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French Romance Meets City Chic

Modern black leather-and-chrome chairs get an alluring refresh in the company of curvy traditional French designs with soft silvery tones. Hooker Furniture.

My 22-year-old son is planning his own place and knows just what look he likes: rustic exposed wood furniture, edgy industrial metal and ….curvy French Provincial?

This mashup had me stumped — until I saw the Arabella furniture collection. Apparently, my son’s taste is shared by savvy Millennials, and Arabella tells the story beautifully.

Industrial luxe gets its edge from fearless play with proportion. Here, an elegant, curvy and marble-topped French metal nightstand is paired with a dramatic, overscaled modern lamp. Hooker Furniture.

“Industrial Luxe” evokes the urban factory conversion loft, romanced with French elements from the late 1800’s Belle Epoque design period. 

“Beauty and the Beast” meets “Iron Man” in this point of view born in the early years of the Industrial Age. With clever accents, Arabella captures the look, from Steampunk-inspired hardware to Hollywood Regency silverleaf and reverse-painted mirrors. Tough modern style gets a dash of cool wit and enticing glam that’s alluring. 

The Eiffel Tower in Paris is the ultimate Belle Epoque icon. Begun in 1887, it’s a perfect blend of modern, exposed structure and urbane romance.

How to balance a robust leather sofa? With a silvery console that looks light but handles the works for up to a 70 inch flat screen TV. A curvy dark end table and pale, textured rug adds to an intriguing traditional/modern mix.

The dining room is periodically lamented as passe, but not one like this. Beauty and the Beast meets Iron Man in the Arabella dining room. Traditional graciousness is updated with an urban edge. Foodies, take notice.

Parson’s-style nesting end tables are practical and timeless — but with silvery eglomise finish, they’re low-key little works of art. What an easy way to add some unexpected polish! Hooker Furniture.

While this gorgeous Arabella credenza can accommodate your 80-inch flatscreen TV, but don’t be surprised if guests gaze even with the TV off. With a champagne shimmer finish like gleaming mica and a top of waxed aluminum, this four-door credenza is a glamorous focal point like none other.

A youthful update on the classic quatrefoil pattern ties in the urban gray and moody sophisticated violet of the industrial luxe look. To show neutrals can be lively and dramatic, the quatrefoil motif of the pillow on the right ties in the iron hues of Arabella. Pillows: wayfair.com

Working remotely is a permanent fact of life, and so is the need for at least some hard-copy storage. Industrial luxe does the job right, with handsome pieces like this Arabella cabinet featuring two utility drawers and a locking lateral file drawer. Hooker Furniture.

If your roots are in traditional graciousness, but you’d like to update the style with an urban edge, give a look at the romantic Arabella Collection.

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Fall Style Secrets for Home

As Mother Nature redecorates the fall scene with splendor, we are inspired to do the same inside our homes.

On trend for Fall, decor with secrets. Hooker Furniture

Fall is a time of transformation and coming home.

As leaves go from green to gold, light fades to dark faster each day and a chill returns to the air, the focus shifts from outdoors to the task at-hand: feathering our nests in ways that better suit how we live, work and play before Jack Frost hits the doorstep.

This Fall, that’s easy to do with furniture crafted with haute, hidden design elements.

Flexibility is served up here. Hooker Furniture.

With its adjustable dining-to-counter height, the Miramar Aventura Paolo Friendship Table will seat a crowd (with two leaves, it expands to 88 inches) for special occasions, or can be raised up to function in the kitchen as an island or bar for small, informal meals.

A new way to store more. Hooker Furniture.

The clean lines of the contemporary Melange Graham Wine Console add architectural interest and artful storage for up to 48 wine bottles. 

Proof that big things come in little packages. Hooker Furniture.

The compact Melange Valerie Rotating End Table has not three — but six — storage drawers, plus three spacious wraparound display shelves that are revealed by spinning the table on its rotating base.

How to create an uplifting experience in you home office.

When working, it’s easy to sit longer than we should, which can have harmful effects on the body and our health. With its adjustable height work surface, the Elon Lift Desk can help by converting itself into a trendy, ergonomically-designed standing desk.

With a press of a button, the Elon Lift Desk raises to standing position, so you can alternate between a standing and sitting position, optimizing health benefits. Photo: Hooker Furniture.

The Arabella mirrored lateral file cabinet is more than a pretty face.

A gorgeous accent for any home office, the French-inspired Arabella mirrored lateral file  houses a locking drawer with Pendaflex® letter/legal filing system; plus two additional utility drawers.

Waste not, want not with the Annex Panel Bed.

We all dream of more space to store our stuff. The rustic contemporary Annex panel bed makes dreams come true with two spacious pull-out drawers hidden in its louvered motif footboard.

Two spacious pull-out drawers are hidden in the louvered footboard of the Annex panel bed.

The Modern Romance Floor Mirror: the magic of illusion.

From afar, the Modern Romance floor mirror looks like a chic statement piece.

Abracadabra, when you open the Modern Romance floor mirror, there’s spacious jewelry storage. Hooker Furniture.

Since 71% of all burglaries are residential, that makes this mirror a must-have for every smart homeowner.

Fall is here. Winter (and the holidays) are coming. Isn’t it time to feather your nest in a new, better way?

Fall marks the return of sweater weather. Photo: Better Homes & Gardens.

 

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A Traditional Comeback for Furniture

The new Reverie Collection puts a fresh spin on traditional with clean lines and a glazed platinum gray finish. Hooker Furniture.

In recent years, the dominant trends in home furniture and decor have bent towards modern and casual, ranging from monochromatic minimalism to a Mid-Century Modern mix to farmhouse chic.

Prominent designers have declared 2018 as the year of the traditional furniture comeback. Make no mistake, 2018’s traditional is a more exciting traditional, and a style with a broader mix of periods and flavors that feel authentic and inviting.

Elegant wood textures and carved details highlight the new 65-piece Woodlands Collection to be debuted at the Fall High Point Market. Hooker Furniture.

In describing Hooker Furniture’s 65-piece new Woodlands Collection, Pat Watson, vice president of merchandising said, “After focusing on modern styling the past several years, the market is swinging back to traditional.”

The Woodlands Panel Bed has an arched, architectural motif and is crafted of textural and approachable rustic oak and cathedral primavera veneers with poplar solids. Hooker Furniture.

Inspired by America’s great mansions in the Gilded Age, Woodlands captures the best elements of grand and elegant traditional styling and blends in the relaxed feel so popular today. The main finish, Heathered Lambswool, acknowledges the gray finishes of recent years but is blended with brown tones for a classic warmth.

Bold moldings and carved details go ‘all in’ on classic European traditional styling in the Woodlands Collection. Hooker Furniture.

Scalloped edges on the top and base allure on the Woodlands chair-side table.

Another collection debuting at the Fall High Point Market, Reverie, blends old world and modern design elements to create a fun and casual look. 

Reverie is defined by clean lines, a distinctive platinum gray finish and an array of fabric and leather seating choices.

A little further on the casual spectrum, the new Ciao Bella Collection is inspired by European farmhouses and reflects a simpler lifestyle.

The Ciao Bella rectangular dining table has a bench with lyre-shaped legs and updated Windsor Chairs. Hooker Furniture.

“Ciao Bella is like walking into a small farmhouse that’s been owned by the same family for nine generations and is surrounded by the vines that sustain the family vineyard,” Watson said. The Timeworn Gray finish accentuates the historical nature of European farmhouses.

What do you think? Are you ready for the traditional comeback? Or will you be a modern hold out? Let us know in the comments!

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