I have always advised clients to find a home they love, and the owners of this Ladue home state it most succinctly when asked why they chose to move here 20 years ago. “It had great curb appeal and a stately appearance—like a lovely woman who has aged gracefully, showing the wealth of her experience yet still radiating grace and beauty.”
I had the good privilege to visit this home a year ago when the homeowners graciously opened their home for a tour benefitting a local school. I was immediately struck by the setting as we pulled up. This family-friendly home is perfectly placed on the grounds with lush manicured gardens, which include more than 30 peony bushes in six different varieties. Initially, I was unsure if the expansive property had been added onto; for if it had, the architect was a maestro, merging the original 1935 structure with the new. I found out that, indeed, it had been expanded flawlessly in 2002, and David Pape of Pape Studio was the maestro commissioned to conduct the design of the new spaces for this elegant grand lady. The 1,000-plus-square-foot addition encompassed a kitchen, family room, butler’s pantry, gallery, guest suite and two bathrooms.
To say that the interior is bespoke would be a true understatement. Every minute attention to detail was executed in the woodwork and furnishings to give the visitor an illusion of a more civilized time, when custom case goods were a skill handed down from generation to generation with pride and reputation. These fine pieces of cabinetry and furniture are a necessity for the design to display the homeowners’ extensive Victorian English majolica and foo dog collections.
The kitchen and family room truly are the heart of this home. Scaled perfectly, this new space can be cozy or accommodate larger crowds for entertaining. Throughout the home, the selection of finishes on furnishings, wall treatments and windows are timeless and tasteful, translating to formal or informal, depending on the needs of the day. The rooms of this home all appear as if they have emerged over time, and still are being added to or edited keeping the design ‘alive.’
The ‘gallery’ is one of the most impressive genius-designed parts to the addition, connecting the kitchen to the family room, the oversized width of the space is the perfect spill-over for parties so ‘bottlenecks’ don’t become an issue.
This home has indeed aged gracefully under the conservation of this family. Now, they are moving on to another chapter, so this home will be inhabited by a new family that I am sure will love it as much as the previous one.