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A Traditional Comeback for Furniture

The new Reverie Collection puts a fresh spin on traditional with clean lines and a glazed platinum gray finish. Hooker Furniture.

In recent years, the dominant trends in home furniture and decor have bent towards modern and casual, ranging from monochromatic minimalism to a Mid-Century Modern mix to farmhouse chic.

Prominent designers have declared 2018 as the year of the traditional furniture comeback. Make no mistake, 2018’s traditional is a more exciting traditional, and a style with a broader mix of periods and flavors that feel authentic and inviting.

Elegant wood textures and carved details highlight the new 65-piece Woodlands Collection to be debuted at the Fall High Point Market. Hooker Furniture.

In describing Hooker Furniture’s 65-piece new Woodlands Collection, Pat Watson, vice president of merchandising said, “After focusing on modern styling the past several years, the market is swinging back to traditional.”

The Woodlands Panel Bed has an arched, architectural motif and is crafted of textural and approachable rustic oak and cathedral primavera veneers with poplar solids. Hooker Furniture.

Inspired by America’s great mansions in the Gilded Age, Woodlands captures the best elements of grand and elegant traditional styling and blends in the relaxed feel so popular today. The main finish, Heathered Lambswool, acknowledges the gray finishes of recent years but is blended with brown tones for a classic warmth.

Bold moldings and carved details go ‘all in’ on classic European traditional styling in the Woodlands Collection. Hooker Furniture.

Scalloped edges on the top and base allure on the Woodlands chair-side table.

Another collection debuting at the Fall High Point Market, Reverie, blends old world and modern design elements to create a fun and casual look. 

Reverie is defined by clean lines, a distinctive platinum gray finish and an array of fabric and leather seating choices.

A little further on the casual spectrum, the new Ciao Bella Collection is inspired by European farmhouses and reflects a simpler lifestyle.

The Ciao Bella rectangular dining table has a bench with lyre-shaped legs and updated Windsor Chairs. Hooker Furniture.

“Ciao Bella is like walking into a small farmhouse that’s been owned by the same family for nine generations and is surrounded by the vines that sustain the family vineyard,” Watson said. The Timeworn Gray finish accentuates the historical nature of European farmhouses.

What do you think? Are you ready for the traditional comeback? Or will you be a modern hold out? Let us know in the comments!


Mixed Metallics: Bring Luxe Home

Mirrors make any room look brighter and bigger, but framed in metal, they’re brilliant focal points. A German silver foil in a textured sunburst design over wood gives this Sunray Mirror modern, organic drama. Hooker Furniture

Today’s collected decorating look loves to mix and match metals. Neutral but brilliant, metallics bring a glam edge to traditional rooms and give minimalist modern a touch of warmth and luxe.

This chest says, ‘Go big AND go home!’ For the fearless party giver, a piece like this reflects your effervescent style. Deeply textured aluminum cladding on the Bubbly Chest offers a softly distressed surface. Hooker Furniture

Trends in metal, like everything else, run in cycles. Wedding rings have switched from yellow gold to white gold and back over for at least the past four generations. In kitchen hardware, brass is king for about a decade and then nickel is the only cool choice for another decade. Happily, you can have it all in home furnishings, decor and furniture.

Sophisticated gray is bigger than ever, but it’s at its best with a few artful metallic accents. Here, a handsome geometric design, picked out in copper and goldtones, gives the go-anywhere Breck Chest subtle elegance. Photo: Hooker Furniture.

So bring out those sterling silver wedding gift candlesticks, old brass tray, Mercury glass vase, copper centerpiece bowl, and mix it all up. With accessories and accent furniture, it’s their–and your home’s turn — to shine!

A sleek work of art that’s also a versatile console, this Sara Table mixes modern aluminum and classic silverleaf for a subdued glow. The mix continues with an organic modern shape and traditional nailhead accents. Hooker Furniture.

Textured, subtle striping of silverleaf and gold make the Apollo Credenza a treasured focal point. Balance a showstopper like this with other metallics around the room: Old brass candlesticks, a silver Revere bowl and accents in modern brushed steel or even copper would carry the theme brilliantly. Hooker Furniture.

Metallics can give a traditional look a fresh twist. Here, the Vintage West End Table is elegantly rustic but the color scheme is cool and youthful. Silvery aluminum accents and gray-burnished wood take a beloved classic into the next generation’s urbane environments. Hooker Furniture.

Charming iron nesting tables with reeded trim and faux bois legs go glamorous with a silvery finish and mirrored tops. Silvertoned nailhead upholstery trim and throw pillows in a mix of silver-gray and golden stripes are easy ways to reinforce the motif. Hooker Furniture.

Metallic accents find a welcome home in today’s Belle Epoque-inspired mix of industrial and romantic looks. This elaborately carved Lambik End Table is already eye-catching; the aluminum-clad top with its nailhead edge trim makes it a showstopper. Hooker Furniture.

To balance a big, dark leather sofa, bring in an end table like the Kiera Spot Table, scaled big enough but visually light and bright. The table frame is gold-colored, the legs on the sofa are chrome, the Mercury glass vase looks like silver, the chandelier metal is old brass, and it all looks fabulous together. Hooker Furniture.


Warm Autumn Accents for Home

With clean, geometric lines and button-tuft accents that wrap its exterior, the Lexie Sofa puts a contemporary spin on the classic Chesterfield silhouette. Hooker Furniture.

Mother Nature spins the color wheel in ways that work well indoors, too. Better Homes & Gardens, Hooker Furniture, Sam Moore.

As we turn the page from Summer to Autumn, it’s time for a seasonal refresh. For inspiration, just look out the window and then follow Mother Nature’s lead. Her earthy browns, soft grays and foliage-inspired hues are ideal for creating the cozy, comfy vibe we all want inside our homes, as cooler weather returns to the scene. 

How to make relaxing by the fire the thing to do every night of the week. Photo: Hooker Furniture.

With clean, geometric lines and button-tuft accents that wrap around its exterior, the Lexie Sofa puts a contemporary spin on the most classic sofa silhouette of them all — the Chesterfield. Sheathed in soft brown “Homerun Berra” leather, this plush sofa invites you to get cozy after a long Autumn day.

Accents like this bring seasonal authenticity to interiors. Photo: Better Homes & Gardens.

No green thumb required to fashion this Mini Fall Garden accent, just a leisurely walk through the woods, yard or garden.

Club chairs wrap their arms around whomever sits in them, creating the feel of a big hug. Photo: Sam Moore Furniture.

The Dominique Club Chair dispels the myth that contemporary design is cold by mixing a chic graphic pattern with a fabric in a warm taupe hue. 

Fall marks the return of sweater weather. Photo: Better Homes & Gardens.

Give your mantel an eco-friendly, seasonal wardrobe change this autumn. These DIY Vase Covers are made from upcycled sweater sleaves, and make an inviting fall accent.

Serenity is just a snooze away with the Hamilton Wood Panel Bed. Photo: Hooker Furniture

A classic made better by a soft gray finish with lighter-tone gray overlays that relax the eye, the Hamilton Panel Bed creates a chic focal point and a retreat-like atmosphere. 

This fall, warm up to clutter-free living. Photo: Hooker Furniture.

A sleek storage piece that creates a mid-century cool vibe, the Savory Entertainment Console has sliding doors crafted of inlaid birch wood veneers cut in a graphic pattern.

Sometimes, simple is the way to go. Better Homes & Gardens.

Old lab beakers add a touch of the unexpected when grouped like a collection to display colorful leaves from the yard. 

This farm-to-decor look in the Hill Country Collection is perfect fro fall gatherings. Photo: Hooker Furniture.

Crafted of flat-cut rustic white oak veneer, the Hill Country Bandera Dining Table has an earthy brown finish that appears seasoned over time, akin to fallen wood reclaimed from the forest. 

One taste of these, and you’ll be determined to wing it. Photo: James Ransom.

Autumn provides colorful surroundings for cook-outs, too. With Cholula hot sauce as one of its seasonings, these party wings are a sure-fire way to add a little kick to your menu.

Party Wings with Cholula Butter


Food52 Any Night Grilling:

60 Ways to Fire Up Dinner (and More)  by Paula Disbrowe

Serves 4

“I wasn’t a wing enthusiast until I cooked them on the grill—then I was hooked. The high heat renders the fat, crisping the skin and making them taste both rich and improbably light (unlike the gut-bomb sports bar variety). Of course, wings are the quintessential party snack, something spicy and messy to entertain you while you’re sipping cocktails and swapping one-liners. They can also be the attraction, join other small plates, or provide a hearty snack for friends waiting on something with a longer cooking time, like a smoked whole turkey or brisket. A two-zone fire is essential here because it provides nice heat for an initial char, as well as a moderate zone to cook the meat through without scorching the skin. I use drumettes because they’re meaty and easier to eat, and Cholula for the hot sauce. It’s a smoky Mexican hot sauce that’s delicious on eggs, tacos, and just about everything.”

3 pounds (1.4kg) chicken wing drumettes

Olive oil, for drizzling

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

1⁄4 cup (60ml) Cholula hot sauce

3 tablespoons freshly chopped parsley

2 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

2 cloves garlic, minced

  1. Place the drumettes in a large bowl, drizzle with enough olive oil to lightly coat, generously season with salt and pepper, and toss to combine.
  1. Prepare a charcoal grill for two-zone cooking and build a medium-high fire, or heat a gas grill to high. Carefully wipe the preheated grill grates with a lightly oiled paper towel. Using a grill brush, scrape the grill grates clean, then carefully wipe with a lightly oiled towel again.
  1. While the grill heats, in a separate bowl, stir together the Cholula, parsley, butter, lemon juice, and garlic.
  1. Grill the drumettes over direct heat, flipping and rotating as needed for even cooking, until nicely charred on all sides, 5 to 7 minutes. Move the drumettes to indirect heat, close the grill, and continue to cook, turning the drumettes often (and closing the grill lid in between), until cooked through and the juices run clear (if you’re uncertain, cut into one to check), 20 to 25 minutes.
  1. Place the hot drumettes in the bowl with the Cholula butter, toss vigorously until well coated, and serve immediately.

Reprinted with permission from Food52 Any Night Grilling:  60 Ways to Fire Up Dinner (and More) by Paula Disbrowe, copyright© 2018. Published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of

Penguin Random House.Photograph credit:  James Ransom ©2018