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Traditional Home November - December 2015

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

4 min
in the pink

The stockings are always hung by the chimney with care at the home of Jim and Mollie Reinhart—an important ritual that dates to the birth of their first child. “When our son was born, we got an embroidered stocking for his first Christmas,” Mollie recalls. Then along came two more children—and two more special socks. “No matter where we lived, we had a place for those three stockings.” Family time and traditions are important all year long for Mollie and Jim, whose Georgian-style brick home sits high atop a hill overlooking the Kanawha Canal and James River in Virginia. Ten years ago, they purchased the prime lot and turned to Richmond architect Charles Aquino to design a house that would suit their active young family but still be in keeping with…

1 min

2015 Holiday Gift Guide There’s a little something for everyone here, so you can spread cheer in no time. Visit traditionalhome.com/2015giftguide Traditional Home Loves the Holidays! Ready to deck the halls? Whether you’re adorning your mantel, hanging wreaths, trimming trees, or draping garland, inspiration is just a click away. We’ve pulled together all our favorite holiday homes, festive menus, and decorating ideas into one place. There’s a lot of holiday to love when you go to traditionalhome.com/holiday FOLLOW US: on facebook facebook.com/tradhome on twitter @traditionalhome on pinterest pinterest.com/traditionalhome on instagram @traditionalhome TRADhome Mag Don’t miss our latest issue of TRADhome mag! With all original content, this free digital edition is jam-packed with fab entertaining ideas to get you through this busy season, plus tips from design insiders. Head to tradhomemag.com Simple Decorations With a few supplies from the…

6 min
sparkle and shine

Want another reason to celebrate? Of course you do! Special occasions are the inspiration for designers’ rooms in the annual Holiday House Designer Showcase. Themes from Bastille Day to the Kentucky Derby—or even the entire winter season—are your ticket to enchantment. Plus, it’s all for a good cause: Proceeds benefit The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Each year since 2008, this New York City mansion on 63rd Street between Fifth and Madison avenues has been transformed into an imaginative showhouse that pushes design boundaries. Here’s a look back at last year’s spaces to whet your palate for this year’s edition, open November 11 through December 2. Amy Lau (preceding page) Influenced by Baccarat’s extravagant cut crystal, Amy Lau designed a “gallery de glacé” showcasing the French company. Having just celebrated its 250th…

13 min
classic woman awards 2015

VALERIE JENSEN Prospector Theater (prospectortheater.org) Ridgefield, Connecticut Sometimes life gives you flying monkeys. But you don’t have to let them knock you off your yellow brick road. Valerie Jensen had her share of can-I-just-hide-under-the-bed encounters before she was even Dorothy’s age. The first came right after the birth of her younger sister Hope in 1979. “Because Hope has Down syndrome, the doctors told my parents to leave her at the hospital,” Valerie says. “My parents said absolutely not.” They made Hope a part of the family from Day One. The rest of society, however, did not. “I was very bitter toward everyone who excluded people with disabilities,” Valerie says. “I felt fire when people used the word retard.” She didn’t just sit around and smolder, though. First, Valerie took the helm at Sphere, a Ridgefield,…

1 min
a well-traveled room

A self-described “classicist,” interior designer Alexa Hampton knows a thing or two about priceless treasures, so it’s only natural that her new 54-piece accessories collection with Maitland-Smith (maitlandsmith.com) would recall an earlier age. “I am particularly fond of Grand Tour souvenirs,” Hampton says, referring to items collected by Europeans who traveled to architectural ruins in the 18th century seeking exposure to classical antiquity. “I called upon the forms of the columns, urns, and tazzas that these tourists collected,” she says, explaining the inspiration behind her designs. “I used much of the same material used to make these souvenirs, such as marble, bronze, and brass.” Her new line includes stone urns and obelisks, brass candlesticks, and a variety of boxes, including a stunning piece inlaid with white clamstone. Hampton likes to create items that…

3 min
from the editor

Playing favorites? Usually, it’s just not my style. This month, though, I’m going to make an exception. I truly do love one room more than any other in this issue. It’s a space in New York City’s annual Holiday House (page 66) that celebrated Traditional Home’s 25th anniversary last year. As a special favor to me, the very talented designer Matthew Patrick Smyth created a sitting room that encapsulates traditional design, deftly incorporating different periods and showing the breadth of what Traditional Home covers. “Fine English furniture, a touch of midcentury modern, Swedish, Anglo-Indian, ’70s French, as well as new contemporary pieces were all included to show that classic, quality style never loses its visual value,” Matthew says. I couldn’t agree more. Of course, other rooms in this issue are sure to…