Newlyweds Aim for “Urban Minimalism” in a 100-Year-Old St. Louis Home

updated Apr 30, 2019

Newlyweds Aim for “Urban Minimalism” in a 100-Year-Old St. Louis Home

updated Apr 30, 2019
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Name: Meg and Julia Rigano
Location: Fox Park — St. Louis, Missouri
Size: 2,126 square feet
Years lived in: 6 months, owned

Five years ago, hosting a party at this address would have been unheard of — the century-old home was falling apart and on the market for less than $40,000 at the time. But in recent years, St. Louis investors have been quickly buying up homes like this one to flip. And this in turn has opened the door for young, aspiring homeowners like Meg and Julia to make new memories…in a house with some serious character.

Meg and Julia’s two-story home is a beaming, cheerful white exterior in a row of the red brick houses that are typical for St. Louis city neighborhoods. It’s a brightness that continues inside, with a sunny, minimal living room anchored by a cozy white fireplace, and also with the homeowners: Two newlyweds that prioritize sharing their new stylish living space with their friends.

And when they say friends, they mean a lot of friends. From roommates and Airbnb guests, to dozens of people for their annual beer bash, they have plenty of visitors making use of their open floor plan, two living rooms, and backyard. In just six months of home ownership, they carefully picked out furniture and special pieces from their favorite local antique shop that would not only fit their budget, but create an inviting an interactive atmosphere.


Benjamin Moore – Revere Pewter

White Book Shelf – IKEA
Vintage Books – Gift from College Professor
Cattle Skull – Treasure Aisles Antique Mall
Bundle of Sage – Housewarming Gift
Horsehead Bookends – Tin Roof Antiques
Entry Rug – Urban Outfitters
“Safe Community Fair” Flag – Tin Roof Antiques
Tall Entry Table – Future Ancestor
Plant –Trader Joe’s
Plant Pot – Flowers and Weeds
Watering Can – IKEA

Burnt Orange Chaise Lounge – Family Heirloom
White Sofa – Big Bend Antiques
Baby’s Breath Basket – Friend’s Wedding Decor, Repurposed!
Ceramic Elephant – Gift from Julia’s Parents
Letterfolk Board – Letterfolk
Octagonal Mirror – Treasure Aisles Antique Mall
Flower Pot – Bowood Farms
Orchid – IKEA
Floor Plant – IKEA
Picnic Basket Side Table – Treasure Aisles Antique Mall
Mid-century Modern Floor Lamp – West Elm
Geometric Center Table – West Elm
Boxwood Decorative Plant – West Elm
Log Cabin Incense Burner – Old Made Good, Nashville, TN
Black Chest – Secret Garden Nursery, Waynesville, OH
White Table Lamp – Future Ancestor
Black and White Throw Blanket – Happy Habitat
Mid-century Tapestry – Future Ancestor
Embroidered Wall Piece – Future Ancestor
Area Rug – West Elm
Feminist Body Sketch – Our dear friend, Abby Dorning

Dining Room Table – West Elm
Dining Room Chairs – Amazon
Exposed Shelves – DIY, Home Depot
Antlers – Big Bend Antiques
Tree Print – Future Ancestor
Pink Potted Plant – Flowers and Weeds
Chemex and Coffee – Wedding Gifts
Towels – World Market

Brown Hutch – Future Ancestor
Retro Wooden Accent Mirror – Future Ancestor
Brown Vinyl Couch – Future Ancestor
Yellow/Green Chair – Treasure Aisles Antique Mall
Grey Sofa – West Elm
Area Rug – West Elm
Coffee Table – West Elm
White End Table – IKEA
Mid-century Lamp – Future Ancestor
Floor Plant + Pot – IKEA
Square Matted Frames – IKEA
Vintage Basket – Gift from Julia’s dad, The Blessing Basket Project
Floor Lamp – Family Heirloom
Alvarez Guitar – McCutcheon Music, Dayton, OH
Red Handmade Rug – The Heirloom Room
Mirror Tray – The Heirloom Room
Voluspa Candle – Anthropologie
Desk – IKEA
Wooden Chair – West Elm
Midwest Pendant – Urban Matter

Hallway Runner – West Elm
Laundry Basket –Target
Acorn Dresser – West Elm
Navy Speckled Chair – West Elm
Acorn Headboard – West Elm
Duvet Cover – West Elm
Shams – West Elm
Nightstand Tables – Family Heirlooms
Green Banker’s Lamp – Treasure Aisles Antique Mall
Mid-century Exposed Bulb Lamp – Future Ancestor
Terrarium – Flowers and Weeds
Clothing Rack – The Container Store

White/Glass Desk – IKEA
Floating Shelf – IKEA
Black & White St. Louis Print –Etsy
Book Shelf – IKEA
Nightstand Table – IKEA
Duvet Cover – West Elm

Thanks, Meg and Julia!

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