Yule Style

St. Louisans find comfort and joy in upholding family traditions, especially when decorating ye olde tannenbaum. Even so, there is more than one way to trim the tree. Here we present seven variations on the theme for Christmas 2012: (1) Medici, (2) Golden Splendor, (3) Northern Lights, (4) Wilshire Collection, (5) Toute Sweets (6) Winter Frost and (7) Glad Tidings.

Sallie Home

With brands like Match 1995, Juliska, Sferra, Matouk, William Yeoward and a host of others, Sallie Home is a cornucopia of beautiful assets for the well-appointed home. We caught up with vivacious owner Sallie Kramer, who opened the store in 1976, and asked her to share her wisdom about creating luxury in the home. As we expected, she was more than up to the task!

What makes a home luxurious: A man who knows how to use a hanky and a napkin…and who brings you breakfast in bed.

Five must-haves for a stylish and welcoming home: Good towels, good sheets, good books, a good dog and a great husband to share all of this with.

Pet design peeves: Bright lights. They may be fine for reading the newspaper, but they sure can ruin a good dinner party.

The quickest way to improve a home's ambiance: Candles. Pointe a la Ligne candles have a long burn time, and a whimsical, fun design.

How the luxury business has changed: It’s much more casual today than when Sallie Home first started more than 35 years ago. But casual doesn't mean you forget luxury and good taste. 

How she came by her exquisite taste: My father had the finest taste. Years ago, he was on the Veiled Prophet Queen's Supper committee. He brought Tony Duquette, the fabulous Hollywood set designer, to St. Louis to work with Harold Koplar to design the Khorassan Room at the Chase Park Plaza Hotel for the Queen's Supper. My mother had wonderful taste, too.

All I want for Christmas is: Another successful year for Sallie Home. I have the very best staff in St. Louis. They work hard and they deserve all good things that come their way. I love them all dearly.

Joy Tribout’s Luxe Lodge 

Create your own luxe lodge this winter with furnishings, accessories and inspiration from Joy on Clayton in Ladue. Owner and interior designer Joy Tribout has fashioned a cozy winter retreat, filled with home décor items that would look at home in a mountain chalet or a country estate. Key to the look: soft neutrals and ultra-luxurious fabrics paired with rustic finishes and accents, like Century’s livestock bench with a very over-stuffed down cushion or Jan Barboglio’s hand-crafted iron pieces.

F. Schumacher, one of Tribout’s top textile resources, also recently introduced a Luxe Lodge collection, which strikes an interesting balance between a casual, rough-hewn sensibility and high-end luxury. Plush mohair, wool blanket plaids, menswear-inspired patterns, Italian cashmere, velvets, embroideries and stitched leather are rendered in shades of charcoal grey, denim blue, stone, java and raven, giving a contemporary twist to the colors, patterns and textures traditionally associated with pastoral abodes.

A Closer Look Inside Saks Fifth Avenue’s 10022-SHOE

Saks Fifth Avenue's new 10022–SHOE features increased display and selling space, clear sightlines, and a fresh new design that encourages leisurely browsing. The color palette of the new shoe department is primarily warm, with light neutrals, highlighted by gold and silver metallic and jewel-toned upholstery. The space is accented with a variety of custom artwork, chandeliers and custom-designed chairs placed in intimate seating circles. The highlight of the new department is the series of dramatic hand-blown Murano glass bubbles suspended from the ceiling.

Design Centers Open Their Doors to Consumers

Confident, knowledgeable home decorators looking for high-end home furnishing resources are now welcome in a growing number of design centers that were once reserved exclusively for the use of professional interior designers. It’s all part of a national trend to improve access to home furnishings and the venues where they are sold.

This past October, for the first time in its 51-year history, the venerable Atlanta Decorative Arts Center opened its doors to the public, giving consumers access to high-end home furnishings spread throughout 550,000 square feet of showroom space. The Interior Design Center of St. Louis, a 100,000-square-foot facility in Maryland Heights, also now welcomes consumers, even though professional interior designers remain the center’s bread and butter.

Featured showrooms at the Interior Design Center of St. Louis are AUTCOhome, Beck/Allen Cabinetry, Working Spaces, Premier Plumbing Studio, and KDR. KDR is the interior design center’s anchor showroom with a 20-year history of providing the local design community with the finest home furnishings, textiles and window coverings. KDR has grown from 1,000 square feet of showroom space in 1991 to more than 80,000 square feet spread out over three facilities in St. Louis, Kansas City and Minneapolis. The Interior Design Center of St. Louis is located at 11660 Page Service Drive. For more information, visit kdrshowrooms.com

Calling all Home Decorators!

If you’re still searching for charming holiday décor with a neutral, organic look, be sure to check out Home Decorators Collection. We were especially impressed with the American Traditional Christmas collection, executed in a soft, natural palette with lots of great textures and organic references. Reclaimed driftwood, burlap, crochet, jute and pine cones make simple but lovely garlands, swags, wreaths, tree-toppers, stockings and tree skirts. You can find the American Traditional collection, as well many online-exclusive products, at homedecorators.com. In addition, there are six retail stores nationwide, including one in St. Louis at 13913 Manchester Road in Town & Country. Home Decorators Collection was founded in St. Louis by Grant Williams and Gil Kemp in 1991 and purchased by Home Depot in 1996.

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