Stressless e300 sofa


Contemporary Scandinavian design and patented technology make the E300 Stressless sofa both beautiful and comfortable. But don’t take our word for it. Come in and sit down, recline, relax and experience the ultimate in comfort.

stressless e300 sofa sectional

Stressless sofas and recliners are available at fine retailers across the country and at Traditions Furniture in Downtown Overland Park and in Wichita, Kansas.

The e300 sofa is available in three seat, two seat and long seat options. The modular units allow you to make the sectional to conform to your living space.

stressless e300 sofa sectional

Select from the many Stressless leather and fabric options.

stressless e300 sofa sectional

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Traditions Furniture has two convenient locations, one in the Strang Carbarn in Downtown Overland Park, the other in the Douglas Design District in Wichita.



Get Stressless at Yumen Pass




Liangzhou Words (凉州词)

O Yellow River afar in white clouds arises,
A wall’ed fortress in the midst of vast peaks resides.
Oh Qiang flute, like the willow tree, sighs and whines,
Spring winds ne’er pass Yumen Pass.

Wang Zhihuan (王之渙, 688–742)


Yumen Pass, Liangzhou

The final outpost of Chinese territory for caravans on their long caravan journeys to India, Parthia, and the Roman Empire, Yumen Pass (Yumenguan, the Jade Gate), is the name of a pass of the Great Wall located in today’s Gansu Province of China. The Great Wall has faded away with time, Yumen Pass remains.

Its desolation inspired many poems of the Tang dynasty.

This one by Tang poet Wang Zhihuan speaks of the distant western rain clouds which form the great Yellow River of China, a distant walled fortress surrounded by high mountain peaks, the Qiang flute that has a special sound that reminds you of wishing for and missing home, and the knowledge that spring winds never reach so far west.

Liangzhou, modern day Gansu, borders Mongolia.

Metro Recliner by Stressless


I see London, I see France



Get Stressless by sitting in a London low back recliner, gazing out the window at nothing in particular, and reminiscing about silly chants we used to say as schoolchildren.

Stressless London low back recliner

I see London, I see France, I see someone’s underpants.

London, England & Paris, France

In academic circles, there is considerable disagreement about this. This being the childhood chant that took place on the playground and in muffled voices in class, “I see London, I see France, I see someone’s underpants.

The disagreement comes from the pairing of London and France. Grammar nitwits would argue that parallelism required England and France, or London and England.

Thusly, “I see London, I see Paris,” but Paris doesn’t rhyme with many words, and certainly not “underpants.” If you like parallelism, “I see England, I see France” is preferable, but where in England, and why not London, it swings.

And it was most often on the swing set that underpants were seen.

Then and Now

Back then, this was not a gender thing. It could be Johnnie as well as Susie. Underpants were equally titillating for both sexes. The sight of an undies set the entire classroom tittering with amusement. Contrast that with today’s hot fashion – Sagging, where pants are intentionally worn low to reveal acres of cotton underwear.


What Stressless is…



I could write a thousand words and not explain what Stressless is. I could show a hundred videos, and one would not know how Stressless feels.

To know Stressless, one has to experience the comfort that makes it truly Stressless.

Come in today to Traditions Furniture in Downtown Overland Park or Traditions Home in Wichita and experience what it means to be Stressless.


Holidays Involve Giving and Receiving

Look no further, here is a great gift idea for the holidays.


2018 Stressless Charity Promotion

The Holidays involve Giving and Receiving, so why not donate $50 to your favorite charity and receive $400 off a Stressless Mayfair recliner or office chair, or $200 off any other Stressless recliner or sofa. Offer applies to all Stressless leathers, including Paloma, Batick, Noblesse, and Cori, as well as the Classic and Signature base, or the LegComfort base.

See store for details, then get ready to feel good.



The madding crowd


Far from the madding crowd’s ignoble strife
Their sober wishes never learn’d to stray;
Along the cool sequester’d vale of life
They kept the noiseless tenor of their way.
Thomas Gray, Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard

The Rush

Bathsheba Everdene found the crowd’s jostling, the train’s noise, the city odors stifling. She was minding her own affairs, walking along much like everyone else, in the middle of a very madding crowd. But then she stopped and closed her eyes.

In her mind there appeared a chair, a magical chair that, like Aladdin’s magic carpet, was capable of transporting its user to any destination in the world.  As everyone around her in her dream continued on in their frenetic pace, and as the chair sat there empty, unused, and waiting, she removed her shoes and sat. And, it seemed in her dream, that she was in a second dream and far away.

The Place

It was a place of solitude and peace. It had no name. It could have been Robinson Crusoe’s castaway island, or that or the Robinson Family. It could have been the coast of Wessex in England’s rural south west. It mattered not. It mattered only that she was alone and that the ideas of time and troubles did not exist.

Her State of Mind

Nor did war and hunger and hate exist. Gentle breezes blew the day long. This she knew, life is good in a Stressless recliner.

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Castaway on a dessert isle with a Stressless recliner

Inside it’s delightful


In November, the weather in Norway turns from cold to very cold.

Sykkylven, Møre og Romsdal, Norway where Stressless is made

Sykkylven, Møre og Romsdal, Norway

In Sykkylven, Møre og Romsdal, Norway, where Stressless recliners are made, there are less than 8 hours of daylight. A month from now, the amount of sunlight will drop to 5 hours, and snow will be a constant companion. Expect temperatures to drop to 40 below and winter to be bitterly cold, even into April.

As they say, the weather outside is frightful, but inside in a Stressless recliner it is absolutely delightful.

So, let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.

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A dream is light

it floats upon the airy night

the winds howl

when the days are short

my dream

spring will come again…

there once was a lovely sunshine-day

sleep and bed couldn’t hold me

Norway called me,

I walked the woods, then lay on my back

along the mountainside

and found myself back in bed


Møre og Romsdal

Møre og Romsdal county in the northernmost part of coastal Norway borders the counties of Trøndelag, Oppland and Sogn og Fjordane. One goes there to see the beautiful fjords, to listen to the booming or thundering Sletta waterfall, to walk the mountains, to be one with Nature.

a wing and a prayer


I like to call this the Wing and a Prayer Sale.

The offer ends November 12, 2018, but up until then you can SAVE $600 on Stressless Wing recliners. Choose between Classic or Signature base recliner and ottoman, LegComfort or Office base and receive special savings on ALL Paloma leather colors. With over 25 Paloma leather colors to choose from and 8 different wood color options, you are sure to find the right one for your family.

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The Wing is among Stressless’ most popular designs ever. Its modern, luxurious looks appeal to those with a classic sense of style. Behind the exterior beauty lie modern patents like the Plus-system, which provide what you’ve come to know as the one true Stressless sitting experience.

Pardon me, while I digress.

Sometimes a phrase resonates. The words “a wing and a prayer” does that for me.

I close my eyes, it is World War II and I picture a battered Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress returning from a mission over Germany. I imagine my old friend Colonel Bud Laedtke.

Maybe it wasn’t his plane, but there were many. Many B-17’s shot up and struggling to make it back. The plane’s engines are sputtering, the frame is rattling, the wind whistles through fractured frame; the plane is now over the English Channel with the tall White Cliffs of Dover ahead, struggling to gain altitude and reach the safety of land. The situation is so dire that the crew has bailed out, their white parachutes floating down to the water below, while the captain of the plane heroically tries brings his plane in on “a wing and a prayer.”

It is a desperate situation and only a bit of luck or divine guidance is going to get him through.

While few of us have experienced dire situations like combat, we have all lived through something where we had to trust the good Lord that we would pull through.




Stressless in October




Pardon me if I am feeling blue

The leaves are falling, the earth is yellow and red, the raindrops fall, and beneath the autumn leaves the worms have gone to work, pardon me if I am feeling a little blue, while from my window, I look out and fondly remember the summer and my trip to the Oregon coast.

Funny, once so real, now it seems a distant memory.

It is October and I miss those golden days, the cloudy mornings, the blue skies in the afternoon, the lobster sandwich and beer we shared in Newport, the walk in that ancient forest high above the pounding surf, and the gentle breeze that blew away the sweat, but most of all the laughter of careless days.

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Just a word before I go


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Just a word before I go.

Oregon coastline

The last time I went to the Oregon coast, my daughter was three. We had come from Kansas. So, you can imagine that this experience was otherworldly for her. The Star-ship Enterprise visits a new planet, with an unknown geography inhabited by strange exotic creatures.

I reminded my curious daughter of the curly brown hair that bounced in the wind like a ball on the beach as she ran alongside the waves, toes in the water, laughing, that she fell in the surf at Cannon Beach. The look of surprise and shock on her face was priceless.

The experience taught her a lesson. Life can knock you off your feet, but you get back up and carry on, maybe, a little wiser.

She reminded me that she picked up a starfish in the surf. I hadn’t thought about this since then, some 20 plus years ago, but it was a vivid moment, that instantly came to mind for the two of us.

This proving that memories can be shared, can be real, and lasting.



Twenty plus years ago, Crosby, Nash and Young were still playing their tunes, even then a nostalgic vision of better times. For many of us, these records would come to rest in a closet in a cardboard box, pulled out now and then, and replayed for old time sake. Unlike the Beach Boys, we couldn’t give these records up. Nostalgia, that sentimental longing and affection for the past, for another period and place, for something we once knew, for happier times we once lived.


Just a Song Before I Go was written by Graham Nash in 1977, years before my daughter was born. It is one of those indelible tunes that comes back, rising to consciousness every time I head out on the road to somewhere new, somewhere old, somewhere back in time.

My question, gentle reader, is what will I find? What should I look for? Where shall my thirty-something daughter and I go on our trip to the Oregon coast?

Newport, Cannon Beach, Yachats, Dunes, Manzanitas, there is a lifetime in the Oregon coast and we have just five days. “Questions of a thousand dreams, what to do and what to see.”

“Don’t let the past remind us of what we are not now.”

One hopes to make today better and to remember.