1959, How your mom looked

1959, President Dwight Eisenhower, Premier Nikita Khrushchev and their wives attend a formal state dinner at the White House. The rest of America wanted to go to the beach and enjoy pure summer fun.

Popular television – “Rawhide”, “Bonanza” and “The Twilight Zone”.

Movies – “Some Like it Hot”, “Ben Hur”, and “North by Northwest”.

Books – A Separate Peace by John Knowles, Hawaii by James A. Michener, Goldfinger (James Bond, #7) by Ian Fleming.

Castro takes Cuba. Khrushchev debates Nixon. Alaska and Hawaii become states. Dad wore a suit and a tie. Mom rang a bell for dinner and yelled, “Don’t be late!”

Is this how your mom looked?

Sofa Trends

What’s new in sofas, what looks good? Is it long or short? Is it rounded and curved? Or straight and tight? Is it blue or green, is it white? A button down, tuxedo, tufted, Fred Astaire fashionable and elegant, are we “Putting on the Ritz”? Please, make it velvety and soft?

What will you do for your favorite lounging spot?

Traditions Home is your best resource in Kansas for sofas in all shapes and sizes, with stripes or spots, long or short. Locations in Wichita and Overland Park, since 1984.


Cornered definition, forced into a place or situation from which it is hard to escape.
“Nothing is more frightening than being cornered by a wild, bloodied beast.”


Baldwin sofa by Stickley

Every room has a corner, unless its round. The Baldwin sectional sofa by Stickley has you safely cornered. Now that’s nice. Choice of fabrics.

When it comes to visual design – whether in photography or in film or in interior design — angles are vitally important. And your choice has subtle psychological implications: it affects how we view the room, the individuals, or their situation. Are they at odds, or comfortably seated and engaged? The ancient Chinese understood this. Feng Shui, the “art of placement,” considered the flow of energy in a room, placing importance on the removal of obstructions to allow the free the flow of Ch’i.

If cornered, then comfortably so.

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Designer Don’ts

Great interior designers spend a lot of time telling you what to do. That’s great, but what about the don’ts? They may not be as important as the dos, but then homeowners are not always likely to listen to everything their designer tells them to do. Sometimes, we like go “rogue”. Sarah Palin, shout out! That’s fine, but let’s not go crazy, like a peanut butter, bacon, and banana sandwich.

By the way, the grammar police called to say, punctuation is important. Speaking of “dos and dno’ts,” Eats, Shoots & Leaves, that charming little book on the pitfalls of punctuation, recommends “do’s and don’t’s,” so does the Associated Press, but why confuse the eye?  As an aside, I also have a problem with putting commas inside quotation marks. Again, convention is not always pretty. Besides, the British don’t, why should I if it offends me to do so.

Grammar is intended to elucidate, to smoothe pronunciation, and to make clear the writer’s meaning. Isn’t this what interior design is all about?

My don’t today is don’t buy everything from the same store.

This may sound strange since we are a home furnishings store. But even we recognize that different brands offer different qualities, different styles, different options. This mistake occurs most often when one goes to a Clearance Sale and finding everything at a reduced price, buys this and that without thinking how it is going to look together. A Victorian settee is not going to look good with an Eames chair. Queen Victoria would turn over in her grave if she saw it, so would the husband and wife designer team of Charles and Ray Eames.

Slow down, park that pony out front, belly up to the bar and have a drink. Great interior design is a process that takes time. The pieces that inhabit your living space represent you life and the memories that have taken place.

Patience is key! You will find the right piece when the right moment occurs.