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.

Contemporary, Modern, Mid-century,

Serving Kansas since 1984

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.

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High Point

Twice a year manufacturers, retailers and designers come to High Point, North Carolina to see what’s new in furniture and decorative accessories. It is a socially distanced party in an unusual year.

Life goes on and we deal with it, prettier and hopefully healthier.

Traditions in Wichita and Overland Park.

Nothing more or less than Stressless

Emily sofa by Stressless, perfect indeed!

A mutual acquaintance introduced them, saying you will like him. Athletic, handsome but graying, not pretentious, a good listener is he. The conversation began some minutes before either one spoke, for both Jan and Kirsten looked all around the room, at its simplicity and its emptiness, and in both of their minds their attention kept returning to each other, until sitting side by side they seemed to be one.

The world did not exist outside of this room.

Kirsten spoke first:

“What a perfect night!”

Foolish she thought, regretting her start, but Jan agreed.

“Perfect indeed!”

Save $200 on each Stressless Emily sofa seat

I wish it would stop raining

It has been raining here for weeks. At first a welcome rain, but now it is a bit too much and I want to escape.

Deep in the green forest, far from the madding crowds, where the sunlight pierces the trees, and all kinds of animals call, the water falls, graceful and serene.

This Stressless moment brought to you by Traditions Home with Stressless galleries in Wichita and Overland Park.

A place we call home

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!

Anne Bronte

There’s no place like home, said three times with feeling.

A line from the Wizard of Oz

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?

The Key Arm Sofa

Sherrill Key Arm Sofa, 2126

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.

Available at Traditions Home in Wichita and Overland Park.

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I Want to be Alone

Greta Garbo, the elusive Hollywood actress of the 1930s, star of Grand Hotel and many other films, is best remembered for one quote: “I want to be alone.” Often pronounced, “I vant to be alone,” with a deep drawl and Swedish accent, the quote means different things to each of us.

To those of us at Traditions Home in Wichita and Overland Park, it simply means, I want my own seat.

Not a Sofa or a Sectional, but a Chair

I want a chair, not a sofa or sectional, preferably a swivel chair because it is especially nice to go this way and that as your mood swings, happy in the knowledge that you control your own sense of direction and destiny.

Greta Garbo did, and never regretted it, not for a moment.

Mind you, Greta did not want to be Macaulay-Culkin-like, Home Alone, just alone in her own chair. In a Life magazine interview in 1955, Greta explained:

“I never said, ‘I want to be alone,’ I only said, ‘I want to be let alone! There is all the difference.”

Trivia — Greta Garbo’s penultimate Hollywood film was Sunset Boulevard, 1950, playing the aging actress Norma Desmond, alongside the ill-fated screenwriter, William Holden. Her last movie appearance was a cameo in Airport, 1975.

Speaking of Chairs

Speaking of chairs reminds me of Dionne Warwick singing Burt Bacharach and Hal David’s A House is Not a Home

“A chair is still a chair,
Even though there’s no one sitting there.”

Not true, for not all chairs are equal. Sherrill chairs are simply made better. So, have a heart, shop Sherrill, made in Hickory, North Carolina, by craftsmen and women who care.

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Virtual Reality Comes Home

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.

Curious, learn more…