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Apartment Sofa in Meridian Pewter , Extra Throw Pillows in One-of-a-Kind Antique Rug


3278-11 Apartment Sofa in Meridian Pewter , Extra Throw Pillows in One-of-a-Kind Antique Rug
Rug Ottoman A Rug Ottoman in, One-of-a Kind Antique Rug

Life is a balance.  And in our global economy, the world is our backyard.  But when it comes to what we sit on at Traditions of Loveville, 95% of our upholstery is made in America.  And if you pay attention to the furniture industry, you know that means made in North Carolina.

Traditions of Loveville has been in partnership with Lee Industries for over fifteen years.  Lee Industries employs over 590 skilled associates that create one-of-a-kind sofas, chairs, and ottomans.  Even with a global supply network, 98% of the components in their products are supplied domestically…most in North Carolina.

At Traditions we work hard to keep the balance.  We seek to find the most unique products locally, nationally, and globally.

Building the Perfect Waterfront Cottage: A Designer’s Tale

Who would have thought that a casual Labor Day party would lead to a task more difficult and more exciting for a designer than creating a home of one’s own?   “Looking” for a house is somewhat like “looking” for a puppy, they find you!  That is what happened when I joined my friend, and realtor, Susan, for a gathering at her waterfront cottage on Breton Bay.  Our journey began the following day (in the pouring rain).  We took in thirteen waterfront homes in all the nooks, crannies, bays and inlets of  St. Mary’s County.  It was then that our house found us;  the view took my breath away.   Perched 15 feet above the Potomac River, I felt as though I was on top of the world.

“A pig in a blanket,” is what our architect Ernie Pfieff called our new home;  nice on the outside, not so much on the inside. We quickly discovered a renovation was not the next step in designing our dream home.  We found that the foundation was a decomposing mess of concrete pilings. I was not keen on the idea of tearing down the existing structure and starting from square one. But looking back, it was the right decision.

The next step…finding our contractor.  We interviewed several. It’s very important to meet and interview the person we would be “married” to for the next 6-12 months.  Enter David Norris owner of Coastal Contracting, who has been framing homes since he was 15 years old and specializes in water front homes.

Stay tuned for additional installments…

Reupholster? Or buy new?

It’s happened to us all:  someone special (Grandma, Aunt Sally, your mom), wants you to have this chair, sofa, or ottoman:  “a family heirloom” they say.  “Gee, thanks, Mom!”  It’s old…it’s sagging…the fabric is worn, torn, and hideous:  What to do?

Well, in most cases, it can be re-upholstered and returned to life in your home.  It can be re-made into the masterpiece it once was!  A good re-upholsterer is your friend.  As is a fabulous fabric or nailhead trim.

Traditions of Loveville recently took on such a project.  We worked with true originals, antiques, and treasured pieces in a historic home in Charles County.  Just in time for Maryland Home and Garden Pilgrimage, we brought antique wing chairs, side chairs and rockers back to life.  With creative use of color, pattern and a healthy dose of history, we re-upholstered the featured pieces.

The homeowner requested bold color and updated, but traditional patterns.  Our designer, Sarah Moreland, delivered.

So, in answer to the question:  Yes, antiques and family heirlooms are a wonderful way to honor your family and update your home. Let Traditions of Loveville help you assess, design, and transform your hand-me-downs into something wonderful.

Design Partnership: The Start of a Beautiful Friendship

The relationship between a client and a designer is all about communication.  Like all great relationships, it starts with a spark:  a color palette, a great piece of art, a rug, an inspired idea.  It often happens with a beverage..a cup of coffee, a glass of wine.  But mostly, it’s about an open line of communication between designer and client, a type of honesty that is shared between girlfriends.

That’s what happened with this design project:  the client brought her wish list (how the space would be used, her inspiration for how she wanted the space to look, and most importantly, how much she wanted to spend).

The goal was to create a stylish & multifunctional, sunroom for a busy family of six.  Together, like all good partnerships, we collaborated on paint selection, rugs, room layout, furniture selection, lighting, and management of natural light.  With fun conversation and keeping an open-mind, we created a space tailored for her family.   And, in the process, became great friends.

Our Favorite Color Palettes

Beth’s Color Palette

Nate Berkus Palette

Neutrals; Timeless, quiet, understated and classic.

This beautiful collection of images is from the Nate Berkus collection for Fabricut. Here he uses greys, blacks, beiges and off white, the building blocks of the neutral color palette.

Neutrals make an excellent canvas for bold pops of color. Using a combination of textures; brilliant metal, faux fur, smooth wood creates a naturally organic atmosphere.

Isabelle Palette 

Brights:  colorful, dramatic, exuberant and inspiring!!!

Fabricut presents a collection from Isabelle de Borchgrave, a world renowned artist and sculptor. She is inspired by her love of textiles, history and fashion, which is evident in this collection of photos.

This exciting color palette reflects global influences.  It’s a rebellion against the industrial revolution and strives to celebrate the folkloric crafts by keeping heritage techniques alive.

Sarah’s Color Palette

What’s more indicative of spring than vibrant green leaves against a spectacular blue sky? I can’t think of anything else, especially after this winter!  And add some crisp, white blooms and spring has sprung.

This color palette evokes the power of the sea.  It can easily stand on

it’s own or can be happily paired with other colors like yellow or orange. In doubt about this theme?  Look around, sources of inspiration will be in abundant supply this season.

Laura’s Color Palette

Pantone color of the year, Radiant Orchid, is a fusion of fuchsia with purple and pink undertones.

This fun purple can be used on your walls or in flowers to bring a pop of spring color to your home.  Don’t limit this bright to just your living space,  your wardrobe, afternoon cocktails, and your decorating accents are screaming out for the fun of fuchsia and orchid palettes.

Holiday LookBook 2013

We are excited to unveil our new Holiday Lookbook featuring our Traditions of Loveville Model Search winner, Samantha!

Our LookBook features house jewelry,  local handmade accessories, Brighton and Vera Bradley items available everyday at Traditions!

Click Here to view LookBook

Photo Credit: Laura Elizabeth Photography

Thanksgiving with Traditions

Creating an abundant Thanksgiving table is as easy as…

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Books & Bookends

Did you know Traditions of Loveville has the best selection of cookbooks, design books and lifestyle books in St. Mary’s County?? There is something about fall that makes us all want to curl up in a cozy chair with a good book and lucky for you Traditions of Loveville has both!


“Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird

I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.”
― George Eliot

Photo Credit: Laura Elizabeth Photography

How to Style a Sofa: Video Blog

Our A M A Z I N G month long sale is going on right now- here is a bit of inspiration for when you come to shop at Traditions of Loveville!

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Perfect Summer Party: Video Blog

Hosting a July 4th party? We have what you need to make that party PERFECT! Just check out our first video blog for instructions on how to make our signature Traditions of Loveville Margarita and see how we set up for a summer party.

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Items Used in Clip Found at Traditions of Loveville

Cobalt Blue Margarita Glasses
Our item #201033
Large Hurricane Vase with Etched Crab
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Small Hurricane Vase with Etched Crab
Our Item#312032CR
Pitcher with Blue Fish
Our Item# 705167
Rocks Glass with Blue Fish
Our Item#705161
Mirrored Tray with Bronze Handles
Our Item#BAR-136
Summer Tea Towels
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Summer  Tablecloth
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Moveable Bar Cart
Our Item#26128
White with Mini Blue Dots Plates
Our Item #27122
Silver Ice Bucket
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Margarita Ingredients
1 1/2 cups Cabo Wabo Tequila
3/4 cup Grand Marnier
3/4 cup fresh lime juice
1 cup Simply Orange Mango
8 cups crushed ice
2 tablespoons sugar
Garnishing w/ oranges lime and sugar rim

Old Made New

What a difference fabric makes:  Traditions of Loveville designer, Sarah Moreland, used a blend of bold, graphic, and traditional fabrics to enhance unique details of a local historic home.  By re-upholstering existing family heirlooms and other period furniture, we were able to update each piece while adding a modern feel to this beautiful home.  Let Sarah help you with your design or re-upholstery project.

Girlfriends As Design Assistants

Shopping with your girlfriends is a blast.  We bounce ideas off each other.  We critique and inspire each other.  We go out to lunch, dinner, or drinks (sometimes all in the same day)!

Here at Traditions, we “get” Retail Therapy!  In fact, we just returned from our own version of retail therapy.  The Traditions girls visited the High Point trade show.  Our designers, Sarah and Beth, and Becky, shopped, ate, drank and still managed to pick out the most perfect pieces for the shop.

So let’s celebrate, cherish and support our female friends!  Make Traditions of Loveville your destination for your next girlfriend day!

Geometric Shapes in Interior Design

Has anyone noticed that geometric shapes are EVERYWHERE in interior design this year? We have noticed and we absolutely love it!

From Greek Key to trefoils to inner locking patterns of classical design, symbols and shapes are everywhere this season. Check out these examples at Traditions of Loveville.

Sectional Sofas = Comfort & Style

The other day at Traditions we received a new Lee Sectional Sofa and the entire staff is finding it hard to resist grabbing a book, and curling up on it during these rainy spring days. Not only is it comfortable, but very stylish and has superior craftsmanship- this sofa will last you a lifetime.

Did you know that sectionals are a very stylish way to provide more seating for guests/family and even provide storage solutions?They are great in any space- one could keep the seating together for smaller spaces, or pulled apart to fill a larger one. And in addition- the one that we have in the store currently is slipcovered! Easy to change or clean.

Right now at Traditions of Loveville we are offering an incredible Lee Industries slip covered sectional sofa (C2027 series Available in over 15 colors in a machine washable poly-cotton blend. Regularly priced at $6465 is now being offered at a special price of $3995!

Our featured Lee Industries Sectional

>Examples of other sectional sofas..

Designer Days Are Here

Designer Days are here! Traditions of Loveville is offering you a fun and easy way to get the design advice you need to make your inspiration come to life; a ONE – ON – ONE,  45 minute design consultation with one of our fabulous designers for only $25. This is not meant to solve all of your design woes, but to get you on the right path and narrow down your ideas.

So bring your Pinterest boards, your Houzz Ideabooks and your magazine clippings and make an appointment to sit down with either Sarah or Beth to discuss your next in home project.

Friday, March 15th

$25 for 45 invaluable minutes with a Tradition’s designer

Register by phone 301-485-8280

or by email

Register now for a limited number of appointments to bring your design dilemmas, your room arrangement you can’t quite get right, your color palette perfecte or another project youve been struggling with

$25 non refundable registration fee must be paid at the time of registration.

Ready Set Go Window Panels

Here at Traditions we are excited to introduce our E X C L U S I V E window panels. They are now on display in the store and we are so thrilled to be able to share this easy, ready made room must have.

Window panels are a way of enhancing a room’s design style. One could spice up an other wise neutral living room with bold window panels in different designs and textures.

Examples of window panels in rooms...

Video on how to measure for window panels and blinds.

If your space requires a custom window treatment, one of our talented designers would be happy to assist you.

Shop Small, Shop Traditions of Loveville

Here at Traditions of Loveville we strive to give you excellent customer service, beautiful interiors and a great value.

We wanted to share with you the benefits of shopping local and keeping your business in your community.

Top 12 Benefits to Buying Local

  • Money Spent Here Stays Here
  • Jobs and Wages
    Supporting local businesses provides support to the jobs they offer.
  • Stronger Tax Base
  • Local Business Owners Invest in our Community
    Local businesses are owned or managed by people who live and work in our communities, raising their families and investing in our communities’ futures. They support our churches, our schools, our organizations, our quality of life.
  • Better Variety
    Local businesses provide a wide variety of products and services, right here in our community. Many of these are “one-of-a-kind” businesses that provide our community with its own distinct character. The more people shop here, the more products and services will be available.
  • Convenience Equals Savings
    Shopping locally saves you time and money. A shopping trip outside of our county costs you for every mile you drive, each way, and valuable time away from your home.
  • Green-Friendly
    Shopping locally reduces your gas consumption and pollution.
  • Keeping Local Dollars in the Economy
  • Local Character and Prosperity
    In an increasingly homogenized world, communities that preserve their one-of-a-kind businesses and distinctive character have an advantage in offering quality of life and unique experiences.
  • Friends and Neighbors
    Local businesses are staffed by local residents, your friends and neighbors. You get better service from people you know and who know you. And, you can catch up on “what’s new” with other customers as you shop.
  • Non-profits receive greater support
  • Community Well-Being
    Vote with your pocketbook! St. Mary’s County matters to you, so let our businesses know that you want them to stay in our communities.

Spring Into New Arrivals

Spring means out with the old in with the new. We have started to get in all of the beautiful pieces that we ordered in January and it is bringing a fresh new life to the store.

Stop by when you are out for a drive in the spring sunshine (or the spring showers) and check out our new arrivals that reflect the changing season.

And introducing our new E X C L U S I V E  ready made window panels!

Love is in the air...

Love is in the air at Traditions of Loveville and we have everything you need at the last minute for that special somebody. Make this Valentine’s Day unforgettable with Brighton, Vera Bradley, cards, candy, gift cards or the gift of design services.

We are open from 10-6 on the 14th and can assist you in finding what you need.

Spring Sneak Peak

The Blizzard of 2013 has the ladies of Traditions of Loveville thinking Spring.  And how appropriate that we have just returned from our Spring buying trip.  We braved the cold to bring you the hottest design trends!

Here’s a glimpse of what’s on its way to Traditions as well as a sneak peak of what’s trending.

Meet The Designer: Sarah Moreland

In our first ever designer profile we would like to introduce to the world to one of our very talented designers, Sarah Moreland. Sarah is originally from Newport News, Virginia and moved to the area in 2010 when she married her husband. She received her B.A. in International Studies from Randolph Macon College and continued her education at Marymount University graduating with a M.A. in Interior Design.

Prior to pursuing her Masters in Interior Design, Sarah worked in the field of event planning and fundraising. While completing her Masters, Sarah interned for a commercial architecture and design firm in Arlington, Virginia. After graduating from Marymount University, she gained experience with other architecture and design firms before coming to Traditions of Loveville in 2011.

Designer Q&A with Sarah Moreland

Q: What are your favorite trends this year?

A: Recently, I’ve seen a lot of geometric patterns that combine bold colors with traditional architectural motifs.  Although, it’s not a revolutionary concept, I think it’s a fun way to merge traditional with modern.

Q: What are some books that inspire your designs?

AThe Not So Big House by Sarah Susanka is a great book. It is more of a design philosophy that focuses on using space efficiently and the quality of space verses the quantity of space.

Q: Are there websites/blogs that you follow that inspire and aid you?

A: Yes, I use regularly as well as and DesignWire, a website and blog run by Interior Design magazine.  I’ll also read other blogs and websites as I come across them, too, but I’m not a blog junkie.

Q: What advice do you have for someone with a new house to decorate and perhaps a limited budget? / How can young couples begin decorating when they’re on a budget?

A: The best thing to do is to establish a design plan to work toward, with assistance of a design professional, then work from the plan as time and budget allow. (I recommend this for anyone who is starting a new design project). Start by investing in a few well-made pieces or in a project that you know will make have a positive impact on the way you live.  Versatility is also important.  Most young couples will move or use their house differently as their lives change. When choosing furniture, choose pieces that are smaller in scale and some that are more neutral in color. This will increase their versatility over time.

Q: What are some of the common decorating mistakes made by homeowners? What’s your advice on how to avoid or correct those mistakes?

A: Choosing the proper scale of your design elements in relation to one  another to the space in which they are located, is sometimes difficult for homeowners. If you have a hard time visualizing, a scaled layout will help. Or, you can try using a removable tape to outline your design elements. I don’t think this is a mistake but more of a misconception. So many people ask me what the rule is for some particular part of design. I would suggest not to dwell on ‘rules’, but more on aesthetics and bringing your style into the space, so don’t be afraid to take a small risk.  I would also suggest not getting too involved with what is trending.  Your space can be full of style without committing to trends.

Q: What decorating ideas would you recommend to a homeowner who wants to rev up the look of a bedroom or living room for Spring?

A: Linens and fabrics are always a good way to refresh a room and could be done seasonally. If you wanted to make more of a commitment, adding or changing window treatments also has a nice impact. You could also try rearranging the room or even changing the paint color.

Q: Many clients are eager to know what is the “latest” color, design, and furnishings trend. Can you comment on trends vs. personal style?

A: To elaborate on a previous answer, I like to think of the latest colors and trends in design the way I think about a wardrobe: its fun and exciting to incorporate new colors and styles into your choices, and a way to stay current, but the feeling of putting on the well-tailored suit or your favorite pair of heels you invested in a few years ago is the best.


If you would like Sarah Moreland to assist you in your home, contact Traditions of Loveville at 301-475-8280

or email us attention “Design Services” at

Design in 30 Seconds: Throw Pillows

You don’t need a new sofa, although we would love to sell you one, you can get an instant pop of color, or a seasonal update by just changing your sofa’s throw pillows. It is one of the easiest ways to spice up your color scheme and breathe new life into a living space.

Size, fill, pillow count, texture and the entire room are just a few tips to consider when searching for your new throw pillows.

Standard squares (about 18 inches) fit well on most regular sized sofas with typical dimensions. Oversized pillows (24 inches +) create a more casual, lounge-like feeling. If your sofa is more modern and has a low back, a smaller pillow (16 inches or less) might be right for you.

Using an odd number of pillows creates interest in your design for your sofa. Depending on the size of your sofa try three or five pillows to bring a more artful look into your room.

Throw pillows with different textures is another way of creating an interesting and fresh look on your sofa.

Don’t forget about the rest of the room when choosing your pillows. The pillows and the sofa do not have to be matchy-matchy but pulling from the room’s color palette is a way of tying the entire space together as a family. This creates a unified and polished look.

Read more on Real Simple’s website

At Traditions you can find new throw pillows for your sofa in almost every room in our 4,000+ square foot shop. Come by during our month long January sale and receive 30% off pillows.

Traditions of Loveville offers design services that can help you redo your living space.

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