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Show & Tell Part III - Ladue News: Design

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Posted: Thursday, September 20, 2012 11:25 am

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.

ALAN E. BRAINERD

ALAN E. BRAINERD INTERIORS

LN: What’s your most prized possession?

AB: A Kittinger breakfront that belonged to my parents, and my books.

LN: Which iconic designer best represents your own aesthetic?

AB: Billy Baldwin. (1)

LN: Favorite architectural style?

AB: Beaux Arts—the attention to detail is amazing! (2)

LN: What’s the most beautiful building in St. Louis?

AB: The Saint Louis Art Museum. Cass Gilbert was a genius!

LN: Five things you can’t live without?

AB: Family, friends, laughter, art and, of course, my books!

LN: What should no home be without?

AB: Books! Do you see a theme here?

LN: Who’s the best designer in the world right now?

AB: That’s a tough one! For me, it’s David Easton and Barry Carr Dixon (3). They bring a sense of history to their work in a very fresh way.

LN: Favorite movie or musical?

AB: Mame (4). I have the same philosophy: Life is a banquet and most poor suckers are starving to death! Live! Live! Live!

AMIE CORLEY

AMIE CORLEY INTERIORS

LN: What’s the best advice you ever received?

AC: My mom taught me that kindness will get you further in life than anything else.

LN: Which iconic designer best represents your own aesthetic?

AC: Miles Redd—the man is so brave with color. (1)

LN: Favorite architectural style?

AC: Beaux Arts. It’s dripping with details.

LN: What’s the most beautiful building in St. Louis?

AC: The City Museum (2). It’s just a crazy, inspiring place. Bob Cassilly was an amazingly creative man and I’m so glad that we have this wacky place here for our kids to see and enjoy.

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

AC: I’d love to do a beach house. Any beach will do.

LN: What should no home be without?

AC: Art that you love.

LN: Who’s the best designer in the world right now?

AC: Kelly Wearstler (3). Her style may be too out there for some, but her business is exploding. She’s launched a fashion and jewelry line, in addition to her already huge interior design business.

LN: What’s the last book you read?

AC: Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer. I’m not a vegetarian but I almost became one after reading this book.

LN: Favorite fabric?

AC: Anything by Quadrille (4). The patterns are iconic.

I.O. METRO

PAUL ALAN, MIKE WYROCK, SUSAN NACK, ANDREW MALONEY

LN: What’s the best advice you ever received?

I.O. Team: Cultivate in yourself the qualities that you admire most in others.

LN: Which iconic designer best represents your aesthetic?

IO: Ralph Lauren (1), with his causally eclectic style and warm and comforting color palette.

LN: Where or when do you feel most inspired?

IO: Walking the streets of a city, and taking in the energy that is all around—good, bad and indifferent.

LN: Favorite architectural style?

IO: Art Deco—modern aesthetic blended with an artistic approach. (2)

LN: What’s the most beautiful building in St. Louis?

IO: Union Station. There’s something intrinsically ‘St. Louis’ about that hotel and the stalls of the old train station.

LN: Five things can’t you live without?

IO: Pen, paper, a good bed, creativity and society.

LN: Who’s the best designer in the world right now?

IO: Mother Nature (3). She can be a bit ferocious at times, but rarely do you look at her work and not think, Beautiful!

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

IO: The perfect evening starts with the perfect weather, which is autumn, and embracing that season outside on one of the amazing patio-restaurants (4) in the city, and really just enjoying the night with great food and friends, and of course drinks. Nothing better than that.

ARLENE LILIE

ARLENE LILIE INTERIOR DESIGN

LN: What is the most prized possession in your home?

AL: Other than personal family photos and memorabilia, a Richard Serra piece of art. (1)

LN: When or where do you feel most inspired?

AL: When traveling overseas or after a vacation at my home in the mountains of Colorado (2).

LN: Favorite architectural style?

AL: Simple, modern buildings because I’m a minimalist at heart. The Equitable building (3) in downtown St. Louis is a perfect example, also the new Centene building in Clayton.

LN: If you could deco- rate any type of home, which would it be?

AL: A glass house in the middle of the desert, prairie, or mountains with no other building in sight.

LN: What things can’t you live without?

AL: A comfortable bed, home cooking.

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

AL: Dinner with friends in a good restaurant or taking in a good movie.

LN: What’s the last book you read?

AL: I just re-read the biography of Marie Antoinette by Antonia Fraser, and a new novel about her lover, Count Fersen, titled The Queen’s Lover by Francine du Plessix Gray. (4)

LN: Favorite musical?

AL: Probably Jesus Christ Superstar—best lyrics and music.

TRACY MILES

DAU HOME FURNISHINGS

lifestyle to break free from the restraints of the Victorian era. (2)

LN: Where or when do you feel most inspired?

TM: Sitting on the beach and watching the ocean. I have time to think and dream.

LN: Favorite architectural style?

TM: Arts and Crafts or Mission style—it’s timeless.

LN: What’s the most beautiful building in St. Louis?

TM: The Magic Chef Mansion in South St. Louis (3). This residence was built for the founder of the Magic Chef Stove Company and completed in 1908. The current owner has been very meticulous and brought back every original detail of the home, including the original lighting fixtures, furniture and the bowling alley in the basement.

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

TM: A Cape Cod-style home on the beach. They are set in such peaceful surroundings it would be very enjoyable bringing that peacefulness inside.

LN: Who is the best designer in the world right now?

TM: Michael Weiss (4). He designs modern, classic spaces that stand the test of time.

NICHE

DAVID BLAKELY, PAIGE GILBERTSON, MEREDITH WANAMAKER, JAY EILER

LN: Which iconic designers best represent your aesthetic?

Niche Team: Ray and Charles Eames (1), Bill Sofield and Kelly Wearstler

LN: Favorite architectural style?

NT: Viennese Secession (2). Josef Hoffman’s pure, balanced and structured designs still feel thoroughly modern.

LN: What’s the most beautiful building in St. Louis?

NT: The Wainwright at 709 Chestnut (3). The stone carvings are still a sight to behold.

LN: What should no home be without?

NT: Well-planned lighting

LN: Who’s the best designer in the world right now?

NT: Kelly Wearstler is completely dominating the scene, and for good reason: Her artistic talents seem limitless.

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

NT: Good food, good drinks, and good conversations with friends on a patio in late summer.

LN: Favorite fabric?

NT: Mohair (4). Nothing is more luxurious and practical. Many clients don’t see the versatility initially, but when they take the chance, they are addicted!

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