HOME – Antiques

Emporium St. Louis

By Julia Cain

Emporium St. Louis holds its title as best antiques store for another year! Emporium St. Louis has a history of success, with 2015 and 2017 Platinum List awards already in the bag, as well as a 2016 runner-up citation, so its 2018 championship should come as no surprise.

Open seven days a week, Emporium St. Louis brings an expansive selection of high-quality antiques to vintage-loving St. Louisans. Inside its bright-pink building sit indoor and outdoor furniture, urns, home accessories, candles, jewelry and more. Whether you’re in the market for a stunning sofa from yesteryear, a supersize vintage mirror or a showstopping crystal chandelier, this antiques store is for you. Or just come to browse – but perhaps bring the truck instead of the car, as we’re sure you’ll find at least a handful of must-have pieces for your home.

Emporium St. Louis, 9410 Manchester Road, St. Louis, 314-962-7300, emporium-stlouis.com

Runner-Up: The Brass Alligator

Runner-Up: St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store


Dau Furniture

HOME – Furniture

Dau Furniture

By Julia Cain

Dau Furniture, St. Louis’ oldest furniture store, has won the 2018 best furniture award. Founded in 1894 by Ferdinand Dau, Dau Furniture is a family-run business now on its fifth generation. Styles offered range from traditional to contemporary to mission and include sofas, dining tables, beds, desks, recliners and more in its 11,000-square-foot showroom.

For those unsure how to arrange and style their new furniture, all Dau Furniture salespeople are also interior designers. Ladue News readers may recognize Dau Furniture from its recent 2017 Show House participation, in which Dau Furniture and designers Linda Williams and Ruth Nowlin transformed the lower-level family room into an orange oasis complete with shag carpeting, a white sectional sofa and midcentury accents. The Dau Furniture website also includes a design-focused blog full of styling tips for the décor-obsessed. Warning: Reading this très chic blog may make you want to redesign your living room … again!

Dau Furniture, 15424 Manchester Road, Ellisville, 636-394-3005, daufurniture.com

Runner-Up: The Great Cover-Up

Runner-Up: Marketplace at The Abbey


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HOME – Home Accessories

Marketplace at The Abbey

By Julia Cain

Are you inspired by French design? Does the weathered, shabby-chic nature of vintage European pieces tickle your fancy? If so, you’re not alone, as the self-proclaimed “European lifestyle boutique” Marketplace at The Abbey was voted the top store for home accessories in 2018.

Housing a combination of vintage pieces and latter-day reproductions, Marketplace at The Abbey offers customers housewares, décor, florals and furniture in addition to the company’s specialties of custom reclaimed-wood furniture and architectural salvages. Stop by to find the pieces to redecorate an entire room or simply to score some inspiration and a few giftable items.

Oh, and if you visit Marketplace at The Abbey and fall in love with the look, remember that in-home design services are available. We aren’t sure if you can ask to make your living room look just like its showroom, but it’s so pretty that doing so certainly seems worth a shot!

Marketplace at The Abbey, 10090 Manchester Road, Glendale, 314-965-1400, marketplaceattheabbey.com

Runner-Up: The Great Cover-Up

Runner-Up: Wilson Lighting



HOME – Interior Design

Gigi Lombrano Interiors

By Julia Cain

With so much time spent at home, why not keep your personal space decorated exactly to your liking? Gigi Lombrano of Gigi Lombrano Interiors, the 2018 Platinum List interior design champ, is ready to elevate your space. Lombrano brings a touch of classic design to her work, which can focus on a plethora of aesthetic styles including contemporary and nontraditional.

Ladue News Show House visitors should recognize Lombrano’s artistic eye from her expert work in the 2017 home. Lombrano designed the dining room, which was oddly shaped and featured overwhelming built-in shelves. Using her curatorial eye, she turned the expansive room into an art gallery, lounge and dining space, making it one of the most showstopping spaces in the abode. If she can handle something that tricky, imagine what she can do for your space!

Gigi Lombrano Interiors, 314-707-7291

Runner-Up: The Great Cover-Up

Runner-Up: Savvy Surrounding Style


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HOME – Kitchen Design

Karr Bick Kitchen & Bath

By Julia Cain

In its origin story, Karr Bick Kitchen & Bath credits a conversation over Malibu and Diet Cokes on its creation. Jenny and Todd Rausch bought Karr Bick Kitchen & Bath to celebrate their wedding anniversary in 2006; the pair already had a decade of experience in the field, making this the perfect gift for their future. Twelve years later, the work of the duo has become so beloved that Ladue News readers voted it the top choice in kitchen design, presumably while sitting in their stunning Karr Bick Kitchen & Bath-designed homes.

If you look at a project gallery on the Karr Bick Kitchen & Bath website, you’ll find a series that explains the design mantra of the brand: the Nothing Ordinary Portfolio. The designs by Karr Bick Kitchen & Bath – which include other parts of the home, called “wherever space” by the company – are unique, uplifting and practical rooms designed for “people not awards.” (But we assume the Rausches still want the award!)

Karr Bick Kitchen & Bath, 2715 Mercantile Drive, Brentwood, 314-549-5303, karrbick.com

Runner-up: RSI Kitchen & Bath

Runner-up: BaumHouse Design


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HOME – Landscape Design

Chesterfield Valley Nursery

By Julia Cain

LN writers pen a lot of content about Chesterfield Valley Nursery – and for good reason. This landscape design team is a Ladue News Show House regular and a Platinum List mainstay. For yet another year, Chesterfield Valley Nursery takes home the top prize in landscape design.

Chesterfield Valley Nursery has been transforming natural spaces into outdoor living areas and stunning garden retreats for more than 25 years. The garden center features an ample supply of plants for area homeowners. Those who are unsure what to do with said greenery can hire the Chesterfield Valley Nursery team to revamp their space and even to maintain it through the nursery’s property maintenance service. If you’re seeking the best yard on the block, the beloved Chesterfield Valley Nursery team can provide all the help you need.