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8 PUBLISHER’S LETTER 12 TRENDS 14 FAB FINDS 18 STYLEMAKER 20 DELISH DISH 24 ARTISAN 50 DIRT 52 SHAW’S VISION

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55 LUXURY HOME TOUR 68 OUT OF TOWN 74 BEFORE & AFTER 78 SMALL SCALE 82 SPOTLIGHT 86 BRIGHT IDEA 88 CONNECT 96 CLASSIC OR CRAZE

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26 BEAUTIFUL BLANK BACKDROP City dwellers renovate a pristine period home to fit their family’s modern lifestyle.

34 ¡VIVA LA VILLA MODERNA! Designed by Schaub+Srote, this 15,000-square-foot West County residence reinvents the classic European country villa.

42 A SHARED PASSION This husband and wife’s longtime love of gardening has resulted in a stunning lush landscape they love to share with all.

ON THE COVER PAGE 68 PHOTOGRAPHY BY JOHN SCIARRINO, GIOVANNI PHOTOGRAPHY. Zen-like in its simplicity, this upscale Florida retreat captures the essence of coastal living in a very unique way.

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WINGED WONDERS

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Not only pretty but practical, wingback chairs have been gracing homes since the 1600s. Originally designed as a way to provide comfortable protection from drafts or trap heat from a fireplace, today’s wingback chairs are still a classic staple in any space. By Melissa Mauzy

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1. Foremost chair, available at Dau Furniture. 2. Reagan swivel chair, available at SC Home by Forshaw. 3. Andre wing chair, by Highland House, available at Design & Detail.

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4. Erik leather wing chair, available at West Elm. 5. Gunderson chair, by Mr. and Mrs. Howard for Sherrill Furniture, available at KDR Designer Showrooms. 6. Clara wing chair, available at Ethan Allen. 7. Leroi chair, by Mr. and Mrs. Howard for Sherrill Furniture, available at KDR Designer Showrooms. 8. Hancock wing chair, available at Art Van Furniture. 9. Feelin' Groovy swivel chair, by Thayer Coggin, available at KDR Designer Showrooms.

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Architectural AUTHORITY Edited by Melissa Mauzy Photography by Colin Miller/Strauss Peyton

Paul Fendler founded Fendler + Associates, Inc. in 1989. As a registered architect, his firm provides design services tailored specifically to his clients’ requirements. Fendler + Associates also offers a wide range of design and consulting services specific to the historic rehabilitation market.

SLHL: Why hire an architect? Paul: An architect is a professional who can listen to your wants and needs and guide you through the design and construction process. An architect is a good resource for the latest styles, trends and building materials. Whether it’s a renovation, addition or new construction project, an architect can advise clients on the realistic expectations of the design process, schedule, building costs and the construction process. SLHL: What is the most-requested architectural element homeowners are wanting? Paul: Homeowners want spaces that are beautiful and functional. Custom millwork tends to be a common requested element. This may consist of paneled walls, built-in casework, unique ceiling treatments and well-designed cabinets.   SLHL: How does your design process improve a client's experience in their home? Paul: I listen to what my clients want and involve them throughout the design process. My goal is to always design spaces that are beautiful, but equally as important to design spaces that work for them. It’s important to understand how clients use their homes, raise their children and entertain their friends. Achieving great design is a team effort and projects are successful when the client is well informed and engaged throughout the process.   SLHL: What is the greatest challenge in creating a new design in an existing home? Paul: I think it’s important that any new design blend seamlessly with the existing home. While I try to put my unique mark on every project, it’s also important to respect the existing architecture and unique characteristic of the home. 

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SLHL: What is your favorite living space to design?  Paul: I love creating outdoor spaces, whether they be exterior rooms, pool houses or terraces. Extending the house to the outside offers opportunities to create unique spaces that have an impact on both the inside and outside of the home.   SLHL: You specialize in historic rehabilitations and preservations. What is most challenging when working on a historic rehab project? Paul: Trying to modernize homes while preserving their historic character is always a challenge.  Historic homes oftentimes have specific limitations that require unique solutions.  Another challenge is finding contractors who are well versed in historic rehabilitations and capable of the craftsmanship required to work on such projects.   SLHL: Why do historic rehab projects scare some homeowners, and how do you make it easier? Paul: Historic renovations can be very expensive because they usually include replicating or rehabilitating custom detailing and design.  Another expense is in upgrading mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems in a way so as not to adversely affect the architectural integrity of the home. We work with many owners of historic properties to identify and secure historic state and federal tax credits to help offset the high cost of their rehabilitations. We have a historic preservationist on staff that is well versed with the intricacies of these types of projects.    SLHL: What are some trends in architecture for 2018? Paul: Clients want homes that have more open floor plans, larger windows and a strong connection to outdoor living spaces.  The formal dining room is being replaced by more casual eating/gathering spaces.  While floor plans are becoming more casual, clients want homes that are finely detailed and thoughtfully designed.   SLHL: What kind of project is your favorite? Paul: Architectural projects are a team effort that includes the homeowners, design professionals and a contractor at a minimum.  My favorite projects are those where the team works well together, where everyone brings their own unique skills and where the common goal is to create the very best project for the homeowner.


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GRACE MEAT + THREE x COOKING TECHNIQUE = INFINITELY DELICIOUS Chef Rick Lewis and wife Elisa have left Southern behind to create Grace Meat + Three, a new haunt in The Grove that’s part comfort food, part farm-to-table and all the Lewises.

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Chef Rick Lewis may not have invented Southern cooking, but he is certainly inventive in his take on it. Rick and his wife, Elisa, opened Grace Meat + Three in the former Sweetie Pie’s space in The Grove in late 2017 and the wholesome, seasonal fare is redefining farm-to-fork comfort food. Chef Rick is no stranger to the movement, having opened his popular fried chicken restaurant, Southern, in 2015 to rave reviews. But as co-owner of that restaurant, he was eager to declare full autonomy in the St. Louis culinary scene. “This time it was all about Elisa and myself,” he says, “the first time we could do it exclusively for ourselves. The first couple of menus kind of conformed to the meats-and-three idea; now we’re getting more creative and expressive, like with the blue-plate specials.” Daily menu specials range from an herbaceous poached cod to southern staple chicken and dumplings to a smoked prime rib that has proven an instant hit. Southern food — and the blue plates — may be rooted in tradition but that doesn’t mean they’re not game for reinvention. Think gnocchi-style pasta in the dumplings, or perhaps a meatloaf or confit-then-fried wings made from duck.

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“We’re getting a lot of whole animals in, so we’re playing around with the butchery and unique cuts, like bone-in pork belly or rind-on pork chops, which is pretty old school, actually,” says Rick. The pork belly in question is slow-cooked to retain the innate tenderness of the fatty meat, then finished with a good crisping before it’s served. As for the chops, those rinds also get the crispy treatment, though they might undergo smoking or sous vide on their way. Now, lest we neglect the obvious burning questions, the “Grace” in the restaurant’s moniker is a nod to the pre-meal moment of prayer … and just happens to be the name borne by a couple of individuals close to the couple. “Meat and ‘threes’ is typical that traditional country, home-cooking-style cafeteria that originated in the South,” explains Rick. “They were places where field workers could get a hearty meal to get them through the day. You’d always have the fried chicken and meatloaf and roast beef, but the [three] sides would change and were driven by what was available that time of year.” Grace Meat + Three is open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday. See stlouishomesmag.com for more information.

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Grace Meat + Three Chef/Owner Rick Lewis will offer some of the eatery’s signature flavors in these four dishes at the May Cooking School on Wednesday, May 9, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at AUTCOhome. The cost is $35 per person. For reservations, call 636-230-9640, ext. 27, or email bosterloh@stlouishomesmag.com. Seating is limited.

Chef Rick Lewis and Elisa.

When: Wednesday, May 9, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Cost: $35 per person Where: AUTCOhome 1694 Larkin Williams Rd. Fenton, MO 63026 RSVP by calling 636-230-9640, ext. 27 or email bosterloh@stlouishomesmag.com Reserve your seat online: stlouishomesmag.com/events *Seating is limited. COOKING SCHOOL MENU

Cornmeal-Fried Mississippi Catfish with Comeback Sauce: Chef Lewis reveals some of the secrets for catfish that’s delectable enough to impress even the most jaded Friday church fish fry crowd: brine, seasoning and dredging. It wouldn’t be complete without a pepper-and-tomato-based comeback sauce for dipping. Cracklin’ Cornbread: A proper Southerner knows to put bacon drippings to good use in the cornbread. That and a cast-iron skillet will create a perfectly crisp bread crust, just begging for the caramelized honey and butter that’s spread on top. Collard greens.

Collard Greens: The salty greens get their smoky flavor from ham hocks, plus a sauté in onions and garlic. Don’t forget the pepper vinegar! Macaroni + Cheese: The sharpness of cheddar plus the smokiness of creamy gouda — how could this rich and sophisticated mac be anything but divine? Just the right amount of hot sauce and ground mustard in the roux get the seasoning started off on the right notes, while toasted bread crumbs finish the casserole with a satisfying crunch.

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By Moe Godat Photography by Colin Miller/Strauss Peyton

Letting Nature RING A local artist returns to his roots to find his peace in pottery.

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“I didn’t follow my passion from the get-go because I never thought I’d be great,” says Doug Gilberg, executive director of Wildwood Green Arts. “But I’ve learned that greatness isn’t key, but a passion for exploration.” Wildwood Green Arts is nestled peacefully in the hills of beautiful Wildwood, and acts as an oasis of ceramics, nature and creativity for anyone looking to take a break from their busy lives to learn. The grounds offer a small plant nursery, a ceramics workspace and a wide selection of Doug’s handcrafted ceramic bells, organic forms, planters and wall hangings. Doug and his late wife owned a successful nursery for 30 years in the same location where his studio stands today. They opened the nursery just as perennial planting and gardening became popular; neither were expecting the small parking lot to overflow with customers, but more and more patrons heard about the quality of their plants until cars began to spill into the street.


With his wife’s diagnosis of ovarian cancer in the 2000s, the nursery became more difficult to keep up with. Doug’s experience in real estate kept the pair afloat during the Recession of 2008, but the nursery soon fell into disrepair. After his wife’s death, Doug decided to switch his career focus. He worked for Abengoa Bioenergy alongside his real estate brokerage for four years, analyzing current technological innovations in businesses and curating his own. “I enjoyed working for Abengoa because I could explore and create, but I was a round peg in a square hole. Taking walks at lunch just wasn’t enough time outdoors for me,” he says. His love for ceramics originated as a student at University City High School and remained a constant part of his life, though only for leisure. During his time at Abengoa, Doug would spend his weekends working with clay in a local high school art classroom with a small, like-minded group of individuals. “It was a place for us to gather and create. Space and time were all we needed,” Doug explains. When the high school updated its facility, however, the small group no longer had access to the ceramics room. Doug decided it was time to make his passion into a part of his career: “My nursery had become something of an urban legend to the teenagers; a group actually vandalized a building one summer. They had to do community service for me, which started the path to the creation of the studio.” Doug makes a wide range of creations, but he specializes in fashioning large outdoor ceramic bells, an idea inspired by Arcosanti, Arizona, an experimental town known for its bronze bell casting business. “I start with a very broad concept of what I’ll be creating, whether it be focused on plants or animals. But the final piece is usually a product of my mood at the time,” he says. His pieces evolve while he’s making them, he explains, but each portion of the bell is related by its texture, color and general aesthetic, though he doesn’t believe a common shape is necessary for a piece to be cohesive. This natural process leads to each bell having its own unique style. “If it looks like it was bought at HomeGoods, I didn’t make it. Every creation, to me, is a practice piece, and creating is about making something new each time.” To find out more about Doug's beautiful ourdoor creations and commission work, visit douglasgilberg.com. Additional information about taking classes with Doug can be found on the Wildwood Green Arts website. “My classes are meant to be peaceful and fun, and that’s what students should expect when they come through the door. It’s an art education center and should be a happy space to promote creativity,” he says. Doug urges anyone who wants explore the world of ceramics to find a place to work in their community. “It’s all about adventure and exploration. Where you’ll be tomorrow is a mystery, and the only qualification needed is a passion for making progress.” See stlouishomesmag.com for resources.

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Backdrop City dwellers renovate a pristine period home to fit their family’s modern lifestyle.


By Melissa Mauzy Photography by Anne Matheis

Fifi was sure to include plenty of seating spaces in the formal living room, including this cozy arrangement which includes an armchair from Design & Detail in a Zoffany fabric with nailhead trim, a settee covered in a Robert Allen trellis fabric from Design & Detail and a modern floor lamp.


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aving lived on their private, tree-lined street near Forest Park for eight years, a St. Louis couple and their growing family needed more space but couldn’t imagine leaving the quiet block they had come to love. Instead of saying goodbye to the neighborhood, they sent an email out to the private community asking if anyone was interested in selling. To their surprise, they received several responses, but all of the homes needed a significant amount of work, and they weren’t looking to bite off too big of a project. But one home in particular caught their eye. Meticulously maintained by the previous owners of 20-plus years, the two-story period home was in pristine condition and many of the original elements had been restored. “We loved the space, and it was perfect,” she says. “It was a beautiful, big blank canvas.” While not originally wanting to tackle any major changes in a new home, in the end the homeowners were willing to take on a large renovation because they loved this home and could make it work for their family and lifestyle. The couple immediately hired architect Paul Fendler of Fendler + Associates, Inc. to play with the footprint of the home. “Paul is amazing in his ability to remodel a period home in a seamless way,” the homeowner says. Fendler’s plans called for the widening of the opening from the dining room to the kitchen, the removal of a secondary staircase in the kitchen which would expand the space, plus the addition of a hearth room. In addition to Fendler, the homeowners brought on Fifi Lugo, of Fifi Lugo Interior Design, and PK Construction to tackle the overhaul. The four-unit team met weekly to discuss plans, make changes and finalize decisions. The entire process took one year, and the homeowners lived in their previous home while the renovations were made. While walls were being knocked down and new ones built, the homeowner relied heavily on Fifi’s guidance to pull the interior together, which included ordering mostly new furnishings, rugs and accessories. “Fifi is a spitfire,” she says. “She has an incredible talent to bring your vision to


Opposite page: The custom CR Laine sofa from Design & Detail is upholstered in wool and has a pinstripe design reminiscent of a man’s suit for a softened masculine look. This page: The homeowner didn't want a center table in the entry foyer, so the space is kept open with a family piano tucked to one side and a black leather barcelona chair.

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Opposite page: A Hickory Chair dining set underneath the original chandelier is an elegant, yet casual space for eating when the homeowner entertaining. This page: A custom gold mirror from Carver's Guild sits atop a Kravet chest. For something unexpected, Fifi chose a raw silk Schumacher fabric for the window treatment with onion tassels down the leading edge, which has a burlap-like look.

life.” Characterizing her vision as semi-minimalist with a neutral color palette, lots of texture and a more masculine feel, the homeowner wanted to honor the architectural style of the home but add a more contemporary spin. “It’s just her,” Fifi says, classifying the home’s style. With this home being so different than their previous residence, the homeowner and Fifi had to ensure that the new furnishings worked with the scale of the new home. Focusing on clean lines with a mid-century feel and a few modern pieces thrown in, most items were custom-created and ordered by Fifi. “I appreciate and love that Fifi wants something to be totally original and unique,” the homeowner says. Fifi adds, “I don’t like buying things off the floor. When you are creating a space and building a forever home it’s important to select what is best for you and how you live.” With the entry foyer, the homeowner and designer immediately set the tone that this home would be designed around the family of five and they way they live. The homeowner didn’t want a typical center foyer table you see in many older homes. With access to the piano from the homeowner’s childhood, Fifi suggested tucking it into the

corner of the entry and reupholstering the bench in a zebra print. The black Barcelona chair is great for guests to sit or to throw a purse on when walking in the door. Fifi also covered the entry, stairwell and upstairs hall in a gray grass cloth to add texture. A similar approach to furniture placement and layout was taken in the formal living room. The homeowner wanted a comfortable space for her family, but she still wanted it to be suitable for entertaining. Fifi created multiple seating areas throughout the room so that the whole space is useable. “Her family can sit together by the fire, or they can entertain with 40-50 people and have plenty of space for everyone to sit,” Fifi explains. Durable and comfortable fabrics in a neutral scheme were key in making the space work for all occasions. “Sometimes it was hard to visualize what the finished pieces would look like by only seeing a swatch, but I completely trusted Fifi,” the homeowner explains. The two would meet in the space they were working on, and Fifi would throw out fabrics, colors and wall coverings to get a good visual and match pieces together. Across the entry from the living room, the dining room has the STLOUISHOMESMAG.COM

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This page: SIde-by-side wood-topped islands fill the long and narrow kitchen. Fifi suggested adding mirrors to the front of the refrigerator and freezer doors to pick up natural light from the adjacent windows. "They make the room feel a little lighter," she adds. Opposite page: The hearth room addition was a major necessity to the homeowners, who have three small children. The space needed to be a part of the kitchen to make the space more useable for entertaining and weekly dinner preparations.


same feeling of subtle elegance. Custom raw silk draperies by Schumacher have a burlap-like look, and the homeowner loves how they are a little something unexpected in the space. When thinking about how her family would use the large, long dining room, the homeowner didn’t want a massive formal table that would seat 20. The black oblong table by Hickory Chair is simple and sophisticated hosting six diners in complementing chairs. At the opposite end of the room, Fifi selected a set of armchairs and a cocktail table to sit in the bay window to give the space a welcoming feeling when the homeowners are hosting guests. “It’s a comfortable place to have appetizers or cocktails before dinner is served,” she explains. Because the kitchen is now open to the dining room, Fifi thought it was imperative that the spaces complement one another. She says the kitchen is nice to look into from the dining room and doesn’t feel cold and industrial. What immediately catches most guests’ eyes are the side-by-side wood-topped islands. “We used wood for softness,” Fifi says. “We didn’t want to see a hard stone from the dining room.” The homeowner loves to cook, so this space isn’t just aesthetically beautiful, it is a real-life working kitchen. She cuts, chops and preps directly on the butcherblock counters. While one island is primarily for food prep and seating, the second island is utilized for serving or working on projects. Custom cabinetry by Marc Christian Fine Cabinetry, and finished in a gray-beige color Fifi defines as “hazy skies,” contrasts and lightens the wood counters. She suggested adding mirrors to the front of the refrigerator and freezer doors to open up the kitchen since the space is so long and narrow. “The mirrors pick up a lot of natural light from the

window making the space feel lighter and not as heavy,” she says. While the cabinetry hardware is more contemporary with clean lines, the brass finish gives it a period feel. Special attention was also paid to the inset detailing of the cabinetry to make it all feel original. “You don’t walk into this kitchen thinking it is brand-spanking new,” Fifi laughs. “It fits the period of the home.” She says that is the difference in hiring a professional designer and architect to remodel a space. They help you seamlessly blend together new and old. The casual hearth room completes the main floor renovations. Added on to the back of the home, the room was important to the family and is an extension of the kitchen. It’s a place the kids can be while the wife is cooking dinner, and for that reason Fifi custom designed the sofa in an indoor/outdoor fabric for durability. New French doors lead to the back yard and patio. The doorway leading back to the entry was rounded and trimmed with custom molding by PK Construction to make it look as if it is original to the home. Honoring the architecture of the home while adding their personal contemporary stamp, the homeowners have transformed their residence into a place functional for their family. Fifi says what made the project so successful was the collaboration between architect, designer, contractor and homeowner. The homeowners were not only open to suggestions, but they respected the outstanding talents of each of the professionals brought on board. “When you can appreciate each individuals work as it comes together as a whole then it all works really nicely together,” Fifi says. See stlouishomesmag.com for resources and additional photos.

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Designed by Schaub+Srote, this 15,000-square-foot West County residence reinvents the classic European country villa.

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Visible from the great room, the infinity pool is never covered, making it an eye-catching water feature year-round.

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eated across the conference table, architect Dave Schaub exudes quiet confidence. He speaks gently, listens carefully, smiles often and his personal enthusiasm for each of Schaub+Srote’s projects is readily apparent. The firm’s history is a true St. Louis success story. Founded by Schaub in 1992, the firm quickly rose to prominence in residential architecture, expanding well beyond the St. Louis area. Although a tragic office fire and the Recession slowed progress for several years, a subsequent merger with Robert Srote’s firm in 2012 led to the formation of Schaub+Srote Architects, a nationally recognized, full-service organization that has earned numerous awards for excellence in both residential and commercial planning and design. Based on those credentials, it’s hardly surprising that the owners of this spectacular residence in Town and Country chose Schaub+Srote to design their third custom home. The couple had long admired a 3-acre site located virtually across the street and scheduled for a teardown. When finally able to acquire the property, they began working with Dave Schaub to realize their vision. Having built two previous homes, the owners’ “wish list” was detailed and extensive. They wanted something more contemporary, with clean lines, low-sloped roofs and

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"The grand salon is truly amazing with its floor-to-ceiling fireplace, 84 custom-built slatted ceiling and wall panels as well as its accessibility to the covered porch and pool area," Jim New, president, Monterey Custom Homes.

lots of wood. They wanted a home set well back from the road but maximizing views of the existing pond. A porte cochère. A protected outdoor recreation area for their two active sons. A swimming pool. A spacious office, from which the husband could oversee his business. And an absolute essential: plenty of garage space for his growing collection of luxury cars. The design process began in 2013, and the end result almost defies description. To achieve his clients’ objectives, Schaub developed a “radial” layout, similar to the archetypal European villa. Set at angles, the structure’s various wings encircle a large courtyard, satisfying the owners’ request for a protected play area. Completing the “circle,” the porte cochère is uniquely positioned at the forefront, connecting the guest casita with one of six garages and creating a dramatic entry to the complex. After some discussion, “California Tuscan” styling was chosen for the exterior, combining low rooflines with vast expanses of glass, natural stone and stucco highlights. Schaub then carefully oriented the home on the site, emphasizing the views in every direction while controlling sun and wind exposure. Basics of the floor plan include three levels (two partial), with staircases and “bridge” halls accessing the upper floors. The central section consists of two huge open spaces — the great room/formal dining area and the kitchen/family activity area. One wing houses the main-floor owners’ retreat, auxiliary bedrooms and office; the other encompasses the garages, man cave and casita.

Left: Custom-fabricated slatted wood panels enhance the dramatic effect of the ceiling and fireplace wall in the voluminous great room. Right: Seating 10, the contemporary dining ensemble and large-scale abstracts add vivid color to the villa’s expansive entertainment area.

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Left: Custom-designed by Anna Howard, a low-profile dining banquette separates the kitchen from the gathering space (opposite page) in the barrel-vaulted family activity area. Top right: Behind the kitchen’s freestanding wall of storage cabinetry by Fox Creek Furniture, an LED-lit staircase accesses the bridge hall leading to the husband’s “man-cave-cum-showroom.”

Monterey Custom Homes began construction in 2014, under the daily supervision of company president Jim New, and by fall of 2015, the family was in residence. A sampling of the villa’s countless state-of-the-art technologies includes a geothermal system that minimizes the cost of heating and cooling the 15,000 square feet of living space. At dark, mechanized window shades automatically descend for privacy, and LEDs provide subtle lighting along the halls and staircases. Most of the home’s operations are remote-controlled, and the kitchen’s flat-screen TV (one of many in the various spaces) retracts into the wall when not in use. The main entry opens to the great room, where custom-made slatted wood panels blanket the 20-plus-foot ceiling and fireplace wall. Directly outside the window wall is a covered fresh-air entertainment area, where dual retractable screens provide either clear views or privacy at the touch of a button. On the same level, the patio extends to the infinity pool, which is never covered. Pumps continually circulate the water, transforming the pool into an attractive water feature year-round.

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Working closely with Monterey, Anna Howard of A&A Design Studio suggested a number of the elements that enhance the home’s originality and reflect the family’s lifestyle. For example, the space initially planned as the casual dining area was converted to a cozy, view-packed sitting room off the kitchen. For family meals, Howard designed a low-profile, 13-foot banquette that parallels the massive kitchen island and defines the preparation/serving area from the family gathering space. An avid cook, the wife specified the kitchen arrangement, and convenience was her priority. As a result, there are no overhead cabinets, and both sinks and the high-end Wolf/ Sub-Zero appliances are all within easy reach. Gleaming quartz slabs back the range hood and top the island and counter surfaces, establishing visual continuity. The bank of windows is another indication of Schaub’s remarkable attention to detail. Realizing that the wife would be spending a considerable amount of time in this space each day, Schaub oriented the kitchen

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windows to provide a clear line of sight across the courtyard where her sons would be playing, and through the porte cochére to the pond. Accessible from the kitchen, the “everyday” garage provides bays for the family cars, and a staircase and bridge hall lead to the pièce de résistance — the husband’s “man cave-cum-showroom.” The largest of the garages at 3,000 square feet, this space presented the architect’s only major design challenge, requiring approval from the city for its construction. On the mezzanine level, this consummate male sanctuary is furnished with a handsomely appointed bar, pool table, plush TV viewing area and a full glass wall that overlooks the owner’s car collection below. The wife has her private haven, as well. In the corner of the master bedroom, a graceful spiral staircase winds to her upper-level salon, dressing room and room-size closet. A signature Schaub design feature, what appears to be a wall panel is actually a hidden revolving door that opens to the hall leading to the boys’ bedrooms. On the hall side, the door is concealed by a bookcase. In fact, there’s something intriguing and unexpected around every corner of this superbly crafted residence, confirming Dave Schaub’s explanation of his firm’s approach to custom home design. “Schaub+Srote is unlike any other residential architecture firm in the area,” he maintains. “Our goal is to make a home an ‘experience,’ not just a series of rooms — a home that lives comfortably, regardless of its size.” See stlouishomesmag.com for resources

Opposite page, top: Totaling 3,000 square feet, the ultimate “man cave” includes a fully-equipped bar, pool table and TV viewing area on the mezzanine level, with a full wall of glass (bottom) overlooking one of three garages housing the husband’s luxury car collection. This page: A feminine sanctuary, the wife’s dressing room is lined with floor-to-ceiling closet space and furnished in lustrous metallics.

Architect: Schaub+Srote Builder: Monterey Custom Homes Designer: A&A Design Studio

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a shared PASSION This husband and wife’s longtime love of gardening has resulted in a stunning lush landscape they love to share with all.

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For Dan and Carol Gravens, gardening is about sharing. Married for 56 years, it is a passion they share with each other that has grown and evolved over time. They also abundantly share their gardening expertise with a variety of community organizations and willingly share the garden itself. Just ask. When they purchased their Glendale home in 1971, their focus was mainly on renovating the house and raising three children. What is now a garden that has been opened to others on every garden tour imaginable — including the prestigious Missouri Botanical Garden tour — at that time featured a grassy area for childhood games and an above-ground swimming pool. As the children grew, so did the garden with pool and play areas giving way to flowerbeds, pathways and a koi pond. Both Gravens come upon their love of gardening naturally. Carol came from gardening parents with a father that was a rosarian. Dan grew up on a farm with vegetable gardens and roses. When they began to plant on their own plot, "we realized it was mostly clay," Dan recalls. That confrontation with poor soil may have been a blessing in disguise as it caused Carol and Dan to focus foremost on the soil in the creation of their lush landscape. "We've been working the soil ever since," Dan emphasizes. "We compost everything, including vegetable scraps."

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White daisy-like feverfew and daylilies.

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"Gardening is 90 percent soil and 10 percent plant" Pink and purple astilbe.

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"Gardening is 90 percent soil and 10 percent plant," Carol says emphatically. As well as coming from a gardening background, both Carol and Dan have a scientific bent. Carol's career was in microbiology while Dan, a marketing manager, was also a microbiologist. When they retired from their first careers, they both went full speed into another. Carol became a Master Gardener in 2001; Dan followed by becoming a Master Gardener in 2004. Both also became Master Naturalists. In 2013, Carol went on to receive a degree in horticulture from St. Louis Community College at Meramec. Both have actively shared their talents with the community at large through the Master Gardener program, with Carol contributing approximately 8,000 volunteer hours to area gardening projects and Dan at approximately 5,000 hours. Carol's passion is orchids, and she has been invited to work alongside Missouri Botanical Garden orchid expert Babs Wagner in the three greenhouses that comprise the garden's orchid range. In addition, Carol has created 16 different talks that she shares with community groups on a variety of gardening topics, including orchids. She estimates that she has 250 different orchids in her own collection. "I think you have at least 275," Dan quips, laughing. "You're always adding. Just last night you came home with five new plants."


A sampling of Carol's extensive orchid collection includes slipper orchid 'Paphiopedilum Pinocchio' (top, left) and Dendrobium green lantern (bottom, right). The garden also features pitcher plant (bottom, left).

"They just fascinate me," Carol continues. "The colors are so uplifting. I can never learn enough about them. You can enjoy orchids on any level; you can belong to societies or you can go to Sam's Club and buy one for 10 bucks." Both Dan and Carol are active in plant societies including the Orchid Society of Greater St. Louis, where they served as co-presidents, and the St. Louis Water Gardening Society. Both volunteer at the Plant Doctor Desk at the Missouri Botanical Garden. In their own nearly quarter-acre garden, their talents blend seamlessly. "I have a wheelbarrow and a shovel," says Dan. "I was in marketing, and I am the big idea guy. I will try different things; create paths so people can walk through the garden. She is more nuts and bolts as far as plants for the garden go. "She decides what we are going to plant; I am the one who carries it out," he summarizes. In recent years, Carol has delved more into native plants. "They are beautiful, and they require less water. They're tough because they have evolved along with the climate. Our front yard now is almost all natives, although I'm not a purist. I am trying to work on plants for pollinators. We avoid pesticides." While the Gravenses' garden focuses on flowering shrubs, perennials and annuals, they share a vegetable garden with their next-door neighbor.

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Some of Carol's current favorite plants include clematis 'Rooguchi' and clematis 'Princess Diana.' Both climbing vines have long bloom times that last from spring through fall. She interplants the two so the blue, bell-shaped flowers of 'Rooguchi' intertwine with the star-shaped pink blossoms of 'Princess Diana' to create a spectacular display. Another favorite, oakleaf hydrangea 'Ruby Slippers', provides a show of blossoms that initially flower white but turn ruby red as summer progresses. Other lesser known plant favorites include shooting star (Dodecatheon meadia) a shade-loving, May-blooming native wildflower with pastel blossoms that look as the name implies; bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis), another native, spreading, low-growing wildflower that features multi-petaled, white flowers with yellow centers atop rounded leaves; and Chinese ground orchid (Bletilla striata), which in spring produces small, Cattleya-orchid-shaped blossoms on 18-inch stems above sword shaped foliage. This plant also prefers partial shade.


Cannas.

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Opposite page, top: A cultivar of Monarda given to the homeowners as a gift. Opposite page, bottom: Acanthus. This page, bottom: Carol and Dan Gravens in their garden.

Those ground orchids are not the only ones to grace the Gravenses' garden when the weather warms. Carol's orchids all go outside where they hang from special hooks on a fence that runs along the side of the couple's home. In gardening season, Carol and Dan begin each day at 6 a.m. when they together water the garden and then enjoy morning coffee at a small outdoor table surrounded by the plants they love. The benefits of gardening, Carol and Dan agree, are physical in the exercise that is required to tend the plants, spiritual in that they are creating something beautiful, and social in that they are always delighted to invite even passersby on the street to come in and share what they have created. "People can come anytime and bring anyone they want," Carol emphasizes. One of the highest tributes to their garden that Carol can recall came from a friend who was having health problems and went out of his way to frequently pass by the garden because, "everything you do here makes me feel so good." "What I love about gardening," Carol adds, "is that there is no politics involved. You can come together in all this beauty and nothing divides us." See stlouishomesmag.com for resources and additional photos.

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“If you are looking to create a flamboyant color spectacle, Phasion Canna makes the perfect choice, fantastic as a stunning centerpiece of floral arrangements, or planted by themselves. It features exotic banana-like, striped foliage of green, yellow, pink and red with brilliant tangerine orange, torch-like blooms. It prefers full sun.” Ann Lapides, Sugar Creek Gardens. Photography by Doreen Wynja for Monrovia.

one-pot WONDERS By Melissa Mauzy

“The long-blooming, vivid blue flower clusters on this tropical shrub make it an excellent container choice. Plumbago’s bushy habit will fill in a planter nicely.” Christine Knoernschild, Passiglia’s Nursery.

Plant these sensational specimens in your garden containers for planters that make a statement.

Photography courtesy of Van Essen Nursery.

“Japanese maples are the perfect statement plants for large containers. Acer ‘Orangeola’ has delicate cascading branches and does well in the sun. The serrated leaves emerge in shades of green and orange that fades into purple then back to green by summer and develop into a bright red-orange hue for fall. Be sure to plant it in a container that can survive being outdoors all year round.” Sarah Riley, Bowood Farms.

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“The Fiesta Hibiscus is a gorgeous, tie-dye colored tropical. Flowers bloom in an array of colors from orange with pink centers, to yellow with white and red centers, or the much-envied splashes of yellow, orange, pink, white and deep magenta like the one pictured here. This tropical will make an impressive summer statement as a bush or braided tree in any planter!” Andria Graeler, Chesterfield Valley Nursery.

“Variegated Tapioca is a showy ornamental with vivid chartreuse/yellow patterned leaves atop bright pink stems. It loves our Missouri heat; best in morning sun with a little afternoon shade. It doesn’t like it cold, so it should stay inside until after Mother’s Day. A great ‘one pot wonder’ in a cobalt blue pot!” Mike Curran, Timberwinds Nursery.


FRISELLA NURSERY 550 Hwy F, Defiance, MO 63341 frisellanursery.com 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.

CHESTERFIELD VALLEY NURSERY 16825 North Outer 40, Chesterfield, MO 63005 www.chesterfieldvalleynursery.com 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.

PASSIGLIA’S NURSERY & GARDEN CENTER 1855 Hwy 109, Wildwood, MO 63038 passiglia.com 636-458-9202 Ready to trade your tired front yard landscape for an envy-worthy design? Passiglia's has designed stunning spaces for homeowners throughout St. Louis, even those who thought they would be limited by the natural terrain of their yards. Visit our free online inspiration gallery at www.passiglia.com/inspiration and discover ideas featuring walkways, retaining walls and beautiful gardens. Then give us a call. We love to help homeowners bring their good taste to the outdoors.

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

May 1-6 Plant hardy water lilies in tubs or garden pools.

May 7-13 Begin planting warm-season annuals.

May Pinch azaleas and rhododendron blossoms as they fade. Double flowered azaleas need no pinching.

May 24-31 Set out peppers and eggplants after soils have warmed. Plant sweet potatoes now.

May 24-31 Take houseplants outdoors when nights will remain above 50 degrees. Most prefer only direct morning sun.

May 24-31 Sink houseplants up to their rims in soil or mulch to conserve moisture. Fertilize regularly.

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May 14-23 Plant summer bulbs such as caladiums, dahlias, cannas and elephant ears.


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1 BENTON CUSTOM HOMES 11284 Elsie Manor Ct., St. Louis, 63141 This English/French Tudor-style home is located in a new private enclave of four one-acre homes nestled in the heart of Creve Coeur. The inviting interior includes 10’+ ceilings with special design features, 7’ two-panel solid core doors, wooden window surrounds, custom drywall arches with rounded corners and satin nickel lever handles. Pamper the chef with this designer kitchen featuring quartz countertops, Energy Star stainless-steel Thermador appliances, including six-burner gas cooktop, built-in drawer microwave, separate electric double wall ovens and a walk-in pantry. The oversized great room features a see-through gas fireplace to the hearth room with a granite surround and metal mantel. The master bedroom includes a luxury en suite with his-and-her adult-height vanities, quartz top, under-mount sinks and a custom shower with a frameless glass enclosure. The lower level is unfinished but pre-plumbed for the future. Also includes a four-car, side-entry garage.

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2 R.G. APEL DEVELOPMENT 10 Larkdale Drive, St. Louis, 63124 This new home by R.G. Apel Development has an impressive design and open floor plan with spacious rooms plus great flow for entertaining and everyday living. Special features include minimum 12’ ceilings on the main level, recessed lighting, three-piece crown molding, three masonry fireplaces plus top-of-the line materials, finishes and appliances throughout, including quartz, marble, Thermador, Viking and KitchenAid. The open kitchen includes an island, stainless appliances, two dishwashers, two sinks, wine cooler, butler’s and walk-in pantries plus adjoining breakfast and hearth rooms. The hearth room, with 22’ ceiling height, has a stone fireplace that opens through French doors to the covered outdoor living area with a beaded ceiling, speakers and an electric-and-gas line. The upper level has four-plus bedroom suites with generous walk-in closets, a rec/bonus room with a full bath, 9’ ceiling height and heated floors in all baths. Other features include an elevator, wireless music, lighting and security system, an oversized three-car garage and a sprinkler system.

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3 KENNERLY CUSTOM HOMES #2 Daniel Road, St. Louis, 63124 4 bedrooms 4 full baths • 1 half bath 4,000 square feet on .50 acres $1.739 M

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4 KENNERLY CUSTOM HOMES #100 Daniel Road, St. Louis, 63124 4 bedrooms 4 full baths • 1 half bath 4,000 square feet on .60 acres $1.690 M

This 2-story Georgian Revival is loaded with high-end finishes, including crown and casement moldings, a box-beam ceiling in the great room, Water Works fixtures and Visual Comfort lighting. The open kitchen features commercial-grade appliances and custom-made cabinetry. The breakfast and great rooms create a large gathering area. Off the great room, a den features custom bookshelves and a window seat. A double-sided, see-thru masonry fireplace is situated between the great room and sunroom. The custom open through staircase showcases a solid brass handrail. All bedrooms have private custom baths. The master includes his-and-hers closets, a beautiful custom shower and vanities. The main-floor laundry also has custom cubbies in the mud room. Other outstanding highlights include 10’ ceilings on the main floor, 9’ ceilings on the upper level, multi-zoned HVAC and a full-landscape package.

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5 MICELI CUSTOM HOMES 13139 Thornill, Town and Country, 63131 5 bedrooms 5 full baths • 3 half baths 8,761 square feet on 1.1 acres $2 M

The stunning architectural details make this a truly spectacular home with stone/stucco construction. The covered enclosed outdoor room features a tongue-and-groove hardwood ceiling. There is a second outdoor living space off hearth room. Other outdoor highlights include a lower-level walkout with patio, four-car garage, circle driveway, custom landscaping and a custom wood-and-iron front door. The interior includes a custom-stained wood-and-iron staircase and rail with a second back staircase. The hearth room has a coffered ceiling and stone fireplace. The luxurious kitchen features high-end Thermador appliaces, a curved eating bar and oversized island. There are built-in bookshelves in the study, and the two-story great room features a limestone fireplace. The master suite includes custom crown molding and lighting with a coffered ceiling. Custom porcelain tile in the master bath adds a stunning effect. The master closet is outfitted with custom melamine closet shelving. Certainteed Highland Slate roofing and metal standing seam octagon accent.

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6 NJL CUSTOM HOMES LLC 6 Orchard Lane, Kirkwood, MO 63122 5 bedrooms 4 full baths • 1 half bath 4,600 square feet on .46 acres $1.199 M

This stunning modern farmhouse is traditional without being fussy; classic without feeling stuffed and comfortable in a way that makes you want to put your feet up and stay a while. It is the perfect mix of tactile and tangible with luxury touches scattered throughout. Traditional, creamy white woodwork, including pine clad box-beam ceilings and board-n-batten wainscoting, is partnered with a soft, subdued paint palette, shiplap walls and natural textures. Incredible unlacquered brass fixtures and stunning lighting were hand selected for each room and are the jewels that set this home a part. Discover period details like a huge wall-mount, cast-iron laundry sink, a swoon-worthy black-and-white kitchen and a classic master bath that you’ll wish you could click and add to your Pinterest board.

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Contemporary on the Coast

Zen-like in its simplicity, this upscale Florida retreat captures the essence of coastal living in a very unique way.

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Welcome to paradise! When their longtime clients purchased a third-floor condominium on a Ritz-Carlton property in Naples, Diane Breckenridge Interiors owner Diane Breckenridge-Barrett and designer Megan Barry say they wanted something very different from their home in St. Louis. A glam entryway sparkles with a suspended chandelier and a dazzling mirrored chest, setting the stage for a fresh, refined scheme carried throughout the dwelling. The aqua and coral throw pillows on the L-shaped sectional in the living room were the impetus for a contemporary coastal look rooted in layered neutrals: a cream sofa and a slick coffee table, along with light underpinnings that include tan walls and porcelain tile floors. All-white rooms are relaxing, but they benefit from colorful infusions. “The throw pillows really stand out, making a great first impression,� Barry says. An aqua Davis & Davis rug, custom-matched to those pillows, was another smart addition.

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Textiles might have kicked off the design process, but the first thing we noticed was the view from the balcony. Pocket doors open fully to a wraparound porch, and when it comes to indoor-outdoor living, it’s hard to beat this set-up. Wrought-iron patio furniture is outfitted with creamy cushion sets — “the kind you want to sink into,” Barry says. “Every little detail counts,” she continues, pointing to black Wilson Lighting fixtures (in the living room) and tiny statement buttons on the outdoor seating that pick up on the arched framing of picture windows. Between the living room and kitchen, in a space intended for a formal dining room, Barry built a family room with swivel chairs upholstered in a woven fabric that brings a casual element to a modern area defined by clean, geometrical lines. One common problem with seaside aesthetics is that collections of seashells and driftwood can make a home feel like a souvenir shop. Barry easily avoids that with low-key accessories. Case in point, a built-in bookcase appointed with white embellishments that pop against a coral back panel.

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With coastal design, the view is critical. Standing in the kitchen, the homeowners can see across their family and living rooms, all the way to the balcony. To accommodate the homeowner’s extended family, Barry sneaked in extra seating at the granite kitchen bar, opting for low-profile stools. Espresso cabinets and a glass mosaic backsplash support a modern motif. “We used lighter cabinets for the bar to add interest and define the space,” Barry explains. The adjacent eat-in kitchen is more transitional than the rest of the home, with bay windows, a decorative chandelier, a round wooden table and high-back chairs covered in faux leather and trellis-patterned fabric. That colorful room with the bright coral walls is a den that does double duty with a gray pullout couch for extra guests. Located off the kitchen, Barry says, “We wanted this to be a fun and bright room.” Barry shook things up by decorating with dark accents and a funky white shag rug.


The master bedroom is one of Barry’s favorite rooms. When the homeowners asked for “something soothing,” she drenched the walls in a soft aqua, and added plenty of big, soft and whimsical pieces, including an upholstered bed, comfy wingback chairs, a gilded dresser and sheer, tone-on-tone drapery. A neutral rug covers most of the floor, but a little hardwood still peeks through, opening to a private balcony. “There are elements of Florida design, but this isn’t your typical vacationer home,” Barry points out. See stlouishomesmag.com for resources.

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Chris and Toni Pagano would like to thank our team for creating such a beautiful, customized kitchen! See our work on pages 78-79.

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LET IN DAY

By Barbara E. Stefàno Photography by Anne Matheis

When Robin and Dave Kruse brought in architect Jeff Day to redesign their Town and Country ranch home, the result was a lighter, brighter gathering space for a large family.

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Homeowner and businesswoman Robin Kruse knows a hidden gem when she sees one and so does architect Jeff Day of Jeff Day and Associates. It was Jeff’s architecture and planning firm that reconfigured Kruse’s diamond-in-the-rough ranch home in Town and Country four years ago into the bright, open family home she knew it could be. Robin and husband Dave raised nine children in a series of homes over the years, most recently a 10-bedroom abode in Chesterfield. With the kids all grown, it was just the two of them and Robin’s mom in a sprawling house that lacked a suitable gathering place for guests. “My kids come over all the time — we have big Sunday dinners — and people were always gathered in the living room while I’m back in the kitchen doing dishes and missing everything,” Robin says. So the couple struck out to find a more user-friendly ranch in an established neighborhood in Town and Country. It took a couple of years, but something about one home spoke to Robin about its potential. Though divided up with lots of interior walls, the structure was solid and ripe for rehab. “All the woodwork was dark, the tiles, the doors, sunken living room — it all just made the place feel smaller,” says Robin. “I thought if it was all opened up it would be a great area for the family. I could tell the bones were there.” Jeff, who redesigned the 3,600-square-foot home, focused a great deal of attention on turning the dated, compartmentalized rooms of


AFTER the main floor into a multipurpose space where the Kruses’ children and 13 grandchildren could connect. “We opened the foyer, the dining room, the family room and the kitchen. It is combined total 1,700 square feet,” he says. At the heart of it all is a kitchen fit for a queen…and the queen’s court. Everything about it is designed to bring people together, from the six-burner Thermador stove to the second sink that invites all hands on deck to the roomy kitchen island connecting it to the living room. With non-load-bearing interior walls out of the way, there are no barriers keeping Robin from mixing it up with guests right from her kitchen sink. She can chat with loungers in the living room or watch grandkids play in the yard without ducking through a doorway or rounding a hall. Banks of large windows bring in natural light to the entire floor, while light neutral colors keep it looking airy and bright around the clock. “I think it came together in fantastic fashion,” Jeff says. “The space really invites you to sit down and visually explore all of its little details and at the same time is made for entertaining — which is what they do with their very big family.” Robin agrees. “It’s my favorite part of the home. I love that everyone’s a part of it. I’m not isolated anymore; I can be part of the celebration, right in the mix of it all.” See stlouishomesmag.com for resources.

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Building the heart of a

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The Paganos created a kitchen for the whole family. By Tyler Bierman Photography by Anne Matheis

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Architect: Brendel Architects, LLC Contractor: Pagano Land Development

One of Chris and Toni Pagano's oldest traditions is to get theirs sons and daughters-in-law together once a year to make classic Italian Scalili, a tradition that Toni has done every year of her life. It's a real family affair where they come together to cut and roll out the dough on Toni's heirloom cutting board and rolling pin, both of which have been in her family for more than 100 years. They laugh, they reminisce and they revel in their time spent together. That's how it's done at this home on The Hill, and it speaks volumes about the design of their kitchen. As the owners of Pagano Land Development and the builders of this home located above the business' offices, Chris and Toni had a clear idea of what they wanted to accomplish especially for their new kitchen. With the help of son S.J. Pagano, who plays a significant role at Pagano Land Development as the project manager, the couple set out to create a perfect place to entertain, not only for their family, but for any visitor who enters it. Chris explains, “We love entertaining and with this kitchen, we wanted a space big enough to do so. We also do fundraising events.�


Opposite page: Chris Pagano can't say enough about the phenomenally talented team that helped make the kitchen design possible, including: Brendel Architects, RSI Kitchen & Bath, Metro Lighting, Buchholz Interiors, Stone Fabricators, Ferguson Bath, Kitchen and Lighting Gallery, DCE Electric, Hoffmann Brothers Plumbing and Friedhoff, LLC. This page: May is National Strawberry month, and Chris and Toni had a strawberry-themed wedding so a family celebration in May wouldn't be complete without a strawberry cake and chocolate-covered strawberries.

The other main goal was to make the space as handicap-accessible as possible. Toni explains, “Not being teenagers anymore, it was something to consider. Megan Bittle with RSI was amazing in that she really listened. Instead of cabinets, we put in all drawers. It's so easy for anyone to reach in and grab what they need.” Additionally, each door and walkway was designed at wheelchair width. However, this kitchen wasn't built overnight. Projects like this are a process that requires many hands on deck to complete throughout the design stage all the way to installation. As Chris puts it, “ The most important thing when you're building is to put together a really good team. You're always going to run into problems. You and your team have to go through them one at a time and get it done. The result will always be better for the struggle.” The end result is a kitchen that the whole family is proud of. One of the couple’s favorite features is the 14 ½-by-5-foot island that is perfect for preparing large meals and entertaining larger groups. The countertop is made of Crystalo, a material that is extremely durable and highly regarded. As Toni says, “There's nothing more beautiful than seeing the counters illuminated in the summer by the morning light pouring in through the shutters.” Chris continues, “That's the quartzite in the Crystalo. It's harder than granite, but it looks more like a marble. We saw the material in Chicago and immediately called our guy to buy five slabs of it.” Another of their favorite kitchen features is that it's 100 percent designed with their needs in mind. Toni has a full setup of storage solutions to accommodate a lifetime of accumulating cooking implements, as well as her specialized appliances meant for entertaining, such as her 50-cup percolator, chocolate fountain and a built-in Sub-Zero beverage center. With this new, perfect kitchen all that's left for Toni to do is enjoy herself. “It's very easy and comfortable. I can be at the counter and still see where everyone is and sometimes that's the most fun, just to sit back and say this is a blessed gathering.” As for advice on a build or remodel of your own, Chris and Toni recommend above all else to find the right team to make it happen. The rest is simple. As Toni puts it, ”Take a deep breath, and let yourself enjoy it. It's a wonderful process.” See stlouishomesmag.com for resources. STLOUISHOMESMAG.COM MAY 2018

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Style’s Looking Up Picking the perfect ceiling for your space. By Moe Godat Photography by Anne Matheis

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hether building a new home or renovating a dated one, perfecting a space down to the smallest detail can be stressful for any homeowner. While a pop of color or a unique piece of furniture can add personal flare to a room, many are now searching for a more dramatic way to make their home one-of-a-kind. Our advice? Look up. Changing up the ceiling style is one way to make a statement in a room that is often overlooked. There are many styles to choose from, and each style can be varied to fit what a homeowner wants to convey in their space, whether it begs for a modern, traditional or contemporary feel. “Most of what we’re seeing now is adding height,” says architect Jeff Day of Jeff Day + Associates. “People are pushing their ceilings up to 12-14 feet, but moving away from the slant of a vaulted ceiling that we’d seen in the past.” All three of the architects we asked about ceiling style trends commented that ceilings are going higher. Jeannie Brendel of Brendel Architects explains that this switch in height (but not in detail) has to do

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with simplifying a space. “Homeowners are moving away from high-maintenance ceilings for a more sleek and modern feel,” she says. “Some are adding more to their ceilings, but it just depends on the home,” says Lauren Strutman of Lauren Strutman Architects. “You’ll see crown and cove molding in more traditional-style homes, faux beams in a room that’s going for a rustic feel and coffered or tray ceilings in modern homes to add some detail.” When picking the right style for a home, the homeowner must ask themselves one question: what do I want my space to say? Tray ceilings are created by raising a portion of a ceiling to add a second, higher level within the first. Though this style has been around for a long time, it is now being used in homes with modern designs, often combining with a coffered ceiling to add dimension. Coffered ceilings consist of geometric sunken panels, typically trimmed in white. If you’re considering a tray or coffered ceiling, or even a combination of the two, one way to make it your own is to paint the raised portion or portions with an accent


color. This will tie a room together and make a statement in an unusual place. “A ceiling doesn’t have to define the style of a space, but the amount of detail put into a ceiling can” explains Day. “For example, one piece of crown molding pushes a simplified traditional style, but a homeowner can add more levels of crown molding to make a space more ornate. Both are traditional, but they are still extremely different.” These examples are just a few that a homeowner or designer can choose from. There are Eastern styles inspired by the domed and curved interior of mosques, cathedral ceilings that come to a point and span several floors and stretch ceilings with a layer of thin fabric and accented with dimmed lights above. But not everyone is building a new home; some want to change the ceiling they already have. “It’s not uncommon in older homes to cut into roof trusses to add height,” says Strutman. “If someone wants to change their existing ceiling, they can just raise the height of the ceiling by going into the attic for that added space.” Want to change your ceiling style without construction? “There are ways to add personal flare without cutting into anything,” Jeannie Brendel explains. “Not only can a homeowner paint the ceiling a different color, but they can also add interesting details such as reclaimed wood, beadboard or shiplap. I’ve even seen someone cover the ceiling with tin for an old-time feel.” Whether you’re building a new home or redecorating what you have, the ceiling is just as important to the style of your home as the rest of the room. Don’t let the space above you go to waste; make your ceiling your own. See stlouishomesmag.com for resources.

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

Daniel Boone Library, St. Louis, MO Photography by Alise O'Brien Photography The Daniel Boone Library was recently renovated by Bond Architects to accommodate the rapidly growing community in west St. Louis County. This renovation was a part of the Your Library Renewal Project, a multi-year capital improvement campaign that will change the design of 18 library branches in the St. Louis Area. The Daniel Boone Library is the largest branch by square footage, population served and circulation size of the St. Louis County Library District branches. The centerpiece to this project was the addition of the Children’s Discovery Zone on its lower level, which incorporates vibrant colors and an open floor plan to allow children to engage with reading, play and advanced technology. The Children’s Discovery Zone was just a portion of the 10,050-square-foot new construction; other new additions to the branch include an expanded collections area, a meeting room and a new quiet room. The renovation covered all 34,000 square feet of the building, updating everything from the teen area to the restrooms. After the campaign is complete, Bond Architects will have assisted in the betterment of 15 different St. Louis County Library District branches, reinventing the way locals learn and access information for the upcoming years.

Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Pittsburg, PA Photography by Paul G. Wiegman To celebrate the five-year anniversary of the Center for Sustainable Landscapes at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Executive Director Richard V. Piacentini launched his Five-Point sustainability plan, highlighting new and exciting additions to the already world-famous building. This botanical garden in Pittsburgh, PA, was the first to meet four of the highest green certifications, making it a green leader among public gardens. Since its inception in 1893, Phipps has undergone many innovative remodels, the most recent headed by the Design Alliance. The mission of this renovation is to advance the location’s sustainability and promote human and environmental well-being through action and research. Piacentini calls attention to the important intersection between built and natural environments

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and hopes to demonstrate that human and environmental health is inextricably connected. The Five-Year Sustainability Plan will feature an overall renovation and expansion of existing buildings, such as the Biophilic Research Institute, and the addition of Studio Phipps, a space dedicated to inspiring commercial clients to integrate the natural world into their buildings. The advanced architectural features added to the CSL allows the building to use 75 percent less energy and 90 percent less potable water than a typical office building. Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens will celebrate its 125 anniversary in 2018, offering seasonal flower shows and community events for its nearly half a million annual guests and marking its historic past, vibrant present and bright future.


Brazilian Embassy, Santiago, Chile Photography by Pablo Casals In 1872, Maximiliano Errazurtiz, distinguished member of society in Santiago de Chile, appointed the renowned designer Eusebio Chelli to build what would become one of the most influential buildings in the area, now known as the Palacio Errazuriz. The Brazilian government bought the building in 1941 and made it into the Brazilian Ambassador’s residence. Later, Brazil added another building for its Chancery and eventually added more space with a second volume in 1971. While the design of these additions adopted the Palacio’s original orders and rhythms, they also caused a lack of hierarchical importance between each building. A new project beginning in 2012 and ending in 2017, led by Ossa Architecture and Ipina+Nieto Architects, focused on creating a limit between the embassy’s public and private spaces. Designers chose pinewood for the outdoor limit to complement a garden inspired by Chilean high society of the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The varying thickness of this new limit and also its permeability allows part of the garden to act passively in the climatic conditioning of offices while bringing its beauty into the interior. A white metallic structure added to thinned walls of the original building acts as the indoor limit, allowing new spaces to be created in the historic bones of the building without inventing a new material. This project frames the Palacio Errazuriz, giving value to its original construction and patrimonial architecture.

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BAY WINDOWS

For our May Architectural issue, we are asking local design professionals if bay windows are a design element of the past or here to stay. By Melissa Mauzy

CLASSIC

“I believe that bay windows are a classic element of design. Whether used in an architecturally traditional design with casement windows or in an architecturally contemporary design with simple glass panels. Both also add an expanded space for extra seating if desired.” Tom Manche, Tom Manche Interiors LLC. “Bay windows are classic, especially in traditional homes. What is becoming popular is to turn these areas into banquette seating with a table. Hanging a chandelier in a bay window makes it a cozy nook.” Dana King, Next Project Studio. “A classic, from 18th century piano bays and turrets to today's dining and master bedroom room bays. They make rooms feel luxurious and spacious.” CJ Knapp, Yours by Design. “I think cozy little nooks will always be in style. A place to sit and read a book, look out the windows, have a cup of tea, is a plus in my book, besides the fact they add architectural interest to the building. Maybe the '90s bay windows will make way for a new and cooler-looking more modern version. You don't see them as much on new construction nowadays, but I think they are a classic.” Dottie Eaton, Design Style. “Bay windows are great and here to stay. Any old boring room will look better with a bay window; they allow more natural light to enter the room as well as more seating space.  They are easy to dress with a window seat, woven blinds, or drapery. A bay window also looks great on the exterior of a home, plus it works well with many different architectural styles. The reasons are endless but bay windows are here to stay.” Barbara Collins, Barbara Collins Interior Design. “Bay windows are definitely a classic. They are always an inviting space, with the windows bringing the natural light in and also a view of outdoors. They add character to a room and they create a cozy conversation area for many applications, such as dining, lounging, visiting or curled up with a book. Bay windows are here to stay.” Pamela Calvert, Pamela Calvert Interiors.

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“We can all agree that bay windows went through a period of being overused, popping up on every home in every subdivision. Sometimes three or more bays in one home, which is quite the window treatment challenge. That said, the advantages of the appropriate use of well-designed bay windows make them a classic. They can make a small(ish) dining room accommodate that large table you always wanted for your growing family. Northern facing rooms do not get direct sunlight, but a bay will allow the warmth of morning and afternoon sunlight into your room. It will also greatly expand your angle of view with the added security of being able to see someone at an exterior door. A box bay window can do all the above and play a contemporary role. For a real classic bay window add transom windows, quality trim and limit the bay window to only one unique area of the home.” Jane Ganz, Directions In Design Inc. “Classic! Bay windows add extra square footage to a room as well as additional light, always a plus! Bay window designs have evolved over the years and have the ability to be used in both traditional and contemporary designs. They also add a nice architectural element both inside and outside the home. Bay windows can be versatile if well planned, and remain a classic design element. Gigi Lombrano, Gigi Lombrano Interiors. “Classic. The bay window is an exceptional device for adding additional space to a room or a building. Bay windows add variety and visual interest both inside and out. A bay window can be detailed to harmonize with any style or period of architecture, from classical to modernist and anywhere between.” Kim Hany, FORNEY + architecture, LLC. “CLASSIC! Historically, bay windows became very popular in the architecture of the Baroque area, due to its opulent lighting, as well as the lavish ornamentation and artistic additions. Today we use them to add additional space in a room. Create a cozy reading nook with a colorful cushion and throw pillows. Add a hinged top for additional storage. Bring more natural light into the room. What about curb appeal — another dimension to a home's exterior, using possibly a different color or texture (exterior stone).” M. Joyce Mathis, MJM Design Company.


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The Architecture Issue. SLHL Luxury Home Tour