When December becomes icy and dark, the garden may go to sleep for the winter, but my kitchen window showcases the flurry of activity around our row of bird feeders.
From lighting menorahs and enjoying latkes to singing traditional songs and blessings, local families share with us how they celebrate Hanukkah.
Breathe in. And out. Focus on the breath entering and leaving your body...again… This is all it takes to begin a basic meditation practice. When your mind wanders, gently bring it back to your breath.
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.
The animal control department of Peoria, Illinois, found Dixie, a 4-year-old basset hound, on the streets with a litter of puppies. They took her in, but during the procedure to have her spayed, something went wrong and she became very ill.
31 Westwood Country Club
Local author and former Famous-Barr employee Edna Campos Gravenhorst recently released Famous-Barr: St. Louis Shopping at Its Finest, a book that covers the ins and outs—and impact—of the store, whose history spanned almost an entire century.
The St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum has unveiled its first-ever temporary exhibit: Stan Musial: 'The Man' Off the Field. Displays include artifacts from the Cardinals, as well as items on loan from the Musial family.
St. Louis is nothing if not tradition-heavy around the holidays, and though some practices have fallen to the wayside, many others are here to stay. John Oldani has literally written the book on local traditions, aptly titled Christmas in St. Louis.
This 6-bedroom, 5 full- and 1 half-bathroom custom-designed home in Ladue is listed for $2.2 million.
Remarkably, if you were to come across a wish list from 2013, many of the items would not be found on this year’s list. In one year, the technology/gadget landscape changed.
We sampled the fare at Panorama not long after the doors opened and were suitably impressed. Since then, the restaurant has undergone some changes in the kitchen, necessitating a return trip.
Story: It’s another deadly dull day for Angela and Stu. The couple, who’ve been married for some 20 years, aren’t nearly as passionate as they were when they met in high school, at least not Angela. She’s grown weary of their threadbare existence and the livelihood that depends on their moribund convenience store.
Famed bridal designer Judd Waddell will soon make his St. Louis trunk show debut at Fleur De Lis Bridal Boutique. While his designs may not have been displayed this way here before, Waddell is no stranger to the area. Before launching his own fashion house, Waddell was just a young adult from a small town (Illiopolis, Illinois), who attended Washington University to pursue his passion: architecture.
“My husband calls me Mrs. Winchester, since I keep adding on to the house and find ways to create new spaces,” says the homeowner of this renovated and expanded 1934 Ladue home.
Story: The place is England and the time is the 1930s, between the two world wars of the 20th century. Richard Hannay is an unadventurous British chap, much taken to pondering his dull life but not inclined to do much to alter it. Then, one night while attending a performance by “Mr. Memory” at the London Palladium, he is approached by a beautiful but mysterious young woman who convinces him to escort her back to his home.
When Covenant House Missouri hosted its first ‘Sleep Out’ three years ago, the executives and civic leaders who signed up for the fundraiser experienced for the first time what it’s like to be homeless—a reality faced by some 2,000 St. Louis youth every night. “I’ve been a social worker for more than 30 years now,” says Sue Wagener, executive director of the nonprofit that works to get homeless youth off the streets. “I’ve been in some really poor areas, and I’ve seen a lot. But I really was not ready when I slept out the first year. It’s dark and it’s 2 a.m., and there’s silence—you can only hear the night noises. It struck me that I didn’t realize the advantage of cardboard—my feet would drop off the cardboard and start freezing. Then, in the distance, I heard a gunshot.”
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.
In the classic fairytale Cinderella, an indentured girl who talks to mice and mops floors on her hands and knees receives a fairy godmother who turns a pumpkin into a carriage. There is sparkly glitter and some Bibbidi-bobbidies, and the whole scene is just swell. In real life, I—a regular girl who rarely touches a mop—get a quick lesson from a glass-blowing aficionado who shows me how to turn a big blob of clear glass into an adorable pumpkin. There are warnings not to burn myself, quite a bit of sweating and brightly colored bits of glass. Put quite simply, it is enchanting.
This 4-bedroom, 5 full- and 1 half-bathroom home in Ladue is listed for $2 million.
Whether it’s clean and organized or over-the-top opulent, we all have ideas of our dream bathroom. Unsure of what you're looking for? Borrow ideas from these local bathroom projects.
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 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.
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.