Spring Fever

One of the things I love most about living in the Midwest is getting to experience all 4 seasons. But right now I am Totally. Over. Winter. I can not wait for sunshine, Cardinal’s baseball, and less traffic on 270…. So basically the exact opposite of the current conditions in St. Louis. It is encouraging to see a few 60 degree days creeping into the forecast and before you know it we will be complaining about our allergies or how unbearable the heat is! Until we get there, here are a few things you can do right now to brighten your decor and spirits in anticipation of Spring.


The entry foyer is your first opportunity to introduce the overall vibe of your home to guests. This is typically one of the smaller spaces in the home so updating it is relatively inexpensive. You can use these suggestions to breathe life into your formal powder room too. For a quick fix I suggest – a new geometric or mutli-colored rug, introducing a fresh, clean scented candle or diffuser, and finishing it off with a few bright, fun accessories and a fresh floral to complete the look. Adding or switching out a piece of art with a mirror is a great way to brighten up and expand the space too!



Mixing in a few decorative pillows and accessories can make an immediate and noticeable impact. Remember we are just looking for a few statement pieces to get us through these next few weeks of Winter. Don’t dive in too quickly. The goal here is to not get overwhelmed and abandon the task. Quick fix – mix colored, patterned and textured pillows to create a look all your own, incorporate natural elements in the decor, and add a few pops of color throughout. Here are a few of my top picks for Spring –


Are you counting down the days to nicer weather? We would love to know your tips and tricks that get you through these winter months. Already embracing spring decor? Show us what your favorite finds have been so far.


2018 Interior Trends

The trend forecast is always a bit tricky for me. I am not a designer that necessarily puts a lot of stock in to the latest design trends. Actually, I don’t even have a specific design style I subscribe to. While trends are a great way to introduce consumers to products and materials they may not have had previous exposure to, at the end of the day your home should be an environment that reflects who you are and how you live. In years past I have turned to furniture and accessory markets, manufacturers websites, online publications and local showrooms to see what is on the design horizon. This year I am going to mix it up. My 2018 Interior Trend forecast is based on what I am experiencing with my clients in the St Louis Metro area.


Lighting plays a major role in every project. In fact, one of the first considerations in the architectural design process is determining how the residence will be situated on the site, taking into consideration the orientation of the residence in relationship to the sun path. In addition to this natural lighting there are 3 main types of artificial lighting categories that should be incorporated. Check out our blog post A Well Lit Interior for more information on the different layers of lighting necessary for a properly illuminated space.

2 Trends In Lighting –

One is the embracing of LED technologies. I have to admit even I was intimidated by the ever-changing world of LED technology. We experienced such a rapid evolution in LED that just when you thought you knew what you were talking about the next greatest advancement had happened. I think we have finally begun to realize the potential and capabilities of LED and as a result have found the way to shape the conversation around the technology. Here are just a few of the ways LED is changing the lighting industry and our interiors.

Beiersdorf Offices – Athens, Greece

Architecture by Schaub + Srote

The other direction I see is maximizing the use of recessed lighting throughout a residence as the ambient source of light, and choosing your moments for a statement fixture. Areas that used to be a traditional location for a flush mount or pendant are now replaced with a recessed can light and sconces have become common place in bathrooms in lieu of the expected light bar.

Pendants are replaced by recessed can lights at the island.

This vanity would not be the same without these statment sconces.


One of the most often asked questions I get during the interior selection process is in regard to matching metal finishes. Do my door knobs need to match my plumbing fixtures? Should my plumbing and lighting fixtures be the same finish? It really depends on your aesthetic and the metals being considered. Below are a few of my “go-to” photos to illustrate the balance that can be achieved to overcome their hesitations.

This bathroom designed by Summer Thornton is an image that beautifully shows the marriage of steel and brass.

Stainless and chrome appliances and fixtures blend seamlessly with the brass accents in the pendants as seen in this kitchen featured in House Beautiful.


Statement mirrors are a great way to add personality to any space and come in all sizes and price points. Besides the obvious function they provide, mirrors are a great way to expand spaces and break up the use of art in an area. The variety of frame styles and materials really allow you to make a statement without overpowering a space. Wayfair and Home Goods are two of my go-to resources when looking for readily available options. If you are not in a hurry Uttermost and Arteriors are great resources to explore.

No art needed when you have an antiqued mirror backdrop like this!

Floor to ceiling mirrored subway tiles serve as the mirror in this stunner by Jacqueline Fortier.

The mirror in this foyer not only provides drama but also visually expands the space.

2nd floor Laundry Room

I can’t believe it took us so long to realize that in a typical 1-1/2 story or 2 story home the majority of the laundry comes from the 2nd level. Why we spent years dragging all of it up and down the stairs is beyond me. In this scenario, the mudroom on the main level becomes dedicated to cubbies for storage and a planning zone with a stackable washer and dryer located in the owner’s suite. Laundry rooms are similar to formal powder rooms in that there are no rules when it comes to decorating them. It does not have to flow or communicate with the rest of the home so it is a fun place to take a risk. While laundry may not be the most exciting task doing it in one of these rooms sure would make it more enjoyable.

Birds and Butterflies wallpaper by Schumaker & Co. brings life to this space.

I love this space by The Lily Pad Cottage.

So much personality in this room. Accessorized to perfection!

One’s To Watch

I can’t wait to see what 2018 has in store for us! I have a few developing trends on my radar and am looking forward to seeing how much momentum they gain over the next 12 months. Our homes and the products we use in them continue to adapt and change to accommodate our fast paced lifestyles. With a renewed focus on health and well-being we are already seeing steam technology for cooking gaining popularity in our kitchen designs and the amazing health benefits it provides undeniable. Yoga and Pilates rooms, massage rooms, home gyms and saunas are becoming common place in our custom residences. We will see if it makes the list next year. Stay tuned!

Are you all ready incorporating any of these in your interior? We would love to see your space. If not, which one are you likely to try in 2018?

2017 Interior Trends Follow-Up

Every year I relentlessly scour my favorite magazines, manufacturers and online resources for new introductions in search of the next years “Next Big Thing”. It is that time of year again when we take a look back at our Interior Design Trends to see how well we did with our 2017 predictions. Stay tuned for our 2018 Forecast coming in January!

MIXING & MATCHING PATTERNS – While we did see mixing and matching it was mostly a textural difference than the bright, vibrant interiors featured below. As we continue to move through the gray and white craze we will certainly start to see some of these pops of colors making their way into our homes in 2018.

Mixing and matching patterns becomes easier when anchored by a monochromatic or neutral backdrop.

ART-INSPIRED WALLPAPER – I should have said ALL WALLPAPER! 2017 was the year of wallpaper at Schaub + Srote. Large scale prints, grasscloth, and metallic finishes/embellishments made their way into almost every one of our projects. If you haven’t considered using a wallpaper recently I encourage you to take a look. It seems we all have a wallpaper memory of our childhood. Mine happens to be of my kitchen covered in country blue bows with ducks(and matching canisters for the countertop). I promise you these are not the papers that haunt your past!

No need for artwork when you use wallpaper like these….

NAVY AND DARK GREEN INTERIORS – It would be an understatement to say that Navy was a HIT! I really hope that the Dark Green picks up in popularity as we make our way through 2018. Both work great as a neutral and create a drama that can’t be found in brighter tones of the same colors.

Although these were not selected as the color of the year by the leading paint companies they will be EVERYWHERE!


Here are a few of the design trends we will say goodbye to in 2017 –

POLISHED METALS – So many amazing finishes were introduced to the market in 2017- all with a matte or brushed finish. Aged Pewter, Carbon, Architectural Bronze and Shadow are just a few that are featured in the new Waterworks catalog. Polished finishes haven’t completely disappeared they are just being layered with other finishes for visual interest.

“Warm metals like copper, brass and rose gold will continue to be on trend for autumn/winter 2016, but as we move into summer 2017 you’ll see a shift away from this super polished look,” says Diane Cocksey, Senior Interior Decorator at Freedom. “I expect you’ll see a more industrial aesthetic, with black steel and burnished metals taking over the home.”

MARBLE HOUSEWARES – While I do not see the marble countertop trend coming to an end anytime soon, I think we have cycled through the marble-everywhere phase. I have to admit I am a sucker for a marble and wood serving platter or cutting board but I am ready for the next big thing in housewares. Stay tuned for our 2018 Trend Forecast to see what that will be.

While marble is all the rage in the mass-produced homewares market, we can soon expect a sharp decline in interest. In 2017, be on the lookout for earthy textures like timber, clay and wicker to take its place.

FIDDLE LEAF FIGS ARE OUT, OLIVE TREES ARE IN – The trend is certainly still leaning toward bringing the outside in. I  find the Fiddle Leaf Fig to be extremely popular and I happen to be a fan. Incorporating natural elements in your space is a designer must have. Just be sure to pick whatever reflects your style and fits the scale of your space. Those are the only rules.

I am struggling with this one! Fiddle Leaf Figs are EVERYWHERE. EVERY. WHERE. Cost, maintenance and lifespan are cited as the major factors for the decline in popularity.


How do you think we did on these predictions for 2017.

Which trends did you love or leave?

Any prediction for 2018?


Alternative Windows and Doors

Today I want to discuss a newer wave of doors and windows that steer clear of the traditional looks and functionality we’ve seen in the past. Pivot, garage, and folding doors and windows have become hugely popular over the last 5 or so years and I believe the trend will continue to thrive. They not only offer your home design a unique, custom look, they allow for unobstructed views to the outdoors. Read about each option and see some of our favorite photos below.


Instead of hanging from hinges on a door frame as a traditional door would, pivot doors rotate on a set of pins mounted at the top and bottom of the door. Pivot doors appear to float in their frames and can provide a clean, modern and luxurious look for your space. These doors typically have a generous opening, much wider than the traditional doors you’re used to seeing. They’ve really gained in popularity over the last 5 years and we have used them in several of our recent projects.



Garage doors are no longer limited to protecting your vehicle. “Pull-up” doors as they are also called are a great way to create flexible spaces for socializing and letting the outdoors in! Whether acting as a retractable living space partition between rooms, as a window wall or exterior door alternative, garage doors are a unique feature and function to a home’s design.



In traditional sliding door applications we are left with half of the door opening being blocked by a closed door. Folding, accordion-style doors allow for an almost completely open door frame. This type of door really allows the outside to become an extension of the home. They look especially beautifully when they span the entire length of a wall. Another great look is incorporating folding glass windows for a kitchen pass-through/walk-up bar (see example below)!

What are your thoughts on these alternatives? Let me know in the comments!

Diresco Belgian Quartz

Today we wanted to spotlight a company we are lucky enough to display in our Brentwood office kitchen! Diresco is one of the oldest and most well-known quartz manufacturers in the world and you can find it here locally at Stone Fabricators.


Diresco quartz is made of 93% natural quartz material and the remaining 7% consists of environmentally-friendly resin and pigment. Their new resin formulation is plant-based, making it healthier for your living environment and the world. The innovative BIO-UV technology also withstands damaging ultraviolet light from the sun, frost and corrosion, making it suitable for outdoor spaces!


Diresco is available in 3 sizes: 3cm, 2cm, and even 1.2 cm! The ultra-thin 1.2 cm size allows for so many application possibilities.

  • Counter-tops
    • The 1.2 cm thin style is all the rage for counter-tops in Europe. It will be interesting if the US will follow suit in the future.
  • Full Wall Backsplash
    • Provides a seamless look.
  • Floor Slabs
    • Allowing for extra-large format tiles.
  • Shower Walls
    • Fewer grout lines.
  • Stairs
  • Fireplace Surround


  •  Velvet
    • soft matte finish with a buttery, natural texture.
  • Polished
    • radiant and smooth.
  • Anticato
    • muted finish with subtle texture.


1. Beach Medium Grey in Anticato | 2. Venato Delfino in Polished | 3. Belgian Blue in Velvet | 4. Benton Light in Velvet

Top: Beach Medium Grey in Anticato – I love the concrete look of this one!

Bottom Left: Venato Delfino in Polished – a light-medium gray with hints of white.

Bottom Center: Belgian Blue in Velvet – a dark charcoal color with beautiful blue tones.

Bottom Right: Benton Light in Velvet – My favorite! I love the large flecks of medium gray.

Our office kitchen got a makeover with another favorite color. We chose Belgian Buxy in the velvet finish. It looks so nice against our dark wood cabinetry and the texture is so velvety smooth.


Make sure to visit www.direscousa.com for more details on the products and to see their full line of colors. I’d love to hear your favorites!

Spotlight on Brentwood

While the exterior of our office at 2900 S. Brentwood Blvd is still under construction, the interior is finally starting to feel like home. In honor of our new location, today we turn our focus on a few of the amazing stores that we now share the 63144 zip code with.

  1. The White Rabbit

The White Rabbit is a mother-daughter owned boutique. The store offers unique gifts, home decor and accessories like old frames, whitewashed furniture, florals and sparkly chandeliers. They are animal lovers so don’t be surprised to see a furry family member when you visit.

Currently coveting:


THE WHITE RABBIT  |  9030 Manchester Road


2. The Refind Room

The Refind Room is an eclectic mix of vintage, modern, contemporary, mid-century furnishings. Each of their one-of-a-kind pieces is showcased in a designer inspired setting that is fresh, interesting and full of personality. If you love brands like Baker and Henredon or original mid-century art, you’ve found your home.

Currently coveting:


THE REFIND ROOM  |  2525 S. Brentwood Blvd


3. The Gifted Gardener

The Gifted Gardener is your entertaining HQ. They have gifts, decorative accessories, candles, pillows and more for every occasion and season. Garden accessories including statuary, urns, fountains, birdhouses, architectural remnants and more.

Currently coveting:


THE GIFTED GARDENER  |  8935 Manchester Road


4. K. Hall Designs

K. Hall Studio brings high quality and uniquely handcrafted home fragrance and personal care goods to the marketplace. This Midwest based company has expanded over recent years to include five brands and hundreds of products. Throughout its growth, K. Hall Studio has continuously maintained its core focus on producing the highest quality products with unique and appealing fragrance and timeless packaging.

Currently coveting:


K. HALL DESIGNS  |  8416 Manchester Road


Do you live or work in Brentwood? We would love to hear about your favorite places!

Mediterranean Tile

I was contacted by a local publication, St. Louis Homes & Lifestyles, to weigh in on their Classic vs. Craze section for an upcoming issue. The subject – “Mediterranean Tile in the Bathroom.” Do you see it as a timeless element or will it fade as quickly as it became a trend? For me it is definitely a “Classic”.


Mediterranean, or encaustic, tiles have been produced and used since the late 19th century throughout urbanized areas of the Mediterranean, using the same techniques invented by the Arabs over ten centuries ago. These tiles have truly stood the test of time. With today’s interiors trending towards white and grays I can certainly see why these tiles are making their way into our kitchens and baths.

Today’s Popularity

We are currently surrounded in white. White cabinets, white countertops, white shiplap, white trim….. Don’t get me wrong, I think that look is beautiful but not many of us live a lifestyle that affords us the time or energy to maintain that pristine look you saw on the cover of your favorite magazine. Using a tile with color and pattern make these spaces feel more inviting and livable. In kitchens and bathrooms in particular, we as designers are faced with the unique challenge of incorporating essentially all hard surfaces making the need for textural interest even more important.



Even a classic element can be a trend! If you are considering these tiles due to the current exposure they are receiving on your favorite TV show or magazine, you may want to sit this one out. It is also important when selecting your tile that you are sticking with the style and architecture of the space you are using it in. If you decide to embrace this timeless element the possibilities are endless and the impact is undeniable.

Here are a few of my favorite installations.


Have you used this type of tile in any of your spaces? We would love to see your photos!

Emily’s Kitchen Reveal!

It’s been more than a year since I began my kitchen renovation and I’m finally ready to share the “AFTER” photos of the space. The renovation itself took a few months to complete. My husband, Justin, and I did most of the work ourselves in the evenings after our full-time jobs and on our free weekends. It’s taken me a while to get all of the finishing touches just right, but this space was well worth the wait. We are so happy with our new dream kitchen!

Let’s take a look back at where we started… The room was closed off, the soffits were a total eye-sore, and I felt like we weren’t using half of the kitchen.

Here’s a look at our wet bar area, located just off the living room, before the renovation. We never used the sink and needed upper storage for our glassware.

And now, our completed renovation:

Removing the wall between the kitchen and living room helped so much in opening the space and creating a better flow. I love how light and bright the room now feels. When we entertain, everyone gathers around the island (which has seating on both sides).

I really wanted to incorporate opening shelving somewhere in the kitchen. We ended up creating a “coffee bar” area next to the refrigerator with shallow base cabinets and warm wood shelving above. It’s the perfect place for our morning coffee routine and I love how the decorative shelves serve both form and function. We are able to quickly grab a coffee mug, grab a tea packet (in the blue ginger jar), and also display pretty artwork and accessories.

The former wet bar is now a dry bar. We have so much storage for all of our glassware in the upper cabinets. Below, we can store larger items like punch bowls and board games.

I also wanted to share photos of our living room which adjoins the kitchen. The two spaces really work well together.

Now for another look at before and after photos shot from similar angles.


I’m so glad that wall is now gone. It makes such a difference!




Now for the wet bar turned dry bar!



I hope you enjoyed the little walk-through of my new favorite place in my home! If you have any questions or comments I would love to hear them!

All after photos taken by the incredibly talented, Megan Lorenz.


We’re Moving!


In just 5 short years Schaub+Srote has quickly outgrown our beloved office in Kirkwood. Though it is bittersweet to leave our Kirkwood home so soon, we are very excited to start a new chapter just a few miles down the road in Brentwood! We are thrilled to have ample room to continue to grow and provide our clients with exceptional customer service.

Our new address:

2900 S Brentwood Blvd.

Brentwood, MO 63144


Our new building will soon undergo an exterior renovation to look like the above rendering. We hope to be in the new building very soon!


Our Kirkwood office is currently for sale. Check out the listing HERE.

1045 N Harrison

Kirkwood, MO 63122


Red Carpet Inspired Interiors – The Met Gala

I thought I would squeeze in one more round of Red Carpet Inspired Interiors, since they are so fun to do! The annual Met Gala was held on Monday and this year’s theme was an ode to Commes des Garcons founder Rei Kawakubo. The gala is a fundraiser and launch party for the museum’s spring fashion exhibition, which will display 150 of the designer’s garments.

First up is Rihanna in Comme des Garçons. You can always expect her to wear something controversial and this look is no exception! It’s completely eccentric – which is what this event is all about!

Patricia Altschul’s historic home in Charleston.

Rihanna’s dress reminded me of this traditional southern bedroom: the ruffles, the florals, the shades of pink, green and touches of blue.

Another bold look was Zendaya in Dolce & Gabbana.

red beverly field

Zendaya’s gown reminded me of the Chinoiserie style, which favors exuberant decoration and a references to Chinese culture.

Gigi Hadid, 2017 Met Gala Arrivals

Gigi Hadid in Tommy Hilfiger. The look is simple and tonal.

When furnishing the home, Smith relied on local vendors and affordable large retailers. “We actually purchased a lot of items on island, and then from online vendors with inexpensive...

I love how simple this space is. The varying neutral shades and textures keep the look interesting while maintaining a clean aesthetic.


Which look was your favorite or made you do a double-take?!