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12 Editor’s Letter 14 publisher’s letter 18 fab finds 20 Stylemaker 22 HOT HUE 24 ARTISan 26 small scale 32 DELISH dish 34 TABLESCAPE 62 IN SEASON 66 Spotlight 70 cheers 72 Before + after 74 events 80 just for you

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A painterly approach

Joy Grdnic, owner of the fabulous Fountain on Locust, adds her creative touch to a home steeped in history

A simple twist of fate

A sprawling mid-century ranch designed by famed architect William Adair Bernoudy undergoes a sleek, urbane transformation

Field of dreams

Spectacular vistas and explosions of color define our 2011 Garden of the Year

On the Cover

Designed by architect William Adair Bernoudy, this home is a stunning mid-century marvel. See page

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St. Louis Homes & Lifestyles (ISSN 1524-8755) Vol. 16, No. 7, September ©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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Meet the

Past perfect

judges (Story on page 50)

Gratefully, Judy Uelk Editor-in-Chief

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Lucyann Boston

Colin Miller/Strauss Peyton

In 2005, my family, along with grandparents Dearie and PopPop, were lucky to be able to take a trip to London, England. My kids were little then, only 7, 10 and 11, but even today, they still say it was the best trip of their lives. Of course, the kiddos loved riding the London Eye, had fun having their pictures taken with James Bond, Queen Victoria and Simon Cowell at Madame Tussauds wax museum and couldn’t believe that the colorfully dressed Beefeaters guarding the Tower of London didn’t blink — ever! I, on the other hand, felt extremely humbled by the history that surrounded me everywhere I went. There’s just something quite prodigious about walking on the same floor that King Henry VIII did, visiting the Tower where Anne Boleyn awaited her awful fate, or spending time in the home where William Shakespeare might have penned Romeo and Juliet. It’s hard to get your head wrapped around it, really. Upon our return, it struck me that even though St. Louis is a “baby” compared to London, we should be so proud of the history that makes our city great. From Pierre Laclede and Auguste Chouteau selecting St. Louis as a fur trading post in 1764, to the famed Lewis and Clark Expedition in 1803, to the World’s Fair in 1904, and on and on and on. We definitely have roots here. We are also lucky to have many historic homes still standing that reflect our city’s past. And in the September issue, we are offering you a glimpse into some of our favorites. The Urban Feature (page 36) this month takes us inside a magnificent Beaux-Arts mansion on Westmoreland in the Central West End. Owner Joy Grdnic, who also owns The Fountain on Locust, has given new life to this iconic residence with her exquisite painting. A classic William Adair Bernoudy home in Ladue is the focus of our Suburban Feature (page 42). It was a twist of fate that brought the home’s owners to its doorstep, and they have lovingly transformed their marvelous residence into a showstopping beauty, while not losing the integrity of its classic mid-century beginnings. Small Scale (page 26) takes us to Town and Country, where we visit a small storybook Cape Cod that has been reinvented for today, but still remains a window to the past. And of course, you won’t want to miss our Garden of the Year (page 50). Owner Tom Csengody and his wife, Susan, have created truly spectacular vistas that will leave you speechless. It is my hope that, as you read this new issue, you will also take a few minutes to ponder the old. We are so lucky to live in a city that is rich in history and to be able to say, “I’m proud of where I come from.” I know I am.

is an Advanced Master Gardener and journalist, with experience writing for a variety of publications. She combines her interests through her work as a garden writer for St. Louis Homes & Lifestyles. She also has a background in real estate writing and is a sales associate with Laura McCarthy Real Estate.

Judy Moskoff is a member of the National Garden Writers Association and has been a Master Gardener since 1996. A former radio show host, Judy is now the owner of A Gardener's Home, an exterior staging company. She is also a speaker and publishes a blog, www. agardenershome.blogspot.com, with gardening advice. Jennifer Shamber is the general manager of Greenscape Gardens, a familyowned garden center. She is a Master Gardener and serves on the boards of Landscape and Nursery Association of Greater St. Louis and the Horticulture Co-Op of Metro St. Louis. Her efforts in encouraging sustainable gardening helped Greenscape earn national recognition in Today's Garden Center magazine.

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Bi>thýa© I can’t believe it’s been 15 years since St. Louis Homes and Lifestyles first opened its doors in September of 1996. And what an amazing 15 years! How lucky we have been to be able to offer our readers glimpses into the spectacular homes and lives of the countless wonderful families who choose to embrace our city and call it home. As a design and lifestyle magazine, it is our goal to inspire and educate with each issue. We hope you have enjoyed the stunning photographs and have found each story engaging. We hope you have learned some new things about design and have picked up many great ideas to make your home the best it can be. But most of all, we hope you have found SLHL to be the magazine you grab for that “ahhh” moment at the end of your day. As I look back fondly at how our magazine has evolved over the years, I have to smile. In just 15 years, design styles have certainly changed, too, and we have strived to capture those changes — beautifully. From traditional to contemporary, rustic to modern, cottage to French Country, we want to ensure that you always find something that catches your eye and makes you want to know more. SLHL is 15 years old. How the time has flown. But really, it’s only just the beginning. There will always be new houses to visit, new designs to savor, new restaurants to try and new people to meet. In the very first issue of SLHL, then Editor, Susan Fadem, referred to the quote “Life is a journey, not a destination,” and asked readers to “please join us for the exhilarating ride.” I hope you’ll continue this wonderful journey with us for the next 15 years. After all, the fun has just begun. Colin Miller/Strauss Peyton

Warmest wishes, Suzie Osterloh Publisher/Owner

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one: Seth Thomas mantel clock, c. 1890s, from Brent’s Antiques & Collectibles on Cherokee Antique Row. two: Grandmother clock from Jon’ Paul Designs & Collectibles in Richmond Heights. three: Silas Hoadley 30-hour wooden clock, c. 1825, from About Time in Richmond Heights. four: Antique carved wooden clock from Consign & Design in Glendale. five: Late 19th-century German clock from Elder’s Ltd. on Cherokee Antique Row.

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Places of the Heart

create gardens that inspire, calm, heal and enrich

edited BY Judy Uelk Photography BY colin miller/strauss peyton

Q +A

SLHL: Nothing is more relaxing to me than spending time in a beautiful garden, and this one is spectacular. How do you approach each individual job?

NP: Gardening really does take dedication, passion and hard work, but it is truly a labor of love for us. We love what we do! By working closely with each client from the start, we are able to design the highest quality garden space that provides an escape from the stresses of everyday life. KK: Making a garden is an expression of one's personality and an extension of one's interior space. We work with a client to try to create that vision.

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SLHL: What is your definition of an ideal garden?

NP: Our inspiration comes from nature. Our travels have taken us to gardens in Italy, France and England. That experience has given us an appreciation of the principles of good design.

NP: The perfect garden means different things to different people. We feel that a garden should reflect your personality and lifestyle. It should evolve over time and serve to calm, heal and enrich.

SLHL: Do you take a job from infancy to maturity?

SLHL: Do you have a gardening philosophy?

KK: Yes. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the best way. We strive to build personal relationships with our clients and pride ourselves on attention to detail.

NP and KK: Perhaps we need to concentrate on downsizing our structural footprint and pay more attention to the development of the land surrounding our properties. Green space definitely enhances the well-being of the human race. We must create a legacy for future generations as the ancient gardens of the world have done for us. Gardens are gifts that have stood the test of time and continue to inspire.

SLHL: What other services do you offer your clients? NP: We have the resources to offer outdoor furniture, containers, sculpture and more. We also offer holiday decorating services.

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This versatile neutral is so much more than cloudy skies and rainy days. Gray walls and upholstery convey subtle sophistication that looks just as lovely in an expansive, historic estate as it does in a sleek, urban loft. Pair it with bold pops of color, such as lemon yellow or royal blue. Or mix lights and darks — from dove to charcoal and everything in between — to create a dramatic monochromatic palette with timeless appeal. The possibilities are endless!

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Perched on posts, the Garden Girls’ cottages can be placed anywhere in the yard.

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Alicia Christopher of Garden Girls creates outdoor storage solutions to help you stash your garden gear in style BY Katie Underhill PhotographY by Colin Miller/Strauss Peyton

It all began in Alicia Christopher’s own backyard. An avid gardener, she found herself time and time again starting an outdoor project only to have forgotten some of her supplies in the house or garage. She needed a storage unit in the garden that could hold all of her tools, but nothing she found quite caught her eye. “I said to myself, ‘I know I can make something cuter than that!’” says Alicia, and just one year later, she’s proved herself right. Alicia builds charming miniature “cottages” that provide stylish storage solutions for homeowners looking to conveniently stow anything outside, from gardening supplies to grilling gadgets to

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swimming pool accessories and towels. Every bit as useful as they are adorable, these pint-sized houses function as outdoor décor, too. After Alicia constructs each one using exterior-grade half-inch-thick plywood, she double seals it, making it waterproof and weatherproof to withstand the harsh Missouri elements. They are then painted with top-quality house paint, which has a 25-year warranty, and, finally, sent to an artist who adds the finishing touches — daintily painted flowers, birds, beach scenes and more. See www.stlouishomesmag.com for resources.

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ethodist Reverend William R. Bouknight III once said, “A house is so much more than timber, cement and mortar. It is a love-structure which stores up memories. It is security, shelter, healing, and peace. It is the shared joys, tears, dreams, and heartbreaks of several generations.” Take a drive along Clayton Road in Town and Country, just east of Weidman, and you’ll come across just such a house. The small white storybook cottage is nestled amongst the trees with a soft blue door and matching shutters, charming dormers and a candy land of pink and purple impatiens that dress the home in sweet color, spilling from window boxes and popping up between classic red pavers that lead to the welcoming entry. Originally built in the late 1930s by Henry and Emilie Hensick and surrounded by farmland, the modest house was once red brick with

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two bedrooms, one bath, a living room, kitchen with adjoining dining area and a screened-in porch. “As a child, I recall my grandma cutting and drying noodles on a table down in the basement,” reminisces the Hensicks’ granddaughter, Marilyn. “My grandparents built this house after they could no longer farm the land they owned across from Clayton Road,” she adds. “They had to sell their acreage along with the large farmhouse they owned at the end of Ruhl Lane [a right-of-way trail which led into 400-acre Queeny Park, which was then farmland]. Social security was not in effect in those days for farmers, so they had to sell to survive.”

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Today, this “little house that could” still stands and has become a dream come true for current owners Marcia and Peter Martin. Peter, a teacher at Principia School, and Marcia, an art instructor who teaches from her basement studio, have taken this home that was so lovingly built and that echoes the happy memories of past generations and have made it their own. “I loved this home the minute we saw it,” says Marcia. Peter loved the bones of the home but thought that the wood trim and deep colors were a bit too dark. "I saw a a lot of promise, however," says Marcia. "There's a lot you can do with just a little bit of paint." Trusting in his wife’s creative ingenuity, Peter agreed that it was right for them. "I knew this home could work for us," he says, "and we really love the coziness of a smaller home." The fact that the home itself is so steeped in family history also made it truly right for the Martins. "We love that our home was loved so much by the families who lived here before us," explains Marcia. Each family, except one, that has lived in the home has come back to visit the Martins and share with them fond memories of their time spent here. Surrounding themselves with happy memories and family heirlooms is important to the Martins, who enjoy blending special pieces that have been handed down to them over the years with antiques they’ve collected, as well as finding new pieces that define their lives today. With East Coast roots, the Martins loved the fact that the old farmhouse had Cape Cod-style architecture and were anxious to enhance that Nantucket feel. “Peter spent his childhood in a beautiful 19th-century farmhouse just outside Philadelphia,” explains Marcia, “and I grew up in New Canaan, Connecticut, where lots of property and gardens surrounded the homes and there was a nice sense of community. We were looking for a small house with character, promise and some land for gardens and views.” Now the red brick house is awash in white clapboard and painted brick, with a generous amount of Cape Cod accoutrements. Raising the roof and adding dormers and skylights also flooded the second-floor bedrooms with more light. Using a New England-inspired color palette

Top: A cozy dining area in the kitchen is perfect for two and is one of Marcia's favorite "rooms" in the house. The "Nantucket blue" walls are the ideal backdrop for the white built-in shelves that artistically display her collection of white dinnerware and serving pieces. One of Marcia's original paintings of a Nantucket scene hangs above the table. Bottom: Completely renovated, the cheery white kitchen works perfectly in the smaller space. Carrera marble countertops are a classic touch and a nice counterpoint to the island's hard maple top. STLOUISHOMESMAG.COM SEPTEMBER 2011

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Opposite page: The sunroom just off the kitchen is light, bright and the ideal spot for Marcia to paint. French doors open to a colorful garden that the Martins created and maintain themselves. This page, left: A sun-filled oasis, this special space just off the master bedroom provides tranquility and a place to rejuvenate. Right: Paneled in whitewashed wood from an old barn, the charming original family room is filled with family heirlooms, antiques and Cape Cod accents.

of blue, white and a touch of yellow, artist Marcia has transformed the original darker interior into a cheerful sunburst of happy hues. “We wanted to keep the cottage feel,” says Marcia, “just brighten it up a bit and add our love of the East Coast. It’s really about making the best of what you have,” she adds. “Our goal was not to have the perfect house. It was about having a house that was right for us.” Adding a sunroom wrapped in windows to the back of the house really opened up the Martins' living space, connected the home to the outdoors, and provided a light and bright place for Marcia to paint. Upstairs and just off the master bedroom is a brand new oasis that the Martins recently completed. “This space used to be outside,” explains Marcia. “We had French doors here that opened up to a hot tub. It was very nice, but, honestly, a lot of work to maintain. We finally decided to forgo the hot tub, enclose the space and make it part of our bedroom, and we couldn’t be happier." With its vaulted ceiling, white walls and furniture and French doors that lead onto a small sundeck overlooking their beautiful backyard, this room is the perfect retreat. “Good space planning is important in small homes,” says Marcia.

“And it’s so nice to have a place to go that you can kind of ‘get away.’ This room is relaxing, peaceful and rejuvenating. It’s a happy place to be where we can think, ponder and be grateful.” Filled with furniture pieces from her past, such as her great-aunt's cherry dresser and pine armoire that she painted white, along with new finds, including a white four-poster bed with clean lines and geometric blue and white linens, Marcia is talented at mixing the old with the new to create her own sensibility — one that is rooted in the past, but with a nod to the present and an eye to the future. And that, in fact, is why this darling house on Clayton Road, one that was built so long ago, has a soul that lives on today — in such a beautiful way. What Henry Hensick didn’t know when he first dug his shovel into the soil was that the home that would grace this land would have staying power. That the love of family would find its way into the foundation and seep into walls, becoming the mortar that would surpass generations. “So many people have poured their hearts and souls into this house," says Marcia. "You can actually feel that love here every day."

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Signature Pear Salad Serves four

4 pears (Jullienned) 1 cup Schubert’s jowl bacon (medium diced) 1 sprig chocolate mint (tear leaves into mediumsized pieces) 1 cup blueberries 4 to 6 ounces pork fat and chili vinaigrette

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A mouthwatering symphony of sweet and savory, the blueberry, pear and smoked jowl bacon salad is a prime example of Salt’s straightforward motto: simple and essential. This farm-fresh creation is just one of chef/owner Wes Johnson’s culinary masterpieces on a menu that is dictated by what’s in season and what’s grown and raised locally. “We’re just trying to bring together good product and good flavors,” says Wes of his farm-to-table philosophy. In addition to fabulous food, Salt offers diners an incredible ambience. It’s located in a turn-of-the-century mansion on Lindell Boulevard in the eclectic Central West End neighborhood. See www.stlouishomesmag.com for resources.

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Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Slice jowl bacon into long strips about ½-inch thick. Place on sheet tray with rack and roast in oven for 12 to 14 minutes or until crisp on the outside and still tender on the inside. After cooked and slightly cooled, dice bacon and place in mixing bowl. Add pears, mint leaves and blueberries to bacon. Add pork fat and chili vinaigrette and toss together, starting with 4 ounces and adding up to 6 ounces depending on preference. 

The Pork Fat and Chili Vinaigrette 1/2 cup jowl bacon fat 1/2 cup blended olive oil 1.5 tbsp. honey 1 tbsp. Dijon mustard 1/3 cup cider vinegar 1/2 tbsp. red pepper flakes Salt and pepper to taste Place honey, Dijon mustard and cider vinegar in a blender. Blend on low speed to combine until smooth. Increase speed to medium, and slowly add oil and bacon fat to emulsify. Add red pepper flakes and blend for a few seconds to combine.

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As September ushers in the autumn season, the leaves change, the weather starts to cool, and festivities move indoors. Designing a nature-inspired table for your guests brings the beauty of the season into your home. “Autumn is the biggest season for entertaining, starting with the harvest and ending with Thanksgiving,” says Scott Hepper, master designer for Carriage House Florals at Diane Breckenridge Interiors. “Produce has been harvested, wines are released, and the

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weather is usually good.” To create a “harvest natural” tablescape fit for an early fall feast, Scott trades traditional pumpkins and cornucopias for a more unique approach, basing his table around bold centerpieces of green and black kale. He uses fresh produce, including artichokes, grapes, peppers, green hydrangeas, garlic and onions, to create a warm color palette that reflects the vibrancy of fall foliage. Creamcolored concrete and clay garden pots, as

well as Italian olive jars, provide contrast against the colorful produce. To embellish each place setting with earthy elegance, Scott pairs classic white plates with round, natural twig chargers. Embracing the natural elements of the fall season will give your autumn tablescape an abundant feel — rich in color and texture — and help you welcome the harvest in organic style. See www.stlouishomesmag.com for resources.

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f you’ve been lucky enough to savor some of the sweet treats at the hugely successful restaurant and ice cream shop, The Fountain on Locust in Midtown Alley, then you’ve already had a chance to glimpse into the creative soul of its owner, Joy Grdnic. Handpainted by Joy, the art deco interior has made the eatery the most photographed restaurant in St. Louis. In addition to owning The Fountain on Locust, Joy is also a syndicated radio comedienne. So where does this restaurateur, artist and media personality go to relax at the end of a busy day? To a magnificent turn-of-the-century Beaux-Arts residence perfectly placed on one of St. Louis’ premier streets, Westmoreland. Joy’s home, which she shares with her husband and son, is a Central West End jewel designed by architect John L. Wees in 1895 for bakery owner Lewis Dozier, also president of Dozier-Weyl Cracker Company, the largest maker of soda crackers in the United States. Dozier’s Cracker Company was purchased by the American Biscuit Company, which was eventually purchased by the National Biscuit Company (Nabisco). “With homes like these,” explains Joy, “you never feel like you’re really an owner, but more of a caregiver who gets to live here for a time.” Indeed, all of the homes along Westmoreland and Portland Places are steeped in history and are representative of a time long gone. When Joy and her husband bought the home 15 years ago, they were determined to respect the integrity of the interior as much as possible. “The house was relatively untouched by modernism,” she says. “We wanted to stay true to the historical integrity and keep things as they were at the turn of the century. But the ugly foyer wallpaper had to go,” she laughs. And as an accomplished fine artist, Joy set about dressing

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Joy prepares for a dinner party in her regally beautiful dining room. The chandelier glistening above the stunning table, handmade by Joyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s brother, originally hung in the Chase Park Plaza hotel. The fireplace, with its gorgeous green alabaster surround, is truly a focal point. French doors open to the solarium and were once the exterior doors to an open porch. Italian actor and sex symbol of the 1920s, Rudolph Valentino, might actually have dined in this room. Valentino, a friend of the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s owners at the time, would stay at the Chase during trips to St. Louis and use this home as an escape when fans hassled him.

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This page: The staircase is hand carved cherry and oak and is signed by the Italian woodcarving artists. It was featured, along with other areas of the home, in the 1998 TV miniseries, “A Will of Their Own,” a turnof-the-century tale starring Ellen Burstyn and Faye Dunaway. Joy removed the wallpaper originally inset in the staircase panels and replaced it with her own painted murals. Opposite page: A fish scale stained glass hemidome is a dazzling focal point at the top of the grand staircase. This arched niche is acoustically perfect, allowing musicians to carry their sound evenly throughout the home. The hemidome was also the spot where Victorian families laid out their dead.

her new “old” home with exquisite murals and paint treatments. In the welcoming foyer, Joy created a stunning mural that depicts a formal vista of landscape and architectural elements indigenous to neighboring Forest Park. The commodious dining room has an almost regal feel to it. With comfortable seating for 12, the table is beautifully set with Joy’s own handpainted fine china. “I always wanted to paint my own china service,” she says, “but none of the pottery shops taught you how to paint the ‘good stuff.’ I finally found a group of ladies, the Missouri State Federation of Porcelain Artists, who painted fine china. I would spend one or two nights a week painting with them. It was a wonderful opportunity.” All of the oil paintings in her home are Joy originals, as well. Joy’s handiwork extends to the walls and ceiling in the dining room, too. The intricate hand-painted, stenciled border surrounds a gorgeous gold-leafed coffered ceiling. Marvelous mahogany graces the walls and trim, and a magnificent built-in china cabinet, also mahogany, houses more of Joy’s hand-painted porcelain china pieces. One of the crowning glories of the mansion is the exquisite millwork. In the front parlor, hand-tooled wood, festooned with ornate trim, offsets intricate beribboned floral plaster work. “We kept the parlor almost exactly as it was in the late 1800s,” notes Joy. “After finding some old photos of our home’s interior, we were able to replicate much of the look, including the feminine Victorian style.” Even the fashion of the drapery is similar. Joy’s handmade period lampshades add the final touch. Across the foyer from the parlor is the classically elegant library, which Joy also kept as close to the original in décor as possible with many of the same style furnishings. “This house is set up like the Titanic,” explains

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Joy. “The men would disappear from dinner to sip brandy and smoke cigars in the card or billiard rooms of the basement ballroom.” Original owner Lewis Dozier, a member of the steering committee for the 1904 World’s Fair, had his house built with the Exposition in mind, placing the ballroom in the basement to make room for extra bedrooms upstairs for Fair guests. Joy has transformed this basement ballroom space into a medieval masterpiece. “The Victorians loved medieval!” says Joy. Dark wood trim frames Joy’s stenciled walls, featuring medieval artistry mixed with designs found in a hand-painted European Byzantine church. The floor is stained concrete in a pattern Joy adapted from an antique tabletop over an in-floor radiant heat system. Restaurateur, artist, comedienne — and guardian angel to a home that celebrates and embraces the wonder and beauty of what was. Joy Grdnic is happily and wholeheartedly all of these things.

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A neutral, monochromatic medley of beautiful, bold finishes, furniture and accessories, the Franks' living room is brimming with eye-catching elegance. Iconic Barcelona chairs, upholstered in cream-colored leather, blend with warm wood tones and a glossy black glass fireplace to create tone-on-tone texture and ultra-chic contrast.

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egan and Chris Frank have a knack for reimagining spaces. So, when a mid-century marvel in Ladue was in need of an extensive update, a twist of fate united this innovative couple with their new home, setting in motion a 3 ½-year-long project. First and foremost, the Franks admit that they thrive on chaos. Four years ago, on the day before they moved the office of their company, Cfx, into a historic church, Megan and Chris decided to go house hunting. It was on this day that they first set eyes on the sprawling ranch that would become their own â&#x20AC;&#x201D; but they walked away. Months later, however, Chris awoke from sleep one night to realize that had been the house they were destined to own.

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Opposite page: An expansive terrace, which stretches the length of the home and can be accessed from the master suite, living room, dining room and bar, offers a seamless transition from interior to exterior, as well as generous views of the home's lush landscape. This page: Awash in a soothing palette of sophisticated neutrals, the master bedroom mixes clean lines with touches of glam, such as a pair of hanging crystal pendants that take the place of more traditional bedside table lamps.

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This page, above: Sleek stainless steel Italian Poliform cabinetry lends the kitchen an avant-garde aesthetic, while the cove ceiling â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a classic element of Bernoudy design â&#x20AC;&#x201D; offers a warm and inviting glow. Left: Flowing from the living room, a bowed bar with a stunning onyx top mimics the curvature of the circular staircase, which is constructed of glass and stainless steel. The colorful painting that graces the bar area was a first anniversary gift from Megan to Chris that she found in Kauai, Hawaii, on their honeymoon. Opposite page: The living room and dining room are papered in a lustrous platinum leaf wallcovering. To achieve an eclectic look in the dining room, they paired antique chairs and an ornate crystal chandelier with a more modern metallic color palette.

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Sleek stainless steel Italian Poliform cabinetry lends the kitchen an avant-garde aesthetic, while the cove ceiling — a classic element of Bernoudy design — offers a warm and inviting glow.

There wasn’t time to revisit the home, so, relying on nothing more than months-old memories, the Franks put in an offer. To their disappointment, the house went under contract without them and was eventually sold to another couple. Megan and Chris kept shopping but couldn’t find anything else that felt right; they knew that the home in Ladue was the one. “We hadn’t given up on the house, even though it was sold to someone else,” says Megan, “so we left a note in the mailbox.” The note detailed the Franks’ dilemma and offered the new owners a buyer in case they were looking to “flip” the house quickly. As it turns out, they weren’t, but they did believe in karma.

According to Chris, “The next day, we got a call from the new homeowner saying, ‘My wife’s in tears. She feels horrible that we stole your house.’” Amazingly, the new owners offered to sell the house immediately; so, the very next night, Megan and Chris went over to sign the contract. While they were there, the conversation turned to the Franks’ beloved Kirkwood home that they would soon be selling, and their new friends sounded interested. After a visit that same night, they purchased it from Megan and Chris within a week and became a client of Cfx. “It was meant to be,” says Megan of the remarkable swap. Since that fortunate week four years ago, the two couples have remained friends,

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Large floor-to-ceiling windows define the chic family room, where the Franks enjoy meals together.

each entirely happy with their “new” residence. From day one in their new home, the Franks have been hard at work, facing the many challenges of updating a 50-year-old home while perpetually dreaming up ways to modernize the brilliant Bernoudy masterpiece. But the process was a lengthy and, at times, an arduous one. In the beginning, the family, including Megan and Chris’ two young daughters, lived with a ladder connecting the main and lower levels for nearly nine months. “It needed everything,” says Chris, explaining that they replaced every window, door, hinge and handle in the house. He and Megan also completely reconfigured the flow, moving bedrooms downstairs to

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create one large, open family room space off of the expanded kitchen. However, with all the modifications taking place, it was important to the homeowners that they maintain the original footprint. Commissioned by the Symington family in 1961, the house was designed by architect William Adair Bernoudy, whose apprenticeship with world-famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright inspired its organic, Mid-Century Modern aesthetic, punctuated with archetypal hints of Japanese influence. Bernoudy's unique design is also evident in the lattice motif on the balcony railings, as well as in the detailed trim surrounding the home's windows and doors. “We really wanted to respect the architectural integrity," says Chris,

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long; here, we’re allowed to express our own personalities.” As with all of the Franks' creative endeavors, the end result is nothing shy of a splendid work of art. However, an artist's work is never quite complete. “Even without a big project going on, we fine-tune what we’ve already created. It’s never set, never done,” says Chris. In fact, there usually comes a point in time when their creativity can no longer be confined to the same space. “We've never lived in a house long enough to redo," admits Chris. "We end up moving when we’re ready for a change — or a challenge." See www.stlouishomesmag.com for resources. STLOUISHOMESMAG.COM SEPTEMBER 2011

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This page: The Csengodys' lovely Tudor-style home, gazebo and Japaneseinspired arched bridge are all part of the magnificent and artfully planned vista visible from the far side of the lake. Opposite page: A glimpse from the gazebo across the lake. A shock of hot pink Knock Out® roses are stunning in the foreground.

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the water’s edge, and a Japanese-style bridge arches from the lakeshore to a water-encircled gazebo. Crystal-winged dragonflies hover over the pale yellow water lilies at the structure’s rim. That all this paradise could have been created in the seven years since the Csengodys moved into their home would seem almost impossible until you learn a little bit about the man who designed and planted it all — Tom Csengody — a man with gardening in his genes. In the mid1940s, Tom’s father, who had managed a Hungarian vineyard before World War II, immigrated to the United States to escape communism. He found his way to St. Louis where he used his knowledge of plants and the earth to found a landscaping business. “I grew up helping my dad with his business,” Tom explains. After graduating from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a

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This page: A nymph-like lead ribbon dancer steps gracefully amidst flowers and grasses at the side of the lake, against the backdrop of the fountain that explodes in a white shower at the lake's center. Opposite page, left: Containers abundant with bright pink New Guinea impatiens flank a rustic bench â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Tom's favorite spot to sit and gaze across the lake to the gazebo and house. Top right: A granite Buddha keeping watch over the impatiens at his feet is just of one of several Asian accents. Middle right: Yellow lantana adds continual color to the garden and attracts beautiful butterflies. Bottom right: Water cascades from a fountain in a shady nook near the front door of Tom and Susan's Tudor-style home.

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degree in horticulture, Tom tried a stint at sales until the constant travel became tiresome. Following in his father’s footsteps, Tom decided to take root himself, forming his own landscaping company and designing gardens for 20 years. That career morphed into rehabbing homes and landscaping them to create a “wow” factor. When the housing bubble burst, Tom left his rehabbing career to become a residential real estate broker. His landscaping talents are now focused on his own backyard — his field of dreams. When Tom and Susan purchased their property, there were two trees on the lot and a 2.5-footdeep, algae-covered pond. Both trees died during the construction of the house, which gave Tom the opportunity to build his landscape literally from the ground up. The project began with dredging the pond and transforming it into a 10-foot-deep, half-acre lake. The mountains of muck removed from the pond, though discouraging at first, became garden loam after resting and drying out. Tom began by planting the perimeter of the property with trees and large shrubs, focusing on privacy and “an ever-changing, seasonal color palette.” Early spring pear trees and magnolias give way to dogwoods, redbuds and crabapples. The green of summer moves on to fiery red and orange Japanese STLOUISHOMESMAG.COM SEPTEMBER 2011

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maples, “October Glory” maples, serviceberries and lindens. He also chose shrubs with multi-season interest. Knock Out® and carpet roses, hydrangeas, spirea and then crepe myrtle follow azaleas, rhododendrons, viburnums, lilacs and weigelas. Fall pops with flame-red burning bush and Itea. Perennials and annuals provide additional color. For textural and winter interest, evergreens weave in and out of the landscape. Sculpture and benches attract the eye and offer places to take in the vista. A trip to Japan several years ago prompted the addition of weeping and Kwazan cherry trees, weeping spruces, a Buddha and stone snow lantern. At night, garden lighting allows the trees and shrubs to reflect off the surface of the water. Tom estimates that he personally sited and planted more than 900 permanent plants in his landscape. Height and texture work in wonderful combinations; color repetition draws the eye through the garden; views are framed to be picture-perfect. “I’m really particular about placement,” he notes. “Just a foot can make a big difference.” He also loves prowling nurseries and finding new things to try. “He’s like a kid in a candy store when he wanders around a place filled with plants,” Susan teases. New projects include a waterfall that will cascade from a terrace wall in the back of the house down to the lake. Plumbing and a few of the plants are in place. “I need to get the rocks and boulders,” he explains. While the landscape demands constant attention and is always in flux, “a 2-acre garden takes on a life of its own,” Tom notes. He and Susan also take time to view and enjoy their masterpiece. One of Tom’s favorite places to survey the landscape is from a bench at the back of the lake looking toward the gazebo and house. “Our previous house backed up to the woods. It was beautiful, but the garden was 90 percent shade. We were surrounded by trees. Here, we have 90 percent sun, and we can actually see the sky and the moon at night. I love being able to see the sky. I like to call this place ‘big sky country,'‘” he says.

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Clockwise from top left: Annabelle hydrangea and purple flowering clematis bring life and color to a nook along one of the home's brick walls. Longblooming Carpet速 and Knock Out速 roses flourish throughout the garden. A glimpse of the Japanese-inspired arched bridge that takes visitors over a pond rife with lily pads to a charming gazebo encircled with hot pink Knock Out速 roses, "Gold Thread" cypress, Japanese lacewing maples and weeping Norway spruce. Clusters of perennial yellow, pink and white water lilies dot the lake and attract darting dragonflies.

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Outdoor Living Check out these products from featured outdoor specialists. Visit their websites, shops and showrooms for more great products and services to make your outdoor space a beautiful sanctuary.

landscape st. louis

Whether you want a relaxing waterscape, a beautiful garden space, an updated patio and outdoor living space or an estate master plan, Landscape St. Louis, Inc. will handle the entire process. From the design phase, through construction, final grading and planting, our goal is to achieve outdoor spaces that reflect our client’s personality, tastes and the architectural style of their home. 314-781-5750, www.landscapestlouis.com

construction appliance supply

Build your ideal outdoor kitchen island with the Liberty Collection of outdoor cooking components from DCS by Fisher & Paykel. Mix-and-match to create the combination you desire. The All-Grill unit of the Liberty Collection is a fully featured grill that delivers professional performance and delicious results. Stop by Construction Appliance Supply, and let their friendly, knowledgeable staff help you find the perfect fit. www.ncasco.com

bright-mann contracting, inc.

Over the last 14 years, Bright-Mann Contracting has earned a reputation for quality, integrity, honesty and exceptional service. They have pioneered several decorative concrete techniques and services and continue their tradition of excellence with brick and stone masonry installations. BrightMann offers full-service design and installation to enhance your outdoor living space with quality communication, realistic schedules and the highest level of workmanship. 314-962-8100, www.bright-mann.com

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sugar creek gardens

WE PLAN, YOU PLANT Free Garden Consultations at Sugar Creek Gardens Your beginning to an extraordinary landscape starts with Sugar Creek. For a limited time they offer 45-minute garden consultations at the nursery with design professionals. Stop by or call to set up an appointment. 314-965-3070 www.sugarcreekgardens.com

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Love where you Live

Brilliant Color for Late Season Gardens By Ann Lapides, owner of Sugar Creek Gardens

Who says autumn gardens are boring? With the right selections, you too can have a fall garden packed with armloads of flowers and magnificent color. Here are a few of our late season perennial favorites:

‘Jack Frost’ Brunnera, Brightens even the darkest, shadiest corners with its almost white leaves.

Asters. Electric pinks and blues that the butterflies can’t resist.

Blue Mist Shrub. Striking deep blue flowers on 2-3’ tall plants. Perennial Plumbago. Baby blue flowers cover low growing groundcover. ‘Dancing Queen’ Hosta. One of the very best as its yellow foliage doesn’t fade. ‘Oranges and Lemons’ Blanket Flower. Non-stop hot color until frost.

Perennial Sunflower. Delightful yellow daisies are outstanding in the garden and the vase.

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Designer outdoor rooms are easily created with Belgard Elements modular units – such as fireplaces, brick ovens or kitchen units that can be ordered with or without accessories, such as lighting, bar extensions, cabinetry, sinks and appliances. Modular units can be combined in a variety of ways to configure a personalized outdoor living space. www.belgard.biz

c. bennett building supply

The hottest trend in home design is outdoor living! C. Bennett offers turn-key solutions to your outdoor project needs. From design to installation, simply make one call to C. Bennett. They supply and install grill islands, fireplaces, firepits, appliances, roof systems, pizza ovens, gas torches and much more. Serving St. Louis for more than 30 years. 636.542-9341 www.cbennett.net

appliance solutions by brock

Welcome to high-performance cooking alfresco. Available in 30”, 36”, 42” models, built-in units or with optional free standing-carts, Wolf outdoor grills are sculpted in double-wall stainless steel and welded for seamless strength. Two types of heat, direct and radiant, are used to achieve the temperature range and uniform heat distribution that are the keys to flawless grilling. The sear module, an ideal accompaniment to the 30” Wolf grill, produces the dark sear that locks in meat’s juices and flavor. 636-394-1600, 636-561-1211 www.appliancesolutions.com

chesterfield fence & deck co.

Because your deck is an investment toward your home, you should choose Vekadeck™ vinyl decking. Vekadeck™ is a low-maintenance vinyl deck board with a lifetime warranty. The low water absorption of Vekadeck™ makes it a great decking material to use near pools. Since Vekadeck™ boards are reinforced cellular PVC, they are a great alternative to wood and composite decks. 636-532-4054 www.chesterfieldfence.com

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Lewis Contracting, Inc. is a full service general contractor specializing in custom building, remodeling and renovation for residential and commercial customers. With over 20 years of experience, our pledge is to provide exceptional quality and detail oriented service at a fair price. We deliver quality workmanship second to none while scheduling all work to be completed in a timely manner. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Whether your project is residential or commercial, Lewis Contracting can take care of your building needs.â&#x20AC;? See our work featured on page 62 of this issue!

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hen these lucky homeowners need a quiet moment of relaxation after a long day, they don't have to travel very far to "get away from it all." One step outside the back door instantly transports them to an out-of-doors wonderland, full of resort-like amenities and natural beauty. On cool September evenings during the transition from summer to fall, this outdoor living space offers a perfect place to curl up with a good book by the fire or watch a late-season baseball game. But their 25-year-old home didn't always boast such incredible alfresco appeal. The remarkable renovation began just a year ago when the owners decided it was time for a new deck. "We wanted something that would be updated and maintenance-

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free," says the homeowner. "When we started looking at different options, we decided to add a fireplace, too." The next logical step was to create a chic yet cozy seating area surrounding the inviting Isokern fireplace. To achieve a timeless look, the homeowners chose a neutral palette of classic black and khaki. Stylish furniture and accessories made to withstand the weather make this space live more like an outdoor "room." Curtains, a rug and snappy throw pillows tie the space together with casual elegance. Above the fireplace is an outdoor TV, which allows this family of Cardinals fans to watch their favorite team play while relaxing outside. "Families want outdoor living spaces they can enjoy in all types of weather," says Tom Lewis, contractor and president of Lewis

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Opposite page: The family's yellow Labrador retriever, Lucy, enjoys spending time outdoors on the new flagstone patio. Gold-painted wrought iron lanterns from MKS Designs, A John-Richard Boutique, embellish the natural stone fireplace. Above, left: Perfect for hosting casual get-togethers and dinner parties, the dining area seats eight and continues the neutral color scheme of the adjacent outdoor living room. Above, right: This outdoor living room is situated just outside the home's kitchen and bar area, which makes serving wine and hors d'oeuvres a breeze when entertaining guests. Murphy, the family's friendly Lhasa apso-Maltese mix, rests on a comfy chair by the fire.

Contracting, Inc. "A covered structure is a great option since it offers protection from the sun and rain. Outdoor fireplaces are also popular." Tom worked closely with Robert Ruyle of Robert J. Ruyle Architects to create this outdoor oasis. Adjacent to the covered outdoor living room, the dining table, which seats eight and looks onto the home's beautiful backyard, is a perfect place for hosting dinner parties when the weather is nice. On the opposite side of the outdoor living room is a sophisticated grilling station, complete with a stainless steel, heavy gauge PGS gas grill and double side burner, finished with a stunning stone veneer that matches that of the impressive Isokern fireplaces, which are known for being both cost-effective and easier to install than their stick-built,

masonry counterparts. "There are lots of materials today that mimic the look of more costly alternatives," says Steve DuBois of C. Bennett Building Supply. "For this project, choosing the Isokern modular masonry fireplace and using cast stone instead of natural stone made all the difference." At the bottom of the stairs below the deck, a second sitting area faces a towering wood burning fireplace, where the family's two children enjoy roasting marshmallows on chilly nights in the fall. "We used to spend more time fixing and maintaining the deck than using it," says the homeowner. "This project has turned our maintenance nightmare into a wonderful outdoor living space." See www.stlouishomesmag.com for resources. STLOUISHOMESMAG.COM SEPTEMBER 2011

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expressions

Expressions Furniture offers a wide variety of indoor/outdoor rugs that will add style and color to any room ­– inside or out. Beautiful to look at and easy to care for, our polypropylene rugs are hoseable and bleachable – really! 314-567-6200

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The Equilibria Fountain from Henri Studio, in premium cast stone, made in America. A tall, playful, modern fountain that balances geometry and water flow into an intriguing focal point in your garden. 636-227-0095, www.summerwindsmo.com

the designing block

With all the beauty and comfort of an indoor rug, transitional indoor/outdoor rugs from TransOcean are the perfect addition to any sunroom. Find this and other fabulous home furnishings and accessories at The Designing Block, a store filled to the brim with colors and textures to captivate any design taste. 314-721-4224, www.thedesigningblock.net

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was just a basement,” explains the homeowner. “When we bought the house eight years ago, we had two small boys who loved to roughhouse and run around. We didn’t need much more than a basement.” Then those boys started to grow up, and the homeowners decided that maybe it was time to take their lower level to the next level and make it more of a grown-up space that mom and dad could enjoy, but was still fun for the kids. “Time spent together is so important to us,” agree the homeowners. And after spending time in their friends' fabulous lower level, the

homeowners had a good idea of what they wanted. “Kris Keller and her team from The Design Source had done a phenomenal job on our friends’ basement,” says the homeowner. “We knew immediately that was the look we wanted, too.” The “look” that had so enamored Kris’ new clients is one that embraces a style rooted in the traditional, yet maintains a spirited classic feeling embodying a timely point of view. “My clients needed a family-friendly space but didn’t want to sacrifice a sense of sophistication,” explains Kris. “By choosing our fabrics and finishes thoughtfully, we designed

Opposite page: A compilation of textured surfaces blends with a richly organic color palette to create a warm and welcoming yet sophisticated family gathering area. Top left: A custom-built niche houses a banquette upholstered in copper-hued chenille, perfect for curling up with a good book. The dramatic, sweeping curved staircase is unexpected and atypical for a lower level. Top right: Display shelves are cleverly tucked into the niche surrounding the banquette, and drawers below offer great storage. The glamorous mirrored wall sconce is interestingly juxtaposed against the stacked stone wall. STLOUISHOMESMAG.COM SEPTEMBER 2011

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Top: A glimpse into the bar/kitchen from the cozy seating area. Stacked stone surrounds a fireplace flanked by two columns accented with wooden basket weave inlays. Above A bar-height counter allows family and guests to relax while playing a game of pool and still sneak a peek into the living area. Right: A well-equipped gym is an integral part of these homeowners' lives.

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a series of upscale environments that connect seamlessly and beautifully and still allow life to happen.” Dressed in a rich, earthy palette of chocolate brown, shimmering copper and radiant russet, with pops of animal print, this lower level sanctuary has an organic appeal, enveloping family and friends in cozy warmth. “It feels like a wonderful cocoon,” says Kris. Exceptional details, such as stacked stone walls, wooden basket weave inlays on the columns and bar back, and a hand-scraped hickory wide-plank floor, lend an almost threedimensional quality to the space. Rich textures combined with layers of exotic materials feel young, bold and classically elegant. Thoughtful and architecturally stunning, the ceiling was designed to creatively "hide" a series of stationary beams and pipes. "My philosophy," explains Kris, "embodies a passion for creating something unexpected and remarkable from what could be an eyesore." Multiple layers of millwork meet in a spectacular diamond shape and are accented in a striking distressed ebony finish. Classic oil paintings in ornate frames grace the walls and add a timeless touch to this new traditional space. "Oils are a living and breathing presence in an environment and become dear and cherished friends during one's lifetime," says Kris. "In this space," Kris explains, "Twenty-firstcentury traditional fuses the integrity of the past with an eclectic predisposition that encourages youthful, bold style. We have blended cultural influences, establishing a global feel." From the Moroccan, almost Gothic, pendants above the bar and pool table to the aged European pottery scattered throughout to the Indian character of a woven leather accent chest, the space represents an authentic collection of unique design elements that give this newly crafted living area a touch of history. “This lower level has a classic sensibility," says Kris," but it is a new classic — one that we created especially for our clients. It is its own style and character — elegant and ageless, yet relaxed and timely. It is extremely detailed yet easy in its approach to everyday life.” “Kris really did hit a home run,” says the homeowner. “There’s not one thing we would change.”

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BY Lorraine Raguseo

Autumn’s chill may not be nipping the air yet, but the return of football games, soccer tournaments and lacrosse matches means fall is knocking on the door. And with all those sporting events comes the ritual of tailgating, as die-hard fans load their cars with picnic baskets, portable grills and coolers. It’s the gourmet tailgater, though, who knows what a great bottle of wine does to the level of tailgating sophistication. Forget the hot wings and ham sandwiches. Wine at a tailgate calls for a more sophisticated culinary experience that you’ll remember long after the final score. For a real “touchdown” moment, look no further than Australian Shiraz. South Australian wines have a bit more élan and are better food matches than some of their more mainstream counterparts from other parts of the country. Look for Shiraz from the Padthaway wine region (labels like Morse Code or Pillar Box Reserve) or the Riverland region. The well-known Paringa Winery hails from this region. Another red that will lend an upscale feel to your tailgating adventure is Garnacha (the Spanish version of French Grenache). Garnacha is grown all over Spain, but wines from the arid terroir of La Mancha (a vast region across the middle of Spain where Don Quixote roamed) offer a version that leaves behind intense wild red and blackberry aromas and flavors in every sip. Navarro Lopez GranRojo Garnacha is a great value under $10. Your taste buds will be shouting “goal!” if you bring a bottle of Chilean Syrah, such as Vina Koyle Reserva from the country’s famed Colchagua Valley. Or try the same label’s Reserva Carmenere, a grape variety that disappeared from Europe in the late 19th century, only to turn up among Chile’s Merlot vines and become the “signature” red grape of Chile. With the right wines in your basket and a few extra-delectable goodies, any tailgate can be raised up a notch. Perhaps a French linen tablecloth, too? Okay, maybe not. See www.stlouishomesmag.com for resources.

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Pairs well with: An ideal accompaniment to yogurt and Indian-spiced marinated grilled baby lamb chops

Pairs well with: Especially enjoyable with the gourmet version of a tailgate staple — the roast beef sandwich

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@age¼ t~ °ell A living room gets a refreshing colorful redo, making it a star player in today’s housing market

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After an unsuccessful year on the market, a concerned homeowner decided her place just might need a little sprucing up to make it a more viable commodity. Enlisting the help of Liz Connolly of INhance IT! Home Staging and her talented team, her home went from tired to terrific with jolts of color and an updated, more contemporary edge. Working with the homeowner’s existing furnishings as much as possible and supplementing with rental pieces and accessories, Liz’s staging team reinvented several of the home’s rooms, including the living room, to appeal to a younger, move-up buyer. With sparse and somewhat dated furniture, as well as heavy window treatments, the blank canvas that was the living room presented a challenge. “Everything in there wasn’t really working for the demographic of that property,” says Liz. She and her team moved some of the furnishings to other areas of the house and brought in a more updated collection of furniture and accessories, including a neutral beige sofa and chairs, dressing them with bright throw pillows in pops of red, orange and green to complement the hues in the floral area rug and art. “Our vision was to create an environment that would appeal to a first-time move-up buyer,” explains Liz. “We wanted the rooms to feel very fresh. Luckily, the living room walls were pretty neutral, so we just brought in orange to use as an accent color and brighten everything up.” With jolts of happy color on a renewed palette of furnishings, this home just might become one of the hottest properties on the real estate block. See www.stlouishomesmag.com for resources.

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Staging Tips from Liz Connolly ✽ A property needs to be staged before it goes on the market – you only get one chance to make a first impression. ✽ Use neutral walls – paint over murals and theme rooms and remove wallpaper. ✽ Remove all clutter – collections, religious artifacts, personal photos, floral arrangements, trophies and awards. Depersonalizing the space is key! ✽ Make sure the property is meticulously clean inside and out – including the garage and basement. ✽ Once the property is staged, hire a professional photographer to document your space. More and more buyers are home searching online first. Great photos could determine whether or not a potential buyer wants to visit your property.

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September September 3-4 Big Muddy Blues Festival Enjoy two full days of local and national Blues, soul and R&B performers playing in the historic streets of Laclede’s Landing. The region’s longestrunning and most popular Blues event hosts more than 30 performances on three stages. Saturday and Sunday, 1 p.m. to 11 p.m. For more information, call 314-241-5875 or visit www. bigmuddybluesfestival.com. September 3-5 35th Annual Japanese Festival This annual Labor Day weekend festival at the Missouri Botanical Garden includes taiko drumming, bon odori festival dancing, martial arts, candlelight walks in the Japanese Garden and more. Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m, Monday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Doors open at 9 a.m. Tickets are $15 for adults (ages 13 to 64), $10 for seniors (ages 65+) and $5 for children (ages 3 to 12) and members. Buy tickets in advance online at www.mobot.org. September 3-5 St. Nicholas Greek Festival The Labor Day weekend festival at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church boasts authentic Greek food, live music and dancing. Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. For more information, visit www. sngoc.org/Greekfest/#n3. September 9-11 Art Outside This juried alternative art fair at Schlafly Bottleworks features affordable art from local artists as well as local beer. Friday 5 to 10

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p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sunday noon to 4 p.m. No tickets required. For more information, call 314-241-BEER or visit www. schlafly.com. September 9-11 18th Annual St. Louis Art Fair Browse artwork by visual artists from across the nation. Entertainment, educational hands-on activities for children, food from St. Louis’ finest restaurants and much more. For more information, visit www. culturalfestivals.com. September 16 Great Forest Park Balloon Glow Get a breathtaking, up-close view of this year’s balloons inflated and lighted at the Balloon Glow from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Refreshments and food are available, and a fireworks finale at 9 concludes the event. Visit www. greatforestparkballoonrace.com for more information. September 16-18 Meet Me in St. Louis Antiques and Garden Show Browse items from more than 50 nationally recognized antique dealers including furniture, art, books, clocks, linens and jewelry, a classic car display and garden boutiques at the Greensfielder Recreation Center in Queeny Park. Friday preview 7 to 10 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 618-635-2895. September 17 Great Forest Park Balloon Race Watch the Energizer Bunny Balloon race 70 “hound” balloons across Forest Park at the 39th

annual Balloon Race. The Purina Children’s Entertainment area has tons of fun activities for kids including pony rides and games, and the Entertainment Stage showcases local talent. Noon to 6:30 p.m. Visit www. greatforestparkballoonrace.com for more information. September 17 13th Annual HOP in the City The biggest Schlafly party of the year boasts live music, great food and samples of more than 40 kinds of beer. Noon to 5 p.m at the Schlafly Tap Room. For more information, call 314-241-BEER or visit www.schlafly.com. September 23-25 Taste of St. Louis This award-winning event in Soldiers’ Memorial celebrates the best food, art, music and culture in St. Louis. Sample dishes from 45 restaurants, watch celebrity chefs perform and taste wines from more than 20 brands. Friday 4 to 11 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Free to the public and open to all ages. For more information, visit www.tastestl.com.

September 24 Green Homes and Great Health Festival Enjoy local foods, yoga and Tai Chi, live music and solar car races while learning how to help your family live green and healthy. More than 100 green product and service exhibitors will be on hand to talk about ways to sustain homes, health and the Earth. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. $8 for adults and $4 for St. Louis City/County residents. Free for children (12 and under) and Missouri Botanical Garden members. For more information, call 314-577-9473 ext. 6308 or visit www.greenhomesstlouis.org. September 30 Best of Missouri Market “First Look Friday” Celebrate the 20th anniversary of this signature Missouri Botanical Garden event with a kick-off preview on Friday. More than 120 Missouri food producers and crafters will share their fresh produce, baked goods, handcrafted items and more. Outdoors, rain or shine. 6 to 9 p.m. Visit www.mobot.org for more information.

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Antiques

Show & Sale

QueeNy PARk Sept. 16, 17 & 18 Opening night Friday, September 16 7 - 10 p.m. Wine & Cheese Party Admission: $15 (Includes Friday, Saturday & Sunday) No Reservation Required

Continuous Admission: $7 Saturday, September 17 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sunday, September 18 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Queeny Park, 550 Weidman Rd. (2 miles west of 270 off Manchester Rd.)

For sponsorship and donation information, call 618-635-2895.

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slhl JUST FOR YOU

In celebration of our 15th anniversary, SLHL offers you the chance to win one of these great gifts.

Golf Serving Platter

After a perfect day on the green, serve up some goodies in this colorful ceramic platter trimmed in red and green plaid, complete with a fun golf motif.

Frog Wine Holder

Reminiscent of Mr. Toad from The Wind in the Willows, this whimsical friend will hold a bottle of your favorite vintage or even a small plant in his top hat.

Courtesy of Consign and Design Galleries in Glendale

Courtesy of Ellen Kurtz Interiors in Maryland Heights

Herringbone Throw

As the temperatures start to dip, this 100 percent cotton throw in a classic herringbone pattern is sure to entice you to snuggle up. Courtesy of Ameliaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in Chesterfield

Enter to Win!

Visit www.stlouishomesmag.com/article/september-web-giveaways for your chance to take home one of these wonderful items!

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Celebrating 8 Years!

Preview Three French Hens New

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the entire store September 12-18

St. Louis Area's Most Beautiful Store! When only the best will do! Three French Hens offers fine furniture, european antiques and quality reproductions to exquisite home accessories, gifts and interior design services. A 10,000-square-foot showroom allows clients to visualize their home’s potential. Bring in a photo of your room and we can help you create the perfect setting.

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September issue  

The 2011 September issue of St. Louis Homes and Lifestyles