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Posted: Monday, October 17, 2011 11:00 am

The Ladue News Show House opens its doors tomorrow, at No. 15 Washington Terrace in the Central West End. Last week we introduced you to four of the talented interior designers who’ve brought this historic home to spectacular life. In this issue, learn a little bit more about other members of the first-ever Show House team.

JEANNE LASHMETT

I3 DESIGN

LN: Who is your all-time favorite design icon?

JL: Andy Warhol 

LN: Does any special region of the world influence your style?

JL: Europe—especially French and Italian design

LN: What’s the best fabric ever?

JL: Jim Thompson silks

LN: When do you get your best ideas?

JL: Visiting other cities, being inspired by other cultures and new concepts

LN: What musical best describes your design philosophy?

JL: The Wizard of Oz

LN: Famous artist, living or dead, you would like to work with.

JL: Pablo Picasso

LN: Are you creative in the kitchen, too?

JL: No! I cannot cook, but I love to bake desserts—especially anything with chocolate.

LN: Name three things you’d take to that desert island.

JL: Chocolate, toothbrush and toothpaste

KEN STÜCKENSCHNEIDER

STÜCKENSCHNEIDER DECORATION & DESIGN

LN: What’s the best fabric ever?

KS: Hands down, a French silk velvet from Claremont London.

LN: Are you creative in the kitchen, too?

KS: I burn toast! Thank goodness my wife is a French-trained chef.

LN: Who’s your all-time favorite design icon?

KS: Robert A.M. Stern, whose design department I led in New York City.

LN: When do you get your best ideas?

KS: Swimming at Wellbridge and running down Wydown with my golden retriever.

LN: What’s on your nightstand?

KS: My iPhone, an Agraria balsa-scented candle, The House in Good Taste by Elsie de Wolfe and a photo of my daughter, India.

LN: Famous artist, living or dead, you would love to work with.

KS: John Singer Sargent.

LN: Any particular region of the world influence your style?

KS: The English country house  shaped my design philosophy, but I’ve also been inspired by living and traveling in New York City and abroad.

ALAN E. BRAINERD

ALAN E. BRAINERD INTERIORS

LN: Name the city where you would love to design your dream project.

AB: Actually my dream project would be the restoration of a historic home. The opportunity to work on an architectural gem like The Breakers in Newport or Filoli in California would be a dream come true!

LN: What musical best describes your design philosophy?

AB: That’s easy—Mame! Her sense of style and ability to translate current design trends and make them her own was brilliant!

LN: What three things will go with you to the desert island?

AB: Memories of family and friends, sunblock, vodka

LN: Who are your favorite design icons?

AB: Probably William Haines and Billy Baldwin for the greats of the past. For present-day inspiration, David Easton, Keith Irvine and Albert Hadley.

LN: What regions of the world influence your style?

AB: Definitely England and France, but not for the obvious traditional reasons. They are masters at mixing traditional and contemporary, patterns and textures.

LN: What’s the most difficult color to work with?

AB: White—It can be very harsh and hard on the subconscious if the right tone isn’t found.

LN: What’s the best fabric ever?

AB: Scalamandré’s Marly—it’s a phenomenal cut velvet that is loomed on an antique loom.

TOM SPRICK

TOM SPRICK INTERIOR DESIGN

LN: When do you get your best ideas?

TS: I get my best ideas and most creative work done walking outdoors. I walk in Forest Park every day—rain, shine or snow.

LN: Who is your all-time favorite design icon?

TS: If I am forced to narrow it to one, I would have to say Jay Spectre. An enormous, singular talent with a unique point of view. His love of the juxtaposition with touches of luxury and Art Deco always inspired me.

LN: Famous artist, living or dead, you would love to work with.

TS: Wassily Kandinsky. The most alive, vibrant, gorgeous paintings ever!

LN: Are you creative in the kitchen, too?

TS: I love to cook, just look at my waistline! One of my signature dishes—friends ask for it all the time—is my bread pudding. Comfort food rules!

LN: Is there one design element you think transcends fads?

TS: I love a touch of animal print in a room and also something lacquered. It doesn’t have to be a statement piece for either—just an accent is often just the ticket.

LN: Any particular region of the world influence your style?

TS: I do love many periods of French design—from the opulence of the Louis’ to French Art Deco.

 

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