St. Louis: Dream Rooms

Redesigning a kitchen, adding outdoor living space, crafting a mudroom/laundry room workspace, gutting bathrooms__ all the basics when upgrading a home. Even a fitness room, steam/massage room and extended master suites are becoming standard upgrades. But then there’s that area, that unique space, for your passion, your dreams: your fantasy room that you always wanted but never had the space to build. For some, it’s a place for the kids to feel like the house is truly their own play land. For others, it’s a sanctuary for relaxation and rejuvenation__ perhaps a place that reminds them of somewhere they once visited. And for many, it’s a place for entertaining and bringing close friends and family into something beautiful created specifically for that purpose.


Amy Studebaker Design: Girls’ bunk room


A weekend beach house is a dream for many living in the Midwest. That’s why Amy Studebaker of Amy Studebaker Design took a trip to Nantucket with her client to help get inspiration on how to bring that feeling to a nearby getaway in the Lake of the Ozarks.

“The whole home has a Nantucket/Cape Cod sort of feel to it__the white walls, the white drapes, the white bedding, to give it that kind of coastal feel when we were designing the home,” says Studebaker.

The family’s vacation home is for fun of course, and entertaining. Studebaker paired with Jake’s Creative Woodworks, south of St. Louis, to accomplish the goal set by the homeowners: creating a space to make lasting memories for their daughters and friends.

Studebaker says, “They wanted the girls to be able to have ‘girl chat’ so when we were designing the bunk beds since they were all on one side of the room we created the cut outs between the beds so that the girls could be able to kind of look at each other and chit chat and along with the swings, they could face the beds to chat.”

The Dash & Albert bright rug was added as a stand out for the girls who are in their early teens. And Studebaker chose the feathered pendant Rachel Ashwell chandelier for texture.


Written by Carrie Edelstein
Photography by Alise O’Brien