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Made for Mom: Cynthia Rowley Furniture Style

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This Mother’s Day, give a gift that reaches sky-high in style. Photo: cynthiarowley.com, cynthiarowley.hookerfurniture.com

This Mother’s Day, think outside the box and reach sky-high for a gift filled with style.

Treat mom to something she’ll treasure -for more than a day- from the new Cynthia Rowley for Hooker Furniture collection.

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Designer Cynthia Rowley at work and play. Photos: cynthiarowley.hookerfurniture.com, cynthiarowley.com.

Like the award-winning fashion designer behind this inspired furniture collection, these are home furnishings infused with style, spirit and a sense of playfulness. Signature floral prints are pretty, flirty and adventuresome. Fabrics are boldly colored and luxe to the touch. Silhouettes are shapely (even a tad sexy!) and embellished with dramatic details.

 Such fusion between runway and roost makes perfect sense to Rowley (who’s also a wife and mom of two young daughters). “Fashion and style reach beyond clothes to the art of living,” she says. “I want to create furniture that brightens your space and makes your home a happy place.” 

 Now I ask you…What mom wouldn’t love a gift like this that delivers all that?

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With breakfast served in the luxe Balthazar bed, there will be no doubt in mom’s mind that she’s queen for a day. Photo: cynthiarowley.hookerfurniture.com

Framed in gleaming gold-plate metal and covered in soft velvet, the Balthazar king upholstered bed  is a gorgeous mix of texture and vibrant blend of color that will send her to dreamland in style.

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No doubt about it — the Twiggy Mirror is the most glam of them all. Photo: cynthiarowley.hookerfurniture.com

 An asymmetrical network of twig-like metal dusted in gold, the Twiggy Mirror brings the outside in with a Midas touch.

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With its Cynthia Rowley signature print desktop, the Fleur de Glee blooms big and brings cheer to the chore of doing paperwork at home. Photo: cynthiarowley.hookerfurniture.com.

The Fleur de Glee writing desk is beautifully shaped and detailed. There are curved drawer fronts with silver leafed knobs, drawers with removable dividers and a drop-front for keyboard use; plus a fluted leg base with a metal stretcher finished in matte gold.

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Aptly named, the Swan room divider transforms ugly duckling storage into functional art. Photo: cynthiarowley.hookerfurniture.com.

As its name implies, the Swan Room Divider can be used to create separation by floating it in a room. Or place it against the wall like a traditional bookcase. Either way, this is a smart-looking combo storage/display unit (that even has file storage built in) that mom will adore.

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The Gigi settee conjures images of chic 1940s French salons. Photo: cynthiarowley.hookerfurniture.com

 With its gently sloped silhouette sheathed in plush velvet and accentuated by classic channel-back stitching, the Gigi settee adds a distinctly feminine touch.

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At just 21″ in diameter, the Lucky Clover Accent Table is perfectly portable for use anywhere in the house. Photo: cynthiarowley.hookerfurniture.com.

 Every room needs a conversation piece like the Lucky Clover Accent Table. It has an intriguing clover-shaped top that sits on a tripod base detailed with leather fittings and sabot paw feet leafed in gold.

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A fresh spin on a classic, the jauntily striped Delancey Club Chair has clean lines, a comfy box cushion seat, precision welts and nailhead trim. Photo: cynthiarowley.hookerfurniture.com

The Delancey Club Chair is a posh place for mom to retreat and relax.

With 150 pieces to choose from, there’s something for every mom in the new Cynthia Rowley for Hooker Furniture collection. Which furnishing will your mom love most?

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Refresh Your Rooms with Springtime Tints

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One look at this room, and you know why blue is America’s favorite color, and blue-and-white is a classic all around the world. Photo: Sam Moore Furniture.

For a truly new start this season, go beyond spring cleaning and refresh with some new furniture in cool, pale tints. Weathered light denim blue is a big color this season, along with aqua, primrose yellow, seafoam and blush.

Sleek, curvy furniture shapes in the crisp blue and white combination above on the Carson sofa evoke the cool grace of a sailboat on a lake.

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This Sanctuary dining room looks freshly sprung from a fairytale castle in the woods. Graceful curves, ornamental swirls and a perfect mix of blue, white and wood tones create an eclectic bohemian look. Photo: Hooker Furniture.

Refresh with taupe-brown, grey, cream and oyster white, and you have a look that’s tranquil, youthful and chic. These hues are versatile, so you can change up the look later with some warmer, darker accents and still keep the lighthearted air.

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Grays and pastel tints are always sophisticated, but a little extra something can make them youthful and fun. This credenza’s bas-relief surface treatment adds extra dash to a chic, cool scheme. Photo: Hooker Furniture.

These perfect pales, such as this pale green on the Riley Sectional below, are already a bit weathered, so they’re easy to live with. Because the modern definition of luxurious definitely includes kids, dogs and informal entertaining!

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At home with virtually any color, this weathered pale green is as versatile as a neutral but more interesting and organic. Lilac tints shown here blend well. Photo: Sam Moore Furniture.

The timing for infusing springtime tints into your home could not be better, because now through May 2, 2016, all Hooker Furniture and Sam Moore Furniture and Bradington-Young Furniture is on sale nationwide during a Spring Savings Event.. You can find participating retailers here.

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How do you keep a lived-in room looking fresh and clean? Start with artful pieces in weathered white wood for a light effect that doesn’t mind a little wear. Add inviting upholstery in more white with some subtle tints of color. Add punch with a great springtime color like vivid yellow-green, blush or sky blue. Photo: Hooker Furniture.

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It’s so much easier to get up in the morning when you’re greeted by this sunny springtime tint. Photo: Yvonne-estelles.com

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Tints of blue and white are the essence of fresh; paired with crocus purples and yellow-greens, they say “spring garden” most eloquently. Photo: Yvonne-estelles.com

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Brilliant aqua blue, edgy chartreuse and lots of fresh whites make a beautiful springtime scheme. The large-scale ikat pattern is another fun modern classic we’ll enjoy forever. Photo: Sam Moore Furniture.

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Leather furniture, prized for timeless comfort, gets a youthful update with a contemporary design. A mix of mineral-hued neutrals and lots of fresh white create a decorating scheme that’s easy, urbane and chic. Photo: Bradington-Young Furniture.

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Blush, also known as rose quartz, is a versatile tint men and women alike can enjoy for its calm, flattering glow. One of today’s top fashion tints, blush has staying power in a stressful world. In a super-modern design like this swing-arm reading lamp, blush is as cool as you like. Photo: Bed, Bath & Beyond.

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Pastel tints can be utterly sophisticated. A mix of candy pastels is chic when the pattern is a striking inspired geometric. Photo: onekingslane.com

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Clever modern design rules in every detail of this energetic scheme. Beautiful aqua and other cool pastels are edged in dark wood accents and flooded with white. Photo: Sam Moore

What keeps modern style fresh and friendly is abundant here with the slim-lined Archer Recliners. 

Open the windows, warm weather is here! 

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Southern Comfort Style

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This Spring, cold, minimalist interiors are gone with the wind.

Arriving on the design scene like a breath of fresh air is Southern Comfort style, a look that captures the warmth and spirit of cities like Savannah, where lovely parks, stately architecture and a fondness for color in all the right places creates an atmosphere of relaxed beauty and graceful living that every home deserves.

 Ready to bring a little Southern Comfort home? Here’s how…

The carved decorative wood overlay of the Sunset Point Square Mirror conjures images of classic wrought iron gates found through the South.

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Reframe the view with the lovely Sunset Point square mirror. Photo: Hooker Furniture

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Add garden-inspired touches with Sunset Point. Photo: Hooker Furniture.

The Sunset Point two-piece entertainment center calls to mind architectural structures found in southern gardens with its trellis-inspired door fronts. The Sunset Point round cocktail table and the Sunset Point end table feature gracefully-turned legs that resonate with genteel charm.

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Bring genteel charm and an air of gracious living to your home with Sunset Point. Photo: Hooker Furniture

 The timing for infusing southern comfort style into your home could not be better, because now through May 2, 2016, all Hooker Furniture and Sam Moore Furniture and Bradington-Young Furniture is on sale nationwide during a Spring Savings Event.. You can find participating retailers here.

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Two mirrored doors give the Chatelet buffet its antique feel. Photo: Hooker Furniture

Inspired by farm-style antiques, the Chatelet Buffet adds a touch of relaxed, yet elegant French style.

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With its blend down seat cushion, the Kudrow settee is crafted for comfort. Photo: Sam Moore Furniture.

Make your room bloom with the Kudrow Settee. Upholstered in a lovely two-tone floral print, it breaks up neutral settings in an on-trend way.

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Upholstered in a pretty aqua, lime and white print, the Gideon Swivel Chair adds a dash of global glam in a soft southern way.

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Lose your head over a bed? It could happen with the gorgeous Antoinette gilded upholstered bed by Cynthia Rowley. Photo: Hooker Furniture.

Southern women never underestimate the power of pretty. Nor does designer Cynthia Rowley, whose Antoinette Gilded Upholstered Bed is decked out in a beaded, gold-leafed velvet bed frame with a removable ribbon pediment headboard top.

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Every one needs comfy, stylish seats like the Kelsea wing chair. Photo: Sam Moore Furniture.

Sheath the Kelsea Wing Chair in a modern geometric print like this for a modern spin on a classic French Bergere.

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The Kiran lounger and ottoman put a contemporary spin on classic southern library looks. Photo: Bradington-Young.

With clean lines and a simple yet striking silhouette, the Kiran Lounger and ottoman redefine comfort in a modern, chic way.

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Add its two leaves, and the Sanctuary rectangle trestle table will comfortably seat up to ten guests. Photo: Hooker Furniture.

 The Sanctuary rectangle trestle table dining table  is a mix of Southern influences with its farm-style silhouette and antique hickory wood finish that reveals the character of the wood and imparts the sense of a beloved family heirloom that’s aged beautifully over time. Sanctuary Tall Spindle arm chairs and Sanctuary Tall Spindle side chairs are also heirloom handsome in a distressed blue painted finish.

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Treat guests, or just yourself, to a slice of sweet tea cake. Photograph by Kristen Scott from “A Time to Celebrate–Let Us Keep the Feast” by James T. Farmer III, reprinted by permission of Gibbs Smith.

Sweet tea and southern entertaining go hand-in hand. Serve this cake and you’ll charm guests in true southern style.

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by James T. Farmer III

Serves 16 to 20

 “I love sweet tea. I love lemonade. I love cake. I love frosting. Need I elaborate? I give this fun Southern classic-in-the-making a twist by using my Earl Grey sweet tea flavored with rosemary or lemon thyme.”–James T. Farmer III

 1 1/2 cups boiling water

3 family-size tea bags plus 1 bag Earl Grey—you’ll use a good cup of tea in the recipe

1 small sprig rosemary or 2 stems lemon thyme

1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened

2 cups granulated sugar

1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar

 5 large eggs, room temperature

3 1/2 cups cake flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

3/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1 cup applesauce

Lemonade Frosting (recipe follows)

 Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9 x 13-inch pan with shortening and dust with flour.

 In a heat-proof glass bowl, pour the boiling water over the tea bags and sprigs of herbs. Cover with plastic wrap and steep for 10 to 12 minutes. Lift the tea bags and herbs from the liquid. To get all the tea from the bags, press them against the side of the bowl using the back of a spoon. Discard the tea bags and herbs and allow the tea to cool for 20 minutes.

 In a separate large bowl, beat the butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until smooth and creamy.

Gradually add the granulated and brown sugars, beating until the mixture is light and fluffy. Add the eggs 1 at a time, beating after each addition just until blended.

 In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the cake flour, baking powder, salt, and baking soda.

Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture in thirds, alternating with 1/2 cup tea, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Beat the batter at low speed just until blended after each addition. (Discard any remaining tea, or sweeten and enjoy a glass!) Add the applesauce and beat the batter just until blended. Pour the batter into the prepared pan.

 

Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, or until a wooden pick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool completely on a wire rack for about 20 minutes.

Spread the frosting on the cake.

 Lemonade Frosting

 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened

1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, softened

6 cups powdered sugar

1 tablespoon lemon zest

3 tablespoons freshly squeeze lemon juice

 In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese and butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until smooth and creamy. Gradually add the powdered sugar, 1 cup at a time, beating at low speed until well blended after each addition. Slowly mix in the lemon zest and lemon juice just until blended. Increase your mixing speed to high, and beat the frosting until light and fluffy.

 Farmer’s Note: Bourbon, vodka or limoncello add an adult kick to the frosting. A hearty splash (2 to 4 tablespoons) is a gracious plenty.

 Recipe courtesy of “A Time To Celebrate–Let Us Keep the Feast” by James T. Farmer III, reprinted by permission of Gibbs Smith.

 

 

 

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