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Let the Signs Do the Talking


The look and feel of French fashion is everywhere! Clothing designers and home décor experts are embracing the chic design of French couture and style once again through signage, accessories and furniture. Photo courtesy of French Velvet Horses.

The signs are everywhere!

They inspire great ideas and enlighten us with encouraging messages about life, love and personal style. Vintage signage helps us to identify with one another and develop insights about popular opinions. And when it comes to the use of signage in our homes, the expression of personal style begins to tell a decorative story about who we are and how we live. 


The elegant look and feel of the Chatelet Rectangle Cocktail table would make a great focal point for vintage signage that may have a message on the front and back,offering something to enjoy while coming as well as going. Photo: Hooker Furniture.


Customizing your signage to fit your interior look ties the details together, creating cohesiveness that flows throughout your spaces. Customized signage by Janice of French Velvet Horses.

The first chapter of your design story should start with finding ways to use original, antique-inspired signage and art from designers like French Velvet Horses to help make a decorative statement relating to your theme. Your theme will set guidelines enabling you to make better choices about what fits the message behind your decorative project, while adding spice and everything nice to the combination!


The homespun look of the Willow Bend Collection sets the perfect stage for incorporating signage that adds garden grown flavor with the feel of small town living. Photo: Hooker Furniture.

But most importantly, be sure to go with what you love. Decorating with signage needs to be more about what brings you joy and happiness. Satisfying the intrinsic need to be uplifted and encouraged should beat the heart of why we use decorative signs as part of our home décor.


Expressions about the things we love can be captured with the message of signage. Photo by Angel Rasper.

Try to make signage as room- specific as possible, which means that it should fit the area’s spatial composition. This will add to design depth and detail, anchoring the character of your space. Using a sign in a room that doesn’t fit the character of the space can seem displaced or out of form, so be sure to place pieces correctly in order to maintain the look and feel of cohesive flow.


Pull up a chair and share a cup of joe. The right sign can send the right message! Photo by Angel Rasper.

Adding personality details will create a heartfelt feeling of home. Selecting signs that express the right message will exude a positive mood and will create a warm atmosphere, thus lending to the right ideas behind the uses for your room.


The gorgeous Chatelet Dresser provides luxury with storage capacity, while providing the perfect spot for a sign that makes a statement. Photo: Hooker Furniture.

If you would like for your bedroom to have more of a chic Parisian feel, consider hanging signs that convey a message about French couture and fashion next to your closet, on a dresser or above your bed.

Pillows with written messages on them also provide a great way to create mood and atmosphere in your room, while offering the same look that signage depicts.


Combine pillows that have the Fleur de lis on them with accent pillows that say Je t’aime, which means, ‘I love you’ in French. The message you convey will be one of romantic ambience. Photo: dearlillie.com.


The classy look of the Chatelet King Wood Panel Bed boasts of French design. Couture signage and Parisian plaques would enhance the look of any bedroom that showcases this beautiful grouping. Photo: Hooker Furniture.

The next chapter of your decorative love story needs to be about the message you are trying to send. Letting all who enter know this is where you and your family share and enjoy life together can be emphasized through signage.


Fun and subject oriented frames can have the same effect as signage, while adding a little something extra! Photo by Angel Rasper. Sacksteders Interiors product line.

Catchy quotes and sayings about love and life can make a family room feel homey and welcoming, while grabbing the heart of your guests! The details will help you create a more pronounced layering effect.


Humorous signage can encourage moments to remember. Photo by Angel Rasper of the Love Letter and Vintage Finds Boutique line.


Signs about family, hope and faith send a tender message, which is inspiring and uplifting. Photo by Angel Rasper of Sacksteder’s Interiors product line.


Subject depth can be achieved with the use of words through signs that specify a specific topic. Photo courtesy of French Velvet Horses.


Botanical and garden-themed signage would be a flattering combination with the gorgeous and sophisticated look of the Chatelet Round Dining Table. Photo: Hooker Furniture.

Would you prefer your sunroom, kitchen or dining room area to feel more like a garden party? Choose signs that make references to flowers, trees or cooking with herbs. This will add just the right amount of spice to your mix, while sharing details about what you enjoy most.

By surrounding yourself with signage that can stimulate and encourage imagination and conversation, you open your world up to a host of variety and flair. Moments of refresh can be found in the words of our favorite poets and writers.


Find encouragement through what you place in your surroundings. Photo by Angel Rasper. Sacksteder’s product line.

 Everyone loves the look and feel of character-rich signage. So whether your style is modern, vintage or somewhere in between, let the signs do the talking to help you achieve your decorative goals for writing the perfect style story!


Nature-inspired Romantic Style


The Rafferty Console has a wonderful organic texture. And, planting a tree in your yard is a lovely way to increase oxygen, shade and organic matter. Photo: Hooker Furniture.

Romantic style doesn’t just mean lovey-dovey.

First seen in the works of early 18th Century English poets Byron and Shelley, Romantic style celebrates nature’s wild, exuberant side.

As seen in the Rafferty Console from the Melange Collection with its wonderfully organic-looking texture, you can easily capture this spirit and bring the great outdoors in.


The Solana accent table gives the refined rustic look of a classical planter. It will turn your living room into a romantic conservatory on the spot. Photo: Hooker Furniture.

My perennial favorite approach is to combine natural accents with furnishings that combine sinuous vines with rustic angles.

This romanticized view of nature was springing up all over the most recent High Point furniture Market, a trend that says we are looking for more organic shapes and soothing hues at home.

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Hooker Furniture was ahead of this curve, with introductions such as the nest of tables, above, from their popular Chatelet Collection.

To create nature-inspired romantic style, combine delicate, cool colors and earthy natural motifs for a fresh-air feeling, even if you’re stuck inside with the A/C cranked.

Astrid Sofa

The Astrid Sofa taps into the romantic conservatory look with its delicate, cool colors and natural motifs for a light and airy feeling. Photo: Sam Moore Furniture.

I find that when you anchor pale greens, blues and other pastels with branch-brown and earthy black, they’re chic and timeless. Wood textures in pale washes and with curly tendril designs also invoke the spirit of growth.


Summertime living is easy and breezy, but the idea of bringing seashells, wicker baskets and other natural finds into the home really started with the Romantics. Photo: Hooker Furniture.

The curvy-legged Sanctuary Round Cocktail Table carries the spirited nature-inspired romantic style theme year-round.

french needlepoint daffodil pillows scully & scully

Daffodils have thrilled poets and regular folks for ages. These French needlepoint pillows in wool (a renewable resource) from Scully & Scully will bloom forever.


Ornate furniture styles get a lighter feeling when they’re this airy, so they almost look constructed of living vines. Photo: Hooker Furniture.


I could see an enchanting piece like these Adagio side and arm chairs in the foyer as well as in the dining room. Photo: Hooker Furniture.


Nature-inspired romantic style can range from opulent traditional, as in the Adagio Collection, to serene contemporary, as in this Harmony mirror. Photo: Hooker Furniture.

The 36-inch round Harmony Mirror is framed in rope. Organic and natural, it strikes a perfect chord in any decorating plan.


Crafted in an earthy and tactile rope, the Harmony mirror is part of the youthful Studio 7H Collection. Photo: Hooker Furniture.

leaf-motif salad serving set onekingslane

I love a mix of metals, and this naturalistic salad server set from One King’s Lane is one of my favorites.

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This fresh, youthful green will refresh any room. I love how the delicate fern pattern balances the vivid color. Photo: lampsplus.com.

lily of the valley pin met museum

I’m on a campaign to bring back the brooch! This Lily of the Valley pin from the Metropolitan Museum of Art would give your favorite suit a fresh pick-me-up. If you like a wilder look, red poppies area also a favorite of jewelry designers.

Nature-inspired pieces don’t just add a fresh look to our rooms. Their deeper beauty can be in how and where they’re made. For example, Hooker Furniture’s family of brands has a strong Environmental Mission Statement and Goals and is committed to operating a sustainable, environmentally friendly business.


At Home with 2015′s Top Wedding Colors


Orange and green create a stylish wedding color combination that is both natural and contemporary: bhg.com

The colors you select for your wedding day say a lot about your home decorating style.

From muted tones to bold hues to dramatic color combinations—there’s no denying the importance of color at a wedding.

It’s one of the first choices a newly engaged woman makes about her big day, and it sets the tone for the entire event. A bride’s color palette sums up her style and conveys it to her guests. Whether you’ve planning a wedding or celebrating years of matrimony, you’ll appreciate this look at today’s top wedding color combos and their complementary home décor style mates.


This stunning wedding color palette of soft gray, ivory and blush works beautifully year-round and suggests a décor style of everyday elegance. Photo: bhg.com

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A new twist on the perennial favorite pink, this look is grounded with a deep shade of brown. Photo: bhg.com

Refined Pastels = Updated Traditional Decor

Yesterday’s candy pink bridal themes have been replaced with sophisticated pastels that nod at pink, peach, green and blue and are paired with chocolate, charcoal and metallic hues. Selecting these new iterations of pastel colors shows an affinity for the classics with an appreciation for the present and translates to an updated traditional style at home.


A modern take on pastels, this combination features barely-there pink paired with copper. Image: bhg.com


A color palette of refined pastels can extend from flowers to gifts to wine choices. Photo: ruemag.com.


If you like the timeless look of refined pastels, you’ll love the Sanctuary Collection, including this stylish entertainment console. Photo: Hooker Furniture.

The perfect expression of updated traditional décor, the Sanctuary Collection features classic shapes and motifs combined with modern finishes and functionality.

Natural Hues = Relaxed Decor

A treasure trove of color palettes, nature offers limitless color inspiration. From sky and sea blues to landscape greens to the fiery shades of sunset, there’s no going wrong when your colors reflect the world around you.


Varying shades of green inspired by nature blend together to create a fresh aesthetic of streamlined simplicity. Photo: bhg.com


A vibrant color pairing, orange and yellow capture the richest hues of a sunset sky. Photo: bhg.com.


A reflection of nature itself, the Sunset Point Collection has a casual vibe with a mix of three distressed finishes, cottage styling and charming textural elements. Photo: Hooker Furniture.

For the bride who chooses a natural color palette and landscape-inspired hues, the effortless style of Sunset Point is a perfect match.


The Sunset Point Bachelor’s Chest is offered in a soft, nature-inspired St. John Blue finish. Photo: Hooker Furniture.

Bold & Bright = Modern Décor

Deeper hues and bold color combination add drama and panache–making them perfect for brides who aren’t afraid to make a statement.


Using red and pink as your signature wedding colors suggests a confident, independent spirit. Photo: bhg.com


Creative and contemporary, the pairings of turquoise and orange is both unexpected and unforgettable. Photo: bhg.com


From destination weddings to those with rich family traditions, a color palette of bright tropical hues is fun and engaging. Photo: bhg.com


If you’re bold enough to embrace bright hues in your wedding, you’ll love the distinctive character of the Studio 7H Collection. Photo: Hooker Furniture.

Blending styles ranging from Mid-Century Modern and Scandinavian to Rustic Chic, Studio 7H represents the best in design and makes it easy to create a room with attitude.

It’s easy to see that color has a language all its own. From weddings to home decorating and furniture, the colors you choose say a lot about your personal style.

What do your wedding colors say about you and your signature home decorating look?