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Streamlined and functional, contemporary décor typically appeals to homeowners who prefer simplicity of design and sleek aesthetics over more formal, traditional styling.  So, it’s reasonable to wonder why a Clayton couple, who’d spent nearly 20 of their 46 years of married life in an expansive, custom-built Georgian two-story, were captivated by a condominium with a decidedly modern flair.

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Stepping inside the entryway of the Town and Country home, it’s hard to believe that three generations live under one roof. Every inch of the approximate 12,000-square-foot home is sparkling with nothing left out of place. It was essential to the homeowners that the home be clean, minimalist, organized and structured to fit their lifestyles. Modern and visually stunning, the home accommodates the multi-generational family with shared living space as well as private spaces for each member.

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The small sign is tucked into a planter in the beautifully compact garden of Janice Hobson’s University City condominium. Other than the gender of the pronoun, the sentiment could not be more perfect. 

Twelve months a year, bubbling fountains and numerous feeders welcome flocks of joyous, chirping birds to the small space.  If human beings could tweet as happily as birds, the people that are drawn to the spot would be singing an equally merry song.

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Local landscape experts share their favorite varieties of seasonal bloomers.

Crocus
The Crocus can have intense yellow and purple colors, mix in nicely with other plantings, require little to no maintenance and, of course, they are among the first flowers to show up in the spring.
Richard Poynter, Poynter Landscape

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With its clean white walls, sleek furnishings and bright punches of cobalt, lime and turquoise, this lower level pool room is more Miami than Missouri but it makes an ideal mini beach house for the Town and Country homeowners. Located under one of the home’s three-car garages in the featured suburban home on page 34, this bonus pool room is a summer hot spot.

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We hear the words “pure” and “natural” so often, particularly in reference to food and drink, that we tend to dismiss those terms too readily when, in fact, they can be exactly the right adjectives to use.

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