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Posted: Thursday, September 13, 2012 12:55 pm | Updated: 1:13 pm, Thu Sep 13, 2012.

This week, we continue our conversations with LN’s Show House designers. The 2012 William Bernoudy Ladue News Show House opens Oct. 5 and runs through Oct. 21. For ticket information, visit laduenews.com or call 269-8836.

 

Julie Baum, Baumhouse Design

LN: Best advice you ever received?

JB: Go with your gut. If it doesn’t feel right, walk away.

LN: Which iconic designer best represents your own aesthetic?

JB: I loved Albert Hadley. It’s no surprise that so many of today’s famous designers had an opportunity to work with him. (1)

LN: Where/when do you feel most inspired?

JB: In the shower, first thing in the morning. That’s where I do my best thinking!

LN: Favorite architectural style?

JB: Georgian Colonial. It can be dressed up or down and is always stylish and elegant. (2)

LN: If you could decorate any type of home, which would it be?

JB: Contemporary or transitional. I like clean lines in furnishings and fixtures.

LN: What should no home be without?

JB: A good kitchen for cooking and entertaining.

LN: Best designer in the world right now?

JB: I specialize in kitchens and baths, so I admire Mick DeGiulio. I love how he keeps it simple, yet functional and beautiful, and adapts to every style. (3)

LN: What’s a perfect St. Louis night out for you?

JB: We just had one: dinner on The Hill, the Lantern Festival at Missouri Botanical Garden (4), and Ted Drewes on the way home.

 

Carolyn Grove, C.V. Grove Interiors

LN: Best advice you’ve ever received?

CG: Look at the solution instead of the problem.

LN: What’s your most prized possession?

CG: My dog, Samson.

LN: Which iconic designer best represents your own aesthetic?

CG: Kelly Wearstler—for her sense of fun, but always with style. (1)

LN: Where/when are you most inspired?

CG: Walking in nature. Look at Georgia O’Keefe and what she saw in a simple flower.

LN: Favorite architectural style?

CG: At the moment, Art Deco— beautiful geometric patterns and whimsical, intriguing art pieces. (2)

LN: Most beautiful building in St. Louis?

CG: The chapel at Priory—graceful, fluid lines but very impactful. (3)

LN: If you could decorate any type of home, what would it be?

CG: I love old Tudors and have worked on quite a few, but lately I’ve been drawn to the more modern styles with open spaces and lots of windows. (4)

LN: Five things can’t you live without?

CG: People can live without a lot of things, but what makes my life better are Samson, a loving partner, great friends and family, travel, and good clients who are willing to look at things in a new way.

LN: What should no home be without?

CG: Original art—it lifts the spirit.

 

Dottie Eaton, Design Style

LN: Best advice you ever received?

DE: Make sure you know what you want, because you just might get it!

LN: What’s the most prized possession in your home?

DE: My photos.

LN: Favorite architectural style?

DE: I love grand, old houses with lots of architectural charm and sleek modern spaces with rustic accents. I’m always checking out the fabulous spaces in London and Paris (1) and the cities of Europe, along with the wonderful villas and rustic country homes. I love the brownstones of New York, and the cool and open spaces in California homes.

LN: Most beautiful building in St. Louis?

DE: The Saint Louis Art Museum (2). The lovely sculptured ladies that greet you remind me of being at the Louvre. The Roman baths of Italy (3) inspired Cass Gilbert, who was the architect for the museum. I think we are very fortunate to have that building here in St. Louis.

LN: If you could decorate any type of home, which would it be?

DE: I would love to decorate a rustic home in Colorado looking out over the mountains. So if anybody has one, call me and we’ll talk. It doesn’t take me long to pack. (4)

LN: What should no home be without?

DE: Beauty, and the people and things you love.

LN: What’s a perfect St. Louis night out for you?

DE: Having a glass of wine and appetizers at a rooftop patio looking at our beautiful skyline with my husband.

 

Gigi Lombrano, Frank Patton Interiors

LN: Best advice you ever received?

GL: Forgiveness: It’s two steps forward and one step back, but you’re still moving forward, so keep it up!

LN: Which iconic designer best represents your own aesthetic?

GL: I love Mark Hampton’s classic sense of style and timelessness. (1)

LN: Where/when do you feel most inspired?

GL: I love to read magazines for inspiration. Some of the new digital magazines are great resources.

LN: Favorite architectural style?

GL: Neoclassic. It works with either contemporary or traditional interiors. (2)

LN: Most beautiful building in St. Louis?

GL: The Cathedral Basilica. Every time I’m in there, I notice something different. (3)

LN: What should no home be without?

GL: Good lighting!

LN: What’s the last book you read?

GL: To Heaven and Back by Dr. Mary Neal

LN: What’s your favorite fabric to work with?

GL: I really love épingles, so I try to sneak it in on benches or pillows. (4)

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