The March/April issue of St. Louis At Home is one of the year’s most anticipated, and with good reason. For interior designers and architects, it’s an opportunity to submit their finest work to be scored by a panel of nationally recognized industry leaders. For those who follow design and décor, the issue is a testament to the depth of St. Louis talent, comprising page after page of “outstanding projects,” in the words of one of this year’s judges, Los Angeles–based interior designer Madeline Stuart. Joining Stuart on the panel were architect Marc Appleton of California firm Appleton Partners; interior designer Amanda Nisbet of Amanda Nisbet Design, based in Manhattan; and editor-in-chief Erika Heet of Interiors magazine, each of whom spent many hours reviewing our record 283 entries. Congratulations to the winners, and to those who continue to support the annual Architect & Designer Awards competition, we express our appreciation.
By Veronica Theodoro and Katelyn Mae Petrin
historic residential renovation / great room
ADJ Interiors
314-805-5784, adjinteriors.com
This home was originally built in 1930 by a team that included designer Charles Eames. The current homeowners—a St. Louis lawyer and his English-born wife—wanted the home decorated with architectural treasures from around Europe. ADJ Interiors unified these elements while maintaining the original white oak beams and trim. The result is what judge Madeline Stuart calls a “chic, elegant, and completely original” design, finished with earthy natural-toned furnishings and accessories of linen, leather, wool, and iron, plus the occasional accent of brighter color.
The challenge in the great room (shown above) was taking a dark, heavy space and making it light and modern. The designer selected a large sectional in white brushed linen, a jewel-tone wool Turkish rug, and a natural slab wood cocktail table to set the stage. Rift-sawn wood floors have been restored to their original beauty, and ecru plaster walls keep the focus on the strong architectural elements. “The modernity of the furnishings juxtaposed with the almost Gothic architectural detailing is bold yet welcoming,” says Stuart.
powder room
Temple and Hentz
314-495-4421, templeandhendtz.com
This bath is a mere 24 square feet, but its Dorothy Draper Brazilliance wallpaper makes a big impact. Black plumbing fixtures and black-painted millwork complement the wallpaper; an oversized brass-and-crystal chandelier casts a pretty reflection onto the painted ceiling. A black chevron mosaic floor tile adds texture, and Lucite-and-brass bath accessories provide an extra punch of glam. Says Stuart, “I would be delighted to find myself behind the door of this ‘Wonka does the tropics’ powder room. Absolutely mad and fabulous!”
traditional interior design
Jamieson Design
4100 Laclede Avenue, Ste. 112, 314-371-1777, jamiesondesign.com
The owners wanted a warm and relaxing interior that balanced their love of traditional and modern design. They sought a designer who would address their interest in history but in no way make the home feel formal or stuffy. A collection of decorative arts encompasses a range of styles, from ancient Rome to Neoclassical Europe to mid–20th century forms. Moldings and woodwork were painted the color of the unpolished Venetian plaster walls to minimize contrast and produce a cocoon-like coziness. The earth-tone textiles are rich and tactile: sumptuous mohair and velvets, glazed leather, and gilded hand-dyed cottons. “Some gutsy juxtapositions and quite a few beautiful pieces,” says Stuart.
Kitchen (Larger Than 300 Square Feet) / TIE
Karr Bick Kitchen & Bath
2715 Mercantile, 314-645-6545, karrbick.com
The designer worked closely with the homeowners to plan this kitchen. She used vibrant colors and interesting textures that evoke the feel of poolside fun. A one-of-a-kind backsplash serves as a focal point; vintage-style appliances in a statement-making turquoise lend a lighthearted touch. The design is intended to complement the young family’s personality and lifestyle and to welcome energetic children to a place where they can be themselves. “Fun! Happy! Bravo!” exclaims Stuart.
Kitchen (Larger Than 300 Square Feet) / TIE
brooksBerry & Associates Kitchens and Baths
751 Old Frontenac Square, 314-872-7720, brooksberry.com
The client’s existing kitchen was crowded and lacked counter space. The backsplash was hard to clean, and an abundance of glass doors on the upper cabinets looked cluttered and dated. To improve aesthetics and function, the designers created a 500-square-foot addition with a cross-vaulted ceiling to admit more light. One side of the kitchen holds an integrated wine cooler and icemaker, a warming drawer, and a pass-through to the living room. On the other, extra storage is hidden behind oversized doors. Both sides include peninsula extensions for buffet-style serving.
remodel / modern interior design
Joni Spear Interior Design
642 Francis, 314-614-9080, jonispear.com
The goal of this remodel was to create for a family of four a contemporary yet timeless kitchen with adequate space for entertaining. Although historical guidelines limited some design decisions on this 1930s structure, the removal and brick-in of one large window was sanctioned, yielding more space for cabinetry. A well-placed two-level island with bar-height seating holds the sink out of view from the dining room but allows the homeowners to easily interact with guests.
dining room
Jessie D. Miller Interior Design
314-494-1398, jessiedmiller.com
Iconic Midcentury Platner dining chairs are real showstoppers against a long, custom-made traditional dining table that’s oriented to direct the eye out toward an Italianate garden. Light fixtures with a hint of vintage style hang at each end of the room. “I like creating different moods in rooms,” says the designer. “A dining room like this tends to be used mostly in the evening by adults. I felt it needed to be sexier.”
millwork
Mitchell Wall Architecture & Design, R.E.A. Homes, and Tamsin Design Group
2 The Pines Court, 314-576-5888, mitchellwall.com
314-400-2119, reahomesllc.com
3155 Sutton, 314-282-0035, tamsindesigngroup.com
On the three floors and exterior of this 11,000-square-foot home, millwork is never far from sight. Above the great room it lines the balconies and walls, continuing into the kitchen and down to the finished lower level, where rustic beams and more detailing grace the bar. Custom cabinets throughout the house, such as in the kitchen, mirror the stylish millwork.
use of color / use of fabric / wallcovering
retta le ritz
314-393-2131, rettaleritz.com
The client requested a bedroom that would grow with her 7-year-old son. With this in mind, the designer created a space in a timeless palette while adding elements that would appeal to childlike sensibilities. A map of the world doubles as ceiling wallpaper—but instead of selecting a paper with bright primary colors, the designer chose a neutral background and subdued color scheme. The furnishings, which feature clean lines and classic styling, will help make the room feel as current tomorrow as it does today.
master suite / bathroom (smaller than 150 square feet)
Amy Studebaker Design
11614 Page Service, 314-440-0853, amystudebakerdesign.com
Of these white rooms, judge Erika Heet says, “Absolute perfection. I love the continuation of color and materials, and every finish is simple yet elegant and gorgeous!” A bleached white oak bed frame, a shiplap bathroom—in each room whites are layered to provide detail through texture. Colors burst in the form of a citron twig mirror or a green vanity.
This clean, mostly white design conjures a vibe at once coastal and elegant. In addition to the layered shiplap walls and ceiling, hexagonal tiles in three different textures line the bathroom floor. White walls, white drapes, and white marble offer their own subtle textures, and a polyhedric light fixture and interior windows add architectural touches.
Commercial Restaurant Space
Jamieson Design
4100 Laclede Avenue, Ste. 112, 314-371-1777, jamiesondesign.com
In renovating the 25-year-old Jazz St. Louis space, Jamieson drew inspiration from jazz itself. A custom walnut-and-brass–beaded curtain creates the illusion that the room opens to the street, and a Gio Ponti–inspired host station, George Nakashima walnut tabletops, and Serge Mouille light fixtures add dashes of designer style. Free-floating acoustical walls and walnut panels frame the bandstand and conceal stage lights. Stuart says, “It’s authentic and deceptively simple but sophisticated—a bit like jazz itself. Not a single discordant note!”
specialty room
Suzanne Tullock Interiors
18790 Hayfield Meadow, Wildwood, 314-732-6339
Located in the pathway between the garage and the kitchen, this space, once a laundry room and bathroom, needed to function as a mudroom, laundry room, and home to three dogs. The designer had the bathroom removed and opened the walls. Two large cabinets now flank a bench with overhead storage. On the opposite wall, an awkward swing door was replaced with a pocket door and more cabinetry. A stacked washer and dryer maximize space. “Good spatial decision-making on behalf of the client and designer,” says Heet. Stuart agrees: “Well thought out.”
commercial space / TIE
Architextures
8725 Big Bend, 314-961-9500, architexturesllc.com
Architextures turned a 1950s service station into the home of a 21st-century marketing firm. The exterior retains some period details, such as resurfaced vintage porcelain panels; indoors, carpet tiles mimic the look of a concrete floor, and the new restrooms are lined with nostalgia-inducing subway tile and fixtures. Retro details may prevail, but everything else has been transformed. The original garage doors have become glass overhead garage doors, yielding an indoor-outdoor workspace. False doors seal off the old toilets, and a glass-walled conference room opens directly to the rustic vinyl wood flooring and recycled corrugated panels of the entryway.
commercial space / TIE
Bond Architects
222 S. Central, 314-863-4994, bondarchitectsinc.com
The architects wanted to create a sense of warmth and community in this nature-themed learning center, which serves students who have a range of disabilities. The use of colors and contrast makes for an inviting atmosphere. The curving walls encourage movement, and nooks provide semiprivate rest spaces. The building layout places the gym and cafeteria away from teaching areas. Interior dividing walls in common rooms manage sound. Each classroom is a suite containing restrooms, a meeting room, and storage.
use of interior lighting / use of stairs / railing
Castle Design
7707 Clayton, 314-727-6622, emilycastledesign.com
One of the biggest design challenges for Castle was blending the client’s transitional tastes with the home’s modern style. The designer looked to nature and the surrounding landscape for inspiration. The great room’s immense light fixture, designed by Dasomm Choi with Yellow Goat Design, consists of arched aluminum bars holding LED pin lights. “Elegance married to whimsy,” Stuart says. “The ceiling fixture adds just the right note of insouciance.”
This floating stairway was designed to mimic the steel railing of the terrace but was modified with gold and silver mesh to soften and elevate the structure as functional art. “Bold and sculptural, the stairway grounds the space while adding an element of drama to the room,” says Stuart.
addition
Schneider Construction Services and Garrison LTD
429 N. Main, O’Fallon, Missouri, 636-240-0930, builtbyschneider.com
8001 Clayton, 314-721-0333
Schneider and Garrison collaborated on an addition that yielded a happy family home. They were attentive to historical details and textures, such as the use of washed, pickled, and painted woods. Oversized black-painted barn doors separate first-floor living spaces. The color scheme—white with black accents and pops of color—imbues a sense of fun. The addition includes an elegant master bedroom suite with full-service bar and private balcony.
Bathroom (larger than 150 square feet)
Jacob Laws Interior Design and Cite Works Architects
314-814-2431, jacoblaws.com
462 N. Taylor, 314-919-5011, cite-works.com
Space limitations required simplicity, creativity, and a monochromatic design. Even with a steam shower and soaking tub, this bathroom maintains a minimalist feel; thanks to the large windows, natural light shines in abundance. Perlino Bianco vein-cut limestone in a herringbone pattern lines the heated floor and shower wall. Orbs hang above the soaking tub, and a counter-to-ceiling mirror anchors the Bauhaus-style vanity.
overall home design / TIE
Schaub+Srote Architects | Planners | Interiors and Blue Rider Design
1045 North Harrison, 314-822-7006, schaubsrote.com
This 5,095-square-foot modern farmhouse was designed with durable finishes and an open layout for a young and active family. The floor plan is oriented around the living area and allows natural light to flood the house. A fireplace, situated in the center of the home, creates two separate areas for entertaining. One of the first teardown projects in an established area, the home has a traditional shape that’s still in step with the rest of the neighborhood.
overall home design / TIE
Schneider Construction Services and Garrison Ltd.
429 N. Main, O’Fallon, Missouri, 636-240-0930, builtbyschneider.com
8001 Clayton, 314-721-0333
This house has it all. Oversized glass doors and windows magnify the exterior garden views. The kitchen barn doors, a side Dutch door, and bright white walls imbue the heart of the house with the atmosphere of a baker’s dream kitchen. The outdoor spaces feature a second-floor balcony with a working fireplace, a screened-in porch with outdoor TV, and a front porch overlooking the private cul-de-sac. And don’t forget the lower level, with its summer kitchen, gym, theater room, and play area.
kitchen (smaller than 300 square feet) / foyer
Chouteau Building Group, Amie Corley Interiors, and Mainline Group Architecture
610 S. Big Bend, 314-781-1991, cbg-stl.com
5235 Lindell, 314-496-6022, amiecorley.com
9751 Clayton, 314-872-3955, mgarch.net
Custom cabinetry with a walnut countertop. A second countertop is made of honed Danby marble. Unlacquered brass hardware and plumbing add a vintage look; blue French bistro stools and Chinese vases provide flair. Stuart says, “This kitchen is both functional and stylish, warm, and elegant—and the pops of color and texture keep it from being overwhelmingly white.”
The focus of the home’s foyer (pictured right)is the staircase, millwork, and natural beauty of the original leaded glass windows. White paint on the walls and trim keeps the look simple and spare. The only decorations—an antique rug and a pair of crystal sphere chandeliers—are all that the room needs. “A nice example of restoring a space to its original glory and adding just a few stunning elements that complement the beautiful interior architecture,” says Heet.
lower level
Johnson Design
The 4,200-square-foot lower level holds a family room, wine gallery, cellar, theater, card room, and bunk bed–equipped sleepover room. Each space offers a way to entertain guests but also facilitates family time. The family room is grand, with its groin-vaulted hallway, limestone floor, beamed ceiling, and stone fireplace. A window provides a peek into the wine cellar, which includes a tasting room and uses niches in the stone walls for storage. The theater space features millwork, upholstered walls, and sapphire hues.
outdoor living space
Mitchell Wall Architecture & Design, Walbrandt Technologies, and Stückenschneider Decoration & Design
2 The Pines Court, 314-576-5888, mitchellwall.com
11612 Page Service, 314-627-0346, walbrandt.com
9785 Clayton, 314-726-2000, stuckenschneider.com
A pool, a pool house, and an outdoor kitchen blend seamlessly with landscaping and existing home. Glass doors, both along the back wall (reflecting the landscaping) and along the pool house’s façade, brighten the space. A pergola and gate entrance match the style of the pool house, and the spa’s seafoam glass tile adds a splash of color. Waterfalls mask noise and imbue the atmosphere with calm. The pool house holds a kitchen, dining area, bar, seating area, bathroom, outdoor shower, and changing room. Stained beadboard lines the interior, and shiplap gives the space a nautical look.
Home office / library / TIE
Amy Studebaker Design
11614 Page Service, 314-440-0853, amystudebakerdesign.com
An important goal for the design of this room was to keep the focus on the view of the water while the homeowners worked or relaxed in the space. An antique desk faces the windows and the room’s color scheme is a collection of layered whites that keeps all the attention on the outdoors. To achieve texture and interest, the designer selected a large-scale bookcase with baskets, shells, books, and other accessories in varying tones of white with gold accents. A decorative twig light fixture brings texture to the ceiling and enhances the study’s cozy charm.
Home office / library / TIE
retta le ritz
314-393-2131, rettaleritz.com
In a home that she shares with her husband and three children, the client longed to carve out a feminine yet functional space for herself. To that end, the designer’s first task was to transform a formal library into a bright study. She began by adding roman shades that balance the need for some privacy with a desire for natural light, and custom-built bookshelves that feature pull-out file drawers for storage and a place to house the client’s printer, telephone, and other home-office necessities. A color palette of pinks and greens is used throughout, and for the wallpaper as seen on the back wall of the bookshelf. That design element creates a focal point and a contrast to the bold, green-and-gold case good on the opposite wall.
vacation home outside st. louis
Stückenschneider Decoration & Design and Robert A.M. Stern Architects
9785 Clayton, 314-726-2000, stuckenschneider.com
460 W. 34th, 18th Floor New York, New York, 212-967-5100
This oceanfront bungalow in the British West Indies is an elegant take on the local beach shack. White-painted mahogany clapboard walls are accented with palm leaf–green trim; traditional lattice railings and custom louvered sunshades speak to the home’s surrounding environment. Natural wide-plank teak floors, custom teak kitchen countertops, and mahogany cabinetry and furniture imbue the interiors with a soft, comfortable feel. Custom copper lighting and door hardware and wicker and teak furniture complete the island aesthetic.
children’s room / TIE
Amy Studebaker Design
11614 Page Service, 314-440-0853, amystudebakerdesign.com
Stuart calls this girly retreat, designed with sleepovers, manicures, and hanging out in mind, “clever and fun.” The walls open on each level between the two bunk beds. Bamboo swinging chairs are just made for spinning; their occupants can chat facing each other, hang out with friends on the bunks, or turn a cold shoulder. A bright turquoise, watermelon, and sunshine yellow striped dhurrie rug and shabby feathered pendant light add whimsy, texture, and color.
children’s room / TIE
Johnson Design
Each bunk bed in this teenager’s room features a sconce, a charging station, and a dual-faced performance fabric privacy curtain. The bunks are paneled in beadboard; the top bunk is reached by means of a rolling ladder. A sectional sleeper sofa provides accommodations for two more guests or a comfy spot for watching TV and lounging. Stuart says the space looks “fun and youthful without being condescending.”
new construction
Karr Bick Kitchen & Bath
2715 Mercantile, 314-645-6545, karrbick.com
The design of this pool house was intended to inject a little fun and sparkle. The backsplash is a focal point, and appliances were chosen to add playful elements. The driftwood-inspired furnishings and shiplap island add a beachy vibe.
residential swimming pool
Pooltron, Inc.
10403 Trenton, 314-428-1971, pooltron.com
This pool, built in 2014 after the owners requested a backyard oasis, features a natural limestone grotto/waterfall, a continuous bench around the perimeter of the pool, and a custom stone fire pit. To complete the look, the builder designed a custom spa with waterfall.
window treatment
retta le ritz
314-393-2131, rettaleritz.com
The designer’s challenge was transforming a library from dark and formal to light and bright. She began by setting pinks and greens against a backdrop of white, tan, and gold. Tailored window treatments with subtle gold polka-dot trim replaced heavy draperies—“a charming detail,” says Stuart, “on what would otherwise be a rather plain-Jane Roman shade.”
FINALISTS
Addition
Arch-Worx and Laura Varley Design
314-401-8294, arch-worx.com
314-374-8954, lauravarleydesign.com
Karr Bick Kitchen & Bath
314-645-6545, karrbick.com
Bath (larger than 150 square feet)
Alspaugh Kitchen and Baths, Julie Abner Interiors, Mitchell Wall Architecture and Design
314-993-6644, glenalspaughkitchens.com
314-606-8698, julieabnerinteriors.com
314-576-5888, mitchellwall.com
Next Project Studio
314-914-2840, nextprojectstudio.com
Bath (smaller than 150 square feet)
Chouteau Building Group and Lori Graham Design
314-781-1991, cbg-stl.com
202-745-0118, lorigraham.com
Tim Hollerbach Designs and MJ Burns Construction
314-432-7289, savvyladue.com
636-866-6587, mjburnsconstruction.com
Children’s Room
Chouteau Building Group, Amie Corley Interiors, Mainline Group Architecture
314-781-1991, cbg-stl.com
5235 Lindell, amiecorley.com
9751 Clayton, 314-872-3955
Laura Lee Home
314-324-3182, lauraleehome.com
Commercial Restaurant Space
Temple and Hentz
314-443-5831, 314-401-9136, templeandhentz.com
314-293-0852, grandhomesolutionsinc.com
SPACE Architecture + Design
314-534-4168, spacestl.com
Commercial Space
SPACE Architecture + Design
314-534-4168, spacestl.com
LNB Architecture and Interiors
314-909-4979, lbnarchitects.com
Dining Room
Gigi Lombrano Interiors
314-707-7291
Mitchell Wall Architecture and Design and Centro Modern Furnishings
314-576-5888, mitchellwall.com
314-454-0111, centro-inc.com
Historic Residential Renovation
Chouteau Building Group, Amie Corley Interiors, and Mainline Group Architecture
314-781-1991, cbg-stl.com
5235 Lindell, amiecorley.com;
9751 Clayton, 314-872-3955
Jessie D. Miller Interior Design
314-494-1398, jessiedmiller.com
Kitchen (smaller than 300 square feet)
Joni Spear Interior Design
314-614-9080, jonispear.com
Jacob Laws Interior Design
314-443-5831, 314-401-9136, templeandhentz.com
Kitchen (larger than 300 square feet)
Gegg Design
636-394-4455, geggdesign.com
Beck/Allen Cabinetry and Nancy Spewak
636-519-1611, beckallencabinetry.com
Lower Level
Shirley Strom and Katie Marvin
314-277-7842, sk-interiors.com
Edwin Pepper Interiors and Markway Construction
314-942-8887, edwinpepper.com
314-645-4226, markwayconstruction.com
Master Suite
Jacob Laws Interior Design and Cite Works Architects
314-814-2431, jacoblaws.com
314-919-5084, cite-works.com
Johnson Design
314-323-7144, kellyjohnsondesign.com
Millwork
Mitchell Wall Architecture and Design and Will Development Company
314-576-5888, mitchellwall.com
Suzanne Tullock Interiors
314-732-6339, suzannetullock.com
Modern Interior Design
Chouteau Building Group and Lori Graham Design
314-781-1991, cbg-stl.com
202-745-0118, lorigraham.com
Jacob Laws Interior Design and Cite Works Architects
314-814-2431, jacoblaws.com
314-919-5084, cite-works.com
Lower Level
Temple and Hentz
314-443-5831, templeandhentz.com
Tamsin Design Group
314-282-0035, tamsindesigngroup.com
New Construction
Mitchell Wall Architecture and Design, R.E.A. Homes, and Tamsin Design Group
314-576-5888, mitchellwall.com
314-400-2119, reahomesllc.com
314-282-0035, tamsindesigngroup.com
Schaub+Srote Architects | Planners | Interiors
314-822-7006, schaubsrote.com
Outdoor Living Space
Johnson Design
314-323-7144, kellyjohnsondesign.com
Amy Studebaker Design
314-440-0853, amystudebakerdesign.com
Overall Home Design
Mitchell Wall Architecture and Design, R.G. Ross Construction Company, and Julie Abner Interiors
314-576-5888, mitchellwall.com
314-638-9255, rgross.com
314-606-8698, julieabnerinteriors.com
Schaub+Srote Architects | Planners | Interiors
314-822-7006, schaubsrote.com
Powder Room
Castle Design
314-727-6622, emilycastle.com
J. Eiler Interior Design, Tao + Lee Architects
314-570-7933; 314-446-0885, taolee.com
Remodel
Jacob Laws Interior Design and Cite Works Architects
314-814-2431, jacoblaws.com
314-919-5084, cite-works.com
Chouteau Building Group and Lori Graham Desig
314-781-1991, cbg-stl.com
202-745-0118, lorigraham.com
Residential Swimming Pool
PoolTron
314-428-1971, pooltron.com
Specialty Room
Mosby Building Arts
314-909-1800, mosbybuildingarts.com
Jamieson Design
314-371-1777, jamiesondesign.com
Traditional Interior Design
ADJ Interiors
314-805-5784, adjinteriors.com
Retta le Ritz
314-393-2131, rettaleritz.com
Use of Color
Temple and Hentz
314-443-5831, 314-401-9136, templeandhentz.com
Karr Bick Kitchen & Bath
314-645-6545, karrbick.com
Use of Fabric/Wall Covering
Temple and Hentz
314-443-5831, 314-401-9136, templeandhentz.com
Retta le Ritz
314-393-2131, rettaleritz.com
Use of Interior Lighting
Jamieson Design
314-371-1777, jamiesondesign.com
Mitchell Wall Architecture and Design
314-576-5888, mitchellwall.com
Use of Stairs/Railing
Central Design Office of Urban Improvement Company
314-771-7300, uicstl.com
Mitchell Wall Architecture and Design, R. G. Ross Construction Company, and Julie Abner Interiors
314-576-5888, mitchellwall.com
314-638-9255, rgross.com
314-606-8698, julieabnerinteriors.com
Vacation Home Outside of St. Louis
Amy Studebaker Design
314-440-0853, amystudebakerdesign.com
Gigi Lombrano Interiors and Lindsay Massey Architect
314-707-7291; 707-579-8356, lindsaymasseyarchitect.com
Window Treatment
Suzanne Tullock Interiors
314-732-6339, suzannetullock.com
Carole Hiatt Design Associates
618-233-1789, carolehiattdesign.com
Foyer
David Deatherage Design
314-495-3719, daviddeatheragedesign.com
Retta le Ritz
314-393-2131, rettaleritz.com
Great Room
Gigi Lombrano Interiors and Lindsay Massey Architect
314-707-7291, 707-579-8356, lindsaymasseyarchitect.com
Castle Design
314-727-6622, emilycastle.com