You’ll fall in love with the building; the building with the name ‘Strang Trolley Carbarn,’ the home of ‘Traditions Furniture.’ It sets in historic downtown Overland Park at the north end of Santa Fe Trail Road. The Strang Carbarn was built at the turn of the last century. It served as the home of the Strang Trolley Car Line which ran from downtown Kansas City to what was to become Overland Park. The building is a landmark in Overland Park. The trolley line was the dream of William Strang and was the acorn from which the city of Overland Park developed. There is a long tradition with the building, the company, and its contents. It’s all there on the wall as you enter and encounter the many beautiful items within this remarkable space.
On a beautiful Tuesday afternoon the area was bustling. It was even a little difficult to find a parking spot on Santa Fe. Santa Fe has angled parking, just like a lot of small towns did years ago. In Traditions Furniture you will love how much “stuff” there is to look at. You would be lucky to have Laura, who works there assist you. She’ll share so many details about Stickley Furniture, Highland House, Theodore Alexander and much more. The staff there is knowledgeable and available to come to your home for consulting. Whenever you ask someone if they’d heard of Traditions, a lot of people had. Some have shut themselves off to going there because they think it’s too expensive. It’s quite the contrary. You’re able find many affordable items.
In my article ‘Choreographer of Your Space’ we discussed the eight principles of design. Stretching is the process of enabling ourselves to reach further, to open our minds and bodies to new possibilities, to conceive and achieve the imaginable. This article is intended to reach those out there who sometimes deny themselves quality. When you have a well-crafted piece, like those offered at Traditions, it can take you to another level of design. Instead of filling your home with ‘remakes,’ why not stretch your budget by saving up for a particular piece. Perhaps one way to acquire a piece is to come into Traditions and sign up to win the Harvey Ellis Wedding Mirror, being given away every month. Another way to view the design capabilities of the staff is to visit the 42nd Annual Symphony Designers Showhouse. The two rooms they decorated are the foyer and the library.
Every time we do something nice for ourselves, we are reminded of how we deserve to be treated. So therefore we need to be respectful of our giving and receiving. Too much either way and the balance is off. A gift of quality is deserved and can be found at Traditions. When you surround yourself with gifts of handmade quality, love, and beauty you’re richer for it. Just one piece of furniture where you see the amount of effort, time, and vision, where you can feel the craftsmanship by everyday movements as simple as opening a drawer, is something that can only make life more enjoyable.
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