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LOFTY VISIONS A team effort of the owner and his mom, this dynamic downtown loft exemplifies the best in urban living.

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2014 Garden of the year

A Belleville homeowner searched for and selected each treasured piece that, when mixed together, makes her house a home.

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Photography By KIM DILLON A pool, pond and patios integrate with a dramatic waterfall to create the ultimate outdoor experience in west St. Louis County.

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s Tim McKinley flipped through photos of the custom-made wood cabinetry, bars, bookshelves and more that he crafts, it was clear that the only thing greater than the elegance of his work is the humility with which he performs it. “I’m just a guy with a pickup truck full of tools. I do what I do and thank people along the way. I’m so grateful that I get to do this,” he says, as he showed me an elaborate wooden deck he built, complete with a stone firepit at one end and a sunken hot tub and pergola at the other. When McKinley was a child, he admired a family member who was a handy man. “I thought it was neat that he got to work with his hands,” McKinley says. In high school, he participated in a building trades program, which allowed him to work with his own hands during the school day. After graduation, he attended the Jefferson College Building Trades program, and was hired by the man who would become his father-in-law. “I owe a lot to my father-in-law,” McKinley explains. “For 17 years he gave me opportunities to do what I like, and I learned from the best.” After his father-in-law passed away, McKinley worked as one of a handful of “finish carpenters” for a local homebuilder. Then, 14 years ago, he started his own business, named Jordan Construction after the youngest of his three daughters. Today, McKinley seems slightly embarrassed by the title master craftsman, and simply says he has been a carpenter for roughly 30 years. However, problem solver is probably a more accurate job description. Often a customer will come to McKinley with a project they can’t fully

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They came, they saw, they poured the wine. Cooper’s Hawk swoops in to bring together the complete winery and dining experience in one Town and Country perch.

By Barbara Stefano Photography by Colin Miller/Strauss Peyton

Conceived by Illinois wine enthusiasts Tim and Dana McEnery, Cooper’s Hawk marries the full-fledged winery – tastings and all – with a full-service restaurant. From the original location opened in 2005 in Orland Park, Ill., the concept has expanded to 15 winery/restaurants throughout the Midwest, including one in Town and Country, ideally situated equidistant from the Missouri wine country hubs of Hermann and Ste. Genevieve. “Everything is created with the wine in mind – that’s what Cooper’s Hawk is known for,” explains Jason Longfield, chef at the Town and

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Country hotspot. “The food certainly stands on its own – we have great food, whether you plan to pair it not – but the wine complements it and enhances it.” The menu runs the gamut from Italian-inspired dishes to others that lean decidedly Latin. “It’s a very eclectic menu – very expansive,” Longfield says, singling out the wildly popular Asian Pork Belly Tostadas appetizer. “It’s made with White Marble Farms pork belly, which is just the best pork belly, braised with star anise, cinnamon and some Asian flavors. …We probably serve more tostadas than almost anything else.”

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That eclecticism is a good fit for Longfield, a St. Louis native weaned on his Italian grandfather’s Mediterranean tastes and mother’s frequent market stops on The Hill. He studied both culinary arts and business at Johnson & Wales University in South Carolina, and then opened Fisherman’s Quarters with a classmate fresh out of school. After later opening several restaurants for Nordstrom in L.A., he returned to The Lou, first with The Cheesecake Factory and then at Bristol Seafood Grill (he opened the Winghaven location), before landing at Cooper’s Hawk last fall. The multi-region experience gave Longfield a firm grasp of how, and where, ingredients are best sourced to coax the most vibrant flavors out of every Cooper’s Hawk dish. “Ingredients are sourced where they’re best, wherever that is at a given time,” he says. “Like, Chicago is known for its meat, so the steaks come from Chicago. Then, we source locally when we can.” See www.stlouishomesmag.com for more information.

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the cooking school Menu Asian Pork Belly Tostadas: Braised Midwest pork belly, glazed in Asian chile barbecue sauce and served on a housemade tostada. Longfield tops the sweet-savory meat with spicy sriracha pico de gallo, radish, avocado, scallions and cilantro, and a dollop of cool sour cream. Dana’s Parmesan Crusted Chicken: The breading on this chicken gets its crunch from a mix of Parmesan and panko. It’s seared and served with a drizzle of beurre blanc (lemon-butter sauce) and a shredded potato-and-white-cheddar casserole baked with a cheddar-panko crust. Banoffee Pie: A homemade graham cracker crust is layered with bananas and a toffee filling made from caramelized condensed milk, then finished with fresh whipped cream.

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A fusion of the owner’s taste and interests, the “living room” is delineated by a comfortable seating arrangement, grouped around a massive shipping trunk, which is topped with a piece of grapewood branch from West Elm. On the accent wall, an energetic triptych by local artist Dagny Challoner, entitled “Bleed to Love Her,” was influenced by Fleetwood Mac. Above the painting, a 10-foot screen pulls down for projection of sports events.

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Visions A team effort of the owner and his mom, this dynamic downtown loft exemplifies the best in urban living.

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Skillful design and spatial planning divide the vast open space into a series of “rooms” without boundaries – dining room, fireside conversation nook, and living room. Characterized by concrete support columns and open ductwork, the loft’s industrial ambience is emphasized by huge maritime lights suspended above the dining table, which is accented with bronzed candleholders and a sphere from Restoration Hardware. Other accents include a Carla Peters Chulucanas black vase and white glass knot from West Elm on the living room accent table.

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Patrick Quinn readily admits that he “can’t get St. Louis out of his blood and keeps coming back.” After years of back-and-forth travel to various U.S. cities and to Cambridge, England, this former corporate COO and father of two returned to the Gateway City, where he rehabbed a historic home in the Central West End. Something was still missing, though. “With all that’s going on downtown, I wanted to be in the thick of the action,” says Patrick, explaining the allure of the high-rise loft he purchased 18 months ago just blocks from the riverfront. A year later, a fabulous corner unit became available directly across the hall, and Patrick snapped it up immediately. Built as a warehouse in 1913, the 11-story building holds a place in history as St. Louis’ first downtown loft/condo conversion, and Patrick’s

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residence epitomizes the industrial loft lifestyle – nearly 4,000 square feet of open space, huge structural concrete support columns and towering ceilings webbed with a network of exposed ductwork and conduit. With 15 windows on two sides and panoramic views of the cityscape, Patrick describes it as “my home 10 stories in the sky.” He wanted the loft’s décor to reflect his personality, which he contends is defined by “sports and music.” A huge sports fan, Patrick has played hockey since age four. He’s also on the board of the St. Louis Sports Commission and was particularly attracted to the building’s location by the fact that it’s within walking distance of all three of the city’s major sports venues. To help bring his vision to life, Patrick turned to his mom, Barbara, the acknowledged “family decorator.” A retired cytotechnologist for St.

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Opposite page left: On an outer wall, Ming chairs from Arhaus and a vintage bar cart from Restoration Hardware make an intriguing combination. Center: The entry foyer prepares visitors for a truly unique experience with its large wire balls, factory filing cabinet, and wide metallic wall stripes. This page: Soft grays and a mirrored, metallic-finish dresser and side tables give the master bedroom a crisp, contemporary look. The patterned rug, bedding, and leather-paneled headboard are from West Elm as are the accent sphere vase, silver box and jewel-cut object found on the dresser.

Luke’s Hospital, Barbara casually dismisses her affinity for interior design as a hobby. Pressed for details, however, she concedes that she’s designed all of her own homes, “somewhere between 30 and 40” others for the Quinns’ large extended family and Patrick’s previous loft, as well. Together, mother and son did virtually all of the interior work themselves, assisted in the “heavy labor” by a team member from Sitelines, owned by Patrick’s friend, Kelly Kenter. First on the list was a complete re-paint of the walls, ceilings, and pipework. Soft gray tones and vibrant accent walls established the color scheme, and wide metallic stripes painted horizontally on the entry foyer’s curved walls forecast the loft’s industrial ambience. To make the vast open space more usable and comfortable, Barbara decided to create clearly defined “room” areas. Some of the furnishings

would come from the previous loft; others would be new. “Patrick was easy,” Barbara laughs. “He was counting on me to know what he wanted.” Handing her son a contemporary lifestyle catalog, she asked him to identify some pieces he liked, and the two embarked on a preliminary shopping foray. The loft’s corner fireplace presented an ideal location for a conversation nook, and Barbara recommended a grouping of oversize swivel chairs, which were custom-upholstered in a bold geometric fabric, then arranged around a hammered steel drum table. A 100-year-old piece of wood from Rustic Grain became the fireplace mantel, over which a colorful print of a Milanese cable car reminds Patrick of his European travels. This space also set the tone for the overall décor, which he wanted to be “colorful and lively, with touches of reclaimed items.” STLOUISHOMESMAG.COM SEPTEMBER 2014

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This page: The reclaimed wood dining table is surrounded by leather and chrome-and-wood dining chairs. Lighted letters on the sideboard are a whimsical reminder of the loft’s vibrant downtown location. Opposite page: Oversize swivel chairs in a bold geometric pattern and a hammered steel drum table create an inviting conversation nook. Above the fireplace is a print of a Milanese cable car.

The “living room” area showcases all of Patrick’s passions. Previously owned, low-slung leather couches and a deeply textured rug define the space; a massive metal shipping trunk serves as a coffee table; and Patrick commissioned local artist Dagny Challoner to paint the vivid, 4’ x 8.5’ triptych that dominates the brick-red perimeter wall. A 10-foot screen drops from overhead and an HD Panasonic projection system provides bigger-than-life-size viewing for sports events. Twelve speakers and a SONOS wireless HiFi audio system fill the loft with music that Patrick can control from anywhere on his iPhone. A true technophile, he’s also installed a flat-screen TV in every space. New pieces purchased for the living room included a sleek storage unit with decorative marble panels, two swivel chairs in a simulated

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cowhide print, a rustic side table from Restoration Hardware and, as incongruous as this may seem, a gleaming surgical table that emphasizes the industrial look and can be adjusted in height for a multitude of purposes. Patrick’s expansive, reclaimed wood dining table was perfectly proportioned for the dining area. New host/hostess chairs in deep orange leather and chrome-and-wood dining chairs provide seating, and huge maritime lights are suspended from the ceiling above. Topped by lighted letters reading “STL,” a wood plank table from I.O. Metro functions as a sideboard. Few changes were necessary in the well-equipped, step-up kitchen, which is wide open and lavished with black granite. Guests typically gather around the 12-foot island, where pendant lights and

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teak-and-chrome bar stools from Restoration Hardware give the overhang a “millennium soda shop” look. Patrick’s only significant modifications were the installation of a wine cooler and, in the pantry, an elaborate system of ventilated stainless racks and drawers from The Container Store. Room dividers with frosted glass panels separate the loft’s privacy areas from the living/entertainment space. For the master suite, Barbara chose a palette of taupey grays, accented with slate gray and navy blue. West Elm was the source for the patterned rug, bedding and leather-paneled headboard; the mirrored and metallic-finished side tables and dresser came from I.O. Metro; and bubble-glass lamps with inverted metallic lampshades add an eye-catching touch. The color scheme is echoed in the guest bedroom, which has slate

blue walls, a wrought-iron bedstead, taupe-gray bedding, and side tables in wrought iron and reclaimed wood. A well-cushioned chair and ottoman in a navy ikat pattern invite relaxation, and a tailor’s rack is both functional and a whimsical accent. Noting with pride that Patrick gives back to his home city by serving on the St. Patrick Center board, Barbara describes her son as “analytical, driven, hilariously funny and completely comfortable with who he is.” And Patrick’s stylish urban residence substantiates his confidence in his mom’s design skill, as well. Masculine without being overbearing, the loft combines their visions perfectly – a tribute to the Quinns’ congenial mother/son relationship. See www.stlouishomesmag.com for resources. STLOUISHOMESMAG.COM SEPTEMBER 2014

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A Belleville homeowner searched for and selected each treasured piece that, when mixed together, makes her house a home.

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The two-story English Tudor tucked away in a private, quaint neighborhood in Belleville tortured her every time she drove by it. She had fawned over the home for two years, but finally, in 2013, the house was for sale, and this design-savvy homeowner was able to purchase it and make it her own. The charm of the architectural elements combined with the open layout and large room sizes were what Kelly, the homeowner, and her partner Steve pined for. The previous owners of the home had lived there for 40 years. While in good condition, the new homeowners wanted to put their own mark on the 1928 residence. But before Kelly STLOUISHOMESMAG.COM SEPTEMBER 2014

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Opposite page: The homeowner found the dining room chairs at an estate sale. The upholstery is original and the frames were stained ebony to match the dining room table. This page: A piecrust table is tucked into the breakfast area adjoined to the kitchen.

could give it her signature touch, structural and cosmetic changes had to be made. Major repairs were needed in the basement, where a kitchen was removed and a dated bathroom was given a much-needed update. On the second story, two bedrooms and a Jack-and-Jill bathroom were demolished creating a hallway, common bath and mother-in-law suite. The previous configuration required you to go through the original third bedroom in order to access a hallway that led to the fourth and fifth bedrooms. While the layout worked for the previous owners, the current couple wanted to make the space more functional for their family. Cosmetically, the couple gave the home a neutral palette to work with by painting all of the plaster walls white and the trim cream. Now bright and airy, the homeowners could work their magic with furnishings, accessories and lighting fixtures. “I like to mix styles,” Kelly says of her

design style. “I look for unique things not found in every home.” Chuckling that she must buy every home-decorating magazine that they make, she finds inspiration from a variety of sources and then combines her favorite elements into a look for each room of her home. “I don’t care where things come from,” she says. “I just want to find the piece that is right.” The right piece is one that moves her or makes her stop in her tracks when she sees it. She is constantly scouring local antique stores, consignment shops and furniture stores in Illinois and St. Louis. A few of her favorites include Halbert Rugs, The Future Antiques, Shelton Davis Antiques and Tuesday Morning in St. Louis and Consign & Design and the Ginger Shop in O’Fallon, IL. “I look everywhere, and I drive myself insane sometimes,” she jokes. Entering through the arched front doorway, the foyer’s show-stopping STLOUISHOMESMAG.COM SEPTEMBER 2014

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piece is the Chapman ram’s horn chandelier from the 1960s that is original to the home. The fixture sets the tone for the eclectic mix of furnishings in the entry. Matching wingback chairs are covered in a neutral fabric while nailhead trim and wood arms and legs add detail. A pair of wire lanterns is hung on wrought-iron brackets providing a touch of whimsy. A mirrored chest stores entertaining essentials. The herringbone floor leads you through the double doors into the dining room. Wooden beaded panels allow light from the foyer to spill into the dining room. Simple and classic, the black-and-white dining room is an ideal place for hosting dinner parties. The large oval dining table is finished in a deep, rich ebony. A lucky find at an estate sale, the surrounding chairs have an ebony frame and the original upholstery, which gives a soft touch to the dark color of the chairs and table. Another unique find by the homeowner, two decorative Indian goddess figurines hang in the dining room. Designed by William L. Breyfogle and Theodore Richter of

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Richter Aircraft Co., the pair began making decorative pieces for Sears Roebuck Company in the 1950s. Situated along the far wall, a 1961 Thomasville buffet from the Ginger Shop is a favorite of the homeowner. “The buffet is one solid base with three separate pieces,” she explains. “I always bring this with me from house to house.” Just off the dining room, the kitchen continues the neutral color scheme of the dining room. The current owners have not made any major changes to the kitchen. The French country style with cream cabinets works with the home. A breakfast area is perfectly tucked into the kitchen bay window where the homeowners enjoy a morning cup of coffee at the piecrust table. A small window opening above the sink offers a peek into the great room. An addition added on by the previous owners, the great room abounds in natural light that beams through the three walls of windows. The white walls and decorative ceiling provided a blank slate for Kelly to add her decorative touch. Shades of burnt orange and navy combine

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with tiled patterns bringing a Moroccan and Bohemian touch to the great room. A beautiful, Mid Century-inspired sectional in a burnt orange saturates the seating area with color and is comfortable for guests. “I love the flow of this home,” Kelly says of entertaining. “It is large enough to entertain big groups, but it still feels intimate.” In the front of the home, the living room incorporates splashes of Asian décor as evidenced by the accent pieces on the square glass coffee table. Cocoa brown walls set a dramatic tone. The mocha-mink sectional is perfectly softened against the wall color. The showpiece in the living room is a double hanging light fixture the homeowner salvaged from a 100-year-old home. Each piece was carefully welded and soldered together. Just off the living room, a bonus sunroom provides beautiful views of the garden and golf course. The space was previously an open-air porch that was enclosed. Two Carter custom chairs found in St. Charles create a quite conversation area. Just behind the chairs, a Drexel buffet

from the 1950s or 1960s is another classic find by the homeowner. The second floor of the home includes three bedrooms plus a mother-in-law suite. The homeowner wanted to create a touch of glamour in one of the guest rooms with a Henredon canopy set refurbished and topped with fabric swags delicately hang from the canopy adding romantic charm. The master suite features beautiful built-in cabinetry for storage. Previously a mirrored, marbled gold, the homeowners painted the cabinetry white and had all of the hardware bronzed for an updated look. An upholstered bed frame brings a soft touch, while the mirrored nightstand from Shelton Davis Antiques enhances the style and glamour. Proving that style and design don’t have to come from one place, this Belleville homeowner has made her mark on her classic residence. With an open mind and pages of inspiration, Kelly has pieced together her personal perfection. See www.stlouishomesmag.com for resources.

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±rowin} ±arden Just like the plants, the Wilhelm’s west St. Louis County garden hasn’t stopped growing.

ften small things can spark major transformations. It was a series of what were thought to be small concerns and simple ideas that lead to the creation of one of the most spectacular gardens in the St. Louis area; one that was a highlight of the recent Missouri Botanical Garden Garden Tour and is the St. Louis Homes & Lifestyles’ Garden of the Year. For Debbie Wilhelm it began with a name in a magazine ad and a call to Chris Siewing, who owns Nature’s Re-Creations, a pond and waterfall installation company. Debbie and her husband Mark, who live in west St. Louis County, already had a pond and a waterfall located STLOUISHOMESMAG.COM SEPTEMBER 2014

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near their large swimming pool. They were looking for someone to do a fall clean up. As Chris worked, Debbie and Mark began talking about some issues they were having with their current installation, including what they felt was a probable leak. They asked Chris to take a look. The investigation uncovered bad news. There was not only a leak but multiple problems with the system, which had been in place since 2001 and had already had one major overhaul. On the plus side, Chris was filled with numerous ideas as to how a third transformation of the 25-foot backyard slope (created from the earth dug out for the swimming pool and lower-level patio) could integrate a new pond and waterfall into the entire outdoor experience for this water-loving family. As he was thinking about the new design, Sophie, the Wilhelms’ yellow Labrador retriever, made a major suggestion. “The swimming pool cover was already on,” Chris recalls. “Sophie waded into the water that had collected on top of the pool cover and sat down in chest-deep water. I knew right then that any pond had to have stone steps down into the water so Sophie could wade in.” He also knew that he wanted, not only the dogs, but the Wilhelms and their family and friends to have multiple ways they could explore and interact with the new design of the pond and waterfall. Acting partially on Sophie’s suggestion, Chris’ design brought the pond, which previously had been partly up the hillside, down to the same level as the pool, so viewing the water lilies, aquatic plants and fish became part of the poolside experience. A 150-foot meandering stream now feeds into the pond. It begins in a woodland setting at the top of the hill and makes its way over twists and rills to the still water at the bottom before disappearing into what appears to be an underground spring. On the way down, large cantilevered stones hang over the stream and invite both adults and children to sit a minute and dangle their feet in the cool, rushing water. At the shady top of

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Toby, a lemon beagle, and Cutie, a puggle, spend a sunny, summer day around the pool deck and garden.

the stream, oakleaf hydrangeas, hostas, pulmonaria and bleeding heart fill the hillside and give way to white phlox, purple coneflowers, bright-violet poppy mallow, Virginia sweetspire and colorful annuals as the stream flows into the sunlight. Along the way, weathered tree stumps and fallen logs provide bank-side interest and soften the hard edges of the stone. Throughout the design process, Chris, Debbie and Mark were conscious of the need to view the transformed water feature from every area of the house. “Before, if you were sitting by the pool, you couldn’t see the pond,” Debbie notes. “I also wanted everything to be visible from the upper patio (off the main level of the house) because we spend a lot of time up there.” The secret to the new system, Chris notes, is a 10'x10'x10', 3,000-gallon underground storage tank at the base of the stream that supplies the volume of water necessary to support the water in motion. The water coursing down the stream flows into the reservoir and then can be pumped back up to the top of the hill. Chris also disclosed some other landscaping tricks that give this water feature such a natural look. Cantilevered stones with water flowing beneath not only provide a place to sit by the stream, but also help create a natural look at the bend of the stream, he believes. To augment the existing limestone that was part of the previous system, he brought in 165 tons of sandstone and used large flat pieces to create two different places for both people and dogs to step across the stream. For people, sandstone steps make it easy to walk up and down the hillside. For Sophie, there are also flat sandstone steps into the pond itself. “The sandstone is larger and it absorbs water so it doesn’t get slick,” he explains. Also important is displaying the stone in

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the same way it is displayed in nature. “You should be able to see how it weathered in the woods,” Chris adds. Creating pockets for plants over and alongside the stream and using weathered wood throughout the water feature help soften the stone and tie the stone to the land, he suggests. Multiple filters keep the flowing water clean and clear. “Creativity is never a problem when I am designing,” Chris says, laughing. “I always can see things to the nth degree and usually need my clients to rein me in. The hard part is trying to describe everything to my clients so they can see what is in my head.” In Debbie Wilhelm, Chris found the perfect partner for his ideas. “I love to garden and I’m a water person,” Debbie says with a smile, noting that her gardening taste and plant selection run in the direction of bright colors and tropical looks. “I never would be one to have a white garden or monotone plantings.” Aided by Page Berry of Page One Designs, multiple eye-popping containers filled with glowing petunias, vinca, lantana, plumbago, sweet-potato vine and topped with hot-pink mandevilla vine decorate the upper terrace and poolside setting. Debbie’s penchant for color extends to a shade garden at the side of the house, anchored by chartreuse hostas, and to an herb and bird-bath garden near the kitchen door, spotted with bright annuals. For Debbie, the garden is “what I’ve always wanted” and the perfect place to share with friends and family. See www.stlouishomesmag.com for resources.

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Flowering in Fall

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As the leaves begin to change from greens to vibrant reds and oranges, so change the shades of our backyard plantings. Blooming fall perennials keep the autumnal color show going. We asked local landscapers to share their favorite fall perennials.

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Hardy Plumbago

Toad Lily Tricyrtis

“Ceratostigma plumbaginoides (Hardy Plumbago) has great fall flowers, and later in the fall the foliage turns red. It can grow in sun or shade and can tolerate dry soil conditions once established. It only gets 6-8 inches tall and is a great perennial to use as a groundcover.” Jim Meiners, Prestige Landscape.

“When other things are winding down, the Toad Lily Tricyrtis perennials come alive. The Asian perennial has orchid-like blooms and does well in light shade with rich soil. They grow from 1-3 feet tall, and best of all, they are deer resistant.” Linda Coonrod, Chesterfield Valley Nursery.

Flame Grass

Fall Aster

“One of our favorite fall perennials is Miscanthus Sinensis var. Purpurascens, also known as Flame Grass. This grass has upright form and reaches around 4 feet in height. As the name suggests, it turns brilliant red-orange in the fall. It prefers full sun and is ideal for group plantings in larger landscapes.” Daniel Mee, Frisella.

“The Fall Aster is an excellent dwarf perennial for borders and small gardens. The perennial features clear-blue, yellow-centered, daisy-like flowers that bloom in the fall, a time when few plants are in color. It also tolerates heat and drought.” David Sherwood, Sherwood’s Forest.

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Sweet Summer Love “'Sweet Summer Love' Clematis vine is a favorite fall perennial. As a mature vine, 'Sweet Summer Love' Clematis can produce over 1,000 scented blossoms. Flowers start deep red, then mature to purple-red, then purplish-violet to violet. Its exceptional cherry-vanilla fragrance will perfume the whole yard. Blooming begins in midsummer and continues through fall.” Ann Lapides, Sugar Creek Gardens.

Marmalade Heuchera “The Marmalade Heuchera’s dramatic foliage ranges from deep-golden to glowing reddish-pink with undulating margins. Golden mature foliage features contrasting hot-pink undersides. It is a vigorous grower of heavy substance that is showy in many seasons.” David Sherwood, Sherwood’s Forest.

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Outdoor Experts Passiglia’s Nursery & Garden Center 1855 Hwy 109, Wildwood, MO 63038 passiglia.com 636-458-9202

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

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

Chesterfield Valley Nursery 16825 North Outer 40, Chesterfield, MO 63005 chesterfieldvalleyinc.com 636-532-9307

For over 25 years Chesterfield Valley Nursery has been creating amazing landscape designs and bringing them to life in St. Louis communities. The full service company provides everything you need to create and maintain a beautiful landscape. Services include outdoor living and landscape design, installation, comprehensive lawn and landscape maintenance, irrigation, outdoor lighting and more. The vast array of plants, shrubs and trees that can be found as you meander through their lush Garden Center will inspire you. If you want to bring your home to life with a custom landscape design that reflects your style contact Chesterfield Valley Nursery where Inspired designs create extraordinary landscapes.

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creating dream kitchens for countless clients, Sheri Finkelstein, owner of REDECORIZE LLC, decided it was time to have one of her own. Her husband was set on staying in their St. Louis home, but the cramped kitchen space wasn’t going to cut it for their growing family of children and grandchildren. Last September, Sheri set out to construct her tailor-made kitchen. With the help of Steve Heitkamp of Boone Valley Builders and architect Mary Huelsmann, Sheri decided to knock down her kitchen walls and expand the kitchen into her side yard. Getting the desired extra space did not come at the expense of looking awkward. Sheri’s friends continuously comment on the appendage, “It looks like it belongs in the house.” She attributes the seamless look to the shape of the slanted roof and the overall loft-like feel the room evokes.

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Sheri placed the kitchen island specifically so she could look out a wall of windows into her plush, green backyard while she uses the sink. A custom trapezoidal window was placed parallel to the ceiling, brightening the Brazilian Cherry hardwood floor. Sunlight seeps through the side-skylight, hitting the Lighting NY Chandelier and illuminating the entire room with circular prisms in a scene that Sheri says is “almost magical.” Keeping to a black, white and gray color theme provides a crisp and refreshing appearance to the blended contemporary and transitional kitchen. The wall color boasts a trendy, light charcoal gray called “storm” by Sherwin Williams. The mined Quartzite countertop in White Fantasy creates intermingling harmony between the three choice colors as they follow ambiguous paths. The backless barstools mesh a crisp,

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BEFORE white cushion with stainless-steel legs matching the kitchen’s appliances. The gray-and-white backsplash is made out of 12”-by-12” mosaic tiles, sparkling with scattered crystals across each square. “We wanted to make it something we could age with,” says Sheri, and her dislike of clutter means “everything has a home.” To achieve a smooth transitional feel, the appliances are hidden and flush with the surrounding cabinetry, while also easily accessible. The microwave is interposed between the island’s bottom cabinets, and the double ovens sit side-by-side instead of vertically. The countertops sparkle from the lights positioned underneath the upper cabinets. The stainless-steel refrigerator, positioned in the corner and aligned with the cabinetry, also acts as a base for an s-shaped sculpture by the ‘90s sculptor Hazizi. The Finkelsteins own two other pieces by him. Not

only the kitchen, but the entire house, acts as a museum for aspiring artists around the country who present their work in art fairs. A painting featuring a water lily by Michael Kuseske, found during the local Laumeier Sculpture Park Art Fair, hangs on the wall behind the head seat of the House of Denmark dining set. The remodeled kitchen was completed just in time for Sheri and her family to celebrate Thanksgiving in the new spacious kitchen. The kids were free to roam and romp about the kitchen, while family members seamlessly weaved around each other, preparing a scrumptious meal in the now-spacious kitchen. See www.stlouishomesmag.com for resources.

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Form Follows Function A Ladue couple redefines their main-floor living areas to create a contemporary environment fit for family.

After years of living in their Ladue home with three young children, this vivacious couple decided a main-floor overhaul was necessary to better accommodate their active family. They called in experienced husband-and-wife builder/designer duo Randy and Davey Mayer, who have been in the business for more than three decades and partner together at RJ Mayer Development Corporation and Davette J. Mayer Design, to tackle the project. In addition to renovating their kitchen and laundry room, the plan included an update to the family room and unused living room, creating a more contemporary, unified and usable main level. Before a single nail or screw was touched, the Mayers spent countless hours planning and

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talking through the project with the homeowners. “We had them list all of their wants for the project,” Davey explains. “Then we factored in how the family lives. They love to entertain and have young children, so the space had to function on many levels.” While the main-level footprint did not change, several structural changes were made with the aid of Mitchell Wall Architecture + Design. A wall separating the kitchen and family room was removed, making it easier for the wife to keep tabs on the children from the kitchen. In addition, the wall dividing the family room and living room was opened up to unify the spaces while still providing separation. “This allows for adults to have their own space in the living room, while the children can

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BEFORE play in the adjoining family room and still be visible to their parents,” the homeowner says. Maple flooring in a warm taupe set the tone for the basis of the design. While the couple’s style is contemporary, they did not want their home to feel too stark. Davey’s solution was to incorporate varying shades of wood in the cabinetry and on the walls to warm the space. With the help of Beck/Allen Cabinetry, who provided the cabinetry and wood panels, the ideal blend of hardwood and soft furnishings successfully achieved a warm, contemporary style. In the family room, a wood-panel wall in a sunwashed gray makes a statement. The idea for the paneling took deep thought and planning, as the designer and homeowners did not want any seams showing. The previous family room was not functional. The TV was too far from the sofa, and the wet bar was hidden so guests never knew where to go. A Thayer Coggin curved sectional from KDR Designer Showrooms facing the paneled wall creates a cozy seating area for family movie nights. The existing fireplace box remains, but was given a more modern look with an eramosa vein-cut-marble surround as well as glass rocks by Gas Appliance Service. Floating stainless-steel shelves display elegant accessories from Savvy Surrounding Style and complete the contemporary look. Prior to the renovation, the living room was unused. In the new space, the homeowners wanted to create a bar/entertaining area that was dramatic with a lounge feel. The window wall naturally created three separate bar areas. The two outside feature open shelves lit to display the homeowners’ glass collection. The middle area includes a sink and beverage center. Maple cabinets by Crystal and from Beck/Allen are stained in a rich slate with pewter highlights. Two window seats between the bar areas add a homey touch. Black-cloud onyx bar tops are underlit to give the room another element of drama and light. A cozy seating area is created with a chocolate sofa facing two of

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the homeowners’ chairs, recovered in a soft and durable fabric. “Before purchasing new, I always ask homeowners if there is anything they own that we can keep or rework through reupholstering or restaining,” Davey says. “This keeps them connected to the new space.” Now loving their newly refreshed main-floor living area, the homeowners credit Randy and Davey’s forward thinking and innovation for their comfortable, contemporary family and living rooms. “A huge advantage to working with Davey and Randy is that they come as a package deal,” the homeowner explains. “You don’t have to pay for hourly design time. This really allows you to think through selections and decisions to get what you want.” The dynamic design duo enjoyed the opportunity to challenge themselves while tackling a contemporary project, but they don’t take all the credit. “Our subcontractors are absolutely essential to the success of our projects – especially this one,” Randy says. “They aren’t afraid to try new things, and their attention to detail makes all the difference.” See www.stlouishomesmag.com for resources.

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BEFORE A kitchen and bath redesign amps up style, storage and comfort for a St. Charles couple who downsized to a more practical condominium.

Every winter, homeowners Gary and Joyce Shaw leave the harsh Midwest temperatures behind by escaping to the warmer climes of temperate Tucson, AZ. Thus, a downsizing of their St. Louis living arrangement seemed logical. The couple sought a smaller space that would maintain the quality of life they were used to and accommodate the furnishings from their previous, larger home. They wanted to be close to their places of work, shopping and downtown St. Charles, while also having easy access to downtown St. Louis. Their new home—a free-standing condominium in St. Charles—matches their design and living style perfectly and is maintenance free, making travel for extended periods of time worry free. A few updates and simple, yet clever, design interventions were necessary before move-in. French doors replaced the door between the porch and living room to allow easier blending of the two spaces; large tile was added to the sun porch; a walk-in closet was placed in the master bedroom for additional space and organization, and fresh paint and new carpet were installed throughout the house. Doorways and openings were also widened with the plan to age in place in mind. The original kitchen and master bath, however, were simply too dated. A complete renovation was necessary. Enter Ellen Kurtz of Ellen Kurtz Interiors. Kurtz worked closely with the couple in the redesign, ensuring they were part of the process of transforming the house into their new home. From the start, the design objective was to focus on quality, texture and storage space. The Kitchen: The kitchen’s enclosed space was cramped and outdated, so Kurtz rearranged the floor plan to open up the space and enhance the connection to the breakfast area and dining room. The kitchen features a high peninsula bar and a bistro-table area perfect for entertaining small parties. "The kitchen is the first place we go when we come home,” say the homeowners. “The new design, the materials and STLOUISHOMESMAG.COM SEPTEMBER 2014

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updated appliances make this entire space a favorite ‘landing spot’.” The kitchen’s central feature is the smart, stacked-slate peninsula island topped with sleek granite countertops and paired with new stainless-steel appliances. The result is contemporary, tasteful and welcoming. Knotty Alder wooden cabinets set a warm tone, and a counter-to-ceiling slate backsplash provides texture and high-end quality. Plantation shutters in the dining and kitchen areas match the stain on the existing trim. The Master Bath: The master bath was completely redesigned as a custom, mini haven of relaxation. The space continues the theme from the kitchen with slate tile cladding the entire room and a central, double vanity of Knotty Alder cabinetry. The toilet was enclosed for privacy, and the closet was expanded to provide additional storage. The homeowners’ favorite aspect of the home renovation is the gorgeous walk-in shower. Again thinking forward for aging in place, Kurtz lowered the shower floor creating a curbless entry. The shower walls are covered in slate with a large, central glass-tile accent. "The tile accents are on the floor,” Kurtz says. “It is a beautiful

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mosaic pattern in a slate-look porcelain. I added a frame of mosaic with glass and slate accents around the 12”x12” slate turned on diagonal. This is the feature you see as you walk into the shower." Kitchen and Bath Design Trends: Kitchen islands, or peninsula bars, are extremely popular as homes gradually have become larger and gatherings less formal. Homeowners increasingly are entertaining in the kitchen, and layouts are now incorporating suitable gathering space. Another new trend is the need for phone charging stations and laptop docking areas, along with the ever-present quest for a place for purses, keys and mail. Pantries and cabinets are being modified to keep these items out of view and avoid clutter. Free-standing showers replace the bathtubs as a way to free up space for larger or double vanities and more storage. Gary and Joyce Shaw’s new St. Charles home incorporates all of these design principles and is the perfect “landing spot” for this couple. “We are so happy here, and, with Ellen's talent, we have been able to make this lovely home our own,” Joyce says. See www.stlouishomesmag.com for resources.

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Like every stereotypical 1950s-era home, this 2,200-square-foot Des Peres ranch was immured with compartmentalized rooms and smothered by eight-foot ceilings, wall-to-wall carpet and linoleum. So, two brave homeowners renovated the entire floor plan, taking the space from stale to stylish. The crowning achievement: conversion of the segregated kitchen, living and dining rooms into a casual cooking and eating area that’s constantly begging for company. The decision to make the kitchen the home’s focal point was an easy one, according to homeowner Walt Alles. “We cook and entertain at home often, and we wanted a large, well-lit kitchen with ease-of-movement and accessible components,” he says. Adding ample, adjoined space for conversation and, also, elegant dining was another no-brainer. But, decisions on how to structure and organize the home’s heart and soul, that’s where things got tricky. In fact, wife Maryann Vitale Alles spent hours perusing pictures on Houzz until her husband finally banned the site! The homeowners, both well-versed in design – Maryann knows interiors and Walt studied architecture – were integrally involved in the massive remodel,

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working closely with designer Patti Martineau of Patricia Marie Designs and architect Julie Coulter, AIA, of Coulter Building Consultants, who opened the floor plan and lifted the ceilings, a feat another architect said required new trusses and removing the existing roof. Julie found a way to raise the ceilings to 11 feet while “keeping the loads on the outside wall,” Walt explains. Coulter incorporated a masonry arch between the kitchen and living room, and an elegant barrel ceiling to subtly signify where formal dining begins. “We tried to keep in mind the original architecture of the house and didn’t want to go with anything too modern,” says Maryann, pointing, also, to Ballard Design pendants over the kitchen island, a smart way to enhance natural light gushing past plantation shutters. “The original kitchen was a pink, all-electric, push-button GE design with pink, GE metal cabinets, which had been painted white at one time,” says Walt. Red oak hardwood, found hiding beneath the old dining room carpet, was salvaged and brought into the living room and then the kitchen to override outdated tile. Maryann picked new appliances based entirely on Consumer Reports reviews: the refrigerator-freezer, double oven, and warming drawer are Dacor, the

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BEFORE range is Wolf, and KitchenAid received rave comments on dishwashers. The homeowners fell in love with their Ann Sacks backsplash tile, which makes the space contemporary without being trendy. “If you stay neutral, you can get your splash of color with other items,” explains Maryann, who picked the home’s color palette and, because she tends to “tire from too much pizzazz,” added interest with colorful canisters and a lime-colored, milk-painted table that’s perfect for off-the-kitchen eating. Sherwin-Williams “Accessible Beige” is taken through (almost) the entire home, and what’s noteworthy is how its hue transforms – gray to tan or beige – in different light. Copenhagen granite countertops, purchased locally and fabricated by Stone Fabricators, are subtle, yet, given the cut and polish, “there are certain areas that just pop with a gold sparkle,” says Walt. A beige leather couch in the living space brings

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brightness without overpowering pieces like the natural-color block rug and windy wingback chairs. Decorative crown molding ties together the living and formal dining spaces while an antique china cabinet separates them without creating a barricade. The dining room is characterized by clean lines and simple yet standout décor: an expandable wood table, the glistening crystal chandelier purchased at Jon Paul Designs and Collectibles, and a hand-painted leather-and-linen tapestry featuring arches that pair nicely with nearby archways. Speaking of art, the original blueprints of the house are framed and hang in a hallway off of the living room, proving that the past is never too far behind. See www.stlouishomesmag.com for resources.

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BEFORE

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Sometimes a home needs a facelift to freshen up, but with so many facade-fixing options, it’s hard to know where to start. When the Clayton homeowners reached out to Lakeside Exterior about the dated exterior on their 100-year-old home, it was time for a makeover. They knew they wanted dormers, but they didn’t know how many. They knew they wanted a front porch, but they didn’t know how to go about it. Lakeside Exteriors’ in-house designer John Bush, with the help of John Littlefield of Littlefield Architecture, worked with the detail-oriented homeowners to formulate what the future held for the classic colonial home. “We wanted to preserve the historical character of the house, so we tried to work with what we had,” says Bush. “The inside is very well preserved and it’s very classic, so we wanted to keep it classic.” The home’s original fleur-de-lis crested shutters were cleaned and painted black for a crisp contrast against the new custom gray-colored James Hardie fiber cement siding. In a neighborhood that no longer allowed vinyl siding, it was necessary to strip the home of the weathered white-vinyl siding and the old, deteriorated Lycra siding underneath. Yet they still kept many more of the home’s historic touches, cleaning and repainting the plaster shell-like ornament over the door, the door itself, the round trim and the Federal-patterned embellishment directly below the edge of the roof. Even with the original accents freshly remodeled, the homeowners

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were ready to add something new. Several concept drawings later, they decided to add three custom, triangle-tipped dormers with oval-topped windows. Being true dormers, the additions let natural light seep through the windows into the interior and onto the complementing window seats. Lakeside Exteriors structurally reinforced the roof so it could carry the weight of the dormers. They also resurfaced the faded roof with “high-end asphalt shingles in the Camelot pattern because they are thicker and meant to look like older styles,” says Bush. “Like mascara or eyeliner on a girl,” they used the black on the shutters and the dark roof to highlight the details of the homes crisp, classic beauty. The original front facade was a little flat before the remodel. “We wanted to give it some depth,” says Matt Merrifield, owner of Lakeside Exteriors. “That’s where the front porch came in.” The once crowded, column-confined porch was widened into a larger walkout with full front-door coverage from the weather. Bricks were salvaged from the back yard to create the porch’s base and the curved ceiling was retained. The new columns were modeled to look similar to the old, conserving the classical look of the original porch. “That house has had a full facelift,” says Bush. “Most of it was cosmetic, some of it was structural, but the house was really transformed.” See www.stlouishomesmag.com for resources.

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Not to confuse the average wine lover any more than we already are, in the world of wine viticulture, a number of grapes have different names depending on which country they are from. Spain’s Tempranillo grape is called Tinta Roriz in Portugal, while France’s Carignan grape is known as Mazuelo in Spain’s Rioja region. Usually, the name changes have to do with linguistic differences between the countries, but sometimes a grape will have different names within the same country. The grape called Auxerrois in Cahors and Pressac in other areas of its native France, is Malbec in Bordeaux as well as Argentina, which has adopted it as that country’s signature red grape and made it popular worldwide. The grape “name game” is best illustrated in the case of the grape Syrah, as it is called in France, its country of origin, and in many other countries where it is grown around the world. However, a particularly dark-skinned version of the grape that was brought to Australia in the mid-1800s flourished there and was called Hermitage. In the 1980s, that name was dropped because of legal issues from an area in France with the same name, and Shiraz was adopted, either to honor the city in Persia where some say the grape originated before migrating to

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France, or as an anglicizing of the French word. Though Shiraz has become the ubiquitous red wine of Australia, and Syrah is equated with France, the names really signify two different styles of wine, regardless of which country they come from. And, both are delicious accompaniments to the dishes that will be enjoyed in St. Louis as the summer’s heat and humidity start to subside. Australian Shirazes are often big and bold, with unctuous, ripe-fruit flavors – usually dark fruit such as blackberries, blueberries, cherries and plums. There’s almost always a hint of spice, and those from South Australia, where the vast majority of the Shiraz vineyards are located, often have aromas and flavors of spearmint that come from eucalyptus trees growing near the vineyards. Henry’s Drive Magnus Reserve Shiraz from Padthaway, which is very near the west coast of South Australia, has the aforementioned Shiraz taste profile but spends nearly 20 months of aging in large, mostly French oak barriques. The oak integrates very well with the Shiraz for a powerful, yet elegant wine that greatly complements game dishes like duck with cherry sauce or venison chili. Other South Australian Shirazes, from producers like Paringa or Kay Brothers, are also great buys and are a wonderful quaff alongside Texas beef barbecue or

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Top: Cristobal Undurraga, Vina Koyle, Chile. Bottom: Kay Brothers Vineyard, South Australia.

spiced lamb stew. French Syrah, grown primarily in the Rhone Valley, is softer and subtler, often blended with other grapes from the region, such as Mouvedre and Grenache, to form the black pepper-infused, lightly fruited Cotes du Rhone wines that are widely popular here. A favorite is Cachette Cotes du Rhone, especially when paired with a spicy dish that uses black pepper or peppercorns as a main ingredient, like France’s popular steak au poivre. Syrahs from countries as diverse as Chile and the United States could be called a bridge between the powerful, juicy Shiraz of Australia and the more nuanced Syrah of France. Vina Koyle Royale Syrah, made by members of Chile’s first family of wine, the Undurragas, as well as Eponymous Syrah, made with Napa Valley grapes by well-known California winemaker Robert Pepi, both are loaded with black pepper, herbs like rosemary, and even what is described as “meat drippings” on the nose and palate, typical characteristics of French Syrah, while also showing the black-fruit flavors that drive Australian Shiraz. So, “You say Shiraz, and I say Syrah.” Either way, what you’ll bring to the table are wines that guarantee tasting pleasure. See www.stlouishomesmag.com for more info.

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Art, museums, theater and plenty of trails to hike make for a delightful fall getaway to Roanoke, VA. By SadYe Osterloh Photography by Marie Snow

Vintage neon signs shot from the balcony of the Taubman Museum.

Driving into Roanoke in the fall is like taking a step into a storybook fast-forwarded into modern times. Rolling mountains splashed with dogwood blossoms rise up to meet the charm of an old railroad town jazzed up with an artsy, modern twist. Winding my way through the beautiful Old Southwest neighborhood, I finally made my way into downtown Roanoke to meet up with my mom to officially kick off our weekend vacation. We drank a tasty microbrew and had a quick bite of cheese fries at the Fork in the Market before heading off to settle in at one of the most dog-friendly hotels,

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the Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center. A pang of guilt overcame me when I realized what a dog-friendly town Roanoke is...and I hadn’t brought my two pups! Roanoke is a vibrant town rich with railroad history, arts, music, theatre and museums. Unfortunately, we only had a few hours to take in about eight different museums, but we absolutely had to check them all out, and they were all within walking distance. By the end of those few hours, I had some sore feet and a head overflowing with new information and experiences. We visited the Center in the

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Top: Mill Mountain Star and over-look. Middle : Overlooking Downtown Roanoke and the Taubman Museum of Art. Bottom left: Antique moonshine still. Right: The Virginia Museum of Transportation.

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Square, which is home to an aquarium, the Harrison Museum of African American Culture, a science museum, a regional history museum, a butterfly habitat and the Mill Mountain Theatre. After a quick rooftop lunch soaking in the sun, we hustled over to the Museum of Transportation to learn anything and everything you’d ever wanted to know about trains and steam engines...and then a little bit more. For the train enthusiast, there is no place you’d rather be than Roanoke. But wait! There was still one more museum left, the Taubman Museum of Art. When taking in a view of the city, one sees a beautiful town with old brick buildings, charming cathedrals, railroads and then WHAM! Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Is it a spaceship? Nope, it’s the Taubman Museum of Art. This strikingly modern building situated in the middle of town houses both permanent collections and special exhibitions of both modern and classical art. For the more adventurous and active traveler, or if you’re just looking

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to take in the fresh mountain air, Roanoke boasts miles upon miles of hiking trails in town leading to the splendidly illuminated 100 ft. “Roanoke Star” perched on the top of Mill Mountain. It is also minutes away from the Blue Ridge Parkway, which offers endless viewing and hiking experiences as well as being a direct route to the Château Morrissette, a pet-friendly, dog-themed winery perched in the middle of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Patrons are invited to bring the pooches along and enjoy the panoramic scenery as they sip on specialty wines such as “My Dog Blue” or “The Black Dog” named after their beloved black labs. Now with the Sheraton offering rooms with dog beds, dog bowls and a staff with pocketfuls of dog treats, it’s almost my duty as a dog owner to make a speedy return with the dogs in tow. Next time, along with my dogs, I will bring comfy shoes, more time for museums, extra cash for shopping and more time to explore and take in all that the area has to offer.  See www.stlouishomesmag.com for more recipes.

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Is it a classic or is it a craze? For our September issue, we asked local home and design professionals to share their opinion on the formal living room. Is it a thing of the past? Or do homeowners still desire a formal gathering place for guests?

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classic “Dress it down, repurpose it or rename it, the formal living room is a classic that we will continue to recognize in many forms. Yes, we know all the action is around the enormous open kitchen, but there are times you crave an intimate space that isn’t designed around the latest gas stove or the largest and loudest flat-screen TV. Away from the rush, the living room houses our cherished art, favorite books and family albums. A timeless wood-burning fireplace still emits the same great chorus of snaps, pops and sizzles it did 50 years ago. Comfortable, but not slouchy, upholstery encourages conversation and reminiscing. The “living” room named correctly and remains a classic.” Jane Ganz, Directions in Design, Inc.

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“I would have to classify formal living rooms as a “Classic,” only because so many existing two-story homes have one! But, even those that have that typical room configuration (with the dining room on one side of the foyer, and the living room on the other), have opted to use the room in unique ways, such as a music room, reading room, play room or home office. Definitely, for new construction, most consumers are opting for larger, more multi-purpose type of spaces.” Gail Doveikis, G.M. Doveikis & Associates.

“As much as I love the way a formal living room looks and feels, I think that what we think of as the classic formal living room is more a thing of the past. It is just not practical in today’s busy family lifestyles. Living rooms are still a part of our homes, but they have evolved. While still nice, they are less formal and less fussy rooms so that they can be a more usable space for families. These less-formal living rooms have become larger, less confined rooms that are open to the dining room, breakfast room and kitchen.” Teresa Drury, Textures.

“I think the space itself, i.e. a separate room on your first floor, is classic. We’re seeing this space still available and in all varieties of new construction, but it’s simply the use of the space that has changed over time.” Jessie Chall, Payne Family Homes.

“Families today are utilizing what traditionally was a formal living room in new ways. Examples of this are studies, music rooms, bars or wine-tasting rooms. Homeowners are opening the space to expand them into the next room for larger family rooms or master bedrooms. More and more homeowners are moving away from utilizing the room in a formal way.” Ellen Kurtz, Ellen Kurtz Interiors.

 Tell us your opinion by voting online at www.stlouishomesmag.com/article/classiccrazeseptember or on our Facebook page beginning September 1.

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September issue. Before/After projects. The Garden of the Year.

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September issue. Before/After projects. The Garden of the Year.

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