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Lamp & Lantern Village

At the NW Corner of Woodsmill & Clayton in Town & Country • Hwy 40 to Hwy 141 S to the Clayton Exit

I just love living with you.

636-227-8777 272 Lamp & Lantern Village Town & Country, MO 63017


Women’s Boutique

Home Décor, Gifts & Jewelry

Add that “Finishing Touch” to Your Home

For the Well-Dressed & Stylish Woman 636-527-1121

Accent Furniture, Lamps & Pillows, Paintings, Mirrors & Wall Décor Custom Florals & Garden Décor, Jewelry & Much More


157 & 161 Lamp & Lantern Village in Town & Country

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Second Annual

Holiday portraits with santa to benefit Casa st. Louis

December 3, 2011 ∙ 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Open House

Sat., December 3, 2011 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Giveaways Trunk Shows with your $25 minimum donation, you’ll receive a digital file of your children’s portrait with santa. reservations are recommended but not required. 275 Lamp & Lantern ViLLage in town & Country 314-650-8839 |

Become your own Brewmaster or wine maker

Cocktails & Appetizers and Portraits with Santa!

Prepare for the ultimate indulgence from head to toe.

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November &December 2011





62 << GIVING


Learn how to entertain a bounty of guests in a small space this holiday season

56 Departments

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Editor’s Letter publisher’s letter 14 trends 18 fab finds 20 STYLEMAKERS 30 HOT HUE 32 ARTISAN 34 DELISH DISHES 60 in season 62 SMALL SCALE 68 BRIGHT IDEA 70 CHEERS 72 BEFORE + AFTER 74 events 80 just for you



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MASTERFUL COMPOSITION Sky-high style in a downtown loft

A Christmas Story

A traditional century home is the perfect setting for a classic Christmas

In perfect Harmony

A garden for all seasons strikes just the right balance

72 On the Cover

Elegantly adorned for the holidays, the master bedroom of our Suburban home is sumptuous and inviting all year round. See page


cover Photography by Ashley Gieseking

St. Louis Homes & Lifestyles (ISSN 1524-8755) Vol. 16, No. 9, November/December ©2011 by Distinctive Lifestyles, LLC. All rights reserved. Permission to reprint or quote excerpts granted by written request only. St. Louis Homes & Lifestyles is published nine times a year, monthly in MARCH, APRIL, MAY, AUGUST, SEPTEMBER and OCTOBER, and bi-monthly in JANUARY/FEBRUARY, JUNE/ JULY and NOVEMBER/DECEMBER by Distinctive Lifestyles, LLC, 255 Lamp & Lantern Village, Town & Country, MO 63017, (636) 230-9700. Periodicals postage paid at Chesterfield, MO 63017 and additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to St. Louis Homes & Lifestyles, 255 Lamp & Lantern Village, Town & Country, MO 63017. For change of address include old address as well as new address with both zip codes. Allow four to six weeks for change of address to become effective. Please include current mailing label when writing about your subscription.



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slhl HELLO

Holidays Wow, this year has flown by, hasn’t it? It seems like just yesterday I was writing about how glad I was for the warm weather, and now I’m thinking about how nice a cozy fire sounds on a chilly day. Winter is definitely knocking on the door, and I have to say I’m ready to embrace this festive season with open arms. Here at SLHL, we're excited to share with you another holiday issue filled with ideas to make your season merry and bright. Starting with Thanksgiving, our Small Scale Mini-Feature (page 62) highlights the home of interior designer Mary Tramelli. A pro at living large in a small space, Mary pulls out all the stops when preparing her Thanksgiving Day feast, pampering her guests with all the right touches to make them feel like the special people they are. Our Suburban Feature (page 46) is Christmas card perfect. A stunning century home in Kirkwood is the site of a classic Christmas Eve celebration that will leave you wanting to be six again. A chic downtown loft is the focus of our Urban Feature (page 38). Professional musician Charles Metz is at home among his prized harpsichords in this transitional, eclectic urban masterpiece that has been cleverly decked out for the holidays by interior designer Diane Breckenridge-Barrett of Diane Breckenridge Interiors and her expert floral artist, Catherine Thoele of Carriage House Florals. Our winter garden in Outdoor (page 56) is a study in balance and harmony. Located in the Central West End, this evergreen oasis, accented with classical statuary, is truly a garden for all seasons. And so, as we all prepare to enter yet another hectic, crazy, happy, and wondrous holiday season, please know that the staff of SLHL wishes you and yours the very best as you spend many happy days with your friends and loved ones.

Colin Miller/Strauss Peyton


All the Best,

Judy Uelk Editor-in-Chief

In correction: September issue: In "Shades of Gray" in the Hot Hue department on page 22, two Schumacher wallcoverings and one fabric are listed as available at KDR Designer Showrooms (to the trade). Schumacher does not distribute with KDR Designer Showrooms, but rather has its own store, Schumacher Showroom, in St. Louis located at 19 North Bemiston Avenue in Clayton (to the trade). October issue: In "SLHL's Second Annual Favorite Spaces" feature on page 49, the photographer's name is incorrectly listed as Todd Plath. The correct photographer's name is Chris Miller. On page 60 in the same feature, Julie Cullmann's name was misspelled.



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One of the best parts of the holiday season for me is . . . shopping, of course! I actually look forward to being immersed in the holiday hoopla. And although I love choosing special presents for my family and each of my friends, I also like shopping for ideas — fun, new ideas for decorating my home to make it sparkle just a little bit brighter year after year. St. Louis has so many wonderful shops that will bring out your inner elf —not only when you’re searching for unique stocking stuffers, but also when you’re looking to add some holiday magic to your home’s décor. Whether you’re looking to instill a little nostalgia to a contemporary space or a touch of glam to a classic room, just a few new holiday accessories can do wonders. It’s also that time of year to start the tour circuit — the holiday home tour circuit, I mean. Nothing will get you in the Christmas spirit more than setting out in the morning with a warm cup of coffee in hand and strolling through beautiful homes decked out from top to bottom in festive finery. Of course, holiday time is also party time and time to spend with friends and loved ones. If you’re like me, I always like to have my home improvement projects done in time for these holiday visits. It’s also fun to see what others have done to make their homes special; there just might be a great new idea that I’ll want to add to my home improvement wish list for next year. At SLHL, we’re excited to offer you yet another fun way to get great ideas this season. On Saturday, November 5, we are sponsoring our first ever Holiday Table Top Tour (see page 24 for details). Eight fabulous design professionals will be sharing their tips for creating outstanding holiday tablescapes. It’s a fantastic opportunity to learn from the best and take a few of their wonderful ideas home with you. Warmest wishes to you and yours this joyous season and, from all of us at SLHL, the very merriest of holidays.

Be°t, Suzie Osterloh Publisher/Owner

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Beautiful Accessories, Fine Furnishings, Whimsical Hostess Gifts, Unique Artwork And More!!!!!

PUBLISHER/OWNER: Suzie Osterloh EDITOR-IN-CHIEF: Judy Uelk ART DIRECTOR: Lauren Schrader ASSISTANT EDITOR: Liz Miller COPY EDITOR: Barbara Wilson CONTRIBUTING WRITERS: Lucyann Boston, Lorraine Raguseo CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS: Ashley Gieseking, Michael Jacob, Anne Matheis, Colin Miller/Strauss Peyton, Greg Rannells, Jennifer Silverberg ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE: Lynn Frerichs MARKETING COORDINATOR: Jenna Dunbar SPECIAL PROJECTS: Kathy Brooks CIRCULATION MANAGER: Barney Osterloh St. Louis Homes & Lifestyles Magazine 255 Lamp & Lantern Village Town & Country, MO 63017 (636) 230-9640 ext. 27 ADVERTISING INQUIRIES: EDITORIAL INQUIRIES: FOR SUBSCRIPTION INFORMATION: Call 636-230-9700 Visit Printed in U.S.A.

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one: Lexington Haviland Wing Chair, available through Ooh La La Home Furnishings in Chesterfield. two: Venetto Chair by Hickory Chair, available at Dau Home Furnishings in Ellisville. three: Cardiff Leather Chair by Henry Link Trading Co., available through Ooh La La Home Furnishings. four: 2328-2 Leather Sofa by Pearson, available through G.M. Doveikis & Associates. five: Hekman 1-512 Accent Chest, available at Shubert Design Furniture in Manchester.



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one: Elsa Peretti Champagne Cup from Tiffany & Co. in Frontenac. two: Happy Celebrations Flute by Waterford Crystal, available through Kerry Cottage in Maplewood. three: Kirsi Flute from Crate & Barrel in Brentwood. four: Kate Spade Bubbly Dot Saucer Champagne Glass by Lenox, available through Byron Cade in Clayton. five: Renaissance Champagne Flute by Varga Crystal, available through Sallie Home in Ladue.



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CE: We kind of dissect what they’re looking to do. We want to make sure that, whatever their thought process is, it fits within their budget. We try to bridge that gap at the beginning. In our design presentations to our clients, we’re thinking through the entire event visually, from beginning to end. We know your end goal, so our goal is to make sure we can find the elements to put it together.

Jon Koch Photography

SLHL: Where do you begin event planning with a client?

SLHL: Do you have an event-planning philosophy? CE: We want to create a vision. Our job is ensuring that every guest will go home with a memory that night… a beautiful, exciting memory. That’s what we really want to do: work one-on-one to create a successful event. We try to make it as memorable as possible for every guest, not just the client, so that every guest leaves walking on stars.

CE: It’s your energy. If you’re high-strung and nervous about everything going wrong and that’s all you can think about, things somehow start falling out of place. The most relaxed clients, knowing that things are under control and that we’ve done everything we can, roll with the punches. With private parties in your own home, if you’re nervous because you’re cooking and you don’t get a chance to mingle, your guests feel that energy. SLHL: Do any of the events you’ve planned stand out as especially memorable? CE: In 2007, we were working on the biggest event in our company’s history. It was a wedding with 500 people. That was the reason that Chasley came on board. I realized that I needed someone who was on my level, who would be my same eyes everywhere else. It was really a turning point for our business. Last year, we did our next biggest event to date, with 750 people. SLHL: Which stage of event planning does the team enjoy most? CE: The execution is our favorite part. What we do is so abstract. You put together images and drawings, but it’s not real until you actually walk into the room. Just walking into that room and seeing everything set up that’s taken a whole year of planning… that’s the most satisfying part. See www.

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SLHL: What is most important to remember on the day of the event?

PRO PLANNING TIPS ✽ Be aware of your guests and make sure you know the group you’re inviting: is it older, is it younger, is it a mix of all ages? What are they going to like? The most important thing is the comfort of your guests. ✽ We love creating surprises for guests. Think of ways that you can surprise your guests. It could be cute little stir sticks with sayings on them. If it’s a sit-down dinner, put little notes under each plate. ✽ For all of our events we want to make sure that you’re always connecting with all of your senses. So, what are you seeing, what do you smell, what kind of music are you playing? ✽ Prep your food in advance. You want to spend time with your guests; your goal is to mingle. If you can prepare food ahead of time so that everything is ready to go and you’re greeting guests and enjoying yourself, then they’ll enjoy themselves, too. for resources. STLOUISHOMESMAG.COM NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2011

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▲ expressions


There are some rooms where you want to keep your TV a "secret". Expressions offers a selection of unique wall mount TV cabinets that will add an artistic element to your room, while hiding your TV inside. All are available to be custom ordered in a variety of finishes and colors that will complement your room! 314-567-6200

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Bring your family closer with an elegant round dining table this holiday season and make memories that will last a lifetime. Come into Shubert Design and view our wide selection of round tables. In stock sizes available from 36" to 84" and unlimited custom sizes can be special ordered. 636-394-2220

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If you are looking for a slightly transitional look while keeping on the traditional side, consider this beautiful settee with metallic faux leather by Kravet fabrics and hand embroidered pillows in Sea Moss silk. 636-458-8033

 the gifted gardener Serve your guests in style with the Santino Buffet. This stunning piece made of solid acacia wood features 6 drawers and 6 doors & measures 117" wide and stands 42" tall. Available exclusively at The Gifted Gardener. 314-961-1985




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▼ niche

Clean and sophisticated, resin tableware is the perfect splash of modern on your holiday table. Niche offers a whole range of resin tableware, accessories and furniture. 314-621-8131,

▲ savvy surroundings

Add a dash of pizazz and style to any gathering. This whimsical ice bucket incorporates a natural form with a contemporary metallic finish.  It can be the perfect conversation piece for your family and friends. 314-432-SAVY (7289)

 mks designs, inc.

a john-richard boutique

Traditional with a punch! Adding a traditional style dining chair with a warm and vibrant fabric can make all the difference in an entertaining area of the home. This distressed period oak chair makes the dining room not only bright and comfortable but also functional. 636-227-8777,

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The hammered copper adds a warm glow on the serving surface of this buffet piece, providing a perfect area to place food and drinks for all of your entertaining needs. It also offers plenty of internal storage. Dimensions are 68W x 43H x 23D. Let us help you make your house a home with our complete design services. Call today! 636-532-3353




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

November 5, 2011 10 am - 4 pm

❉ Enjoy complimentary appetizers and beverages at each shop ❉ Purchase 10 raffle tickets for only $10! 100% of proceeds to benefit the National Stroke Association ❉ Informational presentations on the hour every hour

Presented by:

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Ordinary to

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Join us as we showcase an elegant dining table in a monochromatic setting with a pop of color incorporating traditional and nontraditional hues. We will also give timeless tips for incorporating holiday décor from the past, present and future!






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Setting the table with

Learn how to arrange a holiday table setting using place cards, gifts and linens.


Participating Stores Include:






Put a little

Jingle In Your Kringle as Designer Elf Sonda Nestel shows you how to turn Santa inspired accessories into a dinner date!


Add some fire to your holiday table with a unique collection of candles, crystal & florals

F.O.B. St. Louis, 157 Lamp & Lantern Village The Gifted Gardener, 8935 Manchester Rd. Three French Hens, 16935 Manchester Rd. Mary Tuttle’s, 17021 Baxter Rd.



Diane Breckenridge Interiors, 501 S. Lindbergh Blvd. The Great Cover-Up, 9708 Clayton Rd. Savvy Surroundings, 9753 Clayton Rd. MKS Designs, 272 Lamp & Lantern Village

Holly Jolly

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Designers in Demand

Niche/Lawrence Group

Niche/Lawrence Group

Meredith Wanamaker 300 North Broadway (at Olive), St. Louis, MO 63102 314-621-8131

Jay Eiler, interior designer 300 North Broadway (at Olive), St. Louis, MO 63102 314-242-1452

Certified interior designer Meredith Wanamaker enjoys the process of helping individuals define their personal style and strives to create interiors that are tailored to showcase their tastes and lifestyle. “Interesting and meaningful spaces are created when personalities are reflected… then the space is uniquely theirs,” says Wanamaker. Meredith has been designing residential, multi-family, hospitality and commercial interiors for 13 years. She brings a wealth of experience and creativity to each project.

“Don’t be afraid to mix different styles or periods together; it adds charm and a little hint of the unexpected to a space,” says Jay Eiler, interior designer for Niche/Lawrence Group. Specializing in single-family, residential projects and working in multi-family and hospitality developments, he tackles every project with enthusiasm and creativity. For the 2010 Architect and Interior Designer Awards, Jay received two awards for the Living Room and Master Bedroom Suite categories. Jay was also selected as a judge for the St. Louis Homes & Lifestyles 2011 Kitchens of the Year contest.

Directions in Design, Inc. 1849 Craig Road, St. Louis, MO 63146 314-205-2010 Our passion — for beautiful homes and creative commercial spaces that live extremely well — has guided our client relationships for 35 years. To create the extraordinary applies to large and small, simple and complex, new construction and renovation projects of all types. If you are planning on building a new home, renovating a kitchen or bath, or simply redecorating, the experienced designers at Directions In Design will help you find your own individual style. Enjoy expert guidance to utilize your dollars well while achieving extraordinary spaces for you, your family and your guests. Please call to talk about your project. Celebrating 35 years of Comprehensive Interior Design



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Designers in Demand

Three French Hens


J.R. Zachary, interior designer 16935 Manchester Road, Wildwood, MO 63040 636-458-8033

Gail Doveikis, ASID and Cindy Kistner, ASID Residential & Commercial Interior Design 636-227-7788

J.R. Zachary has been a constant face at Three French Hens since the store opened in 2003. Whether you are redecorating one room or your whole house, or designing from the construction stage of your new home, J.R. creates beautiful, relaxed, elegant or rustic styles. He considers everything from wall finishes and furniture to accessories, fabric and lighting. With the ever-changing 10,000square-foot showroom, J.R. has many casual yet elegant choices to decorate any home.

Whether you are building or purchasing a new home, or remodeling an existing one, G. M. Doveikis & Associates can help you achieve the interior you’ve always dreamed about. Their firm offers a full scope of design services, including space planning and the selection of furnishings, draperies, flooring, lighting, finishes and accessories. Whether your taste is traditional, contemporary or somewhere in between, the GMD design team takes pride in really listening to your needs and preferences.

“I can’t stop looking at my bedroom… It is so gorgeous. I enjoyed going through every detail with you. Just when I thought my home couldn’t get any more beautiful, you make it even lovelier than I could possibly imagine.” – Helen Crist

Shubert Design Furniture 161 Gaywood Dr., Manchester, MO 63021 636-394-2220 Shubert designers have an advantage of working in a large showroom with multiple resources at their fingertips for your immediate satisfaction. The women here are professional and college-degreed designers with a minimum of ten years experience each. Our design team can follow your project from start to finish, including delivery. Shubert Design installers are two-man teams with ten to 15 years experience and are second to none in the industry. Whether your style is romantic European, country French, contemporary or transitional, we have one of the largest inventories in the St. Louis area and the perfect designer for you.


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Designers in Demand

Ooh La La Home Furnishings

Fabulous Finds by Heidi Hartwig

17701 Edison, Suite 101, Chesterfield, MO 63005 636-532-3353 314-852-0876

Dee Hencken has been designing beautiful rooms throughout the homes of St. Louis for over 25 years. After becoming frustrated while searching for unique furnishings and accessories, she decided to open her own showroom in Chesterfield Valley. Traveling to markets several times a year, both domestically and abroad, provides Dee with unlimited choices of only the highest quality and most tastefully designed furnishings and accessories. Dee’s talent of buying for and merchandising her showroom carries over to her clients’ homes with her personalized design services. Visit Ooh La La Home Furnishings and Express Blinds & Draperies to discover one-of-a-kind treasures, or call for a design appointment today.

Returning to St. Louis after attending the Art Institute of Ft. Lauderdales’ Design Program, Heidi Hartwig is now the owner of her own design firm, Fabulous Finds. Heidi enjoys creating timeless and functional home environments that truly reflect her clients’ personal styles. From a small room redo to a whole house makeover, Heidi works closely with other design professionals, such as architects, painters, kitchen and bath designers, lighting professionals and drapery workrooms, to ensure an outcome that is “fabulous.” Her expertise in color and fabric selection, accessorizing and space planning make designing a new space or remodeling an existing one easy and fun for her clients. Classic interiors that will stand the test of time is what “Fabulous Finds” is all about.

THE DESIGN SOURCE LTD On Facebook: The Design Source Limited 636-391-7640 Fall in love with your home over and over again. At The Design Source Limited, our sincerest wish is for clients to love their home, more today than yesterday. Let our award-winning design team create stunning spaces that support well-being and lift the spirits. Whether starting over in a new home or adding luxury, fun, romance and excitement to your existing home, call us to schedule your design consultation. Don’t forget to visit our online gallery of interior transformations on the St. Louis Homes & Lifestyles website at Click on “View Design Portfolios” at the top of the page.



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Designers in Demand

Ellen Kurtz Interiors, inc.

Castle Design

11612 Page Service Drive, St. Louis, MO 63146 314-426-6262

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

The Ellen Kurtz Interiors design team places your needs, lifestyle and taste as the building blocks of your design vision. Adding layers of texture, points of interest and luxurious style, we create functional and exquisite spaces that reflect your best self. Our design partnership with you represents the best of two designers’ philosophies, Ellen Kurtz and Jill Bolzenius. Matched to your style needs, Ellen or Jill can be trusted to take the design lead in your most personal space.  Whether traditional glamour or modern panache is your desire, Ellen Kurtz Interiors promises to create the space of your dreams.

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

Savvy Surroundings 9753 Clayton Road, Ladue, MO 63124, 314-432-SAVY (7289), Become a Facebook fan of Savvy Surroundings Pamela Calvert is the creative director and lead designer at Savvy Surroundings in the Ladue Marketplace. She and partner Diane Fogerty quickly established their interior design business and showroom as a premier venue for fine home furnishings and unique interior design. Pamela’s high-end residential work has been featured on the covers and pages of numerous local and national publications. During her 20 years as a design industry leader, Pamela has not only designed in many neighborhoods in Missouri and Illinois but also has worked on both coasts of the U.S. as well as in China. Her vision, expertise and professionalism are as universal as her portfolio. Please take a look at the wide array of her designs at Stop by the showroom to meet Pamela and discuss your design needs. You might even find a unique hostess gift or beautiful bracelet while you are there. STLOUISHOMESMAG.COM NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2011

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one: Della Storm from Calico Corners in Frontenac. two: Crivelli Trellis BP 3105 from the Broccato Papers Collection by Farrow and Ball, available through KDR Designer Showrooms in Maryland Heights (to the trade). three: Royal Beauty in Slate from Calico Corners. four: Swirling High in Honeysuckle from Calico Corners. five: Renaissance BP 2805 from the Broccato Papers Collection by Farrow and Ball, available through KDR Designer Showrooms (to the trade). six: Firework Dark Gilver on Light Gilver AT10034 by Thibaut, available through Diane Breckenridge Interiors in Frontenac.







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Mix Ma°te‡ Eric Scholle, manager, wine director and bartender at Farmhaus, shares the secrets to making the best handcrafted cocktails in town BY Liz Miller PhotographY by Colin Miller/Strauss Peyton

When Farmhaus first opened its doors in the Lindenwood Park neighborhood of South City last April, its staff was in a unique situation: the pastry chef didn’t like eating pastries, the chef rarely ate his own food, and general manager Eric Scholle, although tasked with bartending, didn’t like drinking cocktails — and he still doesn’t. “I’m a Miller High Life guy,” he says. Though cocktails aren’t his drink of choice, Eric’s creative, experimental approach to bartending and one-of-a-kind house-made infusions have garnered Farmhaus much positive attention and praise. It’s his methodology that sets him apart from other local bartenders and mixologists. Unlike his contemporaries, he infuses spirits with fresh, locally sourced ingredients, which removes a step from the drinkmaking process. For example, a traditional mojito recipe requires the time-consuming process of muddling lime and mint leaves. A mojito at Farmhaus, however, would skip that step by using house-made Moroccan mint-infused rum. For Scholle, the fun isn’t in laboring over complicated cocktails, but in inventing his own unique flavors and concoctions. Each of his drinks is named after or inspired by a personal story or anecdote, many of which involve the Farmhaus staff. Just as the chefs at Farmhaus focus on using locally grown, farmfresh ingredients, so does Eric. “I [approach] cocktails like these guys [chefs] would a dish. I just think of flavor combinations and kind of make it happen,” he says. “If I can’t make it with what I have, then I’ll just do something else. We’re driven by what we can get.” Last winter, with


less fresh produce available, Eric kept the restaurant’s cocktail menu local with a clever solution: make drinks with candies purchased at Crown Candy Kitchen in downtown St. Louis. Creativity with sugary confections led to some of the most popular spirits Eric has served: eggnog taffy martinis, marshmallow martinis, and chocolate martinis, as well as Swedish Fish vodka and gummy bear vodka, just to name a few. This winter, guests can expect drinks featuring his signature chocolate vodka and a new coffee-infused bourbon. Eric’s candy-inspired cocktails are sweet, subtle, flavorful, and belie the myth that infused vodkas taste synthetic or excessively syrupy. “I’m only interested in making these creations and having people try something totally unique and different,” he says. “These cocktails, I put a lot of work into them, and I want people to try those, not a vodka martini.” But he’s quick to add, with a smile, that he’ll happily attempt to make any drink, even a cosmopolitan or old fashioned. Of course, he doesn’t have those recipes committed to memory. After all, those are ordinary drinks. And where’s the fun in that? See www. for resources.

In addition to managing and bartending, Eric is also the restaurant’s wine director. The wine and beer menu is constantly evolving, but usually offers around 40 beers by the bottle, 100 wines by the bottle and up to 27 wines by the glass.


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Opposite page: Beet-pickled eggs wrapped in house-made speck. This page, clockwise from top left: Fresh popcorn with smoked ricotta and chives paired with a glass of champagne; Carne cruda with Parmesan, hazelnuts and olive oil; Poached lobster salad with cucumber, celery and sun gold tomato.

 B e e t P i c k l e d E g g s 1/4 pound beets, cooked, peeled and quartered 6 whole hard-boiled eggs, peeled and chilled 2 1/4 cups white vinegar 3/4 cup water 1/2 cup sugar 3 tsp salt 1 clove garlic, peeled 5 whole peppercorns In a large pot over high heat, boil beets in salted water. Once they are boiled, let chill until they are cool to the touch. Once chilled, quarter beets. Place peeled hard-boiled eggs and beets in a non-reactive container. In a large saucepan, add remaining ingredients and bring mixture to a boil. Pour over eggs and beets and cover. Ingredients can be refrigerated for 2 days to 2 weeks. Eggs will begin to color by day 2 and will darken more over time. They might also acquire a more robust flavor, so allow them to pickle according to taste. assembling the skewers 4 Beet Pickled Eggs, quartered (see above) 12 slices country ham or speck ham, halved 12 chives, sliced into 1 inch batons 12 wooden skewers With a hot, damp knife, quarter eggs lengthwise. Carefully wrap halved ham slices around eggs. Stab chive baton with skewer, then slide skewer through egg. Repeat.

“The beets pickled in this recipe also make a very tasty ingredient for other dishes. My personal recommendation is to mix them into a salad with shaved fennel, arugula, extra-virgin olive oil and Parmesan.” – Chef John


been nearly a year since Truffles launched its new concept, enchanting dinner guests with a fresh, gourmet take on seasonal Italian cuisine. Mid-year renovations put the finishing touches on Truffles’ metamorphosis, marking its place as one of the top dining destinations in St. Louis. The man at the helm of the restaurant’s renaissance is Chef John Griffiths, whose focus on local, farm-fresh ingredients has transformed the menu and mood with modern sophistication. With appetizers as mouthwatering and inventive as its main courses, this Ladue bistro would be a delightful locale for New Year’s Eve dinner and drinks — and, thanks to Chef John, holiday hostesses can dazzle party guests with recipes direct from his kitchen. “When you think about New Year’s Eve and any kind of holiday situation, it’s really celebratory,” says Chef John. “We look for ingredients that maybe you don’t use everyday. Ingredients that are kind of a treat and also provide a lot of color, contrast and texture. Holiday parties are exciting, so you want vibrancy in the food visually, as well as flavor-wise.” These two festive hors d’oeuvre recipes were hand selected by Chef John for at-home cooks to prepare tasty small plates from the comfort of home. STLOUISHOMESMAG.COM NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2011

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“When you buy mussels, soak them in lightly salted water for 30 minutes. Throw away any mussel that floats, or any mussels that have cracked shells. Some mussels have a “beard” or filament that protrudes from the opening of their shell. If this is present, pull it out. Strain mussels and cook. Mussels will cook uniformly, so when most have opened, they are done. Any that remain unopened are not viable to eat.” – Chef John

 M u s s e l s A c q u a P a z z A Sp e c i a l t y b u t t e r 1 pound of butter, softened 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice 1 tbsp basil, chopped 2 tsp serrano chile powder 2 tsp coriander, ground 2 tsp fennel pollen 2 tsp black pepper, ground 2 tsp Calabrian chile powder 4 cloves garlic, minced 1 tbsp shallots Salt to taste In a food processor, combine softened butter, lemon juice and basil leaves until thoroughly blended. Add toasted ground spices and fold in garlic and shallots. Season with salt to taste. Butter can remain refrigerated for up to 3 weeks. A c q u a Pa z z a b r o t h Extra-virgin olive oil as needed 1/4 fennel bulb, shaved 2 cloves garlic, shaved or sliced 1 shallot, shaved or sliced 2 pounds mussels 1/2 cup dry white wine 2 cups vegetable broth 1/4 cup Specialty Butter (see above) 1/8 cup parsley

Top left: Chef John Griffiths creates culinary masterpieces in the Truffles kitchen. Top middle: A plated selection of house-made salumi served on a rustic driftwood platter. Top right: Marinated artichoke salad with saffron aioli. Above: Mussels bathed in acqua pazza (“crazy water”) broth served with crostoni, a larger, doughy slice of bread that absorbs broth better than crostini.


In large casserole dish over medium-high heat, add extra-virgin olive oil to coat pan. Add fennel and let caramelize. Add garlic and shallot to color very lightly. Next, add mussels, stirring well. Quickly turn to high heat and add wine, vegetable broth and at least 1/4 cup butter. Cover and cook over high heat on stove until mussels open, about 3 to 5 minutes. Once mussels have opened, add parsley and remove from heat. Serve warm with grilled bread. See for design resources.


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Masterful Composition Sky-high style in a downtown loft

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The main living area is rich with eclectic, transitional furnishings that are comfortable as well as beautiful. Soft blue-green walls enhance the harpsichords' intricate painting and intense gold leaf. Hand painted on velvet in the traditional Fortuny style, a transitional armchair is a striking accent. A carousel horse that Charles rode as a child from an amusement park where he grew up in Pennsylvania. STLOUISHOMESMAG.COM NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2011

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Perched high on the bluffs of St. Albans overlooking the Missouri River, this home offers breathtaking views to the west. The stone facade glows softly in the dusk, while multiple balconies and terraces offer the best seats in the house for enjoying the sunset. In the distance, the scenestealing Missouri River winds through the lush valley, shimmering like an iridescent ribbon.



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or Charles Metz, a professional musician, surrounding himself with the objects of his affection, four exquisite 17th- and 18th-century Baroque harpsichords, was the number one goal when designing his chic city loft. Retired from a successful career as an optometrist in private practice and also as a Clarkson Eyecare doctor, Charles, with a Ph.D. in music from Washington University, has embraced his passion for music full-time and is currently performing for audiences throughout St. Louis, across the United States and in Europe. Moving from a traditional home on Kingsbury Place in the Central West End to a fully finished loft in the effervescent cultural hub of downtown St. Louis prompted a change in design style, too. “I wanted a sophisticated and beautiful place that would showcase my collection of harpsichords and allow me to perform intimate recitals for various benefits,” says Charles. Enter Robert Levine, an interior designer with Sanctuary Interiors & Furnishings in Chicago. A good friend, as well as an accomplished designer, Robert set about taking the blank slate that was the 3,000-square-foot high-rise and transforming it into a masterpiece of contemporary and eclectic design that brings Charles’ beloved musical instruments into harmony with the rest of the décor. “The biggest challenge in designing Charles’ space,” says Robert, “was incorporating the harpsichords. We wanted to blend them into the interior, making them a focal point, but not the only focal point.” Knocking down walls to create one large 1,000-square-foot “room,” cleverly divided by columns and the purposeful placement of furnishings, allowed Robert to open up the space, while still establishing intimate and separate gathering areas. “I enjoy hosting benefit recitals in my home,” says Charles. “I needed a space that could easily accommodate up to 150 people but would also be a cozy place to relax on my own or with just a few friends." The "music room" just off the entry features three of Charles’ harpsichords. A quartet of small circular chairs provides comfortable seating for at-home recitals. “Opening up the loft was key,” notes Charles. “Open spaces provide much better acoustics for musical performance than smaller spaces do.” A grand, custom hand-carved limestone fireplace in the main living area shares the spotlight with another of Charles’ harpsichords. “The Kingsbury home had a gorgeous Italian marble fireplace that I adored,” says Charles. “I knew I had to have something equally as wonderful here.” To decorate his home for the holidays, beginning with this spectacular fireplace, Charles called upon another dear friend and interior designer, Diane Breckenridge-Barrett, to add a festive touch that would complement and not distract from the loft’s refined urban edge.

“Charles is a good friend of mine,” explains Diane, “so I was familiar with his loft.” When Diane took her floral artist, Catherine Thoele, AIFD, CFD, of Carriage House Florals at Diane Breckenridge Interiors, with her to see the space, they both agreed that a simple, but elegant approach would best dress Charles’ home in holiday finery. “We wanted to impart an organic feel to Charles’ home,” says Catherine, “but still maintain that sophisticated, metropolitan look.” Iced garland spills from a base of fresh flat cedar intertwined with copper-colored glass pinecone garland. Fresh dusty miller, succulents and a touch of silver pepper berries accent the dramatic mantel display. Instead of the traditional Christmas tree, Diane and Catherine chose unexpected spiral evergreens, aglow with large white lights and wrapped

Opposite page: A stunning limestone fireplace with Baroque detailing pops from a deep spruce-blue wall. An original painting by Randy Ford graces the mantel. This page: Charles at the keyboard of his highly decorated Flemish harpsichord. Walter and Berta Burr of Hoosick, New York, considered to be among the finest harpsichord builders and artists in the world, modeled this instrument after a circa 1650 Joannes Couchet instrument that is housed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. The female sculpture hanging in the background is a cast replica of a hand-carved wooden piece that originally hung in Chicago millionaire Potter Palmer's estate on Lakeshore Drive in the mid-1800s. The sculpture seems to rise from the large shell beneath it, echoing the Italian painter Sandro Botticelli's famous work, "The Birth of Venus." Dramatic, black high gloss floors ground the loft, serve as a neutral background for the variety of wood tones used throughout the space, and elegantly reflect the gold leaf on the harpsichords. STLOUISHOMESMAG.COM NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2011

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This page: The "music room," where Charles enjoys performing benefit recitals, features three harpsichords, each of which has special history for Charles. The instrument on the back wall was a spectacular find at a local antiques shop. Matching moldings and dimensions used during the late Renaissance, the instrument is attributed to a builder who died in Florence, Italy, in 1634. More than 400 years old, the instrument is one of 18 by this builder known in the world and one of the few in private hands. Its current case and lid painting are from the 19th century, but its soundboard is the original cypress wood cut from a tree, due to its width, that would have been more than 200 years old when the instrument was built in 1590. The French harpsichord on the right is a replica of an instrument made in Paris in the 18th century, which now sits in the Smithsonian Institution. To the left is a harpsichord that was built in St. Louis by David Bayer. Its design is based on a 17th-century Italian instrument. Opposite page: Luscious red walls wrap the dining room in warmth. Backlit and suspended from the wall, the large mirror reflects a glamorous, custom-designed "shadelier" by interior designer Robert Levine.

Previous spread: The entry to the exquisite classic dining room is framed in a Christmas confection of traditional garland wrapped in white lights, intertwined with red ribbons and gold tassel cord and embellished with red and gold ball ornaments. Above, left: A formal table setting, including the homeowner's special Christmas china is ready for guests. Candy canes spill from wine glasses, while a gorgeous floral arrangement by Carriage House Florals at Diane Breckenridge Interiors, as well as bowls overflowing with oranges, serve as a luscious centerpiece. Opposite page: Original to the home, the dining room fireplace is dressed for the season with silver balls, white lights, gold feathers and ceramic bird sculptures.



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with glass pinecone garland. “We tried to do the unexpected in Charles’ loft,” says Diane. “I enjoy creating interiors, as well as holiday décor that feels acquired, not just decorated. It’s fun to throw in an unexpected touch." Natural hues of green, copper and pewter infuse understated Christmas spirit, adding to the richness of the space and serving as the ideal accompaniment to a color palette that stems directly from the intricately painted harpsichords. The dramatic red dining room features a one-of-a-kind chandelier created by Robert. “I call it a ‘shadelier,’” he says. Encased in a single sheer iridescent fabric shade, the classic crystal chandelier sparkles above the mahogany table. The table's matching chairs were replaced with a more contemporary choice, upholstered in a champagne silk faille. A zebra-inspired rug adds whimsy to a space that successfully melds the old with the new. For Charles’ holiday tabletop, Diane and Catherine created a forest of glass trees, resting on glistening mirrored chargers amid a swath of fresh flat cedar and surrounding a glass vase abundant with fragrant white roses. Tall crystal candlesticks beautifully illuminate this winter wonderland tablescape. Celebrating the holiday season in Charles’ loft is truly a joyful extension of his already impeccable and perfectly composed interior design. Sophisticated, eclectic and undeniably chic, this urban oasis says “Merry Christmas” right on key. See for resources. STLOUISHOMESMAG.COM NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2011

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With a breathtaking sunset descending over the city, Charles enjoys playing his baby grand piano while taking in the view. A whimsical flocked tree embellished with cymbidium orchids and created by floral artist Catherine Thoele of Carriage House Florals at Diane Breckenridge Interiors is a simple yet beautiful addition to a table in the main living area. Pin spot lights in the ceiling were designed to accent the space, while exquisite lamps were used to add ambience. "Lamps are so important to a space," explains interior designer Robert Levine. "They should add beauty as well as light."


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“The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree: the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other.” – William E. Vaughan, American columnist and author (1915 – 1977)

Previous spread: The entry to the exquisite classic dining room is framed in a Christmas confection of traditional garland wrapped in white lights, intertwined with red ribbons and gold tassel cord, and embellished with red and gold ball ornaments. Above, left: A formal table setting, including the homeowners' special Christmas china is ready for guests. Candy canes spill from champagne flutes, while a gorgeous floral arrangement by Carriage House Florals at Diane Breckenridge Interiors, as well as bowls overflowing with oranges, serve as a luscious centerpiece. Opposite page: Original to the home, the dining room fireplace is dressed for the season with silver ornaments, white lights, gold feathers and ceramic bird sculptures.



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Perched high on the bluffs of St. Albans overlooking the Missouri River, this home offers breathtaking views to the west. The stone facade glows softly in the dusk, while multiple balconies and terraces offer the best seats in the house for enjoying the sunset. In the distance, the scenestealing Missouri River winds through the lush valley, shimmering like an iridescent ribbon.



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he magic of Christmas is indeed extraordinary. In it lies the ability to transcend time, transporting parents back to their own childhoods, wrapping children in the wonder of what just might be, and gathering families and friends in the spirit of love and understanding. Christmas is a time for traditions, nostalgia and remembering what is really important. For Jen, Jay, Jack and Julia, Christmas is all that and more. Their nearly 100-year-old Georgian Revival home is the place where Christmas memories have been made for the past eight years. Stunning from the street, this home, adorned with 11 huge lighted wreaths hung from the windows with bright red ribbons, just feels perfect. Tall, stately firs aglow with thousands of twinkling white lights frame the doorway, welcoming friends and family and hinting at the holiday magic that beckons just beyond the threshold. The gracious foyer, decked with traditional green garlands festooned with red ribbons and bows, dresses the entry with classic elegance. Just to the right, a deep red living room is the ideal backdrop for Christmas décor. The live Fraser fir tree, laden with hundreds of ornaments, each with special meaning to the family, is the crowning glory. “One of our favorite traditions," say Jen and Jay, “is finding the perfect Christmas tree. We love bringing it home, setting it up and decorating it with our favorite ornaments. We’ll bake chocolate chip cookies, sip hot chocolate,

Opposite page: Christmas stockings hang from the hearth in the inviting living room in anticipation of Santa's visit. The rich red walls make holiday decorations seem all the more enchanting. This page, top: The home's welcoming foyer is decked in ribbons, bows and garland and glistens with hundreds of white lights. Bottom: A banister rich with Christmas embellishment makes the traditional main staircase a focal point in the foyer.


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Gifts of all shapes and sizes tumble from the base of the fragrant Fraser fir, while a nostalgic train circles 'round. The homeowners enjoy spending time with family on Christmas Eve in this cozy room, opening presents and listening to grandpa play Christmas carols on the baby grand piano.



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This page, top and bottom: The Christmas tree is full of special ornaments the family has collected over the years. Middle: Hand painted with the names of the family members, this treasured ornament was given to the family by the manager of Cardwell's at the Plaza, one of the homeowners' favorite restaurants. STLOUISHOMESMAG.COM NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2011

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This page: Two stately nutcrackers stand guard over the milk and cookies ready for Santa's midnight stop. This fireplace in the kitchen is one of seven in the home. It was added by the homeowners. Opposite page: The master bedroom is a soothing sanctuary, especially during the holidays when the marble fireplace, original to the home, is aglow with white lights and traditional Christmas décor.


enjoy the fire and just spend time together. Some years, we’ve even spent the night sleeping on the floor beneath the tree. It’s really wonderful.” All seven of the home’s fireplaces are embellished with Christmas finery that coordinates like jewelry with each room. “We enjoy decorating our home ourselves,” says Jen. "Jay’s dad, Tone, is so much help, too. He’s like a ‘Renaissance Man.’ If something needs doing, Tone can probably figure out a way to make it happen. We started decorating in a big way when our home was on the Villa Duchesne Christmas House Tour a few years back, and it just kind of ballooned from there. It’s fun to make the house come alive for Christmas.” “Christmas Eve is also Jay’s birthday,” explains his wife, Jen, “so we have always had so much to celebrate!” That celebration includes a formal fourcourse sit-down meal for family, usually catered by Butler’s Pantry. “Butler’s Pantry does such a great job,” adds Jen, “and it’s so nice to be able to enjoy Christmas and Jay’s birthday and not have to worry about the food.” Jen does, however, enjoy setting her table and creating the joyful ambience that delights her guests every year. “I love a set table,” says Jen. “I love china, and Christmas Eve is the perfect occasion to use it. My mom also enjoyed china and gave Jay and me our first and second sets of Christmas china.” “Carriage House Florals at Diane Breckenridge Interiors has been our 'go-to’ for holiday centerpieces for years," says Jen. "They always do such a great job on our florals. I love to add fresh greenery and fruit from the Kirkwood Farmers' Market to the table décor, too,” she adds. Starting with champagne at the door, the magical evening progresses to passed hors d'oeuvres in the living room, where everyone gets a sneak peek at one special present. Then it’s into the dining room for a fabulous feast and finally back to the living room for coffee and presents, while grandpa, or "Pops," plays carols on the piano. Christmas card perfect, this delightful evening truly embraces the wonder of the holiday season. And it doesn’t matter if you’re eight or 88; the magic that unfolds within this home touches your heart and makes you wonder if there just might, in fact, be a Santa Claus. See for resources.


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A garden for all seasons strikes just the right balance BY LUCYANN BOSTON PhotographY by GREG RANNELLS

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Right: Perfectly trimmed boxwood hedges line traditional brick walkways and frame neat grassy areas, creating a variety of "garden rooms." The evergreen shrubs provide year-round "color," making Helen's garden as striking in the winter as it is in the spring and summer.


elen Ruppert’s Central West End garden has no season. The architectural lines she has drawn with plants are present 365 days a year, the harmony and balance as strong in December as in June. As a talented interior designer, Helen views the landscape at the rear of her property as an extension of the perfectly proportioned Georgian facade of her home. When she began working with the garden 11 years ago, Helen set out to decorate the landscape in the same way she had decorated her home’s interior. She found inspiration in Charleston, South Carolina, a city famous for lush landscapes in confined urban spaces. It was when she returned from a trip to Charleston that Helen knew exactly how she wanted her garden to look: wellordered, balanced and peaceful. Achieving the tranquility she desired required taming the existing landscape and removing overgrown shrubs and trees to create a blank canvas, a job made vastly more difficult by the garden’s existing brick walls. “We couldn’t get any heavy machinery into the backyard,” recalls Helen. “We had to chop things up in small sections and carry them out.” Helen then framed the perimeter of the yard with sculpted trees and shrubs. A regimental line of square-clipped hornbeams marches along the east side of the landscape. Evergreen southern magnolias line the rear. Redbuds soften the garden’s west wall and frame the garden gate. On the lawn, more than 1,000 evergreen, perfectly clipped boxwoods create the parterres and geometric patterns that are a hallmark of the garden. They glow with the same rich green in winter as in summer, as does the dark green mondo grass that provides a feathery textural bridge between shrubs, lawn and hardscape.


In the garden’s center, a fountain that can spring anywhere from a few feet up to 18 feet, depending on the occasion, provides the perfect focal point and dramatic accent. Classical urns and statuary decorate the niches and garden rooms created by the shrubs. Often, Helen frames special pieces with vine-covered arches or trellises. Two low-walled, container-filled terraces connect the garden with Helen’s two-story brick home and provide the perfect place to view the landscape and listen to the fountain’s cascading water. Even the two large oak trees that have remained on the property after Helen cleared the yard have become sculptural objects. To showcase the beginnings of the massive roots that tether the trees to the earth, Helen painstakingly removed 500 five-gallon buckets of earth to broaden the base of each tree. Color in Helen’s garden is kept to a minimum. While containers of pink flowers decorate the terraces near the house, Helen uses only white flowering plants in the planters that are placed throughout


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Left: The beautifully proportioned garden reflects the classic symmetry of the brick Georgian home. Two lowwalled terraces visually connect the stately residence to the formal garden, which is a study in geometric form and pattern. An exquisite fountain encircled in greenery is a focal point. Below: Classical statuary dots the landscape and is an important part of Helen's garden.


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the garden itself. The climbing hydrangeas that accent the brick walls and the azaleas at the base also bloom white. “I like the way white lights up the garden at night,” explains Helen. Not only has Helen personally planted most of the trees and shrubs in her garden, she also meticulously maintains them. To keep the garden as perfectly trimmed as she likes, it requires “probably three days a week. I work on Saturdays and Sundays and then usually one other day each week,” she says. Even the vines that crawl up the side of the brick garage are carefully trimmed to frame the structure’s windows. “If gardens are too messy, they make me nervous,” says Helen. “My garden is about harmony, tranquility and balance. I like the peace of everything being where it is supposed to be.”


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Years of hosting happy, humongous Thanksgiving dinners in her cozy home have made interior designer Mary Tramelli a small-space entertaining expert BY Liz Miller PhotographY BY Anne Matheis

Opposite page: Handsome pup Pugzano relaxes and warms up near the fire on a cool autumn afternoon in Mary's peaceful outdoor living room, which is bookended by her breakfast and family rooms. Top left: Mary's welcoming breakfast room is the perfect place to mingle and connects with the outdoor living room by simply opening the French doors. Top right: Ample seating and a roaring fire make this cozy family room ideal for entertaining.


an unusually quiet block of Laclede Station Road in Richmond Heights sits an unexpected, old-world Mediterranean home. Built in 1937, it celebrates its 75th anniversary in 2012, making it one of the street’s earliest residences. For the lady of the house, interior designer Mary Tramelli of interior design company Call Mary, the home has been a labor of love from the very beginning. When Mary and husband Dan moved into the home 27 years ago, it was only slightly more than 1,000 square feet, and neither could have predicted how the house would change to fit their family — although Mary always saw its potential. “I fell in love with it from day one, just because of the architecture. I loved the [dining room’s] high ceiling, the stucco, the hardwood floors, the terrazzo floor and the flow,” says Mary. “I loved the fact that it was unique — and unique in this neighborhood. The vaulted ceiling and the front window are what sold me. Well, everything sold me on this house.” Through the years the house became home to the couple’s three sons, and as the family grew, so did the house. The first renovation added a two-story addition, creating two bedrooms and a bath for the boys, and the second transformed the garage into a family room. In the end, the family doubled its space, making it a 2,800-square-foot home. Mary also converted their backyard patio into a full-fledged outdoor

living room, which sits comfortably between the breakfast and family rooms. While still spatially small, the house feels anything but. The flow from room to room has a natural rhythm, with each space breezing easily into the next. The home feels spacious and inviting, open yet connected. This is truly a testament to Mary’s superb design skills and talent for making the most of every space. “It’s so much easier to entertain when rooms move in a circle,” says Mary. “When we have a lot of people in here it doesn’t usually feel tight. There are a lot of rooms to go into, but you still aren’t separated, especially when we open the French doors [to the outdoor living room].” From its antique clay-tiled roof that curves and slopes down the house to the stucco outer surface, the home’s exterior truly exudes oldworld Mediterranean charm, which Mary has seamlessly integrated into the home’s interior design. Walking through the house stirs feelings of visiting an Italian bungalow, with its rich, earthy color palette, photos of the couple’s favorite Italian locales — Positano and Verena among them — dotting the walls, arched alcoves with inset column murals and a Romanesque mural framing the doorway that leads from the dining room to the breakfast room, and so much more. It's easy to see how a family of five ­— and now, with three grown sons, a household of two — could live comfortably in this cozy home.


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H O W T O E N TERTAI N I N A S M ALL S P A C E Flip the living room and dining room.

Before, ours was too narrow. You could only fit so many people, and switching the rooms opened up the space.

Be organized.

If you get your routine down to a science, it helps relieve stress later.

Opt for buffet-style serving.

You will have more room at the table for seating, and if you prepare mostly cold pick-up food, there's less to reheat. If guests are bringing food items, have them store their dish in a disposable container, and when they arrive, plate it on your own dish.

Try to get as much seating as you can.

I always try to design in a circle and seat at least eight guests at a table.

Always create an ambience.

Turn on every light in the house to make your home more inviting, and if you have light dimmers, use them for mood. Have music playing throughout the house to create an inviting flow that lets guests comfortably move from room to room.

But it's harder to imagine how Mary entertains more than 30 guests on Thanksgiving Day, her favorite holiday. The home’s romantic, rustic color palette clearly lends itself to autumn festivities, and if at first glance the pint-sized kitchen seems cause for concern, it’s actually not at all. “You don’t need a big kitchen, you just need a big pot,” says Mary. Instead of spending Turkey Day stuck in the kitchen, Mary makes sure the cooking is taken care of ahead of time and asks guests to bring dishes in disposable containers, which she plates on her own decorative platters right before dinner. “That, or people will pick up one of my dishes,” says Mary. “If they need a pan that’s decorative for the table, they’ll come and get it beforehand.” Every year, Mary prepares several essential Thanksgiving dishes, many made with recipes handed down by her mother and grandmother. Aside from the turkey, gravy and cranberry sauce, she cooks her mother’s signature Italian pork sausage, Parmesan and spinach dressing and sweet potatoes with praline topping. Though Mary knows these family recipes by heart, if she or one of her six siblings should ever forget a step, measurement or spice, they’re in luck. Several years ago, for Christmas, their mother gifted her children with a family cookbook she created herself. Filled with family recipes old and new — including her grandfather’s recipe for homemade Italian pork sausage, an integral ingredient in the Thanksgiving dressing — and peppered with priceless pictures spanning generations, the cookbook is not only a cherished treasure but also an Italian chef’s dream. “My mom and dad entertained, and we had every holiday at their house — and they had a small house,” says Mary. “You couldn’t wait to get to the house, though, because you knew it was going to be fun, and the food was going to be great. You feel like a family. You don’t need a lot of space; you need charming space. You need family space.” Just as recipes collected from generations of her family come together on her Thanksgiving table, pieces of her Italian heritage and history have helped shape her home. For Mary, a huge part of reorganizing her house happened when she switched the dining room with the living room, an inspired idea she had after hosting her mother’s Italian-themed 70th birthday party. Originally the switch was temporary, made only to accommodate guests, but Mary loved how the large room, with its 12-foot vaulted ceiling, could comfortably and stylishly seat so many guests. Shortly after the party, Mary and Dan took a trip to Verena, Italy, in the Lake Como area, where they spent time at Dan’s uncle’s farm in Firenzuola. While relatives rolled fresh pasta in the kitchen, Mary stood in awe of the home’s beautiful, long farm table and knew it was exactly the type she wanted for her dining room. When she returned to St. Louis, she found the perfect table to capture that Italian family style spirit in her own home. “There is nothing I don’t like about Italy,” says Mary. “I love the lifestyle. They enjoy each other. They don’t rush. The way Italians eat is amazing. It’s all so fresh, and they savor it.” Right before guests arrive on Thanksgiving Day, with music and tantalizing aromas drifting through the house, Mary lights candles and prepares an antipasto platter. She says her home is always open to new guests and encourages friends and family to invite anyone in need of a warm, welcoming holiday meal. Before indulging in the day’s special dinner, each person stands at the table and says what they’re thankful for. “The only thing is that it tends to get a little long and the food gets cold because there are so many of us!," says Mary, with a playful smile. See for resources.



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the winery’s postal theme. The label of Postmistress Blanc de Blanc sparkling wine features a black lace garter, with what looks like a note tucked into it. According to the clever copy Kim always includes on the back label of her wines, “A woman of unimpeachable rectitude, the Postmistress is trusted to preserve the town’s mail affairs.” The wine itself is fresh and lively with aromas of grapefruit and lime interplaying with delicate floral notes and hints of toasty yeast, all bubbling up in beads as fine as many high-quality champagnes. Another fun wine to gift during the holidays is Angel’s Secret Merlot or Zinfandel. A mischievous angel graces this label with her finger held to her lips as if she’s trying to keep the secret of the fine California wine in the bottle. The light and fruity Merlot boasts ripe cherries, orange blossoms, berries, cinnamon and spice, while the rich Zinfandel has a palate of red berries and black pepper combined with a brambly characteristic, making this wine enjoyably complex. The holidays are also a great time to break out the dessert wines, and there might not be a fresher, more delicate wine than the Italian Vino dei Fratelli Moscato d’Asti. The bright yellow label for this fizzy apricot, peach and honey refresher features an ancient Roman gold coin with the heads of the Gemini twins, Castor and Pollux, emblazoned on it. A very appropriate choice, since "Vino dei Fratelli" means “wine of the brothers.” It’s a wonderful gift for anyone who appreciates the delightfully sweet and fragrant Moscato d’Asti at the end of a scrumptious dinner. See for resources.

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White Christmas A traditional living room gets a modern makeover and bright, new holiday décor to match BY LIZ MILLER AFTER Photography BY ANNE MATHEIS BEFORE Photography BY Michael Jacob

When design tastes change, making over a room in your home can feel like a big step. The easiest way to ensure a stress-free transition is by working with an interior designer whose creative vision you trust. That’s exactly the kind of bond that Town & Country homeowner Julie Engelbrecht feels with the team at MKS Designs, which made them the perfect professionals to give her traditional living room a modern makeover. Julie worked closely with Maggie Stieven of MKS Designs on the room’s reinvention, which included switching color palettes from sunny yellows and oranges to sleek, understated grays, golds, blacks and silvers. “We changed the room from top to bottom,” says Maggie. “She had a rug in that room that made the room look small, so we removed that. She has beautiful woodworkings throughout the room, so we highlighted those by painting the trim white and the walls light gray.” Maggie artfully blended chic John-Richard furnishings to complete the room’s sophisticated feel. Now more than ever, Julie enjoys spending time in this room. It acts as a retreat for relaxing with a good book, as well as an entertaining space for cocktail and holiday parties. “It’s the only room in the house without a TV, so it’s a great gathering place to get away from chaos happening in the rest of the house,” says Julie. “It’s comfortable and peaceful, yet formal. The most important thing in this room is comfort.” During the holiday season, the living room is a popular place in Julie’s


home, and when it came time to “deck the halls,” she knew exactly who before to call: MKS Designs, obviously. In addition to the team’s inspired work on the room redesign, Julie was familiar with their masterful treetrimming talents from their work decorating her former traditional living room for Christmas. Keeping the room’s new modern mood in mind, Maggie chose stylish, refined holiday décor that wove seamlessly with the softer, subtler color palette. “Christmas decorating doesn’t have to be the classic red and green like everyone thinks it should be,” says Maggie. “I think it’s cool to go into a house where it’s decorated to the style of the room. Julie has yellows, golds, grays, black and silvers, so we incorporated what she already had with the Christmas decorating.” The end result was a warm and inviting yet regal Christmas room. Elegant seasonal floral arrangements expertly styled by Maggie are mixed with chic finds, such as the glamorous mirrored Christmas tree containers. With the holidays almost here, Julie’s family is looking forward to spending Christmas together, snuggled in their new peaceful, enlivened living room. See for resources.


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Ridgway Visitor Center. Visit www. for more information. November 23 – January 1 Winter Wonderland at Tilles Park Drive through more than one million twinkling lights that illuminate 75 acres in Tilles Park. Horse-drawn carriage rides are available every night, and Saturdays are reserved for carriage rides only. 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Call 314-615-8371 for more information. November 23 – January 2 Holiday Flower and Train Show The Gardenland Expressway annual holiday flower and train show celebrates “the gifting tree” by exploring the many benefits of trees. Model trains travel through a whimsical landscape with towers of brightly-colored presents and a “tree” of more than 500 colorful poinsettias and other flowers. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Orthwein Floral Display Hall, lower level of the Ridgway Visitor Center. Visit www. for more information. November 23 – January 1 Victorian Christmas at Tower Grove House Visit the Victorian country home of Garden founder Henry Shaw while

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November/December 2011  

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