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Traditional Home April 2015

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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United States
Meredith Corporation
4 Issues

in this issue

3 min
from the editor

Everyone loves color. Some just prefer it in stronger doses than others. I have to give my mother credit for exposing me to the opportunities of spinning the color wheel and selecting from a variety of hues. She is a woman who was never afraid to experiment, perhaps encouraged by the fact that my father wielded a mean paintbrush. Our southfacing kitchen was warmed by cheery shades of melon and cantaloupe, and upstairs each room had a personality of its own. If I recall correctly, the master bedroom was Dad’s favorite hue, pale blue, while down the hall the family bath was colored a soft lavender with deep purple towels (no en suite in those days). My own room was a minty green with pink accents. I’m sure Mom thought…

5 min
color theory

Missoni Fashion Plate For more than 60 years, the iconic Missoni zigzag pattern created by the famed Italian fashion house has graced the runway and the wardrobes of starlets, socialites, and other hautecouture devotees. Now, this graphic explosion of color and pattern has made its way to the table—just in time for summer. It’s only fitting that fellow Italian manufacturer Richard Ginori (richardginori1735usa.com) produces these fine porcelain pieces. Julian Chichester In 17th-century Tuscany, if you had any sort of taste, your home would have featured a column, pillar, or some other architectural element fashioned from scagliola, a pigmented composite material that mimics marble inlay. Julian Chichester’s (julianchichester.com) “Vichy” cofee table shows of a quirky interpretation of this centuries-old craft. | Brown Jordan To celebrate their 70th anniversary, Brown Jordan (brownjordan.com) introduced 12 new colors to their…

1 min
for the birds

Bird is the word. From parrot earrings and plume outfits to a polished stainless steel perch by Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, aviary schemes are dominating the design scene. Feathered frocks flew down the fashion runways, appearing in Erdem, Fendi, Valentino, and PrabalGurung’s spring/summer 2015 collections. Whether the winged wonders show up as exotic—see Chelsea House’s porcelain lamp—or in more familiar form like the glass birds on Laura Kirar’s “Dove Chandelier,” we can’t get enough of these beaked beauties.…

2 min
casbah chic

Inspired by the TajMahal, American tobacco heiress Doris Duke decorated her Honolulu hideaway, Shangri La, with pan-Arabic treasures fit for Gatsby-era swells. Iznik tiles from Turkey, pierced marble “jali” screens from India, mother-of-pearl chests from Syria, and a tented dining room helped create what photographer Cecil Beaton described as “a really fabulous Arabian Nights dream Persian house.” To transcribe Duke’s exotic, sumptuous style into fragrance, perfume expert Pamela Vaile recommends a contrasting mix of lush, tropical flowers and warm, intoxicating ambers. “It takes big-personality florals and spicy ambers to reflect Duke’s bold, adventurous, fantasyisland lifestyle,” she says. Shangri La Chic aka: Moroccan Moderne, Souk Style, Orientalism Current epicenters: Marrakech and Tangier (Morocco) and Kuwait History: Western tastemakers were inspired by pan-Arabic interiors from the late 16th century onward Paint colors: Cobalt blue, hot orange, blood red,…

3 min
turning heads

The art of turned-wood furniture emerged in 16th-century England, where skilled cabinetmakers, wanting to show off their abilities, put seemingly every bit of straight wood onto a lathe to shape it into bulbous forms. By the 17th century, the craft was well established. The style reached its peak of refinement, however, upon its arrival in Colonial America. Spool chairs, benches, and beds were built using local woods, and quickly became popular as an inexpensive yet finely made decorative type of furniture. The earliest styles were commonly named after their original owners, such as John Carver, the first governor of the Plymouth Colony. The craze for spool re-emerged in the mid-19th century with Swedish opera singer Jenny Lind. The Lady Gaga of her time, Lind was known to travel with a spool bed…

3 min
spice route

Grab your passport. Designer Marika Meyer is hosting a first-class journey. In the dining room she created at the DC Design House in Washington, D.C., she scheduled an itinerary with aesthetic stops at exotic, faraway places, from China and Morocco to India and Thailand. “I like a formal dining room with symmetry, but not one that is stuff y,” Marika explains. “The accessories that hint to travel make the room less serious and more accessible to families.” Menu Lemon, Cucumber,Basil Cocktail Lemon Grass TomYum Soup Shrimp Curry Cinnamon Churroswith Chocolate Sauce Family-friendly entertaining demands compromise and innovation. Marika’s textural table includes pieces that not only look playful but can also occupy fidgety children. Her best secret? Pairing gold paint with a bucket of toy animals. Once covered with the regal finish, the animals…