Our name says Traditions, but the look says much more — Contemporary, Modern, Mid-century, even Minimalism. We celebrate the art of interior design with the same attention to detail upon which we have built our reputation. Traditions Home in Wichita and Traditions Furniture in Overland Park represent a sophisticated number of collections from manufacturers including Theodore Alexander, Sherrill, Stickley, Century, Rowe, Paul Robert, Jessica Charles, Lilian August, Ekornes, Hancock and Moore, guarantying that you get the very best in the very latest fashions in the styles you love from Traditional to Modern.
Amid pleasures and palaces though we may roam,
Be it ever so humble, there’s no place like
Home Sweet Home
The cold weather, gray and gloomy, still and quiet, got me thinking about staying home, about touching songs and poems about homes.
Home on the Range is popular in Kansas, but it is about being away from home, out on the range, under the stars. Gee Ma, I Wanna Go Home — Kids sang it at summer camp and Dolly Parton gave us a funny version. Take Me Home, Country Roads by John Denver and Our House by Crosby, Stills, and Nash — both warm the heart. Grandmother’s House, we all sang in unison at Christmas time.
Home Sweet Home is the one we love best, the one that makes us cry.
And here are a few more poems.
Far from the city’s dust and heat,
I get but sounds and odours sweet.
Who can wonder I love to stay,
Week after week, here hidden away,
In this sly nook that I love the best–
This little brown house like a ground-bird’s nest?
Ella Wheeler Wilcox
A perfect home is heaven’s door,
It’s built of loving deeds,
No angry frown nor biting word
Will sow discordant seeds.
No selfish wish nor cruel act,
Will in this home be found.
No thought of self will have a place,
For each to each is bound
By ties of love so pure indeed,
So helpful, so serene;
That door seems portal of high heav’n,
Rich treasures there are seen…
Ardelia Cotton Barton
…Restore to me that little spot,
With grey walls compassed round,
Where knotted grass neglected lies,
And weeds usurp the ground.
Though all around this mansion high
Invites the foot to roam,
And though its halls are fair within —
Oh, give me back my HOME!
There’s no place like home, said three times with feeling.
A line from the Wizard of Oz
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?
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.
Summer is almost here, are you ready for some fun in the sun?
The Key Arm Sofa
I confess that I am always curious about the origin of the things.
Yes, I have gotten past the chicken or the egg question (It’s the egg, of course), but other questions go unanswered. Why is the sky blue, the grass green? Why is sand on the beach so small? Why are all babies cute? Why does it rain on weekends?
I can’t answer those questions, but I can tackle the mystery of the Greek Key sofa.
A close cousin and derivative of the Rolled Arm sofa. Blockier, yes, more Geometric, a shape that gives pause. Euclid would have this sofa in his home, but he would call it a couch.
Modern design theory points us to Art Deco, an architectural and decortative arts style that appeared in France before World War I. Art Deco was in turn influenced by Cubism Movement in Art. Painters like Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque broke their subjects up into compartments and reassembled them into a unified whole. Indeed, in the Key Arm sofa, the back, the seat, the arms, and the legs are visually separated, but the sofa exists as a complete unit.
But the Greek Key is an ancient pattern.
It is a pattern that when repeated mimics the wandering (one should insert “meandering”) Maeander River of Asia Minor that flows into the Aegean Sea with its many twists and turns. (This raises the question of why rivers meander, but that question is better answered elsewhere.) The essence of the Greek key design is an interlocking rectangular pattern constructed from one continuous line. The ancient Greeks of Achilles day and on often featured it in architectural friezes and pottery vases. The Romans copied the Greek design, and by the 18th century, all of Europe adopted it into their design vocabulary. The individual “key” adds an aura of mystery, the key being associated with a lock, and a lock with a puzzle. Thus, the key opens up a lock, revealing an answer to a puzzle.
One of the benefits of Greek Key is that it adds architectural interest to a room. A room is for the most part consists of lines and right angles. Floors and ceilings, windows and doors, are rectangles. The Greek Key sofa throws a twist into this regularity, offering a puzzle that even Euclid might ponder. The nail head trim featured on the Sherrill 2126 sofa accents this twist.
A look that is sophisticated and modern, if not intriguing.
Home to Traditions Home
Traditions Home with stores in Overland Park and Wichita is not your small town store anymore. We’ve gone virtual, in a big way, featuring the best brands in America, like Century, Fairfield, Sherrill, Stickley, and Norwegian designed and built Stressless recliners.
Then, there is our humongous selection of lighting and art. A friendly knowledgeable staff to help you if you want. Otherwise, you are on your own, to wander, sit, talk, and enjoy the best furniture in the world.
Of course you can visit us at one of our retail stores, or you can tour the great products we carry online. Fairfield Furniture is just one example. Check it out on YouTube.
Two things are at right angles, when they are situated so that they form an angle of 90° that touch each other, but never directly faces each other. Not cross-ways but perpendicular. Good for political discussions when you have guests of both the left and the right. This harmonious blend of blue and white will bring everyone together. Blue and white like a summer sky.
We call it Urban Farmhouse, a bit sophisticated, a lot relaxed. Others say French Country, Americana, rustic and romantic, a casual look comfortably at home in the city or country.
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urban renewal, the redevelopment of dilapidated or no longer functional urban areas and their buildings
More than half of the world’s population lives in cities. Most of those who do so are city dwellers living in suburban neighborhoods – homes with a driveway, two car garages, three bedrooms, two baths. But the recent trend is towards downtown loft living. A flat, the English say, in the city on one floor, accessed by stairs or an elevator, where you meet your neighbors in the hall way or at the entrance door.
One of the big advantages of loft living is reduced energy costs. Large buildings are more efficient to heat and cool, the same way a couple shares a blanket at a fall football game. A second advantage is the use of built-in smart devices throughout the complex. Alexa is ever-present, maybe too-so, video security keeps an eye on your safety, sensor-lighting lights your path. Newly marrieds, un-marrieds, and retired couples simply don’t need the space that “a place in the burbs” gives. Gone are the headaches of mowing the lawn, raking the leaves, cleaning the gutters, patching the driveway, and fixing everything that goes wrong. Thus, less space, property taxes are lower.
Besides all this, loft living brings us together, dining at the neighborhood cafe, shopping at the corner deli, walking in the park, plus all those friendly smiles in the hallway.
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