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of the kitchen How hard could it be to earn my Girl Scout cooking badge? Many times as a young girl I helped my grandmother whip up homemade noodles on the spur of the moment. With the rolling pin in my hand, my job was to roll out the dough until it was nice and flat, then hand roll the dough into a long tube and, finally, cut the rolled dough into the noodle strips. It seemed entirely logical that preparing a meal would be made much in the same way as the noodles. Yes, I believed I could cook. First, I needed to secure the cooking badge. After a little research, joining the Junior Gourmet Club through the St. Louis Globe-Democrat seemed to meet the Girl Scouts’ badge criteria. We were given a weekly dish to prepare and were required to report our success - or lack of - back to the club coordinator. My first dish, chicken pot pie, went well. The best part… I got to go out and buy ramekins. I loved saying the word ramekin and cooking with them. It wasn’t long afterwards that I was sewing my cooking badge on my Girl Scout Junior sash. Remember the old wives’ tale about not making any noise while your mom was baking a cake? There are many that swear your cake will fall if someone slams a door or runs through the kitchen while baking. It had more to do with vibrations in the room rather than the sound. Today’s bakers need not worry because the latest and greatest ovens are well insulated. Professional chefs actually throw their dough forcefully on the counter to eliminate any remaining air bubbles that could cause a cake to fall. Beautiful island lighting, fun canisters and organized pantries are just a few of the topics we cover in the 2015 Kitchen issue. We’re sure you will find many culinary ideas to incorporate into your kitchen to enhance your cooking experience! Happy cooking!

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KITCHENS OF THE YEAR, JUDGES Anne Boedges, Anne Marie Studios Photography by Nicole Migét Photography Anne M. Boedges, owner of Anne Marie Design Studio, has been helping clients fall in love with their homes all over the city since 2001. She obtained her BFA in Interior Design from Maryville University. She’s previously taught the NKBA Bath Design Certification Course at St. Louis Community College. Anne’s positive and down to earth approach helps clients feel anything is achievable.

Emily Castle, Castle Design Photography by M.K. Gaydos Emily Castle, owner of Castle Design, is one of St. Louis’ most sought after residential interior designers. In addition to degrees in Art and Interior Design, Emily’s degree in Architecture provides her clients with an invaluable resource. Emily is NCIDQ Certified, a Registered Interior Designer in the State of Missouri and a Professional Member of the ASID.

Donna F. Boxx, Donna F. Boxx, Architect, P.C. Photography by Colin Miller/Strauss Peyton For over 30 years, Donna has been providing award-winning custom residential and residential remodel design and construction drawings. In 1988, she founded Donna F. Boxx, Architect, P.C., which has become one of St. Louis’ most recognized architectural firms.

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Illuminate your kitchen island with a functional yet decorative lighting fixture. Pendants, chandeliers or track lighting are all options that will provide plenty of light while amping up the style in your space.

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Storing pantry staples like flour and sugar in decorative canisters is a great way to complement the style of your kitchen and add an extra flare to your countertops. By Melissa Mauzy

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Anne Cori, owner of

Kitchen Conservatory, helps you get cooking in the kitchen with tips on purchasing the right pots and pans.

A trusted kitchen store for more than 30 years, Kitchen Conservatory is St. Louis’ premier spot for kitchen tools and cooking classes. Locally owned, the store has more than 6,000 products available. SLHL: If I am looking for new pots and pans, what are my options? (nonstick, cast iron, copper, etc.) Anne: Since some electric cooktops require certain kinds of cookware, find out what pots you can safely use on your stove. Gas cooktops can use any cookware: aluminum; copper; stainless; cast iron; enameled cast iron; carbon steel, and nonstick.

SLHL: What would the culinary connoisseur appreciate most? Anne: Pans for special occasions: Asian carbon steel wok; Moroccan ceramic tagine; Spanish carbon steel paella; French enamel cast-iron Dutch oven; large aluminum roasting pan, and carbon steel crepe pan. SLHL: Do you need to use a different type of cookware for gas cooktop, electric and induction? Anne: Most definitely. Any pot can be used on a gas cooktop, but electric cooktops only heat where the pan is in direct contact with the surface. I recommend pots with flat spun-disk bottoms because they are less likely to warp. Cast iron cannot be used on glass tops. Induction cooktops require pans that are magnetic, such as cast iron or stainless. Aluminum pans will not heat on an induction stove.

SLHL: What are the advantages and disadvantages to each option? Anne: The best cookware is made from an aluminum core clad in stainless. Aluminum conducts heat beautifully, and the stainless interior does not react to food and is super-easy to clean. Copper cooks great, but it is heavy and expensive. Cast iron is not expensive and it is easy to maintain, but it is very heavy. Every kitchen should have one good non-stick skillet for sticky foods. At Kitchen Conservatory, we use All-Clad stainless, Le Creuset enamel cast iron, Lodge cast iron and Swiss Diamond SLHL: What is one item people don’t typically buy, but you find necessary to have? nonstick. Anne: I love my pressure cooker and use it several times each week. Dinner is ready in one-quarter the time. SLHL: Should I buy them as a set or individually? Anne: Companies put together sets that sound great – 10-piece set! – but sets usually include pots that are never used. Buy pans in the size that SLHL: Can you give some cleaning tips to make your pots and pans last longer? you will use on a regular basis, and avoid wasting money on sets. Anne: All quality pots can be cleaned, no matter how badly abused. SLHL: What pieces would you recommend for the average weeknight Use a stainless scrubbie with a paste of stainless cleanser for cleaning stainless and aluminum pots. Enamel and copper cleansers are available. family cook? Anne: A 12-inch and 8-inch stainless or nonstick fry pan, a 4-quart and Cast iron and carbon steel pans are designed to be seasoned. Clean off 2-quart stainless saucepan, and an 8-quart stainless or enamel cast-iron any rust or particles, but don’t soap those pans – just re-oil and they are ready to use! See www.stlouishomesmag.com for resources. stock pot.



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Auto Auteur Under restoration expert Mike Manns’ deft hand, automotive gems of bygone days exceed their former glory. By Barb Stefano Photography by Colin Miller/Strauss Peyton

Tucked away on a quiet street in Festus is a shop whose unassuming owner is the last person one would expect to be hobnobbing with Hollywood royalty and automotive kingpins. But Mike Manns’ humility is precisely what inspires him to pour so much effort into the auto restorations that have drawn famous gearheads like Jay Leno and members of the Rockefeller clan to his work at Manns Restoration. While his bread and butter remains the regular people looking to polish a beloved family treasure, there have been enough high-profile projects to put the humble, small-town grease monkey in the Rolodex of every auto enthusiast with cash to burn. “When you get in a roomful of car guys, we’re all the same,” says Manns. “No matter how much or how little money they have, they all


have a story about that first freedom of a car. It’s a common denominator.” At 63, he’s been in the business since he was a teen working in the garage his grandfather opened in 1939. In the decades since, he’s built a reputation for detail that has attracted some of the most celebrated restorations in the industry. Among the most famous is the Bobby Darin Dream Car, a custom DiDia in which the heartthrob drove Sandra Dee to the Oscars in 1961. Another – a 1963 Chrysler turbine engine concept car few even knew existed in 1994 when Manns restored it – is now valued at a staggering $10 million. For Manns, restoration is far from a simple coupling of nuts and bolts. It is both an art and science, requiring an eye for what designs work with the lines and character of the car. At times, the work relies also


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on no small measure of sleuthing, as it did during the rebuilding of the Rockefeller family’s 1930s Edsel Sport Phaeton concept car, when Manns had only an incomplete, dilapidated body and a couple of fuzzy photographs of the original to serve as blueprints for the project. Indeed, reproducing missing parts from a one-of-a-kind, Prohibition-era vehicle is no small feat. Manns sketches out the design concept, often right down to the individual parts he’ll need to recreate to bring it to life. His fidelity to historical accuracy, creative design solutions and dedication to quality have earned him international recognition at prestigious car shows in Pebble Beach, Meadowbrook, Amelia Island, New York, Paris, Rome and beyond. His reputation also caught the attention of television production companies interested in focusing their reality-show cameras on his garage. Manns hasn’t ruled it out, but has no interest in the manufactured drama and car “pimpin’” characteristic of faux-reality programs. “Something like


a ‘This Old House’ for cars would be OK,” he says. “I don’t want to do one of those ridiculous shows where I’m throwing a wrench across the shop, yelling at people, having a temper tantrum. If I do it, it’s going to be on my terms.” His TV break eventually could come by way of Leno, who connected with Manns over a shared interest in the turbine car and who calls him from time to time to talk shop. He’s toured Leno’s garage and attended tapings and shows at the comic’s invitation; then about a year ago, the two began scripting a prospective documentary about the restoration of the turbine car they hope will interest a cable TV channel. Restoring a car is less about polishing chrome or recovering panels and seats than it is about respecting cherished parts of the past. This is the aforementioned common denominator that makes one man’s humble beater as precious as another’s multimillion-dollar concept car. “It’s touching the lives of people who have something precious,” Manns says. See www.stlouishomesmag.com for resources.


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Hints ofChocolate

By Judith Evans Photography by Colin Miller/Strauss Peyton

In their new downtown headquarters, Bissinger’s hosts private events in the chic Caramel Room where the executive chef serves up decadent delights with a hint of chocolate.

How to describe the Caramel Room, the lusciously appointed event space atop Bissinger’s new headquarters? The scent of chocolate is in the air, but Director of Events Amanda Bradham-Little answers the question by invoking another indulgence. “It’s whiskey chic,” she says. “It’s a take on modern and contemporary, yet warm and inviting.”


Tiered lights and a brick-faced fireplace cast a golden glow over the bar and reception area, which opens into a ballroom that can seat 420 guests. A short flight of stairs leads to the rooftop terrace, which offers cozy seating clustered around fire pits and a stunning view of the new Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge. The lower floors in this 100-year-old former warehouse hold the chocolatier’s production


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Grilled flat-iron steak and applewood-smoked shrimp. Right: Creamy broccoli soup

facilities and corporate offices. Bradham-Little and Executive Chef Nick Miller work for 23 City Blocks Catering, the parent company that oversees the Caramel Room at Bissinger’s, 1600 North Broadway, and Lumen Private Event Space, 23 blocks to the southwest at 2201 Locust St. “Same chef, same menus, just different spaces,” she says. Miller was

the owner and executive chef at Harvest, an acclaimed restaurant in Richmond Heights that closed in June. “Amanda called me as soon as the news broke that Harvest would be closing,” he says. He’s incorporating subtle hints of Bissinger’s chocolate into some of his savory dishes, such as white-chocolate gnocchi. “It sounds like it would be a decadent dessert,” he says. Not so: “I’m taking the


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Parmesan-cheese portion and substituting white chocolate. You have the flavor of the white chocolate, but not the sweetness.” Those nuanced flavors are his hallmark. “With my food, that’s one thing you will find; it’s incredibly well balanced,” he says. “You won’t find one bite and say, ‘that’s very sweet, that’s very salty.’ In all bites, you’ll find all five aspects of taste.” See www.stlouishomesmag.com for more information.



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the cooking school Menu White-chocolate gnocchi: The gnocchi – small dumplings – are made from russet potatoes and white chocolate. Miller cooks pancetta – Italian bacon – then browns the gnocchi in the rendered fat. Browned butter, sage and a hint of orange finish the dish. Creamy broccoli soup: For garnishes, Miller makes fingerling potato chips, bacon powder and cheesy poofs, whipped egg whites mixed with finely grated cheddar cheese, breaded and fried. “The egg whites fry out and just become air,” he says. “You have this puff ball of air with the cheese flavor.” Grilled flat-iron steak and applewood-smoked shrimp: “The steak is very, very simple in flavor,” he says. “The flat iron is a very rich, delicious piece of meat.” He’ll serve it with bacon-braised mustard greens and a Meyer lemon foam-brown butter hollandaise, and a galette, a small disc of potatoes stuffed with caramelized onions and goat cheese.


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True Transitional The real challenge when marrying traditional and contemporary design is incorporating new furnishings in a way that won’t make older pieces look dated. Principal designer Teddy Karl of The Great Cover-Up achieved true transitional - we’re talking simple, clean and utterly timeless - by striking a flawless balance between past and present in this 25th floor urban high-rise.



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Formal Dining Room: The formal dining room represents transitional aesthetic at its very best because, well, it showcases an authentic mix of classic staples and modern décor that challenged Karl to think way outside the box. For familiar and time-honored, it’s hard to beat that table with its curvy legs and ornate detailing. Karl reupholstered an interesting mix of host and hostess and Queen Anne chairs, kept from the homeowners’ previous Ladue manor, with a monochromatic fabric. “We took the Persian hand-knotted carpet that previously had been in the homeowners’ family room and used that in the dining room,” says Karl. The rest, he explains, is ultra-simple. Sheer horizontal Silhouettes from Hunter Douglas and a minimalist blown-glass chandelier serve as contemporary counterweights.

Family Room: “I love that it is a real entertaining space,” Karl says, pointing to a casual, open portion of the condo extending from a marble-filled kitchen. The area is monochromatic, but hardly boring. Gray predominates in the family room, and a clever beige strip in the striped chair and ottoman connects the room’s color scheme with the rest of the home’s equally restrained palette. Strong, large-scale furniture is what carries the space, while texture invigorates the neutral brigade: a tufted wool rug; grainy wood atop sleek stainless in the Kravet coffee table, and a paisley wing chair with matching cushions. The juxtaposition of rigid lines and gentle curves adds more visual interest and is seen in the end and coffee tables and that bold table lamp. Breathtaking views of the Arch don’t hurt anything, either. STLOUISHOMESMAG.COM JAN/FEB 2015

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Breakfast Nook: Once a segregated sitting room, the homeowners took down a wall and continued the dramatic beamed ceiling and wood floors from the family room — a painstaking exercise in millwork matching — into the breakfast nook, essentially giving themselves a clean, contemporary canvas. To that they added modern conveniences like a full sound system and remote-operated, power-rise shades. A second Stanton rug, identical to the one in the family room, unites the adjoined spaces, while the casual trestle table and sleek chairs form a perfect kinship with a classic buffet and regal grandfather clock. Living Room: Speaking of regal, there’s the unexpected Baby Grand


just beyond a living room showcasing stylish, boxy, black-and-gold woven chairs. “I love the piano, and that they chose not to put a rug underneath it,” Karl says, adding that “you’d expect a black lacquered one.” The designer also loves the pristine hardwood floors carried throughout the condominium. “It looks like an old house,” he says. Art presented another opportunity for melding modern with traditional. “We could keep furnishings on the traditional side and go ultra-contemporary on art, and it was a fun balance to work with,” Karl says. Hallway: A long, knotted Persian rug leads to an archway bowing above a traditional Chippendale settee Karl freshened with contemporary


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polka-dot fabric and glitzy linen throw pillows. The feminine painted console contrasts with rigid edges of a rectangular mirror. Can lights with dimmers were a simple way to incorporate general mood lighting throughout the home. “I like to joke that the homeowners downsized to a 4,800-square-foot condo,” says Karl, explaining, “The rooms are much bigger than they seem in pictures.” The less-is-more approach to home décor – seen in the lighting and elsewhere – calls for firm, judicious editing, and a keen eye that understands a few, well-chosen pieces are all it really takes to bring transitional style to life. See www.stlouishomesmag.com for resources.


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Opposite page: Designed around the owners’ spectacular collection of contemporary art, this Clayton home is the essence of style, comfort, and convenience. This page: The hearth room fireplace and flatscreen TV virtually “disappear” against a black wall, focusing attention on cylindrical sculptures by Brother Mel, a Turkish shoeshine stand, and a whimsical dog fashioned from newspaper.


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Good art inspires; good design motivates. – Otl Aicher Avid art collectors, world travelers and prominent St. Louis civic leaders, the owners of this unique residence in Clayton demonstrate that ingenuity, skillful design and a team of talented professionals can meet virtually any challenge – in this case, a multitude of challenges! To simplify their busy lifestyle, the couple had moved from their large family home in Ladue to an upscale Clayton condominium 10 years ago. Over time, however, they found that condo living lacked privacy and room to expand. Still, they loved Clayton and wanted to stay within


walking distance of the downtown area. “It’s the happening place!” the wife quips, “but I wanted to walk in the grass, to have a garden… and a dog.” Eventually, they found a 1950s-vintage home with a manageably sized yard in a quiet residential neighborhood, but the house itself would need major renovation. Based on a referral from a friend and business associate, the couple turned to Garison Salinas, architectural design consultant and principal of Garrison Ltd. Salinas admits to a certain amount of trepidation when undertaking the project, which took nearly 18 months to complete. “The owners were accustomed to working with international designers,” he explains,


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Opposite page: An appealing juxtaposition of styles, the great room’s two antique demilune tables are topped by a Carol Summers woodcut and a work by Robert Cunningham, aptly titled Art. Other notable pieces include the wife's collection of kaleidoscopes and Ellie Fernald 's Clayper Doll Outfit. This page: A fiberglass giraffe by Marcie Ziv peers over the railing of the upper level’s lookout landing.

“and they knew exactly what they wanted. It had to be their ‘forever’ home – functional, minimalist, with the primary living spaces all on one level. Most importantly, it had to be designed around their extraordinary collection of contemporary art.” Equally challenging, all modifications to the property would be subject to Clayton’s rigorous architectural guidelines. The decision was made to gut the structure, leaving only the front and side walls standing. Architect Jeff Day of Jeff Day & Associates, created a clean-lined, classic elevation that integrates beautifully with the surrounding homes. Ceilings were raised, dormers reversed and exterior brick added to compensate for the home’s augmented height.

Inside, Day’s 4,000-square-foot, three-level floor plan addressed the owners’ explicit spatial requirements. “Contemporary design isn’t easy,” Salinas notes. “Simple lines actually make design more complex.” An early hurdle was the couple’s need for a two-car attached garage. The small lot made this problematic, since the city stipulates an acceptable ratio of permeable to impermeable ground surface. The solution was to put the garage underground, beneath the patio and a portion of the backyard and accessible from the home’s lower level, with elevator service to the upper floors. Although somewhat “revolutionary” to city authorities, the concept was ultimately approved, and construction began under the supervision of Brian STLOUISHOMESMAG.COM

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This page: A prized 1947 Wurlitzer jukebox is a delightful counterpoint to the feng shui-carved entry door and contemporary artwork. Center: The sophisticated décor is immediately established by the foyer’s black accent wall, a Robert Forbes street scene, and a Frank Owen abstract. Opposite page top: New Yorker magazine covers blanket the powder room walls. Bottom: Casual meals are enjoyed with views of the beautifully landscaped yard.

Fuchs, Fuchs Construction. Now in residence, the owners enjoy an environment that can only be described as a superb fusion of fine art and meticulous interior design. The dramatic décor is immediately evident. A large feng shui symbol is carved into the entry door, and the porch’s Valders Stone flooring extends into the foyer. Directly ahead, a hyper-realistic street scene by St. Louis artist Robert Forbes is set against a stark black wall and flanked by a vivid Frank Owen abstract. Drawing the eye into the great room are a wall sculpture by Lori Cozen-Geller and Claes Oldenburg’s lithograph, Scissors as Monument. Completely open, the main level’s activity areas are filled with vibrant color and natural light. High-engineered, espresso-hued Mirage hardwood flooring and white walls establish a sophisticated “gallery” effect, emphasizing rather than competing with the stunning artwork.


Walls were altered to accommodate various art pieces, neutral-toned New Zealand wool area rugs define the individual spaces, and Salinas proved that antiques – another of the owners’ passions – can be a perfect complement to sleek contemporary furnishings. “Garison is ‘wound’ differently from other designers,” the husband remarks. “He reused many of the items from our previous homes and acquired new items where needed.” In the great room, for example, a custom-made Tom Britt sofa and cadmium-yellow club chairs are combined with several oriental tables and two antique demilune console tables, one topped by Ernest Trova’s Flowing Man. Displayed in the 21-foot vault are Square Wave, a trompe-l’oeil by Ron Davis, and on the opposing wall, another geometric Cozen-Geller sculpture in brilliant yellow. Below, a quintessential Frank Stella abstract is whimsically hung above a 1947 Wurlitzer jukebox.


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The formal dining area contrasts a handsome Regency dining table and chairs with the adjoining hearth room’s vivid red Ligne Roset lounge, gravity-defying side chairs in marine blue and sculptural steel mesh occasional tables. Cylindrical white sculptures by Brother Mel bracket the inset fireplace and flat screen TV, made nearly invisible against a black wall and a brass Turkish shoeshine stand gleams on the hearth. Featured elsewhere in this issue (page 62), the Gegg-designed kitchen is delineated by an 18-foot Caesarstone quartz-topped island, which has a custom niche showcasing Fancy Lady, a Time McClendon wire and crystal sculpture commissioned by the homeowners. Informal meals are served in a sunny bay, an exact duplicate STLOUISHOMESMAG.COM

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of the casual dining area in the owners’ previous home and furnished with an original Saarinen dining ensemble. The alcove’s full-height windows overlook a beautifully terraced yard, designed by landscape architect Matt Moynihan and filled with seasonal color by Baxter Gardens. The remaining half of the main level is devoted to the master retreat. Cylindrical sculptures and an Andy Warhol montage line the walls of the hall leading to a powder room, papered with the husband’s collection of New Yorker covers; the owners’ sitting room/library and


adjacent home office; and a tranquil, Zenlike master suite. Coffered and sublimely furnished in black and white, the master bedroom’s black walls are quietly embellished with a 10-piece series by Jasper Johns, entitled Numbers. Reserved for visiting grandchildren and houseguests, the upper level illustrates another aspect of Salinas’ talent. According to the husband, “One of Garison’s great strengths is a combination of a great design eye coupled with practicality.” A colorful fiberglass giraffe by Marcie Ziv guards the lookout


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Opposite page: Warhol’s Ten from Leo Castelli hangs above the entry to the master suite. This page: Calm and soothing in black and white, the master bedroom is encircled by Numbers, a 10-piece series by Jasper Johns.

landing, and a warm red wall accents the guest sitting room, which easily converts to another bedroom. For durability, Salinas custom-designed the cabinetry in walnut-grained Formica to simulate the main floor’s rich natural woods. Furnished in soft blues and peach, the guest suite is similarly child-proof and makes use of every inch of space with cleverly hidden storage cabinets. Suitable for entertaining or additional guest accommodations, the lower level consists of a large main room, half bath, laundry room and an oversized “mud room” with generous storage space for luggage.

Brilliantly designed, this “forever home” has thoroughly satisfied its owners’ objectives – abundant functional space, lavished with contemporary art, a lush yard – and a set of pet dishes, ready and waiting for their new rescue dog, Cookie. See www.stlouishomesmag.com for resources.


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Garden of pure, clear harmony and peace.

St. Louis Homes & Lifestyles has enjoyed a valued 19-year partnership with the Missouri Botanical Garden. Opened in 1859 by Henry Shaw as a place for the city’s residents to love, the Missouri Botanical Garden has been a landmark in St. Louis for more than 150 years. Each issue, we will share a small slice of the garden with you in Shaw’s Vision. Discover the beauty and knowledge this St. Louis gem has to offer. Edited by Melissa mauzy

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Dedicated in 1977, the 14-acre Japanese Garden, one of the largest in North America, represents an evolution of centuries of tradition and a multiplicity of distinctly Japanese cultural influences. Incorporating carefully designed plantings, waterfalls, beaches and islands, the Japanese Garden invites visitors to experience the thrill of personal interpretation and discovery in a serene landscape that's uniquely beautiful in every season. Joanne Fogarty, Missouri Botanical Garden docent and member, shares why this particular section of the Garden is so special to her: “I was there from the beginning; 40 years ago, I witnessed, firsthand, the lake being constructed and had the opportunity to meet landscape architect Professor Koichi Kawana, a native of Japan and lecturer on environmental design and landscape architecture. It makes it even more special to watch the maturation of the garden after all this time. One of my greatest joys is being able to see the teahouse island. The plum arbor is an especially lovely place to have a still moment, and I love to see the cherry blossoms in bloom. Watching the horticulturists prune the conifers, trees and other plants is fascinating; the simplicity of the garden is deceiving – there is so much time and meticulous care of the Garden.” See www.stlouishomesmag.com for resources.



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Taking off the Chill – Italian Style Grappas are a chic alternative to wine this winter.

Italy reigns as “il numero uno” among wines imported to the United States. But in Italy, grappa is one of the most popular alcoholic beverages. You might say that grappa is the cool, younger, indie cousin to its older, more worldly and established wine relative, as both have their roots in Italian vineyards and, since 1989, only grappa produced in Italy can be labeled grappa. Being deep into a St. Louis winter, it’s the perfect time to curl up in front of a roaring fire with a tall flute filled with an artisanal grappa while you get the scoop about this native Italian spirit. As with wine, grapes are the base ingredient for grappa. Most grappas start with pomace - the skin, pulp, seeds and stems left over from winemaking after the grapes are pressed. The type of grapes used, the quality of the pomace and how it is distilled (as opposed to wine, which is fermented with yeast), is what differentiates one grappa from another. While winemaking goes back to ancient times, grappa was developed around the 12th century, initially to prevent waste by using


the leftovers of the winemaking process. Through the ages, grappa was considered the drink of Italian farmers and outdoor laborers to fortify them against the cold. `The modern era of grappa starts in the mid-1970s in and around the town of Bassano del Grappa, from which the spirit gets its name, in the Veneto region of Northern Italy. Its growing popularity lies largely with the introduction of varietal (single grape) and aged grappas. Today, over 40 million bottles are produced each year and the spirit is exported all over the world. There are nearly as many types of grappa as there are Italian grapes, and many, many producers, from major commercial distillers to local artisans who produce only a few dozen cases. Then there is the Dolzan family. Under the Villa de Varda label, these grappas are in a class by themselves. The actual property, in the small Trentino town of Mezzolombardo near the Italian/Swiss border, has been producing


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grappa since the late 1600s. It was in their cellars at the beginning of the 19th century that Michele Dolzan found his passion for distilling, culminating in the creation of the Villa de Varda label and its refinement through four generations. Rather than using pomace, they make grappa with marc, which is derived from the soft pressing of one type of grape – be it Pinot Grigio, Moscato or even the famed red grape Amarone – still dripping with must (the juice of the grape) and of much higher quality than pomace. The Dolzans ensure freshness by pouring the marc into the still immediately after it has been separated from the wine – a demanding, exacting and time-sensitive process that few other distillers even attempt. The flavors are pure and without the heavy alcohol taste that characterizes lesser-quality grappa. They are described as having a velvety “mouth feel” and being fruit-driven — characteristics usually attributed to high-quality wines. Recently available in the U.S., they are worth seeking out for the ultimate grappa experience. Dr. Luigi Dolzan, Michele’s grandson and the current owner of Villa de Varda with his two sons, perfected making grappa with marc and helped redefine and elevate the entire grappa category. The de Varda Method is considered the benchmark distilling process for Italian grappa, and very few other producers can duplicate the fine grappas the Dolzans produce. So key to the history, development and refinement of grappa is the Dolzan family that Dr. Dolzan was honored as a Knight of the Italian Republic by former Italian president, Carlo Azeglio Ciampi. With the introduction of boutique grappas, as ultra, high-quality labels like Villa de Varda are known, serving it in flute glasses has become de rigueur, and drinking these grappas with food, like a fine wine, is starting to take hold. Salted pistachio nuts or plain crackers with honey and thinly shaved pieces of Parmigiano-Reggiano or Pecorina Romano cheeses on top are two popular choices (salty and sweet flavors match most grappas’ flavor profile). Some of the more flavorful grappas can actually be whipped into a dessert cream to be part of a special Panettone (Italian Fruit Cake) or the filling for chocolate-covered pralines. Many Italians now add grappa to espresso coffee to create a Caffe Corretto, which means corrected coffee. Still, grappa is enjoyed most often on its own, as an after-dinner digestivo or any time you want to ward off winter’s chill...just the way you may be enjoying it right now. See www.stlouishomesmag.com for resources.


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Downsizing to a chic, urban loft doesn’t have to mean giving up comfort and style.


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Kitchen Liberty

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On the Curve

With little room for prep work, poor lighting and a dreary appearance, newly married homeowners David and Ellen Sullivan knew their kitchen was in need of a makeover. To make the space their own, they called upon designer Jonathan Carson, owner of Kitchen Liberty. Initially the couple contemplated removing a wall dividing the kitchen and breakfast room to expand the space. Carson encouraged the couple to keep the wall to avoid additional costs. A creative curvy reformulation of the space allowed for a better flow from kitchen to breakfast room to hallway. Previously moving from space to space felt awkward at points where cabinets and counters were thrusting into hips rounding the corner at the doorway. Curving the countertops and creating an oval-shaped island allow the homeowners to move more comfortably in the space. The curved design complements the existing arched doorways, bringing out character. A soft-gray paint color energizes the shapes of the plaster and gives a current yet classic look. In the breakfast room, a custom-designed cherry table and built-in banquette continue the curved theme. Why the judges love it: This is the best use of an island in the small space. It really feels like there is plenty of room to move throughout the kitchen. We love how the accent tile catches your eye in every space from the microwave area to the banquette. One really can appreciate the use of curves within this kitchen. See www.stlouishomesmag.com for resources.


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Paris Comes to St. Louis

If you didn’t know any better you might feel as if you are in an 18th-century building in Paris, not in the kitchen of a high-rise condo in St. Louis. But that is exactly the feeling you get in this beautiful space designed by Chris Berry, brooksBerry & Associates. The homeowner was after the casual yet tailored look the French do so well, but with state-of-the-art amenities. The previous kitchen was dated and lacked storage and function. Berry removed everything, including the floor tile and part of the wall adjoining the kitchen and bedroom closet. The common corridor ceiling had to be cut open to allow for the installation of a gas line for the stove. Electricity was brought into the island overhead and down through distressed posts that hold a custom pot rack. In the space where the old bedroom closet used to be, a wall of shallow display pantries with antique reproduction glass and cremone bolts provides much-needed storage. French-gray apothecary-style cabinets on the island, custom 2”-thick marble, as well as a French range topped with a bookmatched-marble backsplash, achieve the Parisian feel. The cleanup sink area features a French apron-front sink, Gantry-style faucet and paired, custom iron shelves attached to the full-height bookmatched marble backsplash. Tres magnifique! Why the judges love it: The subtle and tasteful look of the kitchen really lets the small details shine from the hardware selections to the island drawers. Running electricity to the island in the beams is a brilliant way to hide electrical wiring while adding a detailed touch. See www.stlouishomesmag.com for resources.


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More than 400 square feet

RJ Mayer Development

Photography by Alise O’Brien

Redefined Design

With an awkward, fragmented floor plan, traffic flow was poor and the work triangle nonexistent in this family of five’s kitchen. Not only did the kitchen lack flow, but the entire first floor also needed to be reconfigured. To tackle the space, design duo Randy and Davey Mayer, RJ Mayer Development, started by dividing the large, nonfunctional space and redefining the kitchen, pantry, laundry room and breakfast room. Among the homeowners’ top priorities were efficiency, high quality, durability, concealed appliances and a contemporary, yet inviting, design suitable for their family. Structural modifications were necessary to divide the space. A new wall was added, taking away a small portion of the kitchen to allow for a larger laundry room. One now can enter from the garage to the laundry room, as opposed to directly from the garage to the kitchen. In the kitchen, a corner window was removed, and the sink and window were relocated. A rarely used desk was removed and replaced with simple filing drawers. Appliance selection and placement were of paramount importance to the homeowners. They wanted every appliance to be within reach, but also concealed from view. To achieve this look, the Mayers included frameless, full-overlay cabinetry and multiple appliance garages. Appliance selections include a 36” refrigerator, 36” freezer, double oven, warming drawer, 48”-range top, dishwasher, dishwasher drawer, compactor and microwave drawer. A curved peninsula conceals a structural column, while providing seating for five at the bar as well as counter space for entertaining. Why the judges love it: The overall design is very smart. They made a typical two-story layout super-functional, while keeping a warm feel to the kitchen. The range top with drawers underneath is very functional. The use of Lucite chairs is a great solution as they virtually disappear. See www.stlouishomesmag.com for resources.


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Less than 250 square feet

Gegg Design & Cabinetry

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Galley Gallery

Art was at the forefront of design decisions when transforming this traditional Clayton ranch into a contemporary open floor plan. Avid collectors, the homeowners wanted their art to shine. The cabinetry and finishes were to be a backdrop that would not fight with the bold, bright colors of the owner’s collection. Designer Keith Gegg, Gegg Design & Cabinetry, kept the kitchen sleek and contemporary with crisp white-quartz counters and solid-acrylic upper cabinets. For contrast, the bases and refrigerators were done in a stained mahogany, carrying a grid pattern throughout the lower cabinets. A showpiece in and of itself, the island features geometric-patterned doors and sculpted panels. The end of the island facing the foyer has a niche where the homeowners are able to display large pieces of art or sculpture.


Though a galley kitchen, everything is at the cook’s fingertips. The multilevel island houses a microwave drawer, oven, sink, trash and recycle center. A Wolf cooktop along the back wall is topped with a drywall hood that is the same color as the wall, so that it simply disappears and becomes the backdrop for the unique painted-plate collection. The openness of the kitchen makes you feel like you are in a gallery that you just happen to be able to cook in. Why the judges love it: Wow, this is different than what you typically see in St. Louis, but it truly shows off the owners’ collection and personality. The art pieces are the focus and the kitchen falls in with them. See www.stlouishomesmag.com for resources.


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250-400 square feet

Marc Christian Fine Cabinetry

Photography by Anne Matheis

Contemporary Curvature

Seeking a sleek design style with a few accent elements that pop, the homeowners also needed storage and function in their redesigned kitchen. Working with Bob Burmeister, Marc Christian Fine Cabinetry, a unique radius kitchen was designed to meet all of their needs. The original kitchen had an angled back wall with a simple rectangular island and little storage. Burmeister incorporated a curved back wall of cabinetry that includes a 48� professional range, designer range hood and built-in pantries that flank the stainless-steel refrigerator. Continuing the curve, the front island sits on a reverse radius with the sink facing the family room so that homeowners can enjoy family while working in the kitchen. The island is topped with a Think Glass raised bar top with stainless-steel supports. The use of the glass top

allows the open feel of the kitchen to extend into the family room. The cabinetry is a sleek, stained European door style with stainless-steel accent handles. An accent stainless-steel, full-height splash behind the professional range maintains ease of cleaning. Why the judges love it: This kitchen has a nice hefty thickness on everything. All the elements work together, and the designer was smart in incorporating curvature into the hood and island as well as the wall. The glass bar top is the coolest detail, especially how it appears to be floating. See www.stlouishomesmag.com for resources.


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More than 400 square feet

Henry Kitchen & Bath

Photography by Jimmy Smith

Light and Bright

The challenge designer Sue McCann, Henry Kitchen & Bath, faced in this new home was taking a large space and making it functional and easy to work in. Separating the refrigerator and cooktop areas keep the cook separate from the family going to the refrigerator. The prep sink and main sink face one another for a fun atmosphere when two cooks are working in the kitchen. To give the space a fun and elegant look, McCann chose several cabinetry options. For the main perimeter, the cabinets are maple pearl with a cognac glaze. The prep island is done in maple with a pesto paint and coffee glaze, while the entertaining island is cherry with a riverbed stain. The second island is convenient for entertaining and homework time and coordinates with the formal wet bar just across the room. McCann also used a mixture of legs and


corbels to give variety to the large amount of cabinetry used. With high ceilings and no windows in the kitchen, the space still feels light and bright. Sea-pearl quartzite countertops and Hirsch glass tile bring a fresh, modern look to the traditional wood details. For a warm and interesting look, a tin-ceiling detail was added to the coffer above the prep island. Why the judges love it: This kitchen accommodates the family really well and is light and bright with no windows. The tin ceiling is unique and breaks up the large space. The gray color of the island gives a nice contrast to the space. See www.stlouishomesmag.com for resources.


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How to strike a balance when selecting kitchen materials

If there is one rule about choosing materials and finishes in kitchen design, it’s that there are no rules. Rather, a desired color palette, specific function for the space or a unique layout often informs the selection of colors and textures. Designers’ go-to kitchen materials—granite, marble, quartz, wood, laminate, glass, stainless steel, zinc, copper, cork and pewter—offer a wide variety of options for color, texture, durability and cost. How to choose? Chris Berry, owner of brooksBerry Kitchens & Baths, explains, “There isn’t one ‘perfect’ material from an aesthetic or performance standpoint. There are many beautiful options, and still, stainless steel and copper scratch, wood burns, granite is brittle, marble and zinc stain, and glass chips.” In the end, the best material for a project is entirely dependent on the homeowner’s specific design and functional requirements. Where to start? When considering an overall design strategy, it’s helpful to focus on areas with the largest sur face area—countertops, cabinetry, paint and backsplashes. These items tend to define the color palette for the room. Next, consider how combining colors and textures can enhance the design. Some materials blend well for a classic, paired look, and others contrast for a more bold effect. Some materials can add depth to small spaces, while others tie vast spaces together. And unexpected and creative combinations, done well, can combine to create a truly stunning and unforgettable space. Berry offers the following vignettes: Classic Wood floors White perimeter cabinetry Charcoal-colored, cleft-slate countertops Painted charcoal-black island cabinetry with a thick wood countertop Striking light fixture Modern Luxe Floor-to-ceiling, high-gloss wood veneer cabinetry with concealed hardware Base cabinets with an accent color of blue-black, Chinese red or French blue Stainless-steel appliances Stainless-steel countertop and a wall of windows above Rustic Built-in, traditional style, wood cabinetry, such as a china hutch, armoire, or antique sideboard with distressed paint Industrial-style metal shelving Distressed copper sinks Honed-stone countertops Industrial style faucets Reclaimed-wood flooring


By Sara Graham Photography courtesy of brooksBerry Kitchens & Baths

In terms of color considerations, Berry also recommends choosing white or light-colored countertops, and cabinets and backsplashes to brighten and open up the room for small spaces with little natural light. Add warmth and a casual feel to areas located away from heat and water, such as breakfast bars and islands, with wood surfaces. (But avoid mixing "close but missed" finishes when working with multiple woods, such as dark golden-brown floors with dark reddish-brown cabinetry. Berry says save color and drama for select feature areas, such as granite with sweeping movement on large islands and patterned or colorful tile backsplashes, for a clean, polished look. Then, explains Berry, “Customization is what makes a good project great and gives a design longevity. Consider Frank Lloyd Wright's desktop cutout at Falling Water—it was the perfect functional solution to a design challenge and is as fresh today as it was when it was built.” Basic materials such as wood, stainless steel and accent materials offer unlimited options for a custom look. Whatever you do, cautions Berry, “Stop just before you think it's done. As artists, we all have to restrain ourselves from overworking a space. More doesn't mean better. There is a point where more becomes too much. Don't overwork it.” See www.stlouishomesmag.com for resources.


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three: Classic Fulham Bespoke pantry, by Roundhouse Design. Photography by Nick Kane. four: Spanish colonial pantry, by Matthew Thomas Architecture. Photography by Karen Shell. five: Bywood Street residence contemporary pantry, by Martha O’Hara Interiors. Photography by Troy Thies.


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Island Required By Melissa Mauzy Photography courtesy of Gegg Design & Cabinetry

Too narrow for a center island, a dated 1980s kitchen was creatively reconfigured to improve flow and functionality. Seated at the peninsula in her tired, dated kitchen, a Ladue homeowner wistfully envisioned her family and friends gathered around a center island while she prepared delicious meals and snacks. While her current kitchen wasn’t necessarily small, it was narrow, making it nearly impossible to add a center island that was the appropriate size for seating and aisle space. A peninsula extending from one wall provided seating, but it cut off the flow to the breakfast room and doors to the home’s exquisite backyard patio and pool. With an island in mind, the homeowner and her husband enlisted the help of kitchen designer Keith Gegg, Gegg Design & Cabinetry, in collaboration with Mainline Group Architecture and PK Construction, to craft the kitchen of her dreams. After exploring many design ideas, the group determined that the best option would be steal 30” from the adjacent dining room, adding enough width to the kitchen for the


homeowner’s island. Moving the dining room wall required extra thought and planning, as this was a structural wall. “We had to allow for a place to ‘hide’ a structural beam,” Gegg explains. “We designed pilasters flanking the cabinets and built-in refrigerator to conceal steel columns, and then a short steel beam was hidden within the crown detail of the cabinets.” To gain even more space, three existing closets were removed, enlarging the breakfast room. To compensate for the lost storage, a mini mudroom was built from 3 ½’ taken from the oversized garage. The creation of the mudroom provided two design solutions. First, it gave the homeowners much-needed storage space. Second, adding the mudroom created a small entry from the garage, so that family and guests were not entering directly into the kitchen from the garage. "The space was challenging because the exterior door to the driveway was breaking up the flow of the kitchen," says


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Allen Roehrig, principal Mainline Group Architecture. "By sealing up the opening and creating a new one into the garage, it gave us the place for the range wall." With the plan for the center island in place, the next issue to tackle was the flow of the kitchen. Removing the peninsula greatly improved flow from the workspace to the breakfast room to the exterior. Choosing not to move the existing exterior doors to the backyard, the homeowners opted instead to replace the door and side glass panels with French doors. “When we would sit at the table, someone would have to move to be able to open the door,” the homeowner explains. “By adding the set of French doors and getting a new round dining table, the traffic now flows around the table.” Style-wise, the homeowner was after a traditional white kitchen with simple, straight and clean lines. White cabinetry and Danby marble



countertops are consistent with the traditional style of the home. The refrigerator was built in as part of a floor-to-ceiling wall of pantry cabinets that house tons of storage with drawers, rollouts, trays and shelves. When it came time to the make selections and hard design decisions, the homeowners relied heavily on the experience of Gegg. “I really trusted Keith’s judgment,” says the homeowner. “But, when I wasn’t quite sure on an idea, Keith would take me to other projects to show me examples of his ideas and vision. Seeing the ideas in person was invaluable in making decisions.” With her family seated around the island while she preps for dinner, the homeowner couldn’t be more pleased with the outcome. Not only does she have a beautiful and stylish kitchen design, but also the flow and functionality of the space work for her family. See www.stlouishomesmag.com for more information. STLOUISHOMESMAG.COM JAN/FEB 2015

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Is it a classic or is it a craze? For the January/February Kitchen issue, we asked local design professionals their opinions on light-colored wood cabinetry in the kitchen. Here’s what they had to say.

Photography courtesy of William Ohs.

classic “Classic. Light stains on wood always will be desirable because they allow the natural beauty of the wood to be showcased, especially on woods like knotty alder and cherry. The beauty nature produces always will be timeless.” Jennifer Lewis, Signature Kitchen & Bath. “Most families spend a majority of their time in the kitchen. Whether it’s entertaining, doing homework with the kids or working on their favorite recipes, it’s the favorite place to gather. The light-colored wood cabinets give an open yet warm feel to a room, creating the kitchen into an inviting place - not only for eating but socializing as well. I think the light-colored wood option is a classic in the kitchen.” Laureen Wilder, Laureen Wilder Designs, LLC. “Classic. Light wood has been around forever, and it is not going anywhere soon. You see more contemporary-style kitchens than traditional.” Susan Block, The Designing Block. “Light is never out. And especially these days, there are so many ‘right’ choices. Builders gave us a lot of natural and amber-stained oak in the '80s and '90s. Light oak seems to be out simply because we are tired of it. Oak in espresso or washed gray finishes, on the flip side, look fresh and on trend. So if we do oak, it is anything other than the ubiquitous light-amber stained oak we’ve grown tired of. Other light finishes, like natural maple, are popular because they mix well and don’t fight stronger grains of oak or patterned floors. Light cabinets are desirable when creating a contrast to the currently popular darker floors. Light-stained cabinets always will look current when paired with contemporary tile, lighting and other accessories. Ideally, our cabinets should be timeless in style and good quality, regardless of color, and only our accessories and appliances need to change to make a space feel current.” Dana King, Next Project Studio.


“Personally I think light-colored wood is a craze. The trend of light- or dark-colored woods seems to go back and forth every few years. White is about the only color that never seems to go out of style.” Ashleigh Schroeder, National Kitchen & Bath. “It is both a little classic, but more so a craze. The current light finishes, like most color trends, usually are a craze, but these may be somewhat timeless since there is little coloration in that it is often representing a washed-out, faded or weathered finish. In my opinion, the only true classics are white paints and wood stains that are found in historic settings.” Keith Gegg, Gegg Design & Cabinetry. “I, myself, love lighter-stained wood. I just have not seen it gaining in popularity yet. I have had only a handful of customers request it in the last 15 years. I remember it was more popular in the '90s.” Sue McCann Henry Kitchen & Bath.

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