Name: Devyani & Mitchell Hunt
Location: Lafayette Square — St. Louis, Missouri
Size: 3,300 square feet
Years lived in: 5
Saint Louis has a way of drawing its natives back into its fold. After years of living in other cities, Devy came back to her hometown five years ago, where she now raises two children with her husband Mitch.
They made their home in Lafayette Square, a neighborhood with National Historic District distinction, and a vestige of Victorian times. Word is that their turn-of-the-century house (one in a row) was built by a father for his married daughter, with doors cut through the adjoining walls for easy passage between. Remains of the metal door jams can be seen in the exposed brick upstairs.
Inside the house, what's old is new again. The couple regularly draw from their travels, choosing modern decor and mementos that remind them of the many countries they've visited. From the cool blue of their bedroom, to the rich red accents of the dining room, this couple hits every hue in the spectrum.
Decorating this lovely Saint Louis home was a family affair. Devy's mom, an artist, painted the animal-themed murals on their son's walls. It was his idea to have monkeys "swing" from the light fixtures. Devy's cousin's collages are throughout the home (including the art lining the brick hallway). And in case you were wondering, the orange wall downstairs (with stenciled longhorn mascot) is a proud nod to the couple's alma mater, the University of Texas. The resulting home is personal, without being overly indulgent.
Apartment Therapy Survey:
Our Style: Blend of old and modern
Inspiration: Mostly from our travels
Favorite Element: Old brick wall
Biggest Challenge: Finding unique affordable pieces
What Friends Say: They love the open feel, the simplicity and the kids rooms
Biggest Embarrassment: The carpet stains — we have a bad dog!
Proudest DIY: Kids rooms &mdash paint and FLOR carpeting
Biggest Indulgence: Exterior Paint and New Deck/Landscaping
Best advice: Don't pass up a unique/one of a kind item.
City Sprouts &mdash Great children's boutique &mdash toddler bed, map in kids room
Intaglia &mdash couch, metal art above fireplace
Thanks, Devy & Mitch!
Images: Ann Manubay, Dabney Frake