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Traditional Home November / December 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

in this issue

3 min
from the editor

CHRISTMAS always brings its own special kind of magic. There’s the sparkling tree, the brightly wrapped gifts, the tempting treats, and, best of all, shared moments with special people. It’s a joy being invited to a gathering at the home of a friend who just seems to embody holiday spirit—a person like Matthew Patrick Smyth. Yes, he’s a supremely talented designer, but Matthew knows that there are a lot more important things than perfectionism, especially during the holidays. “I don’t think you should overstudy Christmas,” he says. “The main thing is to have fun with it. Don’t worry about good taste—just go for it. Christmas gives you license to decorate.” Matthew makes use of that license at his country house in Sharon, Connecticut, a 1790 Colonial that lends itself to a traditional…

1 min

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2 min
bottoms up!

Holiday Blues In a large cocktail shaker combine 1 cup vodka, 1 cup white cranberry juice, ¼ cup blue curaçao, 1 to 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice, and ice. Shake. Strain into 4 chilled martini glasses. Jazz up the cocktails with lime slices. Gabby “Cecil” drinking table in navy blue shagreen with antique gold trim. Moser “Pebbles” martini glasses in Aquamarine. Lee Industries “1788-71 Corner Chair” in Mohair Sapphire. Festive Citrus Martini In a shaker combine ½ cup gin, 2 tablespoons fresh-squeezed pink grapefruit juice, 1 tablespoon each simple syrup (equal parts sugar and water heated until clear and boiled 1 minute) and dry vermouth, and 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice. Shake. Add ice cubes; cover. Shake again until very cold. Strain into 2 chilled martini glasses. Float a grapefruit slice in each glass. French…

4 min
holiday sparkle

ARTEMEST Beauty, Ippolita Rostagno believes, shouldn’t be reserved for special occasions. That’s the guiding principle for her eponymous fi ne jewelry company and for her new brainchild, Artemest—an online marketplace of luxury home decor, jewelry, and fi ne arts pieces by Italian artisans. “It was born,” she says, “to arouse and celebrate a desire for beauty in our everyday lives.” More than 1,600 pieces, including the “Fossilia” gold bowl from Fos Ceramiche shown here, are off ered on the site, which showcases makers from Murano glass masters to Florentine goldsmiths. (artemest.com) RIFLE PAPER CO. The hand-painted fl ora, fauna, and cityscapes that propelled illustrator Anna Bond’s success at Rifl e Paper Co. have jumped into a new medium—fabric. Created in collaboration with contemporary textile company Cotton + Steel, the Les Fleurs collection includes…

1 min
ice storm

Global Views Acrylic “Ice” console by designer Julia Buckingham. Mr. Brown London “Antarctic” table lamp with faceted-acrylic base. Swarovski Crystal “Star” candleholders. Micucci “Granzioli” Murano-glass centerpiece designed by Fabio Maria Micucci. Nate Ricketts Design Selenite starburst mirror. Nina Campbell for Osborne & Little “Estella” wallcovering adorned with tiny beads.…

2 min
the aesthete

It’s a good time to be designer Mark D. Sikes. His blog—Chic People, Glamorous Places, Stylish Things—rules as a veritable catalog of the good life, and his MDS Stripes fashion collection is a hit with the street-style set. What’s more, fall brings more of his creative endeavors, from his recent Beautiful decorating book to his fabric collection with Schumacher to his upcoming vintage dhurrie-inspired rug collaboration with Merida called California Stripes. “I don’t quite know how it all happened,” the 46-year-old tastemaker says rather modestly of his meteoric rise, which mushroomed rapidly from a career in visual merchandising to the launch in 2012 of his eponymous interiors firm. But he does believe people gravitate toward his style because they feel it is authentic. As he heads off in all sorts of creative…