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.
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.
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!
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!
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
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.
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.
A mostly brick exterior with cut stone entry surround and entry terrace gardens help create a cozy feel even before entering the home.
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.
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!
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 (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 900in-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 –
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!
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!
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!!!!
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.
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 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.
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!
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.
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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.
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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…..
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 (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!
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.
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.