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Boho Romance Inspires Fall Home Fashion

Bohemian chatelet round table

Openwork carving gives an artisan, airy charm to this easy-living table in the Chatelet Collection. Photo: Hooker Furniture.

On the fall 2015 runways, opulent brocades and jacquards meet folkloric embroidery and furry textures for a look that’s Bohemian-Haute Hippie and romantically global.

These fashion styles and colors will inspire festive home updates from now through the holidays.

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Haute hippie style embraces Moroccan tile patterns, Indian paisleys and other timeless patterns, as well as maxi looks that flatter all ages and sizes. Photo: Boston Proper.

Prada, Balenciaga and Chanel have brought back my favorite old-school accessory: broaches! Along with Mary Jane shoes, they signal a return to ladylike looks with a liberating angle.

Bohemian collage broaches

Pin-worthy: I love broaches because once they’re on, they’re fuss-free. I was thrilled to see some nature-inspired dazzlers on designer labels this fall. Photos: Ross-Simmons (butterfly); Etsy (silver leaves) and Metropolitan Museum of Art store (feather).

I’m also thrilled that still-popular blush, pale pink and lavender have broken free of their spring-only bonds and are fall’s new favorites. Pantone Color Institute says that fall’s fashion line-up “weaves earthly neutrals with a range of bold color statements and patterns to reflect a landscape of hope, fun, fantasy and all things natural.”


Fall 2015 colors are natural and sophisticated at once. Oak Buff is a golden, mellow yellow; Dried Herb is an organic olive green; Marsala, Pantone’s Color of the Year, is rich and earthy; Biscay Bay is an elegant, confident blue-green; Cadmium Orange feels playful and optimistic; Cashmere Rose is gently persuasive and flattering to both men and women; Reflecting Pond evokes thoughtfulness and stability; Amethyst Orchid is intriguing and creative. Photo: Pantone Color Institute

“The colors are evocative of a love for nature and a timeless appreciation for warmth and security,Pantone said.

Bohemian Melange Terina console

Swirling vines on the Melange Terina console capture the exuberant, nature-loving spirit of romanticism itself. Photo: Hooker Furniture

Bohemian Melange Chairside

Exuberant swirls celebrate nature in a look that updates free-spirited romance for today in this accent cabinet. Photo Hooker Furniture.

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Flower power! Bold hues and large-scaled blooms give the Benson club chair boho drama. Photo: Sam Moore Furniture.

BY opulent medieval and darkleather chair

Genuine leather is a luxe boho style star, especially when it’s embellished with an opulent retro-medieval pattern like on the Tandy leather chair from Bradington-Young.

Pantone notes that, “This fall, designers pay homage to progressive moments in American history, from the seductive ’20s to the bohemian hippie and modernists of the ’60s and ’70s, and utilizes colors and styling that are innately easy to wear by both men and women.”

Bohemian tall credenza

Rustic meets romantic in a handpainted credenza that celebrates art and nature. Photo: Hooker Furniture

“Juxtaposition of color from opposite sides of the spectrum emphasizes poise and confidence on the runway,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Panton Color Institute.

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A patchwork of brilliant jewel hues brings the romantic bohemian spirit home. Photo: Horchow.

elephants plum round tablecloth serrv

Tablecloths, bedding and other home textiles make it easy to bring boho style to every room. Fabrics range from simple cotton prints to metallic-embellished silk brocades. Photo: Serrv

Bohemaian SM collage

Like a sleek Bohemian look? Update your sofa or sectional with just a touch of boho as in these accent pillows in Sam Moore’s Emory-Kohl fabric on the Paulina Sectional.

Bohemian fabric collage

Boho fabrics come in a world of colors and patterns, from ancient paisleys to Art Nouveau. Pile them on or pick your favorite to update solids in timeless hues. Fabrics: Sam Moore Furniture.

Bohemian tall round accent

If brocade were wood, it would look like this. Elaborate brass embellishments on rich hardwoods add warmth and brightness to any space. Photo: Hooker Furniture.


Our Entertainment Centers: Feelin’ Your Love!


Our Studio 7H Glide Entertainment Center and Chatelet Entertainment Center  are blushing.

They are a bit humbled, but certainly flattered, by all the nice things you’ve had to say about them!

Once again, Hooker Furniture offered a product giveaway. We asked you to tell us which of the two entertainment centers you liked best and why that entertainment center was your favorite. You waxed poetic in your responses! We thought we’d share the love for these two distinct entertainment centers, beginning with the comments of the winner, Sherryl of Texas:


 Sherryl commented that she absolutely loves the “elegant vintage Chatelet.” Over the last 33 years of marriage, she and her husband have postponed nice furniture purchases in order to send their 2 children to college, and because of health issues. We are now ready to “make our home beautiful,” she said. “We feel so blessed to start with the Chatelet piece!”


“The Chatelet entertainment piece would go perfectly with my ‘Lodge Lux meets Shabby Chic’ family room,” said Tamara. Photo: Hooker Furniture.

“I LOVE LOVE LOVE the Chatelet,” said Sharon. “It speaks romance and history and fantasy; it reminds me of a castle piece.”

“It has character, and it’s curvy!” wrote Cheryl.

“Chatelet is stunningly beautiful and would offer a focal point for our rustic yet elegant cottage in Northern Michigan,” wrote Kim.

“When I hear the word Chatelet, I close my eyes and see the streets of Paris!” wrote Donnell. “There are timeless corridors, landmarks and quaint café shops with wooden doors and scrollwork designs just underneath the slightly worn and chipped paint. I love the old world charm! I wouldn’t be able to stop staring at the Chatelet entertainment center!


Chatelet’s 3 mirrored fretwork doors inspire romantic imagery, along with its soft amber finish with a touch of aged white paint. At 68 inches wide, Chatelet accommodates a 65-inch TV. Photo: Hooker Furniture.

Studio 7H Glide Entertainment Center: Rustic Modern Appeal

While the Chatelet entertainment center awakens your romantic side, the Studio 7H Glide Entertainment Center was praised for its rustic modern look and its nostalgic appeal.

Studio 7H EC

“The clean lines and medium wood tones of the Studio 7H center go with many styles. Because it has modern lines, the rustic elements allow it to be used with styles like Industrial, Eclectic, Modern and even a conversation piece in a Traditional setting,” said Greys. Photo: Hooker Furniture.

Studio 7H without a doubt,” wrote Annie. “Love the mix of Mid-Century Modern design and the rustic barn door hardware. It’s a perfect piece for our eclectic décor and sturdy enough for our large family.”

“I love the mix of simple lines and rustic wood grain,” said Amanda. “I’ve already cleared a spot in my family room!”


With a rustic, reclaimed wood look, the Studio 7H entertainment console has sliding ‘barn doors’ set on an exposed guide rail. In addition to accommodating a large TV + components, it even has 2 locking file drawers with letter/legal filing systems! Photo: Hooker Furniture

“I love Mid-Century Modern, and Studio 7H is perfect!” said Donna. “It reminds me of the one we had when I was little. My mom played Elvis records on it.”

Studio 7H also took Joan down memory lane: “The 7H is my pick because my stepfather had a big TV built into a unit like it. I was 9 and had not ever seen a color TV. It brings back a lot of good memories.”

The Studio 7H Collection is perfect for our home,” said Elizabeth. “Since my husband and I have drastically different tastes, it’s hard to find items we both can live with. I just showed him this and we both said, ‘Bingo! That is a win in and of itself.’”


Your Buzz about Our Beds


We recently asked you to pick from two of our most popular beds – The Sanctuary mirrored upholstered bed and the Treviso poster bed. One lucky person would win the bed they proclaimed as their favorite.

The fun part was, we asked for your comments about why the bed style was your favorite. Wow! Did we hear some compelling perspectives about the Treviso and Sanctuary beds! It was enlightening to see how your life  stories could be impacted and enriched by these furnishings. Your comments were so rich, that we wanted to share some with you, starting with the comment of our winner, Mary of Shelley, Idaho, who picked the Treviso bed.


Treviso!” she wrote. “I love it! I love the black! It would be so fun to redo our bedroom and update it, and to surprise my husband with this bed on our 36th anniversary.” Now that the poster bed is on its way to Mary, she said she is “so excited to win this beautiful bed” and anticipates a special anniversary celebration.

Over 2,000 of you shared your love for the Treviso or Sanctuary beds.  Several interior designers weighed in on Treviso,  including Liz, who wrote, “As an architectural and interior designer, I can appreciate the simple clean lines, with the little flirty and curvy details at the top, as well as the dark, rich color.”


“The Treviso bed reminds me of the romance of Venice and the magnificent awe-inspiring artwork. Its beauty is as timeless as Italy,” wrote Pam. Photo: Hooker Furniture.

The Perfect Blend of Feminine and Masculine

Several of you commented at how well balanced the Treviso bed is between feminine and masculine styling. Liz the designer said, “The Treviso bed is a perfect combination of clean masculine elements with soft and feminine elements. ” Frank agreed, saying, “It is a beautiful bed with just the right amount of elegance to make the wife happy yet manly enough for me to sleep in.”

Heather said “Treviso is fit for a queen and man enough for her king!”

Others appreciated the bed’s Italian inspiration. “The Italian Renaissance bed is my favorite. It reminds me of the romance of Venice, the magnificent awe-inspiring artwork, the warmth and friendliness of the people, and the richness of the cuisine. Its beauty is as timeless as Italy,” said Pam.


“The Treviso bed makes a bold statement with its dark stain and romantic, inviting curves,” wrote Kristin. Photo: Hooker Furniture.

“Treviso conjures up images of a hillside stucco villa with the bedroom windows open and a cool breeze gently blowing its white curtains–an ideal spot to take a nap, recharge and awake feeling pampered and refreshed,” said Kristin.


The rich, dark macchiato finish with rub-through that shows the warmth of the wood on the Treviso bed drew raves. Photo: Hooker Furniture.

Sanctuary: A True “Princess” Bed that Soothes and Comforts


“Sanctuary reminds me of Coco Chanel’s fashion style: timeless, classy and oh so elegant,” wrote Janice. Photo: Hooker Furniture.

The Sanctuary bed was praised both for its fairytale quality and for its soothing, comforting effect. “I love the Sanctuary bed because this bed reminds me of being in a fairytale story,” wrote Audrey. Added Mj, “I’ve dreamed of awakening in a bed like Sanctuary ever since I read Sleeping Beauty as a child. I had a small brass bed then and pretended, calling it my princess bed. Now, as a professional interior designer, I find little time to pamper myself, and this bed would offer that opportunity.”


“Just looking at the Sanctuary bed makes my blood pressure go down,” wrote Robin. Photo: Hooker Furniture.

Others commented how the Sanctuary bed truly lives up to the meaning of its name. “Every bedroom should be your sanctuary from the outside world,” wrote Ida. “The gorgeous shape, the fabric and calm color would be a welcome retreat each and every night.”

“I’d rather spend 1/3 of my life in the Sanctuary bed where I’m at great peace and rest,” said Lisa. “My inner storm can quickly be calmed by entering into my Sanctuary.”

Sanctuary bedside

“Every girl wants to feel like a princess,” said Stacey of the Sanctuary bed and bedside table. Photo: Hooker Furniture.