It’s almost Christmas morning here in the furniture world. What? Just kidding, but Spring Furniture Market is this weekend!!
Thanksgiving is a time for reflecting on what is important in our daily lives. One of Traditions’ favorite ways to celebrate is with our friends and family; some our fondest memories are shared around the dinner table, and what better way to share our family traditions than to give a peek into what will be on our Thanksgiving dinner plates!
Grand Raspberry Trifle
Recipe Courtesy of: Martha Stewart
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1 cup seedless raspberry jam
4 cups raspberries
2 cups heavy cream
1 1/2 pounds favorite pound cake
1. In a small saucepan, bring 1/2 cup sugar, 1/4 cup water, and lemon juice to a boil, stirring to dissolve sugar, 1 to 2 minutes. Let cool
2. In a small bowl, combine jam with 3 cups raspberries, mashing slightly. In a large bowl, while cream and 2 tablespoons sugar to stiff peaks.
3. Slice pound cake 3/4 inch thick; brush both sides of slices with lemon syrup.
4. Fit 1/3 of slices snugly in the bottom of a 4-quart trifle dish or other glass bowl, trimming edges if necessary. Gently spread top of layer with 1/3 of raspberry mixture, and then 1/3 of whipped cream. Repeat to make two more layers; garnish with remaining cup raspberries. Refrigerate until ready to serve, up to 24 hours.
“There is no Sincere Love than the Love of Food” – George Bernard Shaw
Festive Cheese Log
1 Goat Cheese Log
1/2 Cup Raspberries
1 Tablespoon Sunflower Seeds
Cracked Black Pepper
Directions: Let goat cheese sit out to room temperature. Top with fresh, or thawed frozen raspberries, sunflower seeds, and torn up mint leave. Drizzle honey overtop and cracked black pepper to taste. Serve with crackers.
2 cups Finely Chopped Pecans
1/2 cup Melted Butter
2 tsp Worcestershire Sauce
3/4 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Cayenne Pepper
1/4 tsp Dry Mustard
2 Egg Whites (beaten until fluffy)
Directions: Melt butter and set aside. Beat egg whites and add other ingredients, with butter added last. Coat pecans and put on cookie sheet and bake @ 325 for 28 mins stirring every 7 mins. Store in sealed container.
“Cut my Pie Into Four Pieces, I Don’t Think I Could Eat Eight” – Yogi Berra
Chiffon Pumpkin Pie
Bourbon Corn Pudding
Whether your day will consist of a Turkey Trot or just a turkey, we sincerely hope that your holiday is full of family, friends and fond memories!
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.
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 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!
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 🙂
Holiday Entertaining & Hostess Gifts
Stop in and take advantage of our Accessory Sale. Find all of your hostess gifts in one place!
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.
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.
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!
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!