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26 PLANNED TO PERFECTION Armed with a file of ideas and a detailed wish list, this creative couple constructed their dream home in collaboration with their trusted design/build team.

36 MAKING A FRESH START Breaking with “tradition,” these newlyweds turned to Castle Design for the contemporary look they envisioned.

44 THE BLOSSOMING OF A GARDEN, TRIAL AND ERROR Patience and constant learning produce beautiful results.

ON THE COVER PAGE 36 PHOTOGRAPHY BY ANNE MATHEIS. A collaborative effort of Lauren Sweet-Schuler and Meghan Heeter, both Allied ASID, the design process progressed smoothly. “Working together, we all had a clear focus of what the clients wanted, and that made it easy,” says Lauren.



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Black white and monochromatic all over There is no getting around it. Black and white look dynamite together. The classic black-and-white color combo is timeless and always on trend and in style. Black by itself is just plain striking. My first adventure into experimenting with using the color black in my home was in one of our bathrooms. Our second bathroom already had a cool retro black-and-white tile floor, white wall tile trimmed in black and a glass block window over the tub that is also trimmed in black. We raised the ambiance of the bathroom to an amazing new level by painting the ceiling and the back of the bathroom door black. The power of the color black is simply amazing. Since the bathroom transformation, bold black-and-white wallpaper made its debut on a wall in my kitchen. There's a rule in decorating that says, "every room can use a touch of black." And the wallpaper was just what the kitchen needed serving as an anchor that grounded the open space while at the same time updating it with a bit of sophistication. With an almost magical ability, black accessories tend to sharpen any design style in any room (pages 10 & 12). A monochromatic color scheme does not escape the influence of both black and white by any means. Wikipedia tells us, "Monochromatic color schemes are derived from a single base hue and extended using its shades, tones and tints. Tints are achieved by adding white, and shades and tones are achieved by adding a darker color, grey or black". The Castle Design team of Meghan Heeter and Lauren Sweet-Schuler show us the ins and outs of creating a stunning monochromatic home by incorporating a variety of textures, finishes and shapes (pages 36-43). The homeowners couldn't be happier with the outcome! If you haven't already, grab your favorite beverage and relax into a comfy reading spot to enjoy an issue that's sure to inspire. Enjoy, Suzie



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Mid-century modern design continues to be a popular aesthetic to homeowners today. Defined by clean lines, minimal ornamentation and contrasting materials, mid-century furnishings and accessories are classic and timeless. While the design period lasted from the mid-1930s to the mid-1960s, local stores continue to carry products inspired by the iconic designs.






By Melissa Mauzy

1. Curved sofa table, by Thayer Loggin, available at KDR Designer Showrooms. 2. Prescott large mobile chandelier in soft brass with clear glass, available at KDR Designer Showrooms. 3. Apex II walnut sideboard, available at Crate and Barrel. 4. “El Corazon Inerte” painting, by Cynthya Gomez C, available at Confluence Modern. 5. Trenton table, available at Amini’s. 6. Tre Pezzi armchair, by Franco Albini (1952) for Cassina, armchair, available at Centro.



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7. McCobb sofa, available at MoModerne. 8. Mid-century bar cabinet, available at West Elm. 9. Hyde chair, available at Goebel & Co. Furniture. 10. Astrid stool, by John-Richard, available at KDR Designer Showrooms. 11. Alpine medium chandelier with clear glass, available at Aerin. 12. Desire bedside chest in gray wash oak, by Interlude Home, available at Design and Detail. 13. Lady armchair, by Marco Zanuso (19510 for Cassina, armchair, available at Centro.



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Black and white decor adds an air of elegance to any room.




1. Swanky buffet/sideboard, by Thayer Coggin, available at KDR Designer Showroom. 2. Ottoman, by Lee Industries, available at KDR Designer Showrooms. 3. Black round clock, available at The Gifted Gardener. 4. Kupia handpainted vase set, available at Anthropologie. 5. Gemini 5-drawer white dresser, available at West Elm.



6. Dandelion painted metal wall decor, available at The White Rabbit. 7. Black-and-white pillow assortment, available at Expressions Furniture. 8. Detailed white picture frame, available at The Gifted Gardener. 9. Black heart wall decor, available at The White Rabbit. 10. Decorative pear, available at The White Rabbit. 11. Black metal side table, available at Fleur de Chic. 12. Birdhouse, available at Fleur de Chic. 13. Black-and-white buckets with wooden handle, available at The White Rabbit. 14. Wooden tray with black-and-white checkered plate and a flower pail, available at Marketplace at the Abbey. 15. Black-and-white patterned rug, available at Volume Carpet.

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By Moe Godat Photography by Colin Miller/Stauss Peyton

The Art of HOME Carrie Gillen uses sheetrock and tile to change our notion of what “home” should look like.



“I can’t remember a time when I didn’t love making things,” says Carrie Gillen. “Once my interest was sparked, it never really stopped.” Gillen first found her love for crafting when she was a little girl. Her grandmother was a figurative oil painter, and Gillen began painting on a real canvas with quality equipment at a young age. Though she always fostered this love for art, she struggled at first to realize it as a full-time practice: “In college, I had a brief foray into the world of advertising. I was trying to pick a more practical plan where I could apply my creativity. Turns out, I was just a lousy ad person.” After college, Carrie wore many hats. Her determination to piece together a self-sustaining income eventually found her in a coffee shop in St. Louis, where she made gelato for nearly seven years. “Making gelato gave me the flexibility to put together my first solo show, apply to graduate school, complete my Masters in Fine Arts and finally take the leap toward becoming a full-time artist.” Now, she works primarily in three different mediums: fabric compositions, sculpture installations and sheetrock excavations. “The fabric compositions are really where my practice started,” Gillen explains. “I started exploring different techniques that would make my canvases more three dimensional as an undergraduate, which led to using fabric.” Though she sees her fabric compositions as their own form of sculpture, she also works with sculpture meant to seamlessly incorporate itself into homes. These installations, Gillen explains, draw people into a given space and consider their own bodies next to, or inside, the art. “I became fascinated with the amount of time we spend in our homes specifically; how our homes are such an essential part of our health and well

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being, but also how they are wrapped up in the worlds of real estate speculation, design and identity.” Gillen begins her work by considering the material she will be using that day. Because each work of art is so different, her process is always changing and evolving. The materials she uses for sculptures and installations are those we find in our own homes, such as sheetrock, various tiles and wallpaper. By using these everyday items, she hopes to create conversations not only about the artwork but about the unique relationship everyone has with the notion of home. Gillen feels very passionately that art should fit into each person’s home; that is, she knows that every home is different from the one next to it. “I think the reality of many homes is starkly different from those in design magazines,” she comments. “They can be messy and complicated and still be beautiful.” Gillen’s work is next to none with a signature look that will complement any home and style. Her attention to detail encapsulates the messy and beautiful homes that we live in every day. “Maybe artwork can be that free space in our homes, where anything goes, not because it works or matches, but because it’s important or just because we love it.” If you want some of Carrie Gillen’s artwork in your home, she sells most of her work directly through her website at carriegillen.com. See stlouishomesmag.com for more photos and resources.



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Q A Family owned and locally operated, METRO Lighting expands their exclusive lighting collection, Philip Austin. Bill Frisella's high-quality and affordable line complements any home and style.

SHINE ON Edited by Moe Godat Portrait photography by Colin Miller/Strauss Peyton

METRO Lighting rolls out its new Philip Austin Collection.

SLHL: What accomplishments in the lighting business are you most proud of? Bill: The fact that so many designers, home-builders and St. Louisans have gained the confidence in METRO for us to take care of their lighting needs is something in which all of us at METRO take a tremendous amount of pride. This, along with the fact that we service our customers with integrity and always in an honest and fair manner, has always been paramount to us and at the top of the list. In addition, our Brentwood Promenade METRO Lighting location has won the National Arts Award for best showroom on three separate occasions. SLHL: As a family owned and operated business, how many family members work at METRO Lighting currently? Bill: METRO is not only a family owned business, but we feel that all our employees are like family, too. We employ close to 200 full and part-time persons. There are 13 actual related family members now employed full and part-time at METRO. We are not only family owned but locally owned, too. That’s very important when you consider that locally owned businesses keep the dollars that our customers spend with us in St. Louis to help boost our local economy in ways that multiply over and over again. SLHL: We understand that you carry hundreds of vendors; what made you decide to design your own line? Bill: We do deal with many quality vendors; we don’t ever intend to displace them with our own line. We decided to have our own line of fixtures, though, to help supplement our margin and to offer a quality product at an affordable price. Most vendors today are forced by outside economic pressures to contract off-shore and have their fixtures manufactured for them. Approximately 20 years ago, a vendor that we had a close relationship with sold his business to a larger vendor. He introduced us to his manufacturers, which allowed us to manufacture our own line of fixtures. This gave us better quality control and a much lower cost. The lower cost then allowed us to price our own line of fixtures at a lower price to designers, home-builders and homeowners and at the same time increase quality and our own margins — a win-win for the customer and for METRO. More recently, the internet became a competitor and made it more difficult to return the margins necessary for many brick and mortar businesses to compete with the on-line stores.



The on-line stores have just the fraction of the expenses of brick and mortar stores. METRO lowered all our prices on all our lines several years ago to internet pricing or even below it. This allowed us to be more competitive than even the on-line stores. This, though, created a loss of margin for us. Having our own line of fixtures now became even more critical to make up the lower margin we are now making across the board on our other vendor lines. All our prices on all our lines are now equal to or lower than the internet prices and they are guaranteed plus we have an in-home warranty that the internet can’t match.

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SLHL: How would you best describe the Philip Austin collection? Bill: Initially, almost 20 years ago, our own line of Philip Austin fixtures was basic. We started off slow and cautious. As we gained confidence and the experience of importing our own line we gradually increased the number of sku’s by adding new styles and finishes. As time went by we listened to the all-important design trade and the line has evolved. We have added cutting-edge style and have increased the number of fixtures we import. The Philip Austin line now has several complete families of fixtures in many different styles, sizes and finishes. Many of the fixtures in our new collection have directly been created from listening attentively to the designer market in Saint Louis. We feel that designers set the bar for style in St. Louis and that their expertise is just added value to other customers and the home-builders. SLHL: What makes the Philip Austin line unique in comparison to the other lines you carry? Bill: We are able to control the design specifically to our market. In the case of typical national vendors, they must design and manufacturer fixtures to the likes of an entire nation. What plays in Peoria may not play in St. Louis, so to speak. Since we order in large quantities of each fixture, we most often have the fixtures in stock. There would be absolutely no way to stock all the fixtures from all the vendors that we currently purchase from. In the Philip Austin line we have the product on the shelf ready to ship out. Obviously, the margins are greater on our own line, which we share with our customers, designers and home-builders. As mentioned, a win-win for customers and METRO. SLHL: How many pieces are in the Philip Austin line? Bill: We have approximately 100 different styles, sizes and finishes in the Philip Austin line. We have tried to cover every potential fixture need for an entire home. SLHL: What is your plan for the collection’s future? Bill: We are looking to expand the line to attract the eye of the designer. Designers are a strong force in St. Louis, and they set the trend on what appeals to the public. Part of the public then go on to purchase new homes from the home-builder. We feel if we can bring in an affordable product that appeals to the designers, we will be a winner to all our customers: the designer, the home-builder and the general public. SLHL: What’s HOT in lighting styles right now? Bill: We have several new fixtures that have no bulb sockets at all but LED’s that are integrated into the fixture itself. This gives a more even light that will last even longer than an LED bulb. Now what’s been hot and is still very popular are restoration styles, typical farmhouse, industrial and even classic. What’s really hot right now is mid-century modern, modern farmhouse and the finish aged brass. Styles come and go, and, as mentioned, the designers set the bar and are instrumental in setting trends and styles. Our mantra is we love designers, that’s because they are more influential in what we sell than any other segment of the entire lighting industry.

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CIVILIZED SAVAGE Logan Ely’s Savage serves up cuisine with a conscience — that only tastes sinful.



At chef Logan Ely’s table, a simple prawn or apple may have a complex journey his delighted diners could not imagine. Savage, which opened in the Fox Park neighborhood last September, is already known for innovative treatment of its ingredients, served in a series of small courses. Depending on appetite, one might order up five little revelations with the snack plate ($25), or a six-course ($55) or 12-course ($75) tasting menu. Chef Logan’s experimentation is driven by the staff limitations of any small business and by Logan’s faithfulness to environmentally friendly sourcing and cooking. He shops what’s available in-the-now and then gets creative, much like his ancestors had to do. “Savage was a word that jumped out because of the definition: a group or individual that’s regarded as primitive or uncivilized,” says Logan. “For example, we ferment our own cheese, which is something people have been doing for thousands of years — and that’s pretty primitive.” A bounty of seasonal produce may undergo several cooking methods, fermentation, preservation or a combination. In one recent apple experiment, Logan cooked whole apples for weeks at various temperatures — incubated them for lack of a better term — to preserve the fruit. “Luckily, it turned out delicious and we put it on the menu.” Logan’s techniques may at times be primitive but are anything but uncivilized. A native St. Louisan, he has worked in kitchens as far-flung as Tokyo, New York, Napa, Copenhagen and beyond. While he’s absorbed immeasurable wisdom from diverse masters of the cooking craft, it’s the common reverence for their natural resources that has most greatly affected his own approach.

“We don’t write a menu and then go find the ingredients,” he says. “We go find ingredients and then write a menu. I’ll order a bunch of what [the farmer] has and figure out what to do with it. We don’t go and daydream this idea and then force things into it.” To further minimize the impact his business has on Mother Earth, Logan leans more heavily on seafood proteins than land animals, which he says place a greater strain on the environment. He works with fishers who are conscientious about sustainability and habitat preservation. “There’s not much you can do about transport, being in the Midwest, but we can buy from fishermen who use dayboats and FedEx the catch to us the next day. I can specify that I want to purchase only seafood that is fished or harvested a certain way.” While seafood and nonseasonal items may remain constant, other dishes may change weekly or monthly — and rest assured, every day will be different than the day before. Diners choose how many courses they want and inform the staff of any food aversions or allergies they have, and then enjoy each surprise as it unfolds. It’s the nature of staying nimble in a changing world. Savage is open for dinner beginning at 5 p.m., Thursday-Sunday. The restaurant opens at 2 p.m. with a drink and small snack plate menus. See stlouishomesmag.com for more information.

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COOKING SCHOOL MENU Roasted Sunchoke: Roasted in chicken fat, this humble veg takes on serious umami. Logan tops it with chicken skin and barbecue made from black parsnips. Celery Root with Mussels: Logan’s use of mussels lends a hearty flavor to grilled celery root, which absorbs juices through every pore. Toasted Yeast Mousse: It’s hard to imagine how this dish comes together, but trust in Chef Logan’s skill. The yeast is savory and creamy, and is served with shaved turnips, preserved onion and grilled oil for a wholly satisfying flavor experience.



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This page: A stone facade on the exterior by Spencer Brickwork is enhanced by the cedar trusses for a rustic, French country feel. Landscaping by Surecut Solutions. Opposite page: What front porch would be complete without a traditional porch swing? Liston Design Build used stamped concrete flooring and a wood treatment on the exterior to elevate the style of the home. MARCHporch 2019 ceiling STLOUISHOMESMAG.COM



Architect: LR Spraul Builder/Design: Liston Design Build

Armed with a file of ideas and a detailed wish list, this creative couple constructed their dream home in collaboration with their trusted design/build team. By Melissa Mauzy Photography by Anne Matheis


hen the to-do list of projects and renovations ran out at their current residence, a St. Charles couple set their sights on something bigger. “We decided we wanted to build,” the homeowner explains. “There are not a lot of areas to build north of highway 70, but we were lucky to purchase the last two lots available in the neighborhood.” Only a few miles from their previous residence, the new plot of land was purchased in the summer of 2015 and the planning phase began right away. The couple turned to longtime family friends and construction gurus Keith and Jeanne Liston of Liston Design Build to help them make their dreams a reality. “We have worked with Keith and Jeanne for more than 15 years,” the homeowner says. “They added an addition to our old house and renovated our master bathroom, kitchen and outdoor space.” With a file full of ideas from home design magazines, Houzz and Pinterest, the homeowner had a pretty clear vision of the basic elements their new home would have to include. Jeanne says that her pre-planning ideas helped kick things in motion. “She did lots of prep work at the beginning which helped make the whole process go smoother,” she says. The initial concept for the home was based on the couple’s lake house, which was a ranch. “We like how we live at the lake and how it works for our family,” the homeowner says. With a basic plan for a ranch with bedrooms split between the two sides of the home, the couple’s other wishes included a screened-in porch, flex room, finished lower level, pool and large entertainment area. The homeowners along with Liston worked with architect Larry Spraul of LR Spraul for more than a year to conceptualize and finalize the plans for the design.


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Keith played a big part in the initial meetings between the client and architect to develop the overall floor plan and the best way to utilize the lot and site - the "build" portion of the home. During this year of planning, the homeowners worked closely with Jeanne to make furniture and finish selections, getting most items ordered before they even broke ground in the fall of 2016. “We selected and had a vision of what every room would look like before we even had the plan finalized,” Jeanne says. “It made the whole process go smoother and be more enjoyable for all.” Liston says this approach is the philosophy of Liston Design Build. All the work is done up front prior to starting the building phase so that everyone involved has a good idea of what the end result will be. It allows tweaks and changes to be made to the plan to make the client’s desired design a reality and makes the whole experience more custom to their wishes. “Their philosophy really works,” the homeowner agrees. When all the details had been worked out, Liston broke ground in the fall of 2016 and the home began to take shape. For the exterior, the homeowners knew they wanted a stone facade. Cedar trusses and rock in the landscape create a rustic, French Country look. A large front porch, with a swing the homeowners just love, creates an inviting first glance into the home. A plank stamped concrete porch and tongue-and-groove wood on the exterior ceilings elevates the level of style and craftsmanship of the home. An oversized front door and transom window lead you into the home’s entryway where the first thing your eye is drawn to are the destressed beams that mimic the exterior. “We decided to carry the vaulted ceiling from the front entry into the great room at the back of the house adding the stained beams to draw the focal point up,” Jeanne explains. “It gives a very dramatic look when you walk in the front door.” The great room features a stunning floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace flanked by custom-built bookshelves painted dovetail. “The darker paint color provided depth and worked well with the interior color scheme," Jeanne says. The homeowner knew specific pieces would hold certain places in the bookshelf, so Liston’s craftsmen built the shelving on site to the exact sizes needed for each special object to fit. Many of the home’s important pieces were purchased new from Ethan Allen, and the homeowner worked closely with the furniture company’s designer Leslie Rust to get the size

Opppsite page top: Vaulted ceilings with cedar beams carry your eye from the entry foyer through to the great room, which includes built-in bookshelves and a floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace. Bottom: The dining room furnishings, rug and window treatment were selected from Ethan Allen. Windows by Kolbe Windows & Doors. The Cameron dining table in pekoe finish is accompanied by eight Hayden tapered-leg side chairs covered in a tweedy charcoal fabric. This page: The kitchen is open to the great room and features an oversized quartz-topped island fabricated by Russo Tile & Design, Viking six-burner range by AUTCOhome, built-in coffee machine plus plenty of open shelving and cabinet storage. The massive hammered copper kitchen hood is framed by two geometric chandeliers from Metro Lighting.


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This page: A breakfast nook off of the kitchen looks out to the covered, screened-in porch. Opposite page: The screen-in porch is an extension of the couple's indoor living space with a dining table and furniture from World Market and Grandin Road.


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Top right: With her tub already selected before building began, the floor plan was amended to accommodate for the tub by bumping out the exterior wall making a cozy nook for relaxing baths. Top left: A sliding barn door separates the master bedroom from the luxurious master bath. Bottom: The master bath is serene yet sophisticated with two vanities, a makeup area, large shower and access to the master closet. Cabinetry by Beck Allen. Plumbing by Premier Plumbing Supply.



and scale of the great room seating arrangement just right. The homeowner selected furnishings and finishes that would be timeless and classic. She describes her style as traditional, yet cozy and comfortable. At nearly 7,500 square feet, the house still feels very warm and inviting. Engineered hardwood in a maple laid in varied widths blankets the entire home’s floors, and Liston selected Sherwin Williams’s agreeable gray for the walls. “It’s a warmer gray that works well with everything,” she says. One of the couple’s main requirements in the new home’s design was for the main living spaces to be open. The kitchen flows right into the great room with a massive quartz topped island separating the two spaces. Two oversized geometric pendants from Metro Lighting illuminate the island and perfectly frame the hammered copper kitchen hood. The white cabinetry wall by BeckAllen is broken up by open floating shelving for visual interest. The homeowner loves to cook, and she knew she wanted a Viking six-burner range and double wall ovens, which were sourced from AUTCOhome. Other special touches include a built-in coffee machine and beverage refrigerator. “It is such a good cooking kitchen, and I love all of the counter space,” the homeowner says. Just off the kitchen is a breakfast area with a long farmhouse table from Restoration Hardware. The table is set in front of a wall of glass doors overlooking the back screened-in porch. All of the window and door frames in the main living spaces are painted black, which STLOUISHOMESMAG.COM

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Opposite page top: The flex room is one of the homeowner's favorite spaces in the house with a desk, large work table and washer/dryer. The flex room also connects to the master closet making laundry day a breeze. Bottom left: The couple's daughter's room is every teenage girl's dream in shades of blue, green and pink. Bottom right: A pool with spa, outdoor fireplace and outdoor kitchen were must-haves on the couple's wish list so they could enjoy summers outside entertaining family and friends. This page: The lower level is all about entertaining with a custom built bar, large open living space and pool bathroom.

Jeanne says adds so much depth and drama to the room. “It was a scary decision, but I love it now,” the homeowner says. “We looked at each and every piece of trim while the painter had the brush in hand to decide what would stay white and what would be painted black,” Jeanne adds. One side of the kitchen/great room space is the master bedroom and flex room as well as the side entry from the five-car angled garage. The flex room was an important space to the homeowner who uses it as a work area. Decked out with a desk space, washer/dryer, plenty of storage and counter space and work table perfect for folding laundry or wrapping Christmas gifts, the room has a pocket door that connects it to the master closet, making putting away laundry a breeze. “The flex room and master suite were really designed to fit the way the couple lives,” Jeanne explains. “The husband can get up for work, shower and get dressed and then slip out of the room through the flex room without disturbing his wife.” Sliding barn doors lead the way into the luxurious master bathroom, which includes a makeup and hair area for the homeowner and her daughter, large walk-in shower and a freestanding tub with floor-mounted tub filler tucked into a bumped out alcove. “The homeowner had already selected the tub as we were working on the plan, so we were able modify the design and bump out the wall to get the desired outcome,” Jeanne says. Other spaces on the main floor include a guest bedroom; the

daughter’s colorful bedroom in shades of green, blue and pink; the husband’s study with custom-built bookshelves and the dining room, which the homeowner was initially against including in the home plan. “I’m so glad we decided to include the dining room,” she says. Liston built a nook into the space to house the homeowner’s hutch. Detailed paneling on the walls adds subtle texture to the space. The lower level is a scaled-down version of the main living space and has the same flooring, built-in bookshelves and stone fireplace facade as the great room. It is a perfect place for the couple to entertain and spend time with family and friends. Liston built a custom bar with lots of storage and even included a kegerator that the husband can access and change from a storage area, allowing it to be concealed to look like cabinetry. Another bedroom, laundry area and workout room are also in the lower level as well as a full bathroom that can be used by pool guests. A wall of doors open to the lower level outdoor entertaining area that includes a pool, hot tub, fireplace seating area and an outdoor grill and kitchen. The homeowners moved in in March 2018 and after living in the home for a year, the homeowner says she wouldn’t change a thing. The couple is forever grateful for the collaboration with Keith and Jeanne Liston in creating their dream forever home. The homeowner says, “We feel like we’re at our lake house when we are at home.” Comfortable, cozy, classic and planned to perfection. See stlouishomesmag.com for resources and additional photos.


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By Barb Wilson Photography by Anne Matheis

Making a


Architect: Edward M. Stevens Architect LLC Builder: Claymont Development LLC Interior Design: Castle Design

Breaking with “tradition,” these newlyweds turned to Castle Design for the contemporary look they envisioned.


Married less than two years ago, this free-spirited couple had originally intended to consolidate their household belongings. Both owned villas in West County, and the plan was to remodel the husband’s residence and combine their furnishings, which were fairly traditional. When renovation proved impractical, though, they decided to launch their life together in a totally different direction — with a new home in the same area, but this time something “clean-lined and contemporary.” Their search led to an upscale neighborhood nearby, where a two-story display model by Claymont Development LLC caught their attention. At 5,000+ square feet, the spatial layout was near-perfect; a picturesque 3-acre site overlooking a lake was available for construction; and to help them achieve their high-style contemporary concept, the owners selected the award-winning team of Castle Design. A collaborative effort of Lauren Sweet-Schuler and Meghan Heeter, both Allied ASID, the design process progressed smoothly. “Working together, we all had a clear focus of what the clients wanted, and that made it easy,” says Lauren. “It was simply a matter of choosing a path and sticking to their vision. And the builder was cooperative, even when we specified things Claymont had never done before.” Although the basic floor plan required no significant changes, certain modifications were made to the exterior. The owners are both avid car buffs, and topping their list of must-haves were a four-car garage and a porte-cochère, both easily accomplished. Integrating a contemporary residence with the neighborhood’s traditionally styled homes required some ingenuity, however. By adding a streamlined entry door with frosted glass, custom-made by Elegante, and sleek, modern exterior lighting fixtures, the designers created a façade that blends with the surrounding homes, while subtly hinting at what’s to come inside. Flowing effortlessly from one to another, the large, open interior spaces provided the

Airy and bright, the breakfast area is centered by a round glass top table, set on a brushed chrome pedestal and complemented with tweed-&-chrome Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams chairs. A Sonneman lighting fixture repeats the circular motif, and a slatted Nathan Yong credenza against the side wall provides linear contract.


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designers with essentially a blank canvas. “We wanted the décor to be calm, sleek and balanced, with the right amount of restraint — not busy or overdone,” Meghan explains. As a result, they chose a monochromatic palette, with charcoal-stained, wide-plank maple flooring throughout the main level; warm gray walls; clean-lined trim work; and fully automated window treatments from Waldbrandt Technologies that allow for privacy while emphasizing the beautiful lake views and transforming the space into a fully automated home. Since the furnishings would be all-new, the wife scoured resources for the contemporary look she hoped to achieve. “She’s very detail-oriented and was our guide on the project,” the designers agree. “She provided the inspiration images, and we implemented them for her.” For visual interest, each space incorporates a carefully selected “statement piece.” In the view-packed, 2-story hearth room, for example, the focal point is a sleek floor-to-ceiling concrete fireplace with cantilevered hearth, custom fabricated by TruCrete. The sofa and leather swivel chair are set on a wool and bamboo silk rug from Restoration Hardware, and accented with chrome end tables and a concrete coffee table. Off the foyer, richly hued gray walls create an intimate ambience for the great room, which features a Cambria quartz-faced fireplace, charcoal tweed Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams sectional, abstract and mixed media graphic artwork, and a round coffee table in grained American white oak with a black oak finish. Here, the statement piece is a mid-century Le Corbusier-style chaise in cowhide, commissioned by Knoll Furniture.


We wanted the décor to be calm, sleek, and balanced, with the right amount of restraint — not busy or overdone,”


Lit by a linear candle chandelier evocative of Beaux Arts styling, the dining room showcases an array of Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams furnishings and the designers’ subtle use of texture. The live-edge rosewood table is surrounded by contoured dining chairs upholstered in velvety suede-like fabric. Rattan accents the rosewood buffet doors, and the area rug has a tactile striae pattern. A 10-foot island, with gray-veined Cambria quartz waterfall top and dark base, defines the color scheme for the spacious kitchen. Overhead is an intriguing architectural Sonneman light fixture, and gray leather bar chairs are tucked under the overhang. The clean-lined white Shaker cabinetry by Midwest Kitchen & Bath is fitted with brushed nickel hardware, and the metal finish is repeated in the brushed stainless range hood and Thermador appliances, which include two dishwashers, refrigerator and warming drawers. To one side, a separate beverage center features darker cabinetry with wine cooler and coffeemaker. Airy and bright, the adjacent breakfast area introduces a curved motif with a round glass tabletop set on an ovate brushed chrome pedestal and a circular Sonneman lighting fixture. Against the wall, a slatted Nathan Yong credenza provides linear contrast. Opposite page top: A linear candle chandelier from Restoration Hardware adds drama to the dining room’s live-edge rosewood table and sleek-contoured, softly upholstered chairs. Bottom: Contemporary yet serene and inviting, the great room’s “statement piece” is a mid-century Le Corbusier-style chaise in cowhide, commissioned by Knoll Furniture. This page top: With its luxurious Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams headboard and bedding, uniquely vaulted ceiling, and stunning views of the lake, the main-floor master suite is the ultimate in beauty and comfort. åtry; windows surround the free-standing Jacuzzi tub; the porcelain-tiled floor is heated; and an LED bath bar lights the vanity.


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Crisp and clean-lined, the kitchen’s color scheme was drawn from the Cambria quartz waterfall surface and dark base of its expansive island. The theme is carried through with white Shaker cabinetry, brushed nickel hardware, brushed stainless Thermador appliances from Authorized Appliance, a “Zig Zag” Sonneman light fixture, and gray-&-black leather counter stools. Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery provided all the plumbing and light fixtures throughout the home.

In the husband’s office, a “floating” Magis Baguette table from the Herman Miller collection serves as his desk. Reinforcing the linear theme is a chevron-patterned rug and a minimalist LED lighting fixture that resembles a circuit board. The dark grained cabinetry was custom-designed by California Closets, and softening the masculine effect is an oversize black-and-white landscape photo reminiscent of the owners' frequent trips to Colorado. A subtle shift to taupe-y gray walls establishes a warm ambience for the luxurious main-floor master retreat, which is enhanced by a vaulted ceiling and offers spectacular views of the lake. The plush velvet headboard and bedding are contrasted with a leather and chrome bench, bed chests with a textured shagreen finish, and a slight metallic sheen in the area rug. The attention-getter in this contemporary-yet-cozy haven, however, is its raised horizontal electric fireplace. Similarly distinctive, the master bath’s freestanding Jacuzzi tub is set in a window-lit alcove; marble-grained porcelain tiles blanket the heated floors and glass-enclosed shower; and the bold black cabinetry is surfaced with veined black Cambria quartz. Inside and out, this sophisticated residence illustrates the fundamentals of contemporary design. Rather than a specific style, contemporary is defined as “of the moment”— fluid, functional, open, low-key and eclectic. Eager to make a fresh start, these newlyweds chose professionals with a clear understanding of the concept, and the synergy of their working relationship is obvious. According to the designers, consistency was key to the project’s success: “Our clients knew exactly what they wanted, and it was perfectly planned.” See stlouishomesmag.com for resources and additional photos.



Opposite page: Decidedly masculine, the husband’s office features custom-designed, dark-grained cabinetry, a Magis Baguette table from Herman Miller that serves as his desk, and a minimalist light fixture resembling a circuit board. Above: The centerpiece of the 2-story hearth room is its floor-to-ceiling, cantilevered concrete fireplace, custom-fabricated by TruCrete. Furnishings selected for this view-packed gathering space include Mitchell Gold + Bob Wiliams seating, a concrete coffee table, chrome end tables, and a patterned wool and bamboo silk area rug.


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The Blossoming of a Garden,




Patience and constant learning produce beautiful results By Lucyann Boston Photography by Kim Dillon


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reating beauty, attracting wildlife and sharing with family and friends is what gardening is all about for these Kirkwood homeowners. Their garden also represents continual learning, trial and error, not being afraid to try something new and, above all, patience. The story of the garden begins in 2002, when the couple, then living in Chesterfield, found just the right place to resettle after a long search. The nearly 3-acre Kirkwood property came with a window-filled brick home surrounded by mature oaks, sugar maples, walnuts, bald cypresses, dogwoods and included a red oak and catalpa now certified to be over 100 years old. Those trees were “an important piece of the "puzzle” that made them determine that the property was the right fit for their family that included three children. The remnants of an old pond remained on the property and provided a bit of a teaser as to what the acreage could someday include. For a time the homeowners, busy with three growing children, lived with the land and made slow improvements. “The first five years it was just a matter of cleaning up,” she explains. While they treasured the large mature trees, the scrub saplings and invasive shrubs needed to go. As they began to reclaim the land that surrounded their home, they could see the possibilities more clearly. What came into focus was the vision of a flowing stream and adjacent ponds that somewhat followed the natural contours of the grounds and gave a historic nod to the pond that had once been part of the property. Rather than simply hiring a company and letting them create a water feature, the couple researched water gardens, bought tickets to the annual Pond-O-Rama, water garden tour sponsored by the St. Louis Water Garden Society and talked with the pond owners. The 2008 decision to build a water feature also led to a division of labor between husband and wife. The husband took over designing the ponds and stream. He contracted with Land Works, Inc., to create a waterfall flowing into a 100-foot by 8-foot meandering stream and a double-lobed pond. An arched bridge ties the two wings together. Meanwhile, with their last child ready for college, the wife took the Master Gardener course at the Missouri Botanical Garden, then joined a garden club and began taking every course she could find


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Gardening is a very forgiving hobby. If you plant something and it doesn’t work, you can dig it up, rearrange things and try it in a new spot.

at local nurseries to increase her gardening knowledge. She focused on creating the beds surrounding the house and those that followed the path of the stream and ponds. “Once I decided on basic bed areas, I’d go to different nurseries to get ideas,” she explains. Favorite haunts became Greenscape Gardens in Ballwin, Sugar Creek Gardens in Kirkwood, Bowood Farms in St. Louis City and Schmittel’s Nursery in Maryland Heights. Little by little the garden took shape. “We started with the bones,” she explains, “crabapples, rhododendrons, boxwoods. We did things little by little. It was trial and error. We made mistakes and we moved things around a lot. “Gardening,” she laughs, “is a very forgiving hobby. If you plant something and it doesn’t work, you can dig it up, rearrange things and try it in a new spot.” Her goal was to begin with basic trees and shrubs, let them fill out and then plant other things around them. She was cautious about cramming too many plants together and having beds become overcrowded and messy as the plants matured. Maintenance also was a consideration as the couple did the day-to-day work themselves, calling in help only for major projects. Miener Landscaping, Timberline Landscaping and LMI Landscaping have filled those needs.

The effort in creating the garden, especially the pond and stream, have more than paid off in the wildlife they attract, and the joy they bring to the couple’s seven grandchildren ranging in age from 8 years to 3 months. “We have so many birds; a pair of blue herons, a mallard couple that come each spring, wild turkey, coyote and fox. Deer (that live on adjacent vacant land) come and drink from the ponds,” she says.



The grandchildren actually swim in the pond, she adds, using a sloping, beach-like entry to a shallow area. In the summer they delight in the fish, tadpoles and peeper frogs that fill the nights with their song. In the process of trial and error in the creation of the garden, the knowledgeable gardening wife has compiled an outstanding list of favorite plants she feels add a special dimension to her landscape. She shared some garden notes with us. Conifers: Norway spruce, both the tall pyramidal (for privacy) and the smaller weeping varieties (Picea abies and pendula); weeping Blue Atlas cedar (Cedrus atlantica Glauca), which she uses as a focal point overhanging the stream; fluffy Japanese dwarf cedar (Cryptometria Pom Pom) and columnar Japanese plum yew (Cephalotaxus harringtonia). Deciduous trees: Japanese maples ‘Orangeola,’ small featuring cascading, lace-leaved foliage that is orange in spring, green in summer and red orange in fall (Acer palmatum) and Autumn Moon, also small with yellow to orange foliage in spring, turning chartreuse in summer and gold and red in fall (Acer shirasawanum); ginko Goldspire, columnar, small and dense with buttery yellow fall foliage, perfect for tight spaces; Coralburst crabapple (Malus coralcole), measuring 15-by-15 feet at maturity and featuring pink blossoms, deep green foliage and reddish orange fruit; Missouri native black gum (Nyssa sylvatica), a large tree with spreading horizontal branches and beautiful red fall color.



Deciduous shrubs: Hydrangea Pinky Winky, large and upright with cone- shaped blossoms that start white and then turn pink at the bottom as they age; dwarf ornamental peach Bonfire (Prunus persica) around 6-by-6 feet in size and packing a punch with profuse double pink flowers in spring followed by drooping, deep red leaves that hold their color in summer (inedible fruit is often hidden by leaves); bush clover Gibraltar (Lespediza thunbergii), fountains of rosy purple flowers in early fall flow gracefully toward the stream bed; Harry Lauder’s walking stick/contorted filbert (Corylus avellana Contorta), a specimen plant grown for its twisted branches and dangling catkins provides a garden focal point and great winter interest, ‘Red Dragon’ cultivar comes with reddish catkins in late winter and red purple foliage in summer. Perennials: Phlox Glamour Girl, hot pink blossoms from midsummer to fall, fragrant, good cut flower, butterflies love it, mildew resistant; Japanese anemone September Charm, long blooming from late summer into fall in sun or part shade with yellow-centered, purplish pink flowers on willowy stems; hellebores or Lenten roses, which begin blooming in late winter and continue through spring; Japanese spikenard (Aralia cordata Sun King) medium-sized with bright yellow foliage that will brighten up a dark corner of the garden. Vines: Clematis Madame Julia Correvon, red pinwheel flowers with pink undersides bloom from spring through fall in full sun to part shade; ornamental hop vine Summer Shandy (Humulus lupulus), golden yellow leaves make a great wall or fence cover. See stlouishomesmag.com for resources and additional photos.


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Breathe life into your indoor space with a succulent plant. Perfect in pots, gardens or terrariums, succulents can be easy to care for if the right steps are taken. Check out local landscapers’ favorite varieties. By Melissa Mauzy

WATER Drought-tolerant plant that requires minimal watering, once per week or when completely dry

SOIL Soil should be well-drained sandy mix

LOCATION + LIGHT Requires 4-6+ hours of full to partial sun

DRAINAGE The Mangave does not like wet feet, so plant with rocks in base of pot with good drainage or plant in an elevated garden space

REPOTTING TIPS Repot when roots become root bound or overgrown in pot. Can also be planted directly into outdoor garden. Trim back the overgrown roots and use a good cactus-type soil mix

FERTILIZER Fertilize with an organic Espoma Cactus Fertilizer



Information provided by: David Sherwood of Sherwood's Forest



Mangave, an improved variety of Agave, is the perfect succulent addition to your garden! Whether you're potting, transplanting, working in the garden or just moving your succulents inside for the winter, Mangave will give you less trouble than the traditional succulent. It grows twice as fast and can tolerate higher levels of moisture. Whether in the garden or container, Mangave are sure to stand out and require little maintenance making it a perfect focal plant. Thanks to their hybrid parentage, Mangave offer a wide variety of new colors and forms compared to Agave. Mangave can be combined with other succulents to create landscape plantings, hanging planters or interesting dish gardens. The uses of the Mangave are unlimited, making it a perfect member to your plant family, whether outside in the landscape, in a large focal-point porch combo pot or in a child’s bedroom planted inside their favorite animal-shaped planter. Give your Mangave, and any succulents, good light and be sure not to love it too much by over watering.

1 one:“The Kiwi Aeonium is a favorite that we brought in for the first time last season. The succulent forms rosettes in shades of yellow and green set off with a brilliant red edge. Whether it's sitting in a sunny spot on your deck or patio or on your windowsill during winter, this succulent makes a perfect container plant and a great indoor or outdoor accent!” Andria Graeler, Chesterfield Valley Nursery.

4 four: “A must-have succulent this year is the Firesticks Pencil Cactus! The new finger-like growth is coral and resembles something you’d see under the sea. Easy to pair with contrasting textures and colors of other succulents.” Hillary Fitz, Greenscape Gardens.

2 two: “It's easy to see why 'Atlantis' Sedum is considered one of the best new plant introductions. A hardy perennial that makes an excellent ground cover, it thrives in heat and humidity, and flourishes in dry, poor and average soil.” Ann Lapides, Sugar Creek Gardens.

5 five: “My favorite succulent is the Albuca Spiralis ‘Fizzle Sizzle’ because it is extremely rare. Winter-growing and summer-dormant with curly, corkscrew-shaped leaves, it's not your basic succulent. I always wonder what it would be like to stumble upon a group of them fully grown in their native habitat of South Africa. We are currently growing this one at the nursery for propagation.” Eric Morris, Frisella Nursery.

3 three: “Senecio rowleyanus, aka String of Pearls, is a quirky succulent that resembles ‘pop beads’. It's low maintenance, works indoors or out, likes bright light and is drought tolerant. Plant in a container to showcase its exceptional trailing habit.” Jim Oldani, Timberwinds Nursery.

6 six: “The Donkey Ear Kalanchoe is an elegant stunner, with dramatic scale and structure. It prefers a bright room and minimal water like most succulents and is well suited for a hanging basket. Best of all, you can even propagate the babies from each leaf tip and share them with your friends!" Laura Caldie, Maypop Garden Shop.






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

March 1-15 Trees, shrubs and perennials may be planted as soon as they become available at local nurseries.

March 1- 15 Set up nesting boxes for bluebirds.

Fertilize the garden as the soil is being prepared for planting. Unless directed otherwise by a soil test, 1 to 2 pounds of 12-12-12 or an equivalent fertilizer per 100 square feet is usually sufficient

March 11-25 Summer and fall blooming perennials should be divided in spring. Apply a balanced fertilizer such as 6-12-12 to perennial beds when new growth appears.

March 15 - 31 Thin spots and bare patches in the lawn can be overseeded now. Set out broccoli, cabbage, brussels sprouts, Chinese cabbage and cauliflower transplants into the garden. Peaches and nectarines should be pruned just before they bloom. Apply dormant oil sprays now. Choose a dry day when freezing temperatures are not expected.


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CHESTERFIELD VALLEY NURSERY 16825 North Outer 40, Chesterfield, MO 63005 chesterfieldvalleynursery.com 636-532-9307 Retaining walls and borders. Add some flair to a back patio by lining it with a retaining wall and some elegant border plantings such as boxwoods that pop against dark mulch. Other border materials that can also be utilized are decorative cobblers, gravel, and pebbles. Blue pebbles add a beautiful contrast to any grey toned patio. The retaining wall can be used not only as a decorative feature but also can prevent erosion in mulch beds that encircle raised patios. Whether it be a more traditional block wall or a natural stone or boulder wall, retaining walls can give a more ornate and detailed feel to your landscape. Border plantings provide a more defined space as well as stylized lines as a design element. Border plantings in areas like this can also be spaces for seasonal flowers, adding a sometimes much-needed pop of color against an otherwise monotoned landscape.



WELLNESS FOR THE WIN At the ultra-private, adults-only Nayara Springs, unwinding to the sounds, sights and beauty of the surrounding Costa Rica rainforest is a cinch By Elizabeth Ralls Photography Courtesy of Nayara Springs

THERE ARE FEW PLACES in the world that seem more like a tropical hideaway than a five-star resort, and Costa Rica’s Nayara Resorts falls into this category. Situated in the pristine rainforest of the Arenal Volcano, the boutique hotel takes the national slogan, “Pura Vida,” (translation: simple life), to new heights thanks to an authentic wellness experience that leaves visitors no choice but to unwind and be at one with their lush, natural surroundings. A collection of two properties, Nayara Resort, Spa & Gardens and Nayara Springs (the two are connected by footbridge), the adults-only Nayara Springs is romantic in the sense that it affords the utmost in privacy, yet immersive enough to prod guests out of their cocoons and into the ecosystem of glorious biodiversity that exists just outside the walls of its 35 private villas. And by cocoon, we mean lofty casitas complete with private plunge pools fed by natural mineral hot springs; a private garden with dual rain showers; indoor and outdoor sitting areas; and a sleek, four-poster bed.

Above left and right: Private villas offer the ultimate luxury with four-poster beds, indoor and outdoor sitting areas, a private garden with dual rain showers and views of the Arenal volcano. Below: The sounds of the rainforest beckon from open-air spa pavilions. Middle left: Springs Villa Terrace. Opposite, top to bottom: The Cielito Lindo Pool & Wet Bar is a guest favorite. Enjoy breakfast next to your private, mineral hot springs-fed plunge pool.

Nayara’s native residents — sloths, more than 20 species of frogs, howler monkeys, toucans, hummingbirds, even bats — are friendly neighbors at the Relais & Châteaux property. Meet some of these creatures up close through the resort’s guided walking tours (we recommend Juan Pablo). Thanks to optimal elevation, living off the land is a cinch, and Nayara takes full advantage with its wellness offerings. Mud from the Arenal Volcano is sourced for its signature volcanic mud spa treatment; who needs a “spa” soundtrack when your massage takes place in an open-air hut, and the only beats around are from the nearby waterfall and tropical birds flitting? Tropical fruit and herbs for fresh-pressed juices and daily fruit plates are sourced from its on-site garden; restaurants like Mis Amores put the American notions of farm-to-table to shame. Pura vida; this is one getaway you can’t get away from. nayarasprings.com.




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By Barbara E. Stefàno Photography by Anne Matheis

HIGH DRAMA Neutral is anything but vanilla in this homeoner's chic Chesterfield villa. Designer Gina Dill-Thebeau delivered high drama amid the earthy tones via swaths of black and dabs of metallics and bright color.

For 10 years, Carol lived within minutes of the Chesterfield villa she now calls home. It’s on the same street as her sister’s and sister-in-law’s and walking distance from pretty much everything else. But after years of sameness, the place needed a reboot. “It had gotten to where I’d been here for 19 years and I hadn’t done anything major practically since I moved in,” Carol says. “It had gotten really dated.” Aside from recently purchased living room recliners, marble bedroom flooring and a Murano glass chandelier she purchased in Italy, she was open to most anything. Carol met her interior designer, Gina Dill-Thebeau, through her design of Carol's son's house. Gina saw potential in Carol’s home and aesthetic. “The whole space was a generous-sized villa and the ceilings were nice and high, so to me it had really great possibilities,” Gina explains. Carol has a preference for neutrals, but she also has an adventurous spirt—something that helped the designer zero-in on her bold style. That isn’t to say there weren’t compromises. Right off the bat, the prized chandelier in the dining room had to go. “We ended up with a 72-inch dining table and the recently purchased 24-inch Murano glass fixture was too small,” says Gina. Once Carol laid her eyes on the 54-inch chandelier that Gina suggested, she knew Gina was right. “Boy, I really hate to admit that I was wrong, but I sure was! The whole












room has a repeat of the curves of the chandelier. It blends and it flows, and it’s just gorgeous.” (Carol ultimately got her Murano in the form of a glass bathroom sink, and the chandelier now holds a prominent place in her lake house.) In the kitchen and breakfast nook, Gina upgraded the yellow oak cabinetry with a coat of black paint and gold hardware, then replaced the glass and backsplash with mirrors that reflect the adjoining family room. She had cabinets built in the breakfast nook to match the character of the kitchen. Gina designed drapes for the large palladian window in the family room and raised it up above the arch to create the perception of greater height. White molding on a gray backdrop around it is an interesting twist and keeps the long rod from looking clunky or out of place. With all the added sunlight, she was comfortable giving Carol a non-traditional dark ceiling that complements the black, white and shades of gray elsewhere on the 1,600-square-foot main floor. The contrasts are carried into the master bedroom, where the custom wood veneer black-and-metallic wall covering create dimension. Thanks to a custom peacock cabinet, there is now less furniture crowding the room and Carol has a place for absolutely everything. The birds on its doors inspired “peacock-y” elements all around the room from the ornate light fixtures to the textured bedding. The contrasts are courageous but sophisticated, ornate but in an exceptionally clean way. “Many people do have reservations about things they haven’t seen,” Gina says, “but [Carol] really just trusted me to make it beautiful. I love that about her. And, of course, she just loved it when it was done.” See stlouishomesmag.com for resources.

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KITCHEN A multi-functional makeover with a modern design breathes new life into this spectacular kitchen space that’s now the perfect place for family cooking and large-scale entertaining. By Jeanne Delathouder Photography by Simonne Bolla / Bolla Photography



As any designer will attest, the most enjoyable clients to work with are often those with a vision and a thorough understanding that great renovations don’t happen overnight. And such was certainly the case for Heather Ragan of Herzog Kitchen and Bath when she set out to design a cutting-edge dream kitchen for St. Louis couple Brian and Areta May and their two daughters. “The May’s came to me wanting a very modern and clean design combining white glossy cabinetry with a mix of warmth,” Heather recalls. “They wanted their kitchen to be highly functional while still giving them the sleek, contemporary look they were after. They also aspired to open up the room to create a much larger space that would allow for entertaining as well as Brian’s passion for cooking,” she adds. The homeowners opted to use all Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances in their new kitchen. Brian had specific wants, so Heather incorporated them into her design to give him the best function and placement. For instance, because the main refrigerator was outside the cooking area, she incorporated the Sub-Zero refrigerator drawers closer to his work space. Another creative concept included cutting a

hole in the quartz countertop over a pull-out trash compartment so that when prepping food, Brian could lift the lid of the hole and dispose of waste quickly and efficiently. To bring a bit of rustic warmth to the space, they decided to install weathered wood planks to the vaulted ceiling. “As much as I would like to take credit for the overall design, the Mays were really the ones who came to me with all of their ideas and concepts,” says Heather. “I just made it come to life for them. When we started the project, they presented the idea of an all-glass walk-in pantry, and I simply enhanced the overall concept by suggesting a hanging chandelier and mixing in textured-foil base cabinets with white glossy upper cabinets,” she notes. Heather’s final touches included adding plenty of accessories to the cabinets, such as pull-out spice organizers, tray dividers, and rollouts to ensure countertops were free of clutter and there was a storage spot for everything. The spacious overhang at the peninsula allows for everyone to be involved while family meals are being prepared, and at Brian’s request, a greenhouse was installed so he could grow fresh herbs to use for his cooking. Tucked away in the butler’s pantry, it has an ultraviolet light that accurately controls the temperature.

“The Mays were truly the best clients to work for,” says the designer. “They were easy-going, patient, and understood that a project of this magnitude doesn’t happen overnight,” she laughs. “I loved bringing their vision to life and creating a beautiful first-floor living space for the entire family to enjoy for many years to come.” See stlouishomesmag.com for resources.






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little house ON THE HILL By Shannon Craig Photography by Anne Matheis

When Kathy Chechik found her dream house in her dream neighborhood, a big vision found home in a small space.

"What you do when you want to downsize?" It’s a valid question, and one that artist and home-rehab enthusiast Kathy Chechik took on wholeheartedly in November of 2014 when she found her dream home on The Hill. After nearly five years of moving and searching, she knew the 1904 three-bedroom shotgun would be a downsize for sure, even on a lot and a half. But she was determined to translate the ambitious image she built in her mind — roomy and sunny porch, open-concept floorplan, butler’s pantry — into a home that fit both The Hill neighborhood’s signature style and her idealized vision. “We love this neighborhood: the people and the community. It feels like a small town in a big city,” the Hill Neighborhood Association Block Captain says. “So I didn’t get stressed [during the rehab] at all. I had a blast and everything just kind of…fell into place.” The airy space was meticulously designed to be full of natural sunlight, storage friendly, easy to care for and clean. And much like the home’s convenient Hill location: accessible. The full glass front door along with two sets of full-glass French doors, custom designed by Kirkwood Stair and Millwork, allow for the entire front of the home to open onto the wide, south-facing covered porch. It’s the ideal setup for her husband, Marc, a musician who wants nothing more than to strum a guitar while watching the day fade with his favorite canine girl, Sugar, the couple’s Golden Doodle. Once inside, the open-floor plan lets the sun cascade through the living room and into the kitchen, complete with a butler’s pantry and flanked around an ultra-colorful rendition of Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa. “I’m obsessed with light and the effect it has on colors, so it was really important to me to get as much light in here as possible. It’s a big reason why I chose white for all of the walls. It reflects light and makes the colors in the house really pop.” Following a similar principle, Chechik chose a fauxconcrete grey vinyl that runs the full



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length of the bungalow. The consistencies have a grounding and unifying effect that make the couple’s art and personal touches the focal points of the home. For Marc, collected instruments add visual play to the walls. For Kathy, it’s horses. Everywhere and on everything. “It’s not even a conscious choice, to have horses everywhere,” she explains. “If there’s something that doesn’t have a horse on it and another thing that does, you go with the horse, always.” The massive Cara Van Leuven painting in the living room is a testament to this sentiment and a loving homage to the horse-owner’s two Tennessee Walking Horses, Nic and Caesar. Though it’s certainly a departure from most classic homes on The Hill, Chechik’s small house with big vision encapsulates the inviting diversity that makes the neighborhood such an enviable St. Louis location. One with a small-town feel that makes it the only place she wants to call home. “We can live here forever,” the proud homeowner explains with complete satisfaction. “You can’t say that about most neighborhoods.” See stlouishomesmag.com for resources.




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The Arco Floor Lamp stays in style for more than 50 years and counting By Moe Godat


The Castiglioni brothers aimed for greatness; their visions of purity and functionality came to life in homes around the world in the early 1960s, touching each with the comfortable luxury signature of the Arco Floor Lamp. What made the Arco Floor Lamp so instantly popular in the 1960s was its striking yet inoffensive presence in the dining room. The Castiglionis chose the name Arco for the tall, elegant arch which allows the lamp to remain a comfortable distance away from a dining room table. The original idea was that it would take the place of an overhead light or smaller lamps with intrusive wiring. Though it was originally meant for dining use, it quickly evolved to become a centerpiece for any room in the home. On television programs and in movies, the Arco Lamp often lit the scene for tense moments around a desk or shed light on a romantic evening in the living room. Today, it is most commonly a piece for a living room where it can take the center stage for guests. The base of the original lamp is made of Italian Carrara marble, which renders the lamp next to impossible to


knock over in passing. The highest point of the stainless steel arc reaches a height of 7.5 feet before curving, creating a comfortable archway to walk under without ducking. “The Castiglioni brothers’ designs were extremely important postwar,” says Mike Craft of Metro Lighting. “The Arco Lamp design remains so significant because of how well it’s held its architectural timeline for over 50 years — if you have an original, you’re a very lucky person.” Flos now only creates a few hundred of these per year, so a true Flos brand Arco Lamp, while iconic, elegant and undeniably signature, remains pricy. However, its presence in the spotlight for over 50 years made it the perfect product to replicate. Similar options exist for homes who want the look without the high price tag. Though replicas and similar options do exist, a true Arco Floor Lamp will never be a home decor cliché despite its frequent appearance in pop culture. The craftsmanship and quality in every aspect of the design makes the Arco second to none. See stlouishomesmag.com for resources.

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By Melissa Mauzy

Often used in sheds, barns and rustic buildings, shiplap has found its way into our homes adding rustic charm and subtle texture. This timeless and classic design element is a simple wooden board with a groove cut into the top and the bottom to allow the pieces to fit together snugly. Not just for the farmhouse or rustic look, a shiplap accent wall can add interest to any space.

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Flos Scandinavia Showroom, Copenhagen, Denmark Photography by Morten Bentzon

Situated proudly on one of Copenhagen’s old industrial docks, the FLOS Showroom not only allows signature products to shine, but the historic architecture of the building, as well. FLOS, a lighting company founded in Italy, took advantage of the open spaces and antique feel of an old tractor repair workshop to highlight the modern feel of their top-of-the-line fixtures. OEO Studio worked with FLOS to make the space an international showroom statement. OEO Studio decided to use the products to illuminate the monolithic architecture of the existing structure; this contrast between old and new brings a sense of curiosity to the showroom while drawing attention to what the products can achieve in highly architectural spaces. The beauty of the showroom comes in its details, such as book shelving units used as a modern and playful display system. The room’s most striking display is a lustrous white staircase to draw visitor’s attention to separate zones of the building while providing an engaging setting for the fixtures. It was important to FLOS and OEO Studio to stay true to the building’s Scandinavian history. They added the Cover House, a home lighting display made of brick, from Petersen Tegl, a Danish brickworker. The inspiration for the showroom, OEO Studio says, was not only the structure and history of the old building, but the way natural and artificial light worked together in the space. Hopefully visitors will understand the possibilities they can achieve with their lighting decisions after seeing this inspiring new showroom.



St. Louis just received a beautiful update on one of Clayton Road’s classic red brick buildings, originally built in the 1930s. Roth Living, a nationwide company with 35 U.S. showrooms, recently finished its new official Sub-Zero, Wolf and Cove showroom. The deconstruction of the tired structure refreshes the already beautiful and historic design; architects from Arch 11 decided to keep the new showroom true to St. Louis’s architectural roots by preserving the brick facade while updating the structure with modern zinc-clad steel. This nod to conserving traditional aesthetic can be found in the showrooms themselves through a forward-thinking approach to design mixed with the updated architecture. After passing the sleek front desk, customers travel into a world of modern kitchen inspiration with minimal design and well-used space. The striking appliances from Sub-Zero, Wolf and Cove mix naturally with the cabinetry of Wm Ohs, Downsview and Gegg Design. The showroom strives to make each customer’s experience both pain-free and interesting; product experts from Roth offer guided tours of the showroom to help streamline the shopping experience. Perhaps the most signature piece to this showroom are the digital concepts set in high-design vignettes. These 9x16-inch digital concepts are meant to encourage customers to explore new designs and possibilities and leave with a picture and product details to make their concepts a reality.

Knoll Showroom, Houston, TX Photography by Bob O'Connor

Knoll Incorporated is an American manufacturer of products for homes, offices and higher-education settings. Their new showroom and offices in Houston, Texas, are located on the ninth floor and roof terrace to give the space a gorgeous view of downtown. This 8,000-square-foot project led by ARO was designed to marry functionality and displays. The showroom contains open office areas of all sizes to show off the company’s office furniture and brand textiles. Though this showroom was designed to mirror those built in New York City and San Francisco, this location holds designs chosen for the Texas locale. One example is the sculptured brass rail that leads a customer through the changing selections they offer. Knoll’s products are actually used in the showroom as architectural pieces. A white textile made by Knoll covers the vaulted ceiling panels in entry area and main conference room, providing an acoustic cushion so the open showroom never gets too noisy. This bright white set next to a backdrop of custom leather on select walls provides an interesting and natural contrast as one strolls through the showroom. The floors are a stunning white terrazzo with brass dividers and the occasional brass Knoll logo. The showroom holds true to the brand’s colors as custom blue perforated leather door pulls cover brass doorknobs, tying into the color palette and adding an interesting and eye-catching detail to the already captivating space.




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Minimalism For our March “HOT” issue, we asked local design professional to share their opinion on minimalism, the philosophy of paring down interior décor to the beautiful basics. Photography by Anne Matheis

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"I firmly believe that minimalist interior design is a classic design concept. It is a timeless aesthetic and when done successfully the home's interior will have a serene and harmonious feeling. The concept is often a blend of textures and materials and the design concept is beautiful in its subtlety. Its sophistication alone makes it timeless." Julie Abner, Julie Abner Interiors. “I think minimalism is a classic that just happens to also be a craze right now. Minimalism has been a popular way of life since the Bauhaus movement in the early 20th Century. It is hard to call something a craze that has stood the test of time for 100 years! Minimalism is hard to execute well, simple design is anything but. It takes a keen eye for the smallest detail and truly shines when the few selected pieces are of the best quality one can afford. If there is not a lot going on in the space to distract the eye, the few pieces that are there need to be impeccable.” Molly Ballard, Castle Design. “Minimalist interior design is definitely a classic! While minimalist design has gotten a boost from recent crazes, such as Marie Kondo’s books on the art of decluttering, the roots of this design style have been around for many years, and I think it is here to stay. For me, minimalism is all about functionality and simplicity. In today’s world when we are bombarded by so much noise all day every day, a minimalist design at home can give us an oasis where we can decompress and relax. I, for one, can always use a little more of that in my life!” Jess Mendenhall, Castle Design. “I think the current popularity of minimalist interior design is leading towards a more thoughtful approach to design and how we look at our homes. This can mean different things for different clients. For some it could be the textbook example of minimalist design with limited items on their surfaces. For other clients, maybe it means only showcasing one category of collectibles or just their absolute favorites. Because anyone can take a popular trend and interpret it in a unique way for how they live and how they use their space, it can become a timeless way to design a home.” Kathleen Grim, Schaub+Srote. “The fact is we encounter minimalist design every day when we enjoy the use of phones, appliances and public spaces. Since the eons of time, functionality and simplicity have been desired as design elements. From the soshi screen in a traditional Japanese interior, to the less is more philosophy of Mies van der Rohe, minimalist design has portrayed simplicity, comfort, as well as elegance for centuries. The application of essential features, uncomplicated repetitive pattern and clean lines are evident in styles like Shaker, Craftsman, Scandinavian, Modern, Mid-century and Memphis, to name a few. Inclusion of basic geometric shapes, natural materials and attention to functionality create minimalist interiors that present a feeling of organization and serenity. How can minimalism be anything but a classic?” Karen Johnson, Directions In Design Inc.



“I feel it is a craze. I believe there will always be those with minimalist taste. But, overall, clients love their belongings that they will continue to display in their homes. Photographs of places they have been remind them of great times they have experienced. Photographs of family and friends remind us of our connection to those we love.” CJ Knapp, Yours by Design. “Minimalism seems to be all around us, this new goal of design nirvana where bliss is attained by removing all of the excesses, and certainly not for the faint of heart. However, I think it's a craze and we've reached the tipping point. In part, because we like to have a place to nest with layers of our personality, and having a strong economy supports new, adventurous design with large scale patterns, rich colors with texture and lots of eye candy.” Gigi Lombrano, Gigi Lombrano Interiors.


“I think as we become more plugged in as a society, we need more calm space at home. Clutter can feel mentally chaotic even if it’s kept in order. Because Mid-century Modern has been such a trend in the past several years, what consumers see in magazines and catalogs is a more minimal living space. Interior design, art, and fashion will always circle back to the past for inspiration. We put a fresh spin on the ‘classics’ to create the craze. At the end of the day, in my opinion, what is classic is based on our own personal wiring. Some of us love the feeling-- the history--of the stuff we have accumulated over the years in our homes. Others see minimalism as clarity, leaving room for thought without distraction. If you think about a museum or art gallery, more often than not, there's a white backdrop and maybe a bench. It directs our attention to the most important elements in the room. What is most important is up to us to decide.” Marci Marsh, M Marsh Design.

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