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Show & Tell Part 1 - Ladue News: Design

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Posted: Thursday, September 6, 2012 1:19 pm | Updated: 1:51 pm, Thu Sep 6, 2012.

With next month’s highly anticipated opening of the 2012 William Bernoudy Ladue News Show House, some of St. Louis’ best designers are busy getting ready for their big reveal. Over the next few weeks, you’ll get to know them a little better with LN’s Show and Tell.

DAVID DEATHERAGE, CENTURY DESIGN LTD.

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

DD: One of my favorites is a 1939 Lucite side chair designed by Lorin Jackson as part of her Glassic collection. It’s high-style glamour and while I like function with form, it’s the one piece I really don’t care for people to sit on. They can sit elsewhere and look at it.

LN: Which iconic designer best represents your own aesthetic?

DD: Samuel Marx is an inspiration. His designs were decorative but in a restrained and elegant manner with a large dose of luxe. His brand of modernism was not of plywood or fiberglass, but lacquer and parchment and the occasional use of Lucite. (1)

LN: What’s your favorite architectural style?

DD: International. I’m a modernist at heart. (2)

LN: Most beautiful building in St. Louis?

DD: The Park Plaza is such an iconic St. Louis structure. I would have loved to have experienced the Tony Duquette-designed rooms there in the 1940s.

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

DD: A Georgian townhouse in London. I love modern furniture in a neoclassical background. (3)

LN: What should no home be without?

DD: Love—and an Hermes blanket (4)

VICKI DRESTE, VICTORIA DRESTE DESIGNS

LN: Best advice you’ve ever received?

VD: Ernest Hemingway said, Write drunk, edit sober. You don’t have to take it literally to make it work. Go for it, create, and then edit. (5)

LN: Which iconic designer best represents your own aesthetic?

VD: Tricia Guild. I love her use of color and her sense of style. (6)

LN: What should no home be without?

VD: Good lighting (7)

LN: Favorite architectural style?

VD: Belle Époque.

LN: Most beautiful building in St. Louis? VD:

The Saint Louis Art Museum (8)

LN: Five things can’t you live without?

VD: My iPhone, family and friends, iced tea with lemonade, my Jeep and city life—in no particular order

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

VD: Spending the evening outdoors at Café Eau at The Chase

LN:What was the last book you read?

VD: A current favorite is Rules of Civility.

LN: When do you feel most inspired?

VD: Early mornings are a great time for inspiration. Traveling—just getting away—also is great for inspiration.

LIZ McGOVERN and ANNE SMITH JUNE, ROESSLEIN INTERIORS

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

LM/AS: Make every client feel they are your only client!

LN: Where or when do you feel most inspired?

LM/AS: Reading interior design periodicals and viewing the latest market introductions (9)

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

LM/AS: St. Louis Union Station—such beautiful stained glass, mosaic tile and wonderful architectural details (10)

LN: Five things you can’t live without?

LM/AS: Vision, tape measure, camera, architect’s scale ruler, computer

LN: What should no home be without?

LM/AS: A focal point

LN: What’s the last book you read?

LM/AS: Sophie Kinsella’s I’ve Got Your Number (11)

LN: Favorite movie or musical?

LM/AS: The Sound of Music. It’s a classic. (12)

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

LM/AS: Anything quilted.

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

LM/AS: A romantic dinner at Tony’s and an evening performance at the Fox.

KAREN PEPPER, EDWIN PEPPER INTERIORS

LN: Best advice you ever received?

KP: Live each day as if it were your last. Life is not a dress rehearsal.

LN: Most prized possession in your home?

KP: A treasured photo of my children, Brittany and Brandon. They are my motivation and inspiration and the most consequential part of my life.

LN: Which iconic designer best represents your own aesthetic?

KP: Frances Alder Elkins was a visionary who put a heavy emphasis on diverse architectural styles, integrated period pieces, and unified comfort with luxury.

LN: Where or when do you feel most inspired?

KP: I’m invigorated when I travel. The passion of people, the cultural environment, and the history of a new place heighten my creativity.

LN: Favorite architectural style and why?

KP: It ranges from Frank Lloyd Wright-modern to Old World Italian Renaissance. Both styles emphasize a mystical charm.

LN: Most beautiful building in St. Louis?

KP: The Chase Park Plaza. The Neoclassical design is stately, timeless and charming. (13)

LN: What should no home be without?

KP: Love

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

KP: My parents, Edwin and Lenore Pepper. They have, by example, shown me how to make a house a home—that’s the most important. (14)

LN: Last book you read?

KP: Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

LN: Favorite movie or musical?

KP: Phantom of the Opera (15)

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