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A SLICE OF THE CITY

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PUTTING THE PIECES TOGETHER Architect Jane Ann Forney expands and unifies several prior renovations for these Ladue homeowners.

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GARDEN OF THE YEAR - EXOTIC JOURNEY Envisioning her landscape as an ocean with ever-moving grasses simulating waves, Melissa Losos transports visitors on a journey through her exotic, spa-like back yard.

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Combined with fresh paint and new light fi tures, the completed loft is a fun, eclectic mix of contemporary, modern and industrial styling with a gray, white and orange scheme.

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requiring architectural drawings and a construction crew  or a visual makeover involving new fabric and furnishings under the watchful eye of an interior designer, the outcome is awesome.       Joe Benninger and Kelly Lindsay took the plunge by moving into the Spool Thread Building built in 1906 in downtown St. Louis. Fresh paint, new light fi tures, new furnishings plus their own personal style transformed the empty loft into a fun, eclectic environment they now call home (page 32).   Ever imagine how much dirt a bulldozer can move? Melissa Losos, our Garden of the Year winner, not only imagined, she moved that dirt as well (page 48).  Ever wonder what a particular room would look like if you knocked down one of the walls or if you changed the fabric on a few of the existing furniture pieces?   Find out how several homeowners breathed new life into their homes by trusting their chosen/hired professionals and making bold decisions to better utilize their spaces in our Before & After special section (page 69). 

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Interior Design Center of St. Louis hosts Spring Celebration On May 20, 2015 more than 250 industry professionals gathered at St. Louis’ interior design marketplace to celebrate the opening of the newest businesses at the Interior Design Center of St. Louis including Walbrandt Technologies, Architectural Products a division of Working Spaces, ADJ Interiors, K Taylor Design Group, JCR Design Group, Marcia Moore Design and Amy Studebaker Design. Guests enjoyed a tasty menu of hors d’oeuvres prepared by Chef Jeffrey Davis and live music by The Benefit Blues Band featuring Beck/Allen Cabinetry’s own Lee Allen. The Interior Design Center of St Louis is a gateway to interior inspiration for kitchen and bath, furniture, textiles, lighting, appliances, cabinetry, home automation, residential and commercial environments and interior design services.

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You can change the entire look of a landscape or mood of an entertaining space through outdoor lighting. Frisella Outdoor Lighting has been lighting St. Louis area homes since 2006 with their combination of thoughtful design, friendly, personal service and quality lighting products on the market. SLHL: How do you develop a landscape lighting strategy for a homeowner? Tony: Since a home is typically the largest item on a project being illuminated, we take into account the architecture of the home. We look for features that make it stand out from neighboring homes, such as stone and brick transitions, ornamental chimneys, etc. Moving away from a home or structure, we look for landscape items that will give depth to the design or highlight dark areas that may make a lighting portrait look unbalanced.  SLHL: How will landscape lighting benefit a home wner's property? Tony: Lighting affects moods. The biggest point everyone seems to make about lighting is the safety aspect. While we are not disputing that this is a major benefit of lighting, we feel that lighting is much more. There is no better sense of pride and satisfaction than pulling up to your own home to a well-balanced and crisp illumination of your property. Lighting transforms atmospheres and can make spaces feel immensely larger or smaller than they do in the daylight.

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SLHL: What is high-quality outdoor lighting? Tony: It is first a well thought-out design that achieves the homeowners’ intentions.  Secondly, quality lighting is a system that has as few wire splices as possible and can be adjusted for plant growth over the years without having to splice in new wire. A quality system should not take hours to service unless there was construction damage. Set up correctly, systems should have a minimum of one-year service to ensure that there is no debris buildup in or around fi tures and no apparent damage, as well as time to make necessary placement adjustments.   SLHL: What types of lights work best in outdoor environments? Tony: Fixtures made of brass are the best to be used outside. Brass fi tures make up almost 100 percent of all the fi tures our team installs. Over the years we have seen too many powder-coated fi tures corrode and paint peel with the manufacturers not standing behind their fi tures. 

SLHL: What is the simplest way to improve curb appeal with lighting? Tony: Start with the house, but do not highlight windows unless they SLHL: What part of the yard should people highlight with lighting? are ornamental. Also, be sure that there are not large, dark gaps between Tony: If you entertain outside a lot, I would suggest the back yard where lights. If dark spaces are too big, your eyes do not take in the whole project people will actually be experiencing the lighting. If people are lower key but jump around to the nearest light. Dark spots also make a project look and just like simple, I would then suggest the front yard.  very sporadic.   See www.stlouishomesmag.com for resources.

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Nettie White’s stock in trade is transformation: designing high-end, custom artistic spaces that breath new life into just about everything in your home. “My specialty is color. I started out doing walls and had to be creative with what was there,” she says, “and that turned into ‘What about our cabinets? ’ and ‘What about the bookcase, and what about floors?’ We do everything.” Nettie eventually teamed with a general contractor with a creative eye and in the 16 years since starting her business has added seven more artisans to her team, each with a specific skill set and each cross-trained in multiple disciplines. Together, they can take a “Summer of Love”-era kitchen with dated olive drab and metal to a warm and timeless castle-like space, complete with custom-antiqued cabinetry, charming distressed wood furnishings, warm stone backsplashes and countertops, faux leather surfaces and elegant wood ceiling beams. Nettie’s boutique style is seamlessly tied into the décor her clients

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already own without gutting the room. Want to replace narrow-strip wood floo ing with wider boards? Nettie’s team has perfected sanding, staining and routing techniques to create the illusion of wide-plank floors without earing out a single piece of wood. This artistic approach to surface finishing not only results in masterfully reimagined spaces, but also is far less disruptive to her clients. Where total ripping out and replacement of walls, floors, furnishings and décor can drag on for months, she and her team can be in and out in a matter of weeks. Life in the home can go on more-or-less as usual, and the homeowner is spared the pain of manufactured pieces that don’t fit his or her personality and aesthetic. One of the most commonly replaced fi tures in a home – and one with which Nettie has had some of her greatest successes – is custom-finished kitchen cabinetry. She uses complex layers of color to create depth and tailor existing cabinets in unexpected ways. “I don’t think people can always envision their existing kitchen cabinets being

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any different. So we come in and do what we do where you’re not having to tear it out and demolish and pay for new cabinets … [that] aren’t tailored to your colors and aren’t layered.” Those who aren’t yet in the market for a redesign can still zhuzh-up a room with a piece or two from her Wildwood lifestyle boutique, The Porch. The shop includes a revolving selection of signature hand-painted furniture by Nettie and other artisans, and is the ideal place for would-be clients to preview furnishing styles and pre-plan a project. “I am completely passionate and love my job – I really do,” she says, adding, “And I would not be where I’m at without prayer and guidance from God. I have prayed every step of the way, and it wouldn’t be the business it is without that.” See www.stlouishomesmag.com for resources.

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Inspired by dishes from his mother’s kitchen, Rich LoRusso has been serving up Italian fare for nearly three decades.

When Rich and Terri LoRusso opened LoRusso’s Cucina almost three decades ago, many of the recipes came straight from his mother’s kitchen. “This restaurant emulates how I was brought up,” he says. Nothing unusual in that, except the matriarch of this Italian restaurant was Irish.“My grandmother taught my mom to cook,” LoRusso explains. He, in turn, always loved to hang out in the kitchen, soaking up knowledge from his mother and his paternal aunts. He gravitated to restaurants when he left school at age 16, starting as a porter – washing dishes, cleaning bathrooms, vacuuming – and then graduating to making salads. “A total bottom-to-top situation,” he says. “I never thought about doing anything else.” Rich and Terri met as teenagers working in the same restaurant, he as a cook and she as a busgirl. They married five years later. Four years later they opened LoRusso’s, which moved to its current location on Watson Road in 1989. “It’s a mom-and-pop thing – it’s me and her, and now we’re hitting 29 years.” They also own Leonardo’s Kitchen and Wine Bar on the Hill.

LoRusso’s Cucina is a white-tablecloth, destination restaurant. From the beginning, LoRusso stayed away from the cream sauce-heavy, tomato sauce-heavy, provel cheese-topped dishes so common in St. Louis’ Italian restaurants. He changes the menu twice a year, but also introduces specials according to what’s available. He’s also posted the recipes for three dozen favorite dishes on his website, lorussos.com. “This is the All-Star menu. Everything in this menu sells at a high clip,” he says. See www.stlouishomesmag.com for more information. STLOUISHOMESMAG.COM SEPTEMBER 2015

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We installed a very expensive air filter but our house is still very dusty. What else should we be looking at? — Filters reduce airborne dust but a big part of solving the problem is to control it at the source. Many homes have duct system leaks that cause air to be ingested from the attic. A qualified professional should be able to identify these problem areas and correct them resulting in cleaner air and better comfort and energy efficiency. What is the best advice you can give to make my house air more healthy? — Here are my top four. 1. Keep chemicals out of your house. 2. Get an inspection to make sure your duct system is performing properly. 3. Manage humidity (reduce in summer, raise in winter). 4. Install upgraded filtration systems.

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A Slice OF THE City

A young couple makes downtown their home in a contemporary industrial loft.

“Downtown has always been my playground,” laughs homeowner Joe Benninger. “I love the pace, the bars and the people.” So when Joe and his girlfriend Kelly Lindsay began looking for a new place to call home, there was no question it would be in the city. Wanting to be off Washington Avenue and close to Culinaria, the couple fell in love with the Alexander Lofts building. Formerly the Spool Thread Building, which was built in 1906, the fi e-story structure has been developed into eight loft condos. “We looked at other places in the city, but nothing compared to this building,” Joe says.

Joe and Kelly were fortunate to snag their unit before it even went on the market, and once it became theirs it was time to put their own personal style and twist on the space. Starting with a blank palette, the couple bought all new furnishings and artwork. Combined with fresh paint and new light fi tures, the completed loft is a fun, eclectic mix of contemporary, modern and industrial styling with a gray, white and orange scheme. The elevator from the lobby takes the homeowners and guests directly to the unit. Stepping off the elevator you are greeted by an expansive STLOUISHOMESMAG.COM SEPTEMBER 2015

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bar made up of three wood-topped tables with metal legs. Above the bar is an impressive photo of Central Park that Joe knew he had to have as soon as he saw it. “It’s an odd look at Central Park and the dimensions are so cool,” he says. Just off the entry is the combined kitchen and dining room. In the kitchen, Kelly and Joe painted the cabinets black bean, a bold color that stands out against the accent tile and countertop. Copper pendants hang over the expansive island where guests can pull up one of the waffle-frame wire stools. “We didn’t want to do wood stools in the

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space since there is already so much wood from the beams, floo , etc.,” Joe explains. “The wire adds a different textural element.” Just on the other side of the kitchen island, the loft’s dining room is a fun place to entertain guests. An expansive 9-foot Ajax dining table by Martin Goebel, Goebel Furniture Co., was custom built using white oak. The post timbers are reclaimed from a 120-year-old barn in Farmington. Joe and Kelly wanted a table with character, something rough, but not too polished. The size was also important. “Since the kitchen island is so big, we needed a large-enough table to complement the size,” Joe explains.

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A small library nook is tucked to the side of the open kitchen, dining-room and living-room concept. Kelly and Joe installed the metal-piping bookshelves that display personal trinkets and accessories. The metal is a nice contrast to the exposed brick wall. A black-and-white painting by local artist Ian Quattrocchi anchors the space. In the ceiling, the original pulley system for the building’s original freight elevator adds a cool, industrial touch. The adjoining living room is the epitome of sleek and contemporary and proves that the modern look can be cozy and cool at the same

time. “It was such a compliment when a friend said, ‘Your furniture is so much more comfortable than it looks,’” Joe says of the arrangement. A dove-gray sofa and cream egg chairs dotted with pops of orange pillows continue the gray, white and orange scheme of the loft. A Remy table by Goebel Furniture Co. makes for an ideal coffee table. Joe and Kelly took their time picking and choosing furniture, artwork and accessories. “I look and look until I find what I want,” Joe says. “I won’t just settle for any item.” Underneath exposed ductwork and next to a cement column is an abstract black-and-white painting by local artist Paul LaFlam. STLOUISHOMESMAG.COM SEPTEMBER 2015

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A partial wall that Kelly and Joe painted black separates the living room from a guest bedroom behind. Visible from the living room, the homeowners knew the back guest-bedroom wall needed to be bold and visually interesting, so they selected a black-and-white hexagon-patterned wallpaper that pops off the wall. “I was very hesitant about wallpaper when the idea first came up, but I love this print,” Joe says. Another space Joe gave up design control was in the master bedroom. Letting Kelly take the lead, the cozy space features a midnight-blue upholstered headboard, another abstract by Paul

LaFlam and a fun chandelier. “The chandelier was a must for Kelly,” Joe says. While slightly swaying from the more modern look of the loft, the master suite still retains the clean lines and subtle colors of the rest of the home. With the close proximity to restaurants, bars and sporting events, their new downtown location is perfect for the young couple. In their home for almost a year, Joe, Kelly and new family member Dakota, a Siberian husky, couldn’t be happier owning their chic loft in their own slice of the city. See www.stlouishomesmag.com for resources.

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BY BARB WILSON PHOTOGRAPHY BY ANNE MATHEIS

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PUTTING THE PIECES

together Architect Jane Ann Forney expands and unifies s veral prior renovations for these Ladue homeowners.

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often said that St. Louis is, in many ways, still a “small town.” Live here long enough and you’re bound to run into someone you know almost anywhere you go. For Kathy Cramer and John Davis, the fi th owners of this elegant three-story in Ladue, the colloquialism certainly seemed to hold true. Co-owners of The Cramer Institute, a St. Louis-based leadership development consulting fi m, the couple purchased the residence 10 years ago. Built in 1926 and designed by well-known architect/author John Albury Bryan, the fi e-bedroom home had undergone a series of renovations over the years, but the various owners had essentially preserved its colonial style and character. Interestingly, the house already held many memories for Kathy. As a schoolgirl, she had been friends with the daughter of Opposite page: Poised to lead a tour of the elegant living room are Sophie and Gracie, the owners’ Bishon Frisé and Miniature Schnauzer. Above: Original to the home, graceful arches with a keystone motif were repeated throughout the new additions to establish continuity.

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the third owners and had visited often. And the “small-town” connections with previous owners didn’t end there either. Soon after moving in, Kathy and John decided to add an outdoor entertainment area. Respectful of the home’s original weeping brick masonry and slate roof, the design was an award-winner, incorporating a bilevel patio with the concrete surface stamped to resemble slate, large planters flan ed by pillars and carriage lamps, and charming

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fountains at each corner of the classically shaped swimming pool. Several years later, the couple agreed that it was time to expand. Laughing, they explain that they knew what they wanted, but their vision was rather vague. “it all started with John wanting a bigger master suite with more closet space,” Kathy remembers. Since the master is on the second story, “It had to sit on something!” John quips. Choosing an architect was easy. The fourth owners, from whom

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Opposite page: The former music room was expanded to create a cheerful, sun-washed family room. A box beam ceiling conceals the support beams; the main level’s oak floo ing was perfectly matched; and “Puppet Chase,” a 3-dimensional piece by California artist Gregory Hawthorne, lends a lighthearted touch. Right: Classically designed, the fabulous outdoor recreation area was an earlier addition. Expansion of the south wing, however, affected the home’s exterior symmetry, and Forney restored balance with a faux limestone arch and a decorative oval window on the upper level.

John and Kathy had purchased, were still neighbors and had built a new home just across the street.They heartily recommended their architect, Jane Ann Forney, principal of FORNEY + architecture, LLC. In addition to enlarging the master suite, Forney was assigned to convert the existing family room into a spacious kitchen/breakfast/ hearth room and, in the opposing south wing, to expand the current music room for a new family room.

Defining the challenges, Forney says, “It was like putting the pieces of a puzzle together – redesigning the spaces and creating a fl w from one to another.” The couple chose Higginbotham Bros. as the custom builder, and her clients moved into the center of the house for nine months, while construction progressed simultaneously at both ends. In an earlier renovation, the original attached garage had been made into a large family room and replaced with a detached garage. Forney STLOUISHOMESMAG.COM SEPTEMBER 2015

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Below: Cramped for space, the original kitchen was converted to a butler’s pantry that revolves around a free-standing center island and is conveniently located between the expansive new kitchen and the pub-styled bar. Opposite page: Open to the kitchen and hearth room, the casual dining bay overlooks the patio/pool area and adds a splash of warm color with furnishings from Expressions.

transformed the family room into a bright, open space for meal preparation and informal dining, preserving the original bay window with its lovely views of the rear yard. The dark-brick fi eplace was refaced with limestone; travertine tile was chosen for the floo ing; and an extension was added, providing a generous china closet, mud room and pool bath. One of the owners’ favorite features, Forney tied the elements

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together with a dramatic covered colonnade that extends the full length of the patio/pool area and connects the home’s rear entry with the detached garage. Forney describes the kitchen’s styling as “transitional, leaning toward traditional, with a touch of European country.” Vast expanses of antiqued cream cabinetry are complemented by a bilevel, granite-topped island with curved overhang. Set in the sunny window bay, a rustic circular

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dining table is surrounded by chairs upholstered in burnt orange and a floral curved bench, lending a splash of color. In a nearby corner, an ottoman and two side chairs in the same shade create a cozy reading nook. Trimwork surrounding the home’s interior arches has a keystone motif, and the theme was reinforced with a faux keystone arch accessing the butler’s pantry. Formerly the kitchen, this space now revolves around a work island, topped with marble and including a handy baker’s drawer.

Directly adjacent is the bar (previously the family eating area), artfully appointed with faux limestone walls, antique stained-glass inserts and an entry header reading, “Pax Intrantibus” (“Peace to those who enter”). Virtually no changes were made to the foyer or formal living and dining rooms, which soar to 11-foot ceilings, retain their gleaming oak floo ing and full-length windows, and were well suited to most of the couple’s preowned furnishings. Kathy’s flair for color and interior

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Above: Formerly the family dining room, the bar was transformed into a vintage European pub, with faux limestone walls, rich cabinetry, stained glass inserts, and a lintel invitation reading “Pax Intrantibus” (“Peace to those who enter”). Opposite page: Satisfying the husband’s initial objectives, the second-floor master suite was vastly expanded to include a huge master bath, room-size closet, and a sitting area in the fi eside bedroom, furnished with comfy overstuffed armchairs from Expressions.

design, however, are evident in her arrangement of the furniture and choice of several new complementary pieces. Expanding the former music room for a new family room was far more complex and required meticulous integration with the home’s existing interior and exterior features, including the weeping brick masonry and architectural windows. Forney’s masterful plan included a stunning box-beam ceiling to conceal the support beams necessary for expansion of the second-floor master suite. To duplicate the windows,

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she specified fi ed and operable glass doors with elliptical transoms, then added a fi eplace with marble surround and seamlessly matched the home’s existing oak floo ing. Enlarging the dimensions of this wing also affected the symmetry of both the front and rear elevations. Forney solved this problem by adding a window on the family-room wall facing the street, decorative oval windows on the upper story and an amazingly realistic faux limestone “entry” on the exterior wall adjoining the patio.

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Kathy worked with Ann Tipton of Expressions on the family room’s interior décor, combining several comfy preowned chairs, upholstered in a bold flora , with a curved off white leather sofa, sculptured area rug, vintage side chairs and unique rolling “tray” ottomans. Returning to the starting point of this massive endeavor, John’s wishes were fulfilled as well. The couple’s vastly expanded master suite adjoins a huge master bath and a room-size closet. Nine-foot ceilings enhance the sense of volume; warm cocoa-toned walls surround the

bedroom and sitting area, and a fireplace with marble surround completes this luxurious private retreat. Now a fait accompli, this magnificent residence proves that a skilled architect can adapt a near-century-old home – even one that’s undergone several renovations! – to a more contemporary lifestyle, while still preserving its historic style and integrity. See www.stlouishomesmag.com for resources.

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Exotic Journey

Envisioning her landscape as an ocean with ever-moving grasses simulating waves, Melissa Losos transports visitors on a journey through her exotic, spa-like back yard.

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FAMED INVENTOR THOMAS EDISON ONCE OPINED THAT

“GENIUS IS ONE PERCENT INSPIRATION AND 99 PERCENT PERSPIRATION.” Melissa Losos, and anyone who has viewed her garden and knows the story behind it, would agree. That the 2015 St. Louis Homes & Lifestyles' Garden of the Year is genius, there is no doubt. Twice on the Missouri Botanical Garden tour of private gardens, which occurs once every three years, the breathtaking, serene, one-acre parklike space resembles something one would encounter on a tour of the Orient rather than in a back yard in Central St. Louis County. The inspiration for what the garden would become grew out of necessity. Mundane issues such as sewer laterals, drainage, erosion and transforming negatives into positives provided fertile ground for Melissa’s inspiration. Her husband Jonathan can most closely attest to the perspiration.

Scheduled to be on the 2011 Missouri Botanical Garden tour, Melissa’s vision was still a work in progress in the days leading up to the tour, due to a wet, chilly spring. Even with a crew of 13 brought in to help out, the night before Melissa was still planting plugs of prairie dropseed grass at 11 p.m. “I went out and found her asleep on the prairie,” her husband recalls with a laugh. The story of the garden begins in 2001 when Melissa and Jonathan moved from a home in University City with a small city garden to a contemporary home in Ladue. Located down a narrow lane, the house sat on a nearly one-acre piece of land that once was part of a larger property. “We basically had no front yard,” Melissa explains. ”Everything was in the back.” STLOUISHOMESMAG.COM SEPTEMBER 2015

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There were some plusses: a large deck; a lovely pool with an infini y edge; an ancient blue spruce adjacent to the pool (which the couple named Her Majesty), and some well-established wisteria vines. Beyond that, the vista took in a nondescript lawn and what Melissa describes as a “swamp” full of weedy bush honeysuckle. “It was the lowest spot in the surrounding properties, and we had water runoff from four different homes.” A breakthrough of sorts came when the couple had extensive lateral-sewer issues that required a bulldozer to do the work. “I basically saw how much earth a bulldozer could move,” Melissa recalls. Her fertile imagination began conjuring up a vision of a yard backed by an evergreen-dotted berm instead of a honeysuckle swamp. Another issue involved a dirt path on the north side of the house. “Every time it

rained," Melissa recalls, “dirt ran into the pool. Almost everything we did, we did to solve a problem.” There was, she recounts, one particular “aha” moment when her vision took shape as she was sitting by the pool, having her morning coffee and staring at the blank canvas that eventually was to become her inspiring landscape. With a spatial feel from years of working in real estate, not a background in design or horticulture, Melissa began to envision a tableau with the center of the yard as an ocean with ever-moving grasses simulating waves. The borders of the yard would transport visitors on a journey through an exotic, spa-like landscape composed of mystical, bamboo-lined walkways, hydrangea tunnels, dawn redwood-framed tree houses and tropical islands. Knowing what she wanted and making it happen required her to be totally STLOUISHOMESMAG.COM SEPTEMBER 2015

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involved. “I couldn’t draw it so I had to be out there every step of the way,” she emphasizes. Dale Anthon of Exterior Design, who ran the heavy equipment, and William Franks, who literally did a lot of the heavy lifting, worked closely alongside Melissa throughout the project. “I kept the vision, and we worked to get there,” recalls Melissa. The trio began with 500 tons of gravel to help level the yard and provide proper drainage. They topped the gravel with way-toomany-to-count truckloads of 50 percent topsoil mixed with 50 percent compost to create soil in which plants could thrive. There were times when “the vision” was hard to imagine, even for Jonathan Losos. A professor of organismic and evolutionary biology at Harvard University and curator of herpetology at Harvard’s Museum

of Comparative Zoology, he commutes between Boston and St. Louis and travels throughout the world. “About fi e years ago I came back in town and the back yard was nothing but mounds of dirt. I thought ‘Oh my gosh, what has she done,’” he recalls laughing. “Then, later, there was all this dirt and all these boulders.” Approximately 300 tons of boulders to be more precise, personally selected by Melissa and Dale at Earthworks in Perryville. They created steps and elevations, prevented erosion and punctuated pathways. Soon a trail through the garden began to emerge. Melissa describes it as a sort of figure 8. “I wanted people to see the different elements as they moved through the garden, always looking at something beautiful but different and never seeing the back of the workings of something else.” STLOUISHOMESMAG.COM SEPTEMBER 2015

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When it came to the selection of plant material to paint the picture she had in mind, Melissa fortunately had two close friends, Kim Kelce and Nancy Pedley of Kelce and Pedley Design, who have been creating St. Louis gardens since 1991. “My style is not exactly the same as theirs,” Melissa says. “They do a more traditional, English look. But I would do some research and tell them the plant or the look I wanted. They would sometimes come back and say, ‘We can’t get that but we can get you something similar.’ It was fun for all of us to play with it.” One plant Melissa did not have to purchase was the bamboo that moved from a neighbor’s yard into hers. The lacey texture and continually rustling evergreen foliage fit in perfectly with her vision for the garden. She has learned to curb its invasive tendencies by

installing a barrier three-feet deep and at least two inches above ground that so far has kept the bamboo just where she wants it. Other plants that are signatures of her garden include the dawn redwoods at the back of the garden that were one of the first things planted; a wide variety of hydrangeas, particularly heavy-fl wering, dwarf Bobo, and the prairie dropseed that makes up her ocean. Perhaps her favorite time to view the results of her inspiration is in the early fall. That is when the knee-high clumps of muhly grass that edge the dropseed ocean send up fuchsia blossoms that appear as hot-pink ocean spray alongside the gray-green “water.” “It’s the prettiest thing I have ever seen,” she says of her vision. See www.stlouishomesmag.com for resources. STLOUISHOMESMAG.COM SEPTEMBER 2015

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Trees for Trimming

An ancient Japanese practice, bonsai is the form of growing miniature trees in containers, then carefully and meticulously trimming and grooming into art. A variety of trees can be used to create bonsai, which is a calming hobby for many garden enthusiasts. We asked local landscapers to share their favorite tree for bonsai. BY MELISSA MAUZY

Japanese Maples

Japanese Garden Juniper

“Japanese Maples make exceptional and hardy bonsai trees. A small tree will grow just like the larger version. These graceful trees come in a wide variety of leaf colors and shapes and array of textures and colors of wood and branches. Although some varieties are more suited for bonsai, most adapt easily to small containers. Japanese Maples are meant to be outdoors and are best kept on a patio or in a garden area.” Jim Graeler, Chesterfield alley Nursery.

“The Japanese Garden Procumbens Nana Juniper is very easy to work with in bonsai. This plant will provide a wind-swept, open appearance and requires only occasional root and foliage pruning. It lives well inside or outside in moderate to bright sunlight.” David Sherwood, Sherwood’s Forest.

Kurume & Satsuki Azaleas

Boxwood

“Anyone can easily create a graceful bonsai with an azalea. They will bloom beautifully, and since they are shade lovers they tolerate indoor, low-light conditions. A number of varied azalea species may be used, but the Kurume and Satsuki hybrids make the best bonsais.” Ann Lapides, Sugar Creek Gardens.

“My bonsai experience dates back to my Mizzou years, where I was introduced to the art by a personal mentor of mine, Lee Snyder.  We used to practice with Boxwood varieties, which were very forgiving and inexpensive to start.  You can get great results immediately, but the best specimens take time and patience. Some of Lee’s pieces were passed down from his father.” Eric Ringhofer, Green Guys.

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

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

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Gladney Rose Garden.

Rose Gardens BY HOLLY BERTHOLD PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF MISSOURI BOTANICAL GARDEN

Roses always have been special to the Missouri Botanical Garden. When first establishing the Missouri Botanical Garden, founder Henry Shaw wrote a book in 1882 dedicated to the emblem of his native England, “The Rose.” He wrote, “Human art can neither colour nor describe so fair a fl wer.” [Its] beauty is composed of all that is exquisite and graceful.” Visitors to the Missouri Botanical Garden’s two rose-garden displays can feast their eyes on hundreds of individual plants encompassing many different varieties. The garden's collection contains roses known for their hardiness and disease resistance in the St. Louis region. The Gladney Rose Garden has been in existence since 1917, when it housed many old garden roses. Shaped like a giant wheel, this garden displays hundreds of hybrid roses. Many climbing-rose varieties are featured on the formal fence and arbors that enclose it. Peak display lasts

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from early summer through autumn. The Anne and John Lehmann Rose Garden, established in 1976, has been called the more romantic of the two gardens, with a mix of floribundas, shrub roses and other classification . It is less formal than the Gladney Rose Garden and contains hundreds of roses representing many different varieties. The Lehmann Rose Garden also mixes the delight of aromatic fl wering plants and water. The Shapleigh Fountain is set in a circular brick plaza 50 feet in diameter with three curtains of water that rise and fall. It also features the Lehmann Gazebo with a fountain and pool, offering a shady respite during peak blooming time. Edging the first errace is the lovely Kercheval Pool, a low-bubbling fountain. A mix of species roses and perennials grow in this garden, showing how roses can be utilized among other plants. See www.stlouishomesmag.com for resources.

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DESTINY MICHEL PINOT ALWAYS HAD THE FEELING THAT HE WAS DESTINED TO WORK WITH WINE.

BY LORRAINE RAGUSEO PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF QUINTESSENTIAL WINES

Despite not being born among the vines, this proud Frenchman had a long-held dream to take his love of wine to a whole new level. In 2000, after 30 years working for the retail giant Carrefour, Michel left to make something that looms large in his country’s culinary identity – and to be true to his own passion and surname. He bought 321 acres in the Vallee de l’Arc, in the heart of southern France’s Provence region in what is considered the most beautiful terroir in the countryside. A chateau dating back to the late 1800s is the centerpiece of this property, known as Chateau Ferry-Lacombe, which was owned and farmed by the Ferry family for nearly 380 years. From 136 acres of vines come Grenache, Syrah and Cinsault grapes for the rosé wines for which Provence is justifiably famou . Provence’s proximity to the French Rivera, long the playground of the beau monde (especially artists, writers, musicians and, starting in the 1920s, movie stars), gave the area its glamorous cachet. After World War II, the air of celebrity intensified with the founding of the Cannes

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Film Festival, bringing a new wave of the rich and famous to France’s south coast. Provence’s particular fame was cemented with the British author Peter Mayle’s books from the 1990s, as everyone yearned to spend an idyllic “Year In Provence.” This spotlight on the South of France helped propel Provence’s light-pink to salmon-colored wines to worldwide popularity. French rosé took on the personality of a sophisticated world traveler on holiday – it became the “red-ish” dry wine to drink chilled when the weather is warm and sunny, from the deck of your yacht anchored in the harbor at Nice or from the deck of the pool in your St. Louis back yard. Since 2010, Michel’s son Matthieu has been making Ferry-Lacombe’s wines from native French grapes, including the Nios Rosé – a blend of Grenache and Syrah – and Haedus, in which he adds some Cinsault to the Grenache/Syrah blend. The Mira Rosé comes from mixing Grenache and Cinsault. The labels have a modern, distinctively feminine touch that comes

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The Pinot family, owners of Ferry-Lacombe, in their Provence vineyards (left to right) Matthieu Pinot (Vitaculturalist and Technical Director), Alexandra Pinot (Marketing and Export Director) and Michel Pinot (Vigernon).

from Michel’s daughter Alexandra, who was a grocery buyer for a number of major French retailers before she joined the family winery a few years ago. She long has understood that the most attractive labels and packaging are what make food products, including wine, stand out on a retailer’s shelves. As they celebrate the winery’s 15th year, Michel and his children are bringing his dream, wrapped in light-pink deliciousness, to American rosé lovers. At the chateau, which Michel calls home, Mattheiu and Alexandra (who live about 15 minutes away), are often around the dining-room table, discussing some aspect of the winery’s operation or the logistics of bringing Ferry-Lacombe wines to the world. Naturally, there is always food and wine on the table, including such Provencal classics as ratatouille (the famed vegetable skillet dish with eggplant and zucchini as the main ingredients), bouillabaisse (the seafood stew created by fishe men in Marseille) and daube (the French version of beef stew). Rosé offers a refreshing complement to any of these dishes,

as well as most grilled meats, especially lamb, which is also abundant in Provence), and more exotic Asian and Middle Eastern cuisines. And, to add a decidedly American note to rosé/food pairings, French rosés are perfect to drink with Turkey-based dishes at Thanksgiving and other holidays, as well as when you’re eating any kind of turkey sandwich... hot, open-faced with gravy; as a grilled panini with provolone cheese, or cold, inside a ciabatta roll with cranberry sauce or mayonnaise. Though rosé wines are enjoyed year-round, there is something special about uncorking a bottle while the summer’s heat lingers into September. With a mache salad, authentic bouillabaisse and fresh French bread to sop up the liquid in the bottom of the bowl, you may feel like you’re actually eating on the patio of your own chateau in Provence. See www.stlouishomesmag.com for more info.

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BY MELISSA MAUZY PHOTOGRAPHY BY ANNE MATHEIS

Californian Condo When purchasing his condo in May 2014, Steve Toedebusch was surprised he chose the firs -floor unit in the Clayton high rise. After years of living in the Central West End, the Clayton location was convenient, and the building, built in the mid-1970s, featured 9-foot ceilings, great security and its own dog park where he could take his dog Edie. Even better, the condo serves as a pied-a-terre between St. Louis and his residence in Palm Springs. “This place is so convenient because I can close the door and not worry when I am away,” Toedebusch says. Before moving in, he renovated the master suite and living areas to better suit his lifestyle and fit his design sense. French doors were added to the entrance to the living room to help minimize noise from the hallway. New lighting fi tures were selected, a simple silver trim was painted around the ceiling, and bleached-white floo ing was added throughout the expansive living room. A large, open area, Toedebusch divided the living room into several smaller spaces that could function on their own while still being a part of the main room. Broken down into two seating areas, a dining space and a desk, the living room can serve as a backdrop for an intimate dinner party or a large cocktail party for 20. Painting the walls a cheerful, soft

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A touch of California flair mi es with traditional St. Louis style in designer Steve Toedebusch’s Clayton condo.

tangerine brings in a touch of California. Many of the furnishings found in the condo are a combination of pieces from Toedebusch’s previous St. Louis residence and his California place. “I have been acquiring antiques, furnishings and artwork for more than 30 years,” he says. In the main seating area, two Donghia chairs are covered in a soft mohair fabric. A floo -to-ceiling mirror centered on the south wall refle ts the opposing wall of mirrors and built-ins, which Toedebusch redid by adding white-wood shelves and updating the cabinetry. He added the custom built-in cabinets in the seating area to tie the spaces together and provide additional storage. Flanking the sides of the mirror are four paintings by artist Suzanne Caporael that Toedebusch previously had in his California residence. The contemporary pieces are a surprising complement to the traditional and antique furnishings throughout the condo. A quaint screened terrace is tucked just off the seating area. Intricate latticework provides both style and privacy when enjoying a cocktail or reading a book in the outdoor space. On the other side of the living room, a round dining table set for four can be expanded to seat up to 10. Guests can admire the Helen

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Frankenthaler piece, “Skyrider”, that hangs on the mirror. “With lots of wall space to fill, artwork played a big role in the design,” Toedebusch says. Much of the artwork in the condo was purchased at William Shearburn Gallery. Also on the north side of the living room is a second and smaller seating area, which includes a custom-made banquette created to specifically fit the space placed next to a Lucien Rollin Art Deco table. Most of the rugs in the condo are from Rugs by Saga, and a few even were selected before Toedebusch bought the place and knew where they would go. A stark contrast from the colorful living space, the master suite is neutral with black accents. Comfortable and soothing, Toedebusch used linen bedding and window treatments, as well as grasscloth on the walls. The headboard was custom made for the space. A Widdicomb étagère displays prized accessories. The location of the bathroom entrance was moved and space was taken from a walk-in closet to create a desk area and new bathroom entrance. Whether hosting a group for dinner or spending a few weeks at home in St. Louis before taking off to California, Steve Toedebusch’s Clayton condo is a personal collection of unique pieces acquired throughout decades in the industry. Mixing a cool touch of California

with traditional St. Louis design makes for one fabulous residence. See www.stlouishomesmag.com for resources

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From House to Home Tearing down one wall opened up a world of design possibilies in the CWE.

BY SHANNON CRAIG PHOTOGRAPHY BY ANNE MATHEIS STYLING BY ROBERT IDOL, IDOL DESIGN

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As far as the onset of great renovation stories go, it’s the opening line to end opening lines: “All we were going to do was knock out this one wall.” But then, it’s 5 p.m. on a beautiful summer afternoon, and you’re sitting with Susie Fandos before a reclaimed-wood wall treatment that’s tonality perfectly complements burnt-orange terra-cotta tiles and the Old World, European-inspired color palette of the now-open kitchen and exceptionally furnished dining room. And – amid all that glorious enterprise – only one thought comes to mind: Must have been one hell of a wall. Having only lived in the 2,700-square-foot space on Pershing Place since December of 2014, Susie and Chuck Fandos and their three children have completely transformed the 1979 Central West End townhouse into a townhome. “We made a vow that we would come back to the park, Forest Park,” Susie says of the family’s move from Webster after 25 years. “We looked at The Chase and we looked at 4545, we looked at other larger homes, but we really wanted to make life simple.” And giving up almost 1,000 square feet is a sure-fire way to keep to that credo. “Design-wise, we really wanted to make it functional,” Susie explains of the home’s structural changes, which were smart and limited. Following the removal of the one wall that started it all, the kitchen was outfit ed with pale-marble STLOUISHOMESMAG.COM SEPTEMBER 2015

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countertops and custom cabinetry. A superfluous entranceway to the hall from the kitchen was built out and blocked with a leaded cabinet, and a vast closet was built for storage and rigged with an old barn door on a rolling tread. From basement to loft, walls were freshly painted. Crown molding and base trim were added to substantiate the walls and provide some spatial dimension. “We knew we couldn’t make it [the townhouse] larger because we are confined by the footprint,” Susie says, illustrating the rectangular eight-home block with her hands. “But now it’s so comfortable. We made it so nice for all of us.” So comfortable and so nice that the space echoes the nature of the

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homeowners themselves. Susie is warm and inviting, familiar and fun. Walking around the Fandos' home is like navigating a family reunion with her as your guide – every piece of furniture has a story and every feature was designed with every member of the household in mind. “I had a lot of help with the renovation from family, friends and professionals Denise Fogarty, Denise Fogarty Interiors, Karen McNamee, Cottage Grove Designs and Stolarz Construction," she says. “It was a group effort for sure.” From the royal-blue dining room – insisted on by the Fandos’ daughters – grounded with a vintage round table and deep-bronze metallic ceiling, to the bright and open loft reserved for the men of the

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Balancing Act By fl wlessly blending a modern kitchen into their home’s existing form, two homeowners made space for a standout look that satisfies the tests of time and taste. BY JAMIE SIEBRASE PHOTOGRAPHY BY TOBY WEISS

When updating a hundred-year-old home in an idyllic neighborhood near Washington University, there are bound to be obstacles. “You don’t know what you’re getting into, and sometimes you’re pulling horsehair insulation out of walls,” explains Jill Worobec, certified designer with Mosby Building Arts. It’s a fun challenge, especially when working with clients like Worobec’s, one of whom was so psyched about the project that she took a sledgehammer and started the demolition herself! The biggest problem with the original kitchen was fl w: “It was choppy and almost U-shaped,” explains Worobec, adding that the existing layout “blocked everything up.” With Mosby project manager Jill Huckelberry and lead carpenter Greg Sievers, Worobec extended her canvas by moving walls and enlarging the entryway near the stairway for a spacious, eye-catching landing. “The idea was to retain the character of the century-old home while adding modern updates and state-of-the-art appliances,” says Worobec about the complexity in finishing a home chock full of history and personality. “We wanted something that fi with the house; something casual, and not too modern,” Worobec says. Inset white cabinets were the foundation for that balancing act. Worobec looked to the nearby butler’s pantry – a room holding a plate warmer original to the house! – and used its existing cabinets for design integration. Oil-rubbed bronze hardware stays true to the panty’s brass pulls. As a living finish, “the bronze will eventually show brass,” Worobec says; by pairing coppery hardware with stainless appliances, Worobec also achieved that en-vogue mixed-metal look. Kitchen cabinets run to the ceiling, and the uppermost row of glass sash doors enhances character, allotting for extra color when the homeowner displays collectibles. Another high-end detail is the recessed pocket door above the refrigerator that conceals a pivoting TV. You can’t see the new phone-regulated sound system, either, but it’s another modern touch that doesn’t compromise character.

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A full suite of Wolf and Sub-Zero appliances are set flush into the custom cabinetry. In fact, the refrigerator is stuck between those two windows. (“Where it’s situated,” Worobec reveals, “there’s no give whatsoever.”) One of Worobec’s biggest pet peeves is a cluttered counter. To preserve those honed blackgranite tops – custom made by Russo Stone and Tile Design – Worobec added an amply sized appliance garage. Now nothing detracts from the handmade 4-inch by 8-inch Winchester subway-tile backsplash. Imported from England and appropriately oversized given the room’s tall ceilings, each block pops past dark pewter grout. The floor fell away during construction, so Worobec brought inch-and-a-half thick hardwood from the dining room into the kitchen. When the Schoolhouse Electric & Supply Co. pendants are off, new Pella windows welcome in natural light. “My client has a great eye,” says Worobec. Take a look at those funky pink chairs in the breakfast nook – a thrifty score the craftier homeowner painted. You’ll see the whole family's spirit in the chalkboard column, a detail encouraging constant change and creativity. See www.stlouishomesmag.com for resources. STLOUISHOMESMAG.COM SEPTEMBER 2015

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BY BARBARA E. STEFÀNO PHOTOGRAPHY BY ALISE O’BRIEN

AN EYE (AND EAR) for Style

It took more than a good eye for designer Tom Manche to transform Marci and Ralph Damiano’s bedroom to a happy place. It also took a good ear. Known for traditional style, designer Tom Manche of Tom Manche Interiors in Clayton is still game for letting a client’s desires and individual tastes take him to new places. The key to ending up in a good spot is not just having a good eye, but in having his ears open too. “If I listen to them well, which is my job, I should be able to go out to a showroom and choose fabrics they like and choose furniture,” he says. “I’m not one to barge in and tell someone, ‘OK, I’m going to do this and this.’ My belief is that it’s my client’s house, and I need to do what my client wants me to do.” In the redesign of the bedroom in Marci and Ralph Damiano’s century-old St. Louis home, that meant preserving their bright, floor-length Moroccan window sheers and a vibrant Indian tapestry – a cherished wedding gift – both of which hung at the head of the bed in an otherwise neutral room. Manche, who previously had designed a bar room for the couple, first discussed colors with them, focusing on

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a window fabric that would complement the existing material. “I didn’t necessarily want it to be Moroccan, but it had to work with those sheers,” says Manche. He selected a fun floral with ladybugs and butterflies to create a short jabeau. “It didn’t force me to make those sheers more important.” However, the first elements of the room the Damianos saw during the redesign were the pale-blue walls and orange carpet that served as the groundwork to tie together all the other elements. “I wasn’t too sure about that at first” says Marci, “but we trust him. It’s kind of like we’re blind in a way, and he’s got the vision.” The Indian tapestry moved from the head of the bed to another wall, where its rich, warm hues would not be obscured by the sheers. Beneath it is a chaise lounge upholstered in a pale-green fabric featuring a pattern of white shore birds with bright-orange beaks. A second, rolled-arm bench upholstered in blue-dominant fabric sits at the foot

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of the bed. Orange decorative pillows sit atop both furnishings. Manche topped the couple’s large sleigh bed with two orange and two green decorative pillows, and book-ended it with matching green table lamps. Finally, he incorporated an Italian light fi ture the couple had had their eyes on, a nod to Ralph’s Italian roots. Out of place in the old color scheme, the floral-and white fi ture now fits right in with the playful colors and patterns that grace the space. “You walk in and it’s just happiness and whimsy,” says Marci. “It’s a nice place to hang out. I’m turning in early just to spend more time in there.” See www.stlouishomesmag.com for resources. STLOUISHOMESMAG.COM SEPTEMBER 2015

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BY JAMIE SIEBRASE

Fit For a Family The Butlers knew a thing or two about basement renovation; a decade ago they’d transformed their prior home’s cellar into an impressive entertainment complex. They were happy with the finished product, but hadn’t used the space as planned. “It was more for entertaining than living,” explains Kelly Butler. When she and Brian were ready to finish the lower level of their new turn-of-this-century home, they called on husband-wife duo Jeanne and Keith Liston of Liston Construction to take 3,350 unfinished square feet from wasted space to true multipurpose living for the family’s diverse needs. After gutting the existing basement, the Butlers went all out, installing a top-notch theater, family-friendly exercise center, sports complex, craft room and sitting parlor with wine service. For Brian, the Listons worked with Fusion Media Systems to create a full-fledged home theater requiring soundproof drywall, a rubber membrane and spray-foam insulation. “Brian has a very fine ear when it

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Forget the family room. For a well-rounded clan with broad interests, the only solution is a family level. comes to sound, and his goal was to have an acoustically perfect room,” explains Keith. The equipment alone is astonishing, and then there are the fabric-wrapped acoustical panels, a stunning – and functional – decorative element. Electric seats recline at the push of a button for laidback viewing of whatever’s playing on the 130-inch projector screen. The new basement wasn’t just for Dad. Everyone in the family exercises, and incorporating a simple lineup of free weights and cardio equipment atop half-inch-thick rubber gym floors made sense. Design-wise, though, the workout room – with its mirrored walls, flat screen TVs and under-counter fridge – pales in comparison to the sports court. “They pulled out all of the stops here,” says Keith, pointing to maple select gymnasium wood floo ing and a retractable batting cage. A pitching machine and giant net ride on cables; when nobody’s at bat, the Butler’s 13-year-old son can drag everything in for an open-concept

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space housing a gaming system. The Butler’s daughter just wrapped up a summer session at the Art Institute of Chicago; catering to her artistic inclinations, the family incorporated a space for uninhibited experimentation. “I’m a ‘don’t spill’ person,” admits Kelly. With painted concrete floo ing, her daughter doesn’t have to worry when paint splatters. The space is functional, true, but it hardly looks utilitarian, with custom cabinetry for stowing equipment and a stylish stainless-steel and glass backsplash with white subway accents. In the lower-level sitting room, parents can play alongside their kids. The alcove draws warmth from a masonry gas fireplace, an amber recycled-glass fi ture, stone walls, 5-inch birch plank floo ing and big timber beams by Missouri River Timber Company. (Psst: Those beams might look hand-hewn, but they’re hollow, making them flexible STLOUISHOMESMAG.COM SEPTEMBER 2015

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enough to take downstairs.) Built-ins give a custom and completed appearance, but they’re not just for looks– “In most lower levels you’re trying to fill space in a creative way because you have plumbing pipes from upstairs and offsets, et cetera,” Keith explains. Filling space in the adjacent wine cellar is more complicated: up to 1,000 bottles fit in the clear-coated sapele racks by Lamp Wine Cellars. Liston Construction installed the black serving cabinet as a convenient place for open bottles and glasses. The room’s high-end cooling unit rests atop a cork tiling floo , which the Butlers liked for its texture and interest. All together, the finished product is a thrilling lower-level rendition fit for a family. See www.stlouishomesmag.com for resources.

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Fine Furnishings

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LuLu Belles is a locally owned fabric store offering the best selection of fabrics, trims and wallpaper in the St. Louis area since 2005. Our local workrooms are noted for their superior craftsmanship. This traditional Club chair has been upholstered in an unexpected elephant fabric that can bring an element of whimsy to any room. Fabric and upholstery service available through LuLu Belles. 314-991-0020 www.lulubellesinc.com

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Introducing: Presley Chair from the Masters of Modern. Guaranteed to be a showstopper, the new Presley chair from Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams features a clean-lined classic design with distinctive oval metal tubing. Shown here in a new finish - polished black chrome - and upholstered in sumptuous anthracite-colored leather, Presley is exceptionally comfortable thanks to its loose seat and back cushions, highlighted with double-needle stitching. Also available in polished stainless steel tubing and in any of our fabrics and leathers. Looks great in pairs. As shown retail price: $3,570. 314-447-7005 www.mgbwhome.com.

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expressions furniture

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IS IT A CLASSIC OR IS IT A CRAZE For our September Before/After issue, we asked local designers and builders if high ceilings are here to stay. Here’s what they had to say.

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CLASSIC “Classic. I don't think 8-foot ceilings will ever be a craze again. I do believe 9-foot ceilings will continue to be classic, mainly considering budget. If the budget can warrant the 10-foot to 12-foot ceiling, I feel they will always be the choice.” Pamela Calvert, Creative Director, ASID. “High ceilings are classic, be it a century home or one built in the 21st century. With ceilings becoming an integral piece of real estate in our homes, we are using them as a focal point. The more you have to work with, the more options we have for enhancements. People are also larger today and requesting bigger living spaces. So I don't think they will go away anytime soon!” Joni Spear, Joni Spear Interior Design. “Ten-foot ceilings are classic as they are, in my opinion, essential to the architectural detail and interior design of many spaces. A 10-foot ceiling will allow for beam work, large windows, a chandelier, etc. Beyond 10 feet, though, and the interior architecture needs to be specifically designed for a space that is unique to the home so that the height doesn't become overwhelming nor a craze.” Amy Studebaker, Amy Studebaker Design. “I’d call it a classic, if used properly.  We see the thoughtful and limited use of 9-foot, 10-foot and 12-plus-foot ceilings to create drama and impact in most of our new-home designs.  Certain rooms have the ceilings popped up (or down), depending upon the client’s desire. Tall ceilings everywhere actually can take away from creating spaces that are more intimate, again depending upon the wants/needs of the client.” Jeff Bogard, R.E.A. Homes.

“Classic. As you advance into any home with tall ceilings, new or old, the space feels grand. Tall ceilings make an enormous difference in regard to design. Lighting plays a huge role in the ambience of any given space, and the options are greater when you have taller ceiling heights to work with. Another benefit is the capability of adding beams, insets, decorative moldings, taller crown, etc. to a room. Tall ceilings aren't a passing craze or fad; they are a classic, lasting impression to any room.” Rauchel Koehnemann, KBuild Design. “I personally think the taller ceiling heights are a classic for several reasons. Not only do they remove that closed-in feeling you have when walking into an 8-foot tall room, but they also provide more opportunity for better day lighting. As long as the house is designed properly in regards to HVAC, the additional height should not add much cost, if any, for heating and cooling. Architect Jeff Day designed some pretty cool windows in my personal house that I am moving into right now, and without the 10-foot ceilings, they would not have been an option.” Nathan Verning, Oasis Homes USA. “Many families today prefer an open floor plan in their homes. A higher ceiling complements that space and creates a wonderful room for spacious entertaining or just hanging out. In addition, a beautiful light can be placed above as a creative focal point in the room. Higher ceilings not only add interest to a room, but will be around for quite a while.” Laureen Wilder, Laureen Wilder Designs.

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

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September 2015  

September issue. Before and after projects. Garden of the Year.

September 2015  

September issue. Before and after projects. Garden of the Year.