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Welcome Cyber Shopping Season at Your Desk

The Sanctuary Leg Desk helps you to find your own serene space for some serious Cyber Monday shopping. Photo: Hooker Furniture.

What began as a savvy marketing tool–Cyber Monday — now gives families a delightful excuse to take one more day off after the long Thanksgiving weekend. Cozy up with coffee, and hit the ground (keyboard, actually) running by tackling your holiday shopping list from the comfort of home, relaxing in your family room at a beautiful and functional desk.

The Auberose writing desk offers European Country style infused with Old World charm but brimming with modern computer-compatible conveniences. Photo: Hooker Furniture

The holidays are that time of year when we’re all focused on home–decorating it, getting there and staying as long as possible. Nothing speaks “home” like family gathered in the kitchen, den or living room. It doesn’t matter what space your family settles in most often, for this is the season for seeking out as much quality time as you can. 

Adding a stylish, keyboard-compatible home office writing desk with wire management to your gathering room will make it easy to shop your favorite online retailers and happily extend your long holiday weekend with family.

Evoking the feel of a well-traveled diary, the Archivist Writing Desk boasts both European and American style. Photo: Hooker Furniture

 Once the New Year arrives, picture yourself sorting mail at this graceful Archivist Writing Desk, sure to even lessen the pain of post-holiday bill paying!

Distinctive style at its finest, the Melange Liam Writing Desk is an artful blend of sharp colors and textures. Photo: Hooker Furniture.

The Places You’ll Go

Your Cyber Monday “travels” may lead you to toy land, the great outdoors, or a stylish boutique, but nestled behind this beautiful Melange Liam Desk, you’ll be within conversation-distance of your teenagers, who–if you listen closely–might spill another item or two for their wish-list. Don’t forget, some major retailers offer online-only deals, so do your cyber homework!

An organic look, inspired by the scenic beauty of the Pacific Coast, the Big Sur Writing Desk is a comfortable choice, sure to become a classic. Photo: Hooker Furniture.

Timing is Everything

Prefer to be alone with your thoughts – or at least your favorite online shopping cart? Some retailers begin their Cyber Monday offerings literally at 12:01 am – some prefer to stagger their not-to-be-missed deals to make them more available to shoppers with tighter work schedules that Monday.

Style You Deserve

Keep up with the comings and goings around your home during the holidays, while making a shopping list (checked more than twice!), and perhaps ordering a favorite indulgence for yourself, like this Mirrored Writing Desk.

The Mirrored Writing Desk features a stunning antique mirror design and drop-front for easy, relaxed keyboard use. Photo: Hooker Furniture.

Add a few stems of your favorite flower to this romantic home office furniture, and with your shopping complete, use that hidden away monogrammed stationery to send an unexpected note to a friend. Note to self: handwritten notes never, ever go out of style.

And a writing desk is the perfect place to address and sign your Christmas cards!

Elevate Christmas card making and addressing to a relaxing art at a writing desk. Photo: southernliving.com

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Gather ‘Round the Table for the Holidays

Make your home for the holidays a well-rounded experience. Photos: Better Homes & Gardens, Hooker Furniture.

As the holidays near, it’s time to decide how your home will look and function once family and friends step through the door. Seasonal decor  displayed in eye-catching ways always wows. However, the real secret to entertaining success lies beyond tinsel and twinkle lights. It’s about creating interiors that take the edge off in subliminal style.

Psychologists say that round shapes affect the subconscious in positives ways, especially in social settings by lowering anxiety and creating an atmosphere of relaxed informality. That’s why party planners prefer round dining tables. Guests seated at them naturally interact more because they’re facing one another and have closer eye contact.

Want to kick the holiday season off in style and inspire guests to relax, converse and linger with intent?  It’s time to gather ‘round…

At this table, you’ll dine decidedly fine. Photo: Hooker Furniture

With an opulent Epoque shimmer finish embellished with mirrored accents, the Sanctuary round table  taps into the holiday bling trend.  This is a luxe look that pumps the volume up.

Sometimes a little curve is just what a room needs. Photo: Sam Moore Furniture.

With its slightly rounded silhouette, the Crawford sofa spins the trend in a subtle, sophisticated, way.

For couch potato entertaining, this table is practically perfect. Photo: Hooker Furniture.

Crafted of exquisite white onyx and metal, the Melange Blythe cocktail table is a chic, yet sensible, pick with 40” round shelves that hold beverages, snacks and more in a space-saving, double-decker footprint.

Dressmaker details make this chair into a design delight. Photo: Hooker Furniture

The Hilton swivel club chair   has a rounded shape that wraps guests in a big hug of soft, supple leather. And because this chair swivels, it turns ‘round to wherever the conversation goes.

Invite a distinctly American point of view to the table this holiday. Photo: Hooker Furniture

With its dramatic pedestal base, dark charcoal finish, silver accenting and decorative nail trim, the Vintage West round dining table  captures the frontier spirit of the Old West in a rustic refined way. And this table makes it easy to expand your circle of guests because it extends to 74 inches when its leaf is in place.

The Gather Affinity Chair adds instant style in a subtle, sophisticated way. Photo: Hooker Furniture.

Aptly named, the Affinity sling back dining chair  has a soft, rounded form that’s naturally at home in any room of the house—wherever extra seating is needed.

This table is easy to clean if guests spill drinks or food on it. Hooker Furniture

An industrial chic look with a riveted aluminum sheet top, the Boheme Lambik round end table is Belgian-inspired from its artistic shape and clever mix of textures to its sophisticated antique gray-white finish.

After one taste of this side dish, guests will ask for more. Photography credit: Erin Kunkel 2016 for ‘Against All Grain Celebrations,’ Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC.

When it’s time to turn your attention to menu planning, round yours out in a tasty new way.  “Smokey candied bacon sweet potatoes” by chef and New York times best-selling cookbook author Danielle Walker puts a new spin on a classic holiday side dish that’s both gluten-free and absolutely delish.

Smoky Candied Bacon Sweet Potatoes

from

Against All Grain Celebrations” by Danielle Walker

“The flavors of Fall come together in this dish of spiced roasted sweet potatoes with candied pecans and bacon.  I was never a fan of sweet potatoes, or yams, growing up, so I skipped the classic candied yams with marshmallow and sugar topping.  When I started eating Paleo and introduced them into my diet, I came up with ways to make them savory instead of sweet and enjoy them now. I often hear from anti-sweet potato folks that they love this dish!”

Serves 10 to 12

3 pounds sweet potatoes, scrubbed but not peeled

6 ounces bacon, cut into 1-inch pieces

1/2 cup pecans, coarsely chopped

1/3 cup pure maple syrup

1 teaspoon chili powder

1/2  teaspoon fine sea salt

1/2  teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Preheat the oven to 400°F. Line two rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper.

Cut the sweet potatoes into even 1-inch cubes. Toss them with the bacon, pecans, maple syrup, chili powder, salt, cinnamon, and cayenne in a bowl. Spread in a single layer on the prepared baking sheets. Roast for 20 minutes. Stir and continue roasting for 15 minutes, or until tender. Turn the oven to broil and brown the potatoes for an additional 5 minutes. Watch the nuts closely and pull the baking sheets out early  if they begin to burn. Serve hot.

Make it ahead:

Combine all of the ingredients and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days before cooking. Bring to room temperature, then bake as directed.

Tidbits:

There’s always a lot of confusion surrounding yams and sweet potatoes. Either will work here, but I go for the orange-fleshed yam for this recipe to add some color to the dinner buffet.

Reprinted with permission from Danielle Walker’s Against All Grain Celebrations: A Year of Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, and Paleo Recipes for Every Occasion by Danielle Walker, copyright © 2016. Published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC.

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Ideas to Inspire Your Thanksgiving Tablescape

From elegant farmhouse to dramatic classic to casual chic, we’ve gathered the top decor and recipes together to help you create a beautiful Thanksgiving. Photo: stonegableblog.com.

An Inspired Thanksgiving

Creative tabletop ideas to make your holiday memorable

Each year, the holiday season brings the opportunity to host family and friends. Sure, there’s a lot of planning, shopping, cooking, and cleaning—but the memories we create make it all worthwhile. I like to make each season special by changing up my décor and recipes just a little every year. Nothing drastic, and I don’t mess with the traditional favorites, but incorporating a few new ideas are just enough to keep things fresh. To save you time, we’ve gathered the top décor ideas and recipes together to help you create a casually elegant holiday.

An Elegant Farmhouse Tablescape

I’m a big fan of subtle color palettes, such as this Thanksgiving tablescape featuring soft natural hues. I love the country pumpkins in shades of white, green and orange, the taper candles in birch holders, the neutral dinnerware, and the individual bread loaves. Don’t miss the most creative part of this designthe use of an open book as a base for each place setting.

The Boheme Colibri Trestle Table is the perfect setting for a subtle color palette. Photo: Hooker Furniture.

The subtle color palette of the elegant farmhouse tablescape would work perfectly on the antique grey-white finish of the Boheme Colibri Trestle Table Expandable to 88 inches, it offers plenty of room for a big holiday crowd.

The perfect place card for the updated farmhouse look, this minimal design features the simplicity of a single sprig of rosemary. Photo: House Beautiful Magazine

Another effortlessly elegant solution for decorating the center of a Thanksgiving dining table is to create an arrangement of small pumpkins and greenery in a natural wood vessel like this one. Then your arrangement can be easily moved and reused. Photo: French Country Cottage.

A Casual Chic Tablescape

Cream-colored linens and dinnerware really pop against the natural wood tones of this casually chic tablescape. A simple neutral table runner provides a backdrop for the pumpkins and greenery while balancing the overall design. Proto: livingwithlandyn.com

The look of warm wood tones created by the rustic, white oak seasoned veneers used in the Bandera table from the Hill Country Collection is ideal for a tablescape of soft creams and whites. Photo: Hooker Furniture

Casual yet chic, a gilded pear makes the perfect place card holder for this aesthetic. They can be made with real pears or fake. We suggest faux pears so you can use them next year. Photo: almostmakesperfect.com

Another elegant option for this look is the addition of a velvet ribbon around the silverware.

Creative Food Presentation

For the most inspired holiday, decorating the table is just the beginning. These creative food presentations delight the eye throughout the meal.

Try shaping your dinner rolls into festive pumpkin shapes with these simple directions. Photo: theidearoom.net

DIY your own one-of-a-kind bread cornucopia using ready-to-bake refrigerated pizza crust as shown here. 

Tap a pumpkin to create the most distinctive ice bucket ever for this holiday season. Photo: everydaydishes.com

Another yummy treat, this one made with Hershey’s kisses, these acorn treats will appeal to guests young and old. Photo: hersheys.com

The Transcend Buffet is the perfect place for displaying delectable holiday treats and beverages. Photo: Hooker Furniture.

Pumpkin place cards will put a smile on your guests’ faces.

Check out many, many more creative Thanksgiving décor and recipe ideas—like the pumpkin place cards above from housebeautiful.com—curated for you on this Pinterest boardAnd, Happy Thanksgiving!

 

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