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Traditional Home February/March 2016

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

6 min
make it modern

Lush golf courses and azure water inspired the design—and the color palette—of the Christopher Kennedy Compound, a midcentury sanctuary in Palm Springs included in the 2015 Modernism Week Showhouse calendar. Traditional Home served as national media sponsor for the showhouse in this California community that has been an incubator of world-class architecture and design. With the help of talented designers from across the country and Kennedy himself, the 2,500-square-foot house in Indian Canyon—just a few doors down from one Richard Gere visits in American Gigolo—was transformed into intriguing spaces that show off the latest in decorating trends. Join us as we take a look at the delectable designs desert life offers. The pool terrace located in front of the house is a prime place to mingle and enjoy the California sun.…

5 min
georgian gem

It seems hard to believe that only a decade ago this handsome circa-1740 manor house surrounded by rolling countryside was a crumbling warren of hostel-like “bedsits” with a trailer park in its walled garden. In those days, the house and garden served as a makeshift campsite with entire rooms roped off because they overflowed with garbage. “The house was in near-derelict condition,” recalls Londoner Paul Townley, who, together with his wife, Gaynor, was attracted to the rugged northeast England countryside and boldly acquired the property in 2002. Known as Thorpe Hall, the classical-style stone house in Wycliffe, County Durham, underwent a lengthy renovation. The trad-minded Townleys, with the assistance of talented designer Mark Gillette, realized their ambitious vision—a beautifully restored and decorated home that seamlessly weaves past and present. In 2010,…

1 min
i am traditional

Name Darby Stanchfield Hometown Dutch Harbor, Alaska Occupation Actress. She currently plays Abby Whelan, White House director of communications, on ABC’s Scandal. Creativity runs in her family “My mom and sister are both accomplished painters, and I have chosen paintings from different bodies of their work over the years. Nothing makes me happier than surrounding myself with these artistic expressions of them in my home.” Childhood influences “In Alaska, we picked wild blueberries and salmonberries for homemade pies, muffins, and jams; hunted for wild morel mushrooms; and fished for salmon, halibut, and crab. Hunting and foraging for the local wild fare has definitely influenced my love of gardening and cooking with local, seasonal, and organic foods from the earth.” She has Scandal set envy “One of my favorite items is an oversize looking glass with…

5 min
honoring the past

When updating a home built by one of California’s most respected architects, the best tactic just might be to tread lightly. Perhaps that’s why, when approached by documentary film producer Cristan Reilly to design the 1950s Gerard Colcord home she purchased in 2012, designers Heidi Bonesteel and Michele Trout opted for the “less is more” tack. Luckily, the country-style Colonial had been left in good hands for the past 30 years. Previous owner Harrison Ford made several additions to the original property, but wisely enlisted the expert eye of Colcord’s assistant, Liza Kent, who took over the first renovation in 1984 after Colcord’s death. “The house had been perfectly maintained,” says Cristan. “The respect shown to Colcord’s work was of the highest level. It’s such an honor and a privilege to live in…

5 min
english enchantment

Wisions of climbing roses, delphiniums, hollyhocks, and catmint danced in Heather Falcone’s head as she stood outside her family’s new home on a bustling corner in Brookline, Massachusetts. Heather dreamed of an English garden—abundant, exuberant, colorful, beautiful. But when she opened her eyes, reality stared back: a pitiful swath of 98-poundweakling rhododendrons and azaleas unable to match the muscle of a Queen Anne home that could pass for a stone castle. Just scraggly shrubs and mulch. Lots and lots and lots of mulch. “I hate mulch,” Heather scowls. “And there I was with a yard of feet-deep mulch.” Certainly, it had to go. The purge, though, brought a new problem. “I was kind of overwhelmed,” says Heather, a Brooklyn boutique owner with the dirt from just one, much smaller, garden project under her…

4 min
classically cool

Blue-and-white ceramics are a staple in many homes, but for Chicago-based designer Soledad Zitzewitz, the muchloved dinnerware has special meaning. Her own plate collection, depicting scenes from the United States Naval Academy, hails from the facility and dates to the 1930s. Because her husband and father-in-law are Navy veterans, Soledad paid tribute to them by showcasing the plates in the dining room designed for a formal dinner at the Lake Forest Showhouse in Illinois. Plain & Fancy Frosted and fluted stems on crystal “Langeais” water and wine goblets from Lalique (lalique.com) contrast the clear glass of the bowls and subtle detailing of the bases, delivering a refined presentation. Maritime Bounty Seared sea scallops combined with sautéed leeks and drizzled with a lemon-laced butter sauce are topped with baby greens for an appetizer and salad…