Posts Tagged ‘Traditional’

Take 2: I love modern, but my house is traditional

August 5, 2011

Elle Decor’s article Reviving a Historic House beautifully illustrates how traditional and modern design compliment each other.

It doesn’t get much more traditional than the house that Ted Tuttle bought.  It was designed by Elizabeth Ayer, the first woman to graduate from architecture school at the University of Washington in 1935.

Could you ever imagine this piece in this house?

Well, hello darling……..

Or what about the Kalos chair from B&B Italia’s Maxalto collection?

Hmmm, Kalos looks right at home ….

In fact, Elizabeth Ayer could have relaxed in this chair while studying the work of her contemporary Mies van der Rohe.  And, that Barcelona couch rests just as easily in the living room as it could have when Ms. Ayer lived there.

Whether contemporary, traditional, or Modern, classic style spans time effortlessly.  Go ahead, work out your traditional bones with a bit of modern living!

I love it, but my house isn’t modern

July 25, 2011

I’ve worked for SR Hughes for ten years and I can’t tell you how many times I have heard “I love it, but my house isn’t modern.”  I think that if you love it, it doesn’t matter.

I love it, but it’s too modern

Your mother’s grandfather clock and Heriz carpet can look beautiful next to your more contemporary pieces.

I love it, but it’s too modern.

I love this bedroom with  mirrored side tables, glass lamps and such a beautiful color palate.  The Ingo Maurer’s Zettle’z fixture, Kartell‘s Louis Ghost Chair and FLOS Kevlin Table Lamp feel right at home with their more traditional counterparts.

I love it, but it’s too modern.

What’s not to love here.  You can almost hear the warm laughter of a family gathering in this inviting dining room.

Love, it’s a funny thing.  I guess what they say is true, sometimes opposites attract.

Visit SR Hughes at Center 1— we’ll help you find the perfect mix for the way you want to live.

Simply Odegard

May 31, 2011

Finding a rug for your home is hard… but Odegard makes it really simple.  Their designs, color, quality, lasting durability, and humanitarian story make Odegard simply the best.

You can find these rugs and many other rugs on Sale at the SR HUGHES TENT SALE, June 3-5!

Traditional Architecture, Innovative Interior

May 18, 2011

Okay … around here, we call my blog beat “product.”  However, what it’s really about is putting up solutions to the challenges people face when they design their spaces.  At SR Hughes, it’s all about helping people inhabit their home, office, garden … with a unique energy.  Does the space make you feel good?  Does it function the way you want it to?  Does it uniquely reflect you?

When I meet people in the showroom, I often hear them respond to what they see with excitement … they identify a positive energy from what they’re seeing … that its contemporary, but different.  I love that — I feel lucky that we make that positive emotional connection with people!

Even with the positive reaction, I know people may struggle a bit to imagine things they see in a different context.  I understand that … whether a professional or amateur … I think that only becomes easier with practice.  One thing I can offer … it’s a favorite quote from Jens Risom

“Good design means that anything good will go well with other equally good things – contemporary or traditional.”

If one hasn’t experimented with Risom’s idea yet, she could easily fall into the trap of thinking that her traditional home by rote requires a traditional interior.  That dogma is fading, thank goodness!  We invite you to look and live forward.  Travel, experiment, and see past the usual.  The “shrinking” of the world via electronics and affordable airfare is making that easier!

This is a fantastic photo shoot from the New York Times of a 14th Century castle re-inhabited.  I think the photos do more than any of my philosophising could ever do.  Take the tour by clicking the photo below (It’ll lead you to a fantastic slide show of the castle on the NY Times website).  Dream a little! 

And by the way … if you need  a little help with a chair, a lamp, or chaise … SR Hughes represents several companies who make products shown in the shoot!

Elle Decor: Mod Meets Tradition

May 6, 2011

Hickory chair is a favorite because of their classic, well-made pieces and it’s exciting to discover their young talent to keep their look fresh!  Enjoy this article in Elle Decor debuting the mix.

Mod Meets Tradition

The Hable sisters’ witty prints translate to stylish furnishings

Written by Mireille Hyde


Katharine and Susan Hable launched Hable Construction, their Brooklyn-based textile company, in 1999, and the sisters quickly became known for their retro sensibility and vibrant color schemes. They began by selling a line of playful accessories, including throw pillows, wall hangings, and storage bins. So it may have seemed like a leap—albeit an inspired one—when they approached Hickory Chair, a traditional furniture company in North Carolina, about a potential collaboration. “It was exciting, because we were looking for a way to incorporate a more contemporary voice,” says Hickory creative director Ron Fiore. The two teams set out to develop Hickory’s first fabric collection. “We were excited to be doing something completely new,” says Susan.

The sisters adapted their patterns to Hickory’s existing palette of champagne, gray, teal, and other understated hues. The result is a union of surprising motifs and classic silhouettes. Because the Hables’ designs are entirely hand painted—not digitally manipulated to create a clean repeat—they initially posed a challenge in the translation to upholstery. “Our lines aren’t straight, and there’s no perfect match-up,” Susan explains. “But the loosened-up look and the imperfections make it more artful. I like that you can still see my hand.”

The success of the partnership may be due in part to the Hables’ comfort working with traditional furniture— they’ve revived many a flea-market find for their store by reupholstering it with their own textiles. Several of Susan’s inspirations are historic; she cites endpapers from Victorian books, geranium leaves, and the tiled floor of an old Italian hotel.

“Hickory is like the navy-blue blazer of the furniture world,” says Fiore. “You can accessorize it with anything and it will work. That’s what the Hables have done for us. The pieces are fun and cool, and they’re like nothing you see anywhere else.”


Balfour chair covered in Hematite Geranium.

Photographer: Joshua Mchugh

How do I love you? Let me count the ways…..

February 14, 2011

Saarinen, how do I love you let me count the ways……..

1. Crisp, Clean and Classic– white laminate top, white base…60″diameter and ready to seat six?

2.  Rich and warm with a wood top?  Pearwood, Rosewood, Ebonized many choices, so much to love.

3.  As a chameleon with elegant beauty able to mix into any home with any chair anytime?

4.  Small, smart and hip– great as a breakfast, game or occasional table?


5.  Oval?  Ohhhhhhh yes an Oval that is 78″ or 96″ and can easily solve the problem of wanting to sit eight.

6.  On sale?   Knoll Classics Sale February 28th – March 3rd at SR Hughes

It’s definitely love this Valentine’s Day.

One Great Piece

January 28, 2010

Once upon a time people saved for what they wanted, a valid if antiquated concept.  Especially for young people just starting out in their home, purchasing a few significant pieces of furniture or a rug and adding to them over time is a good plan. Too often, people are driven by price when selecting items for their interiors. They end up with rooms full of things that are flimsy, faddish, and unacceptable after a few years. Classic design, whether contemporary or traditional, is just that, classic. Taking into account a little wear, it will look as good fifty years from now as it does today. But looking good is not enough; you need superior craftsmanship and materials if your money is to be well spent. Your sofa won’t last long if it isn’t tied eight ways underneath all its sumptuous fabric. Although there is a trend today toward inexpensive throw-away style, you will be better served by stashing your money under your mattress and waiting until you can afford something timeless in design, carefully made and of the best quality.

Gear up for Knoll’s Annual Sale September 23 – October 1, 2011!

Classic Modern Mix

July 21, 2009

Fore June09 01blogFore June09 005BlogThe Fore home featured above is an excellent example of mixing traditional, modern and primitive designs in effect creating a fresh interesting look that is unique to each client. The Fore family started out fairly traditional but with each new home have become more modern while not losing some of the key antique pieces they have acquired. To see more of the Fore home pick up the latest Oklahoma Magazine.

Fire Sale: EcoSmart Eligible for Tax Credits

April 3, 2009

ecosmartFor those of you who have eyed these smart sexy fireplaces now is the time to save the environment as well as your greenbacks.  Uncle Sam wants to put a few more Bennies in your pocket.  Ecosmsart prices are drastically reduced and The Prez says burining renewable fuel is cool.

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