Penthouse Remodel in Downtown St. Louis

A St. Louis family consolidated four apartments into a single penthouse home. S&K Interiors designed the remodel while construction was going on.
Contemporary Loft With Purple Accent Wall and Ghost Chairs

Contemporary Loft With Purple Accent Wall and Ghost Chairs

The open floor plan of this downtown loft boasts an 18-foot ceiling, while bold purple walls add depth. A row of ghost chairs line the bar and casual dining area.

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What were the main items on your clients' wish list for the home remodel?

Our clients, a couple with two teenagers, wanted a beautiful, comfortable home for their family and friends first and foremost. They wanted the ability to entertain family members and also have room to host fundraising events for the many non-profit organizations that they are involved with.

What were the main objectives and goals? Was there a space that was most important to your client?

The clients' most important spaces were the living room, kitchen and master bedroom. Our main goal was to get the renovation completed in a timely manner because construction was moving forward very quickly and we had a very tight deadline.

Oversized Modern Kitchen Island With Table-Height Counter

This oversized kitchen island provides plenty of seating at the eat-in counter and additional seating at the table-height extension. Acrylic dining chairs and barstools don't weigh down the space, while sleek cabinetry provides a modern backdrop for the open kitchen.

Modern Kitchen With White Quartz Countertops and Glossy Cabinetry

White quartz countertop, combined with high-gloss cabinetry, give this modern kitchen a clean and crisp look. Lucite chairs and barstools complete the modern design.

Quartz Kitchen Island in Purple, Contemporary Kitchen

An oversized kitchen island with waterfall quartz countertop is the stunning centerpiece of this open concept kitchen. Ghost chairs and stools line the island for eating and entertaining.

Modern Pendant Lights in Loft Kitchen

Lucite furnishings and sleek white cabinets combine with unique modern pendant lights over a large kitchen island to add dramatic flair to this glamorous downtown loft with an open floor plan.

Modern Kitchen With Oversized Island and Lucite Chairs

Modern pendant lights hanging over the large kitchen island make it a focal point in the open floor plan of this loft. Lucite chairs and glossy cabinets add to the modern, streamlined feel.

Orange Vase in White and Gray Modern Kitchen

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Contemporary Loft With Purple Accent Wall and Ghost Chairs

The open floor plan of this downtown loft boasts an 18-foot ceiling, while bold purple walls add depth. A row of ghost chairs line the bar and casual dining area.

Eclectic Dining Room With Blown-Glass Chandelier

The custom-made glass blown chandelier and acid-washed metal dining table create an eclectic modern feel in this dining room. Traditional gray and white armchairs add classic flair to the space.

Contemporary Bedroom Sitting Area With Elegant Navy Drapes

Deep navy drapes and dark furniture add elegance to this master bedroom sitting area while a metallic lamp and eclectic glass chandelier give the space a contemporary feel.

Contemporary Sitting Area in Master Bedroom

Navy blue curtains and sofa combine with black leather chairs to create an elegant feel in this contemporary master bedroom sitting area. Contemporary light fixtures juxtapose against the exposed brick walls of the space.

Mirrorred Coffee Tables in Contemporary Living Room

Round mirror coffee tables reflect the bold purple sectional and zebra-print rug in this eclectic living room. The open concept space has an industrial feel with exposed ductwork and beams.

Purple Velvet Sectional and Zebra-Print Area Rug

Exposed brick and oversized windows lay an urban foundation for this living space. A velvet sectional, mirrored coffee table and zebra print area rug combine to create a glamorous look in the eclectic living room.

Modern Living Room with Gray Accent Wall and Built-in Fireplace

Purple accents pop in this gray, modern living room featuring a gray tiled, accent wall with a built-in fireplace

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Chrome Canopy Bed in Urban Master Bedroom

A chrome canopy bed and mirrored dresser reflect the textures of this eclectic master bedroom. A white shag rug softens the hardwood floors, while track lighting illuminates the exposed brick wall and ductwork. Faux-fur bedding and a tufted white bench add an element of glam to the space.

Navy Blue Contemporary Loft Bedroom

Two white shag rugs separate this contemporary loft into a bedroom and sitting area. A contemporary navy sofa and black chairs sit around a black coffee table in front of the high-arched windows. Long navy curtains hang in the arches as well as around the windows in the exposed brick wall.

White Tufted Bench at End of Bed in Eclectic Bedro

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Glass Tile Wall in Contemporary Bathroom

The vanity mirror and glass tile in this contemporary bathroom accentuate the 15-foot ceiling by running the full height on the wall.

Mosaic Tile in a Modern Bathroom

Tan hexagonal tile mixed with red, brown and orange glass mosaic tile creates a unique look for this modern bathroom. A glass door encloses the shower with neutral marble floor and large mounted shower head.

Sleek Contemporary Faucet in White Bathroom

A streamlined, clean white vanity combines with a modern chrome faucet to give this bathroom a polished look.

Urban Home Office With Brick and Cement Walls

This home office features exposed brick and cement walls, a dead giveaway of its urban setting. Black metal floating shelves provide storage above a wall-to-wall desk and modern desk chair. A cherry red countertop adds a pop color to the spacious work station.

Large Prints of Speckled Eggs in Eclectic Entryway

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How extensive was the remodeling project?

The project involved a complete rehab of a very unique, distinctive home with over 9,000 square feet including 5 bedrooms, 7 bathrooms, kitchen, guest room, rooftop lanai and pool. The penthouse was 70% gutted, and the homeowners were living elsewhere while construction took place.

We changed everything about the space, converting four one-bedroom apartments into a single residence. We completely re-arranged all the various spaces and even re-routed plumbing lines, the electrical system, and ductwork for heating and cooling.

What was your biggest obstacle in the remodel/redesign of the home, and how did you address it?

The timeline was our biggest challenge. We had to design all the bathrooms and kitchen and recommend and purchase all new furniture, rugs, draperies, artwork, etc concurrent with the construction phase. Elements were constantly changing and there was a lot of back-and-forth between our design team and the contractors.

Shirley's biggest personal challenge was that despite being somewhat afraid of heights, she had to go up and down two flights of open stairs with no rails to access the roof-top pool, lanai and guest bedroom during the construction process.

Katie's most memorable moment was when one of the main downtown streets had to be shut down so that the construction crew could bring the swimming pool and hot tub up to the roof nine floors up by crane. Speaking of which, the rooftop had to be elevated 5 feet to make room for the pool to be dropped in.

What was the inspiration for the remodel?

Our clients loved modern design with mixes of traditional and high glamour-themed elements. They shared a photo of one of Elton John's bedrooms and we used that for some of our design inspiration. Our clients also loved purple, and we used that color extensively.

While each room might have its own color palette, style and function, it's important for the home to seem fluid and harmonious. How did you make transitions from room to room without losing the individuality of each space?

We kept a common color palette of black, purple, orange and creams throughout the main space, and individualized each of the private spaces by adding special elements.

What was your favorite room/space to design in this home?

The great room was our favorite because it was about 3,000 square feet, and we had an opportunity to create multi-functioning areas that would suit everyday needs in addition to being able to comfortably host large parties.

What's the best thing about this house, in your opinion?

One especially interesting feature of the space is that the new master bathroom shower used to serve as an old freight elevator shaft. Aside from that, our favorite elements were the dining room chandeliers, the dramatic kitchen/fireplace area, the glamourous master bedroom, the amazing custom faux fur bedspread and the gorgeous wooden bar top in the bar area.

Like many industrial lofts, this downtown loft has tall ceilings, exposed brick and cement walls. How did you incorporate each of these elements into your design?

The client wanted to retain as much of these industrial elements—such as the HVAC ductwork and the exposed brick—as we could, so we incorporated these elements in our design plan. The tall ceilings required us to use dramatic lighting to bring the focus lower down to more of a human scale.

Is there a design element (pattern, texture, color) that you incorporate into all of your projects?

The one element that we try to use is at least one animal print and faux fur in our projects, such as the living room rug and master bedspread. We also blend modern, contemporary with touches of Hollywood glam and vibrant colors.

What are the "hidden gems" in your plan that really made a big difference in the overall success of your design?

The hidden gems are the personal elements that turn a house into a home. One gem was the master bedroom's wonderful photo wall, which displays a collection of photos of the husband and wife over the many years of their relationship. Very romantic! Another hidden gem is the doorknob art wall in the daughter's room. The daughter loves to create and change out her artwork along with vintage items. Katie designed a wall of doorknobs to serve as shelves to display the art.

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