Home Sweet Home

As a designer I know the impact an environment can have on those living in it. So when I came across an article about Home Sweet Home, a St. Louis non-profit, in the Ladue News I knew I had to get involved. Next week many of us will gather around a table with family and friends and give thanks for the things in our lives that mean the most to us so I thought this would be an appropriate time to share the organization and my experience with you.

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ABOUT HOME SWEET HOME

Home Sweet Home is a local organization, based in midtown St. Louis, that works with case managers at partner agencies throughout the St. Louis region to provide clients access to new or gently-used furnishings and basic household items. The majority of the people they serve are veterans, those who are homeless, and survivors of domestic violence looking for a new start. This October they celebrated their first anniversary and in that short time they have served over 140 families in need in St Louis and St. Louis County.letter

“Just wanted to update you and your staff. And say thank you for all the work you do for us and the community. Home Sweet Home is a godsend and you and your staff are angels. My dad started to tear up when we brought the furniture in. In this day and time, when the world wants to take, I just want you to know that you guys gave me and my dad a home. Continued success and may God’s blessings continue for you and your families. This Marine is forever grateful. Semper Fi.”

HOW IT WORKS

Once referred by their case managers, clients are able to shop in their warehouse to select all of the furnishings and household items they will need for their new residence. All items are then packed, delivered and installed by Home Sweet Home volunteers. Their mission depends on furniture and household donations(they will come and pick up your items), volunteers(to help clients shop, pack, install, organize) and monetary donations.collage-1

“In order to effectively address homelessness in America and impact a long-term solution to this problem, people transitioning out of homelessness need help with stability. At Home Sweet Home, we believe part of that stability comes from establishing a first home stocked with the necessities for everyday life. Part of maintaining a home is usability and affordability. We can help make taking the first step to stable home life comfortable and accessible.”

MY EXPERIENCE

After reading the article and visiting their website, I contacted Betsy Reznicek, Executive Director at Home Sweet Home, to see how I could get involved.  On October 7th, I got the call! The client was a military veteran with a 4 year old daughter. Due to her work schedule and relying on public transportation she would be unable to come in and select her items. I was asked to come in and make the selections on her behalf then participate in the delivery and installation. Making the selections at the warehouse was an eye opening experience. While some of the clients they serve are in need of a few items this family was literally starting from scratch. When we arrived at the apartment for the install, it was completely empty except for a sleeping bag on the floor that the mom and daughter had been sleeping in together. That day we set up beds with linens and pillows, stocked the cabinets with plates, cups, and utensils, and arranged a small sitting and eating area. It doesn’t seem like much but to this family it was everything.12510406_485528648301571_1819704498813117248_n

I can tell you the entire process of loading the furniture at the warehouse to completing the install took no more than 2 hours. I can not tell you how many times the mom thanked and hugged each of us nor can I adequately express the emotions I experienced seeing her daughter jump into her very own bed with a pillow. I volunteered to make a difference in someone else’s life. I never expected the experience to make such a difference in mine.

 

If you are interested in learning more about Home Sweet Home, their volunteer opportunities and upcoming events, please visit their website or Facebook page.

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What is your Thanksgiving Decorating Style?

You would think as an interior designer my house would be perfectly decorated for fall and the Thanksgiving holiday.  I LOVE fall but I struggle to fully embrace the season until the weather and my surroundings start to reflect the transition. Thankfully fall weather has finally arrived in Saint Louis and my motivation kicked in! That is until I pulled out my fall decor and was totally underwhelmed with what was in front of me. After an hour of trying to make it work I decided it was time to reinvent my holiday decorating style. Sounds easy, right? What I thought would be a quick glance at Pinterest turned into 3 hours of my life that I will never get back! I have to admit I was a little overwhelmed but also super inspired by the different takes on the traditional Thanksgiving decor. Here are a few of my favorites…..

SHABBY CHIC

A MODERN TAKE

NATURAL ELEMENTS

COASTAL

MAD FOR PLAID

BLUE AND WHITE

JEWEL TONES

I would love to know what your Thanksgiving style is! If you need help discovering yours, contact us to find out about our Holiday Decorating Services.

Need more inspiration? Stop by our Thanksgiving Decor and Recipes page on Pinterest!

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Sherwin Williams 2017 Color Forecast

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Every year I look forward to Sherwin-Williams ColorMix, hosted in St. Louis, at KDR Designer Showroom. This event is the official unveiling of the projected color trends for the upcoming year. I was so inspired by the presentation I thought it would be fun to share the 4 palettes with you and show you how to accomplish each in your own home.

NOIR

It’s among our most precious commodities: night. We’re craving a refuge from urban streetlights and glowing screens, space to turn our gaze inward and recharge the spirit. Mindful melancholy is fueling a new romanticism marked by medieval patterns, revived customs and bittersweet beauty. The Dutch masters knew the secret: dark hues set a dramatic stage for sensuous luster. This palette is rich with vine-ripened fruits, Nordic blues, moody neutrals and golden yellows.

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HOLISTIC

Sustainable design and radical transparency are the new standards. As our daily transactions move further into the cloud, acquiring experiences is becoming preferable to buying more things. “Doing good” is the new looking good, and it’s taking the form of “voluntourism,” healing retreats and eco-travel. We’re in pursuit of an elusive ideal: a fair luxury. The roads of this journey are lined with arctic neutrals, blush rose and wild browns.

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INTREPID

The virtual and the real are blurring in the form of seamless commerce and “office anywhere” collaboration. Impatient for social and political change, we’re reinventing ourselves first. Identity has never been more fluid. “You do you” is the mantra of a generation primed for self-expression, cheered on by their own #squad and tossing aside old categories. There’s a feisty energy to our present moment, arriving in fiery tones and vibrant, kimono colors.

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UNBOUNDED

Global immigration is redefining borderlands, national identity and our sense of coexistence. We’re all citizens of the world now. Brands are becoming more purpose-driven, communities more connected. Design is adapting to more diverse populations. Overconsumption is, well, over. We’re more likely to invest in the best we can afford — crafted and customized — and then keep it forever. Global consciousness is a mural painted in earthy mustards, ocean blues, corals and mud.

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All room scene images and content courtesy of Sherwin-Williams.

Visit Schaub & Srote on Pinterest to view our boards dedicated to each palette.

Choosing The Right Countertop

Selecting the correct countertop material is one of the most important decisions in your kitchen or bath project. With so many materials available today it can be overwhelming when it comes time to make this selection. In today’s post we explore some of the most commonly used materials and the expectations associated with them.

GRANITE

Granite is, by far, the most popular material specified in kitchen and bath remodels.  It is a strong, durable and long lasting material. Granite is scratch-resistant, and when sealed, impervious to stain, heat and water.  Slabs are available in a wide variety of colors and patterns. Granite requires sealing at the time of installation and over the life of the material, typically once a year.

QUARTZ

Quartz countertops are a man-made product consisting of almost 90% quartz, making it an extremely durable non-porous material perfect for kitchens and bathrooms.  It does not require sealing, will not chip or crack and is stain and bacteria resistant. Quartz is available in wide variety of colors and patterns. In general, it is more expensive and not as heat tolerant as granite.

QUARTZITE

Quartzite is sandstone that has been subjected to heat and pressure due to tectonic compression. This resulting material is hard, dense and extremely resistant to abrasion and chemicals. Quartzite, like granite, does require sealing at the time of install and over the life of the material, typically once a year. This hard working material comes in a wide variety of colors and patterns and is idea for kitchens and bathrooms.

 

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MARBLE

Marble is a relatively hard material composed mostly of calcite. It is highly resistant to heat, cracks and breakage, however, marble is very porous and susceptible to staining and etching.  Marble is best used in areas where it will not be exposed to chemicals, citric or acidic substances. Even with the use of a sealer, clean-ups should be handled immediately. If you are in the market for a kitchen countertop and want the look of marble I suggest looking at a quartz or quartzite product that will give you look of marble and the performance of a granite without the maintenance and upkeep.

BUTCHER BLOCK COUNTERTOPS

Appearance is the number one reason people select wood for their countertops. It adds natural beauty and warmth to any kitchen and works well with several design styles. There is considerable maintenance required to keep your wood tops looking like new. Proper sealing is a must to ensure a non-porous surface and protect the tops from water damage. Wood is much softer than other materials typically used in a kitchen so scratches and dents are inevitable. Additionally, your wood top may require sanding and refinishing over it’s lifetime depending on use.

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CONCRETE COUNTERTOPS

Concrete countertops offer a wide range or colors and finishes and are lightweight and durable. Concrete is naturally very heat resistant but also porous so a sealer is a must. The use of a sealer on your tops may cause discoloration if hot pans or pots are placed directly on the surface. Imperfections in the surface are a common occurrence due to the molding process and after time hairline fractures may occur. Concrete is gaining popularity in modern and rustic designs and works well in kitchens and bathrooms when properly maintained.

STAINLESS STEEL

Stainless is already the go-to countertop material in most restaurants. And for good reason – they perform amazing! They are non-porous, resistant to water, heat, stains, mold, bacteria and other household germs. Additionally, you can place hot pots and pans directly on top them with no worries. However, stainless countertops will scratch and dent and tend to show smudge marks and fingerprints. If you can live with that they are suitable in any application.

 

 

 

 

Everything Fall

It is officially fall and today we are going to celebrate my favorite season!  I love everything about fall- the smells, the tastes, the decorations, the clothing and the events. When I think of fall I think of the smell of freshly fallen leaves, all things pumpkin spice, rustic elements rich in textures, dressing in layers and days spent at the pumpkin patch or winery and nights around a bonfire. I am so excited to share some of my favorite fall must-haves with you and hope this gets you in the mood to embrace the season!

THE SMELLS

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Leaves by Bath & Body Works

With notes of crisp red apple, golden nectar and warm clove spice this candle is sure to fill your home with the scent of Fall.

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Sea Salt Caramels by Samara & Mila

This handmade soy candle, “a sweet base of vanilla, maple and sea salt with creamed butter and silky smooth caramel”, sounds good enough to eat!

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No. 28 Pumpkin & Clove by Simpatico

Available locally at K. Hall Studios this scent is described as “sun warmed pumpkin blended with earthy and aromatic cinnamon, ginger, cloves and nutmeg.”

THE TASTES

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Pumpkin Chai Latte

Homemade S'more with chocolate and marshmallow

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Black Walnut Pumpkin Bread

THE DECORATIONS

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THE CLOTHING

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THE EVENTS IN OCTOBER

Weekends at Eckert’s

Eckerts has something fun for the whole family. Their Pumpkin Jamboree is a great way to spend a Saturday or Sunday in the beautiful autumn weather. This outing includes wagon rides, live entertainment, pony rides, a petting zoo and some fesival food favorites. They also have a Haunted Hayride and a Bonfire rental in the evenings. The hayride is a family friendly nighttime journey through the orchard with ghoulish surprises! Also offered is a Bonfire experience. Eckert’s has private bonfire sites available for rental that accommodate up to 40 people and include straw bale seating.

Ottertoberfest at the Zoo

The St Louis Zoo’s answer to Oktoberfest. Boasted as part German biergarten part outdoor classroom,this family-friendly spin features games, and activities centered around river otters.

Soulard Oktoberfest

The 2016 Soulard Oktoberfest is definitely happening. It will be held October 21-22 at Soulard Market Park. The announcement was just made last week when Soulard business owners came together after financial problems prompted the events board of directors to cancel this years festival. This will be the 13th year for the celebration. Click HERE for a link to the announcement.

Hermann Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest is held every weekend of October in Hermann, Missouri. Visit the restaurants, shops, wineries and museums and enjoy a weekend full of food, beer, wine, music.

Twilight Tuesdays

This popular free concert series is held every tuesday evening at the Missouri History Museum. Picnic baskets, beverages, lawn chairs, blankets and pets are welcome. The concerts typically start around 6. Be sure to visit the Family Zone from 5:30-7:30 for face painting, make-and-take craft projects and a magician.

Best of Missouri Market

The Missouri Botanical Garden is transformed into an outdoor market the first weekend in October every year. The Best of Missouri Market features Missouri’s best crafters and food producers offering baked goods, handcrafted items, flowers, herbs, and custom jewelry. Live music and plenty of kid friendly activities are included.

Featured Image by JFM Photography

 

Ceiling Treatments – A Missed Opportunity

Ceilings are an often overlooked opportunity to add personality, interest and drama in a space. Many times when we begin working with a new client they have Houzz ideabooks and Pinterest boards full of inspiration photos for their flooring, lighting, cabinetry and paint colors. Rarely do they include ceiling treatments. In today’s post we thought we would share some our favorite ceiling designs to inspire you. As you will see in the photos below, ceilings can greatly impact the overall feel in a space and deserve our attention!

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Do you have an amazing ceiling in your home? We would love to see it!

All of the images seen in this post can be found on our Schaub & Srote Houzz and Pinterest pages. Stop by both to see our work and what inspires us.

 

 

A Well Lit Interior

Lighting is one of the most important considerations in your home. It sets the scene for experiences and emotional responses. When done incorrectly it can lead to eye-strain, fatigue, headaches and stress. When done correctly it can facilitate daily tasks, highlight architectural features in your home, expand spaces or create an intimate environment. There are 3 main types of lighting that should be considered in every environment – Ambient, Task and Accent. Lets break down these layers and show you some of our favorite examples of how to accomplish them in your home.

GENERALLY SPEAKING

Ambient Lighting is commonly referred to as general lighting. As the base layer of lighting it provides a blanket of overall illumination in a space, and is essential to any lighting plan. Its main function is to provide adequate lighting for visibility and safety to navigate throughout an area. In some cases it serves as the only light source, such as a laundry room or closet. Examples include recessed and track lighting, wall sconces and chandeliers.

THE TASK AT HAND

Task Lighting is a smaller, more concentrated light used to illuminate specific areas where a more intensive and directed light source is required. Island pendants, undercabinet lighting and a well placed desk lamp are the most common applications of task lighting.

ACCENTUATE THE POSITIVES

Accent Lighting is used to highlight a specific object. It evokes feelings of meaning, creates drama and conveys importance of the object it illuminates. Most commonly it washes light over artwork and sculptures, bookcase displays and highlights architectural features in a home.

Hopefully this will shed some light on one of the most commonly overlooked aspect of interiors. We would love to see how you have incorporated lighting in your own spaces. Feel free to share!

Trend Watch – Welcome To The Jungle

I don’t know about you but I am currently loving the resurgence of this tropical trend in decor and accessories. And its a good thing because I can’t open a magazine or my Instagram feed without being overwhelmed with designs or accessories embracing this element.

DON’T CALL IT A COMEBACK

The banana leaf was made popular in the 1940’s when decorator Don Loper designed and installed over 5 1/2 miles of the now iconic, Martinique wallpaper, in the Coffee Room and the hallways at The Beverly Hills Hotel. At the same time Dorothy Draper was beginning a major renovation at The Greenbrier Hotel in West Virginia giving us the iconic Brazilliance wallpaper. Truly standing the test of time, the wallpapers remain in both hotels today.

The Beverly Hills Hotel | The Greenbrier Hotel

TROPICAL INSPIRED DECOR

If you would like to embrace this trend but aren’t quite ready to make a full commitment, here are a few of my favorite examples of ways to introduce the element into your space now –

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Palm Frond Bedding | Banana Leaves in Planter

FASHION & DECOR COLLIDE

While there used to be an almost 5 to 6 year lag from the runway to interior showrooms we now see an immediate correlation between the two. This is due mostly to the popularity of blogging, social media and communication between the creative minds in each respective field. Here are a few tropical inspired examples of what happens when the world of fashion and decor collide –

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What are your thoughts on this tropical inspired trend? We would love to see how you are embracing this in your everyday life!

Saint Louis Artist – Ted Collier, Ted Collier Fine Art

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GET FAMILIAR

If you don’t know who Ted Collier is, you really should.  Best known for his abstract acrylic paintings on canvas and signature circles he refuses to be defined by one style or medium.  An avid outdoorsman and fisherman, he is inspired by the patterns he observes in nature as well as the space his art will occupy.  Ted is an artist in every sense of the word. His passion and intensity are infectious and he happens to be a super cool guy!

ARTIST EVOLUTION

A lot has changed for Ted Collier in the past 5 years. The story goes something like this- boy meets girl, girl encourages boy to pursue his life long passion, boy listens to girl (good boy) and leaves his career in commercial real estate, boy and girl get married, open a restaurant (Katie’s Pizza & Pasta in Rock Hill), and boy achieves international success.

GRATITUDE, DRIVE AND FOCUS

Ted Collier is proof that with enough hard work and determination your dreams can be achieved. His new 2,500 square foot studio/gallery space in Creve Coeur is a far cry from the corner in the auto repair shop he was painting in just a few years ago. Today his art is featured in countless private collections in Saint Louis, Switzerland and Australia to name a few. Ted is also experiencing commercial success. Most recently he was commissioned by Nordstrom to create 18 pieces for their Los Angeles Flagship Store and Vancouver, BC stores. He is truly humbled by all the support and encouragement he receives. Lucky for us that only fuels his artistic fire. The sky is the limit for this Saint Louis artist and I personally can not wait to see what his future holds. #stlproud

Ted Collier Fine Art is located in Creve Coeur, Missouri. Viewing is by appointment only. Prepare to be inspired!

Ted Collier Fine Art | Saint Louis, MO 63132 | 314.803.7727

www.tedcollierart.com

UNINTENTIONAL ART

I recently visited Ted’s studio and while we were viewing and discussing the available pieces I couldn’t help but notice the paint splatter on his black boots. I joked with him that the splatter on his boots even looks like a piece of art. When I told him I was going to mention them in the blog he sent me a photo. Guess what? Even the photo he sent me of the paint splattered black boots looks like a piece of art!!!

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Saint Louis Artisan – Martin Goebel, Goebel & Co. Furniture

 

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A Saint Louisan To His Core

After graduating from Ladue Horton Watkins High School, Martin Goebel embarked on an education that spanned almost a decade in the pursuit of his true passion. Martin received his traditional training, at the College of the Redwoods in Ft. Bragg, California, in cabinet and furniture making. Upon graduating, he returned to Saint Louis and for the next 6 years he created custom pieces while completing his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Missouri, Saint Louis. In 2008, he was accepted to the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, RI. Martin received his Masters of Fine Arts in Furniture, with an emphasis on digital design and returned to Saint Louis once again in 2011 to start Goebel & Co. Furniture.  Today racks of Cherry, Walnut and White Oak and other American classics fill the Goebel & Co. warehouse on Locust Street in Midtown Saint Louis.

Making Utility Elegant

Martin Goebel has been quoted as saying “Design is a reaction to the study of life.  At Goebel & Co. we celebrate the simple activities of life through elegantly simple furniture. The real masterpiece of design is the life that occurs on and around our furniture.” While this describes the conceptual approach to his designs the execution of his pieces are a true testament to the functionalist design approach largely inspired by American architect Louis Sullivan, best known for his phrase “form (ever) follows function.”

Tradition meets Technology

A true testament to his educational background, every piece of furniture that Goebel & Co. creates is a combination of digital technology,  manufacturing and hand-craftsmanship. Designs are realized through the process of 3D modeling and then the individual components are either manufactured in-house or sent to a regional subcontractor. This approach allows Goebel & Co. to control the cost to the client and also take advantage of the cutting edge technology and skilled labor their regional partners offer. All of the pieces are assembled, inspected and finished at the Goebel & Co. workshop.

Goebel & Co. Furniture is featured locally in Companion Bakery, Brennan’s Wine and Tobacco, 4 Hands Brewing Co., Tani Sushi and Urban Chestnut Brewing Company’s Grove Brewery & Bierhall just to name a few. I encourage you to visit their website to be inspired and then give them a call to create a piece that is uniquely yours.

Goebel & Co. Furniture | 2936 Locust Street | Saint Louis, MO 63103

www.goebelfurniture.com