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January &February 2012

34>> sip & savor:

Warm up winter with expert wine tasting tips from Robust Wine Bar & Café




50 Departments


Editor’s Letter 14 Publisher’s letter 18 trends 20 fab finds 22 STYLEMAKER 24 HOT HUE 30 ARTISAN 60 in season 66 SMALL SCALE 70 SPOTLIGHT 72 CHEERS 74 BEFORE + AFTER 80 just for you

66 Features



Sip & Savor

Smooth glasses of grape and gourmet food from Robust Wine Bar & Café make for a perfect winter wine tasting party


Tour six award-winning kitchens that blend bold design with top-shelf technology


Collective Charm


Modern glamour

A very special peek into the luxurious home of St. Louis legend Jon Hunt, co-owner of Jon Paul Designs and Collectibles

70 On the Cover

Sleek and sophisticated, this awardwinning modern kitchen by Glen Alspaugh Kitchens & Baths features expert design and dimension. See page


cover Photography by ALISE O’BRIEN

“Out of the box” design gives a young family a hip yet classic home filled with glamorous touches and a green frame of mind

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There’s definitely something wonderful about being warm and cozy at home with winter happening in all its glory outside your window. Enjoying crackling fires, steaming soups, soft cuddly blankets and the warmth of family and friends all around you just sounds so great, doesn’t it? And so, as we welcome yet another season filled with the magic of winter, we are pleased to offer you a glimpse into several amazing homes that radiate warmth and loveliness, not only in the cold weather months but all year round. Our Suburban Feature (page 50) is a study in modern glamour. Not only beautiful, but eco-friendly as well, this sustainable luxury home offers its lucky family a peaceful haven that is fresh-faced and sophisticated, with an edgy, contemporary ambience. Jon Hunt, co-owner of Jon Paul Designs and Collectibles, invites us inside his classically traditional home in our Urban Feature (page 44). Filled with gorgeous antiques, saturated hues and, of course, several of his spectacular chandeliers and sconces, this smaller home is big on style. Small Scale (page 66) is one of my favorites! Set on the banks of the Big River, this log cabin is rich in history and memories. The owners have renovated it for today, blending modern convenience with repurposed materials and a lot of love. With a fire roaring in the fireplace, a glass of wine in hand and a good book, I just can’t think of a better place to be on a cold, blustery day. Celebrate (page 34) is a bit different — and so much fun — in this issue. We’ve caught up with Robust Wine Bar & Café as they host a wine tasting soirée in a gorgeous Clayton home. Chef Eric Brenner prepares a table full of delectable bites to perfectly complement the delicious vinos provided by certified sommelier and coowner Stanley Browne. I have to admit, I’m probably more of a warm weather girl, but winter does give me time to slow down and enjoy being at home, spending many warm, happy hours with family and friends. I hope you do, too.

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Once the holiday decorations come down, it might be time for a few updates. And if a major overhaul is in order, here are a few things to keep in mind to make your project go smoothly and successfully. Take time to research the best contractor/ design team for your job. Hiring the right professionals for your project will ensure success. Make sure the professionals you hire have the right credentials, as well as liability insurance, worker's compensation and warranty guarantees. If a problem arises, you'll be glad you hired the remodeling experts. Hiring a reputable remodeling or design/ build firm will ensure that your job gets done right and on time. The risk of hiring a craftsman that works out of his truck includes having your project juggled with other responsibilities and on his time schedule, not yours. Be sure to check out our Kitchens of the Year (page 38) winners for some great inspiration!

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Textile designer

Laura Bergmann, owner of laura bergmann textiles, shares her

artistic take on texture

magazine — and I always see things I’d like to do but that just aren’t kid-appropriate. I follow fashion and the way designers play with fabric, and I’ve always had this separate, “someday” file. I’m inspired by origami, and I look at paper artists sometimes, too. You run across inspiration all the time. For more than eight years Laura Bergmann has been a product designer for The Land of Nod, Crate & Barrel’s children’s store, conceptualizing room décor from lighting and rugs to curtains and bedding. In March 2011, Laura launched Laura Bergmann Textiles, a line of made-to-order modern textiles. Pleats, tucks, waves, curls, tubes and appliqués are just a few techniques she uses to craft her creations, pulling from a diverse group of fabrics such as silk, felt, synthetic taffeta, chiffon duchess satin and pigs suede. The end result are intricate, multi-dimensional textiles in inspired applications, from pillows and wall art to lamp shades and small furniture upholstery. SLHL: How did your work with The Land of Nod come about? LB: One day, a catalog from The Land of Nod hit my mailbox and I thought, “I love this catalog. What can I do for them?” I looked at the holes in their offering and thought they could do accessories better. So I put together a portfolio of wall art and room décor — items I thought would enhance what they already had. One project turned into two, three, and now, eight plus years later, it’s a full-time job. SLHL: What influences your artistic inspiration? LB: I’ve been collecting these ideas for five or six years. I look around everywhere for The Land of Nod — every kind of kid’s and home


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Form Right: Furniture designer Lee Weitzman, owner of Lee Weitzman Furniture. Below: The Urn Table shown here is made from curly maple with a glass center. The detailing is silver leaf. However, like all of Lee’s furniture, the table can be designed to fit any preference.


Function Designer Lee Weitzman combines a discerning artistic eye with the superb skill of a craftsman to create custom furniture pieces like no other BY Judy Uelk PhotographY by lee weitzman portrait photography by bill sosin

Above: Handmade by Lee to perfect the design before sending it to the factory for reproduction, this collection of Ava Bar and Counter Stools is shown in American walnut. These can be purchased with or without a padded seat or back.


Lee Weitzman found his passion for creative woodworking early on and hasn’t looked back since.“It was after completing my first undergraduate degree at Western Michigan University in sociology that I discovered that working with wood and designing things was my true calling,” says Lee. “I was immediately fascinated and inspired to pursue designing and making things.” Lee went on to earn another degree in industrial arts, then went to graduate school at the University of Illinois-Chicago to study sculpture. That passion has since exploded into a highly successful furniture-making business that allows Lee to explore every aspect of furniture design and production and to create pieces that are not only functional but are indeed striking works of art. “Designing furniture is pretty much the same as creating sculpture,” he explains, “but with a few more parameters. I always try to create a fresh interpretation within the pieces I design, sometimes adding an element of surprise, such as designing the door or drawer pulls in a way that requires ‘discovering’ how it opens because it isn’t immediately apparent. The viewer must interact with the piece until the mystery is solved. Unexpected touches make the piece special and set it apart from other furniture.” Although Lee began his career working as a designer craftsman in his own shop, his main role has evolved into the designing of his pieces. “Working in the shop is no longer the best use of my time,” he says, “but my experience and skill as a maker is critical to the way I design and continues to inform me as a designer.” Lee works closely with a highly skilled group of small furniture makers, providing them with very specific production drawings and monitoring production by visiting these makers’ shops on a regular basis. However, if he is not satisfied with communicating to


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slhl ARTISAN The Alexandria Bench is shown here with espresso maple legs and a chestnut ribbon sapeli frame. It is available in any fabric or leather.

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his makers via drawings, Lee dons a shop apron, picks up the tools, and gets to work making a prototype to be copied once he has it just so. This happens more often with his seating designs because of the high degree of difficulty in designing chairs. “Just recently,” he says, “I designed and built a collection of bar stools myself. I just needed to have the wood in my hands and work it into the shapes that were right,” says Lee. “The drawings were not enough to make sure the design was perfect before it went to the factory to reproduce. The process required several tests and prototypes, because the stools needed to look great, but they had to feel right when sat upon.” With an educational background in both the industrial arts and sculpture, Lee fashions each furniture piece with an eye for its beauty, as well as its functionality. “To me, designing furniture is blending the knowledge of craft and the restraints of function with the intuitive sense an artist uses making art. I combine materials with shapes to create individual pieces of furniture that people will notice and contemplate — and take pleasure in using,” says Lee. Lee also teaches furniture design and furniture making at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. “Teaching is an excellent activity to keep me sharp as a designer,” says Lee. “Working with students is rewarding, fun, and keeps me fresh with new challenges and ways of thinking.” Lee also makes daily visits to the shops that produce his designs to see how things are going. “Being close to the action, ensures that my design visions are translating correctly from paper to production,” he says. Does Lee have a favorite piece of furniture that he has designed? “Can you pick a favorite among your children?” he quips. “No, I don’t have a favorite piece. As an artist and designer, I think it’s embedded in me that you’re really only as good as your latest piece. I’m most excited about what I’m working on at that particular moment. When I’m finished with a piece, I move on to the next one and try to make it even better than the last. I enjoy building on what I’ve learned to get beyond where I am to where I want to be. I’m always looking ahead.” See www.stlouishomesmag.com for resources.


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Above: Branko and Gina Marusic’s lovely living room, perfectly prepped by the Robust staff for an elegant wine tasting. Opposite page, top left: The Robust Blend, produced in Napa Valley, is a cuvée that combines Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petite Verdot and Syrah. Opposite page, bottom left: Aperol Spritz cocktails made with champagne, Aperol liqueur and simple syrup, paired with Chef Eric’s sweet potato bellini with crème fraiche and caviar. Opposite page, right: Robust Wine Bar & Café co-owner Stanley Browne entertains party guests with wine education and explains the food pairings.



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Robust glasses of grape and gourmet food make this wine tasting party an appetizing affair to remember

hen the weather outside is frightful, a glass of wine by the fire sounds oh-so-delightful. Whether it’s a glass of red to warm up a chilly evening or sparkling white for a Valentine’s Day date, fine wine pairs well with every occasion. This winter, when Branko and Gina Marusic decided to host a wine tasting party in their Clayton home, they knew exactly who to call: Robust Wine Bar & Café. Not only does Robust offer a tailored catering service, “The In-Home Robust Party,” which includes wine tasting and education from one or more of the restaurant’s five certified sommeliers, but also in-home gourmet food pairings by Chef and Chief Culinary Officer Eric Brenner. As guests filtered into the couple’s dazzling home, they were greeted

with champagne flutes of Aperol Spritz, a citrus-flavored cocktail made with Aperol liqueur, champagne and simple syrup. “We like to serve these fun cocktails at the beginning of a party just to start it off on the right note,” says Stanley Browne, co-owner of Robust with wife Arlene. In the dining room off the entryway, Chef Eric and Chef de Cuisine Zach Dale have prepared a buffet of meats, cheeses, hors d’oeuvres and small plates: Butter-poached Shrimp with Homemade Remoulade; Beef Tenderloin Canapés with Horseradish Crème, Red Onion Marmalade and Fresh Parsley; Prosciutto-Wrapped Asparagus with Truffle Oil; and Sweet Potato Bellini with Crème Fraiche and Caviar. “Stanley talks about how people don’t always think about how wine tastes in your mouth, STLOUISHOMESMAG.COM JAN./FEB. 2012

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so we always make sure the wine will hit a certain viscosity in your mouth against the fat in the food,” says Eric. The succulent beef tenderloin, made with onions in red wine, vinegar and sugar, is the perfect match for a rich red, because, as Eric explains, the earthy meat reinforces the sweetness of the wine. White wine lovers fawned over the butter-poached shrimp with homemade remoulade, which includes bright ingredients such as pickled vegetables and shallots, paired with a Sauvignon Blanc. “The wine has a mineral quality, an iodine quality, that pairs well with the sweetness of the shrimp,” says Eric. The final dish, the sweet potato bellini with crème fraiche and caviar, is enjoyed with a glass of sparkling wine. “The bellini potatoes give it


that vegetal, earthy quality, but it also has eggs and cream in it, so it’s a bit more luscious,” says Eric. “The champagne cuts right across that, and then the saltiness of the caviar really pops.” As party guests savored the flavorsome food and wine pairings, Stanley began the wine education element of the evening, answering questions and describing each glass of grape and why it complemented the cuisine. “When we’re catering a party or event, it’s focused around what the customer wants,” says Stanley. “Sometimes we’ll do a wine education component and theme, which could be anything from ‘How to Taste Wine Like a Pro’ or ‘New World vs. Old World Wines.’ For us, it’s a full package: gourmet food, wine and experience.”


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For resources and more photos of this charming wine tasting party, visit stlouishomesmag.com.

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Kitchens of the Year 2012

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Glen Alspaugh Kitchens & Baths



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M~de>n Minimali@ The cool, lustrous color palette sets the mood for this contemporary kitchen, which epitomizes symmetry, high-contrast and sophistication. The black walnut cabinetry plays nicely against the stainless steel appliances, and touches of drama, such as the mosaic tile backsplash, keep the space from feeling cold. For the team at Glen Alspaugh Kitchens & Baths, balance was essential when designing the kitchen. Placing stainless steel doors above the double ovens created a tower of stainless steel, offsetting the stainless steel refrigerator anchoring the other end of the wall. This focus on symmetry and structure can also be seen in the two curved islands, which provide excellent traffic flow, as well as unexpected dimension and design in an otherwise very linear kitchen.



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Gegg Design & Cabinetry

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F>e°h Fa>mh~u°¾ Updating the kitchen in a 100-year-old home to reflect its heritage, while also integrating top-of-the-line technology, is no easy feat, but it’s one that Gegg Design & Cabinetry expertly accomplished. A renovation removed a small addition and chimney, giving designers more room to let the kitchen breathe. The white, flush-inset cabinetry was designed to mimic the era and feel of the classic shake-shingle home, as were the two polished nickel light fixtures hanging above the island. To add warmth to the room, designers chose mahogany plank wood countertops that create stark contrast with the light, bright kitchen. The English-made fireclay apron sink, polished nickel bridge faucet and glass mullion cabinet doors all stir a sense of nostalgia, while the state-of-theart appliances keep the kitchen current. Blending vintage elements with a modern, highly functional flow makes this a space to savor.


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brooksBerry Kitchens & Baths

PHOTOGRAPHY by Anne Matheis

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P>~vencal Panach¾ When the designers at brooksBerry Kitchens & Baths began overhauling this 15-year-old home’s kitchen, it had a dysfunctional floor plan and deteriorating builder-quality cabinets. While the space was large, it was poorly used and lived small. One of the biggest considerations during the planning stages was that this needed to be a kid-friendly space for a young family with five children and two dogs. The new direction resulted in a rustic, French country style kitchen with a family-oriented focus. Island seating for more than five gives the kids a place to sit while meals are being prepared, and the natural stone countertops are as childproof and marker-proof as they are sophisticated. The island’s suede chocolatebrown countertop also protects it from even the worst spill or Arts and Crafts mishap.



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Elements Interiors, llc

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Ăžleek Ăž~phi@icati~n At the beginning of this project, the designers at Elements Interiors, LLC, were asked to simply remove the wall separating the living room and kitchen so that the homeowners could entertain more easily. That clear-cut request, though, would soon grow into a fullblown kitchen makeover. The first step for the designers was creating a seamless flow between the kitchen and the living room, which involved removing a wall, upper cabinets, and overhead ventilation, and camouflaging appliances without sacrificing storage space. To gain efficient, stylish storage, the designers chose pullout shelves and drawers built into the walls, with 57-inch sliding glass doors on European stainless steel hardware. Zebrawood imported from New York was selected for the cabinets and island to warm up the black and white space, and custom fabricated metal countertops helped retain its modern, sophisticated style. Keeping in line with the minimalist theme, a downdraft stove was chosen, as it eliminated the need for a bulky overhead ventilation system. Although still not a large kitchen, much visual space was gained by removing upper cabinets and taking down the wall. The radiant, bright white cabinetry and the beautifully textured zebrawood create an open, high-contrast kitchen replete with contemporary style.


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Arcterior Design, llc

|~ft-þtyle |uxu>¸ Located in the center of the house, this kitchen is truly the heart of this home. The design team at Arcterior Design, LLC, kept this in mind when renovating the kitchen, choosing a color palette that blends with other finishes used throughout the house. Another key element of this kitchen’s design was complementing the stunning architecture of the newly renovated home. A combination of dark walnut cabinet drawers and a lighter stain on the maple cabinets adds a modern edge, and accentuates the owners’ collection of African art. While color choices and nods to the home's architecture made the kitchen feel fluid, details, including the suspended, curved ceiling mirroring the curved island below, clearly set the kitchen apart from other rooms. This design also evokes an intimate feel in the cooking area and creates a focal point in this otherwise very open space. The breakfast bar offers additional seating, while the expanded butler’s pantry doubles as a functional dining room, wine bar and daily food storage. To incorporate natural light into the corridor, a small prep area was built at an existing window. The cozy, three-sided built-in banquette seating was designed to accommodate more than 10 people for casual dining.



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Herzog Kitchen & Bath


Every kitchen is built for cooking, but that doesn’t necessarily mean each one is a cook’s kitchen. Building a home kitchen fit for a chef is exactly what Herzog Kitchen & Bath was tasked with for this project, and that’s exactly what they created. The priorities for this kitchen were cooking performance and that it be an easy entertaining space, which was achieved with professional-grade appliances and ample seating. This mammoth 1500-square-foot space seats 27, and keeps guests out of cooking and prep zones with artful design. Although this contemporary kitchen is sleek, it still feels inviting, thanks to the warm exotic wood and high-gloss cabinets. Luxury features include a chef’s sink, three full granite slabs with an additional slab for booth seating, customized hoods and the glistening backsplash. An adjoining butler’s pantry outside the kitchen is equipped with a sink, dishwasher, a pantry and storage space so the homeowners can fully enjoy dinner parties and save cleanup for later.


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Directly off the entryway, the elegant living room features a mixture of priceless collectibles. Jon's tastes range from Egyptian Revival and NeoClassical Revival to the French Empire. The gold and onyx lamps on the sofa table feature Egyptian sphinx, and the bronze and marble Egyptian clock on the fireplace mantel is an antique from the early 1900s.



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A very special peek into the luxurious residence of St. Louis legend Jon Hunt, owner of Jon Paul Designs and Collectibles By LIZ MILLER Photography by Ashley Gieseking


t first glance, the striking showroom at Jon Paul Designs and Collectibles in Richmond Heights can seem overwhelming. Hundreds of ornate, enchanting crystal chandeliers mingle overhead in close quarters with grand gold leaf light fixtures. Store shelves are lined with antique sterling silver, handpainted ivory and porcelain. In its 19 years at the intersection of Clayton Road and Big Bend Boulevard, the shop has become a St. Louis institution; the go-to place for antique lighting and luxury collectibles. The two men at its helm are Jon Hunt and Paul Mroczkowski. Jon is there every day, buying merchandise from customers, restoring items and helping each antique find a new home. “I’ve been that way since I was a kid,” says Jon, “always tinkering with stuff and restoring things.” The question they hear most often — after “The owner’s name isn’t Jon Paul? There’s a Jon and a Paul?” — is, “Does your home look like the store?” Yes, Jon and Paul are the co-owners, and, no, the ceilings in their home aren’t swathed with chandeliers. “Everyone that comes into the shop wants to see what my house looks like,” says Jon. “And they all think my house looks like the shop. I couldn’t have that; it would drive me crazy!” The only similarities between his shop and home are the exquisite


antiques and collectibles, featured tastefully throughout the home, and the striking chandeliers, sconces, table lamps and light fixtures. When Jon and Paul bought their 1900s-era Richmond Heights home nine years ago, it was, first, a decision made of convenience. It was an ideal home in a charming neighborhood they already loved. Although convenience was a big motivating factor, Jon also saw the home’s potential. “When we bought the house, it was just plain," says Jon. "It had character, but it wasn’t finished. It didn’t have the details.” Before moving into the home, the pair drew up plans to add more space to the small house. Originally, the home ended in the dining room, where a window overlooked the property’s large backyard. They tore down that back wall, built a giant great room off the dining room, and finished the basement area of the two-story home. With room to spare, they added a two-car garage, as well. Other construction included placing columns in the entryway and dining room and enhancing the fireplace in the living room. “When we moved into the house the fireplace was just brick with a little piece of wood on the mantel,” says Jon. “The previous owners didn’t have anything on either side of the fireplace, so we had the bookcases built, and they were matched perfectly with the fireplace mantel that we also had custom-made. I bought all the carved pieces, and I added those myself.”


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Opposite page, left: The grand columns, regal gold mirror and reupholstered writing desk chair, featuring a Napoleon bumblebee fabric, in the entryway set the mood for the rest of Jon's home. Opposite page, right: Two stately Biedermeier chairs bookend the living room fireplace, sitting proudly amongst Jon's cherished crystal and collectibles. The gold-leaf mirror above the fireplace is made with hand-carved wood from Italy. Above: Originally, Jon and Paul's home ended at the back wall of the dining room, but new construction added the spacious great room and columns. Some of Jon's favorite possessions are placed in the dining room, including the solid sterling candelabras and solid silver oval dishes on the buffet, the sparkling wall sconces that were original to the Chase Park Plaza, and the glamorous 1920s Czechoslovakian-made chandelier.

Rooms were also repainted, but the living room ceiling has perhaps the most interesting story. Always thinking creatively, Jon chose to have the ceiling paint color stop just short of the crown molding, then purchased car pin striping from Auto Zone and had a painter apply it to the ceiling. This subtle but inspired detail captures Jon’s artistic approach to design. The choice to add columns to the entryway also demonstrates his eye for interior design, as it cleverly breaks up the long room while adding effortless sophistication. His design tastes range from Egyptian Revival and Neo-Classical Revival to the French Empire, and he loves anything that is Napoleon-inspired. The glamorous chandelier cascading from the living room ceiling also helps set the entryway apart from the living room, perfectly partitioning each space. Like everything in Jon’s home, it too has a story: It’s a Russian chandelier from the 1800s that a customer sold to the shop, which Jon restored and lovingly brought back to life. While the ceiling, chandelier and fireplace are all eye-catching features in the room, the breakfront filled with priceless pieces, including handpainted ivory, sterling silver, Herend, Lalique and Limoges collectibles is also not to be missed. The sheer number of rare items and the intricate beauty of each piece lends an entrancing quality to the breakfront; one could remain captivated by its remarkable contents for hours. Every item in the home has a story, down to the clock perched on the living

room mantel. “One of my favorite pieces in the house is the clock on the mantel,” says Jon. “It’s Egyptian from the early 1900s. It’s bronze and marble. I have a lot of Egyptian statues in the house; I love anything Egyptian.” Moving from the living room to the dining room, it’s impossible not to compare the rich red walls with the bright red walls in his shop. This room also has a show-stopping crystal chandelier, a Czechoslovakianmade antique from the 1920s. The two extraordinary, glistening sconces on the back wall are even dearer to Jon’s heart. “Those were original from the [Chase] Park Plaza,” he says. “I bought those before I even had my shop. I’ve had those for more than 30 years.” Much like the lighting, the room’s décor and furnishings speak to Jon’s love of collecting. He purchased the Henredon dining room table and chairs used and bought the gorgeous inlaid china hutch from “a junk store.” Some of his most prized possessions, such as the solid sterling candelabras and 1830s sterling silver oval dishes from Sheffield, England, sit on the dining room buffet. At the entrance to the sizeable, safari-themed great room sit two chairs saved from the now defunct Henry VIII Hotel. The room is peppered with animal prints and flourishing plant life, including fica and palm trees. A proud porcelain cheetah purchased in La Jolla, California, welcomes guests into the room. The hand-carved wood STLOUISHOMESMAG.COM JAN./FEB. 2012

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Opposite page: Jon loves elephants, and the hand-carved wooden elephant bench between the two dark wicker chairs is one of many pachyderms placed throughout the home. The china cabinet features priceless curios and lustrous Lalique pieces. Above: The great room is defined by safari style, blending traditional mahogany furniture with wild, chic animal prints, safari animals and wicker. Below: Adding the great room to their home not only gave Jon and Paul more space, but also a room with an extremely high ceiling. The pair chose not to hang window treatments in the room, but rather let the many windows illuminate the jungle-inspired space with natural light.

elephant bench placed between two dark brown wicker chairs is one of his favorite finds, as is the Boehm Porcelain rhinoceros atop the TV cabinet. The room’s stately secretary is yet another treasure trove of beautiful curios and objets d'art. For all its lavish furnishings and finery, the room feels open, welcoming and full of life. Its casual ambience is partially thanks to the one piece of décor conspicuously missing in the home. “We don’t have curtains or drapes in those rooms,” says Jon. “They just weigh the house down. We have blinds on some of the windows, but the great room doesn’t have anything on the windows.” A lifetime of consummate collecting has made Jon’s home a study in the art of acquiring and appreciating the unique past and possible potential in everything. “I hardly buy any furniture new,” says Jon. “Anybody can go into a store and buy new furniture. I like it mixed. I have old and new. I love old things; I love refurbishing them and restoring them.” His fondness for making what’s old new again has created a warm, elegant home, full of unique charm and fascinating history. “I want it to feel comfortable when you walk into the house; I don’t want it to feel like a museum,” he concludes. “I think the size of the home helps, you don’t feel like you’re in the Taj Mahal. It’s just comfortable, relaxed and warm.” See www.stlouishomesmag.com for resources. STLOUISHOMESMAG.COM JAN./FEB. 2012

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The spacious kitchen and breakfast room are bright and cheery. Unique lighting choices, such as the polished chrome pendants above the island that can be raised an lowered on a pulley system, are key features in this home. "Lighting was really important to us," says the homeowner.

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“Out of the box” design gives a young family a hip yet classic home filled with glamorous touches and a healthy frame of mind by Judy Uelk Photography by Ashley Gieseking


or a young couple and their two children, the home that interior designer Kris Keller, owner of The Design Source, Ltd., helped them create is more than a place to rest their heads; it’s a place to let their spirits soar. Alive with a fresh palette of soothing chameleon-like blues, grays, greens and lavenders and punctuated with striking blacks and whites, this is truly a happy home — at once relaxing and invigorating. “We came from a traditional home,” says the owner. “We wanted to move in a more transitional direction with a touch of contemporary style. Achieving superior indoor air quality was an extremely important goal in the building process as well, as our son carries the diagnosis of asthma and allergies." In response to this challenge, Kris and her team created an “out of the box” design that marries the home's classic architecture with a modern disposition, evoking glamorous touches along the way. She also worked closely with the custom builder, Jeff Bogard, owner of R.E.A. Homes, with whom she has also recently formed a design/build consulting firm. R.E.A. focuses on the construction of what it calls "high-performance luxury homes," more energy efficient and healthier homes than those with traditional construction. "True luxury goes beyond beautiful finishes," says Jeff. "It's also lower utility bills, better indoor air quality and an overall more comfortable and healthier indoor environment." Jeff has certainly done his part with this home. Marc Bluestone, president of Home Green Home, an energy efficiency and sustainability consulting firm, whom Jeff worked with on the home's design, says "This is a remarkably efficient house, especially for its size." And the moment you set foot inside the stunning foyer, you see that Kris has succeeded, too. The sweeping curved staircase, highlighted by a sparkling wall of mother-of-pearl, is breathtaking. Glistening above is a whimsical globe. A more contemporary choice than the expected crystal chandelier, the spherical shape helps set the tone for a circular motif that adds softness

Clockwise from top left: Window panels in a dark charcoal geometric print puddle to the floor like ballgowns in the breakfast room. Custom-designed by Kris, the panels' unique construction features a diagonal zipper from top to bottom, revealing a peek of lime green at the floor. Dressmaker details, such as this, really sets Kris' designs apart. "The hearth room is probably one of the most used rooms in the house," says the homeowner. Kid-friendly fabrics and whimsical accessories make this a fun place to unwind. French doors lead to a large outdoor entertaining oasis and pool. More than 30 paint colors were used throughout the home, including the lively lime green in the living room. A speciality faux finish on the backs of the bookcases in the hearth room is another artistic touch. STLOUISHOMESMAG.COM JAN./FEB. 2012

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to the more masculine architectural detailing and millwork. "Creating a contrast in architecture," says Kris, "creates balance, and when the shapes are subtly repeated with intention, harmony develops, and the entire space just naturally feels good." Deep taupe walls that can take on green or gray tones, depending on the time of day, give the entry a sophisticated, soft, even organic, feel. Directly ahead is the living room that sings with warm lime green walls


and mid-century-inspired furnishings. Two swivel chairs are upholstered in a soft black tone-on-tone pattern woven by Schumacher, and a striking black kidney-shaped sofa is dressed in linen velvet and accented with a bold black-and-white print. The yin and yang cluster tables are unexpected and fun and further emphasize the peaceful harmony that exists within this home. The circular theme is repeated in the area rug and window treatments, both of which Kris designed. “I design one-of-


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Top left: A dramatic staircase in the foyer highlights the creative talents of local shops, Kirkwood Stair and Eureka Forge. Bottom left: The vestibule between the master bedroom and study features a gold chandelier that is an open orb comprised of connecting circles that create its shape. When illuminated, it casts majestic illusory shadows around the space. "We tried to choose lighting that would create patterns on the walls," says Kris. Right: Glistening above the dining table is a custom-designed, tiered, hand-knotted Murano glass chandelier suspended from a series of nearly invisible cables and illuminated from above. "We intended each lamp, each chandelier, each sconce to be a bit of 'wow'," explains Kris.


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You could almost picture Audrey Hepburn lounging on this graceful bed. Classically glamorous but with an edgy color palette of icy lavenders and silvers, the master bedroom is a true retreat. Special touches, such as the jeweled buttons on the headboard, drapery panels with the circle motif, and a tissue finish on the coffered ceiling that is a glittering silver cloud overhead, make this master something very special.

a-kind window treatments and especially appreciate the play of texture, pattern and color combined with surprising details," notes Kris. Adjacent to the bright living room is the expansive kitchen and breakfast room. A softer shade of blue-green melds nicely with the splashier lime, creating two rooms that speak to each other softly but effectively. “I knew I wanted a steel blue color in my kitchen to complement the marble veining of my countertops and the Silestone®


of my island, which is made from recycled raw materials, such as glass and mirror," says the homeowner. Shiny stainless steel appliances pop against the crisp white cabinets. Kris deftly wove stainless throughout the kitchen and into the adjoining hearth room, adding full-height stainless columns to the entertainment unit and bookcase and in the over-scaled door pulls. A one-inch ribbon of stainless trim highlights the crown molding. The decorative façade of the boomerang island


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was designed by Kris and her team. It becomes a work of art featuring inlaid stainless that crisscrosses each panel to create the optical illusion of a curvilinear faรงade. Hand-carved maple balls sit atop sculpted corner elements that feel like stiletto pump heels tipped in stainless steel. The maple balls optically allude to having been scooped right out of the circular cutout in the bar stool backs. Lee Weitzman, of Lee Weitzman Furniture in Chicago, designed the contemporary dining table and

chairs from a luscious sapeli. The cutouts on the backs of the chairs are a subtle nod to the circular motif. The hearth room is a beautiful representation of the magic that can happen when contemporary furnishings are mixed perfectly with an organic palette, a comfortable touch and a bit of Hollywood glam. A low-slung sofa, typical of Hollywood Regency style, is done in black leather with a black-and-white geometric print for graphic contrast. The STLOUISHOMESMAG.COM JAN./FEB. 2012

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A classic boxed library ceiling in a textured silver hue is stunning overhead in the study. The substantial desk is curved to soften the more rectangular lines of this space. Nods to the circular motif appear in the more contemporary sconces and in the cutouts of the end tables. The orange burst of color in the accent pillows ties in the lighter wood tones of the walnut end tables, and the black patent leather trim adds unexpected pop.

custom ottoman, made in an extra-long length, doubles as a place to display books or set a tray with drinks and snacks. "Every project I design showcases a playful, yet thoughtful, mix of shapes," explains Kris. Indeed, the whimsical chairs flanking the floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace are like jewelry, their silhouettes both edgy and feminine. Wrapped in a Nina Campbell silver foil large-scale floral wallcovering, "The dining room has an old Hollywood feel," says Kris. The Alyce dining


chairs, with their open ribbon-back design, add airiness. Lee Weitzman designed the deco-inspired buffet that is hand-leafed in silver and handlacquered. It rests against a wall of beveled mirror. Five tiers of Murano glass adorn majestic buffet lamps. The glamorous ambience continues into the master bedroom, where a softer, starlet-like approach delivers a commanding performance. Icy lavender shades add a fancy, feminine point of view, while a retro floral


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print dressing two contemporary slipper chairs, and a curving armless loveseat upholstered in icy lavender suede add balance in the sitting area. Bedside lamps with Murano glass bases resembling leaves are topped with slick, silvery shades that look like ribbon candy. A coordinating floor lamp in the sitting room wears only a flurry of Murano glass leaves. In contrast to the fairy-tale quality of the master bedroom, just across the hall is a stately and classic yet current and suave study. Paneled in

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a rich chocolaty knotty alder, this space sports handsome flannels, commanding stripes and classic prints, giving it dapper style. “All of our interiors are artistic endeavors,” says Kris. Blessed with clients who were willing to think “outside the box,” Kris and her team were able to create a sophisticated yet fun atmosphere for this young family — an atmosphere that, like fine jewelry, is timeless and understated, but with just enough punch to make you sit up and take notice. STLOUISHOMESMAG.COM JAN./FEB. 2012

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Longing for warm weather, when you could just step outside and snip a few fragrant herbs to add to the skillet on the stove? Getting your “fresh herb fix” can be tough this time of year. For how to do it best, we consulted the experts: Kitty Ferrell, the current president of the St. Louis Herb Society, and Jenny Fagan, a past president of the Webster Groves Herb Society. The two groups are the largest organizations of herb experts in the greater St. Louis area. Both ladies admit that growing herbs indoors is tough even for those with the greenest of thumbs. “When we see those ads for windowsill herb gardens in catalogs, we all raise our eyebrows,” says Kitty. “It’s not that easy to do.” “Personally, I’m not the biggest fan of growing herbs indoors,” echoes Jenny. “They don’t really do well unless you use grow lights, and that’s a lot of trouble.” But all is not lost. Both women agree that there are ways to bring fresh herbs to the winter dinner table if you plan ahead. The secret is starting in the summer by planting your herbs outdoors, in the ground or in containers, where they can


become established. Then, simply bring your greenery inside during winter’s harsh weather. “The sturdier the herb looks, the more likely it is to survive the winter,” says Kitty. Sage, both women note, often survives being left in the garden during winter. “Chives,” Kitty says, laughing, “are pretty hard to kill, but need to be repotted and brought indoors if you want to snip plants during cold weather.” Other herbs that can endure the round trip from the garden to the house and back again are thyme, rosemary and bay trees. More tender plants, such as basil and dill, are almost impossible to grow indoors, both experts agree. To survive their time indoors, herbs need to be placed in sunny windows, watered sparingly and given no fertilizer. When she needs a gardening fix as winter winds down, Jenny often starts growing parsley, cilantro and winter wheat in indoor pots in early March. “The [grass-like] wheat is great in Easter baskets,” she says. She also will seed them directly in outdoor beds “to get ahead of the game.” See www.

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Left: Jim and Jeannie’s cabin is an ideal rustic retreat during chilly winter nights. Below: Jim rebuilt the cabin from the ground up. The couple enjoy drinking wine by the fireplace, amidst the ambience of their country cabin.


riving down the winding country roads that lead to Jim and Jeannie Lalumondiere’s stunning House Springs home sets the mood for arriving at their pastoral property. Though their home is only 35 miles from downtown St. Louis, it couldn’t feel more rural, rustic and reminiscent of a bygone era. It weaves as one with the Big River, sitting at the water’s edge in unobtrusive appreciation of its natural form and beauty. Across the sprawling drive stands a simple log cabin, rich in history and filled with memories longer than the road ahead. Stepping into this cozy cabin rouses that same erstwhile nostalgia. The couple has lived

in their home, which sits adjacent to the cabin, for almost 40 years. It wasn’t until 2007 that Jim began renovating the cabin’s interior, despite restructuring its bones much earlier. For years the couple owned a log cabin in Ste. Genevieve, yet as their children grew older, the family visited it less and less and eventually sold it. “That was our dream, to have a place to go to for the weekend or to get away,” says Jeannie. “It worked out though, because now I have a log cabin across the street.” Based on a property abstract, the couple believes that David Manchester built the cabin in 1836 and lived in it with a dirt floor and a STLOUISHOMESMAG.COM JAN./FEB. 2012

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Top: The reclaimed wood floors are made of old lumber salvaged from warehouses in downtown St. Louis. Middle: Marked by exquisite detail and expert craftsmanship, the limestone fireplace is the cabin’s stunning focal point. Bottom: A dead mount of a woodcock, an indigenous bird, that Jim bought many years ago. Below: Jim built a small loft to give the cabin extra dimension, and Jeannie furnished it with a cozy bed.

mud fireplace. That’s far from where the land’s history began, though. A paleontologic dig performed within the footprint of the cabin by Washington University yielded fascinating discoveries: agricultural hoes crafted by Native American hunter-gatherers some 14,000 years ago and Dalton points (a prehistoric tool or weapon). Jim and Jeannie keep some of these ancient artifacts in the cabin. “The thing that’s the most meaningful to me about it is that there’s been someone here before,” says Jim. “That’s what it finally comes down to. I’m going to be gone, and there will be some little piece of us left here.” For Jim, the key component to restoring the cabin was preserving and respecting its history, while adding personal character to its enduring story. And from the ground up, he did just that. Collectors of “old stuff,” Jim and Jeannie believe in repurposing building materials and furnishings. Jim restored the original logs and added a stunning wood floor and loft using tongue and groove lumber rescued from a dilapidated warehouse in downtown St. Louis. The original cabin didn’t have windows, but Jim recovered several from an old country house and added them. He made the loft ladder with wood from pew kneelers recovered from St. Peter and Paul’s Catholic Church in Soulard. He also happened upon the door, made of center-cut old-growth timber, by chance, right down the road from his home in a pile of discarded wood. He estimates that it was made around 1847. “I just made the doorframe to fit the door,” says Jim. “I’m not allowed to alter something that’s 150 years old.” Another special element of the door is its white porcelain knobs. First, they are easier to see at night. The placement of the knob is significant to the era when it was made as well, since the average person stood much shorter. Therefore, knobs were positioned higher so that children couldn’t reach them, and when they grew tall enough to, it meant they could take care of themselves. Blending old materials with modern convenience, Jim and Jeannie chose to outfit the cabin with electricity, which adds extra light and a mini-refrigerator — but no television. Instead, the focal point of the cabin is the giant, breathtaking limestone fireplace featuring magnificent craftsmanship and detailing, which Jim saved from destruction more than 20 years ago. At 240 square feet, the cabin is small but lives much larger. The couple enjoy entertaining friends and family there in the winter and spend many warm summer evenings on the porch. “It certainly provides a great gathering space,” says Jeannie. “We’ve had quite a few nights where we end up circled around the table. We just sit and share life.” See www.stlouishomesmag.com for resources.

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February certainly has a reputation is also a natural match with many for being the month to celebrate highly seasoned foods, especially the things and the people we love, dry sausages, salted nuts and pizza doesn’t it? Of course, Valentine’s Day is toppings, such as olives, pepperoni, in the middle of it all, with flowers and peppers and anchovies. Since most chocolates, hearts and champagne taking Spanish red wines are 100 percent center stage. But there’s another “love fest” Tempranillo, it’s all about the amount of that is equally important to many people — time the wines spend in oak and the type BY Lorraine Raguseo the Super Bowl. And there is perhaps no greater of oak that determine each wine’s depth and act of love than a non-sports-loving spouse who richness. You can compare three Tempranillos from prepares a veritable feast for his or her football crazy Bodegas Navarro López — Gran Rojo Tempranillo, partner and a houseful of their “closest” friends. that spends little time in oak; Old Vines Crianza, aged six While some might argue than an ice-cold brew is the best months in a combination of French, American and Hungarian match for traditional Super Bowl fare, there are a number of red oak; or Old Vines Reserva, which sees 12 months in French, wines that pair unexpectedly well with beef chili, chicken wings and American and Hungarian barrels. fully loaded potato skins. Of course, as important as the Super Bowl is to many of us, it would Argentina’s Malbec and Spain’s Tempranillo are the two most versatile be remiss not to address the grande dame of February — Valentine’s red grapes on the market. Both make wonderful complements to a wide Day. So, here are a few words about some sensational pink rosés that variety of food, especially hearty dishes that are spicy or salty. The Malbec will make quite an impression (especially on the one who prepared that grape, originally from the Bordeaux region of France, was first planted amazing football feast for you just two weeks prior). in Argentina in the late 19th century. It adapted so well to the terroir, Gustave Lorentz, located in France’s Alsace region, bordering Germany, especially in the Mendoza wine region, that it is now the signature red is a venerable family owned winery rightly praised for its Le Rosé and varietal of Argentina. Rosé Cremant d’Alsace. Both are made with Pinot Noir grapes, however, One of the oldest family owned wineries in Mendoza is Bodega the Cremant undergoes the same process that puts the bubbles in Valentin Bianchi. As a sideshow to the Super Bowl gridiron action on TV, champagne. it might be fun to taste four of the winery’s Malbec offerings: Elsa Malbec, Italian Moscato is all the rage right now, but an even “hotter” and that sees little oak; Valentin Bianchi Malbec, that spends six months in “pinker” wine is gaining popularity. Mochetto, an effervescent relative to French and American oak; Famiglia Bianchi Malbec, with a year in new the sweet Italian wine, is a marvelous bright pink“frizzante”wine from Italy. French and American oak; and its flagship Malbec, Particular, that is aged It’s mostly Moscato with a small amount of the Italian grape Brachetto for 18 months in new French and American oak. added to give more “weight” to the wine. See www.stlouishomesmag. You can do the same thing with Spain’s Tempranillo grape, which com for resources.

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One step inside Rob and Karen Kessler’s contemporary, colorful kitchen and guests are instantly transported to an eclectic, crisp urban environment. When Karen shares that she and Rob have dreamed of living in an open, industrial loft, it’s no surprise; the renovations they’ve made to their suburban Ballwin home have transformed the look, feel and flow with sleek style. For an active family of four with two spirited pups, it was important that the kitchen be durable, with a lived-in feel. To modernize her kitchen and dining room, Karen sought the help of interior designer Sheri Finkelstein, owner of design company Redecorize, to create her dream kitchen. “I do the form and function,” says Sheri. “I solve problems, and I make it happen. Karen already knew which finishes she wanted; it’s always a team effort.” Before moving forward,


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