First place Fireplace at St. Louis At Home Architect & Designer Awards 2015

We were excited to be a finalist and now we’re thrilled to be a winner of the St. Louis At Home Magazine Architect + Designer Awards!

Our residential fireplace design won first place. It is an honor to be mentioned among the best in St. Louis. We love working with clients to enhance their visions and create a space they’ll love!

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A little more about the design….

After living with the builder grade finishes for ten years, the Martens decided it was time to give their living space a new image. Striving for a functional and inviting space, the Martens goal was to create a focal point with a dramatic fireplace upgrade. The asymmetrical design of the fireplace created the unique, custom feel that the Martens were hoping to achieve. The clean lines of the smooth shaker style cabinetry by Allen Graham anchored the room and created functional storage spaces. The fireplace surround, mantel, and hearth, crafted in concrete, added a strong modern element to the space. Lighted alcoves created the perfect backdrop for the owners to display some of their favorite accessories. Whether the Martens are spending an evening watching a movie or entertaining guest, the functionality and comfort in this space will not disappoint.





Extra time spent volunteering for a ‘Makeover House’

Our designer Chelsea is volunteering with her church, The Lutheran Church of Webster Gardens, to work on a “Makeover House” project.
The big reveal is coming this weekend to a single mom of three girls. The project has run off volunteers working hard, donors and donations! A big thank you to Graniterra for donating the granite counter tops!


Hosting Mark Hurd Dancing Moon Graphics at Lafayette Square First Friday Art Walk

Join Design Extra in December to view art by Mark Hurd with Dancing Moon Graphics.


The first Friday of each month showcases the art in Lafayette Square. From 5pm to 8pm, walk around the neighborhood to see original art, hear live music, and taste the delicious foods. Along with the art galleries opening their doors, stop in businesses hosting artists for the evening.

First Friday Art Walk is an event established by the art galleries, music venues and sponsoring businesses.

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Brooking Park: Memory Care

The Client: Brooking Park and St. Andrew’s Resources for Senior’s System
Architect: The Lawrence Group
Construction Management: HERCULES Construction Management Company
Contractor: Paric
Interior Designer: Design Extra

This Memory Care unit was created for Brooking Park with advisement from the Alzheimer’s Association.



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Unravel IIDA’s Fashion Show at the Palladium St. Louis

Join us October 20th to see some amazing dresses designed from carpet, tile, plants and more products! We’ve been working hard on a dress made from tiles.

Purchase tickets to see these dresses in a live fashion show online here:

Its at the Palladium, a neat event space in Lafayette Square, down the street from our studio.

Residential Kitchen Overhaul

The Martens kitchen needed to accommodate a family of four on a regular basis for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  It also must transform in to a space for large family festivities and game nights.

The Shaker style cabinets were chosen to keep with the transitional theme.  The height of the cabinetry was selected to accentuate the tall ceilings.  The gorgeous glass and natural stone backsplash inspired the color scheme.  Polished Blue Pearl counter tops were used as a wonderful companion to rich, dark wood tones.

The centerpiece island allows four to gather for socializing, mealtime and homework.  The island also created space to provide a double oven for the homemade pizza making by Papa Martens.  Not only does the portabella wood finish on the island contrast with the wall cabinets,  the Volga Blue granite is honed, as opposed to polished on the main counters.  This Volga Blue with dark black feldspar features highlights of iridescent jewels.

The counter height dining table allows the island and table to share the bar stools increasing the functionality of the space and the spaces to flow as one.  A companion to the cabinetry, a desk was incorporated as a central computer station for the family.