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7 Ways to Wow Dad on Father’s Day

Give Dad a stylish break from ho-hum gifts this Father’s Day. Photos: Better Homes & Gardens, Hooker Furniture, Bradington-Young.

Are you related to one of the 70+ million dads in the U.S.? Then it’s time to shop because Father’s Day is coming! If the search for the perfect present is proving perplexing, pause and ponder this. Like most fellas, yours likely has enough neckties, golf balls and socks to last a lifetime. So resist the temptation to slap a bow on the tried-and-true and call it a day. This year, give dad something really special. 

Go for the wow. Here are seven ways how…

Cowboy up in a chic way. Photo: Hooker Furniture.

Inspired by hand-wrought ironwork that Hooker Furniture designers discovered during a trip to Texas Hill Country, the Pinta Trail Strong Box Cocktail Table is trimmed out with rustic metal straps and nailheads that add a touch of the Old West to man caves. And there’s more…

Inside the Pinta Trail Strong Box, there’s a surprise. Photo: Hooker Furniture.

When Dad opens the top of this refined rustic piece, he’ll discover plenty of space to stash his stuff. Inside are two removable trays, a 9-cell wine rack and three deep storage cubbies.

A modern take on a classic, the Greco Reclining Chair is upholstered in luxe leather and embellished with gleaming decorative nailheads that accentuate its streamlined silhouette in a manly way. A power recline option is also available for dads who want to nap like they mean it.

Turn the table on entertainment in mid-century modern style. Photo: Hooker Furniture

The Studio 7H Record Player/Gaming Console puts a new spin on family fun. This retro-inspired cabinet is designed with designated areas for a turntable and speakers, albums and gaming equipment. It’s also outfitted with cutouts for cord management. 

There’s more to this table than meets the eye. Photo: Hooker Furniture.

Dads who are into classic fun like chess or checkers will flip their lid for the Flip-Top Game Table. At first glance, this looks like a side table sized right for tucking next to a favorite arm chair or placing in a narrow hall. 

But with a flip of its top, a game board is revealed that’s also large enough to do puzzles or play cards on. 

Dads and chili are a synonymous pairing, which makes this recipe a great pick. Ed Anderson, Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Random House LLC

For the dad who loves to eat (and don’t they all?), double the wow by serving him a he-man breakfast in bed after he opens his gift. A Chili and Cheese Omelet from “Big Bad Breakfast” by John Currence is bound to impress.

Chili and Cheese Omelet 

from Big Bad Breakfast by John Currence

2 eggs

3 tablespoons whole milk

Pinch of salt

Pinch of black pepper

2 tablespoons clarified butter or your preferred cooking fat

3/4 cup Breakfast Chili (recipe follows), warmed

1/3 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese

1/4 cup sliced green onion, green part only

1/2 serrano chile, sliced (optional)

Combine the eggs, milk, salt, and pepper in a blender and blend on the highest speed for 3 minutes. Meanwhile, warm the clarified butter in an 8-inch nonstick pan over low heat for 1 minute. Pour the eggs directly into the pan and allow to sit for 15 seconds. Turn the heat

to medium and start swirling the pan vigorously over the heat. Continue until the eggs are about 85 percent cooked, about 2 minutes; the omelet should be nice and fluffy. Flip the omelet with a spatula or a ick of the wrist and return to the heat for 10 seconds. Place 1⁄2 cup of the chili on one half of the omelet, top with the cheese and half of the green onions, and gently fold over the other half to cover the filling. Slide onto a plate and top with the remaining 1⁄4 cup chili. Sprinkle the serrano and remaining green onion on top. Serve immediately.

Breakfast Chili

Makes about 8 cups

2 1/2 tablespoons vegetable oil

2 pounds 85 percent lean ground beef

1 tablespoon salt

1 1/2 tablespoons black pepper

1 1/2 cups small diced yellow onion

2 1/2 tablespoons minced garlic

1 tablespoon hot chili powder

2 teaspoons paprika

2 teaspoons ground cumin

1 1/2 teaspoons cayenne pepper

2 cups chicken stock

2 cups tomato sauce

1/4 cup masa (see Note)

Warm a Dutch oven over medium heat for 1 minute. Add the oil and warm for 1 minute more. Add the beef and season lightly with salt and black pepper. Cook, stirring constantly to break up the meat, until the meat is completely browned, 8 to 10 minutes. Remove the meat with a slotted spoon to a bowl and reserve. Pour off all but 4 tablespoons of the fat from the pot.

In the same pot, add the onion and garlic and sauté, stirring constantly, until the onion is almost transparent, about 3 minutes. Return the beef to the pot and stir in the salt, black pepper, chili powder, paprika, cumin, and cayenne followed by the stock, tomato sauce, and masa. Continue stirring until fully blended. Turn the heat to low, cover, and simmer for 25 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes or so. Uncover the pot and simmer for 12 minutes more, or until the chili thickens.

Refrigerate in a plastic container for up to 1 week, or freeze for up to 6 months.

NOTE: Masa is wet ground cornmeal available at most grocery stores.

Reprinted with permission fromBig Bad Breakfast” by John Currence, copyright © 2016. Photography by Ed Anderson. Published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Random House LLC .




Summer Entertaining Style Tips + Recipes

You can’t go wrong with a colorful medley of classic china and glassware, as shown with this tablescape. Photo: designenthusiasm.com

 Colorful Style Tips and Recipes for Summer

Summer entertaining kicks off this week with Memorial Day, which means lots of upcoming cookouts, family gatherings and entertaining. It’s an ideal time to update your living spaces with fresh colors and creative table styling. Here are some of our favorite ideas for incorporating red, white and blue in ways that are lively, yet livable.

Memorial Day offers the perfect opportunity to embrace colorful, refreshing decor. Photo: marthastewart.com

It’s easy to add personality to an entry hall or living space with a bold red chest like the Melange Saffron Accent Chest. Don’t you just love the jewelry-like drawer pulls?

The Melange Saffron Accent Chest is in a livable red finish that lifts your interiors all year long, adding summer’s vibrancy to every season. And right now through May 31, 2017, the chest and all living room accent furniture is on sale at participating retailers for Memorial Day.

Even if you’re not hosting a gathering soon, summer is a great time to embrace red, white and blue accessories. Perfect for a console or accent table, this planter looks timelessly patriotic. Photo: maisondecina.com

We love these light and airy accent bunching tables. Photo: Hooker Furniture.

As functional as these accent bunching tables are, this accent furniture provides the perfect place for holding snacks and drinks–for entertaining and everyday living. 

This clever arrangement features bandana-wrapped silverware in mason jars. The bandanas can then be used as napkins, and the mason jars make great drinkware. It works equally well with silver and plastic utensils.

This Americana place setting features a unique utensil holder made with a pocket from a pair of jeans. Add colorful ribbon, festive plates, a patriotic napkin and a unique charger to complete the look.

Blue and white is easy on the eyes and always on trend. Photo: Hooker Furniture.

The creamy white of the Sandcastle Dining Table and Chairs is a classic neutral, and gives you the freedom to get creative with wall color, rug and accessory choices.

Both savory and sweet, this brightly-colored Watermelon Feta Blueberry Salad is a healthy option. Photo: runninginaskirt.com

Savory Summer Recipes

It’s hard to beat the refreshment of a melon, berry and cheese salad like this one; here’s the recipe:

Watermelon Feta Blueberry Salad


½ seedless watermelon, cubed (about 8-10 cups)

1 cup blueberries

¼ cup crumbled feta (can use reduced fat)

4 teaspoons mint leaves, chopped


1 lime, juiced

2 teaspoons olive oil

2 teaspoons honey

¼ teaspoon sea salt


Combine the fruit, mint and cheese in a bowl. Whisk dressing together and lightly toss the salad. Serve immediately. Serves 4.

A childhood favorite, Rice Krispie Treats get a patriotic makeover.

Firecracker Rice Krispie Treats

Offering a new take on an old favorite, Firecracker Rice Krispie Treats are easily made by adding food coloring during the melted marshmallow step. First, make a traditional batch with no coloring. Then, follow the same steps and add red food coloring to your melted marshmallow mix before adding the cereal. Note, it will take a lot of red coloring to make it appear red. Next, create a batch of blue in the same way—again, lots of food coloring, and some experimentation, to get the right color. Finally, cut the batches into squares of the same size and assemble into mini flag strips.

Got a favorite summer decorating idea or recipe you’d like to share? We’d love to hear about it!



Pick from a Garden of Home Accents


As Memorial Day ushers in the beginning of summer, it’s the time of year when our thoughts dwell in our gardens, and how to bring their beauty inside. 

Pick a lovely bouquet–in an instant, a focal point. Select a special furniture accent, and create a small, but delightful, new moment of pleasure that will last for many seasons to come.

Inspirations Beyond the Garden Gate

The Victorians created ironwork that was both intricate and artful. Garden gates, fences and arbors have all stood the test of time.

We still look to gates, arbors, trellises and gazebos for furniture and design inspiration. Here: a garden of accents to pick for your home, with just such grace and charm.

The True Vintage Nest of Tables has the grace and charm of a venerable iron gate. Photo: Hooker Furniture.

The True Vintage Nest of Tables, in a variety of heights from 24 inches, exhibits the hand craftsmanship so valued by the Victorians. The metal base borrows heavily from the designs found on venerable iron gates, and is paired with an antiqued mirrored top. 

These tables are at home in living or family room, but can also serve well as functional accents in the sunroom or on the porch for a special occasion—like a Memorial Day gathering or picnic.

The True Vintage End Table is a versatile accent for any room with its round wooden top, which allows you to place it almost anywhere in your home as need and mood dictate. Photo: Hooker Furniture.

The round wooden top of the True Vintage End Table makes it as practical as it is romantic. Photo: Hooker Furniture,.

 The Vibrancy of a Summer Garden

Red roses, blue and purple hydrangeas and all the flowers of summer singing with color–admire them in nature, and find a place at home for their vibrant spirit.

The Mia Drum Table has the deep color one notices in a thriving garden, and the texture of garden crockery. Photo: Hooker Furniture.

The Mia Drum Table is the perfect place for a spot of iced tea on a warm summer day. It has the deep color one notices in a thriving garden, and the texture of garden crockery.

There’s hardly a garden where red does not trumpet a commanding presence, as does this Lady in Red Console. Photo: Hooker Furniture.

The Lady in Red Console, with the spirited hue of geraniums, will brighten a home just as those beloved flowers find their place out of doors. Contemporary in design, the accents table with its wallpapered drawers works well beneath a mirror, a wall of art or photographs–perhaps of your favorite garden blooms.

A Forever Garden

Flowers festoon and inspire these delightful accent pieces–bringing the pleasure of the garden for days and years to come.

The In Bloom Chest has blossoms that fall gently on top and drift down to a dramatic display created in gold leaf, silver powder and mother-of-pearl. Rain or shine, the garden-inspired chest thrives at home.

The Ariana Hand Painted Chest is French in feeling, with a delicately rendered floral motif. Glass knobs are intricately faceted. Photo: Hooker Furniture.

Along the Garden Path

Meander in a garden, run a stick along a wooden fence, hop from stone to stone along a path–and stop to trace your steps. The accent pieces here have the flair and flavor of a guided nature walk.

The Stone-Top Table combines Gypsum, a native stone, with a tubular steel base in silver leaf finish. Photo: Hooker Furniture.


The slatted seat and back of this swivel back 40-inch high chair has the appeal of Tom Sawyer’s painted fence with its Hatteras White Finish. 

Imagine yourself pushed up to a counter or pub table as you arrange flowers picked from your garden at the Sunset Point Counter Chair. Or perhaps you are seated for a casual meal with the flavor of a summer picnic.

Tidy as a carefully placed stepping stone, this versatile table can “hop” to almost anywhere in your home. The metal base is finished in a silver leaf, the top, an irregular stone. Photo: Hooker Furniture.

The Melange Stone-Top End Table will remind you of a romantic garden path.

A path to convenience, with three separate surfaces at your fingertips. Perfect for everyday living and especially delightful for entertaining. Photo: Hooker Furniture

Kitty in the garden–an accent not to be missed.