Wednesday, October 26, 2011

St. Louis Visit

Fall is my favorite time of the year to visit the kids in St. Louis. They live in an historic community, close to Washington University. Their home was built in 1904, just after the St. Louis World's Fair. The trees in their neighborhood are so gorgeous and the town is decorated for Fall Harvest and Halloween. 

We did a little antique shopping at Cherokee Street on Sunday afternoon. The architecture of the storefronts and homes is amazing. St. Louis is an old city, first founded by the French in the 1760's. This was a booming antique center for years, but it's been hit hard by the economy. There are still several great stores here, enough for me to find some things of course!

Sunday morning we had a wonderful brunch at the Lemp Mansion.

This was the family home of one of the early large breweries in St. Louis, and is well known for it's history of ghosts and hauntings. They hold ghost tours, events, and parties throughout the Fall, but today we were just interested in the delicious homestyle fried chicken dinner. 

Our daughter Erin and I out front.
(sorry, I take the worst photos, I actually DO have eyes!)

They were renovating the ceilings, and this was in the Dining Room where we ate. Do you see the one black raven at the edge? ...very creepy.

Dining Room


Keith and Erin in the Lemp Mansion Garden.

They've lived in their home for several years and have mostly done cosmetic updates. But they are starting a bath reno upstairs and a kitchen makeover soon. They want to bring back the authenticity of the kitchen that a makeover in the 80's had taken.

She had a cute pumpkin display on the porch, but I never got a photo of it.

I just took a few photos inside, but this was the one I was interested in; their new Restoration Hardware Entry Lighting. The photo doesn't do it justice, as the reflection of light was wonderful.

RH website

Dining Room
The house has 10 foot ceilings throughout, and Erin's mother-in-law made wonderful draperies for not only the Dining Room, but the Master Bedroom and Living Room. (so glad that wasn't my job!)

I did a post two years ago, but this was also 3 cameras ago, so the photos are less than good. We don't get to see them as much as we would like. Springfield is only 3 hours away, 4 if you have to eat and potty. Erin is a sales manager with a real estate developer so her getting weekends free is hard, and Keith is in sales with IBM so they both have demanding jobs. We love them to pieces and they are the best hosts anyone could ask for! 

Hope you'll be able to join in tomorrow for 
Vintage Inspiration Friday

"anything vintage or vintage inspired"
and all your Fall Decor!

p.s. I'm about caught up with the laundry!


  1. My best friend lives in St Louis and we love to visit there! Lots to see and do! I have always been a big fan of "Meet Me In St Louis" and when she moved there years ago we went to the HIstory museum there in Forest Park we got to see the huge exhibit from the 1904 World's Fair. My friend's son lives not too far from there and he is in commercial real estate. Have a great day!~Hugs, Patti

  2. Your daughters home is very the style of it! We all know you have some beautiful eyes Debra:) Lovin' that awesome light fixture.


  3. Well she definitely got Mama's decorating/design gene!! Looks beautiful and looks like you a wonderful time with your beautiful daughters!

  4. Was glad to see your post and remind me of my old stomping grounds in St.Louis.I had shops in many area of the town. It does have wonderful old buildings and neighborhoods. Very beautiful, underrated town. Thanks for sharing. Richard from My Old Historic House.

  5. Hey Debra! I think I'm in love with her "Harry Potter" door!!!! That would be reason enough to buy that house :) St. Louis is on my list of places to you got me moving it up the list - lol!!

  6. What a beautiful house your daughter and son in-law have! I love big old historic houses like that. I'm jealous of her 10 ft ceilings and all the old heavy doors they have. Your daughter is very pretty! I know you must really enjoy visiting them especially in such a pretty city.

  7. Debra
    That is a gorgeous old house , how lucky they are to get to live in such history

    and that picture of you is good

  8. So glad you had a great trip to St Louis! We have had great weather. Recognize the one Cherokee shop where I bought a table a few years ago.

  9. Wow, what a great trip Debra! Thanks for the tour. I love all those old buildings. Such fine workmanship.
    It looks like you are having a ball.

  10. Love your daughter's home. Older homes have so much character.....Sounds like you had a great time!

  11. Debra your daughter's home is beautiful inside and out! They live in such a beautiful area. Martina

  12. Thanks for sharing your wonderful pictures. You and your daughter look like sisters!

  13. Thanks for such a nice little tour of St. Louis!
    I have not been antiquing there but would love to.
    Your daughter's home is beautiful... love the detailing around the center upstairs window!
    So charming and I love their style.

    Thanks for sharing!

  14. Very lovely. They have a beautiful home. Enjoyed all the pics.

  15. Debra, What a beautiful home they have! Love the RH light fixture and the drapes. Your daughter is so pretty and they make such a cute couple.

  16. Beautiful pictures Debra; you & your daughter are adorable. Love the house and that light fixture looks perfect there!


  17. What a fun tour! Your daughter and son- in-law's home is really lovely! Love the photo of the two of pretty you both are!

  18. St. Louis is my home town. Some times I miss it so much. Soulard Market, Gus's Pretzels,Riverfront the St. Louis zoo is the best. Its all there and I miss it. I have "Meet Me In St. Louis" on my family room wall. So happy you got to visit.

  19. They have a gorgeous home. Thanks for taking us along. I love the architecture of all those old buildings. So glad you were able to get there for a visit.

  20. FANTASTIC photos Debra! I so enjoyed each and every one of them. Beautiful mom and daughter...


  21. Featured on Common Ground ~ WOW! Thanks so much! Your pictures are gorgeous and I adore your daughters dining room ~ so many great ideas!!!

    Aimee @ ItsOverflowing

  22. I just love olden parts of Midwestern towns. It is like stepping back in time. Our town and many small towns around here have some on the same feel. The ones that have survived the best are the small towns with thriving downtowns that don't have a Walmart. We are only 3 hours from St. Louis and it is always fun to visit. Great photos Debra. Her dining room is very pretty!


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