Behind The Design | December 18, 2015
A St. Louis Home Tour: Small space, big style
When we met Peggy Deguire and Richard Supanich and saw pictures of their space in the recently renovated and historically rich Chase Park Plaza in the Central West End of St. Louis we knew we had to share it with you. The interior is exactly what you’d expect of the landmark and its art déco roots, layered in luxury and Old Hollywood glitz and glam.
We sat down with Peggy to chat about her new and amazingly styled condo. A dental hygienist by trade she proves she has a keen eye for design needing guidance from our interior specialist only when it came to the scale of furniture and mix of fabrics. She admits she’s a pattern addict and sometimes gets carried away.
What drew you to this building other than it’s absolutely stunning?!
We’ve always loved the Central West End. It’s where I work. It has a European vibe to it with sidewalk cafes, restaurants and boutiques, and it’s right across the street from Forest Park, which is reminiscent to Central Park.
We’ve always loved the Chase Hotel and the residences on the 27th floor. Living here, we have access to everything the hotel offers its guests, including a swimming pool, movie theatre, restaurants, a salon, a full gym, concierge service and valet parking. It’s absolutely fabulous. We basically live in a luxury hotel.
And a gorgeous one at that. How big is your space?
It’s funny. We went from 2,500 to about 1,400 square feet. We sold our house in the southwest city area to move to the Central West End. Our house was built in the 30s so rooms were small. Not open like this. The condo feels bigger. We feel like we gained space.
So you downsized?
We did. We bought our home right out of college. Like everyone else, you think you’ll live there forever. But as we got older, we started to realize the upkeep was taking up more and more of our free time.
Was the transition difficult? You know from a house to a condo?
Not at all. We had an estate sale and sold everything. We basically left with our clothes in suitcases and a few pieces of glassware that I couldn’t part with. That’s it. From there, I literally went straight to your store and started working with a designer to decorate the condo.
Honestly, the entire process of downsizing is a breath of fresh air. Now we can travel. We don’t have chores waiting for us when we get home.
Are there really 27 floors of condos here? Do they all have the same layout?
There are 27 floors, but only 18 of them have condos and there are several different layouts. We have the plan with two bedrooms and two-and-a-half baths. When friends come to visit they can’t believe how big our space feels. It’s not that the space is very large. It’s the selection and scale of the furniture in it that creates that feeling.
Determining the scale of furniture for any space is difficult.
It is. It was hard for me to wrap my mind around it. When your designer showed me the buffet, dining table, settee and chairs, I thought there’s no way that’s all going to fit in that space. But it worked perfectly.
We love your color choices.
I love a monochromatic color palette and how it flows from room to room. Every space has a simple elegance to it, a quietness. It’s enjoyable to come home from work and just sit, relax and take in the view of the city.
Love the black and white stripe in the foyer. It’s so sophisticated.
It’s so dramatic. I wanted a modern, but luxurious look and feel not only in the entry, but throughout.
There’s a lot of texture too, but not too much.
I knew what I was looking for, but I needed a designer to make sure there was a good mix of texture and not too much. Again I can go a little overboard. I’m crazy about pattern, but in a small space it just doesn’t work. Your eye is constantly moving from one to the other. The fur rug, the mix of custom seating, the antique mirrored coffee table, the velvet sofa and the chandeliers make the space so luxurious. It definitely doesn’t fall flat and everything falls within my set color palette.
What’s your favorite space?
Ah, the Skyler chair. Who’s pick was this?
Mine (she laughs). The first time I sat in it, I knew I had to have it. It’s perfect. I can open the drapes and look out at the city and read a book all curled up.
Did you and Richard disagree on any of the design choices?
He actually questioned the Skyler chair, but not after he sat in it. We’ve been married 16 years and together for 22. He’s always loved my style and generally gives me carte blanche when it comes to decorating. He sometimes gives me his opinion, but he really trusts my instincts.
Just curious, did downsizing change your holiday style?
There again, I felt free. In our old house, every room had something “holiday” in it and it was traditional red, green and gold. I didn’t bring any of the holiday décor to the condo. I wanted new holiday pieces to go with my new décor. And I wanted more non-traditional pieces and colors. This space does make decorating for the holidays a lot easier. I have one tree and a few other things. Less is really more.
We can’t help but notice the tree has lots of European influence.
The Eiffel tower ornaments are my favorite. They remind me of our trips to Paris. Whenever we travel, I try to bring back something that will remind of where we’ve been. We actually have a travel Christmas tree in the foyer.
Source list (for Arhaus furniture and accessories):
Vivaldi Black Curio Cabinet, Belmont Nightstand (left), Belmont Nightstand (right), Belmont Hall Chest, Belmont Writing Desk, Margot Weathered Dining Chair (with desk), Deirdre Queen Bed (shown in Brussels Pearl), Roane Grey Quilt, Roane Grey Shams, Katherine Chandelier, Retreat Mattress & Box Spring
Preston Sofa (shown in Brussels Pearl), Tangier Chairs (shown in Victoria Midnight), Modesto Chair (shown in View Ebony), Amelia Coffee Table. Sheepskin Wool Rug, Taja Belle Media Cabinet, Leyland 11 Light Chandelier, Glitz Motif Pillow Collection, Tibetan Black Sheepskin Pillows
Luciano 80” Dining Table. Tao Dining Chairs (shown in Brussels Pearl), Luciano Buffet, Eaton Apartment Settee (shown in Trend Salt), Leyland 11 Light Chandelier, Noir 5 Piece Placesetting, Vine Dinnerware, Crest Black Napkins, Abigail Pendants (above kitchen island)
Katherine Chandelier, Addison Nightstands, Skyler Chair, Sheepskin Wool Rug, Sheepskin Small Throw, Mirage Ivory Quilt, Mirage Ivory Euro Shams, Tibetan Sheepskin Pillows, Devereaux Deluxe 63” King Bed (shown in View Ebony), Retreat Mattress & Box Spring
Bombay Chest, Leyland 6 Light Chandelier
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