I recently moved out of a 1920s bungalow where I had been happily employing the modern cottage design aesthetic into a more customary two-story with a hint of New England taste — in North Carolina. I’ve since transitioned into being a New Traditionalist, a combination of sorts that utilizes traditional design as its base and then mixes it up by integrating some bohemian, contemporary and vintage elements. Therefore this Ideabook is as much for me as it’s for you. — Sarah in The Estate Of Things

Globus Builder

The house featured in this picture exemplifies New Traditionalism.

Pottery Barn

Bolton Lantern – $399

Both contemporary and timeless, we’ll need a lantern pendant in our entrance.


Large Woven Sea Grass Basket – $79

Whether you are keeping firewood, additional pillows or placing your fiddle leaf fig in it, these seagrass baskets are essential in virtually every interior.


Chinese Garden Stool | Wisteria – $129

So versatile, the ceramic garden stool is a great, fast accent table.

Ethan Allen

Large Ginger Jar With Lid – $399

Blue and white ginger jars and ceramics are among the major traditional elements we have to include in our area to attack the balance.


Barbara Cosgrove Pagoda Table Lamp – $299

I like the fact that though this lamp is a neutral color, it makes a statement with its shape and size.


Oyster Chest – $2,150

What a chest. It is traditional and warm with a classic feel.

Ralph Lauren

Silver Modern Hurricane – $337.50

I like all kinds of glass hurricanes on mantels and coffee tables. This Ralph Lauren hurricane puts a little spin on the traditional hurricane layout with a polished silver rim.

Natural Curiosities


Horse graphics are so hot right now. They give a timeless, Ralph Lauren vibe.

Williams-Sonoma Home

Farallon Chair – $395

I’d love to place two chairs or rattan chairs in a round base table for games or conversation.


Vintage Suzani Pillow – $195

Inject some worldly dash and color into your area with antique suzani and ikat pillows.

Room & Board

Saarinen Oval Dining Table | Room & Board – $3,699

Set up a casual breakfast nook with a marble topped Sarrinen tulip table.


Surya Flat-weave Rugs Frontier, Gray/Ivory – $59.96

I like a preppy striped carpet instead of a natural one.


Open Edition Hahnemuhle Photograph By Walter Helena Photography – CAD 15

I love modern abstract landscapes in all types of mediums. They bring color found in nature to the area.

Ballard Designs

X-Bench – $179

The X-bench is a foundational element for a great deal of different styles, so its not surprising that it functions in our area. Ideal for layering under pulling and consoles out for additional seating.


Moorish Chest – $2,999

I would love to place a bone inlay torso in a hallway or in a nook. Although its black and white color is high contrast, its natural floral pattern and material is a good addition to a conventional area.

Colors of Light

Circlet Lattice Mirror – $429

Every space needs a mirror and I knew immediately I’d want to go for a brass finish. This is a traditional brass finish garnished with a contemporary lattice design.

Williams-Sonoma Home

Canvas Director’s Chair – $795

To mix it up, pair some classic director’s chairs with your midcentury tulip table.


FIM Agate Bookends by RabLabs – $200

I can’t get enough of the natural accessories. All these agate bookends are a gorgeous blue color; they will look good on our conventional built-ins.

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