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Big Country Decor–Texas Style

Design inspiration abounds in Texas. Photo credits: Furniture: Hooker Furniture; Scenic: Cynthia Sutton, Nutmeg’s; Steve Rawls, Fredericksburg Convention & Visitors Bureau.

The Hill Country Story- Part 1 of a 3-Part Series

As a Texan for most of my life, I can truly say there’s no place like home in the Lone Star State–a land big in size, spirit and can-do attitude.

Here we can travel across prairies, hilly countrysides, forests and seaside ports without ever crossing the state line. Legends loom sky-high from Davy Crockett’s last stand at the Alamo to J.R. Ewing’s mythical oil baron reign at Southfork. This is where big dreams come true as evidenced by multi-cultural influences (from Spain, France, Mexico, Germany and Italy) that have enriched our heritage throughout the years. They’ve also served as the foundation for a design point-of-view with universal appeal because it’s reflective of the American spirit as a whole.

The Bandara dining table, inspired by the bigger-than-life Hill Country of Texas, is crafted of flat-cut rustic white oak veneer for an authentic, refined rustic look. Hooker Furniture

The Hill Country writing desk can play many roles: desk, sofa table, buffet. Photo: Hooker Furniture

Hooker Furniture’s new casual American Hill Country Furniture Collection taps into this trend with designs that reflect the varied landscape and European influences found in an iconic region of our state.

And because Hill Country is infused with authentic American character, it’s a look that takes a deep dive into the artistry, antiques,  culture and natural terrain of not only the hill country of Texas, but also the refined estates of Napa Valley and the natural beauty of the bluegrass regions of Kentucky.

The Hill Country Blanco Table adjusts in height so it can be used for multiple purposes: foyer table, dining table or bistro table. Hooker Furniture + Julia Ermlich, Fredericksburg Visitor Center & Bureau; Cynthia Sutton.

With its striking architectural pedestal and time-worn, saddle brown finish, the  Blanco foyer/dining table provides an easy-on-the-eyes transition from scenic outdoor settings such as this grassy field overlooking the Pedernales River and a wooded enclave with spotted deer.

The Blanco Table easily adjusts to bistro-table height, left; or dining table height, along with foyer table height. Hooker Furniture

Inspired by hand-wrought ironworks that Hooker designers found during a trip to Texas Hill Country, this cocktail table is trimmed out with rustic metal straps and decorative nail heads. Photo: Hooker Furniture and Cynthia Sutton, Nutmeg’s.

The Pinta Trail Strong Box Cocktail Table looks as Old West as cattle roaming on a ranch. But look inside. It’s designed for modern living with sliding tops, removable trays, storage galore (including a nine-cell wine rack) and casters for easy moving.

Inside, the Pinta Trail Strong Box Cocktail Table offers ample storage with sliding tops, removable trays and even a 9-cell wine rack. Hooker Furniture

At this 86-inch dining table, you can host a herd because it comes with two 18-inch leaves. Fredericksburg Visitor & Convention Bureau, Hooker Furniture.

Crafted of flat-cut rustic white oak veneer finished to appear seasoned over time, the Bandera Dining Table is a refined rustic like the native Texas Hill Country limestone used to build the  Pioneer Museum in Fredericksburg.

The Driskill Hotel, located in downtown Austin, is a legendary Texas landmark that inspired several pieces of the Hill Country Collection. Photo: The Driskill.

Built in 1886 as the showplace of cattle baron Jesse Driskill, The Driskill Hotel  is designed with turn-of-the-century elegance in mind and served as inspiration for several pieces of Hooker’s  Hill Country Collection.

The finish of this huntboard and accent chest was inspired by native Sandstone quarried in Texas Hill Country for centuries, and seen on this antique desk (lower right) in the Driskill Hotel lobby. Photos: Hooker Furniture

For example, the ornate French carvings on the Bexar Leg Huntboard and Floresville Bachelor Chest are patterned after carvings on an antique desk spotted by Hooker Furniture designers when they walked through the Driskill lobby.

Like Texas Hill Country, this statuesque bed is a blend of design influences. Photos: Hooker Furniture; Julia Ermlich, Fredericksburg Visitor & Convention Bureau; The Driskill

The Woodcreek King Mansion Bed has strong, clean lines (like the stain glass dome in the Driskill Hotel)  that are accentuated by a warm nature-derived palette with lots of depth, similar to the Enchanted Rock Natural Granite Formation  in Fredericksburg.

The Ozark bed bench adds additional seating without taking up much space. Photos: Hooker Furniture, Blake Mistich, Steve Rawls, Fredericksburg Visitor and Convention Bureau.

With rustic fiddlehead legs and a wood slat top, the Ozark bed bench conjures images of ranch life where cattle roam free and boots are both wardrobe essentials and fashion statements.

In an open floorplan space, this desk can double as a desk/sofa table. Julia Ermlich, Steve Rawls, Fredericksburg Visitor & Convention Bureau; Hooker Furniture

The soft curves and turns of the Lytle Writing Desk were inspired by the rolling hills and fields of bluebonnets that dot the landscape of Texas Hill Country.

This Hill Country accent table adds architectural interest with its corkscrew silhouette perched atop a fanciful carved base. Photos: Hooker Furniture; Steve Rawls, Fredericksburg Convention & Visitor Center.

The Poteet Accent Martini Table  provides a perfect perch for a cool drink when relaxing after a long day. For us Texans, that means sipping iced tea while taking in a gorgeous sunset and pondering what lies down the road  the next day in the Lone Star State.

Whether you’re in the city, ‘burbs or somewhere in between, furniture like Hill Country delivers distinct American style. Ours is a big country. Time to bring it home.




What’s Your Nesting Style?

A cozy bed and comfy pajamas that reflect your nesting style are restorative.

And since Ground Hog Day prophecies indicated six more weeks of winter, now’s a perfect time to turn your bed into a therapeutic retreat.

The Nest Theory Collection of upholstered beds is designed to create the perfect environment for resting your body and spirit. Photo: Hooker Furniture

The Heron Upholstered Shelter Bed is a restorative haven from your harsh routine. Photo: Hooker Furniture

Cozy Bed + Comfy Pajamas = Relaxation

 Rest and relaxation aren’t as elusive as you might think. The most challenging part is making the time and capturing a few quiet moments for yourself. From there, the recipe is simple: start with a stylish bed, add a supportive, quality mattress, layer on soft sheets and linens, and get in your comfiest PJs. Then read, watch or sleep your way to relaxation.

The True Vintage Canopy Bed is a bold expression of the feminine heart and home inspired by vintage artifacts and classical motifs. Photo: Hooker Furniture

Not sure where to start when looking for a new bed? Consider the comfort and appeal of an upholstered bed. Hooker Furniture’s Nest Theory Beds are available in styles from traditional to modern, and they can be customized to create a look distinctly your own. You can select elements such as the fabric, tufting, welt, foot, finish and size and color of the nailhead trim.

Part of the Nest Theory Collection, Jay is shown here in an indigo tufted upholstery treatment with pewter nailhead trim and a Chestnut tapered foot. Photo: Hooker Furnture

The time is perfect to create your custom bedroom retreat: all bedroom furniture and leather recliners are on sale now at participating retailers through February 22, 2017. Find a participating retailer near you here. 

Pajama Pairings

To help you create your custom retreat and find your nesting style, we’ve pulled together a few of our favorite upholstered beds and paired them with coordinating pajama styles. Just pick the PJs you’d be most likely to wear and find a bed with a similar vibe.

Part of the Nest Theory Collection, Finch is available in 20 in-stock fabrics, 40 custom fabric choices, four leg finishes and a variety of nailhead options. Photos: Bed: Hooker Furniture, Pajamas: Cosabella.com

If your sense of style is sophisticated yet timeless, you’ll love the classic look of Finch. It has a tailored silhouette and a headboard outlined with decorative nailhead trim, and is shown above in a soft blue cover and a chalk finish on its tapered legs.

Jay is shown here in an indigo button-tufted upholstery treatment with pewter nailhead trim and a tapered foot finished in Chestnut. Bed: Hooker Furniture; Pajamas: journelle.com.

For those whose fashion sense extends all the way to their sleepwear, you’ll love Jay. It’s a chic look that commands attention and makes a statement in any bedroom.

The Heron is shown here in a soft white fabric, block feet with the expresso finish and nailhead trim that accentuates its stunning curves. Furniture: Hooker Furniture; Pajamas: Garnethill.com

Fresh and feminine, the Heron upholstered shelter bed is dramatically alluring. This style provides a neutral canvas that makes it easy to update and refresh the look of a bedroom over time– using bed linens, accents and accessories, without having to replace the bed.

Martin is shown here in a soft gray fabric, yet its cover and finishes can be customized to coordinate with existing furnishings or personalized with your dream colors and materials to inspire an entire bedroom makeover. Bed: Hooker Furniture; Pajamas: bodenusa.com

Smart, streamlined and full of characterMartin is like no other bed. Its bold presence sets the tone for a bedroom that’s big on both charm and comfort.

The Willow Bed features a softly shaped headboard highlighted by contrasting welt trim on both the head board and footboard. Bed: Hooker Furniture; Pajamas: jcrew.com

Traditional yet updated, the Willow anchors a bedroom with elegance. It’s classic silhouette provides a stunning backdrop for today’s latest top of bed looks. Its overall aesthetic is modernized with block feet, featuring an espresso finish.  

Nest Theory

As finding a respite from work and technology has become increasingly important, so has  bedroom designThe master bedroom is more than just another room in the modern home–today it also functions as a retreat from demanding lifestyles.

Nest Theory is founded on the belief that a great night’s sleep requires more than just a great mattress,” explains Ray Harm, senior vice president-sales for Hooker. “We believe that creating the right environment for that mattress is equally important. Nest Theory was designed to create the perfect space for resting both body and soul.”

Remember, now’s the perfect time to create your custom bedroom retreat: all bedroom furniture and leather recliners are on sale now at participating retailers through February 22, 2017. Find a participating retailer near you here. 


Recipe for Romance

True Romeos and Juliets know that love isn’t governed by the flip of a calendar page. And yet, February is when we celebrate the power of Cupid’s dart on the heart. So, now’s the time to do more than practice your pucker. Light the night with candles. Bloom and swoon. Pop a cork.  Turn a phrase. Read with passion.

In short, write a recipe for romance that’ll keep the home fires burning–both now and all year’ round.

Get in the Valentine’s Day Groove with Decor Designed for a Snuggle and a Cuddle.

Deep dive into the blues with the Nest Theory Jay upholstered bed. Photo: Hooker Furniture

Modernist design lovers will flock to the Nest Theory Jay upholstered bed with its clean, simple silhouette wrapped in soft velvet and embellished with plush button-tufting and gleaming pewter nailhead trim.

Jay and all bedroom furniture and leather recliners are on sale now through February 22, so now is a perfect time to refresh your “snuggling and cuddling” furniture. Find a participating retailer here.

With curves and cues in all the right places, the Antoinette Gilded Upholstered Bed lives up to its name. Photo: Cynthia Rowley for Hooker Furniture.

In classic French salon style, the Antoinette Gilded King Upholstered Bed is both understated and unmistakably dramatic with a chic wood frame that’s beaded, gold-leafed, topped with a removable ribbon pediment and expertly tailored in luxe platinum velvet.

The Transcend King Platform Bed infuses interiors with a unique mix of contemporary, organic style. Photo: Hooker Furniture.

Because its’ headboard is crafted of 2-inch thick slabs of solid acacia wood whose interior edges are left in their natural form, each Transcend King Platform Bed is different in a subtle, yet distinct way.

Create a happy hour home zone with a bottle of bubbly and a pair of comfy Camber recliners. Photo: Hooker Furniture

Clean lines and luxe leather give Camber the look of a contemporary wing-back chair and yet, this is a luxe recliner. That’s toast-worthy.

Ultra comfortable Shasta recliners make kickin’ back at home something every couple will look forward to doing together. Photo: Hooker Furniture.

Sized right for reading, relaxing and spending time together, the Shasta leather recliners infuse interiors with a touch of transitional style that works well across the design spectrum. 

Hudson recliners add a rich pop of color and are perfect picks for couples relaxing together. Photos: bhg.com and Hooker Furniture

Make staying in more fun than going outHudson Recliners are comfy, cozy perches for enjoying a DIY “date night in a box” filled with romantic movies, favorite beverages and marshmallows for roasting with twigs.

The Declan recliner marries the best of his and hers: Durable and plush comfort + classic style. Photo: Hooker Furniture

Then, seal the deal with…Wee Chicken and Waffles with Jezebel-Maple SyrupQuick and easy to make, this delicious recipe is oh-so-right for breakfast in bed or a late-night snack by the fire.

The fastest way to your honey’s heart is with a scrumptious snack like this. Photo: Robert M. Peacock, Chronicle Books.

Wee Chicken & Waffles with Jezebel-Maple Syrup

from Southern Appetizers by Denise Gee

Serves 10 to 12, three or four waffles each

Sure, you can make your own bite-size waffles in a special waffle iron, and you can fry your own chicken tenders, but since good commercially available versions are easy to find, do yourself a favor: Pick up others’ handiwork to pair with this vivacious, easy-to-make syrup. The tiny treats always get a fun reception, especially as tailgate snacks. Prepared horseradish, a pungent mush of grated horseradish, vinegar, and salt, is most often found in small jars somewhere near a supermarket’s cheese case. It’s not to be confused with the “creamy horseradish” spread in the mustard aisle.

Jezebel- Maple Syrup:

2 cups maple syrup

¼ cup pineapple preserves

¼ cup apple jelly

1 ½ teaspoon ground black pepper

½ teaspoon salt

40 mini waffles from a 10.9-ounce package, lightly toasted

40 pieces cooked fried popcorn chicken

Finely chopped fresh Italian flat-leaf parsley or green onion for garnish (optional)

Hot sauce for serving

To make the syrup: In a large microwave-safe glass measuring cup with pour spout (one holding at least 3 cups) or a bowl, add the maple syrup, pineapple preserves, apple jelly, horseradish, pepper, and salt; whisk to combine.

Microwave the mixture on high for 35 seconds. (You can also heat it in a small saucepan on low until the mixture is warm.) Stir and taste, adjusting the flavor if desired. Set the syrup aside.

Place the toasted waffles on a large serving platter. Top each waffle with a piece of chicken. Drizzle the chicken-waffle bites with about 1 teaspoon of the syrup. Garnish with the parsley, if desired, and serve with the remaining syrup and hot sauce.

Recipe and photo courtesy of “Southern Appetizers” by Denise Gee, Chronicle Books.”