#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









What is all this buzz about FORM?

Looking for fun plans this weekend?  Want to check out dozens of cutting edge furniture makers?  Dying to know what they hype is about this new Temtor building?

Well, then you definitely need to come to FORM Design Show this weekend!  DesignSpeak is excited to be one of the exhibitors at the 2nd annual event hosted by the Luminary.  Last year we met so many amazing people and are anxious to expand our circle once again!

This year our booth will feature an interactive discussion with participants about design & St. Louis.  We want to hear your thoughts!  Want to know more about DesignSpeak and how you can get involved?  Come visit us and learn first hand!

Here’s the address & the times we’ll be there!  The Temtor – 8125 Michigan Ave; St. Louis, MO 63111

Friday 8.12.11: VIP Party 7-11

Saturday 8.13.11: General Admission 11-4



“Gray’s Anatomy” by Kimberly Reuther

Gray is a significant neutral color that often gets overlooked in favor of the more dramatic black or the happier camel shades.  However, this year, gray is the belle of the ball.  It is enjoying a resurgence in fashion, home design and luxury style.  So, what makes gray such a fabulous color and how do you use it in your home?

The color gray is unique in that the two extremes evoke completely different emotions.  The lightest shade of soft silver is cool, airy and works with fresh color palettes.  Deeper, more intense shades of gray offer new possibilities to a space and provide nurturing comfort.  Another selling point is the color’s ability to play well with others.  Introducing a pop of color (almost any color fits) creates a more dynamic and inviting space.

Another wonderful attribute of this color is it’s ability to transcend defined styles.  Gray can be rustic, masculine, sensual, rich, velvety, casual, contemporary, modern, feminine, traditional, and the list goes on & on.  It is also a wonderful backdrop for colorful artwork as well as a popular choice for candid & architectural photographs.

In light of all these qualities, how can we live without it?

If you are still unconvinced, here a few photos to illustrate my points…stay tuned for Q & A after the images.

Q. What if I don’t want to paint my walls gray?

A.  Painting is one of the easiest ways to incorporate a color, albeit temporarily, into your home.  However, not all of us are up for the task at hand.  These images are examples of ways to add punches of gray without hiring a painter!

Q.  Do I need to stick to a neutral palette if I want to use gray in my home?

A.  Absolutely not.  If you love color, then by all means, infuse your home with color.  Gray elements can provide a balance to your color choices as shown below.

Q.  How much is too much gray?

A.  Partly that is determined by the shade of gray you choose and how much you love the color.  Remember, gray is a neutral so it can serve as the main backdrop with splashes of white or color as accents.  There are no hard and fast rules when determining your color scheme.  Most of it is made up of personal preference.  Get inspired by the photos below.

Previously posted on AT HOME’s website.  View the original post here.  Read more about Kimberly’s work by visiting her website.



Like a Well-Aged Wine…Vintage Furnishings are Being Uncorked by Kimberly Reuther

We’re finally catching on…albeit slowly

For centuries, our contemporaries around the world have been perfectly content living in vintage buildings and homes.  With peeling plaster walls, dramatic moldings and herringbone wood floors, these interiors are reminiscent of previous decades and remain intact for new generations to appreciate and enjoy.  Americans, however, have long favored the “new” versus keeping or reinventing the “old”…It was, after all, how we were discovered and founded that instilled this behavior in our culture.  Maybe the term “New World” was on too many advertisements back in the 1700’s!

Not all bad, remember, it was our determination to mass produce things more efficiently that allowed Henry Ford to popularize the assembly line for the model T.  To this day, food, clothing, electronics, furnishings, to name a few, are still produced in a similar fashion.

In recent years, Americans are starting to realize the impact of our global “footprint” on the rest of the world.  Combine that awareness with a crippled economy and we are witnessing a “light bulb” moment in American homeowners with more diligent spending and a furniture perspective in which “vintage” just became “new.”

Here are a few tips for incorporating this design aesthetic into your home:

1.  Reuse what you have  – Fashion a slipcover on an aging sofa, give an old dresser a fresh coat of paint or turn a few unworn clothing pieces into pillows.  Collect unused furniture from relatives and friends to reuse in your home.  Display a collection of mis-matched plates as art.  Recycle old work equipment into colorful cocktail tables.  Vintage looks don’t have to be drab or stuffy; add punches of color to offset the aged pieces.

2.  Expect things to age gracefully – Marble, wood, cotton, limestone, bamboo, granite, wool are all natural materials and will not look the same in 15 or 30 years as they did when they were purchased  That doesn’t mean they need to be thrown away or replaced.  Think of the “scars” on your kitchen island as war wounds that should be proudly displayed to neighbors.  Keep in mind, these materials have been used for centuries and will last as long as you will.

3.  Purchase furniture as an investment – The value of antique furniture is endurance.  Does IKEA have endurance?  Seek out quality and you won’t have to re-purchase all your furniture every 4 years.  This is especially true for upholstery and casegoods.  Upholstered pieces can be recovered, restuffed and reborn.  Wood pieces can be refinished numerous times.  Do your homework and take care of your furniture to enjoy for decades.

4.   Add architectural elements, better yet, buy an antique…house.  St. Louis is fortunate to have a lot of beautiful homes with stunning architectural features inside and out.  Why try to reinvent the wheel by building a brand new home?  The amount of charm and character in an older home can far outweigh the costs of renovations if you choose wisely.  If you are looking to add details to an existing home, crown moulding and door casings are the first place to start.

5.  Last but not least, uncork a bottle & toast to your accomplishments!

Previously written by Kimberly for St. Louis AT HOME’s website.  Read more of Kimberly’s work and view her portfolio at www.kimberlyreuther.com.



New Inspirations by Kimberly Reuther

So, the groundhog saw his shadow and we have 6 more weeks of winter, blah! Time to start planning for spring while we wait…I’m a huge planner! Getting things done is another story, but at least I have a plan :)

In searching for unique things to admire, I came across a few global items and a few right here in St. Louis. Here are my inspirations for the last days of winter.

If you have stepped into Pottery Barn (link to www.potterybarn.com) lately, you may mistakenly think you are in the Butterfly House, but alas it is just the season for birds! Pillows, dishes, napkin rings, you name it, they are selling it. Not to mention, the cages that house the birds. There is one that is bigger than my dining table, I swear!

bird embroidered pillow

3 gable birdcage

Map furniture
I’ve always been fan of the subtle texture of map wallcovering and it’s ability to transform a space into a destination. See one of my favorites from Ralph Lauren below.

map wallcovering

Now, Wisteria has come out with a piece of furniture with the map wallcovering applied. You could probably do this yourself to an old dresser or parsons style table. Love the look!

map chest

Colorful outdoor chairs
I have always been a huge fan of these recycled plastic Adirondack chairs from Polywood’s South Beach Collection. I saw them on display last year at Suburban Leisure Center. They are extremely durable and reasonably priced considering they will last for centuries. And in the fun fiesta colors, they can’t be beat!

polywood south beach chair

Until I just fell in love with these adorable children’s chairs from Tolix, a French company that will hopefully be selling these in the U.S…keep your fingers crossed!

tolix childrens chairs

Also, I was browsing the Janus et Cie website for new introductions and saw these fabulous chairs. Not sure which ones they are but so freaking cute!

janus et cie

That’s all for now, as I find more things, I’ll be sure to pass them along!

Previously written by Kimberly for St. Louis AT HOME’s website.  Read more of Kimberly’s work and view her portfolio at www.kimberlyreuther.com.

What’s So Special About Hickory Chair? by Victoria Dreste

Introduction by Kimberly Reuther

What’s so special about Hickory Chair? They are a furniture manufacturer that has churned out timeless pieces for generations. I’ve long been a fan, especially when the Thomas O’Brien collection debuted a few years ago. I’ve asked a fellow colleague to give recommendations on some of her favorites to stir the hearts of future admirers!

Vicki: “As a designer, I am drawn to various styles and periods. I appreciate the strong, clean lines of a modern look as well as the layers and mixing of a more traditional design. This is why I love furnishings from Hickory Chair. The design elements used cover a wide area of styles; which works seamlessly with my own design aesthetices.”

“The Duchamp is a classic French demilune sideboard. The clean lines and simple tapered legs make it usable in various settings. Aged pewter oval ring pulls and grill overlays add a touch of antique decoration. The Louis XVI side chairs in a silver finish add elegance to the setting.”

“The Fredericka is a beautifully proportioned reproduction of an antique bench. The broad stripe fabric updates the look. The Antoinette side table was reproduced from a find at the Paris Flea Market.”

“This beautiful setting is anchored by the Argonne sofa in deep rich brown leather. Along with the contrast of the white frame it makes a stunning statement. The tuxedo armoire was inspired by a 1940’s cabinet. It is sleek, modern and elegant.”

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