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.
Looking back, 2014 proved to be another banner vintage for the St. Louis culinary scene, which continues to grow and expand. Here are a select few of the events that helped shaped the year that was:
With so many choices—and more wines being imported than ever—choosing a wine can be a gamble. Spending more may increase your chances of getting a superior sipper, but with a little guidance, both value and quality are well within reach.
I've compiled my annual look back on my favorites from Fall 2014. The best part? See how easily these looks can carry you into Spring of 2015!
Vintage Havana Plaid shirt
Ample living space, good flow, fun outdoor areas, bountiful storage… The perfect family home has many qualifiers and can be hard to find. Payne Family Homes has spent years perfecting the design of the family home; and its final layout and design concepts—a group of home plans called the Louis Collection—will be built and customized in the Vintage Grove neighborhood in Wildwood and The Forest at Pevely Farms in Eureka.
As we surround ourselves with family and friends this holiday season, we also take the time to enhance our homes with beautiful touches to make these cherished moments even more memorable.
Wedding cakes play a starring role at any wedding. It usually is given a table all its own, positioned strategically so that as many guests can see it as possible. Cutting of the cake can be a high point in the wedding reception. Wedding cakes, the cutting of, and the eating of the proffered bites by your new spouse has been a classical idea steeped in symbolism—usually to ensure a fruitful union.
One of the easiest ways for me to figure out what to give to another gardener during the holiday season is to know what I would like myself. Some of my favorite tools and gadgets, plus projects from my own wish list, are combined with Julie’s professional additions. Whether you are looking for a small gift for a neighbor or a major wow item for your sweetie, Julie and I would like to offer some ideas.
Vintage Botanical Collection from the Garden Gate Shop
Looking for a comfortable shoe for fall? Slightly more hip than Tom’s and definitely more fashionable than your running shoes, the slip-on sneaker is having its moment.
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.
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.”
Tucked away in the back of the home at 34 Briarcliff is a classic 1950s-era den, complete with a vintage built-in wet bar, brick fireplace, pine paneling, parquet flooring, and picture windows providing an unobstructed view of the expansive grounds beyond.
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.
Iconic St. Louis has released its first-ever St. Louis Skyline die-cut card. The card was created and designed by Mary Strauss and illustrated by Chris Kilcullen; proceeds benefit Landmarks Association of St. Louis.
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.
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.
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!
Many years ago, when I lived in Europe, I dined al fresco in a café in southern France. I ordered a bottle of Vouvray to pair with my seafood dish. To my surprise, the server brought a Champagne-shaped bottle to the table. However, my French was a bit rusty so I accepted the bottle.
On Catherine: Vintage Havana shirt, $62; Gracia skirt, $79; Necklace, $59; Never Enough. Belt, $20, Paperdolls Boutique. Earrings, $637, Vie. Boots, $295, Laurie’s Shoes.
Life-size sculptures. Historic paintings. Artwork in bloom. Get a taste of the eclectic array of exhibits hitting St. Louis’ art scene this fall.
Since its beginning in the 1870s, the Central West End has served as a sought-after St. Louis residential district. These days, the CWE is an urban oasis full of homes, restaurants, bars, art, entertainment, and—of course—shopping.
Story: At the Charenton asylum in France in 1807, the most notorious inmate is Donatien Alphonse Francois de Sade, an aristocrat better known as the Marquis de Sade. He was born in 1740 and spent 32 years in various prisons before dying in 1814 at Charenton, where he was sent in 1801.