She already had the stove, so Shelley Donaho jokes, “I bought the house to go with the stove.” Before becoming the keeper of one of St. Louis’ architectural gems, Donaho had visited the house before—she had even met the previous owner. Designed by Ernst Janssen, the 12,000-square foot historical marvel was originally built in one year’s time for $49,500; these days, if using the same quality of materials, that isn’t even enough money to repair the exterior railing.
Sheri Sherman’s life as a community volunteer began innocently enough, some 30 years ago, when she was asked to be on the board of the Ethical Society preschool, which her children attended. “I had no experience, and someone said, You can be the vice-president, because the vice-president doesn’t really do much and you can develop,” Sherman recalls. “Soon after I started, the board president resigned, and the executive director quit at the same time, so I was thrown in deep water right away.”
This 10,000 square-foot home in Huntleigh is listed for $2.695 million.
On March 9, 1960, Mari de Villa welcomed its first guest. But the night before the grand opening, a snowstorm blanketed the drive leading to the senior living community’s front door. In what has become a Mari de Villa tradition—putting guests first—founder Joe Linneman walked out to Clayton Road, and carried the inaugural guest through the snow and into his new home.
I met Michael Staenberg the same day Stan Kroenke announced his plans to build a stadium in Los Angeles. Staenberg and Kroenke co-founded THF Realty and built it into one of the biggest property development companies in the country.
Story: Matt Drayton is a newspaper publisher in San Francisco, where his wife Christina owns an art gallery. Their domestic servant, Matilda “Tillie” Binks, keeps everything humming in their well-to-do home, which is a bit quieter since their daughter Joanna (“Joey”) has gone away to college, circa 1967.
You spend one-third of your life sleeping—so why waste time dozing in a mediocre space? Three design pros have recommendations on where to invest when perfecting your bedroom.
So much beer news! In honor of their 23rd anniversary, the folks at Schlafly have unveiled a new brew, Imperial Topaz IPA. The beer was introduced at a pair of recent anniversary parties at The Schlafly Tap Room and The Schlafly Bottleworks.
For families on-the-go, the kitchen has become the hub of the household. It’s where family members gravitate for studying to social time, while meals are being prepared and guests are being entertained.
When interior designer Karen Pepper and her then-fiancé (now-husband), businessman Bill Jacoby, were looking for a home in 2013, they had one main criteria: It had to be a place where the whole family could hang out. Indeed, they found the ideal property that—with Karen’s talent and Bill’s carpenter skills—has turned into their dream home and a place where all children, immediate and extended family could gather.
Story: It’s the holiday season in small-town Indiana. And, while it’s cold and snowy outside, young Ralphie Parker’s heart is warm with the thought that has motivated him this particular Christmas in the 1940s: To have an official Red Ryder® Carbine-Action, 200-Shot Range Model Air Rifle.
Holiday carols, Broadway show tunes and classical music can be heard these days at The Gatesworth. And it’s not emanating from a radio or television—it’s The Gatesworth Singers.
This 4-bedroom, 3 full- and 1 half-bathroom home in Town & Country is listed for $969,800.
Newport, Rhode Island, is a Christmas wonderland from November to January, with three of the most spectacular mansions (The Breakers, The Elms and Marble House) decked to the nines and the downtown harbor transformed into a quaint ice-skating rink with Santa and Mrs. Claus arriving via yacht.
Story: The heart is a lonely hunter, said novelist Carson McCullers. So it is with Nance, a 30s-something divorcee who juggles her responsibilities as a social worker with the trials and tribulations of raising a teenage daughter. Through a dating service she comes in contact with Tom, a divorced salesman who cautiously picks an art museum for their first meeting.
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Nonprofits across St. Louis are celebrating a milestone in years of service to the community. Here, we highlight their past contributions and future philanthropic plans. Join LN in wishing them a happy anniversary—and many more! Cheers!
Story: Walter Lee Younger lives with his wife Ruth, son Travis, sister Beneatha and mother Lena in a rundown, cramped apartment on Chicago’s South Side. It’s 1959, and Walter spends much of his time dreaming about a better life. He had an opportunity to go into business with a friend years earlier, but Ruth talked him out of it. That business subsequently flourished, leaving Walter frustrated with his job as a chauffeur but determined to move forward with plans for a liquor store.
The Chamber Music Society of St. Louis has announced its star-studded 2015 benefit, Salut D’Amour—Celebrating with David and Miran Halen. The Tuesday, March 10, concert will be held in the acoustically perfect Sheldon Concert Hall.
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This 4-bedroom, 4 full- and 1-half bathroom home in the Ladue School District is listed for $750,000.
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.