It is raining. It has been raining for a week. Rain, rain, and more rain, and in Kansas no less, not Portland or Seattle where they could use rain to cool things off. I am lying in bed, thinking about Irving Berlin’s patriotic WWI song, Oh! How I Hate to Get up in the Morning. I am thinking about Independence Day, July 4th, 2021. There are a lot of good reasons to get up in the morning.
This one is the Stickley Independence Day Sale. 40% off Stickley’s msrp on Mission, Park Slope, and Highlands collections.
We are closed Sundays and Mondays because five days a week is enough to shop for the Best Home Furnishings in Overland Park and Wichita.
Oh, I did get up. Grumpy and cross, walked downstairs. When the wife yelled, “Let the dogs out!” So, in my T-shirt and shorts, I let the dogs out, and we all got wet in the morning.
Next week is the High Point Furniture Market in North Carolina.
For a change, we are driving instead of flying. It is a trip of a thousand miles that will take us several days instead of several hours. Then, I noticed that we are going through Memphis, that’s right, Memphis, Tennessee. Just like Johnny Cash, Memphis, Tennessee. Why, in 1954, Johnny Cash moved to Memphis, where he sold appliances, while studying to be a radio announcer. And yes, was discovered at Sun Records, and where he recorded, Going to Memphis.
Not his most memorable song, but a good one.
If you want to stay in Memphis, then you need go no further than your living room.
That is, if you have the new Memphis sofa by Stickley. Did you see that coming?
It makes a dramatic statement. Rich, distressed leather, specially made in Savoy leather in Royal or Tobacco. A broad six-inch track arm and block feet give it modern lines and a commanding presence, while deep, ultra-plush seat cushions invite you to sink in and stay home.
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.
Amid pleasures and palaces though we may roam, Be it ever so humble, there’s no place like TRADITIONS HOME
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!
There’s no place like home, said three times with feeling.
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?
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.
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.