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Traditional Home Summer 2021

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

5 min
european latitudes

Wander through cut-stone archways and under massive old wood beams. Pause to take in a lifetime’s worth of collected pieces—furnishings, art, objects. Pass through intricately hand-carved doors to a stone-tiled patio where azure water laps near gently swaying fan palms. Absorb the best of old-world Mediterranean beauty—half a world away in the hills near Austin. “The homeowner, Sharon Michie, is an avid traveler, and this home is inspired by her experiences and the places she’s fallen in love with in France and Spain,” architect Ryan Street says. “The scale and proportions are all drawn from what you’d expect in a Mediterranean hill town. But this is also Texas. It wouldn’t work to copy a home on the Mediterranean coast and plop it down in Austin.” Instead, Street began with a vision of…

6 min
big splash

You could call it aesthetic air-conditioning. When Amanda Reynal was asked to reimagine a mid-1970s home, she went back and forth about a number of design elements: furniture configuration, room size, and storage capabilities. But incorporating playful color was never in question. She did what any designer whose clients had green-lit bold color would do. She developed a palette to celebrate the spirit of the young homeowners and their baby. Making the final cut, a spectrum of cool tones alludes to sunshine, gardening, pool time, and other activities that mark the best of summer living. The house is in Des Moines, where Reynal operates her design business, now in its 20th year. The city is a place where summer beams heat and humidity into the air while winter contrasts with bitter…

2 min
i am traditional

Hometown Milwaukee Summer lovin’ “I can’t get enough of the heat! I run cold, so bring it on. I love keeping all the doors and windows open to let the warm breezes move through the house.” Home free “I’m grateful for the freedom buying my first home gave me to pursue only work that really excited or inspired me, no matter how much or how little it paid. I have the security of a roof over my head.” Casa de McCreary “My home is an updated midcentury-modern ranch furnished with contemporary and vintage pieces. My absolute favorite is a burl wood dresser from the ’60s.” Morning routine “My husband and I split up the duties of coffee brewing, bed making, and dog feeding. Then I sit in my favorite chair and get in some…

8 min
reader’s resource

PAGES 32–35 KITCHENS: SOUTHERN COMFORT Architecture: Jason Robb, Jason Robb Architecture, Birmingham, Alabama; 205/478-9379; jason@jasonrobbarchitecture.com; jasonrobbarchitecture.com. Interior design: Dana Wolter, Dana Wolter Interiors, 2713 Cahaba Rd., Birmingham, AL 35223; 205/938-4848; info@danawolterinteriors.com; danawolterinteriors.com. PAGE 32. DINING ROOM—Settee: Bradley USA; bradleyusa.com. Settee fabric: Kravet; kravet.com. Settee banding fabric: Jim Thompson; jimthompsonfabrics.com. Side chairs: Dennis & Leen; dennisandleen.com. Side chair fabric: Kravet; kravet.com. Pillow fabric for settee and side chairs: Schumacher; fschumacher.com. Sideboard “Italian buffet”: Formations; formationsusa.com. Antique china cabinet: Parc Monceau; parcmonceauatl.com. Wallpaper hand-painted custom design by Stroheim, a division of Fabricut: through Dana Wolter Interiors; danawolterinteriors.com. Wall sconce above art: Rose Tarlow; rosetarlow.com. Area rug: Stark Carpet; starkcarpet.com. PAGE 33. KITCHEN—Countertops: polished marble. Side chairs “Olon Side Chair No. 13503”: Liaigre; liaigre.com. Side chair fabric “Palazzo Chenille No. 68701” in Smoke: Schumacher; fschumacher.com. Range: La Cornue;…

4 min
anything goes

Dallas-based interior designer Michelle Nussbaumer indulges her wanderlust, exploring the world to bring its inspiration, its colors, and its treasures home. For a summer gathering with friends, Michelle relied on the bohemian flair that for years has tantalized her fans with mismatched patterns and bountiful colors. Her style rebels against formal entertaining perfection with all of the proper appointments to satisfy etiquette’s guidelines. Rather, it results in a visual feast that rivals the decadent food to come. “Formal entertaining has its place,” Michelle says. “But I like to keep things casual, relaxed, and relatively easy for myself as the hostess. If I’m not at ease, my guests won’t be either. I dismiss the rules and provide a laid-back attitude for everything.” Instead of assigning guests to her formal dining room, Michelle arranged a…

5 min
the color of joy

Trisha Krause’s walking route often took her through an established and desirable neighborhood in Richmond, Virginia, an area modeled after an old English village. She and husband Sanjay Bhagchandani had been house hunting for years, watching each house they wanted to buy slip away. Then the couple heard about a well-cared-for but nondescript 1950s builder house that would be coming up for sale. “I walked by this house for 13 years, and I don’t think I’d noticed it a single time,” Trisha says. The couple think it was likely a spec home of its era—which, when it became theirs, provided them a guilt-free opportunity to make structural and design changes to express their style and make the home sing. Sanjay knew designer Janie Molster and her husband socially and had been…