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Poetry in Motion Chairs Make Labor Day Linger

Archer recliner SM

Chairs this stylish that also recline…are we dreaming? Photo: Archer Recliner from Sam Moore Furniture.

As summer winds down and we gear up for Labor Day, fall, and the fast-approaching holidays, we think it’s time to take a moment to focus on relaxation. Let’s not let summer slip away without first making a plan for continued R&R. 

The challenge is how to reward ourselves at the end of every day, not just national holidays.  

 Our solution: motion chairs, including recliners and swivel chairs and swivel gliders. Today’s recliners are beautiful and amazingly comfortable—let’s call them ” poetry in motion.” We know, recliners = your parents’ generation. We get it. In fact, we felt the same way—until recently. Yet something’s happened in the last few years and it’s pretty big: recliners got style.

Balmoral Blair recliner

The Balmoral Blair Recliner from Hooker Upholstery could be the focal point of any sophisticated space.

It’s true, today’s motion furnishings are stunningly gorgeous. So much so that we wouldn’t be surprised if it was the furniture designers themselves who wanted to recline in style and created them to ensure that fashion doesn’t trump function. And now, they’ve given us both! Check out these amazing looks and see which one fits your design personality.

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Why settle for a chair that just looks good, when you can have one that looks amazing and feels like heaven? The Greco recliner has it all: stylish design details, shaped arms, nailhead trim, tapered legs and plush comfort. Photo: Bradington-Young Furniture.

Butler swivel BY

More than just comfy, the Butler swivel recliner is perfectly proportioned. And since bigger isn’t always better in home décor, it’s perfectly scaled for today’s homes. Photo: Bradington-Young.

Astral recliner

Are we sure it’s a recliner? Absolutely! Photo: Sam Moore Furniture.

The Astral Recliner breaks all stereotypes in comfort and style. It’s available in hundreds of fabric options, and looks amazing when upholstered with contrasting fabric as shown.

Norah recliner BY

An updated statement in traditional styling, the Norah recliner offers smart proportions in addition to sumptuous leather–making it right for any room. Photo: Bradington-Young Furniture.

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Who knew that a swivel glider chair could be so elegant? Photo: Sam Moore Furniture.

When you’re looking for a motion chair that has more, the ultra-stylish Armand chair with swivel and glide features is wrapped in a decorator aesthetic.

Cole Recliner

The crisp white leather of the Cole recliner catches the eye, while tufted cushions and dreamy three-way lounging features make it a keeper. Photo: Bradington-Young.

For a bold sophisticated look, go all-in with the Cole recliner. Not only does it offer a sophisticated look with a hint of Mid-Century Modern appeal, it is a three-way lounger for extra relaxation–on Labor Day or any day!

As you consider how to make Labor Day linger throughout the year, enjoy the many reclining and motion chair options available in today’s most stylish silhouettes.

What’s your favorite chair in your home? Is it as gorgeous and as comfy as these?

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The Write Stuff: Designer Desks That Work

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Step into fall with the Studio 7H Villas writing desk. Photo: Hooker Furniture.

The carefree days of summer are drawing to a close, and it’s time for back to business and routine. According to a recent survey by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, nearly 25 percent of Americans do some, or all, of their work from home.

So isn’t it time to show your at-home space and home office furniture the stylish respect it deserves?

French writing desk

Transform your home office into a haute office with uptown style and functionality, as seen in this curvy French 54-inch writing desk with a center drawer drop-front for keyboard use. Photo: Hooker Furniture.

This fall, that’s easy to do because the style spotlight is on designer desks (and chairs) that blend function and fashion. Whether your home office furniture look is traditional, contemporary or somewhere in between, there’s something for everyone….

Distinguished Classics

Traditional shapes, rich finishes and meticulous detailing give these desks the look of cherished antiques passed down from one generation to the next.

Treviso desk room

Capturing the beauty and romance of the Italian Renaissance is the Treviso writing desk with elegantly-carved legs. Photo: Hooker Furniture.

While the Treviso writing desk with its rich, dark macchiato finish, elegantly-carved legs and leather writing surface may whisk you away to the romance of the Italian Renaissance, there’s plenty of functionality here to keep you grounded, including a center drawer with drop-front to accommodate a keyboard and two utility drawers.

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The home office accent desk is a classic beauty in shimmery silver leaf. Photo: Hooker Furniture.

With its lovely mirrored top, lacy-carved skirting and long slender legs, the silver-leaf accent desk conjures images of elegant writing tables from a bygone era when ladies lunched and handwrote notes to friends and family.

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The Jacobean Twist leg flip-top writing desk adds a tiny touch of Tudor style. Photo: Hooker Furniture.

 Although slightly scaled, the Jacobean-Twist Leg Flip-Top Writing Desk is big on function. Its wood and leather top flips to reveal a brown leather gold tooled writing surface and multiple ‘pigeon holes’ for storage.

Modern by Design

Clean-lined silhouettes and period detailing spin these designer desks in unexpected contemporary ways.

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Creative writers will be drawn to the Melange Bondurant desk that conjures images of glam travel by sea during the early 1900s. Photo: Hooker Furniture.

The Melange Bondurant Desk resembles a vintage travel trunk with its boxy shape and shiny faux zinc finish trimmed out in rich leather and decorative nail heads.

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The Palisade writing desk sits atop legs that smartly criss-cross in Art Deco style. Photo: Hooker Furniture.

The Palisade writing desk is Art Deco-inspired but made for how we work today with a concealed drop-front center drawer to hold your computer keyboard; plus two utility drawers and one removeable writing insert and pencil tray for use in either drawers.

WritestuffWendover

The Wendover Utility Desk has storage galore, including a hidden drop-front keyboard center drawer on each side and two utility drawer pedestals that can be turned to either side of the desk, depending on storage needs. Photo: Hooker Furniture.

With its stylish spin on practical, utilitarian design, the Wendover utility desk bridges three design point-of-views (Arts & Crafts, Mid-Century Modern and Industrial Chic) and is purposely designed for use by two people–one on each side.

Rustic Elegance

This new spin on chic is all about unexpected finishes that take the shiny new off rooms and infuse them with a sense of history for your home office furniture and designer desks.

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Although similar in shape, the Sunset Point, Willow Bend and Mirrored writing desk are anything but fashion copycats. Photos: Hooker Furniture.

With distinctive spindle legs and a subtle washed painted finish, the Sunset Point writing desk looks as if it were plucked from a vintage cottage overlooking the sea. The Willow Bend writing desk’s design is rooted in the values of the farm-to-table movement, a trend growing in popularity for its nostalgic glance back at simpler, more tranquil times.  A mix of antique mirror and dramatic distressing give the Mirrored Writing Desk its Old Hollywood Glam look.

Desks with Split Identities

Small-scale desks are growing in popularity because, in between work stints, they can take on a new role instead of sitting idly by.

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The Scandinavian-inspired Studio 7H Stiegs writing desk has a modern organic feel. Photo: Hooker Furniture.

The Studio 7H Stiegs Writing Desk is sized right to also function as a sofa table, and because it has so many built-in storage spots, it’s easy to keep it looking neat between work sessions.

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Although filled with classic design elements from the land of ooh-la-la, like an antique rubbed finish and classic French pulls and knobs, there’s more to the La Maison writing desk than meets the eye. Photo: Hooker Furniture.

At first glance, the La Maison writing desk appears to simply be a haute hallway table. A closer look reveals a desk ready for action with a pop-up lid that hides a charging station with two electrical outlets and two USB ports; a drop-front keyboard center drawer, two utility drawers with removable dividers, a keyboard drawer and four adjustable shelves. Plus, it has a removable storage hutch.

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With its clean lines and mix of wood and metal, the Studio 7H Final Draft writing table adds a mid-century modern vibe. Photo: Hooker Furniture.

The Studio  7H Final Draft writing desk is practically perfect for portability. Its compact size makes it suitable to also use as an accent table by the sofa, next to the bed or in the foyer. When ready to work, simply pop open its wide drop-front drawer to extract your laptop and paperwork.

Last But Not Least: Stylish Seats

Finding a desk chair that is comfortable and stylish enough to blend in with existing home décor has always been a challenge. Until now…

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A great desk needs a great chair. Any one of these will fit the bill. Photos: Hooker Furniture and Sam Moore Furniture.

A modern spin on a classic wing chair, the EC Desk Chair can wing it well in traditional or contemporary spaces. Mid-Century modernists will go mad for the Studio 7H Bentwood Arm Chair , crafted of striated acacia wood veneer and gleaming metal. With a softly curved silhouette and gracious sloping arms, the Blair Desk Chair from Sam Moore puts a feminine spin on office seating.

Color your work day up by pairing your desk with the Excalibur Desk Chair in a muted gold leather and warm wood finish.

Add a dose of exotic chic (and do a little pattern-mixing! with the Ellie exposed wood chair that’s sheathed in a sophisticated safari print.

With designer desks and desk chairs like these, it’s easy to transform your 9-to-5 grind into a labor of love. Isn’t it time you got a desk (and chair) that stylishly works for how you live?

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Golden Ideas to Extend Your Outdoor Season

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Late summer invites us to open those French doors and let guests wander from garden to great room. Caramel leather, glints of open work metal and richly textured rugs mix warm and cool, inspired by this time of year. Photo: Bradington-Young.

“Nothing gold can stay,” wrote the poet Robert Frost.

While the golden edge of summer seems fleeting, you can make it linger longer with a few seasonal updates to your August and September decorating scheme.

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My patio has lots of butterfly-attracting phlox plants, but this monarch took a left turn and ended up on the porch and landed on a thyme plant. Photo: Mary Wynn Ryan.

You may enjoy the great outdoors on your porch even more as the humidity wanes.

First, say a fond farewell to crisp spring and summer colors such as bright white and hot fuschia, and replace them with richer tones of gold, russet, ivory, plum and deeper greens.

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“Goldenrod and asters, all your hands can hold…September wears a party dress of lavender and gold.” My mom learned this in grade school, and sang it every year about this time. Photos: Denver Botanical Gardens, Joss & Main.

Bring in more copper and brass, especially in candlesticks and lanterns for extra evening warmth.

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These throws show versatile patterns for autumns on the porch. For extra warmth, brighten the night with a beautiful copper-and-brass candle lantern. Photos: Plough and Hearth and sportys.com.

As your homegrown floral options dwindle, supplement them with the bounty of late summer harvests. I love to group fresh plums with red and purple grapes, and tuck in a few orange and yellow marigolds or mums in florist’s tubes. They look regal in a copper compote or rustic in a wicker basket.

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Neutrals are inherently chic, especially when the furniture sports dramatic details and the mix of prints and textures is timeless. Photo: Sam Moore Furniture.

Golden and gray tones, as shown in the Webster sofa above, from Sam Moore Furniture, are elegant but easy to live with any time of year.

pier 1 outdoor pillow spice ivory olive

Spice tones, along with ivory and olive, are beautiful transitional colors for late summer and early fall. Choose these hues for your indoor upholstery investments and create a nice flow between your living spaces. Photo: Pier 1

Updated Renaissance hues and motifs make outdoors a warm and elegant place in the late summer and early fall.

You know that mums come in so many hues, from pale blush (still in style this fall) and lavender to cinnabar and yellow, and you can use them to punch up any scheme.

Brandisi San Marco recliner

Tuscan-style outdoor living lasts well into the fall, and this reclining chair brings it home with a timeless mix of leather, textured tweed and Renaissance pattern. Photo: Hooker Furniture.

But don’t stop there. If your family isn’t allergic, pick some feathery goldenrod, wild asters and tall, decorative grasses. If your living room or family room opens onto the porch or patio, pull all of these late-summer inspirations indoors, too.

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Royal purple phlox are a late-summer luxury, but they’re as carefree as wildflowers. Art glass vases capture the mood in the timeless complementary scheme of purple and gold. Photo: apartmenttherapy.com.

As summer meets fall, let’s just go with the flow, gracefully.

When the party starts heading indoors, ottomans are great for just a little more seating that’s easy to move around.

La Pedrera Octagon Ottoman

An ottoman in a handsome, hardworking leather and an eye-catching shape like the La Pedrera Octagon Ottoman is even better.

Crawford sofa glamour

A-maze-ing: Cinnabar red in a high-energy pattern is balanced by serene, Asian-inspired accents. Modern art brings in more autumn hues without being matchy-matchy. Photo: Sam Moore Furniture.

Cinnabar red is another go-to color for late summer and early fall, as shown on the pillows on the Crawford sofa above.

Lorimer cocktail table

Timeless meets modern in this casual cocktail table with a cool golden metal base. The warmth of wood and the openness of the base gives an outdoor-inspired feeling to a basic piece. Photo: Hooker Furniture.

As your living spaces get busier in the late summer and fall, the better a round table like the Lorimer Cocktail  is to prevent bumps and keep the stuff of busy lives at our fingertips.

Deco Dot Console

The Deco Dot Console is as much modern art piece as practical helper, and the openwork design keeps the look as airy as your porch. Photo: Hooker Furniture.

Capture the long, golden light of early autumn with accents in gold and brass, like the Deco Cots Console.

For instant impact and casual ease, swap in boho-inspired outdoor rugs and chair cushions in rich colors.

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It’s easy to transition to a richer color scheme with outdoor rugs and chair cushions. Photos: Pier 1 (rug) and Gardener’s Supply.

Oyster and spice upholstery hues balance cool and warm in style in the setting below featuring the Viewpoint round end table.

hooker viewpoint round end table

These shapely tables are lustrous and make the room without taking up a lot of visual space. Photo: Hooker Furniture

If you can’t say goodbye to summer, this handsome chair will make it a little easier.

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The Metro exposed wood chair has a late summer chic and perfect brown, yellow and orange color scheme. Photo: Sam Moore Furniture.

With its breezy open-arm design, dark wood and a pattern inspired by late summer’s black-eyed Susans, the Sam Moore Metro Chair is the equivalent of a dark linen dress for late-summer chic that never ends.

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Great balls of fire! When the sun goes down, gather the clan around this artful fire pit, and keep summer’s warmth a little longer. Photo: Landsmann.

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