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07/24

Savor Summer Luxuries!

By Angel Rasper

Photo credit: www.angelalumsden.com

When the hustle and bustle of life starts to slow down and the rich warmth of daylight abounds, we discover that the vibrant days of summer are upon us, reuniting us with our most cherished season for warm weather pastimes and the joy of sun kissed satisfaction.

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During summer vacations, pools, beaches and lakes quickly become a “go to” destination for family fun and summertime entertainment. Basking and relaxing in the sun soon takes precedence over the confines of sitting at home and just watching TV.

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Neighborhoods smell of grills being fired up for block parties, while neighbors, friends and family emerge to spend quality time with one another.

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07/22

Fresh, Fun, Fabulous Fretwork

By Trisha McBride Ferguson

There’s nothing quite like the fabulous look of fretwork. While it’s most often seen in furniture and originated with intricate carvings in wood and metal, today the pattern inspires everything from textiles to rugs to wallpaper. Here’s a peek at the freshest looks in fretwork for the home.

Fretwork in the Foyer

Delicate fretwork is highlighted by a pearl essence finish.

A pearl essence finish picks up the highlights of the delicate fretwork over the antique mirrored front of this Sanctuary chest perfect for an entryway or foyer.

Fretwork Dreams

The romantic fretwork of the Rhapsody bed

The fretwork of the Rhapsody bed makes it the star of this dreamy bedroom. Its shapely design and scrolling curves add elegance [...]

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07/15

White walls provide a peaceful backdrop for patterns like geometrics.

Decorating a space is often all about finding that perfect color. Are you using the Pantone color of the year? Maybe you want to find a blue that matches your favorite piece of artwork. You might also be searching for the greige that coordinates with the rest of your house.

What about white?

White provides a classic—and classy—backdrop for rich wood finishes.

White can sometimes be the perfect neutral. It can be a great color for a space that does not have too much natural light. It can also be an option in a busy room that is full of color everywhere. When we rely on our fabrics and furniture and accessories to bring the color into a space, sometimes we just need white walls to [...]

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07/10

Chic Beach-Inspired Décor

By Carla Jordan

Pastels are a spin on beach brights that look great with sandy-shaded neutrals. Image Credit: The AmericanRoadTripCompany.co.uk

“Too hot to care” pretty much sums up the weather forecast here in Texas right now.

So I’m plotting my annual Summer escape (if only in my mind!) to a palm tree shaded beach with gently lapping waves and a cabana boy crew who deliver frosty beverages in the blink of an eye.

And I’m not alone.  More than 200 million people visit U.S. beaches each year, according to Oceana, the largest international advocacy group focused soley on ocean conservation. But hot-footing it to the beach is about more than cooling my heels.  It’s also the way I soak in a different style scene and get revved up to decorate again. If that’s you, too, then we all face the same challenge–how to [...]

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07/08

Rustic industrial looks combine soft woods, edgy elements. Image credit: mysweetsavannah.blogspot.com

A casual look in kitchen design these days is the rustic industrial style. It combines the softer elements of natural woods and materials in rustic decor with the edgier elements of the industrial style. Warm natural woods combined with repurposed industrial accents are then topped off with a strong color, such as white.

Putting this look together means a fun search for items like cozy wooden chairs, industrial lighting, and maybe even some yard sale finds as accents. Here is a selection of pieces from Hooker Furniture and other sources that can help you achieve the rustic industrial look for yourself.

Sorella dining table

This table has the warm hues needed for rustic design and will anchor your room.

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06/26

As an all-American flower, hydrangeas are hard to beat. Photo Credit: raisedincotton.typepad.com

This Fourth of July, consider decorating your home and dining table with rustic, American touches. There are many simple ways to garnish your table with some red, white and blue flair. Many of the touches you will find lying around your home.

Beautiful Blues

Instead of using tall, shimmering plastic decorations purchased at Party City, why not try some more rustic, natural decorations. Blue hydrangeas peak around June and the beginning of July. Clip a few bunches of blue hydrangeas and place them in multiple mason [...]

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06/24

Oh the glory of red, white and blue!  While these colors may evoke a patriotic theme for Americans, they are also a crisp combination and a breath of fresh air for any summer season décor.  I happen to enjoy designing with them, year-round, as well.  If you’re the independent type and revel in the idea of bursts of color, interwoven with a canvas of white, read on as I share some “star-spangled” inspiration for adding either a spark or an explosion of these perfect color complements.  There’s a history lesson for furniture, too.

It’s natural to think of nautical influences when we consider using blue and white.  It stirs up visions of sea breezes floating through linen, window panels and perhaps even an escape somewhere from Nantucket to Charleston.  As the thirteen original colonies were based along the Atlantic Ocean [...]

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06/19

Willow Bend Dining Captures Farm-to-Table style

The “farm to table” movement is a return to pre-1950s eating options that rely on what’s local, what’s seasonal, what’s grown organically, and what’s homegrown as well as home-cooked. While the 24/7 demands of today’s work styles depend on frozen, canned and carryout foods, and while we’re not giving up shrimp cocktail in Idaho or oranges in December, it’s nice – and nostalgic– to get back to the flavorful basics when we can. There’s no question an in-season, local tomato or free-range chicken tastes the best!

In the spirit of the farm-to-table movement, tabletop, floral and home style trends are capturing the beauty and color of nature’s bounty with arrangements combining flowers, vegetables and fruits.

Broccoli & gooseberries combine [...]

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06/17

Delight Dad with Comfort

By Angel Rasper

Goldie Locks and the Three Bears. Artist Credit: Scott Gustufson

“Someone’s been sitting in my chair.” growled Papa Bear.

This familiar excerpt was taken from the beloved child’s bedtime story, “Goldie Locks and The Three Bears,” which was originally written by Robert Southey and was anonymously published in 1837 as “The Three Bears.”

This age old classic story  tells of a sweet  young girl who enters the home of three bears while they are away and decides to eat their food, test out the coziness of their chairs and then falls asleep in the Baby Bear’s bed.

Who has been sitting in my chair? Photo credit: www.notonthehigheststreet.com

For those of us who have come to know and love the fairy tale, we recall how Goldie didn’t like Papa or Mama Bear’s personal choice of [...]

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06/12

Mad for Menswear

By Trisha McBride Ferguson

A dashing scarf in a claret color palette is unexpected. Image Credit: roseborn.com

Given that June is the month to celebrate Father’s Day, I’m inspired right now by menswear patterns and masculine design elements. While years ago that meant a conservative palette of only blue, gray and brown—today the color options are endless. From checks to plaid, paisley to stripes, what’s hot in menswear is suited for home décor and furniture as well.


A ‘pop’ of color—the perfect addition to a plain suit or a neutral sofa.                            Image Credit: gq.com

Color palettes continue to evolve in menswear and home furnishings, resulting in more choices and more fun. Look [...]

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