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Summer Style Tips +Recipes for Memorial Day

You can’t go wrong with a colorful medley of classic china and glassware, as shown with this tablescape. Photo: designenthusiasm.com

Memorial Day Ideas: Colorful Style Tips and Recipes for Summer

Summer entertaining kicks off this week with Memorial Day, which means lots of upcoming cookouts, family gatherings and entertaining. It’s an ideal time to update your living spaces with fresh colors and creative table styling. Here are some of our favorite ideas for incorporating red, white and blue in ways that are lively, yet livable.

Memorial Day offers the perfect opportunity to embrace colorful, refreshing decor. Photo: marthastewart.com

It’s easy to add personality to an entry hall or living space with a bold red chest like the Melange Saffron Accent Chest. Don’t you just love the jewelry-like drawer pulls?

The Melange Saffron Accent Chest is in a livable red finish that lifts your interiors all year long, adding summer’s vibrancy to every season. And right now through May 31, the chest and all living room accent furniture is on sale at participating retailers for Memorial Day.

Even if you’re not hosting a gathering soon, summer is a great time to embrace red, white and blue accessories. Perfect for a console or accent table, this planter looks timelessly patriotic. Photo: maisondecina.com

We love these light and airy accent bunching tables. Photo: Hooker Furniture.

As functional as these accent bunching tables are, this accent furniture provides the perfect place for holding snacks and drinks–for entertaining and everyday living. 

This clever arrangement features bandana-wrapped silverware in mason jars. The bandanas can then be used as napkins, and the mason jars make great drinkware. It works equally well with silver and plastic utensils.

This Americana place setting features a unique utensil holder made with a pocket from a pair of jeans. Add colorful ribbon, festive plates, a patriotic napkin and a unique charger to complete the look.

Blue and white is easy on the eyes and always on trend. Photo: Hooker Furniture.

The creamy white of the Sandcastle Dining Table and Chairs is a classic neutral, and gives you the freedom to get creative with wall color, rug and accessory choices.

Both savory and sweet, this brightly-colored Watermelon Feta Blueberry Salad is a healthy option. Photo: runninginaskirt.com

Savory Summer Recipes

It’s hard to beat the refreshment of a melon, berry and cheese salad like this one; here’s the recipe:

Watermelon Feta Blueberry Salad


½ seedless watermelon, cubed (about 8-10 cups)

1 cup blueberries

¼ cup crumbled feta (can use reduced fat)

4 teaspoons mint leaves, chopped


1 lime, juiced

2 teaspoons olive oil

2 teaspoons honey

¼ teaspoon sea salt


Combine the fruit, mint and cheese in a bowl. Whisk dressing together and lightly toss the salad. Serve immediately. Serves 4.

A childhood favorite, Rice Krispie Treats get a patriotic makeover.

Firecracker Rice Krispie Treats

Offering a new take on an old favorite, Firecracker Rice Krispie Treats are easily made by adding food coloring during the melted marshmallow step. First, make a traditional batch with no coloring. Then, follow the same steps and add red food coloring to your melted marshmallow mix before adding the cereal. Note, it will take a lot of red coloring to make it appear red. Next, create a batch of blue in the same way—again, lots of food coloring, and some experimentation, to get the right color. Finally, cut the batches into squares of the same size and assemble into mini flag strips.

Got a favorite summer decorating idea or recipe you’d like to share? We’d love to hear about it!



Pick from a Garden of Home Accents


As Memorial Day ushers in the beginning of summer, it’s the time of year when our thoughts dwell in our gardens, and how to bring their beauty inside. 

Pick a lovely bouquet–in an instant, a focal point. Select a special furniture accent, and create a small, but delightful, new moment of pleasure that will last for many seasons to come.

Inspirations Beyond the Garden Gate

The Victorians created ironwork that was both intricate and artful. Garden gates, fences and arbors have all stood the test of time.

We still look to gates, arbors, trellises and gazebos for furniture and design inspiration. Here: a garden of accents to pick for your home, with just such grace and charm.

The True Vintage Nest of Tables has the grace and charm of a venerable iron gate. Photo: Hooker Furniture.

The True Vintage Nest of Tables, in a variety of heights from 24 inches, exhibits the hand craftsmanship so valued by the Victorians. The metal base borrows heavily from the designs found on venerable iron gates, and is paired with an antiqued mirrored top. 

These tables are at home in living or family room, but can also serve well as functional accents in the sunroom or on the porch for a special occasion—like a Memorial Day gathering or picnic.

The True Vintage End Table is a versatile accent for any room with its round wooden top, which allows you to place it almost anywhere in your home as need and mood dictate. Photo: Hooker Furniture.

The round wooden top of the True Vintage End Table makes it as practical as it is romantic. Photo: Hooker Furniture,.

 The Vibrancy of a Summer Garden

Red roses, blue and purple hydrangeas and all the flowers of summer singing with color–admire them in nature, and find a place at home for their vibrant spirit.

The Mia Drum Table has the deep color one notices in a thriving garden, and the texture of garden crockery. Photo: Hooker Furniture.

The Mia Drum Table is the perfect place for a spot of iced tea on a warm summer day. It has the deep color one notices in a thriving garden, and the texture of garden crockery.

There’s hardly a garden where red does not trumpet a commanding presence, as does this Lady in Red Console. Photo: Hooker Furniture.

The Lady in Red Console, with the spirited hue of geraniums, will brighten a home just as those beloved flowers find their place out of doors. Contemporary in design, the accents table with its wallpapered drawers works well beneath a mirror, a wall of art or photographs–perhaps of your favorite garden blooms.

A Forever Garden

Flowers festoon and inspire these delightful accent pieces–bringing the pleasure of the garden for days and years to come.

The In Bloom Chest has blossoms that fall gently on top and drift down to a dramatic display created in gold leaf, silver powder and mother-of-pearl. Rain or shine, the garden-inspired chest thrives at home.

The Ariana Hand Painted Chest is French in feeling, with a delicately rendered floral motif. Glass knobs are intricately faceted. Photo: Hooker Furniture.

Along the Garden Path

Meander in a garden, run a stick along a wooden fence, hop from stone to stone along a path–and stop to trace your steps. The accent pieces here have the flair and flavor of a guided nature walk.

The Stone-Top Table combines Gypsum, a native stone, with a tubular steel base in silver leaf finish. Photo: Hooker Furniture.


The slatted seat and back of this swivel back 40-inch high chair has the appeal of Tom Sawyer’s painted fence with its Hatteras White Finish. 

Imagine yourself pushed up to a counter or pub table as you arrange flowers picked from your garden at the Sunset Point Counter Chair. Or perhaps you are seated for a casual meal with the flavor of a summer picnic.

Tidy as a carefully placed stepping stone, this versatile table can “hop” to almost anywhere in your home. The metal base is finished in a silver leaf, the top, an irregular stone. Photo: Hooker Furniture.

The Melange Stone-Top End Table will remind you of a romantic garden path.

A path to convenience, with three separate surfaces at your fingertips. Perfect for everyday living and especially delightful for entertaining. Photo: Hooker Furniture

Kitty in the garden–an accent not to be missed.


Bring Mother Nature Home on Mother’s Day

These are gifts mom will cherish for more than one day a year. Photos: Hooker Furniture, Cynthia Rowley for Hooker Furniture, Amy Locurto, Country Living.

This year, treat mom to something unexpected on her big day with a gift that delivers the beauty of nature in sophisticated, serene ways. It’s time to bring Mother Nature home for Mother’s Day with handcrafted touches and looks.

This cocktail table masters the mix of shape and substance. Photo: Hooker Furniture.

Crafted of wood and burned aluminum, the Melange Lincoln Cocktail Table resembles large slabs of natural mineral — one of the biggest trends going in furniture and decor.

There’s more than meets the eye with this credenza. Photo: Hooker Furniture.

A classic contemporary with mid-century tendencies, the Melange Sora Four Door Credenza is sleek, uncomplicated and fabulously functional. Behind its luxe Carrera marble doors is a TV-ready storage unit with a ventilated back panel and adjustable shelves.

With its cast iron branch base and table top cut from a solid piece of Acacia tree, each Acacia Round Slab Table varies in size and shape. Unique. One of a kind. Just like Mom.

Aptly named, this door chest absolutely blossoms with style. Photo: Hooker Furniture.

By mixing a trendy gray hue with a classic Asian floral motif, the Melange In Bloom Door Chest is a beautiful, feminine look for furniture, with wrap-around branches painted in gold leaf and accented with mother of pearl blossoms.

Every room needs a bit of bling–like this. Photo: Hooker Furniture.

The Melange End Table with stone top is a glam mix of gypsum (a natural mineral with a translucent luster) and tubular steel finished in shimmery silver leaf that looks exquisite when tucked next to a chair or in a corner where the light catches it just right.

Why should Mom just sit when she can swivel in style? Photo: Sam Moore Furniture.

Upholstered in a richly-hued bold floral motif, the Kale Swivel Chair breaks out of the neutral zone. This is a comfy, pretty perch for anywhere in the house, but especially bedrooms and reading nooks.

Nesting isn’t just for the birds anymore. Photo: Hooker Furniture.

Blue is well-documented for its calming effect, so the Nest Theory Finch King Upholstered Bed is both comfy and comforting.

That makes Finch a perfect fit for the queen of the castle– Mom.