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Traditional Home May 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

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1 min

WHO’S READY TO GARDEN? Springtime calls to mind images of new life—chirping birds, blooming trees, and little green sprouts emerging from the cool soil. We’re ready to emerge too from our cozy winter caves and (finally!) get back into the yard. Starting April 14, follow along on social media for our #THGetGardening campaign as we share fresh garden ideas every day for two weeks. Want more garden inspiration? Everything’s always coming up roses on traditionalhome.com/gardens FOLLOW US: on facebook facebook.com/tradhome on twitter @traditionalhome on instagram @traditionalhome on pinterest pinterest.com/traditionalhome on snapchat @traditionalhome READY, SET, STORAGE There’s nothing like a little spring cleaning to welcome the new season and shake the winter blues for good. So fling open the windows and get started. Whether you’re spiffing up an office, a closet, or a kitchen, find all the inspiration you need at traditionalhome.com/storage 25 BEST HISTORIC HOMES…

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THEY finish each other’s sentences and joke that they are twins separated at birth. So it’s a little surprising that homeowner Courtney Wigginton and Detroit-based designer Corey Damen Jenkins met after an Internet search. Both in their 30s, the pair forged an instant rapport upon meeting in 2013. No stranger to design challenges—Jenkins was recently named one of the nation’s top African-American designers and a winner of HGTV’s Showhouse Showdown—he nonetheless admits he was taken aback when Courtney and her husband, Jeff, outlined the to-do list for their 1939 Colonial Revival in a Detroit suburb. “Overall, there were 32 spaces to design and furnish,” the designer says. “The most daunting part was the timeline. They wanted structural renovations completed within six months. Courtney was pregnant with their second child and due soon…

3 min
take a second look

Historic homes often have some squirrelly kitchen design features— leftovers from bygone days when hired staffwas the norm, along with root cellars and dumbwaiters. Taking down walls and removing lowhanging archways were the first orders of business when designer Christopher Peacock renovated the kitchen of a 1929 suburban Chicago house for the 2015 Lake Forest Showhouse and Gardens. “Originally, there was an alcove with a big arch hiding a window,” he says. “It was a beautiful window, and yet you couldn’t see it. It was a missed opportunity.” Removing walls and doors and enlarging doorways transformed the maze of rooms into one 16x22-foot light-filled space befitting today’s kitchen-centric families. “We removed the big archway on the alcove by the kitchen sink, and immediately that brought all this light into the space,” Peacock says. Although…

2 min
picture this

Oh, the places you’ll see—all from the comfort of your dining table. Glimpses of other cultures were served, right along with dessert, beginning in the mid-1700s, when three Brits all had the same idea: to “transfer” an image from an engraved copperplate to an earthenware or bone china blank. Almost like a printing press for plates, the process sparked a craze. As the technique evolved, so did subject matter. Hunting scenes, idyllic pastorals, nature, ancient ruins, and grand architecture were common. Europe’s obsession with the Far East also spawned countless depictions of life in the exotic “Orient”— some accurate, others not so much. Today, mass-produced printed dinnerware is no longer made by transfer printing, but with decals. The colors and proportions might feel a bit more modern, but it’s still a picture…

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all americana

“ANTIQUES REMIND US OF THE GENIUS OF AMERICAN DESIGN.” —designer Thomas Jayne When the Milwaukee Art Museum recently unveiled the $34 million expansion of its permanent collection, five new American decorative arts galleries also made their debut. And they may be game-changers for getting a younger generation interested in classic design. The Chipstone galleries, filled with treasures from the Chipstone Foundation, contain some of the nation’s finest early American furnishings, a trove previously known primarily to insiders. Thomas Jayne, the renowned decorator with a special talent for making old objects sing in today’s interiors, says the collection will “remind us of the genius and purity of American design—and that’s paramount.” The new exhibits are not just the same old brown chairs. In the NEO gallery, contemporary artists riffon old furniture forms. In The…

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catherine martin

“I BELIEVE IN AN OPEN-MINDED SOCIETY THAT ENCOURAGES PEOPLE TO BE THE BEST THEY CAN BE.” HOMETOWN Sydney, Australia HOW YOU KNOW HER She was a production and costume designer on The Great Gatsby and Moulin Rouge!, winning Oscars for both, and on Australia. She often collaborates with her noted producer/director/writer husband, Baz Luhrmann. IF TIME TRAVEL WERE POSSIBLE … “I would go back to the late 19th century in Paris. It was such a time of contrast, where you had huge technological changes battling it out with a world that was still so linked to the past in terms of the decorative motifs, the way of life, and society’s prejudices.” AUTHENTICITY IS KEY “Every space has an inherent nature that is either created by the volume of space or its year of renovation…