For St. Louis homeowner Cody Woods, creating an “open concept” floor plan was key for an extensive renovation of his Central West End home. The biggest challenge for gutting a home that was originally built in the early 1900s? Converting a structure that was definitely not built to be this open.


    Homeowner Debbie Gilula subscribes to the Ludwig Mies van der Rohe philosophy. “Less is more,” she says, offering, “I like simplicity to the extreme.” For 40 years, Gilula lived in “a wonderful mid-century house,” she says, by architect Isadore Shank, a contemporary of William Bernoudy. Ready to scale back — prepared to streamline her life — Gilula purchased a 2,000-square-foot condo in Clayton. But simplicity isn’t always so simple!

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    Using cowhides in interior design are no longer just for the cowboys. More often we’re seeing hides used in modern and contemporary design, adding...

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    6 Chic Modern Vases

    Whether it's vibrant viola, lively lillies or gorgeous gardenias, bringing in fresh floral arrangments cut straight from the garden is a colorful way to...

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    Exuding timeless glamour and telling a vibrant, historic tale, traditional rugs are shedding their age-old facade and finding their way into contemporary homes. Old World rugs have proved their versatility and unchanging charm by transforming from a conventional design staple into the perfect backdrop for modern décor. Their intricate patterns and pigmented color combinations, mixed with the simplicity and ease of cutting-edge design, flawlessly blend the elements of old and new style. 


    If there is one rule about choosing materials and finishes in kitchen design, it’s that there are no rules. Rather, a desired color palette, specific function for the space or a unique layout often informs the selection of colors and textures.

    Designers’ go-to kitchen materials—granite, marble, quartz, wood, laminate, glass, stainless steel, zinc, copper, cork and pewter—offer a wide variety of options for color, texture, durability and cost.