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Local, Global Flavors Inspire Furniture Styles

The globally-inspired Miramar Collection from Hooker Furniture includes this dramatic poster bed with simple, pure, linear lines in rustic oak with a smoky Arabica finish.

From casual modern looks with a world view, to chic rustic designs inspired by restored downtown factories and breweries, both global and local influences are shaping home fashion trends this fall.

This friendship table and dining/wine cabinet is part of the 40-piece Crafted Collection, taking its inspiration from the wooden countertops, antique copper flooring and wood paneling of restored factory buildings and craft breweries. Hooker Furniture.

The international High Point Furniture Market opens this week, where the collections introduced to retailers and designers are a first look at the home fashion trends you will see in stores and showrooms in 2018.

The Calhoun Chair from Sam Moore has a refined deconstructed look, evoking a sense of community, easy living and authentic craftsmanship.

A dynamic design trio we’ve seen in recent seasons — casual, modern and organic — again plays prominently in furnishings debuting in the furniture capital of the world. Those ingredients give flavor to the globally-inspired Miramar Collection from Hooker Furniture.

Crafted with combinations of rustic oak, flakey oak and salvaged lumber, the Miramar Collection offers simple, modern forms with an organic modern vibe. Hooker Furniture

While design simplicity is the DNA of the Miramar Collection, exotic touches, along with the creative use of mixed materials, give an unexpected allure. For example, the Point Reyes Wardrobe, above, features an intricate, hand-carved sunburst-like design on its double doors from top to bottom.

A creative use of mixed materials gives an unexpected touch in Miramar, including the intricate, hand-carved sunburst-like design on the double doors of the Point Reyes wardrobe.

The Carmel dining room in the Miramar Collection has an organic modern story that pairs flakey oak with salvaged lumber and woven Danish cord on the chairs. Hooker Furniture.

 Along with global and modern design influences, a growing trend in the U.S., often referred to as “New Local’ or “Glocalization” also has a big impact on home fashion trends this season. As the “New Local” trend continues to trickle down from booming cities like Nashville and Austin, trendy urban hangouts are popping up in towns across the U.S. As the shift toward local charm gains momentum, many of these communities are experiencing a resurgence, where old factories are being revamped into trendy apartment buildings and the local coffee shop, craft brewery or distillery are emerging as the “go-to” hotspots for socialization and entertainment.

The panel bed in the Crafted Collection features aged leather panels with button-tufted centers and a low-profile wooden footboard in a rich oak wood tone with hints of burnished black.

Inspired by the rustic charm of restored breweries and factories, the Crafted Collection is constructed of poplar solids and oak veneers in a finish that is reminiscent of a bourbon barrel burnished over time, providing an authentic, aged, character.

A cabinet from the Crafted Collection has an authentic, aged character.

While rustic and casual looks give a sense of hometown charm, romantic silhouettes create a calm and peaceful home refuge in the Modern Romance Collection. 

A rounded, kidney-shaped sofa and chair pairs with a clover-shaped coffee table in a soft taupe-grey finish in the Modern Romance Collection. Hooker Furniture.

In a world that seems to spin faster each day — with new technologies constantly emerging to help keep us connected at all times, creating relaxing spaces to escape from the pressures of modern life is a growing trend in home furniture design.

The Modern Romance Shelter Bed has a serene presence and envelopes you in comfort. Hooker Furniture

A champagne accent finish, antique mirror on selected pieces and metallic threads in accent pillows add a sparkle to the serene look of Modern Romance.

Antique mirror on the headboard, combined with metallic pillows, give a touch of bling to the Modern Romance Collection. Hooker Furniture.

The wood trim on this Modern Romance chair is in the soft champagne finish. Hooker Furniture.

From global to local to romantic refuge, home furniture trends this season transport you to your favorite destination.

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Cheers! Perfect Pairings of Wine and Furniture

Perfect Pairings

Find your favorite Hill Country furniture, and we’ve got the perfect wine recommendation.

Whether you’re a devotee of wine or home furnishings or both, you’re sure to love the furniture pieces in Hooker Furniture’s Hill Country Collection. Inspired by the picturesque beauty of California’s wine region, this whole-home group offers a unique aesthetic that imparts authentic American character.

Hill Country’s distinctive look features flat-cut rustic white oak veneer that’s cracked before it’s finished to give it time-worn character. The one-of-a-kind finish is complemented by thoughtful design details that imbue a space with personality. The only question becomes: Which pieces to choose? 

To help you get started, we’ve paired some popular wines with some of the group’s signature silhouettes. Find your favorite wine, and check out the furniture it pairs with—or, start with your favorite furnishings and enjoy our well-researched wine recommendations. Either way, it’s a win-win. Cheers!

Storing your favorite wines has never been more fashionable. We’ve paired the statement-making  La Coste Wine Cellaret with an equally bold Pinot Noir. Both are dramatic yet memorable and are sure to leave a lasting impression.

Lighter yet substantial, the Lloyd Chardonnay Carneros is an excellent example of a full-bodied white wine. Just as this Bexar Leg Huntboard features intricate carvings and turnings that give it dimension, oak and vanilla tones add depth to this wine.

We think you can’t go wrong with a great display cabinet or a delicious Sauvignon Blanc. Both are timeless and work well with others. The Sattler Display Cabinet adds beauty to any space and fits in nearly every room of the home. Meanwhile, the crisp, fruity notes of this refreshing white wine complement just about any food or occasion.

A rich Cabernet is definitely something to write home about, and what better place to compose that note or email than the Lytle Writing Desk? Its distinctive silhouette adds visual interest to create a piece that’s both fashionable and functional. Having a party or gathering? Use it as a buffet or for serving foot and drinks, like this delicious one from Napa Valley.

While trends come and go, classics never go out of style. Hill Country’s wine-friendly pieces offer furnishings in timeless looks interpreted for today’s lifestyles. From intriguing silhouettes and hand carvings to heirloom-worthy finishes, each of these signature pieces has its own inspiration story. Just as each wine offers a distinct profile and story of its origin, each piece in Hill Country has a story of its own. As you decorate, ask yourself: What story does my home tell?

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Vintage Sam Moore Chair Finds Its Way Home

Sarah stands with her vintage Sam Moore chair, along with a gallery of new Sam Moore chairs at Belfort Furniture in Virginia.

This is the story of how a chair became a family treasure, then found its way home while inspiring new friendships along the way.

The classic chair with a fan-shaped back was part of Sarah’s family’s life for 60 years.

This vintage Sam Moore Furniture chair is believed to date to the early 1950s.

It first belonged to her Great Uncle Walter in Connecticut. After his death, the chair “traveled around,” to her mother’s home, and more recently resided in her own sewing room.

One day, curious about the chair’s origins, she turned it upside down and found something intriguing: A deck label with signatures of every craftsperson who had helped build the chair, along with the name, “Sam Moore Furniture Original and Custom Made,” of Bedford, Va.

 

Finding the set of original craftsmen’s signatures on my uncle’s chair started my journey to Sam Moore,” said Sarah, who lives in Fauquier County, Va. “Once I read and viewed the Sam Moore story on the website, and saw that they were still proudly making their furniture in America, I decided to reach out.” Sarah said she was impressed at Sam Moore’s history of entrepreneurship, custom craftsmanship and citizenship.

When she reached out to the company, she connected with Phil Garrett at Sam Moore’s parent company, Hooker Furniture, along with Sam Moore’s Virginia sales rep David Moldenhauer, and even executive Matt Huber of Belfort Furniture, which is located near Sarah’s home. They all met up at Belfort, where Sarah brought the vintage chair and was able to admire a display of new Sam Moore chairs as well.

Left to right: Matt Huber, Belfort Furniture; Sara Fowler; Phil Garrett, Hooker Furniture and David Moldenhauer, Sam Moore.

 Everyone was fascinated by the chair, which Sam Moore believes dates to the early 50s. “The upholstery is quite worn in places, and general wear and tear and dirt have taken their toll over the decades,” Sara said, ‘but I have always loved its shape and design, and the chair is still quite comfortable.”

Sarah decided to present the chair as a gift to Sam Moore, so they could display it at the Bedford, Va. headquarters and the High Point, N.C. showroom at High Point Market.

Belfort and Sam Moore joined forces to offer Sarah the opportunity to pick out a chair silhouette and fabric, and recently completed producing a new chair for her that was just delivered to her home by Belfort. “The new chair will be a stylish and comfortable addition to our family room, as we not only enjoy its workmanship, but also appreciate Sam Moore’s individual craftsmen and craftswomen, past and present,” Sarah said.

Sarah enjoys her custom-made new Sam Moore chair, just delivered to her living room by Belfort Furniture.

She added that the entire experience has been quite meaningful. “Meeting with Phil and David at Belfort was more moving than I ever imagined,” she said. “I’m happy to have made a connection to a Virgina company that takes such pride in its manufacturing history.

Then and now: the Sam Moore vintage chair, and Sarah’s brand new, custom-made chair made in Bedford, Va.

“Friends and family are certain to comment on this lovely chair, and I will say, “Have a seat and let me tell you a story.”

 

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