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FEATURES 26 BIG LIVING IN A SMALL SPACE A 900-square-foot house gets an infusion of light, color and usable space with one smart renovation.


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40 THE COOP SCOOP Building a backyard coop not only adds a few cute chicks to your floc , but fresh eggs, too. Plus, gathering eggs from the back yard is about as local as food can get.

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Planting the fl wer gardens surrounding the swimming pool was my absolute favorite childhood chore. At the time, my folks had no idea they were planting the seeds that would influence my future in so many ways. Trips to the nursery and selecting fl wers that could withstand an entire summer of relentless sunshine and out-of-control kids, volleyballs and water polo balls proved to be challenging and fun. Throughout the years, not only did I take away an appreciation of nature and the importance of sunlight requirements, but I developed an eye to successfully mix colors, textures and shapes, something nature accomplishes quite nicely herself. More and more we are seeing the design industry embracing Mother Earth by aggressively incorporating organic elements into fabrics, wallpapers, furnishing and interior design. Getting down-to-earth defini ely has a positive effect on our personalities, so it only seems natural to bring that same sense of calm into our surroundings. Krista Howard of KH Interiors has taken a 900-square-foot home and transformed it into a stunning oasis with hints of Mother Earth around every corner (Page 26). Landscape views from the penthouse windows inspired Emily Castle of Castle Design to utilize organic elements of reclaimed naive woods along with marble and stone into her design (page 32). Our featured Style Maker, Jenny Baca of Jipsi Reclaim & Dwell, and her free bohemian spirit instinctively creates beautiful spaces from a sustainable standpoint (page 16). If you really want to know how organic the eggs you are buying for your family meals are, try renting your own backyard chickens (page 40)! Before you know it, you'll have names for all your new chick babies! As homeowners we take great time and attention to not only make our homes beautiful, but our safe haven as well. Two nights ago, we almost lost our house to a fi e that broke out in our circuit breaker box. If it hadn't been for our son Tim hearing the pop, pop, pop and yelling “fi e,” the fi e department wouldn't have had the time to extinguish the fi e before it hit an area that would have ignited the flames further.  We were lucky! Please take heed of the following fi e-safety tips. 6 WARNING SIGNS OF FAULTY ELECTRICAL WIRING IN YOUR HOME 1.  Keep Track of Circuit Breaker Trips 2.  Look and Listen for Flickering, Buzzing or Dimming Lights 3.  Look Out for Frayed or Chewed Wiring 4. Search for Discoloration, Scorching and Smoke 5.  Feel for Warm or Vibrating Wall Outlets 6.  Smell for Burning and Odd Odors For more details, visit - a partnership between International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local One (IBEW) and the St. Louis Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA).

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Jenny Baca, creative art director and owner at JIPSI Reclaim & Dwell, shares her unique spin on design. She is all about sustainable, repurposed and reclaimed.

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SLHL: How would you describe your style? Jenny: My style is 10,000% modern Bohemian. Bohemianism is defined as: The practice of unconventional lifestyle often in the company of like-minded folks involving musical, artistic, literary or spiritual pursuits. Bohemians may be wanderers, adventurers or vagabonds or, in  other words, a JIPSI. Hence, my business name! SLHL: What is your favorite aspect of your design sense? Jenny: I absolutely LOVE that my  design sense instinctively wants to create from a sustainable standpoint. When I walk into a space, my brain  asks, "How can I  keep and work with  the existing  materials and architecture?" Blissoma Botanical Beauty in St. Louis is a perfect example of this. Owner Julie Longyear  had a dream of turning a floral supply warehouse on Lasalle St. into a retail and manufacturing storefront for her holistic skincare.  I {repurposed + reclaimed} over 75 percent of this project. Now that's GREEN!  SLHL: Where do you get your creative inspiration? Jenny: Nature. Old movies. Fashion mags. Cooking shows. Storefront windows. Instagram. Big cities. My neighborhood.  SLHL: How have you developed your eye over time? Jenny: Hmm...My eye has certainly developed over time. I'm self-taught, which gives me freedom. My eye is trained to see shapes,  colors, space  and textures. My eye is trained to create energy or a feeling, not  what's trending. My eye has developed more into the art and science of design, which is why I call myself a creative art director, not an interior designer. Changing my title changed my business. SLHL: When you search antique/resale shops for items to repurpose, what catches your eye or makes something stand out? Jenny: Thrifting is my everything!  I see things that other people don't see. When I find vintage silverware, I think cabinet handles. When I find a vintage bike, I think chandelier. It just comes to me immediately when I spot something. I like things that tell a story by its patina or items in multiples. I have a weakness for Art Deco, French, Rustic and Mid Century. Nothing is off limits o repurpose! 


SLHL: What is the most unique piece you have created with repurposed items? Jenny: For sure, my most unique piece was a custom light fi ture commissioned by Ben Poremba of Elaia and Olio. He had this vision of a sort of organic installation of copper pots and miscellaneous kitchen and metal items. And he wanted it big, so I made it big… approximately 4 feet by 6 feet.  I didn't know how to weld, so I had to figu e out a way to construct this piece,  which ended up being hand wired to the frame chandelier. Ben had some copper pots from his personal collection and the rest was found locally. Items included: bicycle rims, fryer baskets, water pitchers, pots and utensils. I call him MonsterPiece, and he lives in the Elaia dining room. SLHL: What role does wallpaper play in your design process? Jenny: Wallpaper concepts are endless! The ceiling, the wall, the steps, bookcases, on furniture or in cabinets. I almost always do a feature wall in every room; sometimes I also use other materials, including wood.  Wallpaper is layer number two in the design process after the paint layer.


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NEATO, GITTO! Charlie Gitto Jr. enters his 37th year in his family’s restaurant business with as much gusto as ever. By Barbara E. Stefàno Photography by Colin Miller/Strauss Peyton

CHARLIE GITTO JR. may have expanded the Gitto family restaurant business into three locations, but it’s the original Italian eatery in The Hill neighborhood that remains the spicy heart and soul of the enterprise. An authentic taste of old Italy is a staple ingredient of the Charlie Gitto legacy: pastas, breads and desserts that are made in-house and cooked to order; fresh ingredients that are either raised on the premises, brought in frequently or seasonal in the Midwest; and care and attention lavished on every dish. “The biggest sellers are the housemade pastas—the cannelloni and tortellini are popular—but we feature beautiful dishes of veal,” says Charlie Gitto Jr., who is owner, operator and executive chef. “Veal Nunzio is big. It’s thin slices of veal with lemon sauce and topped with fresh crab.” Toasted ravioli—a local innovation that’s practically a rite of passage for anyone crossing the shadow of the Gateway Arch— sells consistently and copiously, while tenderloin siciliano delights



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Top to bottom: Chef Charlie Gitto Jr. Classic caesar salad. Escarole and bean soup.

In summer, we keep things light with lighter soups, white wines.

hearty eaters with beef in lemon-butter sauce and roasted mushrooms. But it’s the fish, delivered fresh four times each week, which Gitto most adores. It’s the backbone of the popular seafood pasta Suzanne (tagliatelle noodles with shrimp, clams, scallops, langostinos and mussels in spicy cream sauce), and the star of the buttery seafood risotto. Like any chef fixated on freshness, Gitto changes menus periodically to capitalize on ingredients when they’re at their peak and cater to the cravings of the season. “Food in the winter is a little heavier with red wine and heartier soups, like the winter root vegetables we use in our risottos,” he says. “In summer, we keep things light with lighter soups, white wines.” It’s also the time of year with Gitto’s decades of prowess with tomatoes shines through. “We’re known for tomato salads—some of the best in the city. We hand-pick them, or the customer picks them, and people can build their own tomato salads; they choose the ingredients, and we make it the way they want it.” Though the menus are largely the same in all three locations, Gitto wanted each to be a unique reflection of the communities they serve. For instance, the Hollywood Casino restaurant boasts its own nightly happy hour food-and-drink specials, while Charlie Gitto’s from The Hill in Chesterfield serves up a selection of decadent sandwiches (grouper or strip steak, anyone?) during the lunch hour. “We’ve got some very, very faithful customers, and sometimes they go to each restaurant. They all have their own personalities. At the casino, the style is more of a Tuscan décor—very upscale and casual and elegant. Chesterfield is a little more contemporary,” Gitto explains. “The Hill is my baby. What can I say? … It’s an old-world look, casual and priced right. It’s a place you could frequent.” See for more information.



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THE COOKING SCHOOL MENU Escarole and Bean Soup: This simple meal-starter gets its fl vor from a high-quality vegetable broth and an array of Italian herbs and spices. “It’s a good pre-dinner soup to have with a nice crusty bread. It’s broth-y and it’s light.” Wine pairing: Vina Koyle Carmenere Classic Caesar Salad: Learn how to make the signature dressing that makes a fresh Caesar salad so craveable. Charlie starts with coddled eggs, anchovies, mustard, oil and vinegar and finishes with crisp homemade croutons. Wine pairing: Count Karolyi Grüner Veltliner Penne Borghese: Classic Pomodoro sauce, cognac, cream and béchamel combine to create the beautiful pink sauce that typifies this homemade pasta dish. It gets a salty, savory fl vor from tasty prosciutto. Wine pairing: Vino dei Fratelli Chianti

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FEAST THE WORLD’S WINES WORK WELL WITH ITALIAN FOOD By Lorraine Raguseo Photography courtesy of Quintessential Wines

There are more than 17 million Americans who claim Italian descent in the United States. Italian cuisine ranks near the top among the over 640,000 restaurants operating in the U.S. Italian dishes have an amazingly broad appeal well beyond the aforementioned Italian-Americans. If the above aren’t enough, another reason that Italian cuisine is so ubiquitous in America is that it pairs so well with wines from all over the world. Take, for instance, Caesar salad. Normally green salads are difficul to pair with any wine because of the astringency of most lettuce and raw tomatoes, and the tartness of many salad dressings. However, a traditional Italian Caesar salad, with shaved parmigiano cheese, house-made croutons and the Italian olive oil, white-wine vinegar and anchovy dressing that gives the salad a slightly salty and cheesy fl vor, works with such white wines as Grüner Veltliner or a citrusy Sauvignon Blanc. Many people associate Grüner with Austria, but neighboring Hungary makes some exceptional, if less well-known wines, including such fine examples as Count Karolyi Grüner Veltliner, a dry and refreshing white wine that has some spicy, peppery notes that play well off the aesar’s fl vors. Escarole and White Bean Soup is about as traditional an Italian dish as you will fin , a very satisfying blend of bitter escarole and cannellini beans. We’re traveling to Chile for our pairing, and to the red grape Carmenere. Once thought to be a type of Merlot, it actually is from the Cabernet family and was originally cultivated in France’s Bordeaux region. It is, in fact, one of the original six varietals of Bordeaux. Today, very little Carmenere is grown in France, but in the southern hemisphere the grape is thriving. Chile is the leader in the production of Carmenere wines. Top wineries in Chile’s Colchauga Valley, such as Vina Koyle, are known for making more complex Carmeneres in their Gran Reserva and Royale labels that are often blended with a little Syrah, Tempranillo or Petite Verdot to bring out and complement the grape’s natural red fruit, berry and spice characteristics. Carmenere’s fruitiness and medium body will not overwhelm the somewhat delicate, even a bit earthy, Italian fl vors that the dish offers. While grapes as diverse as Malbec (from Argentina) and Tempranillo (from Spain) are terrific accompaniments to foods like red-sauce pastas, abundant in garlic and often with meats as diverse as rabbit or wild boar, when the sauce is pink (meaning that cream has been added), it changes the complexion of the dish, and the type of wine that will work with it. Penne Alla Vodka became popular in Italian restaurants in America in the 1980s. This pink-sauce pasta dish is given a slightly sweet cast when Cognac is substituted for the vodka. The Italian in me has to include one Italian wine, and the best choice here is Italy’s workhorse red grape – Sangiovese. It is the most widely planted variety in Italy, and its best expression comes from central Italy, particularly in the Tuscan and Chianti wine regions. Most Chiantis, arguably the most recognized Italian wine worldwide, are usually 100% Sangiovese and have red- and black- fruit aromas and fl vors, with medium acidity and a smooth taste. Chianti is ideal for Penne Borghese, where the cognac, cream and tomatoes are joined by prosciutto, sautéed onions and parsley. One value-priced and delicious option is Vino dei Fratelli Chianti, where the wine’s body, fruit character, acidity and tannic structure bring out all the right flavor notes of the pasta without overwhelming it, or being overwhelmed. You can travel the wine world and likely find a suitable bottle from almost any wine-producing country that has something to pair with an Italian dish. Or you can stick with the tried-and-true wines the Italians enjoy. Either way, you can’t go wrong. See for more information.



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CRAVEABLE NATHANIEL REID brings his culinary art to KIRKWOOD By Tyler Bierman Photography by Colin Miller/Strauss Peyton

athaniel Reid is a world-renowned chef. He was named the U.S. Pastry Chef of the Year in the 2010 Paris Gourmet Competition. Then in 2012, Dessert Professional Magazine ranked him in the top 10 of American pastry chefs. Reid has been all over the world honing his craft, and now he has returned to his roots and opened Nathaniel Reid Bakery in Kirkwood. That being said, it might surprise you to learn that Reid actually started out with aspirations of being a biologist. It was only after a disheartening internship and some persuasion from Mom that he set his sights on the world of cooking. “We had a family meeting to discuss it all,” he says. “For whatever reason, my mom tossed out the idea of cooking, and I knew in that moment.” Wasting no time, he changed his major at Mizzou and would later attend Le Cordon Bleu in Paris. That's when he started to pick up his acclaim as a chef; training all over the globe in preparation for his goal of opening his own bakery. And with a little help from his wife, that bakery was destined for his childhood home of Missouri. “My wife actually pushed Missouri more than I did. It's like when Mom suggested that I become a chef and, like Mom, she was right. Sometimes life hits you upside the head and tells you what to do,” Reid explains. When Reid creates something in his bakery there is a surprisingly detailed process. First, there's a ton of research that needs to be done: What's the dessert, what's the taste and texture, how will the season factor in and how he will be able to produce it in large quantities? From there it's all about design. Reid makes it his goal to create upscale, memorable tarts, cakes, quiches and croissants that are dazzling, but not intimidating. A style that Reid describes as “sophisticated yet craveable.” He goes on to explain, “I want food that still looks like food, but in a sleek, fun way.” Then comes the creation stage where he slaves over everything to get the recipe and presentation just right. This step involves a lot of testing, tasting and going back to the drawing board until it's absolutely perfect.



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Finally, Reid puts the product on the shelves and leaves it for his customers to make the final say. Then, yay or nay, a dessert is never truly complete. It's a perpetual cycle of re-imagining the dessert and constantly evolving it. “It's one of those things. You don't stop. It's always a question of how can I make the product better and what does that mean? It's about never settling and striving to get as close to perfection as we can.” Out of all of Reid's many accomplishments, his bakery ranks at the top, but it didn't happen overnight. It took a decade of work and a lot of help from his family. As Reid explains, “It's sometimes tough to see the top of the mountain, and you don't always realize how far you've already come, but when you do stop and take a look back it's amazing. So, keep stepping forward and working until you get to the top. Then keep going.” These are words he extends to anyone trying to make their dreams a reality. If you haven’t already tried one of Reid’s delectable desserts, come down to Nathaniel Reid Bakery where they'll be serving up a bunch of Mother's Day-inspired treats this month. Or, you can unleash your inner chef by joining one of Reid's cooking classes. See for more photos and resources.


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This page: The area near Stacy Strode's kitchen is now the ideal spot for everything from a quiet breakfast to a gathering spot for friends to enjoy wine and conversation. Opposite page: Splashes of floral print add interest to a home that is otherwise neutral.

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BIG LIVING IN A SMALL SPACE A 900-square-foot house gets an infusion of light, color and usable space with one smart renovation. By Barbara E. Stefàno Photography by Anne Matheis

hen interior designer Krista Howard of KH Interiors took on the renovation of nurse Stacy Strode’s St. Louis house, it was important to accommodate entertaining, added storage and meaningful décor. It’s a tall order for any home, but Howard did it all while making Stacy’s meager 900 square feet look larger than its tiny footprint. What’s immediately apparent is the illusion of size Krista created through the use of color and scale. A single color throughout draws the eye onward, as opposed to different room colors that might visually chop up the space. The soft gray refle ts natural light coming into the home to provide a classic, clean and cohesive appearance with pops of color from a few patterned


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This page: Interior designer Krista Howard painted the entire home in a soft gray. Light neutral color throughout amps up the natural light and unifies the space to create the illusion of size. Opposite page: Built-in benches in the sunroom serve multiple purposes as storage, sleeping and sitting room.



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furnishings and decorative pieces. Caramel and black wood pieces add a crispness to the overall look. Krista used furniture to further amp up the illusion of space by scaling down the furnishings in proportion to the home. A cozy loveseat here, an upholstered living room chair there, all offering a soft place to land for guests without eating up the floorspac . As with any small house, storage was an issue. Closets were lacking, and awkward nooks served little purpose other than to act as dead space. For Krista, the challenge was not only to put those spaces to smart use but to put certain areas of the home to multiple uses. “The entry was used as perhaps a sitting room when the house was originally built in the 1916, but evolved into a dining room.” Now, the entryway serves both purposes. A round oak table occupies the entry, with a pair of chairs shifting from the foyer to elsewhere depending on how the space is being used. “One chair is hung on a wall in the bathroom


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as art when not in use. The other goes to the desk.” Krista applied the same technique to the kitchen area, which Stacy envisioned as a great spot for small gatherings. “She wanted the breakfast room to be a ladies’ wine room, so we wanted kind of unconventional furniture off the kitchen so she could sit on a chaise lounge and sip wine or have friends over,” Krista says. Only two closets graced the home–one in the bedroom and one in the hall–so Krista had to get creative about addressing Stacy’s need for storage. “I found a cavity in a wall that was unclaimed for any use, so we grabbed it and made it a recess for a linen closet,” she says of the


cramped bathroom. “We took out the tub to create a bigger shower and used part of that space for storage.” By building in fi e-inch shelves on the wall behind the toilet, she created a showcase for a collection of family antiques Stacy couldn’t properly show off be ore. But the greatest gain in stowage by far was in the sunroom. Stacy now has attractive custom-built storage benches at the room’s perimeter and a pair of repurposed freestanding pantries providing all the storage she could want. (With a bench large enough for a twin mattress, the room can double as a bedroom where Stacy can sleep when she has overnight guests.) All told, Krista created an additional 60


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square feet of storage space—and she has tips anyone can follow to get even the tiniest house organized. “Between the studs in the walls is 14 ½ to 15 inches of great space that can be used for small-item storage,” she says. “Use under-bed storage, use baskets. Buy fewer [furniture] pieces but comfortable ones. And cut the clutter to make the space look larger. You cannot be a hoarder and be in a small space!” See for resources.

Opposite page: When the dining chair is not in use, it serves as slightly quirky wall decor in Stacy Strode's living room. This page top: Krista created an area behind the toilet that Stacy could use as display space for antiques and family heirlooms. Bottom: Stacy Strode's home renovation made way for more decor, such as Stacy's treasured antique spools.


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FOREVER For designer Emily Castle, developing a relationship of trust with her clients is paramount. By Barb Wilson

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Spanned by a 9-foot custom range hood, the kitchen’s rare Arabescato Orobica marble backsplash established the basic color scheme for this stunning urban penthouse. Curvilinear shapes, organic materials, and native and reclaimed woods – for example, the kitchen’s quarter-sawn white oak cabinetry – were used to soften the architecture’s stark contemporary design.

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With views that stretch for miles, the 2-story great room is a masterful blend of the clients’ transitional tastes and the modern architectural styling. A spectacular DaSomm Choi-designed lighting fi ture, handmade rug in an abstract pattern resembling fallen leaves, and greenery link the interior space with the magnificent surrounding landscape. Opposite page: Ideal for fresh-air entertaining, the expansive terrace offers dramatic views of the Minneapolis skyline. MAY 2017 STLOUISHOMESMAG.COM

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Seventeen stories above street level, this spectacular penthouse offers panoramic views of the city’s skyline, Mississippi River and the historic Saint Anthony Falls. Wait a minute…Where are we? Well, in Minneapolis, but the links with St. Louis will soon become apparent. Longtime residents of Minnesota, the owners of this magnificent residence are both doctors – the wife an anesthesiologist, the husband formerly a cardiologist and now a serial medical device inventor and entrepreneur. For several years, the husband worked temporarily in St. Louis, living in a Central West End condominium and commuting to their suburban Minneapolis home on weekends. To make the condo “comfortable and familiar” during his lengthy stay, he was referred to Emily Castle, ASID, owner/ principal of St. Louis-based Castle Design. Coordination of the long-distance project was turned over to the wife, who found Castle to be “amazingly easy to work with and very flexible.” “Emily ‘got me’ from the very beginning,” says the wife. Incorporating a number of pieces from their suburban

home, “She made the condo serene, welcoming and beautiful.” Fast forward to 2015, when the couple decided to make a lifestyle transition. Lured by downtown Minneapolis’ natural beauty and vibrant cultural, dining, sports and entertainment venues, they were ready to leave the suburbs and embrace urban living. Surrounded by glass, the penthouse they found was in a newly renovated high-rise building located within easy walking distance of the city’s highlights. The voluminous two-story space was essentially “just a big white box,” however, and the couple was unwilling to make a purchase decision until Castle had seen it. “We wanted to be sure that Emily could recreate the same effect she’d achieved for us in St. Louis,” the wife explains. Traveling north, Castle evaluated the possibilities and announced to her clients, “Let’s go for it.” She worked alongside a team of local architects, construction professionals and lighting designers to transform the starkly modern steel-and-glass “box” into a warm, inviting environment, consistent with her clients’ transitional tastes and the STLOUISHOMESMAG.COM

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large-scale philanthropic events they frequently host. Castle’s first challenge was to determine the spatial layout and fl w pattern. On the main level, a large structural column serves to define the vast two-story great room from the more intimate one-story spaces, including the formal dining room and kitchen. Another structural support within the kitchen space presented a problem, though, and the designer cleverly used this column to separate the main kitchen from a cozy breakfast area – without obstructing the fabulous views. Lined with two-toned gold/silver mesh, the floating staircase is literally an art piece and visually integrates the great room with the


expansive outdoor terrace. On the upper level are a media area and fully equipped bar, loft-style offi , unique glass-enclosed phone “booth” for the husband’s private conference calls and tranquil secondary bedrooms. The penthouse’s awe-inspiring landscape views provided inspiration for Castle’s interior design, which emphasizes organic elements – reclaimed native woods, marble and stone, various metals and a sophisticated color palette drawn from the rare Italian Arabescato Orobica marble chosen for the kitchen backsplash and dining-room fi eplace façade. The preeminent showpiece is the great room’s immense lighting


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Left: Visible from the kitchen, the peninsula fi eplace repeats the Arabescato Orobica marble and defines the formal dining area. Suspended above the couple’s previously owned dining ensemble is a multi-layered John Pomp chandelier. Right: A discreet pocket door provides access to the husband’s unique phone/conference room, elegantly furnished with an antique secretary and mahogany Grant Chair by Alexa Hampton. Floor-to-ceiling glass admits natural light, and custom drapery allows for complete privacy, when desired.

fi ture, designed by DaSomm Choi for Yellow Goat Design. Consisting of 32 arched aluminum bars with LED pin lights, this dramatic creation mimics the tumbling waters of Saint Anthony Falls below. Another reminder of nature in this soaring space is the custom wool and silk rug, handmade in India with an abstract pattern that resembles fallen leaves. To further offset the architecture’s strong verticals and horizontals, Castle used a variety of furnishings with curvilinear shapes. A few random examples include molded chairs surrounding the kitchen island, curved chair backs in the breakfast area and upstairs bar, the master bath’s ovoid soaking tub and, in the great room, a circular

Baker coffee table, tripartite circular leather ottoman from the owners’ previous home, and softly cushioned seating. Encased in Arabescato Orobica marble, the three-sided peninsula fireplace is visible from both the kitchen/breakfast area and the dining room, where the couple’s pre-owned dining ensemble is topped by a circular, multi-layered John Pomp chandelier. Custom-designed to span the kitchen’s matching marble backsplash, a nine-foot matte-finished steel hood tops the six-burner Wolf range and two prep stations — all complemented by custom-glazed rift-cut white oak cabinetry and charcoal granite countertops. Plumbing was a particular obstacle throughout the design and STLOUISHOMESMAG.COM

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Left: Installed on a platform and equipped with a ceiling-mounted tub fille , the gracefully contoured soaking tub resolved the plumbing challenges and became the focal point of the master bath. Quarter-sawn walnut cabinetry with pale horn handles adds warmth to this relaxing oasis. Right: Spatial planning was crucial in master suite, and Castle designed a free-standing walnut wall to separate and conceal the master closet and bath from the serene, Asian-inspired bedroom.

construction process. Typical of high-rise buildings, plumbing was inaccessible through the floor , but Castle resolved the issue with a variety of innovative solutions. In the master bath, she turned the elegantly contoured soaking tub into a focal point by mounting it on a platform and installing a ceiling-mounted tub fille . In the powder room, a custom floating vanity allowed for wall-accessible plumbing, with a hand-cast white bronze sink adding an artistic touch. Asian-inspired, the master suite is a peaceful haven, with the custom bed set against a freestanding, wood-plank wall that separates the bedroom from the wardrobes and sumptuous open bath, accented with pale blue glass wall tiles and vessel sinks. Although not much of an issue at this height, privacy is afforded by motorized window shades throughout the penthouse, providing solar protection and preserving the extraordinary views. As evidenced by this residential masterpiece, St. Louis can be proud of its top-notch design professionals, and Emily Castle certainly ranks among them. Beyond her sheer artistry, Castle’s technical skills prompted the owner to add, “Emily is a marvelous contractor. She kept things moving forward and on time.” And from a featureless white “box,” the award-winning designer has created a breathtaking urban oasis, perfectly suited to her clients’ lifestyle. The real key to Castle’s success, however, lies in her fi m’s design philosophy. “It’s all about relationship,” she maintains. “We see our clients as partners – listening carefully to them, evaluating their needs and personal style, and gaining their trust.” And once that relationship is established, it’s likely to endure for years to come… wherever and however her clients choose to live. See for resources and additional photos.


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SCOOP Building a backyard coop not only adds a few cute chicks to your flock, but fresh eggs, too. Plus, gathering eggs from the back yard is about as local as food can get. By Lucyann Boston Photography by Becky Voboril


Why did the chicken cross the road? There are as many variations to that old riddle as there are trick or treaters on Halloween, who always seem to come up with a few new versions. But these days there are some new takes that even kids looking for a new joke to trade for candy haven’t dreamed up. In the spring and summer of 2017 those egg-laying bundles of fluff and feathers are pecking the pavement as they travel to farmer’s markets, grade schools and neighborhoods throughout St. Louis, and maybe even your very own back yard to settle in comfortably as a part of the everyday lifestyle. Chickens, and the eggs they lay, have been swooped up in the current desire to know where the food we eat comes from; they are one tiny piece of the farm that seems to work neatly into a suburban and even city lifestyle. When it comes to bringing chickens into back yards and schools, Bill Ruppert of Kirkwood was a suburban pioneer. In 1994, Bill purchased an historic Kirkwood home that between 1919 and the late 1970s had been the residence of Peter and Maud Patton, avid gardeners who had for many years — you guessed it — maintained a chicken coop on the property. A guru of all things green, Bill owns and manages the St. Louis offic of National Nursery Products and he is a backbone of the local horticultural industry and related organizations. The rich soil that was a byproduct of the farm and chicken coop fit in perfectly with Bill’s plans for a series of gardens. In addition to his love of gardening, Bill has a fondness for poultry. Among his cherished childhood memories were visits to his Aunt Magdalen and Uncle Bernard Mann’s farm in Pickneyville, IL, where he happily visited the chicken coop to collect fresh eggs and give the hens meals of kitchen scraps. When Bill and his wife Joan engaged an architect to renovate and expand their home in 2000 and 2001, they included in those plans a significant chicken palace with indoor and outdoor runs and even a lookout tower that since then has become known as the Coop de Rupe. Bill and Joan’s flock normally numbers in the twenties and they are an integral part of their lifestyle, with the couple consuming the eggs as part of a low-carb diet and turning the wood shavings and manure from the chicken coop into


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garden compost after an appropriate decomposition period. Bill also works with Gateway Greening to bring chickens into school gardens. They are tied into the school’s outdoor learning and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) programs to teach children about caring for animals and how the chickens are involved in agriculture, he explains. Seth and Maria Jansen of North St. Louis County got into backyard chickens for an entirely different reason. Maria is allergic to animal fur; dogs and cats were out as pets for their now fi e children. Birds, however, were fin . “We had some friends who had chickens and that idea fit in nicely with our interest in gardening,” Maria explains. The couple went the “do-it-yourself” route to build a coop and purchase chickens and found it to be a lot more work than they had anticipated. Looking for advice on the Internet is difficult Seth explains, as what is needed to raise happy healthy chickens depends upon climate. What works in other parts of the country does not necessarily translate to St. Louis. Five years ago, they turned what they had learned into a business, The Easy Chicken, to provide livestock, coops and all the necessary accoutrements to folks wanting to have chickens cross the road and take up



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residence in their own back yard. They also lease chickens and coops to area residents on a monthly or seasonal basis. That way folks can get a taste of running a small chicken farm and determine if it is something they want to do on a year-round basis or if they would rather rent and enjoy the hens and eggs when they have time. The Easy Chicken is a regular at the Tower Grove Farmer’s Market for anyone who would like to learn more about raising chickens at home. Still a family-owned business, OK Hatchery Feed and Garden Store in downtown Kirkwood began as just what the name implies in 1927, and they can chronicle the last 90 years of poultry raising in suburban St. Louis. “We haven’t operated as a hatchery since 1940,” says Mark Krieger, one of the current owners. By 1990, the interest in chicken raising had dried up and they stopped handling anything involving poultry for 10 years. “Then, all of a sudden, the backyard chicken craze started,” he recalls. These days, they mostly deal in feed and supplies. “People do come in and sign up to order different breeds but the chickens we deal in are mostly pre-sold,” he says. “It’s the whole slow-food trend,” Mark offers in suggesting what brought chickens into back yards. “People are raising chickens for the eggs; we seldom


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see any interest in meat breeds. They are surprised to find out what good pets they make. They seem to be more personable pets when people raise them from small chicks.” Mareda Eckert of Kirkwood leased Ruby and Roxy (most people name their chickens) from The Easy Chicken for the summer of 2015. “Maybe it was a mid-life crisis,” she laughs. “I grew up outside a small town with chickens, ducks, sheep and so forth,” and liked the idea of having chickens, she explains. The experiment proved highly successful. When she was outside, she let her chickens roam free in the garden. “They were so tame; if I


left the patio door open they would go into my sunroom. When it was time to go back into the coop, Ruby and Roxy, lured by table scraps, happily trotted back into the enclosure.” Last summer issues with an elderly dog prevented Mareda from keeping chickens but she is now all in, having purchased chickens and permanent coop from The Easy Chicken. Cathy and Charlie Duggan of Glendale rented chickens from The Easy Chicken a year and a half ago much to the embarrassment of their teenage children. But the whole family quickly fell in love with raising chickens and went on to purchase their chickens, adding a


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permanent coop and an enlarged chicken enclosure. “They have definite personalities,” Cathy says of their three-chicken flock. “It’s almost like having pets. They’re always looking for us to come outside and bring them a snack or come into their enclosure. Plus we love getting the eggs every day; that’s a bonus and they are great composters.” The matriarch of the St. Louis backyard chicken world has to be Joy Stinger of Clayton, who has been raising chickens, using her garage as a coop, for 30 years. First attracted to the breeds that lay eggs in pastel colors, (“Wouldn’t it be wonderful not to have to dye Easter eggs,” she thought), she went to the City of Clayton to ask about ordinances. “It

was told I could have any kind of farm animal as long as it wasn’t a disturbance to my neighbors,” she recalls. These days, things have changed, as many municipalities now have ordinances specific to chickens. Joy now has a permit good for three years… and will apply for another permit when that one is up. “The chickens are very good garbage disposals,” she says, “and the eggs really do taste better. So many friends of mine who are also in their 80s are moving into villas. I am going to be doing this forever.” See for resources and additional photos.


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OLD-FASHIONED FLOWERS Add a touch of nostalgia to your garden with these beautiful blooms that have stood the test of time. Our local landscapers share their old-fashioned favorites. By Melissa Mauzy

“The Lilac is a favorite spring-blooming shrub, with beautiful flowers and a distinctive, unforgettable fragrance that conjures up memories of warm spring days. The common Lilac that grandma had was tall and needed lots of space. Numerous cultivars have been introduced over time to extend the range of fl wer color and shrub size. ‘Miss Kim’ is a smaller variety if space is an issue. ‘Boomerang’ was introduced recently offering repeat blooming in one season. All are sun lovers and deer resistant!” Mike Curran, Timberwinds Nursery.

“Our favorite old-fashioned fl wer is the Mock Orange or Philadelphus pubescens. There are other species but this one is a Missouri native. It grows 4-10 feet high x 4-10 feet wide. The blooms are similar in fragrance to citrus blossoms and bloom white fl wers June-July. It grows in sun to medium shade, so is a nice choice for a shrub that blooms in shade. It is rabbit and deer resistant. It also attracts pollinators. It can be used alone as a specimen or in mass for screens and hedges.” Cathy Pauley, Papillon Perennials.


Photography courtesy of Skagit Gardens.

“Pulsatilla vulgaris ‘Red Bells’, or Pasque Flower, is one of our favorite spring-blooming perennials. These old-fashioned beauties, with a rich history as a medicinal plant, first emerge with hairy stems followed by bright crimson cup-like fl wers and delicate feathery foliage. The blooms last for weeks and are followed by wispy seedpods. Pulsatilla do well in our area when planted in a bright sunny spot with good drainage, such as a rock garden. Once established they are drought-tolerant and easily naturalized by seed.” Lizzy Rickard, Bowood Farms.

“Peonies are one of my favorite old-fashioned fl wers. Their outrageously beautiful blooms along with great foliage never cease to impress. They are a long-lived, low-maintenance plant that should be a part of any landscape area.” Bob Lovatto, Poynter Landscape.

“As popular now as when my grandmother grew them, Hollyhocks, Alcea, bring a wall of cheerful blossoms to the garden. They're adored for their huge, velvety fl wers that come in gorgeous colors and forms. Hollyhocks are easy to grow in average soil and grow between 2-5' tall. For best bloom keep well watered.” Ann Lapides, Sugar Creek Gardens.


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THE OTTOMAN GARDEN Check out the gardening traditions of the OTTOMAN EMPIRE.

Edited by Melissa Mauzy Photography courtesy of Missouri Botanical Garden

There’s a small taste of the historic Ottoman Empire right here in St. Louis at the Missouri Botanical Garden. The Ottoman Garden is a unique quarter-acre walled garden that carries on the little known but great gardening tradition of the Ottomans. The Ottoman Garden provides a visually lush and peaceful setting. Visitors can enjoy the refreshing sound of water, earthy patina of the surrounding walls, antique brick and stone and the myriad of plants whose primary functions are for fragrance, fruit and color. Within the garden’s private courtyard, plantings include citrus and various hardy fruits, fragrant roses, classic Turkish tulips and drifts of bulbs, aromatic herbs, pomegranate and colorful perennials. The gardening traditions of the Ottoman Empire were developed between the 16th and 19th centuries in what is now Turkey. In the Ottoman Garden, plantings are primarily native Turkish flora, which would have been grown in an imperial garden during the Ottoman Empire. There is an impressive and authentic architectural component as well. Visitors are greeted with an Ottoman sundial at the garden’s southern entrance. The design is based on a sundial in Topkapi Palace, Istanbul. One side shows western solar time, the other shows Muslim prayer times, Italian hours and Babylonian hours. Iron grille windows offer enticing views of the garden. Double wooden doors with an aged-stucco wall greet visitors on the North side of the garden. See for resources.



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Estimates vary as to how many microbreweries dot the Greater St. Louis region. Some go as high as 50, with more springing up all the time. That doesn’t count the number of home brewers, who painstakingly create masterful beer in their basements using endless variations of the standard grain, yeast, water and hops. Hops are used to preserve, fl vor and add aroma to beer. They are front and center when beer lovers begin talking about the fl vor nuances of one beer versus another. Plus, they are the one ingredient beermakers can attempt to produce in their own gardens. Whether or not they actually use them to brew, gardeners, as a whole, are discovering that quickly vining, perennial hops plants can add beauty as well as a bit of utility to their landscapes. In general, common hops (humulus lupulus), which are native to North America as well as Europe and southwest Asia, feature three-to-five-lobed leaves that begin light chartreuse green in color and mature to a blue green. There are male and female hops vines. It is the fl wers of the female that are used to make beer. They begin as clusters of white spikes and mature to pods resembling small green pine cones, which coincidently emit a fresh, pine-like scent that attracts butterflies. Called strobiles, they are normally harvested in September and October when the flowers/pods are dry and papery. Hops vines can grow 15 to 20 feet per year and die back to the ground in winter. They grow in full sun to part shade, need structural support, can be used to camouflage unattractive structures, and are relatively pest and trouble free, according to the Missouri Botanical Garden While common hops are attractive, hybridizers are working to make them even more so. Humulus lupulus "Aurea" has most of the same characteristics as common hops but the leaves emerge brighter chartreuse in spring and tend to keep more of their yellow coloration during the growing season. Last summer Aurea was part of the display in the Botanical Garden Herb Garden. "Cascade" hops, developed at the University of Oregon and named for the state’s mountain range, is considered an essential hop in many American pale ales. This year Cascade will be available locally at Sugar Creek Gardens and by mail order through Stark Brothers. A vigorous vine, Cascade can grow up to 25 feet in height. Sugar Creek also will carry "Bianca," a hop vine grown only for its ornamental beauty. With chartreuse foliage eventually turning lime green, Bianca features

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Hops aren’t just used for brewing beer. Landscapers are incorporating the quickly vining perennial hops into their gardens for its beauty. By Lucyann Boston Photography by Kim Dillon

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clusters of yellow, cone-like fl wers from mid-summer through mid-fall. Brick red stems enhance the vines. Like other hop varities, Bianca is a vigorous grower and can quickly cover garden structures. Gardeners with smaller spaces might prefer strictly ornamental "Summer Shandy," marketed under the Proven Winners label. It grows from 5 to 10 feet and maintains golden yellow foliage throughout the season. Hops vines also can be started from root rhizomes planted directly in the soil. Local craft breweries understand that trying to produce vast quantities of hops in the St. Louis area can be a dicey proposition. Typically, hops are grown in cooler climates. But that doesn’t mean they’re not trying. Derrick Langeneckert of Alpha Brewing on Washington Avenue reports they have been growing hops in the Wayside Community Garden in Normandy for three years with

varying success. In two of those three years they have actually harvested enough of a crop to use in their commercial brewing process. Christopher Corelli of Webster Groves is a home brewer who tried growing his own hops for the first time last year. He planted both Cascade and Chinook (also available through mail order from Stark Brothers) varieties. While the Cascade hops did not do well, the Chinook, which his research uncovered as being one of the most heat tolerant hops, thrived and he harvested a crop which he used in his fall brewing. Typically, Chris notes, home brewers only use home-grown hops at the end of the process for aroma, as the bitterness of a particular crop would need to be established by a lab for it to be used in the full brewing procedure. See for resources.


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OU TDOOR E X PERTS TIMBERWINDS NURSERY 54 Clarkson Road, Ellisville, MO 63011 636-227-0095 Timberwinds Nursery, formerly Summerwinds Nursery, was purchased by Mike Curran January 31, 2017. With over 30 years of local experience in the green industry, Mike and his outstanding team have a wealth of knowledge to share with you. We are open all year, offering you with a wide range of high quality products for your home and garden. Our goal is to provide an exceptional level of customer service with a beautiful selections of high quality plants, handpicked by our resident experts. We also offer unique garden décor and outdoor living merchandise -all in an inviting atmosphere that makes shopping fun. Let us help your garden thrive….

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.

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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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5201 Pattison Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63110 • 314-664-7725 Fendler + Associates, Inc. is an award-winning and published design fi m with an outstanding reputation. We provide residential architecture, landscape architecture, interior design and planning services tailored to meet your needs and resources. Fendler + Associates, Inc. specializes in new construction, custom additions, interior renovations and historic rehabilitations. Our commitment to your project begins in the planning stage where we outline the scope of work, budget and expectations. During the design phase we explore a variety of options. Our use of three-dimensional computer generated modeling and our extensive resource library allows you to see your new home or addition before it is built. A detailed set of working drawings allows us to competitively bid your project while minimizing questions during construction. And our involvement throughout the construction period ensures a successful completion to your project. Founded in 1989 by Paul B. Fendler, a graduate of Washington University’s School of Architecture, Fendler & Associates, Inc. has established itself as a leader in the residential design market.

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Brendel Architects, LLC - Celebrating its 20th year in business, this mother/ daughter team specializes in additions, remodels, custom residential, light commercial and industrial design. Jeannette “Jeannie” Brendel and her daughter, Brandy Pingsterhaus, work directly with you to bring your project to life, from design to construction documents and more. Brendel Architects specializes in innovative designs that are tailored to your dreams and lifestyle. Jeannie and Brandy provide that “feminine touch” when designing, paying attention to specific needs including storage, kitchen function, and saving the owner steps in their day to day routine. They call it “designing dreams!” Please see the ad for their “sister” company, Architecturally Designed Cabinetry, on page 84. Licensed in Illinois and Missouri

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Well-placed plants will bring life, health and joy into your home.

By Shannon Craig Photography by Kim Dillon Table from SC Home - Plants and pots from Timberwinds Nursery

Full disclosure: I don’t have children and I don’t have cats, but man oh man do I have some plants. They’ve been purchased at nurseries and farmer’s markets with my equally plant-obsessed father, brought in from alleyway trashcans and given by friends moving away. They’ve been major investments—a foot-tall Saguaro cactus—and they’ve been grocery store buys after long weeks at work. I’m a plant lover, in part, because they make every room in my home appear more intentional. But mostly, I’m a plant lover because plants make me happy. And seldom do you find obsessions that look good while being good for you. “They bring life to the dark corners, don’t they? ” states interior designer, Mary Tramelli. She’s referring to



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the dark corners of a bedroom or offi , of course, but for green thumbs her words resonate much deeper. “Having a houseplant—it brings the outdoors in,” she explains. “I think it just raises your quality of life…and a good fern never goes out of style.” Unlike a couch, rug, throw or lamp, accessorizing with houseplants brings color, texture, shape, depth and life-giving oxygen to your rooms. Studies show that clean air varieties—ferns, broadleaves and other dark greenery—can produce as much as fi e to ten milliliters of oxygen per hour. Easy-care air purifier , recommends Jim Oldani of Timberwinds Nursery, “can be anything from pothos to snake plants.” Often called “Mother-in-Law’s Tongues,” the spiky vertical-growing snake plant makes a striking addition to low-light environments. “Some of our bestselling clean air plants right now are the Marble Queen pothos,” Oldani says, “and of course, the Fiddle-Leaf Fig. They are everywhere.” “Yes, they’re very popular right now,” agrees Greenscape Gardens’ Tammy Behm. “I think people love Fiddle-Leaf Figs because their structure, texture and leaf shape allows them to play off of other textures in their space.” Behm is an advocate of another growing trend, though. “Citrus! Having a citrus tree, like Persian Lime, brings in beautiful color and an amazing scent. I’m also a big fan of indoor herbs, like Bay Leaf. The scent is intoxicating!” With so many options out there, it’s easy to get caught up in plant overload. I do it almost monthly. But master gardener and interior designer Megan Clinton warns that unfortunately, “it is possible to have too much of a good thing.” “You really can’t appreciate the beauty of them individually—or give them the care they need—if you have too many houseplants,” Clinton explains. “Choosing strategically is key. Consider this: if you have a silk window treatment and a velvet or chenille chair, you’re playing with textural differences. The same goes for plants. Mix it up.” If you’ve shied away from houseplants in the past, take it from a plant lover: you’ve got this. The abundance of inspiration and information available today makes being a plant parent easier than ever before and, as local experts suggest, even a few well-placed plants can bring a little more life, health and happiness into your home. See for resources and additional photos.

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$5 CHILDREN’S TICKET AGES 12 AND UNDER. SELF-GUIDED TOUR with access to beautiful homes built and designed by some of the best builders, architects and interior designers in the St. Louis area. Whether you are in the market for a new home or looking for design/remodeling inspiration, look no further!

• Luxury Home Tour program and map will be available at each home. • Register to win door prizes from local furniture specialty stores at each home. • Light refreshments served through the day. • You may begin the tour at the home of your choice. • Reserve your passport at or call Amber at: 636-230-9640 x 13. • All proceeds donated to the Haven of Grace.



All proceeds benefit:

For nearly 30 years, The Haven of Grace, located in Old North St. Louis, has been helping to break the cycle of poverty. Serving women who are pregnant and homeless, we provide a safe, nurturing home, educational programs and long-term support for mother and child. Founded in faith, we instill hope, dignity and the pride of independence, one family at a time. Together with the community, The Haven of Grace provides the resources that help women in need help themselves. Visit our web site at to see the various ways you can help a family achieve self-sufficiency.

Programs Maternity Shelter - Provides food, shelter, basic needs, support and education for up to 10 homeless, pregnant mothers ages 18 and up, including any children that they currently have. Residents can remain in the maternity shelter for a year. Transitional Apartments (“The Quad”) - Provides fully furnished, on-campus apartments to maternity shelter graduates and their children. This housing gives the family an opportunity to practice independent living in a supportive environment as they continue to work towards self-sufficiency and prepare for living on their own. They can reside here for up to two years. Aftercare Program - Provides financial living assistance and programming to help and support maternity shelter graduates and their families once they are out in the community, beyond The Haven. This continuous mechanism of support encourages self-sufficiency and independence so as to avoid another encounter with homelessness. The Haven stays in touch for up to 10 years – this is The Haven Difference! Impact Areas & Effectiveness The Haven of Grace’s programs function with the purpose of improving each resident’s skills in the following areas: housing and basic needs, physical and emotional health, independent living skills (household management, personal finance, self-advocacy and interpersonal skills), parenting, education, employment and spiritual development. Each shelter resident establishes goals and the staff encourages, assists and tracks each woman’s progress. The Haven of Grace collaborates as needed with a variety of community organizations such as Parents as Teachers, Nurses for Newborns and YMCA Beginning Babies with Books program. In FY2016, The Haven served 85 families.

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Celebrating 20 years PUBLISHER/OWNER: Suzie Osterloh MANAGING EDITOR: Melissa Mauzy ART DIRECTOR: Kim Dillon COPY EDITOR: Carol Wayne

WELCOME St. Louis Homes & Lifestyles’ is pleased to present a tour of luxury homes built by some of St. Louis’ finest custom home builders. In addition to a tour of the custom homes, design teams will decorate a tabletop in each home’s dining room. Tour a diverse selection of luxurious, million-dollar custom homes throughout central and west St. Louis County. Marvel at the finest craftsmanship and lavish details featured in each stunning home open for public viewing on Saturday, May 6, 2017. Begin your tour at 10 a.m. at any location and view the homes at your leisure throughout the day until 3 p.m. Representatives will be available to enlighten you about the homes’ remarkable features and entertaining tips. Your $25 admission includes eligibility to each of four (4) free door prizes held in the toured luxury homes. The door prizes consist of select items of home accessories from our fabulous furniture sponsors. The day is sure to be an exciting and rewarding event while supporting a local charity, The Haven of Grace.

LUXURY HOME ADDRESSES 1. 7255 Maryland Ave., University City, MO 63130 Period Restoration, $1.3 M 2. #10 Sherwyn Lane, Creve Coeur, MO 63141 Slavin Runyan Homes, $1.949 M 3. 1533 Woodgate, Frontenac, MO 63131 Dollar Building Company, $1.799 M 4. 18435 Hencken Valley Estate Dr., Wildwood, MO 63069 A.J. Borzillo, $689,900



SENIOR ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE: Marla Cockrell-Donato ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE: Colleen Poelker DISTRIBUTION MASTER: Barney Osterloh MARKETING COORDINATOR: Amber Boehme ADVERTISING INQUIRIES: EDITORIAL INQUIRIES: FOR SUBSCRIPTION INFORMATION: Call 636-230-9640 ext. 27 Visit St. Louis Homes & Lifestyles Magazine 255 Lamp & Lantern Village Town & Country, MO 63017 (636) 230-9700 ©2017 by Distinctive Lifestyles, LLC. All rights reserved. Permission to reprint or quote excerpts granted by written request only. Printed in U.S.A.


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PERIOD RESTORATION 7255 Maryland Ave., University City, MO 63130


his 1925 Tudor Revival home has been brought back to life by Period Restoration and is on the market for 1.3M. Featuring 4,000 square feet and 4 bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms, the grand historic home is located in the heart of University City. Period Restoration is a preservation and restoration company with a strong emphasis on whole-house restoration specializing in historical preservation and restoration of original architecture. Careful attention to details goes in all our processes throughout the entire project to bring back elements that have been discarded or merely let go.Â


SPONSORS DOOR PRIZE: Large glass bowl filled with candle and accessories and wrapped up as a gift basket. Dining room furniture: Ethan Allen Tabletop designer: Ethan Allen




SLAVIN RUNYAN HOMES 10 Sherwyn, Creve Coeur, MO 63141


Photography by Suzy Gorman

Photography by Suzy Gorman


uilt by Slavin Runyan Homes, this 6,645 square foot, Georgian-style home features 4 bedrooms, 7 luxurious bathrooms in addition to a finished lower level all on a 1-acre lot. From design, planning, interiors, to additions and remodels, Slavin Runyan Homes provides you with the expertise and talent that you won’t find with other builders. SR Homes works with the most cutting-edge architects and suppliers to offer the most current materials available to make your home truly unique. Robert Slavin, the principal broker of Slavin Realty, has been in real estate for over 10 years and has been involved in over 40 million dollars in transactions.



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DOOR PRIZE: Set of marble accessories for entertaining.

Dining room furniture: Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams Tabletop designer: The Design Source




DOLLAR BUILDING COMPANY 1533 Woodgate, Frontenac, MO 63131


ocated in the desirable city of Frontenac, this custom 1.799M home built by Dollar Building Company has everything a homeowner could desire. The 4-bedroom, 6-bathroom French Country residence features a grand owner’s suite complete with a coffered ceiling, sumptuous master bath and his-and-her wardrobes. Tom and Ken Dollar, who together combine for over 70 years of experience within construction industry, founded Dollar Building Company in 2003. This family-owned business is both a reputable and professional organization that specializes in custom luxury home building and home renovations. Dollar Building Company believes in working closely with its customers in order to effectively capture your vision.



SPONSORS DOOR PRIZE: A hand painted ebony porcelain lamp. Dining room furniture: KDR Designer Showrooms Tabletop designer: Yours By Design



AJ BORZILLO 18435 Hencken Valley Estate Dr.,Wildwood, MO 63069



his one of a kind French County ranch home sits on three acres in a cul-de-sac at the back of the subdivision. A.J. Borzillo Inc. is the custom home-builder. The company was founded by Al and Nancy Borzillo in 1964. Their son Mike Borzillo became president 19 years ago. Being a second-generation homebuilder with a solid working background in the industry allows Mike to give that extra value and expertise you are looking for in a custom builder.


SPONSORS DOOR PRIZE: 2 lanterns and assortment of SC Home signature candles and oil diffuser. Cathy Shaw-Connely Homes Sales Specialist 636-346-4960

Dining room furniture: SC Home Tabletop designer: SC Home



THANK YOU A big thank you to the following companies for making this tour possible.

Absolute A.J. Borzillo Dollar Building Company Ethan Allen Fendler & Associates Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery Fischer Windows & Door Store KDR Designer Showrooms Kohler Signature Store by Cresent Supply Lauren Strutman Architect Metro Lighting Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams Period Restoration SC Home “Home of Summer Classics & Gabby furniture” Schaub & Srote Tom Shaw Realtors-Cathy Shaw-Connely Slavin & Runyan St. Louis Homes & Lifestyles The Denny Team, Berkshire Hathaway | Select Properties The Design Source The Haven of Grace The Resplendent Crow Wilson Lighting Yours By Design



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A contemporary painting sets the tone for a family-room revamp.

By Melissa Mauzy Photography by TeAnne Chartrau, Alise O’Brien Photography.


The old adage that life imitates art could not be truer than in this transitional, casual family room. Found by the husband, the Alex Katz painting hanging above the mantel struck his eye because “it’s an amalgamation of our four daughters who were all blonde tow heads as children.” The meaningfulness of the painting coupled with its color palette launched a total redesign of the space with designers Kim Taylor West and Leah Jarrell of K. Taylor Design Group. In addition to being dated, the family room’s function also needed an upgrade. “The family wanted to update the room to have more seating so all six people could sit in the room and have conversation,” Kim explains. Having worked with the family for over half a decade, Kim was well versed in their style, which she says is transitional but leaning to contemporary. But this wasn’t always the case. The wife favors a more traditional aesthetic, while the husband is more modern and contemporary. Often playing the “quasi marriage counselor” as the couple puts it, Kim has helped combine their two styles into a cohesive look the two can both be comfortable with. To achieve the light and airy feel the homeowners desired, Kim


selected a French gray hue for the walls. The fireplace surround, which was previously an exposed brick, was subtly modernized by painting the brick a darker shade of gray, which makes the white mantel pop. Dual blue/gray leather ottomans continue the warm color scheme while providing additional seating in the room. “The ottomans paired with the two sofas creates a nice u-shape for conversation,” Kim explains. For a pop of color in the serene space, the homeowner purchased the red lantern flower sculpture by Donald Sultan from Lococo Fine Arts. “My mom taught me that every room needs a splash of red to be properly decorated,” the homeowner says. The metal-and-glass coffee table was chosen for its open, airy affect. The bronze frame is one of several metal finishes in the family room, which Kim likes to mix for a more eclectic-type look. Custom toss pillows with navy and gold accents add a touch of elegance without being too formal for a family room. The family room is now a comfortable, casual and cozy place for the family to spend time connecting. And after all these years, Kim says, “ Their two styles are finally together as one.” See for resources.


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A St. Louis couple welcomes color in their bold kitchen design. By Melissa Mauzy Photography by Anne Matheis

“White on white on white” is how Jen Morrison described the small kitchen in the 1909 home she and husband Kris purchased in the Skinker-DeBaliviere neighborhood. With plans to renovate the kitchen right off the bat, Jen knew she wanted to do something different. As a graphic designer and owner of Pretty Together, her custom wedding-invitation company for modern brides, Jen gravitates towards bright, bold design. Describing her style as funky, eclectic and modern, her creative fla e fl ws from her business to the way she dresses to her home. So it is no wonder she had no problem taking a risk in her kitchen design. A black-and-white concrete Spanish tile that Jen thought would be perfect for the floo ing sparked the inspiration for the overall look. “It is a statement piece and the first thing you notice when you come in the house,” she says. She also knew she wanted painted cabinets, not wood, since there is so much original dark woodwork in the house. With Adeke Projects gutting the old kitchen, Jen and Kris met with designer Sandra Carr of RSI Kitchens and Baths to help pull the overall look together. Because of the age of the home, there wasn’t much that could be done to the overall layout, but Sandra helped the couple reconfigu e where cabinets could go to maximize space and storage. “Sandra knows I’m completely OCD about things, so she made sure my cabinets were balanced and symmetrical,” Jen says. Sandra is a huge proponent of lower cabinetry drawers because they are easy to access and provide great storage. As with any small space, storage was limited and drawers allowed ample room for the avid cooks many pots and pans. The transitional-style cabinets are glazed in a brilliant teal hue that feeds Jen’s artistic need for bright and bold. “Knowing that Jen is an artist was fun for me,” explains Sandra. “I don’t have a lot of customers who are going to come in and agree to a teal color cabinet, and she loved it right away.” With limited square footage, the designer was also able to squeeze in a small island that still allowed plenty of walk space between the work areas. “The couple didn’t need a lot of seating or storage in the island space, so I was able to reduce the depth of the cabinets," Sandra says. The painted-black base is topped with a natural maple butcher block.




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To offset the dramatic design elements of the floor and cabinet colors, antique mid-century pendant lights and a white subway tile backsplash complete the look. “We knew we needed to keep things simple since it was playing off the floor tile,” Jen says. With construction and design complete, the homeowners hardly find themselves anywhere other than their cool and colorful kitchen. “It is the heart of the house,” Jen says. “Everyone always ends up in the kitchen.” See for resources.


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Beneficial Bedding


By Melissa Mauzy




5 You spend a large amount of your day snoozing away in bed, so why not make your haven healthy in addition to comfortable? Eco-friendly bedding made from organic materials is not only good for you, but for the environment, too!


1. Organic mosaic tile duvet and shams, available at West Elm.

2. Organic diamond stripe sheet set, available at West Elm.

3. Adele coverlet and deluxe shams in 4. 5.

mineral, by Bella Notte, available at Amelia’s. Cascade blanket, by Coyuchi. Doria, by the Purists, by SDH Fine European Linens, available at Amelia’s.


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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

Urban Harvest, St. Louis, MO Photography by Urban Harvest STL

Urban Harvest STL is inspiring communities to develop access to healthy, sustainably grown food to enhance biodiversity in cities. Their site includes the FOOD ROOF Farm, the first rooftop farm in St. Louis, that models sustainable building, storm water management, community development and urban agriculture. Elements of the roof include a shaded community hub space, state-of-the-art greenhouse, chicken house, living wall and hydroponic towers. Urban farmers experiment with growing techniques to enhance best urban agriculture practices. The community comes together on the FOOD ROOF to grow, harvest and donate organic produce to St. Louis residents in need. The FOOD ROOF Farm is a replicable platform inspiring local food systems.

The Shops at Crystals, Las Vegas, NV Photography by CityCenter Land LLC The Shops at Crystals is the retail heart of the MGM Mirage CityCenter project. The 500,000-square-foot retail and entertainment space serves as the connector of the otherwise vertical “city within a city.� Crystalline stainless steel-clad structures house the flagship retailers along The Strip. The dramatic form and skylights of the spiraling roof soar over retail and dining space. A public space features a water feature at the entry and grand staircase that leads to the adjoining casino.


The design by Adamson Associates Architects was achieved by environmentally conscious practices and materials and achieved LEED Gold Core & Shell certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. Sustainable highlights include: radiant floor cooling that uses less energy for air conditioning; wood products that are Forest Stewardship Council certifie , highly efficien water fi tures and skylights that allow for abundant natural light to illuminate the space.


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Green Lighthouse, Copenhagen, Denmark Photography by Adam Mork

Green Lighthouse is Denmark’s first CO2-neutral public building and is home to the Faculty of Science at the University of Copenhagen. The sun being the predominant source of energy is the overriding design concept by Christensen & Co. Architects. The building’s circular shape and the adjustable louvers of the façade mirror the course of the sun. Seventy-fi e percent of the reduction of the energy consumption is the direct consequence of the architectural design. Being a green-colored building, the Green Lighthouse will serve as a visible and recognizable center for the area providing identity to the entire North Campus area.

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2017 of the


Does your bath overflow with style? If you are the owner or designer of a brilliant bathroom, enter our Baths of the Year contest. Winning baths will be featured in the August 2017 issue of St. Louis Homes & Lifestyles.



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Seeking talented young professionals in the STL area that are the people to watch producing some of the most innovative and exciting projects around town.

St. Louis Homes & Lifestyle 5 Under 40 awards highlight the hottest rising talent in the St. Louis residential and commercial design community.

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BAMBOO MATERIALS For our May Earth issue, we asked local design professionals if bamboo materials in the house are a classic or a craze. Here is what they had to say.

CLASSIC "Bamboo furniture has been around throughout the world for a long time. It is generally considered a tropical furniture, but it also has been used in countless homes of both traditional and contemporary design. Bamboo flooring is a more recent design choice because of its durability and attractive features, and I feel it will remain a classic for quite some time." Tom Manche, Tom Manche Interiors. “Bamboo is here to stay; the style of it, however, will likely keep evolving with changing tastes. Most recently, bamboo is almost unrecognizable, as new styles can mimic the look of exotic hardwoods. Bamboo is renewable and strong: those two qualities will make it a standout material for years to come, no matter what style it embodies.” Dana King, NEXT Project Studio. “CLASSIC - I don’t think bamboo has quite made it to the classic category yet here in the Midwest, but it is on its way.  Bamboo is a very versatile material used for a wide variety of products.  Bamboo floors are a wonderful alternative to hardwood, and sheets made from bamboo are very soft and long lasting.  The sustainability of bamboo will continue to enhance its popularity.” Marcia Moore, Marcia Moore Design. “I believe bamboo is a unique product that is used in many applications from floo ing and cabinets to walls and furniture. It’s durable and takes stain well, which works with in many styles. I feel it will be around for the test of time.” Pamela Calvert, Pamela Calvert Interiors. “Bamboo has been sourced in interior design for many years, from floo ing to furniture. For those who are eco-friendly, bamboo is a perfect choice. It is a sustainable and a renewable source taking three to five years to reach maturity. Bamboo is a classic choice from Chippendale designs in furniture, to textiles with bamboo fiber , to durable hard surfaces such as floo ing and cabinets. Bamboo will continue to play a vital role in residential and commercial design in years to come!” Kathleen Matthews, Savvy Surrounding Style.


Photography courtesy of Just Around the Corner.


“I don't see the bamboo craze ending because of the sustainable aspect of the product. However, the material will need to evolve into longer, wider boards from more mature (older) stock. The way the majority of the material is made currently involves a  great deal of glues and binders, which are problematic environmentally and pose concerns for how these materials impact indoor air quality.  Some of the largest manufacturers have very specific humidity parameters that must be maintained to prevent warping and other problems. Until these issues are no longer a concern, bamboo will remain in the category of a craze.  Classics like solid oak and other hardwoods are classics because they do not come with these concerns.” David Schneider, Schneider Kennedy Design.


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