See the 2014 Show House in Elegant Living, a semi-annual Ladue News publication. Click here to read the digital issue.
Welcome to 34 Briarcliff in Ladue! The stately brick home—built by Henry Altepeter in 1956, and presently listed by Judy Grand of Dielmann Sotheby’s International Realty—sits on a 1-acre lot and makes a traditional statement with its spacious white windows and black shutters. A brick walkway leads guests to dark double-doors, which are framed by four white, two-story pillars. Once inside, guests are greeted by the work of the 2014 Ladue News Show House designers. Continue reading to peek inside the house, and see what impressive styles St. Louis’ top design teams brought to the home.
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.
Dielmann Sotheby's International Realty
I awaken from an unexpected nap on the Sun Deck of the S.S. Catherine cruise ship. We are docked in southern France, on the Rhône River, just outside the Medieval walls of Avignon. A tarp over my lounge chair shades the sun and a gentle breeze from the dormant mistral, the famous wind of Provence, whisks away the heat. I had been replaying the morning sightseeing through groves of sunflowers and perfect picturesque villages graced with startlingly blue sky and lavender-scented air. Perhaps the dreamy glory of the moment and memory lulled me to sleep—-or maybe it was the rosé served at lunch.
The 2014 Ladue News Show House at 34 Briarcliff will help give a voice to young patients across the region. Proceeds from the fourth annual home tour will benefit Autism Speaks and SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center. Here, learn more about the impact of these worthy organizations.
Amid the French-inspired, tri-level Saint Louis Club, perched atop the Pierre Laclede Center in downtown Clayton, more than 600 prominent business, civic and community leaders, as well as guests from St. Louis and around the globe, recently celebrated its golden year.
The Powder Room
Since stepping into the executive chef role, Melissa Lee has been slowly putting her mark on the various eateries at The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis. The latest to benefit from her expertise is The Grill, which has transformed into a creative dining destination.
Whether it’s clean and organized or over-the-top opulent, we all have ideas of our dream bathroom. Unsure of what you're looking for? Borrow ideas from these local bathroom projects.
Everyone has a ‘dream house.’ What’s inside differs from person of person—a professional kitchen, cozy reading nooks, palatial pool or entertaining space to make the Joneses jealous. But real estate agents also are in on the fantasy. Here, area agents share their dream listings that are on the market now.
We're pleased to report several new openings: The new Strange Donuts location is now up and running at 107 East Argonne Drive in Kirkwood. The debut comes on the heels of the first anniversary of the opening of the flagship Maplewood store earlier this month.
We Climb Because They Climbed—that’s the tagline for the recent Clayton 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb, which invites participants to climb 110 flights of stairs (the same number as in the World Trade Center Buildings) to raise money for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. This year’s climb raised more than $55,000.
The dining room in this year’s Show House easily could accommodate a classic Queen Anne dining set. But for designers Christy North and Tracy Miles, that predictability is anachronistic and somewhat out of touch with modern lifestyles.
The 2014 Ladue News Show House sits on a sweeping 1-acre lot that was sorely in need of landscape design. Beyond routine maintenance, precious little had been done to the grounds by way of gardening or landscaping for some time.
The architecture of the Colonial property at 34 Briarcliff in Ladue reflects its formal Mid-Century design roots with notable features such as a stately columned portico, floor-to-ceiling windows and a classic double-door entry. Just inside, a compact and rather plain central foyer and staircase leads to a second-floor hallway. It was interior designer Tamsin Mascetti’s job to bring both of these areas into the 21st century, while respecting the essence of a well-loved and lived-in family home.
The master bedroom was transformed from tasteful traditional to frankly fabulous by designer David Deatherage, who specializes in high-design vintage furnishings. “The house was built in the Mid-Century era, but instead of organic modern, it had formal aspirations,” Deatherage observes. “It's Champagne instead of a martini; Beverly Hills in the 1950s, as opposed to Palm Springs.”
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.”
The guest bedroom in this year’s Show House is, well, simply irresistible. True to form, the designers at Diane Breckenridge Interiors didn’t skimp on a thing, resulting in beautiful sleeping quarters that envelop the lucky inhabitant in layers of softness and comfort.
At first glance, the original space reminded the June Roesslein team of an old-time ice-cream parlor, according to Smith, who, along with McGovern, designed what's being labeled the 'bonus room' in this year's Show House. The trim, chair rail and shutters had been painted bright red, and the walls were covered with red-and-tan-striped wallpaper. Café curtains had the unfortunate effect of preventing most of the available natural light from entering the small room. Additionally, the chair rail visually cut the walls in half and made the ceiling feel lower than its actual 8-foot height. On the upside, the room featured a fireplace with a pretty dark wood mantel, a vintage wood floor and attractive millwork that could be transformed into an architectural asset, albeit after many coats of paint.
The Amy Studebaker Design team transformed a pleasant, but nondescript second-floor bedroom into a glamorous lady’s dressing room, filled with antique and vintage French furnishings—or those that simply look the part. With its two east-facing windows, the room is bathed in morning light, making it a cheerful spot that’s ideal for putting on makeup and getting dressed.
Vagabond House wooden nut bowl with pewter acorn accent and scooper, available through B. Davis Design
10490 Ladue Road
10490 Ladue Road
10490 Ladue Road