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.
November is always an interesting month, cinematically speaking. The serious Oscar contenders rear their heads, the holiday family films are released, and a stray R-rated comedy or two makes an appearance for variety's sake. This November is no exception.
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.
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.
At The St. Michael School of Clayton, there are no bells signaling students to move from room to room, individual desks in rows, or teachers speaking from the head of the class. Rather, kids are given the flexibility to learn at their own pace, in their own way. “We focus on teaching the individual child,” says head of school Elizabeth Mosher. “We never want the child to have to fit into a certain curriculum. We tailor the curriculum to fit each individual child, so that they succeed and grow from year-to-year.”
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.”
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.
A few days ago, I was on the receiving end of well-wishing and treats from my editorial staff. The reason? Boss' Day. I must admit, I was a bit embarrassed by the attention. Up until that point, the cynic in me always believed that Oct. 16, the designated day to celebrate your workplace superiors, was just another one of those manufactured card-company holidays. (Sweetest Day, anyone?)
There was no three-peat at the U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur Championship for St. Louis native Ellen Port.
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.
With the arrival of fall, so come all the cravings of the season: squash of all varieties—including and especially pumpkin—apples, caramel (or apples dipped in caramel), and bacon and chocolate. (OK, those last two can apply to any season.)
Many spectacular parties have been immortalized in books. From The Great Gatsby to Pride and Prejudice to Little Women, get-togethers live on inside their bindings. Now, take your nose out of the novel and experience a real-life celebration surrounded by books: The St. Louis Public Library’s (SLPL) 150th anniversary celebration will kick-off at the upcoming A Novel Affair Gala.
A kid's bedroom these days is much more than a place to read them bedtime stories. It's also likely their preferred spot to do homework, play with friends and take it easy. Here, local designers share tips on transforming your child's room into a functional—and fun—personal space.
Having a child with a learning disability of any kind is a struggle. Between diagnosis, doctors appointments and treatments, school work can get lost in the shuffle. Fortunately, several area schools cater specifically to students with learning disabilities, which means youngsters can focus on their education and stay on track to success.
Move over, Radiant Orchid! For our money, navy blue has turned out to be the real color of year in interiors. It’s all but replaced black and brown as the new dark base for decorating. We love navy’s easy-going vibe, as well as the way it effortlessly pairs with neutrals, brights and, of course, metallics.
Story: At a carnival shooting gallery, the proprietor encourages a motley group of misfits to purchase guns and take aim on their frustrations by assassinating an American president. Historical eras overlap as disgruntled actor John Wilkes Booth commences the violence with the murder of President Abraham Lincoln to avenge the South’s loss in the Civil War.
Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) leaves his rural Missouri cul de sac one sunny July day and heads to visit his twin sister, Margo (Carrie Coon), at a neighborhood bar they co-own. There, Nick receives a call from a neighbor letting him know—we assume—that his front door is open and his cat has gotten out. When Nick returns to retrieve the animal, something is not right.
A couple months ago, my editor approached me about one of those new painting-while-drinking-wine classes that have recently dominated everyone’s social media newsfeeds. My mission was to visit the new Pinot’s Palette in Webster Groves. The thought of doing something artistic while drinking wine, and then writing about it sounded like something just this side of nirvana, so, of course, I signed on.
This week we introduce the remaining designer teams for the 2014 Ladue News Show House. See their work on display at 34 Briarcliff in Ladue Oct. 11 – 19.
As the St. Louis food scene continues to flourish, home chefs are able to choose from more and more locally made products to enjoy with their families. But what to make? Keep reading for ideas from four area foodies on how to use their goods in your own kitchen.
Each year, the Ladue News Show House highlights work from some of the area’s top designers. Starting this week, get to know the professionals behind the designs of the 2014 Show House, located at 34 Briarcliff in Ladue. Be sure to see their creative spaces when the home is open for tours (Oct. 11 – 19), and stay tuned next week to meet the other participating designers.
With seemingly endless choices, varietals spanning the globe, and descriptive words like ‘angular’ and ‘toasty’, the wine aisle can be an intimidating spot. Add the task of matching seasonal fall dishes with specific flavor profiles, and choosing the right bottle might leave a sour taste. But fret not—below, local sommeliers and wine managers dish about their go-to bottles for fall, meaning you can sit back, relax, and uncork a bottle…or two!