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Traditional Home February/March 2017

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

2 min
i am traditional

“CLASSIC DESIGN MEANS GOOD BONES, CLEAN LINES, AND AGELESS ELEGANCE.“ Padma Lakshmi New York Timesbest-selling author and host/executive producer ofTop Chef Hometown New York City Colorful influences “I love vibrant color in my home and in anything I design. It reminds me of India and the beautiful silk saris I was engulfed in as a child. I have red and yellow drapes, bright blue walls, and a large Turkish Ottoman rug in my living room. Color is the unifying force by which I make all of the treasures that I’ve collected work for my home.” Kitchen essentials “Our kitchen is my favorite room in the house. I have a Lacanche stove in British racing green and a farmhouse sink. I built custom shelves which hang down from the ceiling and house all of the various…

2 min
soup’s on

Come as you are, eat what you want. This was Cassie Galloway’s attitude when she planned an informalget-together with soul-soothing soups on the menu. The setting was polished, but a casual weekend tone encouraged dining at a leisurely pace. No spoon necessary for the starter, vegetable consommé flavored with lemongrass, sipped from geometric-patterned bone china cups. Earthy roasted beet soup and classic bouillabaisse, made hearty with halibut, clams, and mussels, ensured guests were sated with thermal flavors. Tuscan bread salad with artichokes, white beans, and kale complements the soups. A many-layered opera cake and cappuccino with white chocolate liqueur capped the low-key meal. Inspired by the dining room’s palette of black, gray, and soft orange, sturdy ceramic stoneware contributes a casual presence that dainty porcelain couldn’t achieve. Glassware in green and smoky…

3 min
handle with flair

awn McKenna pulled a favorite bracelet from her dresser drawer and told Chicago-based kitchen designer Laura O’Brien, “I want my kitchen to look like this.” O’Brien’s reply? “Of course you do!” The bracelet’s X-pattern ultimately inspired embellishments on a stunning new zinc range hood. This easy collaboration grew out of years of friendship —both professional and personal. “I first met Laura, who is like the Rolls-Royce of kitchen designers, when I was decorating houses,” says Dawn, a former real-estate agent and interior designer. After Dawn and her husband, Steve, boughttheir house in suburban Chicago, she called O’Brien. “I told her she owed me a favor,” says Dawn, a payback for a date the homeowner had arranged years earlier between O’Brien and the man who would become her husband. The two met over…

2 min
big finish

Gilded Age Designed by Kelly Wearstler, the “Utopia” five-arm chandelier from Circa Lighting lights up your space with pure glamour. Inspired by the California coastal landscape, Wearstler juxtaposed her signature carved bronze technique with glass for extra drama. (circalighting.com) True Love Have an appetite for commercial-grade appliances and intriguing finishes? True has the luxe refrigerator for you. The True 42 in slate pearl provides professional performance in an eye-catching metallic black package. (true-residential.com) Dip a Toe in Color As alluring as the Mediterranean Sea, the blue of this range from Bertazzoni, called Azzurro and available at Pirch showrooms, brings a splash of color to the kitchen. The ranges are finished with a double-layer coating developed for the automobile industry—in fact, they’re painted right alongside sexy Italian sports cars. (us.bertazzoni.com) Mélange of Metals Stainless steel, you’re no longer…

5 min
easy elegance

IT REALLY COMES DOWN TO SEMANTICSfor Nancy Barnett. “You could call it a major renovation, but I prefer to call it a rehabilitation— a nine-month rehabilitation,” she laughs. She’s referring to the rather invasive revamp of the contemporary Mediterranean-style home she and husband Steve took on after relocating from Connecticut to Los Angeles for Steve’s new position as CEO of Capitol Music Group. “The house had been neglected for years, but it had great bones, was beautifully sited on a promontory, and had these extraordinary windows,” remembers Nancy. “We may have been naive, but we thought we were just going to do some painting before moving in. Then we met [architect] William Hefner and his wife, designer Kazuko Hoshino. The first time William walked through the house, you could see the wheels…

3 min
planning makes perfect

Tobi’s Layout Priorities 1. Swap the dining room and study to get more dining space.2. Make the new study part library, part TV room, and a dash of man cave.3. Enlarge the kitchen for better function and storage by taking space from an existing laundry closet.4. Expand the master closet. Enclose a dysfunctional, awkward mudroom area to make it part of this bigger closet space.5. Make the master bath more functional by removing a large garden tub. Replace it with a sleek undermount tub and expand the master shower. Also add a window for more natural light. Welcome to a new column that will follow the renovation of my home. I’m excited to haveyou with me on my yearlong adventure, which will be capped off by an exclusive look at the completed…