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Liven Your Home with Lavish Living Coral

A luscious mix of red, pink and orange, Living Coral looks modern, upbeat and fearless. Photo: Sam Moore Furniture and Pantone.

Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2019, “Living Coral,” reflects our desire for vitality, community and care for the natural world we depend on.

Modern, upbeat and fearless, coral is a classic that’s been creating a hospitable mood since the Renaissance. So if you love it, use it lavishly to liven your home!

An elegant pearl gray settee gets a youthful lift with accent pillows in a modern coral-and-white floral print. Enhance the impact with a few of Nature’s many coral-hued flowers. Done! Photos: Sam Moore, birchlane.com

Coral is no shrinking violet, but it’s surprisingly easy to use. Try these tips:

  1. Try coral as a wake up call to a cool neutral color scheme, as with the pearl gray settee above. Off white and light woods also welcome coral’s warmth. Use coral in at least three places around the the room to lead the eye and create balance.

    Boho-elegant or nautically nice, coral is a natural with creamy yellow as on the Sariah Sofa, and loves cool complements from ice blue to navy and all points in between. Photos: Sam Moore and wayfair.com.

    2. Coral and royal blue are gorgeous complements. They’re rich and regal with dark wood and gold accents, or crisp and exciting with gray, silver or bright white. 

    In the Milsey Tufted Ottoman, watercolor softens coral’s punch so it plays nicely with lighthearted blues, greens and golds. A round ottoman like this earns focal point status with an eye-catching print. Sam Moore Furniture.

    3. Coral plus vivid aqua or teal and yellow-green bring home the brilliant allure of the ocean for a beachy vibe.

Coral pink, turquoise and other summery hues get an elegant, go-anywhere look in classic paisley on the Kelsey Wing Chair from Sam Moore.

Rich coral red has been a splendid favorite since the Renaissance. No surprise, as shown in this Saffron Crackle Chest, it is flattering, energizing and graciously warm. Photo: Hooker Furniture.

Coral goes cool in timeless styles, modern prints and metallic neutrals that show off natural coral’s fascinating shapes in this Coral Console. Photo: Hooker Furniture

Living Coral, Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2019, is a vibrant hue that manages to be both modern and classic, and expresses styles from coastal to chic to cosmopolitan and even an Asian flair. Are you using living coral in your home? Let us know in the comments. 

Rich coral has been a splendid favorite since the Renaissance. No surprise, as it’s flattering, energizing and graciously warm. Photo: onekingslane.com.


8 Ways to Find Comfort at Home

Retreat in comfort at home with a crackling fire, cup of tea and a comfy chair. Bradington-Young Furniture.

It’s a tough world out there. But at home, peace, serenity and comfort await through decorating, furnishings, cooking and relaxing with family and friends.

Want to make your home a sanctuary that welcomes everyone (including you!) with a warm, welcome hug? Here’s how.

Sit down and snuggle up with the Chester Sofa. Hooker Furniture.

An updated take on an iconic British design dating back to the 1800s, the Chester sofa is cozy, comfy and spacious with deep, plush seat cushions made for curling up with a soft blanket throw to tv binge watch or read a book by the fire. Classic yet contemporary, this beautiful Chesterfield sofa features a classic rolled-back frame with button tufting and is upholstered in a trendy mid-tone blue hue that’s warm, inviting and colorful.

Create a yen for zen in unexpected ways. Hooker Furniture.

With decorative hand-carved mango wood doors in the shape of a mandala (an ancient, universal spiritual symbol for serenity and the wholeness found within the circle of life), this entertainment console furniture is as much art to be admired and contemplated as it is practical storage for tv and stereo components.

Make time to talk and listen. Bradington-Young Furniture.

The Gallin, Kirby swivel tub  and Kirby stationery chairs mix classic and contemporary style with comfort and ease. And by placing these luxe leather chairs in a circle facing one another, they form an inviting place to gather and gab with friends over coffee or cocktails.

Work it out with style. Hooker Furniture

For the 23% of Americans who now work from home at least part of the time, a home office that’s not only functional but fashionable, too, can make going to the office (even if the daily commute is now 30 seconds) something to look forward to. Crafted of soft white oak veneer with eglomise mirrored accents, the Rustic Glam trestle desk, credenza and bookcase  are mirrored furniture pieces that transform conventional office essentials into chic focal points.

Put into practice the adage” “A place for everything, and everything in its place.” Hooker Furniture.

Studies show that clutter and messiness at home contribute to stress.  With its antique mirrored, pearl essence finish, the Sanctuary ten drawer dresser  is a pretty, practical problem-solver. With 10 spacious drawers, you can store more and stress less.

Dine like you mean it. Hooker Furniture.

Restore the tradition of breaking bread together. Whether you cook like a Food Network star chef or excel at take-out, when family and friend gather around the spacious  Beaumont rectangular dining table, the time together will feel special.

Pick a winter winner, chicken dinner (and with bacon!) John Lee

Fried chicken evokes fond childhood memories for many people, including me.  This comfort food brings to mind Sunday lunch at my grandmother’s home where our big family of aunts, uncles and cousins would race after church to feast on her crispy fried chicken with gravy, homemade rolls and pie topped with sky-high meringue.  No matter how many of us were at the table, somehow there was more than enough to eat. And there was certainly more than enough love to go around, too.

This recipe is tasty, easy to make and delivers on three popular trends—home cooking, bacon and the resurgence in comfort foods like fried chicken and gravy. Try it. You’ll like it. A lot.

Buttermilk-Soaked, Bacon-Fried Chicken in Gravy


“Fried Chicken” by Rebecca Lang

Serves 4

1 1/2 cups buttermilk

2 tablespoons hot sauce, such as Tabasco

1 chicken (about 2 pounds, 8 ounces), cut into 4 pieces

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

12 ounces bacon, chopped into 1/2-inch pieces

Vegetable oil, for frying


1/4 cup all-purpose flour

2 cups heavy cream

1 tablespoon dry sherry

1/2 teaspoon salt

To make the marinade, whisk together the buttermilk and hot sauce. Pour into a large zip-top bag and add the chicken. Seal the bag, rub to coat the meat, and refrigerate for 6 hours.

In a bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, and pepper.

In a large heavy skillet, cook the bacon over medium heat until browned and crispy. Using a slotted spoon, remove the bacon from the skillet and drain on a paper towel, reserving drippings in the skillet.

Reprinted with permission from “Fried Chicken” by Rebecca Lang copyright © 2015, published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House. Photographs copyright © 2015 by John Lee.

Make home a refuge for you and yours.


Welcome 2019 in Winter White

Blending varying shades of white in a room creates depth and dimension. The Modern Romance Console features a textured, lacquered white linen finish with champagne accents. Hooker Furniture

In January, nature cloaks itself in a stunning monochromatic color scheme of winter white.

In the colder months of the year, nature cloaks herself in winter white and the results are breathtaking. From the plains to the mountains to the coast, the absence of color around us during winter illustrates the serene beauty of a monochromatic look. Here’s how to incorporate nature’s subtlest — yet most sophisticated — palette into your home and furniture. 

An eggnog cocktail is a signature drink creation in creamy tones.

Before looking outside for inspiration, kick off the new year with a signature homemade drink creation in these creamy tones. This Southern Living Recipe from country legend Alan Jackson can be made with or without whiskey. Try rimming the glasses in graham cracker or gingerbread crumbs for an extra-special touch. 

A decorative chest like the Amani combines a winter white palette with soft wood tones and natural stone. Hooker Furniture.

A winter white palette doesn’t have to be boring. It can include soft wood tones, natural stone and muted finishes. A decorative furniture chest like the Amani is a great place to start if you’re thinking of trying this elegant design direction.

In a winter white color scheme, the Anders Chair from Sam Moore captures the appeal of the hygge lifestyle. Photo: Sam Moore Furniture.

Whoever said, “White is boring” surely hasn’t seen the Anders ChairEnrobed in a plush, shearling-like cover, it’s the epitome of easygoing elegance and the perfect choice for a winter white color scheme. 

Benjamin Moore is promoting an understated color palette of wall colors with its 2019 Color of the Year, Metropolitan.

Benjamin Moore’s Color of the Year, Metropolitan, is a soft grey that works perfectly with the elegant sophistication of winter whites. As Benjamin Moore puts it, “The calibrated silence of layered grays helps a modern home find its soft side.”

Work is more appealing in a calming, organized workspace like this. Hooker Furniture.

Once the holidays are over, getting back to work seems more appealing in a calming workspace like this one.  Surely, a soft, clean home office will make it easier to stay organized in 2019.

The Miramar bedroom takes a world view of design and soothes in a winter white palette. Hooker Furniture

Use texture to add visual interest to your monochromatic color palette. A chunky throw blanket, extra-plush rug and stone accent wall give this space dimension while maintaining its minimalist color story.

Choosing cream or white leather for your sofa or sectional gives the added beauty of being able to accessorize them any way you like– now and in the future. Bradington-Young.

To get the full effect of the understated winter white palette, start with the largest furnishings in the room — your sofa or sectional. 

The timeworn finish of the Arabella dining room is created with a white finish over maple veneers with a crackle revealing a champagne shimmer beneath. Hooker Furniture.

It’s easy to create a dreamy dining room furniture area with a table, chairs and buffet in a timeless creamy white, such as this one from Arabella.

No matter what room you’re updating in the new year, you can’t go wrong by looking to nature for guidance. Even in the coldest of winters, there’s inspiration to be found. This year, when the weather has you indoors looking outward, consider bringing some of the beauty of winter’s whites into your home decor.