Toot Your Own Horn

Forgive me while I boastfully toot our own horn.

First, a bit of trivia before I talk about the beautiful furnishings we showcase in our two stores in Wichita and Overland Park, the fine service, the historic neighborhood locations, the great employees, and friendly atmosphere, but first, a word of explanation about the origins of the phrase “toot your own horn.”

Tooting one’s own horn

Proudly, America can claim this idiom as its own.

Toot your own horn,” originated in Colonial America about 1776. We proudly presume as a “declaration of our self-independence”. No more marching in step with a British band. No bending of knee to the British Crown. No proclamations from a bewigged foreign parliament.

We stand on our own.

The self-assured words appear in the “Warren-Adams Letters”* as “I think modesty is highly overrated as a virtue — my motto is ‘Toot your own horn lest the same never be tooted.‘” Sometimes we like to say “Beat your own drum,” that fits in nicely with the well-known painting by A.M. Willard, The Spirit of 76, better known as Yankee Doodle, that shows two drummers and a fife leading a column of patriot soldiers after a bitter fight. This painting was made on the centenary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

We here at Traditions Home in Wichita and Overland Park like to “Toot our Own Horn.” We carry the finest American manufacturers like Stickley, Vanguard, Sherrill, Century, and more. Beautiful furniture makes beautiful homes. Backing this up is the friendly, knowledgeable staff that will help you find the perfect sofa, table or bed for your home.

Traditions Home, tooting its own horn since 1984.

Closed Sundays and Mondays, because we can.

  • Warren-Adams Letters, 1767-1822, — letters between John Adams, Abigail Adams, and Samuel Adams; plus Massachusetts legislator James Warren, and author and historian Mercy Otis Warren. Correspondents include Governor of Massachusetts James Bowdoin, statesmen John Dickinson and Elbridge Gerry, generals Henry Knox and Arthur Lee, and George Washington. The particular author is not identified.

How You Live

Maybe, it is not so much where you live but how you live.

Eat well, exercise, read books, stay grounded and you are on course for a life that is both satisfying and happy. A glass of wine at the end of the day helps. Then come home to a beautiful home, one designed and furnished by Traditions Home with locations in Wichita and Overland Park.

Isn’t this what you have been looking for?

A modular sectional, custom made for you.

The Mod Squad at Work

Life has no limitations, except the ones you make. So why go to an ordinary store where you can buy a sofa that comes in a box, twelve deep. For 35 years Traditions Home has been known for three things: having the best brands in house, providing our customers with the capability to custom design their furniture, and friendly expert service.

You don’t get that from a telephone or with a computer click.

Our name says Traditions, but we have kept up with the times. The Mod Squad, Modern Traditions, Eclectic Traditions, or New Traditions might be a better name, but we haven’t changed our name, just our look, Modular sectionals, like the one shown above, provide space planning that previously wasn’t possible. Choose from the best manufacturers, choose the best in soft luxurious fabrics and leathers, then accessorize your home with Art and Decor that we select from around the world.

Experience Traditions Home. In Wichita at Douglas and Hillside. And in Downtown Overland Park in the historic Strang Carbarn.

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Summer is almost here, are you ready for some fun in the sun?

Wayside Inn

Around the fireside at their ease
There sat a group of friends, entranced
With the delicious melodies
Who from the far-off noisy town
Had to the wayside inn come down, …

Longfellow’s Wayside Inn, Prelude

Wayside Thistle bed

We stayed at the Wayside Inn last night. We stay there every night we are in town. That is, sleeping in the Wayside bed by Nichols and Stone. Admire the low posts, the carved thistle finials, the sumptuous carved headboard, the low footboard. All this a feast for the eyes, a reverie of dreams and sleep.

Early beds in colonial America were four posters, most often low post, like a Cannonball bed. The post acted as a clothes rack with a shirt or a hat casually tossed on the corner. Not much has changed has it? Things got fancier with a high post bed, and perhaps a canopy for privacy. The Shaker bed put an end to clothes on the post.

New Englanders, men and women of wealth and position, imported English styles. Low posts, turned legs and posts, carved headboard showcasing the furniture makers’ art. Sheraton, Chippendale, and Hepplewhite were the three most famous British furniture designers. Typically, they used dark Mahogany, imported from the Caribbean and Central America. Americans imitated these styles when they had the lathes and other necessary equipment. Americans preferred native cherry wood and walnut.

The Wayside Inn in Sudbury, Massachusetts on the old Boston Post Road had its origin in 1683 as a two-room dwelling. It then served as a tavern and stopover for travelers going to and from Boston. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow made the inn famous in Tales of a Wayside Inn, a book of poems published during America’s Civil War in 1863.

A passage from the Prelude:


But from the parlor of the inn
A pleasant murmur smote the ear,
Like water rushing through a weir:
Oft interrupted by the din
Of laughter and of loud applause,
And, in each intervening pause,
The music of a violin.
The fire-light, shedding over all
The splendor of its ruddy glow,
Filled the whole parlor large and low…

Own a piece of American history.

The Watering Hole

“His horse lifted up his drooping head, when suddenly out of this parched desert, something appears before his red eyes, he sees a watering hole, surrounded by green bushes, grass and sweet flowers.”

Think of it as a modern day Watering Hole. The Stickley Gathering Island, another way of getting together at the end of the day for a glass of wine and good conversation. Available in cherry and oak, exclusively at Traditions Furniture in Overland Park and Wichita. #stickley#traditionsfurniturehttps://www.traditionsfurniture.com/stickley/gathering-island.html

7000

Because you are as unique as your home.

Stickley Selectionals 7000 series makes it easy to create the look you want and need for your home. Pick your favorite arm, back, seat depth and base! With this amazing custom program, you can create sofas, love seats, sectionals, chairs, chaises, ottomans—in endless combinations!

The 7000 series offers three seat depths making it possible to choose a scale and comfort level that fits best i your room. Styles range from traditional to modern to create your masterpiece.

You’ll be inspired by Stickley’s curated leather and fabric choices.

Uniquely Stickley

Celebrate 120 Years

 

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Qualities that make a furniture company enduring are excellence of craftsmanship, continuing design, and a commitment to the workers who make the furniture. But this means nothing unless the customer loves the furniture – the feel of the solid wood, the beauty of the design, and its lasting value.

120 years of quality and craftsmanship

It has been 120 years since Gustav Stickley first introduced Mission Furniture to America. This was a new line of solid quarter-sawn white oak furniture whose virtues were simplicity, functionality, and soundness of construction. The wood piece was then stained and finished; the finish subdued with the quarter-sawn flakes close in tone to the surrounding wood. The joinery exposed to exhibit the work of the craftsman. Gustav Stickley established the Craftsman Workshops in Syracuse in 1901, close to the forests where the lumber was sustainably harvested. To educate the public and promote his ideas, he began publishing the monthly magazine The Craftsman, which included articles about architecture, home construction, and philosophy, as well as new designs for “Mission” furniture.

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L. and J.G. Stickley

In time, Gustav’s two younger brothers entered the furniture business and built Mission furniture from his designs. Two other brothers had for some time produced similar furniture under the name L. and J.G. Stickley, and numerous imitators had followed his lead as well. The public was smitten with this uniquely American look. Famed songwriter Irving Berlin even wrote a song, “You’d be Surprised” that referenced the Stickley Morris recliner. Later, Marilyn Monroe added the song to her repertoire.

Walnut Grove Living Room (more floor)

New Collections

Through World War I and World War II, Stickley survived. Other designs were added, including a traditional look called “Cherry Valley” that celebrated early American furniture styles. The company passed on to the Audi Family which continued operations in Manlius, New York. Meanwhile new designers were hired, and new collections added like Park Slope and Walnut Grove, as well as a contemporary Modern look.

All the while, the Audi family maintained Stickley’s core values of quality of construction, worker satisfaction, and value.

Register to Win

This year Stickley celebrates 120 years making Mission Furniture. It is time for a Sale, 40% off msrp. Buy Stickley and be a part of American history. To celebrate, Stickley is giving away a Leopold chair and ottoman, register to win, contest winner selected August 3.

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Working at Home

The supreme accomplishment is to blur the line between work and play. Arnold J. Toynbee

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Work and Play

We are blurring the lines between work and play. And that can happen only when one finds a job one loves. For when something you love becomes work, it fundamentally, for the better, changes the way you live your life – with gusto!

Here’s to all those men and women who work and play, and live their lives with passion.

When a man’s home is born out of his heart and developed through his labor and perfected through his sense of beauty, it is the very cornerstone of life. Gustav Stickley

Gustav Stickley

This same passion surrounds the Stickley family in Manlius, New York. It began 120 years ago with Gustav Stickley who designed and created a new line of furniture that came to be called Mission Furniture. His idea was that furniture should be honest and simple, natural wood, what-you-see-is what-you get, quality construction.

Gustav Stickley

Gustav Stickley loved what he did. He hired the best craftsmen and utilized designers like Henry Wilkinson and LaMont A. Warner, and later, Harvey Ellis. He started a magazine to expound his philosophy called The Craftsman and hired Susan Sergeant as managing editor and layout designer. Gustav Stickley then went on to found the Craftsman Farms in Parsippany-Troy Hills, Morris County, New Jersey, as a school for the Arts and Crafts movement.

But perhaps the best story about Gustav Stickley’s love for his business came from his grandson, Gustav Stickley III, who as a young boy watched his grandfather and recalled, “I used to watch him draw his hand across a piece of wood and you could see the reverence in the hand,” he said. “That’s where I learned my love of wood and the feel of it when it has been properly preserved.”

Gustav Stickley may not have whistled while he worked. He was a quiet man, who took pride in the accomplishments of others. He was after all a mentor. He enjoyed what he did and wanted to pass on the love to others.

Soap and Water

A little soap and water does the trick cleaning each solid wood Gat Creek dining table, but, if you prefer, alcohol won’t hurt the beautifully finished catalyzed lacquer top. The catalyzed lacquer finish forms a clear, protective barrier with a close-to-the-wood feel. This adds to the sensory experience of pattern, texture, and color in American hand-built, solid-hardwood furniture. Choose from locally sourced Ash, Cherry, Maple, and Walnut. And the finish is easy to care for holding up to almost any liquid in your home, from water to wine.

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American Craftsmanship

The American craftsman and woman have been around a long time.

And for those who appreciate the beauty of wood, the quality of work, and the value of good design, the products that American craftsmen and women make will continue to be around for a long, long time.

In the eastern Panhandle of West Virginia, in the Appalachian Mountains, near the Shenandoah River lies Berkley Springs, population 601, home to Gat Creek Furniture, whose craftsman and women custom build furniture to order. The furniture is made of cherry, ash, maple and walnut, locally resourced in the Appalachian Mountains and sustainably harvested.

Meet the Builders

Meet the builders of Gat Creek Furniture.

See the Beauty

See the beauty of Gat Creek Furniture, available in Kansas exclusively at Traditions Home in Wichita and Overland Park.

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