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Traditional Home February - March 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

1 min
a statement-piece faucet can transform a “before” bath into a fashionable “after”

It’s been said that designing a room is like building a wardrobe. You start with a great foundation—the little black dress, the perfect dark-wash jeans, a crisp white shirt—and layer in statement pieces like bold jewelry, luxe scarves, and pop-of-color shoes to reflect your own sense of style. In a bathroom, that white shirt could be your Calcutta marble tile. Perhaps the little black dress is the soaker tub you’ve always dreamed of. And the sparkler necklace? No question, that statement piece is a faucet. More than a mere finishing touch, the faucet can create a focal point to a design scheme when starting from scratch. Case in point: the distinguished charm of Moen’s Weymouth collection sets the tone for a European-inspired bathroom based on stately proportions and gentle contours. The faucet’s…

4 min
from the editor

THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS who made this celebration possible: Henredon and Hickory Chair of the Heritage Home Group, Kravet, Lenox, Silver Institute/Silver Promotion Service, Crossville Tile, Givaudan, and Karastan. I’m a firm believer that change is a good thing. And apart from the dazzling homes on the pages of this issue (our annual Before & After edition), nowhere has good change been more obvious to me than at the Traditional Home Silver Anniversary Celebration in New York City. Not only did we reflect on 25 years of Traditional Home, the evening was an opportunity to recognize individuals whose work has been transformational and who inspire us. They are people who use their talents to lift up those around them—who don’t merely dream of a better world, but devise a way to build…

2 min
top brasso

| Sweet Dreams Charles P. Rogers’s “Alexandria” canopy bed, $1,999 (charlesprogers.com) The ultimate comeback kid, brass was shelved for the majority of the ’90s while its cooler cousin, polished chrome, was the rage. But in the early 2000s this shape-shifting metal’s popularity started heating up again. Aged brass was popping up in chic interiors and in lighting designs. Houston-based decorator Ken Kehoe notes, “It’s a rare thing when beauty improves with age, but unlacquered brass does just that. When working with brass, I am drawn to the unlacquered finishes for their ever-changing patinas that deepen each year.” Now this red-hot metal can be found in every finish and on everything—even upholstered pieces and cocktail tables are being tricked out with brass details. And classic shapes, like the Windsor chair, have been given…

3 min
natural beautıes

Mary McDonald For her first furniture launch with Chaddock (chaddockhome.com), designer Mary McDonald harked back to the classics. “I brought in campaign elements from Napoleon, I pored over images of Malmaison, and I also looked a lot to the Romans and the Greeks” for the 55-piece collection that includes her “Ophelia Carved Slipper Chair.” Setting a tone in neutrals like warm parchment and gray, she doled out small doses of color like aqua and red for a nod to mod. Zoffany In Full Bloom There’s nothing that smacks of spring more than a big, beautiful bloom. Case in point: Zofany’s Woodville Collection (zofany.com), a romantic of erring of prints, wovens, embroideries, and wall-coverings. The painterly floral motifs are the perfect touch of tradition for any space in need of the light hand of a…

1 min
cool clasics

1981 Growing up, my “fancy” aunt and uncle had their entire home decked out in Ethan Allen furniture. It was the most beautiful home I had ever laid eyes on. Thirty years and only two reupholstery fresheners later, it’s still elegant— classic, chic, comfortable. For 80-plus years, this brand has been known for timeless American pieces (think Windsor chairs and chesterfield sofas), but things are evolving. Ethan Allen’s 300 stores around the world will soon be sporting a fresh, relaxed attitude with hundreds of all-new “Next Classic” designs. They’ve already transformed their Design Centers on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, in Las Vegas and Danbury, Connecticut—and opened a flagship store in Dubai—to reflect the new vision. And it’s not all furniture. Expanded “Next Classic” offerings include rugs, lighting, accessories, window treatments, bedding, artwork,…

1 min

Flea Market Fabulous: Designing Gorgeous Rooms with Vintage Treasures By Lara Spencer In her latest book dedicated DIYer Lara Spencer solves design dilemmas with rediscovered treasures. With colorful before-and-after photos of each project, you can walk step by step with Spencer as she transforms nine rooms, including her own Manhattan apartment. (Stewart, Tabori & Chang, $30) —Julianne Hilmes Elements of Style: Designing a Home and a Life By Erin Gates Ultra-chic lifestyle blogger Erin Gates floods her fans with practical design advice in her book debut. But between tales of a leopard-print stair runner and a new baby room, she gets personal, sharing life challenges that prove the need for an enviroment that comforts. (Simon & Schuster, $35) —Krissa Rossbund Comfort Zone: Creating the Eco-Elegant Interior By Trudy Dujardin A pioneer in sustainable design, Trudy Dujardin is passionate…