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Traditional Home July/Aug 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
going with the flow

Most architects build in bricks, concrete, and glass. But Jim Garland works with the least solid material around: water. Garland, founder of Los Angeles-based fountain-design firm Fluidity, trained as an architect at UCLA but took the road less traveled. “It wasn’t easy to transition to this unsanctioned art,” Garland says of his 30 years designing every manner of what is essentially water choreography. “There are just a few of us out there.” Garland’s latest, and perhaps greatest, design has just been unveiled: the renovation and enhancement of the Main Fountain Garden at Longwood Gardens, the historic Pierre S. du Pont estate in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. “It’s the most complex thing I’ve designed,” he says. “It will completely capture you.” Working within the original 1930s footprint, Garland and his team took the fountains from…

40 min
reader’s resource

PAGES 54–58 KITCHENS: GLOSS & GLIMMER HAMPTON DESIGNER SHOWHOUSE BRIDGEHAMPTON, NEW YORK Interior designers: Robert Bakes and Paul Kropp, Bakes and Kropp, 200 Lexington Ave., Suite 430, New York, NY 10016, and 3253 Noyac Rd., Sag Harbor, NY 11963; 888/206-0015, bakesandkropp.com. PAGES 54–56. KITCHEN OVERALL—Wall paint (“Winter’s Gate” #28-29); ceiling paint (“Designer White” #33-1): Pratt & Lambert, prattandlambert.com. Wall tile (“Yin + Yang”/Moon Gate #YY07, 1 1/2 x 6 1/2 brick, with metal inserts): Crossville, crossvilleinc.com. Floor tile: stained 5-inch white oak. Cabinetry (“Revelane”); cabinetry hardware (“Quinton” by Armac Martin); range hood (custom): Bakes and Kropp, bakesandkropp.com. Beige finish on cabinetry drawers; island countertop: custom stained ash. Countertop (“Arctic”): Silestone by Cosentino, silestoneusa.com. Apron-front sink (“Strive” #K-5415-NA); island undermount sink (“Prolific Under-Mount Single Bowl Kitchen Sink” #K-5540-NA); faucets (“Purist Two-Hole Deck-Mount Bridge Kitchen Sink…

6 min

MICHELIN-RATED TACO TRUCK in the front, Reposado margaritas in the back, and designer touches all around. This house knows how to party—in impeccable style. Of course, it’s not like this every day at designer Kari McIntosh Dawdy’s San Mateo, California, home. Usually it’s husband Kevin at the backyard grill, not a Bay Area chef in a food truck; it’s another couple or two and their children, not 70 guests and a preschool’s worth of kids swarming around the courtyard’s lemon tree and its piñata full of candy-covered promises. But after six months in renovation solitary, Kari, Kevin, and their 3-year-old son, Max, were more than ready to break out the whole enchilada. They invited every one of their friends over for a look at their new digs—starting with the inviting outdoor spaces…

3 min
gloss & glimmer

Hamptons homes haven’t shed a single shingle of their classic style, but they are receiving a cool, contemporary architectural update that’s generating new creativity in interior design—including kitchen spaces. “We’re seeing black exterior window frames, light floors, more glass and metal,” says Robert Bakes, president of kitchen design firm Bakes & Kropp and designer of the 2016 Hampton Designer Showhouse kitchen. “Homes have become more transitional in style, and we wanted to create something that spoke to that.” For starters, Bakes and business partner Paul Kropp, the company’s CFO and a master craftsman, came up with a new cabinetry door style, “Revelane,” inspired by the evolution of Hamptons style. “It’s cleaner and sleeker,” Bakes says. A hand-painted gloss-white finish on cabinetry paired with a custom beige stain on ash drawer fronts layers in…

1 min
living green

From the vast garden of greens, designer Todd Alexander Romano plucked his current favorite color, an emerald shade he affectionately calls begonia leaf. “Really, I’m obsessed with it,” he says. “It’s such a fresh, happy, bright green.” For the daring, Romano recommends going all out. “Imagine it lacquered on walls,” he says. “It would be fabulous— especially with black floors and a pale blue or silver ceiling.” Lush green also works well as an accent color. “It’s wonderful on pillows,” Romano says. “Silk velvet pillows on a chocolatebrown or beige linen sofa would be beautiful. Or go with a large-scale trellis pattern in green and white for curtains. Green really punches up a room.” Even without paint or fabric, green can energize a space—in the form of a favorite plant. “Bring something in…

1 min
pond shop