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Sanctuary Collection: Home’s Little Black Dress

“Sanctuary is luxurious, while still feeling clean and fresh and somehow enchanted,” said its designer, Tracey Gibson. Hooker Furniture

When the Sanctuary Collection was first created 10 years ago, it was with the mission to help women create a place of refuge and romance, serenity and style — yes, a sanctuary — within their homes. 

Now the groundbreaking collection is being expanded with nearly 90 new pieces that “allow you to put together your own look and give it your own personal style to tell your story,” said designer & creator Tracey Gibson.

The Sanctuary Collection has a signature style to it: ‘It has love, heart and passion that exudes a feminine ethereal feeling,’ said designer Tracey Gibson, pictured with the Anastasie Bed with a creamy white finish accented with champagne and silver tipping and a removable carving on the headboard.

Sanctuary accents, like this curvy chest with a 3-dimensional floral motif, are exotic and elegant and meant to give the collection a well-traveled feeling. Hooker Furniture

“Sanctuary is like a woman’s little black dress that she can dress up or down with accessories and make it her own,” Gibson said. “It’s the finishes and textures, details and materials you chose that allow you to tell your own story.”

Sanctuary pieces, like this console table with a silver finish and undertones of champagne, are glamorous, romantic and classic with a touch of bling. Hooker Furniture

The bedroom, dining room, living room and home office furniture pieces are grouped into three unique personas, each of which are designed to embody the influences of a well-traveled woman who curates a collection of home furnishings in travels across the globe.

The Anastasie bed offers a softer, romantic look, with historical reproduction bones, giving it a European cottage feel. Hooker Furniture

The pieces are opulent, yet approachable; vintage, yet modern; timeless yet fresh. “Sanctuary gives you a casual lifestyle that’s still glamorous through a magical bit of distressed finishes,” said Gibson.

Historical European reproduction-based pieces are intermingled throughout Sanctuary, with design details like tabletops with intricate quatrefoil veneer patterns, carved chairs with acanthus leaf and scrolled fretwork detailing. Hooker Furniture.

Gibson notes that Sanctuary most emulates Parisian interiors. “Parisian interiors have always stood the test of time by merging Old World elegance, vintage details and modern pieces,” she said. “Mixing classical with modern creates a timeless look when curated over years with the patina of a little wear and tear. The charm creates a look that doesn’t feel too perfect and exudes casualized glamour.”

The Diamant Canopy Bed is perhaps the most iconic of all the new Sanctuary pieces, with a diamond motif in a champagne finish against a reverse hand-painted glass headboard and footboard resembling marble.

Gibson’s “muse” in designing Sanctuarya collection that celebrates feminine drama, was the late Hollywood starlet Audrey Hepburn, the epitome of approachable refinement and class.

Fittingly, one of Hepburn’s most famous sayings was:

“Beauty is being the best possible version of yourself, inside and out.” 

Designer Tracey Gibson looked to Audrey Hepburn, the ultimate wearer of  ‘little black dresses,’ as her ‘muse’ for Sanctuary. Like the collection, Hepburn was a woman who epitomized luxury and refinement that was approachable, with a touch of mischief, joy and good humor.


How to Give a Stylish Surprise Party for Mom

A party-friendly table like the Urban Elevation dining table is the perfect gathering place for family and friends. Hooker Furniture

The key to creating a stylish surprise for mom? A mix of tradition and the unexpected. Hooker Furniture.

Dad and kids, it’s time to turn the table on mom! Surprise her with a stylish party during the month we celebrate Mother’s Day. Make the party all about her and the things she loves most– family, fun and a home filled with beautiful style.

A stylish sign of the times allows you to personalize your note of appreciation for Mom.

For a fast-fix centerpiece filled with charm, go old school with a chalkboard greeting written by kids and paired with fragrant flowers in a beautiful vase.

A party-friendly table like the Urban Elevation dining table is the perfect gathering place for family and friends. Hooker Furniture

With sturdy metal legs and a slightly distressed top, the Urban Elevation Dining Table is a modern rustic look that’s both kid-friendly and party-friendly. And it comes with two 22-inch leaves, do it’ll seat up to 10 guests. 

Get kids involved with top-secret DIY projects they can make in their rooms in the days leading up to the party.

With craft supplies and some creativity, kids can channel their inner decorator and give the party a true from-the-heart look. Handmade cards and bunting crafted with twine, clothespins and party keepsakes add a festive touch and are something mom is sure to adore. So are “I love Mom” signs glued to popsicle sticks which can be given to each guests to hide behind when Mom comes into the room. 

Nesting tables are practically perfect for parties of any size. Hooker Furniture.

The organic shares of the Melange Nesting Tables are a nod to Mother Nature while providing a flexible amount of space for presents, cards and party snacks. 

A sweet treat for grown-ups and kids alike.

Cupcakes evoke memories of childhood fun and are one of the trendiest desserts on the planet. No need to cook when all it takes is a quick trip to the bakery to find yummy cupcakes like these. Let kinds pretty up their presentation be placing them in a festive basket or tray that’s accompanied by a hand-written note. Fast, Easy. Tasty. 

Want to also pair your party with a gift that’s designed with a surprise in mind?

It’s what’s behind this mirror that Mom will find most intriguing. Hooker Furniture.

More than a pretty face, the Adonia Floor Mirror is also a stylish take on home security. 

The Adonia Floor Mirror has a hidden surprise. Hooker Furniture.

The mirror opens to reveal a black felt-lined interior with several open storage compartments for jewelry, rows of necklace hooks, removable jewelry bags and ring slots which provide secret storage for mom’s most treasured things. 

An unexpected way for Mom to kick back and relax. Hooker Furniture.

Who says recliners are just for the guys? The Savion Grandier is every stylish (yet tired) mom’s dream-come-true because it’s a chic recliner in disguise. 

With the touch of a discreetly placed button, this butter-soft leather chair transforms into a power recliner with a power headreast that’ll help Mom chill out like nobody’s business.

What mom wouldn’t love a sweet gesture like this?

Cap off the party with a bouquet of simple flowers, presented with youthful style and enthusiasm. That should seal the deal and keep Mom smiling for days to come.