Amsterdam has much to offer the early spring visitor. For tulips, head to the fabulous Keukenhof Gardens with 32-plus hectares dotted by more than 7 million tulips, daffodils and hyacinths.
Welcome to Elegant Living's exclusive preview of the 2014 Central West End Association House & Garden Tour, now celebrating its 44th year. Slated for May 31 and June 1, this year’s event features the mansions of Portland Place, which, along with neighboring Westmoreland Place, is one of the few remaining World’s Fair-era private streets in the city. Portland Place was designed in 1888 by noted St. Louis private place surveyor Julius Pitzman for wealthy St. Louisans who wished to escape the densely populated city core. The wide boulevard, lush green median and stone mansions made Portland Place a popular draw for the titans of St. Louis banking, commerce and industry, whose magnificent homes have hosted local, national and international dignitaries throughout the past century. It is not an overstatement to say that Portland Place boasts a social, cultural and architectural heritage unparalleled in St. Louis and beyond.
Check out the newest design trends, fresh from designer markets across the country, including High Point Market, the world’s largest to-the-trade home furnishings event. Some of the looks making news are firmly positioned at the top of the trend curve, while others are just starting their ascent.
Is there a better American city for walking than New Orleans? And is there a better place to escape buzzy French Quarter activity than the Garden District?
Bob Uecker, the man Johnny Carson called ‘Mr. Baseball’ will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award from The Press Club of Metropolitan St. Louis during its annual Media Person of the Year Gala.
For many St. Louisans, the Saint Louis Art Museum in Forest Park is their single-most favorite public structure. Designed in the Beaux-Arts style and sited on a majestic hill that overlooks the Great Lagoon, the building is arguably the finest example of Classic Revival architecture in St. Louis.
Twenty of St. Louis’ top design firms are breathing new life into one of the area’s architectural gems. The results will be unveiled during the Ladue News 2012 William Bernoudy Show House tour, running Oct. 5 to 21 to benefit four local charities.
We continue our look inside significant Mid-Century Modern homes in St. Louis, the focus of a recent house tour to benefit the Sheldon Art Galleries.
Three significant St. Louis homes designed by architects Paul Randolph, William Adair Bernoudy and Isadore Shank were the focus of the recent Sheldon Art Galleries Mid-Century Modern Architecture Tour, chaired by Phyllis Langsdorf and Andrea Powers-Schankman. The event was a sellout, with proceeds benefi tting exhibition and educational programs of The Sheldon, which celebrates its 100th anniversary this year.
Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens…and Julie Andrews! The NATIONAL CHILDREN’S CANCER SOCIETY is celebrating its 25th anniversary in a big way: Academy Awardwinning actress and entertainer JULIE ANDREWS will headline the organization’s Chase Park Plaza gala on Sept. 29. The evening’s proceeds will provide direct financial assistance to young cancer patients and their families. For more information, visit children-cancer.org.
Historic properties harbor stories, secrets and surprises, and if you’ve ever want to know more about a cool old house in one of St. Louis’ many historic neighborhoods, you could always ‘Google’ the address and have 52,000 results in milliseconds.
You can see artworks made by firing a pistol at paint-filled balloons, smearing mayonnaise on a canvas and drawing random numbers out of a phone book, all on display at Washington University’s Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum. They’re part of Chance Aesthetics, an exhibit that examines how avant-garde artists of the early 20th century used processes of chance to create their works and engage viewers. The exhibit features more than 40 artists, including Marcel Duchamp, Max Ernst, Ellsworth Kelly, Robert Motherwell, Jackson Pollock and Niki de Saint Phalle, using such strategies as collage, games, found objects and ‘automatism,’ a method of unconscious drawing.
Shopping for a cause! On Sept. 11, WHOLE FOODS MARKET will donate 5 percent of the entire day’s sales to PRISON PERFORMING ARTS, a literacy and performing arts program that serves incarcerated adults and youth. Alumni of the program, teaching artists, staff and volunteers will be at the store throughout the day, and Riddle’s chef ANDY AYERS will host a cooking demonstration from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.