Summer is here!

First weekend of June is here and the Traditions crew made the most of a summer weekend.

Good food, great friends, and a little wine are the perfect recipe for a summer evening. In Naples, dinner al fresco is the way to go.

 

Rhubarb Festival! 

Who knew Wisconsin had a festival exclusively devoted to rhubarb? Mark your calendars for next June. Nothing says summer like a great rhubarb crisp. See one of our favorite recipes below.

 

 

Edina Art Fair! 

For those who stayed in the Twin Cities, the Edina Art Fair was packed with great local artists, food and shopping.

Where Function meets Fabulous Design

Recently, our Naples-based designer Kriss LeCocq wrapped up her Ridge Drive project with the most exciting ending we could have hoped for—the model home sold…fully furnished! It came as no surprise to us, as this new-build home, developed by Pohlmann Properties, in the Pine Ridge Estates neighborhood embodied both style and functionality.

The 6bd/8ba house is great for entertaining and overnight guests. Secluded on an equestrian approved 2.29 acre estate site, the beautifully appointed residence incorporates fine finishes and the distinguishing characteristics of a home built for a modern family. With a spacious outdoor living space and vanishing edge pool, you may find yourself wanting to spend more time outside than in! Kriss envisioned a family moving right in and making themselves at home, and her wish came true!

We are excited that local magazine Home & Design fell in love with the project as much as we did, and are thrilled to share their article >>>.

 

 

 

It’s always fun to spot a celeb wearing the same shirt or sporting the same bag you own. We had the same feeling when watching a good show after work and noticing all of the different products we carry. From prime time television to Reality TV, we have recognized a few of our items as they make an appearance!

 

During Million Dollar Listing LA

The trendy bowl in the center of the dining table speaks to the lifestyle in Los Angeles. The unique shape and design are really what make this bowl stand out in the crowd!

The Bachelor

The traditional floral print is made young again with the youthful color and twenty-something’s who were vying for Arie’s heart. While the original pattern pre-dates Bekah M. by many decades, floral is hot once again!

 

Grey’s Anatomy

The bold, clean lines of the gold table lamps add to the overall handsome aesthetic of the show. McDreamy, McSteamy or stunning lamps – which would you choose?

 

 

Check back to see what else we find!

In honor of Valentine’s Day (and our February Bedroom Sale), we couldn’t resist sharing all the things we are loving this month!

Nothing beats celebrating the day of love with exquisite bedding from Eastern Accents. As part of our Lee Loves Local event (an initiative from Lee Industries), we welcomed Jennifer Nemeth and Ana Young of Eastern Accents to discuss all things bed linens! As another Midwest-based, family-run company, we feel an extra pull at our heartstrings in partnering with EA! Aside from solid company values, they also have amazing product to back it up.

 

Shout out to Jennifer and Ana for spending the day with us, and bringing a pair of pillows for one lucky shopper! You can’t show off your bedding without a great bed frame. Celebrating local and supporting small brick and mortar businesses, Lee Industries ranks first among our favorite source for bed frames!  You can see their entire suite of frames on their site, but we love them so much you can also see a large spread of them in our collaborations with The New Old House Co over in our Portfolio (Kenwood, Kellogg and Summit Homes).  Stay tuned…our latest project photos are coming soon!

While some people prefer chocolates and flowers for Valentine’s, our vice sounds a bit like Vueve! We don’t just mean the bubbly, although we will happily accept that now and any other time of the year…we are crushing on our Veuve coffee table book currently! Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin has been pushing boundaries since creating rosé Champagne in 1775, and now, hundreds of years later, the brand represents a complete lifestyle. This book covers the gamut and makes for a great hostess or Valentine’s gift, too!

 

 

 

We hope your February is as full of lovely things and beautiful furnishings as ours! If you find yourself in a pinch for a cute gift for Valentine’s, swing by any of our showrooms in St. Paul, St. Louis Park, or Naples, Florida….our designers will happily help you to pick out the perfect little something 🙂

XO,
Traditions

 

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!

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!

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!

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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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

 

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.