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FEATURES 30 PATIENCE PAYS OFF Building a collection of unique furnishings and accessories takes time, and these Creve Coeur homeowners and their designer carefully selected each piece.



For Kris Keller, design is more than just a career; it’s her professional raison d’être.


PHOTOGRAPHY BY ANNE MATHEIS Distinctively personalized and impeccably crafted, this extraordinary residence is a perfect illustration of Kris Keller’s most fundamental principle of design.

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46 ECOLOGICAL MASTERPIECE Admire the awe and beauty of the Shaw Nature Reserve, a 2,400-acre natural landscape extension of the Missouri Botanical Garden.

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Rain rain go away, and don't come back for a while! Photography by Colin Miller/Strauss Peyton

The sun finally came out this past weekend after what felt like weeks of nonstop thunderstorms and downpours that caused massive flooding throughout Missouri. It was beginning to feel like it would never end! But still lots of good came from it. St. Louisans came together to help one another fight the rising waters that were threatening our communities' livelihoods. Everyone, young and old alike, was fighting a common enemy. Then, finall , the skies cleared, the water receded, highways reopened and life moved on. Enjoying the outdoors when it's not raining is defini ely one of St. Louisans' favorite pastimes. We scramble to get our fl wer gardens and containers planted so they have a leg up once the heat of summer is upon us. I always tend to purchase too many annuals, and while at a local nursery admiring all the new plants I haven't noticed before, I ask myself, "Now where are you going to plant this and with what other plants?" Lighting and watering requirements need to be one in the same if these little beauties are going to cohabitat in a container or fl wer bed. This year with forced discipline, I plan to make a chart of all my garden beds and jot down the names and/or colors of the plants I'm seeking and only buy for those areas. Another trip will focus solely on container plantings. My biggest challenge is buying too much on the first trip to the garden center and not getting all the plants in the ground. There they sit for a good week before I get to them again and nine times out of 10, they are not in peak condition anymore. This year, my goal is to be more organized and not let that happen. The layering rule of interior design also lends itself to layering plants outside in the garden. Achieve this by placing the height at the far side of the garden, followed by slightly smaller shrubs combined with multiple layers of perennials that bloom at different times throughout the season. Add a few annuals as filler and your garden will produce outdoor eye candy to die for, especially if you include magnificent cut-fl wer specimens to bring indoors. To help attain this goal, some of our local garden gurus share with us their favorite multiple bloomers that are perfect additions to our STL gardens (page 56). Some people naturally have a green thumb. Check out Jim Heeter's small, yet inviting urban oasis on page 64. How could he go wrong; he owns The Gifted Gardener on Manchester! The Shaw Nature Reserve in Gray Summit is yet another beauty to visit this season. From natural prairies to pristine woodland areas, it is nature at its best (page 46). Sure, it's hard to compete with Mother Nature's kaleidoscope of color, but with a little time and elbow grease, you'll have a garden you can be proud to call your own.

So happy to be wearing my sunglasses again after all the rain!

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Celebrating 20 years PUBLISHER/OWNER: Suzie Osterloh MANAGING EDITOR: Melissa Mauzy ART DIRECTOR: Kim Dillon COPY EDITOR: Carol Wayne CONTRIBUTING WRITERS: Tyler Bierman, Lucyann Boston, James Cola, Shannon Craig, Jamie Siebrase, Barbara E. Stefàno, Josh Wibbenmeyer, Barb Wilson CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS: Lydia Cutter, Anne Matheis, Colin Miller/Strauss Peyton, Nature Reserve Team, Kuvatoimisto Kuvio Oy, Christian Phillips Photography, Walters Gardens, Don York SENIOR ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE: Marla Cockrell-Donato ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE: Colleen Poelker DISTRIBUTION MASTER: Barney Osterloh MARKETING COORDINATOR: Amber Boehme ADVERTISING INQUIRIES: sosterloh@stlouishomesmag.com EDITORIAL INQUIRIES: mmauzy@stlouishomesmag.com

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six: Denim rag squares, by Dash & Albert, available at The White Rabbit. seven: Mojave red, available at Volume Carpet. eight: Tinicum rug, available at Christopher's.




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1: Carrot towel, available at Marketplace at the Abbey. 2: Radish towel set, available at Marketplace at the Abbey. 3: Drop the beet towel, by Knollwood Lane, available at The White Rabbit. 4: Tomato salt and pepper shakers, available at Christopher's. 5: Wood-and-metal pineapple wall decor, available at The White Rabbit. 6: Farm-to-table market bag, available at Christopher's. 7: Pineapple trivet, available at West Elm. 8: Pineapple tray, available at The Rusted Chandelier. 9: Artichoke ball, available at The Rusted Chandelier.



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ANTIQUES + PLANTS RAND ROSENTHAL’S passion for plants goes beyond landscaping. He loves to create beautiful container combinations melding antiques with plant life to create something new and unique… “marrying the old with the new, inanimate with the living, and objects touched by the hands of time.” Find his innovative fabrications locally at his warehouse behind K.Hall on Manchester Road, Warson Woods Antique Gallery or Treasure Aisles Antique Mall. SLHL: Which came first, landscape design or antique design? Rand: Landscape design came first, but I have always loved working with interesting plant materials. My passion now is working with succulents and tropical plant materials creating outstanding container combinations using those. SLHL: What makes an antique piece catch your eye to work well as a container? Rand: I love working with pieces that are imperfect and weathered with the hands of time. I also love natural objects like driftwood and decayed wooden pieces. SLHL: Describe your style. Rand: I wouldn’t say I have just one style; there are many. Tuscan. Western. Vintage. Shabby Chic. My style is whatever excites me and inspires me.


SLHL: Where do you get your inspiration? Rand: Antique markets, gift shows and showrooms. I love to travel around the country to look at the way different dealers are decorating their spaces. It inspires me to think about different pieces I can transform. In regard to plant materials, I often travel to southern Florida and handpick my own plants to bring back to St. Louis. I always love to see new and interesting things, whether plants or antique styles. SLHL: What items can be made into a container? Rand: Almost anything that inspires you can be turned into a container. I love to bring vintage items back to life by adding interesting plant materials to them from old chairs to cowboy boots and couches. SLHL: Can a homeowner bring a piece to you to custom design? Rand: Yes, you can bring in a custom piece, and I can add succulents, tropical plants…whatever the customer wants SLHL: Do you weatherproof the planters for the outdoors? Is there anything a homeowner needs to do to keep a piece from weathering or ruining? Rand: Concrete is weatherproofed by emptying the container in the winter and making sure it fully drains, otherwise they will crack. With any kind of concrete piece, you need to be careful to make sure it doesn’t collect water. For fabric pieces, I spray the material with Rust-Oleum® NeverWet®, which acts like a shield on the fabric to repel water. I use it on chair or couch fabrics, boots, leather, etc.


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For the BIRDS Scott McDowell repurposes barn wood and creates beautiful and functional birdhouses By Tyler Bierman Photography by Colin Miller/Strauss Peyton

For Scott McDowell, building birdhouses was always a hobby. It wasn't until his friends and neighbors started taking notice that he ever thought he could make a living out of it. “People would see them and tell me how much they liked them, and then they'd say, 'Boy, you should try selling these.'” And, ultimately, it was these little interactions that planted the seeds that would one day grow into his own small business. That fl wer bloomed in 1991 when McDowell founded Nature Creations.



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Today Nature Creations is one of McDowell's two full-time jobs. By day he works helping people as a physical therapy assistant, but as soon as he punches the clock there, he's punching in at Nature Creations. It's a small shop helmed by himself, his wife, his two boys and eight employees. There they work hard crafting McDowell's unique take on the traditional birdhouse; a take that he describes primarily as “functional and decorative.” So, these birdhouses are both a great place for a bird to live and also a bright focal point for your landscaping, which really is the whole package. However, what is most interesting and what puts McDowell's birdhouses above the rest is his use of materials from historic southeastern Illinois barns and homes. He uses all sorts of salvaged materials including corrugated metals, old wood and even the occasional antique tin shingles. But why even bother with all of this old, often partially broken material? As McDowell explains, it's all about his interest in the history of southeastern Illinois. “I love history and this area. We tear down the old barns and buildings, but we only do that because they've outlived their usefulness. People are going to tear them down anyway, so we just go in and do it for them. Through that process, we get lots of materials from old barns, and I always like to know the time period they were built; the history of it all.” He finds these treasure troves of materials often by

referral from friends and admirers and sometimes just by driving around the countryside admiring the view. Once he's found the materials, that's when inspiration strikes, “There are times when I can have one little piece of something that inspires me to create.” He adds with a chuckle, “That's how it happens sometimes, but other times it doesn't at all and I'm left pulling my hair out trying to think of something to do.” Since 1991, McDowell has accomplished a lot with his hobby. He now distributes to places all over the United States and even Canada. He's even garnered interest from some big-name chain stores asking for large birdhouse orders. “We have gotten some major interest over the years. We have done a few special orders for large outlet stores, but nothing like 15,000. If we did that we couldn't take care of all of our other customers.” It's inquiries like that that McDowell is very proud of, but would prefer to keep his business small for now. When McDowell's not on the clock, you probably won't catch him on any odd hobbies because he's already turned his hobby into a career. It's much more likely that you can find McDowell spending time with his children. You can purchase one of McDowell's beautiful birdhouses locally at The Gifted Gardener in Brentwood. See www.stlouishomesmag.com for more photos and resources.


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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.


www.thedesignsourceltd.com blog.thedesignsourceltd.com On Facebook: The Design Source Limited 636-391-7640 Kris Keller, The Design Source Limited; this year’s platinum bath of the year award winners create personal spaces that support well-being and uplift the spirits of the people who live there. We are here to serve you as you redefine your expression of home. With 30+ years of expertise and listening we provide fresh access for experiencing HOME in a way that supports you and the life you are living today. Our philosophy is that every client will awaken every single day falling in love with their home, over and over again!


Nancy Barrett, ASID, CAPS and Kathy Cissell Chesterfiel , MO 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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314-283-1760 cjknappinteriors@hotmail.com www.cjknappinteriors.com CJ Knapp is a registered Interior designer who has been in the business for over 30 years. At the core of her design philosophy is the belief that your home should refle t your style long after she leaves. With this in mind she created Yours by Design, a design fi m that focuses on creating spaces that are unique and uniquely yours. From single room transformations, remodeling, kitchens, baths or lower levels, to design build our team will help you through the design process. We would love to meet you. Give us a call before you start your next project and we will help you create the home of your dreams *Interior Design* Renovations* Window treatments*


Meghan Heeter, Allied ASID 7707 Clayton Road    Clayton, MO 63117 www.emilycastle.com Office: 314-727-6622 As a former writer, Meghan Heeter believes that thoughtful interior design tells a unique story – one of form, function, culture and style. Her passion for design and decorative arts has led her to Castle Design, St. Louis’ premier interior design fi m, where she works closely with clients to create beautiful interior environments. An Allied ASID member, Meghan specializes in high-end residential design and her projects feature her uniquely fresh and polished aesthetic. With a special focus on client care, Meghan 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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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.

MARCIA MOORE DESIGN 11622 Page Service Dr., Suite 103 St. Louis, MO 63146 314-560-0830 marcia@marciamooredesign.com www.marciamooredesign.com

Marcia Moore Design’s motto is Easy, Eclectic, Elegant. Their distinctive, curated interiors can be seen in homes throughout the St. Louis area. Marcia is known for her perfected sense of color and eye for the unique. Her work expresses the homeowner’s personality backed by her design instincts, conveying a sense of comfort and serenity. Her organized, prompt and professional manner makes for a great partner. She is backed by a team of creative, experienced professionals and the fi m has been honored with numerous design awards. Allow Marcia to hold your hand as she takes you for a peek outside your comfort zone into a sublime new space.


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.

CAROLE HIATT DESIGN ASSOCIATES Carole Hiatt, ASID Ali Vernier, Allied ASID 4400 North Belt West Belleville, IL 62226 618-233-1789 chda@peaknet.net www.chdadesigns.com

Since 1980 Carole Hiatt Design Associates has been creating award winning spaces in multiple states concentrating on high-end residential, commercial, and health care design. Carole is a licensed Interior Designer and professional member, past president of ASID MO East. In May 2017 Carole’s prodigy, Ali Vernier, Allied ASID joined the CHDA team. Our philosophy has always been listening to the client first, building relationships grounded in trust, and then presenting a design plan that refle ts the client’s budgetary guidelines. We pride ourselves on total project management from beginning to completion. Your happiness is our business!


Jill Worobec, CKD, UDCP, Senior Designer 314-909-1800 www.CallMosby.com The owners of a grand Webster Groves home desired a kitchen that refle ted the 1920s era it was built. For a formal, historical kitchen, Mosby senior designer Jill Worobec did the following: • Added a wall to separate kitchen from living room • Created arched entries with custom-built moulding to match existing • Designed a furniture-like island built from scratch by Mosby • Added a deep coffered ceiling • Inserted a desk space gracefully into a bank of cabinets • Made the family extremely happy This project was a collaboration of Jill Worobec’s vision and woodworking expertise of the Mosby Building Arts team. Visit CallMosby.com to learn how we can help you. STLOUISHOMESMAG.COM JUNE/JULY 2017

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IT’S ALL ELEMENT-ARY Element Restaurant and Lounge’s Executive Chef Tudor Seserman continues the tradition of quality cuisine with a pared-down approach that is big on fl vor if not frou-frou frills.

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



With establishments such as Elaia, Parigi, Tree House and The Copper Pig on his resume, Element Restaurant and Lounge Executive Chef Tudor Seserman has pulled the essence from each of those experiences just as surely as he coaxes fl vor from ingredients in his kitchen. Seserman made the move to Element in September 2016 under lauded Executive Chef Josh Charles, who left for Blood and Sand Restaurant in February. Though the two have similar approaches to food—sourcing locally when possible and coaxing maximum fl vor from each ingredient—Seserman’s plate is less about frill than a fl vor thrill. The precision he learned from restaurateurs like Ben Poremba (Elaia, Olio, Nixta and Parigi) is on full display throughout Element’s menu of seasonal, contemporary fare. “I tend toward things that look simple but have a lot of complexity when you really look at it,” Tudor says. He generally limits the number of elements on the


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Opposite page: Coulotte with Chimichurri. This page: Freekeh Salad.


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ELEMENT RESTAURANT AND LOUNGE WHERE: AUTCOhome,1694 Larkin Williams Rd., Fenton, MO 63026

WHEN: Wednesday, June 7, 2017, 6:30-8:30 p.m. COST: $35 per person RSVP by calling 636-230-9640, ext. 27 Beet and Orange Soup

or EMAIL bosterloh@stlouishomesmag.com *Seating is limited.


Chef Tudor Seserman



Chef Tudor Seserman will offer some of Element restaurant's signature dishes at the Cooking School on Wednesday, June 7, 2017 at AUTCOhome. The cost is $35 per person. For reservations,

plate to three, fi e at the most. “I approach things a little more soulfully, where I work more on the base of the dish. For me, it’s more about simplicity with less garnish on the plate. I do a few things really, really well.” Emblematic of his simple-plate-complex-fl vors approach is the Buttonwood Farms roast chicken breast, a popular dish among Element’s regular crowd. “It’s cooked in duck fat and other aromatics. Three elements: roast chicken, braised collard greens and savory sage bread pudding. It’s a very simple dish, but there’s a lot of work in each of the elements,“ he explains. That philosophy means that Element’s reputation for superior cuisine is safe in Seserman’s hands. Sharing small plates? Seserman’s steamed buns with crispy pork belly and spicy-sweet apple kimchi hit all the notes, as does the arancini served with cilantro aioli. For the main course, Seserman recommends the roasted chicken, or the braised lamb shank, which he serves with spaetzle and carrots. For those who thrive on at least some change, Seserman doesn’t disappoint there, either. Once summer is in swing, look for his menu to usher in more fresh seafood from Louisiana making way for the addition of a grouper dish, shrimp, fish stew, haddock and perhaps alligator, too. It’s sure to be served up with his signature complexity. See www.stlouishomesmag.com for more information.


call 636-230-9640, ext. 27, or email bosterloh@stlouishomesmag.com. Seating is limited.

THE COOKING SCHOOL MENU Freekeh Salad: “It’s a very Ben-inspired dish,” Seserman says of former employer Ben Poremba of Elaia and Olio fame. This Greek salad features young wheat and the earthy flavors of cilantro, mint and parsley. The twist on this traditional dish is a bit of Italian pecorino before it’s finished with fennel fronds. Wine pairing: Gustave Lorenz Pinot Gris Beet and Orange Soup: This cold soup dates back to Seserman’s days at Tree House Restaurant. He roasts the beets to bring out their natural sweetness. Squeezes of orange and lime hum in the background, propping up the other fl vors in this fresh and satisfying soup. Wine pairing: Ironstone Merlot Coulotte with Chimichurri: “Coulotte is a nice cut of beef that’s similar to a hanger steak. It takes a marinade very well,” he says. “It’s part of the top sirloin and has a lot of fl vor of its own.” The marinated meat is grilled and served with a bright and herbaceous fresh chimichurri sauce. Wine pairing: Famiglia Bianchi Cabernet Sauvignon


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World Plates THINK GLOBALLY, COOK LOCALLY! By James Cola Photography courtesy of Quintessential Wines

ike artists with extensive color palettes, talented globally inspired chefs continue to combine ancient and modern ingredients in highly original ways to delight sophisticated food lovers. No matter what food is served or where the ingredients or recipes originate, the right wine pairing can reveal added dimensions of fl vors. A particularly fun food and wine challenge is to find and pair wines with an eclectic menu that covers many countries’ cuisines. For those who love a great food adventure in the St. Louis area, there is the innovative Element Restaurant that serves up tradition, modernity and creativity on their menu, which includes Freekeh salad, beet and orange soup, coulotte with chimichurri, and many other diverse dishes that are enhanced when served with the right wines. Freekeh salad is an increasingly popular roasted young wheat that cooks quickly and is high in fibe . It is an ancient whole grain from the Middle East and North Africa with a nutty and subtly smoky fl vor, and one chefs can use for many types of healthy salad. Freekeh salad often bursts with vibrant fl vors – everything from butternut squash to chili


fla es. What wine would be food-friendly enough to pair with the many variations of Freekeh Salad? An exceptional pairing answer lies in Alsace, France – home to some of the world’s most food-friendly white wines. Pinot Gris has been known since the Middle Ages and is a major grape in the Alsace. The word “pinot,” which comes from the word meaning “pine cone” in French, may have originally been used because the grapes grow in small pine cone-shaped clusters. The grapes’ grayish-blue color accounts for the word “gris” (the color “gray” in French). Pinot Gris is thought to be a clone of Pinot Noir, while Italy’s Pinot Grigio is a clone of Pinot Gris. The full-bodied Pinot Gris from the Alsace is markedly different than its Italian offspring, with moderate-to-low acidity and more prominent fl vors. Since 1836, a well-known name in this eastern wine region of France which borders Germany has been Gustav Lorenz, in the town of Bergheim. The dry and versatile Gustave Lorenz Pinot Gris, with its very enjoyable silkiness, balanced acidity and pleasant, fruit-forward palate is outstanding as an aperitif, or with a wide range of appetizers and salads, including those featuring Freekeh.


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A truly imaginative wine pairing is required for the colorful, luscious and richly nutritious beet and orange soup. It combines the taste of beets with a range of acidic, spicy and smoky notes. California Merlots offer a winning partner to this “new world” soup. From Lodi, CA, which has served as a major grape-growing region for more than half a century, recently rediscovered for its unique micro-climates, comes Ironstone Merlot. It is brimming with luscious, dark fruit and soft tannins, raising its drinkability quotient. The softer, fleshier fruit-forward nature of this wine – which includes a touch of smoke as well as hints of vanilla and toast – makes it an excellent accompaniment to spicier dishes with smoky elements. In a different place and time, Italian immigrant Valentin Bianchi arrived in Argentina and, in 1928, realized his dream of owning a vineyard and making his own wines. Today, in the well-known and highly respected Mendoza region of Argentina, the third generation of the Bianchi family continues to produce their popular Argentine wines with Italian roots. With a lesser-known, juicy and more-affordable cut of steak taken from the sirloin, called the coulotte, served with a garlicky and

herbaceous Argentinian chimichurri sauce, why not stay in the same country where the beef is plentiful and the red wines are ready made to take them on. A classic Argentine red, like Bianchi’s Famiglia Bianchi Cabernet Sauvignon, competes with the best from around the world and brings out your inner gaucho! This wine displays a deep ruby color and has great legs. Aromas of black pepper, licorice, toasty coffee grinds and hints of fresh mint mingle with fl vors of cassis, wild berries and cedar. This is a warm, welcoming wine that is great to serve with roasts and almost any other red meat. There are so many tastes of the world to explore, and it is a joyous pursuit. Trying new cuisines with family and friends, and pairing the dishes with wines that truly complete the culinary picture, lead to a great dining experience. The only limit is your imagination, and a well-curated restaurant wine list or well-stocked local retailer. See www.stlouishomesmag.com for more information.


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The expansive great room shows off the home's Old World-style with fabulous pieces including the three wood-carved doors above the fi eplace. A neutral base is layered with subtle touches of color. Opposite page, top: The designer and homeowners find i terest in beauty in natural objects. Bottom: The Italian gilt armchair is referred to as the "Queen's Chair" by the owners, who love it for its gold color and fine fab ic.

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PATIENCE PAYS OFF Building a collection of unique furnishings and accessories takes time, and these Creve Coeur homeowners and their designer carefully selected each piece. By Melissa Mauzy Photography by Anne Matheis

For most homeowners, furnishing and decorating a new home doesn’t just happen overnight, it evolves over time. Such was the case for Tom and Susan Csengody, who after nearly nine years in their Creve Coeur residence are still adding, replacing and fine-tuning their grand design. Having just laid out plans to renovate their previous home, Tom and Susan happened to drive by a piece of land they had admired for years and on a whim decided to check it out. As luck would have it, the land was being divided into three lots for sale. Standing on what would soon be their new home, two red-tailed hawks circled the 2-acre plot and pond and the Csengodys thought, “this is a sign!” With the chance to build their dream home in a private wooded setting, they chucked the renovation plans and jumped head first into building their new home with high ceilings and open living spaces. When construction was completed, the couple called on interior designer and family friend Renée Flanders to help with the decorating. “We like Old World, antiques and a warm, soft feel,” Tom says. “Renée specializes in that style with a bit of quirkiness thrown in,” adds Susan. They appreciated the surprises she would bring to the design, which pushed them outside of their comfort zone and resulted in a stunning home bursting with worldly influenc . The transformation didn’t happen overnight. Still acquiring new furniture and décor pieces some nine years later, the homeowners and designer both laugh when acknowledging the need for patience in the process. “Some things took years to fin ,” Tom notes. One prime place that stood bare for years was the wall above the fireplace in the great room…a prime piece of decorating real estate. Nothing seemed right for the spot until Tom, Susan and Renée were visiting Rick Ege Antiques in Soulard where they stumbled upon a set of three gothic wood doors from Belgium that, after a French-polish treatment, became exceptionally beautiful. They were just the right size and had so much more personality and interest than any painting or decorative piece they had seen so far. Though the fi eplace wall took years to complete, the design concept in the great room began with the oriental area rug, which inspired the color palette for the rest of the space. Mainly neutral furnishings with pops of color like soft blues and bold reds allow the detail in the antique pieces to shine. Texture, which Renée says is just as important as color, also played a large role in the overall design elements of the home. STLOUISHOMESMAG.COM

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Stone-and-steel end tables from Suttonwood introduce a contemporary element into the great room. The painted wood panel above the stairs was found at Robert Morrissey and ties together the color scheme.



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Matching stone-and-steel end tables from Suttonwood Antiques "add a little touch of contemporary that we needed for simplicity and to balance out the great room,” Renée explains. The illusion of texture also comes into play in the decorative wall treatment. Previously a flat color, Renée suggested adding French fl vor to the main level with a technique resembling a thick plaster that will last forever and brings texture and warmth. To fill the expansive wall spaces in the open floor plan, the trio got creative. A beautiful wool-and-silk tapestry

hangs on one wall in the great room, while an antique wood panel found at Robert Morrissey occupies a blank space visible from the great room and in the open stairwell. A dramatic, decorative Old World wall treatment hand-painted on the dining-room wall and recessed ceiling dome warms the space calling for equally rich fabrics and accent pieces. The dining room table was hand-made in the United States by Farmhouse Collection and is accented with French Louis XVI chairs and two distinct host chairs in a STLOUISHOMESMAG.COM

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waxed black linen for an eclectic look. Antique mercury glass bottles, found by Renée in New Orleans, line the center of the table. The Csengodys appreciate that Renée is always thinking about their home in the back of her mind as she is traveling and shopping. “These are one of my favorite accessories, and I love to fill them with seasonal décor for each holiday we host,” Susan says. Other striking antiques include a Chinese sideboard from Suttonwood Antiques set beneath an ornate French Louis XV mirror from Robert Morrissey, a grape carrier from a French vineyard found at R. Ege Antiques, and a towering antiqued column from KDR Designer Showrooms. The open kitchen, hearth room and breakfast nook echo the same warm color palette found throughout the home and are accented with natural materials such as grasses, wood, clay and stone. Amphora pots dot the built-in shelves and fi eplace mantels. Both designer and homeowners note that antiques can often be bought at a fraction of the cost of new reproductions. The home is a mix of expensive and bargain find . And, of course, sometimes things are purchased with a certain spot in mind and in the end find their calling somewhere else, like the cherub statue in the entry foyer originally intended for their outdoor space. “It just kind of worked here,” Susan says. Captions clockwise: A metal grape carrier once used in a vineyard in France was originally intended for the wine room, but found a new home in the dining room. Mercury bottles Renée found in New Orleans line the hand-made dining room table. A cabinet positioned below a gorgeous mirror from Robert Morrissey displays more of the homeowner's precious pieces. A trompe l'oeil skylight by Roland Brechwoldt lights up the hearth room dining area and was inspired by the two red-tailed hawks the homeowners saw when initially viewing the land.



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A dramatic wall and ceiling treatment complements the rich fabrics and accent pieces in the dining room. In the entry foyer, a grand candelabra from R. Ege Antiques and a statue originally intended for the outdoor space greet guests.


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A powder room with a hand-painted silk wallcovering and Susan’s offic turret layered in texture (silk, chenille, tapestry and leather), complete the main living spaces. The private master suite, with its sky blue ceiling treatment, is tucked to the side of the great room and is a light and airy breath of fresh air from the muted colors on the main floo . An ashra rug, with a soft and subtle antique-washed look, was set on an angle to mimic the architectural lines of the adjoining turret and elongate the room. Rather than the expected painting above the bed, Renée found a beautiful and natural coco-shell and mercury glass mirror for a simple addition. The adjoining turret was painted to simulate stone, which sets the space apart from the bedroom. Renée, Tom and Susan all love the hunt in finding the perfect piece, whether from local antique stores or Renée’s frequent trips to New Orleans. “We have learned a tremendous amount from Renée,” Susan adds. She advises, “take your time, look for unique objects and approach things from a different perspective. Be open to different and new ideas.” And over the past nine years, ideas have fl wn freely between the design trifecta because they work well together and appreciate one another’s thinking. Taking their time to meticulously select their furnishing and accessories from sofas to table objets d'art, the Csengodys truly appreciate the home they’ve built and the meaning behind each item. An end result Renée is proud of. “A successful home tells the story of the people who live there, and this home very much describes Tom and Susan and the wonderful people they are,” Renée exclaims with a smile. See www.stlouishomesmag.com for resources and additional photos.



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Opposite page: The walls of the master bedroom turret were painted to resemble stone. This page: The master suite is light and airy with a variety of textures including the coco-shell and mercury glass mirror above the cane headboard from Edward Ferrell + Lewis Mittman and stone side tables.


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This page: Per the owners’ request for a “less formal” dining room, Keller created a sophisticated, organic décor – with a touch of shimmer. Installed in a herringbone pattern, reclaimed lumber tops the ceiling, and mica wallpaper lines the coffer’s side walls. The aged-wood trestle table is inset with soapstone, and decorative geodes add sparkle. Opposite page: Lantern-style Cutter & Company lighting fi tures span the dining table, surrounded by banquettes and deconstructed host wing chairs.

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A PASSION FOR DESIGN For Kris Keller, design is more than just a career; it’s her professional raison d’être. By Barb Wilson Photography by Anne Matheis

Kris Keller entered the design industry 33 years ago and founded her own fi m, The Design Source, eight years later. She readily admits, “At first it was a job, then a career and now it’s my avocation. I feel we’re giving back to the world, supporting the well-being of the people whose lives we’ve touched.” And this 1980s-vintage reverse ranch in Creve Coeur is a prime example of how she interprets that philosophy. Although a bit complicated, the back story to this project is rather intriguing. Kris had been working with a local custom builder on a spec home in the same upscale neighborhood. The ranch’s previous owner was out walking one day, saw the spec home and ultimately decided to buy it. Meanwhile, a young couple – the husband a St. Louis sports figu e – were home-shopping in the area and had fallen in love with the same house, which was now sold. Turning disappointment into serendipity, the couple purchased the 30-year-old, 5-bedroom ranch from its former owner and engaged Kris to handle the renovation. The ranch’s kitchen had been remodeled recently, and Kris liked its Old-World aesthetic. Using this finished space to generate her overall design, she “layered” the rest of the traditionally styled residence to conform to her clients’ more contemporary taste and lifestyle.


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Starting with the exterior, the wood and brick were painted and recolored for a lighter, more modern effect, and the outdoor living area was completely resurfaced. Collaborating with Jim Bulejski Architects, Keller’s next step was to open the spaces and sight lines throughout the main-floor activity areas. Walls and columns were removed; the kitchen was opened to the dining room and the hand-scraped hickory plank floo ing extended; and the entry and staircase to the lower level were completely redesigned. Now barrel-vaulted and LED-lighted, the foyer’s reclaimed antique tongue-and-groove ceiling is reminiscent of the kitchen ceiling and appointed with a forged-iron, gaslight lens chandelier from Restoration Hardware. Filling the arch is a magnificent 12-foot, rift-sawn white oak entry door, fabricated by The Scobis Company from Keller’s Asian-inspired design. To update the staircase, the original balustrade was replaced with a stylish custom treatment by Classic Metal Craft. Taken down to its “bare bones,” the tray-ceilinged living room was stripped of decorative architectural onlays and moldings. The ornate fi eplace, however, was retained and became the basis for the room’s new Mid-Century décor, accentuated by a unique “ruffl ” mirror above the mantel. Soft blue and gray furnishings, marble cocktail and end tables from Curated Kravet, and a basket weave entertainment center and contoured marble accent table from Global Views create a fresh, youthful ambience. And for a comfy “pop of wow,” Kris added furry white chairs from Arhaus. The designer’s innovative styling is particularly evident in the dining room, where the coffered ceiling is topped with reclaimed lumber installed in a herringbone pattern, and the coffer’s side walls are lined in shimmery mica wallpaper. Inset with soapstone, the aged-wood trestle table is set on a textured damask rug and bracketed by exposed-back host chairs upholstered in velvet, all from Arhaus. Two lantern-style Currey & Company lighting fi tures span the table and, responding to her clients’ request for a less formal dining space, Kris chose banquettes from Noir in Los Angeles as an alternative to dining chairs. Also hand-crafted by Noir, the buffet features aged mirror doors trimmed in metal, and an arrangement of decorative geodes lining the table subtly repeats the coffer’s sparkle. Similar creativity was applied to the laundry room, which had little functionality for the ranch’s new owners and was converted to a combination laundry/pool

Opposite page: Completely redesigned, the entry features a barrel vault with an antique tongue-and-groove ceiling and LED lighting. A stylish custom balustrade opened the staircase to the lower level, and the massive support column was faced in sparkling white stone. This page top: The spectacular entry door was custom-crafted in rift-sawn white oak by The Scobis Company from Keller’s design. Bottom: A sculptural mirror from Made Goods complements the powder room’s Karr Bick vanity and rectangular Kohler sink.


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This page: Gleaming white marble cocktail and end tables from Curated Kravet accent the soft blues and grays of the living room. The abstract painting and accessories are from Erdos at Home. Opposite page top: Emphasized with a unique ruffle mirror, the living room’s original fi eplace was retained and became the basis for the Mid-Century dÊcor. Bottom left & right: Converted to a more functional multi-purpose space, the laundry/pool changing room showcases custom cabinetry and a storage wall by Karr Bick.



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changing room with an adjacent powder room. Oversize porcelain tiles resembling organic concrete provide durable, water-resistant floo ing. Karr Bick had installed the custom cabinetry for the remodeled kitchen and was called back to fabricate the laundry’s storage wall and Caesarstone-surfaced cabinetry. Pull-out trays under the raised washer/dryer add convenient work space, and massive wood display shelves from Reclaim Renew lend warmth and character to the multi-purpose room. The ultimate man cave, the spacious lower-level entertainment area is fully “tricked out,” per the husband’s instructions. He selected the pool table, but the rest was left to Kris, who decided to transform the space into an “explosion of the dining room elements.” Reclaimed wood in a herringbone STLOUISHOMESMAG.COM

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pattern blankets the ceiling. A curved soffi adds visual interest, and the curve is repeated in the flooring, partially tiled in porcelain with the remainder in an engineered version of the hickory planks upstairs. Shimmering white stone covers the predominant wall, which showcases display niches for the owner’s sports memorabilia. Pewter-metallic cork wallcovering wraps the support columns, refle ting the metallic Anne Sacks wall tiles behind the fully equipped wet bar. Ruggedly masculine, a petrified wood coffee table is positioned in front of a comfortable lounge from Erdos. The lounge faces a media console and backs to a curved, 15-foot floating walnut bar top, sourced from Freedom Products. Set on stainless legs rather than a heavy knee wall, the expansive bar top allows for considerable beverage/conversation seating, while preserving the room’s sense of openness. The serving area is furnished with rustic Karr Bick cabinetry, and the emphasis on curved contours is repeated in the crescent-shaped island bar. Created by TruCrete, the bar is surfaced in weathered concrete and cleverly embedded with LED lighting. Overhead, perforated metal pendant lights replicate the star-like effect. In the billiard area, the washed-brick fi eplace is framed in reclaimed wood, and scattered throughout this entertainment mecca are 17 weathered oak bar chairs from Uttermost and a concrete-topped pedestal table for plenty of additional guest seating. Catering to the athlete-owner’s special regimen, authentic barn doors lead to a well-outfitted exercise room, and a fabulous steam shower is also located on this level. Distinctively personalized and impeccably crafted, this extraordinary residence is a perfect illustration of Kris Keller’s most fundamental principle of design. In her words, “You must have a passion for what you do. I want my clients to wake up every single day falling in love with their home anew.” See www.stlouishomesmag.com for resources and additional photos.

Fully “tricked out,” the lower-level entertainment area is the ultimate man cave. The soffit’s curved lines are repeated in the floo ing, crescent-shaped bar, and the open, 14-foot bar counter backing the lounge area. Metallic porcelain wall tiles, silver cork-wrapped support columns, and Cyan Design sconces reinforce the home’s “shimmer” theme.



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ECOLOGICAL MASTERPIECE Admire the awe and beauty of the Shaw Nature Reserve, a 2,400-acre natural landscape extension of the Missouri Botanical Garden. By Lucyann Boston


Photography by Kim Dillon


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This page: False sunflower. Opposite page top: Ohio spiderwort. Bottom: Ironweed down.



For plant lovers, the Missouri Botanical Garden’s Shaw Nature Reserve is a 2,441-acre gem of breathtaking, ethereal beauty. But, it is by hard numbers that this ecological masterpiece, just off historic Route 66 in Gray Summit, 38 miles from the garden itself, can truly blow visitors away. That such a naturally majestic and ecologically educational place exists at all is a testimony to the truth of the old saying that “it is an ill wind that blows no good.” In the early 1900s the wind over many large cities in the United States and Europe was exceedingly ill. The burning of soft coal for heat and energy left a blanket of smoke and soot hanging in the air. The lack of clear air and sunlight played havoc with living things, particularly during the winter months. During one particularly bad period, it was estimated that St. Louis residents inhaled 15 tablespoons of soot over a fi e-day period.


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SHAW NATURE RESERVE FEATURES: - 250 acres of restored, tall-grass prairie - A 5-acre wild fl wer garden - 147 acres of bottomland forest designated a State Natural Area - A 32-acre wetland with a 300-foot boardwalk - 1.5 mile frontage on both sides of the Meramec River - Nearly 1,200 species of plants - 84 recorded species of butterflie - 284 species of birds - 14 miles of hiking trails

- At least 12 different animal species including deer, fox, coyote, bobcat, mink, weasels, beaver, skunks, rabbits, squirrels, raccoons and opossums - 19 species of oaks - 72 recorded species of native ants - A 1.5-acre outdoor Nature Explore classroom - 5 distinct plant habitats including glade, prairie, wetland, woodland and forest


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Opposite page: Wetland with sweet coneflower. This page top to bottom: Daffodils, smooth sumac, greyhead coneflower, compass plant upside down.


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Captions top to bottom: Garden phlox and black swallowtail butterfl , common milkweed and milkweed bug, rigid goldenrod and soldier beetle.

Plant life suffered as well. The experts at the Missouri Botanical Garden worried that the institution, then nearly 60 years old, could no longer exist on its city site. The soot and smoke created a particularly dire threat to the garden’s famed and valuable orchid collection. Not only was the collection notable in itself, it provided financial support to the garden through the sale of orchids to numerous florists. As early as 1917, the damage to the orchids and outdoor plants, particularly evergreens, was noticeable. By 1923, garden official knew they had no choice but to move many plant collections, if not the entire garden, away from the city location. Finding the right spot wasn’t easy. Large numbers of plants needed to be moved; good roads were essential. In addition to the plants coming from the city location, they hoped to have a wide selection of native plants growing naturally on the site. The land needed to contain variety in the types of soils and typography, an ample water supply, and building materials such as rock, gravel and sand. Money was tight. To finance the purchase, garden officials elected to sell 50 acres of garden founder Henry Shaw’s estate; city properties that were not part of the garden itself. Coming up with the right land at the right price was imperative. By 1925 they had settled on an area of farmland around Gray Summit (now at the intersection of I-44 and Highway 100), where they were able to assemble a 1,300-acre parcel. A year later they added 323 adjacent acres on the south side of the Meramec River. An elegant brick home, now the Bascom House, came with the original property. Considered one of the most modern for its time, the home featured a bathroom on each floo , complete with a large, zinc-lined wooden bathtub. Construction began immediately on the orchid greenhouses. Not long after that, garden official activated plans for a Pinetum to be planted with needled evergreens such as pine, fi , spruce, cypress and juniper and would grow to eventually include over 450 species of conifers. As they made their initial plans, garden officia commissioned landscape architect John Noyes, who had his own practice as well as working at the garden, to create a master plan for the property known as the Gray Summit Extension. Because there was the possibility


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Prairie blazingstar. that the entire garden would be moved to the extension, Noyes included formal gardens, fountains, sections for exotic plants and several buildings for plant display in his design. For the orchids, the move, which finally took place in 1927, proved immediately beneficia . Within six months horticulturists reported a phenomenal improvement in the health of the plants. It was clear other plants would flourish at the extension as well. Between 1925 and 1930 experts measured 200 more hours of sunlight during winter months at the extension than at the city garden. During the 1930s, the extension, which was only open to the public on certain days for orchid viewing, supplied more than 1,300 trees each year to the garden. In 1937, it was aptly re-named the Missouri Botanical Garden Arboretum.



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Captions top to bottom: Wild bergamot, Queen Anne's Lace,

rough-leaf dogwood and purple poppy mallow.

The problem of soot and smoke in the St. Louis air came to a head on Nov., 28, 1939, “Black Tuesday,” when the air was so dark that street lights had to be turned on at noon. Laws requiring smoke abatement were passed, Washington University engineers pioneered ways to make that happen and cleaner burning, more expensive hard coal was substituted for soft coal. By 1942 only 22 more hours of winter sunlight shone at the Arboretum than at the city garden. With no need to move the entire Botanical Garden to the country, the property could now take on a different role, and eventually open to the public for wildfl wer walks and daffodil displays. But it was with the ecological movement of the 1960s and the increasing interest in natural world that Arboretum became a place for students and the general public to study nature as it once was and could be again. Year after year Arboretum and Botanical Garden official added more species, more acres of natural landscape, cut more trails and even established the Dana Brown Overnight Center, a group of authentic log cabins that starting in 1999 were collected from within 100 miles of the Reserve and skillfully restored and updated. The buildings blend into the natural surroundings and allow groups to experience the natural setting on a 24-hour basis. In 2000, the Arboretum officiall became the Shaw Nature Reserve. It is a continual resource for those who want to use native plants in their home landscapes as well as seeing those plants in a natural setting. An outgrowth of soot and smoke, the Shaw Nature Reserve is fulfilling its mission to “inspire stewardship of our environment through education, restoration and protection of natural habitats and public enjoyment of the natural world.” The Shaw Nature Reserve is open year round from 7 a.m. until sunset. See www.stlouishomesmag.com for resources and additional photos.


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BLOOMS For continuous color and interest in your garden, consider these favorite plantings from local landscapers. By Melissa Mauzy

“One of our favorite multiple-blooming perennials is 'Summer Storm' Hardy Hibiscus. This large perennial is a prolific bloomer from summer into the fall and grows to 5’. The blooms themselves are wonderful; pink petals contrast with rose veins and deep magenta centers.” Daniel Mee, Frisella Nursery.

Zonal Geraniums come in a rainbow of colors and will bloom all summer in a sunny location." David Sherwood, Sherwood’s Forest.

“The conefl wer is a tough, durable long-blooming perennial that can withstand drought, heat and humidity, i.e., a Missouri summer. This adaptable plant has a strong upright habit, best grown in full sun but can tolerate light shade. Most familiar is the purple conefl wer with rosy purple petals surrounding a brownish orange cone. Numerous cultivars are available, offering a variety of color and size. It is an excellent nectar source for butterflie , and songbirds feed on the dried seed heads. Conefl wers can be used as a specimen or mass planting and are also good in naturalized areas.” M.A. Ward, Timberwinds Nursery.



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“The Hellebore is my favorite perennial because of its unique coloring with the natural speckled pink against its green and yellow hues. It blooms beautifully in the late winter/early spring and is commonly known as the Lenten rose because it typically blooms around the start of the Lent. The Hellebore is a long bloomer that can last from March to May in Missouri and is a low-maintenance, almost evergreen perennial. It tolerates shade and can even bloom before the snow melts.” Andria Graeler, Chesterfield Valley Nursery.

Photography courtesy of Missouri Botanical Garden

“My favorite multiple bloomer is Solidago `Little Lemon' or Goldenrod `Little Lemon'. It is a very compact and well-behaved Goldenrod that gets only about 18" tall by 18" wide. It blooms cheerful bright-yellow blooms July to frost. It attracts lots of butterflies and pollinators, is deer resistant and drought tolerant.” Cathy Pauley, Papillon Perennials.

“Over the years I have asked many perennial gardeners what their favorite plant is. Blue Cornfl wer Aster, Stokesia, tops many gardeners' list. Enormous, periwinkle-blue 4" blooms adorn the garden for months. The prolific blooming begins in June with fl wers continually appearing through August. One plant can product over 350 fl wers! Gorgeous cut flower, long lived and easy to grow in sun.” Ann Lapides, Sugar Creek Gardens.

Photography by Walters Gardens.

“Geum ‘Totally Tangerine’ explodes in bloom with bright orange fl wers on graceful arching stems. Geums are low maintenance perennials that are deer resistant, butterfly attractors and are best planted in moist, rich and well-drained soil with morning and mid-day sun and afternoon shade. Deadheading will ensure they bloom well into fall making it a great cut fl wer too.” Lizzy Rickard, Bowood Farms.


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“Nothing beats a home-grown tomato,” proclaims Arlene Trombley of Timberwinds Nursery in Ellisville. “I love growing them, and I love eating them,” echoes Abby Elliot of Kirkwood’s Sugar Creek Gardens. Their love of one of summer’s best treats is probably why both women are considered tomato experts by their respective garden centers. We asked them to dish up a bit of advice to help all of us produce a better crop this summer….or maybe inspire those who have never attempted to grow tomatoes. To get those luscious slices of tomatoes for summer salads, both suggest growing the plants in the ground because of the large size of the full-grown plants. Choose a spot where they will get a minimum of six hours of full sun; eight is better. Arlene’s favorites are "Big Boy" and "Better Boy" for their large size and great flavor. If the goal is making sauce, she favors "Juliet," a Roma-style grape tomato, which can be grown in the ground or in a pot. Heirloom tomatoes like great grandma used to grow are becoming more and more popular. “They are usually more disease prone but have better fl vor,” Abby says, noting that one of her favorites is "Cherokee Purple," with deep purple skin. When treating tomatoes for disease, Abby suggests simply clipping out bad foliage and picking off insects by hand rather than using insect or fungus sprays. More modern tomato varieties are more consistently bright red in color. Of those Abby likes "Early Girl," “a mid-sized versatile tomato that is one of the easiest to produce.” Tomatoes planted in the ground need well-amended soil. Abby likes using cotton-burr compost as well as a well-balanced fertilizer, particularly those designed for tomatoes. Arlene’s favorite is a granular fertilizer called Espoma Tomato Tone. Mulching helps the soil retain moisture. Also a must are large tomato cages plus netting if squirrels are a problem. Abby installs both at the same time she plants her tomatoes “so I don’t lose a single tomato,” she says. In the heat of summer, tomatoes may need to be watered twice a day. Keeping the plants consistently moist helps prevent blossom end rot, she notes. “Planting tomatoes in containers requires a bit more TLC,” Abby suggests. First, pick out a tomato that doesn’t get too large; these are usually determinate types (those that stop growing when fruit sets on the top or terminal bud and ripen all at once). “One called ‘42 Days’, which is the earliest producing tomato, does excellently in containers. An indeterminate type (which produces continually), which I absolutely love and have done in containers, is "Sungold." Its golden, cherry-sized tomatoes are the tastiest.” Use at least a fi e-gallon pot, but “you can’t go too big,” she advises. “After planting the tomato in potting soil, add a thick layer of mulch to the top. In the late summer tomatoes in containers usually need to be watered two times a day, adding mulch keeps that water in longer. I am a bit of a lazy gardener, and I have found that using synthetic fertilizer over organic fertilizer has given me better results in containers.” For snacking and gardeners with very limited space, Arlene suggests "Tumbling Tom," a cascading tomato that comes in both red and yellow varieties and is perfect for hanging baskets. “You can hang them outside your back door and pick them as you need them,” she says. “We have a couple of hanging baskets here; we water them and fertilize them and they grow like gangbusters.” See www.stlouishomesmag.com for resources.

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The Missouri Botanical Garden grows more than 250 magnolia specimens, which can be seen from late March through mid-June in Magnolia Grove. Magnolia Grove, also known as Kiefer Magnolia Walk, provides a beautiful walking path between the Linnean House and the Climatron. Head to the Garden to see these flowers that have been frozen in time, yet remain vibrantly alive. Star magnolias, magnolia stellata, are medium-sized shrubs and flaunt their airy white fl wers that visitors may notice as early as the third week of March. They can be seen through the end of April but are at risk to damage by frost if its buds open during a warm spell in early March. In May and June, visitors can stroll through the grove to see the sweet bay, Magnolia virginiana, and the southern magnolias, Magnolia grandiflora. The southern magnolia cultivar "Bracken’s Brown Beauty" is also in bloom and produces fi e-inch-wide, creamy white spring fl wers. Visitors can also enjoy magnolias native to Missouri. The cucumber tree, Magnolia acuminata, often produces good fall color, instead of green spring fl wers. Missouri-native tulip trees, Liriodendron tulipifera, are also members of the magnolia family. See www.stlouishomesmag.com for resources.


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In my three short years here, one Midwestern generalization has been proven true, time and time again, by both county and city dwellers. The moment the freeze warnings lift, the ice turns to rain and the brown of winter gives life to the electric-green haze of early spring, Missourians are outside fussing with whatever patch of land they can get their hands on, be it county-style acreage or a strip of sun-soaked alleyway downtown. One inhabitant in our vast community of tenders, tillers and trowel-ers—owner of The Gifted Gardener and creator/curator of his personal urban garden, Jim Heeter—is taking yardwork into the realm of high design. “Historically, gardening is a branch of architecture,” Heeter explains. “It’s about defin ng the space as it relates to your home. Furnish your garden like your favorite room, and you’ll

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Every garden is a living work in progress… lighting and space will dictate much of your plant choices, but always leave room for a little trial and error. design that makes a statement in your garden. For example, the 14’ tall wood columns anchoring the back of my garden were accidental finds on Craigslist. They transformed the entire depth of the space. On the other hand, in my desire for all things boxwood, I have planted dozens of English boxwoods and not one has survived the shady conditions,” he says. Though it may seem foreign to our county neighbors—and to many of our city’s green thumb novices—Heeter assures that with some planning, an urban garden can be easily maintained and as beautiful as a sprawling estate. “Designing a garden that fits in with the time that you can spend maintaining it is crucial to its success,” he advises. “Limited time does not mean limited choices. With good planning, some of the most effective urban gardens need surprisingly little work.” If you haven’t already, Midwesterners, get some dirt under your finge nails and take a crack at what I have found to be one of the greatest advantages of living in this part of the country, in this particular city. Even if your small-spaced oasis takes a bit more work and finesse than a county back forty, heed word from Heeter. “Every garden is a living work in progress…lighting and space will dictate much of your plant choices, but always leave room for a little trial and error.” See www.stlouishomesmag.com for resources.



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“You’ve probably seen Turfstone, and haven’t even noticed it was there,” says Ryan High, a territory manager for Belgard. The gray pavers look like lattice, and that grid-shaped design is what distinguishes Belgard’s Turfstone from other paving materials. Once set, voids – those gaps between the concrete panels – can be planted with grass or filled with another aggregate, allowing stormwater to move through the surface, eliminating the need for an irrigation system. “Permeable pavement is a huge buzzword in St. Louis right now,” High says. But the material predates the sustainability hype, stretching back to 19th century Europe, when builders needed a cost-efficien alterative to cement. Cement was scarce in Europe after World War II, too, and that heightened the demand for pervious concrete overseas. Back home, though, Americans didn’t suffer the same types of material shortages — hence, permeable pavement didn’t gain traction stateside until the 1970s. By then, the draw was mostly environmental. Rapid development caused runoff, which city planners realized was eroding soil and degrading water quality. “Belgard’s turfstone,” High explains, “allows rainwater to be fil ered back into the soil naturally.” The unique absorption process naturally curtails runoff while trapping suspended solids and reducing pollutants from the water. “Belgard’s turfstone can be used in a wide range of applications, but it’s commonly seen where there’s a vehicular traffic requirement,” says High, pointing to commercial parking lots. Lately, though, the material has attracted residential consumers looking for natural pavement for walkways and paths, patios, gardens — even pool decks, where the benefits of natural drainage really shine. This pressed concrete product packs a lot of punch, offering a natural aesthetic that’s durable and more than twice as dense as traditional concrete pavement. “Belgard’s turfstone pavers are also extremely low-maintenance,” High adds. Properly installed, the paving is snowplow safe, and homeowners can drive a lawnmower right over it, too. If a paver cracks, simply replace the damaged stone. Talk about no muss, no fuss! When it comes to layout, High says, “Homeowners can’t switch up the design through application.” Dress up the paving, then, by experimenting with void spaces. Grass is the go-to filling for homeowners coveting a nature-inspired landscape. Any grass variety should do the trick, High says, quickly qualifying that statement with a reminder: “Because the grass won’t have space to spread, it’s best to pick a hardy variety,” he adds. For extra oomph and a play on height, consider planting a few tall grasses in void spaces. And don’t discount other aggregates: Purple trap rocks and river pebbles, for example, can pack a powerful, stylish punch. See www.stlouishomesmag.com for resources and additional photos.



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When Elaine Herbst moved into her Eureka home two years ago, she looked forward to downsizing from the sprawling home and 3-acre lot she’d maintained before. But with an aging cedar deck threatening to thwart her move, she put a redesigned outdoor space at the top of her priority list. The result is a safe and functional deck and porch that effectively expand her living space into the great wide open. Don Stockell of Stockell Homes worked with Herbst to design the project, expanding the open deck at the side of the house by 2 feet in width and depth. The deck still wraps around to the back of the house but now leads to Herbst’s favorite new feature: a screened-in porch she can access from the deck or a newly installed door from the family room. “I always wanted a screened-in porch,” she says. “I sit out there every chance I get. Before, it was next to nothing because I’d go out there and grill and get bit up by mosquitoes. It has to be pretty darn hot for me not to go out there.” Stockell grabbed additional area by replacing a “meandering staircase”


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Photography by Christian Phillips Photography The main branch of the Chicago River has a storied history. Once a meandering marshy stream, the river first became an engineered channel to support the industrial transformation of the city. Over the last decade, the role of the river has been evolving with the Chicago Riverwalk project – an initiative to reclaim the Chicago River for the ecological, recreational and economic benefit of the ci y. The Chicago Department of Transportation and Ross Barney Architects completed an initial segment, which includes the Veteran’s Memorial Plaza and the Bridgehouse Museum Plaza. In 2012, the team of Sasaki, Ross Barney Architects, Alfred Benesch Engineers and Jacobs/Ryan Associates completed phases two and three. The design materials, details and repeated forms provide visual cohesion along the entire length of the project. Completed spaces include: the Marina Plaza, the Cover, the River Theater, the Water Plaza, the Jetty and the Boardwalk.

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Photography by Kuvatoimisto Kuvio Oy Sauna bathing is an essential part of Finnish culture. Public saunas used to be common in bigger cities, but they dramatically decreased in numbers as new apartments had their own. Löyly, which means the steam that comes when you throw water on hot stones in a sauna, will offer foreign visitors a public sauna experience year-round. The building was designed by Avanto Architects Ltd to be slim and elongated. The height is low to not obscure the views of future residential blocks. There is a rectangular black box containing the warm spaces that is covered with a freeform wooden “cloak.” The structure is made of heat-treated pine. There are sheltered outside spaces between the warm mass and cloak to cool down in between sauna bathing. Around 4,000 planks were precisely cut to individual forms by a computer-controlled machine. The interior architecture of the restaurant and sauna lounge is by Joanna Laajisto Creative Studio and has a soft minimalism approach. Materials used include black concrete, light Scandinavian birch wood, blackened steel and wool.



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Forest Park Nature Reserve, St. Louis, MO By Josh Wibbenmeyer, Nature Reserve Steward, Forest Park Photography by Nature Reserve Team

West of Round Lake in Forest Park's northeast corner, thousands of native wildfl wers and grasses have found a new place to call home. In 2012, work began to revitalize Round Lake Vista, an overgrown wooded hillside and bottomland overlooking the historic Round Lake fountain. Invasive vegetation was removed, followed by planting, planting and more planting. Coupled with this project was the installation of a pollinator garden on the opposite side of the waterway. In all, more than 200 different native plant species were added in the form of 10,000 plugs and 50 pounds of seed. This new biodiversity hotspot has become an integral part of Forest Park's Nature Reserve creating a more contiguous natural corridor between the prairie and savanna complexes near Steinberg Skating Rink and Deer Lake. The refreshed native landscape has quickly appealed to wildlife. Songbirds and frogs now enjoy an overfl wing buffet of seeds and insects occupying the wooded hillside. On sunny summer days at the pollinator garden you will hear a deafening chorus of chirps and calls of cicadas, crickets, and grasshoppers, while nectar-seeking butterflie , bees, and skippers flut er and dash from one wildfl wer to the next. Forest Park Forever is thankful for the many donations that make these restoration efforts and others throughout the park possible.

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OUTDOOR CHANDELIERS For our June/July Outdoor issue, we asked local design professionals to share their opinions on outdoor chandeliers. Are these design dazzlers a classic or a craze?

CLASSIC “I'd say classic. In elaborate outdoor rooms, I think adding such a classical element, like a chandelier, really helps pull the whole room together.” Katy Molaskey, Green Guys.

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“Over the past couple of years, outdoor chandeliers have gained popularity I think because people want to spend more time outdoors and they want their outdoor space to be an extension of their indoor space. Outdoor chandeliers help make the outdoor space feel like an indoor living space.” Patty Birkhead, Metro Lighting Showroom Design Manager and Purchasing. “Classic! Cavemen loved lights, and so does the modern man. Outdoor chandeliers are a wonderful way to add a creative or unique design element that can completely transform a space. If a current lighting choice is on trend, it can be easily changed as your tastes change without much effort.” Eric Ringhofer, Green Guys. “Outdoor chandeliers are a new design feature that is here to stay. People are making their exterior spaces more livable with an ambiance similar to the living room and dining area. This is a timeless addition to outdoor living that will add both style and illumination for years to come.” Shanna Shamblin Wilson, Wilson Lighting. “When entertaining alfresco, an outdoor chandelier is a must as it sets the scene and, most importantly, transforms the way one can feel within the space. Providing a welcoming transition from the private living space, an outdoor chandelier can bring fun and whimsey to an otherwise natural setting.” Carla Hunigan, Holt Lighting Depot. “Ever since the 17th century's introduction of illumination fuels, technology has been used in gardens.  An outdoor chandelier makes such a visual statement while enhancing the nighttime beauty.  What a charming addition to any outdoor space!” Lynn Eastin, Lynn Eastin Interiors. “Chandeliers are a true classic! But outdoor chandeliers are the current trend, and this is where the outdoor meets the indoor for the perfect complement. Outdoor chandeliers are the new classic look that I am forecasting will NOT go away! So go on and add that dream outdoor area, complete with a chandelier, whether attached or unattached to your home. It’s an investment in mind, body and soul, and you will reap the rewards!” Joyce Cockrell, Joyce Cockrell Designs LLC.


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“Craze. Or make that crazy! When I think of outdoor chandeliers here in St. Louis I think of bulbs that draw bugs and cleaning off the spider webs. Although I love the look of outdoor chandeliers my sensible side and dislike of bugs and cleaning just say no! I might consider it on a screened in porch but not in the open air. I much prefer a ceiling fan that wafts a frequently much-needed breeze over me and helps to keep the bugs away (without harmful pesticides). If I want outdoor lighting it will be the soft glow of candles or landscape lighting.” Marcia Moore, Marcia Moore Design.


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