Segovia is my favorite city in all of Spain and Castile – winding alleyways, Romanesque churches around every corner, pedestrian streets where no cars go, the smell of roast suckling pig, the shops – all surrounded by the city’s medieval wall bordered by two rivers and a green-belt park.

Segovia’s favorite attraction is the aqueduct, but one of my favorites is the nighttime view of the main cathedral off the Plaza Major.


Pretty in Pink

Since 1944, Sherrill Furniture has proudly built furniture in Hickory, North Carolina area. Sherrill uses skilled craftsmen who combine time honored manufacturing techniques, and the highest quality materials, to hand build each piece of furniture for your home. Traditions Furniture is equally proud to offer Sherrill sofas and chairs as part of its offering of only the best. Sherrill offers sofa styles contemporary to traditional, and offers literally thousands of colors, weaves, and patterns in its fabric inventory, more fabrics in stock than any other upholstered furniture manufacturer.

Through the month of August Traditions Furniture in Overland Park and Traditions Home in Wichita are taking an additional 10% off custom orders.

John Keats, La Belle Dame

John Keats (1795 -1821) poems reflect his premonition of mortality (he would die at the age of 26 from tuberculosis). This premonition perhaps arises from the early deaths in Keats life of his father and mother, when Keats was 8 and 14.

La Belle Dame Sans Merci

I met a lady in the meads,
Full beautiful – a faery’s child,
Her hair was long, her foot was light,
And her eyes were wild.

I made a garland for her head,
And bracelets too, and fragrant zone;
She looked at me as she did love,
And made sweet moan.

She took me to her elfin grot,
And there she wept and sighed full sore,
And there I shut her wild wild eyes
With kisses four.

And there she lulled me asleep
And there I dreamed – Ah! woe betide! –
The latest dream I ever dreamt
On the cold hill side.

I saw pale kings and princes too,
Pale warriors, death-pale were they all;
They cried – ‘La Belle Dame sans Merci
Hath thee in thrall!’

An excerpt from La Belle Dame Sans Merci written by John Keats in 1819.

Keats’ poem  was composed in a letter to his brother George in America two years before his death. The words are purposefully vague, suggesting a theme of chivalry and unrequited love. Both the knight and lady are mysterious figures whose thoughts and actions are largely unexplained, so typical of Romantic poets of the 19th century reacting against the harsh reality of the Enlightenment. ‘Twas Keats who said, “Beauty is truth, truth beauty, that’s all ye need to know…”

La Belle Dame Sans Merci translates to the “Lady without Mercy”.

Double your pleasure

This Friday evening, Traditions Furniture and Prairiebrooke Arts Gallery will host a dual event. Traditions will present Dana Dean, Stickley Furniture expert, who will review the new designs, colors, and styles of Stickley Furniture. Prairiebrooke will host Susan Gingrich, a local artist who will present her most recent work.

There will be food, wine, and fun. Join us from 5 – 8 p.m. for the best party in Downtown Overland Park.

Tone on tone

What tone means is simple. It’s how light or dark a color is, rather than the actual color. Every color produces a variety of tones; how light or dark these are depends on the color. It’s important to realize that tones are relative, that how dark or light they seem depends on what’s going on around them. A tone that’s obviously light in one context may seem darker in another if it’s surrounded by even lighter tones.

White tones are often used in design. White is neutral, it is a strong contrast to the use of  color in paintings and accessories. White is cool and refreshing. White expands the living area by reflecting natural sunlight. Along with the use of texture, tonal whites can make for a thoroughly casual setting.