St. Louis has a unique style which is celebrated on this site. Come and experience the rich architecture, interior design, social events, gardens and art of the area.
Ted Wight is a Broker- Salesperson with Dielmann Sotheby's International Realty. Ted is the #1 agent in the office & a top-ranked realtor in the St. Louis area.
I love this idea of drilling holes in your fence and sticking marbles in the holes to catch the light. HERE are some other ideas on how to make your yard cool this summer. Some of them seem a little far-fetched.
I have always been a little obsessed with Fortuny fabrics. Long considered the ultimate fabric to decorate your home. The fabric starts at $500/yard. Check out 1stDibs Fortuny offerings HERE. I am splurging and having a headboard upholstered in a more modern Fortuny fabric. Here is a pillow from David Deatherage's room in the 2013 Ladue News Decorator's Show House.
This week I attended the kick off party for the 3rd Annual Ladue News Decorators Show House. Several of St. Louis' best talent transformed the stately 23 Lenox Place into something very special. The show is going October 5-20th, Tues- Wed 10 am - 5 PM, Thurs., 1-6 pm, Fri-Sat 10 am to 5 pm and Sunday 1-5 PM. The home is closed on Mondays. You can Meet the Designers on Oct 10th and 17th from 6-8 PM.
23 Lenox Place is listed for $1,195,000 by the Warner Hall Group at Dielmann Sothebys International Realty, 314-725-0009
Slow down a moment if you are running to get stainless steel appliances for your kitchen. You may be putting in the equivalent of an avocado-colored appliance for future home-buyers. The new color is White Ice.....think of the lovely Apple gadgets. Read more HERE. Now granite may be the next casualty. I have been seeing some lovely marbles, quartz and more.
I think I have driven myself and the local Sherwin Williams store crazy getting paint samples. For my house in town, I went through 12 whites until I found the one that I wanted to paint the interior walls, ceiling and exterior underneath of the eaves. I finally settled on Pacer White, which really is perfect. It looks darker here, though it says white when on the walls:
I am painting a room at the farm house a soft green. I keep seeing this color in houses that I am selling and really think it is soothing and fresh. I never realized that it is so difficult picking out colors. I put up samples of about 8 colors that I though looked like what I was seeing and none of them were working. Yesterday I put up Honey Dew and it was lovely:
It is going in this yellow room. I love the yellow, though it needs to be freshened up.
By the way.....I have apples at the farm! Over 10 years ago I planted an apple tree and it never produced apples. Well silly me did not realize that it needed a mate. Well, last year I planted 3 new apples tree from Stark Nursery in Louisiana, MO....and voila....we have apples.
My back patio is finally done! I added some teak love seats and a coffee table from Restoration Hardware's Leagrave Collection. They are on sale now.....you can also find some at the Chesterfield Outlet store, though not all of the pieces. The original Bernoudy wall cabinets were restored. I am ready for some Fall entertaining.
My parents brought this set of outdoor furniture back from San Diego when they were settling his estate. I had Custom Furniture Works redo the set with the guidance of my designer, David Deatherage. The design is in the style of Walter Lamb, though we are uncertain who designed/manufactured them. Maybe from Brown Jordan?? Anyway the chairs are really comfortable. The cost to redo the set was sort of crazy, though it is very time-intensive to sandblast the framing, paint it and re-cord the set. I still need a new glass top made.
The 3rd annual Ladue News Decorator's Show House is coming next month. The last two were at one of my listings- 15 Washington Terrace and the Bernoudy-designed Horan Estate in Town and Country. This year the Warner-Hall Team from Dielmann Sotheby's International Realty had their lovely listing at 23 Lenox Place selected. I can not wait to see what the designers do to this gem! More information on the dates and times to come.
I have never really been into Outlet Malls, though had to check out the new Restoration Hardware Outlet in Chesterfield Valley. They had great stuff and wonderful prices. The store receives about 2-3 big shipments a week and the staff says they are cleaned out quickly....so you have to go often. I just bought a teak set for my patio via the catalog and saw a few pieces from the line in this store....not what I ordered...thankfully...or I would have been upset that I did not wait.
After 10 months....my living room is almost done. Check out the new Stark rug, McCobb cocktail table and the the two side chairs that were transformed. Thank you to my furniture procurer and designer- David Deatherage.
Earlier this year
Here is what the side chairs looked like before they were transformed by Custom Furniture Works.
Last night was Urbanaire to benefit PROMO. I was the honorary chair with the St Louis Post Dispatch's lovely Debra Bass. The event was sold out and has come to be one of the hottest tickets of the year. The event was held at the Contemporary Art Museum.
Last week I popped into Hammer and Hand located in the Marquette Building near Niche. 415 Olive Street. I picked up these two toys that Chris Plaisted found in India. They are quirky and fun. Hammer & Hand specializes in imports with a vintage, antique look.
I still have some things to finish in my Living Room, though it is coming together. I have ordered an Asian-motif rug from Stark and an going to have two side chairs redone...oh and I almost forgot....my designer, David Deatherage of Century Design tracked down a wonderful Paul McCobb cocktail table in Pittsburgh that is making its way to St. Louis for me.
The pictures below show the evolution of this room.
This is an early picture of this room when William Bernoudy was a bachelor and his mother was living with him.
This is the picture from the Bernoudy book and was taken after Bill Bernoudy had passed away and his wife, Gertrude, commissioned the book to be written.
And with my new sofa....arrived my chair also! Designed by Paul McCobb for Widdicomb as part of his Perimeter Group. David Deatherage of Century Design found this chair for me and selected the lovely Duralee fabric.....Customer Furniture Works restuffed, restored and upholstered it.
After a long anticipation, my sofa is in place! David Deatherage of Century Design found the sofa and selected the fabric. Custom Furniture Works did the restuffing, restoration and unholstery. The fabric is Clarke & Clarke Maximus.
I have added the sliding panel back on my bookshelves and covered them in Omexco's Haiku Paperweave Stitch Straw wallpaper. What a lovely paper that changes with the light. I think the panels are too pretty to hang artwork on them like the Bernoudy's did when they owned the house....though again, they had over $50 million dollars of artwork in the house to hang. The panels are removable, so I can have some variation if I want the entire bookshelves exposed. (Thank you to my designer- David Deatherage of Centrury Design for finding the paper.)
Here is what the panels looked like when the Bernoudy's lived in the house. They had everything painted a buttery yellow.
My Fornasetti Malachite Wallpaper was just hung in one of my bathrooms. I am so excited to have soome progress. The paper was designed by Piero Fornasetti. This is a vintage print that goes well with my MCM Bernoudy home. When I am in this bathroom, I feel like I am in an elegantly-wrapped gift.