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8 Trendy Ways to Bring American Style Home

Show your patriotism — indoors and out — with distinct American style. Better Homes & Gardens, Hooker Furniture.

During the month of July, American pride flies extra high because that’s when we salute our nation’s independence. But why not celebrate the American spirit year-round, too? It’s easy to do. Here are eight delightful (and delicious) ways to bring American style home.

Gathering family and friends ’round is a favorite American pastime. Hooker Furniture

With its mix of small town charm and big city chic design elements, the American Life Crafted 54-inch Round Dining Table and Crafted Leather Dining Arm and  Side Chairs create a cozy–but dressed up — furniture dining space for entertaining in the relaxed but stylish ways we Americans like. 

Try a farm-to-decor look with hidden modern attributes. Hooker Furniture.

Crafted of walnut and hickory with showstopper reversible door panels (in wood or burlap), the American Life Roslyn County buffet evokes memories of life in America’s Heartland during simpler times. Yet this heirloom quality piece is also made for how we live today. Open it and you’ll find a spacious storage area which includes two drawers (one with a drop-in felt silverware tray and the other with a drop-in felt liner) and a ventilated back for use with electronics.

Entertain the softer side of modern. Hooker Furniture

The Urban Elevation low entertainment console goes all in on the trend of livable style—a distinct American design point-of-view. Crafted of re-sawn maple in a natural wood and creamy white finish, this is a on-trend home entertainment storage piece that’s contemporary yet not cold.

Lasso the new look of Old West style. Hooker Furniture.

Although filled with ornate carvings inspired by an antique desk spotted by Hooker Furniture designers in the lobby of an iconic Austin hotel, the Hill Country Floresville Bachelors Chest  is anything but old-fashioned and fussy. It has an airy, somewhat modern furniture feel derived from the flat-cut rustic white oak veneer from which it’s made that’s finished in a light hue akin to native Texas sandstone.

Let patriotism bloom. Better Homes & Gardens

Red, white and blue flowering plants in rustic containers like these painted sap buckets, add pops of flag-inspired color to patios, porches and sidewalks. 

Reach for the stars in a DIY way. Better Homes & Gardens.

Put a twist on star-gazing, a classic summer past-time, with a DIY project that enables guests to look up -or down- on their constellation quest. Spray grass lightly with water. Place stencil on grass, then use a flour sifter to fill the shape with flour. Remove stencil and repeat.

Put a tasty spin on a favorite American treat. Ed Anderson

Nothing says Summer like homemade ice cream, especially when flavored with an unexpected fruit that’s picked fresh from the orchard. One taste of this ice cream will take you back to childhood days spent playing outside and sampling nature’s bounty.


from “The Perfect Scoop”

by David Lebovitz

Makes about 1 quart (1l)

If you’re lucky enough to live in an area where fresh apricots are bountiful in the summer, be sure to take advantage of their fleeting season by churning up a batch of this ice cream. Don’t be put off by apricots that are über-soft, as plump and fragile as an overfilled water balloon, seemingly ready to burst at the slightest touch. Those are the best-tasting fruits.

1 pound (450 g) squishy-ripe fresh apricots (10 to 15, depending on size)

1/2 cup (125 ml) water

1/2 cup (100 g) sugar

1 cup (250 ml) heavy cream

3 drops pure almond extract

A few drops freshly squeezed lemon juice

  1. Slice open the apricots and remove the pits, then cut each apricot into sixths. Place the apricot pieces with the water in a medium, nonreactive saucepan. Cover and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the apricots are tender, about 8 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the sugar until dissolved. Let cool to room temperature.
  2. Once cooled, puree the apricots and any liquid in a blender or food processor until smooth. Taste a big spoonful; if there are any small fibers, press the mixture through a mesh strainer to remove them. Stir in the cream, almond extract, and lemon juice.
  3. Chill the mixture thoroughly in the refrigerator, then freeze it in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Credit: Reprinted with permission from “The Perfect Scoop” Revised and Updated copyright © 2018 by David Lebovitz. Published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC. Photographs copyright © 2018 by Ed Anderson




How to Create a Restful Summer Retreat

Take a break. Rejuvenate. Photos: Better Homes & Gardens, Hooker Furniture.

Summer is  here! Time to kick back, relax and make like vacation will never end. Sound good to you? Here’s how to create a restful summer retreat at the place you already call home.

Relax your back and give feet a well-deserved rest. Photo: Hooker Furniture.

It’s easy to nap like you mean it with the Lincoln Power Sofa and recliner  Each of these ultra comfy seats (upholstered in soft, supple leather) have power headrests, power lumbar support and power recline. They also deliver smart phone bluetooth capability, making it uber-easy to turn on tunes or order out for pizza.

Leisure up with spot-on style. Photo: Hooker Furniture.

With three limestone surfaces that keep beverages, snacks and books within arm’s reach, the Melange Kiera Spot Table is couch potato perfect for summer slumber.

Here’s a design concept worth entertaining. Photo: Hooker Furniture.

The Shogun Entertainment Center keeps video, audio and gaming gear organized and in one place, so you can relax more this summer, and tidy up less. 

Sit and store with style. Hooker Furniture.

While the hours away reading by a window or taking in the view on the Belgian-inspired  Boheme Madera Bed Bench, a portable piece that multi-functions as seating or a place to hold bags and bits of stuff lugged in.

Make dreamland a shore thing. Hooker Furniture.

With a nod to the seaside towns after which it’s named, the Miramar Carmel Lucio Woven Panel Bed is awash with coastal cues from its sand-hued palette and woven raffia headboard and footboard; to its sandblasted oak frame that resembles aged wood found along the beach.

Breathe in. Breathe out. Just walk. Better Homes & Gardens.

We all know that walking delivers lots of health benefits, especially when it comes to stress. So take a leisurely summer stroll around your neighborhood or through a nearby park.

Sometimes the secret to kicking back is to kid around. Photo: Better Homes & Gardens.

Channel your inner child with this stylish DIY hanging swing chair. It makes hanging out beneath a shade tree the haute thing to do. 

Try a new recipe to add savor to your summer retreat. Photo: James Ransom.

During summer, salads are the perfect go-to thing. What makes this recipe -from the James Beard award-winning editors at Food52- perfect-plus is how it transforms a classic side into a tasty entree by mixing garden-fresh ingredients with seasonings in a new way.

Roasted Potato Salad with Mustard-Walnut Vinaigrette from “Mighty Salads”

(Roasted roots + garlicky, mustardy vinaigrette + nuts + herbs + egg topper)

by the editors of Food 52

Serves 6 to 8 | From Shannon Hulley

This potato salad celebrates its namesake ingredient, the humble and excellent spud, instead of allowing it to drown in a bowlful of gloppy white dressing. Roasted until browned, the potatoes themselves are the stars, and after a light mash, get to bathe in a mustardy vinaigrette. Basil adds a surprising freshness, toasted walnuts play up the potatoes’ roasted side, and all of the flavors together will speak to you even at room temperature. So without the soft-boiled egg on top, this salad is good for potlucks, picnics, and backyard parties. Celebrate accordingly. 

4 pounds (1.8kg) mixed marble potatoes or other small potatoes

Extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling

Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 bunch scallions, white and green parts, thinly sliced 

6 to 8 eggs

1 cup (100g) walnuts, toasted and coarsely chopped

Leaves from 1 bunch basil, torn

 Mustard-Walnut Vinaigrette

2 garlic cloves

Sea salt

2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice

1 tablespoon red wine vinegar

1 tablespoon whole-grain mustard

1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

1⁄4 cup (60ml) extra-virgin olive oil

2 tablespoons walnut oil

Freshly ground black pepper

  1. Heat the oven to 425°F (220°C). Arrange the potatoes in a single layer on two parchment-lined, rimmed baking sheets, drizzle with olive oil, and toss to evenly coat. Season with salt and pepper. Roast, shaking the sheets occasionally, until tender and brown, 40 to 45 minutes.


  1. To make the vinaigrette, place the garlic on a cutting board, sprinkle with a couple of generous pinches of salt, and finely chop and smash it into a paste with the side of a chef’s knife. Whisk together the garlic paste, lemon juice, vinegar, and both mustards until smooth. Gradually whisk in the olive and walnut oils until emulsified. Taste and adjust the salt and pepper.
  1. Transfer the potatoes to a large bowl. Toss in the scallions and the vinaigrette. Using the back of a mixing spoon, gently smash some of the potatoes just enough to break the skins. Be careful not to make mashed potatoes. Allow the dressed potatoes to sit at room temperature for 45 to 60 minutes. 


  1. About 15 minutes before serving, bring a pot of water to a boil. Lower the eggs, a few at a time, into the water and boil for 6 minutes. Remove the eggs with a slotted spoon, plunge them into an ice bath until cool enough to handle, and then peel them.


  1. Just before serving, stir in the walnuts and basil. Arrange the salad on plates. Top each serving with a soft-boiled egg and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Credit: Reprinted with permission from  Food52 “Mighty Salads: 60 New Ways to Turn Salad Into Dinner” by the Editors of Food52, copyright © 2017. Published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC.

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The Ultimate Gift Guide for Father’s Day

Looking for the best Father’s Day present? Start with a little R & R! Photo: Bradington-Young.

Whether you’re a dad or shopping for one in your family this Father’s Day, you can make your home staycation-worthy with furniture that encourages rest and relaxation. Isn’t a little R&R what every dad needs most? With today’s hectic lifestyles, a comfortable chair (or sofa) and a good read are all it takes to unplug and unwind. Here are a few of our favorite ideas for pampering dads on their special day—and throughout the year.

The Classic Gift

Doesn’t Dad deserve the best seat in the house? For encouraging rest and relaxation, you can’t go wrong with a classic leather recliner like the Shasta. Photo: Hooker Furniture

While the Shasta Recliner adds instant character to a room, its sumptuous comfort is what truly sets this motion furniture apart.

Once he has the perfect place to put his feet up, every dad needs a good book or magazine.

This Father’s Day, consider giving him a gift card to his favorite bookstore or a subscription to a magazine about a topic he loves. Want to go the extra mile? Do a little research and arrange to have the college magazine from his alma mater delivered each month or subscribe to the newspaper from his hometown.

If Dad works from home (occasionally or daily), he’ll appreciate an updated workspace. Photo: Hooker Furniture

From classic traditional styling to streamlined modern looks, our function-driven home office collections make working from home easier. The House Blend group allows him to create his own unique configuration to match his workstyle.

The Unexpected Gift

To score major points, surprise Dad with a sofa that looks like a classic Chesterfield yet offers state-of-the-art functionality. Photo: Hooker Furniture.

Featuring dual power, the Savion Power Motion Sofa was introduced by Hooker Upholstery at the April international High Point Market and will be coming soon to retail stores. The Savion features classic Chesterfield styling with the added benefit of unexpected motion functionality.

The Thoughtful Gift

If the man in your family has bad knees or limited mobility, a lift chair is a great way to make his life easier. Photo: Bradington-Young.

If the man in your family has bad knees or limited mobility, a lift chair is a great way to make his life easier. The good news is Bradington Young’s stylish Ryder Lift/Recliner provides a stylish alternative to the medical-looking lift chairs in the marketplace. Its fashionable silhouette is so appealing, no one but him will know it has power lift capability.

The Best Gift

Another can’t-go-wrong gift is the gift of time. Spending time with Dad is always in fashion, the right size and exactly what he wanted!

This year, as you shop for Father’s Day, think about ways to bring more R & R to your dad’s daily life. And when you do visit, make sure he gets the best chair in the house.