Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

At Home: Couple Removed Walls to Open Up Modern CWE Condo

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

At Home: Couple Removed Walls to Open Up Modern CWE Condo

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Downsizing did not go as Jim and Vicky Zimmerman had planned. Their Clayton home sold in two days, and they purchased their condominium in Lindell Terrace a few days later, in 2017, expecting to rent an apartment while the condo was gutted and remodeled.

"The contractor told us he could make it work if we moved in, and we lived here a year while every wall and surface was torn out and replaced," Jim says. "The positive is that I know where every screw is, and what is behind every wall."

The couple hired architect Susan Bower to design what they envisioned for their new 1,900-square-foot space. "She was a good listener," Jim says. "She also took into account all the magazine design clippings Vicky had saved, and she delivered exactly what we had envisioned."

Fortunately the building had been constructed so interior walls could be eliminated or moved. Three bedrooms were reduced to two, while the kitchen quadrupled in size. Only a third of the original interior walls remained in place.

After a year of work, the new space was a harmonious fusion of contemporary and modern design. Furniture, purchased from a nephew who owns a Denver furniture store, features both softened and rounded lines prevalent in contemporary furnishings, and strong, clean lines consistent with modern design.

Vibrant, modern art hangs on every wall, and Jim credits his wife for the selection. "She grew up in Milan, Italy, a center for art and fashion, and there are two art gallery owners in the family. Several pieces of our art are from those galleries," he says.

One of the few older pieces of décor is an exquisite framed scarf that belonged to Vicky's great-great grandmother.

Two photographs in the kitchen are by Nathan Myhrvold, formerly the chief technology officer at Microsoft who ventured into food photography. …

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