This year’s ADA competition once again demonstrated the depth of design and architectural talent in St. Louis, but it is also noteworthy for a record number of entries (258!) and for a boom in the number of first-time submissions. We want to thank this year’s judges—New York-based interior designer Sara Story, Introspective editor Anthony Barzilay-Freund, architect Kathryn Dean, and Nashville-based interior designer Benjamin Vandiver—who pored over hundreds of photos and their accompanying write-ups, lending their expertise and professionalism at every step of the way. Congratulations to all of our first-place winners and to the finalists in each category.
By Veronica Theodoro and Pat Eby
modern interior design / new construction / overall home design / outdoor living space
Mitchell Wall Architecture and Design
2 The Pines, 314-576-5888, mitchellwall.com
At 11,500 square feet, this home’s glass and black brick bring the skills of design and construction to the forefront, with spaces designated for family life, for health and wellness, and for parties. The six-bedroom, eight-bath house also holds living indoor-outdoor spaces, a home office, and a lower level that includes a fitness gym, an indoor basketball court, a batting cage, and a bowling alley.  Home to a family of four, the house works for entertaining as many as 100 people with an open plan and kitchen that is integrated with the living and dining areas. Natural, organic products were used throughout, and white walls allow artworks to shine. The flow of traffic facilitates easy movement to all areas of the house.
In addition to the home’s open floor plan, creating an outdoor living space was a priority. The designers created a plan that includes an outdoor living room and dining room, a swimming pool, and a spa. A porch frames the view into the house, and from the house out to the deck and pool. A fireplace adds visual interest and warmth, and heaters recessed into the porch ceiling extend the season.   The design of this modern, flat-roofed house artfully defines spaces, delineating practical and graceful movement within and outside the house. Those elements, in gracious harmony, add up to an exciting and stimulating design. 
commercial restaurant space
space Architecture + Design
4168 Manchester, 314-543-4168, spacestl.com
The owners of Tazé Mediterranean Street Food (meaning “fresh” in Turkish) wanted a space that stood out from the competition, which happened to be located right next door. The proximity offered all the more incentive to emphasize the design’s authenticity, warmth, and modern sensibility. A wooden cocoon, crafted from oak wraps, was placed around the food line and seating area. The restaurant’s community table, fashioned of the same material, appears to rise from the floor. The judges appreciated the use of a vibrant red shade as the accent color on feature walls and drapery. “Balanced, inviting,” wrote Barzilay-Freund. “Clean and appealing.”
commercial retail space
Stückenschneider Decoration & Design with Nehring Design
9785 Clayton, 314-726-2000, stuckenschneider.com
8707 Big Bend, 314-925-0861, nehringdesign.com
The shop inside Stückenschneider Decoration & Design features hand-blocked fabrics, translucent linen curtains, custom brass and nickel lighting, and a bleached oak floor, all surrounded by a white lacquer envelope. The Mondrianesque lacquer cabinet grid holds an assortment of pillows and throws, and a modern marble-topped Eero Saarinen table contrasts with the more traditional floral fabrics that line the walls. From stuffed peacocks to monkey pillows, the studio shows off a cornucopia of furnishings while maintaining a functional studio showroom with workstations and hidden kitchenette.
commercial space
Studio|Durham Architects
1856 Menard , 314-664-4575, studiodurham.com
The new office design for The Vein Center & CosMed required removal of the existing acoustic ceiling to provide more height. Designer Story noted the added height and the “nice combination of materials” used. The lobby features a custom-designed, custom-built walnut veneer–and–granite reception desk; a wall covered in porcelain tile; and Flos’ “Aim” pendants. Floating planes of drywall, carpet tile area rugs, and custom-fabricated rolling coffee tables define seating areas. “Projecting wood apertures against the crisp steel is elegant,” remarked Dean.
Historic Residential Renovation/Restoration Project
bond Architects
222 S. Central, 314-863-4994, bondarchitectsinc.com
Built in 1915, this residence features Ecclesiastical-inspired styling. The architects, however, needed to address an indoor pool and master suite addition that compromised the back yard and natural daylight. They removed the pool in favor of an outdoor courtyard, fountain, and garage. The master suite was enclosed with a roof that tied directly into the planes of the original structure. Windows and French doors were replaced to restore the flow of natural light. Sliding doors and windows from the earlier addition were used with divided-light French doors and casement windows. Brazilian cherry hardwood flooring was installed throughout the house.
remodel
Corinne Jones Interiors with Amherst Corporation
9904 Clayton, Suite 133, 314-993-5877, corinnejonesinteriors.com
7350 Forsyth, 314-862-9399, amherstcorporation.com
Water damage resulted in buckled floors and collapsed ceilings, precipitating a remodel that brought new life to a classic home. The gracious living room, with its 11-foot ceilings and French doors, set the tone for the renovation. Crown molding, tall baseboards, and grand pilasters preserve the original design. A stone fireplace, brass trim, and elegant casings add to its Old World charm. By introducing contemporary art and design into this architectural beauty, the designers infused the house with sophistication.
addition space
FORNEY + architecture with Schneider Construction Services
421 Emmerson, 314-640-4447, forneyplus.com
429 N. Main, 636-240-0930, builtbyschneider.com
The owners wanted to remain at home through their retirement years, but a second-floor bedroom and basement laundry would make that difficult. The objective, therefore, was to design a first-floor aging-in-place master suite addition. The challenge: Keep all windows in the living room and upstairs bedrooms, and maintain the patio. The architects chose the hallway adjacent to the stairs as the access to the addition, and a courtyard between the house and the addition kept windows intact. The large rooms, oversized doorways, and grab bars all meet ADA standards.
vacation home outside st. louis
Stückenschneider Decoration & Design
9785 Clayton 63124, 314-726-2000, stuckenschneider.com
European elegance blends with rustic charm in this Aspen, Colorado, property decorated in neutrals. The design showcases views of the Rocky Mountains from each window in the house. From its handsome stone exterior to the sweeping archways of the outdoor living room, each aspect of the home was designed in grand scale, with custom furniture ordered to match. Multiple fireplaces provide guests with warm places to gather after skiing or hiking. The gourmet kitchen, spectacular indoor pool and hot tub, Swedish sauna/spa, fitness center, racquetball court, billiard room, and outdoor pool make this house an outstanding vacation getaway.
traditional interior design
David Kent Richardson Decorations + Interior Design
1923 Marconi, 314-401-1333, dkrinteriors.com
This design developed over time after a bachelor married and his wife decided to redesign the house. The husband had amassed a collection of Richard Serra and Ellsworth Kelly artworks, but the mahogany furniture was not to the wife’s taste. Eventually a collection of antique furnishings coupled with revamped pickled-wood floors lightened the space. White walls set off the artwork. A large kitchen island was removed, along with a round table in the foyer that hid a beautiful border around the floor and muted the circular motion of the stairs. The designer wove the old in with the new, to the delight of both husband and wife.
bath (smaller than 150 square feet)
Mitchell Wall Architecture and Design with McMillan Cabinetmakers
2 The Pines, 314-576-5888, mitchellwall.com
575 Hanley Industrial, 314-644-4535, mcmillancabinetmakers.com
This Midcentury house’s honey-colored wood accents inspired the architect and cabinetmaker to use a warm palette for the homeowners’ new bathroom. The wood balances the cool white porcelain used for the floors and walls; the iridescent accent tile behind the tub provides a focal point and a blend of colors suggests a soothing waterfall. The cabinets fit into the corners of the room, floating above the baseboard heaters and anchoring the corners of the light-filled space. A freestanding bathtub of volcanic limestone contrasts beautifully with the natural wood grain and tones.
bath (larger than 150 square feet)
Johnson Design with Alspaugh Kitchen & Bath
2815 N. Geyer, 314-323-7144; 9808 Clayton, 314-993-6644, glenalspaughkitchens.com
This master bathroom needed to exude quiet, understated luxury and a fresh, timeless aesthetic in harmony with the architecture of the house. Balance guided the design of the space, which is divided into three sections: a bathing chamber with free-standing bathtub and walk-in shower, two vanity areas, and an elaborate dressing table with bespoke cabinetry. Calacatta Oro marble is used extensively throughout the room, and enameled millwork on the walls and ceilings finish the look.
kitchen (smaller than 300 square feet)
Gegg Design & Cabinetry
317 Clarkson, Suite 201, 636-394-4455, geggdesign.co
The client wanted a clean-lined, transitional-style kitchen with a few unique elements. The cabinets have been finished with a custom paint color on a special door style with frameless cabinet construction. The hood, designed as a simple tapered piece, is trimmed with a narrow band of stainless steel. The island boasts textured laminate doors that complement the light-gray–painted cabinets, and 2½-inch thick granite gives mass to the workspace and sitting area. Above the island, three polished light fixtures echo the hood’s trim. Concealed refrigerator and freezer drawers, ample storage space, and microwave drawer yield a seamless look.
kitchen (larger than 300 square feet)
ADJ Interiors
11622 Page Service, Suite 111, 314-805-5784, adjinteriors.com
This kitchen design was inspired by classic yet modern neutrals. The client wanted a masculine, serene space that would appeal to all tastes and prove adaptable as the years passed. The result is a study in carefully considered details, including unique finishes and materials. A subtle crackled pattern is seen in the reflective backsplash, and a substantial 2-inch Calacatta marble is finished with a mitered edge. An Italian staining technique, followed by liming, has been applied to the island. The cabinetry and light fixtures add metal details to the mix.
fireplace
Chouteau Building Group with Lori Graham Design
1610 S. Big Bend, 314-781-1991, cbg-stl.com
1412 14th NW, Washington, D.C., 202-745-0118, lorigraham.com
The fireplace, located in the study, lends a bold and sophisticated presence to the room. The placement of the polished Brown Dunes limestone and detailed stone mitering at each projection are the work of an artisan. Strong lines and angles create a masculine framework and accentuate the beauty of the limestone. A bronzed metal frame finished with brass fasteners joins the stone mantle to the firebox, adding refinement and echoing the room’s custom glass-and-metal wall partition. Brick inside the firebox is painted black, and a black stone hearth sits flush with the dark oak floors.
specialty room
David Kent Richardson Decorations + Interior Design with California Closets
1923 Marconi, 314-401-1333, dkrinteriors.com
14208 Manchester, 636-205-0187; 9701 Manchester, 636-205-0190, californiaclosets.com
The designers met the goal of establishing a stylish wardrobe for a man about town. The homeowner’s entire stock of clothing, shoes, and accessories is now organized, visible, and accessible. A floating island/luggage storage area makes it easy to pack for travel and a small desk was placed near where the owner begins and ends his day. Steel engravings of the first 22 presidents from the client’s collection grace the walls. To complete the space, the team found two leather chairs to make slipping on shoes a breeze.
GREAT room
David Deatherage Design
1531 Washington, Suite 9E, 314-495-3719, daviddeatheragedesign.com
This renovation aimed to embrace the natural elegance of the room, while making it modern, unstuffy, and well-suited for grand entertaining. The central seating area features a velvet sofa and club chair; tufted slipper chairs flank the fireplace. A vintage checkerboard-lacquered cocktail table by Milo Baughman plays center stage, and a silk rug by Holly Hunt defines the seating area. An Art Deco glass console sits in front of a Carrie Becker photograph. Entertaining is easy—and stylish—with a bar cart plus sidebar.
lower level / Home office
Stückenschneider Decoration & Design with Walbrandt Technologies
9785 Clayton, 314-726-2000, stuckenschneider.com
11612 Page Service, 314-627-0345, walbrandt.com
The custom-designed bar cabinetry features walnut, polished-nickel mesh grills, and stainless steel countertops with a television encased behind a mirror. Other features include a glass-enclosed wine storage wall as well as custom niche lined with metal mesh to display the owner’s collection of guitars. Warm cork flooring in a custom-designed pattern combines with reflective surfaces to imbue light to an otherwise low-lit space. Vertical wood grains, a grid structure, and the linear design of the coffee table add interest without distracting from the calm atmosphere. Overhead, a random pattern of exposed Edison bulbs supplies industrial charm.
Off the lower level is the young father’s home office (pictured right). Accessible through a secret door, technology reigns supreme. Like the lower-level space, the custom-designed bar cabinetry combines stainless steel countertops and nickel-mesh grills. Cork flooring, reflective surfaces, and exposed Edison bulbs are also incorporated into the design.
master suite / millwork / window treatment
jessie d. miller interior design
4605 Lindell, Suite 1403, 314-494-1398, jessiedmiller.com
This master suite mixes the elements of a masculine study with touches of feminine glamour for a cozy, sexy retreat ideal for a sophisticated single businesswoman. The plan juxtaposes traditional design principles with modern elements, such as the made-to-order ceiling medallion paired with a modern Sputnik chandelier and the dramatic custom-made canopy bed. An imported decorative marble mantel, custom bookcases, and crown and panel molding show great attention to detail. The designer curated the owner’s collection of prints and paintings, pairing them with decorative objects that speak to her interests and personality.
Also in the master suite, definitive panel moldings and graceful crown molding create a warm, intimate space. The wall of bookcases gives the illusion of a built-in-place fixture but retains the flexibility of moveable pieces. The 14-inch crown moldings lower the high ceiling visually and make the room cozy. An evocative color palette unites the wood and fabric selections; art and decorative objects invite relaxation.
Lastly, the designer addressed the room’s window coverings, resolving both form and function with elegance. To add texture and drama, Miller had 11-foot stationary panels custom fabricated and installed. For function, she installed operable Roman shades in each of the four master-suite windows. The practical solution adds texture, color, and panache to the project. The designer sourced all fabrics and presided over the sewing of the window treatments.
children’s room (tie) / use of fabric or wallcovering
Mitchell Wall Architecture and Design
2 The Pines, 314-576-5888, mitchellwall.com
The custom-designed wall covering in the nursery was designed by a young architect when he discovered that he was to become a father again. The wall covering depicts a large-scale, graphic skyline, mainly consisting of a fantastic urban environment featuring two structures prominently—Chicago’s Seagram Building by Mies van der Rohe, and the University of Kansas’ Campanile by Homer Neville and Edward Delk—and offering an early lesson in Midcentury architecture and design. Another important Midcentury reference is the iconic Eames rocking chair. Black, white, and shades of gray in the space help stimulate vision development. Accessories throughout the room provide pops of color.
children’s room (tie)
Fendler + Associates with Johnson Vann Interiors
5201 Pattison, 314-664-7725, fendlerworld.com
20 Market, Saint Simons Island, Georgia, 912-577-3511, johnsonvann.com
In this light-bathed attic space over a garage, two sets of bunk beds are nestled into one end of the room. The stairs and ladders to the upper bunks are centered beneath a large oval window. White-painted shiplap siding and stained wood accent trim yield a casual yet sophisticated look. A secret tunnel at the opposite end of the room is accessed by a ladder that connects to an adjacent bunk room.
dining room
temple and hentz
150 S. Price, 314-443-5831, templeandhentz.com
The goal of the design was to honor this historic home while making it current, and the dining room shows that the designers have succeeded. They’ve highlighted the home’s architecture and millwork with gilding on the wood paneling and crown molding. Antique mirrored panels above the fireplace carry light throughout the space. An existing gold leaf table and chairs, plus a custom Lucite console and Midcentury Modern chandelier, bring the room to life. “The light fixture is very interesting,” noted Story. “Great scale and form.”
powder room
Chouteau Building Group with Lori Graham Design
1610 S. Big Bend, 314-781-1991, cbg-stl.com
1412 14th NW, Washington, D.C., 202-745-0118, lorigraham.com
This powder room design is simple and serene. Phillip Jeffries wall coverings provide a neutral, yet sophisticated, palette. The design team chose a vanity stone of Calacatta Borghini marble and added a faucet and accessories finished in bronze from Laura Kirar’s Vir Stil Minimal line for Kallista. A chandelier casts a warm spill of light and the toilet by Porcher adds a structural element to the room. The dark oak flooring, carried into the powder room, maintains the warm, soft feel of the space.
residential landscape design construction
Amherst Corporation
7350 Forsyth, 314-862-9399, amherstcorporation.com
The designers’ goal was to integrate a vegetable garden with a formal parterre design into a perennial garden. The design, both beautiful and functional, is somewhat limited in that the only area with enough sun to plant the vegetable garden is in full view of the house. To add interest, the team transplanted a 1904 clapboard playhouse from a demolished home. It features red window and door accents and the original copper swoop roof. In the spring, tulips and ferns grace the playhouse; annuals and more perennials finish out the growing season.
residential swimming pool
Liquid Assets Pools
221 Way, 314-409-3041, liquidassetspools.com
When a steep slope prevented owners from using their home’s back yard, the design team flattened the space. The wood deck, upper patio, and lower terrace were then tiered to provide various entertainment areas. The lower terrace and pool deck are constructed in a patterned Pennsylvania “penny round,” adding art to the design. The gunite spa is raised above the surface of the pool to create a spillover effect with a sheer descent. The fireplace and outdoor kitchen provide a year-round dining room overlooking the outdoor living space.
FINALISTS
Commercial Restaurant Space
David Kent Richardson Decorations + Interior Design
314-401-1333, dkrinteriors.com
SPACE Architecture + Design
314-543-4168, spacestl.com
Castle Design
314-727-6622, emilycastle.com
Commercial Retail Space
Savvy Surrounding Style
314-432-7289, savvyladue.com
Walbrandt Technologies with K Taylor Design Group
314-627-0346, walbrandt.com
314-610-7288, ktaylordesigngroup.com
Commercial Space
HOK
314-421-2000, hok.com
Savvy Surrounding Style
314-432-7289, savvyladue.com
Architextures
314-961-9500, architexturesllc.com
Addition Space
Killeen Studio Architects (was a finalist with two project submissions)
314-771-0883, killeenstudio.com
JG Design Studio with Molner Homes
314-496-8950
314-249-9493, molnerhomes.com
Bath (larger than 150 square feet)
Killeen Studio Architects with Grand Home Solutions
314-771-0883, killeenstudio.com
314-293-0852, grandhomesolutionsinc.com
FORNEY + architecture with Schneider Construction Services
314-640-4447, forneyplus.com
636-240-0930, builtbyschneider.com
Bath (smaller than 150 square feet)
Studio|Durham Architects
314-664-4575, studiodurham.com
Carole Hiatt Design Associates
618-233-1789, carolehiattdesign.com
Children’s Room
Cure Design Group
636-294-2343, curedesigngroup.com
Mitchell Wall Architecture and Design
314-576-5888, mitchellwall.com
Dining Room
Jessie D. Miller Interior Design
314-494-1398, jessiedmiller.com
Temple and Hentz
314-443-5831, templeandhentz.com
Fireplace
Castle Design with Tao + Lee Associates
314-727-6622, emilycastle.com
314-446-0885, taolee.com
Jessie D. Miller Interior Design
314-494-1398, jessiedmiller.com
Great Room
David Deatherage Design
314-495-3719, daviddeatheragedesign.com
Nistenhaus Design
440-478-8138, nistenhausdesign.com
Historic Residential Renovation/Restoration Project
South Side Spaces with Killeen Studio Architects
314-632-6418, southsidespaces.com
314-771-0883, killeenstudio.com
Agape Construction Company (was a finalist with two project submissions)
314-909-9050, buildagape.com
Home Office/Library
Fendler + Associates with Johnson Vann Interiors
314-664-7725, fendlerworld.com
912-638-4733, johnsonvann.com
Marc Christian Fine Cabinetry with ADJ Interiors
314-994-7111, marcchristian.com
314-805-5784, adjinteriors.com
K Taylor Design Group
314-610-7288, ktaylordesigngroup.com
Kitchen (SMALLER than 300 square feet)
Johnson Design with Alspaugh Kitchen & Bath
314-323-7144, 314-993-6644, glenalspaughkitchens.com
Studio|Durham Architects
314-664-4575, studiodurham.com
JCR Design Group with Cabinetry Etc.
314-706-2727, 314-726-9666, jcrdesigngroupstl.com
Kitchen (GREATER than 300 square feet)
Alspaugh Kitchen & Bath with Castle Design
314-993-6644, glenalspaughkitchens.com
314-727-6622, emilycastle.com
Tamsin Design Group
314-282-0035, tamsindesigngroup.com
Lower Level
Temple and Hentz
314-443-5831, templeandhentz.com
Tamsin Design Group
314-282-0035, tamsindesigngroup.com
Master Suite
OWH
314-721-4050, owh-inc.com
Amy Studebaker Design
314-440-0853, amystudebakerdesign.com
Laura Lee Home
314-324-3182, lauraleehome.comm
Millwork
Mitchell Wall Architecture and Design
314-576-5888, mitchellwall.com
Directions in Design
314-205-2010, didinc.com
Modern Interior Design
OWH
314-721-4050, owh-inc.com
Amy Studebaker Design
314-440-0853, amystudebakerdesign.com
New Construction
SPACE Architecture + Design
314-534-4168, spacestl.com
studio804
785-393-0747, studio804.com
Outdoor Living Spaces
Studio|Durham Architects
314-664-4575, studiodurham.com
Gigi Lombrano Interiors with Palm Beach Motor Yachts USA
314-707-7291, 877-291-4220
Temple and Hentz
314-443-5831, templeandhentz.com
Overall Home Design
Mademan Design
314-971-0950, mademandesign.com
ARBA Studios Architects
314-567-6137, arbastudios.com
Remodel
Laura Lee Home with Lenzen Sepe Construction
314-324-3182, 314-725-4032, lauraleehome.com
Mitchell Wall Architecture and Design with Centro Modern Furnishings
314-576-5888, 314-454-0111, mitchellwall.com
JG Design Studio with Carlyon Precision Carpentry, Construction, and Remodeling
314-496-8950, 314-338-1886
JG Design Studio with DTS Construction
314-496-8950, 314-486-2484
Residential Landscape Design Construction
Midwest Landscapes
618-649-8074, midwestlandscapesinc.com
Residential Swimming Pool/Spa or Water Feature
Liquid Assets Pools
314-822-7946, liquidassetspools.com
Specialty Room
Stückenschneider Decoration & Design with Walbrandt Technologies
314-726-2000, stuckenschneider.com
314-627-0345, walbrandt.com
Tamsin Design Group
314-282-0035, tamsindesigngroup.com
Traditional Interior Design
Jessie D. Miller Interior Design
314-494-1398, jessiedmiller.com
JCR Design Group
314-706-2727, jcrdesigngroupstl.com
Use of Fabric/Wall Covering
Suzanne Tullock Interiors
314-732-6339, suzannetullock.com
Beautiful Rooms
636-519-4090, beautifulroomsdesign.com
Vacation Home Outside of St. Louis
Fendler + Associates with Johnson Vann Interiors
314-664-7725, fendlerworld.com
912-638-4733, johnsonvann.com
Amy Studebaker Design
314-440-0853, amystudebakerdesign.com
Window Treatment
David Deatherage Design
314-495-3719, daviddeatheragedesign.com
The Design Source Limited
636-391-7640, thedesignsourceltd.com
Powder Room
Temple and Hentz
314-443-5831, templeandhentz.com
Castle Design
314-727-6622, emilycastle.com
ADJ Interiors
314-805-5784, adjinteriors.com