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Kitchens of the year

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living with art

An affinity for collecting led Central West End homeowners James Afflixio and Gary Boyson to furnish their condo with treasures acquired through years of travel.

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Making The Old Look New – Again!

The owners and their design consultant pay homage to the heritage of a classic Clayton residence.

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Inspired by a painting purchased at the Clayon Art Fair, the homeowner of this University City bungalow was after a pretty and clean beach chic look for her kitchen update.

Kitchens of the year

Experience delectable design in these five outstanding kitchens.

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Baby Its Cold Outside

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I am warm and toasty inside my office, but it is bone-chilling cold outside today. We just had our first snowfall last night. With only an inch of the powdery stuff on the ground, getting out and about has not been difficult. Our office is located in a quaint and almost storybook-like setting in Lamp & Lantern Village in Town & Country. The view out my office window is gorgeous. Snow is gently falling, collecting in the trees and enhancing the sparkle from the twinkle lights that are lit year round. It’s a beautiful snowy day in St. Louis although there are those that are sure to disagree. Cold wintry nights are the perfect precursor for spending time in the kitchen. No longer are kitchens just for cooking. And no longer is a woman alone in the kitchen. Today’s kitchen is where family and friends gather to cook, solve problems, work on projects and eat. Do you find your kitchen feeling more and more inefficient the more time you spend in it? It may be time for a remodel. The perfect kitchen for your lifestyle takes into account how many cooks you think will be in your kitchen. You may even need two sinks! The design options and elements available in today’s market are endless making it possible for your dream kitchen to become a reality. Cooking is a rewarding experience and to make it more enjoyable, your kitchen needs to weave together beauty, comfort and convenience. By incorporating life-improving appliances with the newer technology of convection, steam, induction, dual-fuel ranges and silent dishwashers, a kitchen becomes more efficient. A kitchen isn’t an expense anymore. It’s an investment in more ways than one. Enjoy our annual Kitchens of the Year issue! Suzie Osterloh Publisher/Owner

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William Cover, William D. Cover, Architect LLC. With an architectural degree from the University of Kansas, William D. Cover has designed new custom homes, additions and remodeling projects in the St. Louis area since 1976. He has been recognized in several publications, including St. Louis Homes & Lifestyles.

Jennifer Lewis, Signature Kitchens & Baths Jennifer is a kitchen and bath designer at Signature Kitchen and Bath, a local family-owned company since 1976. With her 10 years of kitchen and bath experience, Jennifer is passionate about providing her clients with an exciting and enjoyable remodeling experience while also managing Signature’s newest showroom in Rock Hill.

Victor Hill, V3 Studios As an artist I enjoy the tactile art of drawing out my designs and crafting cabinetry. Being able to engage the space that the cabinetry will reside and design the composition of the space like an oil painting focusing on elements of line, color, texture and light is a unique experience that I enthusiastically engage in with each client.

Joni Spear, Joni Spear Interior Design With more than 20 years' experience, Joni Spear is a degreed designer who demonstrates a mastery of color combined with a chic and compelling sense of style. Her versatile firm specializes in integrating customized design elements in new construction, renovations, executive relocations and remodels. Services include a comprehensive design plan that begins with a personal consultation and does not conclude until the last picture is hung and the final accessory is placed. Her ultimate goal is to fashion timeless and comfortable interiors, always reflecting the client's vision and personal sense of style.

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Burner Behind the A tiled range backsplash can add interest and personality to your kitchen. By Melissa Mauzy

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one: Tropical/Mediterranean porcelain tile backsplash, by Glen Alspaugh. two: Chateau Toledo classique, by Artistic Tile, available at Sunderland Brothers Company.

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three: Chateau danse azul, by Artistic Tile, available at Sunderland Brothers Company. four: Copper and brick backsplash, by Gegg Design & Cabinetry. five: Iridescent mosaic tile, by Gegg Design & Cabinetry. six: Copper backsplash with custom forged brackets, by Marc Christian Fine Cabinetry.

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seven: Tozen glass tresse in vanadium natural, by Stone & Pewter Accents, available at The Gallery at ISC Surfaces. eight: Agate glass martini in cortona pearl with crema pearl woodhouse bar, by Stone & Pewter Accents, available at The Gallery at ISC Surfaces. nine: Stainless tiles, by Marc Christian Fine Cabinetry. ten: Smooth and iridescent Labradorite granite backsplash and contrasting Jerusalem stone walls, by Glen Alspaugh.

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GatherRound the Island The kitchen is typically the gathering place in every home where families spend time together preparing meals, entertaining guests or simply hanging out. Adding bar stools or chairs around your kitchen island extends the versatility and functionality of the space. Available in a variety of styles and shapes, stools add extra seating to your kitchen.

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one: Black ribbon bar stool, available at Savvy Surrounding Style. two: Swivel counter stool, by McGuire Furniture, available at KDR Designer Showrooms. three: Masters stool, by Kartell, available at Niche. four: Normen chair modern wooden bar stool available at www.stardust.com.

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EMILY BUTLER,

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KITCHEN DESIGNER AT BAYGENTS COMPANY, dishes on the latest in kitchen design.

Purposeful Design Baygents Company is St. Louis’ oldest kitchen and bath firm specializing in attention to quality, form and function. SLHL: What is the latest trend in kitchen design? Emily: In recent months, I am finding that clients want a classic design for their kitchen. We are seeing more all-white kitchens and matte finishes on countertop surfaces. We are also seeing more interest in wood countertops. SLHL: Do you always follow the "triangle" rule in kitchen layout? Why or why not? Emily: With the open floor plans in today’s homes, the kitchen must have many functions. I find that most families like to spend time together in the kitchen and prepare meals as a team. For this reason, we sometimes design two or more workstations in a single kitchen. A single “work triangle” doesn’t always seem to work for the modern family. SLHL: What are some unique storage options you have seen? Emily: Clients are starting to ask about large pantries for storage, but want them “hidden” within the kitchen design itself. Since the pantry is hidden behind cabinetry, the aesthetic is more pleasing and you have plenty of storage that can be uniquely designed for your family’s needs.

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SLHL: What about ways to hide appliances? Emily: Fully-integrated appliances, once found only in higher-end kitchens, are becoming more mainstream. You can completely hide your dishwasher or refrigerator behind cabinet fronts for a more consistent overall look in the kitchen. SLHL: What are the advantages/disadvantages to drawers vs. cabinets? Emily: Utilizing drawer storage has come a long way in the past few years. Instead of opening a door and pulling out a roll-out, you can skip a step by just pulling out a drawer. Also, with all of the drawer organizers available today, you can put just about anything in a drawer, including your dishes. Roll-out shelves are still useful for large items and we like to use them in base cabinets and tall cabinets for adjustable height storage. SLHL: What's new in kitchen islands? Emily: We are seeing a shift away from overly large islands and have started to design islands with sinks and concealed refrigerator drawers to use as a second work zone. Seating at the island is also a popular and convenient way to utilize the space. SLHL: What elements in your kitchen should match, and what elements don’t need to match? Emily: I believe that the finish on any exposed appliances should always match. However, as long as the total look is achieved, I see no problem with light fixtures, faucets or even cabinet hardware not matching. See www.stlouishomesmag.com for resources.

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Historic Culinary Hideaway

By Judith Evans Photography by Colin Miller/Strauss Peyton

Enjoy an exceptional meal in a picturesque setting at The Gardens at Malmaison.

Gardens at Malmaison sit deep in the countryside in St. Albans, Mo., in Franklin County just over the St. Louis County line. The restaurant’s fine food and beautiful setting long ago won the hearts of St. Louis diners, but its distance from the city kept many fans from becoming regulars. Datra Herzog, who bought the restaurant 10 years ago, has turned that liability into an asset, trading the grind of operating what she calls an a la carte restaurant into a special-event venue that caters to a steady stream of brides. “Ninety percent of my business anymore is

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weddings,” she says. “We started treating it as a passion rather than a job. Brides are the perfect niche for this.” The restaurant is open to the public on Valentine’s Day, Easter, Mother’s Day and other special occasions. “I kind of call this the modern-day version of ‘Holiday Inn,’” Herzog says, referring to the classic 1942 movie. “If it’s a holiday, it’s open to the public.” Malmaison is housed in a building that dates to 1843. Its history is evident in the horizontal planks that line the walls of the Tavern Room, originally a barn, while other touches, such as the pressed copper

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This page top: Ravioli stuffed with lump crabmeat and Boursin cheese. Bottom: Pecan-crusted pork tenderloin. Opposite page: A salad of pan-fried eggplant.

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squares over the fireplace in the dining room, are modern materials with a period feel. In 2006, Herzog bought the nearby Studio Inn at St. Albans, an events venue and bed-and-breakfast housed in a historic mansion overlooking the Missouri River. She’s currently building guest cottages on a hillside overlooking the restaurant. The food at Malmaison also offers a sense of place. Herzog buys from local farmers whenever possible. “Everything we do is as close to home as possible,” she says. She hosts a farmers market on the restaurant’s grounds on Sundays from May through October. Herzog and Chef Theodore Watt frequently offer cooking classes, including boot camps for brides and holiday cookies for children. They’ll team up for a cooking class on Tuesday, Jan. 14, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Construction Appliance, where Watt will prepare three delectable dishes. See www.stlouishomesmag. com for more information.

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Herzog and Chef Theodore of The Gardens at Malmaison will demonstrate these three dishes. A taste of the cooking school Menu

• Ravioli stuffed with lump crabmeat and Boursin cheese, drizzled with Champagne butter sauce and served with spaghetti squash and frizzled leeks • A salad of pan-fried eggplant, fresh mozzarella, baby greens, a balsamic reduction and tomato vinaigrette • Pecan-crusted pork tenderloin topped with Calvados cream sauce and served with sweet potato purée, braised red cabbage, glace carrots and haricot verts

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J~in u° WHEN Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. WHERE Construction Appliance by AUTCOhome 1694 Larkin Williams Road, Fenton, MO 63026

RESERVATIONS $35 per person, seating is limited, RSVP by calling 636-230-9640 ext. 27 or email bosterloh@stlouishomesmag.com

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Hand-painted ceramic tiles add a personal flair BY sylvia forbes Photography by Colin Miller/Strauss Peyton

Nicole (Nikki) Lemkemeier is the equivalent of two artists in one body. She is an accomplished painter, as well as a ceramic artist. She has combined these two arts into one by making painted-tile mosaic installations. Her work is a combination of classic painted tile work, plus the originality of handmaking the tiles and cutting them into small, irregular pieces that fit together almost magically – like a puzzle – into an appealing, intricate work of art. Nikki grew up around art; both her mother and grandmother were accomplished artists. At home, her room sat next to an old porch converted into an art room. “I was always in there creating something.” Her love of art led her to major in printmaking at Washington University. “My first job after college was painting wildflowers on ceramic tiles—it was the first time I ever had any experience with tiles and I fell in love with it,” she says. She soon learned to make the tiles herself and combined it with her painting skills to create her own unique art. She's been working in this combined medium for 15 years. Nikki’s first piece is one of her favorites, a kitchen backsplash featuring a dogwood tree. She made every blossom and branch individually, and she cut the tiles along the branch lines for a more lifelike appearance. Another original backsplash features a trout pond. Leaves appear to float on top of the water, while trout lazily swim underneath swirling water. Tiles are cut along swirling lines, adding movement to the piece; the

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shiny overglaze adds to the illusion of water. For another client, Nikki created a sign and installed it above a window in an Italianate, Renaissance-design kitchen. “I had to match the colors, the style and hand-letter the personal saying. I really enjoyed the challenge,” Nikki explains. All her work is custom made, whether it is for residential, commercial or industrial installations. In addition to kitchens, she does fireplaces, murals and other installations. “My residential clients are very creative,” she says. “The challenge for me is how to translate their requests into an image that I'm comfortable producing in my style of art, but also figuring out how to make my work fit with the interior design that's already there.” “Nature, the client's ideas, and the setting—where it's going to be — are what inspire me. When I'm working for other people, I love to make them happy. I want to make something they love to see every day, and that is complex and different, yet appealing and something everyone responds to.” Lemkemeier's work is on display throughout St. Louis. A few places to view her work include RSI Kitchen and Bath, The Magic House, City Academy and Community School. “I love the happy accidents, and opening the kiln to see what has turned out. I love combining imagery with graphic lines. I love making art that people want to look at. It means a lot to me,” says Nikki with a smile. See www.stlouishomesmag.com for resources.

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Opposite page, left: Rolling out the clay slab. Right: Nikki hand cuts the template pattern. This page, top left: The fired clay is painted with glaze. Top right: The finished tiles are assembled on fiberglass mesh in preparation for the final installation. Bottom left: Nicole (Nikki) Lemkemeier. Right: Trout pond backsplash.

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Living with

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An affinity for collecting led Central West End homeowners James Afflixio and Gary Boyson to furnish their condo with treasures acquired through years of travel.

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Left: The 1920s firebox was made by William-Jackson Fireplace Co., and the mantle clock and Chinese porcelain children were purchased on travels and brought back on the plane by Boyson (back when you could transport valuables on the plane with you). This page, right: The 18th-century Venetian screen and vintage Italian chair are accented by an antique heriz rug and Blackamoor table hand-carved in Venice.

For most people, bringing work home with them is a bad thing. Not so for James Afflixio, co-owner of Maplewood Galleries, a design showroom of art and antiques that opened last spring in downtown Maplewood. The home he shares with his partner, Gary Boyson, in the Cathedral district of the Central West End is filled with treasures from a lifetime of traveling and collecting. The couple moved to St. Louis in 1993 from New York City, where they built successful careers in the design and retail industries. After owning two homes in the area, they settled three years ago back

into their Manhattanite lifestyle with a condo near the Cathedral Basilica. “The condo has its original 1926 floor plan,” says Afflixio. “The layout is almost identical to the apartment we had in New York, so we feel like we're back on the East Side.” The home is well-appointed, exhibiting the couple’s traditional aesthetic through a continental mix of French, English and Georgian styles. Antiques and collectibles spanning over three centuries make up most of the decor, treasures that were amassed over decades of traveling for business and pleasure. “I’ve done a lot of business in Asia STLOUISHOMESMAG.COM JAN./FEB. 2014

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Above: The early 19th-century French chest was painted in Venice and serves as the inspiration for the color palette in the dining room. The hand-carved Blackamoor statue here was purchased on the same trip as the piece that appears in the living area.

over the years,” says Boyson, “and vacation for us was always about shopping.” Their favorite destinations for finding great pieces? Paris and Italy, specifically Florence, Venice and Rome. Their purchases evolved into quite an impressive collection, which was given proper display in their previous homes. When Afflixio and Boyson moved to their current condo, they had to edit for space. A serious case of overstock, mixed with their desire to continue treasure-hunting, lent naturally to Afflixio’s art and antiques business. “I spent a lot of time at Louise Harre’s previous shop,” says Afflixio. “We had a great relationship, so when I was looking for a business partner for my own showroom, Louise was at the top of my list.” Through Maplewood Galleries, Afflixio is able to continuously rotate the decor in his home, keeping things fresh and fun. Which raises the question, with so much great material to work with, and pieces coming and going regularly, how does one keep a room well-curated and avoid an overcrowded or mismatched look? For Afflixio and Boyson, it’s all about knowing their combined aesthetic. By using their shared tastes as a guide, they can explore different design styles or periods while ensuring no one brings home a piece that

sticks out like a sore thumb. As far as building a well-balanced room, Boyson says, “You have to let the pieces speak for themselves, and keep the proportion of the furniture in line with the proportions of the space it’s in.” Of course, the couple has a lot of experience to draw on. “I’ve been doing this for many years as a designer,” says Afflixio. “By now it’s second nature.” And while the couple’s affinity for collecting grew out of their international travels, they agree that there is much exploring to do in their own backyard. “Coming from New York, where art and antiques can be very expensive and at times inaccessible, St. Louis is a hidden gem in terms of collecting,” says Afflixio. “There’s an abundance of treasures here in terms of great art, eclectic antiques and variety of style.” Those treasures play a central part of the life he’s created, both at work and at home. “Traditional decor can be seen as stuffy,” says Afflixio. “But that’s not how we are in our home. It’s not like you can’t touch that or you can’t sit there. These pieces were created be part of pool, people’s Chosen to reflect the bluetohues of the the lives. couchArt is by dual by local artist Peter Manion is meant totopped be lived with.abstract ” Seepaintings www.stlouishomesmag.com for resources. III. A bright traditional area rug warms the concrete floors. STLOUISHOMESMAG.COM JAN./FEB. 2014

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“We’re the caretakers for this home and will pass it on to another generation.” That’s the commitment made by these homeowners on moving into their magnificent three-story Colonial in 1999. Located in a Clayton neighborhood that celebrated its centennial in 2013, the residence was built in 1927-28, designed by renowned Chicago architect Chester H. Walcott, and holds the distinction of a listing on the National Register of Historic Places. When house hunting, the couple was first attracted to the

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An ethereal landscape by Ruth Mayer lends color to living room’s warm, chocolate-to-cream palette. The antique velvet sofa, crystal-trimmed draperies, windowpane French chairs, floral tray table by Nancy Corzine and Wilton rug all complement the home’s transitional styling. Tucked into a sunlit corner of the living room are a small drop-leaf, lyre-legged desk and an antique bench from Clark Graves.

neighborhood, which they consider “one of the most beautiful in St. Louis.” Purchased from the original family, the home itself featured generous upstairs bedrooms, an architectural innovation introduced in the 1920s and a must-have for the new owners. “What’s wonderful is to take an old home like this and make it efficient, with all the modern amenities,” the husband explains. Although some modernization had been done previously – an extension added and the baths brought “up to speed,” adapting the home to the couple’s

contemporary lifestyle while preserving its historic integrity required, “a lot of work behind the scenes,” he adds. Phase one: The initial renovation took approximately nine months, starting with the installation of geothermal heating. As construction progressed, the goal was to retain the home’s original spaces, moving only certain rear walls to open the kitchen/breakfast area. Subsequently, a spacious, sun-filled family room was added, overlooking the newly landscaped outdoor entertainment area and freeform pool. STLOUISHOMESMAG.COM JAN./FEB. 2014

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Suspended above the exquisitely ornamented E.J. Victor dining table, the crystal chandelier is original to the home. The table can be extended to 11.5 feet and is complemented by antique-finished beechwood Windsor chairs, a single-bonnet Baker display cabinet, and early 19th-century walnut chests from Clark Graves Antiques. French doors lead from the foyer to the formal dining room, which features original herringbone-laid oak flooring and a soft-hued designer rug by Barbara Barry for Tufenkian. This page, right: An antique French compote in porcelain and gold accents the dining room’s elegantly curved, antique bow-front sideboard.

Les Grotpeter was chosen as the builder; Greg Terbrock, Greg Terbrock Design Build, handled the finish carpentry; and Clayton-based design consultant Sandra Ford was a key participant from the outset. “We’d worked with Sandra before,” the wife notes, “and there was no question about using her again.” Anyone who’s undertaken the authentic renovation of a fine home built during this era can relate to the inherent challenges – in this case, a slate roof, two-foot-thick exterior masonry, thick plaster interior walls backed with metal sheeting and artisanal cast-plaster moldings.The difficulties, however, were far outweighed by the home’s stunning architectural elements, including its original oak floors, elaborate archways and lintels, picture frame detailing and glittering chandeliers. Woodwork was stripped to its original first-growth pine, the archways were emulated throughout and creative thinking resolved whatever complications arose. For example, set on bedrock, only about one-fourth of the home has a basement underneath. Although ideal for a wine cellar, the space was dimly lit, and the plaster ceiling was a nightmare. The solution was to spray the surfaces with foam, giving the space a unique “wine cave” appearance. The garage presented another issue. One of the first in the neighborhood built for automobiles (nearby homes had coach houses

for horse-drawn carriages), the tall, narrow doors were designed for Model T’s and a test of the new owners’ driving skills. In this instance, heritage took precedence, and the garage was left intact, with the overhead servants’ quarters converted to the husband’s office. Phase Two: Refreshed for 2014: Soft-spoken and thoroughly attuned to her clients’ tastes, Sandra Ford has been continuously involved in the home’s interior design over the years. After more than a decade, though, it was time to revitalize the décor, and she’s currently putting the final touches to a room-by-room update from traditional to transitional styling. Original to the house, the foyer’s majestic curved staircase showcases a graceful walnut and wrought-iron balustrade. Sandra removed the wallpaper, enhancing the airy quality of the space, and chose custom-made Tibetan Lapchi carpeting for the staircase runner and landing. Adding visual interest, a late 18th century mahogany gateleg card table from Clark Graves Antiques displays a Chihuly glass piece, and two vivid paintings by St. Louis-based artist Michael Hoffman flank the arched entrance to the adjacent library. Fully paneled in rich walnut, the library is dominated by a leather-topped, ormolu-trimmed French writing desk and carved desk chairs, bronze-glazed and upholstered in a dignified plaid. STLOUISHOMESMAG.COM

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Left: Linen valances and Roman shades beautify the solarium’s original French casement windows. Elegant Louis XVI chairs and ottomans provide an attractive counterpoint to the clean lines of the tone-on-tone sofa. Right: In the bayed breakfast area, a graceful Fine Art chandelier is suspended above a unique French walnut table from Jules L Pass Antiques that features contoured corners, a double-framed edge, and a heavy wrought iron-and-brass base. The Baker dining chairs are covered in a muted nubby fabric.

To the right of the foyer is the formal living room, where Sandra made an elegant design segue with matching short sofas positioned at each end of the room and upholstered in warm brown antique striae velvet. Trimmed with ball fringe and crystal, the subtly striped draperies are slightly puddled, and two French chairs, antiqued and covered in a windowpane raw silk fabric, blend beautifully with the full-size Wilton rug. Cocoa-toned leather wing chairs bracket the fireplace, and additional furnishings include another gateleg card table, a drop-leaf lyre-legged desk inlaid with burled yew, and a tasteful array of antique tables and lamps. Off the living room, the solarium’s slate-tiled floor and French casement windows are all original. “This room’s fabrics were chosen to represent the transition taking place and to complement the rug,” Sandra commented, indicating the rug’s floral-square needlepoint pattern. The sofa is upholstered in a tone-on-tone embossed striae fabric, two oversize Louis XVI chairs in a lustrous Robert Allen fabric and a large hand-forged table invites board games or casual snacks. With its gleaming herringbone-laid oak floor, the dining room creates an elegant ambience for formal meals. Seating up to 12, the table is an E.J. Victor masterpiece with mahogany solids, walnut veneers, and

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ornamental apron onlays. The European beechwood dining chairs were upholstered in a new velvet-&-linen fabric by Lee Jofa; Schumacher silk draperies, with crocheted edging and crystal trim, line the casement windows; and Barbara Barry’s carpet design inspired the medallion and ceiling treatment by artist Roland Breckwoldt. The only significant structural addition, the vast family room further demonstrates the owners’ respect for their home’s architectural styling. Fixed, wood-clad casement windows are topped by a classic clerestory, and the arch motif is faithfully repeated. “Casual, but dynamic,” the pendant-trimmed chandelier has floret bobeches, and the silk-&-wool rug is woven in a traditional Lapchi pattern. Surrounding an Asian granite-topped cocktail table are a Baker sofa covered in neutral-toned velvet, armless chairs in a sophisticated linen/cotton ticking, and club chairs that swivel for conversation or TV viewing. As time marches on and another New Year is launched, it’s reassuring to know that “caretakers” like these will continue to preserve St. Louis’ noble architectural legacy. See www.stlouishomesmag.com for resources.

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Bathed in natural light, the family room was added by the new owners and conscientiously designed to reflect the home’s architecture. Neutral fabrics, a floral Lapchi rug, granite-topped Asian cocktail table, and graceful chandelier with milky pendants and floret bobeches enhance the transitional dÊcor.

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Garden Reads This winter, brush up on your plant and flower knowledge with a garden and landscaping book. Start planning for spring by selecting species to plant, get tips for garden design or simply brighten a dreary winter day by flipping through the colorful pages. SLHL asked local landscapers their favorite garden and landscaping books. By Melissa Mauzy

“By far my favorite book to recommend to my customers is “The Well Tended Perennial Garden,” byTracy DiSabato-Aust. It is a book packed with tips that can turn any garden into a showcase with minimum maintenance. Considered by many as the most thorough book to detail essential practices of perennial care, the techniques are thoroughly explained and illustrated. Gardeners will return to this book again and again for the beautiful images showing perennials in various border situations along with the A-to-Z encyclopedia of important perennial species.” Ann Lapides, Sugar Creek Gardens.

“My favorite book is, “Manual of Woody Landscape Plants,” by Michael A. Dirr. This book gives woody landscape plants, such as trees, identification, ornamental characteristics, culture, propagation and uses. It is the most extensive and thorough book in the industry.” David Sherwood, Sherwood’s Forest.

“One of my favorite books is, “Dirr's Encylopedia of Trees & Shrubs,” by Michael A. Dirr. This book is great for landscape designs, covers planting and care, and includes beautiful photography. I discovered this book at a seminar years ago, and because I was familiar with the author from a reference book I had used in my college days, it immediately sparked my interest. The book explains in great detail interesting characteristics of hundreds of varieties of trees and shrubs and what makes each variety unique. Particularly interesting to me is the book's extensive catalog of Japanese Maple trees. I have a special interest in unique varieties of Japanese Maples and carry a large selection at Chesterfield Valley Nursery.” Jim Graeler, Chesterfield Valley Nursery.

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“I have always loved Philip Cave's book, "Creating Japanese Gardens." This is a book that breaks down the philosophy of traditional Japanese gardens and provides lots of great pictures and real-life examples to draw inspiration from. I think it is important to understand what makes a Japanese garden function.” Eric Ringhofer, Green Guys.

“Our favorite gardening book is the, “Manual Of Herbaceous Ornamental Plants.” This is a great reference book for annuals, biennials and perennials.” Jim Meiners, Prestige Landscape.

""Landscapes in Landscapes" by Piet Oudolf & Noel Kingsbury is an amazing book giving you a glimpse into Piet Oudolf's designs. Oudolf, a Dutch garden designer, is known around the world for his work like the Lurie Garden in Chicago and the High Line in New York. He is a leading figure of the new perennial movement. Oudolf stresses form and texture as much as color, and he designs with all seasons in mind showcasing the natural life cycle of perennials. This book is a visual delight featuring 23 of Oudolf's public and private works." Daniel Mee, Frisella Nursery.

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Bob Pepi succeeds not once, but twice on a Napa mountainside. By Lorraine Raguseo Photography courtesy of Quintessential Wines and Liza Gershman Photography

When people talk about the good life, they’re often envisioning sitting on a terrace with a glass of wine in one hand, a plate of fresh bread and cheeses nearby, looking out over a bucolic scene with the sun starting to set. It’s a beautiful image, one that can be doubly appreciated by us right now as we slog through another St. Louis winter of freezing temperatures and, more than likely, a few feet of snow. Someone who has been living the dream for many years near the top of a mountain in the Atlas Peak section of California’s Napa Valley is Robert L. Pepi. Born and raised in San Francisco, the grandson of Italian immigrants who came to the city by the bay in the 1920s from Italy’s famed Tuscan wine region, Bob first visited Napa when his father bought farmland there in the early 1960s. After growing grapes for nearly 20 years, father and son (who, by then, had become an oenologist), started making wine under their own label. Bob and his father bought land on a Napa mountainside and built two Italian country-style homes that became the Pepi family compound. Their wines, in particular their Sauvignon Blanc and their Cal-Italian wines (made from traditional Italian grapes) became benchmarks of their varietal and style, and Bob’s reputation as one of the great winemakers that helped make Napa the most famous wine region in the U.S., was sealed. In the early 1990s, the family sold the vineyards, winery and the Pepi wine label, but kept the family compound, which was surrounded by a neighbor’s neglected vineyards. It was these vineyards that Bob viewed from his terrace that also overlooks a large swatch of Napa Valley. He knew they could be rehabilitated and, possibly, produce some of the finest Napa Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. Bob went from coveting his neighbor’s vineyard to owning it in the late 1990s. While he worked as a consulting winemaker for many wineries in California and abroad (including what is now a 20+ years relationship with Bodega Valentin Bianchi, one of the oldest still family-owned wineries in Argentina), he devoted what was left of his time to working this plot

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Roast Duck With Cabernet Franc Cherry Sauce 1 Duck, 4-5 lbs. Salt & pepper 1 c. Cabernet Franc 3 tbsp. Balsamic vinegar 2 tbsp. Honey ½ c. Dried tart cherries 4 Whole cloves 8 Whole black peppercorns Season duck with salt and pepper and roast at 375°F until internal temperature is 180°F. Remove from oven and tent with foil. While the duck is resting make the sauce by combining 1 c. Cabernet Franc, 3 tbsp. balsamic vinegar, 2 tbsp. honey, ½ c. dried tart cherries, and the spice bundle (cloves and peppercorns), and simmer over low heat until the liquid has reduced by half. Discard spice bundle and serve immediately over duck.

below his home until he had a crop he felt was ready to be bottled. In 2000, the first bottle of Eponymous Single Vineyard Napa Cabernet Sauvignon rolled off the production line (“eponymous” being a word his daughter suggested to highlight Bob’s predicament of not being able to put his name on a wine label due to contractual restraints when the family sold their winery). In the great tradition of winemakers, especially those with Tuscan blood running through their veins, Bob creates wines that are best enjoyed in the company of fine food. While raised on such Northern Italian specialties as simple red sauce pastas, Polenta With Baccala (salted cod fish), Veal Scallopini and Saltimbocca (breaded veal cutlets stuffed with prosciutto and herbs), Bob is partial to dishes that best complement the Cabernet, Cabernet Francs, Syrah and red blends that have become his passion for the growing Eponymous line. A personal favorite is Roast Duck, made with a Cabernet Franc Cherry Sauce. While the duck is roasting in the oven, Bob prepares the sauce with a cup of his Cabernet Franc, the grapes coming from a second vineyard Bob owns near the top of another mountain just over the ridge from Napa in Sonoma County, combined with balsamic vinegar, honey, dried tart cherries and a spice bundle of cloves and peppercorns. It simmers until the liquid is reduced by half, and then is poured over the finished roast duck and served. Often, it’s accompanied by grilled local vegetables or, on special occasions, a pumpkin stuffed with everything good. In essence, it’s a terrific way to have a stuffing that is a great side dish for the duck, and also a perfect match for Bob’s Cabernet Franc. That’s the meal that Bob will be eating, overlooking his Eponymous vineyards, a glass of his red wines in hand...one we can replicate in our winter dining rooms or, perhaps, in front of a roaring fire, creating our own good life memories. See www.stlouishomesmag.com for more recipes.

Top: The vineyards. Center: Roast duck with Cabernet Franc cherry sauce. Bottom: Pepi inspects his grapes.

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Kitchens of the Year Experience delectable design in these five outstanding kitchens. Edited by Melissa Mauzy

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PLATINUM WINNER

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Castle Design

Photography By Alise O’Brien

Beach Chic

Inspired by a painting purchased at the Clayon Art Fair, the homeowner of this University City bungalow was after a pretty and clean beach chic look for her kitchen update. To maximize every inch of the kitchen, Emily Castle, of Castle Design, removed a wall telephone niche, milk door, shallow built-in and an oddly placed laundry shute. Additionally, a wall was removed to open up the 163-square-foot space. Castle took advantage of six inches on both sides of the range by topping each with marble creating a pullout spice drawer on one side and a utensil storage on the other. A spacious eat-in island was built into the bay area providing needed workspace, additional storage and seating for three. The selection of finishes truly brings home the beach chic look. A Vahara recycled glass tile backplash is reminiscent of beach glass one would find walking along the shore. The white Montclair honed Danby marble countertops provide a fresh and clean look. Natural roman shades, a hand-woven rug and natural hardwood floors bring in a sand-toned hue along with texture to warm the space. Why the judges love it: This is a safe yet forward kitchen that is comfortable for the Midwest. The layout is smart. A difficult space was made highly functional by removing a wall and taking advantage of the bay by converting it to an island. The color is amazingly soothing and balanced, and the subtle details such as the shades and rug illustrate the beachy feel.

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PLATINUM WINNER

200-260 square feet

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Old World and Timeless

Aiming to create a kitchen that had classic design with aged but not worn finishes, Jim Howard, of Glen Alspaugh Kitchens and Baths, brought in texture and color contrasts for a timeless, Old World space. To compensate for a lack of natural light in the space, shades of neutral white were used. A wide-framed, extra-thick recessed panel door in white dove and wrought iron were specified for cabinetry and appliance panels. To create the illusion of more width in the space, Howard removed wall cabinets on each side of the hood and installed interior cabinet lighting in the glass front cabinets on the opposite wall.

creates valuable storage. Texture was brought into the space with hand-brushed cabinet finishes, salvaged antique corbels and plaster. On the center island, the highly figured marble adds an element of visual texture. For contrast, black walnut hardwood flooring extends throughout the space.

Why the judges love it: The square opening framed by the antique corbels gives this kitchen its own special display. It is simple yet elegant with traditional details. The hood is a 3-D version of the backsplash. We love the contrasts of the The Old World feel is accomplished with rustic ceiling beams and a dark beams and flooring to the light, neutral cabinetry and hood. custom antiqued silver pot rack installed above the island, which

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PLATINUM WINNER

More than 260 square feet

Mitchell Wall Architecture and Design

Photography by Alise O’Brien

Parisian Punch A move to St. Louis from Paris inspired this European-style kitchen. Carol Wall, of Mitchell Wall Architecture and Design, was faced with the task of taking an existing kitchen in this historic Lafayette Square home and expanding it within the confines of the home while lightening and brightening the space. Separate rooms were combined into open, flowing spaces by removing interior walls and restructuring the home. A back staircase now opens into the kitchen revealing charming ornamentation of bead board and decorative spindles. In gutting the kitchen, a functional island was added to allow for an abundance of prep areas for the family. With three sinks, the space is now functional for the family who dines on organic, fresh foods. The light and airy kitchen still preserves the historic character of the Lafayette Square home. Why the judges love it: This kitchen truly captures the essence of the home and the character of Lafayette Square. The gray is just wonderful, and it is bold and gutsy to go without wall cabinets. The designer really took advantage of the windows and didn’t clutter the space with upper cabinets. The result is a very balanced European kitchen.

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GOLD WINNER

Less than 200 square feet

Gegg Design & Cabinetry

Photography courtesy of Gegg design & cabinetry

Classic Galley Goes Glam The classic galley kitchen of this 1960s ranch was lightened and brightened when Keith Gegg, of Gegg Design & Cabinetry, replaced the old blue-painted metal cabinets with white custom cabinets with beaded inset. The base cabinets have extra depth to create a flush look. With no windows in the space, the cabinetry around the sink was fitted with glass fronts for a more open appearance. Since the galley kitchen could not accommodate an island, a unique curved walnut banquette provides seating and serves as a transition between the kitchen and hearth room. For a narrow space, the kitchen does not lack in equipment or design detail. The space includes a fully incorporated 36� refrigerator with two freezer drawers, range top, double ovens and dishwasher. Design elements include a custom arched hood, honed Danby marble countertops, polished Danby backsplash tiles, a custom-arched stone border below the hood as well as a custom-made knife block and various pull outs for storage. Why the judges love it: We really appreciate how open and refreshing this galley kitchen feels. The banquette provides a unique solution for additional seating. A beaded inset on the white cabinetry adds interest to the classic white kitchen.

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GOLD WINNER

200-260 square feet

Directions in Design, Inc. Photography by Alise O’Brien

Smart Space

An outdated 240-square-foot kitchen is now a warm and inviting contemporary space with more useable storage and more functional workspace. Designer Melissa Rozell, of Directions in Design, Inc., paid special attention to space planning and budget when redesigning this kitchen. Because of space limitations and budget, the plumbing and cook top venting were kept in the same locations as to not add to construction costs. With a need for additional storage, Rozell changed the “U” shaped kitchen to an “L” shaped layout with an island that seats three. The island includes six long drawers for storage of pots and pans. The new design also incorporates a tall built-in pantry cabinet with pullout storage. The built-in Kenmore oven, convection microwave and warming drawers are flanked by two butler’s pantries with lit frosted glass, wall-hung cabinets and under-cabinet beverage refrigerator drawers.

To create a contemporary and warm feel, a honey, onyx backsplash tile adds an organic balance between the contrast of the sharp contemporary lines. Crisp white Zodiaq quartz was used on the perimeter countertops and waterfall island creating a clean contrast with the dark wood custom cabinets. Two glass George Kovac pendant lights hang over the island. Why the judges love it: The use of space and placement of appliances in this space is brilliant making for a smart-looking design. We really appreciate the waterfall edge on the island countertop. The three-tower design of the appliance wall with two recessed cabinets is an attractive look. Overall, the space has a clean, earthy feel.

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By Jamie Siebrase

GE Profile 30-inch induction cooktop. Courtesy of GE.

Whether a gas hook-up’s out of reach or you prefer the ease of electric, high-end induction cooktops bestow the advantages of each method – and, today, they’re more accessible than ever.

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nduction cooktops have been around since the early 1900s, when the first models were patented, with widespread production beginning in the United States in the ‘70s. While the appliance never lost appeal in Europe, Jane Heiling, president of Authorized Builder Sales, reports that here, “there was very little in the way of induction between 1985 and 2005.” Now, though, the induction flame’s been reignited (remagnetized, actually, but more on that later). “Today, it’s the most popular cooktop we sell,” Heiling says. The appeal’s obvious: professional-grade, efficient, low-maintenance cooking. “Induction offers the same control of cooking you would have with gas,” explains Jean Herman, AUTCOhome appliance specialist. Users attain a high boil quickly and can scale back to simmer almost instantly. “With electric, there’s more waiting,” adds Herman. It’s a common misconception that gas is the most efficient form of cooking, explains Heiling. Gas, only 38 percent efficient, is actually the least efficient form because significant heat escapes into the room. Induction, by contrast, is 98 percent efficient. Bonus: induction’s also safest. There’s no risk of a leak, and because the cooktop surface is heated by contact with cookware, there’s lower risk for burns. The magic is magnetic. Underneath an induction range you’ll find magnetic generators, which “click to magnetic pans to create energy,” explains Herman. The pan, then, is the heating element; no need for a flame or red-hot surface, though you may need a little more amperage and different wiring than what you already have with an existing cooktop or range.

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You’ll also need the right cookware – anything a magnet sticks to should suffice. “Something with high iron content is best,” Heiling says. Cast iron’s her favorite. While its burr bottom is rumored to scratch glass cooktops, the material’s safe for induction. (Psst: If you’re worried about scratching a surface, put paper towel underneath the pan; Heiling swears “you can cook right through, and it won’t catch fire.”) Here’s another insider tip: you don’t have to buy high-end, All-Clad cookware. Most stores carry induction-ready vessels. Herman, in fact, found her favorite set at Costco. “A lot of times,” Heiling adds, “the proper cookware comes free with the cooktop.” Ease-of-cleaning comes free, too. “I don’t baby the induction or any other glass top,” says Heiling. For daily cleaning, she uses Scotch-Brite pads and dish soap. Once a month, do a deeper clean with cream cooktop cleaner (any brand will do). A dime-sized dollop of cream goes onto the cooktop; work it in with a dry (never wet!) paper towel until it totally disappears. “That’s it,” says Heiling. “It is much easier to clean than burners with grates, et cetera.” True, induction cooktops typically cost about 40 percent more than electric versions. But, says Herman, the good news is that prices have come down significantly in the past few years. Both AUTCOhome and Authorized Builder Sales keep their induction cooktops hooked up for in-store demos. What are you waiting for? Come try one today. See www.stlouishomesmag.com for resources.

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An unused great room is transformed into a functional bar fit for entertaining

By Melissa Mauzy Photography by Anne Matheis

fter downsizing to a home in Ladue, Kelly and Brian Butler were looking for a solution to make their new home practical for their family. With an established, working relationship with Keith and Jeanne Liston, Liston Construction Company, for more than 15 years, the homeowners knew exactly who to turn to to help them redesign their home to best fit their lifestyle. First up, a typical great room. “We had a huge great room, and like most great rooms, it was one of those spaces that looked pretty, but we knew we wouldn’t use it,” says Kelly. So they decided to add a bar and make the spot a central hub for entertaining. The team decided it would be best to place the bar opposite the existing fireplace. “Having the bar opposite the fireplace gives you a focal point on both ends of the room,” explains Jeanne Liston. The expansive room opens to the couple’s back patio, lending itself to be an ideal indoor/outdoor combination. An exterior door was converted to a pass-through NanaWall window so entertaining both indoors and outdoors is a breeze. The entertainment area evokes a warm, French country feel. A curved radius bar gives the space a unique touch. The arched tops of the custom cherry wood cabinets by Marc Christian Fine Cabinetry play off the curvature of the bar. An antique cream and chocolate glaze finish with special antique finish treatment on the cabinetry keeps with the style of the space. The color scheme was chosen to complement the limestone fireplace and travertine flooring. “We kept the colors neutral to match the existing elements,” says Liston. Most of the color came from the granite countertop, which blends shades of cream, gray, black and terra cotta. Details such as the custom forged bar rail and cabinetry fronts by Eureka Forge complete the space. “There was an existing iron railing at the top of the great room,” Kelly explains. “We modified the design for the upper cabinet fronts to mimic the railing and tie the space together.” Now the setting for family gatherings and casual get-togethers with friends, the entertainment bar area is more beautiful and functional than the homeowners ever could have imagined. See www.stlouishomesmag.com for resources.

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slhl BEFORE & AFTER

Historic Charm meets Contemporary Styling A Lafayette Square kitchen combines a contemporary look with historic features. By Melissa Mauzy Photography by Anne Matheis

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When the owners of a charming Lafayette Square residence moved in, they knew their outdated kitchen had to go. It just simply was not functional for their family that loves to cook. With a goal to create a more contemporary space with a functional layout, the homeowners enlisted the help of interior designer Tamsin Mascetti, of Tamsin Design Group, to help them achieve the look they desired while holding on to the historic charm of their new neighborhood. “We wanted the existing historic details to be the focal point while updating the space with modern conveniences and clean lines,” Tamsin says. “Blending old and

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new is one of my favorite looks.” Historic features such as the original marble fireplace, high ceilings and beautiful crown moldings were preserved, but the basic layout of the space was reconfigured to be more functional for the family. “The kitchen that came with the home was visually beautiful and functionally a complete failure,” says the homeowner. The new layout now allows the homeowners to do everything the family needs to do in the kitchen in an efficient manner. A beverage center with Sub Zero refrigerator and coffee bar is

located outside of the main kitchen area to keep family members and guests out of the cook’s way. The homeowners’ children can now do homework at the island topped with Cambria countertops made from crushed quartz, which is located directly off the work area. To satisfy the cooks of the family, a Dacor dual fuel range with custom hood and Sub Zero refrigerator provide the latest technology while adding a modern touch. The existing windows were replaced with a similar window that was custom made to match the other windows in the house. “We wanted

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“ I have come to realize that it’s not about how shiny or new things are but about how they fit and work in your life, your daily flow ”

to keep as many historic elements true to the original style of the house as possible,” explains Tamsin. The new window was an ideal spot to place an apron sink to provide a lovely view of the landscaped yard. To bring more light into the space, the sink is flanked with glass-front upper cabinets with lighting inside. Inspired by the client’s love of water, a light blue Walker Zanger glass subway tile backsplash brings a refreshing pop of color into the space. “I grew up in Florida and wanted a touch of blue in the kitchen to remind me of home,” says the homeowner. “Every time I walk in there, I smile because I love that Tamsin listened and found something that reminds me of home.” After meeting Tamsin through a mutual friend, the homeowners

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knew she was the right designer for them. “Each and every one of her rooms was a home,” the homeowner says. “They were inviting and comforting without being overdone.” The homeowners appreciated how Tamsin took time to understand who they were and how they lived before making any design decisions. The small touches, colors and feels she added to the space made their kitchen the heart of their home. “I have come to realize that it’s not about how shiny or new things are, but about how they fit and work in your life, your daily flow,” says the homeowner. See www.stlouishomesmag.com for resources.

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slhl CONNECT

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

500 N. Broadway, Saint Louis, Missouri Photography by Matt McFarland

The 500 N. Broadway building downtown recently completed renovations to transform the 22-story building into a “Class A” office building. The Arcturis design team gave the building identity and a bright, secure environment. A new entry canopy creates the illusion of a heightened first-floor ceiling.

A panel of glass windows across the front maximizes light entering the space and creates a seamless transition from indoors to out. The project was awarded a 2013 distinguished award for architecture by the American Institute of Architects – St. Louis.

Devon Boathouse, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Photography by Scott McDonald, Hedrich Blessing

Located along the Oklahoma River, the Devon Boathouse is the anchor point for the Boathouse District in Oklahoma City. At 33,000 square feet, the Devon Boathouse is an Olympic training venue with the world’s only dynamic propulsion rowing tank in addition to a pool, high-altitude training room, boat storage and event spaces. The Boathouse is home to Oklahoma

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City University’s rowing and canoe/kayak teams as well training programs for USRowing and USA Canoe/Kayak. Designed by Elliott + Associates Architects, the project was awarded an American Architecture award as well as a merit award from the American Institute of Architects Central Oklahoma chapter.

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Lotus Temple, New Delhi, India Photography by Norman McGrath

Designed by Canadian architect Fariborz Sahba, the Baha’i Temple in India is most commonly known as the Lotus Temple. Completed in 1986, the temple is a place of prayer and meditation. One of the most visited buildings in the world, the temple is made up of 27 white marble petals to make up the

shape of a lotus flower. Sahba chose the lotus flower as the basis for his design because it is a symbol for purity and a metaphor for the truth that out of ignorance and violence can come peace. The structure is surrounded by nine pools of water, which represent the floating leaves of the lotus.

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CONTEST ENTRIES DEADLINE: FEBRUARY 1, 2014

entries should possess a Fusion oF exquisite architectural details and beautiFul interior design.

For submission requirements and to download an entry form, go to www.stlouishomesmag.com. For questions, e-mail Melissa Mauzy at mmauzy@ stlouishomesmag.com.

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Architects and Design professionals, show us your most architecturally savvy space, and it could be pictured in the May 2014 issue of St. Louis Homes & Lifestyles.

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Is it a classic or is it a craze?

For our January/February Kitchen issue, we asked local home and design professionals about two-tone kitchen cabinetry. Here is what they had to say…

Photography courtesy of William Ohs and available through Glen Alspaugh Kitchens and Baths.

classic “I really like this look! I think the mix of finishes on kitchen cabinetry will become a classic–many people are entertaining in the kitchen and like the furniture and homey feel that this style delivers. It looks less matched and more gradually put together than when all cabinets, counters, etc. are all the same.” Patrice Munden, Patrice Munden Interior Design. “In my opinion, I feel that a kitchen island in a different color from the surrounding cabinetry has become a classic. Very simply, the large island is the anchor of the kitchen and, as such, should be in a different color that complements the rest of the kitchen yet stands alone.” Tom Manche, Tom Manche Interiors LLC. “Classic. Cabinets that don't match hark back to an era when built-in cabinets didn't exist. The kitchen was filled with freestanding pieces of furniture that had different functions. The term kitchen cabinet meant a freestanding piece that had a countertop with doors below for storage and shelves or doors above the counter. It was all one piece of furniture. All of these pieces weren't purchased together as a matched set, so mismatched cabinets have been around for a long time. ” Marcia Moore, Marcia Moore Design.

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“Craze. Our office thinks it is a little disconnected. Designers will think of something else so we can sell more product!” Jeannie Brendel, Brendel Architects, LLC.

“I believe two-tone kitchen cabinetry is a craze, although I do like it. I feel it is the industry’s way of doing something different and inspiring the public to redo their kitchen and try something new. I feel that is a good thing to be unique, but classic is not unique. It has been around a long time, and it is also beautiful. There are many ways to design a kitchen depending on what the client wants.” Jane Ganz, ASID, Directions in Design, Inc. “This is definitely a craze. If we look back at historic homes we see cabinetry in kitchens that is done in one finish or color. If there is a butler's pantry it is either the same finish/color as the kitchen or the color of the millwork in the dining room. In my opinion, this craze will die and come back after a number of years. However, until you see this style remain relevant for a period of several decades and see it in homes considered historic, it will not be classic in the traditional sense of the word.” David Schneider, Schneider Kennedy Design

“I think the two-tone approach can be both classic and craze. It all depends on the colors you use. If you are using a classic white perimeter with a darker stained island (or vice versa), it will have staying power. If you use too much gaudy glazing or maybe painted black with sheen on it for the island, then it can lend itself to be a craze. This is just one humble kitchen designer's opinion.” Scott Mecey, Cabintery by Design.

Tell us your opinion by voting online at www.stlouishomesmag.com/article/classiccrazejan or on our Facebook page on or after January 1.

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