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John Pertzborn will be among celebrities on Design Stage at Art on the Square in Belleville

John Pertzborn will be on the Living with Art: Interior Design Stage at noon Sunday at Art on the Square.

“If someone is coming down to watch, expect the unexpected,” said the co-anchor of TV’s “Fox 2 News in the Morning.” “I have no idea till I get there. I am improvising. I will pick from some of the art and put it all together to create something that will make sense in my brain. My wife, Mary, may be coming with me. My wife has an art background. That’s my saving grace.”

The Pertzborns’ home, built in 1929, is in Belleville’s West End. Patty Gregory, executive/founding director of Art on the Square, described it as “pretty stunning. His wife is a wonderful designer.”

“It’s traditional with kind of a French feeling,” John said of their decorating style. “We didn’t try to impose a more modern style. We have French European furnishings. Old art work, Oriental rugs.”

John’s interest?

“Stone. I like to work with stone. I collected stone. Some was purchased from a building being torn down around 9/11. I began constructing based on things I have seen in Europe. Little wine houses, earthy structures. I just know what I like.”

One of his projects is a French-style stone cottage with a slate roof.

“My wife named it ‘chateau debris,’ meaning ‘house of ruins’ in French,” he said. “I built it by hand using reclaimed salvaged materials. Of interest is the zinc finial on top of the slate roof. It once belonged to August Busch Senior.”

They think long and hard before buying a piece of art.

“We’ve been in this house 20 years. We don’t have much space left. When we go to Art on the Square, there are a lot of things we like, really like. I very, very much enjoy modern art. ... If I find a painting that doesn’t fit, she’ll say, ‘Get that out of the house.’ ‘But it really speaks to me.’ ‘Let it speak to you in the garage.’”

He will be followed at 1:15 by KMOX radio news anchor Carol Daniel, of O’Fallon. She will talk about how she would use art from the show in her home.

At 2 p.m., the mother-daughter team of Karen Landrum and Courtney Landrum, a radio host/producer at Y98-FM, will choose Art on the Square artist’s work and show how they would use it to decorate. They’ll talk about how to make styles work together. Karen is traditional; Courtney is contemporary.

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