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Traditional Home November/December 2014

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

Sentimentality is underrated. We often apologize for getting misty-eyed over memories, for recalling those dear to us or for remembering sweet gatherings and special moments. At Traditional Home, we’ve spent the past year celebrating our Silver Anniversary, getting a bit misty-eyed over recollections of the many friends we’ve met during our first quarter-century and of the happy times we’ve spent together. I can think of no better time than the holidays to voice our appreciation for their contributions to Traditional Home. To the homeowners who graciously opened their doors to us, and to the architects and designers who shared their insights on creating those beautiful homes, we say thanks. To the artisans and collectors whose work we have featured and for the knowledge they imparted, we say thanks. And to the many…

3 min
sparkle & shine

For Our Readers Deck-the-Door Holiday Wreath Fresh and fragrant from the woods of Maine, “The Classic” balsam fir wreath is handcrafted by New England’s family-owned Whitney Wreath just for our readers. Adorned with berries, live variegated boxwood greens, and a bow, each 22– to 24-inch wreath arrives with a metal hanger; $42.95, free shipping within continental U.S. (traditionalhome.com/wreath or call 800/273-0982; item TC14, code 3TH11) Roche Bobois Much like his famous fashion designs, French couturier Jean Paul Gaultier’s furniture for Roche Bobois (roche-bobois .com) is at once playful, sophisticated, and bold. A graceful collection of Louis XVIstyle chairs wear this fantastical fabric that is a rif on a Renaissance masterpiece. Just in time for the holidays, these new designs are sure to add some light to your life Cox LondonBright Idea Founded in 2005 by former art…

1 min
in good fun

The world’s oldest game is getting a new look, and we’re totally on board. Jonathan Adler, Oscar de la Renta, and Aerin Lauder are just a few of the designers jumping on this micro-trend, outfitting boards with unexpected materials, playful motifs, and pops of color. Artists Alexandra Llewellyn, Ara Peterson, and Daniel Chadwick offer a bespoke spin to their handcrafted sets, bringing this 5,000-year-old pastime into the 21st century. With the holidays approaching, who could say no to these instant heirlooms —and, of course, some good old-fashioned competition?…

4 min
beach blues

Interior designer Jeffrey Alan Marks is making a big splash for his first-ever fabric line with beloved fabric house Kravet (kravet.com). Marks is no stranger to product design, as his furniture and accessory lines for A. Rudin and Palecek evoke a similarly relaxed feel. Marks drew inspiration from a bevy of found and collected objects, such as an antique wooden box and a rustic, almost primitive-looking, mottled green pottery piece (as seen in the image above). It’s also abundantly clear that the California-based Marks took cues from the coast to inform this treasure chest of patterns and prints. A soft mix of watery blues, warm yellow, crisp white, and clean coral imbue a fresh and easy vibe into each well-considered design. Small-scale prints combine with delicate embroidery for a hit…

3 min
wing it

Descending from the “Sleeping Chayre” of late-17th-century England, the wing chair features a high back and two jutting panels, or “cheeks,” that were originally designed to trap heat and provide protection from cold drafts in poorly insulated houses. The inventories of England’s most esteemed properties, including Hampton Court and Kensington Palace, tell us the first wing chairs were commissioned for the closet, of all places. Although the fully upholstered chair provided the perfect opportunity to display the most fashionable textiles and trimmings, these small, private rooms were often the warmest in the home. By the 18th century, the addition of horsehair padding and a lower seat made this the chair of choice for a wide audience. It comes as no surprise, then, that the wing chair has accrued many names…

1 min
linked in

Chain-like adornments add instant glamour, whether they’re on your figure or accessorizing furniture—note the bracelet-style hardware on Bernhardt’s gold-leaf chest. Lucky for us, chunky chains and long links have evolved beyond items worn around the wrist and neck. Today the interlocking look embellishes everything from floor lamps and pendant lights to stiletto sandal straps. Chain links are also inspiring furniture forms. The legs on Marjorie Skouras’ “Betty June Occasional Table” for Currey & Company and the wood frame on Thomas & Gray’s “Bracelet Chair” derive from jewelry designs.…