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26 CONTEMPORARY CHANGE Thoroughly engrossed in the design decisions, this smart homeowner transformed his newly purchased home into a space that is contemporary, comfortable and cool.


A city-loving couple with an eye for art put a contemporary spin on their historic home.


Versatile in all styles, designer Tom Manche’s attention to detail is evident in this contemporary U City condo.


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Since establishing Robert Idol Design in the 1980s, Robert Idol’s work has taken him across the globe for projects ranging from commercial showrooms and retail stores to beautiful residential spaces. This past April he launched a cocktail table he designed at High Point Market. SLHL: What does it take as an interior designer to be able to design furniture? Robert: The ability to apply their creative vision in a new direction. Most every designer has “tweaked” an existing design, so creating an original piece often comes naturally. SLHL: What are the first s eps in designing a piece of furniture? Robert: To be a successful furniture designer, one needs to define a vision of the final designs. Then the big question; will it be a complete collection or pieces that can stand alone? Designing one specific piece is quite different than creating an entire collection. If your desire is to launch a collection it is crucial to find and partner with the right company. SLHL: How long does the design process take from start to finish Robert: It can be anywhere from a few hours to several months. Often the simplest designs require the longest hours and the greatest finessin . SLHL: Where do you get your inspiration? Robert: For the last few years I had taken a hiatus from product design. It took a vacation for me to reconnect and start focusing again on product design. My pieces for Salvations, (one was launched in High Point) were inspired by some incredible door hardware I saw on a trip. I was fascinated with the detail of the basket weave; it was both complex and simple at the same time.

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SLHL: Tell us about the piece you just launched at High Point this April? Robert: It is a cocktail table that is called the Zen table. It is a simple waterfall silhouette with a multi-faceted detail reminiscent of the raked lines of a Japanese garden. In the words of Salvations Architecural Furnishings owner Barry Remley: “Allow me to introduce you to the most expensive table that Salvations has ever built -- and one of the most striking, we think!” The current piece was handmade in stainless allowing us to achieve the subtle details. So, needless to say, we are working to find a more cost-effective production process that allows us to maintain the crisp lines and textures that define this piece. SLHL: How has your design aesthetic evolved? Robert: I think my aesthetic of clean, uncluttered and functional has remained consistent over my career. What has changed is appreciation of more complex textiles and how they can bring a new dimension to a space. SLHL: Is there a particular experience that shaped the direction of your design career? Robert: Early in my career, I had the good fortune to be based in San Francisco, where I quickly embraced their love of natural materials and relaxed lifestyle. This, coupled with the exposure of international design, changed the way I approach projects.

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FOLLOWING ABSTRACT DREAMS Ted Collier’s abstract paintings show the spark of creativity he has always wanted.


Ted Collier is a man of many hats. He is the co-owner of Katie's Pizza, the future owner of a hip, new meal kit service called Viro Pasto, a fishe man and, most prominently, a highly talented artist blooming in the St. Louis area. As well put together as Collier is as an artist, it's hard to believe that this is still a relatively new career for him. In fact, he spent the first 16 years of his professional life working in the real estate business, first for his family's third generation real estate company and then for one of the largest commerical real estate fi ms in the state. But that all changed when the market crashed in 2008. “It was bad for me, and it was bad for my clients, and I guess subconsciously I was looking for a way out at that time—a way out of what I had spent 16 years doing—and for the door to the creative life that I had always wanted,” he says. Shortly after that, he met his future wife Katie. They became joint owners of Katie's Pizza in 2013 and got hitched in 2014. Katie brought the recipes and restaurant know-how and Collier's job was to find a way to finance it. A task easier said than done, it ended up taking quite awhile to get off the ground. This left Collier with some downtime that he chose to fill with paintin . That hobby of painting quickly turned into a way for the young couple to pay off some of their bills. After that, Collier decided to follow his passion and have a go at becoming an artist. The rest is a blur of self-promotion and gallery openings, all leading up to the artist we know today. Collier's style as a painter isn't an easy one to pin down. This is due to the


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sheer variety that he has in his portfolio. His pieces range from bright, colorful patterns to monochromatic humanoid abstractions and just about everything inbetween. Perhaps his most iconic works thus far are his renditions on circles. Why paint circles? Well, when you see them, you'll understand. As Collier puts it, he did it simply “because they didn't exist the way I saw them in my mind.” He continues, “Molecules, water droplets, atoms, everything has a round shape. We are made up of circles. When we look at other people to communicate, we're looking at an almond, circular shape in the eyes. I think that's a very comforting thing,” Collier explains. As for Collier's process, it's really just about letting the brush take over. “I've always sort of had that Ouija board mentality where I'm just going to touch the board and it's going to take me where it wants to go, whether that be good or bad. For me, it's just kind of like rolling the dice and letting fate take its place,” says Collier. As mentioned earlier, Collier has done a lot and has achieved quite a bit, but what he finds most rewarding is giving back. He has donated funds to St. Louis Art Works, a non-profit organization that helps young artists find opportunities in the region, as well as St. Louis Children's Hospital. See for more photos and resources.


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HOW YOU SAY ‘Delicious’

By Barbara E. Stefàno Photography by Colin Miller/Strauss Peyton

Parigi fil ers Italian cuisine through French technique with restaurateur Ben Poremba's and Executive Chef Ramon Cuffie’s unique vision.



Parigi is how Italians say Paris. The name of serial restaurateur Ben Poremba’s latest fin -dining establishment in Clayton is fitting because its menu refle ts how the French might interpret Italian food. The offerings fuse Executive Chef Ramon Cuffie’s affin y for Italian cuisine with his mastery of French technique. The menu not only refle ts his travels to those regions, but also his desire to use his experiences and skills to give beloved recipes fresh personality. Take, for example, Cuffie’s take on tortellini. He eschews the traditional pasta filling for one that keeps the proteins largely recognizable. “I wanted to have a tortellini that had more of a chew, where people could say, ‘Oh, that’s pork!’” His risottos, which change daily, make up of multiple varieties of rice, and he’s been known to throw in a few other surprises. For example, he’s known to include romaine lettuce in the stock, and

a puree of romaine folded in at the end of the cooking process, to infuse it with a “nice vegetal milkiness.” And, in an environment where meat takes a starring role next to pastas and grains, Cuffi makes liberal use of tried-and-true fl vor techniques that don’t get much play in the Midwest, such as encasing proteins like rabbit in caul fat to keep it moist and rich. Cuffie’s innovation shouldn’t surprise anyone. His chef credentials include stints at such notable establishments as Bar Italia and La Dolce Via. But a couple of years ago when he was just north of the half-century mark—an age at which many accomplished professionals are cashing in on their laurels and coasting on decades of field experience—Cuffi made a move he hadn’t been able to do as a young up-and-comer: earning a certifica e from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York. Now 53, Cuffi says his late return to culinary academia


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THE COOKING SCHOOL MENU gave him an unexpected boost of confidence that has translated to a renewed focus on innovation. “Having that piece of paper widened my perspective. It sort of gave me permission to try things and have a point of view that was different. Not that I didn’t before, but I just found it to be a liberating experience,” he says. It’s Cuffie’s doggedness that perhaps explains Parigi’s appeal. He’s a man who, by his own admission, scoured the St. Louis region for tomatoes for his sauces that met his strict standards— just ripened tomatoes and salt, sans preservatives, basil or any other herbs or spices—a search that took him months. “I try to get the best ingredients and leave as little of a negative footprint on the environment as I can. I give people simple food with layers and layers of fl vors. There’s integrity in trying to offer someone an honest experience,” Cuffi says. See for more information.

Arancini: Cuffi forgoes the standard mozzarella and parmesan in the center of his arancini for taleggio cheese. “It’s really intense. We basically pipe it in, and you defini ely get fl vor from that.” Dunked in a chunky sauce comprised of peperonata, tomato and onion, it’s a crave-able flavor bomb. Wine pairing: Vino dei Fratelli Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Risotto: Time, patience and an infusion of romaine lettuce give this risotto a creamy texture and fresh, earthy undertones. It’s finished with shrimp and the sharp flavor of pecorino. Wine pairing: Georges Duboeuf Flower Label Macon-Villages Chardonnay Octopus Salad: Octopus is cooked three ways to create a tender topper for this salad: seared then rested; poached in herbed olive oil; then marinated in chili olive oil and lemon, and briefly grilled. It’s set atop a bed of green beans, red onion and Spanish beans, then fin shed with fennel. Wine pairing: Simonsig Chenin Blanc


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ITALY, BY WAY OF FRANCE, BY WAY OF THE WORLD By Lorraine Raguseo Photography courtesy of Quintessential Wines

Back in the day, there was little crossover between

or beef ragu with mozzarella, Chef Cuffi fills these

the cuisines was deemed suspicious, and the general consensus among gourmands was that chefs could not excel at dishes from more than one country. The internationalization of restaurants and the proliferation of global menus is pretty much taken for granted these days, with critical praise being lauded on Italian/French hybrid restaurants like Parigi, in Clayton. Chef Ramon Cuffie’s recipes are a perfect example of taking the best of both Italian and French cooking to new heights, while retaining the unique characteristics of each. Following his example, the wine pairings for some of his dishes go from Italy to France…with a side trip to South Africa! Arancini (stuffed rice balls) is a staple of Southern Italian cuisine that is thought to have its origin in Sicily. While the traditional stuffin is usually a pork

Italian red wine such as Montepulciano, from Italy’s Abruzzo region, picks up the somewhat delicate fl vors of the cheese, while not being overwhelmed by the peperonata. Vino dei Fratelli (“Wine of the Brothers”) is a good value Montepulciano d’Abruzzo available in St. Louis and environs. Risotto (Italian rice that is cooked to a creamy consistency) came from Northern Italy but has been embraced all over the world for its ease of preparation and the myriad ingredients that are added to it. When you add seafood, like shrimp or other shellfish, you could easily be on the Italian or French Riviera, where it is ubiquitous on most restaurant menus. For the Chef’s preparation, with shrimp, romaine lettuce, Italian pecorino cheese and lemon peel, there may be nothing more appropriate than a Chardonnay that is not aged in oak.

A mashup of cuisine restaurant cuisines. Italian restaurants served only little fried gems with the creamy taleggio cheese can always find a perfect Italian food and wine; French restaurants only the and the stewed red pepper, onion and tomato sauce wine to match. food and drink of that country, and so on. Any mixing of called peperonata. A young, medium-bodied, fruity

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France is the home of the Chardonnay grape and the Maconnais region, which is pretty much sandwiched between the Northern and Southern parts of the fabled Burgundy region and produces some of the best expressions of the grape. Legendary Beaujolais vintner Georges Duboeuf was born in this region, so it’s only appropriate that his wines from there, like the Flower Label Macon-Villages, is widely available in the United States. If its fl wery scent and unctuous mouthfeel aren’t enough, the hint of lemon peel in the wine catches the lemon peel in the risotto, bringing up the citrus accents in both. Octopus is found in many dishes of the Mediterranean countries, including Italy, France, Greece, Spain, Turkey and the African countries that touch it – usually as an appetizer dish where its fi m consistency lends itself to charring or grilling. Charred Octopus with green beans, potatoes and lemon vinaigrette is a traditional salad preparation found on many menus – I talian, French or Mediterranean, which encompasses dishes from

most of the above-mentioned countries. You could drink a light red with this dish, given the smoke that is usually tasted from the charring, but the lemon vinaigrette really calls for a white. Enter Chenin Blanc. Another grape with origins in the Loire Valley of France, Chenin Blanc has really taken root in South Africa, which has embraced it as the country’s signature white wine. South Africa makes more Chenin Blanc wines now than any other country, including France. The high acidity of the grape is a wonderful counterbalance to foods that are briny and citrusy, while the floral-t opical fruit combination found in the best Chenin Blanc wines, like well-known and well-respected South African producer Simonsig Estate, bring a little zing to the quieter fl vors of potato and green beans. It just goes to show that a well-executed mashup of cuisines can always find a great match in the wide, wide world of wine. See for more information.


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CHANGE Thoroughly engrossed in the design decisions, this smart homeowner transformed his newly purchased home into a space that is contemporary, comfortable and cool.

By Melissa Mauzy Photography by Anne Matheis

As a child, the homeowner always wanted to be an architect. With a love of furniture and design, he has always clipped things out of old magazines to save for later. So, when he made the move from Chicago to St. Louis in 2011, it was no surprise that he played a big role in finding the right house for him and his two children.


Looking for a contemporary-style home like the one he had in Chicago, he became frustrated in the search process when he wasn’t finding just what he wanted. After seeing several older homes that had been updated to the more current style he desired, he broadened his horizons to homes he could make fit his li estyle and design aesthetic.


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Texture and shape play a large role in the mainly neutral-colored living room. The homeowner chose furnishings with contrasting shapes and incorporated texture through the rug and fireplace decor.

He left the tour of his current residence saying, “I love this place.” Well taken care of with great bones, the home had big rooms with a good fl w. “I like to host friends and have big gatherings during the holidays,” he says. While not 100 percent move-in ready, the homeowner knew he could make several tweaks to transform the home

into exactly what he wanted that would work for his family. Before moving in, he interviewed several architects before settling on Phil Durham of Studio Durham to help him complete the renovation. While not a top-to-bottom remodel, there were still significant changes made, including the removal of several STLOUISHOMESMAG.COM

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This page: The wainscoting is original to the home and complements the leaded-glass detailing in the windows. The homeowner found the settees online and had them recovered. They can be separate or pushed together to make one piece. Opposite page: French doors lead the way to the glamorous piano room. Brass tones complement the brass in the 1912 Steinway piano played by the homeowner and his children. One of only two rooms with wallpaper, the paisley pattern was chosen as a nod to the home's past.

walls and moving the kitchen to a new space. In collaboration with Durham, the homeowner set out with the goal to make the home more contemporary. “I wanted this house to feel warm and comfortable, not cluttered,” he explains. By limiting the color in the space to small pops in the furniture, accessories and artwork, the homeowner added design interest in shape and texture without obstructing the living spaces with too many decorative pieces. The living room is a prime example of how an otherwise neutral space is brought to life with dimension through shape and texture. The homeowner chose furnishings in the space that contrast in shape, like the curves in the coffee table and arms of the Papa Bear chair and the straight lines of the fi eplace mantel and original trim and wainscoting. Texture is incorporated in the living room in the gray wool-tufted looped rug as well as the piece of wood above the fi eplace. The homeowner found the wood in Chicago but never knew what to do with it. One Christmas, he and a friend decided to try and suspend it over the fi eplace and hung it by some used Christmas ribbon. When he moved in, the fi eplace had a brick surround. The homeowner added marble and painted the wood dark to match the ceiling in


the entry. A set of French doors lead to the piano room, which the homeowner describes as “just glamorous.” The homeowner has always had a digital piano, but the opportunity came up for him to purchase a 1912 Steinway. He always knew the space would house a piano for his children to play. Brass tones are prominent in the space, such as the School House Electric chandelier with Edison bulbs, to complement the brass in the piano. Paisley-print wallpaper in taupe fits the brass scheme. One of only two rooms with wallpaper in the house, the homeowner decided to cover the walls in the material as a nod to the home’s history. When he purchased the home, every room had wallpaper. In fact, as the paper was stripped from each wall in each room, it was discovered that the original plaster walls had never even been painted. By stripping the wallpaper from the dining room, the original wainscoting really shines. As an avid entertainer, the homeowner knew he’d need an eating area large enough to accommodate a big group. The custom wood-dining table by Jermain Todd of Mwanzi Co. is made of tongue-and-groove floo ing adhered together. While an amazing piece of art in the space, the real


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This page: The homeowner played a large role in the layout of the kitchen. A monolitic wall of cabinets conceals appliances, contains plenty of storage and has a hidden door to the pantry. Opposite page: The dining room's focal point is the unique mix of chairs the homeowner has aquired. Placed around a custom table by Jermain Todd of Mwanzi Co., everyone has their favorite chair when they come for dinner.

shining stars are the eight uniquely different dining chairs. “Having all different chairs make them the highlight of the space even though the table is pretty spectacular,” he explains. A half wall separates the dining room from the family room. Originally a full wall, the homeowner and architect went back and forth on leaving it intact or knocking it down. The architect wanted the wall to stay to keep the dining room a separate space, while the homeowner wanted to remove the wall to let the natural light spill throughout the home. The half wall was a compromise and houses a hidden TV on a lift. The kitchen was once in the space now used as the family room. The architect and homeowner tried a half dozen different design ideas to keep the kitchen where it was, but none of the ideas were working right. Finally, Durham suggested knocking down two walls where there was previously a pantry and small room and creating the new kitchen in its place, which really worked for the homeowner. “I love to cook and host, so the design of the kitchen was really key to me,” he says. “I spent a lot of time thinking about the prep, cook and wash area.”


A raised island separates prep space from eating space. Covered in marble twice the normal thickness gives the island a beefy look. The homeowner chose marble even though it is typically not recommended in kitchens. He loves marble and appreciates the patina look it acquires over time. The monolithic wall of cabinetry makes a stunning statement and houses concealed appliances, storage and a hidden door that leads to the pantry. The cabinetry, by Full Circle Design Works, is stained a gray/black/brown tone. The homeowner had found the color in a magazine, and it took the cabinetry designer 12 different variations until the stain was just right. Knowing just how he wanted his home to fl w and function paired with his keen sense of design, the homeowner has transformed his historic home into a contemporary classic. Just the fourth owner, he has left his style stamp on this gorgeous 1913 three-story. See for resources.


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A custom abstract by the husband (opposite page) and an Andy Warhol ornament the walls, and a chandelier with interlocking and interchangeable glass pieces adds character to the posh dining area.


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Growing up in suburban St. Louis, these homeowners always felt drawn to the vivacious vibe of urban living, and almost 20 years ago decided to make the move to University City for a much-needed change of pace. When it came time to transition out of their first place together and into something with more space for their growing family, the duo found themselves two blocks away on a tree-lined street of


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Off of the home’s entryway, chic accessories like a bright magenta chair, luxurious purple couch and striped rug give a pop of color to the formal living room.

historic homes and had a feeling that this was where they should plant their roots. “We fell in love with the neighborhood the day we moved there, so it was no surprise that we only ended up moving two blocks down the street,” the wife laughs. With a 110-year-old two-story on their hands but with contemporary tastes, the couple quickly embraced the challenge of bringing their

dated home into current times. “The first thing we did after moving in was paint the walls a basic white to create a blank canvas,” she notes. The homeowners then turned to the collection of art they had curated over the years — many of the pieces inherited or created by the husband who is a local artist — to guide them as they made the initial design decisions. “We didn’t have a specific style in mind for our home, we just


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found pieces that spoke to us and started moving things around until we created a cohesive look,” she explains. Wrapped in white and other pale hues and detailed with original crown molding, the walls of the home act as the perfect neutral backdrop for the artistic assortment of artwork and chic trimmings that adorn each room. “I like to call accessories ‘jewelry for the room’ because a fun pillow or piece of artwork can pull a space together much like a necklace or scarf can pull an outfit ogether,” she says. Off the entryway, colorful room accent pieces like a bright magenta chair, luxurious purple couch and striped rug give a pop of color to the formal living room. However the mix of pillows, mix-and-match antique accessories and large piece of multi-media art by the husband is what really puts a finishing touch on the room. The dining room, the couple’s favorite space in the house, is painted a light Tiffa y blue and boasts a custom table designed by the homeowners and friend Dana Romeis of Castle Design. An Andy Warhol and one-of-a-kind abstract by the husband ornament the walls, while an antique Asian chest and chandelier with interlocking and interchangeable glass pieces add character to the fashionable room that is frequently inhabited by the couple’s children. “We wanted everything in our home to be stylish, but also durable and able to be lived in by our family and guests,” she notes. An addition on the rear of the home from the ‘80s was completely restructured by Studio Durham Architects and Oberly Construction to create the main living space the homeowners now love to share with their friends and family. A gray couch and sleek leather chair pair with the eclectic decorations the homeowners have picked up at various antique and retail shops, including an original Valerie Hammond print, which was the first piece of art in the couple’s now extensive collection. “We’re really not designers, we just allowed our feelings to help us pick out things that we loved and everything just came together to create a space that is unique to us and our style,” she says. See for resources and additional photos.


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Various shades of purple create a visual transition from the dining area to the living room. Topped with terra-cotta granite, the custom dining table introduces orange hues to the palette, and black accents lend “a certain amount of sophistication.”



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DETAILS, DETAILS, DETAILS! Versatile in all styles, designer Tom Manche’s attention to detail is evident in this contemporary U City condo. By Barb Wilson Photography by Alise O’Brien

“Interior design is like a signed piece of art. Client satisfaction is, of course, most important, and I’m very detail-oriented. But as a creative, I like to think outside the box, to take risks.” That’s designer Tom Manche describing the “signature” philosophy that has contributed to the success of his award-winning, full-service design fi m for two decades. Founded in 1997, Tom Manche Interiors is equally skilled in all design styles and has thrived on client referrals, handling projects from architectural drawings to the finishing touches. This two-bedroom condominium in University City, however, allowed the designer a unique opportunity to push his creativity to the limits. It was a high school reunion that reconnected Manche with the condominium owner several years ago. Not long after, the former classmate married, and he and his wife decided to raze and rebuild her home in Ladue, choosing Manche as their interior designer. The couple’s original plan was to sell the condominium, but Manche suggested refurbishing and retaining it as a corporate pied-à-terre for the husband’s visiting business associates. An added benefit, the couple could move into the condo while construction of their new home was in progress. Illustrating Manche’s versatility, the two projects represent both ends of the style spectrum. “While their new home will be strictly traditional, corporate condominiums are almost always contemporary. I wanted this space to feel like a modern hotel – exciting but tasteful, with unexpected color,” he explains. Renovation of the condo began in August of 2015, and fi e months later, it was ready to serve as the owners’ interim residence. Painted all-white, the interior walls of the two-story essentially gave Manche a “blank canvas” as a starting point. Basic spatial elements to be considered included an open floorplan, 10-foot ceilings and travertine marble floo ing throughout the main level; 9-foot ceilings on the upper privacy level; and a TV room and half-bath on the finished l wer level. With the exception of one sideboard, all of the furnishings were to be replaced, as well.


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Top: Contrasting with the kitchen’s streamlined cabinetry and range hood, a sinuous chandelier and wave-patterned rug add dynamic to the dining area. Bottom left: The entry foyer establishes the overall theme, with a contemporary chest, organic lamp, framed slices of natural stone and an area rug in shades of blue, green, purple and gray. Bottom right: The mirror-doored media cabinet is set against a curved wall, and a warm-hued rosewood cabinet provides storage for tableware and crystal.

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Setting the stage, Manche chose a light dove gray for the main-floor walls and used the entry hall to forecast the ambience of this entire level. A contemporary chest with chrome ring pulls rests on an area rug in tones of blue, green, purple and gray, subtly establishing the overall color scheme. Framed slices of natural stone and a polished chrome lamp trimmed with metallic “roots” hint at the organic details that will become a recurring theme. Moving into the activity spaces, Manche’s use of color gradually intensifie , starting in the kitchen, where the streamlined cabinetry is a deeper shade of gray, complemented by granite countertops. A solid piece of soft blue, color-backed glass underscores the gray range hood; the island’s original glass top was replaced with granite; and a sink, dishwasher, wine cooler and microwave and warming drawers were added to make this feature more functional. One of the designer’s favorite pieces, a sinuous chrome chandelier draws the eye into the dining area, where a lightly textured area

Top: Rich color and natural accessories give character to the powder room. Bottom: Unique copper accent tables, a blue-lacquered coffee table and abstract paintings accentuate the living room’s vivid color scheme.


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rug repeats the wave motif. Positioned in a blue-purple niche are the owner’s dark-stained sideboard and two sleek lamps with black shades, prompting Manche to mention that “black adds a certain amount of sophistication.” The custom dining table is a terra-cotta granite slab, set on black granite columns to handle the weight, and light-plum chairs introduce the vivid purple tones that dominate the living room’s palette. Ultra-dramatic with its striking amethyst hues, the living room’s side chairs are flan ed by distressed copper tables, and decorative pillows, accessories and an abstract oil painting above the warm-gray sofa, provide vibrant orange accents. Another example of Manche’s attention to detail, the 36-inch fi eplace seemed out of proportion with the room, so he added dimension by surrounding the hearth with surplus pieces of the dining table’s terra-cotta granite. Against a curved blue-purple accent wall, the fla -screen TV rests on a contemporary black media cabinet with mirrored doors in a trellis pattern, and an opening was made in the wall to hide the wiring in an adjacent closet. Above this arrangement is one of three signed, organic watercolors that the designer found in an antique mall, reserving the other two for the bedrooms. Even the hall powder room makes a distinctive statement. Textured, plum-colored wallpaper surrounds a clear glass, wall-mounted sink, with floral artwork, jade green carpeting and Chinese vases filled with forsythia adding natural accents. On the privacy level, softer, more muted hues restore a

Serene in shades of gold, the master suite features a custom-upholstered bed, flanked by bamboo-styled tables and alabaster lamps. A seascape hangs above the hand-crafted, signed walnut table, and behind the bed, a floating wall conceals an office area. Bottom right: The suite’s comfortable sitting area is similarly furnished with organic and bamboo appointments.


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sense of tranquility for the bedrooms. In the master suite, various shades of gold are blended in the walls, upholstered geometric headboard, damask spread, and a tufted bed bench fit ed with casters. Convenient for future corporate guests, a floating wall behind the bed conceals a small office area. Another of Manche’s design hallmarks, his bedding is always custom-made, and he prefers coverings that tuck into an upholstered base. The nature theme continues in the suite’s sitting area, where a watercolor river scene hangs above a glass-topped console table, arrayed with ceramic birds, lime green pottery and buffet lamps with satin brass bases resembling bamboo. Clean-contoured club chairs and a bamboo-influenced accent table with mirrored top complete this inviting space. In the secondary bedroom, the color scheme transitions to serene taupes and grays, with tinges of blue. The shimmering blue-gray headboard is bordered in taupe; the bed cover has a silvery sheen; and a faux fur throw, zebra-stripe cut velvet bench and reptile-textured upholstery on the bed base are subtle reminders of nature’s wildlife. Among the designer’s special find , the decorative lamp bases, trimmed in gold with crystal-tipped floral sprigs, are a perfect match to the gold-painted, sculptural bedside tables. Bold and dynamic, the finished condominium has a “wow factor” that’s sure to impress the owner’s future corporate guests. And with the couple temporarily ensconced in the condo, Tom Manche has shifted focus to their new custom residence. Although far more traditionally styled, his clients can be confident that it will be designed with flair – and, without doubt, impeccably detailed. See for resources.

Shifting to taupes and blue-grays, the secondary bedroom illustrates Manche’s attention to detail. The throw pillows graduate from light to dark copper hues, complementing the cut-velvet bench, and the decorative lamps are a perfect match to the sleek, sculptural side tables.



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Always willing to be hands-on working in the dirt, Debbie Jacobs has worked hard to transform her Ladue garden.

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ebbie Jacobs' enthusiasm is infectious. It boils over when she begins to talk about her garden. Therefore, it isn’t surprising that participants in the ballroom dancing class she was taking a few years ago at the Creve Coeur Government Center would know of her passion for plants and her struggle to transform the garden of the Ladue home she and her husband Don had recently purchased. “When we first moved in there was a koi pond,” Debbie relates. “We had three young kids and two dogs, and I didn’t think I needed a koi pond. I hired a landscaping contractor and it just didn’t work out, so I was trying to do things on my own. One morning I got a call from a very nice man in my dance class, Jay Cohn, who was taking the class with his wife Marilyn. “He said, ‘Debbie can you come over to my house right now. There is someone here you need to meet.’ He wouldn’t tell me who it was. When I got there, I discovered it was Bob Dingwall!” Debbie emphasized the name in a voice that others might use if Elvis Presley or George Clooney had been ensconced in the Cohns’ living room. The well-known but by then retired chief horticulturist at the Missouri Botanical Garden was doing a bit of garden consulting in his retirement and was talking gardening with the Cohns. They immediately decided Bob was just the person to help Debbie. So did Debbie. And he was. “I just adore Bob,” she says emphatically, noting that the admiration she has for Bob was immediate and never faltering. He, in turn, was charmed by her enthusiasm and her willingness to be hands-on in the garden. “I don’t wear nail polish, and my finge nails don’t look good,” she says with laugh. “My hands are always in the dirt.” A willingness to work aside, Debbie was determined not to over-do it. “The first thing I told Bob was that I needed low maintenance,” she emphasizes. “I can’t have any froufrou plants. I don’t have time for froufrou.” She also wanted to work as much as possible with the existing framework of the garden, which included a swimming pool, dock-like deck next to the pool, brick patio, gravel pathways and large posts anchoring hammocks. What needed to be transformed were the planting beds and the borders surrounding the yard.


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Along the privacy fence at the outer edges of the garden, Bob and Debbie settled on three different, white-blooming hydrangeas: "Little Lime," "Incrediball" and oakleaf, with slightly different bloom times, so something would always be in flower. “That’s the shadiest part of the yard,” Debbie notes, “and the white really makes the perimeter pop at night.” In the garden beds, stalwart shrubs include flowering spirea, boxwood, azaleas and small, "Fire Power" nandina, which turn bright red in winter. Low growing, mounding Japanese maples provide punctuation marks of fin -leaf texture and delicate coloration at several spots. Along the walkways, liriope/monkey grass, epimedium/bishop’s hat, ajuga and hostas provide not just ground cover, but a symphony of different textures and varying colors of green. In one area near the pool, a curve of gray-green lavender cascades over a garden wall. While the landscape includes traditional spring fl wering dogwood, Bob suggested, to Debbie’s delight, a Japanese/Chinese kousa dogwood, which features star-shaped white blossoms against dark-green foliage, and blooms later than native dogwoods. They also recently planted a katsura tree with heart-shaped leaves that change color spring through fall. While none of the plants are hard to grow, the beauty and serenity of the colors and textures gives the garden a rich, elegant appearance. Debbie’s favorite perennials include long-blooming "Becky" daisies, "May Night" salvia (I can get three seasons of bloom by dead heading them, Debbie notes) and "Autumn Joy" sedum. “Bob taught me to pinch the sedum back about half way in early summer so they don’t get so leggy and flop ver in the fall.” Another tip from Bob that she treasures includes feeding azaleas and evergreens with Epsom salts (magnesium sulfate) and “not just at the base of the plant,” she notes, “but outside in the grassy areas where the roots extend.” She also values his advice to get a


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professional strength pre-emergent such as Preen Supreme that prevents sprouting weeds for eight months rather than three or four months. Throughout the process, Bob has been a constant advisor and initially, his grandson, also Robert Dingwall, who had a landscaping business, helped with the project. Soil preparation is the most important element in gardening, Bob emphasizes. “It will always save money down the road.” A well-designed garden, he adds, should not reveal everything at once. “When you come in to take a stroll, you should be intrigued; want to see what’s around the next corner.” Containers supply much of the color around Debbie’s patio and doorways. “I love cannas,” she says. “They give you such a big pop; so much bang for the buck.” She also has fallen in love with the huge, lance-shaped, variegated leaves of the ginger plant. “I will always have a jar reserved for one; they are stunning.” In areas that don’t get a lot of sun, she loves to enhance ordinary hanging baskets of Boston ferns with battery-operated LED twinkle lights. Recently, she has delved into combinations of the many different

varieties of succulents, particularly in the dock-style deck by the pool. “It’s great. You only have to water them once a week. I’ve really gotten into trailing succulents and for the first time, I’m trying to over-winter them so we will see how that goes this spring,” she says. Debbie’s enthusiasm for gardening is on-going and she’s constantly looking for new tips and ideas. She and Bob are currently working on screening the south side of her corner lot with a combination of stately evergreen arborvitae; feathery nandina domestica, a bamboo-like evergreen featuring lilac-like white blossoms and bright red berries; and smaller, mounding cotoneaster with pink fl wers followed by cranberry-colored berries. She is quick to take a picture if she sees intriguing plants while she is walking the dog or running errands in her car. “Some people have those bumper stickers that say, ‘I brake for yard sales,’” she says with a laugh. “I should have one that says, ‘I brake for landscapes.’” See for resources and additional photos.


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By Melissa Mauzy

If you find yourself tight on space in the garden or prefer container gardening, using compact and dwarf versions of plants can provide the same effect in a smaller package. We asked local landscapers to share their favorite mini-me versions of plants.

“The Little Moses Dwarf Burning Bush is one of my favorite dwarf shrubs due to its compact size, upright form and color. Only reaching a height of around 3’, this tight shrub has great dense, summer foliage. In the fall, this shrub puts on a showy display of fi e-engine red foliage making it great for that pop of fall color within a landscape or quite the eye catcher as a low-lying hedge.” Morgan McAdams, Chesterfield Valley Nursery. “The whole line of Bushel & Berry fruiting shrubs are a beautiful addition to any patio container or landscape, but our favorite is the Peach Sorbet Blueberry. Spring blooms are showy and a pollinator favorite. Summer yields tasty fruits. Fall brings an explosion of warm colors, and winter foliage holds strong in shades of purple, making it a four-season spectacle!” Laura Caldie, Greenscape Gardens.

“Our favorite compact perennial is Aster `Snow Flurry'. This was a new one for us this year, and we have fallen in love with it. It makes a wonderful  low  groundcover so dense that weeds can't get through.  It is a great substitute for spreading dwarf junipers and at first glance it almost looks like one when it isn't blooming. In the fall it is smothered with white fl wers. It is only 4-6 inches high and 2 feet across, likes full sun and is very drought tolerant.  It is a nativar developed from Aster ericoides and is a good late pollinator for bees and butterflie . As a bonus it is also very deer resistant and has stood up to the multitudes of deer in Wildwood! It can also be used in rock gardens.” Cathy Pauley, Papillon Perennials.

“The Candy Apple Hydrangea is the perfect summer-blooming, sun-loving Hydrangea. This new, improved paniculata has fl wers that will last through fall and can be kept 3 feet or smaller.” David Sherwood, Sherwood’s Forest.



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CHESTERFIELD VALLEY NURSERY {16825 N Outer 40 Rd, Chesterfield, MO 63005}

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Talented Landscape Architects & Craftsman Builders



Celebrating 25 years

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imagine. design. create.

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Window Treatments • Wall Coverings • Furniture • Bedding • Pillows Fabrics & Trim • Accessories • Lighting • Area Rugs


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Edited by Melissa Mauzy Photography courtesy of Missouri Botanical Garden

SENSORY GARDEN Designed to delight the senses, the Zimmerman Sensory Garden is an experience for all ages.


People of all ages can tickle their senses by visiting the Zimmerman Sensory Garden. This garden gives visitors an opportunity to draw on their senses. People enjoy smelling popular herbs like rosemary, lemon thyme and lavender. A whiff of the chocolate fl wer is sure to tempt any guest’s sweet tooth. The sounds of the Shell Fountain and the Solari bell will engage guests as they make their way through this garden. The Sensory Garden is showcased primarily in raised beds and container plantings. The garden also gives an opportunity for visitors to touch the texturally tantalizing annuals, perennials and herbs. Plants in this garden are used for educational and therapeutic programming under the Missouri Botanical Garden’s Therapeutic Horticulture Program. Therapeutic horticulture uses a time-proven practice of using plants or plant-related activities to improve the well-being of people. The program works with cancer treatment patients, at-risk youth, children in pediatric rehab, seniors and memory loss facilities. However, people of all abilities can enjoy what this garden has to offer. See for resources.


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OU TDOOR E X PERTS FRISELLA NURSERY 550 Hwy F, Defiance, O 63341 636-798-2555 Since 1953 Frisella Nursery has been designing and installing award-winning landscapes for St. Louis homeowners. Being a nursery at heart Frisella Nursery’s landscape design process is rooted in the plant material selected to mature gracefully for the outdoor space selected. This knowledge coupled with general contracting experience ensures an outdoor space that is not only beautiful, but also functional. Over the years Frisella Nursery has worked with a wide range of customers and contractors designing and installing projects including outdoor kitchens, pools, pool houses, patios, natural stone walkways and stairs, arbors, refle ting pools and waterfalls, among many other elements.

OUTDOOR LIVING INC. 845 S.Holmes, Kirkwood, MO 63122 314-966-3325 With 30 colors and styles of decking from 6 manufacturers to choose from in inventory, Outdoor Living offers the widest selection of decking products in the area. Our experienced, trained sales staff can help you choose the right products for your deck project. Whether you want Outdoor Living to build your deck, you have your own contractor or you want just the material so you can build it yourself, we can meet your needs. We display over 2000 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 and Angie’s List.

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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 a comprehensive landscape design that is uniquely yours. Our expert staff are with you start to finish through the construction of your project, and we are there to protect your landscaping and your investment with year-round maintenance services. Call Chesterfield Valley Nursery or visit our Garden Center today and let us bring your landscape to life.


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By Jamie Siebrase Photography by Kim Dillon

Out in the Open Drawing on a few clever design tricks, Richard Poynter and his cohorts at Poynter Landscape Architecture & Construction transform a standard University City back yard into an interconnected series of idyllic, open air spaces. “The bulk of the back yard was a blank slate,” says Richard Poynter, president of Poynter Landscape. Lead landscape architect Bob Wilhelm did have a few pre-existing features to work around: Mature trees, for example, and a sturdy wooden deck. The deck created access issues during construction, but it was worth keeping, Poynter says, because it softens the surrounding hardscapes and adds linear aspects to the overarching design scheme, too, which is zoned for a kitchen, living room and pool. “The first step,” Poynter says, “was putting those three components in areas that made sense.” The alfresco kitchen belonged on the deck, near the main house, where a stone veneer kitchen base touts a built-in grill, refrigerator and weather-resistant stainless drawers.


Heat and fi e draw dinner guests into a cozy nook with a neutral rug and oversized wicker seating configu ed for comfort. The hot tub dovetails with a stunning limestone fi eplace proving Poynter’s point that a chimney doesn’t have to be excessively tall to make an impact. “The height of a fi eplace should vary by setting,” Poynter explains, adding, “With multiple features at play, we didn’t want one item stealing the show.” Like well-designed indoor rooms, outdoor spaces should build off of one major element: Here, a geometric pool is the focal point. “It’s the biggest feature, physically, and the one that will be used the shortest time of the year,” says Poynter. “We pushed the pool far into the yard, and added another feature: the pool house,” he adds.


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With three distinct zones laid out, it was time to establish traffi patterns via hardscaping. The rub, Poynter says, was integrating logical pathways into the back yard’s preexisting elevations. Forget cumbersome flights of stairs! “It’s about building gradual transitions between living spaces,” says Poynter. “And the art,” he adds, “is incorporating a variety of materials that break up the hardscape without looking busy.” Exposed aggregate concrete takes the homeowners from kitchen to living room; below, tan Kool Deck, an insulated cement material, creates separation. “We used a neutral color around the pool because the focus isn’t the deck — it’s the pool and the pool house environment,” says Poynter. Limestone retaining walls topped with weathered sandstone veneer caps were a functional way to further define each outdoor space. “We used some subtle lighting underneath the lip of the stone walls,” adds Poynter, referring to a smart touch that illuminates the walkways while minimizing light pollution. “In the process of getting from one elevation to the next, we created planters, built-in areas designed to soften the retaining walls with vegetation,” Poynter continues. Plantings create privacy, too. “This particular yard can be seen extensively from behind the house,” explains Poynter. An “evergreen screen” offers year-round seclusion while “cozying things up,” as Poynter puts it. The living wall does double duty, veiling pool equipment in a hidden service. Wilhelm and his crew peppered in fl wering and leafy deciduous material, mixing perennials and shrubs capable of complementing and softening the stone and concrete work. “It isn’t any particular event,” Poynter notes. “It’s about how everything works together. That’s the art behind designing an outdoor space.” See for resources.


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GO HIGH A spacious Central West End bachelor pad gets a level of polish proportionate to its industrial-chic vibe.

When Kevin Berges moved into his 2,500-square-foot loft a couple of years ago, he knew he’d want to update the space and make it his own. He was equally certain that the apartment, located in the Central West End in a 100-plus-year-old former pharmaceutical warehouse, needed to retain its unique metropolitan charm. “My only real requirement was darker colors,” says Berges. “It’s an industrial building, so I wanted that kind of feel.” Word of mouth put him in contact with interior designer Nancy Barrett of Beautiful Rooms, who worked with Berges to integrate the design with existing furnishings and introduce elements that would make the space more attractive and functional. It’s in the roughly 900-square-foot open living room and dining area where that vibe really shines.


By Barbara E. Stefáno Photography by Anne Matheis

“There are lots of windows, so the industrial look was the perfect approach for the space,” Barrett says. The trick to making the natural light work for Berges was findin functional shades that fit three approximately 12-by-11-foot windows. Barrett replaced three motorized shades on each window with a single automatic shade. Berges has them programmed to open and close at certain times for maximum light or privacy. And, when he wants to go off the program, he can operate them from a smartphone app. “The old ones had cords. It would take a full minute to get it the way you wanted. With these [new shades] I can open and shut them from bed without having to play around with it,” says Berges. “A lot of my neighbors have asked me where they can get them; everybody wants them!”


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Berges had brought with him a brick-red sectional that now anchors a color scheme that’s lush with warm neutrals and wood, and also serves to divide the living room from the dining area in an otherwise wide open space. An entertainment center contains his fla -screen TV and conceals DVDs and games when they’re not in use so the space stays tidy. At the opposite end of the room sits a modern glossy black dining table that has become one of Berges’ favorite features — perfect for a bachelor who occasionally entertains. “I like it even more than I thought I would. It adjusts from four places to six places, and there are no tools needed or pieces to lose.” Suspended above the table is a eight-light fi ture befit ing of the generously sized room. It’s a far cry from the two

glass pendants that hung there before, getting swallowed up by the high ceilings and open floor plan. “It felt too skimpy for the space, which is two-plus stories,” says Barrett, who had the area rewired to accommodate the extra lighting. The payoff is a warmer glow from lighting that’s scaled to its environment. In fact, everything about Kevin Berges’ living/dining area is warmer, even while staying true to its industrial roots. “I have more friends over now, and they stay longer,” he says. “It feels more like a home than it did before. I’m actually glad to have people over, especially when they start oohing and ahhing.” See for resources.


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Take the PAPER PLUNGE Wallpaper is a smart choice to change up a room. Available in a variety of colors, patterns and textures, it is no longer something to fear whether your space is large or small. By Shannon Craig Photography by Thibaut and courtesy of LuLu Belles Fabrics

Wallpaper takes—to some—a fearful level of commitment. Ambling through home improvement stores and dry goods ateliers scanning aisles and “look books” for a potential match takes time. Not being sure you’ve found “the one” until you take it home where it must meet and complement your valet and throw pillows takes being vulnerable to a possible let down. Trysts with trendy colors, here-today-gonetomorrow adhesives and aimless paint dabbling can be satisfying in the short term but, as mom says, “isn’t it time you think about settling?” “While paint, which is available in an infini e number of color possibilities, is a very versatile wall covering, wallpaper comes in a staggering number of colors, patterns and textures,” says LuLu Belle’s Fabrics manager, Mary Beth Leritz, who explains that “settling” is no longer a pitfall of papering. “Want wallpaper that looks like a wooden finish? No problem. How about a leather-like texture? Go ahead… From planked walls, concrete blocks to wood paneling, [wallpaper is] a dramatic way of ‘fooling the eye.’ Whether it’s an accent wall or papering an entire room, it adds character without the expense of installing the real thing,” Leritz explains. Furthermore, Leritz contends that the nuance and intricacy afforded by a stable, quality wallpaper can’t be imitated by paint, “no matter how skilled the painter.” The resounding benefits of long-term durability and endless variety available to homeowners today is reassuring for those of us still nervous to take the plunge. It’s worth noting, however, that when it comes to


wallpaper, size really does matter. “I think some of the most successful installations of wallpaper are dark or large-scale patterns in a small room,” explains Teddy Karl of Clayton-based interior design fi m, The Great Cover-Up. “I try to avoid very small-scale patterns in a large room because I feel like the end result can be monotonous.” Karl and Leritz agree that no matter the size of the room, when in doubt, adding a texture like grasscloth or bold geometrics can make even the smallest of rooms feel grand. Per Leritz, “Geometrics can bring order into homes with simple clean patterns…For an unexpected twist add it to a ceiling.” If, sitting in the breakfast nook some morning, one were to look across the table and be bored or displeased after many happy years with their wallpaper of choice, Karl and

Leritz simply say, “change it.” “The average shelf life of a wallpaper book is fi e to seven years,” Karl says. “That being said, most people live with a wallpaper much longer than that. I would guess most wallpaper will be up for at least eight to 10 years.” And when it’s overstayed its welcome, “if a wallpaper is applied well/properly with no signs of peeling, it is possible to wallpaper over it with the new paper.” Cost-effective and long-lasting, effortlessly pleasing with the ability to add what Leritz describes as inimitable warmth and depth, wallpaper is a commitment to making your house a home. “The benefit far outweighs the consequence,” says Karl. “If you’re not afraid, go for it.” See for resources and additional photos.


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By Irene Middleman Thomas Photography by Mark Rush

NAYARIT - a small Mexican destination with big offerings My husband looked quite dashing trotting along on his sleek Arabian mount, wielding the polo mallet at the new, sumptuous La Patrona Polo & Equestrian Club. We were in San Francisco, affectionately known as “San Pancho,” a delightful small town on the Pacific coastline of the Mexican state of Nayarit. Polo (at an affordable price) is just one of the many offerings we’ve enjoyed in the Riviera Nayarit on our repeated visits to the region. The so-called Riviera consists of 16 delightfully distinctive villages along 192 miles of Nayarit’s coastline, beginning about 10 minutes north of the Puerto Vallarta airport. These villages connect to each other with just a few miles and minutes separating them, all overlooking the blue Pacifi , backdropped by verdant, dramatically beautiful mountain ranges. Each town has its own personality and its own ambience, and this diverse region attracts birdwatchers, surfers, wildlife enthusiasts and those seeking the authentic,


unsullied-by-tourism Mexico. The Riviera Nayarit’s most southern point is Nuevo Vallarta, with the birder-beloved town of San Blas at its northern limit. Nayarit’s modern, intercoastal highway is serviced by comfortable, air-conditioned buses that stop by each town with very reasonable fares, or one can rent a car or use taxis, also much cheaper than in the United States. Nayarit includes the exclusive celebrity and one-percenter hideout of Punta Mita; Sayulita, the “boho-chic” surfing haven; friendly, relaxed San Pancho; miles of serene beaches and the spectacular Banderas Bay. The region attracts and satiates vacationers of all tastes and budgets with its wide range of accommodations including chic luxury resorts (think St. Regis, Four Seasons and a uber-hip, spanking new W,) gorgeous, no-worries all-inclusives, condominiums, eco-tourism boutique hotels and cozy, folkloric B&B inns. On our most recent visit, we arrived at Mar al Cielo Eco-Retreat


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right before the dazzling Pacific sunset adorned the sky, with oranges, pinks and yellows swirling around a core of light blue, somewhat reminiscent of the Northern Lights, but with the caress of tropical warmth. Out of the lush coconut palm grove, an adorable coatimundi ventured tentatively to drink from the lily-pad pond a few feet away, while a large land crab scuttled through the grasses. We sipped our frosty margaritas and marveled. Late November, with most of the U.S. hunkering down into winter and here I was, in our paradise. This 11-acre private retreat, with just one boutique-style lodging, is a gem in the jungle — one of many such treasures in Mexico’s Riviera Nayarit. In past years, we’ve released hundreds of baby turtles, toured the La Tovara crocodile sanctuary (chock-filled with the big beasts,) gorged ourselves on succulent seafood, gaped at whales, bird watched and volunteered at San Pancho’s Entreamigos, a one-of-a-kind community center. We strolled endlessly on cobblestone streets, marveling at colonial architecture, lush gardens and fl wers, and at the infini y of live music everywhere. Coming home, our world here seems very sterile and quiet indeed. We’ve travelled through magnificent green countryside with rolling hills, endless sugar cane fields with fronds blowing in the breeze, mango, banana, and papaya orchards and tobacco farms. We were just inches from an exquisitely beautiful jaguar, viewed thousands of migratory birds in the emerald-green rainforest, and have delighted in trying succulent drinks and dishes (TIP: do not miss the local grilled fish specialty — pescado zarandeado) we had never heard of before. I am mesmerized by the fascinating Huichol culture – a reclusive people who maintain their language, traditions and intricate artisan work. A few come to town to sell their wares, bedecked in brightly colored embroidered white costumes. My husband and I were thrilled by our Huichol ritual massages, performed by a husband and wife team who spoke quietly to each other in their lilting language while attending to us — and for $5 USD — with incredibly satisfying results. The Huichol artisans travel to the weekly outdoor markets rotating through the various towns. On our last morning, we took a walk drinking in the warmth and greenery, dreading the cold, dreary winter back home. We smelled tortillas browning, coffee brewing and jasmine blooming. The cacophony of cock-a-doodling roosters sang out along with the trilling warblers, and fluo escent purple, orange and pink fuchsia and bougainvillea tumbled over the road in canopies. Strolling on through the early light on the shiny cobblestone streets, I found myself smiling at lazy dogs enjoying the sunlight, barely lifting their heads as we walked by. Days after our return to reality, I find myself often thinking of our impromptu roadside stop at a mango distribution site. The man in charge came out in dirty overalls, brushing off his hands to shake ours. “Welcome,” he said, and invited us to explore in the friendly hand gestures and smiles anyone would understand. We watched crates of mangoes being sorted by smiling women, dogs lazing at their sides; and the gregarious man sent us on our way with a bag of luscious peachy/pink mangoes exuding that indescribable aroma that only the ripest fruit has and he wouldn’t accept any payment. “Enjoy!,” he said. And we did, every day, with juice dripping down our chins. What a wonderful, fascinating, delicious, beautiful destination this is – and how hard it is to leave. See for more photos and resources.


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

Varsity Tutors, Clayton, MO Photography by Alise O’Brien

Varsity Tutors sought to create a singular, modern collaborative space for their leadership team and support staff that refle ts their brand and company culture. The company challenged the team at Bond Architects to create an innovative, hyper-collaborative workspace that would function as a recruiting and retention tool. The 19,000-square-foot headquarters supports the rapidly growing technology company.

The design required intricate and varied finishe , fi tures and equipment, which typically have long lead times. Bond Architects was able to complete the high-end design with custom finishes on a condensed schedule. The open fl w of the offic continues through glass-walled office and conference rooms, collaborative meeting spaces and low partitions in work areas.

Chihuly Garden and Glass, Seattle, WA Photography by Laura Swimmer and Ben Schneider

The Seattle Center Fun Forest has been transformed into a dramatic new exhibition space and art garden. The location includes three primary components: the Garden, the Glasshouse and the Interior Exhibits. Design fi m ORA collaborated with Chihuly Studio and the Space Needle to complete the transformation. The Interior Exhibits include a sequence of eight dramatic galleries featuring unique Chihuly artwork culminating in the Glasshouse. The Glasshouse is a new structure inspired by classic conservatories. It is asymmetrically infle ted toward the adjoining Space Needle. From the Glasshouse, visitors move into the 20,000-square-foot Garden, which features more artwork and plantings. Green roofs and evergreen-covered trellis walls transformed the existing building. Sustainable features include green roofs and walls, natural ventilation, radiant heating/cooling and adaptive redevelopment of the Fun Forest building.



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The Bergeron Centre for Engineering Excellence, Toronto, Canada Photography by Doublespace Photography

The Bergeron Centre for Engineering Excellence is breaking barriers in engineering education. The Centre is part of York University and the design was student driven. Working with design fi m ZAS Architects as well as the Lassonde School of Engineering, the world-class facility is a modern approach to student learning. Flipping the notion of the traditional classroom, the Centre has no lecture halls, fewer classrooms and a project-based learning environment. The bold architecture of the building refle ts its limitless creativity. A cloud-like triangular glass faรงade stands bold and is comprised of a series of triangles positioned according to a precise and complex algorithm. It refle ts light and pattern across campus and into the interior, much like a cloud.

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


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Like a custom-made suit, custom furniture is a perfect fit, expressing your individuality. KDR Designer Showrooms is proud to represent distinctive lines like Thayer Coggin, whose upholstered furniture is custom made to order by their master craftspeople. Let our team of experts guide you on your search for the right piece. Walk right in to discover the endless possibilities in luxury home furnishings, Monday through Saturday. 314- 993-5020,



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Three French Hens in Wildwood has virtually everything you would need to furnish a single room or an entire home. The store experience is unlike any other and has served as a source of inspiration for countless home transformations for 12 years. Their 10,000 square foot store is constantly evolving and is filled with the most unique fine furnishings you can find in and outside the St. Louis area. If it doesn’t possess captivating beauty or superior craftsmanship, chances are you won’t find it at Three French Hens. 636-458-8033,


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LuLu Belles is a locally owned fabric store offering the finest selection of fabrics, trims and wallpaper in the St. Louis area. Whether it's a single piece of furniture or an entire room, pulling together the right look for your home doesn't have to be overwhelming. Take a journey down Clarke and Clarke's exotic Uzbek Collection in contemporary jewel shades which captures the heady atmosphere of the ancient luxury trade routes of Bukhara and Tashkent. The color blue is going nowhere...why not add a little to your home! Let your imagination run wild when contemplating your next decorating project. Our experienced sales staff is eager to help you get your next project started. 314-991-0020,

EXPRESSIONS FURNITURE Expressions is a one-of-a-kind furniture store that has provided St. Louis with custom upholstery and furniture for 29 years. Offering a unique variety of furniture and home decor, there is something for every taste at Expressions. 314-567-6200,



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GLASS DINING TABLES For our March issue, we asked local design professionals if glass dining tables are a classic or a craze. Here’s what they had to say.

Everett dining table, by Hickory White. Photography courtesy of KDR Designer Showrooms.

CLASSIC “Knoll is reintroducing the iconic Warren Platner collection in 14k gold. Originally introduced 50 years ago, the base of the table consists of vertical steel rods connected by a horizontal band and topped by none other than a glass top. Glass tables are extremely versatile because they sanction any kind of base that will hold a top; giving you the option for both modern and traditional fl vors. However, glass tables may not be for the skittish; finge prints and scratches are inherent fl ws and not everyone likes having their legs visible at the dining table.  In my opinion, the pros outweigh the cons, and I give this a classic stamp of approval.” Joni Spear, Joni Spear Interior Design. “Glass has staying power and is even gaining more clout as a material with endless possibilities. You will see the future is made of glass, but like almost any material it will follow trends in design. When you have a very interesting, architectural table base, glass is an excellent way to show it off. The translucent quality of clear glass helps us create a sense of more space or makes a space feel light and airy. Glass tables are here to stay.” Dana King, NEXT Project Studio. “We get a lot of requests to cut glass to fit wood tables. People want to protect their wood surfaces and recognize glass is a great solution to protect and also show off the wood. We also get a lot of requests for glass tabletops to be custom cut for table bases. I think the primary reason is glass is durable, beautiful and antimicrobial. I believe it is here to stay, and I don’t see any evidence of glass waning in popularity.” George Manlove, Mod Glass.


“It is defini ely not a fad or craze, but a timeless design in an elegant look for the contemporary and even transitional customer. Glass-top tables, either in dining or occasional, have been in the market place for the last 50+ years. Glass will be there for many years to come as glass has more characteristic than ever before. Shape and edgework is in the demand with the more sophisticated designs. One thing I am very grateful for is the glass that has been fused and attached to the base. Years ago it was always lay-on glass, which moved causing things to spill on the table top.” Ross Anzalone, Amini’s. “Most defini ely a classic! Every family and friend I can think of (myself included) either has a glass dining table or has had one at some point. They are so versatile. They can be paired with nearly any base and work with most all styles of decor.  Plus as an added bonus, they are easy to clean and show virtually NO signs of wear and tear. A glass top can also serve as a protective surface to a more delicate material beneath. I'm also a fan of back-painted glass if you do not wish to see through it while you are sitting at the table. It conceals fingerprints more efficiently oo!” Emily Koch, JCR Design Group.


“While glass dining tables offer a stunning and clean look, they are more of a craze than a classic. There is a place for them in the right environment, but the timeless option will always be a sleek wood table. With the right stain, design and accents, a wood table will fit into any room and create a classic look that will never go out of style.” Shanna Shamblin Wilson, Wilson Lighting.


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March 2017  

March issue. Textures & shapes in contemporary design.

March 2017  

March issue. Textures & shapes in contemporary design.