Real STL Spaces: Modern Minimalism In Glendale

By Sarah Stallmann
In Style

One of the best things about St. Louis is that it’s truly an affordable place to live, with unique homes, spaces and places littered throughout the many stunning neighborhoods in the surrounding region. One such space, tucked away in a quaint neighborhood in Glendale, is the home of personal stylist Dacy Gillespie, St. Louis Symphony bass player David DeRiso and their 20-month old son, Matteo. The minimalist pad caught our attention because of its size and usage of space. Although the home is fairly small, the couple’s minimalist aesthetic paired with mid-century decor, creates a welcoming atmosphere that leaves room to spare. Here’s a closer look.

Photos by Alex Isbell.

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How would you describe the decor in your home?
DG: Earthy mid-century modern.

What was your inspiration behind your decor and home organization?
DG: Growing up, I thought my grandmother’s apartment in LA was the most sophisticated home I’d ever seen. It was neutral and calming. While a pre-teen, I passed through an unfortunate Victorian phase, but since then, I’ve come to love modern art and design. I love clean lines, white walls and uncluttered surfaces. We’re lucky that St. Louis has a few neighborhoods full of mid-century modern ranch houses, and we tried to decorate ours to feel a bit like a California modern, inspired by my grandparents.

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What are some of your favorite places to purchase items for your home?
DG: Almost everything in our home is secondhand. I found pieces on Craigslist, on eBay, at St. Vincent de Paul thrift store, and T.F.A. You can’t beat IKEA for simple, affordable, modern furniture. We’ve just ordered a new couch from Room and Board.

What is your favorite part of your home and why?
DG:
Our master bedroom is my happy place. There’s lots of light, our comfy low Danish bed and a few special pieces of art: a Thomas Hart Benton lithograph owned by my grandparents, our wedding vows and a piece of fiber art by Rena Wood that my husband gave me for our second wedding anniversary.

Do you have a favorite individual piece? Why is it so special?
DG: I am not a diamond person, so when we got engaged, my husband wrapped a George Nelson bubble lamp in Tiffany blue wrapping paper and proposed with that instead. It hangs over our dining room table.

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