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Bring Wine Country’s Beauty and Bounty Home

One of America’s most idyllic destinations–Wine Country — is part of the inspiration for Hooker Furniture’s new casual American furnishings collection.

The Hill Country Story-Part 2 of a 3-Part Series

As a native Californian, I’ve always appreciated the unique beauty of the golden state. So, it comes as no surprise to me that Northern California’s Napa Valley is one of the inspirations for Hooker Furniture’s new Hill Country Collection. 

The Bexar Huntboard in Hill Country is crafted in a carved Gambel Oak motif inspired by the scrub oaks prominent in the American West. Photo: Hooker Furniture

The verdant beauty of the landscape and its picturesque wineries make it a dream destination, and one perfectly suited for inspiring a casual American lifestyle aesthetic.

The La Coste Wine Cellaret in the American Casual Hill Country Collection. Photo: Hooker Furniture.

The La Coste Wine Cellaret features three storage shelves for wine bottles. Photo: Hooker Furniture

Touring Wine Country

Whether you’re a wine connoisseur or not, there’s just something about a landscape of grapevines that stirs the soul. A dream destination for wine aficionados and foodies, Napa Valley is one of the world’s premier viticultural regions. It boasts 400+ wineries in a compact area that’s just 30 miles long and five miles wide. The region is divided into six towns: Calistoga, St. Helena, Yountville, Oakville & Rutherford, Napa and American Canyon.

Did you know Napa Valley is comprised of five towns, each with a unique personality? Photo: winecountry.com

Each town offers its own distinctive charm. American Canyon is a budget-friendly area packed with family-friendly hotels and activities. Drive 15 minutes north to Napa, and you’ll find a lively downtown area with dozens of wine bars and a thriving restaurant scene. In the heart of Napa Valley, Yountville offers a 3-star Michelin-rated restaurant (The French Laundry). Head over to Cabernet country in Oakville & Rutherford, and you’ll see the legendary Robert Mondavi Winery. In St. Helena, you’ll find big experiences with the charm of a small town. And if it’s relaxation you’re after, set your sights on Calistoga, where they have spas, mineral pools and healing mud baths that have been attracting visitors for over 100 years.

Not sure where to start? Here’s a guide organized by interest—for the Outdoors Enthusiast, the Foodie, the Romantic, and the Urban Adventurer. 

Ballooning and other outdoor activities, shopping, entertainment and attractions make Wine Country a year-round destination.

From tastings to gourmet dining, California’s Wine Country offers a variety of vibrant culinary experiences. True foodies will revel in the food and wine pairing experiences available at many of the wineries, and can also enjoy eating at the 3-star Michelin-rated restaurant The French Laundry, visiting farmers markets or taking part in hands-on cooking classes or gourmet retreats exclusive to the area.

For gourmet dining at home, there’s the Bandera Dining Table, shown here with the Comfort Upholstered Arm Chairs, Side Chairs and the Ozark Bed Bench.

The Ozark Bed Bench is perfect for the end of the bed or for accommodating a crowd without obstructing the view. Photo: Hooker Furniture

Wine bottles and grape clusters have been popular interior decor motifs for centuries, and are one of the influences in today’s Hill Country Collection.

The Sattler Display Cabinet wears the collection’s timeworn saddle brown finish paired with an anthracite black finish to create a two-tone look inspired by natural sandstone with characteristic aged-black highlights.

The Sattler Display Cabinet features a two-tone finish inspired by the natural sandstone with characteristic aged-black highlights. Photo: Hooker Furniture.

Napa Valley is famous for having the ideal climate, soil and topography to harvest legendary Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon wines. During Spanish colonial times, the beauty of the area’s rivers, lakes, redwoods and temperate climate attracted European settlers who began importing vines, cultivating grapes and making some of the world’s best wines.

The combination of Spanish and European influences in this area combined to create the stunning architecture found here, as well as the inspired culture that we now know as Wine Country.

Wine Country is more than just a destination. It is a way of life. It’s laid-back vibe embraces nature’s beauty and bounty–while capturing the spirit of entertaining and fostering the tradition of hosting friends and family. Elements of this character and charm are woven throughout the Hill Country Collection.

Perfect for casual family meals or entertaining, the multifunctional Blanco Dining Table adjusts from dining height to counter height. Like most of the Hill Country Collection, it’s crafted of flat-cut, rustic white oak veneer. It’s shown here with the comfortably stylish Twin Sisters Ladderback Side Chairs. Photo: Hooker Furniture

Just as great wines are even better shared, so is the beauty of the California’s Wine Country region. These furnishings from Hooker’s Hill Country Collection make it easy to bring the beauty and character of Napa Valley to homes anywhere in the world.

 

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Big Country Decor–Texas Style

Design inspiration abounds in Texas. Photo credits: Furniture: Hooker Furniture; Scenic: Cynthia Sutton, Nutmeg’s; Steve Rawls, Fredericksburg Convention & Visitors Bureau.

The Hill Country Story- Part 1 of a 3-Part Series

As a Texan for most of my life, I can truly say there’s no place like home in the Lone Star State–a land big in size, spirit and can-do attitude.

Here we can travel across prairies, hilly countrysides, forests and seaside ports without ever crossing the state line. Legends loom sky-high from Davy Crockett’s last stand at the Alamo to J.R. Ewing’s mythical oil baron reign at Southfork. This is where big dreams come true as evidenced by multi-cultural influences (from Spain, France, Mexico, Germany and Italy) that have enriched our heritage throughout the years. They’ve also served as the foundation for a design point-of-view with universal appeal because it’s reflective of the American spirit as a whole.

The Bandara dining table, inspired by the bigger-than-life Hill Country of Texas, is crafted of flat-cut rustic white oak veneer for an authentic, refined rustic look. Hooker Furniture

The Hill Country writing desk can play many roles: desk, sofa table, buffet. Photo: Hooker Furniture

Hooker Furniture’s new casual American Hill Country Furniture Collection taps into this trend with designs that reflect the varied landscape and European influences found in an iconic region of our state.

And because Hill Country is infused with authentic American character, it’s a look that takes a deep dive into the artistry, antiques,  culture and natural terrain of not only the hill country of Texas, but also the refined estates of Napa Valley and the natural beauty of the bluegrass regions of Kentucky.

The Hill Country Blanco Table adjusts in height so it can be used for multiple purposes: foyer table, dining table or bistro table. Hooker Furniture + Julia Ermlich, Fredericksburg Visitor Center & Bureau; Cynthia Sutton.

With its striking architectural pedestal and time-worn, saddle brown finish, the  Blanco foyer/dining table provides an easy-on-the-eyes transition from scenic outdoor settings such as this grassy field overlooking the Pedernales River and a wooded enclave with spotted deer.

The Blanco Table easily adjusts to bistro-table height, left; or dining table height, along with foyer table height. Hooker Furniture

Inspired by hand-wrought ironworks that Hooker designers found during a trip to Texas Hill Country, this cocktail table is trimmed out with rustic metal straps and decorative nail heads. Photo: Hooker Furniture and Cynthia Sutton, Nutmeg’s.

The Pinta Trail Strong Box Cocktail Table looks as Old West as cattle roaming on a ranch. But look inside. It’s designed for modern living with sliding tops, removable trays, storage galore (including a nine-cell wine rack) and casters for easy moving.

Inside, the Pinta Trail Strong Box Cocktail Table offers ample storage with sliding tops, removable trays and even a 9-cell wine rack. Hooker Furniture

At this 86-inch dining table, you can host a herd because it comes with two 18-inch leaves. Fredericksburg Visitor & Convention Bureau, Hooker Furniture.

Crafted of flat-cut rustic white oak veneer finished to appear seasoned over time, the Bandera Dining Table is a refined rustic like the native Texas Hill Country limestone used to build the  Pioneer Museum in Fredericksburg.

The Driskill Hotel, located in downtown Austin, is a legendary Texas landmark that inspired several pieces of the Hill Country Collection. Photo: The Driskill.

Built in 1886 as the showplace of cattle baron Jesse Driskill, The Driskill Hotel  is designed with turn-of-the-century elegance in mind and served as inspiration for several pieces of Hooker’s  Hill Country Collection.

The finish of this huntboard and accent chest was inspired by native Sandstone quarried in Texas Hill Country for centuries, and seen on this antique desk (lower right) in the Driskill Hotel lobby. Photos: Hooker Furniture

For example, the ornate French carvings on the Bexar Leg Huntboard and Floresville Bachelor Chest are patterned after carvings on an antique desk spotted by Hooker Furniture designers when they walked through the Driskill lobby.

Like Texas Hill Country, this statuesque bed is a blend of design influences. Photos: Hooker Furniture; Julia Ermlich, Fredericksburg Visitor & Convention Bureau; The Driskill

The Woodcreek King Mansion Bed has strong, clean lines (like the stain glass dome in the Driskill Hotel)  that are accentuated by a warm nature-derived palette with lots of depth, similar to the Enchanted Rock Natural Granite Formation  in Fredericksburg.

The Ozark bed bench adds additional seating without taking up much space. Photos: Hooker Furniture, Blake Mistich, Steve Rawls, Fredericksburg Visitor and Convention Bureau.

With rustic fiddlehead legs and a wood slat top, the Ozark bed bench conjures images of ranch life where cattle roam free and boots are both wardrobe essentials and fashion statements.

In an open floorplan space, this desk can double as a desk/sofa table. Julia Ermlich, Steve Rawls, Fredericksburg Visitor & Convention Bureau; Hooker Furniture

The soft curves and turns of the Lytle Writing Desk were inspired by the rolling hills and fields of bluebonnets that dot the landscape of Texas Hill Country.

This Hill Country accent table adds architectural interest with its corkscrew silhouette perched atop a fanciful carved base. Photos: Hooker Furniture; Steve Rawls, Fredericksburg Convention & Visitor Center.

The Poteet Accent Martini Table  provides a perfect perch for a cool drink when relaxing after a long day. For us Texans, that means sipping iced tea while taking in a gorgeous sunset and pondering what lies down the road  the next day in the Lone Star State.

Whether you’re in the city, ‘burbs or somewhere in between, furniture like Hill Country delivers distinct American style. Ours is a big country. Time to bring it home.

 

 

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What’s Your Nesting Style?

A cozy bed and comfy pajamas that reflect your nesting style are restorative.

And since Ground Hog Day prophecies indicated six more weeks of winter, now’s a perfect time to turn your bed into a therapeutic retreat.

The Nest Theory Collection of upholstered beds is designed to create the perfect environment for resting your body and spirit. Photo: Hooker Furniture

The Heron Upholstered Shelter Bed is a restorative haven from your harsh routine. Photo: Hooker Furniture

Cozy Bed + Comfy Pajamas = Relaxation

 Rest and relaxation aren’t as elusive as you might think. The most challenging part is making the time and capturing a few quiet moments for yourself. From there, the recipe is simple: start with a stylish bed, add a supportive, quality mattress, layer on soft sheets and linens, and get in your comfiest PJs. Then read, watch or sleep your way to relaxation.

The True Vintage Canopy Bed is a bold expression of the feminine heart and home inspired by vintage artifacts and classical motifs. Photo: Hooker Furniture

Not sure where to start when looking for a new bed? Consider the comfort and appeal of an upholstered bed. Hooker Furniture’s Nest Theory Beds are available in styles from traditional to modern, and they can be customized to create a look distinctly your own. You can select elements such as the fabric, tufting, welt, foot, finish and size and color of the nailhead trim.

Part of the Nest Theory Collection, Jay is shown here in an indigo tufted upholstery treatment with pewter nailhead trim and a Chestnut tapered foot. Photo: Hooker Furnture

The time is perfect to create your custom bedroom retreat: all bedroom furniture and leather recliners are on sale now at participating retailers through February 22, 2017. Find a participating retailer near you here. 

Pajama Pairings

To help you create your custom retreat and find your nesting style, we’ve pulled together a few of our favorite upholstered beds and paired them with coordinating pajama styles. Just pick the PJs you’d be most likely to wear and find a bed with a similar vibe.

Part of the Nest Theory Collection, Finch is available in 20 in-stock fabrics, 40 custom fabric choices, four leg finishes and a variety of nailhead options. Photos: Bed: Hooker Furniture, Pajamas: Cosabella.com

If your sense of style is sophisticated yet timeless, you’ll love the classic look of Finch. It has a tailored silhouette and a headboard outlined with decorative nailhead trim, and is shown above in a soft blue cover and a chalk finish on its tapered legs.

Jay is shown here in an indigo button-tufted upholstery treatment with pewter nailhead trim and a tapered foot finished in Chestnut. Bed: Hooker Furniture; Pajamas: journelle.com.

For those whose fashion sense extends all the way to their sleepwear, you’ll love Jay. It’s a chic look that commands attention and makes a statement in any bedroom.

The Heron is shown here in a soft white fabric, block feet with the expresso finish and nailhead trim that accentuates its stunning curves. Furniture: Hooker Furniture; Pajamas: Garnethill.com

Fresh and feminine, the Heron upholstered shelter bed is dramatically alluring. This style provides a neutral canvas that makes it easy to update and refresh the look of a bedroom over time– using bed linens, accents and accessories, without having to replace the bed.

Martin is shown here in a soft gray fabric, yet its cover and finishes can be customized to coordinate with existing furnishings or personalized with your dream colors and materials to inspire an entire bedroom makeover. Bed: Hooker Furniture; Pajamas: bodenusa.com

Smart, streamlined and full of characterMartin is like no other bed. Its bold presence sets the tone for a bedroom that’s big on both charm and comfort.

The Willow Bed features a softly shaped headboard highlighted by contrasting welt trim on both the head board and footboard. Bed: Hooker Furniture; Pajamas: jcrew.com

Traditional yet updated, the Willow anchors a bedroom with elegance. It’s classic silhouette provides a stunning backdrop for today’s latest top of bed looks. Its overall aesthetic is modernized with block feet, featuring an espresso finish.  

Nest Theory

As finding a respite from work and technology has become increasingly important, so has  bedroom designThe master bedroom is more than just another room in the modern home–today it also functions as a retreat from demanding lifestyles.

Nest Theory is founded on the belief that a great night’s sleep requires more than just a great mattress,” explains Ray Harm, senior vice president-sales for Hooker. “We believe that creating the right environment for that mattress is equally important. Nest Theory was designed to create the perfect space for resting both body and soul.”

Remember, now’s the perfect time to create your custom bedroom retreat: all bedroom furniture and leather recliners are on sale now at participating retailers through February 22, 2017. Find a participating retailer near you here. 

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