Finishing Touches at First Missouri State Bank- Cape Girardeau, MO

I get a chuckle every time I pull up to a store to load large items or a large quantity of purchased items into my little Honda Element and the stockman/woman says, "wow... I'm not sure all of this is going to fit" . I laugh and say, "watch this", as I proceed to reconfigure my seats. Who needs a commercial box can! It takes a little bit of organizing and patience, but I'm sure that's part of the definition of an Interior Designer. 

What you're looking at are four custom floral arrangements and multiple painted canvases that I installed at FMSB in the process of applying the finishing touches to a wonderful and rewarding remodel. 

Please stop by and take a look if you're in the area. The staff is very friendly and will probably ask you if you want a cup of coffee while you look around. Let me know what you think.  




Watch as this space transforms with the finishing touches.  

Watch as this space transforms with the finishing touches.

First Missouri State Bank Remodel Nearing Completion

As Lead Interior Designer/Project Manager for the FMSB Remodel, I started working with the staff at the bank in early June of 2016 to begin the brainstorming process which included: recommendations for changes to incorporate, custom furnishings, fixtures and finishes to fabricate and order through local vendors and subs to reach out to for bids. 

By the end of the year we had a solid game plan, a detailed mood board that portrayed all of the materials that would be used and the board's blessing to proceed. 

Towards the end of January material was arriving, furnishing were being fabricated and demo began. Now, eight weeks later we're nearing completion, the large dumpsters have been removed and the final touches are being added. 

This project has been one of my favorites. I have learned a lot, as I do on all jobs, the moral has already been lifted within the staff and heck it's just turning out better than I had imagined; thanks to the staff, the local vendors and subs. 


Taste Test: Before shot of the main lobby.


Taste Test: After shot of the main lobby.

Pear Tree Apartments (Cape Girardeau, MO) to Receive a Face-Lift Via Finishes Selected by Cindy Buchheit from Unique Ambiance

The thirty-six unit apartment complex known as the Pear Tree Apartments, located on N. Kingshighway in Cape Girardeau, MO, has reached its fifteen year mark and the owners are ready for a fresh new look. 

Over the past few years they've been working to upgrade the interior finishes, fixtures and appliances, with assistance from Cindy Buchheit owner of Unique Ambiance; hired to select these upgrades. 

Improvements to the roofing, has led the team to switch gears and refocus their efforts to the exterior. A fresh new look will be mastered by painting all of the buildings and installing new fixtures. 

Please keep your eyes pealed as the progress is under-way. 

Current view of the Pear Tree Apartments

Current view of the Pear Tree Apartments

Perryville, MO Mausoleum

A mausoleum... This is for sure one space I never in a million years thought I would ever be designing. This is a new concept for Perryville, but the concept has been around for centuries. Mt. Hope Cemetery already has one mausoleum and the one I'll be helping the committee with will make their second. 

Thanks to Dave Richardet, from Richardet Floor Covering, he picked up on the fact they needed some assistance selecting and pulling together the interior and exterior finishes and threw my name out there. 

I met with three members of the committee last week. They went over the finishes that they have selected so far, the options I had to chose from, the materials that still need to be discovered, the subs working on the project and the look they're going for.   

Although a small project, this is a new and exciting challenge. All of the surfaces thus far are hard and have no sound absorption; so sound dampening finishes will seriously need to be taken into consideration and implemented tastefully.  

Early stage of the Mt. Hope Cemetery mausoleum in Perryville, MO. 

Early stage of the Mt. Hope Cemetery mausoleum in Perryville, MO.

Laminate Gone Wild

Companies like Formica and Wilsonart have really stepped up their product options and finishes in the last few years. Usually people have used this product as just an inexpensive countertop option to meet their budget; hoping to change it later down the road.  

These companies have 'opened the can' on new looks and ways to use their product and it's now ok to think of these products as a long term economically priced option. The imagery on the new laminates look more like real granite than ever before.

Residentially speaking... Whether match your countertops up against the wall and island vs going with something more subtle against the wall and select one with more movement for your island; rest assured it'll look great. 

Commercially speaking... I've recently worked with a countertop shop on the FSCB job in DeSoto, MO that is making the teller stations, free-standing and wall mounted tables, a drink station and some occasional end tables out of laminate. By using the same laminates over and over throughout the building it will seem unified and will coordinate to give more of a customized feel. 

I've seen where different projects have used sheets of laminate for wrapping a furred out chase wall to look like stone. This is a good way to break up a long monotonous wall. I just suggested to the Discovery Playhouse board and director to use the laminate sheets as a waiscoting in the restrooms or down the hallways to ease the pain of cleaning or having to touch up paint. 

A couple of months I made my way across the state to Joplin, to my surprise, I found a new way to use this fabulous product- wall art, dividers or just a dramatic affect. 

Thank you to Formica and wilsonart for allowing all of us to stay in budget while looking good at the same time. Please do not hesitate to use a finish like this for your next project. One of the websites showed that you can now take a picture of an image, send it to them and they'll print it on the laminate for you. The possibilities are endless. 

Laminate layer over layer to show depth. 

Laminate layer over layer to show depth.

Two toned laminate to show depth.  

Two toned laminate to show depth.