Life & Design: In Transition


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Life & Design: In Transition


a :  passage from one state, stage, subject, or place to another :  change

b :  a movement, development, or evolution from one form, stage, or style to another

Transition: Definition. (n.d.). Retrieved August 26, 2015, from

Transitional Style (also known as “updated classic”, “classic with a contemporary twist”, “new takes on old classics”) in interior design and furniture design refers to a blend of traditional and contemporary styles, midway between old world traditional and the world of chrome and glass contemporary; incorporating lines that are less ornate than traditional designs, but not as severely basic as contemporary lines. As a result transitional furniture designs are classic, timeless, and clean.

Transitional Style. (2015, August 17). Retrieved August 26, 2015, from

Transitional Style Photo

Small details make a HUGE difference in styling. Find a style you like? Customize it with a small trim, or contrasting pillow to truly make it your very own!

Over the past several months my family and I have been in a seemingly constant state of transition. Our passage from one place, one job and one home to another is ongoing. Due to my husband’s job being eliminated we were in need of finding new jobs and a new home. On top of this, we welcomed our second son into the world in early June. When it rains, it pours, right?

Transitional style can incorporate a fun & comfortable look and feel.  It does not necessitate “hard, stiff” upholstery that many of us may think of when we imagine what “contemporary furniture” might be.

This journey of transition has led us to a familiar place but with a new perspective. Moving “back home” as an adult who is now married with children has brought on a whole new adventure in some of the same old places. Typically when worlds collide we anticipate chaos and disorder, which is common. But there is also something new and different that is created in the process.

In design, transitional style brings together the curves and elegance of the traditional with the simplicity and practicality of the contemporary. This blend of traditional and contemporary create a style that is sophisticated and clean. It becomes timeless and classic. Transitional design utilizes neutral tones, often in a monochromatic scheme, on furniture and flooring. Color is used in artwork and accents. While many may think that a monochromatic color scheme is boring, it allows you a new perspective to see and appreciate texture and pattern. It also provides a fantastic background to highlight pops of color.

As I continue to move through this current transition in life, I am finding that coming back to a place I have known with a new perspective is allowing me to appreciate both the old and the new. I am learning how the marriage of my past and my present, just like the traditional and the contemporary, can create a beautiful and timeless work of art.

If you are like me and are drawn to the warm wood tones of the traditional and the clean lines and neutral palette of the contemporary, you may find comfort in the transitional style. Also, if you find yourself in the midst of life change; take heart in knowing that there is beauty and adventure to be found in the transition.