Traditional Home

Traditional Home March/April 2019

Traditional Home magazine offers readers expert advice in decorating, furnishings, antiques, tabletop and gardens. Also find tours of exquisite homes, renovation ideas and collecting in each issue of Traditional Home magazine.

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For many of us on staff, the Before & After issue is a favorite of the year. The big draw? The before shots. It’s the only time we change course and look for pictures of unattractive, outdated, or downright dysfunctional rooms. The more dramatic, the better, because that makes the transformation all the more compelling. And we know you feel the same. What’s not always the same is the reason homeowners feel compelled to make a change. For the Emlocks (“Empty Zest,” page 104), it was their newly emptied nest. As their daughter left to begin “adulting” in college, this couple finally got their grown-up house, shedding the 1990s decor inside their 1890 home in Huntington Bay, New York. A one-room makeover led to a house-wide divesting of furnishings they’d taken…

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Colors of the Year Paint companies have made their picks. Go soft with a soothing gray (Benjamin Moore’s “Metropolitan,” above), warm with an energizing coral, or moody with a rich blue or green. Talking Trends With Eric Cohler Design master Eric Cohler says color is back in the kitchen—in a big way. He gives us the scoop on where design is going in 2019 and beyond in an exclusive interview. A Kitchen to Inspire See how rustic elements like rugged brick create just the right push against the glamorous pull of sleek notes like marble countertops. Enjoy a Breath of Fresh Air Escape to a bloom-filled backyard getaway outfitted with comfy furnishings for a pop of color. FOLLOW US: Facebook @traditionalhome Instagram @traditionalhome Pinterest…

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Windsor Smith FOR ARTERIORS Necessity is the mother of invention. Or, in Windsor Smith’s case, Burning Man was the mother of invention. Smith’s latest collection for Arteriors takes inspiration from the Nevada desert, which informed her palette of sunset hues and glistening metals. Offerings include the “Aja” wall sconce in an antique-brass finish. It’s the perfect perch for artwork, a poem, or even a cookbook. ( Michael S. Smith In a new collection for Hartmann & Forbes, design master Michael S. Smith writes a love letter to ancient weaving techniques with artisanal window coverings and wallcoverings handcrafted in Southeast Asia. ( Sarah Lavoine French designer Sarah Lavoine, a household name in Europe thanks to rooms that embody the cosmopolitan Parisian spirit, brings her look across the ocean in her first American launch. Inspired by her Polish…

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Bold pattern on floors is hardly new. Black-and-white marble made its mark harlequin-style on many an English manor entry hall. Italian palazzi charmed with expressive geometrics in the Renaissance era. In recent years, though, choices underfoot have often been safe rather than striking. Get ready for a change. Not only do the newest rugs boast artful patterns with pizzazz, other flooring categories do, too. Broadloom carpets in stripes and plaid, high-quality vinyls depicting historic medallions, and cork and tile in trend-forward geometrics have elevated flair to the same level as function. “The floor is intended for pattern—history says so,” says Annie Selke, who has added floor tile (page 24) to the rug designs on her résumé. “The trend to celebrate floors with bold pattern falls into ‘what is old is new again.’…

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Q How do you help your clients understand what an old house can potentially be? A It’s all about showing them that anything is possible. This house not only saw changes in interiors but in location, too. The former homeowner fell in love with this property and this house—but they were situated 88 miles apart. So the house was moved. An extreme measure but worth it. It feels like the house has always been here. Q There were times during the redesign when you thought the house was becoming too modern. How did you manage the balance of traditional and modern? A I didn’t want the house to feel hyper-modern, just fresh. The furnishings were modern with sleek profiles, so we added paneling—shiplap in the dining room, built-in bookcases as you enter the…