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Traditional Home October 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

3 min
loving lilac

| Our inspiration While ogling one of our favorite new design books, Nicky Haslam: A Designer’s Life, this nuanced lilac lair stopped us in our tracks. His sophisticated mix of textures and patterns has us pining for all shades of this chic color! | Where to use it “I don’t think I would do a lilac dining room indoors, but it might be magical in a trellised, outdoor pavilion by candlelight,” Haslam says. Additionally, we think it would work well in a sitting room or a bedroom—especially one designed for a little girl. | How to use it “If used on walls, it should have plenty of gray in it, with white or off -white moldings. It works best as curtains—the verticality gives great play of light and stops it from looking…

1 min
hot damask

The term “damask,” which takes its name from the ancient city of Damascus, might conjure images of rich tapestries or Henry VIII’s regal robes. Traditionally, that’s exactly how weighty silks and linens woven with a reversible design were used. But today, this medallion-shape botanical motif is everywhere—and on much more than just fabric. The embroidery style no doubt inspired the hand-painted design on Wildwood’s table lamp and the fretwork-decorated double doors on the “Vauvert Bar.” The blue-and-white “Dressed Up Damask” wallcovering and laser-cut pendant light are dining room-approved. The pattern also starred on the fall fashion runway, with designers from Mary Katrantzou and Alice and Olivia to Simone Rocha and Givenchy demonstrating their love for damask. Why, even old King Henry would approve. To shop these damask-inspired items and more, visit traditionalhome.com/damask…

2 min
trim and proper

Though trims and tassels were created and used in ancient times, passementerie as we know it today was born in 16thcentury France with the establishment of the Guild of Passementiers. Members were required to complete a seven-year apprenticeship to qualify as a master in the guild, and quickly dominated the European fashion market with their finely made braids, tapes, rosettes, cords, fringes, and gimps. Though sold at a low cost, these exquisite trimmings came to symbolize wealth and prestige. By the 17th century, passementerie was all the rage, particularly within the military, where these frills and trappings were used as signifiers of rank. As a new merchant class emerged in the 19th century, passementerie was a way to flaunt their riches at home. Tassels and trims adorned everything from carriages…

8 min
fresh tales of new orleans

Standing 6-foot-7, bespectacled, bowtie-wearing Thomas Jayne towers above the crowd. In fact, this award-winning decorator has been standing tall professionally for a quarter century—this year marks the 25th anniversary of his design business. In that time, Jayne has become renowned for his deep knowledge of the history of design and for creating spaces that suit modern life. He has a seemingly eff ortless ability to make, say, a lacquered Parsons table work with antique Queen Anne-style chairs in a contemporary interior. His impeccable credentials—advanced study at Winterthur and the Met, working at Christie’s and for the legendary Albert Hadley at the firm Parish-Hadley—have never bogged him down in fussiness. He designs for real life, but an elegant version of it. Although he’s based in New York, one of Jayne’s greatest loves…

11 min
market ready

Apiece of High Point’s history lives in this 1912 Tudor house, which was home to one of the people who made the North Carolina city a world furniture mecca. While he resided here, Randall Bryant Terry Sr. founded the Dalton Furniture Company and helped establish what’s now the International Home Furnishings Center. His son, Randall B. Terry Jr., continued the legacy, using his position as publisher of the local newspaper to showcase the furniture industry. So it’s especially fitting that the former Terry estate was home to the 2015 Junior League of High Point Designer Showhouse, its opening timed to coincide with the annual spring furniture market. Come along for a tour and see how 28 talented interior designers rejuvenated and redecorated the historical home. On the way to the front…

2 min
from the editor

Great houses come in all shapes, sizes, and styles. While their architecture may vary, what they all have in common is an interesting history—a story to share—and the undying aff ection of the people who call them home. That’s certainly the case with the 1895 Italianate house that Charleston bank president Andrew Simonds Jr. had built for his bride, Daisy. Architect Frederick Dinkelberg gave the newlyweds a 9,000-square-foot mansion with 33-foot-high fluted Corinthian columns on the front terrace, a second-level cast-iron Florentine balcony, an enormous ballroom with a monitor skylight, and a fireplace adorned with plaster cherubs and caryatids. Now, more than a century later, another pair of Charleston newlyweds, Mary and Stephen Hammond, bought the historic structure and have shaped it into a lively family home, where there’s Sunday football…