Sunday, May 21, 2017

Milestone weekend in Casa de Nenonen...

"Take pride in how far you’ve come. Have faith in how far you can go. 
But don’t forget to enjoy the journey.” ~ Michael Josephson
It is the tail end of a proud yet emotional weekend here in Casa de Nenonen...
To my fellow parents navigating graduation this month, Kleenex and high fives. *sigh* ❤️

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Hidden Gem: Laumeier Art Hike and the Hedenkamp Estate

Taking advantage of the tiny window between my oldest's final day of high school and graduation...

... I stole a couple of hours from my work schedule to sneak off to Laumeier Sculpture Park with he and the pup.  

Few people know that the main grounds of Laumeier are surrounded by miles of gorgeous wooded trails with hidden art installations scattered throughout.  Besides being a shady spot to escape for a workout on a warm day... the element of surprise is oh-too-fun.  You never know what you will bump in to.  It is like one big treasure hunt!

The most intriguing spot on the Art Walk Trail for me?

Hands down, Pool Complex: Orchard Valley, 1983–85 by artist, MARY MISS (AMERICAN, BORN 1944). The NE edge of Laumeier Park contains the remaining artifacts of an old neighboring estate that was known as "Orchard Valley".

The ultimate architectural graveyard!
Per the Henry Shaw Ozark Corridor website, this area was once a cow pasture and stock pond. In the early 19th century, the Hedenkamp Family built a sizable house and converted the existing natural spring pond into a stone and concrete swimming pool. An article titled "Old Pond Converted Into A Delightful Swimming Pool" was published in the August 4, 1934 edition of the St. Louis Globe-Democrat highlighted the project.

I scoured the Internet for a photo of the pool during its heyday.  While I found numerous references to soirees and events held there, no photos found. 

While the house is long gone, some foundation and the artifacts of the pool remain.  During the early 1980's, artist Mary Miss built decking and trellises of treated lumber around the stone pool depression and remaining foundations to create her work titled Pool Complex: Orchard Valley.

Per the Laumeier website:  Miss highlights the ruins of the estate while we explore her pavilions, platforms and staircases surrounding the pool. With the renewal of this dormant structure, and the purposefully evident aging of her own site work, the artist brings attention to the context of history and the continuum of time.

I can't begin to describe the feeling you get as you walk the pool and area.  It is eerie and haunting.  You truly feel lost in time and leave with the overwhelming longing for it to be filled back up.  Maybe some day. 🙂
Very cool "hidden gem" indeed.  See more of my local hidden gems HERE.

Visit and connect with Laumeier Sculpture Park...

12580 Rott Road

Saint Louis, Missouri 63127


Saturday, May 13, 2017

Under Contract, x3!

The theme of my past 48 hours?

Negotiation, and a lot of it!  Swift Spring Market fun, indeed.  I have three happy clients this weekend, one Seller and two Buyers!  All three properties close escrow in June.

If in St. Louis and considering a move?  The 2017 market is hot and profitable for both Buyers and Sellers! Let's connect, and make it happen for you and your family...

Monday, May 8, 2017

The St. Louis Muny -2017 Season

 Reminder, St. Louis: if your summer is too busy to become a season ticket holder...

...single seat tickets are available for purchase at The Muny today for the 99th season!  Nothing epitomizes summer in St. Louis more than an evening at the Muny.  It has been a part of my life from day 1 and I am so happy to have passed the tradition down to my family. 

Don't miss the fun, purchase tickets here:

Friday, May 5, 2017

Weekend Happening: Cinco de Mayo on Cherokee Street

This weekend is one of the city's most festive street parties...

...the 2017 Cinco de Mayo on Cherokee Street! With 15 years under their belt and drawing over 50,000 people annually, the festival is a true celebration of the culturally-rich Cherokee Street neighborhood.  Complete with a parade, live entertainment, live art demos, margaritas /cervezas, local artists, vendors, and the most delicious and authentic Mexican cuisine in all of St. Louis...this annual fiesta is an amazing time!

Saturday, May 6 from 11:00AM- 10:00 PM

From highways 40 or 44 exit at Jefferson and go South (Right). Continue South on Jefferson about 1-2 miles to Cherokee. To go towards the Festival Area make a right on Cherokee. The festival area starts at Iowa and Cherokee.


Thursday, May 4, 2017

REDUCED: 14904 Greenberry Hill Court in Chesterfield

Greenberry Hill Ct adjusted to $375,000 this week just in time for a busy showing weekend!  
Learn more about the property HERE, or call 314.298.5200 for a private showing.

Monday, May 1, 2017

The 2017 Missouri History Museum Twilight Tuesday Spring Concert Series Schedule

The FREE Twilight Tuesday concert series at the Missouri History Museum in Forest Park starts TOMORROW, St. Louis!  Grab your lawn chairs, pack a picnic basket, and enjoy terrific music under the stars. 

Per the Museum's website...

Parking is available in the Twin Lots just south of the Visitor Center in Forest Park. There is also ample street parking on Lindell and in Forest Park itself.

• Picnic, snacks, soft drinks, alcoholic beverages (no glass bottles
• Blankets and lawn chairs
• Tables sized 36”x36” or smaller
• Dogs on leashes
• No illegal substances of any kind
• No barbecue grills (Revised Section Code 11.34.160)
• No tents
• No large umbrellas
• No unauthorized vendors allowed
• No unauthorized solicitations, sampling, giveaways, etc.
For more information... 

Sunday, April 30, 2017

An ode to the tail-end of Senior year and the city we love...

I started this blog almost 10 years ago, after several years of personal blogging. I have always enjoyed the written word and what a terrific creative outlet and labor of love this blog has become!  While obviously the main trajectory is my business here on CDN and the City, I attempt to stay authentically me at all times and share with you the things that I encounter, enjoy, and love in gorgeous St. Louis, my family included.

First day of school posts, last day of school posts... there are a lot of them if you scroll back in my archives.  This one is a tad special, however.
My oldest is finishing up the tail-end of his Senior year and I wanted one final mini photo shoot to celebrate this major life transition as much as the city that our family loves and calls home.

I stumbled upon Julia (Jewels) Vrabel's work on Instagram via the #StLouisGram hashtag and was drawn to her point of view.  She has an artistic aesthetic that equally highlights the subject and the background.

My son admittedly does NOT enjoy getting his photo taken so a lengthy "posey model" photo shoot wouldn't do.  Jewels did an incredible job of making him feel comfortable.  The result?  His personality and the urban beauty of our Riverfront shine through in harmony.  Her hour Senior mini-session provided us with two dozen terrific shots   She captured everything that I love about my boy and our gorgeous city as graduation approaches.

A teeny tiny peek at the fun...
Note: these are not the hi-def version of these photos, only a screenshot, so as not to overwhelm my server.

Thank you for sharing your talent with us, Julia, and for allowing my youngest to photobomb a few!
You can take the boy out of St. Louis, but you can't take the St. Louis out of the boy. ♥
Do you want to hire Jewels or see more of her work?  Visit Jewels Photography on FB HERE!

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Moving: Don't procrastinate!

Proactivity is the key to a stress-free move! While some tasks can be pushed off during the moving process, others 100% should not! This is sound moving advice from

Monday, April 24, 2017

Just For Fun: Spring in Casa de Nenonen

Sweet Spring, I missed you and the return of the simple pleasures of life outside of work that I enjoy so much:  Time in my garden, bird song, sunrise breakfast on the deck accented with the herbs and greens I grow myself, lazy late night meals under the stars with my family,  more time in the woods spent lost in nature with my pup, and more hours of gorgeous sunlight. 🎔

Spring is indeed a time of regrowth and renewal and the energy is contagious!  I missed it dearly.

While I have always enjoyed the fun resurgence and swift pace of business that the Spring market delivers each year professionally, personally, life has felt a bit like a high speed train recently, as well.  My oldest graduates in a couple of weeks and has chosen Bradley University for his next journey...

My youngest has taken high school by storm, rocking drum line, varsity wrestling, and this exciting (yet frightening) new venture...

Typically, Spring is pretty much "business as usual" for our family, but this one has caused much pause and reflection as we carefully document the tides of change...

Life is happening for my babies and it is happening quickly. The past few months have been eye-opening to how little time I have left with these two as they tiptoe closer to Adulthood every single day.  Bittersweet.  *sigh*

Anyhoo, as we quickly barrel ahead towards Summer 2017, here is a teeny tiny peek at a slice of Spring here in Casa de Nenonen. ..