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Luxe Looks 101–Modern Must-Haves

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Modern luxe is this Fall’s must-have look. Photos: Hooker Furniture, Bradington-Young, Sam Moore Furniture.

Modern luxe is having a moment that’s…momentous. Sleek and elegant yet very livable, this trend interprets color, shape and texture in fashion-forward ways that dispel the old-school notion that contemporary design is cold and impersonal. No wonder this is the look everyone is after. Here’s how you can luxe up your home with modern style.

1. Chic Color

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With Premier Down seat and loose back seat cushions, the Aldana Sofa is luxuriously comfy from top to bottom. Photo: Bradington-Young.

Like the crisp white shirts style icon Audrey Hepburn wore, the supple leather Aldana Sofa lightens and brightens while providing contrast in a focused way.

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The Pierce sofa has comfy down-filled cushions that relax and puddle for a luxe, lived-in look. Photo: Bradington-Young.

The Pierce Sofa spins the color wheel with peacock pride and shows how a vibrant hue creates furniture wow when used the mindful restraint.

2. Metallic Sheen

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For understated glam, look to the Skyline round cocktail table. Photo: Hooker Furniture.

 The Skyline Round Cocktail Table warms the room with the glimmer of gold in a champagne finish.

3. Subtle Texture

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An updated take on a classic, the Tobias wing chair has an exaggerated high back that nods to the past in a modern way. Photo: Sam Moore

Upholstered in a nubby silk-like menswear fabric, the Tobias Wing Chair is all about subtle texture than enhances and adds depth to furniture and interiors.

4. Runway Riffs

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Sized right, the Melange Genevieve Console works not only in large spaces but also in small ones like a foyer or hallway. Photo: Hooker Furniture.

The Melange Genevieve Console looks like it’s wearing a chain-link belt. Outfitted in a rich gold-leafed base and chic leather top, this is a showy little number that’s runway-ready.

5. Arresting Shapes

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The Lark Chaise puts a modern spin on Victorian era fainting couches. Photo: Sam Moore.

Upholstered in a tone-on-tone, barely-there warm taupe print, the elegant Lark Chaise is more than swoon-worthy.

6. Geometric Touches

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Cushion-cut, silver-leafed doors infuse the Alchemist bar cabinet by Cynthia Rowley for Hooker Furniture with geometric style and lots of sheen.

7. Classic Reinterpretations

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The Palisade upholstered shelter bed is a classic beauty with contemporary flair. Photo: Hooker Furniture.

Clean lines, a warm brown palette and a button-tufted cushioned headboard with modified wings give the modern Palisade Upholstered Shelter Bed an au courant feel that is a dream come true.

With designs like this, modern luxe is showing why its moment is indeed momentous and why this trend has staying power. If you’re ready to live the luxe life (and aren’t we all?), Hooker Furniture can help.

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Fall for Sweet, Fierce Hues at Home

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One of this season’s favorite shades is a plush peacock blue. Paired here with a sleek leather and modern chrome legs creates an edgy elegance. Photo: Bradington-Young.

Color captures attention before anything else. So if you’re looking for high-impact home updates this fall, go for color. 

Pantone’s fall home fashion 2016 lineup includes some of the expected autumn hues on the cozy side of the color wheel. But they’re set off by a batch of cool, unexpected tints and tones you’d expect for spring.

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While Pantone’s fall 2016 colors include warm tones like Spicy Mustard and Aurora Red, the blue family, which conveys a message of calm and constancy, leads the 10-color palette. Photo: pantone.com

Leatrice Wiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute™ says that, “The desire for tranquility, strength and optimism has inspired a Fall 2016 color palette that is led by the blue family.”

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Energy meets style in the Tansy Sofa, with a jaunty silhouette and dapper denim-blue cover. Photo: Sam Moore Furniture.

“Along with anchoring earth tones, exuberant pops of vibrant colors also appear throughout the collections. Transcending gender, these unexpectedly vivacious colors in our Fall 2016 palette act as playful but structured departures from your more typical fall shades. Blue skies represent constancy as they are always above us. Grays give a felling of stability, red tones invite confidence and warmth, while hot pinkish purples and spicy mustard yellows suggest a touch of the exotic,” she said.

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This fall, get ready for the blending of warm persimmon with shades of blue. A perfect marriage of warm + cool. Photo: Sam Moore Furniture.

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Warm up the conversation and energize your day with this combination of charcoal and caramel leathers featured on the Greco sofa and Taraval wing chairs. Photo: Bradington-Young.

 Personally, I’m excited by the prints I’m seeing — patterns that energize classic colors or toughen up pretty ones. When I’m stuck for a decorating plan, I like to pull colors from a great print like one of the ones showcased below.

This fall, it couldn’t be easier to go beyond the usual orange and brown to celebrate the season in your own personal style.

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The architectural Greek key motif is one of my favorites, and in taupe, it works with just about any print and color. A retro, organic print in mustard and purple on gray says fall in a chic way. Fabric: Sam Moore Furniture; pillow: CoupleHome on Etsy

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The washed denim blue is youthful and versatile, like all of this fall’s favored blues, and the subtle feather motif is special. I like it with a mod floral that balances rich mulberry-purple, gold and red with soft gray and pale blue. Fabric: Sam Moore, Pillow: CoupleHome on Etsy

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Gray is graceful, not grim. these two patterns show you why. The edgy gray reminds me of nighttime city lights; it’s not the usual checks or tweed but something far more interesting. The steel mini-leaves are exactly what Pantone says this fall should be: playful but structured. Different as they are, both these grays would work with any modern or retro pattern, but I like the intrigue of a timeless Suzani design in fall’s mustard, purple and red, anchored with black. Fabrics: Sam Moore; Pillow: Etsy.

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Love a vivid print like this but aren’t sure about using it a lot? Keep in mind that it’s a truly classic pattern, one that can hide the marks of family life better than most, and one you can calm down with any solids or small prints you like. Here’ fall’s complex, warm hues or red, clay and mustard are abundant, nicely cooled with pale blue and taupe. Photo: Sam Moore

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Geometric jewel tone pillows like these project a rustic, artisan vibe. Photo: overstock.com

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Remarkable raindrops in tiers of blues, golds, taupes and grays are another example of playful but structured. Pull out any of these placid hues for accents, or up the energy with a contrasting warm hue. Remember to use any color at least three places in your room for eye-pleasing unity. Fabric: Sam Moore; pillow: overstock.com

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Express Authenticity with Writing Desks

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Authenticity is the inevitable result of personal interactions and low-tech experiences. The furnishings we choose and the surroundings we create are all part of the equation. Photo: Hooker Furniture.

In today’s fast-paced world, it’s easy to lose touch with the personal side of things. The hand-written note composed at a writing desk, the leisurely after-dinner conversation around the dining room table, and even the hour-long telephone call catching up with a distant relative—have all been replaced with the efficiency of technology. And yet it’s personal interactions like these that give life depth and authenticity.

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Everything we wear and choose to surround ourselves with tells a story–so why not tell an authentic one? Photo: juneletters.com

Writing desks are a type of furniture that offer the best of both high-touch and high-tech. On the softer, gentler side, today’s stylish, welcoming writing desks are a perfect spot for a cup of hot tea or a glass of wine while journaling or composing a hand-written note or card.

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Like most writing desks, the Sanctuary leg desk, with its European cottage and farmhouse vibe, fits in all kinds of spaces. Photo: Hooker Furniture.

However, many desks by Hooker Furniture also feature wire-management features, electrical outlets and charging stations. That way, you can use both your pen for low-tech connections and your keyboard for high-tech connections.

Whichever kind of connections you prefer, or whether you like both, now’s the time to give your office an authentic touch. Why? Because from August 26-September 6, our stylish writing desks are on sale at Hooker Furniture’s participating retailers as part of our Labor Day Home Office promotion.

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The Pallisade writing desk has a soft modern style that captures big city excitement and adds drama to small spaces. Photo: Hooker Furniture

With “authenticity” leading the list of today’s buzzwords, it’s no surprise that personalization is also at an all-time high right now. From monogrammed handbags to custom phone covers to throw blankets featuring our children’s photo on them, retailers have made it easy and affordable to personalize nearly everything. The polar opposite of mass-produced goods, these style choices help us tell our unique story.

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While traditional by nature, the monogrammed look continues to thrive in home decor and is successfully being interpreted for modern and contemporary applications. Photo: lonny.com

Interior design is heading in this direction as well. We can now select the arm style, skirt, wood finish and fabric of a new sofa and choose from a variety of mixable finishes and materials to create our own perfect bedroom or dining room combination. The result is that our homes, and the furnishings we surround ourselves with, also communicate our perspective and life journey.

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Today’s home office furnishings convey old-world charm while accommodating the latest technology with features such as thoughtful storage, cord management and drop-front keyboard trays. Photo: Hooker Furniture.

When it comes to personal connection and low-tech experiences, I love snail mail. Call me “old-school,” but I love to get cards in the mail—especially if it’s on someone’s personal stationery. It certainly takes more time to write and address a card than it does an email—and time has meaning. While this mode of communication is increasingly obsolete, I still enjoy sending personal notes to thank someone or let them know I’m thinking of them.

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While I change stationery every couple of years, here’s a look at two of my recent personal notecards.

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This is the design I’m eyeing for my next stationery order. Photo: minted.com.

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And for those newlyweds out there who will soon be writing hand-written thank you cards, this design is the ultimate. Photo: minted.com

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While social media is overflowing with inspirational quotes, I love this one for its simplicity. Photo: jegeorge.com

Every experience has the potential to add authenticity to our lives. Which ones do you find most significant?

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