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A Clayton couple restores a historic home to the mid-century masterpiece it once was.

36 WHEN NOWHERE ELSE CAN COMPARE These world-traveling homeowners could have chosen to live anywhere but decided to renovate instead.


46 A SHARED SPACE Warson Woods homeowners love to open their landscape to fellow gardeners, and the expierence has made all the difference in their one-of-a-kind property.

ON THE COVER PAGE 74 PHOTOGRAPHY BY ANNE MATHEIS. With three boys to feed, the couple knew they’d be spending a lot of waking hours in their kitchen and wanted it to be a focal point in their home.



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DO YOU HYGGE? If you think you don’t, you probably do and just don’t know it!

My pup, a cozy sofa plus fluffy pillows equals hygge at The Porch in Wildwood. Photography by Colin Miller/Strauss Peyton.

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Hygge is a design and lifestyle philosophy originating in Denmark that has become popular throughout Scandinavia and beyond. As a design style, hygge evokes a feeling of coziness and contentment. Living the hygge way combines enjoying life's simplest pleasures, experiencing a feeling of well being and practicing graciousness. That real hygge feeling can be experienced anywhere, alone or with friends. Hygge has no boundaries and complements any design style. All it takes is a comfy chair, a warm throw, a fluffy pillow, hand-knit socks and a few candles and your hygge ranking starts rising (page 14, 82-83). A cup of hot chocolate or glass of wine would be the icing on the cake! Make that a King Cake, please! Boy oh boy, did I get out of my comfort zone last weekend by entering a King Cake bake off during the 2018 STL Mardi Gras celebration. Who said you have to "try new things, be fearless, be bold, be courageous, be daring, be adventurous and believe you can accomplish more”? Who said that without including that it may give you a belly ache? Anonymous, that's who! Anonymous also said, "It's ok to be scared.  Being scared means you're about to do something really, really brave." Brave I was. Having never baked a King Cake before, I had a practice round the week prior with the magazine staff as my taste testers. Honestly, I think they were practicing hygge graciousness with their reviews. Without a doubt, going into the



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competition I had to up my game. The second guessing nearly killed me.  Will my dough rise both times? Should I add more milk to the icing so it will drip down the sides just the way I want? Even rolling out the dough, I used a tape measure to make sure I rolled the dough to the exact size for the next step of spreading the filling. Hiding a tiny baby, which symbolizes the baby Jesus, within the cake was my next challenge. The King Cake, plus the baby, is a longtime Mardi Gras tradition, and for the life of me, I couldn't find a baby. I had to resort to hiding a tiny green alien instead. My creation was definitely “out of this world”! Several of our featured homeowners in this issue also stepped outside their comfort zones by exploring new trends and techniques. Some by taking on partial rehabs (pages 26-35) (pages 64-67), and others by tackling a total gut rehab (pages 36-45) (pages 74-77) in order to realize their dreams. Anonymous comes in handy again with this quote, "I'm not telling you it's going to be easy, I'm telling you it's going to be worth it." Did you notice? We are sporting a new soft-touch cover. It's another subtle change for St. Louis Homes + Lifestyles in 2018! Don't you just love surprises?  We'll be throwing more at you all year long. Enjoy!

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Pronounced “hoo-ga” or “hue-gah,” this Danish concept is so hot right now. Embrace the coziness of hygge by transforming your living space into a warm, comfortable atmosphere.

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Davis has been in the design business for more than 18 years. Eight years ago, she opened her retail shop on Manchester Road, where customers can find charming one-of-a-kind pieces carefully selected with Barb’s keen eye to create a room that feels collected, not decorated. SLHL: What is your design style? Barb: I am a traditionalist at heart. Timeless style and quality pieces are always incorporated in my design work. My love for all things French is carried through in all that I do. My carefully selected antiques command attention, as does my high standard for fabric selection and workmanship. SLHL: How does your store reflect your design style? Barb: I’m in the business of making people happy, and my store is the inspiration starting point for my clients. My European buying trips and French influence sets me apart, both as a designer and a retail store, allowing you to experience the difference! SLHL: How do you update a tired room? Barb: Remove items that no longer inspire you. A fresh coat of paint always makes things brighter. Add new pillows to refresh your sofa. Try a new furniture layout to make the old look new again. SLHL: What is the best advice you can give to your client? Barb: Decorating your home is a process. Be patient. Buy once and buy well. SLHL: You are not one to follow trends, but what one item in your store would you consider classic, yet trendy? Barb: My gold two-tier bar cart. A bar cart is always classic and functional and definitely trending right now. SLHL: Your store has become quite the destination for antiques. When buying antiques, do you keep your clients in mind or buy just for the store? Barb: I always have my clients and my store in mind. Buying what I love seems to satisfy both! SLHL: You have had your retail store for eight years. What’s next for you and your business? Barb: It’s a privilege to provide a store front that inspires and makes people happy. I’m beyond grateful to work with such amazing clients who have allowed me to decorate their homes. I think it's time to write a book...stay tuned!



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UNRAVELING ABSTRACT LAYERS A local artist finds beauty in abstract form. By Tyler Bierman Photography by Colin Miller/Stauss Peyton


or Andy Hahn, creativity was something he was born with. He was always fascinated by an artist’s ability to portray a subject accurately, but he wasn’t always so fascinated by the abstract side. Hahn describes that “juvenile” way of looking at art as, “If it wasn’t photo realistic, then it just wasn’t art to me.” So, why did he become an abstract artist? Well, as he matured and obtained his degree in graphic design, abstract art actually began as an escape from the technical art he did for a living. “I realized along the way that there’s beauty in the abstract form. How the textures, colors and tonality can evoke complex feelings in a more subconscious way,” he explains. From there, he began selling his work and doing commissioned pieces. Hahn’s process is “as much about adding as subtracting.” He builds up layers of texture first with a clear gel, then he starts with light colors followed by dark colors. As he paints he will take a rag and remove the darker layers, revealing the light paint underneath to create thought-provoking context to a piece with no real intentionality. In the early days, Hahn found inspiration in simple objects, colors and everyday life, but as he’s evolved he started creating with more intentional context that tie in emotion often through text. Hahn explains, “A little over a year ago I got divorced. It’s a very personal life change that many people experience and it impacts you fundamentally as a human. As a result, I did a lot of pieces of the calming blues and greens of the waters of Tahiti to bring a little calm and structure to my life. It’s not necessarily a direct subject or story, but you can feel the intentionality of the soothing colors.” Hahn has even begun venturing into some metal artwork that plays with both the strength and delicateness of the medium often including pristine as well as rusted metal, rivets and different types of materials, like wood, to create a personal emotional idea for viewers to unravel.



Hahn’s newest work has both a funny and somewhat uncomfortable edge. As he explains, “It explores the dichotomy between what we express externally versus what we hold internally.” He continues, “I’m manifesting this mainly through words that are obvious and visible combined with partially obscured words in the textured surface. It’s a study on human nature and our need for validation and the perceived perfection in our lives, in conflict with our innate inability to be vulnerable and transparent, resulting in a clear contradiction between the two.” Even given his quick success, Hahn is still an emerging artist and there’s still plenty that he aspires to. One goal is becoming more locally known and even getting into the St. Louis Art Fair, a feat that he has some real inspiration to shoot for. As Hahn explains, “I was commissioned to do some paintings for the Carrollton Bank in Clayton, which now hangs in their conference room overlooking the fair. So, every year as I admire the other artists I’m kind of in the show even if it’s not official.” Additionally, Hahn has been commissioned for a plethora of artwork internationally that ranges from pieces that hang in financial institutions to abstract family portraits, but the biggest accomplishment for him is simply being able to share his art. See for more photos and resources.

Photography courtesy of Hahn.





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


‘Sides’ Once you know veggies like Vicia knows veggies, you’ll love veggies too.



The farm-to-fork philosophy at Vicia is nothing new to the culinary world, but owners Michael and Tara Gallina’s execution of their vegetable-forward menu is turning the usual meat-first habit on its head. Proteins that would normally dominate the plate often take a backseat to unexpectedly hearty plant-based alternatives. Award-winning executive chef Michael Gallina, who opened Vicia with wife Tara as the general manager just over a year ago, honed his skills alongside his future wife at James Beard Award-winning Blue Hill under chef Dan Barber. There, the pair learned valuable lessons in cultivating the finest ingredients and elevating even the humblest ones to new levels. “It’s a celebration of what's coming in from the farm each day,” says Tara. “Sometimes you’re awash in lots of beautiful produce. Sometimes it’s a bunch of rutabagas and you have to figure out how to make that exciting.” For example, those same rutabagas — or another firm seasonal vegetable — might be sliced very thin to serve as the “tortilla” for a

" When they see how satisfying something like a roasted beet aged in beef fat can be, or a rutabaga carbonara, they’re often shocked."

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Rutabaga Carbonara.

flavorful build-your-own taco, complete with any combination of pickled vegetable, marinated greens, mushrooms, sauces and more. “It’s one of the most popular things we do, especially with turnips, which is normally kind of a hard sell,” Tara says. “I love hard sells — they always end up surprised.” The Gallinas enjoy the surprises as well. They pay close attention to what the land provides and let the available bounty guide them. It means twice-weekly menu changes at minimum, and endless opportunities for innovation. “We’re not doing anything weird or strange, like odd parts and stuff, but we like to take a fresh approach. It’s all pretty friendly and surprising in a positive way,” she adds.

Tara and Michael Gallina. STLOUISHOMESMAG.COM MARCH 2018




Since Vicia’s opening, the Gallinas have expanded their offerings into snack menus and chef’s tasting menus, both of which have been a hit with their customers. Hungry diners have come in droves for gatherings around the woodfire grill, eagerly indulging in the complex flavors that emerge with each course. “The [tasting] experience asks them to be open-minded and let us serve them,” Tara says. “When they see how satisfying something like a roasted beet aged in beef fat can be, or a rutabaga carbonara, they’re often shocked. Trust me, they’re not walking away hungry.” See for more information.

Turnip Shell Tacos.

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COOKING SCHOOL MENU Rutabaga Carbonara: Hearty rutabaga is the “noodle” in this carbonara dish. The sauce includes egg yolk, bacon and sarvecchio cheese, making for a veggie-heavy dish that’s so rich “it really plays with your mind,” says Tara. Turnip Shell Tacos: Thinly sliced turnip “tortillas” reign in a wealth of flavor in these tacos: mushrooms, squash sofrito, black beans, kale, hot sauce and whatever else just feels good at the moment. Beef Fat Roasted Beets: Aging a common beet in beef fat lends a distinct umami to this root vegetable. “It allows this interesting kind of fermentation with the incorporation of beef flavor.” The beets are cooked on a grill and served with yogurt-tahini sauce and oil for dipping.

Wines forVegetable-Forward Cuisine When vegetables are the lead, look at the whole dish for the best wine pairing.



Vina Eguia.

By Lorraine Raguseo Photography courtesy of Quintessential Wines Bodega Valentin Bianca.

More often than not, the wines that work best with a particular dish are those that complement the predominant flavors in the recipe. Meats of all kinds are usually the dominant flavors that grab the taste buds, so the palate needs something that softens them, enhances them or stands up to them. Throw in spices and you add another level of complexity to the dish, and a higher degree of difficulty to the food-wine pairing. So, how to pick a wine for a dish that may not be vegetarian, but that features vegetables as the lead ingredient? By looking at the whole dish. Rutabaga — a cross between cabbage and turnips — can have a slightly bitter taste that is best softened by salty meats like bacon. It also lends itself to cheeses and is often served mashed. Therefore, it should not come as a surprise how well it works mixed in with Italy’s carbonara sauce, which is usually a creamy mixture of smoked bacon or Italian Guanciale, egg, hard Italian cheese and pepper. A crisp, lightly oaked Chardonnay complements the various elements of the dish. Argentina, while best known for its reds, produces a number of white wines that can handle rich sauces like carbonara. Ninety years old this year, and still in the same Italian family that started it in 1928, Bodega Valentin Bianchi has a value-priced label called Elsa that consistently over-delivers in terms of quality vs. price. Elsa Chardonnay, with its fresh fruit aromas and flavors and a vibrant acidity, as well as some heft in the mouth that is not often found in other Chards at the same price, is definitely a winner

with this unique take on an Italian classic. Turnips are kin to rutabaga, but a bit better known in the United States. Making taco shells with turnips is an innovative use of the vegetable — and then filling the shell with other vegetables such as mushrooms, squash, black beans and kale (and hot sauce for a spicy kick) – offers a real wine-pairing challenge. A dry red wine that is bursting with luscious fruit and soft tannins should cover the mélange of flavors in these tacos, as well as take the heat from the hot sauce. We’re going with a Californian — Ironstone Vineyards Merlot, with rich, ripe black cherry and black plum fruits front and center on the palate, as well as a little vanilla and toast from light barrel-aging coming through to a rounded and complex finish. You can’t ignore the beef flavor that emanates from beets roasted in beef fat, even if beets are the main ingredient in the dish. Spanish Tempranillo wines are a great accompaniment to beef, and the sweetness of the beets is not too much for a well-made Tempranillo. Vina Eguia from Rioja, Spain’s most famous wine region, speaks the truth when tasted (“eguia” means truth in the Basque language, which is spoken in much of the area where the vineyards are found). Mature red fruit and licorice with coconut, vanilla and balsamic notes, greet the mouth in a full, elegant way, and are in harmony with the dish’s predominant flavors. And, like the other wines above, at a value-price of under $15. See for more information.



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back to life A Clayton couple restores a historic home to the mid-century masterpiece it once was.


arketed as a possible tear down, a two-story Clayton residence had lots of potential for future buyers with a vision for what could be done on the 1.4-acre lot. But when its current owners saw the listing and learned more about the extraordinary property, which is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the thought of tearing it down was the farthest thing from their minds. The home was built in 1952 for Morton D. May, president of the May Department Stores Company, an avid art collector and proud St. Louisan who passed away in 1983. The couple purchased the home in 2010, making them just the third owners. After seeing the property in a publication, the husband and wife were drawn to the aesthetics of the exterior, which could be characterized as International Style, popular in the early 20th century. Attributes of International Style include straight lines, open interior spaces and minimal ornamentation or decoration, both inside and out.



By Melissa Mauzy Photography by Anne Matheis

Sticking with a mostly neutral color palette, the homeowners infuse color through select statement pieces, like the magenta B&B Italia chair, and artwork. Hanging above the fireplace is "3" by Gary Stephan, which was purchased from Philip Slein Gallery. The homeowners acquired most of the artwork in the home from Slein.

Hung on the original stone wall is Thomas Friedman's "Untitled 'Dollar Bill'". The geometric cube rug is by Design Within Reach and coordinates with the shades found in the main living spaces.



“The previous owners had torn everything out and started a gut rehab,” the wife explains. “We had the opportunity to take carte blanche and put it all back together.” The husband and wife agreed that they could add their own stamp on the home, but they would keep the home period-appropriate to honor the late Mr. May. The economy was still turning around, and the homeowners were fortunate to find top-notch contractors who could start on the project right away. Chuck Schagrin of Amherst Corporation led the remodel. “It’s a good sign that we are still friends with Chuck after all these years,” the homeowner says of the process with a laugh. After getting rid of the existing pool and chain link fence that surrounded the property, it was time to focus on the interior renovations. New windows and flooring were necessary, and for the floor the homeowners chose oak laid in an oversized herringbone pattern. Several design elements original to the home were retained such as the real stone walls, the living room fireplace and staircase. Beyond that, the homeowners had the freedom to reconfigure the layout and personalize the home with their style of furniture and artwork. “We wanted a clean home with not a lot of ornamentation,” the wife says. As the structural elements came together, the homeowners began to configure the living spaces to work best for their family of four. The wife explains it as a series of phases, with phase one being the basic furnishings they needed to get the home up and running,

Top: The blue-gray-rose palette in Emilio Perez's painting "A Different Time of Day" infuses color into the living room. Bottom: The dining room includes a custom built-in display cabinet by Classic Woodworking, which features "Rose Wave" by Philip Taafe.


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The sitting area bridges the dining room and kitchen and makes for a great conversation area when entertaining. Two paintings, on the left "Parallels" by Richmond Burton and on the right "Portrait Noir" by Jackie Saccoccio, add life and color to the original stone wall. STLOUISHOMESMAG.COM

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Needing a functional kitchen for their family of four, the homeowners chose the walnut slab cabinetry not only for its sleek look, but also for its ability to easily be cleaned.

like a kitchen table. Over time as they lived in the home the family has added new pieces and replaced old. “Initially we were under pressure to get into the home, which made us move forward and make decisions,” she explains. “After five years of living in the house, we just need to finish it.” With 85 percent done they added the finishing touches to call their mid-century masterpiece complete. A wall of floor-to-ceiling windows stretches the length of



the home in the main living area. With such a large, yet narrow, space, the homeowners were not sure how to make it functional for their family. After a year spent living in the home, they were able to tackle the layout, essentially separating the vast room into three distinct spaces: living room, dining room and sitting area. The homeowners’ extensive art collection, much of which was acquired from Philip Slein Gallery, whom they call

a good friend, helps to tie the three spaces together because of the similar color schemes. “A lot of the artwork in this space has pink undertones,” the homeowner explains. “We originally wanted to do the whole home in neutrals and let the artwork be the color, but the house needed more with all of the stone and wood features.” So, furnishings and accessories were chosen in fabrics and finishes that complement the art.

In the living area, a rich magenta B&B Italia grande papilo armchair plays up the pink and purple tones without being too bold. The homeowner kept the rest of the space more neutral with a B&B Italia bend sofa in dark gray and a lighter gray rug. The Noguchi coffee table is an iconic piece, and one the homeowners always knew they wanted. The Missouri limestone-faced fireplace is original to the home, and the homeowners converted it to gas. They wantSTLOUISHOMESMAG.COM

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ed a grate, but not anything standard they could find in a store. “We saw photos of Emily Rau Pulitzer’s childhood home [in Cincinnati], which got us inspired,” the wife says. They commissioned Eureka Forge to make a custom grate with simple lines and a sleek, stainless finish. In the dining room, the Baker table was the only piece the homeowners brought with them from their previous residence. They modernized the more traditional table with iconic black leather Meis van der Rohe chairs. The previous owners designed the custom built-in wall unit by Classic Woodworking. The couple didn’t originally install it in the dining room, but it eventually found its way back and now displays treasured accessories and family pieces. At the end of the long space, an additional seating area makes the home perfect for entertaining. A gray Bensen sofa and B&B Italia chairs from Centro and the coffee table from Frill set up a natural conversation space to admire the artwork, which pops against the original stone wall. A doorway leads to the kitchen and hearth area. The current kitchen was added on in 1956 by notable architect Frederick Dunn. It was largely partitioned off from the rest of the home, so the couple took out a wall and put in a structural beam. They matched the stone floor for a seamless transition. A white four table by Ferruccio Laviani for Kartell with icy blue Panton chairs provides a place for the couple’s children to do homework while dinner is being prepared. The kitchen layout had to be functional and livable as the family cooks and eats most meals at home. The walnut slab cabinetry by Henrybuilt keeps everything clean and simple, while being easily wiped down. The adjoining hearth is a simple and comfortable place for the family to hang out in the evenings. The main floor is completed with a powder room and an office, where the wife often works from home. Another original stone wall was retained and is washed in natural light from the original skylight above. A white four table from Centro is used as a desk while spare Meis van der Rohe chairs from the dining room add seating when not needed for extra dinner guests. The purple tones in the cube rug from Design Within Reach coordinate with the adjacent living area. More outstanding artwork completes the space, and the art lovers couldn’t pass up Tom Friedman’s “Untitled 'Dollar Bill'” painting when they found it. “There are so many creative people out there,” the wife adds. “We enjoy finding art. It’s a fun thing for my husband and I to do together.” There are four bedrooms on the second story, and the homeowners stole space from an unneeded fifth bedroom to expand their master closet and bathroom. Now settled in the home for seven years, the homeowners are comfortably enjoying life in their restored residence. “Its pretty amazing that 60-plus years after this home was originally built it is still livable for the modern family,” the wife says of the forward-thinking of May and the builder. “We were happy to take something that was going to potentially be torn down and save it.” See for resources and additional photos.



Top: For a simple touch of color in the hearth room, "Six Pinks 5" by Erik Spehn, brings just the right amount of cheeriness to the family space. Opposite page: A pale yellow light fixture by Louis Poulsen and icy blue Panton chairs complement the statement pieces of art in the kitchen. The metal sculpture "Travis Bickle" is by David Buckingham and the small abstract piece "The War of Specious Arguments, 2015" by Jonathan Lasker was purchased at Philip Slein Gallery.


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When nowhere else can compare

By Barb Wilson Photography by Anne Matheis

A priority for the homeowners, Liston Design Build opened, expanded and updated the kitchen with LED-lit Beck/Allen cabinetry; Cambria quartz surfaces; high-end stainless appliances; beveled subway tile; and an espresso-based work island topped by orbital pendant lights from Metro Lighting.

These world-traveling homeowners could have chosen to live anywhere but decided to renovate instead.


taying attuned to the latest housing trends is something that has always interested this West County couple, but it’s hard to understand where they found the time. Together, they’ve raised two children, traveled to 65 countries and founded a full-service, national convention and trade show company that’s headquartered here in St. Louis. On the other hand, their business entailed everything from the latest technologies to creative and spatial design, so it’s logical to assume their professional expertise would carry over into their personal living environment. What’s surprising, though, is that this cosmopolitan couple has lived basically in the same suburban neighborhood since the 1970s. In fact, when ready to build a custom home in the mid-‘90s, STLOUISHOMESMAG.COM

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Liston redesigned the columns framing the formal dining room, which is open to the foyer and adjoined by a butler’s pantry. Surrounded by host and side chairs from Arhaus, the unique concrete dining table and transitional lighting fixtures were sourced from Wilson Lighting.



Top: The entry arch was removed, emphasizing the great room’s 14-foot ceiling, and a “free-standing” coat closet defines the foyer. Bottom: Removal of the atrium planter allowed for creation of a view-packed “meditation area” at the foot of the refurbished wrap-around staircase.

they found a spectacular property just blocks from their existing home, with views that stretched for miles above the treetops of Creve Coeur Park. The site was ideal for an atrium ranch, the height of fashion at the time. With a California-style Dryvit exterior, their spacious custom ranch encompassed 3,000 square feet on the main floor, another 2,500 square feet on the finished lower level and a multi-level deck leading to an octagonal “treehouse” for hosting party guests. Several years later, a few updates were made to the residence, but in 2015, the “itch” for something “more modern, yet comfortable” resurfaced. The children were now grown, the homeowners had more-or-less retired, and they began looking for something new. After an exhaustive search, however, the couple could find nothing that compared to their lofty aerie and decided to undertake a major renovation instead. Liston Design Build, an award-winning, secondgeneration firm co-owned by Keith and Jeanne Liston, was chosen for the project. Attentive client communication has been fundamental to the building company’s success, and Jeanne describes the process that followed as “highly collaborative.” The homeowners’ initial priorities included remodeling the kitchen, eliminating the atrium, opening the main-floor activity spaces and converting outdated niches into more contemporary display cases for special items they’d acquired during their travels. Interior construction began in December; the couple moved to a nearby condo for the duration; and by early June, the residence had undergone an astonishing transformation. It would be impossible to recount the hundreds — perhaps thousands! — of aesthetic and high-tech details that were incorporated into this whole-house makeover, but here are the basics. The atrium was removed and replaced with wide-plank engineered oak flooring from St. Charles Decorating Center that extends throughout both levels. Lined by a two-story window wall, the wraparound atrium staircase was still central to the floor plan but updated with gleaming wood handrails and wrought-iron balusters. The entry arch and several interior walls were also removed, creating a voluminous main-floor living space with varied ceiling heights that flows beautifully from the hearth room (formerly the living room) to the open kitchen, casual dining area and dramatic great room. Expanded and reconfigured, the kitchen is defined by a large work island with an apron-front sink and seating STLOUISHOMESMAG.COM

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Now fully open to the kitchen, casual dining are, and great room, the cathedral-ceilinged hearth room overlooks the multi-level deck and “treehouse.� The dramatic fireplace design, with stacked-stone surround, floating hearth and beam mantel, is repeated in the great room and lower-level entertainment area. Sleek leather seating and a reclaimed wood dining table accentuate the theme of natural materials. STLOUISHOMESMAG.COM

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This page: Formerly the living room, the great room features a lighted display wall showcasing art pieces collected during the homeowners’ travels. Opposite page top: Three-dimensional glass tiles add texture and visual interest to the butler’s pantry. Bottom: A display cabinet with custom-crafted live-edge walnut top brackets one end of the kitchen island and complements a load-bearing column, refinished by Liston.



for five. LED-lit display cases top a vast span of custom-painted cabinets and built-ins from Beck/Allen Cabinetry, and the espresso-hued island base is a striking contrast to the creamy Cambria quartz surfaces. A display case with live-edge walnut top, custom made by a local craftsman, braces one end of the island and, completing the effect, the load-bearing column is wrapped in dark-stained millwork. In the great room, a lighted display wall showcases the owners’ favorite collectibles, and further enhancing the décor, distinctive new lighting fixtures and many of the main-floor furnishings were sourced from Wilson Lighting. Elsewhere in the home, the master bath was stunningly redesigned, the laundry room reworked and the secondary baths all outfitted with stylish plumbing fixtures, new cabinetry and hardware. Visual continuity is another of the home’s most impressive features. Light and dark elements draw the eye through the various spaces. Massive, rough-cut maple beams accent the ceilings in the peaked hearth room, master bedroom and downstairs

entertainment space. The rough-hewn wood theme is repeated in the three gas fireplaces from C. Bennett Building Supplies, which were transformed from classic to contemporary with dry-stacked Eldorado Stone surrounds, floating hearths and wood beam mantels. Attentive to every detail, Liston refinished all of the decorative and support columns — from the open formal dining room to the lower-level bar — for a more modern, streamlined look that’s consistent throughout the home. Although no major structural changes were made to the lower level, the atrium planter, now covered in flooring, became a “meditation area” with comfy seating and Zen-like views of the park. The exercise room was moved to the “treehouse” and replaced by a custom-crafted wine room with stacked-stone walls, and the bar was reshaped and appointed with sleek new cabinetry and a clear-glass subway tile backsplash. The husband’s passion for technology is obvious, and he made sure that every home STLOUISHOMESMAG.COM

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Visual continuity was key to the overall design, as evidenced by the matching fireplaces (top) and the beam and support column in the lower level bar area (bottom).



Left: Addition of a ceiling beam, plantation shutters and transitional furnishings transformed the master bedroom into a tranquil, sophisticated retreat. Top right: Stone lines the walls of the superbly equipped lower-level wine room. Bottom right: Floor-to-ceiling glass and inset tilework lend glamor to the master shower.

automation system currently available was built into the residence. Gleefully demonstrating how all of the functions can be controlled from a single hand-held device, he credits Tim Root of Premier Audio Video for installation of the state-of-the-art sound, video, electrical, and lighting systems. In mid-2016, the owners settled back into their magnificently rejuvenated home and took a breather for several months before starting “phase two” of the project… the exterior. Work began in early 2017 with construction of a retaining wall, followed by removal of the front porch. The front elevation was then given a complete facelift, replacing the outdated synthetic stucco with handsome stonework. The tour de force, however, was the addition of five large ornamental

metal pieces. Designed and fabricated by SD Metalworks in Winfield, these artistic pieces accentuate the home’s distinctive façade. Lush landscaping by St. Louis Select Landscaping and several remotecontrolled fountains lend still more curb appeal during warm weather. Considering the magnitude of the renovation and the end result, Jeanne Liston’s description of the client/builder working relationship as “highly collaborative” may have been something of an understatement. Superbly crafted inside and out, this extraordinary residence is as unique and sophisticated as its owners — and a tribute to Liston Design Build’s masterful ability to interpret their vision. See for resources and additional photos.


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a shared space Warson Woods homeowners love to open their landscape to fellow gardeners, and the experience has made all the difference in their one-of-a-kind property.



By Lucyann Boston Photography by Kim Dillon


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Opposite page: A mix of groundcovers lines the stream bed as it cascades down the hill. This page top: The perforated aluminum sculpture by architect/ artist Charles P. (Chip) Reay is an interpretation of the Renaissance diptych of the Duke and Duchess of Urbino by Piero della Francesca. Bottom: (top and middle) A chandelier filled with flowers and candles the homeowners brought back from San Francisco highlights the vine-covered entertainment pavilion. (bottom) The restful pond at the bottom of the hill is so serene.

“All gardeners love to share.” For this Warson Woods homeowner and custodian of an amazing, enchanted, one-of-a-kind green space, that view is firmly rooted in personal experience. She has generously shared the garden she and her husband lovingly tend with friends as well as total strangers who have climbed its stone-step-studded hillside and strolled its mulched pathways on several public tours. “I always meet the nicest people,” she relates. “They are so interesting to talk with and I learn things from them. I always encourage people to put their homes on garden tours.” She frankly admits that much of her knowledge has come from fellow gardeners. “I had always been interested in gardening, but several years ago I became involved with the Garden Club of America and served on committees and held positions that involved visiting a lot of gardens and taking classes. I learned so much from other gardeners who passed on their knowledge.” While other gardeners have taught her a great deal, a bit of what has gone into creating this lush landscape has been by trial and error due to the unusual terrain. While the homeowners have lived in the residence for over 40 years, the land they garden on has changed dramatically. Over 20 years ago, a homebuilder approached a neighbor, who owned a large piece of hilly, wooded property, with an offer to buy the land, tear down the original house and build a number of new homes. Concerned as to how that would affect their home, the homeowners bought the property themselves, sold the original house and one additional lot and used the hillside lot closest to their home to erect a dramatic, glass-walled studio for the architect/artist husband. Central to their plan was to surround the studio with a beautiful woodland garden that would connect the studio and their home. That opportunity became a dramatic reality when, while visiting friends, they admired a water feature and asked the name of the designer who created it. “His name was Mark Couch, (of Woodland Gardens, who


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Hydrangeas are scattered throughout the hillside. A Japanese-style drum bridge, commissioned by the homeowners, leads the way into the garden.

has since passed away) and he came over one Saturday to look things over. I left him talking with my husband in the studio and two hours later my husband called me and said, ‘You’d better come up here.’” Mark’s plan was to create two streams that came from above and at the side of the studio, flowed down the hillside and joined in a koi pond at the bottom of the hill. “That was Saturday afternoon at 4 p.m. and Mark said he had just finished another project and he could start work on Monday. If we had had time to think about it, we probably wouldn’t have done it, but we just said, ‘Go for it,’” the homeowner says. Another important part of the plan involved a place within the garden to entertain family and friends that would blend seamlessly with the woodsy surroundings. Designed by the homeowner herself, the now-vine-covered superstructure, constructed of copper piping, encompasses a relaxed seating area and a separate space for dining. While the enchanted pavilion seems to naturally spring from the forest floor and the living canopy above, finding the appropriate vines to create such an ambiance was not easy. “Just name any vine you’ve ever heard of and is on the market and we’ve tried it,” the gardener says laughing, noting that the preponderance of shade at the site of the pavilion made things more difficult. Her husband refers to the process as the “vine wars” in which the couple planted every vine they could find and “at the end you see who makes it” in a survival of the fittest process. Winners include Dutchman’s pipe, akebia, pink honeysuckle, sweet autumn clematis, trumpet vine, climbing hydrangea, euonymus and Boston ivy. While the vine blossoms are not prolific due to the shade, they do provide a succession of flowers throughout the growing season.


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Stone and mulch paths lead through the hydrangea-filled, woodland garden. Hanging baskets of fuchsia and pots of white angelonia add more flowers to the garden.

Coming up with the right plant material for the steep, shady setting also has required a bit of trial and error. Initially, the couple planned for azaleas to cascade down the hillside and surround the pond. The azaleas promptly died. They then tried rich, glossy-leaved laurel. The laurel wasn’t happy either. The third time proved the charm with a massive planting of evergreen, long-blooming hellebores, which can begin flowering as early as February, giving rise to the common name Lenten rose. The flowers can last until summer and the attractive, serrated, umbrella-like foliage provides a handsome dark green, naturalizing groundcover. “We think the hillside created a micro climate and the cold settled in,” she explains, noting that the microclimate probably proved too extreme for the other shrubs. While many hydrangeas will thrive with partial sun, the Limelights the couple tried needed more sun than the setting could provide and refused to bloom. They eventually traded that variety for reliable Annabelle hydrangeas, native to this area, whose large, white, mop-head flowers appear reliably every summer. “They have bloomed their little heads off,” she says happily, “and some of them have gotten quite tall.” A massive field of willowy, graceful ostrich ferns adds another

dimension to the garden. Rippling in the slightest breeze, they add movement and a soft texture to the shady space. Interspersed among the shrubs, the homeowner has picked selective spots to grow shade perennials. In the spring, jack in the pulpit, Solomon’s seal, blue bells, trillium and assorted spring bulbs start the flowering. Then, as they disappear, multiple varieties of hostas, toad lily, monarda, ligularia, phlox, arum italicum, indian pinks, cleome and astilbes shine forth. With fall come the meadow rue, monkshood, cimicifuga and anemone. Surprisingly, she has found just the right spot for hardy camellias, which are currently loaded with buds. “You really have to spend a lot of time outside watching and paying attention,” she emphasizes. “There might actually be one spot that gets eight hours of sun and right next to it is a spot that gets only two hours of sun.” The trial and error and hours spent watching the sun in order to create something beautiful are each part of the gardening process on which the homeowner thrives. “It’s my passion,” she says simply. “I love it when people say they like my garden, but that’s not why I do it. I love being in that process and in the garden.” See for resources and additional photos.


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NEW Landscapers are embracing new varieties of plants and flowers introduced in 2018. If you’re looking to add something different in your garden, check out the latest offerings. By Melissa Mauzy

one: “Seaside Serenade Hydrangea series is new for 2018. The Cape Cod is blue to purple and the Hamptons is a deep pink. It requires low light, is a repeat bloomer and is great for moist small spaces.” David Sherwood, Sherwood’s Forest. two: "Mukgenia Nova Flame is a newer bi-generic hybrid perennial that offers interest spring through fall. From the spring's fuchsia blooms to the fall's vibrant red-purple to magenta jagged-edged foliage, this plant will provide your landscape with stunning color and texture." Andria Graeler, Chesterfield Valley Nursery. three: “One of our new favorite varietals this season is the Starfish Potunia. This particular petunia has a mounded habit, which will keep it more compact. It is ideal for container gardening.” Sarah Riley, Bowood Farms.



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four: "Let's Dance series represents the next generation of hydrangeas. Moonlight blooms every year on both new and old wood. It blooms blue in highly acidic soils and lilac to pink in slightly acidic soils." Richard Poynter, Poytner Landscape Architecture. five: "This Double Take Peach™ Chaenomeles speciosa - flowering quince is new in 2018. It has a striking peach-orange color and looks as though the mature height is a compact 5 feet, great for a deciduous screen or foundation planting in a mass." Claire Weiss, Frisella Nursery.

six:"Low Scape Mound Aronia melanocarpa is a tidy little ‘nativar’ (cultivar of a native) shrub that will gush with flowers in spring followed by berries for the birds in the fall. It's a tolerant, tough and functional selection making it a top pick for this year!​" Laura Caldie, Greenscape Gardens. seven: “A rare and choice variety of peony, the Fawn, is Photography courtesy of Proven Winner.


now more readily available. Coveted for its layers of crepe paper-like light pink petals that are speckled with darker rosy-pink spots, each flower is perfectly formed and held high on a strong stem. Its profuse fragrant flowers stand up to rain and never need staking, making them superb for the garden and cut flowers.” Ann Lapides, Sugar Creek Gardens.

eight: “One new varietal I’m looking forward to trying out is the Proven Winner's Festivus Gold Ninebark. This medium-sized, chartreuse shrub adds a pop of color in smaller landscape designs without overwhelming the space. Plus, it has all over white cluster blooms in the spring!” Katy Scott, Green Guys.



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PASSIGLIA’S NURSERY & GARDEN CENTER 1855 Hwy 109, Wildwood, MO 63038 636-458-9202 Imagine you’ve just walked through your back door. Stepping onto your patio, you see a circle of your friends around the firepit, kicking back after a long work week. It’s the first warm night of summer and your backyard has become a sweet spot for fun and relaxation. It’s all possible with Passiglia’s. We’ve taken the dreams of St. Louis’ proudest homeowners and created charming and lavish spaces that are the envy of the neighborhood. Most importantly, they stand the test of time. With over 50 years of experience and expert craftsmen, we know exactly what trees, plants and materials to use so your landscaping remains stunning for years to come. Let us help you live a beautiful life outdoors.

TIMBERWINDS NURSERY 54 Clarkson Road, Ellisville, MO 63011 636-227-0095 With over 30 years of local experience in the green industry, owner Mike Curran and his outstanding team have a wealth of knowledge to share with you. We are open all year, offering you a wide range of high quality products for your home and garden. Our goal is to provide an exceptional level of customer service with a beautiful selection of high quality plants, handpicked by our resident experts. We also offer unique garden décor and outdoor living merchandise -all in an inviting atmosphere that makes shopping fun. Let us help your garden thrive….



CHESTERFIELD VALLEY NURSERY 16825 North Outer 40, Chesterfield, MO 63005 636-532-9307 At Chesterfield Valley Nursery beautiful landscapes are created when combining the art of design with the science of horticulture. Our designers take pride in creating extraordinary landscapes that compliment your property's unique needs and your distinctive tastes. Our experts will guide you in choosing high-quality plant materials that will thrive in your landscape. We provide you with a comprehensive landscape design that is uniquely yours. Our expert staff are with you start to finish through the construction of your project, and we are there to protect your landscaping and your investment with year-round maintenance services. Call Chesterfield Valley Nursery or visit our Garden Center today and let us bring your landscape to life.

FRISELLA NURSERY 550 Hwy F, Defiance, MO 63341 636-798-2555 In 2018, Frisella Nursery celebrates 65 years of designing and installing award-winning outdoor environments for homeowners and businesses all over St. Louis. Frisella Nursery’s landscape design process is rooted in more than three generations of horticulture knowledge, ensuring proper plant material selection that matures gracefully to its environment. This knowledge, coupled with general contracting experience ensures an outdoor space that is not only beautiful, but also functional. Over the years, Frisella Nursery has worked with a wide range of customers and contractors designing and installing projects including outdoor kitchens, pools, pool houses, patios, natural stone walkways and stairs, arbors, reflecting pools and waterfalls, among many other elements.

OUTDOOR LIVING INC. 845 S.Holmes, Kirkwood, MO 63122 314-966-3325 With 30 colors and styles of decking from 6 manufacturers to choose from in inventory, Outdoor Living offers the widest selection of decking products in the area. Our experienced, trained sales staff can help you choose the right products for your deck project. Whether you want Outdoor Living to build your deck, you have your own contractor or you want just the material so you can build it yourself, we can meet your needs. We display over 2000 sq. ft. of decking, railing, lights and more to help you make your choices easier. Our family-owned business has operated in the St. Louis region for over 20 years. Check us out with the Better Business Bureau and Angie’s List.






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

March 1-11 Loosen winter mulches from perennials cautiously. Re-cover plants at night if frost returns. Clean up beds by removing all weeds and dead foliage at this time. Heavy pruning of trees should be complete before growth occurs. Trees should not be pruned while the new leaves are growing.

March 1-4 Mow lawns low to remove old growth before new growth begins.

March 1-11 Delay planting if the garden soil is too wet. When a ball of soil crumbles easily after being squeezed together in your hand, it is dry enough to be safely worked.

March 11-25 Spring bedding plants, such as pansies and toadflax (Linaria sp.), may be planted outdoors in mid-to-late March.

March 11-25 Plant beets, carrots, parsley and parsnip seeds outdoors.

March 21-31 Gradually start to pull back mulch from rose bushes.

March 21-31 Start seeds of tomatoes, peppers and eggplants indoors.

Events March 1-31 March 1-25 March 3-4 March 8 and 22


Morpho Mardi Gras at the Butterfly House (closed Mondays) Orchid Show at the Missouri Botanical Garden Science and Sustainability Open House at the Missouri Botanical Garden Orchid Nights at the Missouri Botanical Garden


March 11-25 Ornamental grasses should be cut to the ground just as the new growth begins in mid-to-late March.



GREEN THUMB TOUR APRIL 21, 10AM — 3PM Informational lectures, snacks, refreshments and fabulous door prizes!


Building a new deck? Consider ornamental ironwork to dress up the exterior of your home. These stainless steel cable railings give the homeowner an unobstructed view of their beautiful yard. Choose from one of our hundreds of custom ironwork designs or bring us an inspiration photo to match. See our website to learn more,


Talented Landscape Architects and Craftsman Builders, right here in St Louis for 26 years in St Louis and the surrounding 100 miles. We design and build complex multi-trade outdoor spaces be it 1 or 2 items or everything under the sun including fireplaces, terraces, kitchens, pergolas, pavilions, pool houses, decks, walls, pools, water features, lighting, landscaping, and more. The Experts in Outdoor Living!, 636-256-2600.




Vintage is trendy this season. Our collection of authentic, distressed wood planters and containers will bring rustic charm to your porch or patio this season. Great for indoors or outdoors. Consider pairing with zinnias, asparagus fern and cordyline for a bright, deer resistant mix. 636-458-9202,


An outdoor room is what you make of it, but a pavilion is a great starting point as it provides space definition, shade, and a drier, cleaner space than open deck or patio. Start with a simple structure and add the construction details that fit the surrounding area before finishing it off with the furniture and dĂŠcor that fit your personality. 314-968-3325,


Spring is almost here, and there is no better time to start planning for summer months and sunshine. Creating an outdoor living space provides the perfect backyard retreat to enjoy family, friends, and fresh air. From beautiful water features, to custom patios, outdoor kitchens, fire pits, fireplaces, and lush trees, shrubs and flowers, Chesterfield Valley Nursery’s design team can create something extraordinary for your home. Give them a call to learn more and schedule your free onsite consultation. 636-532-9307,


For the widest array of innovative styles, colors and choices in vinyl fence, check out Bufftech® fence at Outdoor Living Inc. in Kirkwood. The authentic woodgrain finishes are available in 9 multi-chromatic colors. With a Life Time Warranty, Bufftech® fence provides years of low-maintenance performance. For more information call 314-966-3325.

Frisella Nursery has been designing and installing award-winning outdoor environments for St. Louis homeowners and businesses since 1953. Frisella Nursery’s landscape design process is rooted in more than three generations of horticulture knowledge, ensuring proper plant material selection that matures gracefully to its environment. This knowledge, coupled with general contracting experience ensures an outdoor space that is not only beautiful but also functional. Over the years, Frisella Nursery has worked with a wide range of customers and contractors designing and installing projects including outdoor kitchens, pools, pool houses, patios, natural stone walkways and stairs, arbors, reflecting pools and waterfalls, among many other elements. To bring your outdoor living dreams to fruition, call Frisella Nursery. 636-798-2555,


Light up your night with a unique lamp from eangee home design. The indoor/outdoor lighting collection offers a range of styles in vibrant colors and high-quality finishes. Each lamp is handcrafted by artisans using real leaf types and other sustainable materials. The intricate layering of leaves creates unusual shading and shadow, giving ‘dimension’ to the light. Stop in to see our selection and give your garden some ‘glow’. 636-227-0095,








By Jamie Siebrase Photography by Anne Matheis





When it comes to the contemporary design movement, the only thing to expect is the unexpected.




omeowner Debbie Gilula subscribes to the Ludwig Mies van der Rohe philosophy. “Less is more,” she says, offering, “I like simplicity to the extreme.” For 40 years, Gilula lived in “a wonderful mid-century house,” she says, by architect Isadore Shank, a contemporary of William Bernoudy. Ready to scale back — prepared to streamline her life — Gilula purchased a 2,000-square-foot condo in Clayton. But simplicity isn’t always so simple! The home’s original floor plan was “open and progressive,” Gilula notes. She didn’t have to move any walls, but to achieve her dream arrangement she “took everything out, even the floors,” she says. Gilula worked with Portland-based architect and building designer Jeffrey Lamb, who gained notoriety for designing the Seattle condominium that inspired the penthouse

in Fifty Shades of Grey. Gilula is the first to admit that her new digs are “very unusual.” Like the home’s gray-on-white color motif, that’s an understatement. Take, for example, the 2-foot glass panels abutting the condo’s ceiling: Lamb installed them to “lower” the original 10-foot roofline (just visually, not physically), adding a unique contemporary design element in the process. Speaking of glass, check out those backsplashes in the master bathroom and kitchen. “That’s a flat piece of glass,” Gilula says, explaining that Lamb uses a special technique to superimpose pictures onto the surface of glass, giving the material a three-dimensional appearance. “He did the same thing on the shower wall,” says Gilula, referencing the sheet dividing the shower and commode. Lamb built Gilula’s sleek custom cabinetry, as well as a handsome buffet and two corresponding pieces: stunning glass-top dining and cocktail tables that are art in their own right, with a jigsaw puzzle layout and, for the dining table, asymmetrical legs.



“Every detail is so purposeful,” Gilula points out. Lamb played with lines in the master bedroom, too, where he built a headboard with asymmetrical end tables, one topped with a mod lamp from Centro. The furniture Lamb made was constructed in Portland with dark walnut. “You need a flashlight in my closet because my favorite colors are black and gray,” Gilula continues. That theme was carried through Gilula’s living spaces, evinced by gray chairs, angular gray sofas (also from Centro), and gorgeous gray wood floors. You get the idea! It’s Gilula’s son — Portland-based glass artist Ian Gilula – who really brightened up this home, with suspended glass fixtures and freestanding glass sculptures, too. Gilula incorporated artwork from St. Louis artist James M. Smith in almost every room, and lauds his bold use of texture. There’s plenty of texture on the walls, too, especially in the powder room, which was recently chosen as one of our 2017 Baths of the Year. Combinations of smooth and rough surfacing — a woven wall juxtaposed against polished stone flooring — create visual surprise, and trough sinks look quintessentially cool with floating wall-mount faucets. Gilula and Lamb packed a lot of ideas into a small space — and, obviously, it works. See for resources.





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The colder months are a great time to dive into an indoor remodeling project. Thin stone can add a dramatic look to any room of your home, no foundation required. We offer a variety of stone lines—stop by our showroom for details.

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Throwing Back




By Barbara E. Stefà no Photography by Anne Matheis

When the ‘90s called wanting back their bathroom, designer Tamsin Mascetti and homeowner Christine Shore were happy to oblige with a redesign befitting a new millennium.


he 1990s may not seem so long ago, but in terms of house decor it’s an eternity, as Tamsin Mascetti of Tamsin Design Group can attest. Tamsin encountered a walk back in time with the recent redesign of client Christine Shore’s master bath. The home had undergone a refresh to most rooms, but the bathroom remained 220 square feet of anachronistic dysfunction. The interior design equivalent of the plaid flannel shirt, distressed jeans and Birkenstocks. STLOUISHOMESMAG.COM MARCH 2018



BEFORE & AFTER Shore, a married mother of two, found the sea green walls and dated marble floors out of style, and the lack of natural light at the sink where she got ready each morning were never-ending sources of frustration. “There was a linen cabinet that sort of put a wall between the natural light and the vanity,” Shore says. “The window was in the shower area. The whole space was dark and cold.” Working with her client, Mascetti came up with solutions to solve the homeowner's design dilemas. Through a gut renovation, her new design would bring in more warmth, modernity and function. Gone were the gold-tone fixtures and cold marble flooring. A heated, wood-look tile floor warms the room in every way, while silver and

“The color palette is very neutral with layers of different shades of whites to grays in many different textures to create interest,” says Mascetti. brushed metal fixtures bring the look into the 2010s. They are timeless materials that Mascetti says will age well with the times. No more pre-turn-of-the-century green, either. “The color palette is very neutral with layers of different shades of whites to grays in many different textures to create interest,” says Mascetti. Stacked white marble tiles behind the new freestanding tub and white marble subway tiles behind the vanity — with similar larger tiles in the shower — perfectly complement the adjacent light-gray walls. A Jeffrey Court accent border in gray and white pulls everything together. And the drafty shower window? It’s gone, replaced by a larger one next to the tub and closer to the vanity, where it is needed most. Can lights, bright glass pendants and an elegant, yet understated, chandelier from Wilson Lighting banish any remaining shadows. “I love that it’s got this mountain-y look without going too far, too literal,” Shore says of the warm, rustic vibe. “I absolutely love this room — love it!” See for resources.




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This kitchen remodel included a new 200 square foot addition that serves as a breakfast room and place for informal dining. The addition, designed to look like a conservatory, has a vaulted tongue and groove ceiling and a heated slate tiled floor. Precise detailing was required to conceal structural members and maximize the amount of glass and the height of the vaulted ceiling. The elliptical eyebrow transom continues a theme from the front of the house.





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ARCHITECTURALLY DESIGNED CABINETRY Let Brendel Architects and Architecturally Designed Cabinetry renovate your kitchen from the age old oak to sleek, modern and functional! We will design a new space for you that adapts to your life style. By removing walls and adding an island with seating for four, we transformed this kitchen into the perfect family gathering room. Brendel Architects and Architecturally Designed Cabinetry incorporated additional storage, significantly improved the lighting, and created an efficient work environment. We would love to help you update your home!







Once a utilitarian space separated from the rest of the house, this newly renovated St. Louis kitchen evolved into an open and airy hub of activity.

Stone Age Style By Jeanne Delathouder Photography by Anne Matheis


fter enduring a two-year remodeling odyssey of major demolitions, Alex and Melissa Garza quite literally watched their dream home emerge from a pile of rubble. Transplants from Falls Church, Virginia, the couple had scoured the St. Louis listings for months before landing on the one — built, as it turns out, decades ago on a large secluded lot by renowned modernist architect Harris Armstrong. “He was well ahead of his time when it came to a home’s efficiency and having the design blend into the natural surroundings,” says Alex, “so we tried to honor his work in everything we did to the house, including the kitchen — keep it clean and simple, yet elegant, with lots of storage, clean lines and natural materials,” he adds. With three boys to feed, the couple knew they’d be spending a lot of waking hours in their kitchen and wanted it to be a focal point in their home. They tore down walls to create a wide-open modern floor plan with plenty of space for prep work, cooking and eating all within the same general area. “We love spending time as a family and didn’t want the kitchen walled off from the living or dining areas” notes Melissa. “The end result was an amazing open space that encourages interaction,” she says. After weeks spent sifting through magazines and websites for ideas, and searching for bargains on materials, the couple began to visualize the functionality they wanted for their kitchen and the cutting-edge finishes that would pull it all together. They discovered a great deal on Craigslist for a shipment of teak flooring that Alex picked up and loaded himself in Kansas City. For the countertops, Melissa found a contemporary waterfall design they both fell in love with for its clean look and modern style. They took the design to Tony Russo, owner of Russo Stone and Tile Design, who guided them on choices of stone, border colors and how to make the perfect cuts for a seamless appearance.

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“My staff created a computer rendering of the completed island as Alex and Melissa had envisioned it, and I think that gave them piece of mind” says Tony. “We’ve all seen waterfall panels that go to the floor — but this one would look as though it were hanging on its own, just short of touching the floor. With a little simple engineering, we were able to secure it in a way that we felt confident it would never move or separate,” he adds. The next challenge was making a natural stone slab smoothly match up with a slightly textured Caesarstone slab. After trying a few different techniques with samples, Tony’s design team got it just right. When the day arrived for the installation, the end result turned out better than anyone expected. “We loved it so much we decided to use the same stone as the backsplash for the stove top,” says Alex. “To us, those stones are works of art more than they are utilitarian pieces,” he adds. “We’re often asked about our favorite part of a project,” says Tony. “This one was truly the clients — Alex and Melissa had great imaginations and were very trusting of us,” he notes. “The look on their faces when the island slowly came together was worth every hour spent on getting to that point.” See for resources.



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For the 41st Anniversary Builders St. Louis Home & Garden Show I'm Still Gorgeous Designer Rooms, sponsored by St. Louis Homes + Lifestyles Visit beautiful rooms designed by local stylemakers that prove rooms don’t need brand new furniture and accessories to be gorgeous! PARTICIPATING SHOPS: DELIRIOUS BY DESIGN, BOOTH 2709 MIRIAM SWITCHING POST, BOOTH 2713 RAND ROSENTHAL DESIGNS, BOOTH 2808 RECLAIM RENEW, BOOTH 2812 AMERICA'S CENTER 701 Convention Plaza, St. Louis 63101 Thursday, March 8–Saturday, March 10 * 10am–8pm Sunday, March 11 * 10am–5pm Tickets can be purchased at event.





CONSCIOUS COZINESS Embrace the Danish concept to create a comforting, inviting home. By Shannon Craig Photography by Susanna Hawkins, SHnordic

Take a breath, take a seat, take a look around. Feel the temperature, smell the air. Consider — even for a moment — where you are. This feeling, this sense of presence and consciousness and stillness, is hyggeligt. Often translated from Danish to “coziness” or “comfort,” hygge has become the catchall phrase for cashmere socks next to a warm fire, curling up with a cup of tea and a good book or a satisfying meal by intimate candelight. The beauty of hygge is that it can be all of those things. But it is, at it’s origin, much more simple than that. “I’m not an expert on this at all,” laughs Dabney Frake, the projects editor at Apartment Therapy. “My understanding is that a lot of people think it’s footie pajamas on the couch, drinking hot cocoa. For me, I think, it’s

supposed to have a little bit more of a mindfulness angle.” More than soft blankets and warm candles, “conscious coziness,” Frake explains, is about being mindful of all of your senses. “So that you can expand the concept beyond that blanket to inviting people into your home and having really great, meaningful conversation over the dinner table. It doesn’t have to be something you go out and try to buy. It’s a frame of mind as much as it is a décor style.” Born from Scandinavian sensibilities, hygge — as a design concept — has been translated into everything from food and drinks to 2016’s wave of auburn, honey and chestnut curls crafted by L.A. hairstylists. But as Frake describes, and interior-design firms like Studioilse demonstrate, the reason hygge applies to such a range of media or environments is because of its focus on the atmospheric qualities of a single moment in time. Be that in your home, in your hotel, in your glass or on your head.

“It often gets translated [in the home] as that kind of minimalist, textured style,” Frake expands, “but I think it’s whatever works for you.” The way she sees it, taking hygge home with you is accomplished by bringing in whatever makes your space feel responsive and alive. Whatever makes you feel and take notice that you are truly at home. “I’m a major homebody,” says Frake, “it’s baked into my DNA. So to me, in my own home, when my wife and I were renovating and to instill that sense of coziness, we installed a wood stove. In St. Louis, they’re certainly not necessary, but for me it’s that smell of real wood, being huddled around the warm fire, that scream home.” With hygge, the look of home falls flat if the feel of home isn’t celebrated and cherished fully. So though warm neutrals, buttery soft fabrics and clean lines may capture the idyllic look of the Danish concept, “it definitely goes beyond that,” Frake says. “And I think that that’s what makes it really beautiful.” See for resources. STLOUISHOMESMAG.COM MARCH 2018




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

Saint Louis Science Center Grow Pavilion, St. Louis, MO Photography by Alise O’Brien

The Saint Louis Science Center expanded its reach of learning and interactive activities with the addition of its Grow Pavilion. The Grow Pavilion teaches visitors about where their food comes from and how it gets onto their plates. Built by Arcturis and designed by Gyo Obata, this building mimics the simple elegance of typical farm structures. Its curvilinear profile calls to mind typical tools associated with Missouri farm life, such as a plow or scythe. The arrangement and shape of the Science Center’s newest one-acre attraction allows it to connect to surrounding exhibits, making it easily accessible to all visitors. By adding the Grow Pavilion, the Science Center reaps the benefits from its new architectural footprint, evolving from an entirely indoor facility to a learning experience with both indoor and outdoor locations to explore. The Grow Pavilion has received many accolades including AIA Distinguished Award, IES Illumination Award, Building St. Louis Award and the Regional Excellence Award for Wood Design by Woodworks.

Tiffany & Co. Home and Accessories Floor and Blue Box Café, New York, NY Photography courtesy of Tiffany & Co.

Founded in 1837 by Charles Lewis Tiffany, Tiffany & Co. remains an iconic jeweler based out of New York City, selling its luxury products and accessories in more than 20 countries. The brand renovated its fourth floor on 5th Avenue, adding playful stylistic touches next to the elegant finishes that brought Tiffany & Co. its fame. Herringbone patterned marble and amazonite stone adorns the new renovation alongside the staircase featuring 15-foot light chains designed by Ronan and Erwin Bourelle of Paris. Hand-drawn ampersands decorate the floor’s dramatic light fixture, and 8,000 painted screws make up a contemporary portrait of



Charles Lewis Tiffany. These design additions complement the Luxury Home & Accessories Collection that offers elevated everyday objects, baby boutique, sterling silver hollowware, vintage books by Assouline and the Tiffany Fragrance Laboratory. The renovation also added the Blue Box Café, which offers a simple seasonal menu made of the highest quality regionally sourced ingredients. Patrons can now enjoy a dream of Breakfast at Tiffany’s with its refined take on signature New York dishes served in a room surrounded by the signature Tiffany Blue.

Lago at the Waterfront, Toronto, Canada Photography by Christian Fleury

A powerfully minimalistic residential building designed by the award-winning G+C Architects and built by Mattamay Homes, referred to as Lago on the Waterfront or simply Lago, now modernizes the Humber Bay shoreline. The structure accentuates both the natural and urban environment of the region. Surrounded by recreational parks and walking paths that border the water, this 50-story rectilinear construction presents its multiphase developments in a distinct tower form. The design evolves vertically with texture, each concrete balcony slab angling and offsetting one another to create a shadow and light contrast to amplify each layer’s detail. This building not only provides additional housing for the growing city, but also stands distinctly apart from the other developments of the area. Its integration into the existing city context has made Lago a positive urban influence for Toronto.





Design & Detail is happy to include Ferrell Mittman to our list of high end residential vendors. Ferrell Mittman continues to be a leader in fine upholstered furniture as well as artisan quality casegoods. 314-781-3336,


KDR Designer Showrooms is proud to introduce Hickory Chair to its line of high-end home furniture manufacturers. Committed to custom craftsmanship, Hickory Chair’s skilled artisans produce a comprehensive line of furnishings that are made-to-order and made to last from its North Carolina workroom. Let KDR's team of experts guide you on your search for the right piece. Walk right in to discover the endless possibilities in luxury home furnishings, Monday through Friday. 314-993-5020,



A rare spalted soft maple was used to create this live edge console table. The pegs are hand carved out of walnut. GK Meyer Construction/ GKM Interiors handcrafts custom furniture utilizing salvaged timbers and logs that are milled on site. Offering beautifully made and finished furniture while saving America's resources, we are ready to help you design a one of a kind piece for your home. Contact us at or by phone at 314-971-1351, and view or gallery of photos at


At California Closets, we not only provide storage solutions for closets, but we design custom furniture as well. A well designed wall bed respects the aesthetic and primary purpose of the room, allowing it to seamlessly serve two or more functions. To schedule a complimentary design consultation please call 636-720-0455 or visit



Delirious By Design is a Saint Louis based online only home décor destination for the eclectic home! We carry a mix of high quality, handcrafted floating shelves and wall décor as well as thoughtfully sourced furniture and décor.


Classic Metal Craft Inc fabricates custom table bases and stool bases for both homeowners and furniture designers. This interesting shaped stool with wood seat was designed by Goebel & Co. Furniture, We are happy to help you build a custom designed table, stool or other item that fits that difficult nook in your house that you cannot find the right table for. Call for a free quote at 314-535-2022 or view our galleries at

St. Louis' Most Sophisticated Furniture and Lighting Gallery Amini’s has five locations in the Midwest with our largest 55,000 square foot show room located right here in St. Louis. For over 40 years, Amini’s has been known for our game room furniture and Persian rugs. Although we also have the largest selection of made in America outdoor patio furniture, and theater seating, the new talk of the town is our sophisticated furniture and lighting gallery. Our show room is unlike anything in St. Louis! If you haven’t been in for a while you have to see all that’s new. Visit us in Chesterfield Valley. 636-537-9200,


Style. Comfort. Color. Be inspired by the CR Laine custom upholstered furniture line with over 800 fabric selections. With your option to personalize exposed wood with multiple finishes or any Benjamin Moore paint color, let us help you create the look you'll love. View the CR Laine collection as well as other exceptional furnishings and accessories at Rusted Chandelier in downtown Kirkwood. 314-821-7881,




Marketplace at The Abbey is proud to introduce the exclusive CR Laine Furniture Line. This new line of classically comfortable—and customizable—furniture is available in a variety of styles, with an assortment of embellishments. Made in the USA since 1958, CR Laine pieces are created by true craftsmen. From sofas to chairs to loveseats, you’ll delight in the exquisite details. Choose from 800+ fabrics to truly make it your own. 314-965-1400,


LuLu Belles is a locally owned fabric store offering the finest selection of fabrics, trims and wallpaper in the St. Louis area. Whether it's a single piece of furniture or an entire room, pulling together the right look for your home doesn't have to be overwhelming. Take a journey down Clarke and Clarke's exotic Uzbek Collection in contemporary jewel shades which captures the heady atmosphere of the ancient luxury trade routes of Bukhara and Tashkent. The color blue is going nowhere...why not add a little to your home! Let your imagination run wild when contemplating your next decorating project. Our experienced sales staff is eager to help you get your next project started. 314-991-0020,


Encore Consignment Gallery's 10,000 sqft showroom is the best place to sell & buy furniture and home decor in Town and Country MO. We tastefully display upscale furnishings that are worthy of a repeat performance. Our inventory is constantly changing and consists of a wide variety of Traditional, French Country, Contemporary and Modern pieces. There is something for everyone at Encore. Open 7 days a week. Consign & shop with us today! Send photos of potential consignments to 636-220-9092,




Mariana Home Classic Side Table Modern glamour is evident in this 2 tier, marble accent table. The gold leaf finish adds an element of sophistication. Pick yours up toady at Wilson Lighting…in stock and ready to take home. 314-222-6300,


Fleur de Glee writing desk from Cynthia Rowley for Hooker Furniture, coming soon to Metro Lighting. 314-963-8330,


With a beautiful curved silhouette, the Nolan chair features gray finished rattan with dark brown leather wrapping details. The Summer Classics Home Store provides a unique design destination for Summer Classics luxury outdoor furniture and Gabby transitional indoor furniture and lighting. Located in the heart of Ellisville on the corner of Manchester and Clarkson, Summer Classics and Gabby have the winning combination of style, quality and comfort. Summer Classics has been a leader in the outdoor furniture for more than 35 years, known for its quality and timeless, classic design. And when it comes to high style indoor furniture and lighting in eclectic, vintage, modern and antique style, Gabby is constantly pushing the envelope to find the most beautiful materials and designs. If you’re looking to express your personal preferences and lifestyle in your home, look no further than Summer Classics and Gabby for a custom, stylish look that stands the test of time. 636-527-7655,

EXPRESSIONS FURNITURE Celebrating 30 years! Expressions is a one-of-a-kind furniture store that has provided St. Louis with custom upholstery and furniture for 29 years. Offering a unique variety of furniture and home decor, there is something for every taste at Expressions. 314-567-6200,


Kayla Bed: With a camelback headboard flanked by two sculptural wings, Kayla has the classic sculptural style of an English wingback chair and all the comfort of an American classic. Its tall winged footboard makes an all-out style statement. 636-536-2774, STLOUISHOMESMAG.COM MARCH 2018



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292 Hanley Industrial Court • Brentwood MO 63144 Store/Parking faces Strassner Drive All proceeds benefit Miriam: The Learning Disability Experts, a non-profit organization. 314-646-7737 • Hours: Monday-Saturday 10-4, Wednesday 10-7, Sunday 11-4 Find out about sales and specials, and see pictures of new items by signing up for our twice weekly e-blast on our website! 292 Hanley Industrial Court • Brentwood, MO 63144 Store front faces Stassner Drive • 314.646.7737 Customized framed, semi-frameless and heavy glass shower doors by

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For our March Classic or Craze, we asked local design professionals about gilded furnishings and accessories. Gilding has been used since ancient times to add shine and shimmer to furnishings and accessories. Fine gold, silver, copper or aluminum leaf powder is applied to objects. Here’s what our local professionals had to say.


“It is a classic. Gilded furniture has been around for more than 500 years. It was a favorite of kings and queens because it shimmered in the light of the oil lamps. Using thin sheets of gold meant you could gild anything. Today a gilded piece of furniture or a gilded mirror is right at home in traditional or contemporary design making it a classic.” CJ Knapp, Yours by Design. “Gold leaf is the predecessor of gold gilding and was used as early as 400 AD. Gilding became very popular and easily accessible on decorative home furnishings and accessories in the 1840s. Gold gilding has been used in every decade since in one form or another. Hardly a crazy. Why? Incredible rich, beautiful and, believe it or not, a bridging neutral.” David Kent Richardson, David Kent Richardson Decorations + Interior Design. “All that glitters is not gold…but maybe it should be. The decorative art of gilding is a classic design element that actually dates back to ancient times and was used centuries ago in the opulent French Palace of Versailles. This centuries-old decorative art is extremely versatile in modern-day design, which is why gilding will continues to remain popular. The modern day uses of gilding are endless. Gilding is used in wallcoverings, gold-leaf ceiling applications, ornate furniture and mirrors, lighting, frames, curtain rods, vases and a wide variety of home accessories. Gilding is here to stay. “ Barbara Collins, Barbara Collins Interior Design. “Definitely a classic!  And one that's a current favorite.  Gilded furniture and accessories have evolved beyond the antique looks of yesteryear and have been wonderfully reinvented in style and are a welcome addition to both traditional and contemporary decor. A gilded chest or console in an entry foyer or dining room would be a unique accent piece, or go the more conservative route with decorative accessories such as boxes, a tray or a mirror. Gilded accents and furniture bring a sublime sophistication to any space, and that is why they will always be a classic.” Gigi Lombrano, Gigi Lombrano Interiors.


Photography by Anne Matheis.



“I would say both! It is certainly something that has stood the test of time, going back to the Gilded Age. But like most everything, style is cyclical. Things come and go out of trend, and right now we are certainly seeing lots of gold.” Teddy Karl, The Great Cover-Up.

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