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.


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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…..

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?


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.

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.


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


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
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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.


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 (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……



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!

Project Spotlight – Rittenhouse

If you have been out and about in downtown Kirkwood recently, this award-winning residence by Srote & Co Architects | Planners | Interiors may look familiar. By adopting design characteristics of the adjacent commercial and residential properties the result is a home that blends seamlessly with the neighborhood and preserves the historic integrity of surrounding landmarks. It is our pleasure to share this award winning, Brownstone inspired residence with you today. Architecture by Srote & Co Architects and built by Tegethoff Homes.


Design of the home’s exterior consists of cut limestone detail and contrasting red brick that creates a timeless appearance and consistent with the architectural character of its Kirkwood, MO location. Premium materials were also selected to enhance the aesthetic qualities of this home, including cut limestone window surrounds for every window, stone crown molding details, and copper gutters and downspouts.

Kirkwood Missouri home design front elevation

The corner lot location which separates public, commercial and residential zoning posed the challenge of designing a comfortable yet secure family home. Special attention was given to the location of public and private spaces of the home and proper building materials were specified to control sound transmission.

Custom home design by Srote & Co Architects on corner lot in Kirkwood MO
Corner lot architecture with indoor outdoor living space

At the back of the home, a screened-in porch with fireplace that completely opens to the outside using bi-fold glass and wood doors creates an inviting and functional indoor/outdoor living space. The convenience of an outdoor kitchen next to the living space was also included and leads to the pool and patio.

custom home architecture with pool deck
architecture design with outdoor living area and fireplace

The upper deck terrace features a unique space to relax and enjoy the outdoor ambiance from above while keeping warm next to a masonry fireplace. The terrace fireplace is one of three incorporated into the design of this home.

second floor outdoor terrace design of custom home in Kirkwood MO


Featured in St. Louis Homes + Lifestyles –Family Ties by Kim Hill

The Kirkwood Missouri Landmarks Commission, 2019 Favorite Building Awards “New Home of Merit”

USA & Americas Property Awards – Best Architecture Single Residence

We Have Been Busy Since Our Last Post!

With a new year comes new resolutions and staying in touch is at the top of our list! It has been way too long since our last post so with that in mind we are excited to introduce 2 new blog series. Oh, and we changed our name too!


Nearly 2 years after the departure of one of our founding partners we are beyond excited to officially introduce – Srote & Co Architects | Planners | Interiors! The name not only represents our principal architect, but also the entire talented team that constitutes a truly comprehensive architectural and design firm.


Starting this week on The Composed Interior we are rolling out two new blog series. Make sure you don’t miss a post by following us at @sroteco and @thecomposedinterior on Instagram.


Over the next few months we will be sharing a new project every other week on the blog. We are excited to share these projects with you and hope you find some inspiration for your own home!


We were so anxious for 2020 to be over we forgot to figure out 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. In our new blog series, Winter Survival Guide, we will share ideas and resources to nurture your mind, body and spirit to help you finish strong.

Happy New Year! We look forward to connecting with you in 2021!