Well-Spent Weekends | Volume 04

St. Louis, MO population: 318,416 Three weeks from today, I will be a college graduate. This is starting to freak me out, so my boyfriend planned a weekend getaway to ease my mind. We booked a cheap hotel and spent Saturday exploring the city, with no talk of finals or job applications for nearly 24 hours. Sadly, that is our new record. I'll be the first to admit it: day trips can be daunting. With such little time allotted, the pressure is on to make the most of a short trip. (This typically means no naps and I really struggle with that.) Luckily, St. Louis is an extremely navigable and fairly compact city, making our jam-packed Saturday more than manageable. Our Itinerary: Forest Park St.

Know Your Roots (and design accordingly)

2016: the year of the Open Concept Floorplan. Every HGTV show preaches that the key to happiness is absolutely no unnecessary walls. The formal living room, once a standard in American homes, has been reduced to nothing in order to make room for the 15' marble counter island smack dab in the center of the kitchen/dining room/living room. Shamefully, I am a massive fan of this style. Always have been. However, I am slowly unlearning the countless hours of Fixer Upper and have begun to embrace the beauty in America's architectural timeline. There are so many memories laced in the architecture of older homes that will be completely erased if the house is modernized without any education of its

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