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FEATURES 24 IN THE SPIRIT OF THE SEASON Decorated for the holidays, designer Kris Keller’s personal residence reveals her professional philosophy.

32 TIMELESS ELEGANCE Tradition reigns supreme in this European-styled Illinois residence.


40 FARM-TO-VASE Urban Buds: City Grown Flowers and Flower Hill Farm are going back to the roots and growing fl wers locally.


The Travers’s first big shock? A 15-foot tree…adorned in blue. Yes, blue. A towering tree that popped with silver, gold and blue ornaments;

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There's just something about the holidays that makes me want to sing. Remember all the singing you did in grade school, especially during the holidays? The sound of the piano rolling down the hall getting ever closer to my classroom made my heart skip a beat in anticipation. Do you have a favorite holiday song that you never get tired of listening to or singing? I've had a favorite since grade school and it continues to be at the top of my list. “Willie, Take Your Little Drum,” that's my song, all year long. I can hear that tune and my head starts to bob to the music.  The holiday season has the magical ability to stir our inner spirit to celebrate all the joys of life. We start planning for the holidays almost as soon as summer is over!  If you're thinking about adding a little extra pizazz to your holiday decor this year, be sure to attend our extremely popular Holiday Table Top Tour on Saturday, November 4 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Local design professionals share tips on creating fabulous holiday tablescapes from Thanksgiving to New Year's Eve. Whole Kids Outreach will once again be the beneficia y of the raffl monies collected that day.  In addition to festive table settings in each of our featured homes, family heirlooms and family mementos are key interior decorating elements throughout both our holiday homes (page 24 and 32). On the other hand, three St. Louis design fi ms show their personal seasonal spin decorating the exterior of a classic Clayton front porch utilizing tinsel, ribbon, garland, woodland creatures, presents and an antique sled (page 54-57).   It's time to start planning for the upcoming holidays, if you haven't started already. I'm feeling like I'm already a little behind! Hope to see you on the Holiday Table Top Tour!

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Bring the Christmas spirit into smaller spaces with a tabletop tree. Perfect for mantels, side tables and more, tabletop trees add that extra touch of merriment.

By Melissa Mauzy Photography by Kim Dillon Table design and furniture by Martin Goebel, Goebel & Co. Furniture Wall photography by Jack Curran

1. Silver and gold glitter tree, available at The White Rabbit. 2. Pine cone tree, available at The Great Cover-Up. 3. Cone tree on pot, available at The Great Cover-Up. 4. Colorful LED tree in purple, available at Savvy Surrounding Style. 5. Tree with burlap base and custom bow, available at Marketplace at the Abbey. 6. Bottle brush tree, available at The Gifted Gardener. 7. Mercury glass tree, available at Rusted Chandelier. 8. Paper tree, available at Rusted Chandelier.



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Adding a cool clock to a space not only elevates the dĂŠcor but also helps keep you on time to get out the door.

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Ross Anzalone, DIRECTOR OF HOME FURNISHINGS AT AMINI’S, gives insight into what it is like buying and selecting furnishings for the store.

Edited by Melissa Mauzy Photography by Colin Miller/Strauss Peyton

Ross Anzalone has been in the interior design industry for more than 40 years. He has a bachelor's degree in interior and commerical design from the School of Associated Arts in Minnesota. He began his career in Chicago in the design gallery of Marshall Fields and Co. He then became a buyer for three furniture departments.

SLHL: When you go to market, how do you make purchasing decisions based on your clientele’s needs? Ross: Throughout the year, I am listening to what our customers and designers want. I keep a list of what they are looking for, and when I go to market I will take pictures of things I fin . I earmark those items and send our local designers the photos along with the information. For basic selections for the store, I look at new sources that aren’t in every store in the city…something unique, different and fashionable. SLHL: How do you create a collection when at market and purchasing from different lines? Ross: You have to have a memory. You need to be able to remember what you saw in showroom A vs. D vs. J. Think about how different pieces can work together and come together into a cohesive look.


SLHL: What are you seeing as a trend in furniture for 2018? Ross: Everyone is doing grays, but we are starting to see deep blues, and deep claret (red) colors are coming this fall. SLHL: When at market, how many showrooms do you shop and how long are you there? Ross: I am usually there for fi e days, and I see anywhere from 80-100 showrooms. Some are the size of small offic , while others can be 200,000 square feet. Since I don’t just buy for one category, I really have to strategize and plan to effectively work the market. This comes with experience after attending more than 80 furniture markets. SLHL: What do you find most challenging as a buyer? Ross: You have to be able to select the right merchandise that will sell with your customers and not allow your personal preference to enter into the final sele tion.

SLHL: What is most rewarding in the process? Ross: It is exciting when customers and designers come in to our showroom and say,” I love this look.” It makes me feel good that they noticed it and caught on to what were trying to do. SLHL: What is the process of buying at market? Ross: I don’t buy at market. My philosophy is to review what I’ve seen and find the best sources and best price points to allow Amini’s to show the product that is best for our demographic. That is why I take pictures and document everything I am seeing. We as a group need time to put it all together before making final selections.


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T caring for ART Irek Szelag combines a chemistry master's with a lifelong love of art to restore historic oil paintings. By Tyler Bierman Photography by Colin Miller/Strauss Peyton


oday Irek Szelag is a thriving local artist and the name in art conservation in St. Louis. He's owned his own business since 1990 and has worked with private owners and museums to make their prized pieces shine; all while somehow finding time o paint hundreds of his own masterpieces. It all started in Poland with a lifelong passion for fine art. However, Szelag's story took a turn from many artists' journey in 1969 with the first moon landing, an event that inspired him to earn his master's degree in chemistry from the Technical University of Lodz. It was here that he got his first taste for restoring paintings. From there, a combination of his fascination with historic artwork and science led him to the field of art conservation. As he puts it, “I spent a lot of time early in life admiring 17th century Dutch artwork and much more. So, doing what I do gives me the pleasure of being in the presence of all this art that I love and being able to make it my occupation.� This combination of art skills and chemistry knowledge are invaluable to the restoration process. Parts of this process will vary from piece to piece, but Szelag always begins by carefully examining and documenting the front and back of the painting. Then he will run a series of tests to determine which types of solvents he can safely use for the cleaning, which removes dust and smoke. He will then remove the varnish layer. Next, Szelag will make any necessary repairs. This includes patching the painting, adding new varnish and doing any touch-ups to the paint layer. This is the tricky part because the oil paints today simply won't work. Due to this, Szelag must specially


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prepare his paints to match the color pigments of the piece. The final touch is to add a final l yer of varnish and return it to its frame. When it's all said and done, Szelag can turn an $800 painting into a $45,000 treasure, but good luck getting yourself to sell it! After you see the results, you'll opt to keep it for yourself. As simple as that process may seem, making a 300-year-old oil painting look like it was finished yesterday is no easy task. Even the slightest mix-up with solvents could irreversibly damage a priceless piece. For this reason, Szelag urges people against trying to do this themselves. When Szelag isn't preserving art, you can most likely find him creating it. He paints horses, fl wers and—most prominently—landscapes of St. Louis, the city that has been his home since 1988. He beams with pride when he says, “I feel that I am a happy man and that I have found the place where I enjoy the work and the hobby together.” Szelag offers some food for thought, imploring us to “Please care for art. Many people these days are only focused on objects that have no value.” He gestures towards a smartphone, “This is nothing, just a tool for you. You use it to make your work easier, but it's just a thing. Art has greater value. The value comes from the culture, the stories and the countless ways it has impacted people's lives.” Whether you're looking to see more of his craft or have some of your own treasures restored, you can find all you need at szelagart.com. Also, watch for his next exhibition starting this April at Chesterfield Ci y Hall. See stlouishomesmag.com for more photos and resources.

The painting Irek is currently working on was painted by Tyrolean (Austrian) artist Thomas Riss (1871 - 1959) who exhibited and received the gold medal at the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair.


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

Steak Au Poivre.

COTTAGEVILLE Stone Soup Cottage keeps its business cozy, but with big-time nostalgia in historic Cottleville.


Carl and Nancy McConnell have had a close and enduring professional relationship with Wiese Nursery since opening Stone Soup Cottage in Cottleville nine years ago. They were mere minutes away from the Wiese family farm, making treks for the freshest product an easy bet. One hundred percent of the restaurant’s produce still comes from the farm… only now it comes from the 6.5-acre parcel they purchased from the Wieses, and where they relocated in 2013. Proteins come, whenever possible, from Missouri-based purveyors. “People have talked about the farm-to-fork movement for a long time, but we actually are right on the farm where we get our produce,” says Chef Carl McConnell, who co-owns Stone Soup Cottage with his wife, Nancy. “That makes us special in St. Louis—and unique in the region—and our clients really do appreciate it.” Everything about Stone Soup Cottage, in fact, is as close-to-home as one can get. The cozy 40-seat restaurant, built with wood salvaged

from an old barn on the property, features comforting fi eplaces and warm, inviting décor. Carl still offers his signature prix fixe dinner service three nights a week, with Nancy welcoming guests for the feast. Lest one get the impression the move was made with expansion in mind, Nancy is quick to set the record straight: “The temptation for a lot of people is to grow bigger or open a second location,” she says. “We made a concerted effort to keep it small and intimate. It’s not just about the food or the atmosphere or ambiance; it has to be all those things. So, for us, it’s no high-volume, no turning tables. We had to make a decision that we would never get larger than 40 people. And [Carl] makes it a point to meet each of the guests and make it an experiential dinner.” The only “expansions,” per se, the two have made is to the functionality. Carl has a larger kitchen in which to operate. There’s now a smokehouse, and they’ve built an arbor right in the middle of the farm, as well as an infini y


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STONE SOUP COTTAGE WHERE: Ferguson Bath, Kitchen and Lighting Gallery, 17895 Chesterfield Ai port Road, Chesterfiel , MO 63005 WHEN: Wednesday, November 8, 6:30-8:30 p.m. COST: $35 per person RSVP by calling 636-230-9640, ext. 27 or EMAIL bosterloh@stlouishomesmag.com hosted by *Seating is limited.


Top: Pumpkin Chowder. Bottom: Chocolate Gateau with Caramel Gelato and Grand Marnier Sauce.

patio diners can enjoy on temperate nights. Even more important, the McConnells have struck a balance between their professional and personal lives. As passionate as the couple is about the food experience they offer their customers, it was important to them to leave time for family. With two teenage boys, Carl and Nancy prefer to remain closed for important days like major holidays, birthdays and days when other family functions are planned. Stone Soup Cottage’s rarity—both in terms of available seats and its business model— make it a hot ticket for Missouri gourmands who cherish ambiance. Dinners can fill up months in advance, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you have to plan that far ahead. Private events require no facility fee, just adequate notice. “If you can get 12 people together, you can have a dinner here,” Carl says. “Or call and get on the waiting list; we do get cancellations.” See stlouishomesmag.com for more information.



Those eager to try their hands at Stone Soup Cottage fare can get a demo of Chef Carl McConnell’s seasonal offerings at the next cooking school Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017 at Ferguson Bath, Kitchen and Lighting Gallery. The cost is $35 per person. For reservations, call 636-230-9640, ext. 27, or email bosterloh@stlouishomesmag.com. Seating is limited.

THE COOKING SCHOOL MENU Pumpkin Chowder: “I grew up in New England [Boston], so I love New England-style clam chowder, so this is a play on that.” The soup is thick and creamy with fl vors of garlic, celery and nutmeg. Chef McConnell tops it with smoked clams and garnishes with pumpkin seeds. Wine pairing: Simonsig Chenin Blanc Steak Au Poivre: McConnell loves the heartiness of Missouri-raised prime beef for the winter. The meat gets a generous crust of crushed black pepper before searing. Cooking school students will learn the celebrated chef’s red wine demiglace, which is served with the steak along with farm-fresh vegetables and potatoes. Wine pairing: Ironstone Reserve Cabernet Franc Chocolate Gateau with Caramel Gelato and Grand Marnier Sauce: Elements of sweet and tart make this decadent dessert deluge the senses. McConnell tops the spongy chocolate cake with a citrusy sauce, candied orange peels and a scoop of vanilla bean gelato on top. Wine pairing: Luca Bosio Moscato D'Asti


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By Lorraine Raguseo Photography courtesy of Quintessential Wines

UNIQUE GRAPES TAKE CENTER STAGE FOR HOLIDAY DINING t's no accident that the foods signaling a traditional Thanksgiving are such late autumn staples as pumpkin, apples, Brussels sprouts, sweet potatoes, turnips and cranberries. Root vegetables and all kinds of squash – from acorn to butternut – are found on the menus of diverse restaurants around the country but are especially prominent in those restaurants where the produce is locally sourced and follows each season’s bounty. They can be tricky to pair with wine…many of them have either a sweetness or bitterness that often works against wine, especially those wines light in fl vor, with pronounced citrus characters or with big fruit. So, where to turn for the right libation? On the white-wine side, the answer is Chenin Blanc. It is a lesser-known grape that, at its best, shows both tropical fruits and white fl wers, like acacia. It should have enough fresh acidity to stand up to foods that might defeat other white wines – and


many reds. When you add seafood to the mix of whatever dish is being served, such as a rich chowder with smoked clams as well as ham and enough pumpkin to give it an orange hue, as is served by Chef Carl McConnell at Stone Soup Cottage, then you’re truly in Chenin’s fl vor wheelhouse. While Chenin Blanc is a French grape that is usually grown in cooler climates, some of the best Chenin comes today from South Africa, where it is considered the country’s signature white wine. A textbook version of this wine, with all the aforementioned attributes, is Simonsig Chenin Blanc. It is made by one of the pioneering wine families in the famed Stellenbosch region just outside Cape Town and has been rightly praised for over-delivering on great taste at a modest price. Another grape that works especially well with November and December holiday fare is Cabernet Franc. In France, this grape is included in red blends, particularly from the Bordeaux


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region, as it is a terrific mixer with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. It is the third grape in what is known as the traditional Bordeaux Blend. Like Chenin, it grows particularly well in cooler climate wine regions and, also like the Chenin, it sprouts up in parts of the United States that are not considered ideal areas for grape growing. Cabernet Franc has one distinctive characteristic that is the same whether the grapes are grown in Italy or New York’s Long Island vineyards – a spicy or bell pepper aroma and taste that is most apparent when paired with foods that have a peppery quality to them. Be it a turkey filled with a spicy sausage stuffi , with freshly ground black pepper on the turkey’s skin and inside the cavity, to a spicy take on Yorkshire pudding, with a generous amount of white pepper. But, Steak Au Poivre, with a creamy peppercorn sauce, is probably the ultimate pairing with well-structured, intense Cabernet Francs like Ironstone Vineyard’s Reserve. The Kautz family, now in their third generation of born-and-bred California grape growers and winemakers, pick the Cabernet Franc grapes for their Reserve wine from their showplace property in rural Calaveras County, among the Sierra Foothills – home to Mark Twain’s famous “Jumping Frog” and the epicenter of the California Gold Rush of the mid-1800s. Sweet wines can really add sparkle to the holidays on their own or when they’re paired with any number of desserts that have a ton of sweetness on their own. Some sweet wines would clash with desserts that already have a lot going on, such as a Chocolate Gateau with Caramel Gelato and Grand Marnier Sauce. While not exactly an unknown grape, Moscato, as it is made in Asti region of the Piedmont hills in its native Italy, is floral and fruity, usually with some acacia and honey accents. But, the light fizz on the wine, as is the custom of most of the wines from this region, keeps it from being heavy and cloying. It is a perfect foil for desserts with diverse fl vors – sweet and salty, with other pronounced fruit fl vors like the concentrated orange of Grand Marnier. Luca Bosio’s family has been growing grapes in the Asti region for many years and, more recently, making wines that have become well known for their freshness and bright fruit and floral fl vors. He recommends tasting his Moscato d’Asti alongside any rich desserts with a chocolate base and preponderance of fruits and other sweet elements…it will seem like Christmas in your mouth, and you’ll thank the sugarplum fairies for this wonderful tasty treat. See stlouishomesmag.com for more information.


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H O L I D AY TA B L E T O P TOUR NOVEMBER 4, 2017 10 AM – 4 PM

LEARN FROM THE BEST! Local design professionals share tips on creating fabulous holiday tablescapes from Thanksgiving to New Year's Eve. * Hear fun, design-inspired presentations on the hour, every hour * Purchase raffle tickets at each store to win a holiday decor item * Enjoy complimentary appetizers and beverages at each shop * 100% of proceeds to benefit Whole Kids Outreach

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8935 Manchester Rd, St. Louis, MO 63144

Topic: Get your jolly on Raffle item: Rockin' santa

MARKETPLACE AT THE ABBEY 10090 Manchester Rd, St. Louis, MO 63122 Topic: How to set a beautiful layered holiday tabletop using Hester & Cook decorative papers Raffle item: Galvanized pumpkin with beautiful faux mums


9030 Manchester Rd, St. Louis, MO 63144 Topic: Farmhouse and vintage inspired tabletops Raffle item: Gift basket


118 N Kirkwood Rd, St. Louis, MO 63122 Topic: Centerpieces for holiday entertaining Raffle item: Kasco candle

THE JEWELED COTTAGE 421 Sappington Rd, St. Louis, MO 63122 Topic: Personalizing your tabletop for the holidays Raffle item: Wreath SAVVY SURROUNDING STYLE

9753 Clayton Rd, St. Louis, MO 63124 Topic: “Jingle Bell Rock," including an adult and kids’ table Raffle item: Snowman/cardinal hook rug pillow



9708 Clayton Rd, St. Louis, MO 63124 Topic: Themes for "kids" ages 1–92 that you will never grow tired of Raffle item: Gift basket


17021 Baxter Road, Chesterfield, MO 63005 Topic: Updating your table for the holiday season Raffle item: The Quinta Hugo natural cork ice bucket

FLEUR DE CHIC 16636 Old Chesterfield Rd, Chesterfield, MO 63017 Topic: How to make your holidays sparkle and shine with metallics Raffle item: Basket of goodies TIMBERWINDS NURSERY 54 Clarkson Rd, Ellisville, MO 63011 Topic: Home for the "Holly Day!" Decorating with plants Raffle item: Firepit

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Glittering ornaments, treasured mementos and four Santas from the owner’s collection create a festive holiday ambiance in the formal dining room. Surrounded by gilded, velvet brocade chairs, the massive pedestal table is covered in sheer organza.



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In the SPIRIT of the SEASON Decorated for the holidays, designer Kris Keller’s personal residence reveals her professional philosophy.

By Barb Wilson Photography by Anne Matheis


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irst-time visitors to designer Kris Keller’s home are often surprised. Perhaps they expect something classically elegant or ultra-lavish. Or an array of today’s latest design trends. Instead, guests find a living environment that’s as warm and personable as its owner, especially when decorated for the holiday season. With 34 years of experience in her field – 25 of those years as founder/director of The Design Source LTD. –Keller is recognized for her award-winning styling. But it’s her design philosophy and unique ability to interpret clients’ personalities and desires that has achieved the fi m’s success. “A home should be the ‘spiritual center’ of your life,” she maintains, “a place that gives you pleasure, that soothes, refreshes and supports the way you live.” Flexibility should also be counted among Kris’ notable skills, as evidenced by her own home. When planning to downsize 2-1/2 years ago, she was looking for something “cottage-y” – a smaller, more manageable house with lots of character. Time, however, was of the essence, and what Kris found was a traditional


ranch built in 1973, recently flipped and freshly renovated inside. At 2,200 square feet, the ranch was virtually identical in size to her previous home, which meant that her furniture would fit perfectly. Equally important, the unfinished lower level offered abundant offic space for The Design Source. So Kris switched gears and went to work immediately. While contractors built out the lower level in an astonishing three weeks’ time, she focused on creating the comfortable, relaxed look she’d envisioned for the main level. She decided on “boho glam” – a laid-back retro scheme that combines luxurious textiles, jewel tones and metallic accents – as the best way to meld the home’s vintage styling with her existing furnishings and favorite possessions. For aesthetic continuity, she drew on the ranch’s simple black-and-white exterior, establishing a basic palette of black, white and red for the interior. “I redid everything,” Kris recalls, indicating the custom window treatments, grasscloth Phillip Jeff ies wallcoverings and the family room fi eplace, which she completely redesigned. “I


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Opposite page: Redesigned by Keller, the family room fi eplace is lined with a collection of miniature Christmas trees from the early 1920s. On a tray table against the side wall, a group of Dickens characters celebrate the season, joined by various Santas displayed around the room. This page: Topped with favorite keepsakes, including a musical snowman from Kris’ son, the elegant desk arrangement is complemented by a vivid French poster art reproduction.



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like simple geometric shapes and work with them often,” she explains. Clean and tailored, the predominately white fireplace surround is accented with black polygons, which are repeated in the carved “pillow” shapes lining the mantel. Throughout the home, family heirlooms, mementos and gifts are an integral part of the décor and, at holiday time, her reverence for family treasures is even more apparent. Although The Design Source frequently decorates clients’ homes for the season, festooning her own home gives Kris special pleasure. “All of my ornaments have personal meaning, and bringing them out each year is like meeting old friends again,” she says with a smile. The yuletide ambiance is quickly established in the foyer, which showcases a handsome hand-carved chest that had belonged to the designer’s grandmother. Topping the chest are a tasseled antique fiber runner, one of the countless Santas she’s collected over time, long-saved greeting cards and a signed copy of Clement Moore’s "The Night Before Christmas." In the living room, a permanent arrangement on one wall is typical of Kris’s ingenuity, where a variety of decorative corbels serve as display shelves for an assortment of handmade miniature furniture pieces. This cozy room was also her choice as “holiday central.” Positioned in the window bay, the slim, cylindrical Christmas tree is well-suited to the scale of the space and deeply layered with ornaments from her childhood and various items made by her son when a youngster. Facing each other at the top of the tree are two doves of peace handcrafted by Kris’s mother-in-law, and on the coffee table is a golden angel made by her mother. Across the foyer, the formal dining room is similarly festive, with a sheer organza tablecloth covering the massive pedestal table, ornate pillar candles centering the table setting and a number of gold-trimmed decorations that complement the gilded, velvet

Top: In the foyer, a hand-carved chest showcases an antique fiber runner and an heirloom copy of “The Night Before Christmas.” Bottom: Cozy, inviting, and arrayed with family memorabilia, the living room is “holiday central.” Opposite page: Framed by the living room’s silk dupioni drapes, the Christmas tree is deeply layered with ornaments from the designer’s childhood, items made by her son when he was a toddler, and gifts from Swedish relatives. At the top are two doves of peace hand-crafted by Kris’ mother-in-law.



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brocade dining chairs. Four more Santas join the mealtime revelry and, under a romantic figurati e canvas by Irene Borg, colorful holiday miniatures are displayed on a glass-and-chrome tea caddy. Countless seasonal mementos are tastefully distributed around the family room, which is already Christmas-y with its red/white/black color scheme. Santas are tucked everywhere, and a “forest” of miniature Christmas trees, all hand-decorated by Kris, is spread along the fi eplace mantel. At one end of the hearth, family stockings are hung on the andirons, and a whimsical bearded elf and snoozing dog guard an antique 19th-century fi e extinguisher at the opposing end. On a tray side table against one wall, a group of tiny Dickens characters celebrate the season and a rustic tray holding a number of small items rests on the creamy, linen-upholstered ottoman. Holiday guests gravitating to the kitchen and breakfast area find plenty of conversation pieces there, as well. A bank of shimmering mercury glass balls and trees extends the full length of the granite-topped island that defines the kitchen and, illustrating Kris’ delightful sense of humor, an amusing vignette is set against the striking basket-weave marble backsplash. On the counter under the cabinets, an armchair Santa exchanges pleasantries with a gold-crowned “Fobot,” a found object robot that caught her fancy at the St. Louis Art Fair in Clayton. Dramatically appointed in red and gold, the master bedroom features handmade wall panels, textured and gold-finished; bronze silk drapes; and a stunning bedstead, embossed in metallic leaf, crafted in India, and newly purchased for this room. Somewhat less vivid but thoroughly inviting, the guest bedroom is furnished with a wrought-iron bed, muted red/gold fabrics and knit-covered throw pillows. Adding a touch of romance, an antique Coca Cola tray depicting an iconic Gibson Girl is mounted above the headboard.


Top left: Mercury glass balls and trees shimmer along the kitchen’s gleaming granite island. Top right: A touch of whimsy, Santa and a gold-crowned “Fobot” toast the holidays. Bottom: Richly appointed in red and gold, the master bedroom is dramatic year-round.

By now, Keller’s motivation as a design professional should be readily apparent. Her personal residence surrounds her with “comfort and joy” on a daily basis, and the same is true when she designs for clients. Whatever the preferred style – from minimalist to classic to opulent, her goal is to assist owners in creating a home that expresses their individuality, supports their personal lifestyle and continually uplifts the spirit of those who live there. See stlouishomesmag.com for resources and additional photos.


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In the guest bedroom, a Swedish “kissing couple” shares the joy of the season under the watchful eye of a Gibson Girl depicted on the antique Coca Cola tray above the wrought-iron headboard.


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timeless ELEGANCE By Melissa Mauzy

Photography by Anne Matheis

Tradition reigns supreme in this European-styled Illinois residence.

Balance and symmetry are important to the homeowner's traditional design aesthetic. Almost every item you find is a matching pair.

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or homeowner Olga Mandis, tradition is everything. From her interior décor style to the family memories she recreates each holiday season, tradition is sprinkled throughout her charming Illinois home. Mandis and husband Nick purchased the house nine years ago and immediately knew they were going to put their personal stamp to reinvent the place. The couple hails from Europe and Olga has always been inspired by history, architecture and traditional décor, so it made perfect sense that their new home embraces their European roots with an Old World feel. “If you know your roots and strong preferences that is how you define your style,” she explains. “I like heavy furniture, lamps with shades, sconces, chandeliers, draperies and fine china” To enhance the Mediterranean flai , the Mandises worked with Light Bright to transform the fi eplace as well as adding built-in cabinetry in the sitting room, custom columns and crown molding throughout. Most of the furnishings, accessories and artwork were purchased while the homeowners were traveling and visiting family in Europe. Mandis says she loves to scour hidden antique shops to find little treasures you don’t see everywhere. “I know when and where I purchased each item in this home,” she says. “Collecting the pieces makes them more meaningful.” With a true knack for design, Mandis says she always has a clear vision in her head of exactly what she is looking for in the home, plus she has the patience to wait until she finds just the right piece. Given most of the elements of the home were purchased and shipped from Europe, the Mandises waited anywhere from three months to one year to get items. Olga says the sitting room sat empty for nearly a year waiting for everything to arrive.

Olga loves a formally set dining table, and her Arte Italica glassware and dinnerware are among her favorite pieces on the table.



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Tones of gold and rich burgundy carry from the homeowner's normal decor into her holiday ornamentation.


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But when everything finally made its way to Illinois, the results are simply stunning. Splashed in rich burgundy and tones of gold, the home is a showpiece of ornate furnishings, luxurious fabrics, stunning chandeliers and irreplaceable treasures while still feeling comfortable at the same time. It is no wonder that Olga would have the same clear vision and over-the-top style for her holiday décor. Though she changes up themes every couple of years, Mandis’s theme for this year is timeless elegance, which really plays up the burgundy and gold plus lots of velvet. Themes in years past have included royal baroque, golden elegance and chateau blanc. While many of her holiday decorations are reused from year to year, Olga says she finds new items throughout the year and buys them whenever she finds them, even if it is in July. “There just isn’t enough time if you wait to buy until Christmas,” she says. Incorporating everything from garland, wreaths, sprays, and candleholders, Olga even makes some of her own décor. “I will purchase a more generic floral piece and add my own touch,” she says. Like the arrangements in the dining room, for example. Simple holiday greenery is transformed into a seasonal showstopper with the addition of sparkling poinsettias, sprays of gold foliage and glittering pinecones. Carried throughout the dining room, the florals are displayed in multiple ways from matching candelabra centerpieces to a dramatic dining spread decked with gold candles to an adornment on the stunning chandelier. Olga then used the same hued and nature-inspired elements throughout the rest of the dining room décor. Lighted miniature trees and gold reindeer add merriment to the sideboard, which is displayed under a painting by famed Greek artist Theodore Ralis titled “The Muses” and purchased from the Athens Art Gallery. A bronze statue on the sideboard was handmade by Joe Ikonomakis, another famous Greek artist.

Above: Special touches, like a gold artichoke ornnament on each place setting, make each guests' spot at the table over the top. Left: Draped in velvet fabrics, the tree is tucked with handpicked treasures found by the homeowner.



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An iron double console table with hand-forged iron scrolls is topped with granite and festive adornments.


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For Olga, the dining room table is always formally set. Arte Italica dinnerware and glassware is properly set atop a vintage handmade silk embroidered tablecloth. A baroque-style charger from Neiman Marcus makes each guest’s place at the table over the top. Gold artichoke ornaments used as place settings add a special touch, as do the Michael Aram black orchid napkin rings. The Mandises try to entertain during the holiday season, and friends are always in awe of the jolly décor. With so much holiday ornamentation to display, Olga will take down a lot of her normal accessories to make way for Christmas. And, she is rearranging things all the time. In the sitting room, simple holiday additions like red candles, greenery and garland surrounding the fireplace mantel complement the intricate furnishings, which are a part of a luxury Italian lacquer furniture collection from Europe accented with solid brass. The sitting room draperies are a signature piece in traditional décor, and Olga handpicked all the fabrics herself. A beautiful Louis XVI-style oil painting titled “The Duchess” by Peruvian artist Barrientos is hung above an iron double console table with hand-forged iron scrolls and topped with granite. The accents displayed atop the table are all about balance and symmetry, which are a huge theme for Olga throughout the house. “I like symmetry and almost everything in the home

is in a pair,” she explains. “The balanced, completed look is very important in traditional style.” Anchoring the ends of the console are black-and-gold candelabra lamps with shades by Jeanne Reed. In the entry foyer, the grand tree is the stunning showpiece that finishes off the holiday décor. Olga loves to drape her trees in rich fabrics, and her deep, plush burgundy choice perfectly complements the timeless elegance theme for this year’s tree. “I like to include little decorative elements in the tree like the masks,” she says of her decorating technique. “I also find ornaments to fit y theme and always include lots of gold.” While decorating for the holidays is always a big affair at the Mandis household, for Olga it is more than just setting the table, adorning the tree and sprinkling in her special find . Christmas for the Mandises is all about family and tradition. “I want to make memories as a family and pass those memories down to my kids,” she says. “You always remember those little traditions you had growing up. They are a precious link to the past.” See stlouishomesmag.com for resources and additional photos.



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The sitting room furniture was purchased from a luxury Italian collection. Accented with solid brass, the ornate details fit perfectly with the homeowners European-inspired look.

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FARM-TO-VASE URBAN BUDS: CITY GROWN FLOWERS and FLOWER HILL FARM are going back to the roots and growing fl wers locally. By Lucyann Boston Photography by Kim Dillon

A haze of purple cosmos frame sunflowers and a field of zinnias beyond at Flower Hill Farm.



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Betsy peers at the world from his handsome stable. Rows of zinnias frame the city setting at Urban Buds: City Grown Flowers.


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Netting bags protect a dahlia from insect damage at Urban Buds: City Grown Flowers.


he settings couldn’t be more different. One sandwiched in the city, bordered by brick buildings and alleys; the other spread over multiple acres and accessed down a long gravel driveway. At heart, however, they are one and the same. Both sites overfl w with fl wers. Glorious, colorful exquisite fl wers. Flowers to gladden the heart. Flowers to soothe the soul. Food purveyors have long touted the benefits of “farm-to-table” cuisine. “Farm-to-vase” fl wers are a kindred movement in a desire to literally go back to our roots. Locally, fl wer farmers Karen “Mimo” Davis and Miranda Duschack of Urban Buds: City Grown Flowers in St. Louis’s Dutchtown neighborhood and Vicki Lander and Jack Oglander of Flower Hill Farm in Beaufort, MO, an hour southwest of St. Louis, are proud proponents of this beautiful trend. Their blossoms, harvested daily, go directly from richly amended soil to dinner centerpieces, bridal bouquets and end-table arrangements. Traditionally, local floral designers relied on blossoms packed in boxes and crates and shipped to St. Louis from hundreds, if not thousands, of miles away. Flowers from the nearby farms come in water-filled buckets directly from the grower and, unlike hothouse or tropically produced blossoms, are more likely to refle t the changing seasons. In addition Urban Buds: City Grown Flowers sells to the public each week at the Tower Grove Farmers Market. Flower Hill Farm blossoms are available at the Maplewood and Wildwood Farmers Markets and at monthly pick-your-own bouquet events, advertised on their website.


Rows of colorful celosia and a crop of purple long-lasting lisianthus from Urban Buds: City Grown Flowers.


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A perfect dahlia from Urban Buds: City Grown Flowers is ready for market. Below: One of many varieties of zinnias at Urban Buds: City Grown Flowers.

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Mimo Davis has a 25-year history of growing beautiful fl wers; first at Wild Thang Farms in Ashland, MO, and now in the city. “I have always had a passion and love for fl wers,” she says. “Flowers feed my soul. Anybody can grow food; go to a farmers market and you will see tomatoes everywhere. Not everybody can grow good fl wers. There are many ways to feed people, not just with food. We are feeding people’s spirits.” Mimo and Miranda became acquainted when both worked as agricultural extension agents for Lincoln University. While Mimo’s expertise was flowers, Miranda’s was in agricultural production, livestock and bee keeping. In 2012, they teamed up to purchase an historic farmstead at 4728 Tennessee Avenue with a history of fl wer production dating back to the 1870s. Much of the farm had been sold off, but an acre of property, including a greenhouse and remnants of a flo ist shop, remained. The two women set about clearing the overgrown land, reclaiming the greenhouse and since have incorporated other nearby vacant lots into their urban farm. This coming year, due to a grant received from the Missouri Department of Agriculture for cut-fl wer production, they will be producing flowers year round using their greenhouse and three recently constructed “high tunnels.” They are partners in life as well as business. In June 2014, Mimo and Miranda were one of the first four same-sex couples to successfully challenge Missouri’s gay marriage ban. One of their greatest joys, their website notes, is growing and arranging fl wers for weddings and incorporating seasonal, locally grown fl wers for the special day of all couples. More information on their floral design business and Urban Buds: City Grown Flowers can be found on their website.

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Top: Dainty yellow-and-white cosmos contrast with bold sunfl wers at Flower Hill Farm. Middle: A lush, burgundy wine dahlia from Flower Hill Farm. Bottom: A bucket of recently harvested cosmos from Flower Hill Farm.

“I have a passion for what we are doing and growing fl wers in the city,” Mimo continues “ I feel that we are bringing agriculture to where people have access to it. We have taken vacant lots and turned them into aesthetically beautiful places where people who may not be able to afford our fl wers can still appreciate them. We don’t put up fences or gates because we want people to be able to see what we are growing. We are asked if we have a problem with people stealing our fl wers. We do not.” Flower Hill Farm’s Vicki Lander completed the Master Gardener course in the early 1990s while working as a massage therapist and yoga instructor. She continued with her main career but, from that time on, her lifelong love of the outdoors drew her to begin working on the side in a wide variety of jobs related to gardening. She was renting land for a vegetable garden on an old farmstead in Ferguson when the EarthDance Organic Farm School moved in next door. She first participated in the educational program and eventually became farm manager. In the small world of St. Louis, she crossed paths with Mimo Davis, then working with the Lincoln University Agricultural Extension Service. The two women knew each other previously when Mimo sold fl wers from her Ashland, MO, farm at the Clayton farmers’ market and Vicki was a customer. They renewed that friendship to such an extent that Vicki and her husband Jack Oglander included Mimo in an invitation they had received to participate in a Slow Food conference in Turin, Italy. For a number of years Vicki and Jack had been considering living rurally. When in 2011 Vicki’s sister, a real estate agent, found a 35-acre property in Beaufort that included a pond and a greenhouse that had been chemically free for 30 years, they were ready to take the plunge.



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The vibrant foliage of 'Mahogany Splendor' hibiscus at Flower Hill Farm. Below: A field of cosmos at Flower Hill Farm.

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Containers of fl wers from Urban Buds: City Grown fl wers are ready for the Tower Grove Farmer's Market


What to grow on the land was a bit up in the air. For several years Vicki had been “training apprentices (at EarthDance) to be vegetable farmers, and I didn’t want to compete with them. Mimo encouraged me to grow fl wers. At that time there wasn’t anybody doing flowers for the St. Louis farmer's markets. She also encouraged me to become a member of the Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers.” Even with that encouragement, Vicki and Jack credit much of their success with their acceptance in the Missouri Beginning Farmer Entrepreneurial Program, which included extensive visits to four different farms, including one in Burlington, VT. The program emphasized creating a viable, three-to-five-year business plan. Both fl wer farms rely on chemical-free, organic farming techniques and integrated pest management. While Urban Buds: City Grown Flowers flowers are grown in a more controlled environment, Flower Hill Farm blossoms are subject to the whims of woodland creatures. That can be helpful in the case of barn swallows that arrive seasonally and consume numerous bugs that might chew on the blossoms. Browsing deer, however, destroyed several years of sunflower crops, just as they were budding, until Jack constructed a multi-level deer fence and a tenant farmer renting some of their acreage moved in with a livestock-herding Great Pyrenees mountain dog. Whether a professional grower or in your own garden, harvest fl wers very early in the morning or after 6 or 7 in the evening, Vicki advises, and know that each variety needs slightly different handling to prolong life. Fresh-cut daffodils should be left in a vase of water for at least three hours before combining them with other fl wers to clear the gooey substance from their stems. Dip fresh-cut hydrangeas in alum to prolong life. Vases need to be immaculately clean and water changed frequently. To grow cut fl wers in your own garden, look for tall varieties with long stems rather than dwarf varieties hybridized to be more compact and neat. Cut long stems to encourage stem growth. Mimo is passionate about growing fl wers, she notes, because fl wers are integral to our lives. In the aftermath of the hurricanes and flooding in the Southeast and Texas just a few months ago, she received numerous calls to ship fl wers to areas hard hit by the tragedy, where production had been disrupted. “People still get married and people still get buried. The same thing happened in 9/11 when all air transportation was shut down. A bride still needed a bouquet and someone needed a casket blanket.” “We use fl wers to say ‘I love you’; we use flowers to say, ‘I’m sorry’; we use flowers to say, ‘Congratulations.’ They are part of our daily life. See stlouishomesmag.com for resources and additional photos.


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Top: Dainty pompoms of gromphrena/globe amaranth from Flower Hill Farm. One of many varieties of sunflowers at Flower Hill Farm.

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Photography by Andria Graeler.

As the temperatures drop, don’t lose your garden favorites to the harsh winter. Many outdoor plants will grow all year if brought indoors. We asked local landscape professionals to share their favorite outdoor plants that thrive inside. By Melissa Mauzy

1. "Ficus Pandurata 'Fiddle Leaf Fig' is a great foliage plant for outside on the porch or patio and does well when brought inside to an east or west window.” David Sherwood, Sherwood’s Forest. 2. “We love the slow-growing Agave for its thick fles

y leaves, spiked edges and ease of transition. As long as this low-maintenance succulent gets bright, indirect sunlight, it will thrive indoors all winter long.” Sarah Riley, Bowood Farms.


3. “A new favorite at the nursery this year is a succulent that took us by surprise, the Echeruvia Topsy Turvey. In July, gorgeous stalks spring up with colorful, creamsicle orange blooms. Plant it in a pot outside or add it to your kitchen window succulent garden any time of year!” Andria Graeler, Chesterfield Valley Nursery.

4. “You can enjoy fresh homegrown strawberries during the colder months with Delizz Strawberries. Delizz Strawberries can also be grown indoors in a sunny window and will yield tasty fruit up to four weeks.” Ann Lapides, Sugar Creek Gardens.

5. “Crotons are great indoor/outdoor plants for St. Louis. The wonderfully colorful foliage makes great contrasts both inside and outside.” Richard Poynter, Poynter Landscape & Architecture.



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Stephen and Peter Sachs Museum The Missouri Botanical Garden will welcome visitors in early 2018 to the reopening of Henry Shaw’s Museum. Edited by Melissa Mauzy Photography courtesy of Missouri Botanical Garden

Opened in 1859, Henry Shaw's Museum was the scientific heart of the Missouri Botanical Garden for more than a century. It housed the Garden’s original library, herbarium and natural history specimens. Over the years it also was used as offic space, a research lab and as a restaurant. The museum building was closed to the public in 1982 and only opened on special occasions including annually on Henry Shaw’s Birthday. When Dr. Peter Wyse Jackson became president of the Garden in 2010, he recognized the importance of reopening this important building. With generous donor support through the Garden for the World capital campaign, it will open again in early 2018 as the Stephen and Peter Sachs Museum. The building will be a unique gathering space and will showcase some of the Garden’s historical collections and artifacts. An addition on the building’s east side will feature a fully accessible entrance, elevator and expanded restrooms. Following the standards for the treatment of historic properties by the National Park Service, the new addition is required to look different from the original building in order protect the integrity of the historic building. The Garden looks forward to welcoming visitors in 2018 to celebrate the reopening of this scientific and historical treasure. See www.stlouishomesmag.com for resources.



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OUTDOORS By Melissa Mauzy

The art of decorating your home for the holidays may now be just another item on your to-do list. But beyond your indoor décor and outdoor lights, don’t forget about your front porch. A festive display draws in guests and sets the tone for the merriment that is about to come. St. Louis Homes & Lifestyles asked three local design shops to put their seasonal spin on a classic Clayton exterior recently rehabbed by Period Restoration. The expert elves from Mary Tuttle’s, Rusted Chandelier and The Jeweled Cottage had just 30 minutes to sprinkle their tinsel, ribbons and garland. We hope you are inspired to deck the halls (or your porch) this holiday season. The Jeweled Cottage

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he designers at The Jeweled Cottage were motivated by the beautiful Clayton landscape when choosing the front porch dĂŠcor. The nature-inspired look brings in elements of the surrounding woods with touches of sparkle. Dual wreaths wrapped in white berries hang under the lantern fi tures, and pinecones tickle the feet of two stately deer statues at the base of the porch steps. An antique sled draped in greenery gets touches of sparkle in the glittery burlap presents and balls. The color scheme is kept in natural greens and browns. A leather ribbon finishes the look, lending an unexpected punch of texture and sophistication.


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BEAUTIFULLY BOLD By Rusted Chandelier


usted Chandelier selected their color scheme based off the monochromatic and darker shades of the home’s stone. Bright red and a lime green pop against the natural colors of the exterior façade. Custom bows showcase their fabulous seasonal ribbon, which includes red velvet that the designers say is so big this holiday season. Oversized shiny red finials and bright red ornament balls add a whimsical touch. Near the door, lanterns filled with greenery and candles sit atop lime green and natural wood stools. To bring in nature, the designers mixed in pines and berries.



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EASY ELEGANCE By Mary Tuttle’s


taying true to their signature slogan, “The Art of Living,” Mary Tuttle’s designers focused on keeping the front porch décor simple yet elegant. Inspired by the English feel of the home, they incorporated lots of faux boxwood foliage to complement the exterior architecture. The designers wanted the display to give the feeling of being out in the woods. Elements like berries and pinecones mix with dried hydrangeas enhance the natural look. The wreath is a statement piece on the front door that repeats the natural elements found throughout. Simple urns topped with oversized boxwood flor and lanterns glowing from a single candle complete the look.


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slhl BEFORE & AFTER Working in collaboration with the homeowner, Heidi's expertise in fabric and frame on the custom Marge Carson sofa resulted in a stunning final piece in the reat room.

The Elements of

Style Designer Heidi Hartwig brings European style to Webster Groves, transforming a custom home with some seriously elegant interiors.

By Jamie Siebrase Photography by Anne Matheis


“Heidi’s specialty is pulling it all together,” says homeowner Jen Grossman. Built in 2011, Jen's house already had the framing for luxury— just look at those vaulted ceilings! It was the décor, then, that needed a sophisticated reboot capable of capturing the homeowner’s affin y for classic European design. Heidi started in the living room, with the two alder wood bookcases on either side of the fi eplace. The original honey colored built-ins were “too rustic,” says Heidi, who commissioned Nettie White – owner of Nettie White Interiors – to hand-paint a faux finish that kick started a totally new design scheme employing plenty of gorgeous accessories: urns, candles, cherub statues, antique trunks and wall sconces, too, overfl wing with decorative dried hops fl wers. Jen was the one who found that incredible mirror over the fi eplace, along with the large-scale tapestry hung on the opposite wall. “She defini ely has an eye for design,” Heidi points out, explaining that a muted palette is the base



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BEFORE Heidi adds the finishing touch with the Silente crest above the fireplace.

for statement pieces like Jen's custom Marge Carson sofa, a chic take on a traditional Victorian settee with a curved pearl-embroidered silk back and deep velvet cushions. Hartwig reupholstered two of Jen's pre-existing bergere chairs next, trading taupe chenille for something more scrumptious: a German fabric carrying a cut-velvet damask pattern that jived with the homeowner’s vintage Turkish-style area rug. “Trying to work with pieces you love can be difficul ” admits Jen, pointing to an antique daybed from New Orleans. Heidi incorporated the chaise lounge into her overarching design scheme by incorporating a beautiful velvet pillow with a crystal medallion. The living room opens to a veranda with stunning stone walls that Jen had pictured as the backdrop for intimate fireside dinners and cocktail parties. But nobody ever used the space! To make Jen's vision a reality, she moved the homeowner’s poolside furniture (from Restoration Hardware) to the veranda, where Heidi hung leather lattice tapestry, a clever alternative to traditional outdoor iron art. Notice how the candleholders vary in height? Those little differences add almost as much visual interest as flame-free Luminara outdoor candles hand painted by Nettie White. All in all, we were amazed by how a series of small-but-smart design decisions took a stunning house to the next level. See stlouishomesmag.com for resources.



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9859 Big Bend Blvd. Suite 107 St. Louis, MO 63122 314-283-1760 cjknappinteriors@hotmail.com www.cjknappinteriors.com Our designers spend time getting to know you because Interior Design is more than a pretty drape or a kitchen cabinet. It’s about who you are and how you want to live in a space. At Yours by Design, our Designers have access to a wide range of quality furniture, fabrics, wallpaper and floo ing, accessories, plus kitchen/bathroom cabinets, carpenters, electricians, and plumbers. This allows us to offer you turnkey service for your project. Whether you are building from scratch or have lived in your home for years and are ready for an update our talented staff will help you create the home of your dreams. Visit us at our new studio location in Kirrkwood. For an appointment call 314-23-1760. * Interior Design * Remodeling* Window treatments

CASTLE DESIGN Jill Oliver, Allied ASID 7707 Clayton Road    Clayton, MO 63117 www.emilycastle.com Office: 314-727-6622

An Allied ASID member, Jill has been designing beautiful, inviting interior spaces large and small for more than 20 years. Influenced by her mother’s unique eye for interior design, Jill specializes in creating chic yet functional homes that always refle t her clients’ taste and personality; whether it begs clean lines or intricate detail. With a special focus on client care, Jill is a valued member of the Castle Design team and a designer in demand.

TOM MANCHE INTERIORS ASID - Allied Member 7750 Maryland Ave. # 11767 Clayton, MO 63105 314-993-2700 tmanche@sbcglobal.net www.tommancheinteriors.com

Tom Manche Interiors is not limited to just one design discipline. "Whatever your style - Traditional, Modern Traditional, English, Country English, Country French, Transitional or Classic Contemporary - we make your dreams come true!" Please visit our web site at: www.tommancheinteriors.com.


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MJM DESIGN COMPANY mjmathis.design@gmail.com 636-288-1001 www.mjmdesignco.com

As a well established interior design fi m in St. Louis, MJM Design Company delivers a full line of services to residential and commercial clients, from remodels and redesigns to whole homes and single rooms. With additional education in green and sustainable design, Joyce can help you select the proper appliances, heating and cooling units, and other energy saving elements and materials. Her work has been featured in publications and in many homes around the area. Whether you are focusing on kitchen and/or bath design, remodeling, renovating, accessible and/or universal design, or you are just hoping to update your look, MJM Design Company can help! See MJM Design Company profile on Houzz.com

JENNIFER UETRECHT INTERIOR DESIGN jennifer@jenniferuetrecht.com www.jenniferuetrecht.com 636-236-2537

Jennifer is an award winning interior designer who enjoys crafting inspiring spaces for each client that refle ts their own unique style. Jennifer's portfolio includes residential, commercial, and luxury vacation homes. She also specializes in new home construction selections and architectural design and consultation. Jennifer guides her clients through the home building or renovation selections process to ensure a beautiful and functional result. Bringing over 20 years of experience to your project, her passion is to design inspiring spaces to enrich the lives of her clients and enjoys building relationships along the way.


Carol Temple - Rusted Chandelier 118 N. Kirkwood Road, Kirkwood, MO 63122 stlouishomesmag.com/pizazz2interiors.com caroltemple@charter.net 314-821-7881 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 unique accessories and furniture from around the world. Enjoying wonderful clients for over 15 years, we provide a full range of design services. From color consultation and custom area rugs, to furniture placement and a specialty in window treatments; we now also feature the CR Laine custom upholstered furniture line.



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DETAILED DESIGNS, ETC. 174 Clarkson Executive Park Ellisville, MO 63011 636-220-6445 denise.detaileddesigns@gmail.com www.detaileddesignsbydenise.com

Denise Deen, Certified Kitchen and Bath Designer and Owner of detailed designs, etc. has enjoyed helping clients create amazing Kitchens, Baths, and Basements for 29 years. Our design team, Denise Deen and Becka Harvey, focus on the client and their details to create a unique project which is perfectly functional for their lifestyle. Our Design Studio has a comfortable atmosphere which offers a one on one personal approach to the design process and product selection. As we keep current with the latest trends in design and products, we also educate our clients and help guide them towards the best choices for their space. Most importantly, we love what we do and fully enjoy creating spaces our clients will enjoy for many years to come.

BAUMHOUSE DESIGN, LLC Julie Baum, ASID, CAPS 11 Vance Road, St. Louis, MO 63088 636-225-9000 BaumHousedesign.com

BaumHouse design is a kitchen, bath and interior design studio, product showroom, and general contractor. We are a Design-Build company; a fi m that provides a single point of contact for both the design and construction phases of a project. As interior designers, we bring you a design solution, specific to your budget, lifestyle and aesthetic desires through education and combined years of experience. As the general contractor, BaumHouse design manages all trade contracts providing a unified team approach to bring your project to completion. Your project will be managed in a controlled and efficien manner, so that you don’t have to. We make it that simple. Your goals are our goals. "More than designing spaces...We design lifestyles".

MOSBY BUILDING ARTS Becky Trent, Certified esigner 314-909-1800 www.CallMosby.com

The owners of this beautiful Creve Coeur home desired to update their kitchen and make it more open to the rest of the house. Mosby certified designer, Becky Trent accomplished the following: • Improved the amount of counterspace for food prep and entertaining • Opened the space to fl w with the Living Room • Brightened the new cabinetry and counters with undercabinet lighting • Included a pantry with roll-out trays, spice rack & rotating shelving The homeowners also asked us to remodel their offi , update their dining room and living room, and improve the look of their stairwell to make the entire first floor more cohesive in design and function. The result is stunning! Visit CallMosby.com to learn how Becky and our Mosby Team can help you.


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Treasa Dolan & Bryan Crawford 130 Clarkson Executive Park, Suite B Ellisville, MO 63011 314-581-6175 www.dc-strategies.info DC STRATEGIES, LLC combines expert Interior Design and General Contracting services, and specializes in residential kitchen and bath remodeling. Give us a challenging space and we will find a beautiful solution. Specialty finishes and personal touches make your project burst with style that is unique to your home. Our standards for quality workmanship are set high and we accept nothing less. The support we have from our long-standing subcontractors and suppliers has helped to build a strong foundation for our dynamic team. As a team, we deliver a well-thought-out job with beautiful results that will make you smile.

DIANE BRECKENRIDGE INTERIORS 276 Lamp and Lantern Village Chesterfiel , MO 63017 314-727-2323 www.breckenridgeinteriors.com

Living a beautiful life begins the moment you wake up each morning. Our goal is to help our clients live beautiful lives by surrounding them with warm, timeless and elegant interiors. Our designers have impeccable taste and great style; they are able to fully understand your unique needs and transform your vision of beauty into an everyday reality. Working within your space, your taste and your lifestyle and being able to produce beautiful results that exceed your expectations is what we do.


Nancy Barrett, ASID, CAPS and Kathy Cissell 16670 Old Chesterfield Rd, Chesterfield, MO 63017 BeautifulRoomsDesign.com 636-519-4090 Since 1995, Chesterfield business owner, Nancy Barrett, ASID, has been creating “beautiful rooms” for delighted clients. Barrett has maintained a business philosophy of providing excellent design service, on projects large and small, tailored to the client’s needs and wants. In 2014, Kathy Cissell joined Beautiful Rooms with 15 years of design experience. Together, they frequently work as a team on projects. There is no charge for the first meeting with award-winning Beautiful Rooms. After assessing the client’s desires and personal style preferences, a plan of action is suggested for the best way to create the space of their dreams within their investment allowance. Beautiful Rooms will handle everything from concept to completion and you get to enjoy the results!



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By Barbara E. Stefàno Photography by Anne Matheis

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Gold, white and shocking blue are the new colors of the season for one St. Louis family.

By Barbara E. Stefàno Photography by Anne Matheis



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When Kevin and Keely Travers put the finishing touches to the construction of their house at Bellerive Country Club in July 2016, the traditional red and green of Christmas couldn’t have been farther from their minds. It wasn’t until months later that the fresh color palette put the brakes on the family’s first spate of holiday decorating in the new home. “When [contractors] built it, we went with a navy-white theme that’s so trendy right now,” explains Keely Travers. “So, all our previous decorations were from our old house and just didn’t match the décor of the new home. Our whole family are Christmas fans, so we love traditions.” Travers asked the advice of designer Patti Porter of Rusted Chandelier. The trendy Kirkwood boutique is well stocked with décor and furnishings for all seasons—and Porter had lots of ideas. “I said, ‘Let me bring in some stuff.’ I had some hand-blown ornaments, and velvet and silk ribbons,” Porter says. “They were just so interested in many of the ideas we had to make their space really look spectacular, so it was like a clean slate.” The Travers’s first big shock? A 15-foot tree…adorned in blue. Yes, blue. A towering tree that popped with silver, gold and blue ornaments; a large, red plaid bow; blue velvet trim with red accents; and bright coral wands that protruded from its branches. “I was so pleasantly surprised. I didn’t think I would love a blue tree,” Travers says. Elsewhere in the home, Porter and assistant Jane Dalton made use of cozy mantels to add unique character to each room. More splashes of coral brightened these spaces without disrupting—or detracting from—the aesthetic the family enjoyed during the rest


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The homeowners worked with builder R.E.A. Homes, architect Mitchell Wall Architecture and Design and interior designer Tamsin Design Group to construct the home to perfectly suite their families needs.

of the year. “We don’t remove anything on mantels or tabletops; we enhance the everyday décor,” she says. “To me that makes it look more like a showroom. That makes it much more personable. You can kind of see how people live in the home and try to bring some grace and beauty to really make it a very happy, family-oriented place where they can spend their holidays.” And what’s Christmas without garland and lights? Porter’s smart placement of garland on the stairwells and on the second-story railing overlooking the great room helped tie together the spaces. “You could just see the kids coming out on Christmas morning and looking over that overlook, and seeing the gifts under the tree.” In addition to lighting the tree, Porter judiciously lighted existing planters


and the family foyer for a look that’s festive yet elegant, unexpected yet quite expressive of the holiday spirit. “It’s nice to be able to decorate trees and mantels to go with the room décor, and not just traditional red and green,” Porter says, adding that homeowners shouldn’t be afraid to experiment with decorations that step outside the norm. “Decorate to the décor that you have. If your colors are brown and rust and gold, we have wonderful holiday ribbon in those colors that you can bring the holiday there. If you put a red and green tree in that environment it would look out of place. To make your home look cohesive, decorate with the colors you use all year-round.” See stlouishomesmag.com for resources.


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Warm up the holiday season with a contemporary fireplace insert.

By Shannon Craig Photography courtesy of C. Bennett

ontemporary fi eplaces, your traditional hearth’s sleek, gas-powered relatives, are making winter’s hottest home improvement project one of its coolest. “We call it the ‘burn season’,” says C. Bennett’s Eric Jost of the September-to-February fi eplace frenzy. “Every year right around that time people start considering installing a fi eplace; contemporary units are a great option.” Though often recognized by what Chad Copeland of Victorian Sales refers to as a “straight or linear flame pattern,” fi eplace installation and design experts assure that contemporary units are more than minimalist panels of flame and glass. “That’s how they were always shown in design magazines,” Jost says, “and it made a lot of people feel that less-traditional options weren’t for them. They really can be. To me, contemporary relies just as much on the surrounding material as it does the linear shape. The options are endless.” From gleaming tile and exotic decorative rock to driftwoods, brushed metal, and custom colored glass, there’s a fresh and modern option to suit your interiors, budget, and preferred mode of operation. Some European manufacturers do offer wood-burning units, “but most are gas,” Copeland explains, “and there are two options with those: ventless and direct vent.” Vent-free or ventless is just as it sounds, according to Copeland. “An open box and no flume. They aren’t nearly as popular as the direct vent, which I think is a better system.” Jost concurs that the majority of contemporary options fall under this category and require the purchase of the unit and the vent system separately. Although slightly more expensive than its ventless counterpart, Jost explains that if you want to give your space a full-on update, investing in your focal point is essential. “If you have an older fi eplace, you can replace the carpet, change the paint, or swap out the furniture, but if you keep the original fi eplace and it doesn’t fi —you haven’t fully updated.” And if you worry the investment is short-lived or seasonal, aesthetic features that enhance the functional extend the value of a modern unit beyond the cooler months. “A lot of the contemporary units have light features people can customize,” says Copeland. “You can use the fi eplace even without the fi e. It has the same ambience effect without the heat.” If you really want to treat your chestnuts to something more than a traditional roasting this year, warming up to a contemporary fi eplace may be the next big project on your already expansive holiday to-do list. Fortunately, once you select the size, location, and media for your new unit, the experts can handle the rest. Depending on the type of project, a complete removal and renovation or a new installation, “the whole process can take as little as a few hours to a few days,” says Copeland. And with attention paid to the refining details and your personal style, Jost adds that these functional and beautiful additions “are for everyone in the right setting. They add more than warmth to any room.” See stlouishomesmag.com for resources and additional photos.



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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.

BRENDEL ARCHITECTS, LLC 207 East Dwight Street, Albers, IL 62215 618-248-5687 • www.brendelarchitects.com 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.

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



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TAHOE’S secret season By Jamie Siebrase

Photography courtesy of North Lake Tahoe.

Like most things in life worth doing, the steep climb up Eagle Rock Trail’s volcanic outcrop is demanding. Situated in Homewood, on Lake Tahoe’s western rim, the path is dotted with rocky terrain, and the mile-long assent will probably take your breath away. The panoramic scene at the summit is breathtaking, too, and best viewed at dawn while sunlight stretches out across North America’s largest alpine lake. Formed two million years ago, the 191-square-mile freshwater lake is known today for its stunning cobalt color and clarity owing to factors such as elevation, temperature and steep geology. Mountains cradle the lake at every bend, and they’re the reason North Tahoe’s population of 20,000 year-round residents multiplies to more than 100 times its size in the winter, when skiers and snowboarders storm the epic terrain between Incline Village and Homewood. But fresh powder is just the beginning. “Tahoe is known for everything,”

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Photography by Corey Rich.

says Briitni Kern, marketing manager for Resort at Squaw Creek. From golfin , hiking and biking to award-winning spas and restaurants, Caribbean-caliber beaches and scuba diving – yes, scuba diving – travelers can rack up as many kinds of vacations as they have days while exploring Tahoe. The key is timing. “Fall is our secret season,” Kern says, adding that summer crowds die off by early September, but warm weather activities – water recreation included – can be enjoyed into October. Make North Tahoe your home base, and stay at one of the area’s three luxury properties: Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa and Casino, The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe, or – our pick – Resort at Squaw Creek, where you’ll get a taste of authentic Tahoe hospitality plus the added bonus of patio seating at Six Peaks Grille, private helicopter tours, the top-rated Spa at Squaw Creek and the Links at Squaw Creek, a championship Robert Trent Jones Jr. golf course resting at the base of Squaw Valley, host of the 1960's Olympics. We recommend hitting the links at Northstar California Golf Course, too, and Championship Golf Course. Down south, there’s Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course, the site of the annual American Century Celebrity Golf Championship, a worthwhile daytrip from North Tahoe. We know it sounds silly – hello, 2017! – but a map is a good thing to buy. A California Gazetteer, to be precise, available at outdoor stores and Best Buy, and filled with every trailhead, natural feature and peak wrapping the lake, including Emerald Bay – one of the most photographed places in the world and a popular port for scuba diving – along with Eagle Falls and the downhill footpath leading to the historic Vikingsholm mansion (bring $5 cash for parking). These are all smart layovers on your 35-mile drive to South Tahoe, a youthful city with a hearty lineup of marina activities. For the full millennial experience, rent stand-up paddleboards from South Tahoe Standup Paddle before trying the Southern smokehouse fare at Ten Crows, the farm-to-fork joint attached to Hotel Becket. The tasting room at South Lake Brewing Company is open daily, but, really, their craft beers are best consumed beachside, from the can. If you’re traveling with kids or grandkids, don’t miss the Frisbee golf and dirt biking courses at Bijou Community Park. North Tahoe’s beaches are unique from those down south. Staring into the green water and oceanic waves pushing up onto Kings Beach, for example, you might wonder if you’ve been

Photography courtesy of North Lake Tahoe.


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Photography by Jeff Freeman.

transported to the Caribbean. Go ahead and try the St. Louis-style ribs at Char-Pit – a no-frills burger stop with outdoor seating – before traveling fi e miles east to Incline Village, where you can spy celebrity homes, swim at Sand Harbor and lose some change at the rustic Grand Lodge Casino. Commons Beach in Tahoe City is another small treasure with sand, a sprawling playground, a monument for the town’s first jail, and a farmers market posted up in the parking lot Thursdays, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., through mid-October. Let chef Douglas Dale – owner of Wolfdale's Cuisine Unique – guide you through the Tahoe City Farmers Market and teach you how to cook your produce at his Farmers Market Workshop. Tahoe City’s Gatekeeper’s Museum – open Thursdays through Sundays – houses an eclectic collection of Tahoe history. Historic Downtown Truckee, though, is the best place to get a sense of the region’s quirky pioneer spirit. The captivating, dusty and colorful main street has good food (try Moody’s or Bar of America), good java (Coffeebar), too many cute shops to list, and, to be expected, a haunted hotel. Phew! We’re exhausted just thinking about an action-packed trip to Lake Tahoe. See stlouishomesmag.com for more photos and resources.

Photography courtesy of North Lake Tahoe.



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Marketplace Hixson Middle School PTO Presents: The 26th Annual


Holiday House Tour Sunday, December 3, 2017 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Tour beautiful Webster Groves homes decked out for the holidays! For more detailed information on the houses and ticket purchasing information, visit our Facebook page at facebook.com/WebsterHolidayHouseTour

The Lindbergh High School Parent Group presents our 42nd annual Holiday House Tour and Craft Boutique, featuring five beautiful homes adorned for the holidays.

Sunday, December 3rd

Crafters and artisans will offer holiday décor, fine art, jewelry, gourmet food, and much more. Shopping at Dressel Elementary School, 1091l Tesson Ferry Road, is open to the public from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and does not require a ticket. Food trucks will be available for your dining enjoyment. Media Sponsor

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Sneak a Peek at some of the area’s finest kitchens! Thursday, November 9, 2017 10:00AM—3:00PM Enjoy a self-guided tour of magnificent kitchens with stunning design and décor. Sample tasty treats from celebrated restaurants and caterers at each stop.

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Places to go, things to do and see, and people who are leaving their mark on the world of style. By Melissa Mauzy

Evelyn’s House, St. Louis, MO By Alise O'Brien

Evelyn’s House provides a holistic approach to the emotional, spiritual and physical care of terminally ill patients of all ages, offering therapies for complex symptoms or respite in a home-like setting. The 18,000-square-foot ranch-style hospice house, a collaboration between BJC, Architextures and Trivers Associates Inc., offers warm, comfortable surroundings where patients can receive specialized care that involve family members and caregivers. With 16 spacious suites, families can enjoy time together in comfort and privacy. This beautiful hospice home offers inviting family gathering spaces, kitchen and dining rooms to share home-cooked meals, comfortable spaces for loved ones to sleep, art and music therapy rooms, meditation room, kids and teen activity room, spa, salon and beautiful gardens. For more information visit www.bjchospice.org/evelynshouse or call 314-996-8100.

Pontchartrain Hotel, New Orleans, LA By Christian Horan

The famed Pontchartrain Hotel in New Orleans’ Garden District reopened in 2016. Well-known for its illustrious past and distinguished guests, the 106-room hotel was restored by AJ Capital Partners to maintain its historical feel while imparting a sense of modern comfort and style. The hotel features four main dining spaces – the iconic Caribbean Room, the Bayou Bar, the Silver Whistle Café and Hot Tin, a panoramic rooftop lounge. The Pontchartrain is located on St. Charles Avenue. The hotel was originally built in 1927 and named after the Count de Pontchartrain, a member of Louis XVI’s court. The rich history of old French New Orleans is refle ted throughout the hotel in its architecture, design and service.



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Harbin Opera House, Harbin, China

The Harbin Opera House was designed by MAD Architects to seamlessly blend with the surrounding nature and topography. On the exterior, the curvilinear faรงade is composed of smooth, white aluminum panels. The architectural mass wraps a large public plaza and, during winter months, melts into the snowy winter environment. Upon entering the grand lobby, visitors see large transparent glass walls spanning the grand lobby, visually connecting the curvilinear interior with the swooping faรงade and exterior plaza. Above, a crystalline glass curtain wall soars over the lobby space and is supported by a lightweight diagrid structure. The structure is comprised of glass pyramids and the surface alternates between smooth and faceted to mimic the snow and ice of the frigid climate. The grand theater is clad in rich wood. Photography by Adam Mork.

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Vinyl floo ing has long been a staple in home design across the decades, but is this inexpensive, yet durable, material making a comeback in 2017? We asked local design professionals to share their opinions.

CLASSIC “CLASSIC...While all vinyl may not be created equal, Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT) has a photographic image layer between the backing and clear wear layer and is by nature resistant to moisture. Because of this quality, it is a good choice for kitchens, bathrooms, and lower-level applications. A luxury vinyl plank, requested by my client for their lower-level rustic remodel, was hard to discern in appearance from hardwood plank floo ing. It is a durable and stable product, with little to no upkeep. In addition, LVT can be installed directly over the subfloor or over existing vinyl or linoleum.” Joyce Mathis, MJM Design Company. “Vinyl floo ing is a classic in the making. With the advent of so many different vinyl designs and the advances in technology that have made vinyl so durable, it is quickly becoming a go-to floo ing option for me.  It is perfect for concrete floor , for anyone who has knee or back problems. It is sound-absorbent and doesn’t get cold like porcelain tile.  It can look so much like real wood or real stone that you can’t tell the difference until you step on it, and there are endless choices beyond the wood or stone also.  And let’s not forget it is a quick installation and easy to take care of.  What’s not to like?!”  Marcia Moore, Marcia Moore Design. “It looks like vinyl floo ing may be here for a while! Today's vinyl allows you to achieve almost any look at a fraction of the cost of other alternatives. It's waterproof, stain and scratch resistant. You can duplicate the look of wood with plank floo ing or ceramic tile with 12-inch peel-and-stick squares. We've been using it in basements for years because most of it is recommended for below-grade surfaces that usually have to fight off dampness and sometimes floodin . However, today vinyl floo ing is being used in new construction as a replacement to hardwood floors all over the home.  It's very practicable because if  a portion does get damaged, you can simply pull it up and replace it. For that very reason, I encourage my clients to order a bit extra. With the wide variety of styles and versatility, I think vinyl floors are classic.” Joni Spear, Joni Spear Interior Design. Photography courtesy of Atrafloor.

"This type of tile is a classic look when grouted like ceramic tile because the appearance can be close to identical. The only way this could go by the wayside is if new technology, such as a waterproof floor, may be invented to replace it." Richard Haar, Mid-West Floor. "We think this is going to be a classic as vinyl floo ing has grown tremendously the last several years. The visuals, colors, texture, widths and lengths have improved drastically as the product increases in demand. With the changes in the family unit to include two working individuals, kids in sports and pets becoming family members there is a need for a product to fit your style and design as well as fitting your lifestyle by being easy to clean and maintain." Laura Modica, Ambassador Floor Company.



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