Santa’s House | The North Pole

A toy-lover’s paradise nestled on 25 idyllic acres. The property includes Santa’s main living quarters, a community of elf tiny homes, a state-of-the-art toy-making facility, garage with space for an all-weather sleigh and stables that board eight live-in reindeer, plus a bonus stall for red-nosed company.

Santa’s Living Quarters

The home, constructed in the 1800s, is steeped in Old World charm but thanks to a recent renovationoffers modern-day amenities.

Find a floor-to-ceiling river rock fireplace for roasting chestnuts in the living room. The gourmet kitchen is a baker’s dream, boasting an oven with 12 different cookie settings. Cookies are served directly from oven to table in the adjoining dining room, along with cocoa on tap.

Boughs of holly deck the hall leading to the master bedroom and two charming guest rooms. Tiptoe to Santa’s quiet study where an impressive writing desk is flanked by the same sewing table he used to make the original Teddy bear.

Elf Village

The elves live on-site in their own private accommodations. Like snowflakes, no two elf dwellings are exactly alike, as you can see from these three.

hRSVP for your spot at the table in the tiny farmhouse if you love a good dinner party. The open concept floor plan allows for the host to prepare nibbles while entertaining guests by a crackling fire.

The rustic mini cabin is made of hand hewn logs and brimming with personality, which is evident from the serving cart stocked with sugary potions, and the butcher block desk that nods to the elf’s status as Head of Toys, Woodworking Division.

Find serenity in the petite bamboo bungalow. The energy flow between the meditation space and yoga studio achieves perfect feng shui. Pull up a pouf to the sushi bar and then sample all the tea in China in the adjoining tea room.

Top Golf Coming to Chesterfield Valley

Topgolf has broken ground on a new entertainment complex in Chesterfield, with construction set to begin soon on the Dallas-based company’s first Missouri location.

The three-story, 65,000-square-foot venue at 16851 N. Outer 40 Road is slated to open toward the end of 2018, the company said Tuesday.

Topgolf’s Chesterfield facility, announced last year, will have up to 3,000 square feet of private event space and 102 climate-controlled hitting bays.

Topgolf, which currently operates 33 golf-themed entertainment complexes, estimates that the St. Louis area venue will draw 450,000 visitors in its first year of operation.

“There has been amazing growth throughout the Chesterfield Valley in the last few years,” Topgolf’s Chief Development Officer Chris Callaway said in a statement. “The greater St. Louis area has proven to be a great place to live and work, paving the way for us to provide its residents with a new and exciting entertainment experience.”

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New Development: Carraig Ridge | Alberta, Canada | Sotheby’s Realty

Showcasing the height of new luxury construction in some of the world’s most sought after locations, let’s explore an exclusive new development from our worldwide network.

660 acres of secluded Canadian landscape are becoming a new center of innovative contemporary residential design. Carraig Ridge is situated across south and west-facing slopes, ridges, lakes and woodlands, where landscape designers and architects have worked to ensure the houses will have minimal impact on their surroundings.

Only 44 unique homes will be built on lots between one and five acres, preserving over 500 acres of this beautiful wilderness.

From the slopes of the Western United States, to shores of the Mediterranean, experience captivating New Developments from the Sotheby’s International Realty network

Carraig Ridge is in the foothills adjacent to Alberta’s Ghost Lake and the Ghost River. On the horizon to the south and west, the land rises up to form the spectacular peaks of the Rocky Mountains. It is conveniently located between the outdoor amenities of Canmore, Kananaskis Country, Banff National Park and the growing city of Calgary.

Carraig Ridge itself offers dozens of kilometers of walking and biking trails, lakes and ponds, woodlands and grasslands in a rolling landscape shared with wildlife large and small. Carraig Ridge combines conservation with innovation. Design, craft, materials, and technology will ensure the existing landscape is given prominence, providing a permanent retreat for future generations.

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Shake Shack to Open December 11 | 32 North Euclid Avenue

It’s finally happening…Shake Shack, the nationally beloved burger and frozen custard joint created by St. Louis native Danny Meyer, has officially announced Monday, December 11 as the opening day of its first-ever St. Louis location.

St. Louis’ Shake Shack will be located at 32 North Euclid Avenue in the Central West End. Doors will open at 11 a.m. that day.

“I learned the meaning and feeling of genuine hospitality while growing up in St. Louis, a lesson that has shaped my life and guided my career,” Meyer states in a press release. “When I jotted down the first Shake Shack menu, it was my favorite childhood food memories that most inspired me, and I’m thrilled that Shake Shack has at last found a home in my hometown.”

On top of the regular menu, the Central West End location will be serving special menu items made with ingredients from local purveyors, including the “Central West BLEND” (Park Avenue Coffee gooey butter cake with vanilla custard and salted caramel sauce), the Chocolate Chip cookie (a Winslow’s Home chocolate chip cookie with Askinosie dark chocolate chunks, salted carmel sauce and chocolate custard), the Mound City Double (a double provel cheeseburger with Niman Ranch bacon and “STL sauce”) and the Pie Oh My (Vanilla custard with a slice of seasonal pie from Pie Oh My!). A bonus: five percent of sales from the Pie Oh My concrete will be donated to Forest Park Forever.

The St. Louis location will include other local touches as well, such as Urban Chestnut, 4 Hands Brewing Co. and Schlafly beers being on the menu. In addition, two permanent art pieces created by local artists Noah MacMillan and Adam Koon will be on the exterior windows, while three vintage photos from the St. Louis Cardinals Archive will be on the walls. St. Louis woodworker David Stine also made two communal tables with local sustainably harvested walnut lumber as well for the Central West End Shake Shack.

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Birthday Dinner @ Knead | St. Louis’ Hottest New Bakery, Venue & Restaurant

Last night we celebrated a friend’s birthday at the newest & hottest restaurant in St. Louis…..KNEAD    Helmed by AJ and Kirsten Brown…one of the most talented and cutest couples in town.

Knead Bakehouse & Provisions is open at 3467 Hampton Ave., the former home of Salume Beddu.

Owners AJ and Kirsten Brown said Knead will offer fresh bread and baked goods to the area. “Our goal is bringing that old world style of bread with a modern American flair,” AJ Brown said. Sauce Magazine 

They are open for lunch until 3 PM.  They also do private parties and catering.


Does Your Home Plead Guilty to one of These Facade Fails?

Thinking about redoing the exterior of your home after a bit of HGTV fever? While it’s unrealistic to expect architect-level work from people like your Aunt Sue, who wants to paint everything contractor gray in a fit of Fixer Upper passion, there are some common exterior mishaps that can easily be avoided. In fact, relatively simple exterior changes can breathe new life into a house, though it’s a fine line between CPR and suffocation. In the words of architect Mies van der Rohe: “God is in the details,” but, then again, so is the devil.

10) Shutters to Make You Shudder

Look closely and you’ll see that the shutters on this house are all too small for the windows and are tacked on without hardware.

Contrary to popular belief, not every window needs shutters. Shocker. Proper shutters should at least appear large enough to cover the entirety of the window when shut (as that’s, you know, the whole point of shutters). Shutters should be avoided on double-mulled windows, picture windows, bay windows, and most dormer windows. Can’t afford to replace the shutters? Simply adding shutter hardware is a little detail that goes a long way.

A home with properly sized shutters.  Continue reading “Does Your Home Plead Guilty to one of These Facade Fails?”

Throwback Thursday: Proetz House | 12 Westmoreland Place

Here is a little history about a home I attended a party…this is one of my favorite homes on Westmoreland!

Dr. and Mrs. Arthur W. Proetz House, 1938-39; designed by Ralph Cole Hall, architect, St. Louis.

Interior decoration and furnishings by Victor Proetz, the lead designer for the decorating firm Cosden Inc., New York.

Victor Proetz (1897-1966) studied design at the school of the Art Institute of Chicago, and graduated in 1923 from Illinois Institute of Technology with a degree in architecture.

Proetz was in partnership with Ralph Cole Hall from 1924 to 1934, when he moved to New York. Hall and Proetz designed homes and often their furnishings resulting in a total work of art.

Dr. Arthur Proetz (1886-1966) and Erma Perham Proetz (1891-1944) commissioned the house. He was a professor of medicine at Washington University Medical School. she was an advertising executive at Gardner Advertising Co. They married in 1918. Erma Proetz died in 1944. Arthur Proetz married Esther Schoepfer in 1947. Esther S. Proetz continued to live in the house until her death in 1987.

The house was built between July 1938 and October 1939, at a cost of $82,500 ($1,414,101 today). Interior decoration (including light fixtures, furniture, curtains and carpets, etc.) cost about $19,000 ($327,657 today). Furniture continued to be supplied through December 1942.

Notable Features:

Tent Room (1st Floor): was executed by an upholsterer named Mr. Schneller, at a cost of $400.

Library (1st Floor): Originally the library bookcases were lined with marbled paper in purple and cream, custom-made to coordinate with the wood, leather, and upholstery and curtain fabrics woven in Sweden by Elsa Gulberg. Wire mesh grilles for the bookcases were imported from France.

The Drawing Room (2nd Floor): The fireplace is in the Greek Revival style inspired by the early 19th century English architect Thomas Hope. The cast lion masks that ornament the mantel were selected by Proetz and cast; the backing is lapis lazuli. The door hardware was patinated to match the cast lion masks on the fireplace.

Many original light fixtures remain, such as the hanging lantern and wall sconces in the circular stair hall (1st floor).