Smoke and Mirrors

Tired of old-school dark wood? Can’t add another hue to your already color-laden rooms? Why not try some barely-there neutrals, which offer style, versatility and blend seamlessly into a variety of interiors? A few of our top choices right now: French-inspired desk set crafted from smoky antique mirror; transitional style mercury-glass pendants; smoky decorative room divider; and faux-shagreen and silver finish bedside table.

Ladue Wine Cellar Reflects Its Owners’ Passion

There comes a point in the lives of serious wine collectors when a special place is needed to house their collection. That was certainly the case for Ladue residents Sunny and David Webster, who started collecting more than two decades ago. “We had taken a great interest in wine and enjoyed wine dinners at Racquet Club East with friends who were connoisseurs,” Sunny explains. “My husband also travels internationally for business and has become quite knowledgeable by engaging with other wine enthusiasts.”

That knowledge and enthusiasm led to the acquisition of more than 1,000 bottles and the construction of a personal cellar in 2006. Since then, the Websters have continued to build their collection, which now numbers some 3,000 bottles and is valued in the neighborhood of $400,000. The oldest bottle in the cellar is 50 years old.

“They’re primarily California cabs, but we have a mix of French, Italian and Australian wines,” Dave notes. “Our favorites are Phelps Insignia, Bryant Family, Spottswoode, Buccella, Hundred Acre and Peter Michael.”

While fine wine definitely is an investment for this family, it also holds great sentimental value. To commemorate the birth of each child, the couple bought 12 bottles each of Château Lafite Rothschild and Château Margaux. Those special bottles purchased in the year 2000 are now valued at some $2,000 apiece, and one can only speculate as to their value when the children inherit the collection.

Not surprisingly, the Websters take good care of their investment by keeping wines at a constant temperature of 57 degrees in the humidity-controlled cedar cellar. While it’s a bit too chilly for an in-cellar wine dinner at the tasting table, friends are regularly invited to partake of the fine collection the Websters have built over the years. The family also is known for gifting friends with special bottles chosen especially for them. “Dave has found bottles named with a number and had them made by the case to give as gifts to our professional hockey player friends,” Sunny says.

St. Louis Designer Achieves Best in Class

St. Louis designer Joy Tribout and daughter Tammy Caruso recently completed design work on a high-end residential project in Naples, Fla. that received a number of prestigious 2013 Sand Dollar awards, including best Single Family Home in its class. Tribout and Caruso consulted on all interior and exterior design aspects of this highly customized home, which was designed by architect Jeff Harrel and built by BCB Homes Inc. of Naples. In addition to Best Single Family Home Design honors, the project won awards for Best Pool Design, Best Landscape Design, Best Outdoor Living Area, and Best Specialty Feature (Indoor/Outdoor Room). This is the second home that Tribout has designed for the property owners, whose primary residence is in St. Louis.

You may recall from an earlier column that Tribout and her daughter were tapped to design a room for Traditional Home’s 2011 Bridgehampton Show House, which was featured in the June/July 2012 edition of the magazine. In addition, the St. Louis designer curated a unique home furnishings sale for the popular online design resource You can see Tribout’s style up close and personal at her shop at 9719 Clayton Road in Ladue.

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