"What are those things on your ceiling?" is a regular comment we hear from guests. On Earth Day, we thought it would be fun to explain the mysterious metal plates on our ceiling. When we bought our building ten years ago (has it been that long?!), we wanted to make an environmental statement with the renovation. We didn't have the budget for LEED certification, but our new home had to be energy efficient, practical, and

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Today, Bulrush opens to the public. Chef Rob Connoley's modern interpretation of traditional Ozark cuisine embraces local ingredients, many of which have been foraged by himself and sous chef Justin Bell. Our team was so passionate about this project, we opted to delay our holiday party until the restaurant was complete. Last week Rob, Justin, and bar manager Chris Voll shared the delicious (and beautiful) products of years of research with our team. The bright

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A wonderful couple purchased a Spanish-style home for their upcoming retirement in University City. Previous owners had built a two-story white cube garage addition that made expanding the home a tricky enterprise. We partnered with Ladd Suydam Contracting to study a variety of progressive approaches to expand the footprint while respecting the rich qualities that made this home attractive to the clients at time of purchase. We worked together to test a variety of approaches

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This week we uncovered a stash of hand sketches we made while working through the design of St. Louis's first Mellow Mushroom that opened in 2016. The general public only gets to see the "winning" design of our projects, and we thought it would be fun to show how designs can change. All of these sketches were made in March of 2015, and our job was a complicated one: not only did we have to

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Often we work with clients at their businesses, and then we're lucky to lend a hand on their homes, too. Such is the case with a longtime business client who came to us when his family wanted to consider options for reshaping their traditional residence. The house cannot expand toward the back of their property, so any addition would be visible from the street. Since the stately colonial revival home has a distinct silhouette, we

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We're consistently surprised by the vision and creativity of our clients. In a stunning transformation, Catering St. Louis is converting an alley -- an alley! -- into a wedding venue and private event space. After acquiring the building north of Oliva on The Hill, the owner wanted to make use of a former alley between the two buildings. After the Kingshighway bridge was renovated a few years ago, the end of the alley was closed off,

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Construction has just begun on the new First Kids Early Childhood Center at First St. Charles United Methodist Church. The renovation includes new classrooms, updated public areas, and a welcoming entrance along the north side of the building. Many of the spaces haven't been improved since the 1970s, and the congregation wanted to put their best face forward to attract busy young families to the fold. With classrooms on three levels, our design team reorganized the

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