Future Ancestor offers a fresh and welcoming take on vintage home decor. Recently opened in the middle of a busy block on Cherokee Street by husband-and-wife team Brian and Julia Leening, is a great addition to the burgeoning arts district, offering a creatively curated selection of wares that include mid-century home decor and lifestyle goods. As well as 1970s kitchenware and handmade items from local and regional makers. Walking into the store is like walking into someone's beloved home with carefully merchandised vignettes, fashionable furniture and handcrafted gems. Home styling has never looked so chic!
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Men...get ready for some decorating advice! This article posted by Details Magazine gives you 9 tips to achieve the manly, minimalistic, yet chic look you are going for. Read the article HERE.
How many nights a year do you lay your head down and drift off in to a restful slumber during a thunderstorm? Think about being able to do that every night, even experience the bright flashes of lightning filling your room for a brief second. Sounds pretty amazing doesn't it? Well Richard Clarkson Studios has created just the cloud for you. A lamp that hangs from the ceiling and has full motion sensors, microphones, and high quality speakers to create just the storm you want. You have full control of the clouds, sounds, and the sensitivity it has to the movement around it. Check it out HERE.
I was at someone's condo last night and saw these Luminara candles- not real, though they really look perfect. I think they are more realistic than the LED candles. And they work on a remote control! I remember seeing them at the Missouri Botanical Garden's Holiday light show last year.
Check out the recent article in Town and Style Magazine featuring my clients!
Photo: Suzy Gorman
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!
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.
Check out the transformation that Crazy Walls did to the Family Room at the Ladue News Decorator's Show House.
Last Thursday I took my dear mother and handsome son to the Preview Party for the 2014 Ladue News Decorator's Show House. We loved all of the designer's rooms....and especially the Master Suite designed by David Deatherage. The show goes through October 19th....so hurry.
34 Briarcliff in Ladue
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Yesterday I adopted a new design trend....using Tillandsia. I found mine at Bowoods in the Central West End.
Check out Pinterest ideas HERE
Make sure you get care directions.....you do have to give it moisture to survive.
Bowood has a whole wall of them to choose from in various sizes and colors.
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.
Over the weekend I stumbled into a new antique store- Maplewood Galleries. They had some really interesting items for sale. I wish I had more room in my house!
They are located at 7415 Manchester Rd.
Below is an interesting, reverse-painted lamp with creatures from the deep. Put a different shade on it and it could be very cool.
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.