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Traditional Home April 2014

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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Meredith Corporation
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from the editor

Why do two colors, one put next to the other, sing? Picasso posed the question, but couldn’t answer it—and neither can I. While there are professionals who can probably provide the technical explanations, I’m simply happy to celebrate the results on these pages.I envy interior designers who have the frequent opportunity to spin the color wheel and select from a rainbow of hues. Their challenge is to provide a scheme that suits their client—and no two clients are ever alike. It’s a constant exploration of new palettes in search of perfect combinations.While my own experiences have been more limited (so many colors, so few rooms!), I am working my way around that color wheel. As a little girl, the colors of my bedroom were a pretty pink and green, much…

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Ta-da! Traditional Home’s Brand-new Web SiteGet Our NewsletterNow you can make the lovely homes and gardens, decorating tips, and recipes that you crave in Traditional Home appear in your e-mail in-box every Thursday. Sign up today at traditionalhome.com/newsletterDrumroll, please: Traditional Home is thrilled to present our redesigned Web site. It’s prettier, it’s faster, and it works seamlessly with your smartphone or tablet. It also offers easy ways to get whatever you need for your own traditional home, whether that’s practical advice on storage in our Kitchens section or palettes to ponder in our Colors section—not to mention our fun “Diary of a Mad Renovator” blog, oodles of videos, and special offers you can only get online. If you’re not checking out traditionalhome.com, you’re missing out!Color InspirationHow do you choose the…

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This organic, teardrop-shaped motif is centuries old, but when infused with bright color combos and highly stylized designs, everything old feels new again“Hisar” in Parme by Manuel Canovas through Cowtan & Tout (cowtan.com)| Fabric Frenzy1. “Katmandu II” in blues/camel (quadrillefabrics.com)2. “L’Indienne” in fuchsia/grey (fschumacher.com)3. “Cambay Paisley Print” in sandalwood (fschumacher.com)4. “Paisley” in kiwi by Kate Gabriel through Studio Four NYC (212/475-4414)5. “Nara” in turquoise/spring/sienna (leejofa.com)| Cozy Corner “Eleanor” chair in Figi Blue, $1,645 (crlaine.com)| Casual Encounters Silk blouse, $1,580; pant, price available on request; metal necklace, $2,665; key chain, $710; belt, $935; handbag, $2,130 (robertocavalli.com)| Pom-Pom Pow “Multi-Coloured Felix Raison Print Rectangular Cushion,” $180 (liberty.co.uk)| Lilac & Lovely “Paisley” table, $295 (sheherazadehome.com)3 ADTwisted teardrop paisley design linked to yin and yang, Indian flowers, and the date palm tree.1500sThe large comma…

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color theory

Fruit-TeaIf you’ve dreamed of taking tea with the Queen, this summery set will get you one step closer. Asprey—the venerable British manufacturer that has been providing crowns, coronets, and scepters to the British Royal family since 1781—has mined the archives of Herend, another purveyor of luxury goods, to develop the “Melon” tea and coffee set made exclusively for the brand (asprey.com). If fruits aren’t your cup of tea, there is also a “Morning Glory” pattern sure to tickle your fancy.Dream WeaverFor 25 years, Stefano Bruni has collaborated with some of the world’s most notable fashion houses on handbag collections. Inspired by a home renovation, Bruni began parlaying his fashion industry acumen into fine handwoven leather goods for the home. Now in its third year, his Lance Wovens come in an…

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blue crush

| Our inspiration Serenity now! This yummy bedroom we spotted in a new book from Jane Scott Hodges—a Southern girl who founded the heavenly Leontine Linens—is decked out in a soothing palette of blues and white. With just the right amount of pattern to banish boring, the inviting room is exactly where we’d like to slumber.| Where to use it “Historically, this universally appealing combo has adorned ceramics, fine china, woven fabrics, and everything in between,” Hodges notes. “Bedrooms and bathrooms are a natural fit for soft shades of blue. Many china patterns incorporate a medium-blue, so dining rooms as well as table linens in a deeper shade of blue are a wise choice.”| How to use it Try to avoid being too monochromatic. “It is the pop of an…

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think petite

While it’s widely believed the slipper chair belongs to the Victorian era, its origins actually date to some 200 years earlier—to 17th-century France. Its ancestor? The chauffeuse, a low, armless chair with a high back that offered comfortable fireside seating. By the 19th century, the slipper chair had moved into the boudoir, where its wide seat provided ample room for the lavish skirts and petticoats of fashionable Victorian women, giving them a convenient spot to don their stockings and shoes.Although the slipper chair was born in France, it was famed decorator Billy Baldwin who made it distinctly American in the mid-20th century. “It was all about editing for Billy,” says designer Matthew Patrick Smyth. “He took the slipper chair and made it clean, tailored, and straightforward, taking the pretense out…