Apr. 27


New Introductions at High Point Market Solve the Problem of Too Much Brown Furniture

by Lynn Byrne

Legendary decorator Sister Parish would allow no more than 3 brown pieces in any one room.  More recently, Deborah Needleman, editor in chief of the Off Duty section and magazine at the Wall Street Journal, and author of the book The Perfectly Imperfect Home, proclaimed that too much brown furniture can suck the life out of a room.

Well, my sponsor to High Point Market, Hooker Furniture, has solved the problem of excessive brown furniture for you.  No longer are your choices limited to light, dark or medium brown when selecting the finish for your furniture.

At the April 2012 High Point Market, Hooker Furniture had fun with finishes.

New furniture introductions included multiple wood species in one piece, color tone variations and rustic, reclaimed wood looks.  And Hooker mixed up wood tones and species within a single collection.  There were even a couple of new introductions that didn’t feature wood or wood tones at all.

For example, the dining table in Hooker’s latest collection, Rhapsody, has a mix of species with an overall walnut finish and a pecky pecan veneer in the center, all over a solid poplar.  Don’t miss the fleur de lis accent.

Dining table detail

Nesting tables and a large architectural mirror also from Rhapsody, have a distressed, white washed finish.

Wood finished in a charcoal gray tone was another important look in the April Market offerings, as seen below.

In this computer credenza from Hooker Furniture’s Southpark collection, a charcoal gray finish was paired with a clear maple finish and satin nickel hardware for a metropolitan feel.

While wood gained a prominent role in the overall design of some of the new offerings at Hooker Furniture, the designers ignored wood tones all together in others.  Hooker Furniture introduced 2 new mirrored pieces (first photo and below) in its  popular Melange collection and a side table with a plum painted finish.

According to Deborah Needleman, if you look at “a room you love…you will likely find the furniture to be a mix of tones and materials…”  By creating pieces with mirrored shine, unusual paint finishes, rustic woods, new wood tones like gray, and a mix of  wood species in a single piece, Hooker Furniture has given homeowners the products they need to create a room they love.

Photos of the TV console, the mirrored pieces and the plum side table courtesy of Hooker Furniture.  All other photos by me. Needleman quote from the Wall Street Journal on Oct. 15, 2011.




Apr. 25


High Point Market Finds To Get That Summertime Feeling At Home

by Lynn Byrne

The Spring High Point Market was awash (pun intended) with furniture and home accessories designed for lake or oceanside homes.

Often referred to as “coastal” home goods, they make furnishing a vacation home easy.  Still, there is no reason you can’t bring some of their freshness into your daily living.  There were offerings in this line suitable for every room in your house.

The trick is in the mix.  A suite of “coastal” furniture would likely be overdone for a land bound home.  Yet many of these pieces  have great shape, texture and character.  So by carefully selecting one of two them, you could dial down the atmosphere of your  home to create an oasis you could enjoy every day.

In the family room, for example, one could incorporate the X-based side table or coffee table shown above from Stanley’s Coastal Living Resort collection.  Sure it fits in a beach house, but that texture and shape are welcome anywhere.

In fact, they would pair well with some of these upholstered pieces from the Sam Moore line at Hooker Furniture Company.  While not designed specifically for a beach home, Hooker offered a number of upholstered pieces with fabrics in spa-like green and blue tones that just ooze relaxation.

Add in this case piece that has just a hint of the water with its wave-like decoration from Hooker’s Melange collection and you are all set.

Melange Vassaro Chest

Turning to your eating space, one of these vine-like chandeliers over your table from Selamat’s Calabash and Vineyard Lightings would add chicness and a casual air all at once.

If you’re looking for a storage piece in your casual dining room, this hutch from Stanley’s Coastal Cottage Collection offers lovely display and plenty of room.  Since it has the character of a country antique, there is no reason that its open display be filled only with shells, fish and items that look like beach glass.  A majolica collection or other type of ceramics would look just as lovely.

Upstairs, this bed from the Tommy Bahama line at Lexington Home Brands will transport you to Bermuda or the Bahamas with its British Colonial feel, especially with blue and white bedding and similar bed hangings.  Its traditional look and dark color allow it to be incorporated in multiple settings.

The Spring Market also offered many lovely accent pieces with a nautical or ocean-life theme.  If you are drawn to these pieces,  you need some caution.  You don’t want your regular home to look like a theme park.

This mirror from Made Goods is a great example of a home accessory that incorporates ocean life that could work anywhere you want a punch of green.  It is only on close inspection that you realize it is made from sea urchins.

Similarly this felt pillow from Studio A could be seen as reminiscent of nautical rope, but it doesn’t have to be in that setting.  Its lovely nubby feel really could fit in anywhere.

This coffee table from Oomph has so much character.  While a map of Nantucket is featured, Oomph will customize with a map of your choice.  How about one from Paris?

So when your thoughts turn to warm, summer breezes and you want to kick back and relax at home, think of pieces with great texture, elements of nature and forms that suggest antiques, such as those often found in “coastal” lines.

They can give your everyday space the vacation vibe you desire.


I have several more posts on my adventures at High Point so please come back and visit.  Many thanks to my sponsor,  Hooker Furniture Company, for their wonderful hospitality. 

Photos of pieces from the coastal lines at Stanley from them.  All other photos by me.




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