A Modern Collection

by Star Furniture on July 11, 2017

What first comes to mind when you hear “modern design”?

In the design world, this type of style is characterized by two main elements: simplicity and form. Today, we’re introducing a super interesting collection that’s rooted in these two very elements, paired with a consideration for comfort and everyday living. The Modern collection by Universal Furniture is clean and simple, bold and a bit daring!

Does this sound like something that reflects your personal style?

I believe this collection may even surprise the more traditional and conventionally inclined tastes. Regardless of your preference, anyone can appreciate design cultivated to adapt to today’s life and activities. This focus creates an essence of comfort throughout the collection, mixed with core modern elements we all know and love.

The Modern collection provides quite an array of options when it comes to bedding and dining (don’t worry, not an overwhelming number of choices). 

Let’s begin with the bedroom options.

Here we have three completely different approaches to a contemporary aesthetic:

If there’s one thing each of these pieces have in common is that they know how to make a statement, much like the way modernism did during it’s debut back in the late 19th century. Modern design came to represent an appreciation for the functional, simple and symmetrical.

Similarly, the wall beds project large profiles that are impressive in their austere simplicity, while the upholstery adds a layer of comfort that make these pieces even more inviting. 

The phrase “less is more” rings true once you’re introduced to the Modern-Quartz Keaton Bed’s smooth quartz finish, metal trim, and modest unembellished form. She’s a beaut!

The dining options are immaculate – they all maintain a level of elegance, while each hold unique forms to define their base. For example, compare the Modern-Quartz Robards Rectangular Dining Table with the Modern-Charcoal Jamison Dining Table:

The geometric, structural theme is apparent as both capture your attention with the rectangular shapes that outline their foundation and surface. What makes it even more difficult to decide between the two are the different finishes: the lighter quartz versus the richer charcoal.

If you want to shake the rectangle theme up a bit, you can add a more organic form to your dining area with the Modern-Quartz Robards Round Dining Table:

I love the visible texture on the legs of this table – it plays well with the simple design we see across the collection!

This next piece is so fun – the Modern Bench! This bench would look marvelous at the foot of your bed. Don’t be afraid to add a layer of interest to your bedroom if you have the space! This bench can also be that element you feel may be “missing” from your bedroom decor. It definitely adds a sense of coziness with its soft, Faux Alpaca, furry top.

Here are some more interesting pieces from the Modern furniture collection I was immediately drawn to:


If you like what you’ve seen from this gorgeous collection so far, you can see more on our website or in person on our showroom floors! Until next time ladies. 

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How to Clean Your Outdoor Furniture

by Star Furniture on June 30, 2017

As we soak in the delightful summer weather, there’s always the issue of figuring out how to keep your outdoor furniture looking pristine throughout the season! Whether it’s your new chaise lounge or a sturdy fire pit table, understanding basic maintenance for different types of outdoor pieces will help keep your outdoor furniture looking brand new all year round.

Who wouldn’t want that?

Spots and Stains

I’ve found throughout the summer months, the easiest way to maintain your outdoor pieces in tip-top condition is by hosing the set off occasionally after use to remove any debris. However, you and I both know stains or spots are inevitable, especially if you’re spending time on the patio every weekend.

That being said, fabric cushions most often used for outdoor sectionals or sofas are even more susceptible to spots and stains over time after frequent use. So what’s a girl to do?

Luckily, a go-to remedy for spot cleaning is pretty simple! All you need to do is mix a solution of dish soap with water. Depending on the size of the affected area, you will likely need about ½ a cup of liquid soap (like Dawn) with about one gallon of water. The goal here is to completely saturate the affected area, and scrub thoroughly with a clean, soft cloth. You can also use a sponge if you don’t have a cloth (just make sure to stay away from dark-colored sponges that might bleed through). You also want to avoid using any type of abrasive solutions or bleach. After you’re done scrubbing, rinse with water, let air dry and voilà!

It should look good as new. 🙂

Pollen and Pet Hair

Now, onto another set of issues that are fairly common when it comes to maintaining your outdoor furniture: pollen and pet hair.

Pollen is the worst in so many ways. Not only is it the bane of my existence during allergy season, but it also just gets everywhere. Pollen tends to creep over your patio or deck, casting a wide yellow net over your perfectly clean and beautiful outdoor set. It’s not a pleasant sight.

As a preventative measure, covering your luxurious outdoor glider will surely keep the pollen at bay. If you forget to do so (let’s be real, it will happen since we’re human after all), hosing the set off or following the same steps we outlined above for spot treatment should suffice!

For pet hair it’s an entirely different ballgame.

If you have pets then you probably already understand the struggle to keep pet hair off any type of furniture. No worries though! We have a few tricks on how to keep your luxury outdoor furniture free from your pup’s shaggy mane. One way to go about it is by running a pair of damp rubber gloves over the upholstery or fabric surface, which will attract all the hair. Then rinse and repeat. You can achieve the same results with a wet sponge if you don’t own a pair of rubber gloves.

Another method that works is mixing a solution of water and fabric softener. Apply this lightly to the upholstery or fabric cushions, then wipe the hair off effortlessly.

Simple enough, don’t you think? With these basic maintenance tips, you can make sure the quality of your outdoor set remains flawless and pet hair free all year round. 🙂

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Hill Country Collection by Hooker Furniture

by Star Furniture on June 6, 2017

As Texans, we LOVE our Texas Hill Country. I believe we can all agree that many of our values are rooted in this very terrain, whose rugged beauty, wide vistas and low rolling hills make us the proud Texans we are! 😀

With that being said, I’m extremely excited to introduce our latest and greatest collection by Hooker Furniture – the Hill Country Collection! Inspired by the most beautiful examples of the American countryside, this gem of a collection truly embodies the appreciation we have for our beloved region.

Each piece conveys the landscape’s raw and effortless aesthetic through its traditional design and natural wood material. It’s clear as day that a fondness for the American countryside perseveres through this collection. 🙂

The collection’s style is rugged, traditional, and majestic, much like the landscape of the Texas Hill Country. Take the Hill Country Queen Mansion Bed for instance:

It’s short grain veneer inlays, clipped corners and beefy bun feet make this bed (also available in a king size) so dramatic! It’s grand and completely breathtaking.

Additionally, the collection incorporates environmental elements that mark this American region as well! For example, the Gamble Oak motif inspired by the scrub oaks so prominent in the area are featured on the b-e-autiful Hill Country Huntboard and Bachelor’s Chest:

 

It’s like bringing everything you love about the outdoors right to your home! As a whole, this gorgeous collection is rather unique because it’s directly inspired by Mother Nature herself. It’s quite the change of pace from the ever-growing contemporary style we tend to see in furniture.

Each piece captures the stories, artistry, and culture of the Texas Hill Country through its bold, authentic design. Just take a look at the jaw-dropping Hill Country Trestle Dining Table:

It’s has a stunning main finish called a “timeworn saddle brown,” which is also found across various pieces throughout the collection! It’s actually applied on top of a flat cut rustic white oak veneer that is cracked beforehand to achieve a natural, seasoned appearance.

It seems like the most beautiful designs draw inspiration from the most natural elements we sometimes take for granted – which is why I’m in love with these new pieces! 🙂

So come check it out and swing by our showroom floor lovelies! And, as always, don’t forget to share the news about the Hill Country collection with your friends!

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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

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 […]

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Rachael Ray Home: Exclusive Q&A with Michael Murray

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 […]

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Magnolia Kids by Joanna Gaines

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 […]

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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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