Husband and I enjoy road trips, especially when it involves spending time with family. An opportunity arose when Andrew Peterson was having a concert at my sister’s church. This was a great excuse to get out of town and make memories with one of our favorite couples. Because we left on Friday after work and drove home on Monday, we had two days to fill with adventure and intrigue.
Sister lives right outside St. Louis, so there is always lots of choices on how to spend our visit. After a quick catch up and game of cards, we discussed options. Plans were made to spend Saturday in St. Charles and land at home for an evening barbecue. Sunday we would venture into St. Louis after early church and get back to church for the evening concert.
St. Charles is a great place to search for architectural salvage for restoration and decorating our turn of the century house. Founded in 1769, it is the third oldest city in Missouri. St. Charles was already 35 years old when Lewis and Clark Expedition considered it their last civilized stop before heading to the Pacific Ocean. Retracing their journey on the way home, they landed on the riverfront city in September 1805. In 1821, St. Charles beat out 8 other cities to be a temporary site for the first state capitol, offering free space in the upstairs of a hardware store for the legislature to meet, while Jefferson City was being developed and the capitol could be built. (which took 5 years) There is rich history to be told and St. Charles has well planned museums, special features, and events to depict their stories.
This historic district is a short jaunt from sister’s house, so Saturday morning found two siblings sauntering along brick lined walks, peering into shop windows, and stepping into a few as we searched for treasures and inspiration. Husbands had found other things to do so we could have fun girl time together.
Her stylist Cherie’s salon, Mes Bon Amis Salon was our first stop, and my top pick for ideas on architectural detail. One of my next projects includes a room redo using antique ceiling tiles, and this visit proved especially inspiring. According to Cherie, the original shop sold harnesses, bridles and saddles.
It was a beautiful warm day, and The Homestead had an open door. One glance at the curved staircase drew us in for a closer look! Love the banister as well.
By now we had walked the length of the historic downtown and were hungry.
I can’t wait to tell you about our fun girls lunch at a local favorite. It was the highlight of our day!
I may have to disclose some of our silliness.
Grace be with you,