In the Midwest, it is 100 degrees in the shade, the wind rattles the leaves. The dogs won’t go out. My plants are drooping. Where is the rain? Life is out of sorts.
Thank God, the weather is moving east.
Feng shui, literally means wind and water, and dates back to the 11th century BC when wind driven water mills where used to dry out the earth. Wind and water because these two elements flow in and around heaven and earth.
Feng shui is concerned with the harmony we have with heaven and earth, and how we keep the our balance with nature intact.
Feng shui centers around the concept of “Chi.”
Chi being your life force, the energy that flows through you and around you. Through everything in life. Positive Chi means harmony and balance. Negative Chi means clutter, crowded rooms, or poor traffic flow. Life is unbalance.
Life is at odds. At “sixes and sevens” the English would say. Or out of sorts. Today, “feng shui your life” means turning a bad situation into something that’s good. It may also mean being cool, discreet, collected and comfortable.
It starts with your home.
It requires the selection of the right furniture, placed where it should be. Where less is more. And placement is key.
Not always fancy, but always comfortable and beautiful — Sherrill.
Sherrill Furniture builds the best sofas by combining timeless design and a focus on comfort, quality fabrics, and well-built hardwood frames. American hand-craftsmanship, 8-way hand-tied springs using modern manufacturing techniques, makes the best made sofas, sectionals, loveseats, and chairs.
Sherrill, made in Hickory, North Carolina, available at Traditions Furniture in Overland Park and Traditions Home, in Wichita, Kansas.
No one could sing about furniture like Dionne Warwick and make it sound oh, so beautiful.
“A chair is still a chair, even when there is no one sitting there, …”
A House is not a Home, Burt Bacharach and Hal David, 1964
Even if we accept Dionne Warwick’s lovely statement, we know that a chair is more than a plain utilitarian thing. A seat, a log, a stone, on which we park our hindquarters. A formless idea, Plato would say, whose essence lies only in its purpose.
A chair should be a thing of beauty, and a joy forever.
Gustav Stickley burst onto the American scene at the turn of the 20th century, creating what he called “New Furniture.” In time it took a new name, Mission. With his new designs, he challenged conventional wisdom. For Stickley, it was the age of the artisan, the workers who made the objects, the materials they worked with, and the functional, as well as the artistic value of the products.
“When a home is born out of a man’s heart and developed through his labor and perfected by his sense of beauty, it is the very cornerstone of life.”
Gustav Stickley on the Art of Living
From Gustav Stickley to Marissa Brown, the new product design developer of Stickley, the Stickley chair has been a thing of beauty and joy forever.
In 1922, Leopold Stickley announced the introduction of Stickley’s early American Cherry Valley Collection.
One hundred years later, Stickley is again experiencing a burst of creative design with the introduction of several new collections. Park Slope, a contemporary spin on Arts & Crafts, Walnut Grove. Scandinavian inspired, Walnut Grove, showcasing the Artisan craft of furniture making. And Martine, made of solid cherry, like Leopold Stickley’s Cherry Valley, bringing to the home its accustomed warmth, silkiness, and natural grain. Adding a contemporary style, a roundness, waterfalling over edges and occasional applications in decorative veneers.
There are more than a dozen Stickley collections from which to choose. These last three are the product of the creative mind of Marissa Brown, Stickley Furniture’s Design Director. Working overtime is not difficult in a home surrounded by beautiful furniture.
Fifty years. Half a century. 18,250 days. 26,280,000 minutes, and we are not counting the relaxing moments you’ve experienced in a Stressless recliner. A golden anniversary. Stressless design is an expression of a never-ending story of comfort.
This console seems to be saying, “The woods are calling and I must go.” John Muir, American naturalist would agree. Or, perhaps for the nautically inclined, “I must go down to the sea again.” John Masefield.
President Franklin Roosevelt gave us this advice, “When you come to the end of your rope, tie a know and hang on.”
Homebodies like this, “A home is like a tree that grows of its own accord, putting down roots, sheltering us all.”
I also like this one by Indian author Ritu Ghatourey, “Let your heart be your compass, your mind your map, your soul your guide and you will never get lost.” It suggests to me that there is more than direction that life may take. Indeed, whatever direction you go do it well.
During our Retirement Sale we have enjoyed seeing old and dear customers, and meeting a few new ones for the first time. Wichita is our home, College Hill our neighborhood, full of trees.
Save 40% on all the beautiful Stickley collections including Mission, Highlands, and Park Slope. Arts & Crafts at its finest, and only at Traditions Home in Wichita and Traditions Furniture in Overland Park.
Our Wichita location is closing, but there is still time to enjoy Stickley Furniture.
Give me a place to stand and with a lever, I will move the world.”
Archimedes, of course, was concerned with movement and force. His principle of multiplying human power by using pulleys a levers was used to move a ship for King Hiero of Syracuse. Thus, he boasted, he could move the world if given a place to stand.
Traditions Home is concerned with rest and dreams of beautiful homes.
Give me a place to sit and I will dream of worlds yet to be.
At Traditions Home in College Hill, we would rather dream of a place to come home to, to sit, and relax in peace. To rest. Open Tuesday thru Saturday. Also at Traditions Furniture in Overland Park.
Good design is inspired. Meaning it is innovative, useful, aesthetic, long-lasting, detailed, natural and environmentally conscious.
Gat Creek Furniture is handmade in America of Appalachian hardwoods — cherry, maple, ash and walnut, beautifully finished or colorfully painted. Bedroom, dining room, living room, and office furniture, custom made at your request by dedicated craftsmen and women. Pieces designed by an artist with a vision, Gat Caperton, who grew up in West Virginia, bought a small company in Berkley Springs, and made it grow.
While his designs are inspired by many, many things, we like to look to the painters of the past. Edward Hopper, Winslow Homer, and Claude Monet — innovative, detailed, natural, colorful, fresh, contemporary, in time, classic artists.
Good furniture design is more than a style, it is a feeling of the joy of living. Surround yourself with classic and contemporary furniture made from solid wood, sustainably harvested from the upper slopes of the Appalachian mountains where America’s forests still thrive.