St. Louis has a unique style which is celebrated on this site. Come and experience the rich architecture, interior design, social events, gardens and art of the area.
Ted Wight is a Broker- Salesperson with Dielmann Sotheby's International Realty. Ted is the #1 agent in the office & a top-ranked realtor in the St. Louis area.
This is a very special offering - a contemporary home set on 13.6 acres. You will feel that you are in the country, though only 20 minutes to downtown St. Louis & Clayton. The home is 2,610 sq feet and features expanses of windows to let light stream in and see your lovely woods and meadows. 3 bedrooms & 2.5 baths. Two story Living Room with a fireplace. Sliding doors lead to a large deck overlooking the woods. The kitchen is bright & large with a breakfast area. The main floor master bedroom has a luxurious bathroom. On the second level there are two more bedroom & a full bath with a balcony staircase that looks over the Living Room. The 1st floor also has a powder room, laundry room & a good-sized mudroom/pet room. 3-car garage. Lovely landscaping with many mature specimens. Unfinished, walkout lower level. An additional 15 acres adjacent to the property is also available to purchase. This place is absolutely fantastic!
Sometimes, when you work with what you've got, you end up with something fabulous like this home.
"These days Ray and his partner, Mel Pashea (pronounced paa-SHAY), gain access to their mini-compound — complete with landscaped and fenced-in courtyard, saltwater-filled swimming pool and a second, smaller building for sleeping, dressing and doing laundry — through a new side door that leads into the larger building’s newly created foyer."
Not only does this home look fantastic, but it still encompasses the history of the building, with a more contemporary twist. I personally love seeing people transform homes like this one. If you know of any, please send me pictures of it, I'd love to see it, and maybe I'll post about it!
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Story by Susan Fadem; Photos by Cristina M. Fletes
Now that summer is past, and it was a relatively wet and cool one, It is again time to start thinking about winter and what we need to do to prepare our homes for the colder weather.
Step 1: Clean gutters. Fall brings leaves and other debris to the gutters. Cleaning may be required more than one time since leaves drop all during the fall. Having clean gutters can prevent gutter back up which can cause basement seepage, foundation damage, ice blockage in the gutters and soffit/fascia damage.
Step 2: Check your exterior surfaces. Be sure that caulking around windows and doors is in good condition. Caulk open joints. Air leakage can be an energy drain and increase utility bills. Open joints can also allow moisture intrusion. Repair any rotted trim or wood sections. Paint as needed. TIP: When replacing wood, prime and paint all sides prior to installing.
Step 3:Check for areas that need to be painted and paint as needed. Use good quality paint and properly prepare the surfaces for improved longevity.
Step 4: Check decks for loose or deteriorated boards. Replace damaged boards and secure loose ones, preferably with galvanized screws. Secure all loose connections. Apply a good coat of sealing stain or paint.
Step 5: Power rake and aerate the yard. Both pieces of equipment can be rented however that is becoming more difficult or there are lawn care services that provide this service. In some cases lime may be also needed.
Step 6: In all cases, good fall fertilization is suggested.
Step 7: Disconnect all hoses prior to the first hard freeze. Turn off the interior valves and open
the exterior valves. Store hoses on the interior once drained.
Step 8: Trim shrubs and trees limbs away from the home. Shrubs, vines and trees should not
touch the home. During the dry times water the vegetation before the winter season sets in.
Step 9: For those with an asphalt driveway the fall is a good time to seal the cracks and apply a
full surface sealer. There are many good products available. Seal cracks and then apply
loose sand to the crack. This will help make the repair last longer.
Step 10: Concrete driveways should also be sealed periodically with a good quality sealer. This
helps limit the effects of weather and salts brought in from the street. Concrete product
supply companies generally carry several grades of good concrete sealers for concrete.
Step 11: For those with snow blowers the fall is the best time to verify they are in working order.
Step 12: For those with an irrigation system, it should be closed for the season. All water in the
lines should be blown out. Professionals with the proper equipment are recommended.
Step 13: Pools should be professionally closed.
Step 14: If your furnace filter has not been changed recently replace it.
Step 15: Take a good hard look at your foundation and see if any new cracks exist or some of the existing ones have gotten larger.
Step 16: Since the last few weeks have been dry it would be wise to water all of the shrubs and trees.
Step 17: Routine maintenance of your furnace is advised prior to the heating season. We suggest this be done professionally. This should include checking it for safe operation, as well as service of humidifiers and electronic air cleaners. Generally, HVAC companies will mail notices and savings coupons.
Step 18: If you have a vacant property, be sure to turn the water off and winterize the plumbing.
One last note: Get a jump on planning any Christmas decorations before it gets cold and the weather becomes uncomfortable to install things such as gutter hooks for lighting.
Gerry Loesch, P.E., ASHI
39 years Experience
For Building Inspections and foundation consulting Call 314-249-8370
*This guide was created by Gerry Loesch, for the pdf version he created click here.
If you walk in to Mr. Lawrence Chen's "Private Kitchen" restaurant in U City without a reservation, you are going to be out of luck. This restaurant requires that you both have a reservation, and order in advance.
This will seem odd to many, but they have a good reason. Emily Chen explains that they actually shop for ingredients on a daily basis based on what people order in advance.
The restaurant is on the small side (seating about 24 people), and has a a few other interesting quirks.
Upon seating, you will notice that it is rather silent, as they do not play any music (you can hear Chef Chen cooking your meal in the kitchen). But nevertheless, it is a great experience. Based on these details it may seem that Private Kitchen is elusive and pretentious. But you'd be wrong! Mr. Chen designed it this way as to allow him to control the flow of customers, inventory and every other detail.
Overall it is a fantastic new and notable restaurant and you should check it out. For a more in depth review, check out Sauce Magazines piece on the restaurant (the print version is better), or this article here.
This Ralph Fournier designed home was built in 1963. The open floor plan, windows and special features will delight any contemporary, modern or mid-century buyer. Located in popular Forest Green Estates and across from Old Warson Country Club. The house has tons of windows that look out onto your 1.24 acres of woods, yard and gardens. The first floor has wood floors throughout. The Living Room and Dining Rooms are separated by a see-through gas fireplace & both have French doors that lead to an expansive deck. Four bedrooms and 2 ½ baths on the main floor. The kitchen features black granite counters, custom wood cabinets, ceramic tile floor & a large breakfast room with a gas fireplace. The finished lower level is 1162 extra sq. ft. of finished living space with an expanse of windows & French doors that look onto a terrace and woods. The lower level also has a half bath, fireplace, retro wet bar, an office and a large two-car garage.
"The total lunar eclipse will last about one hour and 12 minutes, according to NASA. It will be seen in North and South America, as well as Europe, Africa, parts of West Asia and the eastern Pacific.
However, skywatchers can camp out early for the partial lunar eclipse, which will begin at 8 p.m. ET in the United States. As the planet's shadow dims the supermoon, this will create dramatic viewing opportunities for observers. The eclipse will reach its peak during the 10 o'clock hour, giving the supermoon a reddish, copper-like hue. The event should end after midnight.
Unlike solar eclipses, which need to be viewed with special eye gear, the lunar eclipse can be seen with the naked eye after nightfall." (Read more here).
I have neglected to make a post about bad real estate photography so here are a few that I stumbled upon. You can find a ton of them on this website, it is sure to get you laughing!
This is actually a photo of a listing from the Apocalypse...He tried really hard to make this one work. Is that a hand I see? Expert Real Estate Scientists are 5-10 years away from uncovering what this photo is...
Sure, it's at the end of the hall to the right. Knock first...
StoneyCreek Ranch is a private country estate spanning 264 acres of rolling hills, a 10 acre lake, 2 ponds & a rustic Montana style home w/ pool overlooking the grounds & an hour drive from the heart of St. Louis,. The property has it all--fishing, hunting, horses, cattle or just a place to enjoy the beauty of the surroundings. There are 2 barns, a boat dock, an enclosed gazebo and a fully stocked lake. Upon entering the 3500sq ft. home one notices wood floors, stone walls and vaulted ceilings with striking beams. A dramatic stone fireplace stretches from floor to ceiling and the windows around provide stunning views. The dining room and kitchen are open and have the same sophisticated country feel with wood and stone high end finishes. A screened in porch w/ fireplace opens to the terrace and pool. The master suite is on main floor with 2 beds/baths upstairs. The lower level is a great entertainment space with a pool table, fitness room and more.
You will fall in love with this custom Hessessey-built 9 year old Ladue home. With 4 bedrooms, 3 full baths, 2 half baths & over 4,800 square feet of living space, this home speaks to today's luxury buyer. Find many unique finishes, including some Old World European hand finishes & wide plank floor. The brick exterior incorporates a hand, whitewashed finish, extensive stone work, real board & batten shutters & wrought iron hardware. Inside, find a 2-story entry with limestone floors & a formal Living Room with a wood-burning fireplace. The Great Room features a vaulted ceiling with exposed beams & a stone wood-burning fireplace. The open kitchen has an oversized island, granite counters, custom cabinets & a 6-burner gas stove. Laundry room off of kitchen. The main floor master suite has high ceilings, 2 walk-in closets & a luxurious bath with an indoor & outdoor shower! There are 3 bedrooms upstairs with 2 full baths plus a loft space. Recreation room above the 3-car garage.
In the very sought after neighborhood of Harwood Hills, is a perfect mid-century modern home with fabulous updates. An expansive wall of windows greets you at the foyer along with the contemporary lighting and vaulted ceilings. Hardwood flooring encompasses the open floor plan of the main floor, dining room and all the bedrooms. The great room has a stunning 2 sided fireplace with slate-stone surrounds. The chef’s kitchen boasts solid surface countertops, 42” Hickory cabinets, tile backsplash and stainless steel appliances. A large deck wraps around the exterior with a pergola. A massive sitting area compliments the master suite and large custom closets. The master bath has adult height cabinetry and double sinks. An open staircase leads to the finished full walkout lower level. The lower level has 2 living areas, but one could easily be converted to a 4th bedroom. All the bathrooms have been updated with adult height sinks and solid surface countertops, lighting and faucets.
Located on a private 3 acres in prime Ladue is this Bernoudy-designed contemporary masterpiece. The centerpiece of the home is an open Living Room and Dining room with vaulted ceilings, coved lighting, built-in bookcases, a fireplace and an expanse of windows that look onto a wooded lot. The kitchen is bright and features granite counters, double ovens, stainless steel refrigerator, skylights and granite counters. The master bedroom suite is special with a dressing room that would satisfy anyone with a need for plenty of closet space. The master bath has been renovated with a soaking tub, walk-in shower, custom finishes and marble tile. Adjoining the master bedroom is a "man's" dressing area with an expanse of closets and another full bath with stunning finishes. There is a cozy den with a fireplace on the main floor, laundry and office. The Lower Level has a whole wall of windows and sliding doors that lead to a terrace. There is a large recreation room with a marble wood-burning fireplace. 3 more bedrooms and 2 renovated, full baths are in the Lower Level. The Lower Level has tons of storage, a second laundry room and rough-in for a kitchen. The ultimate in privacy with no neighbors in view. Professionally landscaped by award-winning Moynihan & Associates. If you need an additional bedroom, there are plenty of options to easily add one.
"Our brains are uniquely wired to view forms and connect what we are viewing to our existing bank of memory, knowledge and emotion." That is why I love art. It can bring out such profound emotions and memories like nothing else can! Benjamin reached out to me via email and I took some time and reviewed some of his work, and I will say that I am impressed. Art is an integral component of our culture and human history. I love to support artists like Benjamin, and I hope my readers feel the same way. If you want to see more of his works, check out his website here, otherwise I hope to see you at his studio!
This home is a handsomely designed and constructed contemporary jewel that is inspired by the unique private setting minutes from shops and restaurants. A classic blend of wood, brick and floor to ceiling windows work in combination with beautifully renovated baths and kitchen, adding a sense of luxury to the modern aesthetic. Custom cabinetry and floor to ceiling marble fireplaces along with rich design elements add texture and style and a sense of warmth to the elegant clean lines of this home. Spaces are open with dramatic high ceilings, wonderful light and flexible living. The pool area is gorgeous and the lot is a beautifully landscaped acre plus. Every surface has been lovingly updated and is totally current. Don't miss this rare opportunity! This is not one of my listings, but when I saw it I loved it and had to share it.
Located in Clayton’s popular Wydown Forest is this charming home filled with good karma. Enjoy Clayton’s award-winning school district & take an easy walk to Starbuck’s, a deli, fine restaurants & more. You will smile the moment you walk into the foyer & see the sophisticated Living Room with peaked archways, French doors that can be left open to let in a breeze & a wood-burning fireplace with a new travertine surround. The Dining Room is pretty with stained glass. Main floor powder room. The eat-in kitchen has a breakfast island & adjoins a bright breakfast room & sitting room. Private, fenced backyard with a patio, lush landscaping & a gas BBQ. Upstairs has a pretty master bedroom with double closets. Two more bedrooms are on the 2nd level with one featuring an adjoining playroom & the other a sunroom/den/office. The 2nd floor full bathroom is charming with a make-up table. The home has a finished Lower Level with a family room, wood-burning fireplace & a full bath.
I will say that I was actually surprised that the most requested topic is My Listings. I guess that is a good thing seeing that I am a Real Estate agent and I am trying to sell my listings! Second place was "Stuff happening in STL". I will make it my mission to make sure that I start posting more about things happening in the STL area. I would also like to thank all of you who participated for answering the survey, as it really provides me insight into what you guys want. I would also like to highlight a few of the comments that people made, there were over 60!
I have lived in Los Angeles, CA for 40 years but was born in Belleville, IL and have always considered St. Louis "my city." I read Ted Wight's St. Louis Style every week day and truly feel as though I am able to maintain a "connection" with this truly wonderful place. St. Louis is quintessentially American, but I have come to realize that it is fast turning into a food mecca and an up-to-the-minute, evolving place, too. The quality of housing stock in greater St. Louis simply has no equal anywhere else in the U.S. and I enjoy seeing the listings and photos of interiors in the homes Ted Wight represents. Also, being included in social venues and art gallery openings with Ted Wight as tour guide is a treat and an insider experience. Ted is Ambassador-at-Large for StL.
There were tons of great comments and I personally read each and every one of them. Thanks so much!
Link Auction Galleries was formed in January, 2014 by a team of specialists with a combined total of over 160 years of experience in the St. Louis auction industry. Our company takes its name from Theodore Link, the German/American architect who designed our historical building at 5000 Washington Place in St. Louis' vibrant Central West End. Our group aims to preserve the institution of a full-scale auction house that St. Louis has been fortunate to maintain since 1830, starting with Ben J. Selkirk and Sons. At the same time, we are preserving a 1902 Greek Revival style landmark that was the first building listed on the national historic registry.
We take pride in our commitment to the Saint Louis community in providing an outlet to market its property to an international audience. With our experience in fine art, antiques, silver, decorative art, collectibles, oriental rugs and jewelry, combined with the strong relationships we have developed with buyers within the industry, we will effectively reach top dollar for your property.
Located at 4733 McPherson Avenue in Saint Louis' Central West End, projects+gallery is a commercial art space designed to feature contemporary exhibitions and artists that blur the boundaries of traditionally understood artistic disciplines and practices.
In conjunction with Barrett Barrera Projects, a consulting company founded by Susan Barrett in 2014 and specializing in arts, culture and contemporary fashion, projects+gallery features regional, national and international artists working in a variety of mediums.
I just had the chance to preview this exhibition, and I wanted to share some of the photos I took at the exhibition. Don't forget to mark your calendars!
Beautifully maintained Mid Century Modern Olivette Home in the Ladue School District. This 1.5 story is very spacious, with high ceilings, large rooms and excellent flow from one area to the next. The entry foyer is very large and the hallway to the four first floor bedrooms is amazingly long and wide. The eat in kitchen is 27 x 12 w/many windows with exits to the large aggregate patio and fenced in inground pool with a hot tub spa and spacious concrete decking. The DR is a separate room with one wall of windows overlooking the backyard with beautiful mature trees. On one side of the DR are French doors to the screened in porch - The 2nd floor has two add'l bedrooms and a full bath. The LL rec rm is 55 X 12, an oversized laundry, an exercise room and a mechanical room with a newer Rinnai tankless hot water heater. The owners installed a fifty year Roman Tile Metal roof in 2007. This amazing home has only had two owners and is on the market for the first time in 42 years.
Listed at $799,000
Nancy Williams, Dielmann Sothebys International Realty
1. Book a Table an Hour Earlier Than You Used to. (Then Call Back and Make It an Hour Earlier) “I’m sorry, all we have is 5:30” should be an opportunity, not a heart-sinker. Now it’s so much easier to snag a table at that popular place—and there will be fewer people to offend when your daughter decorates your white pants with her ragù.
2. Make the Kids Order for Themselves For years our girls would just look at us when the waiter asked what they wanted. We decided that a restaurant was a good place to master the art of looking people in the eyes and, you know, using their mouths to speak.
3. Take the Booth It’s more private, more comfortable, and more fun for the kids. Also much easier to hide when they challenge all notions of civilized society.
4. Discourage Devices We feel bad getting judgy about this one because a) smartphones barely existed when our kids were in terrorist toddler mode, and b) we’re hopelessly addicted to our devices. Plus, it’s so easy, so effective to hand a kid an iPad and get on with your meal. But it’s just as easy (though maybe not as effective) to hand them a deck of cards or any other analog distraction without that dissociative quality. (There is a sub-rule, lest we model the behavior we’re trying to curb: Parents must do their best to refrain as well.) That said, desperate times…
5. Speaking of Modeling Behavior, Drink Up While You Can There will come a day when the kids take middle school health class and start saying things like, “Dad, did you know that one ounce of gin equals 12 ounces of beer equals four ounces of wine?”—and then ask exactly how many ounces of wine you ordered, which threatens to turn you into a person who drinks, alone, in the garage.
6. Get French Fries These have never not worked.
7. Do Dessert at Home Every minute that passes in a restaurant with kids under the age of five brings you one minute closer to meltdown. For dessert, best to pull the rip cord and do Oreo milkshakes at home. (With extra Oreos if this is a hard sell.)
8. Order One New Thing Ask the kids to have one bite of something new. More than one long-term love affair, like with the light-as-air gnocchi from NYC’s Otto, has begun this way for our kids. Note: Make sure you like whatever you’re debuting, so when the kid rejects this mandate, you won’t have the urge to send us the bill.
9. Do Not Take Them Anywhere with a Michelin Star That is, unless you enjoy setting money on fire.
A best kept secret jewel of a home! Beautifully situated on a 1/2 acre lot filled with perennial gardens and bordered by massive oaks.. so very private yet in the heart of Kirkwood just moments to the YMCA, library, Farmers Market and all the shops & restaurants Kirkwood has to offer! This home displays the finest in mid century modern architecture, designed & built by the onetime owner & meticulously kept with original appointments. The open flowing floor plan offers stunning views from the walls of windows while the soaring vaulted ceilings create a spacious feel to the bright rooms...3 bedrooms, 2 baths and a retro kitchen with eat-in island, gas cooktop and pristine original metal cabinets keeping in the style of the architecture. Trellises, a pergola, stone walkways & even a famed Kirkwood sculpture are just a few of the treasures this property holds....you must see to believe.. this home is a once in a lifetime opportunity! This would be an ideal home for someone to update and modernize like this smart home!
Listed By: Linda Hodge Phone: 314-569-1177 x458 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ladue News featured an article about Mid-Century style in their latest edition. If you flip to page 23 you will notice a 2 page article that shows my home as well as 2 Deer Creek Hill in Ladue that is coming on the market later this month. It focuses on the iconic style that St Louis has inhabited since the design of the Gateway arch in the 1960's. The article points out that design style has become a staple in the St. Louis area since then. The article quotes me at one point saying, "One thing happened in the 50's: The technology improved and you could have big, floor-to-ceiling picture windows. You could do more interesting things with architecture, like horizontal beams and cantilevered overhangs." My home was designed by the illustrious William Bernoudy and the home was actually occupied by Bernoudy himself.
If you love mid-century homes and enjoy an interesting read, I would definitely check it out! See the article HERE
(My living room, designed by William Bernoudy pictured above)
Stunning 10-year-old 1.5-story home with every modern amenity. Gorgeous Kitchen with 42" Cherry cabinets, Center Island with raised breakfast bar, granite counter tops, stainless steel appliances, Hearth Room with gas fireplace and breakfast room. Large deck off of the breakfast room with a stairs to the fenced yard. Great Room with soaring cathedral ceilings, built-in bookshelves and gas fireplace. Formal Dining Room and Den. Large windows with plantation shutters allows for abundant natural lighting. Open staircase, beautiful hardwood floors, neutral decor throughout. Main floor master suite with a luxurious bathroom featuring dual vanities, Jacuzzi tub and separate shower. Walk-in closets. 9-foot unfinished basement pour with full rough-in plumbing, walk out and windows for future finish. Circle Drive, electric gate and metal fencing surrounding the property. 1 acre. 3-car garage.
I am excited to announce the addition to my organization of Blake....my new Chief Technology Officer. He has already weaned me off of AOL. Instead of email@example.com... my new e-mail will be firstname.lastname@example.org It is about time! My AOL address will still be up forever...though I will give out my new address from now on. From 1990 to 2015 is one sweep! Blake said that I have had my AOL email address longer than he has been alive. Ha!
You will love this home from the moment you enter it. The charming foyer opens to a bright Living Room with a fireplace & bay window. The Dining Room is large and features a bright window & lovely moldings. The kitchen is completely updated with granite counters, custom cabinets, hardwood floors, breakfast area with a window overlooking the pool area. The kitchen features: a Subzero refrigerator, Asko dishwasher, Viking gas range, warming drawer & double ovens. The home also has a comfy den off of the kitchen with walnut paneling & a gas fireplace that has French doors to a deck overlooking the pool. The main floor master bedroom suite is perfect with hardwood floors, walk-in closet & a luxurious bathroom featuring stall shower, whirlpool tub & dual vanities. The 2nd floor has 5 bedrooms, 3 full baths & laundry room. The expansive walk-out Lower Level has a recreation room with fireplace, full kitchen, full bath, den, game room & French doors that lead to a patio & pool area. Additional bedrooms could be in the Lower Level. 2-car garage. Central vacuum.
You will love this contemporary home that is open, bright & updated. Architectural elements include high gables, angled windows, geometric spaces and a variety of ceiling shapes and heights. The large kitchen has gas & electric cooktops, granite counters and top-of-the line appliances. The breakfast room adjoins a spacious family room with a fireplace and windows looking out to your private backyard. The first floor master suite has a fireplace, a huge walk-in closet/dressing room and a big master bathroom with sauna and bidet in addition to a Jacuzzi tub. 6-zoned HVAC. 3-car oversized garage. Large unfinished basement. Beautiful, large patio with pretty landscaping in the backyard- which is perfect for entertaining.
It seems like everyone is thinking of going to Cuba before it changes! I am going to this event and thought my Readers would be interested in it. Join me!*
This event seeks to Demystify traveling to Cuba and there is a free event coming up soon!
Visit cubademystified.eventbrite.com to register for free! The event will take place on Wednesday, September 9, 2015 in St Louis, MO from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (CDT)!
"All but closed to Americans for nearly half a century, Cuba is finally ready to be explored. But going beyond the visions of beautiful beaches, cigars and vintage American cars – how does travel to Cuba actually work these days? Anne MacIntyre, a private travel designer and owner of On The Map Travel, will be on hand with the details on travel to Cuba. She’ll talk about the new government relationships, travel regulations and what has changed about traveling to Cuba. She can help you find the right (legal) experience and can ensure you make the absolute most out of your experience in Cuba."
On The Map Travel creates personalized global adventures to fit your needs and wants. For more information on what they do, visit their website by clicking here.
*FYI....I am not a sponsor of this event and do not benefit from your attendance.
I lamented Cucina Pazzo closing on Euclid in the CWE, though the same group opened The Tavern in the space. It was quite good...the biscuit bread they serve when you first sit down is sinful! I had Cobia with their Asian Sesame Seared preparation...my dinner partners had the Filet Trio and Chicken Saltimbocca. All were excellent! We will be back!