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Traditional Home June 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
from the editor

TRADITIONS are what we weave. I read that phrase this week, and it struck me as the perfect opening for my first letter as editor in chief of Traditional Home. Traditions, large or small, emerge from moments, stories, history, humor, sounds, sights, feelings, and flavors woven together so authentically and beautifully that we can’t help but yearn to replicate them time and again. I feel the same way about reading design magazines and poring over well-designed homes. You, too, I suspect? Like my predecessor, Ann Maine, I have a heart-thumping love for traditional design. For 15 years, Ann expertly edited this title, featuring the work of legendary designers while at the same time identifying legions of rising stars. In retirement, she leaves an incredible editorial legacy on this staff and on…

1 min
concrete jungle


2 min

MICHELLE WORKMAN The glamour of the Art Deco era shines anew in Facet, the latest collection by designer Michelle Workman for French Heritage. At once timeless and of-the-moment, the case goods and upholstered pieces boast clean lines and an array of eyecatching materials, such as handrubbed exotic woods, faux-shagreen leathers, and glimmering metals from brass to copper to chrome. Among the standouts are the “Hanky Panky” slipper chair, “Sazerac” desk in zebrawood and gold, and the “Bellini” table in stone shagreen. (frenchheritage.com) RALPH LAUREN HOME Inspired by the clean lines of runway fashion, the Wyatt porcelain collection from Ralph Lauren Home wears white lacquered looks mixed with warm, natural saddle-leather handles. Each item, from vase to serving bowl to round tray, is slip-cast and glazed by artisans in Europe. (ralphlaurenhome.com) WHIT FOR ANTHROPOLOGIE New York…

1 min
outside splendor

2 min
behind the canopy

They’re the pick of princesses—and kings and queens too (Louis XIV reportedly had 413; Marie Antoinette slept in one that has to be seen to be believed)—but, truth is, canopy beds were born out of need, not blue-blooded extravagance. The beds do have royal DNA, though. In medieval times, European lords and ladies snapped up this now-storied design. Fabric canopies and curtains draped from soaring bedposts provided warmth (dratted drafty castles) and privacy (dratted prying eyes of servants). Canopy beds remained utilitarian until the 16th century when carved work on headboards and posts became all the rage, along with canopies and curtains crafted of flowing fabric. That sumptuous style has never gone away, but clean-lined canopy beds, often sans fabric, appeared with the advent of mid centurymodern style. Today, both…

3 min
far and away

Currents THE WORLD AROUND US: ART, ANTIQUES & TRAVEL The sweethearts. It’s the English translation of the Khmer phrase “Song Saa”—a name chosen by adventurers Rory and Melita Hunter for the resort conceived after the then-newlyweds spent two weeks exploring Cambodia’s Koh Rong archipelago. “We instantly fell in love with the islands’ remarkable tropical environment — with their pristine beaches, rain forests, and vibrant communities,” Melita says. Honoring that landscape—and the area’s rich heritage and artisanship—was paramount for the couple when they designed the retreat that occupies two islands linked by a wooden footbridge. Inspired by the region’s fishing villages, Song Saa is made up of outwater buildings with thatched roofs, rough-hewn timbers, and driftwood furnishings. “We felt that it was important for Song Saa to hold a strong sense of place,” Melita says. “We wanted…