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04/24

Yen for Zen

By Carla Jordan

A gentle curved staircase relaxes the eye as it hugs the room. Credit: VicenteWolf.com

A gentle curved staircase relaxes the eye as it hugs the room. Credit: VicenteWolf.com

If your work day is anything like mine, it’s got more deadlines, distractions and near disasters than you can shake a stick at. By day’s end, is it any wonder we human hamsters-on-a-wheel yearn to escape somewhere -anywhere- that’s calm and soothing? This yen for Zen is everywhere and is easier to achieve than you may think.  Here’s how the pros do it and you can, too.

Less is more decor

Lots of clutter creates visual noise. In the foyer above, designer Vincente Wolf opens the door to stylish serenity by accessorizing with just a handful of nature-inspired pieces (a trademark Asian design element) that also double as sculpture. The effect is dramatic and cool.

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04/21

Add Zest with Citrus Punch

By Mary Wynn Ryan

Coral piping on Sam Moore’s Paulina sectional punches up this setting.

Coral piping on Sam Moore’s Paulina sectional punches up this setting.

Suddenly, sunny colors are everywhere. Lemon, lime, orange, papaya and other hot hues are popping up all over this spring.  They’re bright, yes; but they’re surprisingly versatile when paired with neutrals, especially gray and tan. If you’re like me and don’t usually wear these warm hues, try them cut with flattering cool tones of raspberry, lilac, pink or blue. If your décor and furniture favor cool hues, update the look with just a few hot accents.  It’s said that if you like orange, you’re super-sociable and outgoing; and yellow is the color of intelligence – or perhaps enlightenment.  While not big in our Puritan past, these hot hues are basic in other cultures, and they’re making their way [...]

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04/17

Invite Mother Nature to the table.

Invite Mother Nature to the table. Credit: Laguna Beach & Garden Walking Tour, YouTube.com

Easter is a time to celebrate.  Whether you’re hosting brunch, lunch or dinner, how you set the table matters because it sets the tone for your gathering. And in my case, a great looking table also helps deflect from unfortunate cooking mishaps (like the sinking meringue pie of 2007). But I digress.  To set your prettiest Easter table ever, start by picking a palette that’s Springtime right, then look for ways to make your table special and uniquely yours.  For example, nature lovers will race to the table above, with its earth-inspired palette moss, brown and cream; a hint of texture, a sculptural living topiary and a Country French [...]

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04/15

easter wreath

Do you feel you’re finally beginning to see signs of new life?  By now, maybe you’ve witnessed a bud of green, popping from a tree, or some bulbs finally forcing a flower between blades of grass.  Spring has arrived and soon there will be a bursting of color!  There is inspiration to be captured, everywhere.

As I prepared to pen this article, I was recently introduced to the talents of an artist from Winston-Salem, N.C., Mollie Britton, of Mollie Britton Designs.  You see, Mollie creates exquisite, custom wreaths, and her use of colorful, collected glass and treasures made me do a double-take!  The first impression is definitely a ‘Wow,’ and if you look more closely at the pieces she’s brought together, you’ll realize a great deal of detail and thought goes into each assembly.

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04/09

The Sunset Point round cocktail table

The Sunset Point round cocktail table

It’s always fun to attend Furniture Market. You get a behind-the-scenes glimpse into designers’ minds as they debut the hottest colors and newest styles in home furnishings—not to mention the adventure of trying to dress for the ever-changing North Carolina weather in April.

The spring market happening this week in High Point, North Carolina delivers plenty of inspiration, my favorite being a casually elegant waterside cottage collection called Sunset Point. Here’s a look at some snapshots of the group taken in the Hooker Furniture showroom this week—the exact presentation furniture retailers from around the world saw when they shopped for products they’ll carry in stores later this year.

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04/07

Coral adds energy & warmth to a Sam Moore dining chair display

Coral adds energy & warmth to a Sam Moore dining chair display

Early news out of the Spring High Point Furniture market now underway – coral, along with palette peers like melon, salmon and tangerine, are adding vibrancy and cheer to showrooms everywhere.

Nora chair in tangerine fabric, metallic frame

Nora chair in tangerine fabric, metallic frame

The Paulina sectional at Sam Moore pops with coral welts, accents

The Paulina sectional at Sam Moore pops with coral welts, accents

While Coral doesn’t always play the starring role, it often plays a supporting role as an accent in patterns combined with other more neutral and earthy [...]

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04/01

Rustic Luxury, Mid-Century, Hip Homestead, Global looks Shine
Luxury takes on a European rustic and ‘Boho” flavor

Luxury takes on a European rustic and ‘Boho” flavor

As the opening day of the April 2014 International Furniture Market in High Point, N.C. draws near, we’ll continue to see traditional styles remixed and redefined. Spins on traditional include rustic luxury, Mid-Century Modern and global inspirations.

Perhaps no look has more traction than rustic luxury with all of its intonations. At Hooker Furniture, our “marque” collection this market is Chatelet, a groundbreaking 60-piece group that redefines rustic luxury with inspiration from European farm style antiques and romantic vintage elements. With its fretwork overlay motif on several pieces and rustic yet soft and feminine finishes on character-filled pecky pecan veneers with knots and color variations in the wood, Chatelet even takes on the popular “Boho” flavor. [...]

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03/27

The breathtaking Corsican harbor

The breathtaking Corsican harbor

Here, enjoy a pictorial tour of Corsica, which inspired Hooker Furniture’s delightful Corsica Collection for today’s casual lifestyle.

Bachelor’s chest is classic with modern sophistication

Bachelor’s chest is classic with modern sophistication

Corsica is a storied Mediterranean Island. Owned by France today, it has a heritage that includes Italian, Greek, and many other European influences. And so it inspired Hooker Furniture to create a collection based not only on its romantic past, but its very contemporary casual lifestyle. This three-drawer bachelor’s chest is a classic in design, but with a modern sophistication.

Natural finish on Corsica Bachelor’s Chest reflects sun-washed beaches

Natural finish on Corsica Bachelor’s Chest reflects sun-washed beaches

Corsica’s natural finish on [...]

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03/25

Although it may look like a painting, this photo, from Condè Nast Traveler, captures the lure of the Corsican coast.

Although it may look like a painting, this photo, from Condè Nast Traveler, captures the lure of the Corsican coast.

Unless you live in the sunniest extremes of the United States, or in some tropical location, this seems to have been the longest winter on the record books.  Even in my area, where winters tend to be milder, Mother Nature has been at her grumpiest.  Rumor has it that even early spring may see a bit more of her tantrums.  I think it’s time to take us all away for an escape, don’t you?

Put on your travel fantasy hats, for a moment, and become transported to one of the most beautiful spots in the world . . . the land of [...]

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03/20

The waters of the Mediterranean have brought many different cultures to the island of Corsica, beginning with the Greeks, centuries ago. It is what makes this rugged island, primarily mountainous, so intriguing for visitors today. Corsica belongs to France, but its history, like the languages spoken and its food heritage, has a definite Italian imprint from the occupation by Genoa once upon a time.

Visit its markets, its farm inns, and even its most elegant restaurants and discover a unique cuisine and way of life. Corsica is made all the more enticing by the wonderful flora flourishing on the island, along with the cultivation of chestnuts, mandarins, and olives.

Here, too, enjoy the spirit, history, and romance captured in Hooker Furniture’s brand new Corsica Collection. It is a marriage of an alluring [...]

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