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Every single year, after reviewing all the Kitchens of the Year winners, I want a new kitchen, without fail! The winning kitchens are not only drop-dead gorgeous, but they make "working" in the kitchen a joy. We had several design teams from different design firms come together this year partnering on kitchen projects along with single design firms also working their magic in outdated spaces (pages 52-63). The expertise kitchen designers bring to the table is invaluable. When appliances are strategically placed within stunning new cabinetry surrounded by classic countertops and carefully selected backsplashes, the results can be breathtaking. Our goal at St. Louis Homes + Lifestyles is to continue to be your go-to place for inspiration for the latest and greatest in cutting-edge design, whether it is in our print publication or on our various social media platforms. Do you love to just gaze at one beautiful space after another? If so, then Instagram is a place for you to visit (@stlhomesmag). The most beautiful images of residential rooms, from traditional to uber modern, are laid out in an easily viewed format, so chances are something will quickly catch your eye. Be sure to check out our newly designed blog, too. You can find it on our website, stlouishomesmag.com. Curating lots of helpful decorating tips to update and accessorize spaces is the blog's main objective, which will come in handy after the holiday decorations come down. We’re refreshing the magazine in 2018 with several new departments and a subtle design change. This year, we will be highlighting projects in a new department, Out of Town, as our talented St. Louis designers step outside the greater STL area with their clients as they purchase second and third homes. Lesson learned here: no need to hire a new designer in a different city. Gigi Lombrano, GiGi Lombrano Interiors, makes the move for the homeowners across country trouble-free (page 64). Hiring a home professional is actually a cost-saving measure, and in the end, can eliminate many headaches. And who wants a headache? Not me, and not this year!!! Happy happy! Suzie Osterloh Publisher/Owner



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Celebrating 21 years Jeannie Brendel, Brendel Architects Jeannette “Jeannie” Brendel is a licensed architect in Missouri and Illinois. She founded Brendel Architects, LLC in 1996 and has extensive design experience in various architectural genres. The firm’s forte is residential and small commercial. In 2010, she and her daughter, Brandy Pingsterhaus, formed Architecturally Designed Cabinetry Inc., in order to further assist clients with the design and function of the heart of the home.

Denise Deen, Detailed Designs, etc. Denise Deen, certified kitchen and bath designer and owner of Detailed Designs, etc. has created amazing kitchens, baths and basements for 29 years. She obtained her B.S. in interior design from SIU Carbondale. Along with her wealth of knowledge on current trends and products, Denise focuses on each client’s wishes, gathered information and budget to create a unique space perfect for their lifestyle. Laura Lee, Laura Lee Home Photography by Emily Minton Redfield Laura Lee Home is a boutique residential interior design firm specializing in full-service decorating projects as well as renovations and new construction. We take a fresh approach to classic design by expertly layering textures, colors and eras to create one-of-a-kind spaces that are pretty and polished. Our signature process to manage projects was developed based on Laura’s financial background and work with Price Waterhouse as a CPA. Laura Lee Home serves the St. Louis area as well as the southern United States. We are working on projects in Missouri, Texas and Florida. Linda Thomas, Signature Kitchen & Bath Linda Thomas is an interior designer with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design from Maryville University. Linda has been in the business since 1998 and loves working on projects both large and small. Linda started out working with new construction subdivision homes and then changed direction and joined the remodeling side. Linda prides herself on working closely with her clients to achieve the highest standards of design and craftsmanship.



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Karen Dubinsky, designer at Beyond Storage, shares tips for keeping your kitchen pantry clutter free. Edited by Melissa Mauzy Photography by Colin Miller/Strauss Peyton

SLHL: What is your number one tip for pantry design? Karen: Whether you have a small reach-in pantry or large walk-in pantry, my number one tip is to have adjustable shelves and use them wisely. When you place similar height items on each shelf, then you can maximize the height of the entire unit. SLHL: How do you start to organize your pantry? Karen: The best way to organize your pantry is to keep your items in categories. Noodles with noodles and canned goods with canned goods. This way, you will not only know what you have, but also the space will seem less chaotic. Take inventory and keep or buy items that you eat or use. So many times we go to the store and buy the same things over and over again, which can be both wasteful and frustrating. SLHL: What is the biggest challenge when it comes to food storage in a pantry? Karen: We become easily overwhelmed in a disorderly space. Understanding how you use your pantry is key to designing one that fits your lifestyle. We can add features that maximize efficiency. Then, if we build a space that meets each home’s needs and we mindfully put our items into the space, then the space begins to work for the user.



SLHL: What is the best way to utilize every inch of space in the kitchen pantry? Karen: Keep similar height/size items on the same shelves. This way, you don’t lose space between the shelves. If you have a tall cereal box next to a soup can, you will lose so much space between the soup can and the bottom of the next shelf. Adjust the shelves based on the heights of the items on the shelves. Also, it sounds counterintuitive, but shallow shelves in a pantry are extremely useful. This way, you don’t “lose” items behind each other. SLHL: What are the different storage types and what is the best application? Karen: Built-in features offer the most useful storage, but the type varies from client to client. Slide-out baskets are great for items that don’t have a shape, like chip bags or individually wrapped snacks. With a basket, you can see exactly what you have. Half-faced drawers or sliding shelves are perfect for canned goods or small boxes. You don’t lose things behind each other when you can slide out and see it all. Full-faced drawers are great for items that you don’t want to see or are smaller items. Not everything in a pantry is square, so corner shelves allow you to store items that are bulky and more circular like slow cookers or soup pots. Dividers help organize your trays and baking gear.

SLHL: What tools keep your kitchen cabinets and drawers most organized? Karen: Built-in storage keeps the cabinets and drawers most organized. The materials are built specifically for the space, so there isn’t unused space. SLHL: What is the newest/best accessory for the pantry? Karen: The trend is to have less clutter on kitchen countertops, but we still need access to small appliances that we use daily. By putting a landing area in a pantry, we can still have our appliances conveniently located, but we don’t have to look at them all of the time. SLHL: What is the most durable finish/material to use? Karen: Melamine is extremely easy to clean, durable and sturdy. SLHL: What would a luxury pantry include if space and price weren’t an issue? Karen: Every space in our home is so personal and a pantry can reflect the aesthetic throughout the rest of a home. A space can look beautiful, but if it doesn’t make sense for the way you live your life, it is useless. A luxury pantry would consider both form and function.

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isten to Vic Barr ruminate about wood, and you’ll gaze at trees as if seeing them for the first time. “We are surrounded by trees, and most of us don’t really understand much about them. But they’re living creatures, too. The only difference between us and the trees is ... they have a lifespan of 400 years,” Barr explains. “I like to help people see what’s inside a tree, what’s under the bark.” Barr describes himself as a wood artist and fine craftsman. He has carved, fit and finished jewelry towers, treasure boxes, fountain pens and desktop sculptures from 95 species of North American and exotic hardwood. When asked to choose a favorite, and he demurs as if being asked about a preferred child. “My favorite wood is the one that I haven’t done [used] yet, because I’m always thinking about what I can make next,” he says. But his eyes do twinkle when he marvels at the marbling in his Bethlehem Olive planks. Yes, that’s wood he imports all the way from Bethlehem in the Middle East. The process for making a new piece begins before Barr is finished with



his previous project. “When I’m sanding, I daydream about what I will do differently next time,” he says. Barr sketches a design, and then peruses his stockpile for the ideal piece of lumber. “Sometimes the wood tells me what to do,” Barr explains. He looks for imperfections, which he kindly refers to as nature’s variety. “Nature’s variety is what makes the pieces interesting. Flaws, for my purposes, are perfect.” Barr estimates that he spends a third of his time finishing the pieces, because “the last thing I do is the first thing you see.” Barr enjoys working with vintage timber to make family heirlooms. For example, Barr repurposed the wood from his great-grandmother’s rocking chair (a wedding present for her 1870 nuptials) to create keepsakes for his family members. In the past, Barr has been commissioned to make pens out of logs from a family barn and cabin. “When the buildings

aren’t in the family any more, these pens are. It’s a way to extend the life indefinitely of something that has meaning for a family or a person,” Barr says. Barr’s art can be seen on his Facebook page, Matanda Wood Creations, and on his website, Matanda.com. The name is a tribute to his two children, Mathew and Amanda. After he chose it, Barr learned that matanda is also a Filipino word that loosely translates as “wise old man,” which tickled the retiree. For the past eight years, Barr has used his wisdom to serve as co-chair of the Art Fair at Queeny Park. He is also an active member of the Greater St. Louis Art Association. For more information about current offerings and commission work, the artist can be reached at vic@matanda.com. See stlouishomesmag.com for more photos and resources.





DUKE + DUCHESS OF PORK Culinary power couple Mike Johnson and Christina Fitzgerald of Sugarfire Smoke House fame sit poised to reign over a royally scrumptious realm in a burgeoning barbecue empire.

Once upon a time, a beautiful kitchen princess met a ruggedly handsome pitmaster prince and merged two culinary kingdoms, and they all ate heartily ever after… The savory things conceived in the kitchens of Sugarfire Smoke House are the stuff of foodie fairy tales. Much munched and loudly lauded, the award-winning barbecued brisket, pork, turkey, chicken and ribs coming out of this duo’s busy smokers have garnered them a multitude of loyal subjects. In any given day, ravenous throngs chomp through one ton of meat at each location, putting Sugarfire on the map with some of the mightiest barbecue joints in the Midwest. “I consider St. Louis one of the best barbecue places in the country,” Chef Johnson says. “We have Pappy’s, Bogart’s [and] Salt + Smoke is great as well. All these fantastic restaurants in the Barbecue Triangle with Memphis and Kansas City.” Johnson, who cut his culinary teeth under Emeril Lagasse’s

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wing, knows sophisticated food. He went on to open St. Louis hotspots like BARcelona, Momo’s and Roxane before teaming with fellow chef—and girlfriend—Christina Fitzgerald. They now own Hi-Pointe Drive-In and six Sugarfire restaurants and are working to open another several locations in Missouri and Illinois in 2018. The two are well-rounded and worldly, and bring their sophistication to Sugarfire’s everyman fare. “Barbecue is pretty simple, but it requires patience,” Johnson says. “Some people try to rush it or have some magical injection or rub for the meat, but ours is really a simple rub. Salt and pepper and a couple of spices—and time and heat!” Simple, of course, does not mean easy, and it certainly doesn’t mean boring. Johnson and Fitzgerald have been known to place smoky goodness in all kinds of creative configurations. A past special, Sweet Baby Cheesus, stacked

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a double burger, bacon and a fried egg between two grilled cheese sandwiches. When it’s available, the Rack and Cheese offers a hearty side of mac and cheese teeming with rib meat. Currently, big appetites can enjoy two of Mike’s favorites, beef brisket and flavorful housemade sausage, on the Big Muddy sandwich. The partners encourage the chefs at each of their locations to mix it up, particularly with sides and specials, so there’s something unique at every smokehouse. Top off all the savory goodness with a homemade pie, milkshake or a boozy adult shake for an epic meal with a happy ending. Legendary. See stlouishomesmag.com for more information.


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Sugarfire Smoke House Barbecue enthusiasts can get their fill of Sugarfire’s signature flavors at the Cooking School on Tuesday, Jan. 9, at AUTCOhome from 6:30p.m. – 8:30p.m. Learn how to make three of Johnson and Fitzgerald’s favorite gustatory splurges in one masterful meal: When: Tuesday, Jan. 9, 6:30p.m. – 8:30p.m. Cost: $35 per person Where: AUTCOhome 1694 Larkin Williams Rd. Fenton, MO 63026 RSVP by calling 636-230-9640, ext. 27 or email bosterloh@stlouishomesmag.com *Seating is limited. Go online: stlouishomesmag.com/events



COOKING SCHOOL MENU PBLT: Didn’t think a BLT could get any richer? The P in Sugarfire’s PBLT stands for pimiento cheese. The cheddar and cream cheese based spread pits its red pepper zing against salty black pepper bacon with a brown sugar rub. All that, plus the LT on buttered Texas toast makes this monster irresistible. Chicken Biscuit: Thanks to a higher fat content, a marinated chicken thigh stands up perfectly to smoking and frying in this satisfying ‘wich. The kick of Nashville hot sauce and a sweet swirl of honey butter on the biscuit play together harmoniously. Plus, there’s a juicy secret to this dish that puts it over the top. Sweet Baby Cheesus: Chef Johnson is reviving this beloved special for the cooking school. Ground beef patties, bacon, fried egg and the fixin’s between two grilled cheese sandwiches? Yes, please!

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This page: Mathis carefully selected furnishings that would increase the amount of storage in her downsized Central West End condo. Opposite page: The sitting area features two wingback chairs that belonged to Joyce's mother. The designer reupholstered the chairs in quatrefoil and leather fabrics to create a cozy nook.

MAKING EVERY INCH COUNT Designer Joyce Mathis doubled as designer and homeowner for her newly built and downsized Central West End home. By Melissa Mauzy Photography by Anne Matheis


fter raising their three children in St. Charles, empty-nesters Joyce and Mark Mathis were ready to downsize to a smaller home so they could spend less time keeping up their house and more time focusing on their businesses. Both are in the home industry. Joyce is an interior designer and Mark, a builder, owns MLM Homes, so when they decided to build new, each of their design talents was able to shine. The couple originally tossed around the idea of moving nearly eight years ago, but when the recession hit, they decided to stay put. Two years ago the time was finally right. While they loved the St. Charles area, they were ready to embark on a new

chapter in their lives, and city living was appealing. “We were open to new or old in our search,” Joyce explains. “We wanted a corner lot, too. As our search went on we decided that building new would be better for us.” Finding an infill in the city isn’t easy, so when the Mathises found property in the Central West End neighborhood, they were excited for the possibilities the piece of land could bring. As a custom homebuilder, Mark’s vision for the spot was a two-family condo. The lot was shallow and narrow making it difficult to fit in the requirements for the building, and with no alley a garage was important. Before closing on the property, the Mathises drew up the plans for the building and made the necessary tweaks to gain STLOUISHOMESMAG.COM

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The open living space includes the living room, dining room and kitchen. Mathis stuck to a soft, cool color palette to keep the design simple.




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city approval. They relied heavily on guidance from the St. Louis City cultural resource office and the Central West End architectural review board to design the exterior of the building to fit with surrounding properties. Once they closed, they sold the upstairs unit to a wonderful couple and set to work building their future dream home. When it came time to draw up the layout of the interior, the fun truly began for Joyce. As owner of her firm, MJM Design Company, since 1998, Joyce has transformed the homes of countless homeowners across the St. Louis area. Now it was her chance to turn her dream vision into a reality. The new home had to have three bedrooms, one to be used as an office and one as a guest room for her visiting out-of-town family, two bathrooms, a deck and an open living space for entertaining. “We just kept drawing and refiguring the interior layout until it worked and the architect gave it his stamp of approval,” she says with a laugh. Downsizing from 3,900 square feet to only 1,500 meant Joyce had to squeeze out as much storage space as possible, which she says the most challenging part of the design. Not only did she have to get creative in adding extra storage options, but also she had to think about each design element in the home from the furniture to the lighting, window treatments and fireplace finish. Nothing could be too big or too bulky. She depended on trusted local vendors like Wilson Lighting, Immerse by Atlas and Stone Trends to help source many of the design elements. The Mathises sold three-fourths of everything they owned bringing only pieces that held sentimental value or would work in the new home. “Our taste had to become smaller in scale,” she says. Clean lines and a softer, cooler color palette helped keep the design simple to achieve a transitional look that was also comfortable and homey. The open living area includes a sitting nook, dining room, living room and

Hand painted by artisan Susan Greene, the dining room walls were enhanced with a bold floral pattern to add a punch of color. A contemporary chandelier with clean lines hangs above the antique dining table Joyce found and refinished.



kitchen. The floor-to-ceiling stacked stone fireplace in the living area adds textural interest while keeping in scale with the space. The arctic white quartzite dry stack stone from The Tile Shop was chosen for its scale, as it is smaller than you typically see. A simple contemporary fireplace insert gives the homeowners the warmth of a fireplace without an oversized firebox and mantel. It was important to Joyce that the furnishings in the living area not only be smaller in stature, but they had to be durable. The dark gray armchair is upholstered in hard-wearing fabric with a wood frame. The simple lines and frame add a mid-century modern touch. Simple lines are further carried through the space in the Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams sofa and geometric print cowhide rug. Gold trunk stools serve dual purpose as a coffee table or seating for guests when the Mathises are entertaining. Just off the living area and next to the main entry, the sitting nook is a great place to kick up your heels and enjoy a good book. Joyce reupholstered two of her mom’s wingback chairs with a quatrefoil fabric and leather combination. The smaller wing coupled with the tiny stools tuck perfectly into the space. And for storage, Joyce selected an accent table from Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams that has a shelf and a drawer for ample places to hide away magazines, remotes and more. Storage in the dining room includes a chest and hutch to house Joyce’s china and linens. The dining table made the move from St. Charles with the Mathises. You’d never guess by looking at it now, but Joyce found the set tucked away in the basement of Gringo Jones. Painted off-white, she fell in love with the legs and snatched up the find. She had it refinished to its original condition by Dip N Strip in St. Charles, who during the process revealed a beautiful walnut underneath the layers of paint. And speaking of paint, the dining room features an artistic and colorful mural by Susan Greene of Paint Imagery. “I knew I wanted to paint the wall

Above: The kitchen cabinetry was taken to the ceiling for added storage. Brass pulls mix with stainless appliances and chrome fixtures. Below: A dark gray armchair has simple lines for a mid-century look and sits atop the geometric-patterened hide rug.


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This page: The master suite has a 1940s vibe with metallics and furs. Opposite page: One of three bedrooms in the home, the guest bedroom includes a daybed with riser for the couple's visitng children as well as her mom's china cabinet and a window storage bench.

of the dining room because everything else in the living space is more monochromatic,” Joyce explains. So she chose big flowers done in brighter colors. “It was my way of adding something bold,” she says. In the kitchen, Joyce adds a bold touch by mixing metals; a look she agrees is so on trend right now. Brass pulls on the RSI Kitchen & Bath cabinetry, which are finished in oyster and taken all the way to the ceiling for added storage, blend with the stainless appliances and chrome fixtures. The soft gray and white shades in the backsplash tile and Cambria countertops from Stone Trends complement the cooler color palette, which is continued in the master bedroom. Joyce’s original vision for the room was Hollywood glam, but because of space constraints she settled for a more subtle, yet sophisticated 40s vibe with furs and metallic. The metal frame canopy bed draws the eye toward the ceiling. Tables from West Elm serve as nightstands and provide lots of storage with two shelves. The window treatments add a layer of texture and hominess. “I like to layer window treatments when I can,” Joyce explains. In the master, lined shades for privacy are finished off with a decorative panel from The Shade Store. The couple took advantage of the height in the master bathroom by taking the vanity mirror and shower tile all the way to the ceiling. They also squeezed out as much storage as they could in the double vanity. A powder room, an office and a guest bedroom complete the quaint home. Joyce made sure each room would provide ample storage with closets that have shelving to the ceiling. Maximizing their space with storage and scaled-down furnishings, Joyce and Mark prove that a downsize doesn’t have to be a downgrade. The couple has created a grand residence that allows each of their professional talents to shine, and they are embracing and inspired by their new urban way of life. See stlouishomesmag.com for resources and additional photos. STLOUISHOMESMAG.COM

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a study in

SIMPLICITY By Barb Wilson Photography by Anne Matheis

Barb Slavkin’s personal residence exemplifies her professional design philosophy.

Reconfigured to provide his-and-her coat closets, the den accentuates the home’s Mid-Century styling with a Corbusier-style chaise and sling chair. Photo art by the owners’ son is displayed on the far wall, and a contemporary rug adds a splash of color. STLOUISHOMESMAG.COM

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ell-known and respected throughout the local design community, Barb Slavkin has earned her enviable reputation. Awarded a B.S. from Indiana State University, she launched her design career in 1990 as an intern with June Roesslein Interiors, where she spent the next 20 years, ultimately rising to company president. In 2010, she founded her own firm, Barbara Slavkin Interiors, specializing in residential interior design, custom homes and renovations.



Beyond her impressive credentials, much of Barb’s success can be attributed to her candid, unpretentious approach to design. Asked to elaborate, she says quite simply, “When I leave, I want my clients to be completely happy with their environment.” And her personal residence, acquired less than two years ago, is a perfect example of what she means. After years of living in a six-level home in Town and Country, Barb and husband David, senior counsel with an international law firm, were ready to “simplify” their lifestyle. Topping their home shopping checklist were a more manageable floorplan,

Opposite page: Paneled barn doors roll open to reveal a full wall of maple cabinetry, custom-designed by Slavkin, crafted by Barco, and an elegant complement to the sleekly contoured dining ensemble. This page: A streamlined buffet, topped with an Asian tea set and geometric prints, completes the dining room décor, and full-height windows flood the adjacent hearth room with natural light.

with four bedrooms, preferably located close to family. The couple eventually found a classic Mid-Century Modern ranch in Creve Coeur that appealed to their architectural taste and was well suited to their existing furnishings. On reflection, Barb notes, “All of our previous homes had similar qualities – simple, uncomplicated lines and large windows that integrate the outdoor spaces with the interior.” With its lush woods and meandering creek, the acre-plus property also offered scenic views and a wonderfully tranquil ambiance. Built in 1958, originally with three bedrooms, the vintage

ranch had already undergone several renovations, including the addition of a master bedroom suite. Storage space was severely limited, though, and the Slavkins planned to expand the privacy wing with a larger master closet, laundry room, sewing room and a sizable exercise/playroom for their grandchildren. Dave Barco of Barco Construction, Inc. was chosen for the project, which began in spring of 2016 and demanded a considerable amount of ingenuity. Typical of its era, the home had a slab foundation, and extensive trenching was required to STLOUISHOMESMAG.COM

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install gas/electrical service and a second HVAC system for the new addition. Meanwhile, Barb focused on redesigning the interior, extending the wide-plank hardwood flooring into formerly carpeted areas, and creating unique new storage elements. Open to the foyer, the dining room presented her first challenge. The room was modest in size and lacked space for storing china, glassware and serving accessories. To address this problem, she designed a full-wall closet with stylish, paneled roller barn doors, which Barco constructed and fitted with elegant maple display shelves and cabinetry. Centered under an existing contemporary fringe chandelier, the couple’s glass-topped dining table rests on crosshatch black bases and is surrounded by sleek-contoured maple chairs, upholstered in black. A simple jute rug and streamlined black buffet complete the décor, and spice-hued walls establish a warm atmosphere for entertaining. Opposite the dining room, Barb solved another storage issue in the den, explaining, “The foyer guest closet was tiny, so we built his-and-her coat closets just inside the entry to the den.” Adding an overhead library shelf, she created a cozy alcove for the dove-gray leather sofa, complementing the arrangement with a Corbusier-style chaise longue and a fringe chandelier similar to the one in the dining room. Situated between the dining room and great room, the hearth room underwent minimal changes, but the newly designed fireplace mantel illustrates another of Barb’s clever touches. Hidden behind the mantel are built-in hangers for the family’s Christmas stockings. With its beamed ceiling, display wall and full-length windows overlooking the deck and patio, the great room’s quintessential Mid-Century styling required few modifications, as well. The stone face of the wood-burning fireplace was painted white to brighten the room, and simple pull-down blinds were added for privacy. Although the majority of furnishings had come from the Slavkins’ previous home, new seating was purchased for this space, and the neutral tweed sectional focuses attention on the distinctive wood antique fabric cart that serves as a coffee table. Remodeled by the former owner just a year before, the kitchen was very similar to what Barb would have envisioned, with soft gray cabinetry, simple hardware and white subway tiles. The only thing missing was the quartz-topped work island, which she designed and Alspaugh Kitchen & Bath fabricated. Transitioning to the privacy areas, the project became more complex. Two of the original bedrooms were retained for overnight guests, and the third was converted to Barb’s office and presentation space. To allow for the new addition, however, two of the windows in the vaulted master bedroom had to be removed. She chose a deep Chelsea Gray for the bedroom walls, providing a rich contrast for the graceful wrought-iron bedstead, white bedding and high-gloss white furniture. A sliding barn door, finished in a custom wash that accentuates the



Above: The designer’s penchant for exciting, eye-catching color is illustrated by this comfy Ultrasuede seating arrangement, Tufenkian Tibetan wool carpet and a vibrant Manel Anoro art piece that gives her a “daily dose of energy.” Opposite page: A unique porthole window lends character to the kitchen, which was remodeled shortly before the Slavkins took ownership. Remarkably similar to what Barb would have designed, the only addition was a quartz-surfaced island.


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True to its Mid-Century styling, the great room showcases a beamed ceiling, deep-cushioned sectional in an earth-toned tweed, antique fabric cart that serves as the coffee table and a classic arc floor lamp from Metro Lighting.

Top: Serene and simple, Chelsea Gray walls establish a rich backdrop for the master bedroom’s wrought-iron bedstead, white bedding and geometric draperies. Bottom: Concealed by a sliding barn door, the former master closet was converted to Barb’s private vanity/dressing room.

room’s gray tones, conceals the former master closet, which was transformed into Barb’s private dressing/vanity room with Alspaugh cabinetry and gleaming quartz surfaces. Completed this past August, the new addition enlarges the ranch by more than 700 square feet, totally satisfying the owners’ vision. When visiting, the grandkids dash for the expansive, vaulted playroom, which is outfitted with a fabulous playset and exercise equipment for the grownups. Carpeted for safety, the playroom’s color scheme is vivid yet tasteful in shades of gray, barley and Purple Haze. Still more storage space was built into the sewing room and, as the tour concludes, it becomes apparent that Barb has saved her favorite room for last. Directly accessible from the master bedroom, the new master closet is huge, measuring 11 by 18 feet! “I tell everybody I want to be buried here,” she laughs. Designed by Larry Reimelt of NewSpace, the vast wardrobe layout revolves around a large island with drawers on both sides, and light gray cabinetry establishes continuity with the bedroom’s palette. After nearly three decades of designing for St. Louisans, it would be virtually impossible to calculate the number of clientele whose living environments have been enhanced by Barbara Slavkin’s talent and creativity. Comfortable, functional and superbly appointed, the couple’s own newly renovated home typifies her company pledge, which reads, “Blending Your Lifestyle with Timeless Design.” See stlouishomesmag.com for resources and additional photos.


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By Lucyann Boston Photography by Kim Dillon

Prominent St. Louis horticulturist Bob Dingwall created a precisely pruned garden in the Frontenac area. In his 70-year career in horticulture, Bob Dingwall hasn’t missed a beat and has always relished a challenge. “I enjoy people telling me I can’t do things,” he says with a bit of a smile. His answer, he relates, always is, “Yes, you can make a plant grow the way you want it to grow.” Those were exactly the words the homeowner wanted to hear. The homeowner had made contact with Bob through one of Bob’s many happy clients, and he had a precise request for the former chief horticulturist at the Missouri Botanical Garden, who now has his own consulting business. He wanted a garden that reflected geometric precision. Pictures of a precisely pruned English garden provided some of the inspiration. He also requested an espalier garden with fruit trees growing on a flat, two-dimensional plane and had another, more unusual question. A line of dawn redwoods had been planted two years previously. Could Bob make the trees that grow to 65 feet in height when left on their own, be trimmed into a Japanese style? I said, “’Yes’, I can do




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this and, ‘yes,’ I can do that. I just continued to say, ‘yes,’” Bob recalls with a laugh. With the dawn redwoods, it was basically making them bonsai specimens, he explains Three years, what has to be hundreds of hours of pruning and a flurry of planting later, a stunningly precise garden surrounds the house. That line of Japenese-shaped dawn redwoods, now exactly 19 feet in height, 12 inches across at the top and 8 feet wide where the foliage ends and the trunk becomes visible, marches smartly along one side of the property. Not everthing in the garden is precisely pruned. Prior to Bob’s involvement with the landscape, the previous owner had planted a large bed of tall graceful ostrich ferns and a variety of hostas in a shady woodland setting. “The ferns were the one thing he wanted to keep,” Bob says. Bob not only kept but highlighted the ferns that now sway along a curving woodland path. In addition, he retained and transplanted the hostas and tended to the health of some pre-existing, yellowed, chlorotic azaleas by treating them with iron sulfate. Getting rid of weedy honeysuckle in this part of the garden also allowed Bob to double the number of azaleas, add numerous different varieties of hydrangeas and some hollies. Shade- and part-shade-loving perennials such as astilbes, coral bells and perennial geranium also add interest. To ensure the health of all the plants, Bob amended the soil by adding and digging in 4 inches of compost plus gypsum and super phosphate. To prevent weeds in the garden beds, he uses a combination of the weed-prevention and pre-emergent products Snapshot and Preen Plus Professional, which controls weeds for eight months. Closer to the house, the garden becomes much more a part of the home’s interior. “Everything is very precise in the house,” Bob explains. “Everything is very formal and there are no curtains on any of the windows,” making the garden visible from every window. “One needs to complement the other.” Bob’s plan has been to design a garden of squares and straight lines. “He (the homeowner) likes everything symmetrical with straight lines and sharp edges,” Bob explains. Prior to Bob accepting the homeowner’s challenge, rows of hornbeam trees and hedges were in




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place along the driveway. “I adjusted the pruning so they followed the lines of the house,” Bob explains. Because of the openness of the house, privacy also has been a concern and much of Bob’s planting and pruning has been designed to ensure the homeowner’s residence is screened from other homes in the area. A raised-brick terrace highlights the more formal area of the garden. Accented with precisely trimmed boxwood hedges, neat rows of pink begonias and espaliered apple trees, the terrace allows those seated there to look into the garden from several different angles. To say that the garden is high maintenance is an understatement. The hornbeams alone, not to mention the redwoods and the boxwoods, need to be pruned five times during the growing season. “You basically start at the beginning with pruning one thing and by the time you get to the end and have pruned everything, it is time to start over again,” he says with a laugh. The homeowner is participatory in the garden and will probably do more, Bob says. “He has a keen mind, remembers the names of things and is a quick learner.” To train one parrotia tree near the house requires a system of slings and pulleys with the horticulturists adjusting the ties as Bob provides continual directions to adjust branches an inch or two one way or another until the shape is perfect. The ties will be left in place until the tree has been successfully trained into those triangular lines. The dawn redwoods went through similar intensive shaping. To get the garden precise in the spring requires at least two solid weeks of pruning, according to Bob. He notes that spring pruning should never be done before the first of April; late season pruning should never be done after September 1. See stlouishomesmag.com for resources.


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SEASONAL SHADES Brighten a dreary winter day with a pop of color. Local landscapers share suggestions for what to plant to add a hint of hue to your winter garden.



By Melissa Mauzy

3. one: “Cornus 'Ivory Halo' or Tatarian Dogwood is a medium-sized shrub for every season but puts on a stunning finale in the winter months. It has beautiful variegated leaves and white blooms in the spring and summer, berries in the fall and brilliant red stems to brighten the winter landscape. The cut red stems are perfect for holiday decorating.” Sarah Riley, Bowood Farms. two: “The Winter Orange Japanese Maple stands out from many other deciduous trees by being able to provide year-round interest. Foliage goes from orange in the spring to lime green with orange margins for the summer to orange again in the fall. However, your landscape keeps a pop of color as the orange lives on in the bark once the leaves drop.” Andria Graeler, Chesterfield Valley Nursery. three: "We love the Silky Dogwood because it has bright red stems for months on end. This native shrub can also be trimmed and used ornamentally in winter cutting porch pots. For best results, prune it to the ground every other year, as new growth has the boldest color." Laura Caldie, Greenscape Gardens.


four: “Every home looks more alive through the winter when there are evergreens in the landscaping. For this, boxwoods are my go to. There are tall pyramidal boxwoods to flank a front walk, dense, dark-green boxwood to use along a foundation wall and variegated boxwoods to add a soft pop of color." Katy Scott, Green Guys. five: “My favorite is Witch Hazel, which usually blooms in February. The flowers are crinkled fringes on bare branches and come in yellow, burnt orange, to red. The best part is the enticing sweet smell of the blooms you catch when walking by them.” Claire Weiss, Frisella Nursery.




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Early January Check stored summer bulbs such as dahlias, cannas and gladioli to be sure they are not rotting or drying out.

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Allow tap water to warm to room temperature before using on houseplants.

Try sprouting a test sample of leftover seeds before ordering new seeds for spring. (Roll up 10 seeds in a damp paper towel. Keep moist and warm. Check for germination in a week. If fewer than half sprout, order fresh seed.)

Early January Old Christmas trees can be recycled outdoors as a feeding station for birds. String garlands of peanuts, popcorn, cranberries, fruits and suet through their boughs. February 1 - March 31 Morpho Mardi Gras at the Butterfly House.

Mid to late January Sow pansy seeds indoors now. February 3 - March 25 Orchid Show at the Missouri Botanical Garden.

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Early February Begin to fertilize houseplants as they show signs of new growth. Plants that are still resting should receive no fertilizers yet.



Mid to late February Now is a good time to apply appropriate sprays for the control of lawn weeds such as chickweed and dandelion.

End of February Late winter storms often bury birds' natural food supplies and a well-stocked feeding station will provide a life-giving haven for our feathered friends.

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PLATINUM WINNER Gegg Design & Cabinetry & Becca Design 300-400 SQUARE FEET Photography courtesy of Gegg Design & Cabinetry.




egg Design & Cabinetry, along with Becca Design, brought a 1980s remodel into modern times. The white laminate cabinets were replaced with naturally-finished, horizontal-grain-3matched, engineered quarter-sawn Wenge and painted wall cabinets on the range wall. Tile flooring was removed and oak floors throughout the house were extended into the kitchen. Layout-wise, the old kitchen had a cooktop located in a position that was very visible from the living space, and two doorways cut off the view from the kitchen into the same space. To address the layout challenges, the designer opened the two doorways as much as possible. The 48” range was situated in the center of the kitchen across from the island. A 30” refrigerator/freezer and 30” wine and refrigerator drawers split up the refrigeration needs. The new island is simple and clean with seating on three sides for interaction and views out into the

green space that surrounds the home and includes a sink, dishwasher and microwave drawer. A custom stainless-steel hood was designed with clean lines and crisp edges. The custom backsplash and stainless shelf align with the hood for a seamless look. The clean and simple look of the new kitchen improved interaction with the surrounding outdoors and opened the lines of site into the rest of the home and living space without making the functional portions of the kitchen visible to the living areas. Goal accomplished.

WHY THE JUDGES LOVE IT: This rock-star kitchen has a great layout and connection to the outdoors. We like how the designer created symmetry with the fridge and wine refrigerator. See stlouishomesmag.com for resources.



PLATINUM WINNER Castle Design & Alspaugh Kitchen & Bath 200-300 SQUARE FEET Photography by Alise O’Brien.


unction took top priority in this kitchen designed for an active young family by Castle Design and Alspaugh Kitchen & Bath. After living with their existing space for five years to determine exactly how they wanted their new kitchen to function, the renovation began with walls being removed and support beams installed, which resulted in an open, spacious family hub. Traffic flow and efficiency were crucial, so careful consideration by the designers was given to the exact placement of the prep sink, trash and pantry organization, which includes organizers on the doors’ backs and kid-friendly snack drawers. Other storage solutions include a lift-up appliance garage to keep clutter at bay and a handy drawer insert near the range for space storage at point-of-use. The custom-designed hood perfectly complements the beveled linear subway tiles. Brushed gold finishes accent the cabinetry hardware and oversized island pendants. High style merges with thoughtful function for a classic, contemporary kitchen to last this family a lifetime.

Why the judges love it: We love the simplicity of the subway tile, and the beveled edge really enhances the look. The layout feels so practical for a family, and the touches of gold elevate the style. See stlouishomesmag.com for resources.





PLATINUM WINNER Karr Bick Kitchen & Bath LESS THAN 200 SQUARE FEET Photography by Photographie by Li.


he kitchen in this summer cottage was motivated by color. Tucked between two bluffs, the vacation cottage is full of charm. As a second home, designer Karr Bick had to be frugal in design decisions. To work around the challenge, the designer paired dreamy, colored custom cabinetry for the lower base section with white stock wall cabinets. Both lines had the same door style, which helps make the look more cohesive. To make the layout more efficient, the range was moved to the sink wall and the refrigerator was coupled with a pantry. The designer nestled in an overhang for a stool next to an old chimney. The quartz tops are rugged, so the owners don’t need to worry about stains while on vacation. Retro appliances and porcelain knobs are the finishing touches on this colorful cottage kitchen.

Why the judges love it: This kitchen is fun and fresh. The designer fit a lot into a small space and really configured the layout wisely. The charming touches add to the cottage feel. See stlouishomesmag.com for resources.





GOLD WINNER Marc Christian Fine Cabinetry & Jamieson Interior Design MORE THAN 400 SQUARE FEET Photography by Anne Matheis.


pen, beautiful and bright, the kitchen designed by Marc Christian Fine Cabinetry and Jamieson Interior Design was part of a complete first-floor remodel. New ceiling beams, elliptical arched doorways and millwork were installed to unify the space and add architectural interest. Window frames were painted black for contrast. The custom perimeter cabinetry was finished to match the new millwork, and the contrasting ebony-stained island was built to hold Wolf ovens, a warming drawer and a microwave drawer. Using hybrid construction, the cabinetry features beaded inset doors below cantilevered full overlay drawers with applied molding continuing around the cabinetry. Fluted posts highlight the depth of the upper drawers and accent the cabinet areas and unique radius island ends with inset curved decorative doors. The island was given



extra weight with a double thickness marble countertop, which matches the perimeter tops and backsplash. On one wall, a Sub-Zero French door flush built-in refrigerator with custom wood panels is positioned next to a Sub-Zero full-height integrated wine cooler with custom mullion-mirrored door panel. The result is a cohesive, functional kitchen that will be enjoyed for years to come.

Why the judges love it: The custom millwork throughout the kitchen, especially the beams, arched doorways and island, are exquisite and make this space feel new yet classic. The double-thick countertop really makes the marble stand out. See stlouishomesmag.com for resources.

GOLD WINNER BaumHouse design 300-400 SQUARE FEET Photography by Bernie Elking Photography.


blended family of seven was looking for a cohesive setting for the family to gather. BaumHouse design worked with the homeowners to open up the space and make it more family friendly. The homeowner disliked the existing island, stand-alone table and cluttered desk area. The designer opened the space between the kitchen and dining room and also removed a large soffit over the island. A narrow walk-in pantry was removed. With such a large family, a beverage refrigerator was included in the island on the opposite side from the working aisle of the kitchen for serving ease. The perimeter of the kitchen is faced in painted white custom cabinetry, while the island has a contrasting gray glaze. The refrigerator and dishwasher are clad in matching cabinetry panels. Pullouts for trash, spices and utensils are next to the sink and cooktop for ease of use. The island and perimeter counters also contrast with a deep rich blue around the perimeter and simpler white on the island. The designer chose the backsplash tiles to marry the countertops to the splash area. For the table area, the wife loved the idea of a banquette but the husband did not. A compromise was made with the custom bench seat. The table is attached to the island and dropped to a height suitable for family meals and entertaining.

Why the judges love it: The colors in this clean, yet traditional kitchen are so fresh. The posts the designer chose for the island are fabulous and give a different twist to the finish details. See stlouishomesmag.com for resources.





GOLD WINNER Castle Design 200-300 SQUARE FEET Photography by Alise O’Brien.


astle Design completely transformed this kitchen into a bright and colorful space with newly painted cabinets, new backsplash tile, colorful fabrics and coordinating window treatments. The homeowner is from Louisiana, so adding a New Orleans flair to the space was a must. The designer was inspired by the colorful and modern print of Vervain Secret Garden fabric. Counter stools were upholstered in the fabric and custom pillows were made for the room adjacent to the kitchen. Refinishing the cabinets and painting the walls set a light and airy backdrop. A graphic backsplash with high contrast in black and white adds the final wow factor. Schumacher window treatments pull the look together. The vibrant spirit of New Orleans merges with the modern needs of a young family to complete the kitchen remodel.

Why the judges love it: The “wow” fabrics and contrasting black-and-white tile make the space. What an amazing use of color and materials. This project is a perfect example of how homeowners can retrofit their existing cabinetry while infusing high style into a space. See stlouishomesmag.com for resources.



GOLD WINNER Karr Bick Kitchen & Bath LESS THAN 200 SQUARE FEET Photography by Photographie by Li.


he existing kitchen in this historic home was a dark and crowded 60-square-foot space. Designer Karr Bick Kitchen & Bath took the out-of-date space and made it work for a modern-day family by combining it with an under-utilized kitchen-table area. To take advantage of the total space, a side window was closed off in the eating area, which created wall space to accommodate appliances and enlarge the work triangle. A radiator was moved to open the entry into the dining room and allow for an island with seating. The designer wanted to be respectful of the age of the house, but also had clients who were willing to be adventurous in their material selections. To achieve an eclectic mix, upper cabinets in a classic white are paired with lower cabinets finished in Inkwell Blue Black. Open wall space is covered in etched marble accent tile and includes reclaimed wood shelves with iron metal brackets. Stainless appliances, copper accent lighting and brushed brass hardware add a mixed metal theme. Classic subway tile in a larger size frames the sink window and adds interest with its wavy texture and gray grout lines. The wood theme is repeated in the walnut countertop on the island as well as the handsome wood-look herringbone floor file.

Why the judges love it: The base cabinet color is so unique. Mixing metals in the space boosts the eclectic feel the designer wanted to achieve. See stlouishomesmag.com for resources.







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By Jamie Siebrase Photography by Technical Imagery Studios

In Wine Country, a glass of red zinfandel pairs best with modern design elements that salute panoramic views of northern California’s iconic agriculture. STLOUISHOMESMAG.COM JAN/FEB 2018



omeowners Dale and Lorraine Perkinson linked up with interior designer Gigi Lombrano in the early 2000s while restoring a William Bernoudy house on Bellerive Country Club grounds (featured in an earlier edition of this magazine). Even back then, Lorraine says, “We were coming out to wine country every summer.” “Dale and Lorraine have a knack for finding places with potential,” says Lombrano. During one Napa getaway, the Perkinsons stumbled on an older house with a spectacular view, and they couldn’t resist making an offer. The new place had good bones and an even better backdrop, but Lombrano says, “It desperately needed to be restored.” With the goal of developing a truly livable space, the Perkinsons started their renovations by opening up the floor plan, knocking out a wall and removing the vaulted ceiling. “It was important to create cohesion by moving away from the home’s original, dormered roofline,” Lombrano explains. The finished product is a “gathering room,” Lombrano calls it — a large-scale entertainment area spanning the kitchen, dining and living rooms. The space isn’t “super contemporary,” Lombrano points out. It’s comfortable, with wide-plank maple floors abutting flagstone pavers on a patio that becomes a fourth quadrant to the gathering room when a bi-folding NanaWall system is opened entirely. NanaWall systems are “very seamless,” Lombrano says, and conducive to the “California casual lifestyle” that drove most design decisions during the remodel. Case in point: That wonderful little wine cellar tucked behind beautiful glass doors



opposite the formal dining table. “Even in a large house, you might not want a dedicated room for wine,” Lombrano says, noting that any homeowner can outfit an awkward niche with a miniature cellar. Other “livable” solutions include custom cabinets built to conceal appliances, professional quality Wolf appliances, and – crossing into the living room – a Media Décor unit placed above the stone fireplace, cleverly concealing the homeowner’s television beneath a beautiful piece of art. “You hit a button, and the TV rolls out,” Lorraine explains. Genius! Decorative electronics aside, most furniture was appropriated from the Perkinsons’s St. Louis residence. “Gigi’s original selections were so versatile, they could go from a Bernoudy contemporary home to what we’ve created here,” Lorraine says. “Even in St. Louis, we had an overarching theme that included tailored lines. Nothing was overly fussy or busy,” Lombrano adds, pointing to seating elements with exposed wood frames and tables – dining, coffee, and end – with shapes that are interesting yet coordinated. Rather than use plain fabrics, Lombrano added visual interest with subtle weaves and textures laid out in neutral hues. STLOUISHOMESMAG.COM JAN/FEB 2018


Low-profile patio chairs – new, from Restoration Hardware – follow suit while letting the homeowners and their guests take full advantage of the spectacular scenery. You’ll find a few surprise pieces here and there; pieces like that fabulous contemporary desk in the master bedroom, which is a minimalist space with wool fabric carpet and a simple platform bed. A shallow, pre-existing window seat is outfitted with custom-made cushions carrying a quiet pattern that doesn’t distract from a view easily enjoyed through big picture windows trapped in thick wood casing that’s stained, not painted, to replicate the beams overhead. “We used so much of the outside space as our main design element,” Lombrano says, adding, “Everything submits to nature.” See stlouishomesmag.com for resources.



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arcia Moore Design is known for taking interior spaces from ordinary to extraordinary. Author of some of St. Louis’ most interestingly-designed spaces, Marcia believes that the best design expresses personality and offers comfort. Known for her perfected sense of color, eye for the unique, practical approach and ability to marry her design instincts with her clients’ tastes, Marcia creates inviting, delightful and livable spaces. Whether traditional or contemporary, allow our professional designers to create a one-of-a-kind kitchen that embraces your aesthetic, while also maximizing functionality. Marcia Moore Design has been honored with numerous awards for kitchen design so you can be sure she will bring your dream kitchen to life!


nne M. Boedges, President and Designer of Anne Marie Design Studio, LLC has been helping clients fall in love with their homes all over the St. Louis area since 2001. She obtained her BFA in Interior Design from Maryville University in St. Louis, MO. She has previously taught the NKBA Bath Design Certification Course at St. Louis Community College. Specializing in Kitchen and Bath Design, Anne’s positive and down to earth approach helps clients feel anything is achievable, and her unique attention to detail distinguishes her work amongst the rest.





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enise Deen, certified kitchen and bath designer and owner of Detailed Designs, etc. has enjoyed helping clients create amazing Kitchens, Baths, and Basements for 29 years. Our design team, Denise Deen and Becka Harvey, focus on the client and their details to create a unique project which is perfectly functional for their lifestyle. Our Design Studio has a comfortable atmosphere which offers a one on one personal approach to the design process and product selection. As we keep current with the latest trends in design and products, we also educate our clients and help guide them towards the best choices for their space. Most importantly, we love what we do and fully enjoy creating spaces our clients will enjoy for many years to come.


ith her background in studio art, Laurie draws inspiration from color, artwork and fashion. These wide-ranging influences allow her to affect the overall experience and aesthetic of a space while adding finer elements to surprise and delight. She especially enjoys working with clients to realize and surpass their vision through architecture detail, color, lighting, finish palettes and artwork procurement. Â With more than seven years of experience in hospitality, commercial, senior living and residential design, Laurie is creating her own unique influence on St. Louis design.

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y adding a little bit of the unexpected, Pizazz 2 Interiors helps bring personality and style to your home. Our studio features a design library open to the trade and to the public, and offers unique accessories and furniture from around the world. Enjoying wonderful clients for over 15 years, we provide a full range of design services. From color consultation and custom area rugs, to furniture placement and a specialty in window treatments; we now also feature the CR Laine custom upholstered furniture line.





s a well established interior design firm in St. Louis, MJM Design Company delivers a full line of services to residential and commercial clients, from remodels and redesigns to whole homes and single rooms. With additional education in green and sustainable design, and a LEED Green Associate, Joyce can help you select the proper appliances, heating and cooling units, and other energy saving elements and materials. Her work has been featured in publications and in many homes around the area. Whether you are focusing on Kitchen and/or bath design, remodeling, renovating, accessible and/or universal design, or you are just hoping to update your look, MJM Design Company can help! See MJM Design Company profile on Houzz.com.

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YOURS BY DESIGN CJ KNAPP, ASID 9859 Big Bend Blvd. Suite 107 St. Louis, MO 63122 314-283-1760 cjknappinteriors@hotmail.com cjknappinteriors.com


ours by Design is dedicated to creating spaces that reflect your lifestyle. Famous for our whole-house makeovers, we also excel at space planning and the design of kitchens/bathrooms. Our firm has won international awards for our creative window treatments. As a full-service design firm, we are able to meet all of your design and construction needs. What does full service mean to you? It means we are with you from creation to the installation of the last accessory. Our contractors are partners that work on the layout and design of your space with us to maximize function and to make sure the remodeling project runs smoothly. We design custom furniture, window treatments, and flooring to suit your space. Our designers work with your resources and contractors or we will provide everything for you turnkey. Call one of our designers to discuss your project or visit our website at yoursbydesign.net. * Interior Design * Remodeling* Window treatments STLOUISHOMESMAG.COM JAN/FEB 2018




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esign Style is a full service design firm run by designer and stylist Dottie Eaton. At Design Style we approach the design process as an artistic expression of style. Our focus is creating beautiful, artistic interiors that our customers love! At Design Style we partner with our clients to help them achieve the look and style they are dreaming about. Design Style offers full service interior design, Project Management, Color Consultation, Space Planning & Furniture Layout, Sourcing and purchasing, Artwork Selection & Accessories Styling. Whether it is your home or commercial space let us create for you something beautiful!

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hristine Werner Interiors is an innovative design firm with a passion for visualizing and creating unique spaces. With a style often described as fresh and carefully edited, Chrissie brings warmth and quality to her well-curated interiors. Projects range from custom window treatments and pillows, to single rooms and entire homes. Chrissie’s aesthetics stem from nature and time spent throughout Europe and Asia. A frequent traveler coast-to-coast, Chrissie stays current and inspired. She takes a client-focused approach and thrives in the collaborative process. The end result is polished, timeless appeal.

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ary Brummell has been creating beautiful, comfortable, and functional interiors for her clients for more than 30 years. Wether you live in a brand new contemporary home, or a century old traditional classic, she takes the time to get to know and understand each client's unique home and lifestyle. She will work with you through the entire design process, big or small, transforming the most challenging spaces into your own vision of warm, sophisticated and timeless design!




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obert creates artful spaces that are often described as sleek, stylish and sophisticated. His attention to detail and use of architectural pieces creates timeless interiors. Working with his residential clients, he creates relaxing, welcoming atmospheres that please the eye and delight the senses. And, with his commercial clients, he helps to advance branding and growth through design. A 2017 ASID St. Louis Pinnacle Award winner, Robert’s work has also been featured in national and regional design publications. He is focused on client satisfaction and creating usable and beautiful spaces. Robert is a professional member of American Society of Interior Design and serves as the Missouri East chapter president.


ifi Lugo creates beautiful homes for her clients and their families. Throughout her award-winning interior design career, Fifi has had the privilege of working on both custom built homes and private residential renovations in St. Louis and across the country. When taking on a project, Fifi feels it is her responsibility to listen to her clients, understand and develop the clients' vision in order to create the most comfortable, functional and livable space for them. There is nothing as special as coming home.





BLACK AND WHITE and renewed all over Neutral in color and character, Dawn Weinhardt’s newly renovated master bath is a bright and sleek haven for anyone. By Barbara E. Stefàno / Photography by Darin Wood


fter a dozen or so years in her St. Louis home, Dawn Weinhardt, co-owner of Weinhardt Party Rentals, was ready to freshen up around the house, starting with an outdated master bath. A head-to-toe makeover in the summer of 2017 took the room from dim and dull to bright black and white. It’s now a modern gray-tone bathroom with a mix of just enough femme frill and mild machismo to make the space a haven for just about anyone seeking a quiet retreat.

Dawn had already purchased a black vanity that caught her eye, so when Candice Wideman of Youtopia Designs took up the project, the design came together around that starting point. "I liked that she wasn't afraid of blacks and whites," says Candice. “She also wanted something that was somewhat feminine with some masculine qualities.” Wanting to get away from the browns and greens of the existing room, Dawn assembled an inspiration book that was heavy on neutrals. “I like lighter and brighter, so we picked grays and whites. I like a very





clean look,” she says. Candice gutted the entire room, taking down a short wall by the toilet and absorbing an underutilized bar in the living room to extend the shower and toilet area by approximately 20 square feet. Sleek marble flooring has replaced the original tile, and a more functional closet, complete with shelves and drawers, now sits where wire racks once were. The black vanity top and textured black tile behind it brought in a rugged element, while soft, feminine wall sconces softened the look. In order to let the backsplash truly shine, the designer hung a pair of mirrors from the ceiling over the his-and-hers sinks instead of wall-mounting them. To achieve the “light and bright” look Dawn desired, Candice installed strategically placed can lighting throughout the room. In addition to a physically larger room, a glass shower lends the space more visual openness. The revamp has given Dawn a lively, comfortable and functional room that is neutral in more ways than one. “It’s just new and fresh,” she says. “It’s better than I could have expected.” See stlouishomesmag.com for resources.







By Shannon Craig Photography by Anne Matheis

At the core of their newly built one-story home, an Illinois couple’s kitchen shows off their warm personalities. “I’m trying to find the right words to describe it,” designer Anne Boedges, owner of Anne Marie Design Studio, processes aloud. After more than a year of working with Charles and Linda Poettker on their new and—now complete—O’Fallon home, she doesn’t think it’s fair to categorize the couples eclectic style. Defined by its unique shape and layout, the textures and elements are what catches your eye in the Poettkers' kitchen. “It’s like a fine bottle of wine”, the words Boedges would prefer to use in describing the style. While bright and buttery, the kitchen is also dense, elegant and earthy, which brings a complex and intellectually satisfying appeal to the room. "It’s refined, opulent, toasty and velvety," she adds. The elemental balance eloquently highlights the personality of the homeowners for an inspiring and cohesive arrangement. "Its just them," she says. "Comforting and warm." Boedges would know. Not only has she been the Poettker’s interior designer since the home was an architectural drawing, she’s been a roundabout family friend of the homeowners since she was just

a kid. “I heard it every day at the site: ‘this is Anne, so-and-so’s niece, remember him?’” she laughs. “Everyone knew everyone beforehand, so I knew the working relationship would be great.” Though their working relationship would include the one-story home in its entirety, Boedges stresses that the kitchen—the Mediterranean-eclectic-contemporary kitchen—is the heart and soul of the Poettker home. “They really loved the centrifugal design that made the kitchen the center of the home,” says Boedges. With it’s uncommon circular layout and floor-to-ceiling cabinetry, built and installed by Markus Cabinet Manufacturing of Aviston, IL, the kitchen is a grand culmination of ideas and hard work from small businesses and long-forged family ties. “From the lead general contractor to Brendel Architects to the journeymen and crew, lots of family friends and close relatives brought their high skill set to the table. It was really a group effort,” Boedges explains. And it shows in the blend and balance of the space. Boedges worked with Markus to create a one-of-a-kind stain STLOUISHOMESMAG.COM JAN/FEB 2018


that is warm and earthy, like a morel mushroom, for the alder wood cabinets. The same wood and glaze camouflage the Sub-Zero fridge and freezer, fabricating an illusion of visual continuity. Earth-toned reds and browns create a calming base that allows the sheen of the intricately tiled black, brown and cream backsplash to pop and play. Unconsciously, the eye travels from top to bottom. First from the warm can lights in the tiered white ceiling, down the cabinetry inset with delicate latticework and sharp, angular bevels, to the travertine-tiled floor veined with deep brown over fields of neutral cream. The island, serving as both a boundary to and extension of the kitchen, is a burgundy blend of reddish-black quartz that grounds the room and calls attention to the true showstopper. “The light fixture is absolutely my favorite part,” Boedges says. “It is the jewelry of the room.” Twelve fixtures, twelve lights in three different sizes, the dripping orbs of the light fixture bring the centrifugal design, well, full circle. The light fixture, it seems, is the physical manifestation of the ideas that were cornerstone to the kitchen’s design and creation: the connectivity afforded by a common center, be it an itty-bitty town or the circular kitchen borne out of it. “It feels like a happy space,” Boedges says, “and that’s who they are. It reads the personality of the couple–one thing never overshadows the other.” See stlouishomesmag.com for resources.



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Imagine for a moment the inside of your closet. If you shuddered just thinking about the amount of unnecessary stuff that you have built up over the years, you may want to consider a new storage solution. A well designed and organized closet can help you not only cut the clutter out of your home, but also help you make it to work on time, find long forgotten mementos from the past and simply make your home a more calming place to spend your time. However, cleaning out and redesigning your closet is just the beginning. You also have to consider all of the material and finish options available and how they fit your home’s aesthetic as well as your lifestyle. It’s an intimidating task, but one we won’t let you go alone. That’s why we reached out to three of St. Louis’ most esteemed storage design companies to get the scoop on what materials, finishes and design practices are available to you in St. Louis. One of the primarily materials available at any storage design company is thermo-fused melamine. It is and has been the industry standard for many, many years and there’s a reason for that. As Karen



Make your closet a space to show off with custom finishes that complement your existing design aesthetic. Dubinsky of Beyond Storage puts it, “It’s a high-quality material that’s easy to clean, has a smooth surface and comes in a variety of colors.” Additionally, with melamine, there’s no shortage of options available for finishes. Most of the time, companies are able to stock around 10 to 12 varieties of colors and finishes. At St. Louis Closet Company, founder Jennifer Williams says they offer a total of 12, including two Italian-inspired textured laminates with a raised wood-grain pattern. Similarly, and because textured materials are trending so heavily, Beyond Storage also offers a raised wood-grain textured laminate in addition to a variety of standard colors and finishes. There are also a number of companies that are beginning to specialize in high-end imported Italian materials, as well as an assortment of Italian-inspired materials produced in the United Stated. As a result, storage design companies are making it a great deal easier to find even the most exclusive materials in our area. An effort summed up by Stephanie Cline of California Closets as “luxury at any level.” These high-end materials comes in an assortment of patterns and finishes

that are trending heavily right now and are starting to become a prominent choice among St. Louis homeowners. Once you’ve discovered the right material and look for your closet, you’re almost there; but there’s still one thing to consider and that’s floating versus floor-based design. Each have their merit with floor-based giving you more shelving that can run from the ceiling to the carpet, while floating gives you the flexibility to choose how close to the ground your shelving comes. The latter option is great for anybody who plans to store large items that wouldn’t normally fit into a shelf. Despite the differences between companies, each prides themselves on being 100 percent custom. They offer a huge variety of woods and laminates in a ton of styles, they can design for any space big or small and they work with anyone from those with tight budgets to those where money is no option. So, swing into any of St. Louis’ storage design companies and find out how you can accommodate anything from new closets to pantries to murphy beds. See stlouishomesmag.com for resources.



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Laundry and mudrooms are often the dumping ground for shoes, backpacks, mail and more. But this multifunctional space doesn’t need to lack style. Check out these spaces that will inspire you to amp up the design and make you want to spend time doing laundry.

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A well-designed wardrobe is like a piece of custom crafted furniture. The right finishes, decorative moldings, and beautiful doors are designed to fit naturally into a space and provide you with much needed storage and functionality where none existed before. Visit one of our showrooms in Rock Hill or Manchester for an experience you won’t regret. 636-720-0455, californiaclosets.com/st-louis

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


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


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


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Liston Design Build, St. Louis, MO Liston Design Build (formerly Liston Construction), a third-generation family-owned business that focuses on residential construction and remodeling, recently opened their new office. Keith Liston, master carpenter and co-owner of Liston Design Build, said the company needed a larger space that could facilitate their current and projected growth, and to showcase craftsmanship and design possibilities. The design-centric space has been strategically converted from a Craftsman-style house featuring various treatments throughout the

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The Yves Saint Laurent Museum opened in Marrakech in mid-October to conserve part of the iconic designer's collection. While most of his pieces are housed in Paris, Morocco was a place that inspired Saint Laurent, so opening a museum in Marrakech to showcase more of his design work made sense. The museum building will include a permanent exhibition space, which will showcase the fashion work of Yves Saint Laurent, a temporary exhibition space, a research library with



6,000 volumnes, a 150-seat auditorium, a bookstore and a terrace café. The museum was designed by Studio KO, who were inspired by the designer's archives, particularly the curves running alongside straight lines, and the succession of delicate and bold forms. The façade appears as an intersction of cubes with a lace-like covering of brick that is reminiscent of the weft and warp of fabric. The interior is radically different with the feel of a couture jacket: velvety, smooth and radiant.

Portland Japanese Garden Portland, OR Photography by Bruce Forster Celebrated as one of the most authentic Japanese gardens outside of Japan, the Portland Japanese Garden recently unveiled its $33.5 million Cultural Crossing expansion. Built upon the organization’s celebrated legacy, this step forward honors the beauty and tranquility of the five traditional gardens, and makes room to welcome the hundreds of thousands of guests from around the world who flock to the Garden to experience the essence of nature and spirit of peace. The expansion offers new opportunities to discover the richness of Japanese culture. The centerpiece of the expansion is a Cultural Village designed by world-renowned architect Kengo Kuma. Kuma is one of the most significant contemporary Japanese architects working today. He believes the study of a place is essential to integrating a project with its surroundings. The Cultural Village offers visitors an immersive experience in traditional Japanese arts through seasonal activities, performances, and demonstrations in the courtyard.



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WATERFALL EDGE COUNTERTOPS For our Jan/Feb kitchen issue, we asked local design professionals their thoughts on waterfall edge countertops in the kitchen. Here is what the experts had to say.


“The waterfall edge is a very nice transitional -to-contemporary design element but definitely a CRAZE!” Chris Powers, Alspaugh Kitchen & Bath. “Hesitantly, this trendsetting feature of kitchen design would be categorized as a craze. It’s become quite popular lately, and if done well, it’s so amazing! It’s not classic, as it hasn’t been around for a long time, but I hate to label it as a total craze because it can be modified into even new and more varied applications. However, it does create functional challenges, such as the code requirements for receptacles in islands. I think it’s exciting to take the idea of stone on the end of an island and do it in a way that is fresh and designed specifically for a home.” Anne Boedges, Anne Marie Design Studio.


“Serving as an unexpected and unique focal point for the kitchen, waterfall edge countertops have become a classic. Since wood flooring has become the staple of kitchen design, the waterfall edge creates a beautiful flowing, contrasting connection to the floor. The sleek simplicity updates the traditional kitchen and gives the area a lighter feel. Waterfall edge countertops can be specified in natural stone or man-made materials and the color selection is endless. Concrete waterfall tops, constructed on site, work with many styles, from contemporary to industrial. This classic feature is a must on your kitchen design checklist.” Jane Ganz, Directions In Design. “Classic, if the application is done well and the design supports it. The style fits with a more contemporary, sleek kitchen.” Jim Baygents, National Kitchen & Bath. “It has become a classic over the past few years. There is an array of material options in different thicknesses that allow the veining to seamlessly match the side to the top while the waterfall style gives the kitchen a more chic and sophisticated look. It eliminates the edge for kiddos to hit their head on and acts as a visual break if using contrast colors on the cabinets." Amy Herman, brooksBerry. “I think the waterfall edge will remain a classic. My first inclination was to call it a trend because we have seen so many recently; however as it is always done with classic stone, it is not a style that I believe will expire anytime soon. My word of advice would be to make sure you love the stone you specify for a waterfall edge because you are using a great deal more of the material and certainly making a statement with it!” Emily Koch, JCR Design Group. “The waterfall edge on countertops is a classic look that will be here to stay. This look goes great with any sort of style, whether it’s traditional or contemporary. These types of edges create focal points in the room and become a piece of art. Not only are these a ‘wow factor’, they are also really practical. You typically will find this type of edge on an island, which seems to be the central area everyone gathers around, so having the waterfall edge provides protection against scratches, spills, etc. to your cabinets.” Candice Wideman, Youtopia Designs. “Waterfall edge countertops are style statements and are a design classic! They allow you to showcase your stone selection like a work of art as they create a big impact, especially if you have a small space. A waterfall edge that flows down both sides also bring symmetry and balance to your island. As a practical reason, the side panels aren't as susceptible to scratches, spills and splashes, especially from children or pets.” Gigi Lombrano, Gigi Lombrano Interiors.

“I think it is a craze. While I do love the look of the waterfall and have used it, the look is great for sleek, contemporary spaces, not for traditional spaces. Many installations require the end cabinet be open or have storage behind a door. The end cabinet often is the introduction to the cabinet color and style.” CJ Knapp, Yours by Design. “Definitely a craze. This is not something you can find in any historic home. I believe it will stay in fashion for a while, propagated by the stone and quartz suppliers and manufacturers, but is unlikely to become a classic." David Schneider, brooksBerry.

Photography courtesy of Silestone.



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