In many ways, the kitchen is the center of the home—it’s where families come together to spend quality time during meals, where guests mingle and nosh on snacks during a party—and often, it’s even the work space where kids do their homework, while Mom or Dad prepares dinner.
As this year’s deadline approaches, there are a few tax deductions and credits personal homeowners should remember in the coming days:
I drive a lemon. Let me clarify: According to Webster’s Dictionary, a lemon, in the vehicular sense, is a car that 'does not work the way it should.' So, in that sense, my car is a lemon. According to the state of Missouri, however, it is not. Not that I disagree with that. The 'lemon law' exists, and is effective because it deals with cars that have more immediate and obvious defects. In other words, the lemon law deals more with car heart attacks—my car has cancer.
There’s no question LN readers are in-the-know, so who better to ask about the things that make St. Louis stand out and stand proud? Here, we present the very best, as selected by our readers, in the 2014 Ladue News Platinum List!
Story: Kim and Kat both grew up in the small town of Monroe, Wisconsin and were high school sweethearts. Kat went off to college, but an early pregnancy and subsequent, unplanned marriage to Kim put an end to that. Kim was set to inherit his dad’s dairy farm until his older brother came back from Vietnam and decided that he’d like to be a farmer after all, changing his mind after earlier rejecting his father’s offer and leaving Kim odd man out.
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Ooh la la! Check out these beautiful new takes on classic French style. We’re enamored of the easy going, perfectly imperfect look achieved with watercolor fabrics, soft paint finishes and authentic-looking aged metals.
Brook and Amy Dubman were just barely more than kids when we started seeing them on TV commercials: They've practically grown up before our eyes. The brother-and-sister team are co-owners of Carol House Furniture—and because of those commercials, they’re two of the most recognizable business people in town.
The Birchfields enjoy a small-town life in a big city. A short stroll down Lindbergh Boulevard to Clayton Road, and all of their favorite shops and restaurants are right at their fingertips. Kathy Birchfield told us more about why they love Ladue.
The Golden Brett is back. But this time, the legendary hockey superstar may be knocking on doors to score goals, instead of using a stick and puck. Brett Hull is back in St. Louis to take another run at helping the Blues reach the Promised Land.
What’s your New Year’s resolution for 2014? Perhaps you’d like to up your design game by experimenting with a new color palette for a fresher and more youthful look. If your answer is yes, check out these furnishings and interiors with strategically placed touches of happy, vibrant pink set against a background of white. For those who prefer a more sophisticated look, try pairing saturated pink with soft gray. And don’t overlook the importance of variations in texture; velvet, unshorn lamb’s wool, and shag rugs all add interest to rooms done up in these simple color schemes.
Escape the cold, hard winter with a leisurely stroll in a lush, tropical garden! This year’s Missouri Botanical Garden Orchid Show is inspired by the Brazilian gardens designed by landscape architect Roberto Burle Marx.
During the summer, when we are all complaining about the hot, humid Midwestern weather, we yearn for cooler, drier air. Well, welcome to winter! Now the air is so dry it crackles, and our skin responds in kind.
From innovative education and world-class restaurants to one-of-a-kind gift shops, St. Louis is home to a broad range of successful companies. Ladue News congratulates all of the businesses celebrating milestone anniversaries, and wishes them many, many more.
After a half-decade of real estate turbulence, a multitude of area real estate professionals are echoing the same idea: At the start of 2014, the market is moving in the right direction.
There’s a new kitchen tool on store shelves this holiday season that should excite the St. Louis home chef. It’s not a fancy food processor or even a durable, super-useful knife. Co-authored by chef Clara Moore and Ladue News food writer Matt Sorrell, Shop Like a Chef is a guide for St. Louis food lovers to local products and produce, gourmet and specialty foods, and so much more in communities and neighborhoods throughout the city and county.
As the holidays approach, many of us are thinking of gifts for our children and family. Some may be considering the gift of a pet. The purchase of a pet is much different than buying a toy or clothes because there are many things to consider.
Burgundy, Sonoma and Oregon’s Willamette Valley—pinot noir enthusiasts will quickly recognize the common thread of regions noted for their production of the finicky grape.
Colonial Marketplace is transforming into a winter wonderland, just in time for the hustle and bustle of holiday shopping season. Beginning this week, lights, greenery and an abundance of holiday specials have begun to welcome shoppers to the recently remodeled boutique and dining destination on the border of Clayton and Ladue.
Purchasing a luxurious home can be a dream come true. But before you set off on your journey to home ownership, local experts have crucial advice to ensure the process doesn't turn into a nightmare.
When you close your eyes, you can see it—the walls, the windows, the décor. Or perhaps you can’t picture it at all, but you know how you’d feel in the space. Despite all the fantasizing, if the opportunity to create your dream home ever arose, would you know what to do?
It was a bit like coming home again to find a beloved wisteria in full bloom and a soft, favorite bathrobe waiting in the closet—this return to Palm Beach after an almost 20-year absence. Best of all, the 16-mile barrier island was pretty much as we remembered it: newly minted, pristine and still boasting its extraordinary beauty and small-town character.
Designed to be a one-stop shopping experience, Ooh La La Home Furnishings, now in its 13th year, carries both furniture and home accessories. Additionally, interior design services and connecting shop Express Blinds and Draperies, which is owned by the same family, are available, which means this local business packs almost every item your home could need—sans the kitchen sink.
In the post-crash real estate market, the term ‘short sale’ has become a familiar phrase. Despite this, the actuality of short sales both in selling and buying may not be common knowledge.