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!
How many times have you heard the claim, Washington slept here? This time, it rings as true as the Liberty Bell! The Morris-Jumel Mansion has a storied past—one that includes war, courtesans, untimely death and high-profile divorce.
Welcome to # 23 Lenox Place, a grand Edwardian-style home designed by renowned architect Guy Mariner. Built in 1904, the three-story house features restrained elements that were, at the time of construction, a major deviation from the over-opulent Beaux Arts period that was coming to an end. Along a private street in a coveted neighborhood, No. 23 is one of twenty-three homes that were built between the years of 1903 and 1906. Its most recent owners, Dr. Coy and Rachel Fitch, made this their home for the last quarter of a century, where entertained friends and family, as well as gathered with colleagues and community leaders to raise money for civic causes that were important to them. Now, take a deep breath and enjoy your step back in time, while each designer brings you aesthetically to the present.
Ladue News Show House Designers
Alan E. Brainerd, Pam Hogg, Ken Gerrity
An enthralling read for any house enthusiast, The Architecture of Maritz & Young: Exceptional Historic Homes of St. Louis by Kevin Amsler and L. John Schott offers details of the lives and talents of the well-known dynamic duo architectural team.
Harold Dielmann, Millie Cain, Alan E. Brainerd, Ken Gerrity
As this city boy drove west toward St. Albans to view the French estate of a local executive and his wife, I felt in some way that this must have been what it was like for the early 20th century scions of business when they moved from the Central West End to the outer limits of Ladue in search of larger parcels of land in which to build their manse.
I am always amazed at people who can have a successful career for many years and then quite unexpectedly reinvent themselves in what appears to be an unrelated field. Could you imagine that a couple who owned and ran a biotech company for many years would become high-end property developers? Liz and Ron Gingerich are that couple. They took their problem-solving skills to a new level, the 17th to be exact, designing and executing the finish of one of the penthouses at Maryland Walk.
Show House publicity liaison Millie Cain, design liaison Alan E. Brainerd and volunteer liaison Lisa Malone
Living in St. Louis, it is easy to become blasé about many of the significant historical events that are part of our extremely rich heritage. While the world today has been made smaller—and in many ways, less remarkable—due to technology, hearken back to a time when citizens had to really earn and work to be considered remarkable or big.