As if being a Grammy Award-winning singer, actress, cookbook author and wife of Garth Brooks wasn’t enough, Trisha Yearwood has launched a furniture line.

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As if being a Grammy Award-winning singer, actress, cookbook author and wife of Garth Brooks wasn’t enough, Trisha Yearwood has launched a furniture line with Klaussner Home Furnishings.

The Trisha Yearwood Home Collection recently arrived in retail stores. Casual comfort and her Southern roots, which emphasize family first, form the bedrock of her designs, she says.

She is the host of her own cooking show on the Food Network, so it’s no surprise that the kitchen island, which comes in navy, white and woody brown, could be considered the heart of the collection. Here is what she had to say about her new venture.

Q: Why bother getting into the furniture biz?

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A: It just felt like the next natural step after cookware. I know that sounds crazy, but I know what I like in a pan and a skillet, and I know what I like in furniture. I had so many comments from folks who watch the show about how they like everything from my furniture choices to my clothes, so I thought it might be fun to create some of my own furniture.

Q: Tell me why you like the kitchen island.

A: Most people’s kitchens are the hub of the house, whether you have a cooking show or not. For me, the kitchen island is the gathering place. When my friends come over, they always want to help. We can all be around the island, chopping veggies or mixing ingredients and chatting and having fun. It’s my favorite place to visit.

Q: Are you more interested in case-goods or upholstery?

A: I really love both, and you really have to have both in a home. The key for me is to find combinations of case-goods and upholstered furniture that complement each other without being too matchy-matchy.

Q: What colors do you avoid in your own decorating?

A: I don’t really avoid any colors, but I keep the basics more neutral and then I can change that pop of color whenever I get bored with it. I have a lot of grays and whites and blues as my basics, and then I can use pops of color like purples and bright greens, even yellows, to brighten things up. I can change it when the mood strikes me!

Q: Do you design or just tweak designs already dreamt up?

A: Both. Like I said earlier, I know what I like. I might not be able to draw the coffee table I’m seeing in my head, but I know what I need it to do, how clean and simple or elaborate I want the lines to be.