Nornberg & Associates received second place for living room design in Ladue News' Elegant Living feature in Spring 2010. Conceived as a modern reference to the primeval caves in which our prehistoric ancestors sought shelter, this hearth room’s low ceiling (formed by the loft above) and dark color combined with the warmth of the wood burning fireplace produce a sense of security and serenity that is extremely comforting. The seating area is perfectly scaled to promote intimate conversation or peaceful contemplation of the woods and wildlife, which are easily enjoyed through the soaring trapezoid windows in the adjacent great room to the north.