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Traditional Home March/April 2018

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

One of our staff’s biggest thrills is seeing a stunning interior, and then cracking open a folder of before photos. It’s the only time I actually hope photos show rooms that are ugly, dated, bland, or poorly conceived. A good home transformation is a powerful show-and-tell that, hopefully, spurs you to elevate an existing home to extraordinary. But it’s more than that. It’s proof that a well-designed home makes life more enjoyable, more satisfying. Renovation is also a fine line that leaves us betwixt and between. What’s worth saving and what needs to go? Preservation vs. improvement. Purist vs. pragmatist. Salvage vs. waste. As evidenced in this Before & After issue, a good renovation should be a mix of authenticity, thoughtful tweaks, and shedding the ill-conceived. The Millers, who own the…

1 min
th happenings

#DesignerTakeover Follow along February 16–18 as blogger and designer Kelly Lee—whose home is featured in “Color Me Modern,” page 108—takes over our Instagram account from Modernism Week in Palm Springs. Instagram.com/TraditionalHome Color of the Year Purple reigns! Let us inspire you with beautiful ways to use Pantone’s color of the year, Ultra Violet, in your home’s interiors. TraditionalHome.com/UltraViolet Sweet Romance A box of chocolates isn’t the only way to evoke a heady feeling of love. Set hearts aflutter with ideas from our most romantic rooms. TraditionalHome.com/Romance…

1 min

Visit us online to see more stunning before-and-after homes, exclusive kitchen content, and more Things are heating up in the kitchen with a wealth of innovative products, intriguing trends, and creative kitchen designers. Get a sample in our special section, “Beyond the White Kitchen” on page 58, then hop online for more. You’ll find designs to suit any style, including an airy indoor-outdoor space by Cheryl Kees Clendenon and a family-friendly hangout by Orion Creamer. TraditionalHome.com/InTheKitchen HOT List Don’t miss the slew of new products unveiled at this year’s Kitchen and Bath Industry Show in Orlando, Florida. We’ll give you the insider’s scoop on gotta-have goods. TraditionalHome.com/HotList FOLLOW US: Facebook facebook.com/tradhome Twitter @traditionalhome Instagram @traditionalhome Pinterest pinterest.com/traditionalhome Snapchat @traditionalhome…

3 min

Clay Aronson History doesn’t rank ash as the most desirable wood for furniture making. But history lacks woodworker Clay Aronson’s vision—and his distinctive exposed-joinery technique, which he pairs with unique contrasting finishes. This Iowan’s affinity for craftsmanship has resulted in a sleek collection of contemporary furniture that makes good design out of unfortunate circumstances. Ash trees, planted in communities throughout the Midwest for their ability to grow tall—and quickly—are now being removed due to infestations of the pesky emerald ash borer. Aronson, informed by a degree in architecture, saw purpose beyond firewood for the compromised trees. “Each piece has a history,” he says. “I know the origin of every log that I mill to make something that’s heirloom quality. We’re making the urban wood movement that salvages trees available to the…

3 min
blue prints

any before-and-after project requires a good plan. If you’re renovating a house, blueprints are the key. If you’re refreshing a room, blue prints can also ensure success. Blue-printed textiles give an instant classic spin. And this spring, blue is better than ever. Florals, in iterations that are sheer yet heavily patterned, are obvious contenders on the season’s new-intro circuit. Also showing up in droves are soft watercolors, geometrics, and Moorish beauties that beg for display on graceful furniture forms. New York designer Rajni Alex is one of blue fabrics’ biggest fans. “I love using blue in my interiors because it can play so many different roles,” she says. “It’s comforting because it’s natural—what we see in the sky. And printed fabrics allow you to change the texture and scale of blue,…

1 min
the end

hidden in the history of books lies a gripping subtext: the story of bookends. Born out of necessity when books entered the common person’s price range in the 1800s, they were at first purely functional metal supports. But when French and Austrian artists began to craft bookends with the beauty of bronze statues, America took notice. Companies in the United States “borrowed” from European works, says author Louis Kuritzky, to crank out sculptural bookends using spelter, a metal alloy. Bookends boomed during the Art Deco era. Even high-end manufacturers such as Gorham Silver and Tiff any got into the act. Today, bookends, made from a multitude of materials, still captivate—letting you choose how to cap off the story of your bookshelf. A GREAT BOOKEND IS LIKE A PIECE OF JEWELRY FOR THE…