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Ultra Violet, Pantone’s 2018 Color of the Year, celebrates the artistic/boho vibe of a new generation. Photos: Macy’s bedding; Shag rug by Safavieh for Overstock. Sectional and chair: Sam Moore Furniture.

It’s the new year, and you want to refresh your decor with Pantone’s latest “it” color, but its an offbeat hue like 2018’s Ultra Violet. What to do?

Sensuous and elegant, velvet is another important look for 2018. Bring it home in regal violet, updated with modern black base and legs in the Cheekie Chair. Sam Moore Furniture.

Make it familiar and livable for every day: Ground violet accents with your investment furnishings in classic gold, gray or blue — or go with a statement piece or two in regal purple. Use each color three times in a room and you’re all set.

Violet in all its variations look great with gray. Here, a deep plum warms up light gray and silver of the Sage Sectional without sacrificing the modern, urbane scheme. Sam Moore Furniture

Gray is a top trend with staying power, perfect for our modern, urban lifestyle. Add a punch (or pinch) of violet in an accent pillow, cuddly throw, vase, lamp or artwork, and gray goes to the next level fast! Curata Bench by Hooker Furniture

You don’t need sequins to highlight upholstery with a silvery gleam. Elegant yet imaginative, the silver-patterned fabric on the Carney Club Chair works anywhere when grounded with sensuous velvet in a darker gray. Take it to the next level with a punch of violet accent. Sam Moore Furniture.

Violet, in shades from aubergine to eggplant to plum, can make a spectacular and romantic wall color, especially for an accent wall. Photo: vkvvisuals.com/blog.

Sleek grays make a cool backdrop to a surprising rose-and-purple global pattern and warm modern wood in the Easy Breezy Chair from Sam Moore.

One of the easiest ways to pull a challenging color into a real-life scheme is to start with a pattern that brings together your desired hues. Textiles like this chevron-patterned rug weave their arty spell and show how seemingly unrelated hues can blend with elegance. Photo: Overstock.com

 Ultra Violet celebrates the mystical, spiritual and artistic/boho vibe of a new generation open to diverse and global inspirations; a vibe last felt in the late 1960s. 

Here’s Ultra Violet and a few of its classic friends: Gold, yellow-green and gray-green — plus a jolt of analogous berry blue-red. Designer lampshades offer another opportunity to recreate a color scheme without breaking the bank. LampsPlus.

Accents made of geodes (or just copying the pattern) are part of a mystical, earth-loving trend that’s big for 2018. In rough-cut amethyst, the violet is both edgy and timeless. Photo: Etsy

Conserve heat as you hit the fashion hot spot with a luxurious woven throw in mohair, cotton, silk, wool or even practical fleece. Add braid trim of your own in the same or contrasting color for a custom look. It’s perhaps the easiest way to add a touch of violet to any room. Photo: Wayfair

So let the sun shine in, welcome creative connections, and let Ultra Violet refresh your decor and your mood.


Start the New Year with Hide ‘N Chic Storage

This year, resolve to store your stuff without giving an inch on style. Photos: Etsy, Country Living, Hooker Furniture, Better Homes and Gardens.

New Year’s resolutions.

Most of us make em’ and break em’ as fast as glasses of bubbly are downed when the clock strikes midnight. So how can 2018 be different, especially if getting better organized (the second most popular resolution of them all) — is on your must-do list?

Open the door to beautiful decor that’ll master your mess with hide ’n chic storage.

This is an entertainment center? Yes. Oh yes. Photo: Hooker Furniture.

A beautiful blend of hometown charm and contemporary cues, the  Urban Elevation entertainment credenza delivers lots of uptown wow and…more.  With a gentle touch, its sleek doors open to reveal two spacious, adjustable shelves for electronics and gaming accessories; plus a ventilated back panel. That means equipment (and all those messy cords) can stay out of sight, out of mind even during operation.

Here’s how to table clutter with farm-to-decor flair. Hooker Furniture.

The simple lines and plank style design of the Roslyn Country rectangle cocktail table tap into one of the hottest trends going while also providing two deep drawers for stashing remotes, magazines and blanket throws.

File this under “high fashion.” Hooker Furniture.

From afar, the Rustic Glam credenza is a haute head-turner. Up close, its’ more practical side is revealed with a locking file drawer (with Pendaflex® system), pair of storage drawers and tray drawer found behind carved fretwork doors that shimmer with Parisian-inspired églomisé accents.

Who would guess a file drawer and tray drawer hide behind the glam exterior of the Rustic Glam Credenza?

Sit, yet store more? Here’s how. Hooker Furniture.

By combining classic French elements with a simple utilitarian shape, the Arabella storage bench romances the room, conjuring images of the golden age of travel while delivering popular modern day design elements— double-duty seating and hidden storage.

Who says storage can’t be swanky? Hooker Furniture.

Sleek, elegant and remarkably sensible, the Skyline Bureau  puts a modern luxe spin on vertical storage.  Within this richly hued cherry and African rosewood veneer bureau are two drop-front middle drawers, a cedar-lined bottom drawer with removable dividers and a felt-lined top drawer.

Upon reflection, this is how to add instant style (and secret storage). Hooker Furniture.

With its larger-than-life silhouette and antique mirror/silver-leaf finish, the  Melange Lumiere floor mirror  adds a touch of Old Hollywood glam. It opens to reveal a luxe felt-lined interior (with 60 slots for ring storage, 30 necklace hooks and 16 removable jewelry bags) that’s in sync with our hide-and-keep needs today.

Some resolutions -like swearing off chocolate- are surely meant to come and go like the wind. Others are worth keeping, especially those resolutions that can make our homes more livable and enjoyable. That’s why corralling clutter in hide ’n chic ways makes perfect sense to do this year and the next.


The 12 Days of Christmas Wish List for Home

There’s no place like home for the holidays. It’s just the right time to turn our thoughts toward home and how it makes us feel.

As the new year approaches, evaluate the rooms you spend the most time in. How do those spaces look, and what atmosphere do they create? If they don’t express your personal style or match your lifestyle, you may have found your New Year’s resolution: to create a home that reflects you perfectly. Here are 12 great decorating inspirations and aspirations to explore and put on your wish list. We promise, they’re more practical and easier to find than swans and lords a ‘leaping!

On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: A swoon-worthy bedroom. The Boheme Bon Vivant De-Constructed Upholstered Bed is an updated classic perfect for inspiring a relaxing master retreat. Photo: Hooker Furniture

Great design elements often come in pairs (just like turtle doves)! Notice how two of the Roslyn County Bunching Display Cabinets make a stunning impact and while providing a focal point for an open-concept space. Photo: Hooker Furniture

A contemporary take on a classic accent chair, the Dante Exposed Wood Chair from Sam Moore is expressive yet timeless. If you have a sofa or sectional upholstered in a beige, tan or gray, this chair is the perfect companion to add personality and flair. Photo: Sam Moore Furniture

Leather furnishings…it’s like music to our ears! Luxuriously soft and easy to maintain, we love the Pacifica Sofa and Chair from Bradington-Young.

Rings, circles and spheres have provided a classic yet elegant design motif through the ages. Our Melange Cucia Demilune Console elevates the look with its brilliant combination of metallic finishes.

Six is a great number for cocktails or a dinner party—just make sure you have plenty of seating. The Greco Reclining Chair from Bradington-Young offers a stylish profile, yet is actually a sumptuously comfortable recliner.

Keeping media and AV equipment out of sight has never been easier. The Auberose Entertainment Console adds style and function to a space while complementing your existing furnishings. Photo: Hooker Furniture

No matter what your job, a stylish work environment is a must. As fashionable as it is functional, our Curata 2-Piece Desk Group combines rich wood finishes with warm metallics for an updated look you won’t want to hide.

We know how it goes: when you find that perfect piece of furniture, it makes you just want to dance. Perfect for nearly any room, this stylish 46-inch Accent Chest expertly blends black and gold finishes with an engaging mosaic pattern and coordinating door pulls. Photo: Hooker Furniture

Leap into bed like you mean it with the L’Usine Panel Bed. It’s clean lines and organic textures set it apart while offering a distinctive design aesthetic. Hooker Furniture

There are at least 11 reasons we love the Sandcastle Display Cabinet. Its timeless silhouette ensures its fit in numerous places, yet its generous drawer storage and display shelves are what really have us charmed.

For making a big impact, there’s nothing better than the Hill Country collection. Its Boerne Ranch Manager’s Desk provides a great work surface, drawers for containing clutter, and a flip-up top that keeps everything out of sight.

Happy Holidays. May 2018 bring you tidings of great joy!