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Bringing Colorado to the Missouri Heartland

ST. LOUIS HOMES & LIFESTYLES

For most of us, it would be hard to even imagine a “vision” of this magnitude, but not for the owners of this extraordinary retreat in the Missouri countryside. Remote and well hidden, yet within easy driving distance of the metro area, the project has taken years to complete, and the end result almost defies description.

In 2005, the owners acquired 220 acres of farmland, a vast expanse of rolling hills and glorious woods located near Hermann.  Initially a weekend getaway for the family, they built a “ranch house” in a lovely meadow to provide temporary living quarters while the master plan was put into effect. A few existing structures were transplanted or removed, and the weathered oak barn wood was carefully salvaged for future use.   

The owners’ long-term vision for the property was to build a magnificent lakeside lodge, reminiscent of their several visits to Colorado, which would eventually become their “forever home.”  The only thing missing was the lake. Construction of the dam and spillway began immediately, and the pristine, creek-fed lake now encompasses 30 acres and integrates beautifully with its natural surroundings.  

Preliminary design of the 10,000-square-foot, tri-level lodge began in 2012. Plans had been drawn, the foundation was in, and the “sticks were up” when the owners called on designer Anne Boedges, president of the Wildwood-based Anne Marie Design Studio. Anne was the logical choice, since she had previously handled a major renovation for the owners’ in-town residence, and a warm, collaborative working relationship had developed...


KOTY 2017: Heart of the Home

St. Louis Homes & Lifestyles

Heart of the Home
Reminiscent of Aspen, CO, the rustic lodge kitchen was designed to be the center of the home. Designed by Anne Marie Design Studio, the kitchen is open to the oversized dining room, great room and overlooks a breathtaking view of the lake. The kitchen needed to be able to accommodate large company parties, family gatherings and simple family meals with the couple and their grown children. Custom Amish cabinets were used, and lots of door samples were made until they found just the right one for the space. The flooring is a rustic knotty alder to match the other wood in the home. The walls on the left and right of the sink window are finished with reclaimed barn wood from the homeowners’ own barn on the property.

The biggest challenge in designing the space was accommodating and hiding all the appliances. There are two islands. The red seating island houses a warming drawer, microwave drawers and steam oven. The prep island holds a copper prep sink with garbage disposal and trash can, Sub-Zero built-in icemaker and two sets of Sub-Zero refrigerator drawers. The range wall is detailed with stacked stone instead of a backsplash tile and supports a massive, smooth custom stone hood. Every single...


2016 Leading Ladies: Leading Lady Up-and-Coming

ST. LOUIS HOMES & LIFESTYLES

Anne Boedges established Anne Marie Design Studio in 2013 after being in the kitchen and bath industry for 15 years. With a bachelor of fine arts in interior design from Maryville University, Anne has the talent to make every project efficient as well as beautiful. Anne was selected as the Midwest Region Designer for The Tile Shop where she was featured in their annual holiday design book. She was an NKBA Bath Certification instructor at Meramec for two years and is a member of the local NKBA chapter. When not designing innovative and functional spaces, Anne contributes to several local charities and organizations. She has volunteered as the decorator for a large charity auction, was a mentor for the Junior Robotics Club and serves on the Parent Teacher League at St. John’s Lutheran School. Anne is an up-and-coming leading lady for her ability to come up with beautiful design solutions for the most challenging spaces.

SLHL: What gave you the inspiration to start your own business?
Anne: When I was in Maryville University’s Business of Interior Design class, our teacher, Les Armontrout, asked for a raise of hands for who wants to own their own company; I think...