It’s about 5 o’clock on a summer evening, and the residents of New Town are taking advantage of the day’s still-generous sunshine. On one of the canals, kayakers paddle; at the water’s edge, fishermen await nibbles on their lines; a couple embraces for a photo.
Opened in 2004 by developer Greg Whittaker, New Town is an example of New Urbanism that feels more like a movie set than a neighborhood in the suburbs of St. Louis. It’s located in St. Charles, north of Interstate 370 amid acres of farmland, but its planning concept is based on old urban precedents of places like Charleston, South Carolina, and Key West, Florida. The development of 700-plus acres comprises five neighborhoods complete with ponds and canals and small businesses. A town hall and amphitheater serve as anchors. Completing the town-within-a-town are six restaurants, a wedding chapel, a dentist’s office, and a church. Book clubs, cycling groups, and an organic farm keep residents occupied.
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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.