Story: Mabry Hoffman has a Ph.D. in anthropology but no job to pay the bills to support her son and herself. Thus, she’s interested when she hears about a project operated by the United States Army called The Human Terrain, a proof-of-concept initiative established in 2006 to “improve the military’s ability to understand the highly complex local, socio-cultural environment in the areas where (it is) deployed.”
Where do you like to shop? We put that question to our readers a few weeks ago, and we received a mixed (shopping) bag of responses, from mall staples and trendy boutiques to bargain designer shops that support a good cause. This is St. Louis, after all, and its mélange of types and tastes extends to its shopping districts.
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.
Since its beginning in the 1870s, the Central West End (CWE) has served as a sought-after St. Louis residential district. T.S. Eliot, Tennessee Williams, Kate Chopin and William Burroughs all called the area home at one point. Its location near the 1904 World’s Fair added to its prestige. These days, the CWE is an urban oasis full of residential areas, restaurants, bars, art, entertainment, and—of course—shopping. Landmarks include The Chase Park Plaza towers over the neighborhood and acts as the hotel of choice for VIP and celebrity-types like George Clooney. In the heart of the area, located in front of the World Chess Hall of Fame, sits the World’s Largest Chess Piece. And just a block past the core of the CWE is the stunning Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis.
This 4-bedroom, 3-full and 1-half bathroom home in Ladue is listed for $1.895 million.
Kirkwood’s historic and walkable downtown is the modern-day embodiment of family-friendly, small-town Americana. On any given day, you can stop by the Kirkwood Farmers Market, watch the trains go by (or hop on one if you so choose!), and enjoy a cold treat from The Custard Station while you shop.
From Forest Park to the Saint Louis Galleria, past Town & Country Crossing and beyond, Clayton Road can take you all over the area. Peppered with stores, the strip between South McKnight Road and Highway 40 is particularly notable.
Much of Old Webster is rich in history. Today, shoppers can dine on gourmet burgers or sip fine wines, breathe new life into their closet, try their hand at an art project or transform the look of their home, all within a few square blocks.
Story: In part three of Richard Wagner’s mythical tetralogy, The Ring Cycle, the hero Siegfried spends his days cajoling Mime, the Nibelung dwarf and brother of Alberich who raised Siegfried after the deaths of his parents, Siegmund and his sister Sieglinde. For his part, Mime hopes to manipulate Siegfried so that he can possess the fabled Ring.
This 4-bedroom, 5-full and 2-half bathroom home in Frontenac is listed for $1.595 million.
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."
Jack Breier’s University City garden is far from the typical suburban variety, where one might find a few well-manicured yews and flowering annuals in pretty pots. Rather, it’s more like the Missouri Botanical Garden in miniature.
If you want to look a bit younger and fresher, a relaxing facial may be all you need to help restore smooth skin and a healthy, radiant glow.
Water Features in the Home Garden (Part 1 of 2)
How wonderful it is when a designer truly understands the needs of a client. Ellen Kurtz of Ellen Kurtz Interiors did just that for a Ladue couple whose three dogs figured prominently in their plans for a full-home renovation.
This 5-bedroom, 5-full and 2-half bathroom home in Ladue is listed for $2.395 million.
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.
Whether they're just a few miles from home or a few states over, a dorm room gives your coed a space to be themselves. Now, grab some extra-long twin bedding and no-damage hanging strips; it's time to decorate the dorm!
Story: At the Charenton asylum in France in 1807, the most notorious inmate is Donatien Alphonse Francois de Sade, an aristocrat better known as the Marquis de Sade. He was born in 1740 and spent 32 years in various prisons before dying in 1814 at Charenton, where he was sent in 1801.
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.
Story: Fanny Brice, a homely young Jewish woman from the Lower East Side of New York City in the early 20th century, is determined to succeed in show business despite her lack of head-turning looks. With considerable faith in her voice and comic skills, she auditions for a role with impresario Florenz Ziegfeld and His Follies on Broadway.
When Susan Block chairs a fundraising event, she has two goals: to create an experience that is unexpected and fun, and to do it without breaking the bank. “You have to be creative without spending a lot of money, because you want the money to go to the charity where it will help people, not spend it all on the event,” she says.
In celebration of the 10th anniversary of its musical theatre program, COCA this weekend is presenting Ragtime The Musical. The production features a cast of 50 and includes COCA alumni and students from 17 area high schools like Max Fiorello.
Story: A young girl finds herself drawn into a magical world guided by the most imaginative and individual Cat in the Hat. Soon she becomes a character herself as Jojo, the daughter of the mayor of Whoville and his wife, Mrs. Mayor.