September 2017

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FEATURES 32 A BLANK CANVAS Two art enthusiasts let their colorful collection shine in their CWE condo.


Although constrained by local codes, K-Build expanded the owners’ vision and totally revitalized their home.

46 ON THE COVER PAGE 32 PHOTOGRAPHY BY ANNE MATHIS As avid entertainers, the homeowners loved how open the layout was, but they also wanted to distinguish each space.

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Homeowners and their trusted property manager infuse their passion for gardening into this spectacular Ladue estate and St. Louis Homes & Lifestyles 2017 Garden of the Year.

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Garden of the Year page 46

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Photography by Colin Miller/Strauss Peyton

I love soaking up all the beauty in Strauss Peyton's garden!

There must be some kind of magic spell embedded in before-and-after photographs because they make you do things you hadn't even thought of before! Could it be a mystical spell that the only way you can break it is to get inspired and undertake a home-improvement project even if it's just cleaning up your garage? I think so. As a consequence of proofreading this issue, I tidied up our entire garage! It was quite a mess. A small project, yes, but still a project. The inspiration came out of nowhere! The best before-and-after project photos are possibly the ones that have undergone an extreme makeover. Whether it's updating a kitchen (page 76, page 80), installing a landscape (page 70) or knocking down existing walls (page 82), the cosmetic makeover alone results in a dramatic transformation. While there may be some inconveniences tackling a remodeling project of any size, the "after" is almost always worth it. Depending on the scope of your renovation project, you may have to move out of your home or into the lower level during the construction phase. But what if you were downsizing to a new residence and starting over with just your clothes and a mattress? Could YOU sell your suburban home and everything in it and move into a high-rise condo in the Central West End? A couple from Des Peres did just that. When Carol Temple of Pizazz 2 Interiors reconnected with her former clients and learned of their impending lifestyle change, she quickly gathered her team and began a white-box transformation for her adventuresome and art-loving clients (page 32-39). Naturally, it all came together beautifully and the delighted homeowners couldn't be happier in their new urban vibe. Ten-plus acres, formal boxwood enclosed terraces, a cutting garden and a putting green are just a few of the highlights of the St. Louis Homes & Lifestyles 2017 Garden of the Year. The homeowners of this sprawling estate and their property manager, John Bontrader, embarked on the estate's ground renovation in 2012, which included the addition of 35 large planters and 42 window boxes! Stroll through (pages 46-55) to take it all in. I hope you catch the inspiration bug after reading this issue and begin planning your next makeover. It's all fun, even if your project is as unexciting as organizing the garage! Enjoy! Suzie Osterloh Publisher/Owner



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Celebrating 20 years PUBLISHER/OWNER: Suzie Osterloh MANAGING EDITOR: Melissa Mauzy ART DIRECTOR: Kim Dillon COPY EDITOR: Carol Wayne CONTRIBUTING WRITERS: Tyler Bierman, Lucyann Boston, Shannon Craig, Lorraine Raguseo, Jamie Siebrase, Barbara E. Stefàno, Barb Wilson CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS: Erica Karleskint, Anne Matheis, Colin Miller/Strauss Peyton BRAND MANAGER: Allison Jostrand SENIOR ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE: Marla Cockrell-Donato ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE: Colleen Poelker DISTRIBUTION MASTER: Barney Osterloh ADVERTISING INQUIRIES: EDITORIAL INQUIRIES: FOR SUBSCRIPTION INFORMATION: Call 636-230-9640 ext. 27 Visit St. Louis Homes & Lifestyles Magazine 255 Lamp & Lantern Village Town & Country, MO 63017 (636) 230-9700 ©2017 by Distinctive Lifestyles, LLC. All rights reserved. Permission to reprint or quote excerpts granted by written request only. Printed in U.S.A.

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1. Stool from antique scaffolding, large wooden tray, red-and-white stripe napkin, set of three bottles, galvanized handle tray, magnolia leaf in white and cotton stems, available at Fleur De Chic. 2. Dishware, available at The White Rabbit. 3. Galvanized candlesticks, available at Markeplace at the Abbey. 4. Galvanized cubby, available at Marketplace at the Abbey.







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5. 5. Farmhouse sideboard, available at The White Rabbit. 6. X-base table with zinc top, by Noir Furniture, available at Design & Detail. 7. Vintage French farmhouse double pendant, available at Restoration Hardware.

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FUNKY FORMS Think beyond the circle, square and rectangle for your next table purchase. Geometric-shaped tables, like diamonds, hexagons and triangles, add visual interest while also serving a purpose. By Melissa Mauzy


1. Ultra triangle accent table, by Jonathan Adler, available at Savvy Surrounding Style. 2. Davion Stool, available at Ethan Allen. 3. Matte geo accent table, available at Ethan Allen. 4. Jasmine triangular nesting tables, available at Rusted Chandelier. 5. Honey bunch bunching tables, by Highland House Furniture, available at Design & Detail.

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6. Geo hex coffee table, available at West Elm. 7. Beaufort center hall table, by Highland House Furniture, available at Design & Detail. 8. Cassair end table, available at Amini’s. 9. Heliodor accent table, by Baker, available at KDR Designer Showrooms. 10. Braga coffee table, by Taracea, available at KDR Designer Showrooms.



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Chris Passiglia, owner of Passiglia’s Nursery, gives his tips for designing a luscious landscape. Edited by Melissa Mauzy

Photography by Colin Miller/Strauss Peyton

Family owned and operated since 1950, Passiglia’s Nursery features a large selection of high quality plants. SLHL: What makes a good garden? Chris: A good garden starts with factoring in the site’s light and soil conditions. From there, building with a variety of evergreen, blooming and interest plants. It is important to have contrast and variety while keeping continuity. SLHL: What are some garden or design challenges that are unique to St. Louis? Chris: St. Louis weather can play a tricky role in gardening. Our mild winters, yet sometimes-harsh winters, as well as hot summers can be hard on plants. Also, deer and other wildlife always keep landscaping interesting. SLHL: Are there any plants you feel a garden isn't complete without? Chris: Each garden is tailored to the clients’ unique requirements, and we create designs in a variety of styles. Gardens such as a perennial garden may just have one type of plant, namely perennials. However, it is best to keep a mix of plants in your garden. This way you will have winter color with evergreens, spring or summer bloom color with shrubs or perennials and also fall leaf color. SLHL: How do you alter a design for the level of maintenance a homeowner wants to do? Chris: It is important to remember there is no such thing as a maintenance-free garden. We listen to the client’s needs and tailor the design to meet their maintenance requirements. To reduce the


maintenance, plants that require minimal trimming can be used. Also decorative gravel can be used instead of mulch. Decorative boulders or other hardscape can also be used in lieu of other plantings. SLHL: Does the style of garden need to fit with the architectural style of the home? Chris: When possible, it is best to tie in the architectural style of the front of the home with the landscape. This gives your home style continuity. Often times in the back of the home, if other architectural features do not exist, a different gardening style can be used. SLHL: What is the biggest mistake people make in their landscape? Chris: The biggest mistake we see again and again are large trees planted too close to the house foundation, driveway, patio or other structure. These trees end up being removed just as they mature because they become a nuisance. Large roots begin to heave up the sidewalks, driveways and patio. We see this often with maple and birch trees. It is sad and costly to remove trees and best to plant them responsibly. SLHL: What is trending now? Chris: Adding hardscape elements to your garden is popular right now. This could include columns, seat walls, patios, fi e pits and more. Clients want a way to enjoy the outdoors.


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AND FUTURES Anew Nature founder Robert Karleskint designs modern furniture and teaches ex-cons trade skills.

By Tyler Bierman

Photography by Colin Miller/Strauss Peyton

ong before Robert Karleskint ran his own business, he was just a young man with a masonry background, a desire to help out in his community and an admittedly limited perspective on cultural differences. He volunteered with the local non-profit Mission: St. Louis for fi e years teaching people to do home repair on underprivileged families' homes. Karleskint did that until the opportunities in that area dried up, but he found a way to continue doing what he loved with a bit of a twist. That's when Karleskint founded Anew Nature, a for-profit furniture company with the mission to get felons back into the workforce by teaching them high-demand trade skills. Why be a for-profit company? As Karleskint puts it, “Many of my friends either work with non-profits


or own them, and I can imagine there being a temptation to push a lot of guys through to be eligible for a grant and that's not something I want to do. I would literally rather have one guy go through my program in a year and get a job than do that and waste their time.“ However, the real question to ask is why and how they work with these interns? The “why” is simply because it's needed, not just for the young men and women that are trying to get their careers started, but also for the local construction industry that always needs more quality employees. The “how” is a little more complicated, but can be wrapped in a bow with their RISE collection. This collection is full of modern designs and was specifically developed with trade skills in mind. In fact, Karleskint went directly to construction and trade companies to find out exactly


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Photography by Erica Karleskint.

Photography by Erica Karleskint.

the type of skills they were looking for and built the collection around that. He goes into detail saying, “The RISE collection is a product of creative problem-solving. It's simple and beautiful, but the production requires you to learn to cut, bend and weld steel and that's just on the legs. We go to the wood mill and select a tree, so the guys learn about arborism. They get to operate the wood mills, so they work heavy machinery. We slab the tree, we dry it, we work with inventory and packing. Plus after it's dried it has to be leveled and sanded and spray-finishe . So, on these simple little end tables, there are more than 11 different jobs out there that hire for these skills.” Anew Nature is community-focused and has already put many of their interns into new careers, but what Karleskint finds most rewarding is the connections he makes with his interns. You can see the passion

in his eyes as he explains, “I'm still in awe that I am where I am. I had maybe two conversations with African American people by the time I was 22. I had a tiny, little world view. I worked for super-wealthy people, and then I moved to Germany. So, you take the fact that most of my interns are minorities and have criminal backgrounds and add it to the fact that I've built genuine sustaining friendships with them is very personally rewarding to me. That's the thing that keeps me going when it gets hard.“ Anew Nature also does incredible custom work. So, whether you're wondering how to get your hands on one of Anew Nature's unique tables or how you can get involved with Karleskint's program, you can find out more on their website at See for more photos and resources. STLOUISHOMESMAG.COM SEPTEMBER 2017

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For Executive Chef Alex Hayworth of YaYa’s Euro Bistro in Chesterfiel , a huge part of ensuring the quality of the food on his menu is ensuring the quality of the ingredients. That means selecting the best of what’s fresh and readily available regionally. But local doesn’t mean “shortcut.” Hayworth also pays visits to producers all over the region and beyond to learn more about how his product is raised or harvested. It’s all part of how the chef creates vibrant Mediterranean fare that’s “Americanized” with components that are familiar and comforting. “I like to go to these farms and talk to the farmers and see how everything’s raised, to see that everything’s clean and the animals are well cared for,” he says. “Animals that are cared for thrive, and that keeps the prices down.” Hayworth has worked hard to build relationships with seafood purveyors all over the country as well to keep the freshest catch coming every day. “[We] know what day it was caught, and was it a three-day trip or a fi e-day trip? Was it caught on the first day or the last day? We keep track of these things; we talk to the guys on the boat to see what they have,” adds Assistant General Manager and Sommelier Scott Winn. “They get it from the boat to St. Louis, no stops in between, so when it gets here it’s less than 24 hours out of the water.”


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

Chef Alex Hayworth focuses on fresh and local at YaYa’s Euro Bistro, proving some “Americanization” of European fare is a great thing.

YaYa’s salmon exemplifies all this: fresh-caught, carefully broken down, served with housemade stock, Moroccan gastrique, farro and a side of not-as-exotic local spinach sautéed in butter. Even something as seemingly straightforward as chicken and potatoes gets extra care and attention. One of Winn’s favorites on the menu is the pan-seared half chicken (from Benne’s Chicken Farm) with Yukon potatoes, that are peeled, boiled and cooled, broken down and then fried so they’re crispy on the outside and soft inside. “It’s a wow dish,” he says. “I feel good about serving this food,” says Winn. “It’s great to feel passionate about what you’re doing.” And, just like that eponymous grandmother, Scott makes guests feel at home, too, with interactive wine dinners that let educated consumers test their taste buds: A David vs. Goliath Wine Challenge Dinner on October 20 pits world-famous wines against lesser-known wines from mom-and-pop wineries. Diners must take their best guess about who the “giant” is in each match-up. On November 7, area sommeliers compete to see who reigns supreme in YaYa’s Iron Sommelier competition. Ten food courses are served with eight wine pairings with dinner guests picking the best pairings. Call the bistro at 636-537-9991 for reservations. See for more information.


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COOKING SCHOOL WHERE: Ferguson Bath, Kitchen and Lighting Gallery 17895 Chesterfield Ai port Road, Chesterfiel , MO 63005

Try three of Chef Alex Hayworth’s finest dishes at the Cooking School on Tuesday, Sept. 12, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Ferguson Bath, Kitchen and Lighting Gallery. The chef will demonstrate three dishes from the YaYa’s Euro Bistro menu:

WHEN: Tuesday, September 12, 6:30-8:30 p.m. COST: $35 per person




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Wood-Fired Prosciutto Pizza: Sweet and savory, tarte and yeasty—this pizza hits all the right notes with apples, prosciutto, and mozzarella, provolone and blue cheese layered over apple-pear jam. Once the pizza comes out of the oven, Chef Hayworth tops the warm pie with local honey, whole grain mustard, and micro arugula. Wine pairing: Chateau Ferry LaCombe Mira Rosé Flat Iron Steak: Marinated in herbs, the flat iron steak takes on fl vor and tenderness. The chef serves it on sweet corn and roasted red pepper with chili butter on the side. Wine pairing: Ironstone Reserve Old Vines Zinfandel Hickory Grilled Salmon: Moroccan spices go perfectly with this fresh salmon. “We use turmeric, ginger and other Middle Eastern fl vors so you get the fl vor of Middle East without it being overwhelming,” Chef Hayworth says. The spices are integrated into a warm gastrique that finishes the dish; butter-sautéed spinach and farro are served on the side. Wine pairing: Paza Cilleiro Albarino STLOUISHOMESMAG.COM SEPTEMBER 2017

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Not the

“USUAL SUSPECTS” By Lorraine Raguseo

Photography courtesy of Quintessential Wines

EXPLORE LESSER-KNOWN ALTERNATIVES TO WELL-KNOWN GRAPE VARIETIES. You’d be hard-pressed to find any item of food or drink that has more variety than wine. Just look at the number of different labels found on a large retailer’s shelf, and then think of all those wines that never get to those shelves, that are sold only in their own countries, regions or even only at their own wineries. I recently read that there are over 10,000 different grape varieties grown on every continent, except Antarctica! With such enormous choices, it makes no sense to limit oneself to only a handful of grapes that even the most-casual wine drinker knows. There are quite a few lesser-known alternatives to well-known grape varieties that would normally be paired with dishes most people eat regularly, and these wines can be found for sale in the St. Louis area. Chef Alex Hayworth of YaYa’s Euro Bistro in Chesterfield will be demonstrating to an audience of eager home cooks how to prepare some of the dishes that please guests of this eclectic restaurant, and the wine choices that will accompany them are surprising. His version of wood-fi ed prosciutto pizza starts with in-house dough on which thinly shaved prosciutto is layered over apple-pear jam, slices of locally-made mozzarella, provolone, blue cheese and apple slices. When this sweet and salty pizza comes out of the restaurant’s wood-fi ed oven, it’s topped with local honey, whole grain mustard and locally-sourced micro arugula. While many people would think pizza, with a meat like prosciutto and the cheeses, should be accompanied by an Italian red wine, the sweetness from the jam, apples and honey actually calls out for a wine that has the fruit characteristics that balance the salt, the acidity to stand up to the richness of the cheese and the meat, and some citric notes that will keep the sweetness in check. Maybe the most popular non-white wine of summer – Rosé.



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You can find many Rosés on the market today made from many different grapes and coming from as different parts of the world as Spain and South Africa. Purists believe, however, that the only real Rosé comes from where the blush-colored wine was first produced, in Provence, France, and it must be made with the French grape, Grenache. Chateau Ferry Lacombe’s Mira Rosé, from a small, family-owned winery in the heart of Provence, is a textbook example of the way French Rosé should look and taste. It is soft pink-rose in color, with strong red berry aromas and a palate of red berry fl vors that move into citrus characteristics, fresh and minerally. It’s ideal for the toppings on this pizza. With a grilled flat iron steak that is marinated in herb oil and garnished with chili butter, grilled scallions and Fresno chilies, the wine one might instinctively think to pour is a California Cab. That would be a good choice, but maybe a bottle of one of the few Native American varietals, the bold and spicy Zinfandel, will bring different fl vor notes from the dish to the forefront and be an even better partner than the Cab for the heat those chilies will surely provide. Ironstone’s Reserve Old Vines Zinfandel, coming from a family of long-time grape-growers in California’s Lodi appellation, is made with grapes from Zin vines as old as 80 years. The plushness those grapes impart, as well as flavors of ripe blackberries, pepper and chocolate, are tailor-made for this fl vor-filled version of grilled steak, especially when served over sautéed late-summer corn and roasted red peppers. White wine with fish is always a safe bet, but the wine does not always have to be the two most popular on the market – Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc. Especially when the fish being served is salmon, seasoned with such aromatic Moroccan spices as coriander, cinnamon, cumin, turmeric and smoked paprika and then grilled over hickory wood. Add to this a little syrup-like sauce made from reducing sugar and white balsamic vinegar and fresh lemon juice, and you have quite the explosion of contrasting tastes in your mouth. The wine to accompany this fl vor cacophony has to be clean, crisp and minerally, while also releasing aromatics such as white fruit (peach and apple), white flowers, citrus and even almond. From the above description, grapes from Germany, Austria or the Alsace region of France (especially Gewürztraminer and Riesling) might first spring to mind, but a surprise choice comes from a country much better known for its red grapes – sunny Spain. Sunny, that is except for the part along the Atlantic Coast that borders Portugal and is known as Rias Baixas, within Spain’s Galicia region. It is here that Spain’s best-known white grape, Albarino, is grown, in a much wetter part of the country that also sees quite a bit of fog from the ocean. The cool, but temperate climate, the granite soil and the hint of saline that the fog leaves behind all combine to give this grape the exact fl vor profile described above. A label to look for is Pazo Cilleiro, a winery that assures the grapes’ natural acidity by not undergoing malolactic fermentation, as many other Albarinos do. Its marriage of concentrated fruit and acidity accentuate and complement the myriad fl vors of this salmon preparation. French Grenache (as Rosé), American Zinfandel and Spanish Albarino… not the “usual suspects” among grapes, but fine choices for familiar foods. See for more information.


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COLORFUL COLLECTION shine in their CWE condo.

By Melissa Mauzy Photography by Anne Matheis

ownsizing from a large home to a three-bedroom condo is a big change for anyone, but imagine making the move with virtually no furnishings or accessories for your new place. Three years ago, this adventurous couple did just that when they sold their former residence complete with all of their belongings. We’re talking furniture, artwork, books, etc. “We basically just brought our mattress and clothing, that was about it,” the husband laughs. Making the move from suburbia to the vibrant Central West End, the couple found a three-bedroom condo in the Park East Tower that was just coming up on the market. Drawn to the Central West End for its diversity, energy and ability to walk anywhere, the couple welcomed the lifestyle change. Plus, they have quickly realized the Park East Tower, which houses 89 units, has a great community and camaraderie among residents. Referring to their newly purchased unit as a white shell, and with the sale of all of their belongings, the couple truly was starting with a blank canvas. Their first call was to trusted interior designer Carol Temple of Pizazz 2 Interiors, who they worked with on their

Opposite page: Color and texture combine in the dining room with florals and accessories by The Rusted Chandelier and the expansive painting over the sideboard by Julie Malone from Houska Gallery. This page: The homeowners love the open layout of the main living area but still wanted to distinguish each space. The designer and homeowner worked with DC Strategies to add beams onto the ceiling to bring more efficient verhead lighting.


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Temple created the "slam dunk" place to look into Forest Park with cheerful orange chairs. The "Bird Keeper" statue by Kimberly Willcox was purchased at the Clayton Art Fair. Opposite page top: Minimal changes were made to the kitchen, but the island was covered in a variegated metallic overlay that complements the newly added backsplash tile. Bottom: The homeowners are strong supporters of local artisans, like this piece from Amy Shephard Morose titled "Forest Park Triptych."

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“We really love discovering new artists, and about 99 percent of the art in our home is from Missouri or Illinois,” previous residence. They knew Carol could transform the condo into a space bursting with color and personality while highlighting their impressive collection of local artwork. “There wasn’t much in the way of finishes or lighting when I first took a look at the unit,” Temple says. While natural light from the wall of windows was nice, the condo lacked efficient overhead lighting in the main living spaces. There were also several nooks and alcoves that the couple knew they could make better use to display their growing art collection. Temple collaborated with Bryan Crawford and Treasa Dolan of DC Strategies to address the renovations that needed to occur. Cement ceilings made it difficul to remedy the lighting issues, but DC Strategies came up with the idea of adding beams in the main living area. Not only do the beams create visual interest, but “they provide a place for lots of wiring to go, from the lighting to electronics,” Dolan explains. With the main issues being addressed, the focus shifted to making the condo feel like home. Temple chose understated colors for the walls and furnishings to let the art shine. “Showcasing the sleek, modern art was the main objective,” Temple says. Having to give up many pieces of art they were in love with in their previous residence, the homeowners knew they could find more art that they appreciated just as much. “We really love discovering new artists, and about 99 percent of the art in our home is from Missouri or Illinois,” the wife says. Stepping into the entry, you are immediately immersed in the living space… kitchen, dining room and great room. As avid entertainers, the homeowners loved how open the layout was, but they also wanted to distinguish each space. In the great room, the first thing on the design team's agenda was outfitting the niche with storage and shelving. A custom built-in by Centorbi is crafted from exotic woods and was designed with the couple's pieces of art in mind. “We had a solid plan before we built anything,” Dolan explains. “We did drawings that depicted all of the fine details.” Details like notches in the back of each shelf to let light come through, strategically placed shelving for specific art pieces and proper ventilation for media equipment stored in the console. Temple added simple mica wallpaper behind the built-in for a layer of texture. Furnishings in the great room were chosen for simplicity and comfort with seating including matching leather swivel chairs, a metal bench that can be used for extra seating without impeding the view and a Barbara Barry for Baker cove sofa that delineates the great room from the dining room. The couple’s art collection really shines in the dining room with several prominent pieces including a statue by Kimberly Willcox titled "Bird Keeper" purchased at the Clayton Art Fair, an expansive painting by Julie Malone from Houska Gallery over the built-in sideboard and pedestal piece by Michael Bauermeister. Perhaps the most conversational piece in the condo is the wall of windows with sweeping views of Forest Park and the city skyline. The homeowners have enjoyed watching the fi eworks from the VP Fair on 4th of July as well as the Balloon Races in Forest Park from the comfort of their condo with family and friends. A pair of bright orange chairs is the ideal STLOUISHOMESMAG.COM

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The rainbow of color's in artisan Michael Hoffman's painting above the sofa pop against the gray walls. Opposite page: Heavy furniture was selected for the outdoor deck to sustain the high winds associated with high-rise living. The custom-designed table by Marcella Marie Faux Bois is made of concrete manipulated to look like wood.

spot to catch a late summer sunset. “We needed a slam dunk place to look into the park,” Temple explains of her idea for the quaint seating area just off the dining oom table. To frame the picturesque view, Temple custom designed drapery panels that add a touch of softness. “We had to create a custom rod and position it in the right spot to hold the drapes where they needed to be to not impede the view,” she explains. Carol added her designer touch to the kitchen with the addition of a variegated metallic overlay placed on the front of the kitchen island, which picks up the copper and gold tones in the newly added backsplash tile.


Just off the kitchen is the homeowners' den. A sleek sectional and striking green recliner perfect for relaxing at the end of the day accentuate the existing slate floor and gray wall colors. An abstract by Michael Hoffman is the star in this cozy space. Sliding doors lead from the den to the covered outdoor patio, where the homeowners had to carefully choose furnishings heavy enough to sustain the winds and drafts that come with high-rise condo living. Looking for a change from the woven-look of their previous outdoor furniture, the homeowners settled on a sleeker, metal-framed sectional by Brown Jordan and purchased at KDR Designer Showrooms. A custom-designed table by Marcella Marie Faux Bois looks like wood,


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but is actually made of concrete for a sturdy surface. Drawing inspiration from the outdoors, the master bedroom walls are a shade of pale orchid, which complement the rich purple and orange tones in the accent pillows and chair. The upholstered bed frame and headboard were custom made by Ambiance, who Temple has worked with for more than 20 years. Temple designed the bedspread to drape over the couple’s pillows to give everything a neat, tucked look. “We didn’t want a lot of throw pillows to hide the bed,” the homeowner explains. Changes to the master bath were cosmetic as the shower STLOUISHOMESMAG.COM

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The couples' dog Sydney enjoys views of the city from the custom-made upholstered bed frame. Temple added accent pops of orange and purple.

doors and faucets were replaced for more updated fixtures. The black-and-white freestanding pedestal tub makes a splash in the bath. It is the perfect place to enjoy the city views while soaking. On the other end of the condo are two guest rooms the couple uses for home offices. Each includes a custom-built murphy bed to accommodate out-of-town guests. Now in their home for three years, the homeowners couldn’t be happier with their decision to downsize and move to the city. While at times hard to envision how the space would come together without seeing the selections they were making during renovations, the husband says, “ We were willing to trust the process, and it was interesting to see it all come together in the end.” For Temple, she knew her job was complete when she could look around the condo and, although different than the previous home, say it still feels like her warm, colorful, art-loving clients. See for resources and additional photos.


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THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX Although constrained by local codes, K-Build expanded the owners’ vision and totally revitalized their home. By Barb Wilson Photography by Anne Matheis



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The homeowner collaborated with Kirkwood Stair & Millwork to design the main staircase, a graceful curve of red oak with decorative wrought-iron balusters.


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et among the trees in a quiet Town and Country neighborhood, the traditional two-story was a good fit for the family of fi e when purchased in 2001. There were four bedrooms upstairs, and the main-level floor plan was fairly innovative for a home built in 1979. Soon after moving in, the new owners made a few updates and added a pool, but decided to postpone major renovations for a more convenient time in the future. Life was full; the years went by; and in 2014, with their three sons now grown, the couple revived their plans for remodeling the kitchen and adding a great room for entertaining. A family member recommended K-Build, an award-winning local design/build company, for the project. And in the homeowners’ own words, “Things snowballed from there.” The end result was a stunning full-home renovation and a remarkable builder/client relationship that led to one rather surprising consequence. “Both owners were very involved in this project,” says Rauchel Kohnemann, who brought considerable experience in interior/ exterior/spatial design to K-Build when she and Josh married fi e years ago. Working with K-Build, the owners gradually realized that this was an opportunity to transform their entire home, making it more consistent with their newfound freedom as empty-nesters and equally suitable for “aging in place.” Local building codes, however, presented a major challenge. To comply with statutory easements, the new plan would have to stay within the basic frame of the house, which was essentially “boxed in” on three sides. Expansion to the rear was permissible, but limited by the already-installed swimming pool. Undaunted, K-Build responded with an ingenious design that achieved the owners’ objectives, while fitting into the allowable space as neatly as the pieces of a jigsaw puzzle. Preparing for construction, Frisella Nursery removed the existing trees and shrubs, which would be transplanted once the project was completed. The homeowners moved into an apartment for the duration, and the gut rehab began. Amazingly, the foundation-to-finish renovation took only eight months! “Josh is a creative thinker and a scheduling mastermind,” the owners agree – to which Rauchel adds, “A lot had to be worked through when it was right on top of us, but we managed. Ultimately, it is our K-Build crew and crew leaders who make it happen.” Energy efficie y was a priority for the homeowners, and K-Build oversaw the installation of all-new electrical, plumbing, and 4-zoned HVAC systems. The side-entry garage was expanded to accommodate four vehicles, and the entry foyer was raised to two stories, with lavish amounts of stone and an elegant mahogany door adding glamor to the elevation. Inside, the stairway to the upper level presented another code issue, and the wife joined forces with Kirkwood Stair to design the graceful curved staircase in wrought iron and oak. Upstairs, the bedrooms were enlarged, creating a loft and converting the four bedrooms to three, one of which serves as a home offic for the husband, an account manager for a biotech company. On the main level, the activity spaces were completely rearranged. Walls were removed, the headers lifted to eight feet, and wide-plank French oak floo ing laid.

Top: Originally the step-down family room, the master bedroom has an exquisite fi eplace surrounded in split-face limestone. On either side, former storage cabinets were converted into additional closet space. Bottom: Custom-edged quartz tops the master bath cabinetry, finished in a brushed cocoa/gray glaze. Opposite page: Highlights of the newly-added great room include Craftsman-styled windows, K-Build’s trademark “waffle” ceiling, and the stacked-stone fi eplace, positioned off center and flan ed by a custom, granite-faced display unit from Russo Stone and Tile Design.



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A 6-foot casual dining island separates the open kitchen area from the great room, and the massive, traditionally embellished work island incorporates a GE induction cooktop. Both islands are richly appointed in Oyster Bay granite and stained maple with a brushed glaze.

Opening the exterior rear wall, a steel beam was installed to provide structural support for addition of the new two-story great room and upper-level loft. Lined by floo -to-ceiling, Craftsman-styled windows, the great room is defini ely the home’s showpiece. A K-Build trademark, the coffered “waffle” ceiling soars to 18 feet, and K-Build went a step further in this case, adding oak inserts for contrast. K-Build's interior design emphasized texture, using various materials and finishes to transition smoothly from one space to another. After vigorous discussion (won by the ladies), the great room’s stacked limestone fi eplace was positioned off center and flan ed by a built-in, custom-designed display unit, faced in gleaming granite that matches the hearth and wraps around the corner leading to the kitchen. Further linking the elements, the mantel and backdrop for the flat screen TV are oak, and overhead, the loft’s fi eplace is also stacked limestone, with a wrought-iron railing identical to the foyer staircase. In the wet bar, Omega cabinetry from Henry Kitchen & Bath is fin shed in a creamy brushed glaze and accented with leaded glass, Oyster Bay granite countertops and a glass tile backsplash. The transitional theme is carried through into the kitchen – a voluminous space designed by Sue McCann from Henry Kitchen & Bath and filled by two large custom islands with bases in brush-glazed stained maple, flu ed embellishments and Oyster Bay granite surfaces. The casual dining island defines the kitchen area and, nearly 11 feet in length, the work island includes the sink and an induction cooktop. Completing the décor are stainless GE Monogram appliances, a beautifully detailed custom range hood, stainless cabinet pulls, and pendant lighting. Extending from the kitchen, the wife’s open offic


offers lovely views of the pool area, and at the front of the home, the formal dining room was retained but reduced in size, consistent with today’s more casual lifestyle. In the opposing wing, another dramatic change was made to the floor plan, converting the original step-down family room into a sumptuous main-floor master suite. Soft gray walls and cut-and-loop carpeting in a textured geometric pattern lend warmth and intimacy to the bedroom, and the fi eplace is surrounded by smooth, split-face limestone, with a quartz hearth. On either side of the fireplace, what had been cabinets were expanded into closets, adding still more storage space to the room-size walk-in closet opposite the luxurious master bath. Resembling polished concrete, the bath’s porcelain floor tiles are complemented by quartz-topped cabinets in a brushed cocoa/gray glaze, and the spacious, glass-enclosed steam shower is equipped with a bench seat and three showerheads – one fi ed, an overhead rain shower and a hand-held rain shower. Brilliantly designed, this extraordinary residence is proof of K-Build’s commitment to “quality, superior craftsmanship, and attentive client communication.” Now completely revitalized, the home is everything its owners could have hoped for – and more! Oh, that “surprising consequence” referred to earlier? Formerly an elementary school teacher, the wife so thoroughly enjoyed collaborating in the creative process that she was lured back into the workforce and now does cabinetry design for a local remodeling firm. See for resources and additional photos.


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Sue McCann of Henry Kitchen &Bath designed the kitchen layout, patiently modifying the plans as the wife came up with new ideas. The finished product includes beautifully detailed cabinetry with stainless pulls, a 4-burner GE Monogram range with griddle and grill, and an elegant custom range hood.


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Homeowners and their trusted property manager infuse their passion for gardening into this spectacular Ladue estate and St. Louis Homes & Lifestyles 2017 Garden of the Year. uzie and Dave Spence knew when they purchased their Ladue home and the nearly 11 acres surrounding it in 2010, they were buying a piece of St. Louis architectural history. They also felt a keen sense of responsibility. Created by famed St. Louis architects Raymond E. Maritz and W. Ridgley Young for the Bakewell family, the cottage on the estate dated from 1934 and the main house from 1936. They were two of well over 100 Maritz and Young homes built in the most affluen areas of St. Louis during the first half of the last century. In 1985, the home became the property of wealth management executive, art collector and vineyard owner Don Bryant and his then-wife Barbara. The Bryants tripled the size of the main, French Chateau-style residence, added formal, boxwood enclosed-terraces, a cutting garden, a pool house, a putting green and a squash court. But as time went on they began to spend less and less time at their home in St. Louis. When the Spences bought the property, it had been on the market for two and a half years with the Bryants visiting only occasionally. For Suzie Spence, the opportunity to take the bones of the

garden that already existed and infuse it with her own passion for gardening was an amazing gift. Growing up in Warson Woods with a father who was an avid gardener and naturalist, Suzie was born with a gardening gene. “My father grew orchids and kept bees,” she says, recalling that she was an avid participant in the family gardening ventures, “I used to go with him to bee meetings at the St. Louis County Library. We did things together like building raised beds for growing mushrooms.” She had created gardens at her two previous St. Louis area homes, but this was gardening on a different scale. “It was such a beautiful estate,” she says. “The most important thing we received was the foundation we got from Barbara Bryant. It was our vision to bring it back to its original intent.” They began with a six-month renovation of the house, moving in in 2011. Then, they began to contemplate the gardens. There were multiple things to consider: Did they want to maintain the green and tee boxes or dig them out; what about the overall ecological health of the lake, which was overgrown with water-loving plants? The multitude of boxwood hedges needed rejuvenation; so did the cutting garden.

The historic Ladue estate, now owned by Suzie and Dave Spence, includes nearly 11 acres surrounding a French chateau-style residence initially designed by famed St. Louis architects Maritz and Young and now enhanced with 42 window boxes and 35 large planters. The property combines beautiful vistas, formal boxwood hedges enclosing masses of peonies and roses, a charming cutting and vegetable cottage garden and is a haven for wildlife.


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Built in 1934, the country cottage, now occupied by Dave Spence's mother, is surrounded by gardens and enhanced by a pergola, perfect for family alfresco lunches and dinners.

“We knew we were going to be here for a while,” Suzie explains. Because it was a mature garden, “we didn’t want to make rash decisions. Just as with the interior of your home, you need to live with things for a while before deciding what you want to keep or change.” Fortunately, for Suzie and Dave, the gardens came with a horticultural treasure that did not involve plants. In 2006, John Bontrager had been hired part-time by Don Bryant to help maintain the putting green and a variety of tee boxes on the property. With a joint degree in horticulture and golf course management, John was working for an area country club at the time of the Spences’ purchase, as well continuing to look after the putting green, the nearby lake and the tee boxes. Suzie and Dave quickly turned to John for his institutional knowledge of the property, his horticultural expertise and his answers to such basic questions as “How do we tackle this?” and “What are the most immediate needs?” “John used his education to help me know what would work on the property and make better decisions,” Suzie explains, including sending turf and lake samples off to the University of Missouri for analysis. John’s knowledge soon became so integral to the renovation of the estate, the Spences offered him — and he happily accepted — a job as the full-time property manager. The renovation of the grounds began in earnest in 2012 with the parking courtyard at the front of the house and went on to the boxwood hedges and terraces, the pool and pool house. Part of that renovation included the addition of 35 large planters and 42 window boxes. They went on to refurbish the cutting garden adjacent to the charming country cottage, where Dave Spence’s mother now lives. They also added vegetable and fruit gardens plus a chicken coop in the same area. A shade garden showcasing a variety of Japanese maples provides a lovely walk between the main house and the cottage. Suzie and Dave also considered the overall vistas on the 10-plus acres of rolling ground. “We spent a lot of time looking at the trees and the overall health of the trees. We had to STLOUISHOMESMAG.COM

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In the cottage garden boxwood hedges enclose garden spaces filled with lilies, roses and other perennials and annuals perfect for bouquets. The garden is also a wonderful haven for the abundant wildlife that calls this little piece of heaven home.

be selective in what we kept,” Suzie says, noting that the grounds contain numerous specimen dogwoods and magnolias. One of the things she particularly loves are the layers of trees that draw the eye through the property. When Suzie and John talk about their work on the gardens, their mutual respect, enthusiasm and easy working relationship is obvious. “I know someone who is on a ladder every two weeks to check the overall health of the plants in the window boxes," says Suzie, looking meaningfully at John. “We actually have extra pots and window boxes that are planted at the same time as the others so if we need to trade out a plant, there is one of the same size to add,” he explains. Each summer John plants experimental window boxes and pots looking at different plant combinations with the next year in mind. They are full of praise for Ferida Miskovic, who has since joined the team. “She came to the United States (in 1996) as a refugee speaking no English from a 300-acre farm in Bosnia at the age of 20; all of her talents she used there, she has brought here,” says Suzie. John and Ferida also have begun starting seeds and plugs in a hot house to produce the 2000 flats of plants that go into the landscape in the spring. To keep up with the gardens, Suzie and Dave try to walk the grounds each day, checking on current projects and planning for the future. “Each season we pick a new area to work on,” she explains, laughing that she and Dave get so involved in the creation of each new phase of the garden, “I really don’t want the project to be over.”


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The walk between the main house and the cottage features a path through a lovely shade garden filled with hostas, bottle brush buckeye, hydrangeas and a number of specimen Japanese maples.

She has some practical advice that works no matter how large or small a garden might be. “Sometimes gardening can seem very intimidating,” she says. “But there really is no right or wrong. It’s like decorating your home. If you like the way it looks, then nothing else matters.” It also is continual experimentation, she notes, explaining that she and John have a holding area for plants that don’t fit where they are and need a new home. Even with the best of help, there can be a crisis. “When we first renovated and planted the front courtyard, it didn’t get enough water. Then, we over-watered and almost lost the whole thing,” she recalls with a rueful laugh. With most crises behind them, Suzie and Dave are thrilled that the renovation of the grounds is far enough along that the family, that includes the Spences' four grown children, can begin sharing the estate with the community. In June, the garden was a part of the Missouri Botanical Garden public garden tour. The property also has been on the Nature Conservancy Garden Tour and the Midwest Boxwood Society tour. In addition the Spences have made their home and grounds available for numerous charitable events. Local school golf teams have used the tee boxes, sand trap and putting green for practice, and Suzie is making plans to make the vegetable garden, chicken coop and eventually the bee hives, complete with an observatory area, available to school groups. “We are blessed that we can do it,” Suzie affirms. See for resources and additional photos.


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FRAGRANT FLOWERS These budding beauties will perfume your garden and your home. By Melissa Mauzy

1. Eternal Fragrance Daphne. Not only does this plant offer fragrant interest, but because of the combination of medium dark-green leaves and bright-white fl wers, it brings great color contrast and a unique texture to any landscape. Andria Graeler, Chesterfield Valley Nursery. 2. Phenomenal Lavender. This tidy, mounding perennial requires little care due to its high tolerance for dryness and clay soils. This plant has the highest oil content of all lavenders and fl wer stems can be dried and used as decorative interior fragrance. Laura Caldie, Greenscape Gardens. 3.

The Moonglow Magnolia has an intoxicating sweet lemony fragrance that takes over every May and June. These semi-evergreen magnolias get pretty red seed heads and take a full-sun spot with medium to wet moisture. Sarah Riley, Bowood Farms.

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HOSTA HAVEN Check out the shady-loving plants in the Shields Hosta Walk and Garden. Edited by Melissa Mauzy Photography courtesy of Missouri Botanical Garden

Head to the Shields Hosta Walk and Garden at the Missouri Botanical Garden where visitors are greeted by a stone dedicating the Hosta Walk and Garden as a National Display Garden of the American Hosta Society. The Hosta Garden is located near the Zimmerman Sensory Garden, which hosts 10 wild species and more than 100 cultivars. Check out some of the cool-named hostas such as Whirlwind, Waiting in Vein, So Sweet and Baby Blue Eyes. Enjoy the green, blue, yellow and multi-colored foliage that thrive in shady areas. The eye-catching plants can be seen along with companion plants with interesting leaf textures and fl wers. Don’t forget to take a moment to enjoy the tree peonies - the classic flower dating before AD 700 - living amongst

the hosta collection. Garden-goers can also enjoy flowering bulbs, magnolia and witch hazel in the spring, astilbes and lilies in the summer, and dogwoods in the fall. The charming Four Seasons sculpture by Marie Carr Taylor featured among the hostas has become a Garden favorite since its installation in 1991. The curious-looking metallic monument in the same area is actually an antique British lead cistern dating to the era of Charles II (1660–1685). Hostas are low-maintenance foliage plants that bloom low to the ground, often in partially shaded areas. Pests and diseases are minimal, which makes them perfect for public and home gardens. See for resources.


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BEFORE Rebekah Murphy loves everything antique and has from an early age. She had pieces in her collection hidden away for years just looking for the right classically styled home to suit them. Rebekah explains it best by saying, “I’ve always loved old homes and antiques and reading. When I read period books I love that feeling of being in a different time in history. It’s almost like I was born in the wrong era. On top of that, my parents would drive great distances to find incredible antiques and a lot of that has been passed down to me.” Greg Murphy, however, was interested in the exact opposite, preferring a house that was a bit more modern; something along the lines of a West County suburb style. Seems like a recipe for disaster for this couple, doesn’t it? Lucky for them, this kitchen and bath designer at Karr Bick Kitchen & Bath and attorney at Carmody MacDonald finally found their perfect match and—believe it or not—it brings together everything that they both wanted and it’s all thanks to Period Restoration. Period Restoration is a preservation company that does restorations of historic

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homes in the greater St. Louis area. It’s a niche market for homeowners, but one that is growing in popularity thanks to the work they do. Randy Renner Jr., the owner of Period Restoration and designer of the Murphys’ home, explains the appeal like this, “Most people love the charm and the character of old houses but hate all the old components like plumbing and electrical. We offer a turnkey home that’s been replicated and duplicated, so the person who buys the house has all the peace of mind of a new home with that old style.” But restoring a house that’s as old as this one comes with its own challenges. Mainly, how to keep the style of the time intact, while balancing modern-day amenities. Renner explains, “It’s easy to gut a house and fill it in with all new things. It’s much more challenging to get certain things—plumbing, wiring, safety features—into a house that never had it. That and finding guys who can do things that just aren’t done anymore. These guys still exist today, but it’s taken us years to build up the contacts that we have now to really tackle these jobs and hit every facet of these homes.”


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As for the Murphys’ home and what really blows them away about it: As you can guess, there are tons of features that Rebekah Murphy loves about her home — lots of big windows for natural light and beautiful stained glass windows to accent, mahogany floo ing, high ceilings, a newly opened up kitchen/dining room and a whole wall of built-in book shelves that made her “heart skip a beat” when she saw them. However, one of her standout favorites is something she added herself and is unique to her own antique style, “From my recent travels to Paris I knew that was the kind of feel I wanted in my home, so I added this black-and-white striped awning with spears in the front over the beautiful, restored front door. It’s an amazing accent piece. We always get neighbors who say things like, ‘That was the perfect touch.’We liked it so much that we added that same type of awning on the back.” When Murphy talks about her home you can hear in her voice how happy she is with the work that Period Restoration has put into it. She finishes up by saying, “Randy isn’t just the owner of Period Restoration, he’s a friend. I would highly recommend Period Restoration both personally and professionally. He has integrity within himself and he brings that to his company. I’m really proud of how successful he’s become. See for resources.


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TURNING A NEGATIVE INTO A POSITIVE Drainage issues forced Ladue homeowners to overhaul their front landscape with the help of Poynter Landscape Architecture turning a mess into a beautiful solution. By Shannon Craig Photography by Kim Dillon

ohn and Kim McCurdy were lucky to even catch a glimpse of their Ladue home from the road prior to purchasing it in November 2013. “It’s a 25-year-old home,” Kim says, “it was so overgrown that people drive by and ask if it’s a new house.” But despite the ‘mind-boggling’ masses of invasive honeysuckle, the puddles of standing water, and the “deferred maintenance issues,” as Kim gingerly understates, they saw the house and they saw the potential. “We knew what we were in for,” she says. The McCurdys enlisted Bob Wilhelm of Poynter Landscape Architecture to survey their plans and their property, and he agreed that there was a manageable and manicured landscape beneath the mess. “It was kind of an erosion nightmare,” Bob recalls of the nearly year-long project. “There are occasions when there is no way to fix the problem, and not every drainage problem has a solution.” Fortunately for the McCurdy property, however, Bob’s knowledge of what works and what doesn’t


unveiled a reasonable and beautiful solution. “We didn’t want to deal with any water issues,” John explains, “and for me, every view from the street needed to be beautiful.” Their original plans—a swale, keeping the gravel driveway, removing some trees, and grading—slowly evolved into a complete rehab that included diversionary berms to redirect the water, a water catch basin to delay re-entry into the city’s system, and a reconfigu ing of the entire front yard. “It was like a giant quarry,” Kim says of the first few months after starting from scratch, “no plants or grass at all.” Prioritizing the “front” yard of the biasedly cut two-acre property, Bob and Poynter cleared, graded and set to solving the water issue, which had created wash areas long hidden by the overgrown honeysuckle. “Landscape architecture is all about turning a negative into a positive,” Bob says. “It’s about taking a problem, solving it, and then making it more beautiful. Grading has to work with landscaping that has to work with irrigation and so on.”


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His holistic-solution mindset is shared by John, a true Poynter believer and, now, the primary caretaker of the renovated estate. “You get a sense of how everything goes together, and how their experience and foresight went into everything. Everything was planned. Every single plant was planned.” Once the problems were solved, the real fun began. Plants and trees were selected for how they would appear during colder months and for their growth two, three or four years from the project’s end. Over 50 Norway Spruce, known for their dense, dark-green foliage and rapid growth, were planted to create a natural privacy wall between the residence and Ladue Road. And the gravel driveway? They had it replaced with sealed concrete after a gravel shard was tracked in via a shoe sole, tearing up the floo . “Now I can go out on the driveway without shoes on at all,” John says excitedly. From the road, the charming French Country home appears nestled among stone-bordered flora and a lush greenscape of Fescue turf. It’s a lot to take in, those involved will admit, but to see it is to love it. “You don’t even notice the landscaping,” Bob says, sharing one of his goals for the project, “you see the beauty of the home.” And for the first time in a very long time, the city of Ladue can do just that. See for resources.


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CLASSICALLY MODERN A traditional Central West End condominium gets a new look with décor that is both warm and contemporary. By Barbara E. Stefàno Photography by Anne Matheis

fter four years in a Central West End condominium, Aaron Speropoulous and his fiancé Sabrina Padgett felt overdue for a change. Roomy but bland, their open living/dining area lacked the personality of its owners and their vivacious long-haired chihuahuas, Djasper and Rufus. “The color was basic beige color, and I really don’t like that, so I painted everything,” Aaron says of the white walls throughout that now allow him and Sabrina to showcase interesting work from local artisan Zack Smithey and other artists. “We’re both really big fans of art, so in that respect we wanted to not be married to a color palette. If we picked, say, seafoam green for the walls, I feel like we would be stuck with a certain color palette, plus, we wanted something that would give the attention to the art.” But the space still needed that extra something. Maybe a lot of extra somethings. Sabrina and Aaron met designer Mike Wyrock at I.O. Metro and quickly struck up a friendship discussing art and furnishings that would complement the classic space and the lovebirds’ contemporary tastes. The three kept in touch as Mike and his business partner Justin Maine started up Nistenhaus Design, and continued to work together to breathe new life into the place. The biggest, most dramatic change was to the kitchen, which adjoins the living room in the open floor plan. Inspired by a leak under the refrigerator, Mike replaced the damaged wood in the kitchen with six-sided gray-and-white tile floo ing that “bleeds” into the




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surrounding wood. From there, Aaron says, “We both had 100 percent trust in him.” So, while the young couple vacationed in Europe, they left him to his devices to finish the interior design. He overhauled and layered the décor, leaving price tags on each item so the two would know exactly what the project would cost. With an art aesthetic in common with Aaron and Sabrina, the designer had a natural feel for how to arrange things into places that felt non-negotiable. “We worked in additional pieces and some of the pieces they already had,” Mike says. The period of free reign was also an opportunity to demonstrate to a semi-reluctant Sabrina how layers of texture and color throughout—in the window treatments, pillows, rugs and things collected during world travel—could bring warmth to the space without taking a turn to the mumsy. “It was tricky because their style is a little more modern and some of those condos in the Central West End are more of a traditional architecture,” explains Mike. “When we got back from Germany, it was like walking into a new home, it was the coolest thing,” Aaron says. “We bought everything they had.” Now, whether they’re unwinding from a long workday or settling back in after travel, Aaron and Sabrina know they’ll return to a living space that finally feels like home. “It’s got more of a warm feeling,” he says. “It’s so nice at the end of day to come into a room that is so welcoming and warming.” See for resources.


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IN DEMAND Consulting with a skilled architect on your home or remodeling design project is not only a smart decision, but it can be essential to the success of your space. Architects help you to define our building project, maximize your investment and will help ease the design and construction process.

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

ARBA STUDIOS 9 Spoede Woods, Creve Coeur, MO 63141 314-753-3007 • Looking for something unique and inspiring for your next project? ARBA Studios Architects excels in design-oriented custom architecture and interiors for residential and commercial clients. Our attitude is modern, our philosophy client-focused, and our process budget-oriented, using thoughtful design language and inspiring materials that result in timeless style. We blend a sensible design approach with up to date technology, providing clients with a reassuringly seamless experience from project concept to completion. Our portfolio includes residential, retail, restaurant, medical, corporate, non-profit, and academic projects. Monica Moore-Žigo, AIA has 16 years of experience delivering appropriate solutions for design challenges large and small.




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SPACE ARCHITECTURE + DESIGN 4168 Manchester Ave. St. Louis MO, 63110 314-534-4168 •

Space Architects + Designers + Builders is not your typical design fi m. Just as they work collaboratively to provide the best solution to your project, their services work together, too. Space offers single-source delivery for architecture, interior design, construction, and custom fabrication. This gives you the convenience of having a single contact throughout all the phases of your project, and you can be assured the design is built exactly how you envisioned it. By offering a comprehensive suite of services, you can be assured that your style will be refle ted in every detail of your home, restaurant or offi . American Institute of Architects members since 2007. New Kaldi’s at the historic Gerhart building at Laclede and Vandeventer.

BRENDEL ARCHITECTS, LLC 207 East Dwight Street, Albers, IL 62215 618-248-5687 • Brendel Architects, LLC - Celebrating its 20th year in business, this mother/ daughter team specializes in additions, remodels, custom residential, light commercial and industrial design. Jeannette “Jeannie” Brendel and her daughter, Brandy Pingsterhaus, work directly with you to bring your project to life, from design to construction documents and more. Brendel Architects specializes in innovative designs that are tailored to your dreams and lifestyle. Jeannie and Brandy provide that “feminine touch” when designing, paying attention to specific needs including storage, kitchen function, and saving the owner steps in their day to day routine. They call it “designing dreams!” Please see the ad for their “sister” company, Architecturally Designed Cabinetry, on page 92. Licensed in Illinois and Missouri.

MOSBY BUILDING ARTS Brian Yount, AIA, CAPS, Senior Architect 314-909-1800 • Accessibility can be beautiful, and Mosby’s senior architect, Brian Yount, has won national design awards for his universal design and accessibility projects. With the client’s needs in mind he makes every part of your home easy to use for a lifetime, including: • Bathrooms • Kitchens • Front entries and walkways • Rear decks and patios • Ground level laundry rooms Brian Yount is a Missouri registered architect and Certified Aging-In-Place Specialist who collaborates with a team of designers and builders to create functional and beautiful homes. Visit to learn how we can help you.



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Kicked up Kitchen

An interior designer and kitchen designer join forces on a kitchen redo. By Melissa Mauzy Photography by Anne Matheis

Long-time clients approached interior designer Nancy Barrett of Beautiful Rooms in early 2015 about renovating their dated kitchen and expanding its size by knocking down a wall and adjoining the space with an attached sunroom. "The overall goals were to open up the space and brighten up the kitchen," the homeowner explains. "My previous kitchen had dark cabinets, and while working I couldn't see outside unless I was standing at the sink. I wanted to bring the outdoors in." Given the scope of the project and structural challenges present, which included raising the floor between the two spaces, knocking down a wall and moving exterior windows, Barrett called on colleague and kitchen designer Julie Baum of BaumHouse Design to assist her with the project. Julie worked with the homeowners to put together the layout and design including cabinetry, tile and appliance selection. Nancy added her expertise in the decorative elements like paint colors, fabrics, furnishings and light fi tures. With the overall goal of a large, functional kitchen with lots of storage and space to entertain, the design team got to work creating a transitional space with clean lines that would complement the rest of the home’s style. Along with the structural changes, the existing floor had to be replaced because of the level change in combining the kitchen and sunroom. Barrett suggested doing wood, which also would match the wood in the family room making “the space appear larger and fl w well together,” she explains. The kitchen design was to include a large island, two sinks, a bench near the garage entrance and banquette. For cabinetry selections, storage was a big consideration. Baum chose fla -panel cabinet doors with a coved molding to accentuate the clean lines and add a bit of a dressier look. The perimeter cabinetry is painted a custom Sherwin-Williams taupe, while the island cabinetry and massive wood mantel hood contrasts in a darker shade. Cabinetry panels conceal all the appliances, except for the 48” gas stainless-steel range and microwave drawer. On one side of the space is a wall of pantry cabinets with lift-up appliance garage storage and retractable doors for a TV. Pullouts on either side of the range house tucked away places for utensils and spices, while the island has built-in shelving for cookbooks and pullout baskets for produce.




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The homeowners are avid entertainers and parents of teenagers that frequently hang out in the kitchen with friends, so the island had to be expansive with the ability to seat four. In order to fit four as well as an eat-in area in the kitchen, Baum had to be creative. “We went with a bump out, half-circle shape so that the chairs could fit a ound it and not be in the way of the table,” she explains. Barrett created the custom-built banquette, which is adorned with a faux-leather fabric for the seat and woven leaf-pattern on the bench back, to give the homeowner's the eat-in area they desired. The same fabric was used on the island stools. Barrett incorporated green as an accent color in the fabrics and wall color to “tie it in with the adjoining family room.” Behind the banquette, a beautiful piece of stained art glass by Cosby Art Glass took the place of a previous window to allow light to pass through. The design is Barrett’s spin on a Frank Lloyd Wright motif. “We didn’t want anything too fl wery,” she explains. “We wanted to stick with the simple, clean lines of the kitchen.” The same glass is repeated in the cabinet glass doors for a fabulous finishing ouch. While the homeowners are thrilled with the smart storage and plenty of space for entertaining, there is one aspect of the new kitchen that is their favorite. "The windows! I love that I can be anywhere in my kitchen and see the beautiful landscape and natural colors of the outdoors," the homeowners says. And as for Barrett and Baum... there is the old saying about having too many cooks in the kitchen, but in this case, they say there were not too many designers for this one. See for resources.



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TAKES TIME After years of wanting to tackle their kitchen renovation, the Sielis teamed up with Signature Kitchen & Bath to bring their dated space to life.

By Shannon Craig Photography by Anne Matheis

For Kim Sieli and her husband, Mark, renovating the kitchen was both an absolute priority and a slow-going—albeit deliberate— process. “I used to work in the emergency room, and with my patients, finding a solution was immediate,” Kim explains, “but for some reason the color choices and the palette being open just gave me…anxiety. A lot of anxiety.” After “about seven or eight years,” Kim says with the slightest tinge of embarrassment, she made an appointment with Linda Thomas at Signature Kitchen & Bath for some outside guidance and consultation. “There was this void,” physical not existential, “they were trying to fill with some of their cabinetry and then she noticed that the cabinets had yellowed. I think that was what made her come in,” recalls Linda of their first meetin . “Well, the cabinets and the butterfly islan .” “Yeah,” Kim agrees, “the butterfly island was awkward.” Topped with a cooktop range and positioned across from an angled sink, the dysfunctional island created an even more obvious void than the cabinet issue, if you take Linda’s word for it. Though it took some time to find the solution, when they did, the entire kitchen started coming together. “We wanted the island to be the focus,” says Kim of the now square, granite-flan ed showstopper. Black and cream with flecks of silver, the granite’s color, user-friendly shape, and beveled Ogee edge refreshed the open-concept space, making it instantly more livable. “Though it almost drove me crazy,” Kim laughs. “Linda had to talk me off the ledge with the granite because I just couldn’t decide. I think I was the worst client.” Linda describes it differently. “She was very thoughtful about everything she picked. A lot of clients can come in and pick everything all at once. [With Kim] it was like baby steps.” But once they got started, clearly, there was no slowing down. As far as the cabinets were concerned, Linda explains, “I knew that rearranging wouldn’t do the trick.” The aging white Thermafoils were replaced with a set of square-cut, top-to-bottom, creamy off white pairs with a warm chocolate glaze. To rebalance the room, they rearranged the fridge, tucked away the microwave, added can lights, and reworked the pendant lights to account for the new shape of the island. Pulling the cabinets, countertops, and island together, Linda and Kim chose Tavertine tiles for the backsplash. “You get a natural




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BEFORE look with some pits and dimples in the stone,” Linda says. “It needs to be sealed but it isn’t shiny, kind of a matte finish. And we chose pencil and rhomboid shapes for behind the cook top.” Located far from the surface of the island, the cooktop now sits beneath a functional hood that effortlessly blends with the shape and style of the cabinetry. “I had been cutting out pictures from magazines for 10 years and collecting them in a school folder,” Kim says of the process. “Linda was so patient with me. She talked me through every choice.” Despite the many years of planning and preparation, the renovation came together in roughly nine months, and Kim hasn’t second guessed it once. “I love it,” Kim sighs, “but that’s probably because I took forever.” See for resources.


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The forecast is sunny at this 1970s-era Frontenac home, where light was the impetus for a far-out renovation that transformed two disjointed rooms into one seriously stunning space. By Jamie Siebrase Photography by Anne Matheis

While there were plenty of doors and windows built into its original layout, this retro two-story house was always dark. When he was ready to revive his outdated kitchen, the homeowner initiated a major remodel by eliminating features that obstructed natural light: Old-school sliding patio doors – the kind with light-diffusing screens – were swapped for clear-panel French doors, and windows with between-the-glass blinds were replaced with sleeker double-hung models. The most impactful change, though, was the demolition of the wall and wet bar that partitioned off the kitchen and hearth. “The open-floor design concept is still very stylish,” explains Shelley Satke-Niemeier, interior designer with SPACE Architects + Designers + Builders. “We aren’t in the Victorian era anymore,” she says, noting that, today, room functions overlap, and the kitchen is much more than a space for prepping meals. “It’s the center of the home,” Satke-Niemeier says. Outfitting such a pivotal room is no small undertaking. Satke-Niemeier’s secret? Start with the floo , she says. For a modern look that isn’t too slick, Satke-Niemeier began in the hearth room, opting for half-inch-thick oak wood floo ing in a grey matte fin sh.

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“Typically we do a monolithic look with planks that are all one width. But here,” Satke-Niemeier says, “We used 3-, 4-, and 5-inch planks.” The result is a playful base that doesn’t take itself too seriously. Technically, the homeowner says, the hardwood should have carried through into the kitchen. “Designers will tell you they want it all to be one color, and less is more, and so on. All of that is absolutely true,” the homeowner says. “But,” he adds, “I’m a form-follows-function guy.” Hence, he traded tired parquet for porcelain stone that won’t buckle or stain under water. Once the floor was nailed down, the homeowner’s brick fireplace looked even more outdated than it had before. “We literally just covered it up with Crossville’s Empire tile in Cadet White,” says Satke-Niemeier, explaining, “The look is much cleaner, and it blends with the rest of the space, letting other elements speak, too.” Elements such as quartz stone countertops from


Russo Stone and Tile, an Anatolia Tile + Stone beveled glazed ceramic backsplash from ISC Surfaces and Shiloh Eclipse cabinetry with clean metro-V style doors and aluminum edges, purchased from Beck/Allen Cabinetry. Up top, old-fashioned 8-inch cans were swapped for smaller and brighter eco-friendly LED recessed lighting, and the homeowner himself picked out that rugged cold-rolled steel fi ture hanging above the island. He selected a few more interiors, too, including the hearthside espresso L-shaped couch – picked for its functionality and ease of maintenance – a modern coffee table from Crate and Barrel, and a neutral horsehide rug. “There should be a reason for every design decision you make,” says Satke-Niemeier. She had fun working with this particular homeowner because, she says, he always came to the table with that mindset. “He has great taste, and he knows what he’s doing,” Satke-Niemeier adds — and it shows! See for resources.


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A LC H E M Y: the​process that changes or transforms something in a​impressive way.

Architects share with us how they can simply update your existing home or make a dramatic transformation within your chosen budget. The design details of these local before-and after projects will have you saying "WOW."

Brendel Architects, LLC AFTER

Brendel Architects, LLC transformed this “big white box” into a warmer more inviting home. The mix between stone, shake and horizontal siding breaks up the large façade. The new covered porch provides shelter from the weather. The garage was enlarged giving the owner space for 2 cars. Above the garage, an entertainment room was added for the kids who helped with the entire renovation to earn a trip to Hawaii.




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Lauren Strutman Architects

A single-story home was converted to a 1-1/2 story with a steep roof and dormers. On the left side of the house, Lauren Strutman Architects added an extended master suite. A new, angled garage and mudroom enhance the right side. To create the appearance of an older home, stone was added to the left side of the foundation on the house where the grade drops off.



Dick Busch Architects The original home was a story and a half of around 1800 square feet on a walkout lot with a detached garage. The home owner asked Dick Busch Architects to add a first floor master bedroom suite with an outside courtyard. Also added were a new kitchen, great room and dining room. A large portion of the lower level was finished with a guest bedroom/bath, living room and a recreation room with bar. The simple exterior is yellow stucco with green shutters.


SPACE Architecture + Design AFTER

SPACE ARCHITECTURE + DESIGN and their client worked closely to transform this dated century home into a more functional layout for a family of fi e. Removing walls and installing new structure achieved an open, cheerful fl w. The main thrust of the design removed an existing narrow staircase only accessible through a bedroom on the main floo . A new stairway was designed and placed in the center of the house forming a central focus for a new modern open floor plan



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MOSBY BUILDING ARTS Remodeling begins with architecture. Architects are a critical component in remodeling; they create, review, and stamp construction drawings to ensure everything is built to code and built to last. To experience a custom remodeling adventure, choose the Mosby team of architects and designers. We consider all of your remodeling priorities and design ideas to create a WOW solution for your family.


Fendler + Associates, Inc. Architects Originally constructed in the 1980’s, this home on Westmoreland received a major facelift. The two story porch was removed and replaced with a new entrance. The roof pitch was increased and the material changed to slate with copper gutters and downspouts. A bay window was added in the dining room and steel french doors in the living room. To complete the facelift, the brick was painted a light grey.




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An Authentic “Modern Farmhouse” Built a century ago as the caretaker cottage for a country estate, parts of this Ladue home were originally a stable and toolshed. When the current owners purchased the property, it had become a rambling collection of small spaces that ARBA Studios helped reimagine as a home for modern living.




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421 Sappington Road, Glendale, MO 63122 (314)966-9994



Furniture grade custom cabinets! Let us design a luxurious kitchen, an ornate office or an elegant bathroom. These custom cabinets can enhance any room.

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Reface…Remodel….Relax…. We get it done right!

Professional Kitchen and Bath Designs and Quality Construction Services



FABRICS FOR ALL YOUR DECORATING NEEDS! The Shoppes at Tallbrooke,11676 Manchester Road 314-991-0020 •


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Designing excellence with your ideas in mind.

16676 Old Chesterfield Road Chesterfield, MO 63017 PHONE: (636) 537-0880 FAX: (636) 537-1027

Nancy Barrett, ASID, CAPS

Kathy Cissell

16670 Old Chesterfield Rd - Chesterfield 63017


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Fall Open House 20% Off Entire Store! Changing leaves call for a change in home décor. From Halloween novelty items to gorgeous Thanksgiving table centerpieces and place settings, The Abbey handpicks eclectic and exclusive seasonal pieces with you in mind. Fall in love at our

Fall Open House September 21-24

and bring home your unique Abbey find at 20% off! 10090 Manche ster Road • Glendale, Missouri 31 4.965.1 400



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Your Dreams, Our Creation Denise Deen, CKD, CBD 636.220.6455

27 North Gore Avenue St Louis, MO 63119 314-736-5815

Marrying the old with the new. Bringing together unique plants & antiques.

Daylighting and Nightlighting.

Same Day Installation • No Structural modifications to your home Contact us now for a Free Design Consultation



Visit Us 7 Days a Week at Our Permanent Showrooms Treasure Aisles Antique Mall Warson Woods Antique Gallery Warehouse open 1st Saturday every month from 10am - 3pm 8416 Manchester Rd (Behind K. Hall Design) RANDROSENTHAL.COM


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BRICK ACCENT WALLS For our September Before/After issue, we asked local design professionals if brick accent walls are a classic or a craze. Photography by Anne Matheis


“Exposed brick walls are always a classic when they are authentic and original, in my opinion. It's a less expensive way to have an accent wall and gives a loft-feel to the space. The texture also creates warmth and a bit of nostalgia. However, because brick is so dense and substantial it does pose problems for electrical wiring and hanging art. Luckily we always come up with clever solutions.” Joni Spear, Joni Spear Interior Design. “Classic. Three years ago I sold my home and moved into a wonderful townhouse. The master bedroom had a brick accent wall that seemed very dated to me, but I liked the color of the brick so I decided to live with it. I had an upholstered headboard custom made, used my previous living room lamps and end tables for nightstands, repurposed sections of a room divider/screen behind the nightstands, had an existing area rug with the same colors as the brick, added a piece of art, then purchased new bed linens and accent pillows. I now love the room – very cozy, retro/industrial/loft/mid-century modern and classic.” Marcia Moore, Marcia Moore Design. “They are absolutely a classic that is here to stay. The character and authenticity that they add to homes, especially urban lofts and condos, is undeniable. As long as Americans continue to revive/repurpose older homes and buildings, the edginess and appeal of brick walls will continue to be a part of it.” Patrice Munden, Patrice Munden Interiors.


“I feel that brick accent walls are a classic trend! For many years brick has served as a part of residential design and architecture as both a structural component and a decorative finish. It’s only natural to bring this product from nature into our interior designs. The trendy part of a brick accent wall is how it is finishe . Historically, interior brick accent walls were used to bring colors and elements of the outdoors inside. They also were painted opaque and utilized them for their texture. Now, we are seeing many more options, even changing the color by staining it. Whether it is fashionable to leave it exposed, painted, white washed or even stained may evolve a bit over time, but this timeless part of our architecture is here to stay.” Tanya Yaacoub, BaumHouse Design, LLC.


“I don't see brick walls as a craze, but I also don't see them as classic. Brick walls have been part of design for years. They come and they go. When I was a kid in the '60s people in the suburbs were putting fake brick walls into tract-built subdivision homes. Brick walls are organically part of rehabbing old buildings that were constructed with multiple layers of brick - or plaster over brick that has been removed — and choosing to appreciate them rather than cover them with paint or sheet rock. Brick walls that are not organic — that are built for effect in new environments — are out of place and destine to be replaced in a relatively short period of time.” David Schneider, Interior Design Associates.


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