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a rare find

A Compton Heights home honors the past while embracing the present

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Some Things Old, Some THINGS NEW Relaxed yet elegant, this fabulous Town & Country home is a unique synthesis of new construction, classic styling and the artistry of the ancient Orient

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A rolling, long, narrow two-acre lot has been transformed into a shady haven intersected with mulched paths. A Chinese-red curved bridge spans one garden low spot. See page

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St. Louis Homes & Lifestyles (ISSN 1524-8755) Vol. 17, No. 7, September ©2012 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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"The rocking chair I'm sitting in isn't your grandmother's rocker. Expressions Furniture has many options, offering multiple styles and fabrics." Suzie

Eighteen years ago I interviewed a 100-year-old woman that attended the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair as a young girl. She described an unforgettable train ride to St. Louis late at night, seeing electricity for the first time in her life. As the train approached the city, the faint glow in the distance exploded into a city of lights! The night was lit up like daytime. 1904 must have been quite a year for St. Louis. Our fair city hosted the first Olympics in the United States and the World’s Fair. Imagine the economic impact and social excitement of hosting both events. To live during this era certainly had to be a thrilling experience. In conjunction with the St. Louis Fair, there was definitely a flurry of home building in our now designated historic neighborhoods. Rich in architecture, talented and famous architects of the time designed beautiful homes throughout the city including those in the historic Compton Heights neighborhood. We honor our history in this issue with a focus on things we love with roots in the past… stained glass (page 10), rocking chairs (page 12), art (page 16) and a Queen Anne-style

home built in 1895. Our Compton Heights urban home, A Rare Find (page 26), boasts of intricate wood trim everywhere, seven fireplaces, a speaking tube, dumbwaiter shaft, gracefully curved walls and windows with current owners and the five previous owners taking great care to maintain their homes historical integrity. Have you ever wondered why furniture from particular times in history look the way they do? Well, we did and decided we were going to do some homework and get down to the nitty gritty to find out what factors impact furniture design (page 62). My great-great-great-great-grandfather George Kreps was a furniture designer, and I recently discovered his sideboard circa 1819 is on display in the Museum of Shenandoah Valley located in Winchester, Va. One of his descendents was the owner of a St. Louis furniture store at the same time as the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair. I wonder if my 100-year-old interviewee and her family shopped in my relative’s furniture store?

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Traditionally used in churches, stained glass will infuse your home with a beauty and grace reminiscent of the churches of old. Easily incorporated into any room, stained glass windows, doors, lamps and accent pieces let in a soft, dappled light. The colors and design options are as infinite as your imagination.

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one: Dance of Life By Lea Koesterer at Lea Koesterer Glass & Mosaic Art, Inc. two: Bathroom window by Rick Hecht at SGO Designer Glass three: Curved shape by Brian Derton at Fabrication Arts Center four: Asterisk by Lea Koesterer at Lea Koesterer Glass & Mosaic Art, Inc. five: Window by Jon Woodard at Preston Art Glass six: Circle piece by John Schwaig at Fabrication Arts Center seven: Window by Jacob Preston at Preston Art Glass

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o k n c ! o R Rocking chairs bring to mind more leisurely times, relaxing on the front porch, iced tea in hand. They are sure to bring that soothing sense of comfort and home to any room.

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CHOCOLATE BROWN

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Tasteful Chocolate is the one thing a girl should never be without. Why not let this delicious staple seep into your home decorating? These rich, sultry browns will bring an air of indulgence to a space that will make every day a treat.

Quartersawn Oak by Sherwin Williams

Java by Benjamin Moore French Roast by Behr

Top, Trilogy Collection by Hooker Furniture available at Frank Patton Interiors; above, left to right: Candice Olson Edisto Stripe by Candice Olson Designs available at Diane Breckenridge Interiors; Grace sx7704 by Robert Redding Designs available at Diane Breckenridge Interiors; Lennar Outdoor Chocolate fabric by Calico Corners; Gertrude’s Plaid in hemp plaid by Scalamandre available at Frank Patton Interiors; Valette Strie Damask fabric in Mahogany from the Palazzo Damasks collection by Schumaker available at Frank Patton Interiors; Fan Tree wallpaper by Cole and Son available at KDR Showrooms.

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ARCHITECTS in DEMAND Jeff Day & Associates, LLC 2722 Hampton Avenue, Suite F St. Louis, MO 63139 www.jeffdaygreen.com 314.644.2775

Located “on The Hill” in St. Louis, we are an architectural firm with a team having a collective 70 years of experience providing cutting edge intelligent, exciting design for residential, commercial and ecclesiastical projects in a variety of architectural styles. Jeff Day launched his own company on May 8, 2006, after working with the top architectural firms in St. Louis. His 17 years of practical experience, coupled with his artistic talent, provide a solid base for the work he produces. He has worked with many of St. Louis’ established builders and developers through the years. Goals we seek to maintain during every project: • Provide enthusiastic service that seeks to go the extra mile. • Produce projects that consistently and creatively satisfy client needs. • Conduct business affairs with integrity as a conscientious steward of a client’s investment. • Work together with clients in a spirit of teamwork and collaboration. Recent Awards: St. Louis Homes and Lifestyles: “Green Home of the Year” 2010, “Display Home of the Year” 2010 & Home of The Year Platinum Award 2008, HBA: Homer Award 2008, Certified “GOLD” HBA Green Building Initiative

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

Donna F. Boxx, Architect, PC 160 Marine Lane St. Louis, MO 63146 www.boxxarchitect.com 314-434-2333

Donna Boxx EXCELS in residential architecture. With an eye for architectural finesse and 36 years experience, Donna Boxx can deliver on new construction, an addition and/or a renovation you’ve been dreaming of from the beginning stages to the final product. Her design methodology encourages client participation and collaboration with engineers, consultants and contractors resulting in a finished product that always reflects the individuality of the client. Her goal is to provide the most cost effective solutions by utilizing an optimal design plan that balances ideals, aesthetics and budget. Hiring an architect is a necessity, not a luxury. Education & Credentials Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri, Bachelor of Architecture Registered Architect: State of Missouri, State of Illinois, NCARB National Certification, Home Builders Association of St. Louis, HBA Registered Remodelors Council of St. Louis, HBA Green Building Council, Certified Builders Guild

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Cultivating a Collection edited BY MELISSA MAUZY PhotographY by Colin MILLER/strauss peyton

SLHL: Where should homeowners begin when selecting artwork for their home? Jonathan: It’s always smart to get recommendations from family, friends and associates on where they acquired their art. I also recommend contacting a gallery or visiting museums to get an idea of what your taste is. Then, build a relationship with a gallery and/or gallery owner who can guide you to the right artist with a good reputation, someone who has credentials. It’s important to ask how long the artist and the gallery have been around, as well as what sort of warranties and guarantees the gallery offers. Also, ask if the gallery stands behind its artists. You want to know you are purchasing a quality piece. SLHL: How do you integrate artwork with your existing furniture and décor? Jonathan: First and foremost, buy what you love. It doesn’t matter if the piece costs $1 or $1 million as long as it is good quality and you love it and can live with it. You can work it into your vision for a room. Listen to your instinct and intuition. Your artwork should complement your furniture and décor, not fight with it. You want to create a harmonious flow to heighten the atmosphere in a room. You don’t have to stay with one theme or one artist. An eclectic style makes a room more remarkable. SLHL: What are some tips for mixing different styles? Jonathan: Art is reflective of you. It should represent your interests, culture, business, education, etc. Choosing a variety of artwork broadens your knowledge base and collection. As long as your artwork

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is high quality, it can always hold its own. You can be eclectic by mixing styles, artists or periods as long as they are high quality. Try to avoid simply matching colors. You see many homes today that mix traditional artwork with contemporary art. SLHL: How should you choose where to place your artwork? Jonathan: When selecting artwork, start with the most important areas of your home, such as above the mantle or couch or on a large wall. Pay attention to the flow of the room and the space. How does the layout draw you through the room? The environment also plays an important role in where pieces are placed. Your piece should be placed in proper lighting, but too much natural light can damage some pieces. Paper works can be damaged by overexposure to UV rays and sunlight. Take all aspects of the room into consideration before placing your piece. SLHL: What are some tips in selecting the right size artwork for a room? Jonathan: Your artwork should not overwhelm the space. You don’t always need a large piece. You can be creative by forming a composition. Composition groups of artwork are just as appealing as one large piece. Also, try easeling small pieces on bookshelves or tables. SLHL: What role does framing play? Jonathan: Framing is essential in completing the look of the room. You should choose frames that complement the room, but do not distract from the artwork. Be conscientious of the style and period of the artwork when selecting a frame. See www.stlouishomesmag.com for resources.

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PEAK Performance Three Sixty’s seasonal menu and sky-high style make the rooftop restaurant a don’t-miss By Katie O’Connor Photography by KIM DILLON

rom a perch on Three Sixty’s rooftop patio, high atop downtown, the transition from summer to fall is on full display this month. Treetops in the distance are beginning their annual color swap, the light subtly shifts to a more golden hue and the sky takes on the deeper blue of fall. Four-hundred feet below, the Redbirds battle it out in Busch Stadium in a bid to extend the baseball season into October. For Three Sixty executive chef Rex Hale, a firm believer in the importance of cooking seasonally, it’s crucial that the seasonal shift show up on the plate as well. For September, that means summer vegetables shine alongside the first produce of autumn. A local heirloom tomato and mozzarella salad, for example, takes advantage

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of peak tomato season, while early-fall crowder peas replace favas in the succotash that accompanies a course of seared wild halibut. “Seasonality is critical,” he explains. His approach to the menu is an outgrowth of the restaurant’s unique location. “The space is really one of the most spectacular in St. Louis,” Hale says. “At any point in the day, the views change, depending on the light. The food fits in with it being a quality experience.” Hale ensures that quality by using local products as much as possible. “It’s great: There are more local products available than even five years ago,” he explains. “I visit the farmers I use so I can see how they’re producing these things.” The chef sources grass-fed beef from Jackson, Mo., pork from Hinkebein Hills Farm in Cape Girardeau and charcuterie from South City’s SalumeBeddu. Fresh mozzarella from Greenville, Ill.’s Marcoot Jersey Creamery is used in the heirloom tomato salad and atop pizzas, while Baetje Farms goat cheese, made in Bloomsdale, Mo., stars in a cheesecake served with seasonal fruit. “It’s delicious,” Hale says of the dessert, “because you get the tartness of the goat cheese and a totally different mouth feel.” Hale, whose career has taken him all over the world and has included stints at Commander’s Palace in New Orleans and, most recently, at McCormick & Schmick’s in Des Peres, and his kitchen staff take pains to make everything in-house, from smoking the Scottish salmon in the salmon chips appetizer to the infusions used in the bar’s craft cocktails. “It’s a challenge, but it’s a lot of fun,” Hale says. See www.stlouishomesmag.com for resources.

Smoked Salmon Chips Canola oil 2 Idaho potatoes* ½ Ωlb. Chipotle Cream Cheese (recipe follows) ½ lb. hot-smoked salmon, flaked 1 red onion, diced 2 oz. capers 2 Tbsp. dry spice seasoning (recipe follows) Fill a fryer or a large pot with canola oil and preheat to 300 degrees. Using a mandolin, thinly slice the potatoes lengthwise. Place the potato slices in the oil and fry until golden brown and crisp, approximately 3 to 5 minutes. Remove the chips to drain on paper towels. Immediately sprinkle the chips to taste with the dry spice seasoning. Once the chips are cool, evenly spread each chip with chipotle cream cheese. Top each chip with smoked salmon, about Ω tablespoon per chip. Garnish with capers, red onions and chives. Serve immediately. * Store-bought kettle chips can be substituted. Chipotle Cream Cheese This can be prepared up to two days in advance and kept chilled in the refrigerator. 2 Tbsp. canned chipotle in adobe ½ pound cream cheese, at room temperature ¼ cup finely snipped chives Juice of 1lime ½ Tbsp. kosher salt ½ Tbsp. sugar Place the chipotles in a food processor and purÈe until smooth. Add the cream cheese and mix well. Add the remaining ingredients and mix until fully incorporated, periodically scraping down the sides of the bowl so all ingredients mix together. Set aside. D ry S p i c e M i x t u r e 1 cup salt ¾ cup plus 1 Tbsp. sugar 1/3 cup dry thyme 1 cup New Mexico Chile powder 1/3 cup cayenne pepper 1/3 cup garlic powder Mix all of the ingredients together. Store in an air-tight container.

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Working with molten glass, Doug Auer, co-founder of Third Degree Glass Factory, has just one shot to create his glass masterpiece. By Melissa Mauzy Photography By Colin Miller/Strauss Peyton

Most people see a piece of glass as another nuisance to clean, but to Doug Auer a piece of glass is the foundation for his next striking creation. Auer, who co-founded Third Degree Glass Factory with Jim McKelvey in 2002, has been blowing glass into beautiful works of art for 16 years. As a college student at the University of Kansas, Doug was introduced to glass blowing by a design instructor, who had a studio in a garage. “I was floored,” he says. While pursuing his degree at KU, he worked in the studio, but he craved more. Transferring to Southern Illinois University – Carbondale, Doug continued his glasswork and earned a degree in industrial/product design. After graduation, he taught glass blowing at Washington

University, where he met McKelvey. The two conceptualized Third Degree Glass factory as a place for artists to come together and produce stunning works of art. So why glass, you ask? Doug is drawn to the fluid nature of the material. “For me, glass is very dynamic,” he says. “It is unlike anything else.” Glass allows Doug the ability to manipulate the thickness, depth and shape, creating virtually anything he can dream up. But glass blowing isn’t as simple as it seems. The art form requires a certain skill and technique. With just one shot each time you begin a piece, getting to Doug’s skill level requires a lot of trial and error. “Glass blowing has a learning curve,” Doug says. “When you first

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start out, you may have to make a lot of pieces until you perfect your technique.” While sketching and planning help the artist, you have to learn to understand how the material moves and how heat affects your product. Being able to adapt your vision from your original sketch is a must because each time you start over, Doug says you’re essentially “burning money.” As a seasoned artist, Doug appreciates the instant gratification he gets from working with glass. “You must work quickly when blowing glass,” Doug says. “The average time on a piece is usually between 20-30 minutes, so within an hour you can have a completed creation.” Describing his style as simple and modern, Doug prefers clean lines and shapes. When he has conceptualized his vision for a piece, he heads to his work area. Starting at the crucible, Doug heats the tip of the blowpipe. When the pipe is hot, he dips it into clear molten glass and then moves to the marver, a smooth surface for working. Doug works the glass on the marver to give it a cylindrical shape. Keeping the glass in constant motion, he then heats the glass in the glory hole, a furnace used to reheat a piece in between steps of working with it. The glass must be kept above 1,000 ° F to prevent breaking. The cycle of taking the glass from the marver to the glory hole continues until Doug’s masterpiece has reached his desired shape and size. The glass is then carefully removed from the rod and moved into the annealer, which slowly cools the glass to room temperature over 24 hours. Doug’s work, as well as the finished pieces of Third Degree Glass Factory artists, are on display and available for purchase at Third Degree Glass Factory. Third Degree provides a place for artists to pool resources, make their artwork and sell to an audience. Glass artists don’t just blow glass at Third Degree. They also offer kiln working, flat glass pieces made by fusing glass pieces in a kiln, and flame working, using a gas fueled torch to melt rods and tubes of clear and colored glass to create small objects such as beads, pendants and jewelry. Stop in and check out the ever-changing displays in the gallery. You’ll never look at a piece of glass the same again. See www.stlouishomesmag.com for resources.

Top: Blowing into the pipe, Doug creates the foundation for pieces. Bottom: Doug with some of his pieces on display at Third Degree Glass Factory.

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Something Missing?

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Come to Expressions if you are searching for that one-of-a-kind “look.” Whether it is one piece or an entire room, you’ll be sure to find what your missing here!

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A Compton Heights home honors the past while embracing the present By KATIE O'CONNOR Photography by ANNe MATHEIS

Just one step inside Diane and David Day’s South City home, and it’s clear you’ve come across an unusual find. The Queen Anne-style house, built in 1895, welcomes visitors with an entryway dotted with classic fleur-de-lis on beautiful wallpaper and in a mosaic tile floor, but it’s the foyer that takes the breath away: original, intricate wood trim is everywhere—on baseboards and crown moldings, framing the arched entrances leading to the rest of the house, surrounding the fireplace’s colorful glazed tiles and outfitting the breathtaking staircase with tall spindles and wainscoting. Remarkably, the trim has never been painted, and its warm oak tones are as pristine as the day it was installed 115 years ago. It’s a rare sight. St. Louis is lucky to have a healthy stock of historic brick homes, but with most having fallen victim to modernization efforts and changing décor tastes over the decade, few of them have retained their original interior details. But in the Day home, original touches abound, from the seven fireplaces throughout the house to the stained glass in the bay window on the staircase landing, the gracefully curved walls in several rooms (complete with curved windows) to the pre-intercom era speaking tube once used to summon the

Original, intricate trim is everywhere in the home, including the breathtaking staircase with tall spindles and wainscoting.

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domestic staff. The world’s first washable wallpaper, a textured paper called lincrusta that was imported from England, survives in the second floor hallway; a dumbwaiter shaft runs from the basement to the third floor (the dumbwaiter and its pulleys sit in the basement, awaiting their turn on the project list). Even the house’s original owners remain in some form, as their portraits—passed down from owner to owner—hang above the foyer’s fireplace. Over the years, the house’s owners—the Days are the sixth—respected the original touches, keeping them free from paint or the contractor’s hammer. New décor additions were done in keeping with the house’s feel as well, most notably the stunning Bradbury & Bradbury wallpaper that covers the walls and ceilings in the foyer, living and dining rooms. The striking and intricate Victorian designs were custom-tailored to the house; each element in the patterns—neoclassical in the living room, and designs inspired by 1880s décor in the hall and dining room—was layered on in individual pieces. Diane, a principal consultant with Nestle Purina, and David, vice president of sales at Polytex, have made contributions to the house as well. A kitchen overhaul was first on their list after moving in five years ago. Recognizing their luck in the room’s long, open space that spans the back of the home—a rarity in old houses—the couple left the footprint alone while updating the white cabinets and red formica countertops. Now, a large island, double ovens and two sinks make

the kitchen great for entertaining, while the detailed maple cabinets echo the warm wood tones of the original trim in the front of the house. The couple also decided to forgo blinds or shades in the back stairwell in favor of new stained-glass windows; made by Preston Art Glass in Lafayette Square, they feature a fleur-de-lis as a nod to the same element so prominent in the entryway. Diane and David took the same respectful approach when furnishing the home. The Victorian winged griffin mahogany dining set, for example, looks as though it might have been in place since the house was built. But it’s the result of the couple’s decision to use the house as a guide for décor choices—and a bit of luck. The table was found at an antique shop in Liberty, Mo.; the shop’s owner then helped to find a set of chairs in a similar style, and Diane chose their paisley upholstery fabric that somehow complements, but doesn’t overwhelm, the existing wallpaper. But the room didn’t truly come together until David was in Houston and stumbled upon a sideboard and china cabinet in an antique shop that almost perfectly matched the table and chairs. The second floor boasts a few more modern touches, such as a servant’s room made into a modern en-suite master bath and the third floor’s old ballroom space wired for electricity and outfitted with a TV and a pool table to serve as the couple’s family room. But the biggest stamp Diane and David have made on the house are the upgrades

This page, top: Gracefully curved walls and windows envelop the dining room. The Victorian winged griffin mahogany dining set looks as though it might have been in place since the house was first built, but it is the result of the couple's decision to use the house as a guide for decor choices. Florals by Scott Hepper, Walter Knoll Florist Opposite page: The Days, only the sixth owners, have respected the original touches of the home, keeping them free from paint or a contractor's hammer. The neoclassical style living room preserves the original look.

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they added to the yard. In the back sits a large outdoor kitchen and fireplace made of cobblestone and leftover bricks from the house; it features a built-in cooling drawer, bar area and two cooking elements. It is, unsurprisingly, a popular spot when friends and family come to visit. And to the side of the house, just off the covered porch that flows from the breakfast room, is a large koi pond whose mini waterfalls provide a peaceful soundtrack of trickling water. Although they have respected the house’s original details and the décor choices of previous owners, Diane and David also have added their own history to the space. A cherub statue that sits in the living room was made by David’s mother, for example, while the buffet in the family room belonged to Diane’s grandparents, and an upstairs guest room is furnished with Diane’s childhood bedroom set, a fitting pairing with the fireplace’s unusual pink tiles. The result is a home that respects the past while firmly embracing the present. A rare find indeed. See www.stlouishomesmag.com for resources. Opposite page: A large island, double ovens and two sinks make the kitchen great for entertaining, while the detailed maple cabinets echo the warm wood tones of the original trim in the front of the house. This page top: A servant's room was made into a modern en suite. Right: One of the home's many original fireplaces flanked in colorful glazed tiles.

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Relaxed yet elegant, this fabulous Town & Country home is a unique synthesis of new construction, classic styling and the artistry of the ancient Orient.

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eturning to the States after three years in Singapore was a difficult transition for this West County family of four. “We’d become endeared to the culture and lifestyle,” the wife explains. “Singapore is clean and safe – an easy place to raise children. The people are respectful and service-oriented, and we even had a live-in housekeeper!” The husband, a finance executive with a major St. Louis-based corporation, was transferred to the Asian city-state in 2002. His wife, a former employee of the same multinational organization, eagerly anticipated the adventure ahead of them. “We put virtually everything from our previous home into storage, and I planned to shop my way through the Orient,” she laughs, obviously relishing the memory. And that’s exactly what she did! During her travels, she scoured the region’s galleries, shops and dirt markets, acquiring an enviable collection of Chinese, Vietnamese, Cambodian, Burmese, Tibetan and Indonesian furnishings and art pieces. “Almost every item has a story, and no matter where I went, I took bubble wrap, scissors and tape so that I could ship my finds back home,” she adds. Eventually, however, the family had to bid a reluctant farewell to Singapore, spending two years in California before returning to the Midwest. Once back in St. Louis, they opted to build a spectacular 9,700-square-foot story-and-a-half in a new community under development in Town & Country. “Ellen was my ‘therapist’ during construction,” says the wife, referring to Ellen Kurtz, designer and owner of Ellen Kurtz Interiors. “We’ve worked together since the architectural design stages, and we’re still adding a few finishing touches.” When planning the home, the owners had several basic objectives. They wanted it to be “entertainment-friendly – open, spacious and spread out, yet warm and inviting.” And a covered outdoor living area was a must-have. Interior design, however, was never in question; the home would recreate the tranquil beauty of their Singapore experience, incorporating their cherished Asian acquisitions. “I wanted it to be elegant, but very different,” the wife emphasizes, “and I was willing to go out on a limb to be different.”

Opposite page: A stunning blend of styles, the dining ensemble from Marge Carson’s high-end Asian line is combined with the owners’ contemporary curio cabinets, a custom-designed chandelier with penshell globes and an array of Oriental objets d’art. Hand-painted by Melodie Shocklee, the ceiling depicts traditional Chinese landscapes. This page top: Above the Henredon credenza is a canvas of schoolgirls in uniform by Bihn, an established Vietnamese artist. This page left: Entering the foyer, the home's distinctive theme is instantly established by an alabaster Buddha. Opening spread: Landscape design by Prestige Landscape

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Clockwise from top: Another of the home’s alluring ceiling treatments, the design of the master bath’s lighting fixture is repeated in the coffer; Crisp white seating arrangements from the owners’ previous home are an effective counterpoint for the great room’s subdued color scheme and Asian accessories. Framed pages from a gilt Burmese Bible bracket the exquisitely embellished Mongolian wedding cabinet; Displayed in the private hall leading to the main-floor master suite and library are a subtly ornamented Tibetan chest, topped by solid jade urns from Beijing and native paintbrushes, and an intimate scene captured an Indonesian artist. Brought from the owners’ home in Singapore, the four-poster cane bed in the guest suite was custom-built to fit its American mattress.

For Ellen, the décor was less of a challenge than might be expected. “Asian is one of the classic designs,” she explains. “The motifs blend nicely with antiques, as well as some of the contemporary pieces the homeowners had in storage.” As a result, Suttonwood Interiors and Antiques became a favorite resource for key pieces in the home. “I love Suttonwood!” the owner enthuses. “It reminds me of shopping in Singapore.” Flooring was the first consideration. Porcelain tile, fabricated to look like stone, was chosen for the high-traffic areas, and all of the carpets had been purchased in Asia. Warm, neutral paint colors – primarily shades of umber –were chosen for most of the spaces to complement

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the furnishings’ muted Oriental hues. Extraordinary ceiling treatments carry the eye upward, and oversized lighting fixtures with subtle “bohemian” overtones are custom-designed to match the scale of the voluminous entertainment areas. “The rustic colors and materials of the fixtures go well with both the house and the Asian décor,” Ellen notes. Entering the foyer, the home’s distinctive theme is instantly established by an exquisite alabaster Buddha, resting serenely in a decorative niche, and continues seamlessly throughout the main level. The focal point of the formal dining room is a near-life-size Indonesian painting

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Above: Illuminated by bohemian-styled glass pendants, the wet bar features custom, distressed-black cabinetry, a medallion inset on the backsplash, a faux-finished bar front and tiger-patterened stool cushions.

that the homeowner refers to as “lady in red.” Above the Henredon credenza on a side wall is another canvas of schoolgirls in uniform by Binh, an established Vietnamese artist. Both works indicate the powerful significance of red in the Asian culture, where the color symbolizes joy and prosperity. The large-scale Marge Carson dining table is surrounded by silk-upholstered chairs, and overhead is one of several tours de force by Melodie Shocklee, who was responsible for all of the home’s faux finishes. Skillfully rendered and framed in ribbon-and-reed moulding, the hand-painted ceiling was inspired by scenes from traditional

Chinese watercolors. A huge granite-topped island defines the spectacular kitchen, with its imposing stone range hood, from the casual dining area, hearth room and expansive bar. Filled with conversation pieces – for example, a painted Asian window, sword box, native canoe and a Suttonwood altar table — the hearth room provides plenty of comfortable leather seating and an intriguing mixture of tropical and tiger-patterned upholstery fabrics. Details from the Asian carpet are faithfully reproduced in the eye-catching decorative coffered ceiling. Illuminated by bohemian-styled glass pendants, the spacious wet STLOUISHOMESMAG.COM SEPTEMBER 2012

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bar features custom, distressed-black cabinetry with Swarovski crystal handles; a medallion inset on the backsplash; a faux-finished bar front, and tiger-patterned stool cushions. Patio doors lead to the all-brick outdoor living area, which overlooks the magnificent rear yard and pool deck. Sumptuously furnished, this fresh-air “hearth room” expands the home’s entertainment space and is equipped with its own full kitchen. A combined effort of Prestige Landscape, The Pool Specialist, and Sully’s Landscape Lighting, the home’s grounds and swim complex are a salute to the beauty of nature. Elaborate landscaping ensures privacy for the gently sloping yard, and lush greenery shields two Buddhas that keep silent watch over a cascading, rock-lined waterfall. Stone coping surrounds the freeform pool and hot tub, and up lights softly illuminate the decorative plantings.

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Although most of the home’s upper level is devoted to privacy, leisure and study areas for the couple’s two teenagers, the loft and guest suite continue the Asian theme. Resplendent in China red, the guest bedroom is dominated by a four-poster bed, custom-built in cane and swathed in Jim Thompson textiles. Adding to the ambience are a teak elephant chair, incense and Chinese wedding cabinets and silk runners transformed into wall hangings. An ancient Confucian proverb advises, “Wherever you go, go with all your heart.” Clearly, this world-traveling family heeded the sage’s advice. And having fallen in love with the Singapore lifestyle, they brought it back home with them. See www.stlouishomesmag.com for resources.

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Opposite page: A large granite-topped island defines the spectacular kitchen. Above: An inviting multi-season retreat, the all-brick outdoor living room reinforces the home’s Oriental theme with plush wicker furniture, Asian carpeting and accessories, palm-filled planters and a herringbone brick pattern resembling basket weave above the fireplace.

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By Lucyann Boston Photography by Judy Cook

Mimicking nature, water tumbles from various portals in a native stone wall and into a rock-lined lagoon in this transformed Ladue garden. Weeping Blue Atlas cedar, Japanese maples, low-growing juniper and a variety of grasses frame the setting that is color-enhanced with tropical cannas and golden daylilies. STLOUISHOMESMAG.COM SEPTEMBER 2012

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Mixing statues collected in their travels with interesting plantings, the Ladue couple has created a gorgeous garden

welve years ago a Ladue couple fell in love with a stately brick home. They admired its two-story, symmetrical red-brick Georgian façade. They were enchanted with the circular drive that embraced a multi-level brick courtyard centered with a formal rose garden. On the west side of the house, a lovely brick staircase, accented with broad-leaf evergreens, led down toward to a handsome patio ornamented with beautiful brick walls. “The house had great bones,” they agree. When they stepped off of the brick patio and into the back yard, their affection began to wane. “There was a pool with a rusty diving board and that was just about it,” he recalls. The pool and the diving board were only part of the problem with the property. The house stood at the front of a narrow, very long, two-acre lot. What’s more, the contour of the land was a rollercoaster of hills and swales. While the bones of the house were enough to sell the residence, the couple also knew they needed a plan for the property as a whole. Their transformation of a difficult space into a magnificent landscape has been nothing short of spectacular. In the two-and-a-half years she worked to decorate the interior of the home, they thought through the step-by-step creation of the garden. With the house sited on the first piece of high ground on the property, they envisioned not a pool in the first swale, but a body of water resembling a lagoon, filled by a natural waterfall. To bring this vision to reality, they called in Mark Couch of Woodland Gardens to design the lagoon and Keith Allison of Westchester Gardens for the general landscaping. Using the natural contour of the land, Mark created a tumbled wall of native Missouri, weathered sandstone from which water gushes through seemingly random openings to ultimately flow into the lagoon, lined with similar stone. Plantings of Weeping Blue Atlas cedar, Japanese red maples, flowing grasses and low-growing junipers blend the waterfall and lagoon into the surrounding landscape throughout the year. If the lagoon itself didn’t add enough drama to the garden area nearest the house, the couple has used their travels to add spectacular sculpture to the brick-walled patio that came with the house. From a trip

The couple's rolling, long, narrow two-acre lot has been transformed into a shady haven intersected with mulched paths. A Chinese-red curved bridge spans one garden low spot.

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Opposite page: Shade-tolerant plants and a variety of textures provide visual interest. Golden-leaved hostas, hot pink astilbes and feathery grasses, as well as occasional sculptures, make pathways a treat to walk. Above: Bronze elephants, also purchased on the homeowners trip to China, charge out into the garden from the base of a magnolia tree.

to China with former Missouri Botanical Garden Director Peter Raven and his wife Pat, they brought home a replica of one of the lifesized Terracotta Warriors that symbolically guard the tomb of the first emperor of China. They also took a fancy to a pair of bronze charging elephants and had them shipped to St. Louis. Staunch supporters of the Missouri Botanical Garden, they took the opportunity to add a charming sculpture purchased during the garden’s 2007 exhibit of Chapungu sculpture by the Shona people of Zimbabwe to a spot near the waterfall. A pair of swooping bronze eagles, purchased in Colorado, stand on either side of the brick wall that frames the entrance to the lagoon. The renovation of the pool area was only the first wave in the transformation of what once was a honeysuckle choked property into a serene and lovely landscape. Working with the contours of the

land, Keith created a series of mulched paths that dip and curve through a shaded woodland. A Chinese-red curved bridge spans one natural water shed area at the bottom of a swale; a log bridge provides footing in another. Shade-tolerant plants such as dogwoods, hydrangeas, hostas, astilbes and ferns line the walkways. The homeowners’ love of variegated foliage works perfectly within the shady landscape to create contrast within the mostly green palette. “The trick,” says Keith, “was working with the larger pieces, the trees and shrubs, and filling in with the smaller plants once the larger ones were established.” Also important was “visualizing how the plants, both large and small, will grow and fill in. I don’t want everything to be overgrown in 10 years so that people will have to redo their landscapes,” he says.

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Keith also keeps the shady area lush and interesting by adding tropical annuals with unusual foliage, such as dramatically veined elephant ears and variegated gingers, into the mix. The annuals grow quickly in hot weather and can easily fill in any areas that need additional texture and foliage. In the sunny high ground at the very back of the property, which was previously mostly rocks and rubble, the couple envisioned a wildflower garden. But after several years of struggling to maintain an area far from the house which, they joke, became “a little too wild�, they opted for easier maintenance. Now, six different types of tall grasses interspersed with areas of lawn provide a dramatic finale to their garden and the property. See www.stlouishomesmag.com for resources.

Left: A life-sized replica of one of the Terracotta Warriors that symbolically guard the tomb of the first emperor of China stands guard in the brick-walled patio. The homeowner purchased the sculpture on a trip to China with former Missouri Botanical Garden Director Peter Raven and his wife Pat. Opposite page: Swooping bronze eagles, purchased by the homeowners in Colorado, stand guard atop the brick walls that frame the entrance to the lagoon.

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Making

Memories

Savor your special memories by preserving a blossom from special events in your life. By Catherine Thoele, AIFD, CFD

Receiving flowers as a birthday, valentine or anniversary gift never gets old. Prom flowers, father/daughter dance corsages, baptisms, graduations, promotions, proposals, engagements, weddings, retirements, “just because” flowers... and the list goes on and on, can be equally as sentimental. Flowers can document a person’s entire life. And let’s admit it, most of us love receiving flowers so much that we don’t really want to have to let them go. Why not savor your special memories by preserving a blossom or two from each event? Nostalgia is the good feeling that you get when you remember things from your past.... when you kind of sit back and smile and think to yourself, "Wow, that was fun; that was a happy, happy day." Once preserved, your memory blossoms initially become a tribute/keepsake to honor those special moments in your life, and secondly, they act as triggers to conjure up sentimental yearnings for the happiness of a former place or moment in time. There are many relatively simple ways to create these memory provoking flowers. The most reliable methods are air drying, flower pressing, silica sand (silica gel) drying, microwave drying and freeze drying. The key to drying flowers is to withdraw 50 - 90 percent of the water from the flowers without distorting the shape or destroying the appearance of the flowers and foliage. Not all flowers dry successfully. Also, remember that as the flowers are dried they lose their water content. Consequently, the blooms become smaller in size. Flower pressing is an art form that dates back to ancient times. Often very old books are found with flowers pressed between their pages. Flower pressing can be performed with an actual flower press that you can purchase at a retail hobby or craft store, or you can always use the time-honored practice of pressing the flowers between the pages of a heavy book by placing the blooms between two sheets of newsprint, facial tissues or paper towels. Close the book. Keep it level and weight it down with other books. Keep the books in a dark, dry, cool place for two to three weeks. After the allotted time has

passed, gently and carefully open the pages to expose blooms and inspect how they have dried. Store them flat in a covered box until you decide to use them. Air drying is the least expensive method. You simply allow the flowers to dry naturally in a cool, dark, dry place with good air circulation for several weeks. Most people who air dry hang their flowers upside down while drying. Hanging the flowers upside down does nothing to expedite the drying, but through gravity it helps certain blooms retain their natural shape. As in all the drying methods, the flowers should not ever touch each other during the drying process. Years ago one of my sons (then a toddler) and I planted a bed of pansies early one spring, simply on a whim. As we cared for the bed throughout the season, we laughed, got dirty and spent lots of quality time together. Before the summer heat set in, I clipped a handful of those precious pansies and pressed them in a book. Once fully dried and pressed, I framed the two prettiest ones. As expected, my little boy grew into an amazing adult, husband and father and moved away to Los Angeles. Of course, I am thrilled for him, but to this day I still thoroughly enjoy those two framed pansies and the memories of those simpler days we spent together in the garden when he was all mine and just a few feet away. The pansies were not expensive. Nor was the framing. But the last 30 years of joy and fond memories have been priceless. See www.stlouishomesmag.com for resources.

Before you get started on a potpourri of your past, first assess what flowers will dry well and what method will work best for each different flower. Flat-faced flowers like pansies, violets and daisies along with several types of foliages are best dried by the pressing method.

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You should have good luck drying roses, lavender, and peonies using the air-drying method.

The silica sand method can be used on almost any flower, but for blooms like the zinnia and the marigold silica is a must.

Microwave drying can be used to speed up the drying process. This method, however, does not work on every flower. It is best to use flowers with a large petal count...roses, carnations, etc. Flowers with thin delicate petals or those with hairy or sticky surfaces are generally not successful. Silica sand is often used in conjunction with microwave drying.

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A hearty family meal is welcome after a long day in the vineyard BY Lorraine Raguseo Photography provided BY quintessential wines

Come September, the vines covering much of the verdant, gently rolling hills of the Piedmont region of Tuscany are heavy with ripening grapes. By mid-month, the region is swarming with workers picking the precious “fruits of the vine” that make some of Italy’s finest red wines – Barolos and Barberas. The roads are also crowded with wine tourists coming to witness the harvest of nature’s yearly grape bounty and to enjoy the foods for which these wines have been lovingly created. Gian Paolo Manzone is the sixth generation of his family involved in the wine industry in the heart of this legendary region. Before Gian Paolo’s father, Armando, started making Barolo, Barbaresco, Barbara d’Alba, Nebbiola d’Alba and Dolcetto d’Alba in 1970 in the village of Sinio, the family was well-known farmers and grape-growers. As such, they understand that a hearty family meal is most welcome after a long day of toiling in the vineyards. Armando’s wife and Gian Paolo’s mother, Angela, has been making from scratch the pastas that

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have sustained Italians in the Piedmont for many centuries. A typical meal in the Manzone’s ancestral fieldstone home among the vineyards always includes two pasta dishes – perhaps “Tajarin al Ragu’ di Carne” (long ribbons of hand-cut pasta in a red sauce of chopped beef ) and “Agnolotti al Plin” (tiny, hand-made ravioli stuffed with meat and spinach that are “pinched” – al Plin, in Italian). While fish is certainly part of the Italian diet, given the long Mediterranean and Adriatic coastlines that flank both sides of the country, the traditional dishes of land-locked Tuscany favor meat. Therefore, it’s not surprising that nearly every dish features some kind of beef, veal or pork. Cold veal with tuna sauce, widely known as “Vitello Tonnato,” and “Carne Cruda all’Albese,” raw chopped meat, prepared much like the French Steak Tartar, are staple appetizers on the Piedmont table. And no sustaining meal is complete without a roast. Gianpaolo’s wife Luisella

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Tajarin al Ragu’ di Carne Sugo di arrosto, the drippings from a roast, are one of the classic Piemontese condiments for both flat pasta and stuffed pasta, in particular agnolotti. It's a simple preparation that provides the sauce necessary to season the pasta, and also the meat for the second course. To serve 6 you'll need: Prep Time: 40 minutes Cook Time: 3 hours, 5 minutes Total Time: 3 hours, 45 minutes

Gian Paolo Manzone, Winemaker and owner, his father, Armando Manzone, his wife, Luisella, and his mother, Angela.

favors “Arrosto di Carne al Vino,” roast beef, onions and celery braised in the winery’s rich Serralunga Barolo. As this Italian feast might take a while to arrive at the dining table, it is common practice for dried Piedmont pork sausage, such as Salami Cacciatori Barbera, and home-baked Italian bread be at the ready to tide over hungry winemakers, vineyard workers and cooks. It is accompanied by a Nebbiolo d’Alba or even a slightly sweet Dolectto d’Alba, which is a perfect match for Gorgonzola or other pungent Italian cheeses that usually find their way to the table. For Piedmont wine families like the Manzones, “vino and cibo” (wine and food) are the essentials, especially at harvest time. See www.stlouishomesmag.com for resources.

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Ingredients: ** For the Pasta ** Either 1/14 pounds commercially made taglierini, or: 5 cups flour 8 Yolks and 3 egg whites ** For the Sauce ** 2 1/4 pounds (1 k) rump roast of veal 1 clove garlic, sliced A 6-inch (15 cm) sprig of rosemary 1/4 cup unsalted butter 2 ounces (50 g) pancetta or seasoned lard, minced A ladle of broth 1 cup tomato sauce Freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano Salt and freshly ground pepper Preparation: Make a mound of the flour, scoop a well into it, and add the yolks and the salt. Knead the dough well for at least 15 minutes, until it is smooth and elastic. Then roll it out dime-thin with a rolling pin, dust it lightly with fine cornmeal, and roll it up. Using a long-bladed, sharp knife, cut the roll into tajarin; the strips of pasta should be about 1/16 of an inch (2 mm) wide. Flour your work surface and shake the tajarin out onto it to dry. Stick the meat with the garlic and rosemary leaves, and tie it so it keeps its shape. Melt the butter and briefly sauté the minced pancetta in it, then add the meat and brown it on all sides. Sprinkle the tomato sauce over it, then the broth. Season to taste with salt and pepper, cover, and simmer for about 2 hours. Towards the end of this period bring a pot of water to boil. When the meat is done, remove it to a platter and keep it warm. Strain the pot juices into a small pot and keep them hot by setting them over a very low flame. Salt the boiling water and cook the tajarin for a couple of minutes. Drain them well, transfer them to a bowl, season them with the sauce, and serve. Serve the meat, thinly sliced, as a second course with the vegetable of choice.

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Time: 1558-1603 Politics: Queen Elizabeth I Social: “Golden Age� of national pride, international expansion and a healthy economy Style: Highly decorative and architectural, great amounts of ornamentation utilizing Oak

Time: 1603-1625 Politics: King James I Social: Unification of England and Scotland; Founding of first British colony in North America Style: Ornamentation less prominent and applied in a more orderly fashion, relief carvings of geometric or floral motifs and accentuated moldings used to divide areas into geometric shapes

QUEEN ANNE

Time: 1702-1714 Politics: Queen Anne, twoparty system emerged Social: French and Dutch importations in human and idea form, the rise of the cabinet maker and the peak of local design talents Style: Fine furniture elegantly proportioned and sparingly decorated, small clustering scrolls, trails of acanthus, heraldic motifs

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Time: 1688-1702 Politics: King William & Queen Mary Social: Greater personal liberty and democracy with the signing of the English Bill of Rights Style: Graceful, decorative, well-developed sense of display and articulation, using veneers, lacquer, decorative shapes from applied veneer and mosaic wood pieces

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Time: 1714-1760 Politics: King George I and King George II Social: Increasing demands of the ever growing middle and upper class market Style: Curvy, light, less architectural style, s-curve, rock-like and shell motifs utilizing Mahogany

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VICTORIAN/ ARTS & CRAFTS LATE GEORGIAN

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Time: 1837-1901 Politics: Queen Victoria Social: Queen Victoria identified herself with the middle class causing increase in furniture production for the middle class; Period of industrial, cultural, political, scientific and military change Style: Straight lines, solid woods, painted decoration, simple and functional

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Time: 1643-1715 Politics: King Louis XIV Social: Rapid development of artists and designers Style: Bold effects, symmetrical ornamental details, lavish but not excessive, faultless workmanship

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American FURNITURE STYLES

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Time: 1607-1649 Politics: British Rule Social: Jamestown Settlement founded in 1607 Style: Influenced by English furniture, oak, shallow carved geometric panels

EARLY FEDERAL & AMERICAN EMPIRE QUEEN ANNE & CHIPPENDALE

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LATE FEDERAL/ VICTORIAN/ARTS & CRAFTS

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Time: 1770-1840 Politics: Presidents George Washington - James Madison Social: Forming of the United States; Inspiration in furniture and décor sought from allies Style: French neoclassic influence, painted or string inlays, stars, eagles, utility, dark woods, different wood inlays, scorching wood to give contrast

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