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You’ve probably thought about updating your wardrobe for Spring with a new blouse or pair of strappy sandals, but don’t overlook the fashion sense of your home. Whether you add a new accessory or piece of decorative furnishing or revamp an entire room, a new look will give you a fresh attitude that helps you swing into the season.

 

Here are five “must haves” for Spring 2016 according to Realty Times:

 

Spring Must Have Rug    Spring Must Have Rug 2

 

A Great Rug

Your floor is the foundation for your room, and a new rug can make a statement, add a bold pattern or bring in a pop of color. The best part is that you get to define “great.” Pick the rug that speaks to you and freshen up your room.

Ready to bring home a new rug? SAVE an EXTRA 35% OFF our Sale Prices 

Use Discount Code: SPRING2016

(Offer expires June 30, 2016)

 

Spring Must Have FloralSpring Must Haves Floral 2

 

Something Floral

Flowers are blooming outside; bring the happiness inside by choosing a floral patterned home furnishing. Centerpieces wilt and fade; instead, choose a great accent chair or colorful piece of art that put flowers center stage.

 

Spring Must Have GeometricSpring Must Have Geometric 2

 

Something Geometric

While floral can be feminine, geometrics offer a masculine touch. From circles to squares to octagons and trapezoids, find your favorite shape, and use it on rugs, furniture or lamps. Or choose an architectural-shaped chandelier.

 

Spring Must Have Stripe Spring Must Have Stripe 2

 

Something Striped

Stripes were hot on the New York fashion runway, and an important interior design trend, too. A striped chair looks fresh and fun, and a striped rug makes a space look larger. You can even paint stripes on the wall to make your room look spacious.

 

Spring Must Have WoodSpring Must Have Wood 2

 

Light Wood

Dark wood has dominated interior design for several years, but lighter tones are making a comeback, used on flooring, kitchen cabinets and furnishings. Fresh and modern, bring home a light-finished dining set or media center to make a big statement with this must have.


It’s time to add color and depth to your yard. If you’re headed out to your local nursery, here are plants that are ready to take root:

 

Trees and shrubs

The Farmer’s Almanac predicts a mild and dry spring for Midwest planting, and trees and shrubs love cool conditions. Make sure you give them plenty of water for the first few weeks to keep them healthy and happy.

 

Annuals

Add quick color with annuals. Plant them in beds or containers on your porch and patio for instant beauty.

 

Perennials

Perennials are great because they come back year after year, lessening your workload. Here are 12 that do well in the Midwest, according to Midwest Living magazine: Coneflowers, butterfly weed, Lenten rose, Virginia bluebells, hardy geraniums, black-eyed Susans, allium, panicle hydrangeas, sedums, Russian sage, goldenrod, and aromatic aster.


Kesha Living Room

 

Pop star Kesha recently sold her Nashville home for $1.4 million, and the real estate listing gave us a chance to take a peek inside. The “Craftsman-inspired, Zen-infused contemporary is set behind gates amid a dense, privatizing stand of mature trees on an upscale but unassuming cul-de-sac.” The décor was filled with clean lines and organic materials, including a combination living/dining room/kitchen with Brazilian cherry wood floors and a vaulted ceiling that features exposed wood trusses.

 

While Kesha is known for having colorful dyed hair and an edgy wardrobe, her home is rather serene. And if you like her style, we’ve got the look …

 

 

Kesha SofaKesha Chair 2

 

Kesha uses a neutral and airy color palette in her living room to let the amazing view take center stage. Ivory walls set the tone for the furnishings, as well, with a tailored sofa and two chairs in the same color. We start with our Brighton Sofa, which has similar lines and chevron-patterned toss pillows, like the singer’s room. Then we add a pair of Monica Accent Chairs, which feature the same pleated detail on the arms as well as an accommodating size.

 

Kesha Chair 1

 

For interest, Kesha’s room features a grey chair with a subtle wing back design. Our Scarlett Accent Chair is a good match, offering another soothing neutral in the room. The style of the legs complements the sofa’s, for a cohesive look.

 

 

Kesha Cocktail TableKesha End Table

 

Furthering the light and airy look are glass-top tables. Kesha’s cocktail table has an attractive X-shaped base, and our Central Park Cocktail Table offers a similar feel, but with a more contemporary feel. We love the brushed nickel details at the base that add a touch of sparkle. For an end table, Kesha uses a round metal version that seemingly floats away and allows the view to shine through. Our Copia Oval End Table has similar lines and style, and has an antique silver finish that will reflect the light.

 

Kesha Rug

 

Kesha’s area rug features a classic geometric design. In a deeper shade than the sofa and chairs, it grounds the room but doesn’t overwhelm the space. Our Palace Collection rug has a similar geometric design, and features a plush and luxurious wool pile.

Ready to bring home a new rug? SAVE an EXTRA 35% OFF our Sale Prices 

Use Discount Code: SPRING2016  (Offer expires June 30, 2016)

 

Do you like Kesha’s style? Let us know in the comments below.


 

She’s drawn to contemporary while he appreciates traditional. He loves urban but she’s mad for mid-century modern. What do you do when your hearts beat as one … but your design styles can’t get along?

 

Blending two distinct styles can be tricky, and the answer is coming to a happy medium where they intersect. Here’s how:

 

Meshing Styles 1

 

Stick to a color palette

An abundance of colors in a room looks haphazard, and each piece will feel separate. Instead, pick a palette of two to three colors, and choose your furnishings accordingly. A strict set of colors will help the design styles feel purposeful and harmonious. If your partner wants a leather chair and you prefer a traditional look, finding one in a color like ivory or a rich burgundy might make everyone happy.

 

Find a unifying pattern

In addition to color, patterns can unify a room. A contemporary chair in plaid upholstery will fit nicely with a casual sofa that has plaid toss pillows, for example. Geometric shapes can do the same thing, such as using an upholstery that feature circles and bringing in a cocktail table with the same lines.

 

Meshing Styles 2

 

Choose matching finishes

Design styles will seem to gel if the details are the same. Pick wood pieces in the same finish, such as mahogany or pine. And use metals from the same grouping, such as bronze or nickel.

 

Bridge the gap with transitional pieces

If you love contemporary and your partner wants traditional, choose transitional style for the larger pieces, such as a sofa. Transitional style blends well with any décor, and can help set a compromising tone.

 

Meshing Styles 3

 

Use distinct items as focal points

Don’t hide the piece that doesn’t fit; showcase it. An ornate antique mirror, for example, will look special against a sea of streamlined modern pieces. This is a great way to turn something that normally wouldn’t fit or match into the “wow” factor.

 

Shop as a team

It’s helpful if you visit the showroom together and make purchase decisions as a team. It’s easier to come to a compromise when you can see a variety of pieces in person. Meshing styles will often create an eclectic look and feel, and that’s fine. The most important result is that you’re both represented and feel comfortable.


The weather has finally turned and that means not only can you enjoy the outdoors, it’s time to get your yard ready for spring planting and backyard barbecue season. Here are three projects to tackle this weekend:

 

1. Prune roses

Prune your roses before new growth emerges, to shape the plant and encourage new growth that can produce lots of buds. Here are instructions that will keep you in bloom.

 

2. Divide perennials

Plants like irises and hostas can spread like wildflower, but they are healthier when they have space. Anything that’s grown to be two to three times its size needs to be dug up and divided. Here’s what you need to know.

 

3. Get a handle on weeds

Weeds can make all of your hard work in the garden look messy. Pull weeds when they’re small to avoid having them go to seed, creating more weeds. A good layer of mulch will also help. Experts say a two-inch spread will hold moisture and discourage weeds.

 


 

Black and white is a color combination that is timeless. It can be sophisticated and chic, as well as cozy and classic, and it has a flair for the dramatic. But even though it’s simple, it isn’t fool proof.

 

Here are five things to think of when you design a room in ebony and ivory:

 

Ebony and Ivory Bedroom

 

Hone in on your style. Do you want the result to be contemporary? Art Deco? Modern cottage? Urban? Be sure to stay within your style genre when bringing in furnishings so your room looks purposeful and pulled together.

 

Ebony and Ivory Outdoor

 

Add a third color. Black and white has more impact when you add a third shade that underscores the drama. For example, use red toss pillows, a vase of bright yellow tulips or a hot pink rug. You can also use wood or metal to bridge the divide. This extra finish will give the room a more vibrant design aesthetic.

 

Ebony and Ivory Sofa

 

Stick to solids. Choose furnishings that are all black or all white, instead of a black-and-white pattern. This will help you create a sense of balance by letting you distribute the colors around the room. If you do want to use a pattern, use it on a pillow, accent chair or ottoman.

 

Ebony and Ivory Leather

 

Embrace the contrast. Black and white offers the biggest color contrast possible, so use that sense of drama by highlighting the details in your room. For example, hang a white chandelier above a black table, or use dark trim against white walls.

 

Ebony and Ivory Seating

 

Think outside the black-and-white box. Ebony and ivory doesn’t have to literal. Look for other dark tones that offer the same sense of contrast as black, such as eggplant, charcoal and navy. The result will provide the same depth and sophistication.

 


Product sales often follow a cycle, and knowing what goes on sale when can be great for your budget. Don’t miss out on these great deals that Consumer Reports calls April’s bargains:

 

  • Spring clothing
  • Yard and garden supplies
  • Bridal gowns
  • Cruises
  • Paint and wallpaper
  • Computers
  • Digital cameras
  • Carpet – Be sure to visit Art Van Flooring and check out our specials.

 

Of course, Art Van Furniture is known for having great prices every day. Check out today’s best sale by clicking here.


 

Miley Cyrus Dining Room

 

Oh, Miley Cyrus. Some days we’re just sure what to think of you, but you do keep us watching. The same holds true for the pop star’s new digs, which sit on a two-acre lot in Malibu, California’s Ramirez Canyon neighborhood. Surprisingly the home features a simplistic design. With contemporary furnishings and pops of color, it’s classic and fresh. We love Miley’s dining room, which can seat a party of eight with ease, and features a statement chandelier.

 

If you like Miley’s style, we’ve got the look:

 

Cyrus Table

 

Start with an urban-style wood table with simple lines and a rich dark finish. Our Meadowbrook Dining Table is a great match, with a distressed brick brown vintage finish. Made of solid Acacia wood, it has two leaves that can extend to seat eight comfortably.

 

 

Cyrus Chair 1Cyrus Chair 2

 

Next, add chairs. Miley has a set of eight upholstered in white. The modern lines are a unique pairing with the urban table. We’ve got two options that offer you a similar feel. Our Novella Parsons Chair has ivory fabric upholstery and interesting legs in an elm finish. The look is classic and forever fresh. Or choose the Florence Side Chair, which features modern lines like Miley’s.

 

Cyrus Chandelier

 

Finally, Miley’s dining room gets a touch of glam with the statement chandelier in white, complementing the chairs. Our Warp Ceiling Lamp is a great option. The aluminum and chrome body creates a blast of light in your room, and will draw attention and maybe even applause! Plus, it’s from our Clearance Center, so you’ll fawn over the price.

 

Do you like Miley’s look? Let us know what you think of her style in the comments below.


You’ve probably thought about updating your wardrobe for Spring with a new blouse or pair of strappy sandals, but don’t overlook the fashion sense of your home. Whether you add a new accessory or piece of decorative furnishing or revamp an entire room, a new look will give you a fresh attitude that helps you swing into the season.

 

Here are five “must haves” for Spring 2016 according to Realty Times:

 

Spring Must Have RugSpring Must Have Rug 2

 

A Great Rug

Your floor is the foundation for your room, and a new rug can make a statement, add a bold pattern or bring in a pop of color. The best part is that you get to define “great.” Pick the rug that speaks to you and freshen up your room.

 

Ready to bring home a new rug? SAVE an EXTRA 35% OFF our Sale Prices 

Use Discount Code: SPRING2016

(Offer expires June 30, 2016)

 

Spring Must Have FloralSpring Must Haves Floral 2

 

Something Floral

Flowers are blooming outside; bring the happiness inside by choosing a floral patterned home furnishing. Centerpieces wilt and fade; instead, choose a great accent chair or colorful piece of art that put flowers center stage.

 

Spring Must Have GeometricSpring Must Have Geometric 2

 

Something Geometric

While floral can be feminine, geometrics offer a masculine touch. From circles to squares to octagons and trapezoids, find your favorite shape, and use it on rugs, furniture or lamps. Or choose an architectural-shaped chandelier.

 

Spring Must Have StripeSpring Must Have Stripe 2

 

Something Striped

Stripes were hot on the New York fashion runway, and an important interior design trend, too. A striped chair looks fresh and fun, and a striped rug makes a space look larger. You can even paint stripes on the wall to make your room look spacious.

 

Spring Must Have Wood   Spring Must Have Wood 2

 

Light Wood

Dark wood has dominated interior design for several years, but lighter tones are making a comeback, used on flooring, kitchen cabinets and furnishings. Fresh and modern, bring home a light-finished dining set or media center to make a big statement with this must have.


We all want to feel good, and eating fresh produce is one of the best ways to take care of yourself. Since buying local is good for the economy and your health, it’s a good idea to know what’s in season so you can purchase the freshest items at the best prices. Here’s your shopping list of what’s delicious for April and May:

 

  • Artichokes
  • Arugula
  • Asparagus
  • Beets
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Celery
  • Cucumbers
  • Fava beans
  • Parsnips
  • Rhubarb
  • Scallions
  • Spinach