Holiday Gift Guide

Holiday Entertaining & Hostess Gifts

Stop in and take advantage of our Accessory Sale. Find all of your hostess gifts in one place!

Nest candles

Let the scent of sugar cookies, fresh pine or cinnamon and spice fill your house as you light each Nest candle. Their holiday scents are sure to help set the festive mood.

Zodax

Gather your serving dishes from us! Decanters, champagne flutes, trays and more!

Cocktail Table Books

Decorate your tables so every part of your home is party ready. We highly recommend either the Vueve or Nate Berkus books!

Fun Drink Recipe

If you’d prefer a ‘homemade’ gift for your host, we recommend filling their glass with this delicious homemade drink. The Cranberry Mimosa from Delish will be sure to impress!

We hope you have an inspired holiday season full of love and laughter!

Happy Holidays from our family, to yours!

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We are Thankful

This Thanksgiving, we share our warm wishes and hope that your blessings are too plentiful to count. Thank you for being part of who we are as we are very thankful for you.

Our hearts are full of love and these are the things we are especially thankful for this time of year.

Carolynn is most thankful for her family and friends.

Mary DJ  appreciates the hours between 10AM and 6PM for her coworker and all the special times, love and laughter.

Mary is thankful for good hair days!

Kathy is thankful for those clients that have become good friends and for the opportunity to play some small part in making their lives more enjoyable.

Suzanne is very thankful for all of us at Traditions! “You have made me (Suzanne) a much better person with your friendship, creativity and never ending support.”

Rhonda is loving her grandchildren and facetime more than ever this time of year. Thank goodness for technology helping us stay connected to our loved ones.

Kriss is thankful for coffee in the morning, good foundation that covers age spots and wine at night! But mostly, she is thankful for her health.

David is thankful for never having a bad hair day, and is most thankful for good health and good friends!

Sharon is thankful for the time to spend with her family and friends this time of year.

Nancy is thankful for her family and friends.

Sarah is thankful for her warm winter coat as we go into the coldest months of the year, her anti-frizz products, but most importantly, her family.

Emma is thankful for her family and friends, especially this time of year.

Kersten is thankful for the quiet minutes of early morning—where she can listen to nature and enjoy the moments before the day really begins.

Lauren is thankful for family and all the support they offer throughout the year.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Traditions Dinner Club

The Lynhall

Our fourth dinner was deliciously simple. The Lynhall is warm and inviting, which is especially surprising for such a large and open space. Each staff member was more welcoming than the next. It’s a fun new concept that definitely impressed.

The Lynhall has mastered the art of the community table as well as family-style cuisine. Rotisserie chicken at its finest, braised short ribs that melt in your mouth. The side red potatoes are what dreams are made of. Every crispy bite had me craving more. Every flavor – from the chicken and potatoes to the collard greens – perfectly complemented one another. The rolls were served warm with melted butter and minced garlic on top. To say they were divine would be an understatement.

The atmosphere was jovial and lively. Families gathering, friends catching up, business meetings running late into the evening. Each table was filled with a mixture of activities. The diverse use of the space was refreshing and different.

In short, we cannot wait to go back!

 

The Lynhall

P.S. You should also follow The Lynhall on Instagram, @thelynhall! They’ll make you hungry even when you just ate!

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High Point Market Recap – Fall 2017

We love heading to Market, but love returning even more! After we spend days surrounded by the new offerings, we anxiously await the arrival of our purchases, and even more so, sharing them with you! We’ll be sharing pieces as they arrive through our social media, but would love for you to come in and test them out yourself!

At the recent Fall Market, we took note of the fun vintage vibe. Many of the showrooms brought us back to our childhoods—the 70s are definitely making a comeback! The 70s style leads way for the bohemian era, highlighting the beautiful wicker, baskets, rugs and so much more! We were so thrilled to see the comeback of color—bright colors, pairings and unique uses! We also noted the mix of textures, fresh placement of trims and funky new patterns!

The flange treatment on this darling settee totally won our hearts. Combined with the frame and fabric selection, this settee screams updated traditional—which we love!

Texture, texture, texture! We couldn’t get enough of the textural play in this vignette, and will be welcoming it to our stores very soon!

In another nod to the 70s, we liked the preppy color palette in this vignette! We’re always on the symmetry bandwagon and think this look was a real winner.

We fell in love with this pink ottoman! Velvet is in vogue and we love how you can marry a pop of color with the trend.

Bohemian is here to stay! The moody blues, the layering, the textures—sheer eclectic sophistication.

We found so many great pieces at the recent Market and can’t wait to share them with you! Pieces will be arriving on a rolling basis starting very soon so we encourage you to pop in to the showrooms often!

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Fall Favorites

See the list below of our favorite Fall must-haves!

 

 

1. Late Summer Lobster Corn Chowder

2. Eileen Fisher Peruvian High-Low Sweater

3. Gucci Provincetown Loafer

4. Brown Butter Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies

5. McManis Petite Sirah

6. Kork Ease Niseda Oxford

7. White Bean Chicken Chili

 

Project Install Q&A

Ever wonder what goes into one of our interior design projects? Curious about what goes on behind the scenes to pull off and put together a whole home before the photographer comes in to capture those picture-perfect vignettes?

While most projects begin the same way, each new installation provides unique challenges and opportunities that keep our designers well engaged and coming back for more! Typically, our talented Design Consultants meet with the client, going over project details and parameters and pull together a storyboard of ideas. Depending on the scope of the project, this process can take a few days, weeks or even months. Once our Design Consultants have picked out the perfect pieces for a project, they generate a Sales Order—utilizing the same process for accessories and case goods alike—and itemize each unique piece to be ordered. Once the Sales Order is generated, we hand it off to our Logistics Coordinators, Sharon and Nancy. These ladies submit orders to each manufacturer individually and track the purchases through to delivery to our local warehouses. Meanwhile, our Design Consultants are busy on-the-ground, coordinating delivery to the project and often times, helping to make other design decisions along the way.

We caught up with David and Kriss from our Naples Team, who shed some light on their recent installs and how they transform paper plans into spectacular spaces. Without further ado, our quick Project Install Q&A!

1. What is the first step to an entire home install?
D– Double checking the orders prior to initial install, making sure we have the correct pieces, and that all the dates are organized with everyone involved—this includes the movers, the warehouse, designers and owners of the property.
K– The first step for my recent install was to meet with the builder to get his vision, and walk the house to get the feel and flow.

2. How many months of planning are typically required before the installation?
D– It depends on the size of the home, but typically four to five months of planning.
K– For the 10,000sq ft home I just installed, I began planning about six to eight months prior to the install date.

3. Do you start with the big picture and progress to the smaller details, or pick the elements out all at once?
D– The answer depends on whether or not it is a builder or a walk-in customer and what the project entails. For any project, you have to take in to account the ‘look’ the buyer wants, their budget, the layout, and how quickly they want everything. A large install requires a lot of communication and double checking…measurements, dates, style numbers.
K– For my recent install, I started with the over all look and then planned the detail down to bars of soap for the powder room and bath sheets for the pool area. Everything that is in the house and in the outside living space—beds, bedding, tables, rugs, art, dishes, pool towels—was picked for the space! I also learned to measure multiple times. Eye-balling does not always work!

4. How many people involved?
D– Depending on the size of the project, it varies.
K– There are many people involved with the process – I did the product picking with input from everyone that was working on the project and had help pulling together the product quotes and look-book. I met with the builder often to show and get approval, met with his designer that picked counter tops, flooring, paint, lighting, wallpaper – to make sure we were on the same page. There was help from the MN stores in sending fabric cuttings, and from the business office to fine tune the Sales Order and submit to the manufacturers. The install—the final step—really was an all-hands-on-deck effort. It’s helpful to have another set of  eyes (and hands) to help when finally staging things up and moving product around the house. Movers, electricians, picture hangers…the numbers really add up!

5. Creative process?
D– Determining the look, the style, the layout and the colors. There are quite a few different details not to be overlooked.
K– The creative process is the best part – especially when the install is for a ‘spec home.’ The builder has the initial idea or look that he or she is going for and after that, my job is to pull together a couple of options for approval, and then go for it. I present to both the builder and designer the proposed plan, and take in to account their input. The actual install the most creative time for me, as I get to accessorize and stage the whole home before pictures are taken and the house goes on the market for sale. The smallest details make the biggest impact, and I think that those details transform a staging project to a home that buyers can picture themselves living in.

6. How to achieve end result for photographs?
D– The lighting and accessories are key to helping achieve the polished end result for photographs.
K– The days before photographing, I like to find as many fresh pieces as I can—from flowers to plants and fruit— I love what they can add to the freshness of a space. I love to set the table, leave books open, and games unfinished so it looks like they may have been called it dinner in the middle of what they were doing. My goal with my recent install was to make it feel “homey,”  and at 10,000 square feet, it was challenging but very rewarding to see it all come together. I could envision a family living there, and that’s what sells a property to potential buyers.

 

Each install is as unique as the home itself and that’s what makes it so fun! No project scope is the same which gives our Design Consultants the opportunity to really listen to the client and hone in on what works for the individual space. The challenge of bringing a home to life through furnishings keeps David and Kriss, and our Traditions team, going back for more! To view some of the after install pictures—the beautiful vignettes captured by photographers—head over to our portfolio page.

Backyard BBQ (part 2)

Sides, Mains & Dessert

As we mentioned in part 1 of this post, nothing says summer more to us than a little Backyard BBQ with our friends and family. We love a good game of cornhole or horseshoes, a cold beverage and some yummy food to go along with it. Our least favorite part of the whole shabang is having to cook all the food—we’d rather be enjoying the festivities and not stuck inside! Luckily, all of us at Traditions know our way around the kitchen and have a couple recipes up our sleeves that are worth sharing for your next potluck style party! We hope you can enjoy some of our favorites sides, mains and desserts as much as we do!

Kersten’s Homemade Cole Slaw
1 medium Head of green cabbage
1 large crispy red apple (Honeycrisp or Pink Lady)
1 cup Mayo
1/2 cup White Distilled Vinegar
2 tablespoons White Sugar
1 teaspoon celery seed


Start by thinly slicing the head of cabbage into strips. Do a rough chop to make cabbage more bite-size.
 Slice the apple into thin strips; set cabbage and apple aside.
 In a separate bowl add vinegar and sugar and whisk until sugar is nearly dissolved. Add in mayo and whisk till creamy. Add celery seed. 
Pour mayo mixture over cabbage and apple. 
Kersten likes her coleslaw not very saucy, so she pours just enough for everything to be coated—but save the remaining sauce. Cover coleslaw and store in fridge until it is chilled. Just before serving, give it a stir and add the remaining sauce, if desired.

(Kersten said this recipe also goes great on blackened fish tacos!)

Rhonda’s Super Simple Watermelon + Herb Salad

4 cups seedless watermelon in 1 inch cubes
1/4 c whole mint leaves
1/4 c whole basil leaves
2 Tbsp parsley chopped
1 Tbsp lime juice
1 Tbsp raspberry vinegar
1/2 tsp salt
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 c diced feta (4 oz)


Combine watermelon and leaves in large bowl. Whisk together remaining ingredients and gently toss with watermelon. Gently add feta.

Cat’s Convertible Cauliflower Salad

Find any good potato salad recipe, either a tried and true or brand new recipe found online and replace the potatoes with cauliflower. Everything you love in a potato salad with the added health benefit of cauliflower!

Carolynn’s Favorite Go-To:
Grilled Sausages
Carolynn is the health nut of the store. We have all learned proper portion sizes for almost any food out there, including her quick, easy and healthy summer go-to snack!


Grilled chicken sausages – spicy or mild
Cut into chunks after grilling and serve with toothpicks to dip in an array of fancy mustard

Nancy’s Favorite:
Grilled Brats

Who doesn’t love the simplicity of a grilled brat when they’re sitting pool-side on a summer day? If you don’t, Nancy’s favorite recipe might just change your mind!

Grill brats until charred on outside, then 
put grilled brats in boiling bath of beer, sauerkraut and grainy mustard. Let brats boil until ready to serve. Serve in liquid.

Mary DJ’s BBQ

On the weekends, Mary loves to throw pork ribs on the grill and douse in her secret, homemade barbecue sauce. It’s so delicious and coveted, that she won’t share the recipe with us 😜 Maybe if you stop in and visit her at the store, she’ll share with you!

Sharon’s Mouthwatering Brisket

Brisket
4-5 lb brisket
3 oz  liquid smoke
1 cup water

Place brisket in shallow a pan and sprinkle entire bottle of liquid smoke over the top; add the water.  Bake [uncovered] at 350 degrees for 2 hours

Sauce
15 oz can tomato sauce
1/4 cup brown sugar
3 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tbsp lemon juice
A couple shakes of Tabasco sauce

Blend together.  Pour over brisket and bake additional 2-3 hours [uncovered] basting every so often.  Meat will look black but is very tender.  Slice thin. (Sharon typically doubles the sauce — she pours 1/2 over the brisket while baking and serves the rest on alongside the brisket)

Suzanne’s Sandwich of Choice:
Carolina Pulled Pork Sandwiches

Whether it’s a family gathering or a quiet night in, Suzanne’s favorite BBQ dish to make comes from Bon Appetit.  The Carolina Pulled-Pork Sandwiches are always a crowd pleaser. The vinegary barbecue sauce is the crowning moment of this finger-licking-good sandwich!

Mary McElroy’s Favorite Tasty Treat:
Key Lime Bars

No barbecue is complete without a delicious dessert. These key lime bars are the perfect cap to a fantastic meal—the tangy Key Lime juice is the perfect compliment to a hot summer night. You’ll be the hit at the party with this recipe from YourHomeBasedMom.com.

We’ve felt so inspired sharing all these recipes with you, we might just have to plan our next potluck in the courtyard of our Minneapolis store to celebrate the end of summer! We hope you enjoy these favorites as much as we do, and would love to hear how they turn out for you! Stop in to any of our 3 locations and share 😊

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Backyard BBQ (part 1)

Drinks + Starters

Nothing says summer to us like a good ‘ole fashioned Backyard BBQ. We jump at the chance to have friends and family gather together, enjoy a game of cornhole, a cold libation and some tasty dishes (Okay…maybe the only thing better than that is not having to cook all the food)! Luckily, all of us at Traditions aren’t shy when it comes to food and have a couple recipes up our sleeves for a potluck style partaaayyyy! We hope you can enjoy some of our favorites just as much as we do!

Kathy’s Favorite Drink :
Moscow Mule

Kathy loves a good drink and has recently discovered the joy that is a Moscow Mule. Refreshing with a little bite, this drink will cool you down on any hot summers day!

1/2 of a fresh lime
2 ounces vodka
4 to 6 ounces ginger beer (Kathy recommends Crabby’s Orange Ginger Beer for a fun twist!)

Squeeze the lime over the ice, add vodka and ginger beer. Stir and garnish with lime wedge.
Note: The traditional way to serve the drink is in a copper mug, but if you don’t have one handy, it tastes just as good in a glass 😜 We promise!

David’s Favorite Drink:
Whole Citrus Party Margaritas

4 navel oranges, cut into 3/4 inch pieces
2 lemons, cut into 3/4 inch pieces
2 limes, cut into 3/4 inch pieces
1/2 cup superfine sugar
1/4 cup Cointreau
1/4 cup Triple Sec
1 1/2 cups Silver Tequila (David recommends Partida Tequila)

Juice the oranges , lemons and limes. Pour the juice into a large pitcher. Add the sugar and stir to dissolve. Then stir in the Cointreau, Triple Sec and Tequila. To serve: Pour salt onto a small plate. Run a lime wedge around the top of each glass and dip the glass in the salt. Fill each glass halfway with ice and pour in the Tequila mix. Garnish with a lime wedge and enjoy!

Lauren’s Favorite Snack:
Pimento Cheese

As made by Nancy, our bookkeeper extraordinaire, who used to run a blog and has been gracious enough to share her coveted pimento cheese recipe. This spread has quickly become a store favorite!

3/4 cup mayo
8 oz. roasted red peppers in a jar
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1 pound sharp cheddar, shredded
8 oz. whipped cream cheese

In a food processor combine mayo, red peppers, cayenne and garlic powder. Pulse the cheese into the mayo mixture, approximately 10 pulses. Fold in cream cheese. Refrigerate and serve with crackers or baguette slices.


Jalapeno image from: I Breathe I’m Hungry

Kriss’s Favorite Bite:
Grilled Bacon Jalapeño Poppers

1 pkg bacon
1 jar jalapeno slices
1 container cream cheese

To make: Lay bacon out in strips. Spread cream cheese on entire strip, lay jalapeno slice on bacon and roll. You can use a toothpick to hold, but sometimes they char on the grill. Place on top rack of grill to get insides more done- some cream cheese will be lost- so put a lot in to begin with. At the end place on lower rack to get the bacon nice and crispy.

These can also be done in the oven on an aluminum lined jelly roll pan, but spray aluminum foil with non stick spray first. Pre-heat oven to 375oF. When Kriss does them in the oven, she cuts the bacon in half so the jalapenos are done all the way through. Bake for 15 minutes or until bacon is crispy. Sidenote: The smoke detector WILL inevitably go off, so be prepared with proper fanning device 😆

Stay tuned for Part 2: Sides, Mains and Dessert…COMING SOON!

 

The Lynhall

The Lynhall

“Wisdom not silver; knowledge rather than gold”

Aside from furniture and turning houses into beautiful homes, something we are fond of is testing out the new food spots in town! Now, we aren’t trained critics here, but we like good food and praising it! Last week we had the pleasure of trying The Lynhall. Located on Lyndale Avenue in Minneapolis, we were excited to visit the new locale after reading the fantastic articles and wanted to show support to our fellow Design District member, Ciel Loft & Home, who furnished the interior. Our reviews are in……drumroll……we loved it!

  Upon entering the newly opened restaurant, you are immediately greeted by the friendly staff. What seemed to be a team mentality for success allowed for prompt service and inclusion in the fun, new concept.

 

Referred to as the Culinary Community, The Lynhall offers a vast assortment ranging from exceptional coffee and perfected cocktails to delectable delights. We enjoyed sweet and savory pastries and had dreams about the brioche French toast that night. The array of offerings is as fun as the decor, and all together, it made for a charming experience!

“We are a collective of passionate educators, chefs, bakers, craftspeople, storytellers and entrepreneurs. We believe in the importance of food and its power of strengthening families, friends and communities. At The Lynhall, we entertain, engage and invite people in as we celebrate taste, teaching and togetherness.”

“At The Lynhall, we continuously strive to create a space which inspires our employees, customers, and makers to gather around great food experiences.”

We are excited to have this new concept in our neighborhood and foresee more visits in the near future. Until then, a lesson to keep in mind a la The Lynhall:

Eat
Drink
Gather
Grow

P.S. You should also follow The Lynhall on Instagram, @thelynhall!

 

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Favorite Things – Christmas 2016

This time of year can be chaotic for many. It’s nice to be reminded about our favorite things during the most stressful times.

Suzanne is loving her newlywed son and daughter in law. Spending the holidays with them has been so much fun!!

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Kersten loves enjoying sunsets on the beach with her family. Though she and her husband live in Naples, they don’t make it down to the beach nearly as much as they would like. When family comes to town this time of year, it provides the perfect reason to catch the final moments of light in the day.

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Mary enjoys the tradition of making her mom’s wild rice soup on Christmas Eve. It’s a quiet, cozy evening spent with family and a night she looks forward to each year.

Carolynn loves spending time with her friends, family and Durham, the newest four-legged addition to her family.

Lauren’s new favorite thing this year is the restaurant ie Italian Eatery. The food is spectacular and the atmosphere convivial.

Kathy’s favorite thing is ordering a complete lasagna dinner from Broder’s Cucina Italiana, on Christmas Eve, so she doesn’t have to cook (which she never does) and having all that extra time to just enjoy her family.

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Mary DJ loves going home after a long day and enjoying her decorations and the falling snow outside while sitting by the fire with a glass of wine and reading Christmas cards.

Rhonda loves her four young grandchildren at Christmas time. The joy on their faces when they open a present from grandma is enough to keep a smile on Rhonda’s face for months to come.

Nancy enjoys the thought of Christmas in Colorado with loved ones. Snow and family are all she needs during the holidays.

Lucy’s favorite thing is the Christmas lights all around town. Houses, trees, store fronts, you name it, Lucy loves it.

Glowing lights in the dark.

Happy Holidays from our family, to yours!

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