If you want a good burst of Holiday joy....head to Enchanted Embellishments located at 4732 McPherson Ave in the fashionable CWE. All I can say is WOW! I am looking forward to going through the store. Don't forget to check out Mary Ann's Tea Room in the back of the shop for lunch and/or tea!
Last night I had a successful Client Appreciation Party that was co-hosted with Meghan and Matt Mach of Star Insurance/ PURE and Steve Strick and Shannon Martini of Gershman Mortgage. The event was held at the Houska Gallery in the CWE and was catered by The Social Affair. Thank you for everyone who came....they even received gift bags with fun items including a Houska fishbowl cookie created by a dear client/friend and then iced by Companion Bakery.
Check out this cool sight for important architectural homes for sale throughout the world. They have asked if they can feature some of my homes in St. Louis. More to come!
From the St. Louis Business Journal 11-17-14:
The 2015 Niche rankings on the nation's best public high schools have been released, and Clayton High School tops the list for Missouri.
Clayton received a grade of A+ from Niche in four categories, including academics, teachers, resources and facilities, and extracurriculars and activities.
Kirkwood Senior High School ranked as the second best public high school in the state. Eureka Senior High School came in at No. 3, followed by Ladue Horton Watkins High School at No. 4.
Check out the full list here.
Niche, which also runs the College Prowler ranking site, graded the school districts in eight categories, with academics receiving the most weight in the rankings.
In the national rankings, Clayton High School came in at No. 82. High Technology High School in Lincroft, N.J., was ranked as the nation's No. 1 public high school.
For High Schools: 1. Clayton 2. Kirkwood 3. Ladue For overall Districts
1. Clayton 2. Ladue 3. Kirkwood http://www.bizjournals.com/stlouis/morning_call/2014/11/which-public-high-schools-are-the-best-in-missouri.html
Over the weekend I visited my son at Mizzou for his fratnity's Father's Weekend. I survived better this year than last year since I have learned that shots are not for me at this age. We had a little time to visit the enclaves near Cliff Drive to see some Bernoudy-Mutrux- designed homes. I loved the setting perched high cliff above Hinkson Creek.
From William Adair Bernoudy, Architect by Osmund Overby:
"In 1950, Bernoudy began a series of projects in Columbia, Missouri, they came to him through a friendship with Thomas Putnam, an interior designer and at the time the chairman of the Interior Design Department at Stephens College. A new area on the east side of Columbia was being developed on a high cliff overlooking Hinkson Creek. Several members of the Stephens staff were among the original buyers of lots in the development, and through Putnam they engaged Bernoudy-Mutrux."
Here are a few pictures to give a flavor. I need to contact the owners to get a proper tour.
Check out this video about The Pickney House HERE
I had the treat of listing and selling this fine Ladue home earlier this year- located on Godwin Lane. Before the family moved to Birmingham, they had St. Louis AT HOME magazine photograph their home. Super cute and stylish!
The Central West End (CWE) has never been so hot. Walk to Forest Park, fine restaurants, Metrolink, Whole Foods (coming soon) and so much more! Large, 1,700 sq. ft. condo located in totally renovated, Netherby Hall! 2 bedrooms and 2 full baths. Also included is a den/office off of the main living area. Gorgeous hardwood floors throughout the space. Front-facing condo with views of the important architecture along Lindell Blvd. Bright windows throughout with shades that automatically lower on a switch. Gas fireplace in Living Room. Gorgeous kitchen with granite counters, custom cabinets, stainless steel appliances, gas cook-top and pantry. Laundry in unit. 2 assigned, covered garage parking spaces, which is rare to have in this building.
Listed by Ted Wight, Dielmann Sotheby’s International Realty, 314-607-5555, firstname.lastname@example.org
Rare opportunity. Stunningly gorgeous Holly Hills manse across from Carondelet Park. Lovingly maintained, this elegant home takes your breath away as you walk through the large front door into the exquisite foyer with artisan plaster walls and grand spiral staircase. To the left is the sunken living room with gleaming slate floor, massive brick fireplace, stained glass french doors and windows. Comfortable family room, large eat-in kitchen, butler's pantry, roomy sunporch, powder room, and graceful dining room complete the first floor. Wood flooring has been beautifully refinished througout. All bedrooms are generously sized. Luxurious master bath; one bedroom with private 3/4 bath. Huge WIC in all bedrooms, walk-in cedar closet, full size laundry hook-ups on 2nd floor and basement; balcony off one bedroom. Large level yard. Easy attic access, zoned cooling. Beautiful view of the park.The home boasts a five car full masonry garage with openers on all doors. 400 amp service. $650,000
Listed by Elizabeth Zempel, Coldwell Banker Premier Group, 314-540-4381
And what do you think about the basement walls!
Think of this home as a classic Clayton home set in close-in West County with 5,152 sq. feet of gracious living space. The moment you enter the front foyer you will be wowed by the dramatic 2-story entry, sweeping staircase , an abundance of gleaming terrazzo floors, rich molding/plasterwork & custom leaded windows. The Living Room is large & gracious with a stone fireplace. The formal Dining Room is a showplace for family gatherings. There is a den with an impressive bar & fireplace. The kitchen is special with custom cabinets, granite counter, white Vitrolite tile work, high-end stainless steel appliances, a massive 6-burner Viking gas stove & a breakfast room. Laundry room off of the kitchen. "Nanny's" bedroom & bath on 1st floor. The 2nd floor features a master bedroom suite with an updated bath & large walk-in closets. 2 additional bedrooms & another full bath complete the 2nd floor. The 3rd floor can either be the 5th bedroom or a recreation room with a full bath. Large brick patio & lovely landscaping. Private backyard. 4 garage spaces- 2 car attached & 2 car detached. The exterior has been painted with Rhino Shield paint with a 20+ yr. transferrable warranty.
Listed by Ted Wight, Dielmann Sotheby's International Realty, 314-607-5555, email@example.com
Classic home with large Higgenbotham addition located in the Ladue School District. The fabulous addition provides a large, grand dining room, kitchen with breakfast room, butler’s pantry, family room with a vaulted ceiling that leads to the pool area and a glamorous 1st floor master bedroom suite. Wait until you see stunning master bath room with a large, walk-in closet, dressing room, plenty of built-ins and a steam shower. The main floor also features a charming living room with an expanse of windows, a cozy den/office, extra bedroom, wet bar, full bath and powder room. There is a charming, enclosed patio off of the breakfast room with a whimsical fountain. The 2nd floor features two more large bedrooms and a full bath. Lovely pool with Pebble Tec finish that is private. There is an expansive basement with a recreation room, tons of storage areas, cedar closet, 1 full and 1 half bath that also runs beneath addition. 2 car attached garage that enters into the breakfast room.
Open Sunday, November 16th 1-3 PM. Showings start on Saturday, November 15th
Listed by Ted Wight, Dielmann Sothebys International Realty, 314-607-5555
I was at two Kirkwood-area garden stores last weekend and couldn't find any Giant Allium bulbs. A lady next to me was also desperate to find some....they are the hot bulb! Well I did find a bunch of them at Summer Winds Nursery on Clarkson Rd....30% off, though they are still $5.50 a bulb. They better come up....my bill was over $100. I hope I have a real show in the late Spring! I hear some people spray paint the old blooms when they dry out.
The picture below from a friend's pool-side garden in the Cherokee Street area.
Interesting article found on About.com
While there are some accessories every room needs to make it look complete, there are others that can attract the wrong kind of attention. Visual clutter can detract rather than add to a home's beauty, not to mention its ability to function well. Here are six common accessories your home can really live without.
Pink Toilet Seat Cover. Gwendolyn Plath / fStop / Getty Images
No one needs a carpet-like covering for their toilet seat lid. Nor does anyone need a matching rug that fits cozily around the base of the toilet. For one thing, these items are breeding grounds for germs and are just something extra to wash. For another, do you really want todraw attention to the toilet by decorating it? Better to allow the toilet seat lid to be naked and place a small, attractive throw rug on the floor a little ways out from the toilet.
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Lots of mismatched picture frames hung on the wall or sitting on a table--particularly ones that are too small or are cheaply made--are distracting. Family pictures are important, certainly, and it's hard to let go of some for sentimental reasons. Instead, select some favorites and give them a place of prominence by putting them in nicer frames and displaying them with more purpose. Create one gallery wall, for instance, or line your staircase with your favorites. Make a console table home to a handful of tastefully framed photos, and donate the rest of those frames to a good cause.
Alternatively, you could spray paint mismatched frames the same color so they look more cohesive when displayed as a group.
Floral Curtains. Ingrid Rasumussen / Getty Images
Who doesn't have a lot of these stuffed in a cupboard? Cheap glass vases are something else your home doesn't need. Get rid of them! Aim to have three to four pretty vases in different sizes to use for fresh flowers, but that should be plenty.
One exception to this, however, is if you can use these glass vases for something else. I spray painted my collection of florists' vases white to create a collection of faux milk glass that I have displayed in our bookcases. If you're looking for ways to fill your built-ins, this could be an easy and inexpensive solution; but, otherwise, ditch the extra glassware.
Some artificial plants--such assucculents, for instance--can actually look great; however, if you have any large, artificial flower arrangements in your home, chances are they're dusty and dated. This goes for fake trees, too. Since every room needs something living, though, consider a live tree, easy-to-grow houseplants, a small vase of fresh flowers, or simply a bowl of fruit on the table.
Accessories are great--even important for adding personality to a room--but too many of them can make your home feel cluttered and messy, even when it's clean. If you have large collections with which you don't want to part, simply rotate out the pieces from time to time. There's no need to display everything all at once. Resist the urge to cover every surface with tons of tiny tchotchkes and instead, follow this fool-proof rule of thumb: choose three objects in a larger scale (rather than a lot of small things) in varying heights for your coffee table,nightstand or side table and you'll be able to cut the visual clutter and achieve a more professional look.
My listing, The Stark Mansion, was featured on the Architectural Digest's website yesterday afternoon. As I write this we have already received 2,800 "likes" on their Facebook feed. Wow!
See the Architectural Digest Facebook post HERE
See it on the Architectural Digest website HERE
Crosley Dansette Bermuda Turntable - Red
No doubt the modern resurgence of the turntable bears testimony to the rekindled romance of listening to one’s music in the purest form it was meant to be heard – analog. However no need to abandon the fun-loving styles from yesteryear. Let Crosley’s reintroduction of the Dansette Series take you a time where these simple yet iconic styles ruled. In the mid 1960’s at the height of popularity, British-branded Dansette players came to known as virtually a household staple. These vibrant artifacts clearly define a statement in popular culture from days gone by. This portable player can be taken on the go or attached to the included legs to quickly become a furniture-style statement in any setting. Enjoy your albums old style yet with modern convenience.
Buy one HERE!
18832 Wild Horse Creek Rd, Chesterfield 63005
Designed by J. Robert Green
You will love this dramatic, contemporary home located in Wildwood just minutes from Chesterfield Valley. The home is over 5,000 square feet. It is open, spacious and bright. You will appreciate the private setting with views of the rolling hills of Chesterfield. Windows span the south-facing back of the home that look over a stunning pool area with an infinity edge, fire pit and the forest beyond. The Living Room and Dining Room open to each other and are the ideal setting for elegant or casual entertaining. The designer kitchen features granite counters, high-end appliances, huge walk-in pantry, large breakfast room and opens to a Hearth Room with a fireplace. The master bedroom suite is separate from the rest of the living area to give you privacy. The master bath is luxurious and the walk-in closet is huge! The lower level features a walk-out to the pool area, sunroom, recreation room with a wet bar and two bedrooms with adjoining, private bathrooms. The main level has two offices. Many decks and patios. 3-car garage. 2.15 acres.
Open Sunday, November 9th 1-3 PM
Listed by Ted Wight and Carol Cooke, Dielmann Sotheby’s International Realty, 314-725-0009
I have seen plenty of Mid-century homes with little hazzards for children. In fact, I had a couple coming to visit me with a young toddler and told them they could use my guest house. I took a look at my guest house railing above some steps to the lower level and realized that it was completely open and their cutie would fall right through. Well I ended up putting the guests up in my main house and I took over the guest house.
Read the article HERE
Here is my railing.
Here is a picture from the article.
Last night we checked out Old Standard Fried Chicken located at 1621 Tower Grove Ave. There was a little bit of a wait since they don't take reservations, though it was worth it! Everything was so good and I will definitely be back. We even had dessert!
This is a rare opportunity to buy a historic building from the 1840’s in Clarksville. Located right in the middle of Clarksville’s two main streets. Views of the Mississippi River are right out your front windows. Completely renovated with new systems. About 1,600 square feet of open retail space on the first floor with an efficiency kitchen and restroom. The second floor is about 1,600 sq. feet and is set up as a large 3 bedroom apartment with a kitchen and full bath. Clarksville is a charming town with artist galleries, antiques stores and restaurants. This is a great opportunity for someone to live and work in your own building.
Listed by Ted Wight, Dielmann Sotheby's International Realty, 314-607-5555, firstname.lastname@example.org
My annuals will probably escape frost tonight, though maybe not....I though I would preserve them in photos. Right now they look at their peak, so it is a shame to have them stricken down....though cold weather must come. I bought a bunch of flowering kale today from Bowoods and Garden Heights to fill my planters if the frost does hit hard. I am sure you will see pictures of these.
On a somewhat side note....I have this adolescent buck gracing my yard. He has stripped one side of a newly planted magnolia and taken a Coral Bark Japanese Maple down from a 6 ft. specimen to a 2 ft stump. Why can't he focus on the invasive honeysuckle bushes in the area? The other night I followed him down Litzsinger Rd in my car as he galloped along. I am glad that I have some self control....and he is nice to look at in my yard.
Last night I had the treat of going to the opening celebration party for the renovated Magnolia Hotel (formerly The Mayfair) and the OPOP Tower (formerly Roberts Tower). It was quite a party and the spaces were gorgeous! Tony Montano of Buds did the flowers....and they were plentiful, fragrant and lovely!
Buy tickets and see more HERE
Sophisticated taste and style describe this one of a kind, brick bungalow. Nearly every surface has been updated, with attention to detail. A contemporary flair is revealed through simple lines, highlighted by textures, colors and shapes. The spaces within include a soaring, vaulted living room with a view from the open office/loft above; sky-lights, a custom kitchen, spa like baths featuring marble and granite, original brick flooring, spiral staircase, large dressing area, and two fireplaces complete this sensory experience. Lush garden beds, brick patios and carefully crafted decks create the ideal setting for a private, outdoor oasis, perfect for entertaining or enjoying solo. This architectural masterpiece has been featured in countless magazines; you don't want to miss it!
2 Bedrooms; 2 Baths; 1257 sq feet
Listed by Kitsy Sheahan, Jon Mendelson Realtors, 314-922-9069
Today I held an Open House at my listing located at 22 Thornhill Drive. A gorgeous, historic home with a magnificent view of the Meramec River Valley. I even saw a bald eagle fly by! I was able to get to this property in 30 minutes from the CWE.
See more about this property HERE
Well we knew it was going to happen, though sometime you can just try to ignore reality...though the wonderful Bernoudy/Mutrux- designed Schweiss Home is coming down. See more pictures of the home HERE.
You may ask....how can this happen? It is the reality of finances. The home is only about 1,000 sq ft and the current owners wanted $400,000 for it....and it eventually sold for $375,000. That is $375 a square foot in Ladue which is very high. The home was is poor condition. 4 Daniel Rd. was never really listed in the open market. I had it under contract once, though the Buyer could not get it to appraise for anywhere near the purchase price....even with the lot value. Appraisers and banks can't get around price per sq foot. The other challenge was finding other 1,000 sq ft, 1 bedroom homes in Ladue for comps.
We needed someone to buy it who could pay cash and did not care about making it a financial decision....a charitable, architecture enthusiast! They are out there!
Someone snatched the boy off of the frog. :( See him in one piece HERE
The Fall colors are peaking this weekend and it will be a great time to look at houses. Especially the one I have pictured below in Wildwood. I will be there and you should see the views!
22 Thornhill Drive, Wildwood $874,000
5 Roan Lane, Ladue (Recently reduced by $25,000 to $775,000)
841 N Spoede, Ladue Schools $599,000
8753 Washington, University City, NEW LISTING $299,000
515 North and South #3-A, University City, (Recently Reduced by $10,000 to $439,900)
Earlier this week I had an opportunity to sneak out to our farm for the day and check out the Fall colors. I also wanted to check our farm house and make sure that it was okay after a nephew had his Freshman fraternity group out last weekend. The house was okay, though just too fragile to handle frat boys.
I also visited a fine property in Clarksville that I may be marketing....so it was not just a play day!
The old barn structures around the farm make wonderful subjects for photography....even making me look talented. I think it is the light quality and direction of the sun this time of year that makes everything dramatic!
Check out the transformation that Crazy Walls did to the Family Room at the Ladue News Decorator's Show House.
This charming home is just what you have been waiting for to come on the market! Open , bright and spacious. New kitchen with custom cabinets, granite counters, 6-burner gas stove, stainless steel appliances, ceramic tile floor and a breakfast area. Hardwood floors throughout the main level with large windows. Living room with wood-burning fireplace and bookshelves. Formal dining room with a picture window. Charming powder room. Two well-sized bedrooms on the main level. New full bath with tub, separate shower, granite-topped vanity and ceramic tile floors. The lower level is a true walk-out with a large recreation room and/or bedroom, full bath, and plenty of storage- including a cedar closet. This home is located in a charming University City neighborhood that is close to everything- Ladue, Clayton, University City Loop and a 10 minute drive to the airport. Deck and fenced backyard. 1-car oversized garage.
Open Sunday, October 26th 1-3 PM
Listed by Ted Wight, Dielmann Sotheby’s International Realty, 314-607-5555, email@example.com