Brilliant by Design

We combed the city to find designes operating under the radar and found a crop of 11 up-and-comers you need to know. Catch 'em before word spreads.


Featured Designer:
April Jensen

ADJ Interiors


April Jensen grew up in down-to-earth Detroit and, not surprisingly, doesn’t believe in “over-decorating or over-accessorizing.” Born in St. Charles, she moved back to Missouri after meeting her husband, a St. Louis native, at Michigan State University. The couple made a short stop-off in Chicago before settling here. Ms. Jensen worked at Edwin Pepper before launching her own design business.

Best job: Learning about aviation design while decorating a private corporate jet at Edwin Pepper.

Is there a St. Louis style? “It’s evolving,” she says. “New housing is mostly stone and brick, a throwback to a European-Tuscan influence. Some are taking an extra step to add punch. For example, I’ll take taupe and cream and striate it with a very light joint compound, so it looks like tortoiseshell.”

Dream project: Refurbish historic St. Charles.

Influences: Fashion designers who have branched out into interior design, such as Michael Kors, Kate Spade and Ralph Lauren.

Article pubished by Barbara Ballinger and Margaret Crane. To read the entire article, visit