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Black and White and a Stunner All Over

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Designer Joy Tribout’s favorite color palette sets the sophisticated tone for her family’s home.


That evocative question has been fundamental to the success of Candice Wideman’s Youtopia Designs.


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At first sight, the classic architecture of this Tudor-style home in University City captured the homeowners’ attention. Photography by Karen Palmer Photography.

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St. Louis wasn’t the first to have an arch!


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interior designers in our Building your Dream Home: THE PROCESS (pages 56-73) all validate the popularity of arches in their projects. While both elegant and charming, their use of arches for the exterior and/or interior entryways easily sets the tone for beautiful residential design. And to the many beautiful mothers, grandmothers, mothers-to-be and stand-in mothers, we wish you all a very happy Mother's Day. It's one of the absolute best days of the year!


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To say that arches have been around for a long time would hardly give them the credit they are due. As early as the 2nd millennium B.C., the Etruscans were the first to use arches, followed by the ancient Egyptians and Greeks. But it was the Romans that took the arch to new heights by incorporating them into Roman architecture starting from the 1st century A.D. Nowadays, there are at least 30 different styles of arches. Not only is the arch multifunctional, but it is a captivating decorative element used in modern architecture and interiors. Youtopia Designs (pages 30-37), Marcia Moore Design (pages 50-53) and the many architects, custom builders and






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MAKING AN ENTRANCE Your entry door is your home’s first impression! Selecting a door that fit’s your home’s style makes all the difference for curb appeal. The combination of color, material, design and texture paired with the right hardware sets the tone for welcoming guests into your home. By Melissa Mauzy

Loewen entry door in mahogany, available at Webster Window & Door. This full renovation by Full Circle Design Works and Studio Lark features an entry way with Loewen Douglas Fir direct set picture units and custom mahogany horizontal plank entry door with Emtek oversized hardware. Photography by Alise O’Brien.

Photography by Jacob Elliott.

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Left: Andersen pivot entry door, available at Andersen Windows & Doors. By Kotzebue Architects/Amalfi Investments. Andersen® pivot doors are a popular way to make a bold statement in modern, luxury homes. Instead of opening on a hinge like traditional doors, they open on two pivot points, almost like they're floating. These doors can be big and even combined to create a moving glass wall. Middle: Rogue Valley Douglas fir pivot door, available at Webster Window & Door. This stunning Mid-Century Modern renovation in St. Louis Hills features a custom Douglas Fir pivot door with black metal inlay by Rogue Valley Door and a Douglas Fir direct set picture window by Loewen. The flat black oversized pull and deadbolt are by Emtek. The custom staining is by Dave Thiel. Right: By Kirkwood Home Design. This entry door was custom manufactured to spec using ¼ sawn Sapele by Signature Door Inc in Altoona, PA. The door features raised molding and paneling, impact insulated glass and satin nickel hardware.



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Modern entry door, by TruStile, a Marvin brand, available at Tree Court Builders Supply. Simple lines and rich dark wood of TruStile’s TMIR1002 entry system add a touch of luxury to a modern home. Shown in walnut with ebony finish and ¼” kerf cut reveals.

Above: By Berry Door & Window. The patio door and window material are extruded aluminum cladding on the exterior and wood on the interior. The color is bronze on the exterior. This energy-efficient product will save you money on heating and cooling bills while enhancing the beauty of your home.

By Scobis Company. Concealed hinges were used on this 5’ x 8’ door providing a clean minimalistic appearance for both the interior and exterior. Quarter sawn sapele showcases the ribbon stripe characteristic of this wood.


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Craftsman, by TruStile, a Marvin brand, available at Tree Court Builders Supply. The rift sawn white oak door in a hazelnut finish conveys the warmth and charm of the Craftsman style. A dentil bird ledge completes the look.








Tuning In TV stands aren't there to hold up your media anymore; instead, find the perfect console for storage and to help anchor your space. By Moe Godat


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6 1. Serramonte 69-inch entertainment and accent console, by Hooker Furniture, available at Shubert Design. 2. Boro Star sideboard, available at Anthropologie. 3. White vintage buffet, available at The White Rabbit. 4. Estate chevron sideboard, available at Blue Dahlia Designs. 5. Sadie TV stand with 23-inch electric fireplace, available at Forshaw. 6. Caprice sideboard, available at Marketplace at the Abbey. 7. Carreau ivory bone media credenza, available at CB2.





Taking Shape Chris Marshall of Christopher D. Marshall Architect, LLC shares his ample architectural experience to help lay the groundwork for your STL project. Edited by Moe Godat Portrait Photography by Colin Miller/Strauss Peyton

Getting Personal My architecture style incorporates traditional and modern design, always with the clients’ needs and desires in mind. I like to provide my clients with clear, well-thought-out plans, with attention to the big picture as well as the details. My style fits the project, taking on many different shapes and forms; I think that’s what defines good design. Get with the Program It’s most important to understand the client’s program and vision for the completed site and structure, and to help them understand that design isn’t a linear process; it can take many twists and turns until you come up with the perfect solution. Good design takes time, patience and a fun collaborative spirit with the client!



Trending Up Covered outdoor spaces that connect the kitchen and family room to the backyard garden and allow space for dining al fresco or sitting by the fire are a huge trend. Infrared space heaters and/or ventless gas fireplaces allow the space to be used almost year-round. I love this trend, as who doesn’t like to sit on their porch with a guitar and beverage of your choice in hand and watch the world go by! Knowing the Bottom Line The most challenging part is to work with the client to set the budget correctly in the beginning of the project and then to stay on that budget line as the project develops. With material and labor prices changing weekly, it’s a real challenge.

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Reaping the Reward The most rewarding part is to see your final design ideas rise from the ground and to remember back on all the sketches, various design iterations and late night ah-ha moments that took place before you settled on that final design. Totally Transformed I’ve enjoyed every project, but my favorite would be a residence at Maryland and Jackson Avenues in Clayton. It was a total house transformation with kitchen, family room, mud room, main suite and rear porch addition, plus a new 2-car detached garage with studio above. Every room in the house was altered in some way. It was a challenge to tie all those various parts together to create a unified building and site, but it turned out great. I knew I had created something special when it was framed up and numerous people driving down Jackson would do a double take and practically slam on the brakes to take a look. Home-Grown Professional Not many architects in the U.S. have to design for the temperature extremes we have to deal with! I also think the architectural history of St. Louis makes it unique as there are so many beautiful buildings here, especially in the central area. When I started my practice I wanted to design buildings that would be worthy of admiration 100 years from now, just as I admire all the beautiful old St. Louis buildings here. Many places in the U.S. don’t have that type of history. See for resources. STLOUISHOMESMAG.COM MAY 2022




Portrait-Perfect PLACES Oakville artist captures the essence of homes. By Gina Parsons Photography by Colin Miller/Strauss Peyton

Custom house portrait artist Richelle Flecke infuses heartfelt details into every architectural illustration she creates. “My goal is to represent the property as the client wishes to remember it while portraying it as aesthetically pleasing as possible,” she says. “I give each residence or commercial property the same attention to detail and flattering idealization as if it were my own.” After earning an art degree from Webster University and working as a professional fashion illustrator for 16 years, Richelle explored other art subjects that would let her use her artistic talents while working from home and raising a family. “I had the idea to do a watercolor illustration of our family's home at the time, and while working on it, felt a natural creative flow to what I was doing,” she says. A good friend and fellow artist who saw that house portrait encouraged Richelle to create more. “Soon my passion and focus became architectural artwork,” she says. Thus, Custom House Portraits by Richelle Flecke was born. Since 1997, she has created hundreds of architectural portraits, mostly of homes, but also for businesses, schools, churches and other commercial property. Having a portrait of a beloved house or building makes a special keepsake. They’re often given by adult children to their parents and by real estate agents to clients. “The portrait is a beautiful reminder of a particular period in a family's or business



owner's life and the people it was shared with—family, friends, employees or customers,” she says. To create the illustrations, Richelle uses photos provided by the clients, or taken by her if it’s local and the client prefers. She then talks with the client. “Prior to beginning a portrait, I touch base with the client by phone to discuss the details of the home and landscape as well as any preferences for the portrayal they might have such as modifying, adding or removing items,” she says. One client asked her to add a tree and tree swing to their home illustration. The tree and the swing had been gone from the home for years, but seeing them in the finished portrait brings back fond memories for the family. Richelle says her favorite part of her work is being able to represent many different types of architectural styles, and every size of home. She also loves learning about the places she illustrates. “I'm inspired by the stories clients share with me about their history with the property over the years and how much it means to them,” she says. “For most, it's where they raised their children, and they have a strong emotional connection to it which makes it so gratifying to be able to provide such a meaningful piece of original art they will treasure for generations.” In addition to watercolor paintings and black and white pen and ink illustrations, Richelle is also able to have reproduction prints of the original artwork made by Velham Printing. Visit for more information and to contact the artist. See for more photos and resources.



These architectural firms are doing some of the best work in the Greater St. Louis area. We’re proud to call them our architect partners. Look to them first for your next project.

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Brendel Architects, LLC

Jim Bulejski Architects

Christopher D. Marshall Architect, LLC

DL Design

FORNEY + architecture, LLC

Lauren Strutman Architects P.C.

Srote & Co Architects

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Donna F. Boxx, Architect, P.C.

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By Kim Hill Photography Megan Lorenz Architect Jeff Harrell & Co. Builder Argos Construction Designer Joy Tribout Interior Design



BLACK AND WHITE AND A STUNNER ALL OVER Designer Joy Tribout’s favorite color palette sets the sophisticated tone for her family’s home.


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oy Tribout is a design pro in many, many ways. The founder of Joy Tribout Interior Design in Belleville, Illinois, she’s a 30-year veteran of the industry, having designed primary residences and vacation homes coast to coast. She started a custom pillow line. A few years ago she moved into real estate, designing new homes from the ground up. And she’s begun a heavy focus in Naples, Florida, where she’s renovated multiple condos and worked with several local clients. But when it comes to her own home, pictured on these pages, she’ll tell you it’s much, much harder to make design decisions for herself rather than guiding her clients to make smart, stylish choices. “I think it’s because there is so much to choose from,” says Joy. “I can tell a client exactly what to do because I know the client’s taste and what they are going to like. It’s very, very difficult for myself.” Nevertheless, Joy made smart, sophisticated design decisions for the new, two-story home she shares with husband Tom. Seeking to downsize, they sold their house three streets over from this one, both of which are located in the Far Oaks Golf Club in Illinois. As it turned out, once the Tribouts presented their wish list to Naples-based architect




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I love black and white because you can add any color to it and it looks great” —Joy


Jeff Harrell & Co., the end result wasn’t much smaller than their previous home. “We didn’t put a pool or pool house in this one, but the way things went, that’s the only thing we did as far as downsizing,” Joy laughs. At just under 4,000 square feet, the new home’s must-haves include an open floor plan for casual living, a second-floor primary bedroom, a walk-through butler’s pantry adjacent to the kitchen and lanais off both the main level and the second floor. Even a seasoned professional like Joy collects inspirational photos, which she took to Harrell. “After just three meetings, he came back with exactly the look we wanted,” she says. The two-story home carries a West Indies vibe, with exterior spaces defined by columns, louvers,

railings, clean lines and covered porches. For the interiors, Joy knew she would incorporate many beloved pieces from her collection of upholstered furnishings and case goods, all drawing upon a black and white color palette. “I love black and white because you can add any color to it and it looks great,” she explains, noting that in summer, she might add pink accessories. Traditional Christmas red looks stunning for the holidays; touches of orange welcome autumn. “Black and white is a very sophisticated look, and I also love adding antiques to black and white so it doesn’t look too sterile,” she adds. “I like an eclectic look.” The main level’s open concept of great room, dining room and kitchen welcomes as you open the front door. Wood beams crafted by Argos Construction, the

Opposite page: Antique wood beams bring a natural element to the shiny, chic kitchen. The thickness of the white quartz counter on the island adds heft and gives it the appearance of a piece of furniture. This page: The clean lines of the black wrought iron balusters and handrails, built by Classic Metal Craft, remind Joy Tribout of a townhouse stairway. A black and white color palette highlights the architecture of a house, she says. “You notice everything more, whether it’s the windows, the beams, or the flooring.”


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An animal hide adds an exotic air to a bedroom, where the focal point is a four-poster Century bed.

Closet: The primary bedroom’s spacious closet, with custom cabinetry by NewSpace Home Organization, features indirect lighting, a center island and plenty of room for Joy’s collection of shoes. Bathroom: A sculptural light fixture ups the drama even more in the primary bathroom.

the home’s builder, define the spaces. “He’s built five houses for me, so he knows exactly I want,” Joy says of Argos. To add additional visual interest, Hartman Cabinetry fashioned a wood column based on a photo Joy found in Architectural Digest. Joy’s design savvy is evident everywhere, particularly on a wall behind the kitchen’s stainless steel range and vent hood. She clad the wall in a black glazed tile that looks like brick. Admitting the shiny black tile was a bold choice, Joy says the wall is one of the first things you see entering the home. “I didn’t want a plain white wall and I didn’t want a colored tile either, which would set the whole mood,” she explains. “With the black, I can accessorize with anything.” She stores her small electrics, pantry staples and other items in the walk-through butler’s pantry located behind the range wall. For her counters, Joy selected a white quartz with subtle notes of taupe. “I always do a thicker top on the kitchen island and thinner



counter on the perimeters,” she says. “It makes the island look more like a piece of furniture.” Off the great room, the ground floor’s screened-in lanai overlooks the golf course and is appointed with furnishings that would be at home in any family room. “It’s all outdoor furniture,” Joy says of the Century pieces upholstered in a sturdy fabric. Ascending the wrought-iron stairway by Classic Metal Craft to the second-floor primary bedroom makes Joy feel “like you are going to a destination,” she says. “I wanted our bedroom on the top floor so you can look out over the property and the golf course.” Their bedroom features a large wall of built-ins crafted by Hartman Cabinetry. The built-ins house Joy’s extensive collection of design magazines and her painting supplies. She shares the hobby with her daughter Tammy Tribout-Caruso, who is also an interior designer and works with Joy. Centered between the tall cabinetry is a coffee bar, complete with bar

sink and mini fridge. “Some days I think, ‘why do I even have a kitchen?’ because I use the coffee bar every morning,” Joy quips. The design firm is a family affair, with daughter-in-law Anna Tribout also on board as a designer. “All three of us work together,” says Joy, noting if there are disagreements on design direction, those tend to occur for selections in their own homes. For this home, however, there was no question on the color palette and utilizing many of the treasures from Joy’s collection. “I think a black and white color palette brings out a home’s architecture,” Joy observes. “You notice everything more, whether that’s the windows, the beams, or the flooring. Black and white is just striking, no matter how you use it.” See for resources and additional photos.


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The Power of

“What If…?” That evocative question has been fundamental to the success of Candice Wideman’s Youtopia Designs.



By Barb Wilson Photography Megan Lorenz Interior Design Youtopia Designs Architect Rick Franek Contractor Taylor Contracting

Viewed through the dining room archway, the entry foyer instantly defines the character of this dramatic custom ranch. A bold blend of rustic, modern and traditional styling, the décor emphasizes organic shapes and curves and large-scale components in natural wood, stone and metal. STLOUISHOMESMAG.COM MAY 2022



ost in-demand designers will attribute their popularity to two factors: listening carefully to clients’ objectives, then fulfilling— better yet, surpassing!— their expectations. St. Louis-based Youtopia Designs would certainly agree, but this full-service design firm takes the process a step further. Owned and operated by Candice Wideman, Allied ASID, Youtopia Designs has assisted residential and commercial clients for more than a decade. The firm’s designers work as a team to establish the goals of a project, while simultaneously assessing the client’s personal needs, aesthetic style and preferences. It’s the next step, however, that distinguishes Youtopia from others. “We believe in the power of ‘What If?’” Wideman explains. “In other words, we encourage our clients to think beyond the ordinary and move outside their comfort zone.” Although this approach obviously entails a risk, it demonstrates another of Youtopia’s skills—the ability to communicate new ideas clearly, as evidenced by this stunning residence in Pacific. The homeowner, formerly president of a local wireless construction company, had acquired 40 spectacularly wooded acres in Pacific. He had preliminary architectural plans for an expansive split-bedroom ranch and had interviewed several designers before choosing Youtopia. “I had a vision,” he says. “I just didn’t know how to form it.” Meeting with Wideman and her team in February of 2020, he had photos to illustrate some of his ideas. The furnishings would be all-new, and among the items topping his wish list were “Colorado styling,” everything “oversized” inside and out, as much natural light as possible and an emphasis on elements found in nature, particularly wood, stone and metal. Even more specific, he wanted one bedroom reserved for his grandchildren and a bit of red somewhere as a tribute to his mother’s insistence that “a home should always have a splash of red.” This page top: Sleek and modern, the Bernhardt bed, night stand and metal bed bench from Restoration Hardware are set on a traditionally patterned area rug. Bottom: Glossy red ceramic tiles line the wall in the vaulted tub alcove, and decorative mosaic floor tiles link the space with the adjacent glass-enclosed shower. Opposite page: The main suite is a perfect example of Youtopia’s innovative approach. This rich crimson wall in stitched faux leather was the striking result.





Once a chef with the Coast Guard, the owner wanted his kitchen to reflect the home’s overall concept. Streamlined platinum quartzite surfaces and stainless steel appliances complement the abundant cabinetry, which is fairly traditional in style. In contrast, the bar stools are distinctly modern, and the perforated pendant lights add a rustic touch.

“The team asked probing questions and gave me reasons for everything they were suggesting,” the owner remembers. As for options, “They’d have four or five items for me to look at and often checked with me multiple times to verify that’s what I really wanted.” Ultimately, they settled on a modern rustic décor, and spatial planning was first on the agenda. Working from the existing drawings, entryways were adjusted to create better sightlines and a smoother traffic flow. Transom windows allowed for more natural light, and main-floor ceilings up to 12 feet in height enhanced the sense of volume and



openness. Limestone arches would establish symmetry and textural interest, and organic shapes and curves would further contribute to the cohesive design. Although delayed somewhat by the pandemic, construction began in early 2021. Meanwhile, the owner was busy supervising installation of the property’s extraordinary recreational amenities, starting with the 4-acre man-made lake and “ecosystem,” a natural prairie intended to attract birds and wildlife. Inside, a light gray shade was chosen for the walls, and the team designed the impressive millwork, which was done in a

darker gray with a sheen to emphasize the detailing. Wide-plank engineered Paramount hickory blankets the main-level floors, and luxury vinyl ensures durability for the lower level entertainment area. Starting in the entry foyer, every space reinforces the modern/rustic theme. The arched entry door is white oak, cedar-stained to match the exterior trim, and rich gray millwork reaches from floor to ceiling. A live-edge nouveau sideboard and minimalist wrought-iron chandelier forecast the use of natural materials. Visible through a limestone arch, the formal dining room features a hefty live-edge acacia

and wrought-iron table, natural leather Bernhardt host chairs and slipper chairs from Crate & Barrel in gray linen. Suspended from the uplighted tray ceiling is a sculptural wrought-iron chandelier, and large contemporary art pieces are hung above a marble and hammered metal Bernhardt console. Open to the kitchen, the great room is similarly dramatic and offers subtle insights into the owner’s personality. A leather sofa from Universal Furniture in a warm saddle shade, horn candle sconces and faux fur covering the backs and accent pillows of tall Bernhardt wing chairs are a nod to his interest in hunting. The fireplace is surrounded by limestone, topped by a timber mantel stained to match the flooring and flanked by a 10-foot custom wall sculpture by Colorado metal artist Ben Jamin Stielow. Careful attention was given to the kitchen design as well since the homeowner had once been a chef in the Coast Guard. Stainless KitchenAid appliances and platinum quartzite surfaces emphasize the kitchen’s clean-lined, functional purpose, while the grandeur of the cabinetry, massive work island and pendant lighting reinforce the overall “feel” of the home. The nearby breakfast area overlooks the scenic rear grounds and is furnished with a unique Bernhardt ensemble, the recycled aluminum

Top: Flanking the limestone-fronted fireplace in the great room is a 10-foot custom wall sculpture by Colorado metal artist Ben Jamin Stielow. Bottom: Open to the kitchen, the great room features a pair of fur-backed Bernhardt wing chairs, a tufted leather sofa and a reclaimed wood coffee table topped with a sheet of iron from Restoration Hardware. STLOUISHOMESMAG.COM MAY 2022




table top beveled to mimic a live edge. Typical of Youtopia’s attention to detail, this casual dining space offers two more subtle hints about the homeowner. Against the wall is a console table, an heirloom and the only piece the owner had kept. Above it, an abstract painting introduces a touch of blue—another discreet salute to the owner’s Coast Guard service. Occupying one full wing, the main suite translates the requested “touch of red” into a vivid sensory experience. Upholstered in a cool gray textile, the Bernhardt bed is set against a rich crimson wall covered in stitched faux leather by Maya Romanoff. Equally striking, the main bath’s freestanding tub is set in an alcove lined with glossy red ceramic tiles. In contrast, the bathroom cabinetry is stained a quiet gray-brown, and the dual vanities’ natural limestone vessel sinks are set on Indian copper granite. Privately located in the opposing wing are themed bedroom. With the return of warm weather, a few final items on the home’s exterior should be finished, and most of the planned recreational complex—infinity pool and pavilion, patio with fire pit, Olympic-size sand volleyball court, shipwreck bar and woodland trails leading to “powwow” camping areas— should be ready for the season, as well. After moving in last October, the homeowner composed a lengthy letter, recounting every step of Youtopia Designs’ process and expressing his appreciation to the designers for their many innovative suggestions—the “what-ifs” that fulfilled his vision and made this magnificent new residence even more than he had hoped for. See for resources and additional photos. This page top: Crisp in black and white, the breakfast area offers lovely views of the backyard. The tabletop is hammered aluminum imitating a live edge, and against the wall is the owner’s heirloom console table. Bottom: Downstairs, the rustic-yet-modern bar in the lower-level entertainment area further illustrates the designers’ amazing creativity. Reclaimed wood shelves are hung on the farmhouse hex tile walls inside the alcove, and reclaimed corrugated metal barn siding—rust and all!—covers the surrounding walls.



Legacy Landscape These homeowners create a luscious garden full of joy. By Lucyann Boston Photography by Kim Dillon



Step down into Debbie Hadley’s Webster Groves garden and be engulfed in green: the dark forest green of the towering Norway spruce, the Canadian hemlock and feathery false cypress that form the perimeter of property. Spotted throughout to provide winter interest and architectural form, deep green spreading yews, blue tinged spruces and Weeping Blue Atlas cedar add nuances to the verdant theme. The red-tinged green of feathery Japanese maples and tufted foliage of Bonfire ornamental peach add to the symphony of shapes and textures. At ground level, spikes of ornamental grasses such as carex Ice Dance provide a contrast to the low-growing whorls of lime green pachysandra: chartreuse trailing creeping jenny and heart-shaped, dark green English ivy that cover the soil along multiple pathways. The beauty and sound of water enhances the richness of the landscape. It flows via a two-tiered waterfall that cascades from the top of the garden and ripples in the lower-level pond that flashes with orange and golden koi. But if you thought that the plant life and the design you see before you made the garden magic, you would be wrong. It is its history that makes this garden truly special. Debbie and Bob Hadley live in a home built in 1895 by Justin Joy as his own residence. In 1909, her great grandparents


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purchased the house from the home builder who made the term “Joy Built” synonymous with fine construction in turn-of-the-century Webster Groves. Her grandparents later lived in the home and in 1979 Debbie and Bob bought the house from her grandfather. Her mother was born in one of the bedrooms during the Depression. Every time Debbie strolls through her garden, she is aware of her grandparents’ presence. A series of 80-year-old, weathered terraces still hold firm and gradually take the sloping one-acre yard from the top at the back of the house to the pond at the bottom. In the 1940s, her grandfather, a surveyor, created the terraces by repurposing slabs of old concrete left over after he had finished creating new road projects. With the skill of an experienced



stone mason, he dry-stacked the concrete to create the garden walls. She can point out the gingko tree he planted and the hydrangeas lovingly tended by her grandmother. In her grandparents’ time the bottom of the garden contained a tennis court used primarily for badminton, shuffleboard and as a surface for square dancing. When Debbie and Bob bought the house, they removed the concrete court and replaced it with swing sets and playground equipment for the small children enrolled in the home daycare center Debbie ran for 20 years. They also added a charming garden shed, which these days has been incorporated into and become one of the centerpieces of the garden design. As her own three children became teenagers, Debbie noticed her interests changing. “Most

of my yard was in grass. I was not interested in landscaping at all. My Grandma was a gardener and my Mom loved gardening. When I had more time on my hands, all of a sudden, I started loving plants. The landscaping bug bit me,” she recalls. Not only did it bite her, it swallowed a serious chunk of her time. Debbie began taking a class or two offered by the horticulture program at St. Louis Community College-Meramec to increase her landscaping expertise. Before long she was enrolled in the associates degree program, running a daycare center during the day and going to school at night. “It took me three years to get my degree,” she says. With her coursework complete, Debbie changed careers and began her own landscape design and installation business, Gardening Angel

“Water features provide a place for so many beautiful plants such as water lilies and lotus,” Landscaping, which she ran for 15 years before retiring. As she helped clients add interesting trees and shrubs to their landscapes, she couldn’t resist buying a plant or two for herself. “As I was getting plants for other people’s yards, I would also end up getting some for my own yard,” she says with a laugh, thinking of her overflowing garden. The centerpiece koi pond became her first big project. Twenty years later, now surrounded with mature plants, it looks as though it came with the historic home. Twelve years ago, she added the two-tiered waterfall, which adds the flow and sound of rushing water nearer the house. “Water features provide a place for so many beautiful plants such as water lilies and lotus,” she notes. “The sound of the water is extremely relaxing; you can just lay in a hammock, listen to the water and watch the fish.” Plants she would not be without in her own garden are the conifers and the boxwoods and hollies that keep the garden green in winter. She particularly loves the drooping branches of weeping evergreens that STLOUISHOMESMAG.COM

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add architectural interest. She also favors ornamental grasses and pachysandra, which provides ground cover and stays green in winter. She also would not be without early flowering hellebores or Lenten roses that are already “so pretty when everything else is just trying to come out of winter,” she says. In her years of advising others and in creating her own garden, Debbie has some common-sense advice for gardeners. “If you are putting in a pond, make it as large as you have room for. Nobody ever wants a smaller pond and once it is in, you can’t make it bigger. Use a good filtration system when building the pond. If you do, you won’t have problems in the future with algae or sick fish.” More plants die of drowning than of drought; watch over-watering. Don’t underestimate how large a plant can get. Too many people end up with 40-foot evergreens four feet from their front door. If a plant isn’t do-



ing well in one place, don’t be afraid to move it. Things can be moved up until the time they are four years old. Reflecting on what drew her into gardening, “I just got hooked on plants and how excited you can get after winter seeing things come alive,” Debbie explains. “Gardening makes you feel so rewarded. There is something so peaceful about working in a garden. I’ve lived a pretty noisy life; I think I was looking for something peaceful.” She is also hopeful she may be providing a legacy for the future and adding more family history. Not only does her husband, Bob, now retired from Toyota, assist with the garden her teenage grandchildren “help me weed and rake. I am hoping that someday, one of them will take it over.” To those who might like to experience Debbie’s garden first hand, Debbie and Bob now operate the Hadley Garden Inn, a B&B they created in the old daycare space, which is totally separate from their house but offers full access to the garden for guests. See for resources and additional photos.


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Each year, the National Garden Bureau selects one annual, one perennial, one bulb crop, one edible and one shrub as our “Year of the” crops. Plants are chosen because they are popular, easy-to-grow, widely adaptable, genetically diverse and versatile.


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First there was Pilea peperomioides, then Begonia “Red Ruby” and now, to complete the collection, lovers of the dot-in-a-circle leaf choose the Raindrop Peperomia (Peperomia polybotrya). A pale green dot glows at the top of each glossy, succulent leaf that cups slightly and turns down to a very pointy tip. Perfect for beginners, Raindrop Peperomia is not at all fussy, wanting only bright indirect light, average warmth and good humidity. It has low water needs (allow the top inch or so of the soil to dry out before watering) and great disease and pest resistance. However, it is slow-growing with a somewhat fragile root-system, so repot only if necessary every 2-3 years, preferring a broad rather than deep pot. Fertilize once a month at half strength from spring through fall only, nothing in winter. It can be propagated by leaf or stem cuttings. Kathie Hoyer, Bowood Farms. STLOUISHOMESMAG.COM MAY 2022




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It’s difficult to choose a favorite salad green! During the cool season, I suggest growing several lettuce varieties in a big container and picking leaves as needed. While I always choose several different types for diversity, romaine and red leaf are typically the most sustainable. Grow Thai basil and chervil as the perfect additions to your leafy greens! Meg Johnson, Timberwinds Nursery.



Top to bottom: Simply salad city garden mixture photography courtesy of Pan American Seed. Bellezia arugula photography courtesy of Territorial Seed Company. Barlach red butterhead lettuce photography courtesy of Rijk Zwaan. Patton spinach photography courtesy of Territorial Seed Company. Patton spinach photography courtesy of Territorial Seed Company. Mustard Osaka purple mustard greens photography courtesy of Seeds by Design.

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Bloom on the Brink A rare plant flowers at Missouri Botanical Garden. Story and photography by Kristina DeYong

A critically endangered agave plant that flowers just once every 20 years bloomed early this spring in the Missouri Botanical Garden greenhouses. The Agave pelona is monocarpic, meaning that the plant will die after blooming. The Agave pelona is endemic to the mountains of Mexico’s Sonoran Desert. It inhabits “sky island habitats,” which refers to its occurrence at higher altitudes where the temperature is much cooler than the surrounding desert. As temperatures rise with climate change, the Agave pelona is left with nowhere to go. This, along with pressure from collectors who seek it out for trade or personal collections, has pushed this already-small population to the brink of extinction. With very few of these plants left in the world, the species’ survival depends on the remaining specimens’ ability to reproduce, so Garden horticulturists hand-pollinated the flowers to provide the plant with the chance to produce seed. This rare bloom is more than just a pretty flower—it has allowed Garden horticulturists to work to protect the future of the Agave pelona.



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Classic Modern Charm A St. Louis couple finds the perfect combination of classic and contemporary with an amazing refresh of their Tudor-style home.

By Jeanne de Lathouder Photography by Karen Palmer Interior Design by Marcia Moore Design

At first sight, the classic architecture of this Tudor-style home in University City captured the homeowners’ attention. From the arched front door to the sunroom’s original stained-glass doors, their first instinct was to preserve the charm of this house yet also add modern elements to reflect their own personal style. So when they were set to renovate, they called on Kathleen Matthews, an interior designer of 30 years at the award-winning Marcia Moore Design firm in St. Louis. “We began this project in the spring of 2020, so it was a little bit like a COVID baby,” laughs Kathleen. “The homeowners were new to the house and didn’t have any furnishings except an Eames chair and ottoman in the sunroom. We were combining her desire for a modern and contemporary feel with his interest in midcentury modern—along with a mutual desire to design a beautiful space for relaxing and entertaining,” she adds. Kathleen and her clients selected an inviting and serene soft blue and gray color palette in the living room. They opted to use soft fabrics with more texture than pattern, allowing the art, area rug and accessories to stand out. The dining room introduces stunning visual drama with black walls and metallic finishes. The gray from the living room is reiterated in the dining room chairs to ensure a cohesive feel between the two rooms.




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“The sunroom gives an unexpected splash of color in a warm, cayenne pepper wall color,” says Kathleen. “The color adds depth to the room and creates a remarkably bright, bold accent as you walk into the front door. The existing bookcases in the sunroom painted the same color contain books and treasures from the homeowners’ travels. The chairs lend a midcentury vibe and provide a great home office space—especially during COVID,” she notes. The living room is a long narrow space, challenging for furniture placement. Kathleen placed the sofa across from the fireplace and flanked it with two comfortable armchairs. Everything is centered around a rectangular cocktail table, and matching ottomans flanking the fireplace provide great bonus seating for guests when needed. “My goal was to incorporate interesting furnishings that all work together,” says the designer.

“I think all the pieces selected have a unique look, from the nailhead trim on the ottomans to the plush, watery design of the rug. The chrome cocktail table in the living room lends a strong architectural accent, and the rooms take on more of a ‘found feel’ rather than a newly purchased feel. The artwork over the sofa brings the two rooms together with color—just enough of the peppery hue to connect the sunroom to the blues and grays,” she adds. The homeowners wanted a house to entertain and host dinner parties, so Kathleen worked to make the dining room and living spaces both functional and flexible. An elongated sofa, roomy chairs and cozy ottomans provide ample seating in the living room, and the dining room is large enough to accommodate 12 people. An elegant oblong dining table with a subtly patterned champagne finish anchors the space and complements the hard lines of the buffet. “What I love about this home is that the homeowners love it,” says Kathleen. “I see they are entertaining and using the spaces just how we had intended for them to be used.” See for resources and additional photos.




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Wealth of Experience Here at DL Design we have almost 40 years of residential experience producing cost-efficient projects ranging from remodels and additions to multi-million dollar custom homes. We have been featured in several local and national publications as well as earning numerous design awards.

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ACHIEVING CUSTOM LUXURY Providing Value The Srote & Co team of architects, engineers, and interior designers will help you realize your dreams by creating a personalized, cohesive, comprehensive, and artistic design solution within your budget and timeline. Our streamlined approach eliminates project delays throughout the design and construction process.

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Avoiding Surprises Beyond setting realistic project timelines, our team is well-versed in the latest municipal codes and ordinances for your project location. In the design phase, we provide modeling services to help visualize your project in three dimensions on your site. With modeling, you can be sure that your great room has plenty of natural light and that your pool doesn’t fall within the shadows cast by your home.

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ARCHITECTURAL TALENT Residential Success Donna Boxx excels in residential architecture. With an eye for architectural finesse and 45 years of experience, Donna Boxx can deliver on new construction, an addition and/or a renovation you’ve been dreaming of from the beginning stages to the final product. Constant Collaboration Her design methodology encourages client participation and collaboration with engineers, consultants and contractors resulting in a finished product that always reflects the individuality of the client. Her goal is to provide the most cost effective solutions by utilizing an optimal design plan that balances ideals, aesthetics and budget. Hiring an architect is a necessity, not a luxury.

Years of Experience They’ve been proudly offering professional architecture and design services for over 41 years. The Boxx team has a combined 97 years of architectural experience designing new homes, additions and renovations, working on most any architectural style.

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UNPARALLELED ARCHITECTURE Staying Involved Our firm has found a niche in luxury, single-family residential projects–both new construction and additions/renovations. We always remain involved in the project through construction to ensure the design intent is met. Our clients are appreciative of an architect-led team and understand the value we bring, from high level design to keeping the project within budget. Setting the Bar We provide creative solutions to complex problems, and we set ourselves apart by creating designs that address the client’s needs without compromising functionality. We also utilize design strategies that respond to the environment, indoor comfort and air quality and solar orientation while also addressing operating monthly operating costs beyond the initial construction budget.

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DOING IT RIGHT THE FIRST TIME Care and Craftsmanship Langeneckert Homes has proudly served the St. Louis community with new home construction and remodeling since 1986. Brad Langeneckert, President, takes a hands-on approach to every detail and provides the care and craftsmanship that makes Langeneckert Homes a premier custom home builder and renovation expert in the St. Louis area.

Exclusive to You Our design/build services start with your desire to craft a home designed exclusively for you. Our team, consisting of an architect, interior designer, and our own experienced staff listen to your ideas and desires. The details are well thought out, and costs have been clearly discussed – eliminating any surprises during the construction phase.


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INSPIRED DESIGN Experience Counts For more than two-decades, R.G. Apel’s building experience has been demonstrated as one of the most sought-after custom home builders in St. Louis. While every well-appointed design echoes the past, our handcrafted interiors boast the latest in new home technology and incorporates universal design throughout. Our core team has almost 80 years of building experience.

Your Dream Home Awaits R.G. Apel can serve you in many ways. We have an inventory of spec homes, luxury lots in highly sought-after neighborhoods or we can help you acquire the perfect location for your new build.

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Focus on Relationships At R.G. Apel, we don’t begin with architectural drawings. We begin by building relationships and trust. We listen to our homeowners and take our time to thoroughly understand their dreams, wants, needs and expectations. Only then do we start putting together the team which will transform those dreams into reality.

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DREAM TO REALITY Quality Driven We’re a family-owned, custom home building and specialty carpentry company. We have been building unique homes, renovations and additions throughout St. Louis for more than 25 years, building a reputation of integrity, honesty, superior customer service and an outstanding finished product. Homeowners are the top priority, and we are grateful for their valuable testimonials, referrals and continued business.

One-of-a-kind Service Our primary business is building one-of-a-kind custom homes for our clients. We want to partner with you long before the ground is broken on your home. We can help you find the right property, provide referrals for superior St. Louis architects and designers, offer cost savings recommendations and custom build your dream home.


Custom Carpentry Our sister company, Tegethoff Carpentry, is responsible for providing carpentry services for all of our projects. The company has a team of incredibly talented carpenters who are truly artists in their field.This team works on all of our home projects, helping to create spectacular and unique living spaces for our clients.

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EXCEPTIONAL CONSTRUCTION From Start to Finish Whether it’s starting from a new design build or having your home or business remodeled, we’re here to help you every step of the way. A.J. Borzillo has been around since 1966, so we’re sincere when we say we’re here to help you from start to finish. When quality matters choose A.J. Borzillo for your project needs.

A Sense of Adventure We enjoy doing many different types of projects, both residential and commercial. We have built homes, condos, vet clinics, a horse hospital, shopping centers and barns. Nothing is out of our reach!


Superior Craftsmanship Attention to detail and superior craftsmanship has provided many St. Louis families with the home they have always dreamed of. Mike’s hands-on approach to building homes ensures that you’ll get the custom home of your dreams and an enjoyable building experience at the same time. This type of attention ensures that you will be comfortable and satisfied every step of the way.


BUILT ON SUCCESS Legacy, Design and Quality Kemp Homes has had a longstanding tradition of building quality homes in the St. Louis area since 1952. Our expertise ranges from building entire neighborhoods to one-of-a-kind masterpieces. Our signature homes division expands upon that tradition and our commitment to timeless design, superior quality and attention to detail.

Being Flexible Each “Signature Home” is carefully tailored by our team to meet the specific needs of the client. They can choose from our portfolio of existing home plans, or we can build from their own architectural drawings. Our team of industry professionals work with the client resulting in a more relaxed experience.

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Our Commitment Our commitment to quality and customer satisfaction is paramount. We pride ourselves on using quality building materials. Our clients can enjoy peace of mind that their home is protected through our warranty program. Over the years our homes have been featured in a variety of distinguished publications and have received national recognition.

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THE MAHN WAY Total Commitment When you choose us to be your home builder, you choose a company that strives for quality craftsmanship with attention to detail. Our commitment to customer service means we are just that: committed. We work hard to ensure that we meet our clients’ needs and special requests, and we care about what concerns they have.

Envision Success Whatever your vision, we invite you to become an active participant and keep you apprised of our progress through our unique project management tool. With this tool, you can see your project calendar and view change orders and timeline updates. We work together to design and build exactly what you want.

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Hands-On Help We are accessible. Mike Mahn is a hands-on president who is involved every step of the way — from the pre-construction process to the post-sales service. Our dedicated team is here to listen and offer fresh ideas and recommendations both on the front line and behind the scenes.

TIMELESS DESIGN Building Up A great floor plan is the foundation for exceptional design. At JCR Design Group, we excel at creating spaces that flow seamlessly and function perfectly. With these building blocks in place, we then design interiors customized to our clients’ specifications. Our long term trade and vendor relationships ensure the very best quality, workmanship and service. True Teamwork The homeowners’ input is integral to the success of our projects! We consider ourselves to be partners in the design process and ask for their thoughts and ideas every step of the way. This allows us to create truly custom designs which thoughtfully reflect their tastes and lifestyles. Attention to Detail Whether building or remodeling, we partner with our clients and work closely with architects, builders and other tradespeople to create distinctive interiors that are functional yet timeless. In addition to the custom designs we bring to each project, a focus on communication, attention to detail and service has allowed JCR Design Group to continually exceed client expectations.

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WHERE DESIGN & FUNCTION MEET Fine Design Anne Marie Design Studio is a fine kitchen and bath boutique dedicated to function through design. Representing a range of carefully selected manufacturers, we recommend products and services best suited to your vision and budget. Emphasizing clear and consistent communication to give you the peace of mind that your project is in good hands. A Dream Come True Every home is as unique as the family that gathers within. That’s why at Anne Marie Design Studio, it’s our purpose to make your dreams into reality. From kitchens to bathrooms and everything in between, we’ll design and renovate your home from the ground up. The Sky’s the Limit During our first meeting, we get a feel for your personality and spatial expectations. Your inspiration images and questions are our jumping off point to create a space that is not only beautiful but also makes sense spatially, functionally and financially for you.

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INTERIORS FOR YOU Designer Attention Owner Candice Wideman is full of energy and curiosity with the campaigner personality type (ENFP). A professionally trained and qualified interior designer, she strives to develop strong, mutually beneficial relationships with her clients by overseeing every project that Youtopia Designs undertakes. This ensures each client gets multiple professional design opinions on every final decision. Planning Perfection Our first meeting sets the tone for your project. During this meeting we will establish a clear vision of your style and get an understanding of how you function throughout your home to personalize a design to fit your specific needs and wants, form a budget, review timelines and create a proposal. Create and Innovate If you are looking for designers to help you step out of your comfort zone, Youtopia Designs is an excellent choice. We know the importance of bringing the client’s vision to life and do so by corresponding with contractors throughout the construction process and handling any troublesome logistics.

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EVERYDAY ELEVATED LIVING A Place for You CJ Knapp, owner of Yours By Design, always strives to learn how you need your home to serve you before she helps you develop a design plan. At the end of the day, it’s your home. CJ’s team strives to create spaces that you and your family can be proud of. Stressing Less As an interior remodeling and design company, we understand the construction process. With thousands of choices, you need guidance to stay on budget and on schedule. Our design team helps you create unique spaces that reflect the way you live. Let us take the stress out of your next project. Home Goals Whether you are downsizing, building from scratch, updating one room or an entire home, let us help you reach your goals with less stress so you can enjoy the experience. We have been creating beautiful rooms and outstanding commercial spaces for over 25 years and would love to help you with yours.

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CREATING CHARACTER Coming Home Nettie White Interiors creates an environment that is refined, timeless and distinctive to your home and lifestyle. An eye for color and our custom designs are what set us apart when it comes to making your dream space a reality. Authentic Solutions Our artistic finishing techniques and creative design solutions used to transform your cabinets, furniture, walls and more are one of a kind. We handpick each element with intention and focus on color coordination to breathe life into your space, whether it be a new build, a simple update or a full-scale remodel. Passion for Design We are passionate about creating an authentic aesthetic that is distinct to you. That includes furnishing your new spaces to give a finished, polished look. The Porch in Wildwood, also owned by Nettie White, offers unique décor, elegant furniture and an inviting atmosphere that makes our customers lifelong friends.

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LIVABLE LUXURY Being Cohesive Ellie Redders Interiors area of expertise is in the careful thought and planning of the interior and exterior selections and finishes in the new-build process. We are able to pull all the spaces together with an overall cohesive vibe, which includes color scheme and special details to make each home unique and functional. Defining Moment We are defined by our ability to connect with our clients and create photorealistic renderings for their review, which show exactly what their space will look like with their desired selections. Each homeowner needs their space to serve them in different ways. The home should be a place of comfort, ease and beauty! Adventures in Every Space We believe there should be a little piece of adventure in each room! Whether that’s a pop of unexpected color, a hidden butler’s pantry or coffee bar with a special wallpaper, or big, bold light fixtures! We make sure to think outside the box and add personality to every space in small details.

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Finished to PERFECTION A KITCHEN REMODEL ADDS STORAGE AND STYLE. By Karen Cernich Dickhut Photography by That One Summer Interior Designer/Contractor Nettie White Interiors

Claustrophobic is the word Nettie White of Nettie White Interiors used to describe Jeff and Natalie Ostermann’s kitchen when she first saw it. Builder-grade and choppy is how the homeowners felt about it. Now, after a five-month remodel that included installing new hardwood floors, two islands, granite countertops and cabinets with custom finishes, convenient, timeless and gorgeous are the words that spring to mind. “It’s clean and minimal,” Nettie says. “It’s all about function and beauty. And timelessness. That’s probably one of the most modern kitchens we’ve done, but there’s still a refinement to it.” The Ostermanns agree. Flow is the biggest improvement, they say. “Before we had an island that stuck out from the wall and another big island, so it was a circle of lower cabinetry and countertops,” Jeff says, noting they also had a breakfast table, which wasn’t functional. Now, the two-island design has streamlined all of that. “And the way she finished them,




the colors are just gorgeous,” Natalie remarks. “The design, layout, color, everything about it is just awesome!” When Nettie first met with the Ostermanns, they asked for a white and navy kitchen, but Nettie doesn’t do white—or any basic color. “We gave them our white,” Nettie says. “It’s more timeless, not cold. Everything has glaze on it. He wanted a white kitchen with a navy island, and this is our version of that.” Custom paint color and glazes are what Nettie is known for, and she doesn’t just paint the cabinets. She paints details on the hardware and light fixtures too. “We remodel kitchens, but the artistic finishing is the focal point,” Nettie says. “The countertop sets the tone. All of my colors are based on the countertop. Everything is custom.” And she never buys stock cabinets. They are either custom built or, whenever possible, she uses a client’s existing cabinets and paints them to look totally different. With this remodel, adding storage was a top priority for Natalie Ostermann. “I wanted enough

cabinetry so that everything had a place. I don’t like things on my countertop and, before, we had junk drawers and my desk was one big paper mess,” she says. Not anymore. The two islands provide an abundance of storage, and Nettie also added a pair of cabinets on either side of the commercial grade, 54-inch-wide refrigerator to provide more. There also are cubbies where each family member has their own space. Upon the remodel’s completion, Nettie and her team from The Porch in Wildwood came in to accessorize. But the versatility of the new kitchen is what makes it so comfortable and enjoyable for the family every day of the year. Whether they are celebrating a birthday party for 20-plus guests, entertaining friends, baking holiday cookies or serving as home base for their kids’ school projects (the islands feature USB ports), it is an ideal setup for every occasion. “Now, we absolutely love our k itchen,” Natalie says. See for resources and additional photos. STLOUISHOMESMAG.COM

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3 Rustic Relaxation By Miller Roodell Architects. The owners have traveled the world and built the compound to provide a place to gather and relax. The feel is Montana rustic but with a degree of the contemporary that eases their transition from urban environments. The exterior blends with the landscape by relying on aged materials designed to gray and weather naturally. Photography courtesy of Winsome Construction.



1. By the Sea Builder CMM Custom Homes. Architect Melillo Architecture. Siding by James Hardie. The design team built a beautiful, yearround home on a 10,500-square-foot lot in Avon-by-the-Sea, New Jersey. Anyone who knows what it is like to live in Avon-by-theSea knows a front porch is a must-have! Between the front porch, back porch and open-air deck, the owners have everything to kick back and embrace the sea breeze with loved ones. The Avon-by-the Sea home features Hardie® Shingle Straight Edge Panels in Eden Green. 2. Welcoming Entrance By Catalano Architects.This shingle-style house is set in a community of late 19th and early 20th century summer camps on Buzzards Bay. The wraparound porch is a welcoming gesture and is the public face of the house. Triple gables create the main roof form allowing a third floor to take advantage of the expansive views up and down the Bay. 3. Country Views By Winsome Construction. This charming wraparound porch is a wonderful place to relax after a long day. The porch provides the perfect stage to admire the rolling country views, while the mid-tone wood complements the exterior of this cheery modern farmhouse.


Goal: A completely updated kitchen that would be modern, light, airy and functional. Challenge: The old kitchen was very outdated in this home. Every time we attempted to save something, it fell apart. It became very apparent that completely renovating it was the only solution! Summary: The homeowners were delighted with their newly updated kitchen! They were also relieved that the project was done quickly and came in under budget!

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5. Prioritizing Porch Living By Orion General Contractor. Constructed in 1863, this is one of three nearly identical houses (affectionately called “The Triplets”) all built on the storied Ardrossan estate. This home is the only one with a wraparound porch. The client is a granddaughter of Colonel Robert Montgomery, who built the estate, and she lives “as much of her life as possible” out on the porch with its stunning views of the surrounding dairy farm.


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Recapturing Charm By Creative Architects. This house remodel was a labor of love for the neighbor who bought the house and remodeled it. The designer worked to recapture the charm of this 109-year-old home. The wraparound porch was integral to the charm and livability of the home. This home was awarded a "Preservation Achievement Award" by Preservation Dallas.

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4. Bridging the Gap By Linton Architects. As a part of a larger-scale, wholehouse renovation/addition project, covered outdoor spaces were set as a high priority. In addition to raising the height of the house and its roof, the creation of lower porch spaces bridging between the living spaces and the wide open landscape was carefully considered. In this case, the porch roof covers not only a deck built close to the height of the main floor level, but also covers surrounding yard elements below.

6. All About Accessibility By Rite-Way Custom Homes. This wraparound porch provides easy access from both the driveway and the service walk. The cedar posts and rails are painted in white. The porch features a composite floor deck and a bead-board ceiling.

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La Mar by Gaston Acurio, Miami, FL Photography courtesy of Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group

La Mar by Gaston Acurio provides top-of-the-line Peruvian cuisine on the gorgeous shores of the Biscayne Bay in Miami. Acclaimed chef Gaston Acurio specializes in gastronomy; gastronomy is the combined study of food and culture and focuses on creating gourmet dishes. This type of cooking pays close attention to cooking techniques, nutritional values, food science and flavorful combinations, especially how taste and smell work together to create the ultimate dining experience. The creation of special dishes pairs well with the restaurant’s location on Brickell Key, a luxury,



gated island off the mainland Brickell neighborhood. The design of La Mar echoes the natural beauty of Biscayne Bay, combining it with the gorgeous contemporary backdrop of the Miami skyline; the restaurant’s design alongside its gastronomic ceviches, anticuchos and specialty cocktails merge for the unique enjoyment of each and every guest. They offer both indoor and outdoor seating containing three dynamic bars. The distinctive menu presents selections from novo-andean fare to Asian-Peruvian fusion as well as traditional seafood ceviche.

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The beautiful outdoor dining at Malibu Farm allows customers to relax in the fresh air of Malibu, California, while experiencing a true farm-to-table experience. Helene, the owner of Malibu Farm, began her dream in her own backyard to promote her vision of serving local, organic and fresh produce. They even raised their own sheep for farm dinners and used produce exclusively grown on their property for events. Now that Malibu Farm’s operation has grown to several locations, they call upon other small, local farms to serve their expanding number of interested customers. Their selections are simply prepared with no secret ingredients, and they’re dedicated to transparency when it comes to what they serve, going so far as to sell their Malibu Farm cookbook filled with original recipes. The owner grew up as a lover of fishing, but realizes that mass fishing practices are not environmentally friendly or sustainable. So, they offer small, sustainably obtained portions of seafood for guests to order. Malibu Farm is proud of the products they serve and strive to put the best possible produce on every dish they serve. STLOUISHOMESMAG.COM MAY 2022




Oliva on the Hill, St. Louis, MO Photography by Cary Klein Photography

Oliva on the Hill brings the heart of Italian dining to a small venue in historic St. Louis. The Hill is an area of St. Louis located on the high ground south of Forest Park, and is widely known throughout Missouri for its Italian-American population; a group of people who have given the area its fame for Italian restaurants, bakeries, bocce gardens and markets. Oliva’s atmosphere mixes the urban feel of its home city with the Old World grace and elegance of its cuisine’s roots. While its indoor accommodations make it an ideal location for holding large gatherings and receptions, its outdoor terrace allows lunch guests to enjoy the St. Louis weather when it's behaving. A picturesque location with plenty of greenery and seating, Olive Cafe (as it's known during weekly lunch hours) offers a menu of Italian favorites like sandwiches, salads and chef’s specials. Whether you're grabbing lunch with friends, looking for new wine to taste or planning an event, Oliva on the Hill has an abundance of options both indoors and out.






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Make an Entrance Arches have been present in architecture for centuries, but we’re seeing a noticeable upswing of their usage lately in St. Louis. Is this just another resurging trend or is the arched entryway here to stay? Edited by Moe Godat


CL A S S I C Arches are as classic as you can get, but arched entryways and interior arches were out of style for several years. Many homes squared off their arches to modernize the home. I am glad to see them back, even if only on the exterior entryway, as the arch lends grace and curves to a hard-edge façade. Linda K. Kusmer, Interior Design Consultant.

Arched entries are indeed a classic. Why the recent surge in popularity? With every form of media reminding us how troubled The beautiful arched entryway will always our world is, we all long for a respite. Home last the test of time. They can be crisp and provides us with that relief. Approach a clean for a more modern look; they can go into a home with a medieval castle vibe, and home with an arched entry and receive the they can be used in a cute transitional home. added benefit of a hug. Yes, a hug, a house hug. The soft curve of an arched entry gently Don’t be afraid of an arch if you like it! Anne Marie Boedges, Anne Marie Design Studio, LLC. envelopes all who enter, welcoming them to the safety and security of home. Kim Hany, Often when we are reminded of a style that FORNEY + architecture, LLC. has been popular in the past, it sticks with The Roman and Gothic arches have enhanced us as a favorite. Consumers love when they many buildings past and present. Arched see a favorite style or trend of theirs being entrances create a very warm and welcoming reintroduced as "new.” Teddy Karl, The Great point of passage. Home exteriors have a variety Cover-Up. of straight lines, so the arched entrance Arches are an enduring trend. From the softens those lines and adds character to the arches of the Roman Colosseum to the iconic overall appearance. This first impression is like St. Louis Arch, they symbolize transition, a welcome mat inviting you in. Arches are a grace and strength and have their place in classic and will always be an architectural detail many architectural styles. Robert Srote, Srote that is part of the past, present and future. & Co Architects | Planners | Interiors. Georgine O’Donnell, O’Designs.

I think archways are a timeless design when done in proper scale and context. Like anything, if it's bastardized it can be done badly. Randy Renner, Period Restoration.


Curved lines are always appealing. Their graceful movement directs your eye around so you are subtly guided into seeing the whole area. While arches are certainly a classic form, I see arching the doorway as a trend that will continue in higher end property but fade away. For moderately priced homes, the extra labor and expertise required to create them makes them less attainable. CJ Knapp, Yours by Design.



Arches were invented when architecture was invented so, no, arched entryways and arches in general are not trendy. Arches have more impact and significance in designing a home if they are used sparingly and artistically, like a sunset. William D. Cover, William D. Cover, Architect LLC.

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