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American Life: Farm-to-Decor + Rustic Luxe

A classic farm-to-decor collection, Roslyn County is a sincere and approachable style. The trestle dining table has exposed bolts on the stretcher, and exposed beams on the upholstered bench. Photo: Hooker Furniture.

How do you aspire to live? What is your dream living space?

The American living experience inspires the launch of a new brand at the High Point Markethis Spring: American Life by Hooker Furniture.

From farm-to-decor looks to rustic luxe, American Life evokes a sense of community, easy living, craftsmanship and authenticity.

Inspired by the way Americans live and aspire to live, American Life will interpret the current living experience, beginning with this High Point Furniture Market and progressing through the years as trends, culture and styles evolve and change.

American Life debuts with 90 pieces in two whole home collections, Roslyn County and Urban Elevation.

Roslyn County

Roslyn County is a classic farm-to-decor collection offering heirloom quality and hand-crafted appeal.

Roslyn County is a warm, inviting style. Photo: Hooker Furniture.

 Tapping a bit of hometown nostalgia, the simple farmhouse style furniture demonstrates how Americans are living today.  Crafted in Walnut and Hickory, Roslyn County pieces are waxed and luxurious to the hand.

Embracing authenticity, Roslyn County offers several intentionally “deconstructed” pieces to create a sincere, approachable style. Pieces such as farmhouse tables are big and chunky, with exposed bolts.

Exposed beams are featured on dining chairs, an office tilt-swivel chair, counter stool, upholstered dining bench and this console table. Photo: Hooker Furniture

The most iconic piece is the Deconstructed Upholstered Bed, sure to be a furnishings game-changer. In all of these pieces, exposed rails and beams create drama on the back or bases. 

The Roslyn County shelter bed can float in a room because of the exposed beams on the back and sides, along with the foot board. Photo: Hooker Furniture

“We believe we have created something authentic and real,” said Cindy Hall, vice president of merchandising for Hooker, adding that Roslyn County’s big-scale pieces will be at home all across America.

Urban Elevation

The rustic lux style of the Urban Elevation Collection will appeal to sophisticated professionals who want to capture the serenity of hometown charm and tranquil atmospheres, no matter where they live.

Urban Elevation features a serene, light color palette and mixes Maple and aluminum. Photo: Hooker Furniture

In a smaller-scale approach, Urban Elevation pieces are crafted of resawn Maple, waxed and luxurious to the hand, along with waxed aluminum, small nails and solid maple hardware and exposed bolts.

Urban Elevation hardware features solid maple pulls with exposed bolts. Photo: Hooker Furniture

Soft, aluminum-wrapped legs and a planked top distinguish the dining table, along with metal accents on other pieces.

The Urban Elevation dining chair has a modified slipcover look, featuring a reverse flange welt. Photo: Hooker Furniture

Adding to the serene color palette is a white plaster accent finish on several pieces including a chest, host chair and entertainment center, providing a cool contrast with the maple finish.

The Urban Elevation 3-Drawer Accent Chest features a white plaster finish and is accented by a wrapped aluminum mirror. Photo: Hooker Furniture

The essence of the new American Life brand can be summed up in the acronym, “REAL.” R is for relaxed, rustic and relevant. E is for exciting and epic. A is for authentic, aspirational and artisan. L is for livable, luxe and lifetime quality.

What do you think of our American Life launch? We’d love to know in your comments!

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This Easter, Do the French Twist

Easter’s coming. Time to get ready. Miki Duisterhof, Country Living; Better Homes & Gardens; Hooker Furniture; Dana Gallagher, Country Living.

Want your home to spring into style this Easter? Do the French twist.

Treat guests to rustic bundles of beautiful blooms, a sophisticated, nature-inspired mantel delicate papier-mâché baskets of eggs in soft fashion hues and…furniture that delivers a touch of French chic that’ll be enjoyed long after the holiday ends.

Here’s how to shine and shimmer while dining. Photo: Hooker Furniture.

With sensuous curves and lavish ornamentation, the Sanctuary rectangle dining table and upholstered arm chairs capture the flamboyant spirit of France’s post-WWI La Belle Époque period.

With a series of adjustable shelves behind each door, this credenza is clearly more than a pretty face (though pretty it is). Photo: Hooker Furniture

A shimmery, champagne-colored antique silver leaf finish is integral to this credenza’s  “je ne sais quoi” French feel.  So is its serpentine shape, elegant carving and intricate detailing.

French fashionistas never underestimate the power of pretty. Nor does the Coco Daybed that’s upholstered in blush-hued velvet. Photo: Cynthia Rowley for Hooker Furniture.

A modern take on classic French salon seating, the Coco daybed has clean lines and a novel peek-a-boo open back;  and is designed for use as seating or sleeping.

With its luxe Blendown seat’s feather/down feel, Dinah just may be he most comfy place to perch in the house. Photo: Sam Moore

Upholstered in a French Riveria awning stripe, Dinah is a chair that swivels with style.

The Studio 7H round end table combines classic European elements with modern mixed media touches for a casual, organic feel. Photo: Hooker Furniture

 Inspired by intimate cafes found throughout France, the Studio 7H round end table has a marble top and cast aluminum base. Sized right for use next to a sofa or chair, it’s the perfect place for guests to place beverages when sipping after the big meal.

Go glam for your Easter table decor by adding glitter and poka dots to your eggs. Photo: Country Living, Courtesy of The Girl Inspired.

Of course, no Easter gathering would be complete without a showstopper dessert like this decadent chocolate on chocolate tart with raspberries from “French Desserts.” It tastes great and can be made the day before—this recipe scores big where it counts.

Give guests an Easter treat they’ll truly savor—a chocolate on chocolate tart with raspberries. Photograph by Steven Rothfeld from “French Desserts” by Hillary Davis, reprinted by permission of Gibbs Smith.

Chocolate on Chocolate Tart with Raspberries

(Tarte Doublement Chocolat et Framboises)

Serves 8

I love adding flavors to my tart crusts, and for this one, I decided to make it taste like a crunchy chocolate sugar-and-butter cookie to contrast with the ultra-smooth truffle-like filling. Make this tart a day ahead so the ganache can firm up, and serve with fresh raspberries.

Special Equipment:

Food processor

1 (9-inch) tart pan with removable bottom

Pastry Crust:

1 1⁄2 cups all-purpose flour

1⁄2 teaspoon salt

1⁄2 cup granulated sugar

5 tablespoons Hershey’s Special Dark Cocoa

2 teaspoons instant espresso powder

9 tablespoons unsalted butter, chilled and cubed

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2 large egg yolks

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

2 to 3 tablespoons ice water

1⁄4 cup raspberry jam, melted

Chocolate Ganache Filling:

1 cup heavy cream

8 ounces semisweet chocolate, finely chopped

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

2 tablespoons unsalted butter

1 pint raspberries

Pastry Crust:

Brush the tart pan with melted butter (you don’t need to if your tart pan is nonstick).

Sift the flour into the bowl of the food processor. Add the salt, sugar, cocoa, and espresso power and pulse 6 times. Add the butter and process until granular.

With a fork, beat the egg yolks with the vanilla and add to the bowl. Process for 10 seconds then pour in 1 tablespoon water with the machine running. If the dough does not come together, add another tablespoon. Repeat up to 3 tablespoons until the dough comes together when pinched.

I usually use my fingers to press the dough into the tart tin. If it becomes sticky to work with, sprinkle some granulated sugar on the dough then press. If you would like a more perfect rendition, sprinkle granulated sugar on a clean work surface; bring the dough together into a ball with your hands, then into a disk, roll out to a size a bit larger than your tart pan, and fit into the pan.

 

Prick the bottom of the crust all over with a fork, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 1 hour.

 

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Bake the tart crust for 20–25 minutes, until the bottom is dry to the touch. Cool to room temperature. Paint the bottom with the raspberry jam.

 

Chocolate Ganache Filling:

Heat the cream in a saucepan until little bubbles form around the edges. Turn off the heat, add the chocolate and vanilla, and whisk until melted and smooth. Add the butter and whisk until combined and smooth.

 

Pour the ganache into the tart shell, smoothing over the top and pricking any little air bubbles. You want a very smooth surface.

 

Cover with a tent of aluminum foil so that it does not touch the ganache, and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight.

 

Leave the tart on the counter to rest for 15 minutes before serving with fresh raspberries.

 

Recipe from “French Desserts” by Hillary Davis, reprinted by permission of Gibbs Smith.

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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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