weekends at traditions home

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how do you spend your weekends
with friends, or
on the beach,
out of reach
on a peak where no one speaks

on a long, long walk
off a short pier

with no fear,
far out in space,
or

at a special place with a special friend,
or,
all alone at home

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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.

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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It’s spring, let’s rock!

“It’s spring, let’s rock!”

An off hand remark I imagine Charles and Henry Green might have jokingly said from the porch of their Bungalow home in Pasadena, California.

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Greene and Greene architects

Charles and Henry Greene were brothers, born in Ohio, raised in West Virginia, who studied architecture in St. Louis and Boston, then in 1893 followed Horace Greeley’s advice and headed west to the small town of Pasadena, California.

The architecture firm of Greene & Greene was born. Between 1907 and 1909, their flair for American Arts & Crafts design would reach its zenith  with the construction of the “ultimate bungalows” — one of which is the Gamble House in Pasadena.

Available at Traditions Furniture in Wichita and Overland Park.

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Are you Blue?

Traditions Home wants to know:

Are you blue?

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my baby’s got blue eyes

You’ve got personality

A Personality Color Code tells you that if you are, then you are true, passionate, and creative. The other personality colors are red, yellow, and white, allowing no possibility of the many shades and hues that fill up the rainbow of colors our world is filled with. Nor, does the code allow for the many shades of grey and white.

Maybe, your baby’s got blue eyes.

Maybe blue reminds you of the ocean waves and the deep blue sea, or the blue sky on a mountain side. Maybe blue is your favorite flower or the color of your true love’s eyes. Maybe, your baby’s got blue eyes. And maybe you like the way it rhymes with “you”.

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The color code may not be accurate, but it makes us curious to wonder what pseudo-psychologist say about our blue fascination. No Rorshach test here.

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Blues are steady as the waves, ordered as the tides and enduring as the ocean. Blues love with a deep passion. They are the well-spring of our society, creators of our culture, ones who foster home and love. They are loyal and true blue in the most trying circumstances, even when clouds turn the skies grey. They strive to be the very best.

If your are blue, we have the perfect room for you.

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And the perfect sofa

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The Century Furniture, Made To Measure One Sofa, 10-50. Details: Fabric: 71317-59, 2 toss pillows (20×20) 20552L58, VIP Mitered Box Design w/BR163-56 on Front Side of Back Cushions & Top Side of Seat Cushions, BR163-56 at Base of Skirt, Spring Down – STD, Track Arm Straight Cushion, Loose Pillow Back, Welted, Waterfall Skirt.

Made to Measure by Century Furniture means choice – 13 custom arm options, including the Track Arm (shown), 5 custom leg and base options, including Waterfall Skirt (shown), 7 seat and cushion options, and thousands of beautiful Century fabrics.

The eyes tell the story

Traditions Home has an extensive collection of artwork. Each one tells a story.

Speculum mentis est facies et taciti oculi cordis fatentur arcana. St. Jerome letter to Furia 394

In a letter dated 394 AD to Furia, a recent Roman widow, St. Jerome advises her to not remarry and instead devote her life to her children and aging father. He goes on to say, “The face is the mirror of the mind and a woman’s eyes without a word betray the secrets of her heart,” which has come down to us as general advice to both sexes. Perhaps that is why eyelids are painted, closed, or hidden by bangs.