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2011 KITCHENS OF THE YEAR


Six award-winning kitchens sizzle with superior
style and smart design

MIXING IT UP
Opposites attract in this eclectic Central West
End home, where a sense of nostalgia takes
on a modern point of view

NEW YORK STATE OF MIND

On the Cover
This award-winning Kitchen of the Year
exudes a warm, tropical, Mediterranean feel.
See page

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COVER PHOTOGRAPHY
BY ALISE OBRIEN

A glamorous suburban condo sparkles


with big city sophistication

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love snowstorms. They are a wonderful excuse to get all snuggly inside, make a re and just relax .
In this issue of SLHL, we celebrate the heart of the home, the kitchen. Check out our amazing 2011 Kitchens of
the Year award winners on page 26 and be inspired to make the heart of your home as beautiful and functional
as it can be.
Trends and Fab Finds (pages 10 and 12) oer plenty of cuddle up comfort. Cozy, textured pillows, rugs and
throws, as well as the warmth and beauty of glowing lamplight, will help to make your home the place to be
for a welcoming winter warm-up.
Speaking of warm, both of our featured homes, one a New York-style suburban condo (page 42) and the
other an eclectic and artistic historic city home (page 34), exude the warmth and style of their owners and oer
some unexpected and beautiful surprises.
If you have a sweet tooth, turn to page 22 fast! Baileys Chocolate Bar will have you swooning over the
delectable delights they prepared for a scrumptious Valentines Day Girls Night In.
I hope its snowing when you read this issue, but even if theres not a snowake in sight, we at SLHL hope
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SINK INTO SOFTNESS WITH


THESE WARMANDCUDDLIES!
one: Hand-knit throw from West Elm. two: Pencil
Rug in Rain Cloud from Expressions Furniture.
three: Gray annel decorative pillow from Savvy
Surroundings. four: The Bill Soeld Collection Winter
Harbour throw by Baker from Frank Patton Interiors.
See page 56 for design resources.

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warm and welcoming pillows, throws and rugs make for an inviting
respite from the winter weather.

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Positively Glowing

THIS WINTER, LET TABLE AND ACCENT LAMPS


FLOOD YOUR SPACES WITH WARMTH AND LIGHT
BY KATIE UNDERHILL

ried and true, the table


lamp is a classic piece in the
puzzle of interior design.
With proper placement,
table or accent lamps can
alter the feeling and scale of a
room. And when paired with
additional sources of light, such
as an overhead chandelier, these
lamps create a layered lighting
eect, casting a softer glow that
establishes mood and ambience.
They are also ideal for everyday
tasks, so whether youre curled
up with a novel in your favorite
overstued chair or chatting with
friends by the re, table lamps emit
light that is both functional and
cozy. A lamp can also be a savvy
way to make a statement or add
visual interest to a setting. Placing a
contemporary table or accent lamp
in a more traditional room often
adds a fresh, and sometimes
dramatic, sense of style
to the space.

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FROM TRANSITIONAL TO
TRENDY, THESE FIVE LAMPS
ARE PERFECTLY SUITED
FOR SPRUCING UP A
BEDSIDE OR END TABLE.
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one: Surveyors table lamp


from Ethan Allen. two: Silverplated stylized leaves lamp from
John-Richard Boutique by MKS
Designs. three: Murray Feiss
Aubrey Collection table lamp
from Dau Home Furnishings. four:
George Kovacs table lamp in
chrome from Metro Lighting.
ve: Ambience Walt Disney
Signature-Kingswell Collection
table lamp in Eidolon Krystal
Glass from Metro Lighting.
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England. The Century Furniture chairs have Pierre
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The custom-nished cocktail table is by Habersham,
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SAVVY SURROUNDINGS
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TWO SMASHING WAYS
TO MAKE A STUNNING
FIRST IMPRESSION

BY JUDY UELK PHOTOGRAPHY BY ANNE MATHEIS

Your homes entryway should sparkle with personality. It should give your guests an inkling of
what to expect as they are invited into your personal spaces. Foyers should be fabulous. They should make a stunning
rst impression. Does yours?
Interior designer Hilary Beyer, ASID, of Frank Patton Interiors gives her take on two totally different design styles
and shows how each design can work beautifully in the same space. In this particular foyer, a transitional console with
a basalt nish and a gold rice top by Bill Soeld for Baker, as well as an eight-sided center table with a sable nish and
a Macassar ebony veneer top by Alexa Hampton for Hickory Chair serve as starting points for two diverse looks. Dark
woods are very popular these days, notes Hilary, and can easily transition between styles.
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A TRADITIONALLYMINDED HOMEOWNER wants


a classic look, says Hilary. Traditional dcor can be
dressed up for a more formal feel or scaled down for
simple sophistication, she adds.
Using a palette of rich colors, accented with shades
of gold metallic, Hilary set the stage for classic elegance.
Two square benches, with gold bamboo bases and
upholstered in a patterned silk, slip easily beneath the
console, providing visual interest and functionality.
Creamy o-white crackled lamps with gold-toned
bases and nials beautifully frame the gilded Chinese
Chippendale-style mirror with a pagoda crest.
Accessories for this look are minimal but substantial.
I quite often go light on accessories, says Hilary,
especially in a contemporary setting. If the furnishings
are beautiful, they dont require much ornamentation.
For her traditional take, the console is adorned with a
clear glass rectangular vase, abundant with small white
rose buds, alongside a dark classic Caesar statuette.
The center table welcomes guests the moment they
walk through the front door with a glorious oral
arrangement in shades of pink, accented by an edgier
zebra-striped box that complements the dark and light
tones of the console area. Together with an Oriental
rug and magnicent oral oil painting, this traditional
ensemble provides a stately yet welcoming feel.

FOR A MORE CONTEMPORARY SPIN ON THE


SAME SPACE, Hilary replaces the creamy lamps
with faceted glass-columned ones, accented with
brass bases and topped with gold linen shades.
Three glittering glasses and a decanter perched on a
mirrored leather serving tray oer a simple focal point,
and a large print entitled Celebratory Whim swaps
places with the mirror. A collection of aquamarine
ceramic vases, skillfully arranged beneath the console,
picks up the blues in the artwork above and infuses
the more neutral entryway with another pop of color.
Hilary transforms the transitional center table
by replacing the pink roses with white orchids,
accompanied by an exquisite piece of blown glass.
Three triangular benches on casters by T.O.B. (Thomas
OBrien) for Hickory Chair and upholstered in a subtle
animal print punch up this grouping .Youll also note
that the rug is gone, and two bold black-and-white
prints by Larry Laslo give the back wall a new look.
Its all about buying pieces you love, advises Hilary,
and then choosing the direction in design that
appeals most to you to complement these pieces.

Its all about buying pieces you love

and then choosing the


direction in design that appeals most to you to complement these pieces. Hilary Beyer, interior designer

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With years of industry


experience and a denite
eye for design, Scott
creates kitchens that are
functional, beautiful and
budget-friendly.

SCOTT MECEY,

INDEPENDENT KITCHEN
DESIGNER AND FOUNDER
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AND WHY HE

loves what he does.

EDITED BY KATIE UNDERHILL PORTRAIT BY COLIN MILLER/STRAUSS PEYTON

Q
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SLHL: This is a stunning


kitchen! Where do you
begin when creating a
project like this?

SM: Initially, the most


important thing is spending
time with my clients and
nding out exactly what
they like about their spaces. Most people have
visited showrooms and collected magazine
after magazine, which I love. I always spend
a couple hours with them on the rst visit to
nd out what direction they might already
have in mind.

save people money and still provide them


with the kitchen of their dreams. I work with
some of the best contractors in St. Louis, so
the quality is always top-notch. I dont have
a showroom, which benets the client more
than I think they realize, and allows me to
keep costs down.

SM: The granite countertops are brushed,


so they have a leather nish as opposed to
a polished nish. They still have a nice glossy
appeal, but at the same time, you dont see
all of the ngerprints. This denitely complements the shininess of the backsplash and
the sleek stainless steel appliances.

SLHL: What are some of your favorite


design details in this kitchen?

SLHL: What about a client who lives


in, say, a loft in the city as opposed to a
larger, more traditional home? Are you
comfortable designing cabinetry in a
variety of design styles?

SLHL: What would you say most sets


you apart in this market?

SM: The cabinets are maple with a full-cover


paint and gray glaze, while the island is
accented in a maple dark chocolate stain.
Using two colors makes the kitchen feel warm
and inviting. By using dierent elevations, we
provided visual interest without ornate onlays
the clients wanted to keep it simple.

SM: Most people are redesigning a kitchen


once in their lifetime. My goal is to whittle
away some of the larger costs, so Im able to

SLHL: These countertops are especially


unique. What kind of nish was used?

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SM: I design traditional through contemporary,


and I have the cabinetry manufacturers to
accommodate. The cabinets in this kitchen are
Kemp Cabinets from an Amish community
in Indiana. With Kemp, you get fully custom,
handcrafted cabinetry for a reasonable price.
Isnt that what every consumer is looking for?

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Sugar and Spice and


Everything Nice
An elegant Valentines Day Girls Night In celebrates special friendships
BY JUDY UELK

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PHOTOGRAPHY BY ASHLEY GIESEKING

Opposite page: Hostess Barb Combs oers friends Amy


and Ann a chocolate peppermint mousse parfait. Below:
This girls night in included chocolate raspberry, chocolate mint and dark chocolate martinis. Right: A silver
tiered tray holds Chocolate Bar brownies, dark chocolate
ganache true hearts, macadamia pecan tarts and white
chocolate and pecan blondies. Bittersweet chocolate
pots de crme with chocolate-covered espresso beans
encircle a sparkling silver vase lled with red roses.

intage silver platters laden with decadent chocolate delights


and savory cheeses are scattered about Barb Combs traditionally elegant
living room. Glittering candlelight bounces o the sparkly votives illuminating
the festive red-striped glasses lled to the brim with specialty martinis. And
roses, roses and more roses, their sherbet hues of raspberry, yellow and pink
perfectly accenting the dcor, leave no doubt that this is a girlie gathering.
I thought that having a girls night in party around Valentines Day was a
great way to express to my friends how much their friendships mean to me,
says Barb.
So, with visions of the perfect celebration, Barb called upon David Bailey,
owner of Baileys Chocolate Bar in Lafayette Square, to create a memorable and
delectable chocolate and cheese extravaganza. For this party, explains Barb,
I wanted to do something casual, yet fun and pampering. It was important to
me that everything was prepared in advance, so that I could actually enjoy the
time with my friends, sitting by the re and talking. With that as her directive,
Chocolate Bar Executive Chef Robin Murphy knew just what to do.
My goal was to create an appetizing array of desserts coupled with a savory
sampling of artisanal cheeses and spicy nuts, says Chef Robin. We created petite,
yet ornate, bite-sized portions with a wide variety of avors, running the gamut
from sweet to savory. Chocolate and cheese are ideal complements. And, of
course, we included a mouthwatering menu of chocolate martinis! This was
to be a ladylike presentation, yet one that packed a tasty punch.
Barb enjoys planning parties, and she and her husband, Art, often entertain

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Desserts
Baileys Irish Cream and Chocolate Ganache Cake
White Chocolate and Pecan Blondies
Baileys Chocolate Bar Brownies
Macadamia Pecan Tart
Chocolate Peppermint Mousse Parfaits
Bittersweet Chocolate Pot de Crme
with Chocolate-Covered Espresso Beans
Dark Chocolate Ganache Truffle Hearts
Milk Chocolate Chip and Espresso Cookies
Vanilla Bean Sugar Cookies
Cheeses, Fruits & Nuts
Drunken Goat Cheese
Camembert
Antique Gruyre
Heartland Creamery Methuselah
Dried Pears, Apricots, Cherries
Spicy Walnuts
Toasted Nuts
Crackers
Martinis
Chocolate Raspberry
Chocolate Mint
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friends at their classic Central West End home. Our home is 98 years old,
explains Barb, and is fabulous for entertaining. I love to use silver serving
pieces, crystal and lots of candles for my parties. They create such an elegant
atmosphere. Thats denitely the look I was going after for my girls night in.
Flowers are also important to Barb. I think owers add a welcoming touch
to any occasion, she says. Sometimes I even place fresh owers right on the
serving trays when Im entertaining. Scott Hepper, master oral designer for
Carriage House Florals at Diane Breckenridge Interiors, created gorgeous
botanical confections in a rainbow of traditionally feminine pink, raspberry and
yellow. Varying heights and bouquet sizes added to the striking visual interest.
Needless to say, Barbs friends knew they were special the moment they
walked in the door. Barb really knows how to make you feel important, says
party guest and longtime pal Amy Willcut. This was such a wonderful evening.
Everything Barb did was so thoughtful, from the chic printed invitations (no
Evites for this girl!) to the delicious desserts and the beautiful owers. She
even gave each of us an adorable sweet take-home gift.
Neighbor Ann Greenspan couldnt agree more. Whats more fun than getting
a bunch of girls together to laugh, share memories and create new ones that
well treasure forever? Of course, the chocolate martinis didnt hurt either!
See page 56 for design resources.

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KITCHENS
of the

Year

A
Six award-winning kitchens sizzle
with superior style and smart design
BY KATIE UNDERHILL

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LOG CABIN CHIC


PLATINUM WINNER

brooksBerry Kitchens & Baths


MORE THAN 400 SQUARE FEET

Nestled in an 1820s salvaged dog-trot log cabin overlooking a


picturesque river valley, this kitchen was part of a large-scale redesign. By
developing a Y design plan, brooksBerry Kitchens & Baths minimized the
extensive additions impact on the original cabin. Rustic yet modern, upscale
aesthetics, such as Branches in the Wind custom leaded glass doors,
mahogany cabinetry with Mesquite cabinet center panel accents and
Typhoon Green honed granite countertops, enhance the dcor. Natural
limestone in the agstone ooring and partition walls, as well as fumed wide
plank pine ooring, enrich the log cabin feel. Backing the range area with a
stone partition wall allowed for a vented French stove that is not visible from
the dining room. And because ample storage was required for remote country living, a walk-in pantry and second refrigerator and freezer were added, in
addition to double-sided, extra-deep peninsula cabinets with dish drawers
underneath and a beverage center wall of shelves and cabinets. Unlike the
rest of the cabins dark, enveloping rooms, the kitchen is spacious and full of
natural light, with spectacular views that invite indoor-outdoor entertaining.

Judges Comments:
Incorporating modern touches into the design provides contrast between
the rough and polished elements. The muted color scheme has a natural
feel and really brings the outdoors in. The round island adds visual interest
to the space, and the exposed stone and cabin wall is a great touch.
PHOTOGRAPHY BY ALISE OBRIEN

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POOL HOUSE
PERFECTION
PLATINUM WINNER

Glen Alspaugh Kitchens & Baths


250-400 SQUARE FEET

Dreaming of a truly creative concept for their pool


house kitchen, the homeowners requested a space that exuded
a warm, tropical, Mediterranean feel. It also needed to be casual,
fun and full-service, with high-capacity appliances suitable for
entertaining. Glen Alspaugh Kitchens & Baths incorporated
upscale elements into the design, including signature custom
frameless cabinetry, CaesarStone Pacic Reections and Blue
Boquira granite countertops. Imperial Tempora Travertine oors
and top-of-the-line appliances infuse a sense of elegance into
the setting. Yet, to prevent the high ceiling and doors from
appearing overly formal, cabinet heights vary in elevation, which
lends a more casual air to the space. One-of-a-kind touches
enhance the kitchens unique appeal, such as the custom
distressed, multicolored nish on the cabinets, which was painted
on-site by a local artisan. The result is a beautiful blend that
conveys relaxed sophistication.

Judges Comments:
The tropical, Mediterranean feel of this kitchen is refreshing and
totally original. Everything ties in very well, and the tile really sets
the mood. It feels like you are on vacation! The functionality is
great, especially how the kitchen opens up to a seating area.
The arched window is an interesting design element.
PHOTOGRAPHY BY ALISE OBRIEN

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MID-CENTURY MARVEL
PLATINUM WINNER

brooksBerry Kitchens & Baths


LESS THAN 250 SQUARE FEET

A young couple on a limited budget envisioned a stylish and functional kitchen for their
1960s split-level home. The existing kitchen had low ceilings, a cramped layout with insucient
storage and no casual eating area, as well as dated dcor from a 1980s remodel. To solve these
design dilemmas, brooksBerry Kitchens & Baths removed unnecessary sots and eliminated
wall cabinets to make the room feel taller. Installing custom cabinetry and professional-style appliances gave the kitchen an upscale look, while a restored vintage dining table and inherited
mid-century chairs serve as unique and aordable additions. Existing sliding patio doors were
converted into a window, and with the addition of a full-lite door, the dining room table shifted
to expand the kitchen. A hall closet was converted into a food pantry with drawers for spices
and more, while a tall cabinet provides storage for dishes, utensils, pots and pans. Removing a
wing wall and drywall pantry opened up the kitchen to dining and living areas. New recessed
lighting provides better task and ambient lighting for the kitchen and casual dining area. Some
of the kitchens most unique features include a prep island countertop, hidden Plugmold in
the stainless steel backsplash, and stainless steel feet on the range and adjacent base cabinetry.

Judges Comments:
The design is clean, simple and fresh. The mixture of colors makes the kitchen feel warm and
inviting. The space is smaller, yet functional, without an overpowering amount of cabinetry.
Adding a door rather than more cabinets is also a nice touch. The kitchen has a good work
triangle and an interesting variety of heights. PHOTOGRAPHY BY ALISE OBRIEN

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Year

LAKEFRONT LUXURY
GOLD WINNER

Gegg Design & Cabinetry


MORE THAN 400 SQUARE FEET

Grandly scaled and brimming with elegance, this new-construction kitchen is full of fabulous features at every twist
and turn. With subtle undertones of gothic styling and exceptional space planning, Gegg Design & Cabinetry overcame several
design challenges, including a large appliance requirement with limited wall space, an unusual room shape and no direct
natural light. Wall cabinets feature detailed gothic crown accents, as does the grand cabinet that contains a 36-inch refrigerator
and a 27-inch freezer, yet gives the illusion of two symmetrical 27-inch units. The base cabinets also feature distinctive details,
such as carved pilasters. A black preparation island has custom wood chopping blocks on each end, while the white-painted,
glazed outer island is used for cleanup, with two dishwashers, a custom copper apron sink and carved gothic cabinet panels.
The breathtaking butlers pantry houses a turbo oven, reclay sink and a dishwasher, as well as a supplemental 27-inch
refrigerator/freezer concealed in a wainscot-paneled wall. A large arched-canopy beverage center, anked by wall ovens, a
warming drawer and convection microwave, features a triple-arched wall cabinet, copper sink, refrigerated drawers and more.

Judges Comments:
Despite an incredibly unique design, this kitchen looks highly functional. Architectural details, such as the ornate ceiling,
make the kitchen stand out. It has all the appliances one would ever need, and theyre all within reach.
PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF GEGG DESIGN & CABINETRY

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TWIST ON TRADITIONAL
GOLD WINNER

Gegg Design & Cabinetry


250-400 SQUARE FEET

The goal of this extensive renovation and addition was to transform


an isolated, cramped kitchen into a much larger, open space while
maintaining the homes authenticity and character. To accomplish these
objectives, Gegg Design & Cabinetry devised an aesthetically pleasing,
practical oor plan. A calming color palette of creamy o-white and
light blue hues blends beautifully with the stainless steel appliances
and classic hardwood oors. Now, the new kitchen can accommodate
multiple cooks and is adjacent to the homes eating and living areas,
including a cozy hearth room. In addition, thoughtful details, such as
beaded inset cabinetry and 1-inch-thick maple doors, were designed
in keeping with the homes historical nature. The existing kitchen
was converted into a butlers pantry and a mudroom, which acts as
a centralized hub for the family to store coats, shoes and electronics,
as well as extra food pantry items. The traditional butlers pantry is a
more formal space, which doubles as a serving area and display space
for a large collection of dishes and glassware. Also concealed in the
small space is a warming drawer, dishwasher and icemaker to make
entertaining and life-on-the-go for todays busy family run smoothly.

Judges Comments:
This is a clean and cheerful take on the classic white kitchen. Soft,
muted colors add to the light-and-airy feel, and subtle design details
enhance the character and traditional style. The center island is a
nice focal point and provides interesting contrast with the rest of the
kitchen. PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF GEGG DESIGN & CABINETRY

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LIGHT & BRIGHT


GOLD WINNER

Gegg Design & Cabinetry


LESS THAN 250 SQUARE FEET

Prior to this remarkable renovation, the existing


kitchen which was inecient and isolated from the rest of the home in
a dark, enclosed space was in desperate need of a makeover. Described
as a 1950s remodel mish-mash, this problem space was the product of
a previous remodeling project. Clean, simple lines and special nishing
touches such as beaded inset cabinets, 1-inch-thick hard maple doors,
paint and glaze nishes and a mixture of marble and granite countertops
tie the space together and enhance its beauty. By removing a wall between
the kitchen and breakfast area, as well as eliminating the doorway to the
breakfast room, Gegg Design & Cabinetry transformed the space into an
open and inviting heart of the home. Soft, muted tones now unify the
kitchen and breakfast room spaces. A structural beam between the kitchen
and breakfast area was concealed, and by modifying a closet, the refrigerator
was relocated to a more convenient spot. Adding a peninsula introduced
visual separation without disrupting the ow of the room. The end result,
a major transformation without the addition of new space, is a classically
designed kitchen that is sophisticated without being overly ornate.

Judges Comments:
This kitchen is bright, cheery and denitely one-of-a-kind. The play of
nishes and textures, such as the black and white countertops, is
interesting. Its a great example of a transitional kitchen. There are denite
distinctions between spaces, yet it ows well. Great space planning makes
the kitchen look bigger than it actually is. The light xture over the center
island is exceptional; the pendants add an extra layer of sophistication.
PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF GEGG DESIGN & CABINETRY

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Year

Meet the Judges


A special thank-you to our esteemed
panel of 2011 Kitchens of the Year judges
Jay Eiler
Jay is an interior designer for The Lawrence Group residential studio. He excels
in both modern and traditional design styles and frequently introduces unique
details and materials. He specializes in single-family, residential projects and
multifamily developments and also works in hospitality and commercial
environments. Jay tackles every project with enthusiasm and creativity,
providing a seamless end result that exceeds his clients expectations.

Hal Erlich
Hal is the President of Ehrlichs Kitchens & Baths in Hazelwood, Missouri.
He has been designing kitchens and bathrooms for more than 25 years
and has played a major role in all aspects of his and his brothers
business.

Adrienne Nienkamp
Adrienne is a Certied Kitchen Designer (CKD) serving on the local board
of the National Kitchen and Bath Association. She is also a Certied Graduate
Remodeler (CGR) and a Certied Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS) through
the National Home Builders Association. For the past decade, shes enjoyed
working for Mosby Building Arts, where she has gained valuable experience
in all facets of remodeling and home improvement..

Lauren Strutman
As President of Lauren Strutman Architects, P.C., Lauren Strutman has specialized
in residential design of new homes, renovations, additions and historic
rehabilitations since 1983. She is a graduate of Saint Louis University and also
holds Masters Degrees in both Architecture and Civil Engineering/Construction
Management from Washington University. Her projects are located throughout
the St. Louis Metropolitan area, surrounding counties and beyond.

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This page: A birthday present from Nila


to Alex, this vintage 1920s shoeshine chair
adds whimsy and history to their contemporary kitchen. Hanging above the chair
is Paradowski Creatives 30th-anniversary
poster. Opposite page: The living room
also surprises with a bowling alley bench
and a custom wheeled glass coee table.
Family heirlooms and photos, pottery,
vibrant glass art and two antique mantle
clocks accent the space.

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Urban

Mixing IT UP

BY JUDY UELK PHOTOGRAPHY BY ASHLEY GIESEKING


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OPPOSITES ATTRACT IN THIS ECLECTIC CENTRAL WEST END HOME,


WHERE A SENSE OF NOSTALGIA TAKES ON A MODERN POINT OF VIEW

The

grand exterior of the commanding turn-of-thecentury Georgian Federal Revival residence that
creative professionals Nila and Alex Paradowski
call home belies the eclectic interior, which successfully marries historic
signicance with a contemporary frame of mind.
Gathering history and giving it a place in their lives today has been
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market or estate sale that we like, well buy it and gure out later how
well use it, they say.
Owners of Paradowski Creative, a creative agency located downtown,
Nila and Alex are all about making their home a work of art that
joyfully reects their personalities and celebrates their histories. Juxtaposed
against an interior canvas that exudes a more modern mentality, the
Paradowskis timeless treasures are showcased to perfection.

Collectors by nature, Nila and Alex have lled their personal spaces
with signicant and unexpected objets dart, such as an old shoeshine
chair in the kitchen, a bowling alley bench in the living room, and vintage
juggling pins in the breakfast room. Keeping in touch with their
personal past is also important to the couple. They enjoy displaying
family photos and showcasing heirlooms, such as the rocking
chair that Nilas grandfather would sit in to lull her father to sleep.
We love to have things around us that have a story, explains Nila, who
actually wrote a letter to the original owner of their Victrola when the
owner couldnt keep it in the nursing home she was entering. Nila
wanted to assure her that the special piece would be well taken care of.
Yet, with this classic disposition, the Paradowskis have deftly fused

a contemporary vocabulary that oers a graphic punch of contrasting


lines and blocks of color. Weve lived in this home for more than 20
years, says Alex, and have been slowly renovating it, always keeping
in mind and respecting its architectural integrity. However, we are
purists when it comes to design, and if something doesnt have a

Above left: A graphic black and white striped oor helps dene the kitchen
space. Sleek stainless steel appliances, a stainless steel and glass island,
sandy green quartzite counters and backsplash, and contemporary bar
stools and pendants complete the dazzling look. Above right: Pottery,
glass, vintage juggling pins and even an ornate piece of terra-cotta
salvaged from an old building are displayed in the bright breakfast room.

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CREATIVITY IS THE POWER TO CONNECT THE SEEMINGLY UNCONNECTED.


WILLIAM PLOMER, SOUTH AFRICAN AUTHOR AND EDITOR OF SEVERAL OF IAN FLEMINGS JAMES BOND NOVELS

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Opposite page, top left: Cinco, Nila and Alexs soft-coated wheaten terrier mix, relaxes
on the mahogany sleigh bed. Opposite page, top right: A curved glass shower door
leads into a custom closet and dressing area. Ann Sacks biblical limestone mosaic tile
dresses the showers walls, while Jura Beige limestone provides beauty underfoot.
Opposite page, bottom: A custom bookcase with an inset built on a swivel cleverly
hides a TV. The end table, designed by Alex and made of yardsticks, is part of his Red
Circle series. This page: An antique mirror oers a glimpse into the closet and dressing
room with oor-to-ceiling, glass-fronted, painted maple cabinetry and a center island.
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genuine historical signicance, well replace it with something more


contemporary. We dont like pseudo-history.
Each space in this exceptional home truly represents a delightful and
beautiful blend of decorating styles and artistic air. The kitchen, however,
is the pice de resistance. Creamy white cabinets, surrounded by shiny
professional grade stainless steel appliances, along with a spectacular

Above left: A basket made of carnival tickets is displayed gallery-like in the


living room. Above bottom right: The custom dining tables base is an old
luggage cart from Union Station. Above top right: A close-up of the base.
Opposite page: Across from their formal boxwood garden, the Paradowskis
built this guest house to resemble what could have been an original
carriage house, but added a contemporary element down the middle.
See Design Resources on page 56.

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glass-topped island and a dazzling black-and-white striped maple oor set


on the diagonal are truly a feast for the eyes. Kitchens built in the early
1900s were very utilitarian, notes Alex. They were simply functional workshops for the cook. Nila and I wanted to add style to the substance.
One rich cherry-red wall adds a pop of vibrant color, and Alexs own
architectural design in the breakfast room gives the space even more
personality. We wanted to build in features when it made sense and
not just hang things on walls, so we had our architect create a grid
of rusted steel boxes that serve as art niches, says Alex. Four of them
are also windows, so daylight illuminates the glass items inside. From
contemporary to eclectic, traditional to transitional, the Paradowskis
have fashioned a home that is the best of all worlds, providing them
with a warm and welcoming space that is as creatively invigorating as
it is sublimely tranquil. Just the right spot for this clever couple who see
things from a decidedly artistic point of view.

web For more photos of this beautiful


Central West End home, visit
stlouishomesmag.com.

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This page: The rich, serene color palette was inspired by the velvet and
silk damask upholstery of the exquisite end chairs. Gathered for texture,
silk stationary window panels in chocolate brown with a coppery sheen
coordinate with the luxurious velvet upholstered side chairs. A fabulous
and functional Roman shade in a diamond pattern of blues and browns
can create instant ambience and is a must-have for entertaining.
Opposite page: Built-in bookcases anking the replace and a sleek atscreen TV showcase books, photos and important family mementos. An
artistic peacock replace screen is a novel addition to the space.

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Suburban

New York
State of Mind
A glamorous suburban condo sparkles
with big-city sophistication
BY KATIE UNDERHILL PHOTOGRAPHY BY ASHLEY GIESEKING

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icture an ultra-chic condo nestled in a posh Manhattan


neighborhood. Impressive pieces from an extensive art collection line the walls,
while high-fashion furnishings and fabrics dress the stylish space to the nines.
Contemporary mixes with traditional to create an ambience of eclectic elegance, a
brilliant blend that draws you in and ensures that no ne feature goes unnoticed.
Yes, you might be dreaming of a picture-perfect property on the Upper East
Side. Or you could be envisioning Elaine Haucks delightful suburban condo
right here in St. Louis.
New York has a lot of tight spaces, and this home is similar in that it uses every
inch of space, says interior designer Cindy Hermann of Diane Breckenridge Interiors.
A fusion of comfortable charm and urban-inspired lan, Elaines home beckons
guests to sit down albeit on style-savvy, animal-print chenille and stay awhile.
Cozy, casual dcor makes the space family-friendly and ideal for relaxation. At the
same time, upscale and unexpected design details, such as framed Hermes scarves
from a memorable trip to Paris and an antique harp, oer eye-catching ooh la la.
In the family room, a colorful, contemporary painting with clean lines hangs next
to the ornately carved mantel with egg-and-dart detailing for striking contrast.
Similarly, a fuzzy mocha-colored rug provides visual interest underfoot, particularly
when coupled with two smooth o-white and brass-studded leather ottomans.

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Opposite page, left: Adorned with the homeowners eclectic art collection,
the condos walls are works of art in themselves. Bejeweled with tiny glass
beads that sparkle in the light, the entryways shimmering wallcovering sets
the tone for the homes decidedly dazzling disposition. This adds so much
texture and life, says Cindy of the silvery-gold metallic paper. Texture is key
to making a warm, neutral palette work. Leopard-print carpet runs up the
stairs to welcome guests in style. This page: A predominantly black color
palette lends a sleekness to the kitchen and breakfast room. A bright and
cheerful piece of art adds larger-than-life personality.

I chose pieces of art


that are meaningful to me. Its not just about the artist,

its about the story behind each piece.


Elaine, homeowner

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This home

makes me feel

young and alive.

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Elaine, homeowner

Opposite page: Woven with glittering thread, the plush chenille bedspread is an enchanting design element
in the master bedroom. Below, left: An ornate Venetian mirror sets the tone for this dazzling gem of a master
bath. Sparkling accents, such as spectacular chandeliers, multifaceted knobs and crystal and chrome faucets,
add to the baths brilliance. The bustled chevron-gold taeta window treatment, as well as the intricate pattern
in the wallcovering and the custom cabinetrys twisted ribbon door style, tie the room together. Below, right:
Full of energy and uptown air, the hallway powder room is a shining example of contemporary design. A
mirrored cabinet was transformed into a vanity, adding a reective, multidimensional quality to the space.
See Design Resources on page 56.

Keli Nelson
lead interior designer
SLHL would like to dedicate
this feature in Keli Nelsons
memory. As with many designers, her working
relationship with the homeowner grew into a
beautiful friendship. She will be missed.

The same creamy tone is repeated in the glazed wood moldings and built-ins
anking the replace and stands out against dark chocolate walls. Tone-on-tone
cornices in a deep gray-blue carry the eye into the fresh yet formal dining room.
Velvet and silk damask end chairs in a delicate blue establish a romantic ambience
and punctuate the rooms rich brown hues. Suspended by cables and hung low over
the exquisite dining room table, an artistic frosted glass chandelier, with its oating
illusion, evokes a sense of softness despite its inherently modern characteristics.
Thoughtful, feminine touches, such as mirrored nightstands, chrome and crystal
lamps and glitter-infused paint, heighten the glitzy glamour of the beautiful master
bedroom. A scrolling black design resembling loose ribbon adorns the perimeter
of the chenille-upholstered headboard, the tufts of which are embellished with
crystals. According to Cindy, Its a womans room, so its all about elegance and bling!
Warm, welcoming and oh-so-chic, Elaines condo is an extension of her own
personality and style. This home denes her, says Cindy. Its a more modern
transitional design with comfortable, inviting spaces.
And when shes not enjoying the haven she calls home, Elaine spends her days
saving the planet one scoop at a time at Dotties Ice Cream, a sustainable ice
cream parlor she founded in 2009.

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SLHL
IN THE
GARDEN

Impatiens,
marigolds, coleus
and cosmos, as
well as basil and
tomatoes, are
among the easier
plants to grow.
DEBBIE ONEILL,
SUMMER WINDS NURSERY

Great Expectations
SEED GARDENS ARE
GARDENS FULL OF PROMISE

BY JUDY UELK

Baby, its cold outside! If the winter doldrums are getting you down, maybe nows the time to curl
up with a fuzzy blanket in front of a roaring re and start dreaming of summer. In fact, January is the
perfect time to start planning the garden that will make you smile come June.
Seed catalogs are chock full of ideas for adding color, texture and surprise to your landscaping and
can be really fun to explore as the temperatures dip outside. Youll be amazed at all of the choices
available, and no doubt youll see a few intriguing plants youd like to give a try. Although it certainly
takes time and eort to nurture seeds to maturation, the process can be rewarding and oers you the
opportunity to cultivate a garden uniquely your own.
Debbie ONeill of Summer Winds Nursery in Ellisville is a seed specialist and a go-to guru when it
comes to growing your own, literally from the ground up.
January is denitely the right time to start poring over the catalogs, she advises. Some seeds can be
planted in containers indoors and then transported outside after the ground thaws. She recommends,
however, that you take your time and really plan what you want out of your garden, be it owers
or veggies or a little bit of both. There are so many varieties to choose from, she notes, but for the
beginning seed gardener, several kinds stand out as user-friendly. Impatiens, marigolds, coleus and
cosmos, as well as basil and tomatoes, are among the easier plants to grow. Peppers are always popular,
but are actually tricky, adds Debbie. Their seeds need lots of heat to prosper.
Some of the catalogs Debbie recommends are Botanical Interests, Burpee and Renees Garden Seeds.
You can access these catalogs online, but its extra nice to request an actual copy to have on hand for
those bone-chilling evenings when the re is crackling and a cup of tea beckons.
See page 56 for resources.

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Debbies Tips for

Successful Seed Gardening


= Always use a seed starting
potting mix to help prevent
fungal infections.
= Seedlings need sunlight to
germinate. Make sure yours are
getting at least 14 to 16 hours
a day.
= Watering is important! As seeds
grow, they need more hydration.
= As your plants begin to grow,
pinch them back to encourage
fullness.
= Acclimate seedlings to direct
sunlight and uctuating weather
conditions by increasing their
time outside by a few hours each
day as the weather gets warmer.
This will help to ensure that your
seeds will thrive once you have
transplanted them outdoors.

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The next time your design eye calls for a gorgeous 616-thread count jacquard while your
commitment to the environment requires something green, look no farther than SDHs
stunning line of sustainable styles.
See page 56 for design resources.

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GLOBAL GRNITE & MARBLE


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BEFORE
& AFTER

The deep recessed base of the


new island creates the illusion that
the island oats above the oor.

The standard-depth refrigerator was


repositioned within an existing void to
give it a rened cabinet-depth appearance.

The abandoned refrigerator niche


provides extra pantry space and room
for a cookbook collection.

Originally the kitchen seemed


to blend into the family room
and breakfast room with no
clear denition. Helen Lee, architect

Into the Limelight


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EDITED BY JUDY UELK PHOTOGRAPHY BY JAY REEVES, TAO + LEE ASSOCIATES, INC.

CHALLENGE: To create a dynamic, user-friendly kitchen within the


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easy entertaining.
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removed in this impressive kitchen renovation, the illusion is a much larger
space with plenty of room for cooking and gathering.
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improved. What was once an inecient cramped area became one
in which family and friends could congregate and cook comfortably.

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before

A long island allows the homeowners to work uninterrupted while


visiting with guests, and a table carefully integrated into the design
serves as an informal breakfast area.
Appliances, such as the refrigerator and wall ovens, are organized into
two distinct zones that give the space an open and generous feel. Typical
wall cabinets were omitted in favor of large below-counter drawers, and
two wall-mounted shelves oating on a tile backsplash extend to the ceiling.
This large bank of cabinets also conceals the requisite small appliances
while maintaining the minimalist aesthetic. Contemporary choices in
cabinetry, countertops and lighting, as well as stainless steel appliances and
cork ooring, give the kitchen a sleek yet warm and welcoming feel.
TAO + LEE successfully accomplished our vision for this space, says the
homeowner, and although we chose most of the nishes, we certainly
relied on Helen Lees expertise and Jay Reeves innate understanding of the
direction of our project. Our contractor, Fred Lang, was also instrumental,
giving sound advice and providing excellent workmanship. We are excited
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Trends

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Expressions Furniture, 314-567-6200
Savvy Surroundings, www.savvy
ladue.com Frank Patton Interiors,
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Marcus, www.neimanmarcus.com

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Family room sofa, chair and ottoman,


Crate & Barrel, www.crateandbarrel.
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lights, Metro Lighting, www.
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Dressing room mirror, Rothschilds
Antiques, www.rothschildsstl.com
Master bedroom corner chairs,
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Ethan Allen, www.ethanallen.com


MKS Designs, Inc., www.shopmks
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Interior designer Hilary Beyer, ASID,


Frank Patton Interiors, www.
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Style Maker

Suburban Feature
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Interior designer Cindy Hermann,


Diane Breckenridge Interiors,
www.breckenridgeinteriors.com
Master bath cabinetry, Bob
Burmeister of Marc Christian Fine
Cabinetry, www.marcchristian.com
Wallcoverings, Cowtan and Tout,
www.cowtan.com Fabrics and
upholstery, Stroheim, www.stroheim
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Design, www.romann-custom.com;
Highland Court, www.highland
courtfabrics.com; Lee Jofa,
www.leejofa.com Master
bedroom headboard, Christopher
Guy, www.christopherguy.com

(page 20)

In the Garden

Scott Mecey, Cabinetry by Design,


LLC, www.cabinetrybydesignstl.com

(page 48)

Toss A Party
(pages 2224)

Catering by Executive Chef Robin


Murphy and owner David Bailey of
Baileys Chocolate Bar, www.baileys
chocolatebar.com Floral
arrangements by Scott Hepper,
master designer, Carriage House
Florals at Diane Breckenridge
Interiors, www.breckenridge
interiors.com, www.scotthepper
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pretzels by Sue Smith of sincerely
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50th anniversary this year, will be transforming Contempris spectacular osite stick built home into a vacation paradise at the 2011 St. Louis Home
Builders Home & Garden Show in March.
The story and a half residence, which includes a loft and bedroom upstairs,
will have a rustic contemporary style, explains Gigi. As with all second homes,
we will concentrate on making the spaces unique and fun, low-maintenance
and carefree. After all this is a getaway, a place where you go to relax and make
memories. It should be dierent than a primary residence. Views are also so
important, Gigi advises, when planning a second home. Make sure you take
advantage of whats outside your windows, she urges. Bring the outside in.
With that tenet in mind, the talented designers at Frank Patton Interiors
have chosen warm, spicy hues and rich sable browns, interspersed with bright
primary tones to saturate the home in natures own color palette. Handplaned, distressed woods play on the naturalistic feel of the space. This home
will have a modern, lodge-like feel, notes Gigi. It would be comfortable in the
Colorado Rockies or on a pristine lake in the Midwest.
The home will be designed with a soothing blend of Arts & Crafts detailing and punctuated with the crisp, edgier accents of the loft movement. Bead
board in the baths will add a warm, comfortable cottage feel to the home.
We are excited to provide the interior design for this exceptional home, says
Gigi. It is shaping up to be an extraordinary space. Frank Patton Interiors
has designed second homes for clients across the country, making them
uniquely suited for this project.

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