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A St. Louis couple designs their new custom home to reflect their love for all things contemporary.

Thoughtful design provides space for everyone in this multigenerational family home.



Harald Boerstler revived a home built in 1917, all the while creating a small but mighty garden oasis.

Two orange reclining chairs pair well with the neutral Bantam sofa, a tried-and-true furniture piece that Sandy always purchases for her home. Photography by Megan Lorenz.

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Talk to Kathy Israel, one of our 2020 St. Louis Design Hall of Fame™ honorees, and she'll tell you that if you want to become a successful designer you must listen, learn and love. Listen to your clients, learn from your own and others' mistakes and love what you do. Not only does that mantra resonate with each of our five Hall of Fame honorees (pages 16–22), but it also resonates with the design professionals that share the ins and outs of residential design throughout this issue. A total of 33 design professionals (architects, builders, interior designers and kitchen and bath designers) express their opinions on design philosophies to design for multigenerational family living and everything else in between! Hands down, they all say it takes mastering the skill of listening for the design professionals to turn homeowners' dreams into reality. St. Louis Homes + Lifestyles is hosting live events again! It was so great to see many of you at our Outdoor Living + Green Thumb Tour on September 12. Those that attended now have no excuse for not making the best choices when it comes to outdoor furnishings, porch design, fire features, cascading waterfalls and koi ponds. They got first hand advice from the professionals, and in person! Join us for more inspiration on Saturday, October 24, at our very first Fall Harvest Home Tour as we raise money for Wings of Hope (pages 58–59). Not only will you see thoughtful design throughout the homes, but the front porches will be decorated to the max celebrating the beautiful St. Louis fall season. If you love design as much as we do, we'll invite you to participate in an enjoyable tour survey as you visit each home. The builders will love the feedback! Plus (4) lucky attendees will win a fall centerpiece for their Thanksgiving table! Be sure to go to our website and preregister to attend or make a donation. stlouishomesmag.com/events. Shop local. It's more important today than ever before! See you around town!




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1 LIGHTING the ENTRYWAY 3 Welcome guests and set the lighting scheme for your home in your foyer! By Moe Godat



1. Fin pendant, available at Original BTC. 2. Moselle chandelier in antique brass, available at Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams. 3. Leighton medium flush mount, by kate spade new york, available at KDR Designer Showrooms. 4. Cosima large chandelier, by AERIN, available at KDR Designer Showrooms. 5. Janeyway LED 2-light pendant, available at Pottery Barn. 6. Esteracae light, by Schonbek, available at Holt Lighting Depot.





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7. Maddox white faceted pendant small with black socket, available at Crate & Barrel. 8. Brenta Grande chandelier, available at AERIN. 9. Gem Modern Vine 6 piece, by Hammerton Lighting, available at Design & Detail. 10. Berkeley chandelier, available at Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams. 11. Statehouse 15 light chandelier, available at Amini’s.




Sophia sofa, by Norwalk, available at Amini’s.

On 3 lounge chair, by Thayer Coggin, available at KDR Designer Showrooms.

Bouclé is BACK Known for its curled or ringed look, bouclé fabric has burst back on the design scene in 2020. Made from looped fibers, bouclé is the perfect fabric for achieving a textured look.

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St. Louis Homes + Lifestyles is honoring five individuals who have had exceptional careers in St. Louis’s design industry. This special group of design professionals represents all facets of the industry and each has made significant contributions to design with bodies of work of the very highest quality. Meet our 2020 class of St. Louis Design Hall of Fame™ honorees. Edited by Moe Godat Portrait photography by Colin Miller/Strauss Peyton



Kathy Israel, Owner of Accents on Cabinets Kathy mixes 25 years of kitchen and bath design experience along with an expert intuition to create award-winning kitchens and baths throughout the United States. Using ingenious solutions to make dreams become reality for her customers’ homes, Kathy focuses on each client and project from concept to completion. Kathy strives to use products that are manufactured in the USA, and she believes that low-carbon footprints are vital to our future.

Photography by Megan Lorenz

SLHL: Where is a place in St. Louis that inspires you? Kathy: St. Louis has so much history and architectural inspiration, it is hard to pinpoint one place. During the 1904 world’s fair, St. Louis was the 4th largest city in the country! Just walk around Forest Part, Union Station, Tower Grove, etc. As a designer, I can find so many different eras to be inspired by; I usually gravitate to what I am working on at the time, and I do not have to look too far to find inspiration in St. Louis because it is everywhere! SLHL: How has the industry evolved recently? Kathy: Now more than ever, it is important that we love the place that we live! People are having to be creative with the space they have. Our home is more than a home; it is a school, office, patient’s office visit for zoom appointments and world headquarters! Because we need to eat, the kitchen is a core space of gathering and feeding our body and soul. We spend countless hours in our homes and especially our kitchens. We need spaces that are multi-functional and purposeful to meet our everyday needs. What advice would you give to someone just starting their career in the design world? Kathy: Be patient! Rome was not built in a day! I think every new designer wants to go out and make their mark, and rightfully so. To make it a long-term career, you need to enjoy the process and be flexible to change. I try to go by the 3 “L” philosophy. Listen, learn and love. Listen to your clients and mentors, learn from your mistakes and from others, love the people you meet along the way.



Photography by Megan Lorenz

PRO TIP Your whole house should feel harmonious. Do not try to force something. Usually, when you try to force something, you end up spending more time and money to change that look.

SLHL: What is the first step you take in a project? Teddy: I like to get to know the clients and make them feel comfortable. I remind them that it is their home, and my job is to make the design process easier and help them to create a beautiful place to live. I like to say, "If it's not fun anymore, we're doing it wrong!" Beyond that, I like to choose a starting point to work with, such as a rug, existing piece of furniture or Grandmother's needlepoint pillow, then work up from that. Teddy Karl, Allied ASID Principal Designer at The Great Cover-Up Principal designer Teddy Karl has more than 20 years’ experience as a designer. His aesthetic is best described as a perfect union of modern and classical influences where spaces are enlivened with a beautiful mixture of color, pattern and texture. His passion for detail is showcased in sophisticated spaces customized to enhance his clients’ lifestyles.

SLHL: How did you know you wanted to be a designer? Teddy: As a kid, I feel like I was always creating or designing something. I started out designing and sewing bridal and evening wear and transitioned to interior design. My true passion is fabric, so it's a win! SLHL: What was your favorite project? Teddy: I worked with an amazing couple in Illinois on their family home. When they decided to downsize to a home with a main level master suite, they asked me to help them decide what to bring and where to put it. It was so much fun moving things around and repurposing them in different rooms. They were amazed how so many of their things worked, but not necessarily where they thought they would. It made the transition easier for them.

PRO TIP I like to keep a room in a constant state of transition. I don't like a room that looks like a time capsule. If you freshen up pillows or reupholster a tired piece, there's always something new and it will never look out-of-date.



Jenny Rapp, Owner of JCR Design Group Jenny has been serving Saint Louis as an interior designer for close to 20 years, and in 2011, founded JCR Design Group. Located in the Interior Design Center, the firm specializes in high-end custom interiors, renovations, kitchen and bath design and new construction collaboration. Together with her team, they work closely with homeowners, architects and builders to create distinctive and functional designs and interiors that are current yet timeless, and sophisticated yet comfortable.

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What is your design style/philosophy? Jenny: Our goal with every project, no matter the size, is to deliver the best experience to each client and leave them with a space/home that they adore. We take the time to understand our clients, how they want to live and what their style and tastes are, and in doing so, we are able to layer in the elements that make their space both personal and successful. We have a smart, fun and cohesive team at JCR Design Group, and our focus on communication, quality, attention to detail and service has allowed us to continually meet and exceed our clients' expectations. What does it take to deliver excellent design? Jenny: Good interior design incorporates all functional, aesthetic, environmental and budget considerations to create the best end result. It is much more than just "decorating". Technical skills such as space planning and drafting are an important part



of the equation, as is an understanding of balance, scale, and proportion. A strong partnership between client, designer, and others, such as architect and builder, provides different perspectives and streamlines the process, yielding a beautiful finished project. And of course, the interior decorations and finishings are the icing on the cake! What was your favorite project? Jenny: I am lucky enough right now to be working with both of my daughters-in-law to renovate and decorate their homes; one in town and one out of town. It is a joy to help them create environments for their growing families that are beautifully functional, warm and inviting, and it is always a reflection of their unique tastes and style. It is my extra "excuse" to see them and strengthen that wonderful bond!

PRO TIP It is much easier to find a paint color for your favorite fabric than vice versa. Choose your rugs and upholstered furniture first and then take the fabric swatches to the paint store to select some samples to bring home. Lighting and time of day will impact the choice of wall color, so take your time in making the selections.

David Schaub Principal at Schaub Projects Architecture + Design David Schaub is a Principal at Schaub Projects Architecture + Design, a St. Louis area firm specializing in high-end residential projects. David is an award-winning architect that has been leading design teams for more than three decades, and his projects have been recognized on both the local and national levels. He believes in design solutions that address his clients' needs and accomplish them in an artful but functional way.

SLHL: What is your design style/philosophy? David: I appreciate many different design styles, whether it is very classical architecture or very clean lined and modern. I believe in Louis Sullivan’s philosophy that “form follows function.” My thought for a home is can it be an escape from the hustle of the everyday world and be a place where you can truly relax and unwind. I have had many clients that had requirements for their home that required enough space to entertain 100 people or more but were afraid that their home would feel like a banquet center with cavernous spaces. After the projected was completed and they had several months to live in their new home, they often reach out to me and tell me they couldn’t believe that their home could accommodate their large parties and still feel cozy and intimate when it was just the immediate family using the spaces. SLHL: Where is a place in St. Louis that inspires you? David: I have always enjoyed the historic homes in the Forest Park area. The homes are grand, and the details are incredible. It has always amazed me how the craftsman of years ago could build so ornately without the use of modern machinery. My father is a retired cabinet builder and could work a piece of wood as if molding clay. He always told us “if you are going to do the job, then take your time, have some pride and do it right.” The pride and skill each craftsman put into their trade throughout the magnificent homes is what is inspiring. SLHL: What is the first step you take in a project? David: Initially I meet with the client and we just talk about the project. We discuss their goals for the project, what their “must haves” are as well as what is “needed” and a few things that would just be “cool to have.” We do not talk technically about how it will get done; I just take notes and ask

questions. Listening to your client is paramount. Everyone says they listen to their client, but its more than just hearing the words they say; a lot of times, it is about hearing what they don’t say that makes all of the difference to a project. Then, after the meeting, I usually just think about it for a couple of days. During that time I start building ideas and solutions in my head, daydreaming. Once I have several different directions in which I could take the concept, I sit down and begin to sketch.

PRO TIP: Hire your architect and let them lead your project team. Architects are trained to do so much more than “draw your blueprints” and then step out of the picture. They bring much more value to the project. Be prepared to spend more time in the planning stages than your excitement level wants your brain to allow. Good planning equals faster build times once you do get started. Planning up front also keeps budgets in check.

Photography by Anne Matheis

Ken Henry, CKD, CBD Alspaugh Kitchen & Bath Ken has been a premier designer for Alspaugh Kitchen & Bath since 1986. His art and architecture education coupled with his work experience has allowed Ken to express his creativity through his high-end kitchen and bath designs. Attention to detail and exceptional organization qualities are Ken’s leading attributes to the company and to the many clients he has served.



SLHL: What does it take to deliver excellent design? Ken: An excellent design involves many things, but the most important element is listening. Finding out your clients’ needs and what they are expecting from your design should be the very first thing you do. Identify what spatial issues they are experiencing and offer solutions for their immediate concerns as well as suggestions for future needs that they may not have considered, such as “aging in place.” Listening is the first part, but keeping those needs and expectations as the foundation of your design is the secret to excellent design. SLHL: How has the industry evolved recently? Ken: Recently the market has exploded. People are staying at home more due to current global events and are now looking at their homes and wanting to remodel. We have seen remodeling budgets increase due to unused vacation budgets. We are experiencing kitchens being utilized more as well as an increase in requests for more personal spaces for work and school. SLHL: How did you know you wanted to be a designer? Ken: Originally in college, I majored in engineering and then switched my focus to architecture. In order to further my career, I needed to get field time and was hired with my current employer. I began with commercial projects but soon moved to residential. I found that I loved the interaction with customers as well as the creativity that I was able to bring to my projects. 34 years later I am still here. Time goes by fast when you are having fun.

Photography by Alise O’Brien Photography

PRO TIP When specifying between LED lighting that is available today, it is important to select fixtures that have the same color temperature. With the current popularity of white painted cabinetry, lighting can change the overall color of a space. A project can go from yellow to blue based on the color of the lighting that is used. We did not have this ability in the past but since we can today, I try to make sure that all the light colors are the same. Lighting can change the way everything looks.

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Happy BASKETS Artist Sofi Seck uses her talents in hopes to open and sustain a STEAM school for girls.

By Moe Godat Photography by Colin Miller/Strauss Peyton

Born in Senegal, West Africa, artist Sofi Seck learned the art of basket weaving from her mother. “Weaving is a generational art form that is passed down from one generation to the next. I learned from my relatives, just as my mom and her mom did,” she says. After her parents’ divorce as a child, Sofi’s mother began saving money to send her to America, believing that through education, Sofi could break the pervasive cycle of being forced to depend on a man for survival. “She had no formal education, so she weaved, sewed and created things to sell, hoping against hope that she could save enough money to buy me a plane ticket to America,” Sofi says. “In time, she did just that.” Speaking no English and knowing nothing about the culture, Sofi moved to St. Louis in high school and has been here since. While recovering from a back injury, she was struck with an immense desire to help other women and girls in her home country get the education they need to thrive in modern times. “I closed my photography business and have poured my entire being and resources toward creating and advancing the social enterprise that is Expedition Subsahara,” she says. “Our mission is to open and sustain a STEAM school for girls in Senegal.⁣⁣” To achieve this mission, Sofi weaves and sells what many of her customers refer to as happy baskets. “I get a lot of emails from people who love their ‘happy basket,’” she says. “I get so many of these emails, in fact, that the phrase has become a part of my brand. I love getting positive messages about how our products helped people create a happy space in their home.” She makes the baskets using sweet grass and recycled plastic. First, the grass is harvested, washed and laid out to dry. Then, it’s washed and dried again, making it stiff. The grass is then bundled into coils and woven using the recycled plastic of old, shredded prayer mats. “The



At Expedition Subsahara, we make happy baskets and accessories for colorful people – Sofi says larger baskets require a lot of womanhandling to get the right shape,” Sofi notes. “The most difficult part is definitely the design, as you have to count stitches and rows to make sure it geometrically makes sense and that the shape is symmetrical.” By the end of this year, Expedition Subsahara will be able to buy the land for the STEAM school, the goal they’ve been working toward since day one. “At Expedition Subsahara, we make happy baskets and accessories for colorful people,” Sofi says. To learn more about Sofi Seck and her work, visit her website at expeditionsubsahara.com. See stlouishomesmag.com for more photos and resources.



Returning to Contemporary A St. Louis couple designs their new custom home to reflect their love for all things contemporary. By Moe Godat Photography by Megan Lorenz

Builder: Teiber Construction




omeowners Sandy and Dixie Deibel had admired a plot of land in the quiet city of Ladue for years; seven, in fact. The lot sat next to a lake with ample privacy, and it happened to be owned by their neighbors. Originally the Deibels weren’t looking to build a new home as it would be the fifth custom home they’d designed and built for themselves. However, the lot’s view, location and privacy were refreshing after the hustle and bustle of Clayton for 20 years. They decided to build another, more comfortable home to better match their lifestyle.

To create the clean lines and jutting roofs of a contemporary style exterior, Dean Teiber used great amounts of structural steel, which was, he notes, one of the most challenging parts of this project.




Designed by Eero Saarinen, who also designed the St. Louis Gateway Arch, the dining room table has the perfect shape and sleek appearance for the space. It’s surrounded by Gubi Beetle chairs and sits atop a simple Crate & Barrel rug.

“Our last home was gorgeous, but it was very formal,” Sandy says. “It was hard not to hold my breath when my grandchildren were over because I was afraid something would break. I wanted this new home to be much more comfortable and relaxed.” Their last residence’s exterior was also very traditional in its design, and the homeowners wanted their love for contemporary design and minimalism to be reflected throughout. The homeowners worked with Dean Teiber of Teiber Construction to create the home of their dreams. Teiber has worked as a custom home builder for 35 years, and he and his team were up to the task. “Contemporary homes aren’t seen much around St. Louis, so the project was both



interesting and challenging,” Teiber says. With the plans drawn and decisions made, the Deibels left to spend time at their home in Palm Springs, leaving the project in Teiber’s hands. “He was so good at handling issues as they arose and cleaning them up,” Sandy comments. “We really trust him.” To achieve the clean-lined look of a contemporary home, Teiber worked to create the flat roofs and extended overhangs indicative of the style. “This project’s complex foundation, structural steel work and framing required a very high level of precision to create the various intersecting spaces and finishing details,” Teiber explains. Though some aspects of the design were tricky, the

The white oak staircase rises and connects to a wall of natural stone, a striking design element used throughout the home. Full-length white sheers and a white shag rug help bring warmth into the space which is mostly stone, wood and glass.




Gegg Cabinetry & Design worked with the homeowners to perfect the kitchen’s layout. Custom white oak cabinets house a silver Wolff range, and the black soapstone countertop contrasts well with the otherwise light room. Powder room: Like the rest of the house, the powder room was designed with an eye for art and functionality. The painting is by Julian Schnabel, the wife’s favorite artist.

final product is a contemporary success. The foyer’s two-story glass curtain wall looks out onto the home’s natural landscape, designed by Meyer Landscaping. The entry opens onto a striking white oak staircase featuring three paintings by Ugo Rondinone called “The Suns,” which help bring warmth and contrast into the room that is mostly white oak, glass and natural stone. Past the foyer is the main living area, including living room, dining room and kitchen. In the living room, the artwork again takes center stage with Sandy’s beloved works by Alex Katz. All of the magnificent artwork throughout the home came via Robert Lococo of Lococo Fine Art, a St. Louis art publisher that the Deibel’s have trusted with their art collection for years. The wall of sliding glass doors allows the homeowners to let in plenty of natural light, and they open onto the couple’s well-used back patio with a perfect view of the lake. Two orange reclining chairs pair well with the neutral Bantam sofa, a tried-and-true furniture piece that Sandy always purchases for her home. “The Bantam sofa is just the perfect size for my husband and I,” Sandy says. A white shag rug and white sheers soften the room. A stone wall with a transparent glass fireplace separates






Two orange reclining chairs pair well with the neutral Bantam sofa, a tried-and-true furniture piece that Sandy always purchases for her home. “[It] is the perfect size for my husband and I, and it doesn’t wear out and look sloppy,” she says.






the living room from the dining area and kitchen. The dining room boasts a Saarinen table, a design created by Eero Saarinen, the architect who designed the St. Louis Gateway Arch. It’s surrounded by Beetle chairs designed by Gubi and sits atop a simple rug from Crate & Barrel. In the kitchen, the homeowners wanted yet another change from their previous home. “Our last home had dramatic dark cabinets, but I wanted something lighter for this space,” Sandy explains. “The monochrome of the white oak works well with all the other natural elements in the home.” Keith Gegg of Gegg Design & Cabinetry designed the cabinetry, adding a white oak bookshelf to the end of the island. Black soapstone countertops and a Wolff range finish off this clean, streamlined cooking area. In the evenings, Sandy and Dixie like to relax in the room they refer to as “the sunken den.” Sandy knew she’d wanted a step down room in this home, and the small TV area was the perfect place for it. The cozy den is decorated with pieces by Jonathan Adler. One of the bedrooms on the main floor was sound-proofed to cut out noise from the rest of the house. A bookshelf wall holds a collection of books and displays art of which they’re fond. They added the sofa and seating area to create an “all in all” space where they can relax, read or watch TV.



Dubbed “The Sunken Den” by the homeowners, this space is used for evening relaxation and quality time. Sandy knew that she wanted a sunken room in her new home.

Above: The homeowner’s had this main bedroom sound-proofed to keep out unwanted noise from the surrounding house at night. A seating area and ample bookshelves make it an “all in all” space for them. Below: Light and simple, this bedroom also serves as the husband’s office during the day. It let in great light and has views of the lake.

The other bedroom on the main floor is light and bright with large windows and a view of the lake. A black metal bed frame contrasts with the white bedding and other lightly toned decor. In the corner stands a fertility mask on a wooden pedestal. Dixie also uses his space as an office, so the simple, uncluttered design of the room functions well as a work space. Upstairs are two guest rooms with ensuite baths for visitors and grandchildren, each decorated with stunning art offset by the white color scheme and natural wood elements. The simple designs of these rooms complement the stunning views. “This home completely reflects our personality,” Sandy says. “I didn’t know just how much I’d love living here.” She knew from the beginning of the project that she wanted a contemporary home with natural elements, but the finished product had the perfect amount of their personality displayed in every room. “This home definitely surpassed my expectations.” See stlouishomesmag.com for resources.




FAMILY MATTERS Thoughtful design provides space for everyone in this multigenerational family home. By Kim Hill Photography by Anne Matheis

Wood beams in the great room were on Hannah Grimshaw’s original “wish list” to add charm and character to their new home. The wood tones warm a neutral color palette of gray and white. Touches of blue and green, used throughout the home, add color.



In the entry, flooring is a glazed porcelain tile laid in a herringbone pattern to mimic aged stone. The barrel ceiling mirrors the curve of the front door and the interior archways.

Architect: Jeff Day & Associates Architecture Builder: Vanderbilt Homes Design assistance: J+J Design


annah Grimshaw never planned to live with her parents again. But when Hannah and her husband Charles were searching for a new home nearly five years ago, they stumbled upon a residence featuring a pool/guest house. That particular house wasn’t “The One,” but the wheels started turning in the Grimshaws’ minds. Already the parents of a toddler with plans to expand their family, the couple considered their lives: Charles, an orthopedic surgeon, had a busy, growing practice. During his years of residency in St. Louis, Hannah’s mom and dad, Jeff and Becky Kryder, had been a major source of support to the young couple. “We started thinking seriously about finding or building a home where my parents could live with us and be a resource to us now, with the idea that we could help them in the future,” says Hannah. Wish lists were made and potential pitfalls were discussed during multiple, extended family meetings. After viewing several existing homes and vacant lots over the next several months, the Grimshaws found land in Des Peres within the Kirkwood school district.



The land was owned by Vanderbilt Homes, which has a professional relationship with Jeff Day & Associates Architecture. Day says extended family living is a concept more clients are seeking, noting he has designed such homes in Illinois, Montana, Iowa and Texas as well as Missouri. He sees the phenomenon evolving for both financial and emotional reasons. “Instead of investing in elderly housing facilities, people are investing in the value of their own home by enhancing it with an addition or by building a new one,” says Day, ALA, principal architect of Jeff Day & Associates. “Not to mention the emotional investment of time spent with family.” For the Kryders, the arrangement was about helping their kids now rather than needing help themselves. “They are healthy and active,” Hannah says of her parents, longtime Webster Groves residents who are in their early 60s. “They were primarily interested in this idea to support us and for the ability to have close relationships with their grandchildren.”

Right: The Kryder kitchen features a gray and white color scheme to coordinate with the Grimshaw home without repeating the same elements. Countertops are Ellipse Olympus Quartz accented with a backsplash of Emma Series Cementine Mix 6 x 6-inch ceramic tiles in Satin. Below: Day's Craftsman-style design works perfectly for the home, which functions like a duplex for the Kryders and the Grimshaws.

A favorite of both homeowners and architect, the well-appointed music room’s floor-to-ceiling bookshelves were painted Benjamin Moore Hale Navy. “The color is very powerful,” says architect Jeff Day. The librarian’s ladder was custom stained to complement the light fixture.



Standout features of the kitchen include the custom designed range hood and whitewashed shiplap ceiling. A honed quartz countertop in Ellipse Dove on the perimeter pairs with cabinets painted in Benjamin Moore Simply White; the island is painted in Benjamin Moore Coventry Gray topped with white Ellipse Veneto Quartz. Hardwood flooring is a 5-inch hickory in a gray stain. Opposite page: The dutch door leads from the Grimshaws’ breakfast nook to the main patio, a shared space between the two homes. An item on Hannah’s wish list, the dutch door allows the children to play outside while Hannah keeps an eye on them from the kitchen. “On crisp fall days, it’s great for fresh air. It’s the perfect mix of character and function!”

Day designed a Craftsman-style home with separate living spaces for both families. The project was designed almost as a duplex, with the Kryders having approximately 1,500 square feet all to themselves, connected to the Grimshaw side by a common mud room, says Day. “It’s a room that’s really well-detailed so it feels like a foyer much more than it feels like a ‘toss-it’ mud room,” Day explains. The separation of spaces extends to all family members; the Grimshaws now have three children ages 5 and under. The kids know to knock on “Papa and Gabu’s” door instead of just bursting through, Hannah says. The Kryders have their own exterior entrance to their one-story living space, which features two bedrooms, their own kitchen, great room, bathroom with zero-entry shower and garage. The second



bedroom, originally intended as overnight accommodations for Hannah’s grandmother, has served double duty during the pandemic as a home office for Jeff, a pastor. At nearly 5,500 square feet, the Grimshaw space is large. In total, the two families inhabit about 7,000 square feet of above-ground living space. Yet it doesn’t feel that way, according to Day. “For the size of the home, it’s not overwhelming,” he says. “The exterior feels grand because of its size, but the interior is intimate and feels human-scale.” Even though she has no formal training in design, Hannah says when they decided to build a home, “I 100 percent jumped into the process. From working with the architect to researching windows and sound batts insulation to designing a color palette, I was part of every

step. I am sure I drove the builders crazy, but we were a good team.” She says her mom came with her to nearly every design appointment to help make decisions and to select the finishes for both the Grimshaw and Kryder home. Hannah envisioned a home with a main-floor master suite with the children’s bedrooms upstairs, a large, open kitchen/great room concept and plenty of space for entertaining. “We really enjoy hosting,” says Hannah, who notes that pre-pandemic, they hosted their community group from church twice a month. “We’ve had 50 people in here easily.” One of the first things guests notice in the kitchen is the whitewashed shiplap ceiling, an idea of Hannah’s. “It’s a way to add warmth and

texture to such a large kitchen space, plus I love that it helps connect the breakfast room to the kitchen,” Hannah says. She had design assistance from Jenna Siebert of J&J Design Team, who was particularly integral to bring another of Hannah’s ideas to fruition. Working from photos of a hood Hannah loved, Siebert designed a custom range hood of deep charcoal steel and solid maple built by furniture maker and fine carpenter Gregory Rascher. “Jenna created a whitewashed gray stain that Gregory used on the wood, which was mimicked on the great room wood beams and fireplace mantels,” says Hannah. “The hood is one of the highlights of the kitchen space.” Another item on Hannah’s wish list was a peaceful haven she calls the music room currently housing a keyboard with space for a future



Custom designed by Baker Pool & Spa, the pool has shallow areas to allow for relaxing in the water while also providing a place for the couple's young children to safely play.

piano. Floor-to-ceiling bookshelves painted Benjamin Moore Hale Navy hold heirloom books inherited from Hannah’s maternal grandparents. Custom stain applied to a charming librarian’s ladder complements the light fixtures. Day pronounces this room, which leads off the entry foyer, as one of his favorites as well. “It’s just a great room to hang out in,” he says. Hannah says their multigenerational family living has been everything they all imagined and more. “My parents have been thrilled,” says Hannah. They make a point to spend time with their grandchildren every day, she says, and pitch in to babysit or pickup children from preschool when needed. “While this set up certainly isn’t for everybody, I think about how lucky our kids are to have their Papa and Gabu right next door to love them and help care for them. We all have absolutely loved it.” See stlouishomesmag.com for resources and additional photos.

Main bathroom and laundry room: A study in serenity, the master bath features a heated floor covered in Fifth Avenue’s “Madison,” a 24 x 24-inch matte porcelain tile. Homeowner Hannah Grimshaw wanted the laundry room connected to the master closet. A hallway from the laundry/closet exit allows early-rising Dr. Charles Grimshaw to get up, shower, get dressed and exit without having to circle back through the master bedroom. “Jeff Day dubbed this ‘the doctor’s suite’ design because I was one of the first people to bring this concept to him,” says Hannah. “It’s a super-convenient layout.”



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Harald Boerstler revived a home built in 1917, all the while creating a small but mighty garden oasis. By Lucyann Boston Photography by Kim Dillon

Harald Boerstler’s garden is a true labor of love. You should capitalize the “L” in labor. If fact, you could capitalize the whole word. Harald wasn’t just digging in the dirt to create his masterful landscape. He was whacking away at concrete and hauling it off before he could even think of planting a single shrub. His backbreaking project began in 2001 when, from the probate court, he purchased a house in south St. Louis very near the Missouri Botanical Garden. The house needed help, but Harald was attracted by the price, the location and the fact that it was built in 1917. “I like older houses,” he explains. But for Harald, who says “gardening has been a part of my life since I was born; my mom is a gardener,” the back yard was a major drawback. “It was almost totally concrete.”




Oddly enough, the remodeling of the house and the creation of a garden complemented each other. Harald was uniquely qualified to take on the dual roles. Growing up in Johnstown, PA, and from a construction family, he came to St. Louis to study architecture at Washington University and stayed. He currently works as a construction administrator for an architectural firm. The house “was not livable,” he recalls. “I spent the first six months tearing everything out. It was two more years before I moved in. I was doing all the work myself.” While he was transforming a three-bedroom, one-bath home into a two-bedroom, one-bath home, he ripped up concrete and began designing his back yard. “I relaxed by being in the garden,” he says. “It helped me get through the construction.” As would befit someone with architectural training, Harald had a master plan as to how he wanted his garden to evolve. His original sketch “pretty much stayed intact other than I didn’t get to build a garage in back due to easements.” He has a knack for repurposing the things he comes across in the course of his work and his leisure activities. Recovered brick makes up the walkways that wind through the garden. The cobblestones that line the beds came from a construction site and were about to be thrown away.





Harald created the 4-foot-high waterfall that flows into a pond glimmering with shining goldfish and yellow waterlilies from the mounds of dirt that resulted when he dug out the pond. The chickens that first took up residence in his apply named “Chick Inn” five years ago came by way of an acquaintance who was moving and couldn’t take the chickens to a new home. The current residents of Harald’s now more-secure poultry palace came to live there when the original residents were “taken out” by a quick strike from the foxes that hang out just down the street at the Botanical Garden. The only plant material re-used in his yard was a small redbud tree at the back of the lot that had escaped the concrete covering. To that he added sugar maples that were “sticks from Lowe’s” to remind him of his boyhood home near the Allegheny Mountains, a tulip poplar and a red plum to create a rear-yard shade garden. The geometrically fascinating, two-level deck at the back of his home clearly shows Harald’s architectural talents, which are even more evident in the triangular shades he designed and made from sail cloth. Rigged as though they could by flying from the prow of a ship, they have helped create additional and artistic living space adjacent to the brick bungalow. Another thing to know about Harald, when you view his garden, is that he is a collector and a man of multiple interests. Daylilies are a passion. He has 97 cultivars in his small garden, actively assembled through his membership in the West County Daylily Club of which he has been president. His garden beds are numbered so he can keep a record of which daylily cultivars are planted where. A fascination with geology has led him to collect rocks from all over the world. Crystals and minerals decorate his garden. Small rocks come back on planes. “When I travel by car, the car is usually weighed down on the return trip,” he quips.






He also collects sand. His interest began when he returned from Cancun in the 1980s with a sand sample in a foil canister. He now has 380 sand samples from all over the world displayed in racks of test tubes, so the myriad of differences is clearly visible. “When friends travel to exotic places, I usually find a baggie of sand at my front door saying where it came from. “The variety of colors is all over the charts. It is a fun and inexpensive hobby that is better than another t-shirt,” he points out. In the warm summer weather, his collection of desert roses (Adenium obesum) comes out to the garden in pots that dot the landscape. The succulents resemble small bonsai plants with thick, swollen trunks and clusters of trumpet-shaped flowers that bloom in bright shades of pink, red, purple and white. “I saw one in a catalog was intrigued by it,” he explains. A collection of Asian garden statuary adds an additional dimension to his landscape. In the past three years, his interests have encompassed bees. They reside in hives atop the garden shed. “That way they don’t take up space in the garden and no one in the garden is going to stumble on the hive and get in trouble. I don’t touch the bees,” he explains. “I am raising them for pollination.”

In recent years, his garden has expanded to the alley behind his home, where he has created a butterfly garden for all to enjoy. If all those interests weren’t enough, when he is not working or in the garden, Harald plays the tuba in a concert band and also is a bagpiper. “Every year I come down the stairs at the Botanical Garden and pipe open the Daylily Club sale,” he says. While for Harald, gardening is a life-long passion, he has practical advice for those just starting out. Pay attention to the amount of water plants need and make multiple trips to the Missouri Botanical Garden to see what is flourishing there in our difficult climate. “A lot of the things sold at the big box nurseries don’t do well here,” he advises. All the labor it took to create his garden has been well worth it in what the garden has given back to him, Harald affirms. “I use the garden as my therapy,” he explains. “I can have the most stressful day at work and all I have to do is get some dirt under my fingernails and all the stress goes away.” See stlouishomesmag.com for resources.






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Here are some local landscapers’ favorite picks for adding fall color to your landscape! Edited by Moe Godat

WATER REQUIREMENTS: Tolerates wet and dry conditions LOCATION + LIGHT: Full sun to part shade For fabulous fall color in the landscape a favorite is the Black Gum, Nyssa Sylvatica, a medium sized, deciduous, native tree known for its brilliant fall foliage in shades of yellow, orange, red and purple. The Black Gum is a versatile tree. It prefers full sun to part shade, and can adapt to climate extremes, tolerating both wet and dry conditions. Its roots grow deep into the ground, so is a good choice for driveway or sidewalk areas as it will not damage the hardscape. It also makes an excellent specimen tree and birds love it, too. There are several cultivars available; a favorite is “wildfire” that produces new red growth in the spring and bright red foliage in the fall.

Little Henri Dwarf Virginia Sweetspire starts out the summer with a beautiful display of fragrant white flowers that blanket the shrub. As summer progresses, shiny, disease-free foliage appears until fall when the foliage turns a stunning garnet-red. Full sun exposure will produce more vibrant fall color. Perfectly suited for covering large banks, beds and borders. David Sherwood, Sherwood’s Forest Nursery.

A fantastic plant for late season color, our Missouri native Aromatic Aster brings rich color with thousands of sky blue daisy-like blossoms. Very easy to grow in average or even poor soil, yet it does best with a shovelful or two of compost. A butterfly favorite with fragrant foliage, it works well as a ground cover and for naturalized areas. It is a featured plant of the Missouri Prairie Foundation Grow Native Pollinator buffet program, a collection of plants that have been identified as being important to butterflies, bees and other pollinators. Ann Lapides, Sugar Creek Gardens.

Persian Parrotia is one of my favorite ornamental trees. This tree has several unique features, which makes it an excellent specimen for the garden. This tree features a remarkable multi-stem with bark that exfoliates as it matures. In the fall this tree features a spectacular array of fall colors ranging from orange, yellow and red. Justin Verbryck, Frisella Landscape Group. Ornamental cabbage or kale is a showstopper for fall! This is not your every day autumn color item, but it will add those colors you love with a unique texture, perfectly accenting the traditional oranges and yellows of fall. Andria Graeler, Chesterfield Valley Nursery.

Bauer Falls uses deep red Laceleaf Japanese maples in their luxury waterfalls and koi ponds because their elegant, circular look lives in harmony with the natural stone boulders. Caleb and Josh Bauer hand select them. Japanese maples also provide water gardens in particular loads of interest with a showy fall color that reflects and radiates throughout the entire year. Caleb Bauer, Bauer Falls.

Showy Goldenrod blooms from September to October with clusters of bright yellow flowers. It does reseed some, but it's not overly aggressive. It has slender stalks 4-5 feet tall, and it's deer resistant. Plant in full sun in dry to average soil. Sue Leahy, Greenscape Gardens.





October 1–15 – Fall color season begins. – Broadleaf herbicides can be applied now to control cool-season weeds such as chickweed and dandelion. Persimmons start to ripen, especially after frost. – Now is a good time to apply lime if soil tests indicate the need. – Monitor fruit plantings for mouse activity and take steps for their control if present.


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October 16–31 Winterize lawn mowers before storage. Place wire guards around trunks of young fruit trees for protection against mice and rabbits.

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AN “HONEST” AESTHETIC Distinctively American, Craftsman styling has endured for more than a century.

By Barb Wilson Architect: DL Design


The year was 1900, and residential architecture was about to experience a significant transformation throughout Europe and America. The Arts and Crafts movement was already underway, rejecting the eclectic, ornate styling and mass-produced goods of the Victorian era, in favor of simpler design, natural materials and hand craftsmanship. Here in the U.S., numerous architects became adherents of the movement, and early examples of modest, clean-lined bungalows—soon to be known as the American Craftsman Style—began to appear in California around 1905. Interestingly, that label can be attributed to a furniture maker of the time. Gustav Stickley described his product as “honest furniture,” hand-crafted, streamlined, functional and made of premium native hardwoods. Stickley also published a magazine, The Craftsman, which featured plans by architects and designers who shared his vision, and the term “American Craftsman” was born! Although the original style had faded from popularity by 1930, various elements were incorporated into subsequent architectural movements during the middle of the century. Then, in the early ‘70s, Craftsman made a big comeback, a revival that continues today. Designs generally included in the Craftsman category are the Bungalow, Prairie Style, Mission Revival and Four-Square. Among the characteristics common to all are low-pitched, multiple rooflines, wide overhanging eaves, large columned porches or covered entryways,


gables and dormers and double-hung, multi-paned windows. Exteriors can be clad in virtually any material (preferably natural), including wood, stone, brick, lap siding, clapboard or shingles, with an emphasis on horizontal lines. The one exception is Mission Revival, which is traditionally sided in stucco. Authentic Craftsman detailing can vary widely, but perhaps the most instantly recognizable are short tapered columns, set on massive stone or brick piers extending to ground level. Classic windows will often have multiple lights above a single pane, and other distinctive features might include knee braces or exposed rafter tails under the eaves, a partially paned entry door and a porch railing or masonry knee wall. Inside, floorplans are usually open and practical, with relatively few hallways and lots of built-in cabinetry and shelving. Muted earth tones and natural wood and stone are common décor elements; a large, imposing fireplace may dominate the primary activity space; and window seats and small nooks frequently add a cozy domestic touch. It’s worth noting that Stickley furniture has retained its popularity for well over a century, and Craftsman design has been an integral part of the American architectural landscape ever since. Functional, “honest” and perfectly suited to today’s more relaxed contemporary lifestyle, it’s likely to remain a favorite for decades to come. See stlouishomesmag.com for resources.

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MID-CENTURY MASTERPIECE This renovation celebrates the roots of 1956 ranch in Ladue Estates.

By Karen Cernich Photography by Anne Matheis

Interior Designer: Patrice Munden Interior Design Architect: Lauren Strutman Architects Builder: Terbrock Building Company

Of all the rooms that designer Patrice Munden has completed at Sheerie and Robbie Green’s home in the historic Ladue Estates subdivision, the living room is Sheerie’s favorite. It’s where she has her morning coffee, curls up to read a book and entertains friends with wine and hors d’oeuvres. But it’s the feel of the room that makes the difference, the Greens say. It’s both comfortable to live in and reflective of the mid-century period when the home was built.



The Greens were drawn to Ladue Estates specifically for its mid-century appeal. Developed in the 1950s and ’60s, the 85-acre neighborhood is like a time capsule. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2010 because of its significance of ranch homes from that era. The Greens purchased their home knowing they wanted to completely renovate it, but they didn’t rush the project. They lived in it for several years before starting construction. The couple worked with Lauren Strutman Architects P.C. on the renovation. Work included making additions to the master bedroom and kitchen, installing new electrical and plumbing throughout the

house, and finishing the basement to provide a fourth bedroom, third bathroom, large entertaining space and a laundry room. Because the neighborhood is listed on the National Register, the Greens were able to qualify for state tax credits as long as they stayed within specific guidelines. “The character of the property cannot be destroyed when you are doing a tax credits project; you have to maintain the existing character,” Strutman explains. That was important to the Greens. They wanted to celebrate the home’s mid-century roots, not just in the renovation, but the décor as well, and Munden delivered. Her specialty is improving how people live in their homes and





solving problems. The Greens’ problem was that the oversized furniture from their previous home wasn’t a good fit with their mid-century ranch. “Patrice is excellent at getting the scale right to fit the space and pulling together a look that fit the house,” Sheerie says. Munden found iconic mid-century pieces, like an authentic reproduction 1966 Warren Platner coffee table from Knoll, a 1950s Broyhill cabinet and a 1950s Danish teak console, to blend with new pieces that have a mid-century aesthetic, such as the pair of Barcelona-style chairs in the living room or the set of Jean Prouve-inspired counter stools that line the kitchen island. Sheerie saya the iconic pieces Munden found are “absolutely special” and “make each room” in her mind. “Everything is comfortable, but also has a certain elegance,” she says. The couple especially love the original 1950s artwork by Kenneth Shopen that Munden found for the living room. Sheerie describes it as “part of the jewelry of the room.” Prior to the renovation, the Greens didn’t do much entertaining outside of family at their home, but that has changed. Now they enjoy having friends over for a glass of wine and great conversation. See stlouishomesmag.com for resources.



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Much Needed Lighting By Nest Design Co. The walls, shelving and ceiling in this space were all originally a natural pine. The designer added the library sconces to act as the overhead lighting. The sconces give interest but also give off an ambient light that was needed for this room. You want your eye to travel around the space and creating these different lighting moments helps to do so.

Room to Grow By Claire Paquin, Clean Design. This little boy’s room reflects his love of dinosaurs and neon green. By keeping the bed upholstery neutral, we created a back drop that can accept any changes to his whims of color. The built-in niches beside the bed provide great storage for books and toys. And the picture lights above ensure that this is a cozy place to curl up and read. Photography by Julie Soefer.

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Casual Charm By Arrowood Design. A surf shack on the beach north of the Golden Gate Bridge was carefully updated to keep the casual vibe and charm. The kitchen and bathrooms were remodeled. The designer used antique limestone pavers and reclaimed lumber for the floors.

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If you want to brighten your style and your space, a library light might be just the solution. These wall-hung adjustable-arm fixtures aren’t just for the library. Illuminate a reading nook, sink wall or bedroom for efficient lighting. By Melissa Mauzy

Classic Kitchen By Laura U Design Collective. Our inspiration for this home is a blend of classic and modern Americana. In the kitchen, you will find exposed timber beams and Shaker style cabinets that seem memorable and warm. A bright tangerine window frame really activates the space, while the Schoolhouse Electric sconces add contrast. Photography by Tara Striano.

Jewel Box By Notis Design. The bedroom in this Upper West Side New York City apartment was the smallest in the residence. In order to make it feel really special it was designed to feel like a cozy jewel box for a teenage girl who loves to read. The custom lights were made by a local company in New York City.

DESIGNERS IN DEMAND Creating beautiful rooms with cohesive styles is the key to making your home comfortable, fashionable and inviting. With fast-paced and ever-changing design trends to consider and an endless array of furnishings and accessories from which to choose, designing a stylish space might feel like a daunting task. However, enlisting the help of a talented design professional can make each project fun and exciting. Their knowledge of current trends and classic styles, knack for finding the best places to shop for décor and experience matching the perfect look with the right space gives design professionals an edge when creating stylish, functional and beautiful spaces that make a house a home. Our special Designers in Demand section introduces you to local designers and tastemakers who can help guide you through the exciting world of interior design. With their fingers on the pulse of what’s hot and what’s not, they bring you the newest and greatest products, looks and designs for your home. To see more from these designers, visit stlouishomesmag.com.

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aumHouse design is a kitchen, bath, interior remodeling, cabinetry and product showroom. Owner Julie Baum provides a single point of contact for both the design and construction phases of a project. As an interior design firm, BaumHouse design brings you a design solution, specific to your budget, lifestyle and aesthetic desires through education and years of experience. As a project management specialist, BaumHouse design manages all trade contracts providing a unified team approach to bring your project to completion. Your project will be managed in a controlled and efficient manner, so that you don’t have to. We make it that simple. Your goals are our goals. Call for an appointment or visit our website for photos of our past projects. "More than designing spaces...We design lifestyles".

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eady to build the home of your dreams or remodel the one you already have? Marcia Moore Design has earned acclaim and awards for new homes that speak to your soul; for whole house renovations that light up your life; for creating kitchens that wake you up in the morning and bathrooms that soothe you at night. We don’t just create pretty rooms. We marry the science and practicality of intelligent design with the art and creativity of signature style so that your home functions well and feels superb, promoting wellness and tranquility at the same time it delights your senses. Let us create the artistic, visionary, unexpected and memorable space you deserve. Because life is too short for ordinary.

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s a designer with experience in both commercial and residential projects, Skyler received his education in interior design with an emphasis in architecture and historical restoration. From the conversion of an 1880s bank into a private residence, to period sensitive historical work, reconfiguring floor plans for gut renovations and designing for new construction residential projects, he has had the opportunity to create spaces that are functional, comfortable and beautiful. He draws his inspiration from architecture past and present, the wonders of nature and from the lives and passions of his clients. He is excited to be applying his enthusiasm, talents and skills alongside the team at Alspaugh Kitchen & Bath to create more beautiful spaces in the St. Louis area.






Before Interior Designer: Chelsea Design Company Contractor: Wise Brothers Contracting, LLC By Melissa Mauzy Photography by Alise O’Brien Photography

When it came time to renovate their dated kitchen, it was important to homeowners Bob and Michele to remain historically truthful to the age of their 1907 home. Remodeled in the 1980s, the kitchen had blue laminate countertops, golden oak wood cabinets and an undesirable layout with little storage or space to entertain. Bob and Michele love to host family and friends and they needed their kitchen to parallel their lifestyle. The goal for the renovation was to make more available space without structurally changing the current kitchen adding modern conveniences while respecting the tradition and structure of the 120-year-old home. The couple was referred to kitchen designer Chelsea Smith, Chelsea Design Company, from a friend. “Her passion and energy really stood out,” the homeowner says. Chelsea established a new layout that would function better for the homeowners, who are avid cooks. The refrigerator was originally crammed beside a large radiator and sink in a corner near the range. Open bookcases mounted to the wall provided storage for the



wife’s cookbooks, dried spices and mixing bowls. A breakfast table sat in the middle of the space, and on the opposite side of the room was a set of closets and cabinetry used as a drink station. Architectural and historical limitations presented some challenges. Two windows at the corners of the room didn’t allow for normal wall cabinetry, all electrical had to be converted and in order to add ventilation for the stove Chelsea had to use the original vent to the outside to avoid having to go through the Historical Review Board. Given the client’s goals and limitations, Chelsea suggested a galley-like layout, which would separate the prep and entertaining spaces and allowed the kitchen to take advantage of the entire room. To open up the layout, a protruding wall by the basement door was partially removed as well as one of two closets to accommodate space for a new refrigerator, custom pantry and drink station. On the prep side, a 42” Thermador range was centered on the existing vent, a commercial-grade vent was installed and wall storage, stacked to the ceiling, was placed on either side. To maximize





We went from cramped, cluttered, ugly and inefficient to spacious, functional and gorgeous

storage, drawers on both sides of the range include custom space for vertical cookie sheets and cutting boards. Smith added a custom antique brass bistro shelf, fabricated by Theiss Plating, for open, accessible storage and a space for drying herbs. The peninsula features a large farmhouse sink, dishwasher and hidden trash and recycling. The honed black granite countertop was extended to accommodate three bar stools and an open bookcase for storing Michele’s cookbooks. The adjacent radiator cabinet stores small appliances. The drink station remained in the same location, and is the new location for the refrigerator. Smith added tall stacked cabinets to the ceiling for serving platters and bowls. The homeowners originally requested an all white kitchen. As the layout came together Smith threw the couple a curve ball and suggested a natureinspired, green color for the cabinetry. “To my surprise, they loved the idea,” she says. “The green still reads very neutral but introduced a little something extra. Sometimes it reads gray, sometimes olive or sage.” The finish details drove home the historic character of the space. The plumbing fixtures, bistro shelves and cabinet hardware are all finished in antique brass. The light fixtures above the peninsula have an acorn-shaped, milk glass shade with ceiling plates that resemble leaves or flowers. “The fixtures are very Art Nouveau, which was a popular art movement during the home’s erection and a main source of inspiration,” Smith says. One of the final selections that pulled together the entire room is a wall of insect wallpaper, which has an old-fashioned botanical feel. “The wallpaper is a surprise and delight that brings an entire artful and outdoors feel to a kitchen we wanted to be artful and tied to the nature in which we delight in our garden and landscaping,” the homeowner says.



Looking at this charming, historic kitchen, one would never know that the entire project was completed during the COVID19 pandemic. The original kitchen was demoed one week before the stay-at-home order was issued, but despite it all Smith managed to keep the 10-week project on track. That’s not to say the project did not face complications along the way. The warehouse holding the cabinetry shut down and was no longer able to deliver the cabinets. The project’s installer, Konnor Sincox of Wise Brothers, drove a U-Haul truck and picked up the cabinets so there was no delay. Virtual and Facetime inspections kept the project going. Smith and the homeowners took extra precautions by meeting virtually when possible, wearing masks, staying distanced and regularly disinfecting. The timeless new design honors the history of the home while functioning for the couple to cook and entertain. “Who would have thought a galley design would create so much space,” Smith says. “We went from cramped, cluttered, ugly and inefficient to spacious, functional and gorgeous,” the homeowners add. “Not beautiful, gorgeous!” See stlouishomesmag.com for resources.


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Using the color palette of Nebraska’s rural landscape, each room in this spectacular Omaha penthouse is inspired by a different season.

The vibrant cultural scene known as Midtown Crossing in Omaha, NE, is what initially drove these homeowners—new retirees—to want to live in this area. They wanted a home that would allow them to age in place and enjoy city life within walking distance to the gym, grocery stores, movie theaters and restaurants, as well as proximity to the symphony, museums and other fine arts venues. Leaving their traditional Midwestern lifestyle behind, their new penthouse centers between two lively downtown areas—the historic Old Market and Creighton University to the east, and to the west, the foodie and architectural haven of the Blackstone District. The Midtown Crossing development by Mutual of Omaha comprises four mixed-use buildings and a hotel surrounding beautiful green space with an outdoor stage called Turner Park. In pre-COVID times, the park hosts Omaha’s summer Jazz on the

Green outdoor concert series, movie nights, and the Midtown outdoor market among its many events. The surrounding neighborhood is a combination of lovely historic homes, upscale restaurants, shops and the energetic pulse of downtown city life. “My initial design concept was inspired by the Great Plains landscape of central Nebraska, which was home to the owners’ previous residence,” says St. Louis interior designer Sara Weller, founder of Sara Weller Design, who was commissioned by her clients to plan their new downtown Omaha dwelling. “The color palette and materials were selected to give them the comfortable contemporary vibe they desired with references to what they loved about the nature of the lake home they were leaving behind. From the beginning of the process, I called it prairie chic,” she laughs.

Using the natural color palette of the Nebraska landscape, each space is inspired by a different season. Sara wanted the outdoor light and color to work in harmony with the interiors and highlight the expansive penthouse views of the downtown skyline and the Missouri River beyond. She also wanted to create a more contemporary style without the starkness often associated with it. “Their previous home was very Midwestern and traditional,” says Sara. “The couple wanted to leave that behind but still feel comfortable and able to entertain their children and grandchildren. I felt the way to best achieve an inviting feeling would be to reference a few distinctive styles harmoniously, so there is a natural blend to the pieces in the home,” she notes. Considerations were made for several client requests including the





incorporation of green hues into the design as a favorite color and solutions for ease and convenience in the kitchen with pull-out access taking the place of traditional shelving storage. The homeowners are also music lovers and sought a design solution that could allow for sound everywhere. This led to one of the most exciting features of the home—a fully integrated lighting, sound, motorized shading and climate-control system. Executed by Echo Systems Midwest, the seamless technology includes concealed invisible speakers on either side of the dining chandelier and a sound bar that blends into the wallcovering in the living room. The master bath features a mirror television and the master sitting area has an art lift concealing the television—also known by the homeowners’ grandchildren as “the magic TV.” “When people think of Nebraska, they typically default to cows and corn,” jokes Sara. “Given the prairie chic inspiration, I sought ways to give a nod to the association but up-style leather and hides in interesting ways. A leather tile wall greets you in the foyer, while a cowhide rug highlights the Steinway,” she adds.



To celebrate the natural beauty of the prairie and its native plants, three botanical pieces were commissioned by local St. Louis artist Alicia La Chance that were inspired by the trees of the owners’ previous home. A fourth piece commissioned by Julie Malone, also of St. Louis, anchors the hallway and signals the transition to the master bedroom. “One of my favorite memories was flying up for the day to see the unit for the initial consultation,” Sara recalls. “It was just a bare concrete floor and a few walls and plumbing rough-ins. I envisioned the homeowners entertaining their friends and family in the open kitchen living area during the summer concerts and enjoying hearing their musician son play the piano during the holidays,” she adds. “Working from a blank slate was such a thrilling opportunity, and I had clients who were excited to explore possibilities—it was a truly creative collaborative experience.” See stlouishomesmag.com for resources.





J.F. Archibald Memorial Fountain, Sydney, Australia Photography by Paul Patterson, courtesy of the city of Sydney French and Australian culture meet at the Archibald Memorial Fountain in Hyde Park, Sydney. J.F. Archibald, the owner and editor of Bulletin Magazine and the fountain’s namesake, wished for the fountain to be built by a French sculptor to memorialize the relationship between France and Australia during World War I. Sculptor Francois Sicard used themes from Greek mythology to symbolize peace in the world following the war's end. Sicard used a lost-wax process to create the bronze sculptures of Apollo (who gave life to all nature), Diana (who brought harmony to the world), Pan (who watched over the fields and pastures) and Theseus conquering the minotaur (who symbolizes sacrifice for the good of the world). Though mainly chosen to symbolize relations between France and Australia, Archibald’s choice to use a French sculptor also came from an acquired interest in modern French culture, which he admired for its “clarity of thought and resourceful originality.” Completed in 1926, the J.F. Archibald Memorial Fountain is an important example of the classical revivalist Art Deco movement in the 1920s and 1930s.



Vaillancourt Fountain, San Francisco, California Photos courtesy of San Francisco Recreation and Park Department The Vaillancourt Fountain in San Francisco, also called The Quebec libre!, opened to the public in 1971 after being designed by Quebecois artist Armand Vaillancourt. Located in the Justin Herman Plaza, the fountain is a product of San Francisco’s redevelopment in the 1950s and 1960s. Wanting to design functional artwork that anyone from the public can enjoy, Vaillancourt made sure to include two walkways with stairs so that visitors can stand between the tubes and have a view overlooking the plaza and the city. A series of platforms by the edge of the pentagon-shaped pool allows pedestrians to enter the fountain and stand behind the falling water. Constructed of precast concrete square tubes, the fountain’s textured appearance helps convey a sense of roughness that accompanies urban areas, and it provides hope for a better, more connected tomorrow. Forty feet high, the structure was designed to pump up to 30,000 gallons of water per minute. Visit this fountain any time as it is easily accessible to the public and remains open at all times during all conditions!

Fountains of Bellagio, Las Vegas, Nevada Photos courtesy of MGM Resorts International Since unveiling in 1998, the iconic Fountains of Bellagio have performed more than 180,000 times before millions of people from around the world, acting not only as a daily attraction but also as a movie set, concert stage and playground. WET, a design firm specializing in inventive fountains and architectural water features, handled the design of the fountains and continues to design the choreography of all new songs. Its carefully choreographed light and water show dazzles visitors every 30 minutes in the afternoons and early evenings, then every 15 minutes from 8 p.m. to midnight, highlighting musical genres such as opera, classical, Broadway and pop. Set in an 8-acre man-made lake, the fountain’s 1,200 nozzles and 4,500 lights make every night a spectacle that Las Vegas visitors and locals alike can enjoy for free. Each show strives to be unique in its expression and interpretation of the selected music, so if you’ve seen the show before, consider revisiting the Fountains of Bellagio for another amazing and original experience!




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Will be noted as a design staple or left out to dry? Here are some local design experts’ opinions. Edited by Moe Godat Photography by Anne Matheis


I think I may not be the majority in this (having been raised in Europe and living there until I was an adult); it was part of our culture! Most people had at least one or more tapestries that we’re mostly heirlooms passed on from generation to generation! With styles changing and going more contemporary and minimalist, many people (especially the younger generation) may not be into this. However, a great tapestry can add some interest and character to certain places, even if they are not an heirloom or a rare antique. I have used them as signature pieces in rooms to add some interest. Elke Koch, Elke Koch Interiors. Tapestries may not be for everyone, but they have been a form of art and expression through the ages. They will always be regarded by many as incredible works of art. Dede Fratt, Fratt & Bush Home. Tapestries have been found dating back to ancient Greece, but it was in the 14th century that tapestries became widely popular for making a grand statement and their portability. They are definitely a design classic for creating a focal point in a room. The landscape tapestry is enjoying a resurgence, however, tapestries also come in many contemporary designs, so the design options are limitless. Tapestries bring dimension to a space and are a terrific option whether you need a large format or an interesting accent to make your home into a castle. Gigi Lombrano, Gigi Lombrano Interiors. Tapestries are the fabric art you see hanging in cathedrals and castles. Historically, these textiles told a story or relayed a point of view. Today, tapestry artists have broadened the art form allowing for a new take on form and structure. Contrasting historic tapestries in heavy granite halls that present heraldry and ancient tales with more impressionistic tapestries in a mid-century home make this art form a classic. Geri Hayes, Ideas Only: Color+Lighting+Design.



Tapestries have been used for centuries in homes, churches and palaces. In the past, tapestries were pictures of hunting scenes or biblical scenes and draped over doors, behind thrones or used on castle walls during the winter for insulation. They were also used in churches to depict biblical stories to people that were illiterate. Today’s tapestries continue to be decorative and they have a wide variety of uses. Tapestries are a great way to add drama and texture to a space. They can be used behind a sofa, on a double-story wall beside a staircase, on any large wall, or behind a bed for a makeshift headboard. Tapestries are a great way to include a rich historical scene into a space or a contemporary design. Tapestries are a great go-to design element for texture and drama and will continue to be a classic design element. Barbara Collins, Barbara Collins Interior Design. I think beautiful woven tapestries will always be at home in grand spaces. I recently helped a client frame a beautiful designer scarf to hang in her living room. It looks fresh and timeless. Teddy Karl, The Great Cover-Up. Tapestries are classic pieces of art. Different forms of tapestries have been made popular by European weavers during the medieval, Arts and Crafts, renaissance and ancient Egyptian eras. In the 13th and 14th centuries, the church used tapestries as a way to depict bible stories, and later to illustrate historical events. Today, tapestries display lively designs that bring an interior space to life, much like the revival of wallpaper. Modern tapestries include mandalas, mosaics, flowers and other types of stimulating patterns. Tapestry designs can now even be found in the fashion industry. Although the use of modern wall tapestries in homes will soon burn out, classic tapestries will live on forever. Natalie Slavik, YouTopia Designs.

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