Choosing a partner, no matter the context, requires a great deal from both parties. There has to be trust, understanding and happiness, to name a few key elements to a good relationship. I get asked often why I decided to partner with Hooker Furnishings. Well, they have all of the aforementioned elements PLUS more! Here are just a few of the reasons why I chose to be their ambassador.

The Life and Legacy of Clyde Hooker, Jr. 

I think everyone should have a person in their lives that inspires them to greatness. My dad is one of those people in my life. I can imagine that Clyde Hooker, longtime president of Hooker Furnishings, was a shining example of integrity and business acumen for so many. Though he is no longer with us, hearing and learning about his legacy keeps his spirit near and dear to each piece made in the Hooker Furnishings warehouses.

Before connecting with The Hooker Furnishings team, I watched a documentary about Clyde Hooker’s life as a professional businessman. What resonated to me was his focus on and dedication to empathy, listening, and making sure his employees were well taken care of. Theodore Roosevelt once said, “people don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.” Clyde Hooker was a testament to that statement in all he did for the company and the people who ran all aspects of it. In the documentary, I learned that he dedicated his entire life to making a positive difference in the lives of others. He wanted more than anything to impact ordinary people. These simple motivations resonated with me personally and professionally.

Interior Design with Heart

I choose to create “modern, approachable luxury” because I believe quality shouldn’t exist in an unattainable bubble for just a few. I want all people, especially “ordinary” people living “regular” lives to enjoy gorgeous interior design and home decor. That includes quality furniture and accents akin to Hooker Furnishings’ various lines. When it comes to building relationships and partnering with like-minded companies in the design industry, I don’t think I could have chosen a more perfect organization that has people at the center of its mission. I’m so grateful to Clyde Hooker and his successor, Paul Toms, Jr., for that.

Hooker Furnishings: Tested, Tried and True

Some of my most prized possessions were passed down to me from my great-grandmothers. I have two dressers and side tables from one great-grand, and I have a chaise lounge and hope chest from another. I keep them safely stored away because they’re so precious to me. From a furniture standpoint, they’re made from extremely solid wood. They’re such quality pieces. Quality is so much more important than buying something “trendy.” That’s the appeal Hooker Furnishings has to me.

From an interior design standpoint, trends come and go all the time. This year’s “cool” look or decor item won’t be en vogue next year. It’s the nature of the industry. But, it’s not MY nature. It’s not what Hooker Furnishings aspires to be and do as a furniture company, either. Along with the heart and passion for people that Clyde Hooker had, this was a strong motivator for me to pursue a partnership. When I look at what Hooker Furnishings offers, I see collections of timeless classics that transcend “trendy” design. I’m so drawn to the neutral options in practically all of their furniture lines. I love that they will look just as amazing 20 years from now. From the design to the details and texture, they create generational pieces. I wanted to align with that mindset and philosophy.

The Perfect Furniture Partnership!

I’ve never been one to follow the crowd, personally or professionally. I’d much rather do what I do well, despite the current flow of the industry, and find those whose missions align organically. To be very honest, I’ve been very meticulous about the companies I work with. I prefer to support and stand by design companies that understand the importance of creating a home, and prove that with their craftsmanship. When it came to home furniture, I didn’t have to look any further than Hooker Furnishings. I believe our companies are both better because of the collaboration, and I have no doubt our clients are happier, too!

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