Pasadena Bungalow

Say the word “bungalow” and the image of a one-story cottage or cabin comes to mind, and the 20th century idea of affordable housing for the working class.

It was a place just for you and me with a front porch and swing. Gustav Stickley was one of its proponents. His magazine The Craftsman featured actual construction plans for homes that would accommodate the working laborer. These homes can be found throughout the Midwest and West in neighborhoods built after each of the two major world wars.

Practical and beautiful, they are being lovingly restored.

Small is nice. However, one can see in the February 1902 issue of The Craftsman, in an article called “Planning of the Home” by Irene Sargent and the accompanying two-story house design by Henry Wilkinson, that Gustav Stickley already had his eye on larger homes and richer homeowners.

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Home design by Henry Wilkinson, 1902

 

Now say, “Pasadena Bungalow” and what comes to mind are the Greene and Greene masterpieces of American Arts & Crafts design. Two of these homes, the Blacker and Gamble houses were built in the exclusive Oak Knoll neighborhood of Pasadena. A third, the Thorsen home was built in Berkley.

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Blacker House, Pasadena

By anyone’s definition, these homes were opulent. The Blacker home for instance, was built in 1907 at a cost of $100,000, almost $3,000,000 in today’s dollars. In the Greene brothers’ design one sees the lofty ambitions of a Swiss chalet, or the low hanging roof and support beams of a Japanese pagoda.

Living along the west coast with its rich traditions of native woods, the Greene brothers incorporated exotic woods in their construction – imported mahogany and teak, and native Lawson cypress and redwood. The Greene brothers were also not shy about designing the interior furnishings of their homes. Not only did they furnish the paneling and wainscoting, stair railings and posts, but also the dining room tables at which the homeowners sat with family and friends.

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These pieces are lovingly recreated by Stickley in its Pasadena Bungalow collection. Discover the beauty of the round Thorsen dining table and the modern lines of the Oak Knoll rectangle table. Sit on the recreated Blacker chair or the East Colorado. There are many pieces to choose form.

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Oak Knoll table and Blacker chairs

Available at Traditions Home in Wichita and Traditions Furniture in Overland Park.

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Stickley May Sale

Last chance to buy Stickley at 2016 prices

From living room to dining room to bedroom, this is the last chance to buy all the quality furniture that Stickley makes at 2016 prices. You thought that Stickley was known for Mission and the world famous Gustav Stickley inspired Morris chair.

It is. But Stickley also manufactures quality sofas and occasional chairs in dozens of styles that are made to order.

Stickley Selectionals

Pick an arm, choose a back, then add a base style to get a look that you like. Stickley Selectionals makes it easy. Arm styles include Pleated, Rolled, English, Track, Sock, Traditional and Club. For detail, add nail-head or not. There are three ways to finish the back. Then select a base that is skirted or exposed with block or bun foot.

Selectionals makes it easy. And now is your last chance to order at 2016 prices.

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Stickley 200 Series Sofa

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Last Chance Stickley

Last chance to buy Stickley at 2015 prices.

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There is not much more to say, but that Stickley is simply beautiful. Oh yes, and for a limited time the Harvey Ellis rocker (available in oak and cherry with any grade 3 leather seat) can be purchased for $799.

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Harvey Ellis rocker

And what if you want to seat two? Get the Harvey Ellis Settee in cherry for $1499.

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Harvee Ellis Settee

While we are on the subject of seating, what do you do for the heart of your home. Take a look at this. Gather round the distinctive new Gathering island or sit on the Highlands Sectional Sofa, put your feet gently on the matching square Highlands cocktail table, or claim the Highlands chair and ottoman all to yourself. I thought you’d never ask. The rug, Monterey Grove.

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Highlands Living Room

 

 

Have we given you enough to dream about? Dream on…

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Oak Knoll Spindle bed, master dresser, night stand

This collection is solid wild black cherry, with blackwood accents. It is the new Pasadena Bungalow bedroom. Did you ask? The rug is Monterey Mist.

Tomorrow is another day, and we dine at the Exeter dining table in solid cherry or mahogany, seated at the Manchester hostess chairs with the Classic Display Cabinet looking on.

 

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Exeter dining table, Manchester chairs, and Classic display cabinet

There are many names for it – the study, lounge, library, even the family room. Somewhere that is a little less formal, and one can have a quiet moment of peace. Stickley says, “Make each day feel like the weekend.” Choose the Chicago sofa, pair it up with the Gathering Island, or make it a sectional.

 

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Chicago sofa

You can read all about the Stickley Sale, where it is your last chance to buy Stickley at 2015 prices from the comfort of the Bustle Back Arm Morris Recliner, available at the special price of $2799.

 

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Something original, Bustle Back Bow Arm Morris Recliner

An extraordinary dinner

Is your dining experienced ordinary or extraordinary?

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Stickley Modern Cherry double pedestal table (91-2053-2lvs)

 
The family gathers round the dinner table at meal time. I talk about a bad day at the office, mother does too, Billy says he forgot his homework and got in a fight, and Susy heard her best friend was talking about her at school.

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Stickley Modern boat-shaped table

Drama, that is what dining is, a Freudian session where we work out the day’s dilemmas and find common ground. Get it out, talk it over, and somehow things don’t seem as bad as they once did. And the weekend is always a day or two away. Let’s talk instead about Leonardo DiCaprio getting best actor when the bear was the better actor. Two and a half minutes of the bear doing all the mauling and Leonardo looking like a rag doll and saying “Argh” and “Arrr.” Who said the Oscars were fair?

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Stickley Modern oval table

There is nothing ordinary about a Stickley modern dining table. Begin with the fact that it is made of beautiful black cherry that comes from a North American forest. Consider that Stickley’s environmentally conscious philosophy creates more cherry trees for future generations than the past. Take the style of the double pedestal cherry table with silkscreen accents that spans an impressive 74 inches and extends to 106 inches.
“Extraordinary,” you say, and I say, “Doubly so,” since this double pedestal table has a hand-rubbed finish and comes in a choice of finishes from natural cherry to dark.

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Like the movies, no forests are hurt

 

Think it over and you will come to the same conclusion. Stickley makes the very best dining room tables in America. Stickley’s Modern Collection includes not only the stunningly beautiful double pedestal table, but also an oval style, a rectangular table, and a boat-shaped dining table.
Stickley – something to talk about, Stickley – always extraordinary.

My favorite piece of Stickley.

Everybody likes a sale.

And everybody respects President’s Day and the four presidents, George Washington, Theodore Roosevelt, Thomas Jefferson, and Abraham Lincoln who appear on Mount Rushmore. This is why we have combined Presidents’ Day with Stickley to offer great savings on your favorite piece of Stickley.

But what if you had to pick your favorite piece of Stickley to go with your favorite president.

What and who would you pick?

Choice one.

George Washington picks the Owasco Cannonball bed made of cherry, naturally.

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Teddy Roosevelt picks the Morris Recliner by Leopold Stickley. There he sits, quietly thinking, “Courtesy is as much a mark of a gentleman as courage.”

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Thomas Jefferson might pick the Piedmont sideboard. Called hunt boards by modern furniture enthusiasts, small sideboards were popular as a place to place a calling card.

The traditional Piedmont sideboard
The traditional Piedmont sideboard

More to come….

Presidents’ Day

Presidents’ Day is a national holiday celebrated on the third Monday of February.

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George Washington

Some think we are celebrating George Washington’s Birthday (February 22nd, 1732), some think we’re celebrating the combined birthdays of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln (February 12th, 1809), and some think it better to honor the memory of all presidents.

Take your pick.

It began in 1879 as a national holiday celebrating George Washington’s birthday, but at varying times it has been referred to as Presidents’ Day, President’s Day, and Washington’s and Lincoln’s Birthday.

Sometimes it seems that we can’t agree on much.

We think you will agree that George Washington would prefer we celebrate all US presidents. After all, he had the wisdom and foresight to retire gracefully, remarking in his Farewell Address that interwoven in our collective body “…is the love of liberty with every ligament of [our] hearts.”

Something we all agree on.

Traditionally, George Washington’s Birthday was celebrated with all things cherry: cherry pie, cherry cake, or just a huge bowl of cherries and cream. By tradition, since 1862 and the Civil War, the Senate reads George Washington’s Farewell Address to remind us that sacrifice and the love of liberty makes us Americans.

At Traditions Furniture in Downtown Overland Park and Wichita, we like to celebrate Presidents’ Day by offering 42% off your favorite piece of Stickley.

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Presidents’ Day