Living Well – SuperPaint by Sherwin Williams

To say the global pandemic has affected our everyday lives would be an understatement. Chances are you have made updates to your residence or are considering home improvement projects to support the activities that are now taking place inside the home. The interior design industry is paying attention and products are being introduced to support our new normal. In this series, Living Well, we will feature products and materials that support our lifestyles, health and well-being.

Today we introduce the aptly titled Living Well Collection of paint from Sherwin Williams. A special thank you to our Designer Account Executive – Katie Moses and Sherwin Williams for the use of their images and slides in this post!

Living Well Collection by Sherwin Williams

The Living Well collection is comprised of 540 neutral to mid-tone colors. If that is too many options for you, 132 inspiring hues have been curated into 11 color palettes to invite a sense of comfort and well-being in your home.

Living Well Collection by Sherwin Williams

The Living Well Collection is offered as part of their SuperPaint product line featuring 2 different technology options – Sanitizing Technology and Air Purifying Technology.

SuperPaint with Sanitizing Technology

This interior latex microbicidal paint is the first EPA-registered microbicidal and proven to kill 99.9% of E. coli, MRSA, and Staph on painted surfaces within two hours of exposure. If that wasn’t impressive enough, it continues to kill 90% of bacteria for up to four years, even after repeated contamination.

Interior latex paint with sanitizing technology

SuperPaint with Air Purifying Technology

This interior acrylic, zero VOC formula, contributes to better indoor air quality. Thanks to its innovative technology SuperPaint with Air Purifying Technology can actually reduce the VOC levels from other interior materials such as carpeting, cabinetry and fabrics. Want more good news? It is even effective on unwanted household odors!

Interior acrylic paint with air purification

As interior designers, we know the immediate impact a fresh coat of paint can make. The fact that it can now make a positive impact on our health and well-being is truly innovative!

Making An Entrance

The front entrance is your first opportunity to make an impression. It sets the tone for everything that happens on the inside of the home and should make a statement! Here are a few we can’t get enough of.

Kingsbury Estate – Architect: Srote & Co Architects – Builder: Bozich Construction

Kingsbury Estate home front entrance design

Laurel Farmhouse – Architect: Srote & Co Architects – Builder: Terbrock Luxury Homebuilders

Laurel Farmhouse home front entrance design

Huntbridge Forest – Architect: Srote & Co Architects – Builder: The Kemp Homes Co.

Huntbridge Forest home front entrance design

Modern Villa – Architect: Srote & Co Architects – Builder: Monterey Custom Homes

Modern Villa home front entrance design

Ladue Grand Rue Estate – Architect: Srote & Co Architects – Builder: REA Homes

Ladue home architecture front entrance design

Warson Grove – Architect: Srote & Co Architects – Builder: Freeman Homes

Warson Grove home front entrance design

Sackston Prairie – Architect: Srote & Co Architects – Builder: Tegethoff Homes

Sackston Prairie home front entrance architecture

The Great Outdoors

Spring has sprung and summer in St Louis is just around the corner. In anticipation of warmer weather and outdoor gatherings, today we share a few Srote & Co Architects outdoor living space designs to get you inspired.

Modern Villa custom home design

Custom home outdoor living space design with pool in St Louis MO
Home Builder – Monterey Custom Homes | Pool – Distinguished Contracting

Kingsbury Estate custom home design

Multi level outdoor living space design with pool and hot tub
Home Builder – Bozich Construction | Pool – The Pool Specialists

Huntbridge Forest custom home design

Custom home design with covered outdoor living space and pool
Home Builder – The Kemp Homes Co. | Pool – Prestige Pools and Spas

Rittenhouse custom home design

Custom home design in Kirkwood MO with outdoor living area
Home Builder – Tegethoff Homes | The Pool Specialists

Corner Coalesce Retreat custom home design

Custom home with rear courtyard pool terrace design
Home Builder – Rafferty Company | Pool – Pool Tron

Ladue Grand Rue Estate custom home design

Home design with covered outdoor living area and pool deck
Home Builder – REA Homes | Pool – The Pool Specialists

Warson Grove custom home design

Custom home design in St Louis MO with outdoor living space
Home Builder – Freeman Homes | Pool – The Pool Specialists

Project Spotlight – Corner Coalesce Retreat

Our architecture team was proud to design this traditional, cottage inspired home nestled seamlessly within a developed residential location in St. Louis County. Our challenges included a narrow corner lot, building height and corner lot setback restrictions. This Srote & Co designed residence is what lot specific, custom home design is all about.

Custom home exterior architecture design aerial view

A mostly brick exterior with cut stone entry surround and entry terrace gardens help create a cozy feel even before entering the home.

Custom corner lot home with brick exterior and cut stone entry surround
Custom home for corner lot in St Louis MO
Architecture of traditional cottage inspired home in St Louis County
Custom home designed for corner lot

The layout was tailored to this corner lot and oriented to take full advantage of southern sun in the rear courtyard and pool terrace area while also providing backyard privacy.

Custom home design rear courtyard and pool terrace
Outdoor lanai design with private southern terrace

Project Spotlight – Villa Vedere

After our clients residence was devastated by a fire on the main level and portions of the lower, Srote & Co was tasked with reimagining this St. Albans villa design. The goal was to create an “open concept” floorplan while applying universal design principles to make sure it would function for our clients as they aged in place. The universal approach is seen in the flush flooring transitions, curbless walk-in shower, low pile rugs and carpets, wide walkways, layers of lighting and in the seated height countertop and vanity allowing our clients to live comfortably today and in the future.

Srote & Co was proud to partner with Brinkmann Legacy Homes to provide the architectural and interior design services for Villa Vedere. Enjoy!

Custom villa kitchen design in St Albans MO
Custom kitchen design in St Albans Missouri
Kitchen area renovation before drywall
Before. A view of the kitchen area.
Kitchen area design after renovation
Villa kitchen area storage design
Villa dining room renovation before drywall
Before. A view of the dining room.
Bar area design for St Albans villa
Bar area renovation before drywall
Before. A view of the bar.
Villa great room design in St Albans MO
Great room renovation before drywall
Before. A view of the great room.
St Albans villa master bath design
Master bath design with flush curbless walk-in shower
Master bathroom renovation before drywall
Before. A view to the master bath from the bedroom.
Master bath renovation before image with original tub and shower location
Before. The original tub and shower location now house the main vanity.

Winter Survival Guide – Make A Meal

So far, in our Winter Survival Guide, we have covered the benefits of plants and their effect on our health and wellbeing, we explored ways to destress through art therapy and today we focus on feeding our spirit, literally. Whether you need an idea for date night, team building or just looking for a new recipe to add to your rotation these resources are just what you have been looking for!

KITCHEN CONSERVATORY

Kitchen Conservatory (8021 Clayton Rd, 63117), is the ultimate destination for all things cooking in St. Louis. Boasting over 6000 essential and useful products in-store and online you can find what you are looking for AND a few things you never knew you needed! They also offer more than 900 in-person cooking classes every year and offer a wide variety of custom cooking classes for your next party or team-bonding exercise. Here are a few of our favorites –

sushi
Image courtesy of Kitchen Conservatory

IF YOU KNEW SUSHI – Join Thai native and sushi chef Jay Dedkhad, of Ocha Thai and Japanese, for a hands-on masterclass in the art of making sushi. Using the freshest fish and ingredients you will learn the art of rolling and forming a variety of sushi. This is one of their most popular classes so make sure and save your spot soon!

dumplings
Image courtesy of Kitchen Conservatory

CHINESE DUMPLINGS – Yes, please! In this class you will learn how to fill, form and cook these delicious dumplings. Enjoy steamed shrimp shu mai AND chicken pot stickers AND pork-filled wontons AND char siu pork steamed buns AND vegetarian spring rolls AND crab rangoon. And because no dumpling should ever go undipped, they have you covered on the sauces!

seafood
Image courtesy of Kitchen Conservatory

WHEN I’M NOT A CRAB, I’M A SOLE MAN – This class is a must for all of us crab lovers out there! Join chef Jon Lowe, on Sunday April 11th, as he shares his passion for all things crab and a little sole. They had us at “learn how to make crab bisque from homemade crab stock…white cheddar croutons…fried crab fritters”. Insert head exploding emoji here!!!!

tacos
Image courtesy of Kitchen Conservatory

DATE NIGHT FOR COUPLES: TAKE A STAND ON TACOS – In this hands-on class with Tim Kutterer you will learn to make corn and flour tortillas from scratch and fill them with your favorite ingredients. Try not to fill up on the fresh fried tortilla chips, cheese queso and quacamole, I dare you! BONUS – Paloma Cocktails are included.

THE CHEF & THE DISH

The Chef & The Dish offers cooking classes with chefs from around the world. These private, one-on-one cooking experiences are offered LIVE, via Skype, allowing you to ask questions along the way and get step-by-step coaching as the chef cooks the meal alongside you. With over 70 classes featuring cuisine from all over the world there is most certainly something for you! If you are looking for a world class cooking experience with world class chefs, look no farther. A typical class lasts about 2 hours and includes 3 or more dishes for you to enjoy.

brazilan
Image courtesy of The Chef & The Dish

Brazilian Favourites – Chef Renato

Basque Country
Image courtesy of The Chef & The Dish

Vegetables Of Basque Country – Chef Ben @chefbensebastian

lomo saltado
Image courtesy of The Chef & The Dish

Lomo Saltado (Peruvian) – Chef Lucia @foodperuanaelmundo

FEATURE WE LOVE – Once your booking is received you will be contacted by a Kitchen Assistant for your personal Kitchen Prep Session to review the shopping list and ask any questions you may have about the meal or even the technology required for the class!

COZYMEAL

Cozymeal offers fully interactive, virtual cooking and mixology classes! They offer SO MANY class options and registering is a breeze! Simply select your experience, pick your date, and make your reservation. Classes are public so sizes are limited to provide an opportunity for all to participate and ask questions. If you prefer a more one-on-one experience they do offer private party and group rates. Ingredient and kitchen equipment lists are included in the class description so you can make sure you are ready to go at class time.

Images courtesy of Cozymeal

Fun Fact – Although currently unavailable, Cozymeal also offers hands-on cooking classes in St. Louis. These classes are offered in your kitchen or the chef’s!

Just need a recipe?

We love this FREE resource on the Food Network! If you can’t find a new recipe here you aren’t trying. This digital library features 30 seasons of Rachael Ray’s 30 Minute Meals videos and recipes. We love it because it’s free + you can watch the episode whenever you want (or not at all!) + printed ingredient lists and directions for the recipes are provided + it only takes 30 minutes. You’re welcome!

RACHAEL RAY – 30 MINUTE MEALS

Project Spotlight – Bankhead Orthodontic Specialists

Today we are excited to share a recent renovation/addition to an orthodontic office in Wentzville. Our focus on this project was not only to provide a much-needed update to the aesthetics, but also to nearly double the square footage. The goal was to better accommodate their growing practice by enlarging the waiting area, provide more private office space, add another consultation room, and create seating in the clinic itself.  This project is an example of our interior and commercial architecture departments partnering to provide a seamless process from development through completion.

Check out the before photos at the end of this post!

The newly designed waiting area is almost the size of the old office! With all of this extra space we were able to create features such as a laptop bar and an arcade. 

The clinic updates focused on bringing in more natural and supplementary lighting, not only to improve the functional task lighting, but to also cheer up a previously dreary space.  By having the glass element on the partitions, we were able to increase patient privacy while also keeping things open and bright.

THE BEFORES……

FOR MORE DETAILS ON OUR COMMERCIAL OR INTERIOR DESIGN SERVICES – visit SroteCo.com

Winter Survival Guide – Art Therapy

Our crazy, hectic lives got even crazier overnight! Feeling overwhelmed and struggling to find a balance is the reality we are temporarily faced with. Now more than ever we need to make the time to check in and be kind to ourselves (and others!). We hope you will love these resources just as much as we do. Online or in-person, we have you covered! Perfect for a family night, a virtual party, or a quiet moment all to yourself.

EASY ARTISTE

Use promo code STLOUIS25 for 25% off your order!

Easy Artiste offers paint by number kits shipped straight to your front door and shipping is FREE! Your kit includes everything you need to complete your painting – paint, brushes and even the hanging kit. They offer a wide variety of options ranging from cityscapes, famous works and even Game of Thrones. Here are a few we loved…..

Poppin’ PoppiesLucky Goldfish PairJuicy Fruit Giraffe

ANIMAL LOVER ALERT!!!!! Easy Artiste will take your photo and turn it into a custom paint by number. Yes, you can use it for humans too, but how cute is this?

SOUTH BROADWAY ART PROJECT

If pottery is more your style, South Broadway Art Project (3816 South Broadway, 63118) is offering in-studio open workshop hours and the super fun Clay Date Night (BYOB classes are also available!). Class sizes are currently limited and reservations are required so pick your date soon. Grab your kids, mom, friends or co-workers and enjoy a creative break!

SBAP is more that a pottery studio, it is also dedicated to making a lasting impact on our society through the GAP GIRLS CLUB STL. Check out all of the amazing work this local non-profit is doing and see how you can support them or get involved.

CRAFT ALLIANCE

Maybe you aren’t sure what your creative outlet is. Craft Alliance (5080 Delmar, 63108) has something for everyone, every age. This local non-profit art center, dedicated to enriching and empowering community through craft, is offering in-person and online activities and programs. Virtual options include single workshops or multi-week classes ranging from clay sculpture to embroidery. Or join them in-studio for their glass, metal, fiber, wood or clay workshops, see their latest exhibition or visit their gallery shop.

Gallery ShopPattie Chalmers Exhibit
Glass Studio WorkshopsTea Towels

Or if you prefer to be crafty from the comfort of your own couch, visit their online store. Use code “LOCAL” for free pickup!

Hang in there, and be well!

Project Spotlight – Ladue Grand Rue

Today we feature a Srote & Co project, completed in 2019, that represents the partnership between our architectural and interior design divisions. Srote & Co is proud to have been involved in this project from inception through completion. The result is Ladue Grand Rue, a truly custom residence that reflects our client and their lifestyle. Architecture and Interior Design by Srote & Co Architects and built by REA Homes.

EXTERIOR

Custom home architecture by Srote & Co Architects
Custom home design in St Louis MO
Pool deck of custom home

INTERIOR

Custom kitchen interior by Srote & Co Architects
Custom home library and study interior design
Custom lower level interior design
Lower level billiards room design
Lower level lounge interior design
FOR MORE DETAILS AND PROJECT IMAGES – visit the Interior Design Portfolio at SroteCo.com.

Winter Survival Guide – Bring the Outdoors In

We were so anxious for 2020 to be over we forgot to consider what to do with ourselves once it was! With the excitement of the holidays behind us, we are now faced with several months of winter remaining before the temperatures warm up and eventually draw us out of our hibernation. It has been a long 10 months but the light is visible at the end of the tunnel. In this blog series, Winter Survival Guide, we will share a few tips and resources to nurture your mind, body and spirit to help you finish strong.

ADD GREENERY!

Using greenery with interior design

As humans we have an innate connection to nature. We also spend almost 90% of our lives indoors with little connection to it. And that is a pre-COVID stat! The practice of incorporating nature in our built environments is known as Biophilic Design and IT IS NOT A TREND. Biophilic design reduces stress, promotes well-being, improves the ability to concentrate, boosts our creativity and expedites healing. YES, PLEASE!

Don’t have a green thumb? No worries! Stick to succulents, aloe and cactus varieties. Need help getting started? Whether you prefer to shop from the comfort of your sofa or if you prefer to venture out, these local gems have you covered!

BOWOOD FARMS

Bowood Farms (4605 Olive Street, 63108) is an experience! They offer online and in-person shopping with curbside pick-up for your convenience. The Studio at Bowood offers a variety of uniquely fun and creative workshops (virtual options available!) and there is always something new to see in the beautiful courtyard and nursery. Prepared to be inspired!

Bowood Farms in St Louis MO

Here are some helpful links to get you started……

ClassesPlantsContainers

FLOWERS & WEEDS

Flowers and Weeds (3201 Cherokee Street, 63118) is open for business and observing social distancing to keep you safe! If you prefer to shop from the comfort of your own space, their online store offers a variety of terrarium kits, house plants and my personal favorite, the fiddle-leaf fig. And talk about immediate gratification, online orders are available for pick-up the next day! If flower arrangements are more your style they offer everyday arrangements for pick-up or delivery and a monthly flower subscription.

Flowers and Weeds in St Louis MO

Here are some helpful links to get you started…..

CHECK THIS OUT! It’s not to late to sign up for their Terrarium Virtual Class. Join them via Zoom on Saturday, January 23rd at 5 pm to create your own custom terrarium. All materials for the class are provided and available for pick-up the week prior to the session.

Hang in there and be well!