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Join one of St. Louis’ newest galleries in welcoming East London design duo Mariana Fantich and Dominic Young, who will present Apex Predator | Darwinian Voodoo for the first time in the United States, only at projects+gallery on Friday, November 6th at 6-8 PM. Click here to watch the ad for the exhibit.
If there is one event you should attend, it is this!
Do not miss the opportunity to see the spectacular production of live music and riveting dance that is Carmina Burana and the Nashville Ballet. This performance is encompassed by 120 voices, 60 musicians, a full orchestra and 40 dancers. This show is an evolution of German composer Carl Orff's thunderous, dramatic cantata to magnificent proportions.
I went last time they were in town and just thought it was one of the most magnificent performances I have ever seen. You may have seen "Carmina Burana" in symphony, but combined with ballet, you will never see anything else like it. I hope to see you there!
I am ready for you to move in to one of these gorgeous homes by The Holidays! Just imagine the Holiday parties you could host (as long as you invite me). If you or anyone you know is looking for a stylish home, then send them over!
Located on the top of a hill with expansive views is this historic log home built in 1819. 35 acres with an option for more forested land that could be purchased. The home has been meticulously restored & updated. 4,800 sq. ft. with 4 bedrooms & 4.5 bathrooms. The home features wide plank pine floors & beamed ceilings throughout both levels & newer custom 6 over 6 pane Marvin windows. The Living Room has a wood-burning stone fireplace as its focal point. Gracious Dining Room with French doors that lead to a screened porch. The master bedroom features 2 walk in closets, a lovely wood-burning fireplace, & a door leading to an upper deck. Country kitchen has views of the surrounding Salt Peter Range & a door opening to an expansive covered porch. There is central heat & AC and four wood burning stoves located throughout the home. Finished LL with recreation room. Equestrian enthusiast will delight in the 7-stall stallion stable with a tack room & two 15-acre pastures. Lovely mature trees & perennial gardens surround the home. 2-car attached garage. Tree house. Only 1 hour to St. Louis.
This newer contemporary home is a showstopper! The perfect entertaining home & place to display your fine artwork. Set on 3 acres in the sought-after Somerset Downs neighborhood in Ladue.
Designed by Louis Saur with a recent guesthouse addition. The U-shaped house is centered by a 25’x50’ blue stone patio with an inspiring great room as its centerpiece. Skylights and expansive windows wash the rooms in natural light & varying ceiling heights blend dramatic & intimate spaces. You’ll find two of everything in the chef’s kitchen with designer appliances, a center island, marble counter tops & custom maple cabinetry. The master suite is a sanctuary with a marble fireplace, His & Hers baths/dressing rooms, heated flooring & skylights. An entertainment center, wet bar, exercise room & en suite bedroom define the finished lower level. Additional features are a Ludowici tile roof, Lutron electronics, central vac, security, irrigation system, 5-car heated garage. 6,758sf on main floors, 2,600sf in LL, 1,200 sf in guest house combine for 10,000+ sf of luxury living.
Check out this cool Mid-century Des Peres home. It looks like it could have been designed by Ralph Fournier:
LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION! Just over an acre of beautifully manicured grounds in the heart of Des Peres. You'll be swept away by the tranquility of this park like setting all while enjoying being close to everything you need. This home has been lovingly maintained & offers you tons of natural light & plenty of space w/3 bdrm, 3 bth & 2 separate great rooms. Enjoy your cozy WB FP w/rustic stone detail. You'll be wowed by the indoor grill w/restaurant exhaust system! All 3 bdrms have built in storage & master has cedar closet. You'll love the LL w/finished full bth & office space & a built-in bar. Your outdoor space boasts a large deck & patio area w/hot tub & sauna perfect for entertaining. 2 separate workshop spaces on your deck & storage shed, one w/copper top! A walking trail to enjoy this beautiful lot has already been created & an above ground sprinkler system provides for easy maintenance. All of this AND Kirkwood School District! Come check out this amazing property today!
Listed by Kathleen Helbrig, Keller Williams, 636-229-8550
I recently was down in Branson, MO looking at a fabulous home...you will have to wait a few months to find out more about it. When I was down there, a local nursery contractor told me to use Irish Spring bars in panty hose to repel deer. I am going to try it! Online I read that the deer dislike the animal fat used in the bars more than the scent.
Duane Reed Gallery is pleased to present the sculptural works of John Garrett. John Garrett was raised in southern New Mexico, influenced by Native American arts and crafts. His intrigue with the tools, systems and materials involved in weaving and other textile constructions were nurtured and developed through courses with Neda Al-Hilali and Marion Stewart. Garrett has been working with the application of textile technologies and imagery to various materials for the past thirty-five years. He has exhibited nationally and internationally in hundreds of exhibitions. Currently a full time studio artist in Las Cruces, New Mexico, he taught for many years at colleges and universities in California, including Scripps College and UCLA. He now teaches workshops nationwide on creativity and the use of textile methods to create sculpture. The National Endowment for the Arts awarded Mr. Garrett fellowships in 1983 and 1995. In 2010, he was elected a Fellow of the American Craft Council College of Fellows in recognition of his outstanding artistic achievement and leadership in the field. Garrett’s work is an engrossing exploration in tactile intricacies through repetition of form, while simultaneously providing the viewer with a myriad of textures and colors to explore.
Duane Reed Gallery proudly presents the intricate oil paintings of Nancy Newman Rice. Nancy Newman Rice was born in New York City and was educated at Cornell University and at Washington University, where she earned a BFA with honors and an MFA. She has received awards that include a National Endowment for the Arts/MMA Fellowship for painting, and nominations for a Tiffany Award and an AVA Award in the Visual Arts. Ms. Rice has exhibited her work internationally and has had a number of solo exhibits in both galleries and museums. Rice states about her work: “In my paintings, the viewer observes but does not enter as the confusion of space is meant for contemplation rather than adventure...My influences...extend to architectural drawings, the girders of anticipated buildings and especially scaffolding that fills those spaces. They are skeletons and place holders which define spatial containment, and are evidence of the sacred geometry that is the armature of empirical experience.” Rice’s work is deeply experiential, utilizing overlaid images that provide the viewer with a hypnotizing perspective; her paintings transcend time as one is able to view progression from conception to finalization as a singular moment.
A couple Saturdays ago I had the pleasure of attending an Opening Brunch for Andrew Millner at the William Shearburn Gallery on Skinker. Ben Poremba of Olio provided the yummy breakfast food. The event was sponsored by Alive Magazine. The exhibition goes through November 6th.
Not only is this home fabulous, but it has an interesting history. The home was originally designed and owned by the Orthwein family, there is a great article written by StlMag here. It was erected in 1930 and has passed hands a few time since then. After the Orthwein Family, Marilyn Schnuck purchased the home and then following that it was purchased by a retired NFL player who played for the RAMS. Now I am trying to find the next fabulous Owner!
The Bernoudy-designed Schweiss home located at 4 Daniel Rd in Ladue was torn down last fall. The new house built on the property is now finished and being lived in.
I was sad to see the Schweiss home gone forever. It was a difficult house to save being in poor condition, priced at $400,000 and only about 1000 sq. feet. I had a buyer, though it did not appraise for much more than $300,000. Lots in Ladue are going for $500,000- $600,000. Economics prevail. It really needed a savior not concerned with buying it and it making financial sense.
The Huntleigh Estate is a picturesque, one-of-a-kind estate located in the midst of 50 private acres in Huntleigh. The 6+acre property features a stocked pond, a horse-ready corral, barn & stable complete with a fenced in pasture. The Estate also features a private drive-way that will lead you up to the exquisite Maritz & Young French style home which overlooks the surrounding acreage. The sophisticated architecture is apparent throughout this magnificent 3-story home. In all of its beauty it contains a total of 22 rooms. Of which 6 are bedrooms, 4 full baths, 5 half baths as well as an elegant detached 4-car garage. The first floor features terrazzo floors with an impeccable circular staircase, elegant chandeliers, decorative plaster moldings and even a butler's pantry. The newly renovated kitchen includes gorgeous granite countertops and state-of-the-art appliances. The second floor has plenty of bedrooms including a spacious master suite and updated bathroom with extensive marble, a Jacuzzi tub and even a steam shower. The lower level is ideal for entertaining with wooden bars, movie theater seating, fireplace, pool table room & 1000 bottle wine cellar. If a luxury home is what you are looking for, the Huntleigh Estate has ended your search! Check back tomorrow for an insider secret and part 2 of the Huntleigh Estate.
RH Modern (Restoration Hardward) has decided to "go big, or go home". They have bursted onto the scene with a dramatic selection of products created some of the design worlds biggest names yet! "The past two decades have seen an explosion of interest in vintage 20th-century furniture, not to mention widespread revitalization of urban districts replete with open lofts that cry out for modern decor." RH Modern faces this problem head on, and it is simply fantastic.
The fifth annual Ladue News Show House returned with a grand estate in the heart of Ladue. St. Louis' top designers showcased their talents throughout this coveted property at 1751 Woodlawn. The Preview Party included hors d'oeuvres from Bishops Post, open bar, and a first look at the newly designed 2015 Show House. What a great time it was!
Here a few pictures I snapped while I was there!
Buy tickets to view this magnificent home available to view through the 25th HERE
In April I made a field trip to see Crystal Bridges Museum in Bentonville and witnessed the Frank Lloyd Wright house being reassembled on the grounds. I will have to go back!
"In Bentonville, Arkansas, a house that Frank Lloyd Wright designed for a New Jersey couple more than 60 years ago has been painstakingly reassembled, board by board and pane by pane, overlooking the clear waters of the Crystal Spring. When it opens to the public next month on the lushly wooded 120-acre campus of the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, it will be the first Wright house in Arkansas—a delicately preserved later example of the so-called Usonian homes that the architect conceived as models for affordable middle-class living."
Custom Stone home built in 2002 with 6,377 sq. feet of total living space. 4 bedrooms, 4 full baths & 2 half baths, a 2-story front foyer with custom moldings and hardwood throughout first and second floors. The Living Room features a gas fireplace & tiered ceiling. Formal Dining Room. The kitchen is large & has custom, rustic cherry cabinets, Viking, Décor & Fisher Paykel appliances, two separate sinks & a walk-in pantry with a prep sink. The kitchen opens to a hearth room with a gas fireplace. The large Ipe hardwood deck has an outdoor fireplace. The 1st fl master bedroom has a tiered ceiling, washer & dryer and 2 walk-in closets. The master bath has dual vanities, air jet tub & separate dual head shower. The main level also has a two-story office with a wall of bookshelves with stairs that lead to a 2nd office above the garage. The 2nd floor features 3 more bedrooms, 2 full baths & another laundry. The LL is a walkout with a stone, gas fireplace in the recreation room. The LL also has an exercise room, full bath & storage. 3-car garage.
On one hand we have a University of Michigan student who is fed up with $800-a-month rent on campus, so he builds his own tiny house and uses solar power and compost toilet to live off the grid – and saves himself $6,000. He spent around $13,000 on the 'house' and is happy with his decision. What is your take on this? Leave a comment below!
A Dilapidated Bank Turned Stunning Cultural Center Opens in Chicago’s South Side
On the other hand, and somewhat unrelated, we have Theaster Gates an artist, urban planner, and professor and director at the University of Chicago’s Arts and Public Lifewho believes in a culturally driven approach to urban redevelopment.
"It’s part of an evolving way of reimagining that culture should be central to the way our cities and neighborhoods work."
It is not always fair to use foreclosed homes as examples of bad realtor photography, though you would think the agent listing it would still try to do a decent job. Here is a Kirkwood home that was just put on the market.
The required toilet shot with a time stamp!
Check out the fridge that is secured close with a shopping bag.
People want a suburb with a downtown core that offers walkability - like our very own Clayton, U City or CWE!
Read the whole article by Barbara Ballinger on RealtorMag
"The common denominator: People of all ages are tired of their car-centric lives and care less about square footage than finding a home in a location that’s compatible with their interests and values," says Bruce D. Snider, a building designer and architectural writer based in Belfast, Maine.
In addition, here are some other trends:
Healthier, Smarter Materials
"'Biophilic' planning involves placing windows to showcase outdoor greenery and doors that strive for seamlessness between the great outdoors and a home’s interior."
"'Hand-built brick walls are labor-intensive but will last for centuries rather than for just one home owner,' he says. Architect Jon Handley of Pulltab in New York concurs. 'The best way to be green is to build with quality that lasts,' he says."
Weather and energy:
"Communities on the forefront of energy and weather efficiency are setting guidelines for better waterproofing and strategically placed insulation. 'The goal is to go beyond what’s required, not use energy at all and get off the grid,' says Philadelphia developer Nino Cutrufello."
"Encouraging healthy living goes beyond including bicycle racks and gyms in multifamily buildings"
"Managing power needs will continue to be huge as more home owners seek to stay connected 24/7. Forward-thinking techies will develop more robust wireless hubs to provide power from a central source and make it easier and less costly to control everything from one app on a smart phone..."
A Greater Sense of Belonging
Seed to feed:
"Don't call it a garden: Edible landscaping is appearing in single-family yards and multifamily building rooftops. Lomel predicts consumer and developer interest will lead to demand for organic gardening consultants."
"Multiple generations living together isn’t new; cultural traditions, economic pressures, and elderly and child care needs have long made such arrangements desirable for some."
Open plans on a smaller scale:
"Open floor plans still dominate, but to differentiate smaller spaces, designer Seth Grizzle of Graypants in Seattle likes to add whimsy, reflecting the desire for customized spaces. 'People want a fun edge that makes them smile, and they'll give up space to get some uniqueness,' he says."
"As the built environment evolves, how it looks will reflect a more contemporary sensibility. 'We won't look to the past. Modern design is the future,' Williamson says. 'All this amazing technology and other changes go part and parcel with much more forward-looking designs.'"
Landmarks Association of Saint Louis meets the Columbia Foundation for the Arts
I was fortunate enough to join the Landmarks Association at the former Columbia Theater (now one of the region's most unique private residences and the home of the Columbia Foundation for the Arts) on Saturday, October 3rd for a fabulous fall fundraiser including a celebration of John Karel (recently retired Director of Tower Grove Park) and his contributions to historic preservation in St. Louis.
The event was elegant and thoughtfully put together. It was a rare chance to party under the stars at the Columbia Foundation! What stood out to me the most was the magnificence of the Columbia Foundation. I was also delighted with the pleasure of meeting the owner and Artist of the Columbia Foundation, Frank H. Schwaiger.
Frank enlightened me on some of the history of the building, which I found fascinating, so I want to share it. The Columbia Theater was erected in 1925 as a Vaudeville Theater. Notable Artists who played the Columbia include master Magician Harry Houdini and The Three Stooges. However, by the time the theater was operable, vaudeville was on the wane. In the early 1930's the Columbia was converted into an Art Deco styled movie theater.In 1957, the theater underwent an extensive conversion into a racquet club. Then in the 1970s the building was the scene of a fire which resulted in it's closing. Purchased at auction in 1987, the burned, derelict building was renovated by Frank H. Schwaiger. Inspired by Mediterranean cultures, the Columbia Theater is imbued with an atmosphere reminiscent of Pompeii.
Frank was gracious enough to open up his home for a fabulous fundraiser, and I think it was a success!
Written By: Blake Anderson, IT Officer for Ted Wight
Check out this new development near The Block and Scottish Arms as seen on nextSTL. Click HERE.
There really is a need for some "fresh meat" on the market as far as new construction in the CWE that is for sale.
Shhh....I have heard of two other smaller developments in the CWE. One is new construction a block off of the action on Euclid and another will be condos in a historic structure....also a block off of Euclid. Real walkability!
So I am late to the game, though I finally went to Seoul Taco when visiting my son over the weekend at Mizzou. Very good and I loved their decor....as you probably already know....they also have a location on Delmar in St. Louis!
And just for fun....look at the AC units outside my son's frat house. Can you imagine what an inspector would say? I wonder if they still work!
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!
Read the whole story in the St Louis Post Dispatch site: HERE
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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.