Make it Easy

It has taken a long time for me to understand the lyrics to the Eagles hit song, Take it Easy. Time makes for a new way of looking at things. Perspective makes for insight; insight a new understanding.

Jackson Browne started writing this song but didn’t know how to finish it. “Writer’s block,” we used to call it. “Paralysis of analysis,” my Millennial daughter says.

At the time, Browne was living in an apartment in Los Angeles’ scruffy Echo Park neighborhood. Upstairs neighbor was Glenn Frey, who needed songs for his new band – the Eagles. The rest is history.

Of course, “take it easy” means many things to many people. “Make it easy” is much the same. We are in a digital age. With a multitude of social media sites available all of which is accessible through a single pocket device 24/7, the way we interact with each other has completely changed.

Communication is easy, it is just that there is so much of it.

It has become a new way of life.

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Make it easy

The designers at Traditions Home in Wichita make it easy to customize a sectional or sofa for your loft apartment or home.With a multitude of styles available like Vanguard’s Ease Collection, we design with you in mind.

As for me, give me a place to listen to my old vinyl records, to the scratches and pops.

Vanguard Sectionals

[Our Remodel Sale starts Saturday, July 13th, in the meantime enjoy a quick tour of Vanguard sectionals]

 

 

Traditions Home, a fine retail home furnishing store in Wichita, features sectionals by Vanguard Furniture and other great American manufacturers like Century, Stickley, Hancock and Moore, Sherrill, Paul Roberts and others.

 

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The sectional is versatile and functional great for today’s open floor where they are easily floated within the space enabling more seating for family and guests in a smaller space. Customizable for your space with hundreds of fabrics, dozens of nailheads and trim options.

Come together to enjoy life.

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If life is a balancing act…

What a circus act we women perform every day of our lives. Look at us. We run a tightrope daily, balancing a pile of books on the head. Baby-carriage, parasol, kitchen chair, still under control. Steady now! This is not the life of simplicity but the life of multiplicity that the wise men warn us of.

Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Gift From the Sea.

 

 

If life is a balancing act, then you better get Stressless with Balance Adapt at Traditions Furniture in Downtown Overland Park.

 

When words don’t suffice

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How do I love thee?

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “I love you and that’s the beginning and end of everything,” is not bad, but not good enough. “‘I love you up to the moon,’ said Little Nutbrown Hare,” is quite sweet, but not sweet enough.

Elizabeth Barrett Browning breathlessly expressed her love with a poem, “Smiles, tears, of all my life,” then lost count.

When you can’t find the words to express how you feel, when words are not good enough. Canadian artist Sharon Nowlan expresses our emotions and true feelings with mixed media: replica sea glass and stones, a few twigs, intricate line drawings that depict what we want to say. Inspired by the beautiful and rugged landscapes and seascapes of Nova Scotia.

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The goal of good interior design

Summertime

It’s summertime, the kids are out of school. We have been vacationing with family in Italy or France, or right here in the good old USA. The National Parks are amazing, and if you get there early you can beat the crowds. Now, we are on our way back home. In the back of our minds, We hear the music and the words to the Beatles tune, Two of Us. One starts humming it, then singing it. Then you can’t get it out of your mind, acoustic guitar, “The two of us, on our way back home, duh, dum, dah, da, dah, da“. Perplexed because I can never get the guitar riff right.

 

Interior design is about creating a comfortable space that makes the best of what a home or office offers, improving the look and feel of the space. Good design should be beautiful, it should be transformative,  that is is should take the client to a place that he or she feels comfortable in, … at home, if you will.

The task is not an easy one.

It requires a knowledge of many resources for the world of furniture and furnishings is vast. One company may cater to urban settings, another to a country home, a third to a simple cabin by a lake. Then too, the designer must have access to appropriate furnishings that turn the space into a livable home, a workable office. Rugs, lighting, art, accessories are all part of good design, important just like a sofa, sectional or chair.

Come to Traditions Home. Visit our beautiful stores in Wichita, located in the College Hill neighborhood, and Overland Park in Downtown Overland Park. Have a cup of coffee or a bottle of water. Get to know the knowledgeable staff that is there to answer your questions.

 

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Startup Mode

To borrow a phrase from Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon and world’s richest man – “how to keep a company in startup mode.” The company is not the world’s biggest, it is Traditions Home with stores in Wichita and Overland Park and online shopping everywhere one takes an iPhone.

Seeking fresh new ideas from new artists is one way to keep in Startup Mode.

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Traditions Home and Robyns Lake House invite you to an exhibition of Canadian artist Sharon Nowlan.

Imagine a young mother and her daughter walking along the rugged shore of the Nova Scotia coastline, the waves crashing against the rocks, the seagulls soaring in the wind, the blue skies are full of billowing white clouds, the sun is smiling down. In the sand, the daughter finds a small piece of sea glass polished by the sand that takes the shape of a heart. Sharon Nowlan is inspired.

This begins the Sharon Nowlan Collection, art that reflects of the simple beauty of the land and seascapes of Nova Scotia where Sharon grew up drawing, painting and creating in a variety of media that includes stones, twigs, and replica sea glass.

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See Sharon Nowlan’s art at robynslakehouse.com/wall-art/sharon-nowlan/

 

Karl Johans Gate

Summer is the best time to Get Stressless.

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We are here in Oslo, capital of Norway where they design and build Stressless recliners.
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Karl Johans Gate

After you arrive at Oslo’s airport, you will take a 20 minute ride on the sleek, silvery grey Flytoget or the regular train to Oslo Sentrum (Oslo S). Find your hotel, drop off your bags, and stroll along the main thoroughfare Norwegians call Karl Johans Gate. It stretches in a straight but slightly hilly rise from the train station to the Royal Palace. Along the way look for the impressive Grand Hotel where the Nobel Prize Winners stay. Have a cup of coffee, a glass of wine beer in the sidewalk cafes in front of the hotel.

If you are lucky, the sun will smile down on you and you will get a street side table. Get this, tipping in Norway is not customary but nice.

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Historical Trivia

Since you might ask, Karl Johans Gate was named for King Charles XIV John or Carl John, King of Sweden and Norway. He was born Jean Bernadotte in France and served as Marshal to Napoleon before wisely giving up that title in 1810 to become the heir-presumptive to the childless King Charles XIII of Sweden.

When Napoleon attacked Sweden, Carl John, acting as regent, allied the country with France’s enemies.

Norway remained in a Union with Sweden until 1905. Norway’s parliament chose a new king and eventually offered the throne to 33-year-old Prince Carl of Denmark, the second son of Crown Prince Frederick. As Haakon VII of Norway, he was succeeded by Olav V, and Olav by the current King Harald V.

The Norwegian Royal Family are members of the House of Glücksburg, shortened from tongue-twister of a name, the House of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg.

Call it lucky or good genes, but King Harald V of Norway,  Queen Margrethe II of Denmark, King Constantine II of Greece, Queen Sofía of Spain, and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and his eldest son, Prince Charles, heir apparent to the British throne, are patrilineal members of cadet branches of the wide spread Glücksburg dynasty.

Move over Beethoven, many of these monarchies now allow for a woman to succeed as monarch ahead of a younger brother. First come, first crowned!