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Kentucky Horse Country: Rustic Elegant Decor

From rolling blue grass hill to its unique mix of music and cuisine, Kentucky Horse Country is rich with inspiration for today’s modern rustic home decor.

Kentucky’s Legendary Horse Country Inspires Rustic Elegance

When you think about Kentucky, horse racing, bluegrass music, barbecue and bourbon are what most often come to mind. And with good reason. While the state boasts several major metropolitan areas, it’s retained a timeless character known for horse farms and rolling countryside. This rustic charm and the classic appeal of Kentucky’s Horse Country has inspired a new collection of furnishings, aptly called: Hill Country.

Weathered woods, metal accents and handsome detailing are the hallmarks of the Hill Country Collection. The Pinta Trail Strong Box Cocktail Table features left and right-sliding tops and a center lift lid. Inside it has generous storage, including removable wine storage, while casters make it easy to move.

Perfect for dining in or card night, the Castle Hills Game Table features flat-cut, rustic white oak veneers that are cracked before the finish is applied, giving it a seasoned appearance. Photo: Hooker Furniture.

Some of the world’s most beautiful views are the hillside landscapes of America’s countryside, and Kentucky boasts more than a few. Noted author Irvin Cobb once said: “To be born in Kentucky is a heritage, to brag about it is a habit, to appreciate it is a virtue.” We couldn’t agree more.

Why is Kentucky called the bluegrass state? It garnered this nickname because of the proliferation of bluegrass that flourishes across its miles and miles of pastures. With endless painted white fences that continue for miles the Horse Country of Kentucky inspires a relaxed way of living that prizes summer breezes, casual afternoons and, at least once a year, the perfect mint julep.

The Balcones Friendship Table is perfect for hosting family and friends year-round, and is adjustable to dining or counter height.

Today’s increasingly popular modern rustic aesthetic is forged in the concept of everyday elegance. Fancy details and fussy finishes have been replaced with classic shapes and timeless finishes. A perfect example of this is the Bluewind Flip-Top Console Table — a multifunctional piece that unfolds so it can be used as a sofa table, extra dining surface, or writing desk.

The Bluewind Flip-Top Console Table is as functional as it is elegant yet casual. Photo: Hooker Furniture.

As practical as it is beautiful, the Lakehills Wardrobe makes it easy to keep a room tidy and organized. Behind the saddle brown and anthracite black finish of its stylish doors is a full-length mirror, wire management for a TV, 3 drawers, 2 shelves and a clothing rod.

No conversation about Kentucky is complete without mention of the mint julep. A staple at the Kentucky Derby, its heritage dates to the eighteenth century where its mere presence symbolized wealth. Beyond the ability to offer guests a drink, having whiskey and ice indicated wealth, as did the traditional silver cup it’s served in.

The mint julep has been associated with the Kentucky Derby since 1938, and each year almost 120,000 of them are served at Churchill Downs over the two-day period of the races.

Whether your event is celebrating a holiday or a winning horse, the Little Blanco Steamer Trunk Bar makes it easy to serve your guests in style. Paying homage to the design of the classic steamer trunk and accompanying small traveling bars, this trunk bar works beautifully for the storage of spirits.

Authenticity is a word that perfectly depicts the character of Hill Country. The Fair Oaks Upholstered Bed features timeworn finishes of saddle brown and anthracite black, creating a two-tone look that is as authentic as the countryside itself. A tufted upholstered headboard softens the look while adding sumptuous comfort.

Timeworn finishes of saddle brown and anthracite black provide a two-tone look that is as authentic as Horse Country itself.

Unlike any collection before it, Hill Country captures the natural beauty of America’s landscape and translates it into furnishings that reflect authentic American character. From dining room and bedroom to home office and accent furniture—there’s something for every room in the home. Kentucky’s Hill Country is reflected in the handcrafted look of these furnishings, and gives each an inspiration story uniquely its own.

 

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Create Your Dream Space with Art + Furniture

Bold yet detailed, this modern landscape is the perfect pairing for our Roslyn County Deconstructed Upholstered Bed, part of the American Life Collection.

 Create Your Dream Space: An Illustrated Guide to Artful Pairings

When it comes to choosing art, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. It can be hard to know where to start, and there’s always the fear of making a mistake. The simple truth is: If you choose art that you love, then it will work. Whether you hang a canvas, framed print, or a grouping, artwork gives you the opportunity to personalize your space.

No matter what your design taste, there’s art to fit your style. Here are nine fabulous pairings of art and furniture you can use to inspire your own home:

Inspired by the most beautiful examples of American countryside, our Hill Country Collection offers authentic American character. An impressionistic seaside landscape is an ideal mate to the La Coste Wine Cellaret.

Ideal for a home office, the koi fish watercolor conveys energy and movement and is sure to impart inspiration when you need it most.

Pair watercolor art with an artistic piece like the Transcend Writing Deskcrafted of solid Acacia wood in a transparent light cinnamon finish,with a rustic modern vibe.

Artwork is most striking when it attracts our eye and engages our senses. This streamlined sunset painting mirrors the clean lines and straightforward appeal of our Urban Elevation Upholstered Shelter Befrom the American Life Collection.

The soft light and organic shapes in this pair of canvases featuring Japanese water lilies balances the architectural simplicity of our Melange Vega Accent Chest.

 

To create a bedroom that feels soothing and restful, choose art that calms as well. This classic painting, “The Sisters,” was painted by Mary Cassatt in 1885, and complements our timeless Sunset Point Fretwork Panel Bed.

This framed print of Central Park is crisp and uncluttered–just like our Curata Wine Server. Its gold frame accentuates both the artwork and the bar’s metallic finish.

For animal lovers, these artful canine portraits are just the thing to soften the look of a leather recliner like our Esme loveseat.

This modern oil painting is the ultimate mate for our Lanier Hall Console. Together they convey the feeling of polished sophistication.

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A Wedding in the Heart of Home

Home is the most intimate of settings for a wedding. Florals: bloominous.com; Floor mirror: Hooker Furniture.

 What could be more charming or more personal than having a wedding ceremony at home? 

We have cherished photos of a loving couple who took their vows in our house. And, one of the most delightful weddings I attended was an at-home wedding– the bride coming down the stairs, bouquet in hand, roses brought to full bloom. If there’s a marriage in the future of your family, here are some ways to have a memorable and intimate wedding day in the heart of home.

A wood rose mantle, built with a simple structure and large art frame, can be a beautiful centerpiece for the ceremony at home.

THE JOYS OF PLANNING

Surely, you should choose a lovely setting for your marriage planning. So, have a bouquet of flowers, the best china cups, and set the mood for the glorious event to come. To ensure the intimacy of the occasion and that each detail is remembered, meet around a round dining table with comfy chairs for planning.

Be transported to the romantic villas and artisan ambiance of Tuscany, the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance with Auberose, a European Country collection. Hooker Furniture.

The Auberose 72-inch round pedestal table makes a delightful setting for planning and many other occasions associated with an at-home wedding.

To help with your planning, we recommend Southern Living Wedding Planner.

CREATING AND SENDING INVITATIONS

“Dear Ones…” Perhaps this is the first line of your invitations. Since most home ceremonies are small affairs, preparing invitations will be a very personal moment for a bride-to-be and her family. Perhaps she will settle in a home office or at a very pretty deskThere are so many ways to make invitations inspiring…formal, informal and fun. It will be the bride’s choice how she welcomes guests to her home.

Brides-to-be take pleasure in creating and sending wedding invitations. Make addressing them an experience at the 60-inch Arabella Mirrored Writing Desk. A center door drops down for keyboard use. Hooker Furniture.

For invitation ideas, you might consult Wedding Paper Divas.

For some couples, a video invitation allows them to tell their story together, as well as imparting all the important information, right down to directions to the home.

From Hooker Furniture’s contemporary Skyline Collection, this bureau with its beautiful polished wood, holds a TV, cable box and DVR. Photo: Hooker Furniture.

Find ideas for video wedding invitations at: Exquisite Weddings Magazine. 

SELECTING FLOWERS AND DECORATIONS

The bride’s bouquet is the crown jewel of wedding decor. Photo: bloominous.com

Of course, the bride’s bouquet is the crown jewel of wedding flowers. So special that the bride herself might want a hand in creating her own , with the help of such websites as bloominous.com.  At Bloominous, a bride is taken by the hand, offering floral choices and ways to create not only the bridal bouquet, but flowers for her attendants as well, and decorations for the home. 

TRADITIONS OF DRESSING ON THE WEDDING DAY

A floor-to-ceiling mirror is a must for dressing for the wedding. Photos: Dress: Designer Pat Kerr; Mirror: Hooker Furniture

Many have experienced the flutter of activity around dressing on a wedding day. The perfect scene is a beautiful bedroom, and most important–a floor-to-ceiling mirror so that the bride is viewed from every angle. Attendants also will enjoy their appointed place to prepare for the big moment. These are places where a mother pins on a brooch that has been in the family for years, or the bride thanks her attendants with gifts.

The Chatelet Floor Mirror is not only romantic in style; it has secret storage for jewelry when you open the mirrored door. Photo: Hooker Furniture.

The Vera Floor Mirror is another romantic and functional choice for viewing the wedding party from every angle. Photo: Hooker Furniture

 A SETTING FOR THE CEREMONY

Guests often mingle before the ceremony in the family home– or in the garden, weather permitting. When the ceremony is about to start, all attention is on the place where the bride and groom exchange their vows. Perhaps it is a fireplace in the living room, before a large window or under a rose arbor in the garden.

THE RECEPTION

Home is festooned with flowers and decorations befitting the occasion. They may be very simple if the bride wishes. Here is where the dining room shines as the center of activity, perhaps for a buffet of food. A beautiful dining table is the stage where the centerpiece and wedding cake enchant your guests.

The centerpiece, selected by the bride to share with her guests, may be her own creation with the help of bloominous.com. Here, simple white roses are her heart’s desire.

From the True Vintage Collection, a rectangular dining table with ornately carved pedestals inspired by vintage artifacts and classical motifs. It’s commodious enough to host a wedding buffet. Photo: Hooker Furniture.

An at-home wedding just might inspire the bride and her family to make their very own cake, like this pansy wedding cake from Southern Living. The recipe is available at myrecipes.com.

 Memories to Share

Every moment of an at-home wedding is engraved in memories. And for years to come, anniversary after anniversary, happy moments can be shared in the comfortable setting that was so important on that wedding day.

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