New Traditional With Mary Strong

by Star Furniture on 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 deliver a fresh, traditional look to a family’s new home in Katy, Texas. If you follow our Instagram account, you may already know who Mary Strong is. ;P With over 20 years of experience in the industry, Strong has done it all from residential to commercial interior design. She even specializes in window treatments, which we’ll certainly see throughout her projects!

The goal for this design project was simple: a vibrant style with cheerful colors to reflect this particular client’s Florida roots and large family. The end results are stunning.

Let’s break it down by room:  

The Breakfast Area

A new traditional design really comes into play in this particular space.

The “new traditional” style follows the same general principles that guide a classic traditional look:  familiar forms and symmetrical design. This is especially visible in the structure of the white kitchen table.

The difference here for this “new” traditional look boils down to the lightness in the room. The way light colors add a fresh feel to the space is unmistakable, a complete contrast from the darker tones we tend to associate traditional design with.

Additionally, reupholstered chairs with a colorful, striped pattern certainly add to the vibrant, bright style the client was shooting for. Plus, a gorgeous rug added underneath makes all the difference!

Taking a step back, you’ll notice the lightly, floral-patterned custom window treatments, Strong’s specialty of course! As your eyes glaze over the suspended shades, you’ll notice the large window rests upon a weighty bobbin style bench, the perfect spot for a charming accent piece!

The Study

Here’s another instance where the rug makes a huge difference. It’s the combination between the rug and the fun, bright print of the traditional chairs that add a fresh twist to the traditional decor. Even adding light, bright accessories to the bookcase in the background make the room pop and create more interest!

The Family Room

This room is by far my favorite! It’s the perfect space for gathering with family, with plenty of seating available across the bright green, traditional sectional. 🙂

Custom upholstery options by Huntington House [link] allowed Strong to incorporate a bright, Florida feel to the design. We can see this in the large scale floral print (which the client absolutely loved!) chosen for the winged chairs, whose bright color palette balances magnificently with the sectionals’ accent pillows.

Customer leather cocktail ottomans were used in place of a cocktail table, which is genius. Not only does it allow for extra seating space, but it also allows for more versatility when it comes to placement!  You can push them together, move them around, you name it. This is essential for a space with high traffic, especially when the kids and the grand-kids are over!

One of the most striking elements in this space are the gorgeous custom window treatments attached to the high, majestic ceilings. A lovely raised, embroidered design adds a little bit of texture from afar and a bright, coral color adds a pop of interest overall. <3

Below we shared some more from this client’s new traditionally designed home!

This design is a fresh take on a classic traditional style that truly brightens the space with a sense of cheerfulness. It undoubtedly adds more warmth to a time-honored look. 🙂

Stay tuned for our next piece from our blog, and don’t forget to share the love with all your friends on social! <3

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Auberose: A collection inspired by European architecture

by Star Furniture on 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 with Old World flair.”

If you’re a fan of the classic traditional look, yet unsure of what this description entails, I sincerely urge you to read on!

The European Country style of this collection reflects a Tuscan style ambience – think rustic, sturdy furnishings with elegant iron accents and earthy, pastoral hues. Auberose will make you feel like you’re starring in your very own Under the Tuscan Sun rom-com, and it’s wonderful. 🙂

An effortless touch of Old World flair mixes in with your European country-side fantasy for an even more authentic style characterized by a broken-in look, emulating wear and tear of use.

The presence of a comfortable, worn, regal look combined with elegant, grand forms is undeniable- it permeates the Auberose line, such as the classic Auberose Rectangular Leg Table or the alluring Auberose Four-Door Credenza:


Pair this credenza, available in a soft charcoal or a warm brown finish, with the beautifully carved, beveled Auberose Decorative Mirror. This mirror even looks good placed above another intriguing accent piece, the Auberose Hall Console:

Three artisan finishes, which include a soft charcoal, a warm brown, and an antique white finish, are available for various pieces across the collection and complement each other magnificently! This makes mixing and matching pieces in different finishes look so effortlessly good! ;P

For example, these next pieces are available for custom order in all three styles. The charming Auberose Panel Bed accompanies the beautiful Auberose 8-Drawer Dresser brilliantly, especially when paired with a different finish!

If you come by our showroom you’ll see how we matched the Auberose Panel bed in a soft charcoal finish with two different nightstands, the Auberose Three Drawer Nightstand and the Auberose White Painted Accent Chest:

As one of our interior designers at Star, Mary Strong, points out:

“Something that many guests are leery to do is go with two different nightstands. They feel like everything needs to match. Here’s a beautiful example of how you can do the hand painted fleur-de-lis chest, and use the nightstand with the darker finish as well.”

Additionally, these non-matching pieces give you a bit more freedom when it comes to playing with the bedding, which can really be the finishing touch to help pull the entire mixed look together! 🙂 What’s there not to love about this collection?

Come swing by our showroom to see for yourself! And don’t forget to share this blog post with your friends! <3

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Are there harmful chemicals in my mattress?

by Star Furniture on 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 about when it comes to your mattress.

Here’s the breakdown:

Why is this there a concern about harmful chemicals being used in our mattresses today when we’ve been sleeping on mattresses for decades?

Most of these concerns revolve around some of the newer hi-tech mattresses that use upholstery material made of natural or synthetic fibers, latex foam or polyurethane foam – all of which are highly flammable. Additionally, it wasn’t until 2007 that the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a federal mattress flammability standard across the industry, which estimated to prevent up to 75% of the deaths and injuries that result from mattress fires.

From this new law, consumers raised concerns over whether or not mattress manufacturers are using potentially harmful fire-retardant chemicals to meet this standard.

For example, some of these potentially harmful chemicals include:

  • Formaldehyde
  • Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers (PBDE’s)
  • Phthalates
  • Mercury, lead, and heavy metals
  • Ozone depleters
  • Volatile organic compounds (VOCs)

Exposure to these types of chemicals are linked to various health risks including skin irritation, learning and memory deficiency, cancers, heart, lung and kidney damage, or birth defects.

Are mattress manufacturers using these harmful chemicals?

The answer to this question is no. According to the International Sleep Products Association (ISPA), U.S. mattress manufacturers are “not required to use and do not use these chemicals to pass federal standards.”

How do mattress manufacturers meet the flammability standard?

According to ISPA, U.S. mattress manufacturers meet the CPSC requirement by surrounding the flammable material used in mattresses with fiber or fabric barriers. For even further reassurance, the CPSC also concluded from their own study that the fibers used in these barriers “are not likely to present a hazard to consumers, workers, or the environment.”

What else can I do to ensure my mattress is safe?

While the CPSC reassures us that harmful flame retardant chemicals aren’t being used by manufacturers, it’s still important to inform yourself of the safety standards your favorite brands are following. For example, our Serta and Beautyrest mattress brands were one of the first to meet the CertiPUR-US foam certification standard across all polyurethane foams used in all of their beds.

This testing certification means that foams have been independently tested in a laboratory, and certified to meet standards of cleanliness and content (which means consistent in quality). Here’s another breakdown of what this certification means:

  • Low emission (VOCs) for indoor air quality
  • Made without ozone depleters
  • Made without mercury, lead, and heavy metals
  • Made without formaldehyde
  • Made without Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers (PBDE’s)
  • Made without Phthalates

No bad chemicals in these babies! Additionally, this certification also means that all of Serta/Simmon foam suppliers have agreed to meet this standard in their supply contracts. Materials are constantly tested to ensure harmful chemicals aren’t being used that can be dangerous to consumers or those with allergies, asthma, etc.

All of Aireloom’s foam products are also CertiPUR-US certified too! Here is a list of all participating mattress companies that meet CertiPUR’s standards.

Other reliable safety standard certifications you can also reference include the following:

  • Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS)
  • Global Organic Latex Standard (GOLS)
  • Oeko-Tex Standard 100
  • Greenguard
  • Greenguard Gold
  • Organic Content Standard 100

It’s important as a consumer to know that the mattress you’re sleeping on is safe. 🙂


Arch. Salvage by A.R.T.

by Star Furniture on 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 structures as ordinary as a mantelpiece. The Arch. Salvage collection is a timeless beauty. It’s a tasteful combination of traditional European architectural detailing AND thoughtful functionality for today’s living.

Sounds pretty amazing, don’t you think?

This collection aims at bringing the old architectural elements of the past to craft a new, traditionally-styled collection your vintage-loving soul will simply yearn for! 🙂 Let’s take a look at what A.R.T. “salvaged” up for us in the the bedroom:

The Bedroom

This first piece, called the Arch. Salvage Chambers Panel Bed, will surely bring out the well-deserved, inner duchess living in you.

A captivating cornice molding crowns over the edge of the headboard with a beautifully carved shield and acanthus leaf design right in the middle!


Functionality really comes into play since the bed has a flip-top bench at it’s foot, with a cedar-lined storage compartment inside. There’s really no such thing as too much storage. ;P

Similarly, the Arch. Salvage Wren Dresser also uses the acanthus leaf motif, which is placed on a pair of decorative corbels. These rest upon the dramatic pilasters framing the dresser, much like an elaborately decorated, neoclassical European building:


Taking inspiration from the 18th century Adam’s Bro. period, which actually revived classical Roman motifs, a Greek meander carving is stamped right across the front of all nine drawers. This really adds that extra touch of detailing that makes each piece sooo beautiful.

Other bedroom pieces follow the same traditional style, with a stunning, casual Parch finish that provides the worn, sun-bleached look to this collection:


Plus, the Cady Nightstand even incorporates a USB port, how handy is that?

Let’s move on to the dining room.

The Dining Room

Here we have a real jaw-dropper. The Arch. Salvage Pearce Dining Table is characterized by its unique blend of materials, including hardwood solids and elm veneers:


A hint of industrial rusticness accents this piece with its’ metal X stretcher support between the scrolls and struts of the table, somewhat reminiscent of an old balcony rail. This design, paired with its’ provincial hardwood floor pattern on the tabletop, shows architectural inspiration from floor to ceiling! 🙂

Add the Arch. Salvage Reeves Host Chair to each end of this table to add some tufted upholstery to the mix:


Gorgeous attention to detail is accentuated by the chair’s nailhead trim, and even more striking are the contrasting fabrics on the inside and exterior parts (which includes hand painted linen!) of the chair.

There are so many things I love about this collection, you’ll simply be blown away! The collection as a whole is a tribute to the old that remains timeless, as historical structures and elements are embodied within each piece and repurposed for us here today!

Come check out the Arch. Salvage Collection on our showroom floor at one of our eleven STAR locations! Don’t forget to share with your friends too! 🙂



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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Solid Wood Furniture: Kincaid Wildfire

October 25, 2016

We have another beautiful collection on our showroom floors – the Kincaid Wildfire Collection! If you’ve been searching for furniture made of natural, solid wood then this collection may be just what you’ve been looking for. Kincaid furniture is authentic, and they’re 100% dedicated to making wood furniture in it’s most natural form. 🙂 It’s […]

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How to Navigate Your Next Mattress Purchase

October 4, 2016

What’s a girl have to do to get a good night’s sleep? With so many mattress choices available, purchasing one can seem like an overwhelming task. Everyone stumbles upon this issue at one point or another, whether it’s buying a new mattress for your new home or just replacing an old one that’s wayy overdue. […]

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Smartstuff Youth Furniture and Safety

September 20, 2016

So last week we covered almost all of the ingenious features that make the Smartstuff collection ideal for your kid’s bedroom. However, today, I want take into account another major consideration for decorating Juniors bedroom: safety. I think we can all agree that safety is of the utmost importance when it comes to anything and everything […]

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Youth Furniture: Smartstuff Collection

September 7, 2016

Last month we covered the exquisitely sophisticated look of the Bernhardt Soho Luxe collection, however, today we are changing gears to discuss matters related to the little ones! And by little ones, I mean your children’s bedroom decor. 🙂 As the saying goes, home really is where the heart is (as corny as it sounds […]

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The Bernhardt Soho Luxe Home Collection – Part 2

August 17, 2016

After introducing the exquisite Bernhardt Furniture Soho Luxe Collection in our last post, we felt the need to dedicate a secondary post that takes a deeper look into some of the new collection’s unique and exciting pieces. 🙂 For starters, each and every piece within the Soho Luxe Collection is the result of meticulous craftsmanship. As […]

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