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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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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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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I’m Mad about Mid-century Modern

Why is the world mad about Mid-Century Modern furniture?

Call me crazy Peggy, but I’m mad about Mid-century Modern furniture, so crazy, I fall to pieces just lookin’ back to those simpler days when music came on a long playing record.

For most of us, about Frank Sinatra and the Rat Pack, Hollywood Hills, sweet Peggy Lee, swinging jazz, about Lucy and Desi moving out of their New York apartment to the suburbs. The time broadly  the middle of the 20th century, the dates between 1947 and 1957 when America switched from Black and White to Color TV. The look is a “I know when I see it” look. Low profile, tightly tailored, button downed, a style to fit the switch from the Zoot suit to the thin ties and lapels sported by Frank and friends.

So, if you like watching Lucy reruns, and listening to Frank and Peggy, come to Traditions Home in Wichita and Overland Park where you will rediscover Mid-Century Modern.

Really, it is about mom and dad, they were way cooler than we give them credit for.

Modern 101

Creating the Look: Modern 101

  • Horizontal and vertical lines
  • Neutrals and soft colors
  • Contrast (black and white or shades of gray)
  • Add texture for a sensory experience
  • Feng shui for balance and flow
  • Minimalism in all things

Modern Style

Modern style is often defined by strong horizontal and vertical lines within an angular room layout. It is a feng shui approach. This refers to the ancient Chinese practice of using energy forces to harmonize individuals with their surrounding environment. Let the room flow and the furniture accommodate the room’s purpose and use.

Sectionals, sofas, and square-shaped chairs are perfect choices for modern spaces. Like pieces on a chess board, the furniture can be moved about like bishops or rooks to create a dynamic appearance. A pair of sofas makes for a natural conversational setting. Introduce moveable small chairs to accommodate small conversation areas. Ottomans and benches work well for this purpose.

Modern begins with minimalism

Start with white walls. Navajo White is a favorite of designers. Fabric choices should include palette of neutrals or grays. Accents of black or deep, dark colors creates definition like shadows on the ground. Express your artistic bent with colorful contemporary artwork. 

 

Modern vs Traditional vs Contemporary

Traditions – something that has withstood the test of time, a classic. Though our name says Traditions, we can be quite Modern, even Contemporary, always distinctive.

We look at Modern design as a style that focuses on minimalism, neutral soft colors, clean lines, and environmentally-friendly materials. An example of modern design is the Michael Weiss collection by Vanguard Furniture.

Michael’s design training began at New York City’s Julliard School, but it is apparent that he draws on classic elements of 19th and 20th century decorative arts to create his own distinctive style. One only needs to observe his broad use of geometric figures in the design of chairs, ottomans and tables. Or, consider the time honored traditional craftsmanship visible in his clean-lined sofas and sectionals that include button down seats and nail-head trim. That is why we call it classic modern design.

Dare we say contemporary?

Contemporary is, by definition, what’s happening at this very moment in time. This definition makes it more fluid and hard to pin down. More broadly speaking contemporary design is a fashion trend that is modern, new, and popular. It applies unique elements to create a distinctive style of it own.

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Home is a Happy Place

Home is a port in a sea of storms, a refuge on a high hill from worries and cares, a sanctuary from stress, a happy place where we gather with those we love.

I like to smile, to surround myself with people who laugh and love life. As for the rest, let’s “keep them at bay”.

“To keep something at bay”

The origin of words and phrases has always interested me.

“To keep something at bay” is one of those phrases that pops into conversation from time to time. At first, I thought it had something to do with water and ships; you know, the English are attacking the French at Calais, and the English warships are keeping the French fleet holed up in the harbor.

But no, it appears, the phrase has something to do with dogs. The word “bay” derives from the French, meaning the “deep-toned howl of a dog.”

From the condition of chasing and being cornered came the phrase “to keep at bay”. Specifically, dogs baying at an attacking bear, keeping him or her from causing harm to the dogs’ owner or the dogs themselves. Barking hounds were said to be “at bay” when they were kept from attacking an intruder onto the home grounds.

Dogs are still good at keeping door to door salesmen at bay. Now if we could only find a way to deal with robocalls.

Falling in Love Again

Design Tips for the Senses

Warm colors, like red, orange, and yellow, are associated with summer and fall. These colors stimulate the senses; use these when activity or conversation is desired, like dining rooms.

Cool colors, like green, blue, and purple, are tranquil colors; place these colors in spaces designated for relaxation, like lake houses and retreats and in family rooms and bedrooms.

    Blend and layer multiple shades of the same color to create a soothing, monochromatic look. Variations of the same color make a small space or room look larger. Add pattern and texture to create interest.

Falling in Love Again at Traditions Home

It is autumn and we, at Traditions Home, are falling in love again with the beautiful fall fabrics from Rowe Furniture. Here are just a few ideas to get you in the mood for fall at Traditions Home.

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