Skip to main content
You have permission to edit this article.
Ladue News Show House: Guest Suite

Ladue News Show House: Guest Suite

  • Updated

Blessed with a clarity of vision, designer Tom Sprick didn’t need much time to determine how the guest suite would evolve. “Once I saw the space, I knew pretty quickly what I wanted it to be.” Bold and confident, the bed and bath are exuberant with color. “I love to use strong color, but in order for it to work in a sophisticated, liveable manner, you have to ground it with strong neutrals.” The wisdom of that philosophy is apparent throughout this two-room space, from the bedroom’s camel walls, punctuated with a bookcase lacquered in Chinese red and a gorgeous room-sized Turkish rug in rich reds and turquoise, to the dark teal walls of the adjoining bath. Unfazed by the old bath fixtures, Sprick approached that room with humor and common sense. “Honestly? Dynamite was what was needed!” 

     Taking direction from the 26th president, Sprick uses his favorite quote from Teddy Roosevelt: Do what you can, with what you have, where you are. “Actually, the bath is a great space because you can have a little more fun,” he says. “The walls and ceiling are lacquered in a deep teal, and because of the grand high ceiling, I had an extra-long custom shower curtain made from a Badgley Mischka contemporary damask. It’s an indoor/outdoor fabric that doesn’t have to be lined.” The large adjoining bedroom was designed to be multi-functional. “I treated it less as a traditional guest suite and more like a studio apartment, perhaps for a returning college student. The daybed serves as a sofa during the day but it’s a completely functional bed. It’s custom-made and outfitted in a gorgeous camel matelasse that is completely machine-washable.”

Tom Sprick Interior Designs: Tom Sprick


Ageless Rug Treasures

Brody’s Lamp Shop

Crate & Barrel

Etro for Clarence House

F. Schumacher & Co.

Jean Mutrux

Jill Hackney Painting

Joelle Mitchell, decorative artist, LLC

Norbar Fabrics

Private Collection

Be the first to know

* I understand and agree that registration on or use of this site constitutes agreement to its user agreement and privacy policy.

Related to this story