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Orange Home Fashion Beyond October


Orange plaid goes soft and elegant in this alpaca throw, handmade and available from SERRV.com

Orange and October go together like chocolate and peanut butter. Yet, orange has so much to offer any time of the year, especially during Autumn.

In fact, orange is more popular today than at any time since the 1970s.


Most baths, old or new, have lots of white, so it’s easy to create a simple orange-and-white scheme like this one from apartmenttherapy.com

Orange is at home anywhere you want to encourage socializing, dining or active fun.


Kitchens like this one from apartmenttherapy.com are the most popular place for orange, and no wonder: the color is said to boost appetite and sociability. Here, yellow, white and dove gray team to soften orange without cooling its charisma.

And orange can work with any color scheme.


Want a fast and easy centerpiece? A handmade bowl in warm, polished wood like this one from SERRV.com is the perfect companion to oranges.

In fashion apparel, orange is most flattering on warm-toned skin that tans easily or is golden-brown, but in decorating, I find orange adds an edgy spark to berry, wine and other cool red hues, just as it does to the more typical blue, green or yellow.


Orange and other warm hues in a classic medallion print give this Elaine Smith indoor-outdoor pillow great versatility, at Horchow. Right, bold abstract floral spiked with orange give a wake-up call to any room. At outdoorpillowsonly.com

What’s more, orange is up there with lime, aqua or hot pink as a really easy way to update the most traditional furniture shape, fabric pattern or room decorating scheme. 


Unique undersea coral motif lamp base from Lampsplus.com is even more eye-catching in a fresh orange hue. For extra impact, consider using a pink or peachy shade to cast a flattering glow.

So, give this warm color a try and dial down the thermostat right up until Black Friday!

Diamonds are a home’s best friend where they’re in a cheerful orange-based pattern like this one on the channel-back Sam Moore Annabelle Chair. The traditional channel-back design gets a youthful lift from the kicky print color.


The orange diamond-patterned cover gives a youthful, fun lift to the traditional channel-back Annabelle chair from Sam Moore.

Bittersweet is just different enough to give friendly orange a sophisticated air, as shown on this Sergei Club Chair from Sam Moore. Nailhead trim adds rich glimmer to the glow.


Bittersweet is one of the warmest, most sophisticated shades of orange, as shown on the Sergei club chair.

For a really bold, contemporary punch of orange, try an orange leather on a statement piece like the Davlin sofa from Bradington-Young.

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The Davlin sofa from Bradington-Young is shown in a bold, fun orange leather.

Taking a more subtle direction, classically elegant patterns are right at home in welcoming warm shades of orange, softened with your favorite neutrals, dark and light, as seen on the Claremont skirted club chair from Sam Moore.

OrangeclaremontThe Claremont, incidentally, is also available as a swivel glider.

You don’t need a lot of orange to make a splash. A shade like charcoal or dark taupe–more interesting than black or brown– gets a lift from just a few spicy pillows on the Eaton Sectional.


A punch of orange accent pillows against a flannel gray fabric such as the Eaton sectional is just enough to spice up your room.

This sunset-hued handmade basket from SERRV.com shows how you can successfully use orange, not only with the expected blue, but with violet and even maroon, too.

serrv_sunset_hued_basketAnd Halloween isn’t the only time to enjoy orange and black. Handmade baskets, trivets and other small-scale accents show how timeless, yet very modern, this combo can be.


These handmade baskets and trivets from SERRV.com show how timeless and modern the orange and black combination is.


What’s Your Favorite Rhapsody Furniture Piece?

Rhapsody_Contest1Have you picked, posted or pinned your favorite pieces in Hooker Furniture’s best-selling Rhapsody Collection for the Casual Elegance Sweepstakes?

If not, a word of warning. With so many intriguing pieces in this vast Rhapsody furniture collection, picking just one may be tough. It was for me, so I created a short list of favorites. Here are my top ten picks (not really a short list, I know) and in no particular order, because I really couldn’t decide…

1. The Rhapsody floor mirror


The Rhapsody floor mirror does double duty as a jewelry storage armoire!

Leaning mirrors are always elegant, but the Rhapsody floor mirror does double duty with space for every type of jewelry storage (impressive in its capacity, too) hidden behind the mirrored door. With pediment top and grand scale, the floor mirror is quite a statement (and such a large mirrored panel will reflect (double!) any natural light in the room.)

2.The scrolled trestle-base dining table

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The scroll motif, used on the trestle base of the rectangle dining table, was the original inspiration for the Rhapsody Collection.

The original inspiration for the Rhapsody Furniture Collection was a scroll carving…and it is used as a recurring theme throughout the collection; perhaps nowhere more impressively than on the scrolled trestle-base dining table shown above, decorated for a memorable holiday gathering.

3. The insignia arm chair


The embroidered pattern on the front and back of the Rhapsody insignia arm chair gives the look of elegant handcraftsmanship.

How about that embroidered pattern on the front and back of the insignia dining arm chair?

The dining chair reminds me of monogrammed pillows and towels, creating the perfect focal point at the end of the dining table, behind a desk, next to a bed…

4. The tufted sleigh bed.


The grand scale and soft, inviting upholstery of the Rhapsody tufted sleigh bed make it an over-the-top romantic piece.

Who wouldn’t love a ‘statement’ bed…and the grand scale, serpentine lines and plush creamy texture of Rhapsody’s tufted sleigh bed make it all that and more. It’s perfectly over-the-top, especially with the classic acanthus leaf carving around the base.

5. The double bookcase, ladder & rail

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The double bookcase, ladder and rail gives a Downton Abbey flair to your office or family room.

How much for Downton Abbey can you get than walls of bookshelves…and Rhapsody’s double bookcase with ladder & rail gives you the look. At 104 inches high, you’ll need a tall wall, but it promises to look suitably grand (check out the fabulous molding, fluting, scrolling and brass rail.)

6. The scrolled nesting accent tables.

RhapsodyscrolltableThey’re ever practical, but Rhapsody’s scrolled nesting accent tables are also so pretty. Check out those dramatic scrolling sides that harken back to the original scroll carving inspiration for the collection.

7. Arched bunching curios


Create your own classical colonnade with the arched bunching curio.

Used alone or as lined up in a collection of two or three (to create your own classical colonnade!) the arched bunching curio is pure elegance.

8. The Rhapsody urn console


With true classical pedigree, the Urn Console Table is versatile enough to serve as a room divider, buffet, sofa table or entry hall piece.

With fluted-texture supports inspired by a classical urn, the urn console table has real classical pedigree. A dramatic statement, but narrow enough to work in a tight space.

9. The hand-painted door chest


The Rhapsody hand-painted storage credenza is packed with function including 10 drawers and a removable wine rack and is also TV-ready.

The hand-painted door chest is a super versatile piece that can be used as a storage credenza, TV console or dining buffet (…that’s not to mention its delicate hand-painted detail.) It’s also packed with function, including 10 drawers (including two drop-front center drawers) and an adjustable/removable wine rack behind doors.

10. The square cocktail table with scroll legs


Over-scaled scroll legs and a spectacular carved apron distinguish the Rhapsody square cocktail table.

Another over-the-top (and fabulous) piece is the square cocktail table with its over-scaled scroll legs and spectacularly carved apron. And it’s big–at nearly 40 inches square–it’ll draw your eye to your seating area.

We hope you have lots of fun choosing your favorite Rhapsody furniture piece! And once you do, enter here for your chance to win it in our Casual Elegance Sweepstakes.


The dining collection from Rhapsody is perfect for entertaining a crowd.

The heart of fall is upon us, the time for warm blankets, bonfires, pumpkin everything, and cozying up in the home. The Rhapsody Collection  by Hooker Furniture is a marriage of casual elegance that can make any home feel cozy for the brisk fall days and holiday season that lie ahead.

And just in time for warming up your home and preparing for the holiday season, Hooker Furniture is launching the Rhapsody Casual Elegance Sweepstakes, in which you could win your favorite piece of this luxurious but relaxed collection by entering here. One of the stars of the Rhapsody Collection is the Rectangle Dining Table, perfect for fall entertaining. The dark, rustic finish with scroll and rope twist design details make this table the perfect centerpiece to a fall evening gathering in the home. Cozy up to the table with loved ones in the plush, upholstered Rhapsody tufted dining chairs and wood back side chairs to enjoy a warm bowl of soup and a heaping slice of pumpkin pie!


The rope twist and fleur de lis design on the Rhapsody tabletop are exquisite.

For an intimate setting, serve dinner family style at the dining table and put the Rhapsody credenza to use as a bar for wine and cocktails. With a larger crowd, serve dinner buffet style on the credenza. Add a few pumpkins for a pop of casual elegance.


The Rhapsody credenza can serve many purposes, including acting as a bar or buffet.

To complete the look for a cozy entertaining setting, light a fire in the fireplace. A fire will make the brisk fall night that much more pleasurable. Garland isn’t just for the holidays. Drape some leafy garland over the hearth for a rustic look. To add a pop of color, clip some branches from a maple tree and place them in a hurricane vase. The burnt leaves will add texture as well as bring the look of autumn indoors and brighten up the room.

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Mixing natural and rustic décor elements with the casual elegance of the Rhapsody dining collection creates the perfect setting for a fall dinner gathering.

What is a fall dinner party without a great dessert? Try making these Pumpkin Pie Cutout Cookies from the October 2014 issue of Southern Living. The taste of pumpkin will elicit the flavors of fall and the decorated cutout leaf cookies are sure to impress! To view the Southern Living recipe, visit here or scroll to the bottom of this article for the full recipe.


Pumpkin Pie Cutout Cookies are the perfect dessert for a fall get-together. Image credit: Southern Living.

Love the casual elegance of the furniture in the Rhapsody Collection by Hooker Furniture? Enter to win a piece from the collection! The National Rhapsody Casual Elegance Sweepstakes is happening now.  Visit here to enter to win.

Pumpkin Pie Cutout Cookies Recipe


COOKIES ¾ C butter, softened ¾ C granulated sugar 1 large egg 1 tsp. vanilla extract 1 ¾ C plus 2 Tbsp. all-purpose flour 1 ¾ tsp. pumpkin pie spice ¼ tsp. salt

Parchment paper

ICING 1 (16 oz.) package powdered sugar 2 large pasteurized egg whites Food coloring (optional)


Prepare Cookies: Beat butter and granulated sugar at medium speed with an electric mixer 5 to 7 minutes or until light and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla; beat 1 minute.

  1. Sift together flour and next 2 ingredients. Add to butter mixture all at once, and beat at medium speed 1 minute or until combined. Flatten dough into a 1-inch-thick disk, and wrap in plastic wrap. Chill 2 hours.
  2. Preheat oven to 375°, with oven racks in 2 middle positions. Place dough on a lightly floured surface; roll to 1/4-inch thickness. (If dough gets too soft to handle, chill 5 to 10 minutes.)
  3. Cut dough with desired cutters, and place 1/2 inch apart on parchment paper-lined baking sheets. Reroll scraps as needed. Chill cut cookies 30 minutes.
  4. Bake cookies, 2 sheets at a time, at 375° for 9 minutes. Rotate pans front to back, and top rack to bottom rack. Bake 2 to 4 more minutes or until slightly golden around edges. Remove cookies to wire racks, and cool completely (about 15 minutes).
  5. Meanwhile, prepare Icing: Beat powdered sugar, egg whites, and 2 tsp. water at low speed 2 minutes. (If necessary, add up to 1 Tbsp. water, 1 tsp. at a time, to reach desired consistency.) Divide icing, and tint with food coloring, if desired. Cover icing with plastic wrap or a damp towel when not in use.
  6. Spread a thin layer of icing over each cookie. For a swirled effect, immediately dot cookie with another color of icing, and blend with a wooden pick. Let base layer of icing dry 10 minutes before piping details. Let finished cookies dry 15 minutes before serving.

Makes about 3 dozen cookies.