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Traditional Home November/December 2013

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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from the editor

I will be the first to admit that, although traditions are important, they sometimes change. And they should. My first break with tradition? When I was a little girl, our family’s Christmas routine dictated a lutefisk and lefse dinner prepared by Aunt Lillie. Not at my house. For 20-some years I’ve served oh-so-predictable turkey or ham for Christmas Day dinner and our secret-recipe chili the night before—it’s not written down, so my husband and I secretly improvised every year. We’re partial to leftovers for football-watching fare. (Have you tried cold lutefisk?)It wasn’t what was on the table but who was around it that made the gatherings memorable. If I could fill my house with an assortment of family and friends—every in-law, sibling, grandparent, niece, nephew, cousin, or seasonally displaced co-worker…

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caring & giving

Rebuilding Gerritsen Beach TogetherA small, close-knit community of homes filled with memories of summers past, Brooklyn’s Gerritsen Beach could not withstand the force of the water that rose in the streets and swept its way into homes during Hurricane Sandy last fall. Months later, many Gerritsen Beach families were still struggling to rebuild their lives and their community.Then on June 6, hundreds of volunteers—including members of Traditional Home’ sales, marketing, and editorial staffs—dedicated their skills, sweat, and compassion to “Rebuilding Gerritsen.” They were participating in the most recent workday of the 12-year partnership between the national nonprofit organization Rebuilding Together and Meredith Corporation.Among their tasks were rehabbing homes, landscaping the Community Garden, cleaning up the beach, and helping restore the Vollies Volunteer Community Center.As I toured homes throughout the day,…

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giving guide

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and we have the most wonderful gifts for everyone in the family. Push the envelope and surprise your nearest and dearest with luxurious gifts that will make them swoon, blush, gush, and rejoice! From handmade finery to tiny treasures and trinkets—this is the year to find the perfect present for each and every loved one.REELING IN Colorful Gifts“Reality Turtle Box” by Harry Allen, $55 (“Carina Keepsake Box,” $168; “Carina Necklace Box,” $260 (“Corail Gold” porcelain teapot, $235 ( Out “Bonsai Tree” finished in gold metallic, $99.95 (“Marlowe” pillow, $2,495; “Lansbury” pillow, $1,995 (“Imperial Caviar” 2-piece highball set, $75 ( Erickson Beamon Gold Collar, $1,063 (“Golden Goose” football from Leather Head Sports, $135 ( Game “Ikat Kaftan Pajama” in raspberry, $110 ( RavishingA…

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Warming TrendsWard off cold-weather blues with these sunny new designs and fresh collectionsStudio 4Seems like four is one lucky number—at least for the owners of Studio 4 showroom, now introducing its first collection of customizable rugs. The line features designs from four lauded decorating teams: Amanda Nisbet, Carrier and Company, Katie Ridder, and Tilton Fenwick (“Fenwick Floral,” above). The bright and playful rugs pack a serious design punch. Echoing this report, the two designers who head Tilton Fenwick describe their rugs as “a fearless mix of colors and pattern layered on pattern.” ( DelormePainterly PillowsLook more closely and you’ll discover that the delightful, meticulous patterns on Yves Delorme’s “Kacho-Ga” bedding are not embroidered but actually painted. Based on the Japanese motifs of the same name, Kacho-Ga is the latest introduction…

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Jan ShowersGlamorous RetreatsWhether it’s jetting to the mountains, the beach, or the lake, Showers knows a thing or two about creating relaxing getaways. Designing spaces where you can kick up your heels, enjoy art, nature, books, or entertaining, the author’s retreats convey a warm and cozy vibe yet still manage to exude the glamour for which she is known. (Abrams, $50)Stephen SillsDecorationSuccessfully mixing ultra-traditional and ultra-modern takes a level of expertise and skill surpassing that of most decorators. Sills, however, has that raw talent in spades. Each page delights as it reveals his magical mixing act. From rococo to Biedermeier to the modernism of the ’70s, this book is a study of the ways opposites attract. (Rizzoli New York, $65)Alexa HamptonDecorating in DetailShowing her range and simultaneously divulging all her…

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Purple PowerIn glorious shades from pale lavender to deep plum, this regal color will pump up any spaceOur inspiration Connecticut designer Cindy Rinfret ( created this living space for clients who wanted something a bit off the beaten path. She dreamed up the palette of purples and adorned the custom-made banquette with eye-catching nailhead trim.Where to use it Depending on the undertones, this versatile color is universally pleasing. Cooler hues are fab in the bedroom, nursery, and living room. Warmer shades that feel more plum than lavender work well in the dining room, the study, and the foyer.How to use it Light or dark, this hue with an aristocratic pedigree looks great in a big space. Darker shades make libraries feel cozy, and lighter shades are a great way to…