Stickley May Sale

Last chance to buy Stickley at 2016 prices

From living room to dining room to bedroom, this is the last chance to buy all the quality furniture that Stickley makes at 2016 prices. You thought that Stickley was known for Mission and the world famous Gustav Stickley inspired Morris chair.

It is. But Stickley also manufactures quality sofas and occasional chairs in dozens of styles that are made to order.

Stickley Selectionals

Pick an arm, choose a back, then add a base style to get a look that you like. Stickley Selectionals makes it easy. Arm styles include Pleated, Rolled, English, Track, Sock, Traditional and Club. For detail, add nail-head or not. There are three ways to finish the back. Then select a base that is skirted or exposed with block or bun foot.

Selectionals makes it easy. And now is your last chance to order at 2016 prices.

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Stickley 200 Series Sofa

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It’s spring, let’s rock!

“It’s spring, let’s rock!”

An off hand remark I imagine Charles and Henry Green might have jokingly said from the porch of their Bungalow home in Pasadena, California.

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Greene and Greene architects

Charles and Henry Greene were brothers, born in Ohio, raised in West Virginia, who studied architecture in St. Louis and Boston, then in 1893 followed Horace Greeley’s advice and headed west to the small town of Pasadena, California.

The architecture firm of Greene & Greene was born. Between 1907 and 1909, their flair for American Arts & Crafts design would reach its zenith  with the construction of the “ultimate bungalows” — one of which is the Gamble House in Pasadena.

Available at Traditions Furniture in Wichita and Overland Park.

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Are you Blue?

Traditions Home wants to know:

Are you blue?

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my baby’s got blue eyes

You’ve got personality

A Personality Color Code tells you that if you are, then you are true, passionate, and creative. The other personality colors are red, yellow, and white, allowing no possibility of the many shades and hues that fill up the rainbow of colors our world is filled with. Nor, does the code allow for the many shades of grey and white.

Maybe, your baby’s got blue eyes.

Maybe blue reminds you of the ocean waves and the deep blue sea, or the blue sky on a mountain side. Maybe blue is your favorite flower or the color of your true love’s eyes. Maybe, your baby’s got blue eyes. And maybe you like the way it rhymes with “you”.

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The color code may not be accurate, but it makes us curious to wonder what pseudo-psychologist say about our blue fascination. No Rorshach test here.

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Blues are steady as the waves, ordered as the tides and enduring as the ocean. Blues love with a deep passion. They are the well-spring of our society, creators of our culture, ones who foster home and love. They are loyal and true blue in the most trying circumstances, even when clouds turn the skies grey. They strive to be the very best.

If your are blue, we have the perfect room for you.

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And the perfect sofa

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The Century Furniture, Made To Measure One Sofa, 10-50. Details: Fabric: 71317-59, 2 toss pillows (20×20) 20552L58, VIP Mitered Box Design w/BR163-56 on Front Side of Back Cushions & Top Side of Seat Cushions, BR163-56 at Base of Skirt, Spring Down – STD, Track Arm Straight Cushion, Loose Pillow Back, Welted, Waterfall Skirt.

Made to Measure by Century Furniture means choice – 13 custom arm options, including the Track Arm (shown), 5 custom leg and base options, including Waterfall Skirt (shown), 7 seat and cushion options, and thousands of beautiful Century fabrics.

The eyes tell the story

Traditions Home has an extensive collection of artwork. Each one tells a story.

Speculum mentis est facies et taciti oculi cordis fatentur arcana. St. Jerome letter to Furia 394

In a letter dated 394 AD to Furia, a recent Roman widow, St. Jerome advises her to not remarry and instead devote her life to her children and aging father. He goes on to say, “The face is the mirror of the mind and a woman’s eyes without a word betray the secrets of her heart,” which has come down to us as general advice to both sexes. Perhaps that is why eyelids are painted, closed, or hidden by bangs.

The most valuable jewels

“Not on one strand are all life’s jewels strung,” says William Morris.

 

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Quoizel chandelier

 

Men and women have adorned themselves with jewelry throughout history, but why?

It serves no immediate purpose. No one is made stronger or more healthy by the use of jewelry. It does not serve to protect us from the weather. Its value lies not in practical things, but in the esoteric.

Stones that glitter are attractive. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and a beautiful necklace, bracelet, or set of earrings will attract our attention to the wearer. One sees something extraordinary. One becomes beautiful by association.

Jewelry also becomes a status symbol. Precious stones are rare. They are reserved for the rich and powerful who can afford the price of purchase.

Lastly, let us not forget that jewels are powerful symbols. Gems are both brilliant and long lasting. Diamonds are forever, and hopefully so is the love a diamond is given in token of. Consider the Crown Jewels which are synonymous with the power and dignity of the British Royal Family.

A gem is fine, but nothing compares to the value of the love and friendship that is behind the stone. William Morris is right, look not to the wealth of the jewel. Look instead to the love of two people for each other.

This bond is unbreakable.

It’s a most magical time of the year

And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places.
Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.

-Roald Dahl

 

 

Wishing you the Merriest of Christmases, the Happiest of Hanukkahs, the sweetest of holidays. Wherever you are and however you celebrate the season, remember that no act of kindness, however small, is wasted or lost, and know this that kindness is the greatest magic of all, for it blesses two.