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Nettie’s Interiors at The Porch Gives Furniture Makeovers

Interior designers and artists at this unique firm think outside the box with their creative designs.

The smell of sawdust in the air and the whirr of a sander greeted visitors to Nettie White Interiors at The Porch recently. While a worker was busy sanding doors, another employee helped a customer decide on that just-right finish for a kitchen makeover.  

This unique business has been in for 13 years, and has a new location at 16957 Manchester Rd. They use reclaimed and repurposed materials to create one-of-a-kind furniture, accessories and artwork. A visit to Nettie’s quickly demonstrates these people really think outside the box when it comes to creative design. 

What looks like a centuries-old sideboard might have started out as a Goodwill or garage sale castoff cabinet. With doors removed and new moldings added, the magic of new paint and faux finishes turn the cabinet into a stunning new piece of furniture, complete with the charming patina of age.

The shop’s room vignettes have the flavor of country French, with rich colors, timeless themes of nature, unusual accents and a variety of textures. An eclectic mix of furniture, floor coverings and accessories gives customers a lot to choose from, accents that would fit in any decorating scheme.

“There are too many flavors here to categorize the style,” said Pam Liston, office manager of the shop. “Everything is custom designed. A customer will come in with a photo, and they’ll say ‘I like this, but I want it in this color or finish. I can’t find it anywhere,’ That’s what Nettie is good at doing. She has an eye for detail that brings it all together,” she said.

Apparently a lot of St. Louisans agree. Nettie’s has been featured on local television, and in several St. Louis Homes magazine articles.

“There are five different designers who work here,” Liston said. In addition to the inventory that is White’s, there are a number of tenants who showcase their designs there.

“It’s many gifts under one umbrella,” said Liston. “We work well together, most of us working women.”

Fenton resident Carol Holden, one of the tenants, combines beautiful art glass plates with a variety of materials. These fascinating pieces would be wonderful accessories for any home, and they make wonderful gifts. Each one is unique. “Carol and I have been working together for 13 years. She is also our muralist,” said White.

Other artists working with the business are Kelly Moran from Winghaven, MO, Jessi Nicole from Fenton, MO, and Sondra Turner from Arnold, MO. “We also have our base painter extraordinaire Nathan Fashnacht and our in-house designer Heidi Hartwig. We have our custom furniture maker, Charles Battenburg, and the list goes on and on,” said White.     

Wildwood resident Lisa Krumrey visited the shop recently to check out her options for a kitchen remodel. She liked the unique finishes and styles she saw at The Porch. An array of cabinet doors on one wall showed just a few of the colors and finishes available. “This looks like a good way to update a kitchen without a complete renovation,” she said. “I have white cabinets now that came with our Lake Chesterfield home, but I’d like to have a different look.”

Krumrey compared the original wood door from the display kitchen and noted all of the design elements that were added to give the cabinets a whole new look. New moldings and decorative reliefs add character and interesting textures to the once-bland surfaces. Yet inside the timeless appearance of the cabinets were convenient storage sections, giving the customer the best of both the old and new. 

Debra Pinson February 28, 2012 at 03:24 PM
Can't wait to visit the new location! Looks like lots of fun.
Nettie white March 03, 2012 at 04:10 PM
Jo , thank you for doing such a nice article on my business. We have a great team at "The Porch" . I so appreciate you wanting to do a feature on us. I am so passionate about what we do. I love taking what people already have and turning it into something fabulous. My clients turn into treasured friends and we look forward to a blessed future at our new location. Thanks again Nettie White
Julie Brown Patton (Editor) March 03, 2012 at 05:47 PM
Nettie, glad to hear about your team and have your comments. You all are very creative there!
Bethann May 07, 2012 at 05:19 PM
I SIMPLY LOVE YOUR SHOP..ANXIOUS TO VIEW SOME OF YOUR KITCHEN REMODELS, AS I NEED HELP WITH MY CABINETS AND DESIGN.
Bethann May 07, 2012 at 05:21 PM
WONDERFUL ARTICLE ....COULD NOT HAVE SAID IT BETTER MYSELF!

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