Louie’s is Open | Restaurant in Demun, Clayton

In the early 2000’s, King Louie’s (Chouteau & 39th Street in Tower Grove) seemed to be our go-to place for friend’s birthdays and general gatherings. It always was a treat.

I was excited to see that Matt McGuire was opening Louie’s in the old Jimmy’s spot in Demun.

Last week I popped in at the last minute & was happy to see there was space at the bar.  The appetizer of Polenta, Roast Mushrooms, Grana Padano was hearty & full of flavor.  I had the Grilled Flank Steak with a Salsa Verde on the side, which I had to lap up every morsel.  My guest had the Pork Chop with Shishito Peppers & Chermoula.

A lovely atmosphere, an attentive waiter/bartender & great food made this a new destination on my “restaurant circle” (restaurants that a person frequents on a regular basis.)

Stunning Client’s Home is Featured in St. Louis Homes & Lifestyles Magazine

My fabulous designer client, Barbara Slavkin (website here), and her husband’s new home is featured in this article in St. Louis Homes & Lifestyles Magazine.  What a pleasure it was to help these dear clients sell their home off of Mason and find this special home in Creve Coeur. The house was sleek and special when they bought it….though they added on and made it just that much better!



Rockford Farms, Pike County, Missouri | Painted by Bryan Haynes

A special present for me this Holiday Season!  Local New Regionalist artist, Bryan Haynes, just delivered the painting of our family farm in Pike County. Rockford Farms is on the National Register of Historic Places as the Griffith McCune Farmstead.

The home was built in the 1850’s with a sizable smokehouse on the right. Notice the old oaks that still stand on the property. The landmark octagonal barn is circa 1900. Off to the left is the Rockford School House that was turned into a home in the 1950’s for my Aunt Bunny and Uncle Swede when they moved back to Missouri from Wyoming. On the upper left is a small, pre-fab house that my grandparents put up on the hill enjoying the best views.

Thank you Bryan for a piece of art that will be enjoyed by many generations to come.


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.


STL -> Palm Springs | The Kaufman House | The Parker | ST LOUIS STYLE

I had the treat of going to Palm Springs last weekend for the first time.

A St. Louis couple recently bought a stunning Mid-Century home in the Rancho Mirage area and hosted a gaggle of us. It is rumored that The Obamas may build a house in their enclave. Carol Channing is a neighbor as was the late Zsa Zsa Gabor who’s stunning round house is currently on the market. While it was raining in St. Louis, I was hot and dry in the desert.

A highlight of the trip was an architectural tour that featured The Kaufman House designed by Richard Neutra. The Kaufmans also built Fallingwater by Frank Lloyd Wright in Pennsylvania. It was also fun seeing The Parker designed by Jonathan Adler & other area hotspots.

I will be back!

My Bernoudy-Designed Japanese Garden Transformed

Over the years the Japanese garden in my backyard has slipped.   You can see from the set of 2 photos that Bernoudy, who designed and lived in my house, had a pleasant garden with a granite Japanese lantern. When the house was sold, the possessions were sent to auction and the garden lost its lantern.  My parents purchased the home from the estate in the early 1990’s.  They had the garden rebuilt which made it larger and it became out of scale and the bricks surrounding the garden deteriorated. Since buying the house from my mother 4 years ago, I did not do much with the garden and it became an eyesore.

Last Fall I connected with Austin Tao, landscape architect, to design a new garden that echoed the old one, though updated the look.  I wanted the garden to be brought to ground level entirely so that I could easily walk across it to get to the guest house. The need to walk across it is helpful in the rain also since my house does not have gutters.

Now I love my backyard and the birds seem to love the water feature in the middle.

Horstmann Brothers did the construction.  Limestone pavers with small and large Mexican beach rocks in-between. The center water features is comprised of three rocks.