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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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

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.

 

 

 

 

A Subtle Take on Fall Decor

The St. Louis summer heat has finally subsided and fall is in the air! I tend to want to curl up on the couch with a book, blanket and a scented candle around this time of year! I was inspired by Arhaus to share some quick tips on how you can make your home feel cozy during these cooler months.

WARM COLORS

Everyone first thinks of orange as the go-to fall color. However, I tend to lean toward neutrals and muted colors. Olive green, plum, golden yellow and warm metals are some favorites as well.

Maeve 99" Upholstered Tufted Sofa in Como Olive:

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LAYER UP

As the weather gets colder, we tend to add on layers:  a blazer, scarf, etc. The same goes for your home. Drape a chunky throw over your sofa and keep a few extra in a textural basket nearby. Another idea is to layer a plush shag rug over a jute/sisal rug for a soft feeling underfoot.

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TEXTURE

Now is the time to introduce some heavier textiles into your space.  Velvets, cable knits, faux fur and hide all add interest and warmth.

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BRING THE OUTDOORS IN

Simply placing a deer shed atop a stack of books, displaying a dish of mini gourds or acorns and sticking some freshly cut ginkgo stems in a vase can go a long way.

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FALL INSPIRED LIVING ROOM

What is your favorite way to incorporate the fall season into your home? Do you prefer a subtle look or do you embrace the season with full force?

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

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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.

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The New Neutral

Over the past year or so, it seems like dark green interiors have been popping up left and right and the hue shows no signs of slowing down. It is one of the top design trends predicted for 2017. Think of it as the “new navy.”

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This moody color works well with both traditional and modern decor. Working as a dramatic neutral it really pairs well with almost ANY color.  However, it truly shines when paired with other neutrals.  Add in beautiful wood tones, camel leather, natural linens and warm brass tones for a winning combination.

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A tip to consider is to paint a room that you don’t use everyday:  guest bedroom, den, office, or formal dining room. I just recently painted my dining room (pictured below) Benjamin Moore Hunter Green (lightened 25%) and am so pleased with the results!

Finally got around to giving my dining room the drama it needed! Loving the color. 💚 (this was after the first coat) Benjamin Moore - Hunter Green (lightened 25%):

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This is certainly a color you need to test out before making a final selection. As you should always do, purchase a few sample colors and paint large squares on each wall of the room. Live with it for a couple days and take note of how the color looks throughout the day. Different lighting conditions will greatly affect how the color reads in your home. Some favorite colors to try:

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For a more reserved take on the trend, paint a piece of furniture or add a pop of the color using a piece of art or pillow!

So what is your take on this color? Love it? Hate it? Sound off in the comments!

 

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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.

 

 

Songs 4 Soldiers Benefit Concert

Helping veterans with the sound of music!

Songs 4 Soldiers is a not-for-profit organization that raises money for local combat veterans with an annual benefit concert. These vets are either wounded, disabled, suffering from PTSD, or possibly just veterans who are down on their luck. The funds raised are used to pay for specific needs these individuals may have such as monthly expenses, home improvements, provisions for their family, etc. S4S is giving veterans the opportunity to take their lives in a new direction.

It all started in 2013 when combat veteran, Dustin Row, decided to make his dream a reality. Dustin served in the Iraq war in 2004 and 2005 and always had it in his mind that he wanted to help veterans when he returned home.

“Being a musician and a combat veteran I have been more than blessed in every phase of my life. After coming home from Iraq unscathed after a messy tour I was lucky enough to return to an amazing family, community and job.” states Row. “Once I was at a point to do something significant and beneficial with our band [Where’s Charlie], I knew I wanted to help fellow combat veterans. The original goal was to have a benefit concert and use the the money for four local combat veterans. Thanks to an amazing response from the community, our concerts grew at a much quicker pace than expected.” For many people Songs 4 Soldiers is a benefit concert and a charity, but for Dustin and the S4S team it has truly become a way of life.

After three short years Songs 4 Soldiers is about to hold its 4th Benefit Concert and they’ve already helped over 100 combat veterans and their families – wow! S4S also prides itself in that 100% of all donations and money raised goes directly to helping combat veterans. Make sure to mark your calendars for this great event that is fun for the whole family!

DATE:
September 10, 2016
Rain date: Sept 11th, 1:00-9:00 p.m.

TIME:
2:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

LOCATION:
Bolm-Schuhkraft City Park, Columbia, IL

BAND LINEUP:
ClusterPluck
The Dave Glover Band (all Beatles set)
PettyCash Junction
Joe Dirt and the Dirty Boys
Where’s Charlie?
SuperJam

$10 Suggested Donation for Admission
Kids Zone featuring bounce houses, balloons and interactive projects.

Please visit http://songs4soldiersstl.org for more information on the concert and how to purchase your tickets ahead of time to avoid the long lines! Read the stories of a few of the combat veterans S4S has helped so far and donate if you are able!

Labor Day in the Lou!

The Labor Day holiday typically signifies the ending of summer.  Kids are back to school, neighborhood pools are closing, the long days of sunlight will become shorter and we will soon get a break from the St. Louis heat.  Here is a list of events around the St. Louis area to help you end your summer with a bang!

Big Muddy Blues Festival

This iconic St. Louis event is in its 21st year!  Taking place on Laclede’s Landing, there will be 45 musicians/bands playing on 3 outside stages and 3 indoor clubs over the course of the weekend.  The local restaurants will be serving drinks and food.  The event starts at 3:00 PM, Saturday and Sunday.  Admission is $10.

Japanese Festival at MOBOT

The Missouri Botanical Gardens is celebrating the 40th annual Japanese Festival this year.  This 3-day cultural event features traditional music and dancing, martial arts, cooking demonstrations, guided tours of the Japanese Gardens, and so much more.  Check out their website for a full schedule of events.  Admission is $15 for adults, $5 for children/garden members.

Greek Festival

St. Louis Greek Festival is in its 99th year – wow!  The celebration starts Friday, September 2nd at 11:00 AM and goes throughout the weekend until Monday, September 5th at 8:00 PM.  As one would expect, food is a huge part of this festival and an array of Greek favorites will be available.  In addition to the delicious food and drink, you can enjoy live entertainment, jewelry, art, and tours of the beautiful St. Nicholas Church.  Admission is free!

Midwest Wing Fest

Midwest Wingfest has become an annual showdown for local restaurants and organizations to compete for the title of “Best Wings in Town!”  This 2-day celebration is held in the parking lot of the St. Clair Square Mall in Fairview Heights, IL with proceeds going to Climb for PTSD.  This year national recording artist, Jon Pardi, will take the stage, as well as 3 other performers.  Other events include a 5k and wing-eating contest!  Admission is free but donations are welcome.

St. Louis Antique Festival

If you are into fine antiques and collectibles and enjoy “the hunt” you can’t miss this festival!  The event takes place at the Belle Clair Fairgrounds in Belleville, IL on Saturday (10:00 AM – 5:00 PM) and Sunday (10:00 AM – 4 PM).  Peruse over 30,000 square feet of unique pieces from over 90 vendors.  Admission is $6 and is good for both days.

Also, mark your calendars for Songs 4 Soldiers on Saturday, September 10th.  Full post coming next week about this great cause!