FAMILY-FRIENDLY Carmel Henges’ daughter, Caili Henges, loves dinosaurs and science, writing and filmmaking. Before committing her story characters to type in a school assignment, she’ll often draw them first. “She visualizes everything,” says her mom.
But Caili hasn’t attended a traditional school since age 9, when doctors diagnosed her with autoimmune encephalitis, a condition in which her immune system attacks healthy brain cells. The treatment for the disorder leaves her susceptible to infection, so the now-14-year-old Caili spends most of her time in her bedroom, its anteroom, and the Jack-and-Jill bathroom connecting the two—and lately she’d grown tired of its dated preteen look.
But how do you find a designer who gets the “quirky dichotomy of a girly girl who really digs dinosaurs”—and also hasn’t had strep throat as an adult? asks Carmel. (A strep infection could exacerbate Caili’s condition.)
The designer who’d been working on an outdoor addition to the Henges’ home had had strep as an adult and therefore couldn’t take the job but recommended interior designer Jessie Miller. Carmel looked up the designer’s work, loved it, and decided to give Miller, who’s not a carrier of strep, a call.
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Cut from the Same Cloth
“Turkey Tracks” is a 19th-century quiltmaking pattern that has the appearance of little wandering feet. Patterns like the tracks, and their traditions and myths, have been passed down through the generations, from their frontier beginnings to today, where a generation of makers has embraced the material as a means of creating something new. Olivia Jondle is one such designer. Here, she’s taken an early turkey track-pattern quilt, cut it into various shapes, and stitched the pieces together, adding calico and other fabric remnants as needed. The result is a trench coat she calls the Pale Calico Coat. Her designs are for sale at The Rusty Bolt, Jondle’s small-batch fashion company based in St. Louis. —SAMANTHA STEVENSON
A background in sculpture trained artist Aly Ytterberg to see objects more fully.
A Modern Story
How a little log cabin went from being a home to a guest house
IN GOOD TIME
With the help of interior designer Robert Idol, a Kirkwood couple creates a home that pays homage to the past, yet feels just right for their modern young family.
"Food Raconteur” Ashok Nageshwaran wants to tell you a story.
The Right Move
New shops and showrooms bring exciting opportunities for local designers, makers, and arts organizations to sell their wares to home enthusiasts here and everywhere.
Painter and gardener Lauren Knight branches out.
Chris Mower of White Stable Farms discovered the Japanese style of gardening in Italy. Now, he’s bringing it to St. Louis.
Letters, icons, and illustrations that speak in a hand-drawn language
AUDRA's New Digs
Audra Noyes, of the Saint Louis Fashion Fund Incubator’s first class, opens an atelier in Ladue.