Powder room

Julie Abner of Julie Abner Interiors was tasked with modernizing the powder room of this 1920s Art Deco house in Ladue, which had its original tiles and mirrors, and blending it into the home’s other contemporary updates.

Abner brought in Chouteau Building Group for the construction, which included changing the layout for better functionality and flow. From there, Abner’s design stuck with the 1920s flavor of the home’s origin with a focus on the contemporary. An accent wall, partially visible in the mirror’s reflection, is made with tiles from Ann Sacks. The walls pictured are covered with a Phillip Jeffries Grasscloth wallpaper.

“I wanted the room to have a lot of interest but also be subtle,” Abner says. “The different textures give it dimension.”

Floating walnut cabinets are covered with a natural stone countertop, and the client found the ornate mirror on 1stdibs.com, an online marketplace for furniture and fine art. Overall, Abner says the powder room mixes wood, organic and metal materials. She adds the client was open to the combination, and the project was ultimately a team effort.


Sarah is an editorial intern for Feast Magazine and Ladue News.

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