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.


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.

2019 stickley collector edition console



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.


Stickley 2013
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.


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.

Harvey Ellis rocker

And what if you want to seat two? Get the Harvey Ellis Settee in cherry for $1499.

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.

Highlands Living Room



Have we given you enough to dream about? Dream on…

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.


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.


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.


Something original, Bustle Back Bow Arm Morris Recliner

An extraordinary dinner

Is your dining experienced ordinary or extraordinary?

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.

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?

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.

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.

My favorite piece of Stickley.

Everybody likes a sale.

And everybody respects President’s Day and the four presidents, George Washington, Theodore Roosevelt, Thomas Jefferson, and Abraham Lincoln who appear on Mount Rushmore. This is why we have combined Presidents’ Day with Stickley to offer great savings on your favorite piece of Stickley.

But what if you had to pick your favorite piece of Stickley to go with your favorite president.

What and who would you pick?

Choice one.

George Washington picks the Owasco Cannonball bed made of cherry, naturally.


Teddy Roosevelt picks the Morris Recliner by Leopold Stickley. There he sits, quietly thinking, “Courtesy is as much a mark of a gentleman as courage.”

Thomas Jefferson might pick the Piedmont sideboard. Called hunt boards by modern furniture enthusiasts, small sideboards were popular as a place to place a calling card.

The traditional Piedmont sideboard
The traditional Piedmont sideboard

More to come….

Presidents’ Day

Presidents’ Day is a national holiday celebrated on the third Monday of February.

George Washingto
George Washington

Some think we are celebrating George Washington’s Birthday (February 22nd, 1732), some think we’re celebrating the combined birthdays of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln (February 12th, 1809), and some think it better to honor the memory of all presidents.

Take your pick.

It began in 1879 as a national holiday celebrating George Washington’s birthday, but at varying times it has been referred to as Presidents’ Day, President’s Day, and Washington’s and Lincoln’s Birthday.

Sometimes it seems that we can’t agree on much.

We think you will agree that George Washington would prefer we celebrate all US presidents. After all, he had the wisdom and foresight to retire gracefully, remarking in his Farewell Address that interwoven in our collective body “…is the love of liberty with every ligament of [our] hearts.”

Something we all agree on.

Traditionally, George Washington’s Birthday was celebrated with all things cherry: cherry pie, cherry cake, or just a huge bowl of cherries and cream. By tradition, since 1862 and the Civil War, the Senate reads George Washington’s Farewell Address to remind us that sacrifice and the love of liberty makes us Americans.

At Traditions Furniture in Downtown Overland Park and Wichita, we like to celebrate Presidents’ Day by offering 42% off your favorite piece of Stickley.

Presidents' Day
Presidents’ Day