Story: The Prince of Verona has had it up to here with the long-standing feud between the Capulets and Montagues, two distinguished local families. He demands a cessation of the hatred under penalty of death. Emotions still hold sway, though, and when young Romeo Montague falls in love with the young teen Juliet Capulet at a masked ball, her kinsman Tybalt is enraged and vows to seek revenge.
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.
It’s warming up. Yes, I’ve lived in this town long enough to know not to declare with any certainty the rough part is over, but still, it is March. Even if this little heatwave is just a temporary reprieve from what no one can argue has been a brutal winter, it gives a temperate moment of reflection to thoughtfully ponder what the hell went on for the last three months. I mean, if one more person posted a screen shot of a -18 degree day…We heard the explanation dozens of times: The polar vortex.
They say you can only make a good first impression once, and the same is true for houses. A study by BMO Financial Group found that “80 percent of perspective buyers know if a home is right for them as soon as they step inside.” A home’s entryway plays a huge role in this decision, and can be the deciding factor in how the property performs on the market. Three local real estate agents offer a glimpse inside the eye-catching entryways of current listings, as well as tips on how to make your foyer more appealing to guests and perspective homebuyers alike.
As I write this column, it is a wintery St. Louis day. When it’s this cold, it is difficult to think about summer travel. June is still a few months away, but a sunny weather vacation free of responsibility sounds relaxing and warm.
There are two types of people: There are those who—when they receive a high-tech gadget gift—tear off the packaging, throw away the instructions, plug it in and then start playing with their new toy.
Let’s start with the back story: Russ Henneberry is a good friend and mentor. I have learned a great deal from him about building websites and Internet marketing, among other things. Regularly, I would go to his site to read his latest article. On one occasion, I noticed an audio icon near the top of the latest post. Not knowing what to expect, I clicked on it. To my delight, Russ was reading his post, with inflections and pauses that made the article easy to understand.
We all look forward to the New Year and the practice of making promises to ourselves to hopefully better our lives in one or more ways. Those are noble goals, indeed! But even more noble and gracious would be to honor our beloved pets by committing to those New Year’s resolutions that will help to guarantee their health and well-being, as well. Let’s look at some of the ways we can do so:
You want your home’s curb appeal to make a great first impression. Here, local builders share ways to give your abode’s façade a facelift.
You might say he’s the perfect mate: he’s smart, good-natured and charming. And soon, he’ll find a home that’ll be perfect for him. Trooper, the puppy who made headlines after that horrific dragging incident last year, is ready to meet his forever family. The staffers at the Humane Society of Missouri, who have been with Trooper through thick and thin (seven surgeries, numerous therapies and continuous hours of training), have whittled down the list of prospective adoptive families to six. The hope is to send Trooper home with his new family for the holidays.
It’s the final golf column of the season, so let’s hit a driver and get started.
Tired of old-school dark wood? Can’t add another hue to your already color-laden rooms? Why not try some barely-there neutrals, which offer style, versatility and blend seamlessly into a variety of interiors? A few of our top choices right now: French-inspired desk set crafted from smoky antique mirror; transitional style mercury-glass pendants; smoky decorative room divider; and faux-shagreen and silver finish bedside table.
My friend and colleague, Dr. Bob Bergamini, has given many talks and shared much information about safety in the cyber-world for kids and teens. So I asked Dr. Bob to share some thoughts about this important topic for this month’s column.
Thanksgiving is coming, and that means tons of great food, lots of family love and more. Many of our pet health concerns around Thanksgiving have to do with all those scrumptious table goodies getting into the mouths of our non-discriminating pet gourmets.
Story: Encouraged by his Uncle Mike, Mitch grew up wanting to be a jazz pianist. After college and briefly dabbling in his desired profession, however, he ends up in journalism. He does pretty well at it, too, as an ambitious sports reporter who eventually nabs a regular column for a daily newspaper as well as radio and TV opportunities that fuel the self-centered writer.
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.
Ample space, high ceilings and top-of-the-line finishes are the norm for homes landing in the multi-million dollar market. Homes sitting on a double-lot can have even more appeal. Forty minutes outside of St. Louis sits an estate made for any luxury neighborhood, featuring one large perk most definitely not available in the city: 154 acres.
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Our gardening romance with the most exotic and tropical-looking South African plants has very deep roots. Some 250 years ago, Scottish botanist Francis Masson was the first of the global plant explorers from the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, to study these plants. Masson brought to horticulture more than 400 species of South African plants such as the king protea, geranium, cineraria, calla lily, bird of paradise, red-hot-poker, Agapanthus and Amaryllis belladonna. He deserves many thanks for his contributions to our garden world!
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.
THE ELEVATOR SPEECH: WHAT IT IS AND WHY HAVE ONE