St. Louis Spotlight – Soulard

Soulard is a historic French neighborhood in St. Louis. Lined with red-brick townhomes, this neighborhood houses many restaurants and lively bars, making it one of the most well-known neighborhoods of the city.

MARDI GRAS CELEBRATION

It’s been said that St. Louis hosts the second-largest Mardi Gras gathering in the country (second to New Orleans, of course)! If you’ve never been, you should experience it at least once. There is A LOT of fun to be had! Here are a couple tips to remember: arrive early, don’t drive, and it’s always helpful to know someone that lives in the neighborhood (because standing in line for the bathroom is no fun)!

MOLLY’S

Molly’s is a great place to grab some N’awlins inspired dishes and drinks while enjoying patio weather. They have seven bars and lots of TVs for watching the Cardinals and Blues – great for large groups!

FARMERS MARKET

The city’s most iconic market is open year round, Wednesday through Saturday. Here you’ll find local produce, meats, seafood, cheese, pastries, flowers, and spices. It’s a great way to support your local farmers while getting some of the freshest ingredients available!

JOHN D. MCGURK’S IRISH PUB & GARDEN

It’s almost patio season, and the expansive patio and garden at McGurk’s is simply the best! The garden features several water features and beautiful greenery, which make it a perfect spot for an afternoon bite to eat.

PIECES

Pieces is THE St. Louis Board Game Bar & Cafe! Gather your buds and choose from over 500 games to play. Can’t wait to visit this place!

Valentine’s Day

Not sure what to get your sweetheart for Valentine’s Day this year? Don’t worry – I’ve got you covered! I’ve rounded up a list of cute greeting cards, gifts and date ideas!

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GIFT IDEAS

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RESTAURANTS

These restaurants serve up delicious food and candlelit ambiance; perfect for a romantic date night.

DATE IDEAS

Together with 4 Hands Brewing Company, The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis has created five new beer treatments —from a facial to “foot detailing.” Click here to learn more about the benefits of beer for the skin and to book an appointment.

Book a stay at the beautiful Moonrise Hotel. Special packages are available!

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Enjoy an evening at Jazz at the Bistro listening to the sounds of Erin Bode. The Erin Bode Group creates music forged from the Americana of its members’ Midwestern roots, infused with jazz grooves, and made magic by Bode’s bell-like voice.

Design a beautiful bouquet with Snapdragon Studio! An array of beautiful blooms in romantic tones, along with fun accents and foliage will be provided. Mix and match to your heart’s content. Sign up for an event on Sunday February 12th or Tuesday, February 14th.

Try a cooking class! Schnucks and Dierbergs have several options available.

Happy Valentine’s Day! <3

2017 Winter Markets

Every January, buyers flock to the 3 big home markets: Atlanta, Dallas, and Vegas. While I didn’t attend this year I find that it’s always fun to look through Instagram hashtags and following along with Instagram stories! It really helps me get a sense of what’s to come, interiors-wise, in the year! I found many common themes and lots of beautiful eye candy!

 

BOLD COLOR

I saw a lot of rich jewel tones from Worlds Away.

Navy blue decadence meets gold leaf impressions @worldsaway1 @lasvegasmarket! #viewonvegas #lvmkt

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Start your day off with a little color from @worldsaway #worldsaway #lvmkt #bassmanblaine @bassmanblaine

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This dark green paint color was one of our predictions for 2017! Check out our favorite dark green paint colors and accessories here!

 

LAYERED WHITES/NEUTRALS

Layering neutrals is one of my favorite looks. These spaces below are full of interest and prove that neutral doesn’t have to mean boring!

This space made me so happy!! 😀 #handleydrive #americasmart #atlanta #codarus #atlantamarket #interiordesign

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You like us, you really like us!! #LVMKT thanks for a great first day in Salon West! See you in the morning ☀️

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I love the legs on this Tritter Feefer dining table!

 

TONS OF TEXTURE

This ties in with the layered neutrals above and is the key to achieving the look. I saw a lot of textured pottery and special furniture pieces.

TEXTURE! TEXTURE! Look at this TEXTURE! 😍🤗😱🤗😍

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Loving the Las Vegas Market @noirfurniturela! #lvmkt #casabellarep

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BLUSH

It seems like this shade is popping up everywhere in accessories and accent furniture!

This vignette is amazing!!! I love the pink lamps and artwork. #bebold

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Lots of fun new pillows Showroom#A313. #pillows #lvmkt2017 #decorativepillows #throwpillows

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How cool is the faux bois patterned pillow?!

 

BOTANICAL AND FLORAL MOTIFS

I love the detail and texture of this Palecek magnolia-inspired mirror.

Fauna feels 🌿🌿🌿🌿🌿 @lasvegasmarket! #viewonvegas #lvmkt

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BRIAN PATRICK FLYNN for CRYSTORAMA

Brian Patrick Flynn’s lighting line with Crystorama is so beautiful! He was kind enough to send me some professional images to share with you!

The Hulton – This collection has an industrial vibe and features a “cage within a cage” design. Available in 3 different sizes in a matte black finish.

The Alston – This collection features a heavy metal drum shade with a thick, rectangular chain! Available in 3 different sizes with matte black or matte white finishes. (The white option has a beautiful brass interior!)

The Hurley – This collection is a modern take on a classic lantern design. The frame is super thick and looks so luxurious in the polished nickel finish.

The Truax – This collection is available in a modern style (simple globe) and more traditional style (metal band). It’s available in various sizes, including a huge 30″x 38″ version!

 

Did any trends or pieces catch your eye? If you want to see more check out these accounts and hashtags on instagram:

2017 Home Organization Projects

One of my big goals for this year is to have a place for everything and everything in its place! That means a lot of decluttering has been happening in my home. Organization is something everyone can benefit from whether your house is large or small! I’m focusing on a few key areas to help my home function better.

MUDROOM

My husband and I recently updated our laundry/mudroom by adding cabinetry above and between the washer and dryer. We also removed a small shallow closet to install high cabinets, hooks and shoe storage.

Though the space isn’t big, it functions so much better for us. We’ve been working on organizing the cabinet interiors that house cleaning supplies and bulk household items.

Take advantage of the storage opportunities on the insides of cabinet doors. These mountable baskets are perfect for storing items you need to quickly access. I grabbed a couple of these to store cleaning supplies and vacuum attachments.

Bins and baskets make it easy to grab scarfs, hats and gloves before heading out the door.

If space is at a minimum, this option is great hanging coats and bags and even has a few small bins and a shelf!

STORAGE ROOM

Our storage room has become one of those spaces where boxes get tossed in without even looking. It’s difficult to find things and hard to walk through!

 

We are busy going through our belongings and making toss/keep/donate piles. Once we know what we are keeping THEN we will buy the appropriate storage containers. I’m thinking we will do some clear bins so we can see what will be stored.

A label maker will come in handy for labeling bins and can help you organize the rest of house, too!

GARAGE

While it’s not the most glamorous of spaces, organizing our garage is the project I’m looking forward to the most. The plan is to install a large pegboard wall to store all of our tools and project supplies.

I love how this storage wall takes full advantage of the vertical space available. Everything is easily visible, accessible, and CLEAN.

This organizer is perfect for storing nails, nuts, bolts and screws.

Magnetic knife racks are great for holding drill bits, screw drivers and even paint brushes.

 

I’ve got my work cut out for me! What projects are you working on this year?

Cheers to the New Year!

I can’t believe 2016 is already coming to a close. It has been a busy and productive year at Schaub+Srote and we are excited for what’s to come in the new year! I wanted to share a few last minute ideas/tips for your NYE holiday celebration!

OUT & ABOUT

  • NYE Live! at Ballpark Village – Ballpark Village is hosting their annual celebration and the ONLY ball drop in St. Louis. 2 packages are available with access to all 5 of their venues. Guests can look forward to an all-inclusive premium drink package, complimentary midnight toast, and a live DJ performance by DJ Dynamix.
  • Kid Rock New Year’s Eve Bash – Ring in the New Year with a rockin’ performance by Kid Rock! Special guests Tim Montana and the Shrednecks will kick off the night!
  • Steinberg Skating Rink – Looking for a fun night with the kiddos? Skate in the New Year at Steinberg’s! Enjoy party favors, noisemakers and some hot cocoa while you skate around the 27,600 square foot rink!

New Years Eve party photo booth. With photo booth props in black, gold, and silver.

AT HOME

  • Every NYE bash should have a photo booth! Visit your local craft store and make some cute props and an easy backdrop. Guests can write New Year’s Resolutions on a chalkboard and have fun taking silly photos.
  • This champagne mule cocktail recipe looks so delicious!
  • If you’re like me and will most likely be snoozing long before midnight, celebrate the next morning instead! Host a special New Year’s brunch for friends/family. This Everything Bagel Strata looks like the perfect dish for the occasion. And remember, mimosas and bloody marys are essential!

Thank you for following along this year! We wish you peace and love in the New Year!

Preparing for Overnight Guests

Do you have guests in town for the holidays? Read these tips for creating a warm and inviting space for your guests to enjoy!

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Spend the night as your guest.

This will allow you to note and fix any issues you come across. Is the room temperature okay? Always make sure there are enough blankets and that the pillows are comfortable. Another thing to note is the morning light! Do your curtains sufficiently block the sun?

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The Essentials

Make sure to have key emergency items readily available. You don’t want to make your guests feel embarrassed having to ask for certain items! This should include extra toilet paper, feminine products, air freshener or matches, and a plunger.

Other items to have ready in the room or nearby should include:

  • wi-fi password
  • water carafe and glass
  • remote control instructions
  • waste basket
  • spare key and/or garage code
  • easily accessible outlets
  • fresh towels
  • clear space in your closet with plenty of hangers
  • extra toothbrush
  • lint roller
  • contact solution
  • assorted medicine
  • hair dryer
  • iron and ironing board
  • luggage rack

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Go Above and Beyond

  • Find out what your guests like to eat/drink for breakfast and snacks and have those items on hand.
  • Get the coffee ready ahead of time so all they have to do is hit the power button!
  • Leave a stack of magazines or a favorite book for your guests to peruse.
  • Compose a list of favorite activities, shops and restaurants for your guests to check out!
  • Place a vase of fresh flowers on the bedside table.

These little touches can go a long way in making your guests feel welcome! I hope you find them helpful and please share in the comments if you have any additional suggestions!

 

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Christmas Ornaments, Tree Skirts, & Stockings, Oh My!

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The holidays are in full swing and if you haven’t already done so, it’s time to get out those boxes of decorations and go to town! If you are looking to freshen up your decor, here are some new favorites to peruse.

ORNAMENTS

Bottle Brush Ornament - Baby Fox + ScarfBaby Fox Bottle Brush Ornament

Every tree needs a cute animal ornament – love his plaid scarf!

Foiled Bell Ornaments Set of 3Foiled Bell Ornaments

Set of Three Heart OrnamentsBirch Heart Ornaments

Marbled OrnamentGold Marbled Ornament

Faux Quartz Starburst OrnamentFaux Quartz Starburst Ornaments

Double Glass Sphere Ornament: Double Glass Sphere Ornament

Bottlebrush Wreath Ornaments

Paint-Your-Own Ornament Kit

These peg doll ornaments are so sweet and the possibilities are endless!

TREE SKIRTS

Christmas Hex Tree Skirt: Hex Tree Skirt

Quilted Velvet Tree Skirt, Ivory: Quilted Velvet Tree Skirt

Christmas Tree Skirts | Minted: Snow-Covered Woods Tree Skirt

Minted now carries tree skirts and the best part is, they are reversible!

Stitched Linen Tree Skirt: Stitched Linen Tree Skirt

Design, DIY &amp; Home Improvement blog focusing on hunting for your own personal style… on any budget "Hunted Interior": Christmas Tree in Urn

Skip the tree skirt completely, and try this tutorial by Kristin at The Hunted Interior!

STOCKINGS

<div>Hand-cut reverse felt applique stocking on velvet.</div>: Symmetry Stocking

Black + White Check Stocking: Plaid and Stripe Stockings

Love all these colors and patterns from Schoolhouse Electric!

White Christmas Stocking, White Stocking, White Christmas Stockings, White Stockings, White Matelasse Stocking: Matelasse Stocking

Chunky Knit Striped Christmas Stocking Red by LaurenAstonDesigns: Chunky Knit Stocking

19" Flower Wool Felt Stocking, Green: Flower Wool Felt Stocking

Happy decorating!

Feature Images via Schoolhouse Electric!

Shop Small & Support Local Businesses!

Here’s a list of local shops to consider while out shopping this weekend, throughout the holiday season and anytime throughout the year! Some of these shops even offer free delivery to the St. Louis area – good to know!

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Circa Boutique:  A clothing and gift boutique in downtown Belleville, IL and also Edwardsville, IL! The shop also offers candles, artwork, and custom jewelry!

City Sprouts:  A one-stop, super cool shop for babies and kids featuring amazing clothes, eco-friendly toys, designer diaper bags, and modern nursery furniture and decor.

Fable and Lore:  Hand-crafted, infinitely wearable jewelry for the modern free spirit.

Future Ancestor:  A curated home decor shop specializing in handmade goods, vintage furniture, and unique gifts.

Left Bank Books:  The oldest and largest independently-owned full-line bookstore in St. Louis. They offer a full-line of new and used books, gifts, cards, magazines, toys and services.

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Lemon Gem:  This brand-new kitchen store is set for its soft opening this Saturday, 11/26. It will offer the basics – pots, pans, spatulas, spoons, bakeware, aprons, kitchen gifts – from a range of well-known brands to local artisans. The shop will also feature a community cookbook library – how great is that?!

124 West Jefferson, Kirkwood, Missouri 63122

Moonbeams:  Located in the heart of Kirkwood this shop offers a variety of gift and home decor items that are truly unique and often one-of-a-kind!

Union Studio:  An independent and locally owned shop featuring a thoughtful, classic collection of St. Louis artists’ hand-crafted goods and fine art. Every item they sell—clothing, housewares and fine art—is handmade by nearby artists, our neighbors.

Urban Matter:   Home furnishings & gift shop featuring local makers, curated treasures & made-by-hand goods for both men & women.

Zee Bee Market:  Curated handmade & Fair Trade products from around the world – plus coffee, chocolate, tea, more. Their hand-crafted baskets are a personal favorite!

What are some other local gems that I missed – let us know where you like to shop in the St. Louis area.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING & HAPPY SHOPPING!

Spice Up Your Thanksgiving Menu!

Looking for some new recipes to elevate your Thanksgiving Day menu this year? I’ve got you covered! Here are some recipes that are sure to leave your guests craving more and begging you to share the recipes.

Caramel Churro Chex Mix

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It’s always a good idea to have a few snacks on hand. You may want to make an extra batch of this one because it looks too good to resist!

Arugula, Pear & Goat Cheese Salad with Pomegranate Vinaigrette

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My sister-in-law made this last Thanksgiving and everyone loved it.  It’s the perfect mixture of flavors and also a great way to balance out the heavier dishes.

Roasted Green Beans with Balsamic Browned Butter

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If you only choose one recipe from this whole post to try, you HAVE to make this one!  This is another recipe my sister-in-law made last Thanksgiving and it was so delicious. Browned butter makes everything taste so yummy.

Easy Paleo Gravy

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This simple recipe substitutes cauliflower for flour.  This secret ingredient makes for a thick and creamy gravy.

Step up your flavor game with these easy butter recipes; one sweet and one savory.

Whipped Cinnamon Pumpkin Honey Butter

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Spread this on your rolls and use the leftovers to spread on your bagels and toast the next morning!

Homemade Herb Butter

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Try adding a little of this to your mashed potatoes, turkey and pretty much anything else on your plate.

Garlic Butter Smashed Sweet Potatoes with Parmesan

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This recipe looks so simple and so tasty.

Thyme-Scented Squash Gratin

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Choose squash over potatoes for your gratin this year.

Crescent Roll Apple Dumplings

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This seems like a fool-proof recipe that even a non-baker (me) could pull off. What’s better than a variation of apple pie à la mode?

Sparkling Clementine Thyme Cocktail

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I love having a special cocktail for guests at my holiday parties. This is almost too pretty to drink! It looks so refreshing and festive.

Good luck with your planning and hopefully you’ve been inspired!

Saint Louis Artist – Chad M. Lawson

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GET FAMILIAR

Chad M. Lawson is a true creative soul living and working in downtown St. Louis! Chad is best known for his beautiful abstracts done on salvaged wood doors and his mixing of oils and acrylics to create unique textures and movement. Painting on a hard wood surface can pose quite a challenge but he has mastered the skills to do so. Each piece of art is striking, layered, and begs the viewer to take a closer look!

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BE INSPIRED

Chad finds inspiration in literature and music. Part of his process is to work on a few pieces at a time while listening to a specific musical artist or genre. The type of music influences the intensity of each stroke. One day he might add strong graffiti-like elements while listening to hip-hop and the next day add precise, delicate lines while listening to his favorite cellist.

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The sankofa symbol is another important element of his work. Based on a mythical bird with its feet firmly planted forward and its head turned backwards, sankofa signifies the wisdom in learning from the past to ensure a strong future. You can see elements of this symbol in several of his works (see below)!

 

SHOW ME MORE

Want to see more?! Chad currently has pieces on display at the Cortex as well as Whitebox Eatery! Be sure to visit his website to see more of his amazing creations.

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Chad is currently working on a collection investigating the journey and challenges within the adoption and adoptee narrative.  The collection features the adding and subtracting of layers, movement, and color in the search for identity, be it past or present. This work will be revealed at his February 2017 show.

Chad is also writing a book on growth for both ones art and building lasting relationships with clients. He draws on his over twenty years of curating his own work and others, with what would these days be called “pop-up” shows. Chad started doing this in the mid 1990’s in Miami, then St. Louis, and San Francisco. The book will also contain advice and questions for both new and established artists to help them better structure their time, finances, and resources. Be on the lookout for it early next year!

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Photos from my studio visit with Chad!

Viewings by appointment only.

chadmlawson@gmail.com | www.chadmlawson.com | @chadmlawson