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Traditional Home September 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

SMALL space living is getting to be a pretty big deal. From upward-bound professionals who are making their marks—and making their moves from one city and one apartment to another— to empty nesters ready for cozier digs, more and more people are exploring creative ways to live large. I speak from experience, having downsized from a 4,000-plus-square-foot vintage home to a 1,100-square-foot condo in a midcentury building. The change has been good. Sure, the purge that comes with a downsize isn’t easy, but there’s definitely something to be said for living with only the things you truly love. Style guru Tim Gunn’s gorgeous New York City apartment proves that point (“Always in Fashion,” page 58). When he bought his residence, the Project Runway host had just 1,700 square feet to work with.…

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magnify your space

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2 min
shelf expression

The wall shelf (or bracket) probably evolved from the functional roof supports found in early medieval churches. Known as a corbel or corbellus, which is Latin for “little raven,” the name refers to the bracket’s beak-like projection. Architectural historian Olivia Horsfall Turner agrees that brackets are “a vestigial sign of architectural supports,” but thinks they relate more to “scrolls holding up the crosspieces above Renaissance doorways.” By the 1600s, brackets moved indoors, gracing the walls of British manor houses. Entrusted with holding exotic porcelains, these mini-pedestals sparkled, dressed in gold or ornate carving. Because today’s interiors often lack ravishing architectural detail, these decorative workhorses elevate our treasures, adding both style and personality to a room. Our Designers Say… “Sheraton” by Chelsea House “This bracket gives a nod to Gothic architecture while having a light, airy…

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tricks of the trade

BARRIE BENSON FOR HIGHLAND HOUSE When Charlotte-based interior designer Barrie Benson was tapped to create a capsule collection for the 50-year-old brand Highland House, her approach was simple: “The pieces I chose were all things I had a hard time getting my hands on,” she says. Her 10-piece offering is composed of upholstery and case goods she’s always wanted—and each piece, such as the “Dolly” chest and the “Peggy” chair, is also exactly the way Benson wants it. “It’s difficult for me to look at any piece of furniture without wanting to tweak it,” she says. Hardware from jewelry designer Addison Weeks enhances the case goods. Collection items may be customized to suit individual tastes. (highlandhousefurniture.com) —Tori Mellott GRACE HOME A custom fabric line is certainly reason to celebrate. Grace Home Furnishings took…

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David Monn: The Art of Celebrating by David Monn There’s no party like a David Monn party—but now your event can emulate the master’s, thanks to this luxe volume of entertaining inspiration. Photographs from Monn’s personal archive take you on an amazing tour of events from a state dinner at the White House to a gala at the Met to private fetes. Let the celebration begin! (The Vendome Press, $75) —S.F.W. Vern Yip’s Design Wise: Your Smart Guide to a Beautiful Home by Vern Yip Interior design today is about creating a home that reflects your family’s needs and personalities, says Vern Yip, Atlanta-based designer and TV celebrity. His practical and inspiring book lays out design basics—from measuring to arranging flowers—that ensure rooms are visually pleasing, comfortable, and personal. (Running Press, $28) —A.E. Wanderlust: Interiors that…