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Leather furniture is family friendly because it’s harder to stain than fabric upholstery, but spills should still be dealt with as soon as possible to prevent damage or discoloration. If you do spill something on your leather furniture, here’s what to do:
1. Blot, don’t rub, the stain.
2. Avoid cleaning solvents, such as furniture polish, oils, detergent soaps, or ammonia water, which can damage your leather. Instead, use a mild cleaner, such as the Art Van Furniture leather cleaner, on a slightly damp soft cloth.
3. Avoid excessive rubbing. Blot away residue from the cleaner with a clean cloth and blot until dry.
4. For difficult stains, contact a professional leather cleaning service, such as the Art Van Leather Care Specialists.
Naya Rivera is best known for playing Santana Lopez, the mean cheerleader in the TV show Glee, but her neo-colonial Los Angeles home is anything but edgy. Enlisting the help of Angelo Surmelis, former host of HGTV’s Rate My Space, the star told InStyle magazine that she designed the three-story, five-bedroom hillside home around the things she loves: entertaining, sunbathing and baking. The result is a space that is traditional, modern and romantic, blending old and new, feminine and masculine.
If you like Rivera’s living room, we’ve got the look …
Setting the tone in Rivera’s living room is an elegant sofa with a light wood exposed frame. Our Wes Sofa offers a similar look. Its birch wood frame has a light sand dune finish and provides a nice contrast to the ivory colored upholstery. Slightly more tailored than Rivera’s, simply add more toss pillows for a feminine touch.
Instead of a cocktail table, Rivera uses a tufted bench ottoman complete with a beautiful light blue tray for functionality. Our Isabelle Tufted Bench has the same timeless design and it’s on casters, which means it can be moved around the room and used as seating when needed. The bench features a natural linen fabric and burnished nail-head trim for an extra source of detail.
Rivera has a pair of tufted ivory accent chairs for more seating in her room, and the sleek and glamorous lines continue the room’s light and elegant feel. Our Haley Accent Chair provides the same feel. It features a beautiful metal frame that highlights the upholstery. Stocked in solid black fabric, this chair is from our Thread & Feather collection and can be customized with the upholstery of your choice. Choose ivory like Rivera, or select a pattern that reflects your personal style.
A beautiful end table with a metal finish adds a reflective quality to Rivera’s room, and our Silver Lake Round Accent Table would be a great choice. This piece features an antiqued inset mirror top with a metal frame and legs, beautifully blending in with the elegant choice of furnishings.
Finally, Rivera anchors her light room with a rug that features a chevron pattern, adding a masculine touch to this feminine room. Our Modelo Rug would be a great choice. The tone-on-tone rug is multi-dimensional, featuring cut and loop piles in varying heights. Hand tufted with wool and synthetic fiber, it’s the perfect choice to complete this modern and romantic room.
What do you think of Naya Rivera’s room? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
Fall is around the corner and that means dining room season is almost here. While your table sets the tone for the room, your sideboard gives you a chance to show off your personality by showcasing accessories and artwork that define your taste.
This isn’t the time to be shy. Here are five tips for accessorizing your sideboard with style:
1. Choose Art. The wall behind your sideboard is your starting point. Select a favorite painting or photograph, and choose frames that complement your dining table. You can also use a mirror that will reflect the light in the room and add to the atmosphere. Hang or prop your choice behind your sideboard.
2. Think about light. Your dining room probably includes a chandelier, but you can add task lighting to your sideboard with buffet lights that can be used to create ambiance or light up your spread of food. Choose something that fits your décor, and works well with the other lighting in the room.
3. Bring In Accessories. While art is the foundation, accent pieces allow you to add personality and color to the space. A dining room is often filled with wooden furnishings, and colorful trinkets and accessories let you break things up. Simple is usually better, and you can also use artful accents that are functional, such as decorative bowls and platters.
4. Strive for Symmetry. You don’t have to go with the traditional sideboard décor of matching buffet lamps, but add harmony to your display by considering the balance. Vary the heights of the objects, using stacks or a tray to boost things up if needed.
When it comes to furnishing your home, leather is a great investment; it’s something you buy for a lifetime and enjoy for years to come. While leather is a durable upholstery choice, don’t neglect it. Its lifespan can be shortened if you don’t take the time to maintain it properly.
Protect your purchase with a few easy steps:
1. Leather comes in different grades and finishes (brush up on your Leather Lingo here.) Make sure you refer to the care instructions provided for the specific type of leather you purchase.
2. Dust can settle on the surface of your leather upholstery. Use a dry cloth and dust your furniture on a weekly basis.
3. Remove crumbs and dirt from the crevices with your vacuum cleaner attachment. This can help eliminate scratches from rough debris.
4. Apply a leather conditioner every 6-12 months. Art Van Furniture has a great leather conditioner that will help maintain your leather’s rich color and supple finish.
Summer nights will soon have a chill in the air, and your deck or patio might need a little warm up. It’s time to do a Fall makeover, and here are a few things you can do to help you enjoy the your outdoor space when the temperature starts to dip:
Update Your Color Palette
Vivid blues and greens of summer are great for making your outdoor space feel cool when it’s hot, but you should consider transitioning into fall colors to help your furnishings blend with the changing colors of your landscape. Rich red, orange and brown accent pieces are easy to add, and they will coordinate nicely with your existing shades. You can also use potted plants and flowers, such as mums and asters, for instant color.
An outdoor rug underfoot will warm up the surface of your outdoor space visually and literally. You can choose a neutral color, or select something with Fall colors or pattern. A rug will also create a zone for your outdoor seating area, making it feel more inviting.
Bring In Some Pillows, Blankets and Ottomans
Pillows and blankets create a cozy, comfortable atmosphere in your outdoor space, and are the perfect pieces for snuggling up at night. Pouf ottomans are also a great addition as they encourage putting up your feet and relaxing. You can keep blankets tossed on the arm of your furniture ready to be used, or place some in a basket near the door to protect them from the weather.
Use Soft Outdoor Lights
Turn off your floodlights at night, and invest in some soft lighting. Hang string lights or lanterns from nearby trees or lattice. Tiki torches and candles create flickering ambiance. Or invest in landscape lighting that up-lights trees and shrubs. Soft light helps create an intimate feeling, which is perfect for a fall night.
Nothing warms you up as quickly as a fire, and it’s easy to add this element to your patio with a fire pit. A wood-burning fire pit provides a campfire feeling, while gas-powered fire pits are modern and convenient. Choose a set that includes a tabletop for cozy gatherings, or add fire urns to bring ambiance to smaller areas.
After the excitement of back-to-school shopping comes the nervousness of the first day. Your child will likely have a new teacher, new classroom and maybe some new classmates. To help calm his or her nerves, the American Academy of Pediatrics offers these five tips for parents:
- Remind your child that there are probably a lot of students who are uneasy about the first day of school. This may be at any age. Teachers know that students are nervous and will make an extra effort to make sure everyone feels as comfortable as possible.
- Point out the positive aspects of starting school. She’ll see old friends and meet new ones. Refresh her positive memories about previous years, when she may have returned home after the first day with high spirits because she had a good time.
- Find another child in the neighborhood with whom your student can walk to school or ride on the bus.
- If it is a new school for your child, attend any available orientations and take an opportunity to tour the school before the first day.
- If you feel it is needed, drive your child (or walk with her) to school and pick her up on the first day.
A leather chair is a timeless addition to any room, and choosing an updated shape will give your space a modern twist. These two chairs are nearly identical, but one sells for $649 and the other is $2199. Both are upholstered in 100% genuine leather in a deep taupe color. Both have a dramatic take on wingback style. And both have modern wooden legs. One is the Garbo Leather Wingback Chair from Crate & Barrel, and the other is the Renata Accent Chair from the ROMA collection at Art Van Furniture. At $649, you can purchase three and have money left over.
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Breakfast is the most important meal of the day … does that mean your breakfast nook is the most important room in the house? We think it’s definitely worth some time and planning when it comes to designing a space that successfully launches you and your family into the day! Here are five things your breakfast nook should have to help you transition into morning:
When it comes to a breakfast nook, small and intimate is the objective. This should be a space that comfortably welcomes you into the morning. Most breakfast nooks are located in a corner of your kitchen, so use the scale as your guide when choosing furniture. Spaciousness is not your priority; think quaint instead.
Since you’re transitioning from the warmth of your bed to the light of world, think about the textures you include. Choose seating that has an element of softness, such as upholstered coverings or seat cushions. Or use a rug to warm up tile or wood floors. These small details will help you ease into your day.
While a dining space that welcomes guests is great when you entertain, your breakfast nook should meet the needs of your family. Choose a round, square or rectangular table that best accommodates you and fits the shape of your space. If your breakfast room will double as a dining room, consider getting a table with a drop or spare leaf that can be extended only when necessary.
The breakfast room is the place to go all in with color. Shades that are mindful of morning, like sunny yellow or sky blue, would be a great way to wake up. You can use this in your choice of furnishings, art or paint. Or pick a vibrant rug to wake up the room from the floor.
Rise and shine by focusing on the light. If possible, create a breakfast nook near a large window to take advantage of morning light. If that’s not an option, bring the light to you with a chandelier. A pendant light fixture will shine light on your table and help define the space.
The school year brings with it a sea of papers and events – and somehow you have to keep track of it all! Make sure everyone is on the same page by setting up a command central, a place where you organize flyers, calendars and permission slips, and post important dates so everyone knows what is going on.
A chalkboard is a great tool to use. Post a week’s worth of events, or simply record the day’s most important task. You’ll feel organized and ready to tackle the week.
Making a space your own when you’re renting can be challenging. You can’t exactly knock down walls, and you probably shouldn’t tile the backsplash. But there are plenty of other ways to personalize your home that you can easily reverse or take with you when your lease is up.
1. Purchase Transitional Furniture
If your lease isn’t long term, select furniture that can easily fit any style home. Transitional style is a little contemporary and a little traditional, making it the best of both worlds. Make sure to choose pieces that can fit any size space, such as medium-scale sofas or modular pieces that offer a variety of combinations.
2. Paint One Wall or More
One of the fastest ways to change the feel of the room is through paint, but you should be prepared to return the walls to their original color if your landlord doesn’t agree. Make it easy by painting an accent wall that will transform the space and is easier to undo.
3. Use Rugs
Warm up tile flooring or add a boost of color to carpet with an area rug. You can easily layer rugs over existing flooring, and then roll them up and take them with you when you leave.
4. Add Window Coverings
Rentals often feature simple (uninspired) blinds. It’s easy to personalize your room by hanging curtains or sheers. This simple addition freshens up the look.
5. Update Your Lighting
If you’re handy, swap out light fixtures and then return the originals before you move out. Another option is to change the shades. If this isn’t possible, add layers of light by introducing floor and table lamps.
6. Change the Hardware
Instantly upgrade your kitchen or bathroom by changing the cabinet and drawer pulls. This is an easy way to add your own personal touch, and you can switch them back when you move.
7. Choose Decals
Home improvement stores are filled with an assortment of temporary decals and stick-on wallpaper. Like paint, you might choose to embellish a small accent wall. You’ll also find decals that go on tile, so you can cover up that fruit pattern in the kitchen that you don’t love.