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22 CREATING A FEELING, ENHANCING FUNCTION Betty Thomas of Interior Visions has applied her design mantra to this custom home in Ladue for two decades.

30 JUST FOR US The Design Source Limited team renovates a Glendale home to reflect the owners’ personalities.


38 A GARDENING LEGACY From daylilies to hostas, Chick and Bruce Buehrig share their garden and gardening knowledge.

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Today, a beautifully designed space can also create lagom. Without being limited to a particular design style, lagom creates balance in the home using the principle of "not too little, not too much," whether it reflects traditional, modern or eclectic sensibilities. Interior designers Betty Thomas of Interior Visions (pages 22–29) and and Kris Keller of The Design Source (pages 30–37) bring lagom into their clients' home just as Bruce and Chick Buehrig (pages 38–47) achieve lagom in their garden. All three spaces create a balanced and harmonious environment for the homeowners' peace of mind. As for me, I'm headed out to my garden. Summer is almost here, and I have annuals to plant and blooming perennials ready to be cut!

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Although practicing yoga isn't a favorite pastime of mine, I go to my yoga practice pretty religiously every week. It's all about balance, much like everything else in life. And just like life, sometimes my balance is spot on, sometimes not. It's all good, though. There is a Swedish word, "lagom," which in loose translation means "not too little and not too much." In other words, it means incorporating harmony in every aspect of your life. Sounds a lot like balance to me. Perhaps if my yoga pants were a lagom fit, "not too little and not too much," I could knock my yoga practice right out of the ballpark! Ha! Don't I wish! Lagom dates back to the Viking days and meant "around the team." As they passed a bowl of mead around the circle of mighty Vikings, each carefully sipped their share making sure there was enough to go around. However, if a Viking from within the circle takes too much mead and others are left wanting, the greedy Viking could have, quite literally, lost his head.

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Michael Hoffman uses rich colors to make bold, graphic compositions with subtle details.

“My love for art and geometrical figures probably started on the island,” reminisces Michael Hoffman, a painter based out of St. Louis. “When I was a teenager, I lived on an island by Seattle called Whidbey.” While living on the island, he helped his father and brother build a geodesic dome, or a hemispherical structure made completely out of triangular elements. Surrounded by the beautiful Washington scenery and using architectural art to get closer to family started his basis in creative work, but he had a long way to go before he started painting. “When I was young, I always wanted to get into painting, but it took me a while to get around to it,” he says. He attended The Evergreen State College in Washington for photography, which he believes helped him develop his visual compositions. Additionally, he thinks that not having a formal painting education allowed him to experiment with different materials and methods. Though photography school did help him with some aspects of his future career, he thinks the most formative part of his life that led to his success was his time spent in the circus. The circus he joined traveled across Europe, and he found his inspiration for many of his



pieces in the fabulous architecture and artwork in places like Spain and France. “Many of my pieces are actually titled after different places I saw in Spain. As for France, I was always so captivated by the mix of ancient and modern that you can find there.” He also draws inspiration for his work from the expressionist movement, mid-century modern furniture and experiences with family and friends. Hoffman works with oil paint in three different ways: target pieces, stripe pieces and poured web art. His target pieces were inspired by his early childhood in New York City. He lived next to Charles Mingus Jr., the son of the famous American jazz musician, Charles Mingus. Hoffman recounts his visits with him, watching him paint using turntables. Wanting to create something similar, yet unique, Hoffman constructed a turntable-like contraption made out of an old bicycle wheel. “When you look at my work, I’d like it to be compared to a leaf in the fall, especially the web pours. They look perfectly geometrical from a distance, but once you get closer, it’s much more organic.” He does all of his web-poured pieces by hand, and every one of his compositions is done on hand-built panels, some covered with canvas. Each piece

uses a blend of different types and thicknesses of oil paint — some opaque, others translucent — to ensure that no piece turns out the same and that no piece looks rigid. “I’ll go into a painting with an idea in mind of how it’ll turn out, but it always changes,” he laughs. “Sometimes I make a mistake, but it always turns out fine. Mistakes change the way the entire painting looks, and it’s always for the better.” If you’re interested in buying Michael Hoffman’s work, you can find it in his gallery in Maplewood as well as in other local and national galleries. He's running a new exhibit starting June 14. You can also visit him at See for resources. STLOUISHOMESMAG.COM JUNE/JULY 2019








Seared Scallops


Robert Cantu already had celebrity-chef street cred when he threw his toque into the ring to head up New York restaurateur David Burke’s new St. Louis eatery, Grand Tavern. A lifelong resident of San Antonio, Texas, he once worked for “The Father of Southwestern Cuisine,” Dean Fearing, at his eponymous Dallas restaurant, where he honed his innate skills. “I did have to prove my chops with a tasting menu,” Robert recalls of his “audition” for the James Beard Award-winning chef in 2018. He came through it, Iron Chef style, winning his spot, in part, with a clever caviar-tin-contained eggs benedict. The creative plating of Grand Tavern takes place on the ground floor of the Angad Arts Hotel in Grand Center, a fitting locale for food with a flair for the dramatic arts. Hotel guests can select bold-hued rooms to suit their moods – Passion Red or Tranquility Blue, for example – and many items on the restaurant menu echo the theme. There, Robert’s take on “angry lobster” is a bit less spicy and goes by the name of Emotional Lobster Dumplings. (For diners feeling more hot around the collar than weepy, there is Angry Broccoli.) True to the spirit of the arts district and Burke’s avant-garde aesthetic, the food is designed to please the eye as well as the palate. “All our dishes were made to turn heads,” says Robert. “The Clothesline Bacon and the lobster dumplings are our biggest sellers. They’re nice presentations, and when we torch food tableside, our guests like that.” Southern Fried Crackling Pork Shank, one of his personal favorites, was inspired by his wife’s desire for a bit of crunch. “It’s braised with the skin on, and the skin is like pork rinds – bubbly and crispy.”

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Lest one think that Grand Tavern solely brings a Big Apple sensibility to Middle America, Robert assures that locavores will find familiar comfort-food indulgences. Gooey Butter Donuts pay homage to St. Louis with a sauce inspired by the city’s favorite sweet. He’s also stepping into hallowed barbecue territory; by St. Louis Homes + Lifestyles' press time,

he’s expecting to have a meat smoker on premises. In the meantime, patrons can enjoy simply seasoned barbecued and grilled dishes, from burgers and brisket to bison short ribs to filet mignon. See for resources.

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Seared Scallops: Savor the unlikely seafood-and-pork romance of scallops and lardons, with fresh corn salad, corn puree and radish along for the ride. Pastrami Salmon Croissant Tartine: Nothing complements salmon quite like whipped cream cheese. Chef Robert layers the savory and creamy with wilted chard and pickled radish for earthy and tart tones. Tempura Soft Shell Crab: Feel the heat of togarashi (a chili pepper) aioli with the beloved crispy crab. It’s served up with cooling cucumber and pickled ginger slaw.

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This page: French sage walls and creamy woodwork create a serene atmosphere in the great room, with silk linen weave drapes softening the architectural windows. Set on a custom Tabriz rug from Pakistan, Pearson sofas bracket a Minton-Spidell coffee table. Opposite page: Redesigned with a custom Bourges mantel and overmantel, the great room fireplace was fabricated in cast stone by Tartaruga Design, Inc. and topped with an antique French Trumeau mirror.




Creating a feeling,

ENHANCING FUNCTION Betty Thomas of Interior Visions has applied her design mantra to this custom home in Ladue for two decades. By Barb Wilson Photography by Anne Matheis


Custom-built by Freeman Homes, this gracious residence is one of several the owners have built during their 40-year marriage. Both retirees from Purina, the couple had downsized at one point, planning to move to their second home in Florida. But the desire to stay close to family persuaded them to reconsider, and they decided to build another large custom home in Ladue. St. Louis can be grateful for that decision, as well, since the two devote a considerable amount of their time to animal rescue and adoption efforts, volunteering and serving on the boards of various agencies — or as Diane describes it, “bringing pets and people together.” What

Builder: Freeman Homes, LLC Interior Designer: Betty Thomas, Interior Visions

makes this story so intriguing, though, is how the owners and their longtime designer came together. Betty Thomas, ASID Allied, studied at Meramec Community College school of interior design, gained practical experience working with a local design company, then established her own firm, Interior Visions, in 1994. A few years later, Betty attended a party where the wife, Diane, also happened to be a guest. Although the two women hadn’t been in contact for a while, they’d been friends since grade school! And by sheer coincidence, Diane was looking for an interior designer to decorate a home they owned at the time.




From the outset, “Diane and I totally connected,” says Betty. “We can literally finish each other’s sentences.” So, the choice of a designer was never in question when the owners began construction of their current home in Ladue 20 years ago. “Betty has been involved since the first shovel went into the ground,” Diane recalls. And it’s a project that has been ongoing for two decades. To keep the home current as their lifestyle evolves, the owners like to do a complete makeover of at least one room every year or so, Betty explained. With each upgrade, the styling has remained traditional, but the emphasis has always been “beautiful but livable, reflecting the activity level in the house.” These days, that translates to kid-friendly for



the grandchildren who visit often and pet-friendly for the family cat and dogs. Readily admitting that she is “totally visual,” Diane relies on Betty’s extensive resources to locate the quality, one-of-a-kind pieces that will perfect each space, and the two have traveled to furniture markets together on several occasions to make their selections. An earlier renovation of the great room is proof of their collaborative working relationship. Husband Bill had never been happy with the original fireplace, and Tartaruga Design, Inc., was brought in to recreate this prominent focal point. Fabricated in cast stone, the fireplace now showcases an elegant custom Bourges mantel and

Left:Open to the kitchen and hearth room, the casual dining area features caned ladderback chairs and an oval table in custom-finished hickory. At the left, the original built-in recipe desk was removed and replaced with an antique Bausman English hutch. Right: A few subtle touches gave the kitchen an updated look, including a lighter shade of French sage on the walls, new nickel hardware on the original chestnut cabinetry, and new Minton-Spidell bar chairs under the granite-topped island’s overhang.

overmantel, topped by an antique French Trumeau mirror that established the room’s color scheme. The flooring was replaced with hand-oiled solid walnut, installed in a herringbone pattern. A custom Farrow & Ball French sage hue was chosen for the walls and a creamy white for the woodwork. It’s worth noting that there are no white ceilings anywhere in the home. Instead, the ceilings are all a lighter version of the wall color. Nearly all of the great room furnishings were newly acquired, including the custom wool-and-silk Tabriz area rug from Pakistan; and to make the space feel more welcoming, the lofty architectural windows were lined with silk linen-weave drapes by Custom Creations.

Refurbished last summer, the objective in the formal dining room was to make it feel somewhat less formal. “We want the entire family at the table, no matter what the age,” says Diane, mentioning that 19 guests gathered for dinner this past Thanksgiving. The owners’ existing dining table was child-proofed with a high-resilience finish by Custom Furniture Works; the chairs were reupholstered in a sophisticated interior performance fabric; and new artwork and an Asian-inspired side table in distressed French blue lend a genteel touch to this well-used space. Antique stone flooring blankets the open hearth room, casual dining area and kitchen, which is defined by an expansive U-shaped STLOUISHOMESMAG.COM



The wet bar adjoining the great room was refreshed with new crystal light fixtures, artwork, cabinet hardware, and Fremarc bar stools in leather.

Welcoming dinner guests of all ages, the dining room was made less formal and child-proofed. A high-resilience surface was applied to the owners’ existing table, the chairs reupholstered in an interior performance fabric. Lighthearted artwork and an Asian-inspired side table provide stylish accents.

island. Equipped with built-in, high-end appliances, the kitchen’s granite countertops and chestnut cabinetry are original, but the hardware was changed to nickel for a more updated look, and new Minton-Spidell bar stools were tucked under the island’s overhang. Among the significant alterations made to this spacious activity area, the hearth room fireplace surround was converted from wood to stone, and the built-in wet bar and recipe desk were removed and replaced with antiques, including a Bausman custom English hutch in hickory. A dignified “gentleman’s study,” the husband’s office retains its original cherry paneling, but was revitalized with new furnishings. An antique French writing desk with ormolu fittings serves as his desk. Tufted leather Baker chairs provide comfortable seating, and fixtures from Hart Lighting and a table lamp from Brody’s light the space.



Adding visual interest and color are scenic oil paintings from Bailot Imports and framed architectural prints of St. Louis. The main-floor master suite was the most recent to be transformed. A light blue/gray palette was selected, with new carpeting installed, window treatments added and a new bedding ensemble sourced from Design & Detail's showroom. This tranquil haven also displays two of Betty’s signature elements. “I like to mix antiques,” she says, indicating the bureau and the chest at the foot of the bed, which are painted and distressed in complementary hues. “Layered detailing” is another of the designer’s hallmarks, and she looks for unique pieces of antique artwork that can be custom-framed, such as the Italian intaglios arranged above the wrought-iron headboard. A special favorite of both designer and owner, the private hall leading to the master bath features Diane’s personal beverage bar and vanity area, custom-designed by Bob Burmeister at Marc Christian Fine Cabinetry. Exquisitely appointed, the master bath itself was a Marc Christian/Interior Visions design and a 2018 St. Louis Homes + Lifestyles Platinum award winner. Adjacent to the master bedroom, Diane's office was made more feminine with the addition of a hand-inked, four-piece street map of Paris, two Baker wing chairs and a crackle-distressed display cabinet for her personal memorabilia. “Design is as much about creating a feeling as it is about enhancing function,” Betty concludes. “Buying the things we love is only the beginning of the story. Using them well completes it.” And with 8,500 square feet on the three levels of this fine residence, there will be plenty of opportunities for the homeowners and their designer to continue applying that philosophy for years to come. See for resources and additional photos.

Opposite page top: In the master bedroom, framed antique Italian intaglios are arranged above the wrought-iron headboard, and the soft blue/gray walls are complemented by an antique bureau and chest, painted and distressed in a related hue. Bottom: The husband’s cherry-paneled study was revitalized with new lighting fixtures and furnishings, including an antique French writing desk, tufted leather club chairs, and scenic artwork. This page: Matching Baker wing chairs, an Amy Howard lamp table with custom églomisé top, a four-piece hand-inked street map of Paris, delicately trimmed drapes, and an area rug from Restoration Hardware gave the wife’s office a more feminine ambience.




Remodeler: Higginbotham Custom Homes & Renovation Interior Designer: The Design Source Limited


The Design Source Limited team renovates a Glendale home to reflect the owners’ personalities.

By Kim Hill Photography by Anne Matheis


hat do you get when you take a home with great bones and homeowners who wanted to update the home’s interiors to reflect their personalities, and mix those with an innovative design team that can work magic with color and scale? The end result is this stunning renovation that met the homeowners’ expectations and then some. Kris Keller and Jessica Laurinaitis, along with The Design Source Limited team, were charged with reconfiguring spaces for functionality and creating a new, uplifting color palette for Amy and Paul Inman’s home in Glendale. In its original iteration, the home’s large great room featured a step-down floor and large columns. “It was really formal,” says Amy Inman. “It was a wonderful space, but it just wasn’t us, and if you don’t feel comfortable in spaces, you don’t use them.” An adjacent walled-in wet bar felt closed off, according to Keller. “The entire setup felt not only outdated and awkward but impeded the homeowners’ ability to entertain in any way that made sense to them,” says Keller. In the redesign, the great room and wet bar floors came up, the columns came down, and people can now flow from the dining room into the great room and back with ease, says Keller. The 2-story great room’s signature element was a bay of soaring windows. To dress them, Keller added regal, washed-velvet draperies topped by tufted cornices that feel as Elizabethan as they do edgy. “In today’s world, we often undervalue the beauty and dignity of stunning window treatments and what they can add to an already fabulous space,” says Keller. She thought of the cornices as crowns, with the fabric falling behind them like a bishop’s sleeve



The Design Source Limited designed the fireplace wall in the great room, and Centorbi Cabinetry constructed the fireplace with built-ins from reclaimed lumber sourced from Refab. “They were able to bring all these wonderful boards together and make it appear like one beautiful, cohesive piece,” says homeowner Amy Inman. “It was really fun to see it all come together.” The oil painting, “Relish,” is by Milwaukee artist Beth Bojarski. Its frame is made from an old baby chick brooder heater. Regal window treatments in washed velvet feel both comfortably old and whimsically new while bringing a sense of drama to an already-impressive bay of soaring windows.

In its previous life, the study was a rather fussy, rarely used room. Designer Kris Keller says existing paneling was typically stained wood and too short, so she added new millwork to bring the woodwork to a height of about 60 inches. “We gave that room a whole new color personality with navy blue paint and a cream sofa,” says Keller. Paint is Benjamin Moore CSP-625 “Deep Secret.” Drapery fabric is Schumacher, and the rug is from the homeowners’ collection. “Now I go in there to just sit and relax,” says homeowner Amy Inman. “It’s a beautiful little space, and it’s got great functionality now.”

on a dress. “They nod to history and timelessness, yet they are something really different,” she adds. Before the redesign, the great room’s 2-story fireplace was topped with a mirror and anchored by a black granite hearth. For its reimagining, “I wanted something that felt like it had been there a really long time,” says Inman. The design team created a massive wood fireplace flanked by built-ins, but Inman was concerned new lumber wouldn’t pass her age test. On a visit to Refab for another client, Keller and Laurinaitis wondered if reclaimed lumber could be used on the Inman fireplace. “Most people don’t want to build a whole, huge fireplace wall out of reclaimed lumber, but Derek Centorbi (owner of Centorbi Cabinetry) was game to try, and he went to Refab and handpicked all this old lumber,” says Keller. “ The new-yet-old fireplace is the ‘primo’ element of the redesign,” says Inman. “It really makes a statement.” The home’s original 2-story entryway was tall, narrow and devoid of character according to the homeowner. “It was like an elevator shaft,” Inman recalls. Inspired by Pinterest, she had the idea to incorporate bluebirds in some way in the redesign. In the entryway, Sue Greene of Paint Imagery collaborated with the design team to paint the ceiling with clouds and delicate bluebirds, a symbol of happiness in many cultures. Keller added corbeled beams and reconfigured the



front door from a single entry to double, custom, hand-finished wood doors. “Opening the space up, the doors served to make the entry feel larger and filled with light, even though we didn’t change the footprint whatsoever,” says Keller. “The architecture brought intimacy to the entry, which now has an almost old Spanish sensibility.” Another inspiration photo from Inman gave the designers the opportunity of collaborating again with Paint Imagery, adding a pair of birds to the coffered area of the dining room ceiling. In classic trompe l’oeil fashion, the birds appear to be supporting the chandelier by holding it up with tasseled, silken cords caught by their beaks. The design team repurposed a treasured pair of black vintage chairs the Inmans already owned, reupholstering them in a Schumacher linen fabric in different shades of black, charcoal, taupe and brown. A mahogany buffet, already in the homeowners’ collection, was lacquered in a taupe-y gray by The Resplendent Crow. “I love it when clients have pieces that they value that we can reupholster, reinvent and re-energize,” says Keller. “We kept and reinvented most of what the Inmans had, adding a few key pieces, and the results are unbelievable.” As part of the master bathroom’s comprehensive renovation, the Inmans wanted a much larger shower and a freestanding soaking tub. The original tub had been dropped into a raised platform; the

A new table and dining chairs were added to the dining room, while the homeowners’ existing mahogany buffet was modernized with a lacquer finish and refurbished hardware. New Schumacher fabric in shades of black, charcoal, taupe and brown linen dress a pair of black chairs from the homeowners’ collection. Antiqued mirrored tiles laid on a 45-degree angle add glamour to the wet bar. At the intersection of each tile, designer Kris Keller added a fabric medallion. Mother-of-pearl inlay hardware from Anthropologie adds a touch of sophisticated elegance to custom cabinetry from Centorbi Cabinetry.



Architectural beams and a painted barrel vault ceiling draw attention to the height of the 2-story entryway. Existing keystones above the archways were replaced with antique, hand-carved keystones sourced from Fellenz Antiques. “Every single door opening has a different keystone, which we painted to coordinate with the millwork,” says designer Kris Keller. The homeowners, avid collectors, found the bold oil painting by Milwaukee artist Beth Bojarski. It’s entitled “Gone Numb”.




shower was a typical 1990s compartmentalized, closed-in shower. “We cleared the space of everything but maintained the angularity of the vanity area,” says Keller. All cabinetry, designed by The Design Source Limited, was supplied by Karr Bick Kitchen & Bath, and provides additional storage. Floating, double-sided circular mirrors provide interesting character. The steeply coffered ceiling didn’t call attention to itself previously, according to Keller, and the design team directed Greene to again add clouds and birds, giving the space a touch of whimsy and personality. Flooring is porcelain tile resembling old, painted wood; it’s laid in a herringbone pattern. And the large, walk-in shower isn’t quite the size of a car wash, Inman jokes, but it might be close. “It’s also nice to have the easy accessibility of this shower in case we stay in this house a long time, and family members who are getting older may need an easy entryway like this,” she says. A house with great bones can be revitalized to reflect the way owners’ needs change with the passage of time. With the successful renovation completed, Inman says she and her husband are living differently in their home. “When you have a space that you enjoy, and you want to be in it, you use it more,” she says. “Before, there were spaces that were great, but they weren’t us, and we didn’t feel comfortable in them. But now we do.” See for resources and additional photos.

Designed by The Design Source Limited, the master bath was gutted in the remodel. Vanity-to-ceiling mirrors were removed and replaced with custom cabinetry from Karr Bick along with custom millwork fabricated by Higginbotham Homes. Floating circular mirrors hang from the ceiling; their double-sided construction add an interesting dimension. A solid marble backsplash is both practical and beautiful. Paint is Benjamin Moore AC-2 Berkshire Beige. The steeply coffered ceiling “was kind of a lost space before,” says Keller. “We gave it a little bit of personality by adding the clouds with a couple of little birds.”








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From daylilies to hostas, Chick and Bruce Buehrig share their garden and gardening knowledge By Lucyann Boston Photography by Kim Dillon





f there was a national gardening organization meeting in St. Louis during the past 25 years, chances are they made a visit to the stunning, two-acre hillside garden of Chick and Bruce Buehrig in Bellerive Acres. Be the groups favoring hostas, daylilies, daffodils, Japanese iris, conifers, perennials or just gardening in general, the Buehrigs have shared their plants and their knowledge of how to grow them with those visiting St. Louis. They have been equally generous with local garden clubs and community organizations. Both their garden and their knowledge have been built literally from the ground up. When the couple purchased their home in 1973, their favorite outdoor activity involved golf rather than gardening. They loved the neighborhood for its spacious yards, mature trees and proximity to a nearby bird sanctuary. Even though they weren’t avid gardeners, they happily accepted a “welcome to the neighborhood gift” from a Mrs. Hamm, who showed up at their front door. “She brought us a hosta,” recalls Bruce. “She told us that she was bringing us a plant that would grow in this shady neighborhood.” Mrs. Hamm turned out to be the grandmother of a Jon Hamm, who eventually became a famous actor and whose parents lived nearby. “It was the first thing we planted. She didn’t know the name of the hosta so we’ve always called it the ‘Mrs. Hamm Hosta’.” The fact that it was the first of 900 other hostas that would eventually be planted in the yard would have stunned them at the time. In those days their yard had so much shade, grass refused to grow. “Bruce only had to cut the back yard twice a summer,” Chick recalls. That was a good thing as the yard sloped sharply downhill toward a creek bed at the bottom of the hill and mowing was not an easy task. One area of the hillside also turned out to be a conduit for water racing from the top of the property to the creek bed, creating enough erosion that a large gulley formed. On top of that a number of the mature trees on the property reached the end of their natural lifespan and began to die and with them their roots that held the soil in place. Furthermore, a lack of tree cover meant more sun and more grass to mow. With their large yard calling to them and a decision made that they could no longer play golf, the couple gravitated toward gardening as an outdoor activity they could do together. To solve the erosion problem, they created a 200-yard, rock-filled dry streambed to absorb and channel the runoff water. A flagstone path solved the problem of getting a riding lawnmower up and











down the hillside to cut the additional grass. Those two hardscape features ended up dividing the yard into separate planting areas. Together, they worked with contractors to bring in rocks and create streams and waterfalls. Conifers were added for winter interest and color and Japanese maples for their architectural shapes and spring and fall foliage color, which can be as brilliant as any flower, Bruce notes. And, of course, there were hostas. Inspired by their first “Mrs. Hamm Hosta” and all that shade, Bruce quickly became a hosta expert and went on to jointly found with Brad Shanker the St. Louis Hosta Society. To add to their knowledge, the couple haunted the Missouri Botanical Garden to start taking classes, walking and observing. On one particular walk through the garden, the daylilies were in full bloom. “It was just beautiful,” Chick recounts, recalling her enchantment with the showy, colorful flowers. Toiling away in those beds, Chick encountered an elderly man whose wife was nearby in a wheelchair. The couple was Ed and Mary Schnarr. Ed shared some of his daylily knowledge with the fascinated Chick and mentioned that there was going to be a daylily sale at the garden in September, where Chick could purchase some lovely plants. “He also mentioned that he could use some help,” Chick says. Chick did not have to be asked twice. She joined the West County Daylily Club and started volunteering in the daylily garden, where she has been a stalwart for the past 30 years. Proud of her continued efforts, Bruce notes that she is part of a group of six people who have raised in excess of $275,000 for the garden through daylily divisions and sales, with the proceeds going toward projects identified by the horticultural staff at the garden.






In their own garden, their passions have created a comfortable division of labor with Bruce concentrating on the shady spots and Chick handling the sunny areas. As limbs died and trees fell, Chick has appropriated every additional ray of sun for her daylilies, which now number over 800 different plants. Some begin blooming by the end of May while others can bloom as late as August with rebloomers continuing into fall. The wide variety of daylily colors and differing shapes first captivated Chick. “They come in every color except supposedly a true blue,” Chick says, “but depending on the light, some of them can look blue. They like two things: sun and water.”“If you don’t have a heck of a lot of either one, they will still perform for you,” Bruce interjects. They also are relatively disease and pest free. “It is hard to kill a daylily,” both agree. If there is a downside to daylilies, it is, as the name implies, the blossoms last only one day but there are always other buds ready to open. To keep their garden looking its best, the Buehrigs deadhead the spent flowers each evening. In the height of daylily season in June and July, it can take the couple three hours apiece to deadhead the 800 plants. “It is a nice way to see the flowers and the next morning everything looks new,” Chick affirms. While the daylilies are Chick’s babies, Bruce is equally as enthusiastic when it comes to their daylily deadheading operation. “For us it is enjoyable. It gets you into the garden and seeing all the plants. For us, it is always wonderful to be in the garden.” See for resources and additional photos.



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1. Pinus strobus 'Contorta' (Eastern White Pine). 2. The conifer to the right of the pagoda is Cedrus atlantica 'Sahara Ice' (Blue Atlas Cedar). 3. Acer palmatum 'Mikawa Yatsuvusa' (Japanese Maple). 4. Tsuga canadensis 'Everitt's Golden' (Canadian Hemlock). 5. Hemerocallis 'Chokecherry Mountain' (daylily). 6. Fagus sylvatica 'Aurea Pendula' (Weeping Beech).









SUMMER CLIMBERS Your garden isn’t limited to the ground; take it to new heights! These climbing plants are the perfect addition to any landscape, whether delicately covering an archway in a garden or sprucing up a blank trellis. Here are some of our local landscapers’ favorites.

WATER Requires a medium amount of water.

SOIL Prefers rich, fertile soils.

LOCATION + LIGHT Needs part to full shade.

FLOWERING TIME Flowers May through July.

FERTILIZER Use slow-release or organic fertilizer in late winter or early spring. Another light application of organic feed or compost may be added in the summer.

PRUNING TIME Wait until plant has finished flowering to prune. This controls the growth habit.

MULCHING REQUIREMENTS Make sure rootstock is covered during winter.

If you love hydrangeas and have a vertical surface one would grow beautifully on, the climbing hydrangea may be the perfect fit. The climbing hydrangea clings to strong surfaces or trees and slowly creeps into a beautiful wall of green. It is safe for brick as long as its mortar is in good shape to begin with. It only sticks to surfaces, therefore, it cannot create damage on a perfectly good wall. It may, however, leave a sticky residue on the wall should you ever want to remove it. A butterfly magnet, the climbing hydrangea provides year-round interest but is typically grown for its white lace-cap blooms of early summer. Its green leaves turn to a beautiful yellow color in the fall and its bark's beautiful peeled texture provides an





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interesting dimension in the winter. Mature plants can create a standout piece in the landscape, growing up to 40 feet tall and around 24 inches wide in ideal conditions. Well-maintained climbing hydrangea can live up to 70 years. It's important to note that climbing hydrangea may take years to bloom as perennial vines typically do.

The stunning magenta-purple Bougainvillea Purple Queen produces an abundance of blooms. This climber can be grown either as a groundcover or an upward climber on a trellis that will drape any full sun to part sun area! Andria L. Graeler, Chesterfield Valley Nursery.

This gorgeous perennial climber, the Clematis, displays a long season of continuous light violet blooms. It is dependable, easy to grow and one of our most popular climbers at Greenscape Gardens. These irresistible flowers make a perfect addition to any arbor, mailbox, fence or pergola. Hillary Fitz, Greenscape Gardens.

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Hummingbirds find it from miles around! Many say “Major Wheeler”Trumpet Honeysuckle Vine, Lonicera, is the best red cultivar available. You can expect thousands of ruby-red trumpet-shaped blooms with yellow centers on this wonder. Hummingbirds are attracted to red tubular flowers and find “Major Wheeler” irresistible. “Major Wheeler” begins its fabulous show in late spring, with fresh, plump blossoms appearing all the way into late summer. Ann Lapides, Sugar Creek Nursery.

The Lonicera “Goldflame Honeysuckle” is the perfect vine for masking an unsightly chain link fence as it prefers to twine itself around another structure. Be sure to plant this vine in a location that the sweet smell of the blossoms will be enjoyed and the pretty pink and yellow blooms can be admired. This vine is easy to grow and prefers well-drained soil in full sun or partial shade. Sarah Riley, Bowood Farms.

The Hyacinth Bean is an annual climbing vine that may grow to its 15’-20’ potential every growing season. This vigorous plant produces large purple flowers in summer and shiny, dark purple beans after blooming. Once bean pods are dried on the vine, they can be harvested and stored indoors for the next spring sowing. It’s such a beautiful and low-maintenance plant that we look forward to growing every year. Bridget Clancy, Zick’s Great Outdoors.






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

June 1–15

Mow lawns frequently enough to remove no more than one-third the total height per mowing. There is no need to remove clippings unless excessive.

June 15 – 31

Spray trunks of peach trees and other stone fruits for peach tree borers. Plant tropical water lilies when water temperatures rise above 70 degrees. Prune and train young fruit trees to eliminate poorly positioned branches and to establish proper crotch angles. Remove infected leaves from roses. Pick up fallen leaves. Continue fungicidal sprays as needed.

July 1–15

Newly planted trees and shrubs should continue to be watered thoroughly, once a week. Keep deadheading spent annual flowers for continued bloom.

July 15 – 31 Divide bearded iris now. Set out broccoli, cabbage, and cauliflower transplants for the fall garden.


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GLORIOUS GARDEN When it comes to gardens, Julie Cobaugh is a life-long learner. By Lucyann Boston



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Her education began as a child, helping her mother “who was quite a gardener.” She has gone on to picking up gardening knowledge from every source possible. In the days when the St. Louis Symphony raised money through a Designers Show House, Julie served as the volunteer co-chair of the landscaping committee. “I loved working with all the landscape designers and watching the way they put pots together,” she says. “If I see a clever idea, I’ll write it down.”Those notes end up in Julie’s gardening notebook, "crammed” with years of information on plants, container combinations and gardening tips.





“I know I don’t have a PhD in design,” she continues, “but if you are doing something you love, you learn everywhere. I’m always looking for new ideas. I run around town to so many nurseries. I make it my business to know who has a good price and good quality plants.” Through the 31 years Julie and her husband, Charlie, have lived in their Ladue home, the garden, on approximately a half acre, has been transformed from a property with invasive shrub honeysuckle to a lush landscape accented with sunny perennial beds, flowering shrubs and verdant shade gardens. At its center, over 40, flower-filled pots, overflowing with bright yellows, dreamy blues, cool whites and occasional shots of pink transform a large brick patio into a floral showcase. Favorite container plants include pale blue, tropical plumbago; trailing blue/purple scaevola; tiny, petunia-like, yellow calibrachoa, and hot pink mandevilla vines. Julie fills her pots in early spring using regular potting mix, often with a dash of slow-release Osmocote fertilizer thrown in. During the heat of summer, the pots often need to be watered twice a day, with Charlie taking the early morning shift and Julie watering again later in the day. For Julie, the joy of her garden is in the flowers that fill her life. From the beginning of spring, introduced by flowering witch hazel and the 700 daffodil bulbs that bloom each year, her garden decorates the inside of her house as well as the outside. “I love cutting flowers and bringing them in my home,” she says with a smile. See for resources.



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DESIGN HALL OF FAME St. Louis Homes + Lifestyles is honoring six 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 2019 class of St. Louis Design Hall of Fame™ honorees.

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Donna Boxx, ALA, NCARB, CBG, HBA Donna F. Boxx, Architect, P.C. With an eye for architectural finesse and 40 years experience, Donna Boxx can deliver on new construction, an addition and/or a renovation you’ve been dreaming of from the beginning stages to the final product. Her design methodology encourages client participation and collaboration with engineers, consultants and contractors resulting in a finished product that always reflects the individuality of the client.

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What is your design style/philosophy? Donna: Good architectural design enhances our daily lives in ways that we wouldn't necessarily predict or expect. My goal is to provide the most cost-effective solutions by utilizing an optimal design plan that balances ideals, aesthetics and budget.

What advice would you give to someone just starting a design career? Donna: Be passionate and excited about working with others to enrich their lives. Have fun creating and be able to give something of yourself to others.

What does it take to deliver exceptional design? Donna: You need to listen carefully to the client. It’s not always what they say, but what they don’t say. I pay close attention to body language. Encourage their participation. Build a great team. It takes a team effort to complete your client's dream.

Tell us a place in St. Louis that inspires you in your career. Donna: WOW… tough to answer this one. Classic Webster Groves, Kirkwood, University City, Compton Heights, Lafayette Square and Portland Place as well as the Central West End.



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Bob Burmeister, Marc Christian Fine Cabinetry Bob Burmeister is the co-owner, cofounder and principal designer at Marc Christian Fine Cabinetry. His company works fluently with homeowners, architects, builders, contractors and interior designers in both new home building and in updating existing spaces throughout the home. Marc Christian Fine Cabinetry is an award-winning kitchen and bath design firm that brings quality and confidence to every project.

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What is your design style/philosophy?   Bob: I choose to listen to my clients’ desires and offer them assistance in making important and educated decisions on how to create their own comfortable lifestyle.      What questions do you ask your clients to help guide your design?   Bob: Budget is always important. Educate your clients about the many product options and their costs so they can choose what’s best for them. In many cases, it’s not an issue of spending the dollars, but whether they see value in the dollars they are about to spend.     What advice would you give to someone just starting a design career?   Bob: In my mind everything starts with education, so take some design courses along with drafting and CAD classes. In this profession, you will excel if you can create a virtual living environment that has style and charisma, and you can show your clients how that style will be incorporated into their lives.    How has the industry evolved since you started?   Bob: I remember when a kitchen was just a place to prepare food. Now it’s the entertaining center of the home. Bathrooms used to be a place to get ready to go out for the evening, and now they’re a place to relax in a spa-like atmosphere. Wine cellars have become popular lighted displays in dining rooms and family rooms. The home has become a favorite place to entertain, and I enjoy helping people be comfortable in their homes. Tell us a place in St. Louis that inspires you in your career.   Bob: I enjoy dining out and seeing various eateries and how they combine color, texture and lighting.

William D. Cover, AIA. William D. Cover, Architect LLC William D. Cover, also known as Bill, has designed new custom homes, additions and remodeling projects in the St. Louis area since 1976. He was awarded Excellence in Masonry by the Masonry Institute of St. Louis in 2006, and he continues to wow the architectural community with his precise and imaginative designs.

What is your design style/philosophy? William: A home should be inviting, comfortable, beautiful and logical. Rather than seeing the entire house from the front door, the curious explorer should be rewarded, but never confused. Timeless design is either genius or it has historical roots, or both. What is the first step you take when designing a project of any size? William: The first (and last) step in designing a home is to understand the facts, similar to having all of the pieces before you put a puzzle together. Most of the time, you will not know what pieces are missing until you begin solving the puzzle. What questions do you ask your clients to help guide your design? William: Besides the basic facts, which include identifying the setting, views, rooms, budget and timeline, I ask “feeling” questions about flow, style, privacy and priorities. What advice would you give to someone just starting a design career? William: My advice to anyone starting a design career is “do what you love.” My wife always says that I get paid to do my hobby, which is true.

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Tell us a place in St. Louis that inspires you in your career. William: Union Station is my favorite building in St. Louis. I’m inspired by Romanesque Revival, with all of its arches, groin ceilings and incredible stonework.



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Gigi Lombrano, ASID, NCIDQ Gigi Lombrano Interiors Gigi Lombrano lets no detail go unattended. Owner and designer at Gigi Lombrano Interiors since 2013, Gigi began practicing interior design in 1989 after receiving her degree in North Carolina. She believes collaboration with the homeowner and the team from the beginning of a project helps each home look like the very best version of the homeowner’s style.

What is your design style/philosophy? Gigi: I believe design should be timeless while being functional and comfortable, whether it's traditional, modern or something in between. Each client is unique, and I want their project to reflect them and speak their language and lifestyle. And fun, design should be fun! What does it take to deliver exceptional design? Gigi: It's important to really listen to the client and understand their likes and dislikes.  It's our job to educate the client about the options and help them select the best solutions for their project as well as being an advocate for them. Continually educating yourself and being collaborative with a team of industry professionals ensures the best project for your client. What advice would you give to someone just starting a design career? Gigi: Get a degree in Interior Design and take as many business classes as you can. Join a professional member organization and get NCIDQ certified. Work for a firm whose work you admire and build relationships with other industry professionals such architects, builders and vendor showrooms.    How has the industry evolved since you started? Gigi: The introduction of HGTV brought design into the mainstream.  The internet offers a wealth of resources for inspiration with Pinterest as well as most shelter magazines being easily accessed online for fresh content.  Tell us a place in St. Louis that inspires you in your career. Gigi: Anytime I can visit the Art Museum I find new inspiration. The Art Museum showcases such a diversity of art and cultures. I love the decorative arts wing filled with everything from gorgeous antiques to ultra modern pieces. 

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Mike Rachocki, The Scobis Company With over 20 years in the door and door hardware business, Mike Rachocki is the best of the best when it comes to custom, luxury doors. The Scobis Company focuses on the customer from the design stage to installation, ensuring that all needs are met in a timely and professional manner. As the owner of the Scobis Company, Mike Rachocki brings a personal and intricate touch to each custom door.

What is your design style/philosophy? Mike: I always identify the client's taste and desire to provide a finished product that melds with the architecture of the home or building.   What is the first step you take when designing a project of any size?  Mike: I like to have an overall view of the project. It takes more than simply understanding the portion we will be providing.    What advice would you give to someone just starting a design career?  Mike: You never stop learning new things. Keep your eyes open because you never know where your inspiration will come. How has the industry evolved since you started?  Mike: The internet has provided a vast resource for products and features. We are no longer constrained by what is available locally.   Tell us a place in St. Louis that inspires you in your career.  Mike: I love the beautiful homes off of Wydown, streets such as Brentmoor, Carlswold and Hillvale. These homes were built at a time where quality counted. The level of craftsmanship is impressive, and we strive to bring that level of craftsmanship into our own work.



Robert Srote, ALA, MBA Owner/Principal Schaub+Srote Architects, Planners, Interiors

Robert began his architectural career in 1996 and currently works as the Principal of Schaub + Srote Architects | Planners | Interiors. He is a member of the Association of Licensed Architects. A published author and esteemed architect both in St. Louis and across the nation, Robert Srote’s work enhances built environments while remaining in harmony with the surrounding natural landscape.

What does it take to deliver exceptional design? Robert: Surrounding yourself with a team that is smarter than you and shares your vision. This group dynamic encourages everyone to grow, continuously improve and consistently deliver exceptional results. What advice would you give to someone just starting a design career? Robert: Get comfortable being uncomfortable. The only way to grow in a design career is to do what makes you uncomfortable. Design ability isn’t something you are born with, or at least I wasn’t. It’s a skill that takes years, even decades to develop. You have to continuously seek ways to hone and adapt your skills to changing lifestyles. A millennial isn’t looking for the same design as a baby-boomer and vice versa. Know your audience and always under promise and over deliver. Photography by Elizabeth Ann Photography

How has the industry evolved since you started? Robert: Like any industry, technology is changing the field of architecture. Physical scale models have been replaced with computer modeling and virtual reality walk-throughs. However, the underlying principles of good design haven’t changed. You can create a great virtual reality fly-by of a defective design, and you have a high-tech waste of time and money. Tell us a place in St. Louis that inspires you in your career. Robert: 120 N. Ballas Rd., The Frank Lloyd Wright House in Ebsworth Park. It is a 1,900-square-foot masterwork set on 10.5 acres that, in true Wright style, uses the basic principles of design to create a functional work of art.





FUTURISTIC HIGH FASHION The Tulip Chair has soared in popularity for decades due to its slim, modernist design.

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Like many designers after World War II, Eero Saarinen strove to cut excess and make sleek furniture with a focus. One of his focuses — or rather obsessions — was with the bottom of chairs. He felt that no designer had ever focused on a chair bottom before and that it showed. He commented, “The undercarriage of chairs and tables in a typical interior makes an ugly, confusing, unrestful world. I wanted to clear up the slum of legs. I wanted to make the chair all one thing again.” He succeeded in making a chair with an interesting seat and base; it was the Tulip Chair, manufactured by the Knoll company in New York City in 1957. To make the chair “all one thing again,” he tried to make the chair’s base completely out of fiberglass to match the seat shell. However, when he tested the prototype, the base was so prone to breaking that he had to think



twice about his design materials. Instead of a fiberglass base, Saarinen went with painted cast aluminum to provide the user with safer support. His need to cut excess and keep designs clean played into this chair’s futuristic aesthetic. However, the chair wasn’t created alone; it was actually created out of need for chairs to match his equally futuristic table, called the Lippa Table. With a removable leather or fabric cushion in a variety of colors, the Tulip Chair goes with more than just its counterpart, the Lippa Table. Feel free to pair this seat with any modern dining room set or add a dash of modern design to any room. It’s a classic piece with a rich history, having won an award from the Museum of Modern Art and the Design Center Stuttgart. It also won the Federal Award for Industrial Design in 1962. See for resources.



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PUTTING THE PUZZLE TOGETHER Interior designer Stephanie Pohlman reconfigured her parents' kitchen to create a new light and bright space. By Melissa Mauzy Photography by Anne Matheis

Stephanie Pohlman laughs that her parents’ kitchen has been outdated since they moved in 25 years ago. “Think floral wallpaper, oak cabinets and a big soffit,” she describes. With all of their children grown and out of the house, John and Sue Rasch were ready for a freshening up. With a door and window that looked out to the couple’s beautiful back yard, Stephanie knew the space had a lot of potential with natural light to make it feel bigger. One of the top priorities for the remodel was to create an open feel, which they achieved by knocking down a wall that separated the kitchen from the living room. “I wanted to be able to entertain easily, and it was so hard with the wall separating the two spaces,” Sue explains. With the wall gone, the biggest challenge came in figuring out how to make the two spaces work together as one. Stephanie and

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her father, John, who is an engineer, had fun figuring out how to put the puzzle together. The two spent months creating and perfecting AutoCAD drawings until they found the right layout to accommodate both kitchen and living space. The final solution was to move the kitchen to the back of the open area and relocate the pantry and laundry room while also adding sliding French doors to bring in natural light and make the outdoor space more usable. With their plan in place, they began picking out the design details to bring the vision to life. Stephanie says her mom’s biggest requirement was to keep the kitchen bright and happy, so she incorporated natural wood, lots of



white and cream tones plus brass hardware. “We were drawn toward a coastal/farmhouse look,” Stephanie says. The designer created a 3D drawing of her design as well as an inspiration board to help her parents visualize the final outcome. Sue says she trusted her daughter’s decisions 100 percent. “It was a learning process but also a lot of fun to see Stephanie’s ideas,” Sue says. “She really took into consideration what I described and turned it into exactly what I wanted.” Kitchen cabinetry was selected first, and Stephanie says finding the natural wood island cabinetry gave her the most inspiration and drove the rest of the design choices. The perimeter cabinetry is white with a white subway tile for the light, bright look Sue desired. The

custom range hood is trimmed in natural wood to complement the island and features an “x” detail for a farmhouse flair. The bay window used to have a door to the deck, but the designer changed the space to all windows and added a picturesque window seat with bench seating that includes storage underneath, which Sue says was so important since they lost the wall in the kitchen where cabinets and storage once were. The spot is also one of Stephanie’s favorite features in the kitchen. “I always envisioned my daughter and all the grandkids sitting in the window seat watching my dad cook,” she says. Sue loves the French doors as they bring the outdoors in and

allow guests to easily access the deck. Separating the new kitchen and living room is a dining space with a new farmhouse-style table and chairs. Stephanie says they really thought of everything for this space, which, she adds, wasn’t your typical remodel. Moving the kitchen into the back of the area meant relocating the laundry room and pantry. Putting the puzzle together took time, but in the end Stephanie says they “utilized every inch of space we had.” And Sue agrees. “Every day when I walk out of my bedroom into the kitchen and living area, I just smile,” she says. See for resources.





ANNE MARIE DESIGN STUDIO 17014 New College Avenue, Suite E Wildwood, Missouri 63040 636-821-3395




s a well established interior design firm in St. Louis, with over twenty years in the industry, MJM Design Company delivers a full line of services to residential and commercial clients, from remodels, whole homes, single rooms and consultations. As a LEED Green Associate with additional education in green and sustainable design, Joyce can help you select the proper appliances, heating and cooling units, other energy saving elements and overall health conscious materials. Her work has been featured in publications and in many homes around the area. Whether you are focusing on Kitchen and/or Bath design, remodeling, renovating, accessible and/or universal design, or you are just hoping to update your look, MJM Design Company can help! See MJM Design Company profile on


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.



Teddy Karl, Allied ASID 9708 Clayton Road, Ladue, MO 63124 314-995-5701

Meghan Heeter, Allied ASID 7707 Clayton Road, Clayton, MO 63117 Office: 314-727-6622


eddy Karl, Allied ASID, principal designer has over 20 years experience. He is skilled in all areas of the interior design process. Teddy's consider's himself a classic traditionalist with meticulous attention to detail and a touch of the unexpected. He loves to mix pattern and texture to create a sophisticated, well put-together look. Teddy 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, window treatments, lamps, tables, artwork, accessories 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. Let us help you create the home of your dreams.


s a former writer, Meghan Heeter believes that thoughtful interior design tells a unique story — one of form, function, culture and style. Her passion for design and decorative arts has led her to Castle Design, St. Louis’ premier interior design firm, where she works closely with clients to create beautiful interior environments. An Allied ASID member, Meghan specializes in high-end residential design and her projects feature her uniquely fresh and polished aesthetic.

ACCENT ON CABINETS Kathy Israel 16668 Old Chesterfield Road, Chesterfield, MO 63017 314-482-5590


athy Israel counts more than 18 years experience as a professional kitchen and bath designer. Having begun designing cabinetry in Chatham MA in 1982, and moving to St. Louis in 1998, her award-winning projects have gained national attention. Her cabinets are synonymous with the finest quality and service along with elegant and understated cabinetry designs for every room of the home. She believes it's the attention you pay to the little things that can take a project from pretty to show-stopping. Cabinets are custom-designed to suit your space and your lifestyle. Our award-winning team works within each individuals needs and budget. From the initial design concepts to the onsite installation, the same care and professionalism are provided throughout the project. Call to schedule a free consultation, or visit our showroom. STLOUISHOMESMAG.COM JUNE/JULY 2019




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enise Deen, Certified kitchen and bath designer and owner of Detailed Designs by Denise, has enjoyed helping clients create amazing kitchens, baths and basements for 30 years. Our design team, Denise Deen and Becka Chick, 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.

aumHouse design is a kitchen, bath, interior remodeling, cabinetry and product showroom. Owner Julie Baum provides a single point of contact for both the design and construction phases of a project. As an interior design firm, BaumHouse design brings you a design solution, specific to your budget, lifestyle and aesthetic desires through education and years of experience. As a project management specialist, 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. Call for an appointment or visit our website for photos of our past projects. "More than designing spaces...We design lifestyles."

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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.





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orma O’Bryan, owner and designer of Discount Draperies has been in the custom window treatment industry for 20+ years. Rachel Heffern joined our team in 2010 bringing her fabricating and design expertise with 20+ years of experience. We bring all of the fabric options directly to you and we will always ensure a perfect fit for your home. We create computer visual aids based on the styles and fabrics of your room. We ensure that one of our designers will be present during the installation to make sure every detail is dressed properly, any mess is cleaned, and that the window treatment is exactly as envisioned. Window treatments are the perfect way to tie all of your design elements together.

ML Interior Design, founded by Jeanne Lashmett in 2005, is an exceptional interior design firm based in St. Louis Missouri. Jeanne has been in the interior design industry for over 25 years and is a licensed designer as well as NCIDQ certified. Her ability and expertise over the last 25 years have allowed her to create stunning interior design solutions from residential to commercial and much more. She takes pride in a strong attention to detail and really listens to her clients to create exactly what they are looking for.


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etty has been designing residential interiors for her clients since 1994. The importance of keeping pace with her clients’ ever-evolving lifestyles has always been a challenging goal. Blending old and new things without being overly formal and working with the home’s architecture to create a timeless and collected look is so important in the design of interiors that truly reflect the owner. Whether designing just one room or an entire home, it really becomes a true connection and collaboration with the client. 2018 St. Louis Homes + Lifestyles platinum Bath of the Year co-winner with Bob Burmeister/Marc Christian Cabinetry. See my work on pages 22–29.








A Belleville-area home gets a traditional and functional redo — that also makes the most of lake views.

By Barbara E. Stefàno Photography by Anne Matheis Contractor/Remodeler: Scharf Building Services Kitchen Design: Alspaugh Kitchen & Bath

A plumbing catastrophe that damaged rooms on both floors was just the excuse Margaret Lowery needed to update a home that was stuck in the ‘70s and ill-equipped for her 70s. While she’s a ways away from that age milestone, she wanted designer Debbie Jacobs of Alspaugh Kitchen & Bath to use the opportunity to plan a home that would serve her needs for many years to come, whatever her physical abilities will be. “Thirty years ago, I broke my back in a horseback riding accident. Three major reconstructive surgeries, a year in a body cast and countless hours in [physical therapy] learning to walk again, and I don’t take my mobility for granted,” Margaret explains. She worked with Debbie to not only plan reconstruction of the damaged rooms, but to reconfigure other areas of the home to better suit her needs. The kitchen was dark and outdated and not entirely functional for a household where social gatherings are important. “We spent a lot of time planning the kitchen so that everything would be reachable within a single step. We planned the kitchen so that if I had to cook sitting on a stool or in a wheelchair, I could,” says Margaret. Margaret designed a conservatory addition that would brighten the kitchen and provide a view of the nearby lake. Next, she answered Margaret’s desire for high-quality appliances with a Wolf range and convection steam oven, SubZero refrigerator, plus separate freezer drawers, icemaker and beverage center.

“On either side of the refrigerator and double oven, we built in 6-inch columns that hold oils, spices and cooking accessories,” Debbie says. “There was a cooktop with a brick surround before, so it was very closed off. [The columns] added an amazing amount of storage in a very small space, and it was a decorative element as well. She has a lot of appliances in there, so we had to make every inch count.” Debbie made use of dead space for a custom walnut hutch where Margaret displays pretty china and glassware and restructured the room to create a butler’s pantry. An 8-foot island provides more usable counter space as well as a spot for guests to hang out. The layout gives Margaret easy access to everything with nary more than a step or two. “I don’t feel like I’m running a marathon to fix a sandwich or put away groceries …I can enjoy the most beautiful views of the lake and make a meal without becoming exhausted. I am also reassured that if something happens to my health, I will have a house that is functional for me to live in.” And there are personal touches, too, like an antique fireback she purchased in Scotland and the Black Forest breakfast room table from Southern Germany. The pieces honor her father’s Scottish roots and her mother’s German heritage. “The heart of my home pays homage to my family’s past while allowing me to function well into the future.” See for resources.





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SAVORING SWITZERLAND The luxe mountain town of St. Moritz was made for St. Louisans and for any Midwesterner with a fondness for fashion, food and off-season deals. By Jamie Siebrase



How do you measure time? For the watchmakers at Gübelin — the second jeweler to land in St. Moritz — there’s an easy answer dating back to the 1600s, involving a rotor, gears and the escapements tucked inside Swiss reformationist John Calvin’s austere timepieces. But there are more interesting ways to track one’s minutes in St. Moritz, a chic resort town nestled in the Engadin valley. You might count, for example, the number of bites it takes to devour the local specialty, Capuns, at the Chesa Veglia, a former farmhouse serving traditional Swiss fare in a cozy, rustic environment. An even better metronome is the number of sips in a glass of Pinot-Noir from the Maienfeld wine-growing region, best enjoyed in Le Grand Hall at Badrutt’s Palace Hotel, a five-star property with opulent architecture, breathtaking views and an unforgettable spa. (Make sure to ask the concierge for the backstory on the giant picture window that inspired Alfred Hitchcock's "The Birds.") Rooms at Badrutt’s Palace Hotel go for $2,000 a night during ski season, when billionaires and celebrities roll into town. Summer rates, though, start in the mid-$300s, giving savvy guests access to top-notch service and amenities — grass tennis courts and Michelin star-rated chefs included — at a fraction of the cost. It’s easy to get a feel for Switzerland’s dynamic topography by riding the Glacier Express into St. Moritz, the train’s terminus, where the high-altitude landscape looks exactly like what you’re expecting from the Heidi VHS box:

Photography by Jamie Siebrase

Snow-capped alpine peaks cradle sparkling lakes and meadows inhabited by roaming goats and cows with bells dangling from their fat necks. Decadence is encouraged throughout Switzerland, so don’t be shy about indulging, whether that means shopping a slew of top luxury brands (Hermès, Gucci, Bottega Veneta, et cetera) lining St. Moritz’s cobblestone streets — or sampling handmade Swiss chocolate at Gianottis Pontresina — or joining the head sommelier at Badrutt’s Palace Hotel for a tour of their impressive cellar, containing over 30,000 bottles of vino. Swiss wines aren’t particularly expensive, but they’re exclusive nonetheless because you can’t get them anywhere else in the world. Only 1.5 percent of wine produced in Switzerland is exported. It’s not snobbery, just basic economics: At 8 francs per kilogram of grapes, raw materials are pricey; add to that taxes and shipping fees, and it doesn’t make sense for the Swiss to sell their wine abroad. So it stays put — all the more reason to enjoy a few glasses. But first check out the fairways at Golf Engadin St. Moritz, home to the St. Moritz


Courtesy of Badrutt's Palace Hotel


Photography by Jamie Siebrase

Photography by Jamie Siebrase



Gold Cup (July 4 to 7), the St. Moritz U.S. Celebrity Golf Cup for Ryder Cup Trust (July 22 to 29) and the GolfersChoice Engadin Pro AM (August 25 to 27). A walk is nice, too, along the paved path bordering Lake St. Moritz, a popular destination for fishing, sailing, kitesurfing and stand-up paddle boarding. You can’t go to Switzerland without seeing the Alps. For some seriously scenic views, climb 700 meters on the red funicular from Punt Muragl to the Muottas Muragl, where a moderate half-day hike on the aptly named Panoramic Trail takes tourists from Muottas Muragl to Alp Languard. Swiss hiking trails are dotted with charming huts, and a hearty lunch at the Paradis hut on Alp Languard is a must before hopping a chairlift back to Pontresina. It’s tempting to bide all of your time in St. Moritz, but consider exploring other portions of the countryside, especially Zurich, the nation’s largest city, and the southern canton of Ticino with its palm-lined lakes and strong Italian influences. If you make it to Ticino, consider lodging at Hotel Eden Roc in Ascona, just a short walk from an enticing lakeside promenade and the Golf Patriziale Ascona. Switzerland is pure magic. Through its centralized location, the tiny nation has absorbed the best parts of its surrounding countries – Italy, France, Germany, Austria, and Liechtenstein – becoming a mosaic of people, food and languages spread over 26 cantons (similar to states). Back in St. Moritz, in the eastern canton of Graubünden, there are hundreds – if not thousands – of unique ways to keep time. But when you’re visiting paradise, here’s the best way measure the moments: Notice how often time stops completely as you pause to marvel at the elegant wonders that abound. See for resources.

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Create the ultimate backyard escape by incorporating a relaxing hot tub into your pool and landscape design. Check out these inspiring spas and start planning a spot to escape and unwind. By Melissa Mauzy

1 Photography by Outvision Photography.

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

Local: Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO Photography courtesy of Mary Lou Olson, Phoebe Mussman, Justin Barr

Henry Shaw, an 18-year-old Englishman, came to St. Louis to sell hardware and cutlery; by the time of his death, he’d have planted the seed that would grow into the Missouri Botanical Garden, a National Historic Landmark and beloved jewel of St. Louis history. The woods and prairies around St. Louis were still largely untouched in 1819, the year of Shaw’s arrival. The story says that one day on a leisurely ride, Shaw found a stretch of untouched land that he decided to make his own. After 40 years of living in the St. Louis area, he opened his land to scientists and horticulturists such as Dr. George Engelmann, a

great, early American botanist. Together, they created one of the first botanical gardens in the United States. Today, the Missouri Botanical Garden, which opened to the public in 1859, offers several different types of garden areas such as formal, demonstration and internationally styled. They also offer a range of classes for visitors to teach them the importance of plant conservation and sustainability, two ideas that Henry Shaw was very passionate about in his lifetime. Come out and visit a garden, attend a class or be blown away by one of the Missouri Botanical Garden's events!

International: Gardens of Ephrussi de Rothschild, Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, France Photography provided by S. Lloyd

The story of the villa and gardens of Ephrussi de Rothschild begins with tragedy. After her young marriage failed in the face of gambling and debt, Beatrice de Rothschild, daughter to a wealthy baron, moved back in with her family. Upon her father’s death, she inherited his wealth and moved to Cap Ferrat, a stretch of hilly land on the coast of France. The landscaping process took a total of seven years, and the Baroness called on Harold Peto and Achille Duchene, renowned landscapers across Europe and the United States. Because the hillside was largely made of rocks and constantly beaten by wind, Beatrice used dynamite to clear the hillside and brought new soil to her location from the mainland. When she began inhabiting her new villa in 1912, four hectares visible from the house were not yet landscaped. She did this so she could plan her gardens in person and visualize how they’d look from her window. The grounds contain nine different themed gardens for guests to enjoy, all connected with a path. Every year, the gardens of Ephrussi de Rothschild opens its doors to painters who want to feel inspired by the gardens in an event called The Painters’ Day.



National: Biltmore Gardens, Asheville, NC Photography courtesy of the Biltmore Company

George Vanderbilt knew that he wanted to build his country estate in the Blue Ridge Mountains as soon as he laid eyes on the area in 1888. He was the grandson of the industrialist Cornellius Vanderbilt and strove to build a home and surrounding gardens that would live up to his grandfather’s legacy. Vanderbilt enlisted the help of America’s famous landscape architect, Frederick Law Olmstead, to create both formal and informal gardens for his family, friends and guests. Olmstead worked alongside Vanderbilt to make the grounds a lush example of conservation. One feat they undertook together was planting the first-ever managed forest, or a forest made and manicured toward long-term sustainability. Today, Biltmore Gardens strives to preserve Vanderbilt’s and Olmstead’s love for conservation and sustainability through its six acres of solar panels. Expert horticulturists work daily on the assortment of gardens on the estate, the most famous being the rose garden, which features more than 250 breeds. Vanderbilt’s daughter opened up the estate to the public in 1930 to help increase tourism to the area during the Great Depression, and its grounds and gardens have been bringing joy to its visitors ever since.



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Black Window Trim From the coast of California to the bold design of Scandinavia, black window trim has finally made its way into St. Louis style. But is it just making an appearance, or is it here to stay? Here’s what some of our local design professionals had to say. Edited by Moe Godat Photography courtesy of Pella Windows


Black is always classic when it is part of the overall design concept and is architecturally appropriate. Based on the idea of historic iron and steel windows, black can add emphatic sophistication and solidity to a project. I would not recommend dousing an entire house with gray paint. I would not suggest painting trims black just to be trendy. It all has to make sense. Renée Céleste Flanders, Steinway & Sons. While some people may think that black windows are a new trend, they have been around since 1920 when the cost of steel was very low. Black windows have never gone out of style, and they help set the tone for a home. They are versatile, pairing well with a variety of design choices. Use the black as another design element in your home. Just like the plain white tee and denim jeans, black windows are a timeless classic! Kathy Israel, Accent on Cabinets. Black window trim favors the transitional to contemporary side of design. The very formal look of a home is slowly evolving into a more sophisticated yet comfortable layout. The black window trim is adding an architectural element to this evolution. Today’s updates are trending toward rooms with clean lines and neutral tones. The black window trim frames that picture and presents a finished look. It may be a craze for some, but I think it has potential to become a classic as form and function continue to transition. Georgine O’Donnell, O’Designs. Anything black or white NEVER goes out style. That being said, black window trim definitely reads better in a classic home setting or a retro renovation. Not every space can handle black window trim; if not done properly (addressing the rest of the room appropriately and with contrast) it can definitely look out of place. The more folks see it used improperly, the quicker clients will dismiss the idea. Natalie Pinson, Creative Endeavors. Although they are definitely seeing resurgence in the design world, I think black steel windows are a timeless and beautiful addition to any home. They provide a lovely contrast to the light, bright interiors that are so popular right now. Mind you, cheaply executed thick, black vinyl



windows that are "following the craze" are not necessarily in the same category. In my opinion, they can look clunky and cheap; but, solidly and professionally built steel windows will never go out of style. Allison Dozier, Allison Dozier Interiors. Black is elegant, sophisticated, prestigious and empowering. Black creates an illusion of depth and offers transparency when needed. Black is subtle while adding substance and weight, draws attention yet can fade away, and gives power to other hues sharing the same palette. Geri Hayes, Ideas Only: Color + Design + Lighting.


Black window moldings are definitely a craze. Black is heat absorbent and does not age well; it degrades and looks chalky. It will increase energy cost due to it absorption of heat. Finally, it is stark and creates a very high contrast appearance which is not what most people find appealing in interiors. David Schneider, Pure Home Design. Every room needs a touch of black—so put it on the window trim! Black window trim is very sophisticated, bold and dramatic.  It is a great way to add depth and dimension to any room in a house. I use black, as well as other bold colors, to glam up a space and to provide contrast. Painting the window trim in black instantly adds energy to a room. Black trim is having a big moment right now, but I don’t feel like it has eternal staying power. I think black window trim is more of a long-term trendy design element versus a classic design element. Barbara Collins, Barbara Collins Interior Design Black window trim adds a distinct detail to a home by accentuating the mullions and design of the windows. Although black window trim has been used in commercial architecture for many years, the rise of the use in the residential market is a welcomed craze for many architectural styles from farmhouse to modern homes. Chris Paul, B.A. Interior Design.




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