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Express Authenticity with Writing Desks


Authenticity is the inevitable result of personal interactions and low-tech experiences. The furnishings we choose and the surroundings we create are all part of the equation. Photo: Hooker Furniture.

In today’s fast-paced world, it’s easy to lose touch with the personal side of things. The hand-written note composed at a writing desk, the leisurely after-dinner conversation around the dining room table, and even the hour-long telephone call catching up with a distant relative—have all been replaced with the efficiency of technology. And yet it’s personal interactions like these that give life depth and authenticity.


Everything we wear and choose to surround ourselves with tells a story–so why not tell an authentic one? Photo: juneletters.com

Writing desks are a type of furniture that offer the best of both high-touch and high-tech. On the softer, gentler side, today’s stylish, welcoming writing desks are a perfect spot for a cup of hot tea or a glass of wine while journaling or composing a hand-written note or card.


Like most writing desks, the Sanctuary leg desk, with its European cottage and farmhouse vibe, fits in all kinds of spaces. Photo: Hooker Furniture.

However, many desks by Hooker Furniture also feature wire-management features, electrical outlets and charging stations. That way, you can use both your pen for low-tech connections and your keyboard for high-tech connections.

Whichever kind of connections you prefer, or whether you like both, now’s the time to give your office an authentic touch. Why? Because from August 26-September 6, our stylish writing desks are on sale at Hooker Furniture’s participating retailers as part of our Labor Day Home Office promotion.


The Pallisade writing desk has a soft modern style that captures big city excitement and adds drama to small spaces. Photo: Hooker Furniture

With “authenticity” leading the list of today’s buzzwords, it’s no surprise that personalization is also at an all-time high right now. From monogrammed handbags to custom phone covers to throw blankets featuring our children’s photo on them, retailers have made it easy and affordable to personalize nearly everything. The polar opposite of mass-produced goods, these style choices help us tell our unique story.


While traditional by nature, the monogrammed look continues to thrive in home decor and is successfully being interpreted for modern and contemporary applications. Photo: lonny.com

Interior design is heading in this direction as well. We can now select the arm style, skirt, wood finish and fabric of a new sofa and choose from a variety of mixable finishes and materials to create our own perfect bedroom or dining room combination. The result is that our homes, and the furnishings we surround ourselves with, also communicate our perspective and life journey.

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Today’s home office furnishings convey old-world charm while accommodating the latest technology with features such as thoughtful storage, cord management and drop-front keyboard trays. Photo: Hooker Furniture.

When it comes to personal connection and low-tech experiences, I love snail mail. Call me “old-school,” but I love to get cards in the mail—especially if it’s on someone’s personal stationery. It certainly takes more time to write and address a card than it does an email—and time has meaning. While this mode of communication is increasingly obsolete, I still enjoy sending personal notes to thank someone or let them know I’m thinking of them.


While I change stationery every couple of years, here’s a look at two of my recent personal notecards.


This is the design I’m eyeing for my next stationery order. Photo: minted.com.


And for those newlyweds out there who will soon be writing hand-written thank you cards, this design is the ultimate. Photo: minted.com


While social media is overflowing with inspirational quotes, I love this one for its simplicity. Photo: jegeorge.com

Every experience has the potential to add authenticity to our lives. Which ones do you find most significant?


Luxe Looks 101–Writing Desks


The Vintage West desk captures the spirit of the American west and more. Photo: Hooker Furniture.

These days, it seems that everyone (and their dog) is working from home. And many people are. Last year, 37% of Americans worked from home at least part of the time.  This year, the number  is projected to increase to 43% of the entire U.S. workforce force. That’s 63 million people.


The high-gloss home office of New York Yankees player Alex Rodriguez dives deep into the blues. Photo: Bjorn Wallander, Architectural Digest.

Even celebs are working from home. However, you needn’t be a super star like Alex Rodriguez to hit one out of the ballpark when it comes to creating a gorgeous home office. For the luxe touch, all you need is an eye for furniture style.

Whether you work from home a little or a lot, now’s the time to give your office the luxe touch. Why? Because from August 26-September 6, our stylish writing desks are on sale at Hooker Furniture’s participating retailers as part of our Labor Day Home Office promotion.


Behind the fashionable front of the Mirrored Writing Desk is a center drawer with a drop-front for keyboard use, two utility drawers and a removable writing insert. Photo: Hooker Furniture.

With curvaceous legs up to there, a rich gilded finish and lots of shimmer, the Mirrored Writing Desk  is a French femme fatale.


Crafted of trendy acacia wood and veneers, the Studio 7H Willas writing desk is meticulously finished for years of problem-free use. Photo: Hooker Furniture.

The Studio 7H Willas Writing Desk channels mid-century modern with its pared-down linear form.


The softly distressed finish of the Sunset Point writing desk conjures images of weathered wood that’s washed ashore from years at sea. Photo: Hooker Furniture.

The Sunset Point Writing Desk gives casual cottage a chic spin with classic decorative detailing, like carved spool legs and a decorative looped stretcher that resembles a rope.


Create an heirloom feel with the DaValle writing desk. Photo: Hooker Furniture.

With a nod to heirloom furniture pieces found in European castles, the DaValle Writing Desk features thick hickory legs carved into fanciful flourishes that are affixed to an architectural base. 


A clear glass top and gold colored metal frame gives the Highland Park writing desk its gem-like sparkle. Photo: Hooker Furniture.

The sophisticated Highland Park Writing Desk has a barely-there silhouette that delivers lots of writing space without dominating the room from a design point of view.

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The French Writing Desk in a lovely gray-blue finish with gold-leaf tipping and hardware is pure grace and elegance. Photo: Hooker Furniture.

The slim-lined, 54-inch-wide French Writing Desk makes a perfect addition to a bedroom, family room or office. The matching file cabinet packs function and storage into a beautiful focal point accent furniture piece.

Whether you work from home a little or a lot, now’s the time to give your office the luxe touch. Why? Because from August 26-September 6, these writing desks + others are on sale at Hooker Furniture’s participating retailers as part of our Labor Day Home Office promotion. To find your nearest retailer, click here.


Sleek Summer Style


When it comes to celebrating  summer, visions of ocean-side retreats seem to reach front-of-mind.  The images of sandy beaches, crashing waves, beach blankets adorned in stripes of crisp red, white and blue, sailboats and surfers, clambakes, the scent of salt spray . . . and the desire to enjoy an easier lifestyle, all conjure up the experiences of summers past and summers to come.


It’s easy to be inspired by beautiful coastlines and the homes dotting the shores.

As an interior designer, I’ve been fortunate to work with clients in some of their beach home retreats and there’s definitely a desire to create fun, functional and carefree spaces. 

They want a look that is streamlined and yet, stylish.  Seaside design inspirations can come from many places, and I was so pleased to see some of the fabulous furnishings by NYC- based designer, Cynthia Rowley, who loves spending her summer in her home in Montauk, on the coast of Long Island.  You can see how this lifestyle is reflected in the Cynthia Rowley for Hooker Furniture Collection.


Iconic fashion designer Cynthia Rowley relaxes on the Wallis Sofa she designed for Hooker Furniture.

You don’t have to reside in a coastal community to aspire to this relaxed and sleek aesthetic.  Whether it’s your entire home or a single space, I’ll share some great selections to incorporate into your daily living.  Grab your favorite beach chair and read along!

A great place to begin is with fabrics and finishes.  From pillows to upholstery coverings, to wood stains or painted touches, some of my favorites from Cynthia’s collection are shared, below.  They have an All-American vibe with a happy, nautical twist. 

Fabrics & Finishes

Next, think about comfort and styling.  The Varick 2 over 2 Sofa and the Ryder Chair, offer padded arms but the open design feels nice and breezy.  The punctuation of fabrics and pattern play make for the perfect pairing in a cottage setting.  Have a bit more room?  Add in the Bleecker Club Chair and the Lulu Bench for some extra seating.  The sleek designs are reminiscent of handsome yacht furnishings.  Put these all together and you’re sailing towards completing a fantastic room!


Of course, no room would be complete without a few special touches.  I’ve compiled a collection of original art, some new cannisters, (which look as if they were collected from a memorable voyage), and a sophisticated, white crane lamp, tossed with some lovely starfish collected from a beach stroll.  Beach décor can be both elegant and interesting.  No clutter or bric-a-brac need be included!


Even though there may be some beach front clambakes or oyster roasts, with guests coming for visits, having a beautiful dining space is a great idea as not all food is sand-proof.  Cynthia’s dining collection, below, would fit well in either a full-scale home or in an ocean villa, or even a condo overlooking the sound.  It’s a gorgeous blend of wood, fabric, and texture! The Long Board Rectangular Dining Table, featured in the room, below, begins at 78” in length and extends to an entertainment-worthy 118” with two, 20” boards.


I especially love this Resort Fabric Covered Sideboard, accented with Cynthia’s signature brass and glass pulls.  It’s topped in glass for easy maintenance and the neutral tone makes it a great canvas backdrop to the rest of her pieces.  At 68” in width, it makes a subtle statement, provides major storage, and would be a “must-have” item on my shopping list for a dining area.


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At 68 inches in width, the Resort Fabric Covered Sideboard makes a soft but stunning statement and provides major storage. Photo: Hooker Furniture.

The Perch Upholstered Klismos Chair and the Scoop Wood Klismos Chair offer the same curved shaping but with the option to go with or without fabric, depending on your preference. 

Beach Chair Bingo

To keep your dining area from feeling too precious for use, encourage gatherings with casual accents from my Seaside Sources.  A container for beverages, which feels like it’s been spun out of sea glass, a ship-shape light fixture, some vintage oars to be grouped on a wall, some textured rugs . . . they bring the essence of a laid-back lifestyle.


After a sun-filled day, lounging by the water’s side or on a boat – or even the golf-course – it will be time to enjoy the lull of the surf to take you off to sleep.  I always think I rest better when I’m at beach, especially if the sleeping quarters are nicely designed to allow for comfort.  A padded headboard makes for a great resting spot to do some nighttime reading or planning the next day’s adventure, before nodding off. 


It’s also a nice to awaken to some sunny, tailored pieces surrounding me in the morning’s light.  Cynthia pulled together this collection with great thought and intention.  The Balthazar King Upholstered Bed, the Parker Striped Bachelor’s Chest and the Roman Nine-Drawer Dresser play well off of one another – a great love of Cynthia’s when it comes to her time away from the office.  It’s all about family and playtime. 


Whether it’s about creature comforts for the two-legged or four-legged household members, there are many options for creating seaside interiors.  Think of what has meaning to you and the experiences you want to share with your family and friends as you make your selections. 


Happy summer, and safe seaside visits to you!


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