#STL365 – The Foundrie

The Foundrie – Featuring the work of over 100 local and independent artists at Chesterfield Mall


The Foundrie is an independently owned shop at Chesterfield Mall in St.Louis, featuring handmade and vintage items.  Owners Shelah McClymont and Elizabeth Hahn-Lawrence, each designers in their own right, take the utmost care in choosing the best, most unique products and displays to set The Foundrie apart from uninspired big box retailers.


“We currently carry the work of 100 local and independent artists.  Products range from jewelry, clothing, and accessories to furniture and home decor…..and even records and books from local musicians and authors!  We love everything local and handmade, and are ecstatic to be a part of St.Louis’ bustling indie scene!”

Be sure to visit The Foundrie for your unique, local, and handcrafted gifts!  They can be found here:



265 Chesterfield Mall

Chesterfield, MO 63017



2013 Holiday Hours (December):

Monday-Saturday 11-7 pm

Sunday 12-6 pm

** We are closed Mondays and Tuesdays January thru November **



Phone: 636-730-4130

Email:  elizabeth@thefoundrie.com

Email:  shelah@thefoundrie.com


Find The Foundrie online:

Website: thefoundrie.com

Facebook: facebook.com/thefoundrie

Instagram: @thefoundrie

Twitter: @thefoundrie









5 Questions with Ann of Expressions Furniture by Victoria Dreste

In our effort to get to know our local resources, Vicki asked Ann Tipton, who owns Expressions Furniture, to answer a few questions about design & what she appreciates in most in life.


Vicki:  What in your background brought you to this business?

Ann: My sales experience started in media. I was selling air time for radio.  Sales is natural for me. It is the family business. My dad, Charles Tober, owned retail businesses for many years.

My first contact with Expressions was as a customer. I purchased furniture for my family’s new home. It didn’t take long before I wanted to work there. I loved the furniture.  Retail! At first I was part time ( I started when I was pregnant). After a few years I became full time. The combination of design and sales was great. A few more years go by and I was interested in being the owner of Expressions. I talked to the owners and eventually it happened.

V:  What inspires you?

A: I am inspired by people, by listening to them and finding out what they want. I like figuring out what someone else likes.  That they would come to me to give them what they want is always inspiring.

V:  What trend do you like?

A: Linen. Linen is a timeless trend. It is relaxed and natural. I especially like the classic, elegant look of blocked prints on linen.  That is a trend that could go on forever.

V:  What can’t you live without?

A: Candy especially jelly bellies, hot tea with cappuccino foam, telling stories and making people laugh, my kids; they’re older now but I still like knowing they are there.

V: What advice do you have for someone wanting to purchase new furniture?

A: First I would say—Come to Expressions. You will be inspired. It is not a big box store; it’s more of a boutique. You will receive guidance from design professionals in the store or in your home. We offer selections on style of furniture as well as size, fabrics, trim and finishes. You will make the furniture your own, not what someone else thinks you should have. You will stay true to yourself and have fun finding and creating your furniture.


5 questions with Peter Julian of Scalamandre fabrics by Victoria Dreste

Peter Julian is the representative for Scalamandre fabrics in St. Louis & Kansas City. He assists designers on their projects and is lucky enough to spend all day “swimming” in luxurious fabrics!

Vicki: Tell me about your background, how you got started in design.

Peter: My parents were interested in design and architecture. My design tastes are similar to the Scalamandre look, elegant, updated traditional.

The travel part of my job is something I enjoy. I work with designers from St Louis to Kansas City.

V: Where do you find inspiration?

P: I look at everything, TV, movies, magazines. You can find inspiration anywhere. From that you will find your personal style. Find your inspiration and you will find what works for you.

V: Favorite trend?

P: The fashion forward damask pattern is a trend I like. It is a damask that is more contemporary and transcends style.

V: Can’t live without for one day?

P: Black Berry all day, everyday. When on the road from St Louis-Kansas City iced tea from QT it’s a must have. Something to read now, Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.

V: Best piece of advice for homeowners?

P: When designing or decoration your home don’t be afraid to start. Begin with the basic elements, a sofa, an area rug, and build from there.




pump up the volume by Victoria Dreste

Scalamandre’ has always been known for luxurious silk fabrics. Now they have re-energized classics. These fabrics are edgy and modern. The patterns include lime green chinoiserie, zebra-printed linen and fuschia paisley. A sophisticated, exuberant mix with a great take on color.

Likewise, Knoll has always been known for commercial textiles. Recently, however, they launched a line of fabrics, known as Knoll Luxe. The fabrics are beautiful and luxurious and great for residential interiors. They of course have an added bonus of wearibility, consistent with the Knoll brand.

The latest collection by Proenza Schouler has been very well-received. If you remember, they are the phenomenal design duo who appeared on everyone’s radar when they debuted a collection at Target.

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