As you walk through the 2012 Ladue News Show House this weekend, don’t miss the wonderful details sprinkled throughout the Mid-Century Modern masterpiece. Here, we present a few of the designers' favorite things, which range from historically significant vintage furnishings by Mid-Century Modern masters to contemporary designs that give the house its au courant flair. In all cases, these are definite must-sees as you tour the Show House, which runs through Oct. 21. For tickets, call 269-8836 or visit

#1 The Foyer by Arlene Lilie

Don't Miss: the Milo Baughman chair

Baughman (1923-2003) was a pioneer in modern design and one of the leading furniture designers of the second half of the 20th century. His uniquely American designs were forward-thinking, distinctive and unpretentious. 

#2 The Family Room by Karen Pepper

Don't Miss: the Roy Lichtenstein art

Pepper is a fan of Roy Lichtenstein, whose signed and numbered color screen print on loan from Kodner Gallery is on display. 

#3 The Breakfast Room by Vicki Dreste

Don't Miss: the light fixture 

Simply lovely. That’s how Dreste describes the sphere-shaped light fixture covered in a floral pattern made from capiz shells. It adds just the right organic note to her breakfast room design.

#4 The Ladies’ Study by Tracy Miles

Don't Miss: the Vanguard chest

A chest from Vanguard Furniture is Miles’ favorite piece in the Ladies’ Study. This version of a classic Chippendale two-door chest is made modern with the use of a luxe goatskin-colored composite material punctuated with zinc nail-head trim.

#5 The Gentlemen’s Library by David Deatherage

Don't miss: the Bernoudy planter

David Deatherage couldn’t get any more authentic when it came to furnishing the gentlemen’s library. In fact, the planter he selected was designed by William Adair Bernoudy himself. Deatherage found it at R. Ege Antiques, which graciously loaned it for use in the Show House. 

#6 The Girl’s Room by Dottie Eaton

Don't miss: the Designers Guild fabric

It’s almost impossible to miss the bold fuchsia ikat from Designers Guild that Eaton selected for the girl’s bedroom. Called Espanola Way, it’s the pivotal fabric in Eaton’s ode to mod 1960s style.

#7 The Upstairs Bath (left)  by Julie Baum

Don't miss: the pendant light

Ikea’s Fillsta pendant is inexpensive but striking, according to Baum, who made it the focal point of the second-floor bath. Made of 12 lightweight plastic panels held together by interlocking pieces, it glows from the inside out. Reminiscent of the Louis Poulsen Artichoke pendant, Baum likes the fun, modern vibe it adds to the room at a fraction of the cost of the alternatives.

#8 The Lady’s Lounge by June Roesslein

Don't miss: the daybed

The Dedon Daydream four-poster canopied daybed is far and away the most special feature in the lady’s lounge, according to the designers at June Roesslein. Depending on how you use it, it can be a romantic canopy daybed, an oversized chaise lounge or simply a unique seating ensemble.

#9 The Boy’s Room by MKS Designs

Don't miss: the secretary and drape fabric

A wonderful French Key secretary with a limed finish and orange interior commands attention in the boy’s bedroom by MKS Designs. Paired with a 'kooky' drapery fabric, it takes the whole room down a notch so it’s just right for a high-spirited boy.

#10 The Guest Suite by IO Metro

Don't miss: the cowhide fabric rug

An intriguing blend of organic and bling, this area rug strikes a fascinating balance with the infusion of metallic gold flecks in natural cowhide. 

#11 The Lower Level by Niche

Don't miss: the Eames chair

Did you know that Charles Eames was born in St. Louis, and along with wife Ray, maintains a spot at the pinnacle of Mid-Century Modern design? Look out for an authentic Eames design in the form of a lounge chair and ottoman on the lower level.

#12 The Dining Room by Carolyn Grove

Don't miss: the ceiling mural 

Heads up! Don't miss this gorgeous Art Deco-inspired sunburst on the dining room ceiling, hand-painted by artist Margaret von Kaenel. It is the designer's solution to the lack of an electrical outlet from which to hang a light fixture. Talk about finding the silver lining!

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