Cornered

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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Stickley Walnut Grove Collection

“If you want a Golden Rule that fits everything, this is it: Have nothing in your house that you know not to be useful or believe to be beautiful.”

William Morris, founder of the British Arts & Crafts Movement

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An American Ideal

In America, the Arts & Crafts Movement was pioneered by Gustav Stickley and Elbert Hubbard. Stickley created his revolutionary Mission style in Manlius, New York. Elbert Hubbard established the Roycroft Community in East Aurora, New York.

“When a man’s home is born out of his heart and developed through his labor and perfected through his sense of beauty, it is the very cornerstone of life.”

Gustav Stickley

“One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men. No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man.”

Elbert Hubbard

The New Walnut Grove Collection

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The American Arts & Crafts Movement in the 21st Century

Marissa Brown, Stickley’s Director of Design, presents the new Walnut Grove Collection, a fresh interpretation of the American Arts & Crafts style with a nod to Scandinavian design. Made with solid American Black Walnut, a unique collection that includes almost two dozen pieces for the living room, dining room and bedroom.

Marissa’s philosophy continues the spirit of the Arts & Crafts Movement:

“I’m creating things I want to live with, that my friends would want to live with.”

Enjoy!

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Walnut Grove

New Walnut Grove

Marissa Brown, Director of Design at Stickley Furniture introduces her new Walnut Grove collection. Arts & Crafts design with a modern Scandinavian flair, solid walnut, a collection that combines the art of furniture making and nature itself.

This contemporary and modern look spans all areas of the home from living room to dining room and bedroom, and even office. A look that is both light and airy, perfect for any style of home from Craftsman to the Modern Loft. This collection may be the first major innovation in modern design since the Bauhaus movement and Scandinavian Design.

See it now at Traditions Home in Wichita and at Traditions Furniture in Overland Park.

Walnut Grove Round Great Room

Walnut Grove

From the 1895 founding of The Chalk and Chisel Club, America’s first Arts and Crafts society, in Minneapolis, until today, the Arts & Crafts movement has not only blossomed but flourished, a celebration of the beauty of design and materials, plus the quality of craftsmanship.

Today, the look is modern and contemporary. It is a reflection of the wood’s natural beauty, the designer who creates the look, and the artistry of the workman who makes the piece.

Walnut Grove Round Great Room

In Walnut Grove, Stickley’s head of design, Marissa Brown, showcases an inspired modern design with moments of sophisticated handwork for a unique look. Contours are carefully sculpted, and structural elements are set apart to incorporate air and create a natural lightness.

Each piece is made with solid American black walnut. Then a craftsman applies a transparent finish that reveals the grain in all its beauty and complexity. Natural variations, from differences in grain pattern to a deepening of color over time, mean that pieces will vary slightly in tone—a mark of authenticity in the very best solid wood furniture. Walnut Grove is a visually rich collection that seems to have traveled directly from the craftsman’s bench to your home.

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The lost art of letter writing

Emails and instant messaging are easier and faster than letter writing. No doubt, neither of them is going away, and I can live with that.

Sometimes you need an answer ASAP.

When someone goes to the trouble of sitting down and writing a letter, then springing for a stamp that costs half a buck, then stomping though snow or rain to the mailbox at the end of the drive to send it, you can bet your last stamp they have something meaningful to say.

It’s a heart-felt message.

And what about the come-back cursive writing is making? Alabama, Louisiana, Arkansas, Virginia, California, Florida and North Carolina, have passed laws mandating that teachers teach cursive writing in school. Texas is on the way.

Otherwise, a language will be lost, as well as letter writing, love, feelings, and human relationships.

How do I love thee? How do I love letter writing and cursive writing?

Let us ask Elizabeth Barrett who courted her future husband Robert Browning by letter.

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of being and ideal grace.
I love thee to the level of every day’s
Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light.
I love thee freely, as men strive for right.
I love thee purely, as they turn from praise.
I love thee with the passion put to use
In my old griefs, and with my childhood’s faith.
I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
With my lost saints. I love thee with the breath,
Smiles, tears, of all my life; and, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better after death. 

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Stickley Mission Writing Desks

You have got to get up in the morning

It’s still dark outside, the dog’s in bed, and the eyes are closed. The night before, I partied late. I drank too much and sang that familiar old tune. If you were in the army, you remember it – Irving Berlin’s song about that hated bugle boy and the dreaded reveille:

‘Oh! how I hate to get up in the morning
Oh! how I’d love to remain in bed;
For the hardest blow of all, is to hear the bugler call;
You’ve got to get up, you’ve got to get up, you’ve got to get up this morning!

I have to remind myself, I am not in the army anymore, and I don’t have to get up, I don’t have to get up, I don’t have to get up in the morning.

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Stickley Mission Beds

Gustav Stickley started a revolution at the turn of the 20th century with his New Mission furniture. It wasn’t called mission then, that would come later. It was an American Arts and Crafts design with a focus on craftsmanship. His notion was that furniture should be “honest and simple”. What you see is what you get. Materials should be natural.

Gustav Stickley used solid construction, what-you-see-is-what-you-get joinery, and the highest quality woods from North American forests, solid oak and cherry. But that would not have been enough if Stickley didn’t create enduring designs that reflect the lifestyle of Americans.

Take a peak at the new 2010 Collector Edition Console.

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Mackintosh

There is hope in honest error; none in the icy perfectionism of the pure stylist.
Charles Rene Mackintosh

 

He died in London in 1928 after a short illness. Perhaps homesick at his death, he might have recalled the words of Robert Burns: “Flow gently, sweet Afton! amang thy green braes, Flow gently, I’ll sing thee a song in thy praise.” Youtube video.

Charles Rennie Mackintosh was born in 1868 in Glasgow, Scotland. His work there, alongside that of his equally talented wife Margaret Macdonald, influenced the fin de siècle Art Nouveau movement.

Stickley Furniture has redesigned Mackintosh’s Ingram Street Tea Room chair, and created its distinctive Highlands trestle table in the Mackintosh style. Solid oak or cherry, a natural wood for the bonnie banks of Loch Lomand. Then again, MacGregors and MacDonalds living lakeside in Kansas will enjoy it as well.

 

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stickley highlands table and mackintosh chairs

 

What memories of home does this recall to mind?

Good times and bad, lovers separated, lives forever parted. If I close my eyes and remember, I can still hear your words as we parted.

Oh! Ye’ll take the high road, and I’ll take the low road,
And I’ll be in Scotland afore ye,
But me and my true love will never meet again,
On the bonnie, bonnie banks of Loch Lomond.

‘Twas then that we parted, In yon shady glen,
On the steep, steep side of Ben Lomond,
Where, in purple hue, The highland hills we view,
And the moon coming out in the gloaming.

The wee birdies sing, And the wild flowers spring,
And in sunshine the waters sleeping.
But the broken heart it kens, Nae second spring again,
Though the waeful may cease frae their greeting.

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.