirloom. Right: The living room’s original hardwood floors add a rich quality and character to the traditional space.

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fall in love with it in the first place.” The original ten rooms grew to 13 with five bedrooms, four and a half baths, a cook’s dream kitchen, mudroom, expanded family room, convenient second-floor laundry and a large playroom on the third floor. Eight-foot ceilings were raised back to their original 10 feet. Gleaming hardwood floors were installed to match existing flooring in the foyer. And a carriage house garage became a charming haven for guests. All plumbing, electrical, heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) were completely redone throughout, and a home automation system was installed by Integration Controls™, LLC which monitors and maintains the home’s lighting, security, home entertainment and HVAC. “Having this system was key to making our home as energyefficient and livable as it is,” say Casey and Brent. “We also replaced almost all of the original windows with new energy-efficient ones.” With the guts of the house in perfect order, Casey was now able to put her design eye to work, creating an interior that truly reflects the sunny personalities of the family that lives there. In concert with local design professionals, she created a

Left: The second-floor laundry room, which was originally part of a large bedroom, doubles as a gift-wrapping center. The remaining portion of the room was combined with the new space created by the addition of another bedroom. Below: Awash in muted colors of khaki, cream and blue, the master bedroom – with its beautiful view of the garden – is truly a retreat for Casey and Brent. Canine friend, Heidi, a Bernese mountain dog, lounges on the comfy window seat.


“We love our kitchen’s fresh, lively colors. It’s a cheerful space for gathering.” – Casey, homeowner

home that radiates warmth and happiness. Soft hues of yellow, sage, rose, blue and cream give the home a relaxed and happy persona and are the ideal backdrop for the homeowners’ treasured European antiques. In contrast, the dining room pops with rich raisin-colored walls, enveloping its guests in warmth. Truly, each room in this wonderful home is a place where family and friends can relax and enjoy the surroundings and each other. Perhaps one of Casey and Brent’s most favorite spaces, however, is outside. The rebuilt and expanded porch, with its lacy spindles, complex columns and intricate latticework, has often been the gathering spot of choice for family and friends. Wrapping around to the side of the house the new “old” porch now features speakers and recessed and rope lighting. Classic white wicker furniture, colorful pillows and planters abundant with greenery await guests, offering a cozy respite and perfect perch to admire the lush garden’s symphony of color. Working with Annette Smith of Blooming Decorator, the homeowners desired a garden

Above: The expanded cook’s kitchen features state-of-the-art appliances, timeless cherry cabinetry and a mixture of polished and honed black granite. “Karr Bick Kitchen & Bath seamlessly added cabinets to match the existing ones and designed the new butler’s pantry, island and hutch,” says Casey. Party menus can be displayed creatively on the island’s honed back granite surface by using chalk. Eye-catching watercolor paintings are by Sue St. John. Below: A bluestone patio off the kitchen extends the family’s outdoor living space beautifully. A cozy chat arrangement is punctuated by vivid color that sweeps the landscape. Dappled sunlight creates a jewel-like sparkle in the lush garden.

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Soft hues give the home a relaxed and happy persona and are an ideal backdrop for treasured European antiques.

that works in perfect harmony with their historic home. Believing that the bluestone walkway leading to the home’s front steps was “too pretty to hide,” Annette selected dwarf varieties of boxwood and holly that would enhance, but not obscure, the walkway. Interspersed among the shrubs, nepeta – with its blue blossoms and gray-green leaves – picks up the color of the stone. In front of the home, bright pink Knock Out roses, ‘Lady in Red’ hydrangeas, ‘Pink Velour’ crape myrtle, ‘Stargazer’ lilies and a succession of annuals in “warm and welcoming” pink and rose tones draw the eye through the front landscaping and

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into the side yard. There, splashes of pink and yellow flowers, grasses, and chartreuse and gray-green groundcover reflect the colors used in the décor of the lovely, wraparound porch. A restored brick wall centered with a wrought-iron gate opens to the totally redesigned backyard. It was a project that involved, among other things, moving 130 hosta plants. Allimportant in the re-landscaping project was to keep the eye moving through the garden by repeating the colors from the patio furniture throughout the landscape. “The first thing to do is to select the color palette, then look for interesting plants within that palette,” explains Annette.


Below: The family room opens to a fabulous, inviting veranda – a favorite outdoor space of the home. The veranda lives as one with adjacent outdoor gathering spaces and the lush garden. A shade tree acts as a natural canopy, leaving no room to doubt that relaxation – enjoying the cool springtime breezes – is the order of the day. Brightly colored begonias repeat the theme of the vibrant outdoor fabrics and draw the eye into the garden.

Above and top right: A yummy yellow palette that wraps the family room in warmth is accented to perfection with a combination of fabrics and accessories in shades of red, creamy brown and green. The space is “the icing on the cake” on the home’s main level. A comfy curved sofa invites curling up to watch TV, while organic woven wicker Palecek™ chairs in a natural hue add texture to the sun-filled living space. A French antique game table and intricate buffet are treasured heirlooms in the room. The buffet’s four top finials are each a different shape, most likely a “signature” of the artisan who carved the piece.


To create visual movement, colors were repeated while varying the shape and texture of the plants. And with Casey, Brent and their active family in mind, plants were chosen that, while beautiful, can also stand up to the vagaries of the St. Louis climate. Not far from a group of ‘Sun Power’ hosta, for instance, a shrubby, jagged-leafed, golden ‘Tiger Eyes’ sumac was selected. To literally highlight a dark corner of the garden, the

decision was made to combine a white-blossomed ‘Annabelle’ hydrangea, green and white ‘Night Before Christmas’ hosta and silver-leaved ‘Jack Frost’ brunnera. Casey admits that the landscaping could not be more perfect. And this hands-on homeowner was thrilled to have such a magnificent bird’s-eye view of the garden transformation from her master bedroom window. Annette notes, “Casey was very involved in the garden redesign – she really has an eye for it.” s


Below: The garden‘s design is superbly planned and awash with eye-catching beauty. “I don’t believe in fussy plants,” says Annette of Blooming Decorator. She collaborated with Casey to ensure a fabulous, worry-free garden. A mix of foliage with varying textures and heights provides interest and enhances an area where a stony channel catches water runoff. Right top: A period lamppost, surrounded by Knock Out roses, harmonizes with the home’s Queen Anne architecture; In the background, feathery grasses soften a brick wall. Right bottom: Colordrenched decorative pillows, flower-filled containers and bedding plants repeat the garden’s color theme. See page 52 for design resources.

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A bunch of fragrant chives teems with cool lavender blossoms by the mailbox. Deep purple spears of fresh asparagus frame a patch of colorful blooms. Clusters of plump, juicy berries beg to be plucked and enjoyed. Edible landscaping is quickly becoming more attractive amid soaring food prices, rising fuel costs, alarming pesticide scares, and increased environmental awareness. And, while a meticulously manicured ornamental lawn may indeed be beautiful to behold, it is most often chemically treated and nutritionally barren. Edible gardens are not what they used to be either. Rescued from the small plot enclosed in chicken wire at the back of the yard, the new gardens are aesthetically pleasing landscape utopias that burst with color, fragrance and texture. Bushes dripping with bright red strawberries, the bold fuchsia-colored flowers of a big healthy artichoke, and the happy hues on the blossoms of dozens of herbs can help to make your landscape artistic as well as appetizing. Beautiful and functional, edible gardens “give back” daily to homeowners, allowing them to enjoy the “fruits” of their labor over and over again. Maury Frein, Retail Sales Manager for Ahner’s Garden and Gifts, has noticed a definite trend toward edible gardening. “There’s a new generation of homeowners who are embracing the idea of ‘growing their own,’” he says. “It’s a good feeling to know exactly where your food came from. Plus, there’s nothing fresher than grabbing a tomato right off the vine.” Anyone can add edibles to their landscape, and you don’t have to start all over to reap the benefits. If you’re new to edible gardening, why not experiment by adding a few herbs among some groundcover. Or plant them near doors, walkways or porches where their savory aromas can be easily enjoyed. Ahner’s Maury Frein adds that herbs can be a great choice to plant among vegetables. “Herbs are wonderful to have on hand when cooking. Nothing beats fresh basil on a ruby red tomato, the delectable bite of cilantro in a homemade salsa, or the tantalizing aroma of oregano in an Italian pasta sauce. Caleb Melchior, a gardener with Sugar Creek Gardens in Kirkwood and a test

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Good communication is the key to any successful relationship. And with the explosion of affordable home networking opportunities, each of your home’s electronic systems can communicate with one another and with you. “The future in total home control is having integrated systems that speak to each other,” says David Young, President of the Sound Room, a registered dealer for Home Automation, Inc. (HAI®). With cost down and reliability up, home automation is not just for the luxury market anymore. Basic systems can be upgraded as budgets allow and needs change. And with new wireless systems, older homes can also become “connected” without the expense of new wiring. A complete home automation system acts as a command center, integrating all of your home’s many subsystems, including security, lighting, climate and entertainment. Even the iPhone and iPod Touch can be used as remote controls to monitor your home’s automation. X-panels on your computer screen that mimic your home’s touch screens allow you to remain “in touch” even when you’re away. In addition to HAI®, Sony® offers HomeShare™, available at ABF Security Systems, Inc. This whole-house, multi-zone, multi-source audio and video system also has intercom and closed circuit camera capabilities. “Not only can you view up to four cameras on the keypad, it also provides homeowners with feedback, including their iPod song and artist lists and radio station frequencies,” says Mike Vargo of ABF. “Universal Remote Control has a new iPod docking station and handheld remote control that talk to each other,” says Phil McHenry, home system specialist at The Screening Room. “In other words,” he explains, “you can surf your iPod from the remote control by artist, song or playlist, and all of the information is displayed brightly on the screen.” According to Jamie Briesemeister of Integration Controls™, Sonos®, another multi-room music system, also offers a free application to turn your iPhone or iPod Touch into a controller for Sonos® ZonePlayers. “Like the commercials say,” Jamie notes, “there’s an app for everything.” “We’re enabling people to take control of their own hightech choices, as well as home management and energy use remotely,” says Young. Wireless systems alert homeowners via e-mail or text to power failures, overloaded circuits, and so on, which help to prevent unwanted surprises. Additionally, Sub-Zero offers the option of integrating your wine storage unit into your home’s security system, according to Justin Breckle, regional manager of Roth Distributing. “You can rest assured that your perfect bottle of pinot remains just that – perfect.” Keep the communication flowing, and you’ll enjoy a relationship with your home that only keeps getting better. From top: Crestron CHV-THSTAT Heating/Cooling & Humidity Thermostat; XPanel Virtual Touchpanel for PC or Mac; V15 V-Panel™ HD Touchpanel Display; TPMC-8X WiFi 8.4” Touchpanel Control; Mobile Pro e-Control® Mobility Solution for Apple iPod.

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22 Foreway Drive, Ladue, MO 63124. The living room and library of this expansive estate open to a flagstone terrace, setting the scene for elegant outdoor living on more than 2 acres of St. Louis Country Club grounds. Contact Anne Ryan or John Ryan, 314-993-8000, The Ryan Tradition, www.theryantradition.com. PHOTO BY STEVEN B. SMITH PHOTOGRAPHY

9 Muirfield Lane, Town & Country, MO 63141. Overlooking the 4th fairway of the prestigious Bellerive Country Club, this 8,000-square-foot residence offers luxury living in a desirable Town & Country locale. Contact Marcy Byrne, 314-750-5800 or Nancy Pool, 314-9832226, Janet McAfee Real Estate, www.janetmcafee. com. PHOTO BY STEVEN B. SMITH PHOTOGRAPHY www.stlouishomesmag.com

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497 Rosslare Drive, Weldon Spring, MO 63304. An exquisite wall of arched, oversized windows in the great room of this grand estate looks out onto the Whitmoor Country Club golf course. Contact Susie O. Johnson, 314-2837355, Coldwell Banker Gundaker, 636-4411360, www.cbgundaker.com. PHOTO BY JERRY

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614 Morel Court, St. Albans, MO 63073. Spacious and stunning, this brick and stone 5,000-square-foot home is nestled in the serene surroundings of St. Albans, includes a private putting green and offers a wonderful view of the Lewis and Clark Golf Course. Contact Melinda McCarthy, 314-606-2180, St. Albans Realty, www.stalbans.com. PHOTO BY STEVEN B. SMITH PHOTOGRAPHY

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520 Quail Ridge Lane, St. Albans, MO 63073. A private inground pool, covered porch and blufftop glimpses of St. Alban’s Tavern Creek Golf Course enhance the idyllic ambience of this home’s picturesque natural surroundings. Contact Melinda McCarthy, 314-606-2180, and Ann Carter, 314-983-2243, co-listed by St. Albans Realty and Janet McAfee Real Estate, www.stalbans.com, www.janetmcafee. com. PHOTO BY STEVEN B. SMITH PHOTOGRAPHY

1270 Cedars Valley Road, St. Albans, MO 63073. A panoramic view of the 17th green of the Lewis and Clark Golf Course in St. Albans is just one of the fabulous features this matchless custom stone home has to offer. Contact Melinda McCarthy, 314-606-2180, St. Albans Realty, www.stalbans.com. PHOTO BY STEVEN B.

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10 Upper Whitmoor Drive, Weldon Spring, MO 63304. Situated on more than 3 acres and the 16th fairway of Whitmoor Country Club, this outstanding full brick and stone home features an eight-car garage and two full apartments with separate entrances, in addition to six bedrooms and 11 baths. Contact Susie O. Johnson, 314283-7355, Coldwell Banker Gundaker, www. cbgundaker.com. PHOTO COURTESY OF COLDWELL BANKER GUNDAKER

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abc’s of St. Louis Your guide to k-12 education in the gateway city. BY IRENE STEFFENS AND KATIE UNDERHILL

As you decide where to purchase your new home, school selection is a top priority for making the best decision for your family. In the Greater St. Louis area, there are nearly 1,000 public schools, as well as a multitude of private schools. Families living within the St. Louis city limits have many educational options, including excellent private, parochial, public, charter and Magnet schools. Students with special needs have accessibility to services in St. Louis area public schools. There are more than 400 parochial and independent private schools from which to choose. “Each of the private schools in St. Louis has a unique mission, focus and environment,” says Jane Eschmann, assistant principal of Christian Brothers College High School. With more than 150 elementary and high schools in the area affiliated with the Catholic Church, St. Louis is the seventh largest Archdiocesan school system in the country.

Catholic Schools Archdiocese of St. Louis Catholic education in the Archdiocese of St. Louis enjoys a long, proud tradition of academic excellence, Catholic religious formation, and safe, nurturing environments. It is the oldest and largest system of schools in the state, the seventh largest Archdiocesan school system in the country, and the only one with its own Department of Special Education. Fifty thousand students are currently enrolled in our 117 elementary, 28 secondary and 9 special education schools and centers. To learn more about Catholic schools, or to locate a Catholic school near you, visit us at archstl.org. Learn why we are the GOOD NEWS IN EDUCATION!

Chaminade College Preparatory School Learning to Live Remarkably. Chaminade is the only area Catholic, Marianist school for young men that offers a dedicated middle and high school for boys in grades 6 through 12. Educating in family spirit is one of Chaminade’s most talked-about differences. The House System, led by student house captains, offers leadership and mentoring opportunities. Competitive athletics, world-class band, drama and fine arts programs, and a residence program with nearly 60 students from nine countries complement the school’s rigorous college prep

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curriculum. Laptop computers, more than 150 hours of college credit courses and the experiential learning and community service programs are an integral part of the curriculum. For 100 years, Chaminade has helped students develop into confident young men who are prepared for college and life. For more information or to schedule a visit, call 314-993-4400 ext. 150, or visit www.chaminade-stl.org.

The College School The College School is committed to providing a diverse group of children in preschool through eighth grade with the best preparation for life through a hands-on, thematically integrated approach to education. The challenging and dynamic curriculum promotes a deep understanding of subjects and engenders a lifelong passion for learning. The nationally and internationally renowned early childhood program incorporates the Reggio philosophy. For more information, call 314-962-9355 or visit www.thecollegeschool.org.

Community School Community School is an independent elementary school serving children age 3 through sixth grade. Students build skills, abilities and confidence in a creative, balanced environment. Rigorous coursework and challenging academic standards are supported by the 7-to-1 student/teacher ratio, which allows personalized attention for each student. Test scores are consistently among the highest in the nation. Music, art, P.E., drama, wood shop, and foreign language are fully integrated across subject areas and complement the academic program. The 16-acre wooded campus with a pond, nature trail, playing fields and playgrounds provides infinite opportunities for discovery, observation and recreation. For more information, visit www.communityschool.com or call 314-991-0005.

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engage their imaginations in every endeavor, which range from the sciences to the fine arts, and strives to develop respectful citizens who apply scholarship, imagination, and critical thinking to civic and social responsibility in their communities and beyond. For information, contact the Admissions Office at 314-367-8101 or www.crossroadscollegeprep.org.

Francis Howell School District The Francis Howell School District encompasses over 150 square miles in the southeast corner of St. Charles County, and is one of the largest school districts in Missouri, with an enrollment of nearly 18,000 students and approximately 2,500 employees. The District is comprised of three early childhood family education centers, ten elementary schools, five middle schools, three high schools, one alternative high school, and an alternative education center. It encompasses the municipalities of St. Peters, O’Fallon, Cottleville, Weldon Spring and New Melle. The Francis Howell Learning Community works everyday to provide the best learning practices for enhancing student achievement. For information visit www.fhsdschools.org.

The Fulton School at St. Albans The Fulton School at St. Albans is an independent, not-forprofit school that prepares students for higher education and “a lifetime of learning.” Students of all ages – from 18 months through 12th grade – experience hands-on, student-centered teaching practices based on the Montessori philosophy at

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The Fulton School. The multi-aged, personalized approach works to promote positive social and emotional development in addition to academic skills in all students, and creative and critical thinking are encouraged. Knowing that parental involvement is key, a partnership between parents, teachers and students is an important foundation of The Fulton School philosophy. In addition, a diverse student body and an academically challenging and personally supportive environment allows students of The Fulton School to become responsible and educated global citizens.

Living Word Christian Schools LWCS exists to be a Biblically-based, academically excellent, affordable assistance to Christian families who want to equip their children to impact the world for the glory of God and develop leaders with well-trained intellects subject to righteous character. With more than 600 students on two separate campuses located in St. Peters and O’Fallon Missouri. Our Preschool (ages 3-4) and elementary students (K-5) are able to enjoy a strong academic foundation with enrichment classes in music, computer and physical education. Secondary students (6-12) are challenged by our college preparatory curriculum, athletics, co-curricular activities and leadership training in an atmosphere of faith. For information, contact the Admissions Office at 636-978-1680 x107 or visit www.lwcs.us.

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offers an academically challenging and well-rounded liberal arts education for grades Junior Kindergarten through 12 in a co-ed college preparatory setting. Our class sizes average 14-16 students and create a spirit of community and intellectual exchange. Our middle school (grades 5-8) offers a unique combination of single-gender and co-educational classes. The 100-acre campus has state-of-the-art classrooms, labs, libraries, art studios and athletic facilities, and utilizes advanced technology, including wireless access, SMART Boards and a laptop computer program. Our mission is to help our students discover their unique talents and callings, preparing them not only for higher education, but for a life of purpose and service as an engaged citizen of our ever-changing world. For information, contact MICDS at 314-995-7367 or visit www.micds.org.

Thomas Jefferson School A coeducational boarding and day school for grades 7 through 12, Thomas Jefferson School offers motivated students of every background a rigorous classical curriculum emphasizing depth and quality in all major college-preparatory areas. The schedule of morning classes gives students the freedom to plan much of their own time for study and activities in the afternoon and encourages the development of mature timemanagement skills. Athletics, fine arts, community service and other activities complement the intellectual challenge. Call 314-843-4151 or visit www.tjs.org.

Visitation Academy Visitation Academy is an independent, Catholic school educating boys, girls and young women in the spirit of St. Francis de Sales and St. Jane de Chantal. Founded in 1833 by the Sisters of the Visitation, the Academy teaches its students to “Live Jesus” and emulate the virtues of joy, humility, simplicity, reverence and respect in everyday life. The Lower School includes both a coed Montessori preschool and an allgirls program for grades Kindergarten through 6; the Upper School offers a rigorous college preparatory curriculum for young women grades 7 through 12. Call 314-625-9103 to speak with the Admission Office.

The Wilson School The Wilson School, established in 1913, offers an accelerated academic program in a nurturing environment. With two full-time teachers per classroom, students receive small group instruction and individualized attention to help them excel and reach their fullest potential. The Wilson community enrolls approximately 190 children, beginning at age 3 through Grade 6. Its students rank nationally in the 90th to 99th percentile and enjoy excellent secondary school placement. Wilson is a coeducational elementary day school seeking to inspire students to be “confident, passionate and smart.” Located at 400 DeMun Ave. in Clayton. Call 314-7254999 or visit www.wilsonschool.com.

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Healthy Choices Exploring healthy living in St. Louis.

St. Louis is a city of medicine and boasts two first-rate medical schools, Saint Louis University and Washington University. These schools and programs can be credited for the excellent and extensive health care options that St. Louis has to offer. Every year, area hospitals are ranked among the nation’s best in publications, such as U.S. News & World Report, for their excellence in highly specialized fields. Residents of the Greater St. Louis area have a variety of options when it comes to heath care.

Washington University Physicians Washington University Physicians are the specialist doctors of Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. They work with your primary physician in diagnosing

and treating the full range of conditions that affect both children and adults. Many people prefer to choose their own specialists, such as a dermatologist, gynecologist, sleep specialist, allergist or ear, nose and throat specialist. Others rely on their pediatricians or primary physicians’ referrals for cardiology, neurology or childhood disorders, for example. It is reassuring that Washington University Physicians are listed by doctor-rated surveys, such as America’s Top Doctors and Best Doctors in America, more frequently than any other group in the Midwest. Most patients are seen at the Center for Advanced Medicine, the main location at Kingshighway and I-64/40. Another convenient location is at I-270 and Olive Blvd. in West County. To find a physician that is right for you, please visit: WUPhysicians.wustl.edu or phone 866 TOP-DOCS.

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Saint Louis University Hospital 3635 Vista Ave., St. Louis, MO 63110   swww.sluhospital.com Shriner’s Hospital 2001 Lindbergh Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63131 314-432-3600 www.shrinershq.org/Hospitals/St_Louis SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center 1465 S. Grand Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63104   swww.cardinalglennon.com SSM DePaul Health Center 12303 DePaul Drive, Bridgeton, MO 63044   swww.ssmdepaul.com SSM St. Clare Health Center 1015 Bowles Ave., Fenton, MO 63026   swww.ssmstclare.com SSM St. Joseph HealthCenter – St. Charles 300 First Capitol Dr., St. Charles, MO 63301   swww.ssmstjoseph.com SSM St. Joseph HealthCenter – Wentzville 500 Medical Drive, Wentzville, MO 63385   swww.ssmstjoseph.com SSM St. Joseph Hospital West 100 Medical Plaza, Lake Saint Louis, MO 63367   swww.ssmstjosephwest.com SSM St. Joseph Medical Park 1475 Kisker Road, St. Charles, MO 63304   swww.ssmstjoseph.com

SSM St. Mary’s HealthCenter 6420 Clayton Road Richmond Heights, MO 63117   swww.stmarys-stlouis.com St. Anthony’s Medical Center 10010 Kennerly Road, St. Louis, MO 63128   swww.stanthonysmedcenter.com St. John’s Mercy Medical Center 615 S. New Ballas Rd., St. Louis, MO 63141   swww.stjohnsmercy.org St. Louis Children’s Hospital One Children’s Place, St. Louis, MO 63110   swww.stlouischildrens.org St. Luke’s Hospital 232 S. Woods Mill Road Chesterfield, MO 63017   swww.stlukes-stl.com Tenet HealthCare Des Peres Hospital 2345 Dougherty Ferry Road St. Louis, MO 63122   swww.despereshospital.com Washington University Physicians 866-TOP-DOCS Visit www.wuphysicians.wustl.edu for all Washington University Physician office locations.


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Or phone 866-TOP DOCS Nearly three times the number of Washington University Physicians are listed in Best Doctors in America, 2009 (Best Doctors, Inc.) than any other physicians’ group in St. Louis.


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A Dream Come True BY KATIE UNDERHILL PHOTOGRAPHY BY SHEILA LOCUS

Inspired design and thoughtful details define this sophisticated space. CHALLENGE: To transform a small, outdated kitchen with insufficient storage into an expansive, elegant space of the homeowner’s dreams. SOLUTION: Throughout her career as a real estate agent, homeowner Leslie Owens has admired countless well-designed spaces – all of which inspired her to transform her own home. Desiring a spacious upgrade, she embarked on a renovation that would simplify her life and improve the flow of her home. To overcome structural limitations, the basement staircase was relocated, allowing for the installation of a large island, which helped Leslie attain the 6 feet of countertop space she desired. She chose all of the kitchen’s stunning materials, including the European cherry island top with an ogee edge, Giallo Beach granite countertops from Custom Stone Interiors, and topaz crystal painted wood cabinetry with a gold patina finish and antique brass lion head pulls and

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