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A love fest. That is the way the owners describe the building of their nine-year-old Des Peres home. Even nearly a decade later, as they gather with the builder and architect to reminisce, compliment after compliment is passed around the table. Rarely is such chemistry between a home-building team, comprised of builder Roger Johnson, architect Bill Cover and New Mexico-based interior designer Barbara Ellena, as strong as the union that built and designed this contemporary classic. “When we all got together, it just clicked,” the homeowner says.”

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In the past eight years, Carol has taken the small, 50-by-70-foot space and filled it with 12 small specimen trees, flowering vines, lush shrubs, perennials and annuals, all set out in curvaceous, boxwood-edged beds that line three sides of the landscape.

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When maintaining his large contemporary home in Kirkwood took more time and effort than he was willing to spend any longer, the owner began looking for an alternative. 

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It’s so St. Louis. Hometown sports memorabilia and unexpected collectibles deliver character to a basement office exhibiting the latest in innovative home automation technology. In honing his space, the ultimate man cave, Walbrandt Technologies owner Aaron Walbrandt achieved the perfect synthesis of sophisticated and simple by merging new with old to create an uber functional after-hours workplace.

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Gardening apps that will leave you more time to stop and smell the roses.

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Is there any other time of year that you hear the word lamb as much as around Easter, when it is probably enjoyed at more American dinner tables than any other meat?  

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