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ALLURE OF GLAMOR Four apartment units are

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AN ARCHITECTURAL LEGACY

Designed by St. Louis’ “dean of modernist architects,” this Creve Coeur treasure has been authentically restored by its present-day owner/ architect.

GREAT ESCAPE

Betsy Wendell designed her Kirkwood landscape to feel like a rustic vacation destination.

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PHOTOGRAPHY BY ANNE MATHEIS The ladies’ conversation area in the Town and Country lower level is as cozy as it is chic. Reclaimed wood from the landmark Cupples 7 building was used to create the intricate ceiling detail.

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one: Ginger mirror, available at Kenn Gray Home. two: Pendant chandelier, Light spheres collection, by Elk Lighting, available at Holt Lighting Depot. three: Light-green onyx bookends, available at Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams. four: Clara tete-a-tete, available at Savvy Surrounding Style. five: Flirt, by Corbett Lighting, available at Wilson Lighting. six: 12-light chandelier, Filigree collection, by Eurofase, available at Holt Lighting Depot. seven: Cocktail table, Grand Tour furniture, by Century Furniture, available at KDR Designer Showrooms. eight: Diamond coffee table, by Niermann Weeks, available at KDR Desi ner Showrooms. nine: Bastille swinging cage chair, available at Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams.

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SLHL: Why did you choose St. Louis as your newest location? Mitchell and Bob: Why not St. Louis? We want to be in all the fabulous cities in America. This is a really gorgeous city with beautiful homes and obviously has customers that would appreciate our style sense. Plus, we loved the location in Frontenac. It’s very intimate. SLHL: How does your design philosophy mesh with St. Louis’ design sensibility? Mitchell and Bob: We’re going to find out. Honestly, we have stores all over the county, and I think one of the things that has happened in America over the last 20-plus years is that TV shows are much more stylish now then they used to be. Back with Dallas and Dynasty, and now shows like The Good Wife, they are very inspirational to people all over the country. High style is not just in New York and L.A.; it is all over the country. We hope that St. Louis will love us. SLHL: What sets your furniture line apart from your competition? Mitchell and Bob: Our styling. Our quality. We control all the upholstery in our own factory in America. Our ecos. We’re very environmental conscious and responsible and have been since day one, not necessarily just the past few years when it has become more fashionable. Also, the value we represent. People look at our pricing and go “wow.” I think it’s all of those things. Bob and I love the symphony of making all these things work.

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INTRODUCE THEMSELVES AND THEIR NEW FRONTENAC STORE TO ST. LOUIS SLHL: What words best describe your line? Mitchell and Bob: I think a lot of people have described it as a very American design sense versus a European modern. We also describe our style sense as being current. It is not necessarily traditional or modern or even eclectic. We really sort of take the pulse of what’s happening, whether it’s what we see happening in pop culture, movies, fashion or music. We really just try to create an environment that’s very much a pulse of what is happening right now. In fi e years people won’t look at our products and say, “Oh why did I buy that?” It will have a real lasting sense to it. We like things that have a nice, clean feel. In our mission statement, the very first sentence is "comfort is paramount." You know since day one Bob and I have been very conscious of comfort. We have sat in every piece here, and it has passed our "tush test." SLHL: What do you see as the hottest trends in 2015? Mitchell and Bob: We think that people are dressing a little dressier and as a result of that they are also making their homes a little dressier. One of the other trends we see happening is brass, whether it's bright brass or antique brass, coming back. We’re doing it in a different way than you saw before. We’ve worked really hard with various suppliers to find just the right colors and materials and incorporating them in so it doesn’t feel like the same brass you saw in the 1970s and 1980s. See www.stlouishomesmag.com for resources.

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INSPIRED BY A MULTITUDE OF INFLUENCES, AMY SHEPPARD MOROSE PAINTS PIECES TO PASS DOWN FOR GENERATIONS. For contemporary painter Amy Sheppard Morose, an artwork’s significance reaches beyond the image, inspired by the collaboration of stories each one encompasses. For instance, the story of Henri Matisse continuing to create his famous cutouts while bedridden with cancer contributes to her admiration of his work. Similarly, Amy dreams of her work joining Diane Von Furstenberg’s art collection because of her empowering story. Barely escaping a concentration camp, DVF’s mom compelled her to achieve her goals because her life gave her mom freedom and fear was not an option.

Amy’s artisan story begins with her most influential inspirations: her creative mother and her patient father. She inherited her ability to be exceptionally observant of the world from her mom, the art major. This trait ignites her intense interest in color. In both floral designs and abstract artwork, she explores the changing ways of color through layering and movement. Her mother’s imaginative mind is behind many of the painting’s titles. Each painting is built on this inventive foundation. “While I had learned more traditional ways of using paint, it was being able to play with the properties and see what it would do,” says Amy. Playing with a palette knife and acrylic paint, she finds depth through texture. With just a brush, she discovers impressive forms and lines that create texture from movement. Her self-created “squirt gun method” incorporates different angles to create different paint splatter shapes.

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Her father, the civil engineer, taught her the importance of structure in design, and the patience to carry out ideas into finished projects. Her compositions are constructed with the background of the pieces' proprietor in mind, such as a past abstract painting comprised of 10 loops representing the couple’s 10-year anniversary and three circles for the number of children. Looking at the design process through problem solving, she is able to brainstorm a final product from a patron’s story and ideas about location, color and mood. Her husband, Mark, inspires her to reach for the big projects. Her best critics are her sons, Alexander, 17, and Jackson, 13, because of their instinctual understanding of their mom. Their honest feedback keeps her in check, making sure she stays true to her simplistic taste that is a staple of her work. She encourages them to appreciate the details, both in quality design and the natural world. She also uses art as a

teaching tool because of the memorability of visual aspects to teach concepts. “From art you can study geography, history, politics, religion and even math,” Amy says. “My color field paintings are broken down into golden section ratios of 1 to 1.618.” The importance of passing on characteristics through generations is embedded in her compositions, designed to last lifetimes as family heirlooms and design staples. Her corporate background in graphic design has allowed her to work with architects and designers to create a piece that effortlessly belongs in its placement. Amy’s artwork is currently available for viewing and purchasing at Kodner Gallery and Arch Framing & Design, Inc., and by commission. See www.stlouishomesmag.com for resources.

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Left: Mussels Sauvignon. Right: Seared Duck Balsamique.

Head south with Cajun and Creole comfort classics and live music at Evangeline’s Bistro & Music House. As a professional musician, Don Bailey has played music in 18 countries across the world. As a chef, he found inspiration just down the Mississippi River in New Orleans. “You have gumbo for the first time, you have andouille sausage, it’s a whole other world,” says Bailey, owner of Evangeline’s Bistro & Music House and guitarist for The Bob Band. “There’s a lot of really good food in the United States, but Creole and Cajun cuisines are true to the United States like nothing else. I would tell someone coming to the United States for the first time to go to New Orleans and try the food.” He flies in most of the fish and seafood served at Evangeline’s from New Orleans. “It’s all fresh, all American – all pulled from Lake Pontchartrain, the gulf or the swamps,” he says. Evangeline’s features live music Monday through Saturday nights, during Sunday brunch and some Sunday evenings – but Bailey is almost never on stage. “We played here twice, but I didn’t want to be that guy,” he says. His band sometimes plays at other venues around town. “I played music in New Orleans all the time. I lived there for a while. That’s when I started doing Cajun food,” he says. “I like the fact it’s somewhat complex to make. It takes a little bit of skill; I found it to be enjoyable and exciting at the same time. When Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005, Bailey hooked up a trailer to his Jeep, went to Sam’s Club and filled the trailer with bottled water, STLOUISHOMESMAG.COM MARCH 2015

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TABASCO BUTTER SHRIMP: Don’t be fooled by the name. “Most people in New Orleans, for some reason, swear by Crystal hot sauce,” Bailey says, and that’s what he uses in this dish. After simmering plump shrimp in the buttery, spicy mixture, he serves them with French bread to soak up the extra sauce.

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SEARED DUCK BALSAMIQUE: Bailey sears duck breast to crisp its skin, then cooks it to medium rare. The sauce contains balsamic vinegar, cherries and Grand Marnier. “It’s more French than Creole,” he notes.

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MUSSELS SAUVIGNON: Bailey makes a red-wine sauce with New Orleans cuisine’s “Holy Trinity” (onions, bell peppers and celery) along with garlic, tomatoes and lots of seasonings. Mussels soak up the complex fl vors as they cook.

Chef/restaurateur Don Bailey. Right: Tabasco butter shrimp.

canned chicken and canned tuna. Then he hit the road, finding his way to a church in Baton Rouge, La., that was feeding refugees. “There was a line of people two to three blocks long, for at least two to three weeks,” says Bailey, who spent 33 days in Louisiana after the storm. “We made food 24 hours a day. We slept in the tractor trailers.” At Evangeline’s, he serves New Orleans standards – shrimp, crawfish

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and oyster po’ boys, gumbo, jambalaya, étoufée, red beans and rice – along with riffs such as muffaletta olive bruschetta, french fries topped with red beans, andouille sausage and melted cheese, and cocoa-dusted smoked frog legs. “I want to do comfort food, New Orleans comfort food with a French flai ,” he says. See www.stlouishomesmag.com for more information.

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Urban

The main-floor living area of the loft was kept open yet sectioned off into living zones including the kitchen, dining area, living room and bar. Frequent entertainers, the homewoners wanted to be sure the living space could accommodate large crowds and still feel intimate.

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LOFT LIVING

offers urban dwellers high ceilings, wide-open spaces and industrial charm with the amenities of the city at their doorstep, so it is no wonder that a St. Louis family of four was fond of the loft life. What they weren’t so fond of…having their home spread out over three separate levels. When an opportunity came available to purchase four adjacent apartment units on one level as well as the rooftop, the homeowners jumped at the chance to shrink their main-floor living space from three levels to one. Condensing their space didn’t mean giving up square footage or style. With spectacular views of the city from their newly renovated eight floor unit, the family relied on the creative mother-daughter design team Shirley Strom and Katie Marvin of S&K Interiors to transform the space into a modern design full of high-drama glamour. “We were fortunate in that we were brought into the project at the very beginning,” says Marvin.

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Opposite page: Identical sectionals covered in an eggplant crushed velvet allow for ample seating in the living room while still allowing guests to move about the space comfortably. The fi eplace wall was built up and out with porcelain tiles in white and gray. This page:The designers incorporated lots of textures and fabrics into the living space to keep it feeling comfortable without losing the glamour and drama.

The homeowners also gave them a lot of creative freedom in their design decisions. The only true specifications they were given were to incorporate shades of purple – the wife's favorite color – while keeping the design modern yet comfortable for a family. Before Shirley and Katie could start working their magic, the four existing apartments had to be demoed and the space reconfigu ed to the layout the homeowners desired. The two northern units were opened up to the main-floor living spaces, while the two southern units became the private areas of the home. M2 Architecture Studio and McGowan Brothers Development served as architect and contractor. As you step off the elevator into the secured foyer, you are surrounded by soft-purple walls faux painted by Claude Breckwoldt, which were inspired by a wallpaper the designers found. The painting immediately makes a high impact and sets the tone for the rest of the home, which you enter through a set of French doors.

Open yet sectioned off into living zones, the main floor includes a kitchen, dining area, living room and bar. “The homeowners do a lot of entertaining, so they wanted to be sure their living space could accommodate large crowds yet still feel intimate in any setting,” says Strom. The living room’s showpiece is two identical sectionals covered in an eggplant crushed velvet. The designers knew they needed to have ample seating in the space, but that it had to be able to function for guests to move about. Separating the sectionals creates a natural walkway for anyone coming in or out of the space. The fi eplace wall was built up and out with porcelain tiles in white and gray. “We used lots of textures and fabrics throughout the home to keep the space feeling comfortable,” Strom explains. A prime example is the juxtaposing of the fabric on the sofas with the stainless-steel drum tables and sleek tiles on the fi eplace. STLOUISHOMESMAG.COM MARCH 2015

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Situated behind the living room is a cool bar area. A must-have of the husband’s, the bar not only had to look good but be functional. The designers did not want it to feel like it was another kitchen given its close proximity in the open space, so they gave the bar a natural cut-wood top to set it apart. Two cluster lights bring a modern, industrial vibe to the space, while the exposed brick plays up the loft feel. A window was added to the space to bring in even more natural light. The space is perfect for entertaining groups large or small. On the opposite side of the room is the kitchen and dining area. Floor-to-ceiling modern, European frameless cabinetry by Beck/Allen Cabinetry adds height and drama to the space, complementing the expansive ceilings. The wife loves to cook, so she has plenty of storage space in the cabinetry walls. The designers went for a two-tone approach with a wall of dark-gray cabinets contrasting against the white cabinet wall. Because the homeowners frequently entertain, all of the kitchen appliances were placed on the interior of the island to hide them from view in the more formal entertaining areas. The figured Anigre island finished in a glossed cognac brings a fun pop of color to the space while contrasting with the purple accent wall. A custom-built soffi houses a row of seven stainless pendant lights, which can be turned into various positions. The homeowners wanted to have high and low seating options for both formal and informal dining, so Shirley and Katie created a two-tiered center island to accommodate from four to eight. Additional seating is also available at the custom dining table by John Beck Steel just beyond the kitchen. Two white Chihuly-inspired fi tures hanging above the table amp up the style. A mirrored-glass wine storage cabinet separates the living areas from the private spaces in the home. The homeowners originally wanted a freestanding glass wine room, but the logistics just would not work out so Shirley and Katie designed a custom, built-in wine cabinet. Built into an existing closet, the cabinet holds up to 400 bottles with designated refrigerated

Left: The barwas fit ed with a natural cut-wood top to set it apart from the main kitchen. The exposed brick wall plays up the loft feel. Below: The custom-built wine cabinet separates the living areas from the private spaces in the loft.

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The master suite is the epitome of high drama with plush textures and deep, rich color. A midnight-blue velvet sofa faces a pair of wingback chairs for a cozy seating area with a great view of downtown.

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zones. By mirroring the cabinet walls, natural light from across the room is carried into the space. Moving beyond the wine wall, you enter the private area of the residence, which includes an offi , the children’s bedrooms, a living room, theater room and master suite. Inspired by a photo of one of Elton John’s bedrooms, the master suite had to be high drama. A stainless-steel canopy bed is outfit ed in plush fabrics to keep the space comfortable. Opposite the bed is a cozy seating area featuring a midnight-blue velvet sofa and a pair of wingback chairs. The deep-blue theme makes a powerful statement against the soft fabrics and exposed brick wall. “We wanted to keep the industrial feel, and our clients liked exposed brick,” Marvin explains. The master bath is even more spectacular than the bedroom. Built into an old elevator shaft, the shower is oversized with floo -to-ceiling marble tiles that extend out into the rest of the bath. Shirley and Katie painted the brick wall a soft blue so the marble could shine. Floating mirrored vanities keep the glam going. The second level of the loft includes a guest suite, guest bathroom and full-sized kitchen for overnight guests. Perhaps one of the best features in the loft is the expansive rooftop deck complete with a pool, hot tub and grilling area, all with stunning views of downtown. Whether entertaining with a large group or spending a quiet evening alone, the homeowners are cozy in their newly glammed loft. Bold fi tures, daring splashes of color and most importantly trust in their designers paved the way for a modern home that speaks to their personalities while making a statement. “Shirley and Katie took our pictures from Houzz and magazines and converted our raw space into our dream home,”the homeowner says proudly. See www.stlouishomesmag.com for resources.

Left: Floating, mirrored vanities amp up the glam factor in the master bath. Varying shaped mirrors create interest in the space. Below: The master shower was built into an old elevator shaft. Floor-to-ceiling marble extends out into the rest of the bath.

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Suburban

Vast expanses of glass and natural materials integrate this mid-century modern home with its surroundings. A classic Harris Armstrong design element, the living room is dominated by its massive fireplace.

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AN ARCHITECTURAL

LEGACY BY BARB WILSON PHOTOGRAPHY BY ANNE MATHEIS

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DESIGNED BY ST. LOUIS’ “DEAN OF MODERNIST ARCHITECTS,” THIS CREVE COEUR TREASURE HAS BEEN AUTHENTICALLY RESTORED BY ITS PRESENT-DAY OWNER/ARCHITECT.

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Opposite page: A pleasing blend of styles, the foyer showcases a valet-style cabinet, kilim-patterned rug and contemporary art piece by Shalom Gabay. This page: Ranging from 8 to 25 feet in height, the home’s tongue-and-groove oak ceilings are original, as is the dining room’s slate floo . Streamlined salt chairs surround the fumed white-oak dining table. STLOUISHOMESMAG.COM

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Opposite page: With its custom tweed sofa, Gus* Modern side chair, and contoured occasional tables – all from Niche – the lower-level family room provides additional entertainment space. This page: Uniquely redesigned by the owner, the switchback staircase connects all three levels without obstructing the view.

the existing wood floors o match. To preserve the home’s authenticity, various factors had to be taken into account. For example, the beamed, tongue-and-groove wood ceilings allowed no space for wiring, which limited the use of overhead lighting. Installation of surround sound was similarly impossible, and the owner solved this problem with synchronized Sonos wireless systems, two inside and one outside. Like many Armstrong plans, the home’s main entry is at the rear, and its distinctive décor is quickly established in the foyer, which features cut-stone walls, a kilim-patterned rug from Siena and a valet-style cabinet, one of several furniture pieces crafted by the owner’s friend, Martin Goebel of Goebel & Co. Above the cabinet, a three-dimensional work by Shalom Gabay refle ts Michael’s love of fine art and his penchant for blending contemporary and traditional styles. “Every piece in this house was purchased separately and has a story,” he explains. “Some were acquired during my travels; others are vintage classics. Basically, I wanted to create a warm, lived-in environment where people feel comfortable putting their feet up.” To the right of the foyer, the dining room has its original slate floor and tongue-and-groove ceiling, and the fumed white-oak table is complemented by clean-lined salt chairs from Design Within Reach. Accessible from the dining area, the kitchen is typical of its era and eventually will be the owner’s next renovation project. Accessing the upper and lower levels, the foyer’s switchback staircase is a true showpiece and was completely redesigned by Michael, who explains, “I wanted an unobstructed view to connect the spaces.” Preserving the original wood treads, he created a staircase that appears suspended in air, bordered with thick, frameless glass panels and a linear metal railing, all provided by Troco Custom Fabricators. Upstairs, the living room is the epitome of mid-century styling, from its beamed, STLOUISHOMESMAG.COM

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"No house should ever be on a hill… It should be of the hill. Belonging to it. Hill and house should live together, each the happier for the other.” Frank Lloyd Wright

tongue-and-groove ceiling to the walls of windows overlooking the densely wooded 1.5-acre property. The space is dominated by its original fireplace, a signature element in Harris Armstrong homes. Cut stone blankets the raised hearth and background wall, and a massive hood reaches nearly to the ceiling. Consistent with the period, the room is comfortably furnished with a neutral-toned sofa, side chair and area rug from Niche; a Herman Miller Eames chair and ottoman (a “birthday present” from the owner to himself ); a streamlined steel coffee table from Portland, and a vintage console cabinet found at a local antique store. A hall leads from the living room to the privacy wing, which houses the master retreat and two additional bedrooms. Adapting the master suite to today’s lifestyle, Michael converted an auxiliary bathroom to a sizable walk-in closet and transformed a former bedroom into a luxurious master bath, with heated floo , 12” x 24” high-gloss wall tiles, two Duravit vanities, Grohe fixtures, a free-standing tub and a curbless rain shower. Thoroughly masculine, the master bedroom features a Gus* Modern bed, flan ed by vintage night tables and Tolomeo wall lights. Adding a splash of color are two favorite artworks – above the headboard, a bold abstract that had hung in Balaban’s Central West End location for years, and on a side wall, an abstract painting by local artist Julie Malone. Flowing smoothly from the main level, the lower-level family room provides additional entertainment space, prompting the owner to mention that he’s been able to host up to 70 guests at a time. This space also serves as the audiovisual room and is adjoined by another bedroom/bath suite for overnight visitors. Outdoors, a huge deck with hot tub extends from the rear of the home, and here Michael made an interesting design decision. Like most mid-century homes, the residence was built with a carport, adjacent to the deck but on a lower level. He chose not to enclose the parking area for a garage, but instead installed glass panels to integrate the deck with the carport. Lit by a skylight, the covered structure offers still more warm-weather entertainment space, regardless of the elements. Further sensitive to the site, Michael surrounded the small yard with a barely noticeable metal-rail fence to accommodate his rescue dog, an affectionate Treeing Walker Coonhound. Newly renovated, this mid-century home clearly demonstrates the owner’s reverence for its iconic architecture and exquisite hillside setting. The end result undoubtedly would have delighted Frank Lloyd Wright, who maintained: "No house should ever be on a hill… It should be of the hill. Belonging to it. Hill and house should live together, each the happier for the other.” See www.stlouishomesmag.com for resources.

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This page: A white-oak dresser, organic candleholders, and a Nova Scotia seascape, photographed by the owner, decorate the lower-level guest bedroom. Opposite page top: Accenting the walls of the master bedroom are a bold abstract, entitled “In the Manner of Eileen Gray,” that formerly hung in Balaban’s and another abstract by St. Louis painter Julie Malone. Bottom: Formerly a secondary bedroom, the master bath was transformed into a luxurious spa, with heated floor and cu bless rain shower. A stool by Goebel & Co. provides a scenic spot to sit.

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GREAT

For Betsy Wendell, gardening is about transformation. “You can start with nothing and transform a space so quickly,“ she says. Although she and her husband have lived in their Kirkwood home for 30 years and raised two children there, her most recent garden transformation came just five years ago when the family added a screened porch. It is a porch with a bit of a twist. “You have to go outside to get to the porch,” Betsy explains. “It’s not attached to the house. I wanted something rustic and very casual that would feel like we were on vacation." To complement the porch, Betsy turned her talents to surrounding it with a garden that would impart the look and feel of a Colorado pathway. That meant the use of numerous evergreens to provide both structural accents and winter interest. Grasses took on importance, and flora accents required a casual, wildfl wer feeling. Rather than a dramatic water feature, she wanted the splashing water in her yard to have the appearance of a mountain creek. When she began designing her own garden, Betsy was well up to the task. Describing herself as someone who had previously “putzed around” with gardening when her children, now 22 and 24, were small,

Betsy Wendell designed her Kirkwood landscape to feel like a rustic vacation destination.

Betsy got serious 10 years ago. She took the Master Gardener course at the Missouri Botanical Garden, offered through the University of Missouri Extension Service. Following the completion of the course, she began working at Garden Heights Nursery in Richmond Heights, and immediately “hit it off” with a coworker, Caroline Hogg. The two women became instant friends and decided to pool their knowledge. They created a company called Artful Design, specializing in garden design, construction, installation and maintenance. “We decided to try something we both loved,” Betsy explains simply. Her own landscaping concept gave Betsy the joy of using plants she already knew she loved while adding a new-found favorite evergreens, which require no maintenance. She planted weeping Alaskan cedars for their vertical height to 15 feet and architectural interest, created by unusual branching. “They have so much character,” she says. For contrasting shape and intense blue color, she added a number of dwarf “Blue Globe” spruce, which she keeps trimmed to encourage the round shape and low height. “Lemon Thread” false cypress got the nod for its chartreuse color and feathery texture, particularly in contrast with the blue spruce. She included a dwarf mugo pine for its rich, dark-green STLOUISHOMESMAG.COM

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color and mounded shape. She also made liberal use of another favorite, “Garden Glow” dogwood. Featuring bright chartreuse leaves in summer, this shrub-size plant has delicate, frothy-white fl wers in spring and red stems that brighten up the winter landscape. “It works both in the sun and shade, but prefers partial shade,” she notes. While she loves most hydrangeas, “Annabelle,” a native hydrangea discovered growing in Anna, IL, is particularly suited to her rustic garden, and she loves its huge white blossoms and long bloom time. Because they bloom on new wood, homeowners often are counseled to cut their “Annabelles” down in late winter. “I’ve tried cutting them back and letting them go, and I don’t think it makes any difference in the blossoms,” she says. When it comes to grasses, she is partial to “Karl Foerster,” also known as feather reed grass. It is dramatic in the landscape both for its vertical height to 5 feet and its wheat-colored seed heads, which she particularly likes as a contrast with surrounding evergreens. “It is one of the few grasses that can handle both wet and dry conditions,” she adds. Both in her own garden and when working with clients, Betsy concentrates on unfussy plants with an “easy-to-grow” reputation. In addition to stalwarts such as “Lemon Thread” false cypress and “Garden Glow” dogwood in the landscape, Betsy notes, she is able to clip something from her garden to decorate her home 12 months a year. To enhance the rustic feeling of the landscape, the flags one path through the garden meanders back and forth among the shrubs and trees. Rock outcroppings and patches of gravel add to the mountain theme. While Betsy herself has transformed her space by planting the shrubs and trees, Mark Couch of Woodland Gardens built the creek that flows in and around the plants. Both have recreated the Wendell’s desired vacation experience. “Sitting on the porch, we can hear the sound of the water and we usually can’t see a neighbor’s house,” Betsy says. She loves gardening, she explains, because she finds it therapeutic. “I like to be outside, and I don’t sit well. I love being surrounded by a garden and looking at things that are pretty.” In working with her customers, Betsy has observed some common mistakes people make in their own gardens and has some tips. • One mistake is putting in too many single things. When you do that, a garden always looks like a jumble. We always try to use multiples of odd numbers of plants. • Another is going to a nursery and picking out a beautiful blooming plant because it looks so pretty, then getting home and trying to find a place for it. You can mess up a whole area just trying to find space or that one plant. • Do not be afraid to move plants around until you find a spot they like. • Get rid of high-maintenance and invasive plants. • Spotting containers of annuals in the landscape can add height and variety. • Be cautious about new varieties of plants. Often they have not been tested for the long term. Some really do not do well when they first come out. Often it is better to stick with tried-and-true varieties you know work. • If you want a shrub to stay small, make sure you have planted a slow-growing variety and then do not be afraid to trim it back. See www.stlouishomesmag.com for resources.

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SIGNS OF

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Often one of the first bloomers of the season, pansies are the perfect annual to plant for bright spring color. SLHL asked local landscapers to share their favorite variety of pansy.

BY MELISSA MAUZY

Purple Majestic Giant Pansy

Combination of colors

“The Purple Majestic Giant Pansy has an exceptionally large flower. The deep color of the petals contrasts against its bright-yellow center, making it stand out in any setting. Many people plant these in the fall and have good luck with rebloom in the spring. Majestic Giants are perfect for container planting or landscape beds. They tend to branch out and fill and pac pots quickly. They bud and bloom simultaneously, which means you have constant color and interest.” Jim Graeler, Chesterfield alley Nursery.

“I prefer any purple pansy but not one variety in particular. In the landscape, my favorite way to use pansies is in mass plantings using a combination of varieties of different colors like those found in the combo packs available at any local greenhouse. It’s not fancy, but these combo packs usually include pansies with a medley of white, yellow, red and purple features, which provide great contrast in the mass planting.  That same color palette is common in landscapes and the pansies will help welcome the later-blooming perennials as spring turns to summer.” Katy Molaskey, Green Guys.

Photo courtesy of Central Mississippi Research & Extension Center

Pansy Frizzle Sizzle Blue

Majestic Giant Pansy

“A super bloomer with ruffly wers of the richest blue and lavender and exquisite veining, the Pansy Frizzle Sizzle Blue is our most popular pansy here at the nursery. Try them in a container where their big, 2.5-inch, curly-swirly blooms can be viewed up close. Frizzle Sizzle is delightful in little vases or put them on your salad - they're edible!” Ann Lapides, Sugar Creek Gardens.

“Majestic giant pansies have extra-large 4-inch blooms - the largest fl wers of all the pansies. They can't be beat for bringing cool-season color to fl wer beds and pots both in spring and fall.” Jim Oldani, Summerwinds Nursery.

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Matrix series “We love the Matrix series. They come in 22 colors and have superior branching to support their abundant blooms.” David Sherwood, Sherwood’s Forest.

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Building more than decks

decks gazebos sunrooms

Showroom:

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The Timeless Beauty of Natural Stone

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Largest inventory of decking material in the St. Louis Metro. We will not EXPERTS be under sold OUTDOOR on in-stock decking!

We have in stock architect knotty 2x6 cedar decking and # 1 treated lumber.

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Since 1945, Hackmann Lumber Company and Home Centers have been serving the St Charles and surrounding communities approaching 70 years! Hackmann Lumber and Home centers provides personalized, experienced service for builders, commercial contractors and “do-it-yourself” homeowners. We stock Timbertech, Trex, Evergrain, Azek and Fiberon. They also stock countless railing combinations and accessories. With Hackmanns’s price match guarantee, they will not be undersold. They have trained and knowledgeable staff on hand o help you every step of the way. Come see what Hackmann Lumber Company can do for you and check out our website at hackmannstl.com. Price, Quality and Service. The Hackmann difference.

390 East Wood St. SCHMITTEL'S NURSERY GARDEN CENTER AND LANDSCAPE Troy, Mo 63379 SCHMITTELSNURSERY.COM 636-775-1200 314-469-8900 Serving the St. Louis and St. Charles market for over 20 years.

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Schmittel's strives to provide the best quality plants and service in the area. With over 11 acres of trees, shrubs and evergreens, our nursery has the absolute largest selection of premium, specimen trees and plants. This Spring we are also revamping our fl wer house to provide a unique selection of annuals, perennials, and tropical's not found anywhere. We offer in house design. Whether you simply need advice or a full landscape, our landscape team will make all projects, large or small, efficien and seamless. Please stop by and see for yourself why quality , selection, and price have allowed our staff to do what we love for over 2 decades.

PASSIGLIA’S NURSERY& GARDEN CENTER 1855 HWY 109, WILDWOOD, MO 63038 PASSIGLIA.COM 636-458-9202 Elegant outdoor living could be just outside your door. From stunning gardens, water and fi e features, to beautiful outdoor rooms and patios, Passiglia’s is your choice for inspired landscapes. Let us guide you through the process of artistic design, creative material selection and careful installation. As you stroll through our lush, 8 acre nursery looking at one plant lovelier than the next, you may think you have just found a small piece of Eden. This year, celebrate with us 25 years enriching St. Louis homes with distinctive landscapes.

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OUTDOOR EXPERTS EARTHWORKS 16900-A BAXTER RD., CHESTERFIELD, MO 63005 EARTHWORKSSTONE.NET 800-532-9510 Let Earthworks assist in the design and materials for the backyard oasis you have always envisioned. Our professional sales staff can offer years of experience with projects of all sizes along with detailed literature and an expansive product display and showroom to help make the decision making process seamless.

OUTDOOR LIVING INC. 845 S. HOLMES, KIRKWOOD, MO 63122 OUTDOORLIVINGINC.COM 314-966-3325 With 30 colors and styles of decking in inventory from 6 manufacturers to choose from, Outdoor Living offers the widest selection of decking products in the area. Our experienced, trained sales staff can help ou choose the right products for your deck project, whether Outdoor Living builds your deck, you have your own contractor or you just need the material. We display over 2,000 sq. ft. of decking, railing, lights and more to help you make your choices easier. Our family owned business has operated in the St. Louis region for over 20 years. Check us out with the Better Business Bureau.

CHESTERFIELD VALLEY NURSERY 16825 NORTH OUTER 40, CHESTERFIELD, MO 63005 CHESTERFIELDVALLEYINC.COM 636-532-9307 At Chesterfield Valley Nursery beautiful landscapes are created when combining the art of design with the science of horticulture. Our designers take pride in creating extraordinary landscapes that compliment your property's unique needs and your distinctive tastes. Our experts will guide you in choosing high-quality plant materials that will thrive in your landscape. We provide you with comprehensive landscape design, build and maintenance services. Call Chesterfield Valley Nursery or visit our Garden Center today and let us bring your landscape to life.

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slhl SHAWS VISION

Wintertime at the

Garden

EDITED BY MELISSA MAUZY PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF MISSOURI BOTANICAL GARDEN

TAKE A WALK WITH DEB HOLLINGSWORTH at the Missouri Botanical Garden on a cold blustery day, and you will quickly warm to her enthusiasm for the bare landscape. Hollingsworth, a member of the Garden’s Corporate Council, is quick to point out the stark beauty of the season. “I love how the ice and snow frame everything in a different way,” she says. “I think the trees are the most beautiful at this time of year because you see the structure and bark features. The hollies are a sight to behold in the winter – the red berries are just beautiful and a great food source for the birds. And how I love to walk out to the Japanese Garden in the winter months; it’s so peaceful and serene. The Zigzag and Drum Bridge take center stage over the icy lake. I love so many of the sculptures in the winter, too. In the spring and summer there are so many things in bloom that what you are looking at is – understandably – what’s in bloom and the gorgeous color! One of my

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favorites is Chapungu’s ‘The Sole Provider.’ That piece really captures the essence of winter because it depicts a mother protecting her children, and she has to be strong against the struggle of difficul times. What better time to refle t on our own strength than in the harsh winter months – that’s why it’s one of my favorite places to come in the winter.” Bundle up and come see the serene beauty of this 79-acre oasis in the city when shapes and contrasts become the visual highlights of the Garden. See www.stlouishomesmag.com for resources.

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Residential ~ Commercial ~ Auto Window Tint 314.960.2629 ~ metrotintstl@gmail.com TASK: To protect the valuables and interior of the home from fading. To reduce the total solar heat and common hot spots resulting from the sun's harmful rays. To maintain high visibility through the windows both day and night while preserving the aesthetics of an award-winning home.

SOLUTION: Huper Optick Ceramic 40 cut out more than 99.9% of the UV rays responsible for fading while also rejecting 55% of the total solar heat, lowering utility bills and allowing for more comfortable living. This, combined with the ceramic nonreflective look of the windows, provided the perfect solution in maintaining the aesthetics of the home while protecting it from the sun's harmful rays.

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SUTTONWOOD INTERIORS AND ANTIQUES

Suttonwood Interiors and Antiques is your one stop shop for hand carved stone statuary, antique pots and urns and Asian primitives. Suttonwood has been serving St. Louis’ finest homes and gardens for nearly nine years. Our fine statuary is made of solid granite and marble. Our pots from the Shaanxi province are 120 year old vinegar jars and our primitives just have to be seen to be appreciated. We invite you to visit our showroom. 314-781-5444, suttonwoodinteriorsandantiques.com.

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Inspired by vintage, French Wire and Victorian metal-woven furnishings, Savannah from the Richard Frinier Collection for Brown Jordan brings all of the romance and graciousness of southern living to outdoor and casual indoor living. Experience the comfort and elegance of all KDR’s outdoor furniture collections when you visit the showroom located at the Interior Design Center of St. Louis. 314-993-5020, kdrshowrooms.com.

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Outdoor spaces needing relief from the sun now have a better solution with the combination of a pergola and a canopy all in one. Shade the entire area when you need it. Function and form combined, making your deck or patio more useful than ever. 314-968-3325, caldecks.com.

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Indoor/Outdoor fabrics represent all of the exciting advances from technology to texture and style. These fabrics offer UV protection and ultimate protection for all types of weather. They are available in a wide range of patterns and colors so vibrant that you will be tempted to use them indoors as well. LuLu Belles offers the latest indoor/outdoor fabrics from Duralee, Kravet, Thibaut, Robert Allen and more. Let our experienced sales staff help you freshen up your indoor and/or outdoor space today. 314-991-0020, www.lulubellesinc.com.

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PASSIGLIA’S NURSERY & GARDEN CENTER When only the best will do, Passiglia’s is your choice for creating an outdoor space that is tasteful and uniquely yours. From beginning to end, we are streamlining the design and installation of your next outdoor project. Our range of detailed installation services includes creative landscape design, outdoor rooms, patios, retaining walls, water or fi e features, landscape lighting and stunning plantings and landscapes. We give full attention to detail from the first customer meeting to the last moment of the installation to insure the best possible landscape. Your landscape experience will be fun and unique visiting our 8 acre nursery and garden center containing beautiful and meticulously maintained plants. We look forward to working with you on your next outdoor project. 636-458-9202, passiglia.com.

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Expand your living space into the outdoors with the Dune Road Collection pendant by Elk Lighting. Add this light as the finishing touch to your outdoor seating or outdoor kitchen area. Hang at varying heights in multiples for a high impact statement. Featuring beautiful water glass accentuated by an Olde Bay finish, the Dune Road Collection pendant will be the focal point of your outdoor space! Purchase at Holt Lighting Depot. 314-533-2227, HoltLightingDepot.com

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Punch up the style of your outdoor space with this colorful and durable indoor/outdoor rug by Surya available at Volume Carpet. This hand-hooked rug is made of 100% polypropylene and comes in three bright color options. Ideal for under an outdoor seating area, this rug will transform your outdoor space into a beautiful outdoor living area. Visit Volume Carpet for a wide array of indoor/outdoor floorcoverings. 314-963-7847, volumecarpet.com.

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Chesterfield Valley Nursery offers innovative and creative design solutions for your outdoor living space. We transform ordinary properties into beautiful and functional outdoor living spaces that will be enjoyed for years to come. Your project will be custom designed, personally managed, and professionally maintained to ensure the beauty and integrity of your landscape. Call us today or visit our Garden Center where inspired Designs create Extraordinary Landscapes. 636-532-9307, Chesterfield alleyNursery.com

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A “CITY CHICK” finds her true calling in the vineyards A love of chemistry led female winemaker Kim Jackson into a career in oenology. BY LORRAINE RAGUSEO PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF QUINTESSENTIAL WINES

Late winter in the United States is actually harvest time in countries below the Equator. So, it should be no surprise that South Australian winemaker Kim Jackson is spending nearly every waking hour now in the vineyards of the two high-quality wineries for which she works – Shirvington in McLaren Vale and Henry’s Drive in Padthaway. Unless you knew her before she found her life’s work... Born and raised in Adelaide, Kim always was interested in chemistry. “It was my favorite subject in high school,” she explains. “When I went to Adelaide University’s Enrollment Day, I looked up all the different degrees that focused heavily on chemistry. I almost laughed at the agricultural science degree as I’m a ‘city chick’ and hardly stepped foot on a farm.” Still, for Kim the idea of being an oenologist was appealing. She liked the vast amounts of chemistry involved, coupled with working outdoors much of the time. “I thought it would be better than staying inside all day at a laboratory or pharmacy,” she recalls. Her parents always enjoyed wine with dinner, and her father had a collection in his cellar that mirrored his “better than average” palate. He was president of the local “Beef Steak and Burgundy Club,” a group of men that met once a month at a different restaurant to eat good food

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and drink wine from the club’s cellar. Her dad was so enthusiastic about winemaking as a career choice for his daughter that “he practically filled in my university enrollment form for me,” she says with a smile. Sadly, Kim’s father did not live to see her become an oenologist, but she knows he “would have been proud” to see his daughter rise through the ranks of winemaking in her native Australia and at famous vineyards in California and the French region “near and dear to his heart” – Burgundy. After graduation, she was working in the fertile McLaren Vale soil under the tutelage of some of the top South Australian winemakers of the late 1990s, when Australian wines were becoming wildly popular around the world. She returned to McLaren Vale after traveling abroad, making wines as part of a well-known consulting fi m in the region. While there, she met and made wine for both Paul and Lynne Shirvington, owners of Shirvington, and Kim Longbottom, owner of Henry’s Drive. Kim was instrumental in the development of the now-famous Pillar Box Red wine, called “one of the best value wines in the world” by famed American wine reviewer Robert Parker. “I’ve always been attracted to producers who strive to ‘bring the best’ out of their vineyards and have a passion for making what I call

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Opposite page: Peter Bolte, consultant viticulturist for Shirvington Winery, Mark Shirvington, co-owner of Shirvington Winery and Kim Jackson. This page left: Henry's Drive vineyards in Padthaway, South Australia. Right: Kim Jackson.

‘real wines’ of quality and distinction,” Kim explains, “even skipping vintages of their popular labels because they don’t think the grapes meet their high standards and what their customers have come to expect of their wines. Both the Shirvingtons and Kim Longbottom easily fit y criteria.” Kim also is impressed that, unlike many wineries (even some at the highest-quality level), both Shirvington and Henry’s Drive only use fruit from their own vineyards. “I find this most interesting as a winemaker because the wines can speak to you about the different vintage conditions, which is less possible when you blend your grapes with those from vineyards that will differ likely from year to year.” The one intrusion on her winemaking responsibilities is her family. In 2007, just before the birth of her first daughter, Kim had to give up working full time as a winemaker. “Like many working women with young children (Kim now has three girls, ages 7, 5 and 3), I wasn’t sure if I was ever going to be able to resume my wine career. Vintage hours (working between 10 and 16 hours a day during most of February, March, April and sometimes even into May) are not family friendly.” Once she felt that she could devote time to winemaking again, Kim was very lucky that the Shirvingtons were understanding and as

accommodating as possible. Since they make only a limited number of super-premium wines from single vineyards, it is not as time intensive as much larger operations. With Henry’s Drive, she is able to oversee production of their many wines with the help of a winemaking team – and also with a little help from her daughters. “The girls have become a part of the process and have endured quite a few trips to the vineyards so I can assess the fruit, and to the wineries, particularly during vintage,” the proud mom boasts. “They are getting an early hands-on wine education...in effect growing up in the vineyards.” Once almost exclusively male, a growing number of women are getting degrees in winemaking, as many as 25 percent of the graduating classes in the past few years at Kim’s alma mater. Kim is considered a role model for women looking to make a career in the Australian wine industry. Shirvington Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon wines have never received lower than 90-point ratings in top wine publications like Wine Advocate, and both Henry’s Drive and Shrivington wineries were given five-star ratings this past year from James Halliday, the most respected Australian wine reviewer. Not bad for a “city chick.” See www.stlouishomesmag.com for resources.

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Some might call the space eclectic, but we prefer well rounded — an adjective that describes the home’s owners every bit as accurately as it does their inspired urban digs.

The style, modern bohemian, if you need a label, is a youthful motif straight out of Domino magazine. Designer Kimberly Kowalski of Savvy Surrounding Style, owned by homeowner Chrissy Fogerty’s mother, has handled the entire Fogerty family’s décor, and offers, “They’re all different with their own unique personalities.” The pictures Fogerty approached Kowalski with for her Central West End condo were “all over the place,” Kowalski says, pointing to an unprecedented mix of periods, colors and textures. That’s what happens when you’re designing for a designer. Fogerty recently launched a line of vegan leather jackets that is every bit as chic and playful as her home. The entrepreneur’s trademark is unexpected synergy. “The black-and-white wall and patterned stools? That’s my favorite play right there,” says Fogerty. A piece of art in its own right, the geo design on the dining room wall was hand painted by a local pro, and serves as a focal point for the room, contrasting perfectly with those equally bold poufs. Aside from their visual appeal, the poufs, which double as seats, are space-savers, just like the unobtrusive float ng shelves where the homeowners showcase accessories from trips abroad. “It’s always nice to get a few different looks, instead of going too far in one direction,” says Kowalski. The preexisting parquet floor got a modern lift from a grounding jute rug, Kowalski’s go-to “because it brings a natural element, creates texture without pattern and dresses things down,” she says. Industrial design spoke to Fogerty, so Kowalski paired metallic French school chairs with a grainy reclaimed-wood dining table, the latter a nod to homeowner Jon Keating’s affin y for simple, clean lines. And then there is the Moroccan-looking chandelier — really three

crystal lights from Eloquence grouped together by local electricians at Kalb Electric with a custom, matching plate. A fla -weave Native American runner and accompanying area rug add another layer, as well as a seamless transition from eating to lounging, picking up on the dining wall while making it seem that the space evolved over time, says Kowalski. The intense, saturated peacock wall plays off the ‘60s throwback gold-velvet settee and neutral vegan leather sofa, both from Caracole Home. “A blue wall with green and yellow couches doesn’t really make sense, but it works,” Fogerty weighs in. Too much color, and you risk aimlessness. That is why Kowalski asked the homeowners to paint everything else – walls, ceilings, trim and doors – the same shade of white. “That makes the space look clean and modern, but it also keeps your eye from stopping,” Kowalski explains. You would be better off having guests’ eyes hang on, say, a wall of sentimental album covers, which was installed by Fogerty using holders from CB2. “The cover art on records is so cool; it’s like this amazing wallpaper that you can customize,” Fogerty says. The gallery wall of mirrors is another one of her clever contributions, adding the illusion of square footage and increasing light. A mid-century floor lamp shines on the timeless, 1920s metal-and-bamboo-style bar cart that juxtaposes with a CDI International rolling furniture cart — another successful play. The best play of all, though, happens when the homeowners open up their high-rise patio doors on a balmy spring day and let the contemporary Central West End views wash over every decade of style. See www.stlouishomesmag.com for resources.

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Home Improvements. “Jonathan came over and walked down the steps through our junk and stared out the basement window,” the wife says. “He said, ‘I can see a red Tupelo tree straight outside this window. You can have a Cardinals playoff game on the TV and the tree will be blooming red.’ I thought this guy has a vision and I need to keep him around.” That vision has transformed the space into more than just a lower level. It is truly an experience. The minute your feet hit the staircase landing you are transported back to another era to the time of the art deco movement. Think rich colors, bold geometric shapes and symmetry. A longtime enthusiast of the era, Carson could see his vision unfolding the minute he entered the space. “You need something extra to give you a reason to come down to the space, and when you hit the bottom of

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the staircase and you see the decals on the bar front bursting up and out like the Chrysler building, you know you’re not in an ordinary basement,” Carson explains. The bar area introduces guests to the art-deco theme. Carson spent hours perfecting the angles of the lotus-inspired bar-front decal, but the affect is stunning and brings a masculine feel to the space. Guests can pony up around the bar top to check the score of the game or grab a beverage. Behind the bar, a stair-stepped liquor shelf makes the entertaining experience welcoming and festive for guests. Pupillo achieved symmetry signature to the art deco style by placing a framed TV on one side of the shelf and an additional storage shelf built into the wall on the other. Just to the side of the bar is a seating area in front of the wall of windows

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to which Carson originally was drawn. A custom bunco table was built on site and provides guests the perfect view outdoors. On the other side of the bar is the theater area where the family loves to cozy up and watch movies. “The family wanted the theater to be comfortable and nice, but not so nice that you are afraid to use it,” Carson says. Durable fabrics reminiscent of a theater marquis and the Chrysler building carry the art deco theme through the space. For the wife, Carson and Pupillo created a ladies’ conversation area that is as cozy as it is chic. The perfect spot to settle next to a warm fi e and catch up or get away from the action, the area is rich in textures and color with a warm feel that contrasts with the cooler shades of the bar and theater.

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One cannot help but stare up at the ceiling, taking in the intricate detail Carson and Pupillo created using reclaimed wood from the landmark Cupples 7 building. Careful thought and planning went into designing the masterpiece. “John is great because he doesn’t let okay go by,” Carson says of Pupillo’s craftsmanship. “He makes sure each and every detail is done right.” The effect is stunning. The other must-have space in the lower level is the kitchen that topped the husband’s wish list. An avid barbeque master, he wanted a domain to grill, mix up sauces and enjoy a beer. An 8-foot picture window allows natural light to spill into the darker space, while providing a picturesque view into the backyard. Carson used lots of rich gold tones in the space, such as the Bordeaux granite on the baby grand piano-shaped island. Rustic alder cabinetry in a red-wine finish with a dark-brown glaze keeps the space masculine. Carson and Pupillo also incorporated a wine feature into the space by taking advantage of the existing curved wall with enough depth for full-wine storage on each end. Now in full use, the homeowners hope the Cards can make another post-season run this October so their lower level can play host for many watch parties. “It makes me smile thinking about having a Cardinals party with the red Tupelo tree blooming outside the window,” the wife chuckles. See www.stlouishomesmag.com for more information.

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CHALLENGING THE CONVENTIONS OF FINE ART, POP ART BRINGS A FRESH PUNCH TO YOUR COLLECTION. “She looks just like Katie Hendricks! You know the 8th grader.” A doe-eyed teen holding a school worksheet pulls out her iPhone to snap a photo of a 1970 Mel Ramos painting of Jane Fonda. “Yeah...I guess.” Her field-t ip partner turns her head to see the piece from another angle. She frowns. “But I think she’s famous or something. She wouldn’t be in a painting like that unless she was popular.” How appropriate this observation is for Gallery 254, a portion of the newest wing of the St. Louis Art Museum housing Modern and Contemporary works including Pop art. A blown-up mugshot, the ceramic bust of a woman’s head and the aforementioned ode to a ‘60s feminist icon are currently on exhibition in the gallery, but only comprise a small part of the museum’s Pop art collection and the thriving Contemporary art interest in St. Louis. “There’s a great history of collecting Contemporary art in this city,” says Simon Kelly, curator of the Modern and Contemporary collections at SLAM. “There’s certainly a market, and that’s why this building has been so great, because it’s given us a much better space to cater and respond to that market.” Following World War II, the meteoric rise of pop culture and celebrity in Britain and the United States inspired artists like Warhol, Lichtenstein, Duchamp and Hamilton to appropriate everyday ads, comics and domestic staples into works of Pop art. Figurative, whimsical and occasionally grotesque, Pop art challenged the conventions of fine art aggressively, simply by reintroducing viewers and critics to items they already thought they knew so well.

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It was nothing anyone had seen before just by being nothing new. But Pop art represents only a slice of the Contemporary movement, which includes the minimalist canvases, color fields and heroically scaled abstract works gracing auction houses regularly. “There’s so much out there. That’s one of the things that’s notable about Contemporary art at the moment is that it’s diverse and eclectic,” Kelly says. His work as curator not only requires that he keeps the galleries fresh – a task domestic collectors also struggle with – but he must keep his finger on the pulse of Contemporary art uses. “Popular art has become increasingly global, so there’s really such a variety out there that I would say it could fit in o almost any design space.” And Pop art’s appeal lies in its derivation: It’s meant to be popular, accessible to everyone. With so much variety where color, subject matter, media and scale are concerned, there are works for any homeowner or decorator looking to punch up an interior. Spaces such as the Greenberg Van Doren Gallery, gallerists like Bruno David and institutions like SLAM, the Kemper Art Museum at Washington University and the Contemporary Art Museum are all outlets to gather inspiration or find your perfect Pop piece.“ Just keep things interesting. I think that’s important,” says Kelly, looking across the gallery at a seated man, his slumping shoulders captured for eternity in plaster. “No one should be afraid of that.” See www.stlouishomesmag.com for resources.

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Donald Judd, Untitled, Laumeier Sculpture Park, St. Louis, MO PHOTOGRAPHY BY KEVIN J. MIYAZAKI AND LAUMEIER SCULPTURE PARK

Laumeier Sculpture Park matched a 2012 Art Works grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, enabling a total of $200,000 in conservation funding for a south lawn sculpture. Untitled, fabricated in 1984 by Missouri native Donald Judd, is a pivotal piece in Laumeier Sculpture Park’s history. The sculpture creates the appearance of a tunnel between three separate open-ended cubes, conceptualizing the Minimalist movement. Within each cube is an additional concrete panel,

vertically placed at differing angles to alter the onlooker’s perception. The conservation project, consisting of three phases, took a total of two years to complete. Eight of the original panels, stable enough for reuse, were restored, and the seven remaining panels were remade. Once on a temporary foundation provided by Judd, the new site was prepared for the reinstallation of the piece. The “Judd Conservation Team” is providing continuous protection to ensure the Untitled’s preservation.

The Gale Company, Jack Nicklaus Golf Club of Korea, New Songdo City, South Korea PHOTOGRAPHY BY WAN SOON PARK PHOTOGRAPHY

A 50,000-square-foot clubhouse and its 18-hole championship golf course are a focal point of Songdo International Business District’s environmentally focused green-space program in South Korea. The Jack Nicklaus Golf Club of Korea was designed by Cannon Design and is surrounded by modern cityscape to the east and tranquil views of the West Sea. The club features lush greenery and extensive water features, making the reclaimed marine land a standout.

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IS IT A CLASSIC OR IS IT A CRAZE? For our March modern issue, we asked local design professionals if Lucite furnishings and accessories are a classic or a craze. Here’s what they had to say.

CLASSIC “Lucite furnishings have been around for quite some time now. I believe they have become a design classic and will continue to be used in the future. Whether in a contemporary setting or a traditional one, a Lucite piece can always be appropriate.” Tom Manche, Tom Manche Interiors. “Classic. Lucite has been around for years and always gives an updated look.” Susan Block, The Designing Block. “Lucite has certainly seen a resurgence in the last few years, but it has never been ‘out.’ Lucite is classic and has staying power because it is so versatile. Its translucent quality helps achieve fluidity and efficien function without consuming visual space. Lucite is good for every room, but especially tight spaces. We think of it most often in furnishings, like the classic ghost chair, but don’t forget you can use it in accessories like lamps and trays. A little Lucite in a space can infuse a great deal of sophistication. Don’t dismiss it as a craze, embrace it and pass it on to the next generation. It is a ‘clear’ winner!” Dana King, Next Project Studio. “Lucite furnishings and accessories are defini ely a classic element. Utterly timeless in nature with the ability to endure the rooms of many styles, its lack of color and texture make it a beautiful layer to any room. The material is flexibl , durable and chic with stunning, immortal interpretations like the 2002 Philippe Starck Louis Ghost Chair. I think Lucite furnishings and accessories are here to stay. We are just lucky enough to observe the evolution from the beginning.” Chelsea Smith, BaumHouse design.

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“I think Lucite furnishings and accessories are a craze. Having said that, I’m all for adding some Lucite accessories or an accent piece of furniture to your décor! To me, accessories are the perfect way to update your look and keep your home current. Just like your wardrobe, you don’t throw everything out and start over every year—you add a new purse, fun jewelry or a scarf to refle t what’s ‘in’ this season! Gail Doveikis, G. M. Doveikis and Associates, Inc.

“I believe Lucite furniture is classic. Lucite furniture, with its glamorous ‘Hollywood’ feel, can actually be used in interiors of various styles. It is a very flexible and chic look and used in moderation can be a unique accent or conversation piece. The ghost chair is probably the most iconic Lucite piece that immediately comes to my mind. These chairs are often used as dining chairs, vanity chairs or accent chairs. Lucite is a classic that I do not see ever going out of style.” Denise Fogarty, Denise Fogarty Interiors. “Classic! Lucite has been around forever. I remember growing up with a side table that my mum called a cigarette table. It was round and about 18 inches in diameter. I thought it was the most striking beauty I had ever laid eyes on! Lucite is ‘classic’ modern, which may sound like an oxymoron to some!” Joni Spear, Joni Spear Interior Design. “Lucite furniture and accessories have been around since the early 20th century, and I think we will be seeing them for quite a bit longer. In today’s eclectic design trends, we can create a very unique look by pairing acrylic chairs or accessories with wood and metal. Also, as an eco-friendly perspective, Lucite requires no cutting down of trees or toxic glues, and it can be recycled.” Laureen Wilder, Laureen Wilder Designs.

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

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March 2015  

March modern issue. Modern Design. Art deco. Industrial. Midcentury.

March 2015  

March modern issue. Modern Design. Art deco. Industrial. Midcentury.