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    It was the setting that sold them. Two busy surgeons who found each other later in life were looking for a home to start their lives together. The large Creve Coeur lot featured a creek at the front of the property, a large pool in back and mature trees surrounding a 1950s ranch. “We loved it,” the wife recalls. “Other lots just didn’t compare.”

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    Tony-nominated Broadway star Taylor Louderman moved to St Louis to reside closer to her family, but the region held other enticements, too. “My husband and I moved from New York City, so we had been used to the concrete jungle. What also drew us to the suburbs was the one-acre lot and the outdoors, not that I want to go camping or anything,” she laughs, “I haven’t done that since I was a kid, but we just wanted to have the open spaces and an inviting outdoor area.” Things that don’t typically come without a hefty price tag in the big apple.

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    Since moving into their beloved Olivette home 25 years ago, this couple had only done minor renovations due to their busy lifestyle raising four children. When the time came for them to make a change, they decided to remodel their existing home rather than moving. “We really like our neighborhood and our neighbors,” comments the wife. “It feels comfortable for us here.”

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    Like so many other professionals across the U.S., homeowner Shannon started exclusively working from home when the COVID pandemic hit in March 2020. She and her husband quickly realized that sharing an office was simply out of the question. So she moved a folding table and chair into her bedroom where she could be separate from her three small children to conduct business meetings. The problem was, her new “office” made a “hideous and embarrassing Zoom backdrop,” she says.

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    The powder room is the ideal place to add personality in your home. These small spaces can be standouts with statement wallpaper and fun fixtures. Lighting the powder room is a chance to let your style shine. An eye-catching chandelier will not only light up the room, but give a special ambience.

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    Meet our Judges:

    Keith Gegg | Founder, Owner of Gegg Design & Cabinetry: Keith is the founder and owner of Gegg Design & Cabinetry. His interest in architecture combined with a degree in mechanical engineering creates a unique background for design.  His approach to design centers on details, proportion, technical precision and common sense.  The design process is collaborative and focused on understanding the clients’ objectives. In his 25th year of business, he still enjoys transforming spaces for clients.

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