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The Color Issue

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34 DEFINING THEIR STYLE Nistenhaus Design helped St. Louis homeowners embrace color and create a style of their own in their new home.

42 THE ART OF FORM AND COLOR Working with Pamela Calvert Interiors, these owners completely transformed their majestic hideaway-in-the-woods.

50 TLC With a little tender loving care and an open mind for what their neglected landscape could become, Westwood homeowners transformed their garden into a private, tranquil sanctuary.

ON THE COVER PAGE 34 PHOTOGRAPHY BY ANNE MATHEIS. The designers added character to the home by modifying some of the existing architectural elements. The best example of this was the openings to the dining room and kitchen.



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No dirt under my nails, please! Throwing pillows into the mix at Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams adds a pop of color just where you need it.

Yes, spring has finally arrived! The past month, we've been teased with 60 and 70 degree weather only to be kicked backward by chilling winds and dustings of snow. At times, it felt like the first signs of spring, the blooming crocus and daffodils, would never show their colors. But they did like clockwork, pushing their way through the thawing, wet ground to bloom in the warm sunshine. Exploding colors of yellow, purple, pink and white burst open on flowering trees and bushes just in time to save us from the winter doldrums. And in heartbeat, our once-bare trees are soon overflowing with the magic of Mother Nature welcoming the cycle of the new season. The easiest way to bring those spring colors into our homes is to go crazy cutting the beautiful blooming tree limbs and placing them in containers throughout our home. The first time I actually cut small tree limbs I wondered, why in the heck hadn't I been doing this all along? I know as I am cutting that I'm also pruning the trees and shrubs so they'll retain a nice shape and not become overgrown, which can happen quickly. Much to my chagrin, I've been known to cut every hyacinth, daffodil and tulip in my yard. Sometimes, but not often, I can hold myself back, but I love bringing them all inside and enjoying their beauty and fragrance. Is there anything more beautiful than a bouquet of yellow tulips to welcome the family home every night? Another easy color fix for our homes are live green plants. They can do wonders for any room as a pop of green in a simple terra cotta pot. If you’re purchasing several green babies, make your life less stressful and purchase the same color pots for color continuity, giving you more freedom to relocate them. Success with tropical plants lies with correct watering and light requirements. Finding the perfect location for your new "green baby" is a matter of life and death. Self-watering containers for indoor and outdoor plants can be lifesavers and a perfect watering solution while away on vacation. We hope to see you at our annual Green Thumb Tour on Saturday, April 21. Learn from the experts how to make your outdoor spaces more beautiful and find solutions to one or more of your gardening challenges. Spring is definitely my favorite time of year giving me an excuse to get my hands dirty, or maybe I should say, get my gardening gloves dirty!   ENJOY, Suzie



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ultra VIOLET

Introducing Pantone’s 2018 Color of the Year! By Melissa Mauzy


The authority on color, Pantone, was looking toward the future in predicting this year’s Color of the Year. Ultra Violet evokes the intrigue of what lies ahead. Dramatic, provocative and thoughtful, the purple hue expresses originality, ingenuity and visionary thinking into what is beyond our own world. Pantone says,” Nuanced and full of emotion, the depth of PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet symbolizes experimentation and non-conformity, spurring individuals to imagine their unique mark on the world, and push boundaries through creative outlets.” Get inspired to express your own individuality by adding Ultra Violet into your living space.


1. Cool and collected living room, by Ethan Allen. 2. Amethyst hand-knotted rug, available at Amini's. 3. The Arts Capsule ink print, color stacks, available at West Elm. 4. Origami pillow, available at Ember Home Studio. 5. Preston lamp with violet shade, by Mariana Home, available at Wilson Lighting. 6. Angelic wide bottle, violet, available at Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams.




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By Melissa Mauzy

true GEMS Diamonds aren’t a girl’s only best friend. Saturate your space with the ultra-rich hues found throughout your jewelry box. The jewel-inspired design trend embraces deep, rich colors, like sapphire blue, emerald green and ruby red, that will give any room a lush touch.


1. Ada side dining chair, available at Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams. 2. España bunching chest, by Kindel Furniture, available at KDR Designer Showrooms. 3. Barnboard, Metamorphosis and Celebrate fabrics, by Frond Design Studios, available at Delve MIY. 4. Silk velvet pillow in citrine, available at Ember Home Studio. 5. Priscilla lounge chair, available at Ember Home Studio. 6. Vendimia rug, available at LK2 Kaim Kisner Studio.


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7 7. Tulip chair, available at Anthropologie. 8. Zoysia dinnerware, available at Anthropologie. 9. Medium alpine vase, by Mariana Home, available at Wilson Lighting. 10. Nolan table lamp, available at Ethan Allen. 11. Karl drawer chest, by Lillian August for Hickory White, available at KDR Designer Showrooms. 12. Lane pulls in various gemtones, available at Design & Detail. 13. Shelter island queen bed, by Mr. and Mrs. Howard for Sherrill Furniture, available at KDR Designer Showrooms.








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color control Edited by Melissa Mauzy Photography by Colin Miller/Strauss Peyton

Maggie Stieven Jewell has grown up with the interior design gene. She has followed in her mom Mary Stieven's, footsteps by transforming homes all across the St. Louis area with her designer touch. Jewell worked alongside her mother at MKS Designs for nine years, solely running the business the last four years. In 2014, she started her own design business to allow her the flexibility to be both a mom and a designer.

SLHL: How can homeowners incorporate color trends into their homes? Maggie: I am not really a person that follows trends. If you love what you have, use it and use that as a starting point for designing spaces. I do a lot of reupholstering for clients and taking their old chairs and making them look fresh and new. Fabrics, good quality, crisp, fresh fabrics, are a big part of transforming a room. I am such a texture person. I like to feel everything. You could have an all-white room, but with different textures it could look amazing.

SLHL: What colors are you loving in 2018? Maggie: Personally a color that I am always drawn to for my own home is that ochre green/gold color. I think I like how it looks so clean in the fabrics, accessories, artwork, and rugs that I have bought over the years. I just haven’t gotten tired of it. Typically, I am not really a pink person, but in a recent project we used the color. We are doing a blue and white Schumacher floral wallpaper with pink velvet dining chairs. I think it looks incredible, and we have gold chandelier that is kind of mod and a really bright piece of art that ties it all together.

SLHL: How do you create a coordinated color palette in a home? Maggie: I usually try to incorporate one color throughout each space in different ways. For example, in a project I am currently working on the color blue is a main color throughout the home. In the dining room we have blue and white wallpaper. The living room has a blue-and-white rug with touches of pink in the pillows. The hearth room includes blue velvet chairs and a blue lacquer console table, while the office woodwork and walls are painted a deep blue.

SLHL: How has the experience working with your mom impacted your design aesthetic? Maggie: I had the pleasure of working alongside my mom before she became a grandmother and retired, but I still love to bounce ideas around with her. When we see something that we both like, which is a lot of things, we get the same look on our faces. I love showing her projects that I am working on and challenging myself to always be creative.

SLHL: How do you open up a small space with color? Maggie: I love using wallpaper in small spaces. Actually, I love using wallpaper everywhere! My sister recently moved and her first-floor bath is pretty small. We wallpapered the walls and ceiling, and it looks incredible.



SLHL: How do you keep your aesthetic and business fresh? Maggie: I always strive to bring new ideas and energy to projects that I am working on. I never do the same things for clients. I guess I enjoy the “thrill of the hunt”, or as my sister would say I have a shopping problem. I think I am a pretty good finder of things; it is one of my favorite aspects of my job.

Jennifer Rapp Owner • Associate ASID 314-706-2727 At the Interior Design Center of Saint Louis 11622 Page Service Drive, Suite 109 Saint Louis, MO 63146

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& ARTISTIC Ceramic artist Gregg Rasmusson’s colorful creations are all about the pattern. By Kellie Hynes Photography by Colin Miller/Strauss Peyton

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his is the art that Gregg Rasmusson builds: precise, linear and symmetric. The sharp lines that repeat across his ceramic pieces are purposeful and unhesitating, creating patterns that are as much architectural as they are artistic. It is no surprise that Rasmusson’s first career was as a home remodeler; each piece is made with workmanlike detail. Also, grout. Rasmusson gains inspiration for his pieces from the world around him. “I see patterns everywhere, in malls, in nature, in kitchen tile,” he says. He begins by throwing white stoneware clay on his wheel. Once the clay has dried slightly, he trims it to its final shape. A laser helps him align the pattern on the pot, but Rasmusson performs all of the actual carving by hand. The pot dries thoroughly, is fired and then Rasmusson sprays on his glazes, using wax to separate the colors. He makes many of his own glazes, experimenting with shades and formulas over the winter in preparation for the next year’s warm-weather art shows. For the final stage, Rasmusson fills in the carved lines with black grout. The matte grout adds dimension, “pops” the contrasting glaze colors and gives Rasmusson’s pieces their signature look. What’s next? Rasmusson is expanding his collection to include decorative tiles. Made from slabs of clay that haven’t been thrown on the wheel, decorative tiles can be hung on walls or displayed on a tabletop stand. Rasmusson thanks his parents Dennis and Mary for their support in helping him realize his dream of making art, which he creates in a studio that he finished himself. He will offer adult ceramics classes and private lessons in the studio this summer. He is also holding an open house at the studio on May 19 and 20. Rasmusson’s pieces will also appear in many juried art fairs this summer. For more information, visit or follow him on Instagram at gregg_rasmusson_ceramics. See for resources.


Jane Ganz ASID, President and Founder

1849 Craig Road, St. Louis, MO 63146 314-205-2010

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 might feel like a daunting task. However, enlisting the help of a talented design professional can make each project fun and exciting. Their knowledge of current trends and classic styles, knack for finding the best places to shop for décor and experience matching the perfect look with the right space gives design professionals an edge when creating stylish, functional and beautiful spaces that make a house a home. 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


ou should consider the many advantages of hiring a full service interior design firm for your next project: • DID has over 43 years of service to homeowners from coast to coast • DID has architects and computer aided draftsmen on staff • DID has an extensive resource gallery for every need and budget • DID can provide the design-build process from the ground up • DID provides one source cost savings through our buying power The goal of the Directions In Design staff is to create the extraordinary in large and small, simple and complex, in new construction and renovations of all types. Take advantage of Directions In Designs’ award winning guidance to maximize your budget and provide an incredible new lifestyle for your family and friends. For a free consultation visit our website or call 314-205-2010.

BEAUTIFUL ROOMS Nancy Barrett, ASID, CAPS and Kathy Cissell 16670 Old Chesterfield Rd, Chesterfield, MO 63017 636-519-4090


ince 1995, Nancy Barrett, ASID, has been creating “beautiful rooms” for delighted clients. In 2014, Kathy Cissell joined her team with 15 years of design experience. Award-winning Beautiful Rooms provides excellent service on every project while tailoring the design to the client’s needs, wants and investment allowance. With our experience and expertise, we will incorporate your desires and personal style preferences into the home of your dreams. From concept to completion, Beautiful Rooms will handle everything and you get to enjoy the results! See our website for before and after photos. See our project featured on pages 70-72.





174 Clarkson Executive Park Ellisville, MO 63011 636-220-6445

Julie Baum, ASID, CAPS 11 Vance Road, St. Louis, MO 63088 636-225-9000


aumHouse design is a kitchen, bath and interior design studio, product showroom, and general contractor. We are a Design-Build company; a firm that provides a single point of contact for both the design and construction phases of a project. As interior designers, we bring you a design solution, specific to your budget, lifestyle and aesthetic desires through education and combined years of experience. As the general contractor, BaumHouse design manages all trade contracts providing a unified team approach to bring your project to completion. Your project will be managed in a controlled and efficient manner, so that you don’t have to.  We make it that simple. Your goals are our goals. "More than designing spaces... We design lifestyles".


enise Deen, certified kitchen and bath designer and owner of Detailed Designs, etc. has enjoyed helping clients create amazing Kitchens, Baths, and Basements for 29 years. Our design team, Denise Deen and Becka Harvey, focus on the client and their details to create a unique project which is perfectly functional for their lifestyle. Our Design Studio has a comfortable atmosphere which offers a one on one personal approach to the design process and product selection. As we keep current with the latest trends in design and products, we also educate our clients and help guide them towards the best choices for their space. Most importantly, we love what we do and fully enjoy creating spaces our clients will enjoy for many years to come.

THE GREAT COVER-UP Melissa Hummel, Allied ASID, Teddy Karl, Allied ASID, Liz Basler, Designer 9708 Clayton Road, Ladue, MO 63124 314-995-5701


ogether, Teddy Karl, Allied ASID, principal designer, Melissa Hummel Allied ASID and senior designer and Liz Basler, designer have over 50 years experience. They are skilled in all areas of the interior design process and work with every housing facet to help each client achieve a home decor "fitting of ones dreams." Each designer has an incredible passion and energetic personality with the utmost professionalism. Visit The Great Cover-Up Monday through Saturday and discover the wonderful selection of custom furniture, custom window coverings, lamps, accessories, tables, artwork and gifts. The Great Cover-Up offers full-service interior design with an amazing library of wallcoverings, fabrics and trim. Visit the store, or simply call to schedule a complimentary appointment and The Great Cover-Up will come to you!




CJ Knapp, ASID

11622 Page Service Dr. Suite 111, St. Louis, MO 63122 Located in the Interior Design Center 314-283-1760


ours by Design is dedicated to creating spaces that reflect your lifestyle. Famous for our whole-house makeovers, we also excel at space planning and the design of kitchens/bathrooms. As a full-service design firm, we are able to meet all of your design and construction needs. What does full service mean to you? It means we are with you from creation to the installation of the last accessory. Our designers work with your resources and contractors or we will provide everything for you turnkey. Call one of our designers to discuss your project or visit our website at If you can DREAM it, we can DESIGN it so you can LIVE the lifestyle you deserve.

CASTLE DESIGN Molly Ballard 7707 Clayton Road, Clayton, MO 63117 Office: 314-727-6622


ith a Bachelor’s Degree in Interior Design from Maryville University, Molly understands what it takes to design entire spaces from construction details to finishes. While her education consists of commercial interior design and architecture, Molly uses that knowledge to bring durability and longevity to all her clients’ projects. After more than five years in residential interior design and luxury showrooms, she has a passion for pairing her clients with products that meet their functional needs as well as support the aesthetic of their homes. Molly believes every project should address the client’s wants as well as needs, bringing design and function together in harmonious solutions.

TOM MANCHE INTERIORS 7750 Maryland Ave. # 11767, Clayton, MO 63105 314-993-2700


om Manche Interiors is not limited to just one design discipline. "Whatever your style - Traditional, Modern Traditional, English, Country English, Country French, Transitional or Classic Contemporary - we make your dreams come true!" Please visit our web site at:





Dottie Eaton 314-324-2203

Partners in Design 314-966-4808



esign Style is a full service design firm run by designer and stylist Dottie Eaton. At Design Style we approach the design process as an artistic expression of style. Our focus is creating beautiful, artistic interiors that our customers love! At Design Style we partner with our clients to help them achieve the look and style they are dreaming about. Design Style offers full service interior design, Project Management, Color Consultation, Space Planning & Furniture Layout, Sourcing and purchasing, Artwork Selection & Accessories Styling. Whether it is your home or commercial space let us create for you something beautiful!

ate Convy feels so fortunate to have been designing beautiful homes for her clients for more than 20 years. Listening carefully to their wants and needs, Kate partners with her clients to take their design ideas to the next level, creating spaces beyond their expectations. With a passion for design, she mixes beautiful fabrics, wallpapers and furniture (old and new) with an end result that is timeless and inviting with elements of surprise!

PIZAZZ•2 INTERIORS Carol Temple, Rusted Chandelier 118 N. Kirkwood Road, Kirkwood, MO 63122


y adding a little bit of the unexpected, Pizazz 2 Interiors helps bring personality and style to your home. Our studio features a design library open to the trade and to the public, and offers unique accessories and furniture from around the world. Enjoying wonderful clients for over 15 years, we provide a full range of design services. From color consultation and custom area rugs, to furniture placement and a specialty in window treatments; we now also feature the CR Laine custom upholstered furniture line.




IDOL DESIGN Robert Idol, President ASID 4504 Pershing Place St. Louis, MO 63108 404-307-0246

MARCI MARSH 8837 Ladue, MO 63124 New shop coming summer of 2018!


dol Design is skilled at designing both residential and commercial interiors. For commercial projects, Robert’s award-winning interiors include showroom design for Eddie Bauer, Interlude Home, National Geographic and Arteriors Home. With a brand-first approach, Robert creates spaces reflective of a brand’s core values that appeal to its target consumers. For his residential clients, Robert creates relaxing, welcoming spaces that delight the senses. His spaces are often described as sleek and stylish, yet relaxing and tranquil. His goal is to create a distinct, purposeful and meaningful space – with dedicated attention to each client. Robert is a NCIDQ certified designer and serves as president of ASID Missouri East chapter.


ommissioned artist, owner of Frill Home, and M. Marsh Design, says, “our homes should tell the story of where we've been, where we are going, and who's on the trip. I’m just the editor of the story.” Palette consulting, space design, custom furniture, textiles, and accessory placement.





Eat first with the eyes

By Barbara E. Stefàno Photography by Colin Miller/Strauss Peyton

Executive Chef Ivy Magruder takes a wide-ranging view of the city’s cuisine with Panorama at the Saint Louis Art Museum.




hen Ivy Magruder took over as executive Chef and General Manager at Panorama, he had to contend not only with the abysmal impressions in its past, but also with an imposing setting in the heart of the Saint Louis Art Museum and its scenic view of Art Hill. Much like the priceless works lining the gallery walls, the offerings at Panorama had to paint a complete picture — one that fit into the context of its times and geography. “I’ve opened a lot of restaurants. In retrospect, opening is a lot easier because there are no expectations,” Ivy says, remembering the hurdles he encountered when he took the helm in 2014. “This [Panorama] is rewriting a culture.” “When I first came here, it was pinkies up, very stuffy — and that’s not what St. Louis is about,” he says. So, like any good manager, he began his rewriting with research: He spoke to the Art Museum staff and asked them to define the restaurant. “I did not hear the same answer more than once. When you’re a restaurant and people leave not knowing what you are, you’re not going to be successful.”

Grilled eggplant napoleon.

Braised short ribs.





Rocket salad. Pecan pie cheesecake.



Ivy brought over Tony Cole, a chef with whom he had worked during his stint with Vin de Set, and the two “blew up the menu.” Leaning heavily on French and Italian influences and seasonal ingredients, the new menu is elegant, and Ivy strives for each plate to be an approachable work of art worthy of its place in an esteemed institution. An avid veggie fan, Ivy revels in the colors the garden bring to the plate. Dishes like braised short ribs are paired with potato-parsnip puree, spinach and roasted vegetables and are Panorama crowd-pleasers. His personal favorite is autumn zucchini, kale and mushroom with creamy goat-cheese polenta and vibrant romesco sauce “It’s beautiful to look at. Being in the Art Museum, we have to be mindful about where we are. We’re hyper-aware — we have a responsibility. I want to make sure that with guests — whether they’re from here or somewhere else — we live up to this location.” To Ivy, the tie-in with the city is in managing that famous Midwestern hospitality. “It’s putting flowers on the table, making service less stuffy, focusing more on St. Louis,” he says. “Internally, we call it Panorama 2.0. … I don’t think people who were here before would recognize it.” Panorama serves lunch Tuesday through Friday and brunch on Saturday and Sunday. The restaurant’s monthly dinner series, Art at the Table, takes place on the third Friday of every month. Follow Panorama on Facebook for details. See for more information.

Chef Ivy Magruder.

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PANORAMA See the art of cooking up close with a demonstration of four Panorama menu items at the April cooking school on Tuesday, April 3, from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at AUTCOhome. When: Tuesday, April 3, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Cost: $35 per person Where: AUTCOhome 1694 Larkin Williams Rd. Fenton, MO 63026 RSVP by calling 636-230-9640, ext. 27 or email Reserve your seat online: *Seating is limited.

COOKING SCHOOL MENU Rocket Salad: There’s no nitro to be found on these greens; Rocket Salad is just Chef Magruder’s fun name for this peppery arugula-based dish. Attendees will learn the fine art of French duck confit. Braised Short Ribs: A seasonal favorite in St. Louis, this dish is hearty and colorful with its addition of crisp spinach and roasted vegetable. Grilled Eggplant Napoleon: Layers of colorful local ingredients and flavors brings complexity to this piece. Roasted red peppers, creamy goat cheese, Ozark Forest mushrooms and hints of lemon and basil-mint oil create a dish that’s striking and delicious. Pecan Pie Cheesecake: “I’m not a sweets guy, but this is a delicious fun dessert,” says Chef Magruder. Caramelized pecans are the luscious topping to this decadent dessert.

The open living concept on the main floor required careful consideration when choosing accent colors and furnishings. Nistenhaus Design carried the teal blue throughout the space.

defining their

STYLE By Melissa Mauzy Photography by Anne Matheis

Nistenhaus Design helped St. Louis homeowners embrace color and create a style of their own in their new home.

Two mirrored teal sofas set up a casual conversation area in the living room. An oversized mirror hangs above a mirrored console to highlight the expansive ceiling height.


Ready to upgrade their house and their furnishings, Kathryn Pfeiffer and her husband landed the right place at the right time. After their house sold, an inventory home being built by McBride & Son Homes became available. It was near their previous home and the subdivision backed to their children’s school. One of the last homes available in the neighborhood; the couple snagged the 1.5-story when it was nearly complete. While they didn’t really have the opportunity to make any of the material selections, the husband and wife knew they could add their own stamp on the open-concept home. Their previous home was significantly smaller, so they had always planned to start fresh with furnishings and accessories. With a contract in place and their furniture for sale, they were headed to Crate and Barrel for furniture ideas when they stumbled upon I.O. Metro in the Boulevard, which has since closed. They hit it off with designer Mike Wyrock, and the three began working on furniture selections and layout. “As soon as we closed, Mike came over with a tape measure and started mapping everything out,” Kathryn says. “He understood what we were looking for in each room and the size it needed to be. It was helpful to us because we were lost.” Mike eventually left I.O. Metro and went out on his own starting Nistenhaus Design with partner Justin Maine. The Pfeiffers continued their working relationship with Nistenhaus and have enjoyed the design collaboration for more than five years. The homeowners knew over time they would update pieces of the home to better fit their lifestyle and aesthetic. “They were very conscious and realistic about the cost for each project and would take on pieces at a time that were reasonable,” Mike explains. First on the list was new flooring throughout the main floor. Carpet was replaced with wide-plank engineered oak. Mike says the wider plank is perfect in an open house, and the selection instigated other renovations and changes that were made. Traditional in architectural style, the home was your typical suburban tract housing with standard builder-grade materials. “We were really able to add a modern twist to the house,” Mike says. “The open concept lent itself to using more modern finishes and bold pops of color for a transitional look.” The designers added character to the home by modifying some of the existing architectural elements. The best example of this was the openings to the dining room and kitchen. Mike and Justin added drywall corbels to the typical arched entryways, proving the smallest details can make a big impact.


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Opposite page: The teal hutch set the color scheme for the home. The designers mixed the color with soft neutrals, like the raw wood dining table, to make the saturated hue less severe. This page, top: The arched entryways were modified with corbels to add character. This page, bottom: An oversized dining table with dual curved bench seating creates an eat-in space between the living room and kitchen.

The homeowners didn’t give Mike and Justin many strict guidelines for the design. “We wanted color and more interesting things than we had before,” Kathryn explains. Mike says the homeowners wanted to create a style for themselves, something that looked like them. He and Justin were happy to help them achieve their own look by offering several options and working to help the couple form opinions. “Kathryn likes color, which is always nice,” Mike says. A teal piece in the dining room became the catalyst for the entire color palette on the main floor, and Mike and Justin mixed the color with soft neutrals to make the saturated hue less severe. A raw wood table with upholstered chairs pairs well with the bright blue sideboard in the dining room. The mirrored wall art creates texture in the space, and the fixture from West Elm is modern and playful, giving off a warm glow. Since the homeowners were starting over in building a collection, Mike and Justin visited antique stores and gave the couple lots of options of pieces to fill their china cabinet. The area rug by Loloi Rugs brings additional color to the space and softens the strong blue of the sideboard with soothing green tones. Since the dining room is open to the living room, which is then open to the kitchen, Mike and Justin designed the layout of the living room to bridge all the spaces together and didn’t want the furniture to block the view into the other spaces. Their solution was to mirror two teal polyester velvet sofa chaises by Jonathan Louis. The layout creates a natural conversation area that works for the family. Low-lying upholstered ottomans also by Jonathan Louis in a modern design complement the color scheme while being unobtrusive. Mike and Justin also wanted to minimize the placement of the TV above the fireplace, so they painted the mantel the same color as the walls. A large mirror hung above a mirrored console table accentuates the ceiling height in the two-story living space, while layered branches bring texture and a bit of the outdoors inside. Mike was instrumental in helping the homeowners with paint selections. He is adamant that homeowners should pick their furniture first and paint colors down the road. “There is a whole rainbow of paint colors, but you don’t always have that option in furniture,” he explains. “It makes the spectrum of possibilities way smaller once your furniture is chosen.” This approach made the cabinet color choice a no-brainer when renovating the kitchen. The kitchen was a project that was on the homeowners list from day one. While the footprint has not changed, Mike says the space had a lot of “massaging” done to it. There was an abundance of cabinetry, which most people want more of, but it was even too much for the organized couple. After removing many of the upper cabinets, the space felt so much more open and light. Detailed molding was added to the upper cabinets that remained for a custom look, and live-edge wood open shelves with metal brackets replaced many of the wall cabinets. For the backsplash tile, the designers selected a 4x12 white subway tile with dark grout. “The larger tile plays up the height of the room,” STLOUISHOMESMAG.COM

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A floral rug and patterned bedding bring pops of color to the taupe/gray master suite.

Mike explains. On the back wall, industrial brass fixtures from CB2 add additional light sources while giving a polished, industrial feel. The base cabinets remained and were painted a brilliant bold teal to accent the furnishings in the living and dining rooms. The designers expanded the size of the island and wrapped it in shiplap, as the homeowners like to cook and entertain. Since the perimeter granite was dark, they chose London Fog Caesarstone for a lighter top for the island. The island lighting solution was unique and not your typical three-pendant arrangement. The four hanging pendants positioned at each corner of the island create an intimate atmosphere and allow for the range and hood to be the focal point in the space. An eat-in breakfast room between the kitchen and living room includes a oversized table with curved benches. “It’s like having a banquette without the banquette,” Mike explains. The light fixture plays well with the table and adds sculptural interest without overshadowing the other statement light pieces in the main level. Custom window



treatments pull in pattern and color. The larger woven shade finishes out the look. The master suite completes the main level living space. Nistenhaus painted the walls a taupey gray to keep the space feeling warm and cozy. Patterned bedding and unique accessories were brought in for interest while the floral rug grounds the design and brings in more pattern and color. While home remodeling is a frightening project to undertake for many homeowners, Kathryn says Mike and Justin made everything super easy, and she and her husband put their complete trust in the design duo. Even when a few hiccups happened along the way, Nistenhaus handled everything. As Kathryn says they have a special way of figuring out what their clients really want and do their best to give it to them. “Every room they have touched is really unique, and that’s what we like the most about our home.” Kathryn says. See for resource

The base cabinets were painted teal with a contrasting white shiplap island. The designers incorporated open wood and metal shelving for an industrial feel. Brass fixtures from CB2 add additional lighting on the back wall, which is tiled in 4x12 white subway tile.


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By Barb Wilson Photography by Anne Matheis

Responding to her client’s affinity for geometric shapes and “aggressive” color, designer Pamela Calvert suggested a rich palette of sable brown and “Show Stopper” red for the formal dining room.


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Working with Pamela Calvert Interiors, these owners completely transformed their majestic hideaway-in-the-woods.


arved from eight gloriously wooded acres in western St. Charles County, this scenic haven has been home to Jim and Amy Cook’s family for 18 years. The custom-built, Old World-styled residence complements its natural surroundings and features an architecturally consistent detached garage, spacious pool complex and a fenced play area and sports court. At 7,500 square feet, the expansive 1.5-story has been ideal for the couple’s growing family and includes generous office space, from which the owners operate their numerous business holdings. Seven years ago, the Cooks were planning to remodel their finished lower level — a choice that ultimately led to a complete home makeover. A longtime reader of St. Louis Homes + Lifestyles, Amy was attracted by an article on Pamela Calvert, ASID. Respected throughout the local industry for nearly three decades, the designer quickly recognized her client’s affinity for “aggressive” color, geometrics and circles, and the two clicked instantly, developing a remarkable creative synergy. Delighted by the outcome of their new lower level, the owners decided to update the entire



home, transitioning from its original French Country theme to a “richer, more dramatic” look. Although no structural changes were necessary, a few color modifications were made to the exterior; the interior’s light oak woodwork was stained to match the existing cinnamon-toned maple flooring; and the master plan called for all-new furnishings, as well. “We wanted to make a power statement, and the décor evolved over time,” Pamela explains. Starting in the formal dining room, the designer presented several color stories, and Amy chose a warm chocolate-and-red combination. The walls and wainscoting were painted a deep sable brown, and “Show Stopper” red was applied to the coffer panels, emphasizing the 10-foot ceiling. Centering the space is a sphere pedestal dining table from Selva’s “Vendome” collection, set on a handmade, custom Surya rug. The table is flanked by Selva chairs, leather-backed and upholstered in a vibrant, circular-patterned Romo fabric. To soften the effect, the host and hostess chairs are covered in a Romo floral. Running her fingers along the hand-selected nail heads, Pamela adds, “Everything I do is custom,” and her attention to the smallest details is evident

Unique geometric display shelving establishes a focal point for the master bedroom. Set on a creamy frisé area rug, the Century chaise’s upholstery is accented in silver, and two-toned trim work adds interest to the tray ceiling. Opposite page: “Serene and elegant” in cream, beige and gold, the great room showcases a huge curved Precedent sectional in textured cut velvet; an organic precast coffee table finished in metallic gold; and dramatic 20-foot silk drapes custom fabricated by Material Girl.

throughout the home. Next on the owners’ to-do list was the master bedroom, where the carpeting was replaced with chocolate-hued cork flooring. Sable brown walls create a rich background for the creamy, two-toned tray ceiling, stunning geometric display shelving and a custom Precedent bed, upholstered in ivory linen. Hickory White chests, topped by unique bead-strand lamps, serve as nightstands, and a Century chaise and Precedent klismos chair, both luscious in chocolate and silver, provide comfortable seating. Modernizing the kitchen was another priority for the Cooks, and the open family activity spaces — kitchen, breakfast area and hearth room — were treated as a single project. Sleek and sophisticated, the kitchen is a harmonious mix of materials. For visual simplicity, Pamela blanketed the center island, counter surfaces and backsplashes in Chocolate Bordeaux granite. Custom-crafted by Beck/Allen, the cabinetry displays canopy-style frosted glass doors on the upper cabinets and a continuous band of brushed stainless steel on the top base drawers, linking the cabinetry with the stainless Elkay apron-front sink, high-end appliances and contemporary range hood. The bi-level island is literally a work of art, with natural stone covering



Opposite page, top: Murphy, the family’s beloved labradoodle, relaxes in the woodland-themed hearth room. Bottom: A striking mix of materials, the kitchen blends Chocolate Bordeaux granite with brushed stainless steel, natural stone and glass. Beck/Allen custom-designed the distinctive cabinetry and flyover, and swivel Century bar stools in red leather lend a dash of color to the bi-level work island. This page: Original to the home, the stone fireplace and wood-beamed ceiling set the tone for the open hearth room and breakfast area. For a touch of glamor, a glass leaf-designed chandelier from Global Views is suspended above the country-chic dining ensemble.


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This page, top: A John-Richard TV cabinet fills the alcove flanking the great room’s massive, stone-front fireplace. This page, bottom: To balance the alcove, Calvert created a striking vignette with a spiral-based floor lamp and high-back chair, set against an antiqued mirror that reflects the chair’s patterned velvet back. Opposite page: The Cooks’ youngest daughter was allowed to choose the décor for her bedroom suite, which she based on the fresh tropical hues of the Hawaiian quilt. The feathery canopy, window treatments and various other appointments were custom-made by Material Girl.

the base, cylindrical stainless supports and an overhang crafted from two thick slabs of textured glass, connected by a circular piece of granite. Adding a dramatic touch, the island area is lit by a curvilinear flyover and fused glass pendant lights. Open to the kitchen, the hearth room’s original beamed ceiling and stone fireplace were consistent with the relaxed, woodland look the duo had envisioned, and Pamela established a smooth transition between the spaces by facing the header and columns with Eldorado stacked ledge stone. The streamlined brown tweed Precedent sofa is backed with pillows in a colorful Romo floral and complemented by a clover back side chair, circular coffee table inlaid in a starburst pattern and a round caramel-colored area rug, textured in a fern design. For a surprising bit of glamor, she added a silver leaf log accent table from Phillips Collection. One of the few items that evoked discussion was the low-profile Roman settee that Pamela used to define the breakfast area from the hearth room. “I wanted to keep the space open,” says Pamela, “but Amy had some reservations about it.” Today Amy admits, “Somebody sits on that piece every single day.” Tucked against a side wall of the breakfast area is a stone niche, counterbalancing the hearth room fireplace and furnished with a charming red secretary desk. Crisp in espresso and white, the country-chic casual dining ensemble is fitted with a Lazy Susan and lighted by a leaf-designed art glass chandelier from Global Views. In contrast to the rest of the home, Amy wanted a “more serene and elegant” décor for the vast two-story great room. Still, Pamela intended to keep the space functional, user-friendly and comfortable. Combining their objectives, they chose an overall palette of creams and beiges, accented with gold metallics. Upholstered in oatmeal-hued cut velvet, the curved Precedent sectional is well-suited to the scale of the room. Decorative throw pillows lend a touch of fun and bling, and a unique, organically shaped coffee table, precast and finished in gold, is a reminder of the home’s natural setting. In a corner adjacent to the massive fireplace, the designer further demonstrated her ingenuity with an eye-catching vignette, positioning a metallic-sheen high-back chair against an antiqued mirror that reflects the chair’s patterned velvet back. It’s quite possible that Amy’s love of color may be hereditary, too. Allowed to design her own bedroom with Pamela, the Cooks’ youngest daughter chose a refreshing palette of aquamarine, lime green and soft grays. From the fluffy bed canopy to the cozy window seat, this blissful sanctuary would be the envy of any teenage girl. An artful blend of form, function and color, this spectacular residence proves what can be achieved when a gifted designer and creative homeowner share a vision and a convivial, like-minded working relationship. See for resources and additional photos.




By Lucyann Boston

With a little tender loving care and an open mind for what their neglected landscape could become, Westwood homeowners transformed their garden into a private, tranquil sanctuary.



Photography by Kim Dillon


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Possibilities. It was the word that these Westwood homeowners focused on when they purchased their current home 15 years ago. They saw possibilities in the two-story brick colonial residence built in the 1930s, which had been vacant for three years. They saw possibilities, too, in the once lovely surrounding garden with its existing beautiful brickwork and wrought-iron fences even though many areas were choked with bush honeysuckle. They had faith that those features that supplied structure and pathways in the garden could be reclaimed to create a private and tranquil sanctuary. What both needed, they were sure, was tender loving care supplied by people who nurture both houses and the landscape that surrounds them. Particularly, where the garden was concerned, what the homeowners soon learned that in addition to love, they needed patience. Without human beings to shoo them away, the garden had become a haven for wildlife, particularly rabbits who happily munched on the new annuals and perennials the homeowners tried to introduce. In addition, the honeysuckle seemed to have a proprietary interest in remaining where it had become so comfortable and happily overgrown. “With honeysuckle, you don’t prune it…you harvest it like a hay crop,” quips Bob Dingwall, who has been working with the couple on the design and plant palette of their garden for the past four years.




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Paramount in the design of the garden has been the creation of a series of garden rooms that flow together, yet remain separate. “You can’t see the whole garden at once,” explains Bob, the former Chief Horticulturist at the Missouri Botanical Garden, who since his retirement has had his own garden consulting business. “You are invited into one area and then become curious to see what is around the corner. Each area ties into another area.” The brick-floored outdoor eating area just off the home’s living and dining rooms provides a vista into the carefully symmetrical European courtyard garden, yet is somewhat screened from the garden surrounding the pool. In the courtyard huge, mounding boxwoods seem to bubble over the brick pathways lining both sides of a grassy lawn. A wrought-iron arbor planted with climbing pink honeysuckle and clematis provides a focal point at the end of the lawn and offers a peak into a secluded sitting area beyond. Pyramidal arborvitaes just beyond the arbor seem to stand guard at the entrance to the private space. On the left side of the lawn, a wrought-iron gate beckons garden visitors to stroll down a shrub-lined brick walk. That path will eventually lead to the secluded swimming pool, which boasts its own private garden accented with a grassy lawn and mature flowering shrubs. Along the pathways flanking the courtyard lawn, a veritable botanical garden of colors and textures provides delight to the eye. Hostas and multi-colored coleus blend with tropical elephant ears and containers of grasses and impatiens. The homeowner has made liberal use of containers to add variety and height to the garden and well as keeping plants safe from marauding rabbits.




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“She does the containers herself, and she really has a wonderful eye for colors and materials,” Bob says. “She is very knowledgeable and is a very good designer. While she actively tends much of the garden herself, she does have help with the massive amount of pruning the formal areas of the garden require.” As well as her passion for containers and adding them to her garden, the homeowner also is adamant that the garden be a treat for the senses. Some 20 fountains are incorporated into the landscape, so the sound of splashing, flowing water carries the visitor from one area to the other and links all the spaces. In addition it brings many birds into the space. Wind chimes with their melodious sounds bring another sensory aspect to the garden. Fragrant plants also add richness to the landscape and create a scented pathway from one area to another. All these aspects, the homeowner feels, bring a sense of peace and tranquility to the garden visitor. While the homeowners had created a lovely garden on their own, four years ago they turned to Bob to add additional variety to their garden and help create year-round interest to the landscape. One of the aspects of the garden that drew Bob’s attention was winter interest. “There are so many windows from the house onto the garden, you really have to think of the winter effect,” he points out. He concentrated on adding conifers in various hues. “There is so much color available, it is a misnomer to call them evergreens,” he points out, noting shrubs such as golden false cypress and Blue Atlas cedar. He also added a number of evergreen nandina bushes, also known as heavenly bamboo, for their lacy texture and leaves that turn to a rich red in cold weather. For summer beauty, Bob added mass plantings of Annabelle and Limelight hydrangeas, both of which are very winter hardy. Because they bloom on new wood, they can be pruned back in late winter




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to somewhat control height. Particularly striking is a long row of Limelights hidden behind the box hedge surrounding the outdoor dining area in spring. As time goes by, they emerge to create a frothy layer of triangular, mop-like blossoms that change from lime green to white to rose as summer progresses. Dwarf Japanese maples add multi-season architectural interest and soft green color and texture. The addition of burning bush to the landscape provides dramatic pops of phosphorescent red in fall. The homeowner’s office is on the second floor of the house and looks out over the garden, so even when she is indoors, the garden is a part of her life. No matter what the season, the homeowners try to begin each day with a walk in the garden and end the day in the same way to enjoy nature and appreciate the seasons of life. See for resources and additional photos.



See this garden on the Garden Conservancy Open Day tour on June 16, 2018.


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Bursting with


BLOSSOMS By Melissa Mauzy



Photography courtesy of Blue Heron Farm.

One of the first signs of Spring are when the flowering trees begin to bud and spread their color. Local landscapers share their favorite flowering trees that will give your landscape character and curb appeal.




Photography by Andria Graeler.

1. “The Venus Dogwood is distinguished by its oversized, creamy white flowers, sometimes exceeding 6 inches in size! You can expect an abundance of flowers in the spring and summer paired with glossy dark green leaves. In the fall months the tree produces strawberry-like fruit and a beautifully changing foliage.” Sarah Riley, Bowood Farms.

2. “One of the earliest trees to bloom, Yellow Magnolias are a magnificent sight, especially after a long cold winter. They are available in a range of colors from soft buttery yellow to flowers that are drenched in vivid orange. My favorite varieties include 'Elizabeth,' 'Butterflies,' and 'Sunsation.' They work well in garden beds, as flowering hedges, or as specimens.” Ann Lapides, Sugar Creek Gardens.

3. “The Diane Witch-hazel is a definite favorite here at the nursery. This unique, fragrant bloom is always the first pop of color every year. From offering a unique texture to showing us that first glimpse of spring, this witch-hazel will be a sight for sore winter eyes every February.” Andria Graeler, Chesterfield Valley Nursery.



6 4. “The Oklahoma redbud is a beautiful garden tree valued for its timing; petite purple-red flowers on bare branches bridge the gap between winter and spring! New foliage has soft-pink tint, maturing to rich green. Deciduous.” David Sherwood, Sherwood’s Forest. 5. “Serviceberry is great as it offers interest in every season. It starts in spring with beautiful white flowers. The plant's bright green or bluish green leaves turn stunning shades of red and orange in fall, and its silvery bark and multi-stem form offer winter appeal.” Richard Poynter, Poynter Landscape Architecture + Construction.

6. "The Chinese Fringe tree, Chionanthus retusus, is my personal favorite flowering


tree. Also nicknamed 'old man's beard' in the south, this ornamental tree displays captivating slender white flowers backdropped with lustrous green foliage. The tree turns an attractive yellow hue in the fall, and the bark also offers great ornamental value in the landscape year-round with show displays of gray and brown.” Justin Verbryck, Frisella Nursery.

7. "Montmorency Tart Cherry is a striking Spring bloomer, with dark, deeply textured wood and the added benefit of edible fruits! These attributes make it a four season stunner that is hardy, easy to maintain, and much less susceptible to common fruit tree issues than most." Laura Caldie, Maypop Coffee & Garden Shop.






Stay up-to-date in your landscape with planning tips and events from the Missouri Botanical Garden.

April 1-7 Shrubs and trees best planted or transplanted in spring, rather than fall, include butterfly bush, dogwood, rose of Sharon, black gum (Nyssa), vitex, red bud, magnolia, tulip poplar, birch, ginkgo, hawthorn and most oaks.

April 1-14 Start cucumber, cantaloupe, summer squash and watermelon seeds indoors in peat pots.

April 1-14 Prune peaches and nectarines now.

April 1-14 Asparagus and rhubarb harvests begin.

April 15-23 When crabapples are in bloom, hardy annuals may be transplanted outdoors.

April 24-30 Prune boxwoods.

April 24-30 Begin planting lima beans, cucumbers, melons, okra and watermelons.

April 15-23 Transplant Virginia bluebells (Mertensia virginica) after bloom but before the foliage disappears.



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Easter lilies past blooming can be planted outdoors. Set the bulbs 2-to-3 inches deeper than they grew in the pot. Mulch well if frost occurs.

Prune spring flowering ornamentals after they finish blooming.

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garden variety A plethora of planters brightens a Brentwood deck year-round. Take a peek inside homeowner Catherine Walther’s magical French-inspired container garden. By Barbara E. Stefàno Photography by Kim Dillon

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atherine Walther’s love for nature, travel, design and all things French after majoring in the language and living in France and Montreal, led her into gardening. The product of those passions — and 35 years of collecting, refining and tweaking the outdoor space surrounding her Brentwood home — is evident in the resplendent container garden that graces the large deck out back. “The deck space somewhat dictated the necessity for container gardening. There was no capability to utilize soil for in-ground planting,” Catherine says. “Not being satisfied with so much hard wooden space, I set out to soften it by adding greenery.” The goal was not only to infuse the deck with warmth, but to create a natural retreat where she could gather with her husband and three adult daughters. “We spend so much time in the summer outdoors, particularly in the deck gazebo…I am up early in the morning watching the birds from the gazebo with my cup of tea and finish



the day there, when possible, with a cool drink and dinner with my husband.” Their vista includes bright annuals and perennials, lush boxwoods and charming ivies that invite any visitor to tuck into a chair and just “be.” Designing a cozy container garden comes naturally to Catherine, but she admits it didn’t — and still doesn’t — come easy. She has scoured nurseries all over the country every year for decades in the St. Louis region and during travels, frequently picking up colorful planters at quaint, off-the-path gardening nooks. Once spring frosts are no longer a threat, she begins purchasing for the season and spends up to six weeks getting all the new and old pots, planters and vegetation arranged just so. “Yes, it is somewhat laborious and does require considerable expense, but the beauty it provides to me, and the hummingbirds and butterflies that return every spring, make it worthwhile,” she says. While twice-daily watering is still required during the hottest



days of summer, Catherine now has an in-ground sprinkler system, a collection of self-watering containers and a hidden hose system installed to help ease the burden. These conveniences aside, she has learned “not to fight the elements.” She buys what “looks good and healthy,” and contents herself with what is available. During cold months and periods when new flowers have not yet matured, boxwood interspersed with perennials act as a “place card holder” that will later anchor the vibrant annuals. “I want to look out of every window in my house and have a colorful view. I find containers that have a mix of annuals, perennials and ivies are the most interesting,” she explains. “Every year I pick a new spot I plan to cultivate within the yard and the process rejuvenates,” she says. “It is intellectually and physically challenging, an inspirational and creative outlet, and an endless opportunity to bond with nature.” See for resources.

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inch BY INCH Working on a long-term timeline, St. Louis Hills homeowners have remodeled their entire home inch by inch, and the recently completed master bathroom was worth the wait. By Shannon Craig Photography by Anne Matheis


here are a million and a half ways to go about home renovation. And some of them don’t even cost a million and a half straight out of the gate. For a pair of St. Louis Hills homeowners, a long-term timeline and a great deal of patience have allowed them to remodel their home from, as they tell it, “one inch to the other.” Their recently completed master bath, one of the last major renovations on the property, depending on whom you ask, is a beautiful, and textbook, example of their inch-by-inch approach to home improvement. “In 2014 we started discussing the bathroom,” interior designer Nancy Barrett, says. “We finalized the design in 2015, but the bathroom was not completed until 2016. It was a long, well-thought-out process.” Barrett, owner of Beautiful Rooms LLC, was first discovered by the couple in 2010, and completed a few projects with them long before the bath was on the radar. As the homeowners tell it, they’ve trusted Barrett for years due to her impeccable color sense and abundance of practical and beautiful ideas, which were vital to the completion of their bright, modern and unique bathroom space.




Designer Nancy Barrett teamed up with Shea Construction for the master bath remodel, which included new mirrors and lighting as well as new tile flooring, cabinetry and Cambria countertops.





BEFORE ------- AFTER “Function is always the first consideration,” explains Barrett, who had a rigid existing structure to deal with. A curved exterior wall lined with classic St. Louis glass block created a unique challenge for mirrors and cabinetry. “Of course, the form is what makes the room gorgeous!” she says. But, “the existing mirrors were very low. So I found mirrors that could overlap the glass block by mounting to the wall in the middle and provide standing-height viewing.” The glass blocks provided streaming natural light on their own, but it wasn’t enough for daily functional needs. “My clients wanted



more lighting, so instead of all single pendants, I chose a cluster of three for the middle to increase the lumens.” Beyond the gorgeous lighting solutions, the diagonally set ceramic tile floors, reminiscent of barn wood, and the slick Cambria countertops and laminate cabinetry, the couple are most excited at the practical functionality afforded by a concealed space for their full-size washer and dryer. “It’s in what had been the linen closet,” the homeowners say, “and not having to go down to the basement for laundry every day has been the smartest thing.” Remodels and renovations on a stretched

timeline can have their own challenges — especially if, like these homeowners, you choose to renovate your own master bathroom last — but this long-time-coming refresh is certainly an argument for a thoughtful, steady process with a designer you trust. “Working with Nancy for this project and others, I know that she can always take my ideas one step beyond,” says one of the owners. “I always know that it will be done right because she knows us and she knows her stuff.” See for resources.

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Above: Joni Spear Interior Design, 2017 BOTY gold winner. Photography by Anne Matheis.


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THE ‘JACKET’ OF YOUR ROOM Canton fabric, by Fabricut. Photography courtesy of Design & Detail.

Choosing the best window treatments will pull your space together. By Moe Godat




s redecorating the house draws to a close, one important aspect of any space is often (purposefully) overlooked. Window treatments, while tricky to choose, can pull together any room, whether it’s a casual or formal design, and can be very important for protecting the furniture, artwork and floors within. Robert Van de Wiele design consultant at Ethan Allen in St. Louis stressed that window treatments are pivotal in finishing a space and cannot be overlooked. “Anyone who is remodeling should put a great deal of thought into which treatments they choose; they are only going to increase the home value and protect what’s inside,” he explains. “It’s about more than which fabric someone should choose,” said Vicki Dreste of Design and Detail. “Choosing correctly for the space is about how the fabric is constructed.” First, the homeowner must decide why they are getting window treatments. If one wants to hang drapes simply for style, they should choose fabrics that look richer, such as damasks, silks or linens. For more practical uses, like blocking out sunlight or regulating room temperature, Dreste mentions that any fabric works as long as it has the proper lining. Ultimately, fabric choice comes down to the owner’s budget and style. This advice carries over to choosing the right color for a space’s window treatments as well. “I like mixing prints,” explains Van de Wiele, “but when in doubt, choose a color that you’re going to live with.” He went on to say that 75 percent of clients go with a solid, but that solid colors don’t have to be boring. One way to spice up a solid-colored panel is to

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choose a fabric with texture or to add trims, welts and cords. The colors and fabric of a window treatment can work as a centerpiece to a space or complement the room as a beautiful accessory. The final decision to make for window treatments comes with the sizing. “Panels should really go all the way to the floor and start above the window,” Dreste advises. “This technique makes the treatment seem fuller and gives the design a custom look, which is more important than saving a few dollars.” There are more window treatments than just drapes, however. Sizing shutters and shades is more uniform, but regardless of the type of window treatment, Van de Wiele urges customers to have a professional come in for sizing and installation. “At Ethan Allen, the professional measuring and quote is part of the purchase price. Warranties are negated if the customer does it themselves; our trained professionals really know what they are doing, so the perfect fit is worth the cost.” Van de Wiele and Dreste agree that the best way to ensure window treatments will stay up-to-date is to keep them simple; using swags and trim will appeal to some but could go out of style more quickly. “New homes will have simple treatments like roman shades, shutters and simple panels,” continues Van de Wiele. “Think of your window treatments like a jacket for the space. It already has the shirt, pants, tie and shoes. But sometimes, you need a nice, simple jacket to pull it all together.” See for resources.

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o be honest, my first impressions of Maui were — one — overrated, and — two — overpriced. After two days holed up in Kā'anapali, chasing my kids through an intricate system of pools at the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa, I felt like I was squandering my time in paradise. Sure, the Hyatt has all requisite creature comforts — luxury rooms with modern décor, resident-style amenities and activities galore, starting with sunrise yoga and a satisfying breakfast buffet at Swan Court, where lanai seating overlooks a swan-filled pond preceding the white sands of Kā'anapali Beach. The days were pleasant; the meals were satisfying — but we’d flown 12 hours to get to Maui, and I suspected we could have been having a similar vacation in Mexico for a fraction of the time, effort and cash. Frantic, I booked an expensive offshore dive with our resort’s diving instructor, an Ohio transplant with a ponytail. After failing several “pool tests,” my guide swam me through some big waves, into a cloudy sea, where I used up my oxygen in “record time,” he said, pointing out that I’m very bad at scuba.



Photography by Hawaii Tourism Authority Tor Johnson.

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Photography by Hawaii Tourism Authority Tor Johnson.



The Hawaiian misadventures continued at the Maui Ocean Center, Maui’s top-rated aquarium, another disappointing tourist trap. Burned by the sun and attractions, I returned to my cabana where I met Leko, the 20-something-year-old Hawaiian serving drinks beachside. It’s not what you’re thinking. Leko — whose girlfriend is from St. Louis, of all places — schooled me on Hawaiian culture, saving my vacation, which really got going on night three, at Drums of the Pacific Luau. Leko dances hula and recommend Drums of the Pacific for its authentic dance and old Pacific sounds. “Hula is ancient,” Leko explains. While it might be the beautiful women who catch your eye, the dance stretches back to Hawaiian men — warriors, actually — who danced to tell their stories from battle. From the trumpeting of the conch shell and the sand-baked pig up until the last bits of chanting, the luau changed my perspective on Maui. Make sure to reserve a spot in advance, and pay extra for VIP seating to get dibs on the buffet, plus front-row seating. A real luau, I learned, is just a family party; the Hawaiian version of a backyard barbecue. If you can’t get invited into somebody’s home, Leko recommends town parties held in Wailuku, Lāhainā, and Makawao, every first, second and third Friday, respectively. Another stellar luau is the Old Lāhainā Luau, keyed specifically to Hawaiian lore. “Most people come to Hawaii, and never actually experience the island,” Leko says. One luau later, I was hooked on Hawaii, and ready to venture off the resort. Unless you’re certified, skip scuba, and view corals, sunken ships and sharks on a submarine dive instead; Atlantis Adventures is a reputable provider. Sail with Island Star Excursions, a private charter luxury crewed yacht carrier, and snorkel around Molokini Crater. The folks at Pacific Whale Foundation in Lāhainā will help you enjoy the ocean, which has always anchored Hawaiian culture. Lāhainā is a key stop for history buffs, with a series of museums laid out along Wharf and Front streets on the Lāhainā Historic Trail. Discover Maui’s agricultural heritage, too, touring one or more of the following: Maui Tropical Plantation, Maui

Photography by Hawaii Tourism Authority Tor Johnson.

Photography by Hawaii Tourism Authority Tor Johnson.

Dragon Fruit Farm, Ali'i Kula Lavender Farm, Surfing Goat Dairy and O’o Farm, offering a gourmet lunch and farm tour that won’t disappoint. Local Tastes of Maui dishes out fabulous culinary walking tours through key cities. Ready to eat like a local? Try the sweet onions at Hali’imaile General Store, order poi a la carte at Poi by the Pound, have breakfast all day at Kihei Caffe and eat shaved ice at Ululani’s. The majority of the ingredients used at Merriman’s are locally sourced; Merriman’s sister restaurant, Monkeypod Kitchen, is a laid-back spot for wood-fired pizza and craft beer. Spago at the Four Seasons Resort Maui is prime for a romantic dinner, and for sushi your best bet is the bar at Japengo, voted Best Asian Cuisine on Maui. A destination for nature lovers, Maui houses plenty of trails to enjoy year-round, thanks to consistent weather that peaks May through October. Hike the Village Walking Trails at Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua, where a footpath on an abandoned golf course takes explorers up to a hidden lake with panoramic ocean views. Golf the Ritz-Carlton, too, and one of the courses at Wailea Resort: Wailea Blue, Wailea Emerald, or Wailea Gold, all rated among the best in the country. A few beaches to visit are Kapalua Bay Beach, Makena Beach, Pu'u Keka'a (known as Black Rock Beach), and, near the charming town of Paia, Ho'okipa Beach Park, where you can watch the surfers before having dinner at Mama’s Fish House, a Maui must that deserves every bit of its hype. Spanning 33,000 acres of wilderness that shelters churning waterfalls, volcanic rock and heavenly thickets of bamboo, Haleakalā National Park will have you feeling like you’ve walked into a dream. Hike the Waimoku Falls Trail, cycle down Crater Road, or sign up for a Haleakalā Sunrise Tour to see a natural wonder at dawn; Maui Astronomy Tours will take you into the park after dark. Now that you’ve experienced the real Maui, you have our permission to indulge in a few spa treatments at Ho'omana Spa Maui, the Lumeria Maui (a wellness retreat) and Fairmont Kea Lani’s Willow Stream Spa, recently recognized as a one of the world’s best hotel spas. Mahalo, Maui, for an unforgettable adventure. See for more photos and resources.

Photography by Ben Siebrase.

Photography by Ben Siebrase.





By Moe Godat

Ready to redecorate? Don’t stress over the color; these best-selling paint companies already have.

To choose their color of the year, Sherwin Williams, Benjamin Moore and Behr pay attention to the colors that seem to be showing up everywhere: movies, fashion and even cars. Each decides on their signature color, making it simpler for customers to keep their space up to date with the coming year’s trends.



Sherwin Williams — Oceanside SW 6496 Photography courtesy of Sherwin Williams

Bring the bay to your home this year with Sherwin Williams’s color of the year, Oceanside. This subtle mixture of blue-and-green tones brings together feelings of old and new, uniting any room with both traditional and contemporary elements. Blue often signifies intelligence, honesty and interest, making this color the ideal blend for an office or a freshly painted reading nook. A subtle splash of green transports a seaside paradise to your landlocked home and can also add a strong presence to the interior of a lake house. Repaint your front door for a fresh entrance to your home, or use this deep color to accent a room of cool grays. This oceanic hue fits in any design from mid-century modern to Mediterranean.





Behr In the Moment T18-15 Photography courtesy of Behr

A fast-paced life calls for a space of relaxation and sanctuary after a long day at work or running errands. In the Moment coalesces a calm blue and natural green, adding a touch of gray to take away the sharp edge of an over-bright room. The combination translates into a tranquil spruce blue, which transfers nature’s calming tones to an apartment in the heart of our city. Using this color in a room reminds everyone to take a break from seemingly non-stop work, to be present and recharge. The color’s versatility makes it the perfect choice to use on both indoor and outdoor projects. Don’t be worried about deviating from your room’s design style with this soft addition for it crosses many different styles, from traditional to modern and fitting into both coastal and global themed spaces.



Benjamin Moore Caliente AF-290 Photography courtesy of Benjamin Moore

This vibrant red will bring your minimalistic designs to life. The power of red warms up any room lacking depth and energy. Use it to modernize a space with a pop of eye-catching color, or let your nostalgia run free with this fresh hue. Create pure lines to accentuate the crisp geometry and striking silhouettes of a classic farmhouse to add a jolt of drama. Caliente will spice up rooms filled with grays and ocean tones without overpowering your current centerpieces or design. It will rejuvenate a classic farmhouse with a punch of drama or add life in a dull kitchen. Finding your home a bit more severe than you’d originally hoped? This pop of color brings playfulness to a serious façade with a bright front door or can add a focal point as an accent wall in any room.





Places to go, things to do and see and people who are leaving their mark on the world of style. By Moe Godat

Bobcat of St. Louis St. Louis, MO Photography by Darin Wood After a devastating flood in 2015, the owners of Bobcat St. Louis went back to the architectural drawing board, hiring Youtopia Designs in conjunction with Space + Form Architects, LLC and contractor Tim Reinhold Enterprises to handle the task. The 40,000-square-foot build is the perfect showcase for the company’s largest products and rentals with its high ceilings and open floor plan styled with a simple industrial theme accented with Bobcat’s signature orange. A coffee bar on the first floor features a stainless steel backsplash that extends to the ceiling, drawing attention to the height of the space and highlighting the exposed ceiling. The coffee bar has the same durable cabinetry as the kitchen and conference room, and all three areas have flashy top lift doors and sleek cabinet pulls to complement the hushed gray stain of the cabinetry to round out the industrial design of the construction company. The designer used visual boundaries to separate the space; custom carpet made exclusively for Bobcat creates a distinct space for the reception desk while also incorporating acoustic ceiling clouds to help reduce noise. Strategically cut pieces of wood adhered to a black background and stained to match the other cabinets mimic the look of tire treads and create focal walls in multiple areas. Multiple lights illuminate the timeline wall art stretching along the main hallway to highlight the space and to also make the space visibly shorter.

Exploratorium at Pier 15, San Francisco, CA Photography by Amy Snyder © Exploratorium Originally opened at a different location in 1969, the internationally acclaimed science museum called the Exploratorium found a new home on the downtown waterfront of San Francisco in 2014. Pier 15 had fallen into a state of near disrepair, but it was a great challenge for the architects at EHDD. This new location not only brings public life and energy back to the Pier, but also provides enough space for the museum’s hands-on exhibits of scientific phenomena. The design takes advantage of the historic structure on the waterfront, while also implementing the unprecedented goal of Net Zero Energy. The new



walls and mezzanines were carefully planned to fit the existing grid of steel already in the building, though all asbestos and lead was safely removed. Pier 15 not only has clerestories to filter in natural light, but also is equipped with an 800-foot roof, the perfect place to put solar panels. The bay water running below the building provides a source of radiant cooling, or the use of cooled surfaces to remove sensible heat created by radiation and convection. Among the many attractions added to the Exploratorium are its new glazed glass observatories, which provide unobstructed views of the San Francisco Bay.

Koi Café, Hanoi, Vietnam Photography by Nguyen Thai Thach A café just opened in Vietnam’s capitol to feature the Koi fish, both beautiful and the country’s national fish. Constructed from an old three-story home, including its front yard, the Koi Café’s centerpiece is its aquaponic display, or a system that combines the raising of aquatic animals with the cultivation of plants in water. A waterfall powered by solar panels refreshes the water for the koi fish while also running a supply of water to the building’s collection of hanging Fuji flowers and various trees. The construction of this interesting hotspot required Farming Studio architects to design a steel structure that was easy to install and remove for routine cleaning. The interior is also intriguing because the walls, ceilings and furniture are all made of reused wood pallet materials from the house’s previous owner. The outside of the building also sets it apart from nearby constructions and blends it into the surrounding natural life with a roof resembling a thin layer of film and a façade of traditional Batrang doubled tile. The café’s mood reflects the koi fish’s intended sense of peace and tranquility.



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Shades of gray have been the “it” neutral color for years. Is the hot hue still having a moment? Or is it time to get out the paint brushes and make way for a new color? Here’s what our local professionals had to say. Photography by Anne Matheis.


“I think gray will be around as a good backdrop color for a while. It is a soothing color and goes with so many accent colors. Gray and gold are a fabulous combo lately. It is truly an easy color to live with.” Carol Temple, Pizazz 2 Interiors. “I find gray to be a classic, as it always seems to be a part of any current color story.  I believe it’s the particular shade of gray that will be a craze mainly because it has oversaturated the fabric and furnishings market. Gray can take on many personalities depending upon which color undertone it carries. When working with gray, I tend to lean towards a warmer ‘griege’ that is a little easier to live comfortably in, as well as locate fabrics and accessories that will complement.  It’s hard for me to categorize any color as a ‘craze’ as I believe color in your home should reflect what you feel most comfortable in, whether that happens to be the ‘in’ color, or not.” Colleen Ertl, Diane Breckenridge Interiors. “Gray is the new beige, and it’s here to stay. A classic, gray has become the ‘go-to’ neutral that can work well with almost any color palette. With its endless spectrum of shades, gray has the ability to warm up or cool down a space. From traditional to contemporary and all that is in between, gray can be used as your accent or as a backdrop for your entire space. Its versatility makes it a classic color. “ Laura Pennington, Directions in Design. “Many perceive gray as the new neutral, which I vote to stand with. It is a strong but also subtle true color that can stand in the forefront or sit quietly in the background. Gray will stay present as the compromising choice between the bold (black) and the airy (white). Gray has proved its continued presence by camouflaging into any palette and can easily take on a new scene with each moving trend.” Ali Vernier, Carole HiatteDesign Associates LLC. “With the popularity of Carrara marble comes the beloved ode to gray. Everywhere you look people are either installing the said marble or its hardier spin-offs of quartz and porcelain in kitchens and baths alike. One of the many attractive qualities of gray is that it has both warm and cool hues. It can range in tones of green, brown or mauve. When a client brings home samples it looks completely different in their home. Thankfully the abundance of selections is plentiful and you are bound to find one that suits your house. While gray may be trending, I believe it’s here to stay.” Joni Spear, Joni Spear Interior Design. “Gray has been a very important color for the last 10-12 months, and I do not see any change in the near future. We saw it first appear in rugs, then migrated into home furnishing products; after that it has spread all over. Gray is a neutral, and placed correctly, accents the total package. I will say it is a classic, but the way it is used in so many application some could say a craze is taking place.” Ross Anzalone, Amini’s.



“Gray is the neutral color that offers warm and cool tones along its spectrum. Why it is working so well in design now is because it pairs so nicely with crisp white and pops of bright colors like fuchsia, apple green, canary yellow and navy blue. Decorative tiles are making the St. Louis scene with gray-and-white tones in materials like cement and glass. Our design resources are enabling the use of this color in so many fabulous ways. Whether it be hard surface materials for bathrooms and kitchens, or the softer side of bedding, upholstery or window treatments. The versatility of the color will keep

it around for quite a while.” Treasa Dolan, DC Strategies.


“CLASSIC AND CRAZE. While gray is truly a classic color (think French Gray), the current gray trend is definitely a craze. Gray won’t stay this popular for much longer. We are already seeing the beginnings of the change, and I have been cautioning my clients recently to use gray sparingly and on items that can be easily changed out (i.e. wall paint, pillows). If you are dead set on a gray tile floor, choose a tile that has gray and beige and white in it so your floor will stay in style no matter what the next neutral trend is. That same idea can translate into your backsplash, area rug or fabric. Use the trend as part of a mix, rather than your primary color.” Marcia Moore, Marcia Moore Design.


“I feel that gray is a very nice neutral color. However, I believe it is a craze because the color palette in interior design is constantly changing and has a great deal to do with the national economic standing. Deep, dark colors tend to be popular when the economy is suffering. Light colors seem to be more popular when the economy is good. Deep colors are comforting. Light colors are invigorating.” Tom Manche, Tom Manche Interiors LLC. “The gray color is a craze! Typically trends last about 10 years, and we are about eight years into when gray took off where we mostly found it on walls; from there it went to accents in art and accessories and grew into it being everywhere including cabinetry. We are still in the gray trend right now but are heading towards the end of it. I think that over the course of the next two to three years we will no longer see as much gray, and we will start seeing more white walls with colors coming in through the furniture and accessories. If you are looking to do a remodel and want to ensure it does not go out of style, stick to the classics. Shades of white are great backdrops for all of the upcoming trending colors.” Candice Wideman, Youtopia Designs.


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