|
 

Jean and John of Clayton faced “love it or list it” moments over the last several years in their 91-year-old home. The couple has lived there for more than a decade and a half, all the while bringing up three kids — ages 19, 17 and 13 — within walking distance of the bustle of downtown Clayton, the kids’ school and the MetroLink stops where they frequently catch rides to Cardinals and Blues games and other St. Louis-area attractions.

|
 

You can almost hear shouts of “Mark twain!” echoing from the past as a barge floats lazily toward a bend in the Mississippi River. When the fog lifts, the Gateway Arch will suddenly appear on the horizon. And below on the steep cliff, a set of railroad tracks winds along the riverbank. It’s no wonder the owners chose this magical setting for their new custom home.

|
 

The half-acre that fronts Diana and Craig Plahn’s contemporary home in the heavily forested Sugar Creek Valley in Kirkwood is filled with winding pathways, long stretches of colorful perennials and banks of glowing, green hostas. Retaining walls, spilling over with trailing sedum, resemble fluid green waterfalls. Evergreens, shrubs and small trees with interesting architectural shapes anchor the beds and provide height and structure to the garden. A small stream tumbling over rocks and splashing into a pond filled with waterlilies brings the soothing sound of water into the landscape.

|
 

Who says form has to follow function? While the maxim might guide modernist architecture or industrial design, designer Fifi Lugo needed a little more leeway to develop a design concept for a hardworking home office in Glendale. “We didn’t want it to feel like an office,” she explains. So often, the home office winds up being too much “office” and not enough “home.” The uninspired cure is to hide a cluttered study behind closed doors and call it a day. 

|
 

Once owned by the French fur trader Jules DeMun and established in the 1920s, the neighborhood of DeMun is known for its historic buildings and classic charm. These factors attracted Mark and Stephanie to the neighborhood, but the fixer-upper they found sealed the deal. Working closely with designer Mimi Pultman of Mimi Pultman Interiors, they updated a home to fit their needs and style.

|
 

Pages