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.
Donna Heckler interviewed for a fantastic job and felt great about her prospects. Later that day, the St. Louis woman learned she had breast cancer. “The question became, Do I stay home and focus on fighting the cancer? Or do I go out, work at a job with considerable travel, and live my life? I chose to work. I chose to live my life. I tried to live like a lady every step of the way,” she writes in the introduction to her book, Living Like a Lady When You Have Cancer.
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.
For the fourth time in a row, Kyle Lucks—local artist, independent travel director and frequent Ladue News contributor—has created an awe-inspiring watercolor to grace the cover of Elegant Living.
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.
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.
Dielmann Sotheby's International Realty
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.
The Powder Room
Trish Muyco-Tobin and David Tobin
Merilee Kern knows about fitness. A former female body-building champion, Kern was an active child. Now that she’s a mother herself, she wants to ensure that her children and their peers benefit from physical fitness and healthy food choices.
Next year marks 60 years for the Women of Achievement Award, the longest-running program in St. Louis whose sole mission is to honor and recognize volunteer service and leadership by local women. Nominations are now being accepted.
Lisa Marie Watson & Michael Theodore de los Reyes
Story: Eteocles and Polyneices, sons of the late King Oedipus of Thebes, each dies in battle on opposite sides of the civil war fought in Thebes. Their uncle Creon, now ruler of Thebes, declares that Eteocles shall be honored as a patriot and given a proper burial, but that Polyneices’ body will be left in the streets to be preyed upon by carrion birds and animals.
Bravo to longtime master of the arts and the dean of Webster University's Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts, Peter Sargent, the recipient of this year's Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Webster Groves Arts Commission.
This Saturday, Oct. 11, the 2014 Ladue News Show House opens for viewing. I invite you to visit this 'labor of love' and see it for yourself.
So I've been doing some substitute-teaching of late—just a class here and there. I get to brush up on some subjects in which I used to be proficient, back when the wheels were well-oiled. It's a win-win, really—for me. The students (I think) enjoy their time with their new sub. I haven't been pelted with spit wads or been fooled into spending the entire class discussing The League on FX (OK, once, it happened once). So far, I'm teaching, they're learning. All is as it should be. And that's when the teacher I am helping out informs me of one tiny detail: On Tuesday, you'll be taking my beginning Greek class.