Alan E. Brainerd, Ann Perry, Joan Tracy, Allison Perry, Russell Perry
How wonderful it is when a designer truly understands the needs of a client. Ellen Kurtz of Ellen Kurtz Interiors did just that for a Ladue couple whose three dogs figured prominently in their plans for a full-home renovation.
As an interior designer, each night as I fall asleep I pray that “people with money will wake up with good taste, and people with good taste will wake up with money.” I do jest, but there is something to be said about the Victorian era, when people’s fortunes seemed to demand that they build some sort of monument to their wealth—and no expense was spared to ensure that it was detailed with the finest of the fine, from the cellar to the attic. That time period reflected a real respect and appreciation for those who were experts in fine carpentry, hand-painted finishes, custom furniture and passamenteri, that in many ways, has been lost today, not because people don’t care, but because our desire as a nation to have instant gratification overrules the joy of the journey to beauty.
As an interior designer for some 30 years, I pride myself on researching and studying ‘the greats’ who have helped to shape the design world. I thought I had a pretty comprehensive awareness of all the talented people in this industry, yet I somehow missed one: George Stacey.
Castle Hill, located in Ipswich, Mass., and originally situated on 2,000 acres, probably is one of the grandest of the grand homes built during the end of the Gilded Age. It has been beautifully preserved, thanks to The Trustees of Reservations.
Hutton Wilkinson, probably best known as the head of Tony Duquette, Inc., started out as the legendary designer’s protégé before going on to gain fame on his own as a decorator to the privileged class.
We all know Missourian Samuel Langhorne Clemens (better known to the world as Mark Twain) for his wit, humor and sarcasm; but as might be expected, the author had a very visual artistic side, as well.
Celebrate National Train Day at the ultimate destination: St. Louis Union Station. This Saturday, May 10, Amtrak, stl250 and the Terminal Railroad Association are hosting a family-friendly day of train exploration and more.
Walter Gropius used traditional New England materials in fresh ways to demonstrate his core design philosophies. The house truly is an iconic example of ingenious design that had not been seen before.
Ken Garrity, Norma Stern, Ellen Fercho, Alan E. Brainerd
Everyone loves a spring party! And what better theme to plan around in early May than the Kentucky Derby? You don’t have to be in Louisville to get into the Derby spirit.
As St. Louisans, we often are made aware of locally based corporate players who are recognized nationally and internationally for their level of expertise in their respective markets. Somehow knowing that these institutions are taking our homegrown talents to places far and wide connects us with people outside of our comfort zone and most definitely puts St. Louis on the map.
Interior designers simply cannot stop looking at beautiful things. It always is interesting to see how other creative people perceive a space, as well as how they reinvent uses for different pieces of furniture and decorative items.
Home Buy Design Now Casting in St. Louis
LN’s own design editor ALAN E. BRAINERD and his business partner, MARIA CLIFFORD, were among a privileged few who recently attended the highly anticipated auction of socialite LILLY PULITZER’s estate in West Palm Beach. Brainerd and Clifford, co-owners of Great Estates, were able to secure seats in the second row of the packed auction house for the sale of items from the fashion icon’s Palm Beach compound. Among Brainerd’s acquisitions for the day: three LILIAN MACKENDRICK watercolors and a charming, lidded cabbage box to add to his majolica collection. For her part, Clifford secured Chinese Chippendale cocktail and side tables for her living room.
The British have nothing on the United States, as we have our own distinguished Middleton family who’ve made their mark through decades of American history.
St. Louis natives have a strong connection to their city. So many a St. Louisan go off to college or accept a job elsewhere; but somehow, at some point in their lives, they return to their roots. Amy Lefton is one of those people.
Alan E. Brainerd, Millie Cain, Ken Gerrity
Ken Gerrity, Norma Stern, Millie Cain, Alan E. Brainerd
Once in a great while, you stumble onto a story that is just so full of wonder and intrigue, that you have to share it. Enter Effie Brooks Theodate Pope Riddle, and the Hill-Stead mansion.
Nan Klassen, Alan E. Brainerd
Co-Chairs: Nan Klasseen, Alan E. Brainerd, Rich Klassen
Event chair Susan Block and Co-chair Alan E. Brainerd at the Saint Louis Effort for AIDS Carnival Catwalk in April 2003
It takes a brave visionary to make big things happen in big spaces. Bob O’Loughlin is doing just that with his renovation—or better yet, reinvention—of St. Louis Union Station.
As we approach the holiday season, chances are, you may be feeling just a little bit of stress about entertaining at home. Don’t! All you need to consider is how you are going to make your guests feel welcome and special. To that end, it really doesn’t matter what you serve, but it is important what you serve it on!