Story: Tami Martin’s plate of responsibilities is full. She’s a whirlwind of activity as she cooks, cleans and caters to the whims of her family, including teenage daughter Lisa, son Josh and husband Bill. She may well have a full-time job outside the home, too, as could Bill. We don’t know that, though, because we’re focused on the maelstrom of movement in their home.
St. Louis interior designer Jay Eiler’s sleek navy study makes us want to clean up our act. All of this perfection begs the question: Does good design really encourage us to live and work more beautifully? We went to Eiler for answers.
Once upon a time…There was a blue merle Great Dane who loved to ride in cars. Sam, now a 5-year-old, 210-pound dog who stands about 6 feet, 4 inches tall on his hind legs, was adopted at 8 months of age by the Goding family. “We worry that Sam gets frustrated if he hasn’t been in a car for awhile—which means for some portion of the day—and it’s not unusual for one of us to ask, Hey, has Sam gotten a ride today?,” says Keith Goding, owner of Hard Work Yard Work. “And if he hasn’t, we’ll open up the car and he’ll jump in, and we’ll give him a 15-minute ride around the neighborhood.”
Think back to the last time one of your family members was expecting a baby. Remember all of the beautiful gifts they got at their baby shower? It’s hard to imagine, but there are many moms-to-be in St. Louis who don’t have a support system to help them provide all of the clothing, toys and odds-and-ends that a baby needs in its first months of life.
Dormitory-Style Bedrooms: Century Furniture headboards, available through Joy Tribout Interior Design or Edwin Pepper Interiors
Story: Nothing has changed for 16 years in the relationship between brothers Victor and Walter Franz. Since their father’s death in 1952, they’ve left the Manhattan brownstone apartment where he lived untouched, as they have their own estranged communications.
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.
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!
Home Buy Design Now Casting in St. Louis
The spring thaw seems to be working its way to St. Louis, and this is the perfect time to start thinking about your new outdoor projects. In case you have something more elaborate than a few new flowers in mind for your backyard, we found two fantastic projects to get your creative juices flowing.
Reclaiming America: American-made Century Furniture
Even if your home is move-in ready, certain staging mistakes could turn off potential buyers. Next, we met three other real estate agents at a home in Frontenac to discuss what improvements could be made to increase its selling price, as well as and ease buyers’ minds.
It's the return of a Ladue News original: The Real Home Critique. This year, we take you to two area homes in need of some expert advice. Local realtors recently visited the properties to suggest ways to make the homes move-in ready.
Bethany Penrod of Maryland Heights signed up to volunteer at Mid America Horse Rescue. Though she didn't have much experience with horses, she was interested in learning to care for them.
If you can’t wait to get a taste of spring, then you’re in luck! Fantastic Finds, the upscale resale boutique staffed by volunteers for Assistance League St. Louis, has just done a little spring cleaning (and restocking) in preparation for the warm weather ahead.
With a resurgence of elegant furniture, tufting has come back into style.
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.
Story: The Wyeths share their surname with a family of famous artists who counted celebrities among their friends and admirers. So it is with Lyman Wyeth, a retired actor who gave up success on the silver screen for patronage roles with the Grand Old Party, which was led by his friend and fellow former actor Ronald Reagan. Lyman was good as a leading man in the pictures and just as polished as a genial Republican ambassador.
French Redux: Colette chairs, available through Expressions Furniture
Once Upon a Time…Rita Wells and her husband, David, were looking for a new kitten. They had always been ‘cat people,’ and had nurtured a pair of Tonkinese cats for almost 20 years. Rita, who retired as the Saint Louis Art Museum’s director of retail sales a few years ago, visited Animal House Fund several times, and in the process, got to know the rescue’s director, Brandyn Jones. “You’re not allowed to just walk in and adopt on the spur of the moment; it’s a process. She really wants to place them carefully,” she says. “And one day Brandyn called and said, I have your cat! She just came in.”
Story: Sherlock Holmes is impatient as he paces back and forth in his dwelling at 221B Baker Street in Victorian London. He is in search of a case that will tax his superior powers of deductive reasoning, a man whose intellect is matched only by his ego.
Smart technology lets users control multiple home systems from one device, at home or from across the world. Security and entertainment options continue to evolve, offering easier usability and more enjoyment.