For most homeowners, a pool is a once-in-a-lifetime purchase, notes Bret Wood, residential pool designer at Westport Pools. That's why a cookie-cutter design just won't cut it, he says. "I don't recall ever designing or building the same pool twice. Pools are as unique as their owners and the site."
A wonderful thing about road trips is that the experience can yield so many sweet rewards. Aside from the chance to get away from it all, there’s the beautiful scenery outside the car window, and the many antique and art shops along the way with treasures to discover and bring home. And there are wineries, micro-breweries, charming cafes and eclectic eateries that might even inspire a fruitful and appetizing journey…
Light-as-air upholstered pieces, coral prints, watery blues and silvery coastal accents create an oceanic wonderland, whether you’re by land or by sea this summer.
Story: Blanche DuBois travels from her native Mississippi to the Elysian Fields area of New Orleans and the home of her married sister, Stella Kowalski. Stella is surprised at Blanche’s arrival but makes her feel at home. Quickly, though, Stella learns that Blanche has lost the beloved family estate, Belle Reve, and has packed all of her worldly possessions into her suitcases.
Your wedding is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Here, local wedding experts share essential checklists to help couples prepare as early as possible—so that once the big day arrives, the bride and groom can cherish every moment.
Kudos to St. James Winery. Its Friendship School White Wine was named Best White Wine at California’s Long Beach Grand Cru Competition earlier this month. The winery also took home five additional gold medals, seven silver medals and a bronze medal for its other entries in the competition.
Coastal Retreat: Marjorie Skouras Design Ionian mirror with layered, blue agate slices. marjorieskourasdesign.com.
Coastal Retreat: Taylor King Cheswick Chair in Balboa True Blue embroidered fabric. Available through Shubert Design.
Monsanto Hall at the Missouri Botanical Garden (pictured), offers a bright, crisp atmosphere. Couples also can choose the Spink Pavillion for a fun outdoor venue. The bride and groom receive a basic 1-year membership to the Garden, and, along with their guests, are free to explore its 79 acres.
As the summer winds down, many of St. Louis’ top arts organizations are ramping up a new season. We asked in-the-know arts professionals what they’re most looking forward to in the world of visual and performing arts.
The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis is giving guests something to celebrate: The award-winning hotel will unveil the stunning new makeover of its ballroom this fall. And a new holiday party package will allow local groups and businesses to be among the first to experience the elegantly redesigned entertainment space.
Santa Monica is a beachside city, bordered on three sides by the concrete sprawl of Los Angeles, and on the other side, the majestic sprawl of the Pacific Ocean—a marvelous mix of sophistication and kitsch.
Story: Last year, St. Louis Actors’ Studio introduced its LaBute New Theater Festival, a four-week offering of new, one-act plays receiving their world premiere at the Gaslight Theater. STLAS founding director William Roth and others collaborated with noted playwright Neil LaBute, who agreed to lend his name to the festival and also to write an original work, The Possible, which premiered at the inaugural event in July 2013.
Dwarf Blue Vates Curly Kale
The Sherwin-Williams residential Colormix 2015 forecast is filled with optimistic stories that reflect a brightened outlook and provide fresh color combinations to inspire creativity.
Story: Life in the 1930s is hard for the African-American residents of Catfish Row, an impoverished area of Charleston, South Carolina that survives on fishing, picking cotton and other hardscrabble means of subsistence.
Blue Plate Oysterette
Lulu Belles: Diane Von Fustenberg for Kravet fabrics in the blue palette.
St. Louis may be known as a sports town, but Jill McGuire says that the Gateway City should be thought of as something else—an "arts town."
Story: The third annual St. Lou Fringe Festival brought 35 different acts to mid-town St. Louis from throughout the metropolitan area and around the country. The festival began with a kick-off party on Wednesday, June 18 and a modest schedule of events on Thursday, June 19 before a full schedule of shows each day from Friday, June 20 through Sunday, June 22.
Louie the Bear (Mascot for St.Louis Blues)
Grace Joan Cline and Michael John Keeven
Most of us now know that the migratory monarchs are in danger. A December 2013 census confirms the smallest population ever in the overwintering forests of central Mexico. Only seven small colonies were located, with coverage of 0.67 hectares, compared to more than 18 hectares of wintering adults measured in 1996. This drop is precipitous and disastrous for the species. According to monarch specialist Chip Taylor, director of Monarch Watch in Kansas, the current rate of decline will result in monarchs losing genetic viability in only a year or two. Monarchs are symbolic of all pollinators, including honeybees and native moths, which also are suffering from environmental change and serious population decreases.