There are a multitude of ways to find yourself walking in a winter wonderland this time of year. Make the season bright with these family-friendly activities.
What’s that, you say? You’ve got your living room set up just the way you like it? That may be so, but home design is an ever-evolving art, and any room—however perfect—could stand to be freshened with a new piece from time to time. These statement pieces will make your guests stop and marvel, no matter your budget.
Welcome to the latest edition of Elegant Living! As our readers have come to expect, this biannual publication offers a collection of some of the year's very best in society gatherings, weddings, fashion, special features, and, of course, home design, with the stunning photographs from this year's Ladue News Show House.
For the final event (of eight) to celebrate their marriage, Afnan Tariq planned an evening of family, music, elegance and cultural traditions for his new wife, Ayesha Ahmed.
For the fourth time in a row, Kyle Lucks—local artist, independent travel director and frequent Ladue News contributor—has created an awe-inspiring watercolor to grace the cover of Elegant Living.
When Teddy Karl and his team first saw the great room, they were favorably impressed by its generous size, open feel, and floor-to-ceiling windows that let in an abundance of natural light. The room also had a wood floor original to the house, as well as a fireplace with pickled-wood mantel that they chose to keep intact. The subtle pink undertones “struck me as very Palm Beach, circa 1960s or even early '70s,” Karl says. “I’m sure in its heyday, the room was very sharp.”
Lindsey Farr and Randy Abbott mixed classic traditions with modern details to celebrate their love and marriage.
This 3-bedroom, 4-full and 1-half bathroom home in Ladue is listed for $999,999.
Move over, Radiant Orchid! For our money, navy blue has turned out to be the real color of year in interiors. It’s all but replaced black and brown as the new dark base for decorating. We love navy’s easy-going vibe, as well as the way it effortlessly pairs with neutrals, brights and, of course, metallics.
Whether a husband and wife can spend their golden years living independently, or one spouse requires occasional or full-time assisted living or skilled nursing, the multiple levels of care across The Gatesworth campus keeps families together.
Residents, shoppers and diners alike are in the lap of luxury at The Shoppes at the Crescent. The classy, urban upscale retail and residential condominium community features high-end condos with stunning views of the St. Louis skyline, and exclusive amenities, from posh boutiques and premiere restaurants to a fitness center and lush gardens—all within walking distance of downtown Clayton.
Still fresh off its chic remodel last year, the Colonial Marketplace has quickly become a boutique shopping and dining destination. The DESCO Group, which purchased the property in September 2011, brought in a unique mix of high-end shops, delectable dining and specialty services that have caught the attention of the area’s savvy shoppers. With all this buzz, the parking lot can fill up fast. But don’t worry about nabbing a space—complimentary valet service is available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesdays through Saturdays.
Story: It’s 1816, and a group of young poets, philosophers and artists has gathered at Lake Geneva in Switzerland for a summer of sailing, writing and late-night conversations. With steady rain forcing them to stay inside on many days, they entertain themselves by telling old German ghost stories. This inspires one of them, George Gordon (aka Lord Byron), to propose a contest in which each of them will write a ghost story.
This 5-bedroom, 4-full and 1-half bathroom home in the Parkway School District is listed for $800,000.
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.
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.
This 5-bedroom, 4-full and 1-half bathroom home in Clayton is listed for $1.595 million.
Potted plants soften the edges of hardscape, mute street noise, and create a lush, colorful backdrop. One of the beauties of container gardening is that plants may be moved around to find the ‘best’ spot for their culture.
This 5-bedroom, 4-full and 1-half bathroom home in Ladue is listed for $1.365 million.
Story: An infant boy, shipwrecked in the early 20th century with his parents off the west coast of Africa, is left alone after the boy’s parents are killed by a leopard. A nurturing gorilla named Kala, whose own infant is carried off by the same leopard, finds the boy and takes care of him as her own child.
This 7-bedroom, 6-full and 1-half bathroom home in Clayton is listed for $1,999,999.
When it comes to decorating with accessories, clear crystal is a no-brainer. Because it’s colorless, there’s no need to match a restrictive palette. And in terms of style, these accents fit in beautifully almost anywhere.
Fans of fine food and the works of The Bard will be pleased to find out that Bixby’s, located on the second floor of the Missouri History Museum, is partnering with Shakespeare Festival St. Louis for this year’s productions of Henry IV and Henry V. Bixby’s will host an intimate and elegant communal dining experience for five nights throughout the run of the show. Guests can make reservations to dine at a community table, under the stars, and enjoy a lavish full-course meal, focused on dining with local influence. This experience is limited to 40 guests per night. Tickets are $50 and include a reserved seat for the show; dinners begin at 6 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online at sfstl.com.