A couple of months ago we had the amazing opportunity to share an exclusive Q&A with Michael Murray, renowned designer and General Manager of Rachael Ray Home! (If you missed it, you can access the interview on our blog here!)

We learned so much about Murray and his experience as a designer, working with Rachael, as well as some valuable insight behind the creation of their first pop-up boutique, Moxie, during SXSW in Austin, Texas! Their team was able to transform a building into a gorgeous shopping space in just 72 hours (whoa), featuring Rachael Ray Home and a curated selection of fashion, accessories, and décor.

Today we get to share some expert design tips and advice, from Murray himself (yay!), on how to craft the perfect selection of accessories for your home – right from our Austin store!
Check out the video below! 🙂

Tips to Accessorize Your Home from Michael Murray:

Tip #1: Accessorize in groups of 3.

Tip #2: Don’t be afraid to mix and match styles.

Tip #3: Remember to shop high/low – mix both expensive and inexpensive items.

Tip #4: Design outside your comfort zone.

Tip #5: Add a complimentary color!

Tip #6: Playful accessories make a room unique.

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Mid Mod Furniture by Ellen DeGeneres

by Star Furniture on April 27, 2017

It’s finally here everyone! Television icon and entertainment pioneer, Ellen DeGeneres, has released a whole home collection now available in our stores! It comes as no surprise seeing as her passion for design has led to a show on HGTV, Ellen’s Design Challenge, and her very own lifestyle brand, ED Ellen DeGeneres!

Now she’s partnered with Thomasville furniture to craft her very own home collection that’s representative of two distinctive styles: mid-century modern and rustic modern. With over 100 pieces combined throughout the Ed Ellen DeGeneres home furniture collection, both styles are inspired by Ellen’s personal touch and love of design. 🙂

A relaxed, mid-century modern style is reflected across the collection, featuring a blend of Danish and Italian inspired designs. 🙂 Just take a look at these gorgeous cane wrapped end doors on the Grancell Master Chest, with b-e-a-utiful hand skived walnut veneers!

With six drawers stacked from head to toe, this piece will provide all the space you need to store your clothes. The top drawer even has two removable trays to keep all of your essential jewelry pieces neat and easily accessible.  

Brass hardware is also a core material incorporated across the collection, most notably in the legs accented by brass ferrules as seen in the Westwood Rectangular Dining Table or the stunning Collina Marble Top Sideboard:

When paired together, these two pieces will have you longing to be in your dining room all the time! You’ll realize I’m not exaggerating once you see these pieces in person. ;P

One of my favorite pieces from this collection, the Hensal Game Table,  is pretty much the ultimate game table! It’s a really gorgeous and purposeful piece crafted to make your Wednesday night poker games a seamless experience, with a smooth, tooled leather top and pull-out cupholders on each corner to keep your drinks at bay.

Additionally, the Ellen DeGeneres collection also features really comfortable upholstery options that make great additions to the distinctive bedroom, dining room and occasional groupings. The Adriana Chair is a unique piece as it’s designed to be a contemporary twist on a traditional club chair featuring Ellen’s actual handwriting on the fabric design!

Overall, the Ed Ellen DeGeneres collection provides the ideal retreat with relaxed sophistication. 😉

Here are some more jaw-dropping pieces from the collection:

Like we mentioned earlier, some inspiration comes from pieces used to furnish Ellen’s personal home, while natural and rustic elements blend with the mid-century forms to craft a beautiful and affordable selection of home furnishings!

It’s safe to say we’re pretty obsessED. (See what I did there?)

Come see the collection in our stores or learn more about it on our website! 🙂 Don’t forget to share this post with all your friends!

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Rachael Ray Home: Exclusive Q&A with Michael Murray

by Star Furniture on March 31, 2017

I have a VERY special treat in store for y’all today! ;P It has to do with Rachael Ray Home and the team behind the creation of such a stunning collection!

We had a wonderful opportunity to interview Michael Murray, renowned designer and General Manager of Rachael Ray Home!

We are so excited to share this interview where we learned a bit more about Murray, his experience as a designer, and working with Rachael on the collection. We also gained some insight on the creation of their first pop-up boutique, Moxie, featuring Rachael Ray Home and a curated selection of fashion, accessories, and décor in Austin, Texas!

Check out the interview below! 🙂

To start off, I would love to get a little background information about you. Where did you study design, and what inspired you to become an interior designer?

I am a self-taught builder, contractor, and designer. I grew up learning about hard work and craftsmanship from my Irish immigrant grandfather, who was a mason by trade. As the sixth of eight kids, I also learned how to make do with what I got – mostly hand-me-downs and items that were never brand-new. I’d rehab, repurpose, and reimagine them. When I was 18, I started building sets for high-end furniture catalog photo shoots. Over the last 30 years, I’ve developed and refined my craft, inspired by the world around me and the works of visionaries like Mies Van der Rohe and Louis Sullivan.

How would you describe your “preferred style”?

The best way to describe my style is “planned eclecticism.” I’ll mix both expensive and inexpensive items (“high/low” as I like to call it), and mix finishes and textures. A space shouldn’t be too uniform, and it shouldn’t break the bank. It should feel natural and hand-selected, with real livability in mind.

Where do you turn to for design inspiration?

The world is my oyster when it comes to inspiration. Looking back at old photos or dated hotels and restaurants, I like to see what has actually lasted. I grew up poor in a big family, everything always had to last a long time and serve multiple purposes. In my designs, I always aim for an enduring physical and aesthetic result.

What’s your favorite part about being an interior designer?

I don’t consider myself an “interior” designer. That’s too narrow! I’m simply a person who loves to build and design all things.

How would you describe the Rachael Ray Home line?

Rachael always says, “You don’t have to be rich to live a rich life,” and we hold fast to that promise. So many pieces in this collection, would fit comfortably in a high-end showroom. But that doesn’t mean we’re the most expensive or the cheapest – just the best value for your dollar. Rachael Ray Home is very much about approachable luxury, because you’re getting the quality fabrics, construction, form, and function for your investment.

What is one of your biggest challenges on your projects?

Time! Time is always our greatest enemy. We have endless creativity but never enough minutes to match. This holds true for the furniture line, and for our first pop-up boutique, Moxie, in Austin. We turned a shell of a building into a gorgeous shopping space in just 72 hours – it was an insta-vention! By the way, thanks Star for providing the furniture for Moxie. It looked amazing!

How is it working with Rachael Ray? What was the day-to-day process like designing this collection?

Working with Rachael is amazing. When you’re with her, you always need a pen and paper to sketch and note fast. Her ideas and thoughts come quickly, and she never forgets a thing! One of the greatest things about working with Rachael, and one that doesn’t get talked about enough, is how much she wants everyone around her to succeed as well. She is constantly challenging me to go further, and always asking how we can improve our pieces for both design and function.  

What’s your favorite piece?

I love all our babies, but the MurRay Bed is one of my favorites. Rachael and I designed it together (the name is a combination of both our last names). Like many of her designs and ideas, it does more than one thing and solves a problem. It’s incredibly unique, and comfortable to boot.

Can you tell me a little bit more what goes on behind decorating this pop-up boutique you launched during SXSW?

The pop-up boutique, Moxie, which I mentioned a bit earlier, was a brand-new endeavor for us. Rachael got inspired to create something that encompassed her love of Austin and her love of fashion. We found an awesome location on South Congress, but the building was a total shell. Someone said to me, “I can’t believe you transformed this space in three days!” My reply was that it took 8 weeks and 3 days, thanks to our incredible team led by Jennifer Murray. It was a girl-power build-out, and I got to do a lot of the fun finish work. We have a dream team!

Are there any new, upcoming projects you’re excited to be working on?

Yes! We never stop moving. This year, we’re entering brand-new categories: youth furniture, casual dining, outdoor furniture, rugs, and accessories. The response to Rachael Ray Home has simply been unbelievable, and we can’t wait to show you what we’ve got in-store next!   

All Moxie shop images are a courtesy of Charles Reagan Hackleman. Michael Murray and Rachael Ray image a courtesy of Diana Parrish Design & Photography.

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Magnolia Kids by Joanna Gaines

by Star Furniture on March 14, 2017

Joanna’s back at it again. HGTV’s Fixer Upper star just finished wrapping up her fourth season on the series, and now she’s delivering even more Magnolia loving with a few new additions to her home collection: Magnolia Kids!

If you followed our previous series about the Magnolia Home Collection, you’ll know that this line is super eclectic in nature! Similarly, the new Magnolia Kids line incorporates a variety of amazing styles, from french to farmhouse to boho to primitive – you name it. The only difference is that this line is specifically designed for the kiddos! Leave it to Mrs. Gaines to make sure there’s a little bit of something for everyone. 🙂

Plus, each style blends together so so well.

We definitely get a feel for Magnolia’s staple look – a beloved country chic style – across the entire collection which is completely evident in the Boho Playhouse Canopy Bed:

Available in Jo’s White and Salvage finish, this roof pitch canopy bed is absolutely perfect for any youngster! This sturdy little bed looks like it’s part of a children’s storybook dream, and I have the feeling your little ones will think so too. ;P

A number of youth case pieces effortlessly complement this bed, including the Primitive Classroom Cubby Bookcase or the Primitive Strut End or Night Table:

First, I would like to point out the functionality behind this primitive night table! It’s purposeful, and makes for such a versatile piece that can be placed almost anywhere.

Such an efficient little table. 🙂 Ah, I love it.

Now, onto the primitive cubby bookcase. This piece is an amazinggg addition to your children’s room. Just as every classroom needs a good bookshelf for storage, I think every kid could benefit from having one of these cubby bookcases in their room. Not only does it have ample space for storage, it’s such a great organizer for crafts, books, and the like!

Here are a few more items from the Magnolia Kids line. 😀

One can easily gather from these pieces that Joanna has four kids of her own, and knows exactly what a kid’s room should be; a place made especially with them in mind.

If you’re looking to renew your kids room, come by our showroom and check out more from the Magnolia Kids line! Don’t forget to share this new collection with your friends on social! Until next time lovelies. 🙂

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Trendy Urban Style: Flatbush Avenue

February 28, 2017

Industrial. Classic. Urban. Chic. A few elements that embody an urban vintage design. 🙂 This type of design has been an increasingly stylish trend the past few years, and I can definitely see why. It’s a mix of forged metals and reclaimed wood that really give this look a touch of personality and charm you […]

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New Traditional With Mary Strong

February 16, 2017

I’m thrilled to share some expert design knowledge and advice from one of our fabulous interior designers today! It’s time to introduce you to a real client project passionately crafted by one of our very own creative minds here at Star. 🙂 Today’s’ client project belongs to our Katy interior designer, Mary Strong, who helped […]

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Auberose: A collection inspired by European architecture

January 17, 2017

It’s the beginning of a new year, yet a traditional artisan style never seems to lose it’s appeal. Our newest collection by Hooker Furniture, Auberose, is a prime example of such a captivating selection of artisan pieces. They are created with a familiar look inspired by the past, described as a “European Country collection infused […]

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Are there harmful chemicals in my mattress?

December 29, 2016

The topic of whether or not your mattress contains harmful chemicals has been tossed around quite a bit lately. While the concern over such an issue is valid (seeing as we spend most of the night on our mattress), we decided to do a little digging to understand what you should and shouldn’t be concerned […]

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Arch. Salvage by A.R.T.

December 7, 2016

Artistic, reflective, and timeless. These words ring true once you’ve laid eyes on the Arch. Salvage Collection by A.R.T. This collection is so artistic, with intricate detailing meticulously placed around even the tiniest knob of a drawer! It’s also characterized by other features, such as the carved corbels on a dresser, intended to reflect neoclassical […]

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Rachael Ray’s Highline Furniture Collection

November 8, 2016

If you love watching the Food Network then you may be familiar with the name Rachael Ray, in which case you’re not going to believe what we have planned today! If this name doesn’t ring a bell, you’re still in for a fabulous treat. 🙂 Just so everyone’s on the same page, the lovely Rachael […]

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