Meet us at the intersection of fashion and design. We explore trends like the revival of ever-lovely lace, which is turning up on both runways and tabletops.
62 Turning Tables
How very Interesting! We think you’ll enjoy the Interest-inspired telescope we created using pinboards that captured our imaginations.
Around Town: Savannah
From a fabrics parlor to a charming pub, Day of Savannah’s drool-worthy Back in the Day Bakery guides us on a memorable customized tour of her adopted city.
78 Tangled Up in Blue and White
The classic color scheme of blue and white transcends time, as does designer Anna Barker’s interpretation of it. (We love that she chose the Bunny Williams “Brush Stroke” lamps to echo traditional Chinese pottery.)
226 Tips From the Trade
Integrating modern art into a traditional setting can be an art in itself, so we turned to the pros to glean tips. The key, says designer Jamie Drake, is making the mix look purposeful and intentional.
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Cathy career spans work as an author, magazine writer, design marketer, lecturer, and interior designer. Her book—Designs on Film: A Century of Hollywood Art Direction ( November 2010)— represents the marriage of her two passions: design and cinema. She is a contributing writer for Traditional Home magazine and The Huffington Post and is features editor for Array magazine. She also writes the blog Cinema Style.
Having worked as a visual display artist, as production director, and as photo editor at Traditional Home magazine, Jo Ann now works as a stylist and provides interior consulting services. Born in Des Moines, Iowa, Jo Ann lives .
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Los Angeles regional contributor for Traditional Home magazine and brings to TRAD home more than 20 years of producing, writing, styling, and, more recently, photographing for such titles and companies as British Elle Decoration, Ralph Lauren Home Collection, and Renovation Style, among other magazines, books, and Web sites Dare lives in the Pasadena area of Southern California with her family.
Terry Fisher is a food and lifestyle photographer, coauthor of the food blog Spoon Fork Bacon, and author of the cookbook Tiny Food Party! She currently resides in Los Angeles with her two grumpy cats.
Day (with her husband, Griffith) is the founder of Savannah’s Back in the Day Bakery.
A self-taught baker, she has a true enthusiasm for enriching lives through baking. She and Griffith cowrote The Back in the Day Bakery Cookbook.
Photographer Michael Garland has been a regular contributor to Time,, Esquire, and entertainment magazines. He has worked for dozens of interior design magazines and books, including Traditional Home and Veranda.
A member of the Cinematography Guild, he has shot and directed many videos for causes he believes in.
David A. Land is a New York-based photographer. He studied at the Art Center College of Design, earning a degree in photography. Recently, David has taken his interest in visual storytelling and expanded into video. He lives in Brooklyn with his husband and his favorite subject, their son Simon.
John Bessler is a native New Yorker who was trained in the art of home photography both in school and in the field. He uses his camera and lighting to illuminate images of interiors, as well as artisans, furniture, crafts, travel, and food. He also enjoys photographing portraits of designers, architects, and homeowners, of whose talents he stands in awe.
After 14 years in public relations and publishing, Karen Millet decided to pursue her passion for the visual arts.
Her photography has appeared in Conde Nest Traveler, Traditional Home, House Beautiful, and California Homes, to name a few.
Elizabeth Bieber received a degree in interior design from The University of Georgia and began her career as a designer. Taking her affinity for interiors a step further, she worked as homes editor for Coastal Living magazine and has since become a contributor for a variety of national and regional magazines—writing, producing, art directing, and styling homes, gardens, travel, food, and lifestyle stories.
Since graduating from the Savannah College of Art and Design, Bill Bennett has focused on architectural and interior photography. Although his work takes him to locations far and wide, he is based in Charleston, South Carolina.
Brian Jordan is a
New York City-based commercial photographer who specializes in architectural photography. When he is not shooting he is out sailing.
After graduating with a degree in architecture, Rebecca chose a career in photography. Her life has since come full circle— she now shoots interiors for architects and interior designers. She lives in Manhattan with her husband, Erik, and her son, Theo.
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Angeles-based lifestyle and design writer. Her byline appears regularly on Apartment Therapy and in Angelina, Rue, Angelina Interiors, and village, among others.
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Occupation: Founder of Latitude, a site that delivers hard-to-find fashion and home accessories from around the world.
Location: New York
What was the inspiration behind Latitude? The idea was hatched on a visit to Cambodia. I realized it was impossible to access the products I found traveling unless I was able to get to their remote places of origin. I wanted to bridge that gap. Latitude was conceived to give people a way to discover these products and offer international designers an online platform.
What designers do you admire? When I think of Ariel Sisters dedication to providing sustainable work for ex-gang members through her accessories is line, Sequence, and the artisans in northern Mexico who spend three months meticulously hand-weaving one scarf, I am reminded that some of the world’s most substantive fashion is devoid of a logo and never sees a runway.
Tell us about your favorite destinations.
India is at the top of my list of favorite shopping destinations. It’s not a breeze, but that’s also the beauty of it. Mexico City is pulsating with artistic and creative energy. Comb the local markets for traditional embroidered peasant blouses and colorful, kitschy bags, and then pop over to the best concept store in town—Celeste.
What does traditional mean to you?
Something that is endemic and authentic to a culture. Something time-honored.
Do you own something traditional that you’ll never toss? My mom’s vintage Chinese traditional dress from the ’60s!
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Occupation: Founder of Mela & Roam, an online bazaar for traditional handmade Indian textiles.
What inspired Mela & Roam? My husband’s job moved us to Malaysia, and I accompanied him on trips throughout Southeast Asia. I had a mission to visit as many local bazaars as possible and kept meticulous notes on artists and collectives making things I’d never seen. After we returned to Texas, I rented a booth at a weekend market and imported my finds. After leaving empty-handed and having sales continue after the show, it became clear I’d haphazardly created a business.
What are your favorite places to shop abroad Indonesia, for antique batik sarongs; Colombo, Sri Lanka, for the most precious silver coffee spoons; Jaipur, India, for jewelry that transforms you into an exotic princess; and Bangkok, Thailand, for everything but the kitchen sink.
Any tips on shopping abroad? Buy what you love and you will never regret it. I’ve carted hand woven dhurries and teak statues back from travels, and though clearing customs took an especially long time, I never minded the hassle.
I will have these pieces forever. Dealing with over stuffed carry-on is fleeting.
Any upcoming collaborations you’d like to share with us? I recently joined forces with Cheryl Schulke of Stash to make one-of-a-kind weekenders, totes, and small-essentials bags constructed from my textiles and their leather.
I was in India with one of the pieces, and I was accosted in two airports by several women clamoring for my bag!
Tell us about your favorite shopping destination. Nothing beats a trip to Round Top, Texas. It’s rare that I miss a chance to sip iced tea and shop for antiques, junk, and curiosities in the middle of cow pastures.
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Occupation: Founder of The Bootstrap Project, a nonprofit organization that helps support artisans and communities promoting their long-practiced crafts.
Location: New York
Tell us about The Bootstrap Project It’s about celebrating cultures and creating sustainable development. I worked at the Rwanda Criminal Tribunal, prosecuting the people responsible for the genocide there. On my breaks, I traveled to the markets and met incredibly talented people producing beautiful, unique crafts. I also learned how globalization was impacting these markets: Fewer people were passing down the traditions because cheap plastic replacements were pushing out the traditional pieces. Jobs and traditions that bind a people were being lost.
Where are your favorite places to shop? You can learn the most about a country by interacting with people in the markets. My favorites are Marché aux Puces in Paris and Market in Tajikistan. And I love searching through Etsy. Things are so much more special when I know who makes them.
What does traditional mean to you? Traditional is very powerful. It means the traditions that mothers pass down to their daughters.
Is there a particular artisan you want our readers to know about? All of the artisans are special people, but I’ll highlight just Solid one— . Saliva lives in Tajikistan, a country that has seen tough times. Through it all, Saliva has carried on the tradition of creating the Tajik Susan textiles.
Mothers create Susan is for their daughters, but each woman of the community makes a piece. Each symbol has meaning and is a wish from mother to daughter. On every Susan, a small portion is left unfinished, so that when the girl becomes a mother, she can use her Susan to teach her own daughter the tradition.
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At home and on the runways, tie-dye gets a smart upgrade. The psychedelic print-reminiscent of the 1960s and ’70s—makes a comeback, defining the spirit of summer.
trends seem to resurface in 20-year cycles. This holds true for tie-dye, the wacky and vivacious pattern whose previous reincarnation captured a particular moment in the 1990s, when Ben & Jerry’s shirts were the outfit of summer and tie-dye kits were practically a mandated slumber party activity.
Originating with the Japanese practice , the tie-dye technique caught on in the late 1960s and early 1970s when hippie counterculture demanded a rejection of the conservative rules of dress. In the ’90s, the trend emerged again, this time through mass-produced, mainstream fashion.
Two decades later, the unofficial uniform of Jimi Hendrix, Deadheads, and ice cream lovers gets a makeover with lines from designers like Band of Outsiders, House of Holland, and Alberta . The variety of applications—from Elite Saab’s red-carpet-ready, floor-length gown to Tory Burgh’s sporty a testament to the versatility of the pattern and its appeal across the sartorial spectrum.
Boston designer Stephanie Rossi of Rosso Interior Design makes a splash with this scene-stealing wallpaper from Throne. “Tie-dye reinterpreted into colorful, organic, swirling patterns can easily take the place of more traditional floral and geometric patterns,” says Rossi. “It makes quite the impact when used for draperies, upholstery, and wallpaper. Tie-dye can be playful, elegant, dark, or moody, depending on color, scale, and application
Designer Jennifer McConnell created a tie-dye-inspired room for Pearson Furniture in the 2012 Hampton Designer Show house. “I love layering bold patterns,” says McConnell. “I think as long as you have a theme tying your patterns together, you can’t go wrong.” In this case, the unifying theme is playfulness and whimsy. Notice that the prints—the striped carpet and tie-dyed window treatments—really don’t match. They work together because of their whimsical motifs. The neutral sofas help ground the room and keep it from getting out of control.