Dog Days: How To Choose the Right Bed For Your Dog

We all know we should let sleeping dogs lie … but where? Fido deserves to relax in style! If you think a dog bed is an optional accessory when it comes to pet care, you might want to think again. Dog beds offer your beloved family member five important benefits and can aid in their wellness. Here’s how to choose a dog bed that’s best for your pet.

The Lola Medium Pet Bed is available now. Shop the look at

First, a dog bed gives your pet a sense of personal space and security. He or she can curl up in a comfortable spot that’s all their own.

The Duke Medium Pet Bed is available now. Shop the look at
Dander Control 

Dog beds also help control the spread of fur and dander by keeping it to one spot. Look for a dog bed that has a removable cover or a cushion that can be tossed into the washing machine.

The Memory Foam Medium Pet Bed is available now. Shop the look at

The Memory Foam Medium Pet Bed is available now. Shop the look at


For older, arthritic or overweight pets, dog beds provide cushioning for joints and bones and a comfortable place to rest. Look for a memory foam pad that is perfect for pets with special needs.

The Biscuit Small Pet Bed is available now. Shop the look at
Furniture Protection 

Dog beds also keep your pet from relaxing on your furniture. This not only prolongs the life of your furnishings, it can prevent injuries a dog might receive jumping up and down from a sofa or chair.

The Lola Large Pet Bed is available now. Shop the look at

Finally, a dog bed offers warmth for your pet during the winter, insulating them from a cold floor. This helps keep them comfortable and in good health.

Now that you know how to choose a dog bed, which is the right choice for your pet’s needs?

5 Things To Do Before the End Of Summer

It’s August and that means it’s time to create a summer bucket list – things to do before the kids go back to school. Make the most of Midwest summers by putting a few of these summer activities with kids on the calendar:

1. Backyard Campout

Pitch a tent and go camping in your own back yard. If the weather doesn’t cooperate or if you miss your comfortable bed, you’ll be steps away from home. Roast hot dogs, make s’mores, and share stories under the stars.

2. Visit the Zoo 

There’s always something fun going on when you visit the animals. Pack a picnic lunch, and make a day of it. And check your local zoo’s website to see if there are any special activities gong on. If it gets hot, cool off with the penguins.

3. Set Up a Lemonade Stand

Your kids will learn business skills by making and selling lemonade. Help them design signs, pass out flyers and set prices.

4. Take A Trip to the Lake

If you live near a lake, pack up the car with towels, drinks, beach toys and lunch, and soak up the fun. Bring a few kayaks if you’ve got them. And don’t forget the sunscreen.

5. Go On a Nature Walk

Count how many different types of flowers you see. Search for colors. Or collect pine cones and fallen leaves for craft projects. You’ll learn something and get some exercise.

Color Crush: Blue and Orange

The hot color combination of the summer is blue and orange. These two shades are natural partners, as they’re complementary colors, opposite each other on the color wheel. Since opposites attract, the pairing is true love. Take a look at these three patios that make a statement in blue and orange. Which is your favorite?

blue and orange
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Deep Orange and Light Blue

The rich deep orange cushions seem to pop against the cool blue outdoor rug. The modern shapes of the furniture further elevate the freshness of this setting. This patio easily transitions from summer to fall.

Shane Seating Collection
The Shane Collection is available now. Shop the look at
Orange and Turquoise

The color story in this patio is orange, orange, orange, and that makes the turquoise blanket pop. A little contrasting color goes a long way.

blue and orange
The Brandford Collection is available now. Shop the look at
 Blue and Orange

The blue sectional and blue rug get a pop of orange with a beautiful tangerine square tray and terra cotta planters. This combination is a little more subdued with just the right kick of color.

12 Tips for Shopping ALL the Labor Day Sales

Who knew? Labor Day is THE BIGGEST retail savings holiday of the year! 

So how can you make sure you’re squeezing the most out of every $$$ during the crazy awesome Labor Day Sales? These tips from savvy furniture shopper Jocelyn Wolf – whose family has been in the furniture business for 116+ YEARS (!!!) – should help. 

ONE: A Labor Day Sale means GREAT BIG DEAL$  

Stores are putting the latest fall merchandise on their showroom floors so they need to clear EVERYTHING out to make room. (Help them out – buy some stuff!) You’ll get serious bargains -with greatly reduced prices on floor models, closeouts and discontinued items.   

$AVVY $HOPPER TIP: Inspect your floor sample finds closely before buying. There’s typically a “no return” policy on this stuff.

TWO: It’s the PERF Time to Shop for Back to School

Moving into the dorms or your first college apartment? Treat yourself with BIG savings on bedding sets, wall art, futons and anything else you need to make your new space awesome.

THREE: Shop for better sleepzzzzzzzz

Labor Day Sales are THE BEST for shopping mattresses. Stores and manufacturers are handing out HUGE discounts and the promotions are HOT. Buy now and you’ll sleep better – long after Labor Day.

FOUR: Don’t cry – Shop outdoor

As much as we hate to see summer end – seriously, we’re crying big tears over here – retailers are putting greatly reduced price tags on outdoor merchandise. Now’s the time to get that new patio set you’ve been drooling over – for a steal. Retail therapy, anyone? 

FIVE: Prep to cozy up indoors

Again, we hate to do this but FALL IS ALMOST HERE. That means pumpkin spice, cooler weather, more time spent indoors and maybe more pumpkin spice. It’ll be less depressing if you plan now and make your living room a family sanctuary. That old sofa? It’s not getting any comfier or any cuter. Replace it with a gorgeous sectional and you’ll have room for the whole fam to cozy up for Netflix binge time. 

SIX: Sign up for special offers 

We all need more email, right? Ummmm … no. But in this case, signing up for your favorite store’s emails is a GOOD IDEA. Before Labor Day, sign up for promotional emails from your favorite stores and brands and follow them on social. You’ll want to know who’s offering special sales or amazing savings on pieces you’ve got your eye on. 

$AVVY $HOPPER TIP: Sign up to become an Art Van VIP and you’ll get notified of our special events and promotions. 

SEVEN: Get a price guarantee

Make sure the store you’re shopping has a price guarantee or a price adjustment policy. Then you can shop with confidence, knowing you’re getting the best possible deal. And if you find it for less somewhere else or see the price drop, you won’t miss out – you’ll save even more.  

EIGHT: Don’t be blinded by a good deal

Furniture is a commitment! Buy what you love and only what you love. If you don’t love it or don’t need it, don’t bother.  And definitely NEVER sacrifice your style for a great price. On the flip side, if you see something you love, don’t wait to buy! During Labor Day Sales, many items – like outdoor sets at super low prices – are limited inventory and won’t be restocked. If you wait, it may disappear. Poof! 

Outdoor furniture sets are going for super low prices during Labor Day Sales.

NINE: Shop in-person and online

Are you a hands-on shopper? Or a shop-from-the-sofa pro? Either way, we have you covered with amazing deals and special promotions at all of our stores and online. Go ahead and shop how you want, when you want and where you want. You’re good. 

$AVVY $HOPPER TIP: Art Van has sales teams ready to assist in-store or online with  questions you may have about products and special financing offers.

TEN: Look ahead to the holidays

Were last year’s holidays overcrowded? Did ALL the cousins show up? Make sure you have enough seating for this year’s holiday parties now. Take advantage of Labor Day Sale prices to update your dining situation so you can invite everybody and still have room for unexpected guests.

$AVVY $HOPPER TIP: Furniture delivery schedules fill up quickly before the holidays. Avoid the stress and plan ahead this year. You’ll be glad you did, come November!
Need more room for far flung family members who visit during the holidays? Shop dining during Labor Day Sales for the best prices.

ELEVEN: Save now, pay later

Check to see if the retailer you’re shopping offers financing options. If so, take advantage of 0% APR offers to get the furniture, mattress or flooring you want at the price you can afford – with flexible payment options.  

$AVVY $HOPPER TIP: Art Van has flooring! Plan ahead for holiday entertaining by putting in new floors or wall tile

TWELVE: Try a style that’s new to you

Great deals are just the excuse you need to try something totally new with your decor. Think accent pillows, artwork, area rugs and more. Add color, texture or maybe even a faux fur throw to glam things up.

The Antique Charm of Traditional Light Fixtures

Part of the charm of an older home is the richness of the light fixtures. With crystal details that sparkle in the light and shades that look like artwork, these heirloom-style fixtures add sense of elegance to any space. Fortunately, you don’t need to worry about faulty wiring as you can find new fixtures that look like antiques. We love these four traditional light fixtures that will instantly set the atmosphere in your room aglow.

Traditional light fixtures
The Alenya Chandelier is available now. Shop the look at
Elegant Details

The Alenya Chandelier combines burnished gold metal with teak crystal leaves and a champagne sheer fabric shade for a bold and elegant statement piece. Imagine this hanging above a dining room or over an end table in your living room.

Traditional light fixtures
The Amelia Flush Lamp is available now. Shop the look at
Stained Glass Shade

The Amelia Semi-Flush Lamp gives your space the Frank Lloyd Wright treatment, with geometric lines and dark bronze hardware for a striking contrast. It is ideal for the living room or home office.

Traditional light fixtures
The Virginia Bronze Chandelier is available now. Shop the look at

This Virginia Bronze Chandelier looks like an old light fixture that used candles as the lighting source. The English bronze metal frame is accentuated with prisms to complete its sophisticated look.

Traditional light fixtures
The Evelyn Bronze Chandelier is available now. Shop the look at

The decorative shades of the Evelyn Bronze Chandelier are accented with beautiful crystal prisms and a dark bronze finish. Impressive traditional light fixtures, such as this one, will look amazing in a living room or dining room space.