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Holiday Inspiration NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2013

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6 Publisher’s letter 10 fab finds 16 trends 20 Artisan 26 STYLEMAKER 28 DELISH DISH 54 The dirt 58 small scale 66 cheers 70 bright idea 78 BEFORE & AFTER 80 CONNECT 88 spotlight



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HOLIDAY CLASSIC WITH A CONTEMPORARY TOUCH Building on childhood memories, this Frontenac homeowner is creating a traditional Christmas with modern elements.





Holiday décor takes its cue from the Old World styling of this extraordinary custom home in Webster Groves.

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The design team from Three French Hens mixes natural elements with glitz and gold to create a holiday tabletop all about rustic elegance.

Big or small, water features are popping up in landscapes all around the St. Louis area.

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Even though it was early October, we were ready to celebrate. Hot chocolate and s’mores at Chesterfield Valley Nursery fit the bill. Left to right: Amy Shea, Lucy Morris, Kim Dillon, Barney Osterloh, Suzie Osterloh, Melissa Mauzy, Carrie Mayer

I love bringing all the boxes marked “Christmas” up from our downstairs storage room and beginning to figure out what decorations will go where and what remains in the box this season. It’s almost like Christmas morning. Everything in each box is carefully wrapped in newspaper, so I’m never quite sure what each will unfold. As I unwrap, fond memories from past Christmases consume me like viewing an old photo album. The mermaid ornament from a good friend and the handmade angel ornament from another are just a few of the many ornaments I’ve collected over the years. Ornaments have the uncanny power of bringing back memories of good times. And ornaments can be very specific in their type and style. Do you have a friend that you don’t know what to give her for the holidays? Consider giving her an ornament. It will become a reminder of your friendship for years to come.


It only seemed fitting to have ornaments featured in this issue. And in order to pull that off, we had every kind of Christmas ornament you can imagine in every nook and cranny in our art department. And with dozens of possible November/December cover candidates hanging on the walls, it felt like the holiday season had officially arrived for us at the magazine. And if by chance the holiday bug hasn’t caught up with you yet, we are sure this issue will get you in the festive spirit real fast!

Happy holidays, and we’ll see you in 2014!

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Add a new ornament to your collection this holiday season. Whether hanging on the tree, in a window or off your dining table chandelier, ornaments add personality and pizzazz to your holiday decorations. By Melissa Mauzy


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one: Jeweled finial, available at Savvy Surrounding Style. two: Acorn, from Old House in Hog Hollow. three: French script deer, from The White Rabbit. four: Santa by Christopher Radko, from Imogene’s.



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five: Platinum peace rosette, available at The White Rabbit. six: Metal horse, available at Three French Hens. seven: Cowboy boot, available at Three French Hens. eight: Cowboy hat, from Three French Hens. nine: Skating Reindeer, from Gifted Gardener. ten: Car, available at Gifted Gardener. STLOUISHOMESMAG.COM NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2013

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eleven: Fringed paper, available at The White Rabbit. twelve: Squirrel, available at Old House in Hog Hollow. thirteen: Cardinal bird nest, available at Old House in Hog Hollow. fourteen: Snowflake, from Seasonal Concepts. fifteen: Skating bear, from Gifted Gardener.



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TABLE TOP TOUR Learn from the Best! Local design professionals offer tips on creating fabulous holiday tablescapes from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Eve.

Saturday, November 2, 2013 9:45 am - 4 pm

❉ Enjoy complimentary appetizers and beverages at each shop ❉ Purchase 10 raffle tickets for only $10! 100% of proceeds to benefit a charity (TBD) ❉ Informational presentations on the hour every hour ParticiPating stores & toPics:

The Porch, 16957 Manchester Rd. ~ Angelic Inspiration, The Painted Table, Christmas Critters and Equestrian Imogene’s, 16962 Manchester Rd. ~ Reason for the Season & Fall Harvest Three French Hens, 16935 Manchester Rd. ~ New topic every hour from Elegance to Rustic The Jeweled Cottage, 421 Sappington Rd. ~ Natural Elegance Savvy Surroundings, 9753 Clayton Rd. ~ Creating Family Traditions & Ice Ice Savvy The Great Cover-Up, 9708 Clayton Rd. ~ How to set a fabulous Holiday Table B. Davis, 10502 Manchester Rd. ~ Winter Wonderland, Evergreen, and Mackenzie Magic The White Rabbit, 9030 Manchester Rd. ~ Vintage Inspired Holiday Entertaining

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Imogene's Tea Room, Botanicals & Home Decor Get ready for the holidays by joining us for the following events! November 2 - St. Louis Homes & Lifestyles Magazine Table Top Tour November 4 - 9 - Holiday Open House (Wall to Wall Christmas) November 9, 8 am - Holiday Design Show (Holiday decorating & food ideas) November 21, 22, 23 - Holiday Gift Show (Unique gifts for the holidays) November 30 - Thanksgiving High Tea December 12, 13, 14 - Kameleon Trunk Show December 14 - Breakfast with Santa (Includes picture with Santa) December 28 - Christmas High Tea * Extended hours between Thanksgiving and Christmas * OPen SundayS december 1, 8, 15, 22 from 11am to 5pm (special breakfast menu served!)

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Fire Style


There is no better place to cozy up during the winter than in front of a warm fire. The heat, the glow and the crackling of wood make the experience even more enjoyable. Make your hearth a style statement with screens, decorative mantel surrounds and more. By Melissa Mauzy



one: Open circles decorative fireplace screen, available at Savvy Surrounding Style. two: Custom set of fireplace doors inset into a stone surround with a textured steel frame, by Eureka Forge. three: Peacock fireplace screen, from Pier 1 Imports. 3



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four: Kozy heat Minnetonka direct vent fireplace with optional doors, available at Victorian Sales. five: Hammered, textured steel with a decayed Mondrian-like grid, by Eureka Forge. six: Custom-built mantel, by Liston Construction Company. seven: Aspen single-screen fireplace screen, available at Pottery Barn.


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Mississippi Mud Coffee Roasters roast in the flavors and leave out the mud By Sylvia Forbes Photography by Colin Miller/Strauss Peyton

Everybody knows that smell—that flavorful, permeating, eye-opening aroma wafting through places as diverse as home kitchens, restaurants, cafés, potlucks and weddings. Yes, we're talking about coffee, that ubiquitous drink served at every occasion. But some coffee just tastes better than others. What's the difference? Master roasters Christopher Ruess and Shane Mosby share a few secrets. Chris took an international course in coffee roasting, learning every aspect from bean characteristics and types of roasters to roasting methods. With the new title of Master Roaster in hand, in 2004 he started Mississippi Mud Coffee Roasters. He won over St. Louisans with his great blends and expanded when Shane Mosby became a partner in 2008. Shane learned the roasting ropes from Chris, also became a master roaster and now does the roasting duties for the company. “There are three important aspects to making a great cup of coffee,” says Chris. “First is to use the best quality beans you can buy. The flavor of the beans varies with the soil, the altitude, how they're grown, how they're dried and many other aspects. We buy only top-market beans, because we want the best flavor. We cup each of them to determine their individual aromas and flavors. “Good roasting is the second aspect. That's where Shane steps in. Each bean has its own taste profile. We roast the beans to bring out their best flavor. Big companies roast about 500 pounds of coffee at a time. We roast in small batches of about 30 pounds, so we can control every aspect of the roast." The third aspect of roasting is freshness. “We roast and

deliver our beans to over 30 St. Louis area coffee houses, cafés, restaurants and Dierbergs Markets," Chris says. Mississippi Mud strives to roast within 24 hours of delivery, so that their customers are getting the freshest beans possible. “Making a great coffee is a lot like making wine,” explains Chris. “When you buy coffee, you buy 'the roaster and his palate.'" The biggest seller is the Mississippi Mud Coffee, a breakfast blend made of Guatemalan and Colombian beans. Another popular blend is the Up All Night coffee, which has a higher content of caffeine. Mocha Java is a blend that lots of roasters use. It must be made from Java beans, and the 'mocha' part of the title doesn't mean that it contains chocolate—it means that it is shipped from the port of Mocha, Indonesia. Their new coffee house recently opened at 1223 Pine St., in the former headquarters of the Missouri Pacific Railroad. They've partnered with Art Saint Louis to create a gallery/ café with changing art exhibitions and free wi-fi. They currently offer espresso drinks, coffee beans and pastries; plans include adding new menu items. This fall, customers will be able to order beans and coffee equipment online through their website Also, they're starting a program, called Community Beans, in which a portion of each retail sale will be earmarked for worthy local causes. An artisan roaster, with a passion for coffee—what's not to like? And an invitation from Chris: “Come on in. We can always roast more.” See for resources. STLOUISHOMESMAG.COM NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2013

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Austin Townsend, owner of Victorian Sales, helps you heat up this winter

in style.

SLHL: What are the advantages of a gas-burning fireplace? Austin: Gas fireplaces offer the convenience of immediate heat, higher efficiencies than wood burning and many more styles and sizes. A variety of options and features are available including remote controls, logs, crushed glass, rock and decorative fine art for the media.

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In business for more than three decades, Victorian Sales offers quality products including gas burning, wood burning, outdoor living, chimney venting, heating and AC, specialty hearth and waterfalls to suit your style and heating needs. SLHL: What are the advantages to a wood-burning fireplace? Austin: Wood burning is what most people expect in a fireplace. There are several types of wood-burning fireplaces. The first is pre-fab, which consists of a metal box with an air-cooled pipe and does not produce heat since it does not have a sealed combustion area. The other types are high-efficiency wood-burning fireplaces, which require a stainless insulated chimney pipe with sealed doors and blowers which provide a great heat output, and full-masonry custom built on site by a brick or stone mason. If you do not purchase a high-efficiency wood-burning fireplace, you will be losing more heat than you gain from the fireplace.


SLHL: What is the difference between a vented fireplace and a ventless? Austin: A vented fireplace vents to the outdoors, and ventless or vent-free is a unique burner system that does not require any venting to the outside due to the efficient clean-burning design. Both have been manufactured for years, and each has its place. Vent-free products operate at 99 percent efficiency, burn the cleanest of all and have the added safety feature of an ODS pilot system that is constantly monitoring the oxygen level in the room as it operates. SLHL: What do you recommend to update an existing fireplace? Austin: Several things can be done to update a wood-burning fireplace. Add new doors in a new finish such as oil-rubbed bronze, brushed nickel or classic black. Doors also come in a variety of styles and finishes: arched; rectangular; inside custom fit or overlap; mission; heavy iron, or combination finishes. Switch to gas if you’re tired of wood burning. Another option would be to add a gas glass burner system and select a complementary color of glass. We’ve done black reflective, bronzes, blues, icy white and platinum. A couple of clients have mixed their alma mater colors – black and gold for Mizzou, etc. See for resources.


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A Classic Thanksgiving Meal

Reimagined Chef Cassy Vires turns Thanksgiving dinner up a notch at Home Wine Kitchen. By Brandi Wills Photography by Colin Miller/Strauss Peyton


When chef Cassy Vires and her husband Josh Renbarger opened Home Wine Kitchen--a Maplewood eatery dedicated to traditional, scratch-made cooking with local and artisanal ingredients--in 2011, they wanted to create an environment and experience for diners that brings out the best parts of food and drink in our lives. Miraculously, they’ve succeeded in doing just that on a daily basis. But for Cassy, the nearest and dearest of food memories revolve around Thanksgiving. And every year, she spends her favorite holiday behind the scenes at Home Wine Kitchen creating a magical and memorable meal for her guests. Where Cassy really shines is taking classic dishes and reimagining them using modern ingredients and techniques. And her Thanksgiving menus never fail to bring her personal culinary style to life.


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Opposite page: Kale salad with bacon-molasses dressing and bourbon-soaked cranberries. This page: Creamy polenta with wild mushrooms.

This year’s Thanksgiving Dinner at Home Wine Kitchen features family-style dining with a cornucopia of beautiful and creative dishes. A breadbasket of bacon muffins, buttermilk cornbread and pumpkin loaf is accompanied with house-made spreads such as apple butter, jalapeno jelly and maple butter. The “it” salad of the moment, kale, is made more traditional with bacon-molasses dressing and bourbon-soaked cranberries. Succulent turkey breasts are stuffed with fall flavors, including apple, duck confit, spicy sausage, fennel and brioche. Side dishes bring a mix of savory and sweet to the table with cranberry-orange sauce, maple-balsamic gravy, creamy polenta with wild mushrooms (a fantastic alternative to mashed potatoes!), sweet potato-peanut puree and brussels sprouts with sweet-and-spicy candied pecans. The highlight of every Home Wine Kitchen Thanksgiving Dinner,

however, is chef Cassy’s imaginative pie-and-ice-cream combos. This year you’ll find pecan pie paired with molasses ice cream; pear crostata served up with a scoop of honey-fig ice cream; cranberry crumb given a spin with dreamsicle ice cream; and everyone’s favorite, a thick slice of pumpkin pie and a scoop of spiced ice cream. Though many of us might only wish our memories of holiday meals were this spectacular, when you sit down for Thanksgiving Dinner with Cassy and Josh, you feel that they are welcoming you--her with her food, and he with his wine--to share in their vision of the most memorable culinary delights. See for recipes.


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Above: Chef Cassy Vires. Main photo: Stuffed turkey breast and cranberry sauce.

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b© St. Louis Homes & Lifestyles Chef Cassy Vires of Home Wine Kitchen will demonstrate these three dishes. A taste of the cooking school Menu • Kale salad with bacon-molasses dressing and bourbon-soaked cranberries: “This is a great salad due to the contrasting flavors and textures,” says Vires. “Kale is a popular salad green right now and goes great with the sweet-smoky flavor of this dressing. The addition of the bourbon-soaked cranberries gives this salad a wickedly delicious kick.” • Stuffed turkey breast: “We have done Thanksgiving at Home Wine Kitchen two years now, and I really enjoy giving people a twist on their traditional Thanksgiving dinners,” says Vires. “Turkey is a must, but only using the tender, succulent breast adds a bit of refinement to the table. Adding some spicy sausage and duck confit creates some layers of savory meats mixed with the sweet apple, fennel and brioche. I would avoid a traditional gravy with this, and rather opt for a fruit-based chutney or cranberry sauce.”

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• Creamy polenta with wild mushrooms: “Mashed potatoes can be so boring,” says Vires. “I want to keep the table elegant while still rustic, and I think polenta is the perfect way to do that. Creamy, warming and filling, this is the perfect substitute for your potato dish. Adding the mushrooms makes this a great option for any vegetarians that come to dinner as well.



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This page: A cut-out wall peers into the exquisite dining room with seating for 12. Opposite page: The dining table features a long centerpiece with various heights and textures.

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Holiday Classic with a

Contemporary Touch

Building on childhood memories, this Frontenac homeowner is creating a traditional Christmas with modern elements. By Melissa Mauzy Photography by Anne Matheis


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This page: Glimmering in shades of platinum and gold, the entry room's decor complements the existing furnishings. Sparkling gold reindeer fill niches on each side of the tree. Opposite page: Subtle touches of holiday decor enhance the festive feeling in the sitting room off of the master suite.

veryone has memories of Christmas growing up. Whether it was leaving cookies and milk for Santa, putting your favorite ornament on the prime spot on the tree or stringing popcorn for garland, some holiday traditions carry over from year to year. After moving into their new Frontenac home, the owner wanted to incorporate touches of her childhood Christmases into her


family’s contemporary-styled residence, keeping things fresh with just enough tradition. “For us, the holidays are all about building memories,” she says. “I want my kids to remember what their Christmases were like growing up so that they can incorporate elements into their own traditions one day, just like I have done.” Pulling from her expansive collection as well


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as mixing in new pieces from holiday selections at places such as Savvy Surrounding Style and Enchanted Embellishments, the homeowner spent a week transforming her home into an elegant holiday retreat. “I pick up pieces as I go,” she explains. “If I see something I like, I buy it because once the season is over it will be gone.” While she doesn’t


always know where each ornament or accent is going to go, she buys what she likes and finds a place for it. It is really all about playing around with the décor, she says. “I just keep adding until I feel there is enough to make the space look complete,” she explains, which is the hardest part.


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The home's expansive kitchen is ideal for entertaining. The decor is kept simple with an ornament arrangement on the island counter. The kitchen cabinetry is by Beck/Allen Cabinetry.

Last year, the homeowner worked with a designer at Savvy Surrounding Style to bring in fresh ideas as well as new décor. Her ornaments are more customary, while fillers such as feathers and other accents bring a more contemporary feel. Basing her design on the traditional holiday scheme of red, green, silver and gold, she tried to keep each room in

one color scheme. “I like the old traditional colors I remember growing up,” she says. A wall of squared cutouts gives holiday guests a peek into the chic dining room with seating for 12. The red and silver theme is carried throughout the space with a centerpiece made up of candles and STLOUISHOMESMAG.COM NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2013

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ornaments. “The table is a hodgepodge of various elements,” she says. “My original plan was too sparse, so we added to it." With such a large table, the centerpiece needed to make a statement. Silver reindeer candleholders combine with silver-wrapped gifts, glistening red trees of varying heights and greenery. Black glitter placemats sit on top of the black runner custom made to fit the table. Mixing textures and heights gives the tablescape dimension. Across from the dining room, the entry seating area glistens in gold and platinum, which complement the room’s existing furnishings and décor. Highlights of the space include two gold reindeer from Savvy Surrounding Style sparkling in silver-lined niches, glittered cone-shaped trees and a grouping of gifts and ornaments on the glass table. The focal point of the space is a tree decked in shades of gold and silver ornaments with feathers and ribbon. “It is fun to bring in a lot of textures and varying sizes,” the homeowner says. The adjoining kitchen and family room blend red and gold, a color scheme the homeowner’s mother always had growing up and which was important to her to incorporate. In the kitchen, glass containers are filled with ornaments from years past. To add color against the dark counter, the homeowner added a swag of red fabric. On the kitchen table, more ornaments pair with ribbon and a gold spiral tree. Reindeer again make an appearance in the kitchen, as two stand tall on the dining table. The family room features a cheerful, friendly Santa purchased 10 years ago at Macy’s. “Santa has made an appearance somewhere in our home every year for the past 10 Christmases,” the homeowner says. On the tree, clusters of luminous ornaments in reds and golds vary in size as your eyes travel around the tree. Drawing on inspiration from childhood as well as holiday tradition, this Frontenac homeowner has created a contemporary holiday home filled with texture and shining with Christmas color. This holiday season is sure to bring even more family memories and traditions. See for resources.

A cheerful Santa guards the family room tree. Clusters of luminous ornaments in reds and golds vary in size.



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Opposite page: A traditional red poinsettia centerpiece complements the upholstered chairs in the formal dining room. Chandeliers made from French oak wine barrels hint at the unique main-floor wine “cellar” located beyond the arches. This page: Viewed through the dining room’s reclaimed Oriental courtyard doors, the entry foyer greets holiday guests with a display of gold reindeer on an exquisite antique French console. Dried magnolia leaves festoon the mirror, and an arrangement of stoneware is filled with magnolia leaves, dried hydrangea and red twigs. STLOUISHOMESMAG.COM NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2013

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Holiday décor takes its cue from the Old World styling of this extraordinary custom home in Webster Groves. “Subtle and muted” aren’t words one typically associates with the colors of the holiday season. But that was this homeowner’s objective as she planned for Yuletide festivities in the spectacular custom home in Webster Groves that she and her family have enjoyed since its completion in May of 2011. Lavished with wood and stone, inside and out, the multi-level residence is a fashionable blend of French and Tuscan styling that evokes the Old World charm of a rustic European country manor. Set on 2.5 exquisitely landscaped acres, the home encompasses 5,700 square feet on the main and upper levels, another 1,100 square feet on the finished lower level and a spacious bonus area, used as a media room, above the garage. Decorating a home of this size for the holidays might seem a bit daunting, but the owner was excited by the prospect of “starting over with a new house.”“I wanted to complement the décor of each room, and it was a group effort,” she explains, crediting her landscape designers, Kim Kelce and Nancy Pedley of Kelce & Pedley Design, for their gifted assistance. Favorite ornaments saved from the family’s previous home were relegated to the Christmas tree in the lower-level activity area, and attention focused on creating a cohesive holiday theme for the primary entertainment/living spaces. Striking stone walls line the entry foyer, which showcases an antique French console inset with semi-precious gems, c. 1850, from Kyle Antiques in New Orleans. The holiday mood is immediately established by a collection of gold reindeer and tall gold candleholders, artfully grouped on the console. A swag of dried magnolia leaves drapes the large, gilt-framed mirror, fabricated by Frame of Mind, and an arrangement of magnolia leaves, dried hydrangea, red twigs and faux berries centers the foyer’s antique walnut pedestal table. Open to the foyer, the two-story great room is spanned by massive reclaimed timber beam trusses and dominated by a carved French limestone fireplace from Francois & Co., surmounted by a Venetian-style mirror from Restoration Hardware. Positioned in front of the great room windows is an annual family tradition – a fresh-cut Douglas fir, and the owner opted to design the trimmings for this year’s 10-foot version herself, noting, “I wanted a romantic look, in keeping with the room’s décor.” Simulating the soft blue-gray tones of the space, she chose French-style mercury glass ornaments, feathered birds and a large satin bow, accented with silver poinsettias and coppery pinecones.

Opposite page: Remote-controlled, flickering LED candles line the great room mantel, which is draped with fresh magnolia leaves and glitter-encrusted pinecones.


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This page: Fresh greens, a lighted faux boxwood garland, and fluted vases with silver sprays add holiday zest to the breakfast room’s rustic Aux Vases limestone fireplace. Opposite page: Trimmings for the 10-foot Douglas fir were designed by the owner and emulate the great room’s muted tones with a blue-gray satin bow, feathered birds, and mercury glass ornaments, accented with silver poinsettias and copper-tinged pinecones.

Lining the mantel are remote-controlled, flickering LED candles in mercury glass holders, and a swag of fresh magnolia leaves, centered with another blue-gray bow and interwoven with glitter-encrusted pinecones, reinforces the romantic ambience. The home is ideal for large gatherings, prompting the owner to remark, “We can seat up to 50 guests for dinner.” And the formal dining room is a showstopper, starting with its imposing wood entry doors by Dave Dixon of Strange Imports in Colorado. Dixon purchases and restores antique furnishings from the Orient, as exemplified by these magnificent Asian courtyard doors, which harmonize beautifully with the reclaimed plank flooring that blankets much of the home’s main level. Making this architectural synergy even more unique, the flooring – installed with antique nails – was done by Sanford Headings, an Amish craftsman.

Brought from New Orleans, the inlaid “pedestal” dining table seats 10 and rests on a baluster salvaged from a 17th-century European building. A slub linen runner with a hint of gold stretches the full length of the table and is arrayed with traditional red poinsettias, crystal-encrusted pinecones and a matched pair of heavy-plated candlesticks. Suspended between the rustic wood beams overhead are stylized Restoration Hardware chandeliers, hand-crafted from French oak wine barrel staves and hoops, which draw attention to one of the most distinctive features of this home. The wine “cellar” is cleverly located on the main floor, adjacent to and accessible from the dining room. Two dramatic arches divide the dining room’s long, stone-faced wall; one encases the decorative entry door to this fully equipped, temperature-controlled storage area; the other is a muntin-style window offering guests a view of the owners’ extensive wine collection. STLOUISHOMESMAG.COM NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2013

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Opposite page: Glittering silver snowflakes are suspended from the chandelier above the acid-washed Tuscan dining table in the wood-beamed breakfast room. This page, left: Decorated with faux grapevine and gold berries, the powder room attention-getter is a reproduction of an Old World fountain, retrofitted as a washbasin. This page, right: A large custom wreath, created by Kelce & Pedley Design, welcomes holiday visitors to this spectacular residence in Webster Groves.

Equally conducive to entertaining is the family dining area, which is open to the great room and stunning kitchen. Although modestly referred to by the owners as the “breakfast room,” this expansive space is more than adequate for a large Tuscan dining table from Restoration Hardware and a generously proportioned leather seating group arranged in front of the limestone fireplace. Acid-treated to achieve its aged, weathered look, the table can be extended from 7 to 10 feet in length and is surrounded by French oak chairs, upholstered in Belgian linen. Seasonal table ornaments include white poinsettias in a stone planter, glitter-frosted pinecone candles and two oversized hurricane candleholders. On the side wall, a rustic wood-framed mirror, also from Restoration Hardware, tops the antique console table, which displays mercury-glass ornaments set on mercury-glass candleholders and a majolica compote filled with a spray of greenery and faux silver foliage. Flanked by arched cabinetry, the floor-to-ceiling fireplace is Aux

Vases limestone from St. Genevieve. A rough-hewn beam serves as the mantel and provides the setting for fluted vases holding silvery sprays and pinecones, fresh soft greens and a faux boxwood garland interspersed with tiny lights. Powder rooms are an unlikely topic of social conversation but, in this case, guests probably can’t resist. The highlight of the powder room is a reproduction European fountain that has been retrofitted as a washbasin, and the privacy alcove features an ornate wrought-iron and marble console table topped by a French trumeau mirror. A faux grapevine with gold berries adds a holiday touch to the fountain. Understated yet elegant, the holiday décor of this gracious residence is beautifully integrated with its Old World styling, embellishing the architectural elements and furnishings without detracting from their inherent dramatic effect. From foyer to powder room, the ornamentation is a work of art – subtle, imaginative and a tribute to the season. See for resources. STLOUISHOMESMAG.COM NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2013

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Water, water everywhere Big or small, water features are popping up in landscapes all around the St. Louis area. By Lucyann Boston Photography by Kim Dillon

you are looking for that holiday gift for someone who has everything, you might think about picking up a pond. Whether it’s hardly bigger than a puddle or large enough to swim in, people who have added ponds or waterfalls to their landscapes are passionate about the way a simple little (or big) water feature has changed their lives. They use words like “tranquility” and “peace” and “world away” to

Living Wall and Waterfall

As a principal in family owned Bauer Falls LLC, Caleb Bauer spends his days creating fabulous water features in other people’s gardens. But the project that he calls his “ultimate playground” is the waterfall in his own backyard in west St. Louis County. Working in a fairly confined space, Caleb had created a lovely waterfall, but “it looked like it was coming out of a fence,” he explains, describing the topography between his and his neighbor’s yard. Two years ago to remedy the problem, Caleb experimented with what he calls “a living wall” between 5- and 7-feet tall varying with the slope of the land. Constructed using heavy wire cattle panels (a type of fencing used in feed lots) and wood beams, he filled the structure


describe coming home and simply sitting beside some bubbling water. For the adventuresome there are pond kits and pond stores that sell kits, pumps and can offer advice to do-it-yourselfers. For those who are less daring, pond and water feature contractors can provide the ideas and do the digging. No matter how small the space, adding a water feature to a landscape can have a major impact.

with soil until it was solid enough to walk on. He topped that structure with landscape fabric, cutting slits in the fabric to insert plants. He was inspired, he laughs, by listening to the Cardinals broadcasts during the 2011 World Series, adding a “Go Cards” sign to the construction site. Now in its second year, the living wall gets more spectacular with time as plants grow and fill in. "My neighbors love it so much they’ve told me I have their permission to extend the wall into their yards,” he adds, noting that “living walls” are an ideal way to create lush landscapes in small spaces. “You can do so much with a little area and it really makes you feel fantastic.”


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Two Green Thumbs, One Spectacular Water Feature Dyann Dierkes and Mickey Reynolds are big fans of water features; each had a small one at previous homes. When they became engaged and moved into their current home in Fenton, it naturally followed that they would work together on a joint project. “We thought it would be fun to build one together,” says Mickey. They looked at the area and mapped out their ideas but also decided to get some professional help by way of Joe Summers and Chalily Ponds and Gardens in Manchester. “Joe came out and gave us some good hints. We bought a pond kit from him, and it just all progressed from there,” explains Dyann. The couple worked on the project for two months, adding plants, statuary and even an outdoor living room with speakers for the right mood music. That was just one year ago and already the project looks as if it had been in place for years. Agreeing that they both have green thumbs, they have nurtured both the plants and the fish now in their pond with attention, water and food. The sound of the waterfall, the beauty of the aquatic plants and the colors of the fish add to the lushness and tranquility of the setting. Their joint project is something both love 12 months a year. Even in winter they operate the pump, keep water flowing, and take pleasure in the sound and sight of their garden. “It’s absolutely beautiful with snow on it,” says Dyann.



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Pond Paradise

Chuck Brust’s project began with a deck, a flat yard and a wish for a water feature “that sounded like a mountain stream.” He ended up with a room-sized, 18-by-15-foot pond fed by a 15-foot stream that’s transformed his backyard into a water wonderland. Caleb Bauer of Bauer Falls, who constructed the piece of paradise for plants, fish and humans alike, tucked the edge of the pond under the deck so that, as Caleb explains, “looking down from the deck all you see is the pond.” Excavating such a large space meant there was plenty of dirt available and Caleb used it combined with rock and boulders to create the elevated stream and 3-foot waterfall that flows into the pond. A stepping stone path leads to a stone


bridge spanning the stream and provides a handsome contrast to the grasses, mums, coreopsis and annuals that line the way and soften the hard edges of the stone. In addition Caleb constructed stone steps that allow Chuck, a hands-on Master Gardener, to walk directly into the pond and tend to the water lilies and other aquatic plants that flourish in its 3.5-foot depth. “They allow me to treat the pond like any other garden bed,” Chuck says. “I go in weekly to trim and deadhead just like I do in my terrestrial beds.” The project also included a ground-level patio, where Chuck is able to utilize a series of containers to grow and display a wide variety of tropical plants.


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slhl THE DIRT As the temperatures continue to cool and we prepare for our first freeze, many gardeners think their work for the season is done. Think again! The fall is the ideal time to plant bulbs to produce the first blooms of next season. Before the ground freezes, plant your bulbs so that next year’s garden is lush and colorful. By Melissa Mauzy

Purple Hyacinth

Surprise Lilies

Ice Cream Tulip

“Purple Hyacinth have a great sweet fragrance. They are an early bloomer and excellent for indoor bloom forcing.” David Sherwood, Sherwood’s Forest.

“In the heat of the summer, when many a plant has stopped blooming, Surprise Lilies pop out of the ground. Lilies of jewel pink appear seemingly overnight on leafless stems that are two feet or more in height. Strapping mounds of foliage emerge in spring, then go dormant in summer. The lilies easily grow in sun or shade.” Ann Lapides, Sugar Creek Gardens.

“The Ice Cream Tulip features white petals closely mounded in the center, forming a central cone, resembling vanilla ice cream. Pink petals, tinged with green, encircle the white. They’re showstoppers in an arrangement, and bloom late spring." Linda Coonrod, Chesterfield Valley Nursery.

Daffodil ‘Tahiti’

Tulip Angelique

Darwin Hybrid Tulips

“This double daffodil with soft yellow petals contrasted by deep coppery-orange tufts in the center is perfect for a splash of spring color in the landscape. It is great for naturalizing, does not need to be dug up or divided, is deer and frost tolerant and the showy flowers are held up by sturdy stems so you have less breakage.” Daniel Mee, Frisella Nursery.

“The Angelique tulip is a very romantic tulip with lush, soft pink petals and a light fragrance, reminiscent of a peony bloom. It blooms in mid to late spring so we like to mix in an early to mid white or soft yellow tulip to extend the color display.” Ron Goedeker, Landscape St. Louis.

“I love the Darwin Hybrid Tulips--they perform great here in St. Louis. One variety that I love to use is the "Buttermilk" Its blend of yellows is a perfect complement to the blues/purples in the landscape and are a great reminder spring is here.” Eric Ringhofer, Green Guys.



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Whether traditional or exotic, selecting a theme adds continuity to holiday decor By Katie O’Connor Photograpy by Anne Matheis

‘Tis the season

for creating holiday magic by adding sparkle and spice all through the house. But decking the halls often relies on holiday décor collections built over many years, and making sense of all the mismatched pieces and disparate elements can sometimes make this annual ritual a bit of an overwhelming task. But it need not be, says Clarice Wheeler, owner of Imogene’s in Wildwood, who creatively outfits her home and shop in holiday finery from top to bottom every December. With a bit of know-how, she notes, holiday decorating can be an enjoyable creative moment, one that ultimately creates a warm environment for celebrating this special time of year. Clarice begins by choosing a theme, which helps to guide the process by suggesting colors and limiting which items in a collection to use. Last year, for example, she chose Africa as her theme, inspired by her love of and travels to the continent. Though unusual for the holidays, the concept allowed for the use of rich browns and warm tans that complement the season’s traditional reds, dark greens and glittery metallics, as well as the creative incorporation of sentimental items from both her holiday collection and her everyday life. Feathers and cheetah-print ribbon were tucked among the evergreen boughs of the foyer’s banister garland and the creamy white flowers in the dining room centerpiece, for example, while zebra ornaments hung alongside those with history on the great room’s Christmas tree.

“Your theme can include anything in your home that you truly love or that has great memories,” Clarice explains, noting that one of this year’s more than a dozen inspirational trees at Imogene’s will sport a Harley-Davidson theme. “Everybody has a lot of Christmas stuff they’ve collected over the years; as you sort through your holiday items, consider one theme and then pull out the good stuff [that relates] and use that.” Clarice suggests using one theme throughout the house, but even if you’re opting for multiple motifs, the key to keeping things cohesive is color. “If you choose a red and green Santa theme, use those same colors in all rooms,” she says. “Don’t use reds and greens in your great room and aqua and fuchsia in your foyer. [You want] your look to flow from room to room.” Several traditional elements make varying the theme even easier. “Green is a natural color, like grass and trees, so it goes with almost everything,” Clarice says. “Just be careful what you plop on top of it.” To that end, choose elements for trees and garlands with an eye toward texture. Nestling shiny metallic ornaments among rough-hewn pinecones, soft feathers and glittery spheres adds interest to arrangements. And don’t forget the lights, which add cheerful depth and a warm glow to even the most creative themes. “Lights are super important,” Clarice notes. “They make such a difference.” See for resources.


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Designers in Demand

Creating beautiful rooms with cohesive styles is the key to making your home comfortable, fashionable and inviting. With fast-paced and ever-changing design trends to consider and an endless array of furnishings and accessories from which to choose, designing a stylish space might feel like a daunting task. However, enlisting the help of a talented design professional can make each project fun and exciting. Their knowledge of current trends and classic styles, knack for finding the best places to shop for décor and experience matching the perfect look with the right space gives design professionals an edge when creating stylish, functional and beautiful spaces that make a house a home. Our special Designers in Demand section introduces you to local designers and tastemakers who can help guide you through the exciting world of interior design. With their fingers on the pulse of what’s hot and what’s not, they bring you the newest and greatest products, looks and designs for your home. To see more from these designers, visit

Niche/Lawrence Group Meredith Wanamaker, Sr. Interior Designer 300 North Broadway (at Olive), St. Louis, MO 63102 314-231-5700 “A home should tell your story and be collected with what you love. Be willing to take a few risks along the way. Being creative and open to new ideas is what makes design exciting.”



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PATTIPORTER DESIGNS: For more than 25 years, Patti Porter

has been creating beautiful floral arrangements. She will make a custom floral for your home using different and unique, quality stems. Bring your own container or choose one from Patti's wonderful selection! Working within your price range, Patti will give you a look that will last.

PIZAZZ•2 INTERIORS: By adding a little bit of the unexpected, Pizazz•2 Interiors helps bring personality and style to your home. Our studio features a design library open to the trade and to the public, and offers specialty furniture and accessories from artisans from around the country. Enjoying wonderful clients for over 15 years, we specialize in window treatments, custom area rugs, upholstered items, furniture placement and color consultation.

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Ooh La La Home Furnishings 17701 Edison, Suite 101, Chesterfield, MO 63005 636-532-3353 Dee Hencken and Felicia Cox have been designing beautiful rooms together throughout St. Louis homes for over 25 years. Their talent for buying merchandise and displaying the showroom carries over to their clients’ homes with their personalized design services. Whether it is one room, or an entire home, their philosophy is to ensure the clients have a beautiful, comfortable and always functional space upon completion. We are happy to assist in any project, large or small. An initial consultation includes an in-depth, on-site visit. They will learn about your style and needs, establish a budget, photograph and measure the design area, and take inventory of items you currently own and would like to incorporate. Within days, the design team will return to recreate your space with unique and inspiring pieces selected to enhance your personal vision. Please call to set an appointment.

The Great Cover-Up Teddy Karl, Allied ASID 9708 Clayton Road, Ladue, MO 63124 314-995-5701 Teddy Karl’s classic New England style and over 20 years of design experience, both in St. Louis and on Cape Cod, reflect in his widely requested traditional designs. Teddy uses layers of rich, well-paired fabrics and wallcoverings. Window treatments with coordinating trims and classic furniture with just the right accessories will complete your space. Blending your old favorites with new pieces is his forte. Teddy brings a wealth of knowledge and creativity to each project, no matter how big or small. The Great Cover-Up offers full-service interior design, including beautiful fabrics and wallcoverings, custom window treatments and furniture, as well as lighting, art, accessories and wonderful holiday gifts and ornaments. Call or visit our shop to set up an appointment. STLOUISHOMESMAG.COM NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2013

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Designers in Demand

AN EYE FOR COLOR & DESIGN Nancy Minkus, Interior Decorator 636-922-7118 work 206-755-0522 cell

With over 20 years experience, Nancy Minkus has an eye for color and design. Though known for her West Coast California style, Nancy is not limited in her design abilities. Working with Nancy on color coordination, interior design as well as staging will bring a new and fresh vision to your home. She also has an extensive collection of Stickley furniture. Let An Eye for Color & Design make your space look collected, unique and pulled together.

JSB Designs 314.605.2334 JSB Designs is a full-service interior design firm that introduces its unique mix of style and flair in residential design. Whether design efforts have yet to be conceptualized, or are already in progress, JSB Designs will work closely with the client, architect or contractor to bring the visions of our clients to life. In Interior Design there is no right or wrong…there is not a “design” manual that I refer to on a daily basis and if there was it would be call Pinterest! I think most of us often get wrapped up in the design magazines, HGTV, and all of the other media out there that we forget that our homes need to reflect our personal styles and function in a way that makes our lives easier. My main goal when I am finished with a project is for the client to stand back and feel satisfied that their wants and needs were met.

Three French Hens J.R. Zachary and Jeanie Hood, interior designers 16935 Manchester Road, Wildwood, MO 63040 636-458-8033 Three French Hens is "St Louis area's most beautiful store" The 10,000-square-foot showroom offering Fine home furnishings, with styles that include French Country, Lodge, Traditional and Electic. The store is constantly changing, in part to keep customers interested and coming back. Its approach is to create a style that expresses individual tastes and personalities and never relies on the predictable. JR Zachary and Jeanie Hood focus on exceptional customer service as well as being a resource to assist with ideas that fit our clients’ needs. By combining grace, imagination and the charm of detail. JR and Jeanie are a source of constant inspiration in the world of home interiors. They will make it easy to visualize your dreams from design build, choosing paint colors, furniture, accessorizing your home, bookcases and mantels. Our services also include custom drapery and bedding. At Three French Hens you don't have to go anywhere else, it's one stop shopping.



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Designers in Demand

Decorating Den Interiors 636-344-0147 Let Decorating Den Interiors help you have the design of your dreams. Our goal is to design spaces that reflect your taste, your lifestyle and your budget, whether it is contemporary or traditional, neutral or colorful. We know that a delightful, enjoyable and affordable design experience can be YOURS! Decorating Den Interiors brings over 40 years of experience right to your door. All of our design professionals are passionate and talented decorators, evidenced by the many awards achieved and the accolades received from our clients. Our local franchise owners’ work has been published both nationally and locally in magazines, books and television. Call us to schedule your complimentary design consultation.

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9753 Clayton Road, Ladue, MO 63124, 314-432-SAVY (7289), Become a Facebook fan of Savvy Surrounding Style CJ Knapp joined the Savvy Surrounding Style team as a Senior Designer in 2012. She brings thirty years of design experience to Savvy. She likes to say that design and a good cup of tea are what get her out of bed in the morning. She is a professional member of ASID and has mentored many young designers through the organization. CJ also has NCIDQ certification and CQRID certification. CJ knows that your home is your castle. It is where you entertain guests, unwind after a hard day and most importantly make lasting memories. She strives to create a unique space that reflects your lifestyle and personality. Savvy is happy to have CJ’s knowledge, experience and creativity. Please stop in, she would love to meet you and discuss your design project.

Holly Blumeyer Interior Design, LLC. 530 Flanders Drive, St. Louis, MO 63122 314-965-1221 We are a full service, custom design company celebrating over 50 years in business. Our custom workrooms are amazing at producing trims, rugs, carpet, lighting, mirrors, fabric and upholstery. We are experienced in all areas of design including new construction, additions, kitchen and bath design and space planning. Our creative interpretation of the client's vision results in the happy fulfillment of her dream and another successful project!


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7707 Clayton Road, Clayton, MO 63117 314-727-6622

Tamsin Mascetti, Allied ASID, Owner / Interior Designer (cell) 314-540-5753 (office) 314-282-0035

Castle Design is a full-service interior design company creating functional, aesthetically pleasing family homes and offices under the direction of Emily Castle, ASID. Our firm was formed to bring clients an unmatched level of client service in the areas of architectural finish selection and interior design. Every project includes looking, listening and guiding you every step of the way through rethinking, reviving and remodeling your space. Photo by M.K. Gaydos

Tamsin Design Group is an award-winning interior design firm that creates both beautiful and functional spaces for their clients, from custom interior design and remodeling construction, to space planning and specifications for residential and commercial projects. We bring 20 years of experience and knowledge to guide you through the design process and help you realize your vision. Our passion for design is reflected in the warm and inviting spaces we create for our clients. We believe in excellent customer service and strive to ensure that our clients are happy and satisfied from beginning to end. Let us help you achieve your dreams!

Ellen kurtz interiors, Inc. 10380 Page Industrial, St. Louis, MO 63132 314-426-6262 In today’s economic state, many families are staying in their homes longer. Adding an addition, remodeling a lower level, rearranging room space, or remodeling a kitchen / bath are changes that help families live better while saving money in the long run. Ellen Kurtz Interiors specializes in space planning that can make life easier.



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Designers in Demand

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1849 Craig Road, St. Louis, MO 63146 314-205-2010

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Our passion – for beautiful homes and creative commercial spaces that live extremely well – has guided our client relationships for over 38 years. To create the extraordinary applies to large and small, simple and complex, new construction and renovation of all types.

From roof top to counter tops, your expression is understood! We provide a complete design service to address every aspect of your residential project. Whether you want a single room update, an extensive remodeling project or are building a new home, Krista Howard Interiors creates individualized surroundings for clients who want personal reflection in their home. Krista Howard Interiors, where your ideas find their expression.

If you are planning on building a new home, renovating a kitchen or bath, adding an addition, or simply redecorating, the experienced designers at Directions In Design, Inc. will help you find your own individual style. Enjoy expert guidance to utilize your dollars well while achieving extraordinary spaces for you, your family, and your guests. Please call to talk about your project. WBE Certified

B-Davis Design 10502 Manchester Road, Kirkwood, MO 63122 314-822-2221 Known for her candor, humor and approachable design advice, Barb Davis of B. Davis Design would be the first to tell you “what not to do". With a natural ability to buy the best of what she feels makes a house a home, Barb is considered "a must have" for your design project, big or small. Just one hour of design time with Barb could help transform a room with just a few small ideas and eliminate some of those daunting details we find ourselves spending too much time on. To create a successful interior, the process must be well-managed, the client’s needs and dreams carefully considered and the budget respected. Barb often says “a room should feel collected, not decorated.” Her store front in Kirkwood reflects her style. It’s inviting, it is packed full of color, texture and one of a kind pieces that you will find yourself falling in love with. It’s a place you will visit again and again. STLOUISHOMESMAG.COM NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2013

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Italy’s “Heel” Steps Up During the Holidays

Castle Serranova Vittoria and Maria Teresa Vallone.

The Salento peninsula lays claim to lush farmlands that yield some of the finest olive trees and grape vines in the country. BY Lorraine Raguseo PhotographY COURTESY OF Quintessential Wines

Italy is probably the longest peninsula in the world and certain the only one shaped like a boot. The heel of the boot forms another much smaller and thinner peninsula of its own called the Salento. It is the southernmost part of Puglia, bordered by the Ionian Sea to the east and the Adriatic Sea to the west. While not as well-known to tourists as many other Italian regions, natives travel here for the most pristine, sandy beaches in Italy and for the dramatic landscapes found along the shore with amazing white limestone rock formations rising out of both seas and the remains of ancient coastal towers that were built in the 15th and 16th centuries as watchtowers against attack from the water. The Salento peninsula enjoys a Mediterranean climate, so in November and December the temperatures can be as warm as the mid-70s, a far cry from St. Louis, but nearly perfect for a holiday vacation. This less-traveled region also



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Leg of baby lamb

lays claim to lush farmlands that yield some of the finest olive trees and grapesvines in the country. If you’re traveling along the olive tree-lined back roads of the Brindisi, in the heart of peninsula, you’ll likely drive past a 15th century castle called Serranova. You might even see the two Vallone sisters, Vittoria and Maria Teresa, whose family has owned the winery and vineyards since 1934, or famed consulting winemaker Graziana Grassini, out among their more than 600 hectares of farmland that belong to the family. During the holidays, the castle and its treasure trove of antiques are not adorned with the grander decorations found on and in American homes. It is much more likely that a wreath of olive branches or grape vines from the property, festooned with berries and even starfish or shells from the nearby beaches, will be hanging over the castle’s many fireplace mantels. Castle Serranova, like many large homes of the time period in predominantly Catholic Italy, has a beautifully restored private chapel where the Vallone family has celebrated many a Christmas Eve Mass followed by a holiday supper in the dining room. Like the holiday decorations, much of the holiday dinner’s bounty comes from the farm or the sea. Baccala alla Salentina is not the average dried cod served by most Italians on Christmas Eve, but a special recipe where the dried and salted cod is sprinkled with breadcrumb s, pecorino cheese and fresh tomato, then baked in the oven with potatoes to a golden crispiness. Another Salento delicacy is what they call milk lamb (baby lamb raised only on mother’s milk) that is very tender. The leg of this young lamb is marinated for 12 hours in dry white wine, together with herbs like laurel and myrtle (an ancient spice found in abundance in Mediterranean areas like the Salento peninsula – rosemary can be substituted if there is no myrtle available). It is then wrapped in caul fat, another ancient ingredient that is actually a thin membrane of fat from pigs or cows, which melts into the pink meat during 40 minutes of baking. Very thinly sliced strips of easier-to-find lardo will also work. Slices of this tender lamb are usually served with medium-sized potatoes cooked in ashes. Now practiced in some of the world’s top restaurant kitchens as a cutting-edge way of cooking whole, unpeeled potatoes, cooks on the Salento have been using for centuries the ashes from olive tree branches that are burned in the outdoor barbecue pits found in the yards of most homes in this region. A traditional pasta dish of region features the famous orcchiette ear-shaped pasta that was first made on the Salento. Usually combined with olive oil and garlic-sauteed broccoli rabe, or fresh tomatoes and ricotta cheese, these little cups of pasta are amazing with a simple broccoli and anchovy sauce, where small pieces of anchovy are sautéed in garlic-laced olive oil. The anchovies melt into the oil, leaving a delicate fish and salt flavor. Zeppoles, the addictive balls of fried dough that are ubiquitous at Italian street fairs in the U.S., also had its start in this region. Here, it is either fried or baked, and then the taster can personalize the sweet by filling it with cream or chocolate or both as a dessert treat. Wines from this region, like those the Vallone sisters are producing, are made with native Italian grapes like negromaro or montepulciano. Their Graticciaia is a spicy red wine made only from negromaro with dried fruit, tobacco and vanilla flavors that make it a perfect match for the baked baby lamb. As a prelude to the holidays, on November 11, the people on the Salento celebrate the end of the harvest with a feast called Vinello. The peninsula comes together to taste the fruits of their labors from this harvest’s wine – and to open bottles from the previous year. Like a real Salentino, the best way to work off all the feasting is to break into a Pizzica – the vigorous folk dancing of the region, similar to the Tarantella. See for more recipes.


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} n i n i D d e t a r o c e D Before you set your tablescape for this year’s holiday festivities, check out these festive ideas from local floral designers. Real or faux flowers, ribbon and more were used to create a stunning table in four distinct themes: red, green, gold and silver and French country. By Melissa Mauzy

Table setting provided by Byron Cade. China by Herend. Dinner and butter plates, fishscale gold. Dessert plates, Herend golden laurel. Sterling silver silverware by Lunt Eloquence. Stemware by Moser, Splendid and Royal.



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French Country

Styling by Three French Hens

The tabletop created by Three French Hens is all about rustic elegance. The team mixed natural elements such as pinecones and branches with elegant glitz and gold from ribbon, ornaments, placemats and two metal reindeer. Stone pedestals create a lift to the place setting, while old books hold the silverware.


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Small Touches

Styling by John Sullivan, Ken Miesner Florist

Your holiday tabletop doesn’t have to be extravagant to make a statement. Sullivan used roses, lilies, hydrangea and pinecones along with mixed metals to create the perfect silver and gold combination. Perfect for a New Year’s Eve look, the tabletop is simple with little touches that create interest and elegance.



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Texture & Trees

Styling by B. Davis

Seeking an elegant and simple tabletop where guests could sit and eat without removing the decor, Barb Davis and her team at B. Davis incorporated texture into her tabletop with the addition of trees in varying heights. A mirrored tray placed in the center reflects the gold tones and trees. Ribbon finishes the tabletop with a holiday touch.



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Red, Sugar & Spice with Vintage is Nice

Styling by Scott Hepper, Walter Knoll Scott chose to adorn his table with the best “real” things of the holiday season: two-foot-tall cinnamon sticks, Ghirardelli chocolates, berries and apples. He combined these elements with roses hypericum berries and amaryllis. Scott says, “don’t forget about the aroma of the room. It is the first thing guests experience.” He suggests including a Lampe Berger.



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Midwestern Hospitality A Butler’s pantry and bar combine to create a space functional for entertaining. By Jamie Siebrase Photography courtesy of Gegg Design & Cabinetry





two Frontenac homeowners added serious square footage to their estate, a crowded mudroom found new purpose as a handsome, centralized anteroom – both bar and Butler’s pantry – inspired by the rich feel of the old Westchester gentlemen’s clubs. Decorator Garison Salinas of Garrison, Ltd. dubs the room denim-and-diamonds dapper. “The homeowners don’t entertain black tie or even coat and tie all the time, so they were interested in a bar that was elegant but also warm,” he says of a space suitable for lavish soirees and family get-togethers alike. Whatever the occasion, entertaining is less taxing when the essentials are handy. “The original mudroom didn’t connect to the kitchen at all,” designer Keith Gegg of Gegg Design & Cabinetry clarifies. “So we created an opening to it, which makes the territory useful as both a bar and pantry.” Everything is readily accessible: Sub Zero icemaker, refrigerated drawers and a two-temperature zone wine cooler. “I simply set out glasses, lemons and limes and alcohol, and everybody helps themselves,” says the homeowner. If she serves in the dining room after cocktails, the bar becomes “the perfect pass-through area for setting food.” The room is stunning, true, but there’s nothing artificial or impracticable about it. The crown molding, for example, is for function as much as aesthetics. “Storage,” says Gegg, “goes all the way up the ten-foot ceilings with doors that flip.” Opening small spaces with height allows for the incorporation of dramatic details like the large-scale Schaub polished nickel pulls Salinas touts as “the David Yurman of hardware.” Here’s another secret: those attractive, skinny panels on either side of

the hand-hammered copper sink accommodate five-inch-wide narrow doors harboring wine bottles. Guests won’t detect any appliances other than the wine cooler though because everything is completely integrated. “We designed around the concept of the cabinetry,” says Salinas of Gegg’s custom work. Dark-stained walnut exteriors complement lighter lyptus interiors and a unique wooden backsplash. “Mixing painted wood with lighter stained wood,” explains Salinas, “is a simple way to give newer houses the feel of history. Anybody could have thrown in a stone backsplash, but carved wood panels – they’re so reminiscent of the beautiful Westchester tutors.” Glass shelves and interior lights are to thank for the glowing ambiance. Equally high-impact are textured German antique glass cabinets and a stunning etched-glass door leading to the homeowner’s office. “That door was a big deal,” she says bluntly. “We wanted lots of light entering the space, which is completely interior, but we also wanted the glass to be smoked so that nobody would notice if my office desk is cluttered.” Salinas himself designed the walnut door, which was custom made by Chesterfield-based The Scobis Company. The result, the Audrey Hepburn of home interiors, is as relaxed, timeless, and chic as the starlet’s iconic loafers. The St. Louis bred homeowners “love contemporary, but hate cold and austere,” Salinas says. “They’re all about warmth; in that way this very approachable space reflects their wonderful, welcoming personalities.” See for resources.


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Places to go, things to do and see and people who are leaving their mark on the world of style. Moonrise Hotel, Saint Louis, MO Photography by Debbie Franke

Opened in April 2009, the Moonrise Hotel brings a unique hotel experience to the Delmar Loop neighborhood. The hotel is the creation of developer Joe Edwards as part of his vision to bring vibrancy to The Loop. “I brought the idea of a hotel to several hi rise owners in the Loop, but no one was interested in converting to a hotel,” Edwards says. “I thought it was important for the area to have a one-of-a-kind boutique hotel. Owner-operated businesses are what makes the Loop strong.” Blending modern design with quirky sophistication, the hotel features an iridescent lobby wall and open staircase with ever changing colors, lively artwork and display cases of collectibles that are lunar themed with items such as autographs of every person that has walked on the moon, ornaments, toys, etc. Driving down Delmar, you can spot it by looking up to the sky. Edwards created the one of the largest manmande moons in the world on the rooftop. The moon rotates throughout the day taking the scene from day to night. The rooftop bar is one of the hotel’s highlights with spectacular views of the neighborhood. In April 2013, the rooftop underwent a renovation to add on to the space. In addition to providing more room for guests to enjoy the outdoor views, the roof is the first restaurant roof in the U.S. to be made entirely of solar panels and was constructed by Microgrid Solar. The Moonrise Hotel is also one of the region’s leading green hotels. Stop in for a weekend stay, a drink at the rooftop bar or consider housing out-of-town guests at the Moonrise this holiday season.

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Atomium, Brussels, Belgium Originally created as the main pavilion and icon of the World Fair of Brussels in 1958, today the Atomium is one of the key landmarks in Brussels and well known worldwide. It was created by engineer Andre Waterkeyn and architect Andre Polak to symbolize the democratic will to maintain peace among all nations, faith in technical and scientific progress as well as an optimistic vision of the future of a modern, new, super-technological


world for a better life for mankind. At 334 feet tall, the Atomium features nine interconnected spheres and represents an elementary iron crystal enlarged 165 billion times. Now an exhibition spread over two floors, the Atomium tells the history of this pavillion and how it became the symbol of the city of Brussels and of Belgium.


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The Dali Museum, St. Petersburg, FL Photography courtesy of HOK / Moris Moreno

Home to the world’s most comprehensive collection of Salvador Dali’s art outside of Spain, the three-story Dali Museum sits alongside a beautiful bay in St. Petersburg’s downtown waterfront. To create an iconic building symbolic of the Spanish painter’s work, the design team at HOK created a building with 18-inch-thick concrete walls

with a free-form glass geodesic structure featuring 1,062 undulating faceted glass panes that brings light and views of the bay into the space. The American Institute of Architects placed the building on its distinguished “Florida Architecture of the Last 100 Years” list.


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Norway Spruce - Evergreen - Full, dark green short needles - Perfectly symmetrically shaped Christmas tree - Fast growing to 70 to 80 ft. tall - Grows 35 to 45 ft. wide. - Pyramidal form - Very cold-hardy - Tolerates heat well Jim Meiners, Prestige Landscape


Give your holiday tree a permanent home in your yard. You’ll enjoy its beauty years after the season’s joy and cheer have passed. By Melissa Mauzy

Trimming the holiday tree. It’s a tradition many St. Louisans partake in during the month of December. Adorning branches with ribbons, tinsel and ornaments, families have been decorating the tree since the 1700s. Today, while many choose to go the faux route, there is nothing better than the smell of an authentic tree. This year, enjoy your tree months and even years after the holidays have passed. Purchasing a live tree that is balled and burlaped allows you to plant the tree in your landscape. Instead of tossing it away, you are investing in your property as well as being eco-friendly. im Meiners, of Prestige Landscape, David Tilden, of Chesterfield Valley Nursery and David Sherwood, of Sherwood’s Forest, suggest several species that are best suited for the Missouri climate. See for planting tips.

Serbian Spruce - Short, ascending branches are ideal for hanging holiday decorations or lights - Grows 50 ft. tall and 20 feet wide - Tolerates temperatures down to -30F as well as heat and humidity David Tilden, Chesterfield Valley Nursery


Black Hill Spruce - Resembles the typical balsam cut Christmas tree - Dense, bright green needles mature to an interesting blue-green - Available potted or balled and burlapped - Slow growing to a mature height of 30-60 feet - Symmetrical cone shape David Sherwood, Sherwood's Forest


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