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24 A NEW WRINKLE IN TIME What’s old is new again in Angie and Dave Stoeberl’s restored, century-old University City home.

32 TASTEFUL & TIMELESS A “Masterwork” by Miceli Custom Homes, this Town and Country residence illustrates the firm’s renowned skill and craftsmanship.

40 PERSONALLY PLANTED A Brentwood homeowner has planted her amazing landscape from the ground up.

ON THE COVER PAGE 40 PHOTOGRAPHY BY KIM DILLON While the profusion of plants could have been chaotic, Karen’s love of the more formal English style has tempered any chaos and provided structure and flow to the space.



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24 A NEW WRINKLE IN TIME What’s old is new again in Angie and Dave Stoeberl’s restored, century-old University City home.

32 TASTEFUL & TIMELESS A “Masterwork” by Miceli Custom Homes, this Town and Country residence illustrates the firm’s renowned skill and craftsmanship.

40 PERSONALLY PLANTED A Brentwood homeowner has planted her amazing landscape from the ground up.

ON THE COVER PAGE 40 PHOTOGRAPHY BY KIM DILLON While the profusion of plants could have been chaotic, Karen’s love of the more formal English style has tempered any chaos and provided structure and flow to the space.



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Do you ever wonder how bugs get inside light bulbs? Not inside the light fixture but actually inside the light bulb? I had to Google it. I get teased on a regular basis about my excessive Googling, but it doesn’t bother me because I can find out something without having to run to the library like I used to. I’m finding the answers to my questions right now! I’m not alone. Our second class of St. Louis Design Hall of Fame™ members (pages 66-81) overwhelmingly share that access to information has been the biggest game changer in their industry since they started their careers. Most everything they need is now at their fingertips from communicating with clients to product information. Gone are the days when interior designers used to lug heavy catalogs to client meetings and architects drew all their renderings by hand. The Internet has definitely saved our design professionals’ time, which translates into more unique and creative projects! Patience takes time, and patience is a trait all successful gardeners and landscapers must possess. Without it, your outdoor project could very well become a disaster! You can’t hurry a shrub to bloom or an evergreen to quickly provide the privacy you seek. Just ask Karen Noyes. Thirty years ago, Karen and her husband Bob purchased a home in Brentwood and she began working on her “jam garden.” Her entire yard, including the house and garden, was just over a third of an acre, and Karen, loving so many different types of plants, tried to jam all her green darlings into the landscape (pages 40-47). The result is breathtaking! Imagine having a tree on your property that is believed to be the oldest elm in the state of Missouri, and it begins to die. First, all the hostas surrounding the tree die and then the tree quickly declines. Find out what the homeowners do next (pages 54-56). Still thinking about those bugs inside the light bulb? Apparently, mature bugs lay their eggs inside the bulb at the manufacturing plant BEFORE it is sealed. The larva hatch, and then unfortunately, starve to death. That was the best answer I could find. Enjoy, and take away some outdoor inspiration with this issue! Happy reading, Suzie

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PATIO PICNIC Take your next dinner party outside with a beautiful, and practical outdoor tablescape. Your guests will appreciate dining under the stars with dinnerware and servingware meant to withstand the elements. By Melissa Mauzy

Blue-and-white vase with feathers, Blue-and-white succulent vase and blue-and-white coaster set, available at The White Rabbit. Bottle opener, blue-and-white bowl, cotton napkin, salad plate, dinner plate, white washed serving board and placemat, available at The Marketplace at the Abbey.



Lattice napkin ring, freya napkin, Peyton salad plate, Peyton dinner plate and seagrass round placemat in gold, available at Christopher’s.

Juliska seashell melamine plate, white melamine dinner plate and Juliska blue delft loop placemat, available at Mary Tuttle’s.

Mario Lucca blue pitcher and glass, available at Mary Tuttle’s. Wire basket with faux greens, available at F.O.B.

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5. Teak outdoor chair, by Lee Industries, available at KDR Designer Showrooms. 6. Zuo westport arm chair, available at Art Van Furniture. 7. Millbrook wood-seat garden bench, available at Ethan Allen. 8. St. Tropez collection, by Kinglsey Bate, available at Design & Detail. 9. Amalfi collection, by Kingsley Bate, available at Design & Detail. 10. Club teak bench, available at SC Home by Forshaw. 11. Moderna teak rectangular dining table, available at SC Home by Forshaw.

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DECK DESIGN Mike Brueggenjohann, consultant at California Custom Decks, shares tips for creating the ultimate outdoor living experience.

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SLHL: What is the best solution to expand your outdoor living space? Mike: Solutions vary based on the desired functions spaces need to accommodate, but often you’ll find objectives including a cooking area, dining area and leisure area, if space allows. While a deck or patio surface is the starting point, railing also provides definition, stairs provide accessibility and interest and overhead structures provide a third-dimension that also can act as ever important shade and protection from the elements.

the addition of third-dimensional overhead structures that allow for shade and colorful plants to be incorporated into the décor.

SLHL: How do you go about mixing decking and hardscapes? Mike: Hardscape elements typically work around and complement deck spaces in most situations, but there are back yards where the hardscaping element is desired as the dominant facet. Mixing the spaces on different levels that each provide useful, effective space makes for an interesting look and provides separation in uniquely furnished outdoor “rooms.”

SLHL: What are the advantages and disadvantages of real wood decking vs. synthetic decking? Mike: Wood decking offers the nostalgia of a rustic outdoor space and is preferred by some for its appearance and character. Synthetics have become more popular with our customer base because of the ease of care and very low maintenance. As the appearances have become very attractive and even similar to wood, there’s a lot of appeal in the synthetic choices for our climate.

SLHL: What are ways a homeowner can get relief from the sun? Mike: Shade solutions are an extremely important and popular element in project planning. Depending on the location of the home and surrounding vegetation, a structure providing relief from the sun can be the difference between using your outdoor space or not during the hot summer months. Gazebos, pavilions, pergolas and roofs alone or as part of a screen room or three-season room can be incorporated into an outdoor space effectively in most cases. SLHL: How can a homeowner personalize an outdoor living project? Mike: Personalization comes in the form of lighting (the jewelry of an outdoor space), colorful furniture, intricate flooring designs and patterns, the mixing of colors selected in building products and



SLHL: What are the most current design elements in outdoor spaces? Mike: Roofs, pergolas and fireplaces are very popular features to build outdoor spaces around as these define the type of uses and times of year in which a space may be utilized. Because of the desire for near year-round use and more extensive use in gatherings, we are finding these features more popular than ever.

SLHL: If you are small on space, what is your best solution? Mike: Consider your outdoor space as though it is a room you utilize and furnish inside your home. If you can eliminate stairs and maximize efficiency in typical room-size ratios, you’ll be able to accommodate basic outdoor needs. SLHL: How large should a deck be in comparison to your home and acreage? Mike: While every home is different, many contain the same kinds of rooms that have fairly specific purposes that many people want to mimic in their outdoor space. Kitchen, dining and family room spaces are common to carry over to the outdoors, and these spaces may mirror the corresponding rooms inside the home.




By Moe Godat Photography by Colin Miller/Strauss Peyton

Local artist Julie Malone paints the beauty she sees in the world.


estled in St. Louis’s beautiful South Hampton neighborhood, Julie Malone’s studio overflows with color, imagination and paintings in process. Vibrant pieces from the Personal Hotspots series 2018, Malone’s collection for this year, line the walls, each with their own surprise. Malone considers herself a colorist, using the rich hues of oil paint to create paintings with a new level of dimension, depth and colorplay. Each eye-catching painting can be looked at through a pair of special 3-D glasses, creating a new, holographic version. “I create this through putting certain colors next to each other,” Malone explains. “It really started as one of my thought bubbles put into action.” Before she found her success in the art world, Malone’s love for painting started in high school. She began with watercolor and didn’t find her niche medium until going into college. “Watercolor taught me the rules of how to control color and paint, but oil paint had the richer, heavier pigments that I



learned to love,” she says. After Malone was laid off from her laminate design job in 2000, she found her big break in the local Houska Gallery. Over the past 18 years, Julie has created entirely hand-made pieces on wood and also makes specialized pieces for companies all over the country. She even has work overseas, but she explains that her next goal is to become an international artist. In the past decade, Malone’s work has developed into something of a great value. She’s sold several thousand paintings and has created at least one painting a day for two years. Malone currently works for a company that uses her paintings in 12 locations across the United States. With all of these paintings being produced, one could wonder where she gets her inspiration. “With every painting, I try to show my audience that there is beauty all around us in our world, even when things seem horrible,” she explains. To bring the world’s beauty into her work, Julie focuses

mainly on natural inspiration. Many of her paintings contain the colors of both sunsets and water, while some are focused more on atmosphere. These inspirations are what make her compositions so honest and organic. “Once I build the frame and prime the surface, I begin with my first wash. I use gravity to pull the paint, creating a drip that will steer me in the direction I want to go for the rest of the painting,” Julie says of the process. She usually has about eight pieces in progress at a time, she explains, with a variety of clients who all crave unique creations for their space. After the initial drip, she uses expressionism to drive her to the painting’s final product. Often, a painting’s composition depends on her mood or the world around her. “I’ve had to learn over the years when a piece is finished. If I don’t, they’ll hang around too long, and I’ll end up changing them.” Julie has recently entered a transitional period, focusing now on expanding her current studio space and eventually repurposing what used to be her gallery. She’ll release more details on this switch in the future, but for now, she’s focused on making her space accommodate her growing career: “This is more than just my life, it’s also my living and the thing I love most.” If you are interested in purchasing Malone’s work, additional information can be found through Instagram @juliemalonepaintings or by contacting her directly. Her work is also available through her personal studio as well as the Houska Gallery, where her exhibit "Chroma Glow" runs through July 14. These paintings help create a deep and thoughtful design element to a space; that’s why Julie paints them. “I choose to remind people that there is beauty to be seen in the world,” she says. See for resources.





ONLY IN POLITE SOCIETY By Barbara E. Stefàno Photography by Kim Dillon English Pea Tartine

For tastes that run from a juice-to-the-elbows burger to something more on the lines of fancy-schmancy, a dinner in Polite Society fits the bill. here are no pinkies up in Polite Society … unless that’s your thing. The restaurant’s Park Avenue location conjures swanky digs but one is as welcome to hunker down over a gooey grilled cheese as a delicate fish. Not that a sandwich at Polite Society isn’t a notch or so above the norm, of course. Executive Chef Thomas Futrell grew up and started his culinary career in upstate New York, followed by stints cooking for customers in Florida and Michigan. Most recently, he served as sous chef at Scape in the Central West End before bringing his experience to the new Lafayette Square eatery. He’s hesitant to boil down Polite Society’s offerings to an elevator pitch; the seasonally changing menu is so much more than a “type.” “We’ve always used the term American eclectic. I know that seems like a copout, but we really don’t want to pigeonhole ourselves into one cuisine,” he explains. “St. Louis — similar to New York City—has a very diverse group of diners. We have adventurous diners and not-so-adventurous diners. We want to create whatever we desire but have items on the menu that satisfy a large array of people.” Those with a penchant for mac and cheese will be quite pleased to tuck into a dish of creamy gruyere spätzle, while the



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seafood lover can appreciate Futrell’s rich take on shrimp and grits, or bright mahi ceviche with plantain chips. Everyone, it seems, is wild about pork osso bucco, which is served with goat cheese polenta. Perhaps nothing illustrates the balance yin and yang of Polite society quite like two of Futrell’s favorites: the ground chuck Jimmy Burger (complete with onion straws and a smoky glaze on a fresh pretzel bun) and Crispy Okabe, which features a soy-molasses-glazed tofu, stir-fried cauliflower “rice” and a cilantro-ginger pesto. “Those two dishes define what we’re about because you can come in and enjoy dishes that are not too expensive, or you can come in and enjoy something really decadent.” See for more information.

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Diver Scallops: Perfectly seared scallops nestle on a pool of celery root puree in this savory dish. Students will learn how to blanch English peas to coax out the most vibrant flavor and color and make a citrus puree that brightens the whole meal. English Pea Tartine: English peas and citrus make a repeat appearance here in new ways. This open-faced sandwich features the diverse textures of fried speck, blanched green onions, citrus mascarpone, peas and shaved radishes on toasted rye. PEI Mussels: There’s no need to be intimidated by mollusks after this demo! Participants will learn proper mussel cleaning and steaming with white wine. Wine-citrus butter gives the shellfish their zing. STLOUISHOMESMAG.COM JUNE/JULY 2018


This page: The foyer and sunken living room of the Stoeberls’ open-concept first floor are clearly visible from the formal dining room. Opposite page: A pair of coral-and-white chairs and streams of natural light brighten the neutral piano room off the main living area.

Architect: Fendler + Associates, Inc. Contractor: Period Restoration Designer: Property Enhancements LLC

By Barbara E. Stefàno Photography by Anne Matheis

a new WRINKLE IN TIME What’s old is new again in Angie and Dave Stoeberl’s restored, century-old University City home.

Angie and Dave Stoeberl saw a lot more in the dark corners of the big house in University City than most people would. As they plucked through the historic structure with Period Restoration owner Randy Renner Jr., the couple saw a home; one well past its glory days, but a home nonetheless. The newly polished architectural jewel hearkens back to its 1917 infancy but now radiates modernity. It’s an airy, bright and well-appointed home whose herringbone-floored foyer, high ceilings, drop-down living room and large fireplace draw guests in. Its lush furnishings are neat but not overly precious; the perfect gathering spot for a family that includes two preteen girls. “A little bit of West County in U City,” Randy calls it. … But it was long road to that point. The previous owner had grown up in the home, and the residence held special meaning to her. Angie and Dave were honored to purchase the property and restore it to fit their family's lifestyle. Walls of white and hunter




Angie and Dave Stoeberl kept the original ceiling beams, archways and fireplace to retain the historic charm of their 1917 Maritz & Young home.




Left: The formal dining room, as seen from the foyer, is painted a deep blue with white trim and graphic window treatments. Right: The fireplace is original to the home, built in 1917. The Stoeberls even purchased the original fireplace irons from the previous owner, a 90-year-old surgeon who grew up in the house.

green, cream carpeting and a lifetime of family living meant that interior designers Nancy Spewak and Susie Sheahan of Property Enhancements LLC as well as architect Paul Fendler of Fendler + Associates, Inc. had their work cut out for them. “It was in disrepair, but it had really good architectural bones,” says Nancy. The Stoeberls, who previously lived in a home built by Maritz & Young, recognized the architecture firm’s signatures in the century-old structure. The prestigious St. Louis company built some 100 houses in the area in the early 1900s. “There’s something about the architecture and style — they had vision,” says Angie. “It’s open, not boxed in. It’s stately, but because of the open spaces, it lends itself to family living. We knew the potential right away.” With all-new electrical wiring, plumbing, plastering and HVAC a given, there were numerous other nuts and bolts of the preservation that needed sorting out, as well as the interior design. The couple, wishing to respect the history of the home and the work of the original architects, asked Randy to salvage everything possible. For Period Restoration, that meant cleaning, repairing and restoring every piece of roofing tile, every archway, ceiling beam, plank of wood and pane of glass that could be saved — then milling new pieces for anything that could not. The windows alone took the duration of the nine months’ project



to restore, with one dedicated worker painstakingly bringing life back into every frame, bracket, handle and hinge. “You’re basically breaking down the whole thing and rebuilding it, and you don’t know what you’ll encounter,” Randy says. “You could build a house faster than you can redo one.” Randy was fortunate to acquire original drawings of the inside and outside of the home, which the crew used to recreate the pergola at the front of the house. After the pergola, coppersmithing and rebuilding the garage, he sees the original character of the home emerging through the decades. “There’s really no house on that street that’s had even close to the level of detail on that home,” he says. The flooring in the foyer, original to the home, was laid in a herringbone pattern perpendicular to the front door, beckoning those who enter. Nestled down to the left, the sunken living room draws attention further into the ground floor. Its restored beams pull the eye toward the oversized hearth and a trio of archways that provide an open boundary between it and the casual lounging space where the baby grand sits. Behind the sectional, a pair of chairs and a lamp table near the front window serve as a reading area. The comfy spot sits on a brown-and-white cowhide the girls playfully named Chocolate Chip. Soft neutrals bump up nicely against white trim throughout

An antique mirror and gold-toned fixtures complement the dark blue and white of the formal dining room.

Designers Nancy Spewak and Susie Sheahan of Property Enhancements LLC updated lighting in the dining room (above), kitchen table (below) and kitchen prep area (opposite page) that mimicked the style of the early 1900s when the home was built. Bottom: The family enjoys most meals at the charming booth in the kitchen.

the foyer and living room, while pops of coral in upholstered chairs and throw pillows warm up the space. That cozy neutral is continued in the kitchen, where copious amounts of natural light, a sparkling Wolf cooktop and a sea pearl quartzite countertop nearly steal the show. “That material really drove the design,” says Nancy. “Both Angie and Dave have an innate sense of style and were able to communicate that to us here and in the living room. We loved that they had a vision for the house.” Like a lot of families, the Stoeberls saved the drama for the dinner table. That is, the formal dining room, where a deep blue replaces the original green on the walls and is matched in the upholstered chairs. Complementary gold accents include the sleek chandelier that hangs over the dining table and the antique framed mirror overlooking it all. Nancy and Susie found countless other subtle touches that lend an air of authenticity to the entire floor, from elegant gold-toned wallpaper in the first-floor bathroom to the filleted sconces there and at the dining room entry. And one more acquisition — this one Angie’s — has special meaning: the fireplace irons that once stoked countless fires in a multigeneration household. “The owner was going to sell them at auction! I said, ‘No, I want them.’ So I bought them,” Angie says. It’s a fitting find for a couple who bought a lived-in, loved abode with their family unit in mind. “The things that make me happiest are things that include my family — the sofa where we hang out, the banquette where we eat dinner every night. It all came together.” Perhaps when a home comes together, so does the family. There is certainly nothing stopping togetherness in the Stroeberls’ new old house. See for resources and additional photos.



The pearl quartzite countertop was the first design choice in the kitchen, which sports modern white cabinetry and a Wolf cooktop.

Exquisitely upholstered Designmaster chairs, a Marge Carson table with dynamic circular base, ceiling trim designed by Tonella and a graceful chandelier create visual “rhythm” in the formal dining room. Three contemporary florals by Donald Sultan add a touch of color. Opposite page: The great room fireplace is a dramatic focal point, with its granite slab surround and abstract Donald Sultan floral. Dark wood planks fill the ceiling coffers, and Ethan Allen furnishings, mirrored accent pieces and a crystal drum chandelier from Metro Lighting complete the chic-yet-comfortable décor.



A “Masterwork” by Miceli Custom Homes, this Town and Country residence illustrates the firm’s renowned skill and craftsmanship. By Barb Wilson Photography by Anne Matheis

ocated on a quiet residential street in Town and Country, the one-plus-acre property was acquired by Miceli Custom Homes in 2015, and CEO Frank “Bud” Miceli had already begun designing a custom inventory home for the site. Meanwhile, his future clients were thinking about moving closer in from Wildwood. On viewing the property, the couple decided it was the perfect setting for their new residence and chose Miceli as their builder. “When I think of Miceli, I think ‘prestigious, higher-end, quality,’” says the wife, confirming that the company name has been synonymous with finely crafted luxury homes for three generations. The 1.5-story designed by architect Donna Boxx was already in progress and had many of the elements the couple was looking for, and the group worked together to modify the plan. “We wanted something timeless, not trendy,” the owners agree, and Miceli quickly grasped their objectives. “We’re willing to vary from the norm to meet our customers’






Fresh and sophisticated, the open kitchen/breakfast area integrates many of the home’s design elements — a soft gray-and-white color scheme, transitional Fox Creek cabinetry, Ethan Allen seating, an Indonesian rosewood dining table and Mont Blanc quartzite topping the counters and 12-foot contoured island.




Accessible from both the hearth room and great room, the wet bar showcases glass front cabinets with custom-designed mullions and a stunning backsplash in a glass “feather� pattern by Premier Tile.

expectations,” Bud states, noting that his firm’s flexible designs are recognized for their harmonious blend of eclectic architectural features. The owners were envisioning a dignified exterior combined with a transitional interior, and the existing plan was transformed into a magnificent English Manor-styled residence, with two front terraces, five bedrooms and a total of 9,000 square feet of finished space on the main and lower levels. Before construction could start, however, there were site challenges that had to be resolved, and Bud Miceli was onsite daily to supervise the effort. At the rear, a steep drop-off required a huge amount of fill and careful placement of retaining walls. The treeline was so overgrown with honeysuckle that the creek running through the property was obscured, and the invasive vegetation had to be removed. Locating the infinity pool off the lower level walk-out made piering and “cradling” essential, and in the front yard, two huge trees were reluctantly sacrificed to allow for installation of the geothermal system’s wells. Once site development was finally completed, however, construction of the home began in mid-2016. Basic components included a stunning stone and custom-textured stucco exterior, meticulous selection of materials, LED lighting throughout and iPad control of all electronics — from the motorized window treatments to the garage doors, pool and security systems. “We insist on structural quality, and quality materials are the overriding factor,” the CEO explains. Emphasizing his statement, office manager Anne Miceli, who is also a Realtor with Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Select Properties, added, “Every year, we get dozens of calls from previous clients asking for our sources.” Involved in the design process from the outset, Karen Tonella of Dynasty Interiors established a highly congenial working relationship with her clients and Miceli’s construction supervisor. Drawing from the wife’s “inspiration pictures,” Tonella made the color selections, designed the interior spaces and created many of the home’s most striking finishes.

Top: Facing a fireplace framed with floor-to-ceiling marble tiles, the master bedroom features an upholstered Arhaus bed and Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams nightstands. Bottom: One of the designer’s favorite spaces, the lavishly appointed master bath gleams with marble, granite and a variety of decorative tiles.




Dominated by soft grays and white, the décor is fresh, bright and sophisticated. Five-inch hickory plank flooring blankets the activity areas, and curved lines and subtle quatrefoil motifs are frequently repeated, creating a visual “rhythm” throughout the home. The theme is first apparent in the foyer, where Tonella custom-designed the curvilinear wrought-iron balusters lining the curved main staircase. Off the foyer, the formal dining room is centered by a Marge Carson table with a dynamic circular base, silver edge and muted quadrefoil design in the surface. The Designmaster chairs are upholstered in a silvery fabric, complementing the table edge, and overhead, the ceiling is embellished with elegant curvilinear woodwork, designed by Tonella and fabricated by Jeff Berry of JB Construction. Much of the family’s time is spent in the open kitchen/casual dining/hearth room area, which was significantly expanded from the



original floor plan. The owners had specified a “white kitchen, but not contemporary,” and Fox Creek Furniture and Woodworks responded with vast expanses of superbly crafted transitional white cabinetry. Mont Blanc quartzite surfaces, clear glass subway tiles with a hint of blue-gray and stainless Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances complete the effect, and a 12-foot contoured island, inset with a farmhouse sink, defines the kitchen from the dining area. Family meals are served on a Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams table, with a lustrous brown finish over Indonesian rosewood, and warm gray walls create a cozy ambience for the adjacent hearth room. The hearth room fireplace is one of five in the home — two wood-burning and three fueled by gas, and the space is furnished with a comfy Ethan Allen sectional, plush area rug, and leather side chairs from Arhaus. Positioned between the hearth room and great room is one of the

Left: The highlight of the lower-level entertainment area is the wine room, uniquely enclosed with glass barn roller doors. Fitted with custom racks by Fox Creek Furniture and Woodworks, the wine cooler’s rustic effect is further enhanced by a brick floor, set in a herringbone pattern. Right: A haven for overnight guests, the lower-level bedroom is elegantly furnished and overlooks the scenic rear yard.

Architect: Donna F. Boxx, Architect Builder: Miceli Custom Homes Designer: Dynasty Interiors

home’s several wet bars. Custom curved mullions accent the glass cabinet doors, and the backsplash is literally a piece of art, in a glass “feather” pattern by Premier Tile. Dark wood planks accentuate the coffers of the great room ceiling and, creating a dramatic focal point, the fireplace is surrounded by granite and topped with a bold contemporary abstract by Donald Sultan. A sumptuous retreat, the master bedroom is warmed by a Heat & Glo fireplace, framed with marble tiles, and the quatrefoil pattern subtly reappears in the wall coverings and sculptured carpeting. Encircled by rich Fox Creek cabinetry, the room-size closet revolves around a center island, and the master bath virtually defies description. Designed by Tonella, the bath features dark-hued custom cabinets, marble floor tiles, granite surfaces and eye-catching matte black fixtures. A variety of exquisite tile finishes fully encase the dual-rain-head shower, and

similar decorative tiles ring the whirlpool tub deck. Entertainment opportunities abound on the lower level, which provides access to the pool and includes a spectacular glass-enclosed wine room, fireside family room with beamed ceiling, multi-level theater with 130-inch screen, and a fabulous “playroom,” outfitted with a handsome bar and poker, billiards and TV viewing areas. “Masterwork” is the term Miceli has coined to describe its luxury custom homes, and it’s a title every member of the team believes must be earned. Without doubt, this extraordinary residence reinforces Miceli Custom Homes’s decades-long reputation as a leader in the St. Louis industry. From site development to the finishing touches, it is truly a Masterwork. See for resources and additional photos.






Personally PLANTED A Brentwood homeowner has planted her amazing landscape from the ground up. By Lucyann Boston Photography by Kim Dillon Floral arrangements by Meg Huber of Garden Party and David

Thirty years ago, when Karen and Bob Noyes purchased their Brentwood home, the house needed some TLC. But oh, that row of hostas along the back fence; they caught Karen's eye and it was love at first sight. "I think I wanted the hostas more than I wanted the house," she ruefully admits. Fast forward to the present. "I don't think any of those original hostas are still in my garden," she sheepishly confesses. "I gave some away, and I got interested in different, more unusual varieties." While the hostas may have made their way to other gardens or gardening heaven, hundreds of other trees, shrubs, perennials and annuals are alive and living spectacularly well in Karen's amazing landscape. It is a landscape she has personally planted from the ground up with seeds of ideas gathered studying untold gardening articles in magazines and, later, online. "I looked at magazines and researched English gardens," she explains. "I liked the cottage gardens because they are able to put a lot in a small space. But I also like the formal English gardens with the regular shapes and the boxwoods." From the stacked-stone edging around the garden to the water feature with its lovely lilies and bubbling brook, Karen has selected, carried and stacked every rock. "My husband dug the fish pond, but I did the waterfall," she notes. Doing a lot with a small space was important because their entire yard, including the house, is just over a third of an acre. "I used to call it my jam garden






because there were so many things I loved, and I was always trying to jam in one more thing," Karen says laughing. "I also learned to garden upward," she adds, noting the vines, trellises and plant stands that add a vertical element and additional plants to the garden. While the profusion of plants could have been chaotic, Karen's love of the more formal English style has tempered any chaos and provided structure and flow to the space. "It is really a combination of informal and formal gardening," she explains. "I like to think of the evergreens and the boxwoods as my furniture and everything else as my accessories." Throughout the years, the garden has changed and evolved, particularly 18 years ago when Karen and Bob put an addition on their home. A self-taught gardener, Karen notes that she is not afraid of moving plants to a new spot. "I am definitely good at relocating plants, and I am forever changing the color palette," she says, pointing out that conditions are always changing. "You lose a tree, or something bushes out. I have also probably killed at least one of every plant in the garden." "Gardening is really a lot of trial and error," she points out. "It takes a while to figure out what blooms when to get color throughout the season. No matter what they tell you on the plant tag as to the height or when it blooms, it is never quite right." Nevertheless, Karen has saved the tags of every plant she has purchased, but to insure accuracy she also keeps a journal and some years has created a diagram of the garden and when plants have bloomed. Her spectacular plantsmanship and design skills resulted in her garden being selected to be on last year's prestigious Missouri Botanical Garden garden tour. Thrilled for their mother, her two grown children flew in from Atlanta and California. Karen began her love of gardening working with her father who was a vegetable gardener but also grew flowers, primarily marigolds, she recalls. She was helped along in that interest in college at William Woods in Fulton, STLOUISHOMESMAG.COM



MO, where she formed a fast friendship with a sorority sister Donna Steinhoff, who also loved gardening. The two women have stayed close throughout the years, with Donna creating her own garden in nearby Richmond Heights. "We joke that our husbands never have to worry about our buying expensive jewelry or shoes," Karen says. "We are out shopping for plants, rocks and mulch." For gardeners just starting out, Karen suggests beginning with hydrangeas and Knock Out roses as the backbone of the garden to provide season-long color and structure. Plants she could not be without in her garden include: • 'Lady in Red' hydrangeas with pinkish white lacecap flowers that mature to rose burgundy and have the bonus of distinctive red stems and leaf veins • Snowy white phlox 'David' that blooms from mid-summer through September on tall sturdy stems and is far more mildew resistant than other phlox • Purple-stemmed hyacinth bean vine with its purple sweet pea-like flowers and pods • A butterfly bush or two for their sweet scent and the butteflies they bring to the garden • Bedding annuals angelonia and pentas, which Karen intersperses throughout her landscape for their season-long blooms in a variety of colors and their heat tolerance throughout the summer. STLOUISHOMESMAG.COM



She also considers the sound of flowing water and a birdhouse or a birdbath a landscape essential. A summer day in the garden begins early for Karen. It starts on the brick patio, surrounded by a slightly dimmed, cottage-style landscape overflowing with what will shortly be brightly colored perennials and annuals. A canopy of lacy porcelain vine intertwined with tiny white lights enhances the setting. With coffee in hand, she and Bob watch the sun rise. "Bob is a great supporter of my gardening and he does garden with me a bit," Karen says. "The only thing he has ever picked out for the garden is a 'Sunkist' arborvitae (with bright, yellow tinged foliage). It



is about 5-feet tall and when we watch the sun come upon it, it just glows." Often Karen's coffee cup ends up making it around the garden to see how everything is doing. "It is so relaxing; such wonderful therapy. It is a calming, peaceful, reflective time. After coffee, I get my gloves on and my shoes on and tackle whatever needs to be tackled." See for resources and additional photos.







Careful thought and consideration must be given when choosing the plants to surround your refreshing pool. A pool can greatly affect growing conditions and plants get frequently splashed with chlorine and other pool chemicals. Finding strong plants that can withstand your pool climate is key. Local landscapers share their favorite poolside plants.

“My favorite plant that we have used for a pool setting is hibiscus. This tropical planted along a pool border exudes summer! Hibiscuses come in single-colored and multi-colored, to the traditional pink hibiscus, to the vibrant Fiesta hibiscus featured orange, red, pink, white and yellow. You can’t go wrong with this big bloomer.” Andria Graeler, Chesterfield Valley Nursery.

“Ornamental grasses are great choices for poolsides. They feature striking, architectural forms and come in a large array of colors. Some have exotic markings. A top choice 'Little Zebra' Maidenhair Grass glows with its yellow horizontal stripes.” Ann Lapides, Sugar Creek Gardens.

“The Musa Bajoo Hardy Banana is an excellent choice for anyone that wants a jungle aesthetic with less labor and cost than traditional palms. The broad leaves create dramatic contrast in the poolside garden and the best part is that they come back year after year!” Laura Caldie, Maypop Coffee & Garden Shop. Photography courtesy of Willoway Nurseries.

“My favorite poolside plant is Judd Viburnum. The amazing fragrance will overtake you and it shines with seasonal interest. It blooms in the spring, boasts beautiful summer foliage and wows with pretty fall color.” Tony Frisella Jr., Frisella Nursery.

Photography courtesy of Missouri Botanical Garden.

“Mandevilla vine is widely used for its showy pink flowers. They thrive in warm, humid weather (perfect for St. Louis) and bloom continuously from late spring to frost. They are not cold-hardy in the Midwest but easy to replant annually and look outstanding in containers. Use them to cover arbors, trellises and fences.” Richard Poynter, Poynter Landscape Architecture + Construction.


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

June 1 – 7 Deadhead bulbs and spring flowering perennials as blossoms fade.

June 7– 13 As soon as cucumber and squash vines start to 'run,' begin spray treatments to control cucumber beetles and squash vine borers.

Thinning overloaded fruit trees will result in larger and healthier fruits at harvest time. Thinned fruits should be a hands-width apart.

June 13 – 26 When night temperatures stay above 50 degrees, bring houseplants outdoors for the summer.

Plant pumpkins now to have Jack-o-lanterns for Halloween.

July 1 – 7

July 7 – 23

Plant zinnia seed by July 4th for late bloom in annual border.

Sweet corn is ripe when the silks turn brown.

Spray hollies for leaf miner control.

Keep cukes well watered. Drought conditions will cause bitter fruit.

Prune climbing roses and rambler roses after bloom. Fertilize container plants every 2 weeks with a water-soluble solution. Perennials that have finished blooming should be deadheaded. Cut back the foliage some to encourage a tidier appearance.


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After losing a beloved elm tree that was more than 100 years old, this gardener started fresh to bring new life to her Clayton landscape.

By Shannon Craig Photography by Kim Dillon

Beyond water and sunlight, gardeners know that time, patience and a little planning are imperative to a beautiful and healthy landscape. They also know that sitting back and waiting for the product of their toil to spring from the soil is painstaking, especially when plantings are new and the garden requires actual years to take shape. In Clayton, no gardener may know this better than Karen Stern. “The previous owners kept records of everything,” Stern says of her home, which was purchased in 2007. Within those records were notes on the property’s magnificent —and massive —elm tree. “It was believed to be the oldest elm tree in Missouri. It was around for the World’s Fair!” As the home was renovated from top to bottom, Stern paid close attention to the tree and the community of established hostas that called its base home. “We did everything we could do to protect it,” Stern explains, “It was the focus of the yard.” Past-tense framing aside, you can guess what happens next. In 2012, the old elm began to fall apart and die. Within weeks, the hostas did too. “We had to start over again, and find a company to design a new landscape for us. That’s when we picked Frisella,” she says. Tony Frisella Sr. of Frisella Nursery understood Stern’s loss. “It’s like losing a member of the family, almost,” he sympathizes. “When old




BEFORE & AFTER trees that have been around since the house was built are suddenly gone, it’s a big job to start all over again.” But Frisella and his team were up to the task, planning a traditional English garden with a contemporary flow of hearty boxwoods, drift and shrub roses and hydrangeas. With an emphasis on color and longevity, Frisella selected plants that would — in time — fill the empty spaces and require minimal annual maintenance. “Trimming, cleaning—I do all of that on my own,” Stern explains. “I’m a gardener myself so my main concern was that it wasn’t overwhelming. I’ve made some changes here and there as it’s filled in because, as a garden owner, you have to be observant to see issues as they come up. The landscaper and nursery won't always be there. But [the garden] has started to fill in, and I knew it would be a process.” In addition to the plans in and around the yard, Frisella worked with Stern to add life around a new pergola built by Higginbotham Custom Homes & Renovation and designed by Tao + Lee, the St. Louis-based design firm Stern swears by. Bushy greenery and colorful perennials accentuate the structure, which grounds the space while drawing the eye upward to rounded beams and soft angles. Though it doesn’t replace the elm tree, it shifts the focus and creates a new center to observe and enjoy. “It actually provides a lot of shade, and during the summer we eat most meals under the pergola,” Stern says. “I love sitting out there and looking at the garden.” Though it’s taken nearly five years to establish, the Stern’s maturing garden is filling out and holding its own in the absence of the beloved elm tree. “It sounds strange, but it was really depressing when we lost the tree,” Stern says. “But I’ve really enjoyed seeing the garden as it’s grown and doing my part in maintaining it.” See for resources. Landscape designer: Frisella Nursery Pergola architect: Tao + Lee Pergola builder: Higginbotham Custom Homes & Renovation




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The Gatekeeper A handsome, custom-designed entrance gate created by renowned St. Louis ornamental iron company Classic Metal Craft incorporates high-tech security without sacrificing curb appeal.

By Jeanne Delathouder Photography by Kim Dillon

A tall order indeed, this sleek entrance gate had to incorporate all the latest technology in security but without detracting from the overall curb appeal of the home. When faced with the challenge, Peter Zadrozinski and his talented team put their expertise to work. The proprietor of Classic Metal Craft, a family-owned St. Louis ornamental iron company that designs, fabricates and installs drive and pedestrian gates, interior and exterior railings, structural stairs, spiral staircases, fencing and other custom pieces, Peter was not only able to meet the needs of his clients but also exceed their expectations. “The homeowners wanted a gate for their new home that would enhance the entry and not look like something put in for security,” he recalls. “The gate had to be wide enough to accommodate any large items that needed to be brought into the house, and we also had to incorporate a ‘Ring’ deadbolt into the gate to allow the homeowners the use of technology to control access,” he notes. “Another request was that our design needed to fill the entire arched opening without being too heavy looking.”   After meeting with his clients, Peter and his team took several design components from work they had done previously and blended them together into a cohesive approach. They took some basic measurements and provided a hand-drawn concept design on a photo overlay of the front entrance. Once approved, they took very precise measurements and provided a scaled CAD drawing for final approval to ensure all details were explained thoroughly. Once this shop drawing was approved, the job was released for fabrication. The majority of raw materials and components wre ordered locally from suppliers and executed in-house, including the primed and painted finish. The gate was then installed in one day by Classic Metal Craft’s own installers. “We have some very talented and dedicated workers that have been integral to our success,” says Peter. “My favorite aspect of this project was being able to exceed the expectations of our clients and create a final product that our entire shop could be proud of,” he notes. “The front entrance to a home is always the most important to secure, but we can still make it appear welcoming to invited guests.” See for resources.




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ENTRANCE Easy ways for your home to make a lasting first impression. By Moe Godat



St. Louis is more than just a city; it is a sprawling county as well, filled with suburban neighborhoods and the ever-popular cul de sac. No matter where you live in St. Louis, your house can make a lasting first impression. To increase your curb appeal, Jim Graeler of Chesterfield Valley Nursery recommends adding lush beds along the walkway or a piece of seasonal color to make the home stand out along the block. If you don’t think you have time for plant upkeep, you can always ask Chesterfield Valley Nursery for a budget-friendly maintenance package. Some plants that are simple to maintain year-round, Graeler says, are evergreens that keep their foliage through the seasons such as boxwoods or the Mugo pine. If you’d rather add color to the yard, a Japanese maple adds a variety of colors, especially in fall. Landscaping is more than just plants. Adding boulders, waterfalls and dry creek beds adds depth and dimension to an otherwise flat space. Chesterfield Valley Nursery has started working with outdoor living spaces now more than ever, from fire pits to full outdoor kitchens. No time or money for a landscaping overhaul? Graeler suggests spicing up the landscaping around the mailbox. “It’s an up-front and center way to add curb appeal. Even minor touches will make your house stand out immediately.”

The next place a visitor will look is at the home’s entrance. “The front door is a major portion of defining a home’s entrance or curb appeal,” says Mike Rachoki of St. Louis’s The Scobis Company. “It all comes down to quality and uniqueness.” The Scobis Company has made beautiful custom doors for clients all over St. Louis. Rachoki emphasizes that no matter the customer’s idea or style, The Scobis Company will work with incorporating their ideas into the design to make the perfect entrance to their home. “Don’t settle for stock offering,” advises Rachoki. “You can do a lot of unique things with a door that will set off your house from the next.” If a homeowner wants to improve their existing front door, he suggests they focus on keeping it well maintained: “The sun will damage a front door more than rain or snow. That’s why it’s important for people to keep up with the door’s finish and use a product with enough UV inhibitors; it’s like sunscreen for a front door.” After the front door invites guests in, the foyer is the last way for a home to make a lasting first impression. Jennifer Rapp of JCR Design Group says to consider the foyer an important space: “People often overlook the foyer, and it turns into a catchall for the home’s leftovers, which lets people walk right past it.” Foyers should have adequate lighting to welcome in guests. Make sure it’s well lit by adding lamps to decorative tables or an interesting overhead light. If a foyer is boring currently, the first and most affordable step to take in spicing it up is to add color in unconventional ways. Rapp says that bringing in functional furniture, such as cubbies and chairs with added storage space, or artwork for color doesn’t have to be expensive; it just has to be

interesting. JCR Design Group has even painted rugs on hardwood floors in the recent past. “Ceilings are another great place to add color!” says Rapp. “Not many people think to add color there, and as long as they have enough height, a ceiling can be decorated with paint or a fun wallpaper.” These are simple ways to make the start to any home tour more interesting. Contact your local nursery, The Scobis Company or an interior designer for personalized help with your home. See for resources. Photography courtesy of The Scobis Company.

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ichelle Banks is the newest member of the award-winning Marcia Moore Design team. She began her career 27 years ago working for various architectural firms, a design-build firm and a residential firm before founding her own residential design firm in Chicago in 2004. Michelle’s sophisticated, yet edgy interiors mix modern and classic design with different periods and styles to create timeless spaces perfectly tailored for her clients. Marcia Moore Design specializes in the interior design and decoration of luxury homes, renovations and remodels, kitchen and bath design and custom builds.


nne M. Boedges, President and Designer of Anne Marie Design Studio, LLC has been helping clients fall in love with their homes all over the St. Louis area since 2001. She obtained her BFA in Interior Design from Maryville University in St. Louis, MO. She has previously taught the NKBA Bath Design Certification Course at St. Louis Community College.  Specializing in Kitchen and Bath Design, Anne’s positive and down to earth approach helps clients feel anything is achievable, and her unique attention to detail distinguishes her work amongst the rest.



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ogether, Teddy Karl, Allied ASID, principal designer and Liz Basler, designer have over 30 years of 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!


eticulously organized, Jess Mendenhall uses her strong attention to detail to ensure projects are completed smoothly from conception to installation. Jess graduated with academic honors from St. Louis Community College-Meramec, earning an associate of applied science degree in interior design and a certificate from the National Kitchen and Bath Association. With a master of social work from Boston College and a bachelor of science in psychology from the University of Illinois, she has an acute understanding of the importance a person’s space has on his or her overall health and happiness.

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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.

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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".

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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.

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ary Brummell has been creating beautiful, comfortable, and functional interiors for her clients for more than 30 years. Wether you live in a brand new contemporary home, or a century old traditional classic, she takes the time to get to know and understand each client's unique home and lifestyle. She will work with you through the entire design process, big or small, transforming the most challenging spaces into your own vision of warm, sophisticated and timeless design!




St. Louis Homes + Lifestyles is honoring 10 individuals who have had exceptional careers in St. Louis’s design industry. This special group of design professionals represents all facets of the industry and each has made significant contributions to design with bodies of work of the very highest quality. Meet our second class of St. Louis Design Hall of Fame™ honorees. Edited by Melissa Mauzy Portrait Photography by Colin Miller/Strauss Peyton

Diane Breckenridge Barrett, Diane Breckenridge Interiors Diane Breckenridge Barrett founded Diane Breckenridge Interiors in the mid-1980s. She has paved the way for women-owned businesses, starting her own company at a time when so few were owned and run by women. Diane has a passion for creating warm and inviting spaces that reflect a homeowner’s style and personality. She says a project is complete when it is a timeless haven for the homeowner…comfortable, durable and beautiful. With over 35 years of experience in the business, Diane has led many designers to begin their careers under her tutelage. Beyond mentorship, Diane also serves the community in various ways through organizations such as All Among Us and Muscle Team Bash, an annual event created by the Breckenridge family to benefit the MDA, which has raised over 2 million dollars for the association.

Photography by Alise O'Brien Photography.

SLHL: What does it take to deliver exceptional design? Diane: It takes continually educating yourself, creativity, hard work and a dedication to your clients and their project. SLHL: What questions do you ask your clients to help guide your design? Diane: I always ask clients which colors they are most drawn to, as well as which colors they aren’t. Are there patterns that do and don’t appeal to them? Is there a specific ‘style’ they are drawn to? We request magazine photos of rooms they like, even if it’s just one pillow in the photo; it really does help with direction. I also discuss budget, while not always the most popular discussion it helps guide me in making the best selections for my clients. SLHL: What advice would you give to someone just starting a design career? Diane: I would tell them to always have an open mind. Design inspiration is everywhere outside of your window, in a magazine, on your travels. We have to evolve with the world around us, so being flexible is also important. Never give up. Some of the greatest designs have come from what seemed like impossible ideas. Appreciate and learn from the trailblazers; we wouldn’t be here without them. Photography by Michael Jacob Photography.

SLHL: How has the industry evolved since you started? Diane: The Internet has been a game changer for the design industry. Good design is readily accessible to an even wider audience than it once was, which is wonderful! It has also aided in streamlining our work as most everything we need is now literally at our fingertips. I also believe that through the years more people have become aware of the many skills designers have aside from selecting paint colors and drapery fabric. It is a unique field that marries artistic creativity with the knowledge of building in order to ensure our surroundings are comfortable, beautiful and enduring.



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Mike Craft, Metro Lighting Mike Craft has been part of the lighting community for 30 years and the design team at Metro Lighting since 2006. Craft, along with his team of associates, provides custom lighting design and application to leading architects, designers, builders and more in the St. Louis market as well as various locations across the United States. To Mike, lighting is an integral foundation to the birth of a design and continues as a pillar to that design through the enjoyment of the space created for years to follow. Mike is a member of the American Lighting Association and Illuminating Engineering Society. He also has been involved with The Haven of Grace in St. Louis to provide the lighting and electrical supplies for their shelter and home on Warren Street.

SLHL: What is your design style/philosophy? Mike: Simple, thoughtful, organized, planned and inspired.  SLHL: What does it take to deliver exceptional design? Mike: Really exceptional clients and team members. I am only as good as those who surround me; Katie Rhoads, my very bright associate, makes that happen. Staying on top of the revolving design trends and how state-of-the-art lighting technology and decorative lighting will add to the outcome. SLHL: What advice would you give to someone just starting a design career? Mike: Be prepared to learn something new every day.   SLHL: How has the industry evolved since you started? Mike: Well no one uses polished brass as his or her go-to favorite any more. Oh, and there is this little known light source called LED (light emitting diodes) that has had a bit of an impact. 



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Paul Fendler, Fendler + Associates, Inc. Paul Fendler founded Fendler + Associates, Inc., in 1989. Now in his 30th year, the firm is an award winning and published architectural design firm providing services tailored specifically to meet the unique resources and requirements of clients. Paul believes great design starts with an architect who can listen to the client. His goal is to design spaces that are beautiful, but equally as important to design spaces that work for his client. His firm of four employees has worked for Paul from 11 to 21 years. Fendler + Associates, believes it necessary for a designer to see a project through from initial consultation to final completion. An approach that promotes a client-architect relationship exemplifying personal attention and expertise in each project. Paul is active at his alma mater, Washington University, where he speaks with students entering the work force.



Photography by Alise O'Brien Photography.

SLHL: What does it take to deliver exceptional design? Paul: Exceptional design is a team effort that involves the architect, interior decorators, construction professionals and the homeowner. An architect needs to guide the design process, yet value and respect the expertise of the other team members.   SLHL: What is the first step you take when designing a project of any size? Paul: It’s important for me to establish a good working relationship with my client.  When first starting a project I spend a lot of time listening to better understand their needs, aesthetic tastes and budget. Equally as important is for them to understand how I work and my design philosophy. Projects are successful when the architect and client develop an open line of communication and realistic expectations.  SLHL: How has the industry evolved since you started? Paul: Communication and access to information has changed significantly. The availability of photo examples and product specifications, the ability to work remotely and to send drawings instantly are wonderful. Communicating with clients and colleagues is far easier but unfortunately less personal.      SLHL: Tell us a place in St. Louis that inspires you in your career. Paul: I love walking through Westmoreland and Portland Places in the Central West End.  The level of detailing and craftsmanship, the scale of the homes and variety of architectural styles is truly remarkable and unparalleled. 

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Keith Gegg, Gegg Design & Cabinetry Photography courtesy of Gegg Design & Cabinetry.

Keith Gegg established Gegg Design & Cabinetry in 1996. Educated and working as a mechanical engineer for 16 years, Keith always had an appreciation for architecture and design. He is self-taught in trade skills in design, flooring, tile and carpentry. Starting off on a referral basis, Keith eventually left his engineering job to fully focus on Gegg Design & Cabinetry. In 2003, he opened a small showroom and in 2006 moved to a larger space to accommodate all of his product offerings. Keith’s goal is to provide clients with a design that reflects their living habits and personality. His passion for design, focus on details and proportion, combined with a degree in mechanical engineering, are the foundation for his design approach. Outside of business, much of Keith’s time is consumed by photography. He volunteers for Christian Brothers College High School, photographing over 300 events for the school. He is also actively involved in his church, has participated in the annual Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Kitchen Tour, Habitat for Humanity and several mission trips to Central America.



SLHL: What does it take to deliver exceptional design? Keith: Making the design reflect the client. It is so important to understand what the client wants or why they want to make a change. If the client is unsure of what they want; then educate them, help them understand their options, learn what they like and don’t like, what is or isn’t important to them. Always present alternative concepts that stimulate discussion about the space, always looking for a better way. SLHL: What is the first step you take when designing a project of any size? Keith: Defining the space. For remodels or additions, I visit the site to understand the house, the flow, what the client likes and dislikes about the house. For new construction, it is best to be a part of the design process as early as possible to minimize changes in the plans and to work in conjunction with the architect and have the ability to adjust window locations, passage ways or wall locations. In either case, the first step is to get to know the space and what can and can not change. SLHL: What advice would you give to someone just starting a design career? Keith: Get to know your client, understand what they want to accomplish and then present ideas that achieve their wants and needs. Try to present multiple ideas to challenge the client beyond what they may have imagined. Work in a collaborative atmosphere taking input from the client, architect, interior designer, contractor, etc. Take care of the details and do the little things that make the final result special.

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Kelly Johnson, Johnson Design Photography by Alise O'Brien Photography.

Kelly Johnson has been immersed in the world of interior design for more than 30 years, since marrying Roger Johnson, acclaimed custom home builder. After years of selecting finishes and fixtures for Johnson’s spec and display homes, Kelly established Johnson Design in 2011 to serve a broader clientele. Johnson Design works primarily on new home construction and renovation projects, but also helps clients refresh their homes with updated finishes and furnishings. Kelly’s work has been featured in local magazines and won numerous awards. Kelly believes good design should be fresh, avoid trends and include an element of the unexpected.

SLHL: What is your design philosophy? Kelly: Good design really is in the details, generally avoids trends and usually benefits from including an element of the unexpected. SLHL: What does it take to deliver exceptional design?   Kelly: The creative discipline to think outside the box for all aspects of a project from aesthetics to space planning to finishes and furnishings.  The surest path to exceptional design for any designer is to constantly embrace the challenge of executing new design elements. SLHL: What advice would you give to someone just starting a design career? Kelly: Identify the best talent among the various trades needed to execute your projects and develop those relationships.  You must work only with the best if you want to do your best work. SLHL: Tell us a place in St. Louis that inspires you in your career.   Kelly: The Botanical Gardens, with its great variety of gardens, is a great place to go to appreciate color and the beauty of different design styles.



Roger Johnson, Johnson Development Photography by Alise O'Brien Photography.

Roger Johnson, along with his brother Terry, founded Johnson Development in 1978. Over the past 40 years, Johnson Development has built over 1,000 beautiful homes all with an emphasis on innovative designs, respect for scale and proportion and quality. Roger began his career building one of the first master planned communities in the St. Louis region. Next, he turned his focus to the high-end luxury home market where his talent for creating unique, one-of-a-kind homes custom designed and built to suit each homeowner’s tastes could flourish. Roger was one of the first builders locally to incorporate ground source heat pumps, smart home automation, green design and other innovations. Roger is a longtime member of the HBA. Johnson Development’s homes have won numerous awards and have been published in local and national magazines.

SLHL: What is your design style/philosophy? Roger: A builder’s job is to create beautiful homes for clients that suit their needs, reflect their tastes. My goal is to exceed their expectations and make the entire process enjoyable and even exciting. SLHL: What does it take to deliver exceptional design? Roger: A determination to never take shortcuts on quality. A respect for scale and proportion is also very necessary.

SLHL: What advice would you give to someone just starting a design career? Roger: A custom home is usually the largest purchase your client will make in their lifetime, so prospective homebuyers will constantly evaluate a builder’s reputation for integrity and quality construction. A stellar reputation is priceless.

SLHL: What is the first step you take when designing a project of any size? Roger: A thorough assessment of the building site and any challenges or restrictions to the design that will be imposed by the physical setting is the first step.



Tamsin Mascetti, Tamsin Design Group Photography by Alise O'Brien Photography.

Tamsin Mascetti has 20 years of design expertise and is the owner and principal interior designer at her firm, Tamsin Design Group. After receiving a B.S. in interior design from the University of Missouri, Mascetti worked at various firms in the design industry including Edwin Pepper Interiors. Prior to founding her own design group in 2007 in St. Louis, Mascetti had her own design firm in Chicago, specializing in rehabbing homes. Tamsin grew up in St. Louis, and, because of that, she has always placed high importance on nurturing local talent through mentorship and supporting the community. Tamsin Design Group has evolved over the past decade, establishing itself as an award-winning design firm, specializing in high-end, custom builds.



SLHL: What is your design style/philosophy? Tamsin: To me, interior design is about making an enjoyable experience for the client, which means listening and evaluating what the client is saying, then delivering unique solutions. I don’t ever want a client to walk into a space and say, “why didn’t we think of this?” Due to that mindset, I ask extensive questions throughout the design process to ensure we’ve thought everything through down to the last detail. SLHL: What does it take to deliver exceptional design? Tamsin: In order to deliver the best design for your client, it is imperative to be an amazing listener. In residential design your client relationships can be very intimate and personal, so being able to read people and truly listen to them makes all the difference. SLHL: What advice would you give to someone just starting a design career? Tamsin: First, get an interior design degree. You must have that foundational knowledge before jumping into the field. Second, know what you’re getting into. I worry there’s a perception that interior design is all fun and creativity, when really much of the work is project management, paperwork and managing relationships. Be passionate. You’ll never be able to sell your ideas or sound believable if you don’t have passion. And lastly, identify your strengths. You need to know what kind of designer you are. SLHL: Tell us a place in St. Louis that inspires you in your career? Tamsin: Forest Park is certainly a source of inspiration. Both the historic architecture and surrounding nature contributes to making it the most beautiful city park in the United States.


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Resito Pecson, twigs & MOSS Photography by David Lancaster.

Resito Pecson opened twigs & MOSS in 2002 to share his love for retail and design. The store, a gift, home and floral shop specializing in dried, preserved and artificial arrangements, expanded to double the size in 2005. Resito has designed botanical installations and arrangements for restaurants, hotels and businesses throughout St. Louis. His favorite projects are designing for the residents of the community, especially during the holiday season where his twig spheres have become a holiday staple in St. Louis. Resito is involved in many local organizations including the Missouri Botanical Garden where he has designed an original wreath for the garden’s display for the past 15 years. In 2014 he published a “twig & Moss” photo book. His work has been featured in local and national publications and received many awards.



SLHL: What is your design style/philosophy? Resito: Simple and timeless. I always try to create something that is both familiar and refreshingly uncommon at the same time. SLHL: What does it take to deliver exceptional design? Resito: Talent and management skills. Also, open communication between the client and myself is essential. A collaborative effort is ideal. SLHL: What is the first step you take when designing a project of any size? Resito: Insure clarity and understanding. I make sure that I can do the job and that the client understands the extent of what can be done. SLHL: How has the industry evolved since you started? Resito: The Internet continues to drive the industry. With social media, especially Instagram and Pinterest, visual references abound, making everyone a design expert. Online shopping is inevitable. You now have to be the expert in what you do, forcing a very narrow and specific offering. SLHL: Tell us a place in St. Louis that inspires you in your career? Resito: My store. It allows me to express myself freely and that inspires me.


Edwin & Lenore Pepper, Edwin Pepper Interiors

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Photography by Alise O'Brien Photography.

Edwin and Lenore Pepper co-founded Edwin Pepper Interiors in 1961. The couple has expanded and moved the showroom numerous times through the years to accommodate their growing business. The company also operates a drapery workroom, started by Lenore, which is still an integral part of the business today. Edwin and Lenore both believe that it is the “Pepper Team” that makes their business so successful. They have always surrounded themselves with educated professionals in all aspects of their business. What is unique about Edwin and Lenore is that while they share the same work ethic, their design process and personalities are very different. Edwin has over 55 years of experience and serves as a senior interior designer for both residential and commercial interiors. He currently serves as chairman of Edwin Pepper Interiors. He has been an allied member of the American Society of Interior Designers



and has been recognized by the St. Louis chapter for more than 35 years of outstanding service to society and profession. He is a staunch supporter of interior design and a strong role model to young designers. Outside of Edwin Pepper Interiors, Edwin has been active in and supportive of various community organizations such as the Architectural Studies Advisory Board at University of Missouri–Columbia, the Saint Louis Art Museum, the Diabetes Society and the Jewish Federation. Lenore has more than 50 years of experience and serves as a senior interior designer at Edwin Pepper Interiors. She manages the design staff and is involved with all executive-level strategic decisions. Lenore has been an allied member of the American Society of Interior Designers for more than 40 years and was recognized for 35 years of outstanding service to society and profession. She has been involved in St. Louis charitable organizations such as Women of Achievement, Jewish Federation, Jewish Community Center, Architectural Studies Advisory Board at University of Missouri – Columbia, Forest Park Forever and Logos School, to name a few.

SLHL: What is your design style/philosophy? Edwin & Lenore: Our philosophy is to translate our client’s vision into an unparalleled, personalized space that is the embodiment of their personality, lifestyle and history, while respecting their taste and investment. Our style incorporates our client’s desires with cultivated design concepts that are artful, functional and sustainable. SLHL: What advice would you give to someone just starting a design career? Edwin & Lenore: For new designers, we would recommend that they take time to interact with current senior designers. They should explore all the various avenues of interior design to discover which one suits them best. Once they have narrowed down, they should shadow a professional in that area to see what day-to-day business is like. SLHL: Tell us a place in St. Louis that inspires you in your career. Edwin & Lenore: Every place in St. Louis inspires us; we think St. Louis is the best-kept secret in the country. We are inspired by the support of the arts, the respect for history and history in the making. The St. Louis community has immense respect and encouragement for the arts and sciences. The schools, from kindergarten through college, stand strong. It is easy to be inspired by our surroundings, the people we know, the people we work with, and the friends we’ve grown up with and come in contact with every day of our lives.



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Kaldi’s Coffee in the Gerhart Building, St. Louis, MO Photography by Matt Marcinkowski The Gerhart building, constructed in 1897, was nominated for the National Register of Historic Places because of its eclectic French Renaissance style, called Chateauesque. Because of this design, SPACE Architecture + Design had to incorporate not only the Kaldi's coffee brand into the new cafe, but also honor the building’s historic and memorable style. SPACE designed several unique elements specifically for this location. To highlight Vandeventer Avenue, SPACE crafted a bar at the window facing the street. They also added a banquette, which wraps around the corner of the interior. While these additions complement the building’s original design, white oak veneer panelling lines the walls with a stain to match Kaldi’s signature gray color. Despite the dark interior, light spills in through large windows for most of the day, and at night, bright fixtures add plenty light to work beneath. These elements were all chosen by SPACE Architecture + Design in partnership with the owner to reflect the store’s character, and provide an atmosphere of high-end design to match the building’s historic build.

WMS Boathouse at Clark Park, Chicago IL Photography by Steve Hall, Hedrich Blessing The Chicago Park District is working on transforming the previously polluted and neglected Chicago River. One of the first steps in bringing life back to this stretch of water was adding the WMS Boathouse at Clark Park, completed in 2013 by Studio Gang Architects. The Boathouse not only works to bring a recreational feel to the riverfront, but also to revive the location ecologically. To do this, the design team focused largely on one of the largest obstacles in improving the river’s water quality; stormwater flooding the city’s sewer system. The new filtration system consists of porous concrete and asphalt, native Chicago plants, gravel beds and rain gardens to both maintain and strengthen surrounding habitats. Alternating inverted V and M shaped trusses on the roof of the building not only mimic the motion and rhythm of rowing, they also let in light through the clerestory. This light warms the floor below in the winter and ventilates the space in the summer to minimize energy use across the board. The revitalization of the natural riverfront with the addition of this the Boathouse at Clark Park hopes to draw in a younger audience.



Aquatis, Lausanne Switzerland Photography by Š Fernando Guerra | FG+SG | architectural photography The Biopole, a science-based park in the northern section of Lausanne, Switzerland, just added a hub at the crossroads of its new M2 line of the metro. Aquatis offers travelers a place to stay and learn before their next train leaves. Connected to the metro station by a central mall, Aquatis is more than the hotel it offers; its second floor is dedicated entirely to the two million liters of fresh water, 20 different ecosystems, 10,000 species of fish and 100+ reptiles of the Aquatis aquarium. Designed by Ritcher Dahl Rocha & Associes Architectes and finished in 2010, the three levels of the facility nestles comfortably in the area’s uneven terrain while offering a beautiful view of South Lausanne. The Aquarium is the centerpiece to this architectural feat. Its circular shape reflects its educational and cultural mission, and 100,000 aluminum discs glitter independently in the wind thanks to their fastening system. Because the wind moves each separately, the effect usually translates as rippling fish scales or waves on water. With its obviously natural focus, Aquatis is also dedicated to sustainable development through using renewable resources and lowering greenhouse gas emissions.







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Outdoor Kitchens

With longer days and warm nights, families today are taking summertime cooking outdoors. We asked local design professionals if outdoor kitchens are a classic or a craze. By Melissa Mauzy


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“A classic. How can you go back to cooking inside after smelling all the great barbecue mixed with the sounds of birds chirping? We cook everything outside, even in the snow. From grilled salmon and chicken to roasted vegetables… yum! The appliances available today make outdoor cooking a breeze. All we need is a pizza oven and we may never come in.” CJ Knapp, Yours by Design. “Built to stay! I grew up in California where we had one built in the '70s.  I’ve never known them not to be popular. Now in the Midwest, with the improved materials in cabinets and appliances to withstand harsh weather, the outdoor kitchen is more feasible and functional than ever. Outdoor living isn’t just for Californians anymore. It’s not a craze, it’s a lifestyle that’s made more accessible.” Dana King, Next Project Studio. “Classic! With outdoor spaces becoming more and more in demand, they need to be all-accommodating.  Having ice cold beverages and space to sit and eat are a necessity while Dad grills!” Teddy Karl, The Great Cover-Up. "For those who can afford them, I feel that outdoor kitchens will always be a classic. They offer convenient work space for poolside dining and entertaining. They eliminate unnecessary trips to the indoor kitchen which may be at the opposite end of the home. They also allow good conversation with guests while they lounge in the same area." Tom Manche, Tom Manche Interiors LLC. “Outdoor kitchens are no longer just a built-in barbecue pit; now we are seeing more elaborate designs that incorporate gourmet appliances, wood-fired pizza ovens and granite countertops. To create your dream oasis, we recommend hiring a professional designer to guide your experience in creating a functional layout that allows guests to interact with each other comfortably. Outdoor spaces are considered a luxury, but if you are among the fortunate who can afford one, you will be more inclined to acquire a superior return on investment versus the addition of a pool or garage. The goal when designing the interior of your home is to have a place to relax and unwind from a long day;  your outdoor kitchen should be an extension of that goal. Whether you are hosting an intimate dinner or a lively party, an outdoor kitchen will create a laid-back environment your guests are sure to remember. Outdoor kitchens are a classic and here to stay!” Candice Wideman, Youtopia Designs. “Outdoor kitchens are as classic as the American barbecue. Whether you love the outdoors, or dread them, outdoor kitchens add a level of comfort and convenience everyone can appreciate. Technology finally caught up with how we actually live.” Forney + architecture LLC staff.



“We have seen steady growth in our outdoor kitchen projects, so we feel they are soon to become a classic. With outdoor cooking being increasingly seen on many cooking shows, clients are more comfortable in repurposing their outdoor space.  The outdoor kitchen is a natural extension of the interior kitchen so style and functionality for both must be considered.  Planning for a kitchen remodel should include the possibility of adding an outdoor kitchen now or in the future. Everyone loves a St. Louis barbeque and we are blessed with a climate that allows three seasons to enjoy the outdoors, family, friends and great food.” Jane Ganz, Directions In Design, Inc. “Outdoor spaces have become a standard of living in most homes, and outdoor kitchens can be a wonderful addition and increase your livable space. I think we've moved past the trend phase and they are here to stay.  A recent survey said 49% of homeowners had already added an outdoor living and cooking space and 25% planning to add in the next year. Outdoor kitchens don't have to be large and elaborate and they have evolved over time to become accessible across the market. I see outdoor kitchens as a classic we'll enjoy for years to come.” Gigi Lombrano, Gigi Lombrano Interiors. “Outdoor living and entertaining have been around forever — from open palaces back in history to what we consider now the outdoor living space; and why not have an outdoor kitchen. The kitchen is the home base for entertaining inside, so when the master barbeque chef is grilling, why not keep them company with everyone relaxing and conversing around a beautiful outdoor kitchen, stocked with refreshments and a variety of beverages. Fun for all...definitely a classic.” Deb Bokamper, Ageless Design. “Outdoor kitchens are a classic! Since the beginning of time, man has been cooking in the outdoors and dining under the stars. Outdoor cooking areas are a wonderful way to merge the indoors with the outdoors. Outdoor kitchens may have had a humble beginning with a simple grill or fire pit, but they have quickly evolved into exquisite culinary cooking oases fully equipped with massive grilling areas, outdoor sinks and prep areas, refrigeration,  pizza ovens, covered bar areas, and much more. Contemporary outdoor kitchens are under roof to ensure that unruly weather conditions are not a problem and the outdoor kitchen can be enjoyed year-round. So, as long as man continues to enjoys outdoor cooking and entertaining, the outdoor kitchen is a must have!” Barbara Collins, Barbara Collins Interior Design.




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June/July 2018  

The Outdoor issue. 2018 St. Louis Design Hall of Fame.

June/July 2018  

The Outdoor issue. 2018 St. Louis Design Hall of Fame.