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Choosing a color palette for your home shouldn’t be like that candy bar you toss in your cart at the grocery store – an impulse purchase you later regret. Instead, take your time and gather a well-thought-out collection of colors that will grow with you and your family. If you need some help, the folks at Pantone – the global color experts – have put together their 2014 home color collection, with nine palettes from which to choose.
Today, we’re featuring their sophisticated Sculpted Simplicity palette. An elegant addition to any room of your home, the colors include Blanc de Blanc,?Anthracite,? Grisaille,?Iron, Twilight, Mauve, Travertine, Etherea,?Silver. Pantone describes this unassuming collection as “tones that elegantly harmonize with distinctively nuanced undertones.”
Do you love the Sculpted Simplicity palette? We do. Here’s a master bedroom suite we fashioned from this color collection.
Start with our Sachi Dolphin Winged Upholstered Headboard in rich taupe. The piece gets a touch of sparkle with its shiny chrome nail-head trim. The platform bed has a footboard and matching side rails, which ground the bed and create a look of sophistication. Stocked in queen and king size, it can also be special ordered in 54 different fabric options.
Next, dress the bed with our Twilight Bedding Ensemble. In a rich palette of purple, the classic vine pattern is a timeless design. The set will be a welcome retreat from the chill of a winter night with its comforter, bed skirt, shams, square accent pillow, oblong pillow and neckroll.
Consider adding a rug to the room to incorporate another color from this gorgeous palette. We love the Luna de Luna Gray Rug from HGTV’s Grandeur Collection Rug. The rug isn’t just beautiful; it’s green. Containing recycled content, it’s also treated with stain resister for easy removal of liquid stains.
You’ll need a place to set your water glass. Instead of a traditional nightstand, consider the Potpourri Hexagon Night Table, which works well with the sophisticated feel of this master suite. Its glass top and chrome form will reflect your bedside lamp and provides a contemporary accent to your room.
Bring the dark gray color of this palette into your room with our Penelope Table Lamp. Its silver shade is trimmed in black and the glossy dark base provides a dramatic contrast to the light night table.
Finally, add a Lift-top Storage Bench at the foot of the bed to store extra linens and provide a place to remove your shoes. From the Potpourri Collection, it’s also available as a custom order in eight other fabrics. We love the pattern it is stocked in, which includes several of the colors of this palette.
What do you think of our Sculpted Simplicity palette from Pantone? In which room of your home would you use this color collection?
It’s the time of year when your house should twinkle, twinkle like a star, capturing holiday magic from near and far. OK, that’s corny, but you get the point. While you dress your home in layers this winter, don’t forget to add layers of light. From a subtle touch to all-ablaze, the illumination will help take the chill out of the winter air.
1. Chandeliers. Overhead lighting illuminates a room, but chandeliers add a touch of glisten to the job. Update your dining or living room by adding a chandelier. Those with crystals up the ante by providing a place for the light to flicker. Our Celestial Chandelier is the perfect option for any style décor. Its round black metal frame and crystal accents will light up your world.
2. Task Lamps. From the table to the buffet and everyplace in between, task lamps light up an area by shining attention on a special spot. Use a pair of buffet lamps in your dining room to light up your holiday meal. Place a floor lamp near your family room sofa, creating a cozy spot for Polar Express. Or use a table lamp on a chest in the foyer to welcome guests with its warm glow. We love this contemporary floor lamp with its chrome finish base and silver shade; it will provide a festive touch for your holiday décor.
3. Candles. During the holidays, you can never have too many candles. Their flicker creates an atmosphere for intimate gatherings with special friends. Candles are a natural for a holiday dining centerpiece. Place one in the kitchen to warm you as you warm the cider. And use a candle on a cocktail table during a party to set the mood. Our Contemporary Mirrored Candleholder magnifies the affect, with its geometric mirror panels that reflect the glow.
4. Mirrors. The reflection of light can be as powerful as the source itself. Dress your home for the holidays by swapping out your wall art with some gorgeous mirrors. Mirrors make the light from the fireplace dance across the room and will pick up the glow of your tasks lights, as well. This brilliant wall mirror, in its sunburst shape, is reminiscent of a snowflake for this time of year. It will brighten your room as well as your spirit.
5. Fireplace. There isn’t anything more wonderful than gathering around the fire on a chilly night. As the flames sparkle so does the atmosphere. If your home isn’t blessed with this architectural detail, don’t fret. You can easily add a free-standing fireplace to any room of your home. The Linwood Media Fireplace, with its striking Grey Rift veneer finish, is a gorgeous choice and it has the added benefit of convenience, with controls for flame speed and brightness.
When you watch a TV show season after season, the characters become like friends. You welcome then into your home, and you get a glimpse into theirs. If you’re a fan of Emmy Award-winning Modern Family, you’re familiar with the characters’ homes. Each has its own distinct style, and each provides a lot of design inspiration.
The interiors of Cameron and Mitchell’s Spanish-style duplex are an eclectic mix of traditional, contemporary, and Asian design. In soothing neutrals, the home is put together and family friendly.
If you like Cameron and Mitchell’s casual family room, bring this look to your home –because we’ve got the look.
Start with our Bliss Rug. This neutral, light hue brings a fresh and clean tone to the room and anchors the space.
Next, add a sofa. The sofa in the Modern Family house has clean straight lines. Our affordable Blake Sofa has a similar look, with track arms and neutral beige upholstery. Add throw pillows in rich red and chocolate brown you’ve got a match.
Next, add a pair of accent chairs. We offer to options: Metropolitan Home’s Pinnacle Collection (left) features a chair that has the same straight lines as the Modern Family versions. It’s offered in a deeper shade of truffle velvet, which adds nice contrast. Or choose the Thread & Feather Charlotte accent chair (right). The silhouette is trimmed in nail-head detailing. Thread & Feather furnishings are available in custom fabrics, so you choose the upholstery that is perfect for you.
It’s time to add cocktail and end tables. The clean lines and simple geometric shapes of the Occasional Table Collection offers the same sleek look that’s found in the Modern Family home. With a marble top, it adds another element of texture to the room.
Between the two accent chairs, the Modern Family home features an ornate black table. Our Dilworth Side Chest offers a similar feel, with a black crackle finish and rust hand painted accents. The traditionally styled piece has a cabinet and drawer for storage, and mixes well with the contemporary furnishings.
A sofa table against the wall gives the Modern Family home an area to drop keys or set up a bar during parties. Our Modern Basics Sofa Table, with a travertine top and bronze metal legs, is a match. It mixes materials in a beautiful way.
Finally, top the sofa table with our Ceramic Table Lamp. Its heather-colored base with a crackle finish provides a nice weight to the piece. And the natural linen shade give the room a casual feel.
While they may not agree with you in the moment, sharing a room with a sibling provides a lifetime of great memories. Secrets and stories often come out at night, and close quarters can create strong bonds.
But it can also create a design dilemma. Whether it’s fighting over the top bunk, dividing closet space, agreeing upon a style or finding some quiet, sharing a room means thinking through the logistics of home design a little harder.
Here are four things parents can do to keep the peace and please both siblings:
1. Let each child have a say in the design. Choosing a color can be difficult enough, but to get two kids to agree upon one can be impossible. That’s OK. The most important part of creating a shared room isn’t agreeing; it’s honoring. Let each child have a say on his or her favorite color. If the colors are different, let each child paint a wall with their hue, then bridge the two with a complementary tone. For example, if one child loves orange and the other wants purple, paint a wall in each color and use lime accents to create harmony. Or find a rug or pair of comforters that has both of the colors in its pattern.
2. Create a space for sharing. Include an area in the room that the siblings share. This can be a lounge area, vanity or game table. Young siblings can share a play area or large rug. While you want to give each child a sense of his or her own space, an area that is meant to be shared will help the siblings create a stronger bond.
3. Incorporate private space. Kids need their own quiet space, too, especially when they are in school and need to study. Create an area that’s all their own by using dividers. Separate desks – especially those that include a hutch – will also do the trick without dividing the room in two. And color can visually divide the space, giving each child a sense of ownership in the room.
4. Pay extra attention to storage. Finally, make sure each child has a place to put his or her belongings. Use closet dividers to define areas for clothing. Incorporate chests, cubes and shelving for things like books, toys and keepsakes. Or choose furnishings that offer built-in storage solutions such as under-the-bed drawers that utilize an otherwise wasted space. You can give each child his or her own color to help designate storage areas. By giving each child their own place to put things away, you help maintain the harmony – and the tidiness – of the bedroom.
Strike up the band. This year, Art Van Furniture has formalized our love for Detroit by becoming the presenting sponsor of the America’s Thanksgiving Parade in Detroit. The parade is now known as America’s Thanksgiving Parade® presented by Art Van Furniture.
We’ve been an active supporter of the parade since our founder, Art Van Elslander, wrote an historic check nearly a quarter of a century ago to ensure the parade would continue as an annual tradition in the Detroit area. A tradition since 1924, the parade lost the sponsorship of department store J.L. Hudson Company in 1980, and took a further hit in 1988 when national broadcast coverage was curtailed.
In 1990, when the parade was on the verge of being cancelled completely, Van Elslander pledged his financial backing to secure the future of this beloved Detroit tradition. Each year since, Van Elslander has been a major supporter, covering operational expenses and bringing innovation for new and exciting floats year after year, with the simple goal of bringing memories and smiles to generations in Michigan.
“This is our way of thanking all of the Michigan families who have supported Art Van Furniture for nearly six decades,” said Van Elslander. “We hope that when people line up on Woodward Avenue this year, the entire country will see how much we all believe in the parade, the city of Detroit, and in creating lasting memories for children and families.”
If you’ve stood along the route or watched on TV, you know the parade is a delight for the senses with colors and music filling the air with holiday magic. In fact, the nation’s most-loved Thanksgiving parade has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report Travel as one of the best Thanksgiving parades in the country, and is broadcast to over 140 cities nationwide each year. This year it’s bigger and better than ever.
This year, Art Van Furniture will proudly unveil its new “Art Van Wonderland” float that celebrates the spectacular holiday destinations we’ve built at our Warren and Grand Rapids flagship stores. Be sure to watch for Van Elslander family members who will proudly participate by walking the Woodward Avenue parade route and waving to spectators.
The parade has a rich history in Detroit, but we’re willing to bet that there are some facts you don’t know … until now. Here are five bits of trivia you can use to impress your friends as you watch the event:
1. It’s the second oldest. America’s Thanksgiving Parade presented by Art Van Furniture is the second oldest Thanksgiving Day parade in the United States. Started in 1924, it shares this title with the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade held in New York City, New York. The oldest parade is the Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade, starting in 1920.
2. The first TV host was a puppet. The parade was televised in 1959 and hosted by ventriloquist and puppeteer Shari Lewis and her sock puppet Lamb Chop. Through the years, other celebrities commentators have included John Amos, Ned Beatty, Kathy Garver, Captain Kangaroo host Bob Keeshan, Linda Lavin, Esther Rolle and Andrew Stevens.
3. The event is “heads” and shoulders above the rest. One thing that makes America’s Thanksgiving Parade presented by Art Van Furniture unique is its collection of papier-mâché heads. J.L. Hudson’s display director Charles Wendel saw similar heads when he visited Europe. He had the parade’s collection made in Viareggio, Italy. A parade fixture, the collection is the world’s largest.
4. The original floats are still in use. Old Mother Goose was the first float in the 1924 Parade, pulled down Woodward Avenue by a horse. Today, she still makes an appearance, although she has been updated to be “self-propelled.” This year, eight new floats are being added, twice the number of floats added in 2012.
5. The event gives area leaders a chance to clown around. For 30 years, the Distinguished Clown Corp has been a part of the parade. The group is made up of 150 corporate and community leaders who trade their business suits for red noses and clown shoes, marching down Woodward and passing out 300,000 beads to parade-goers. This year, Maggie Allesee will serve as the Distinguished Grand Jester.
From subtle to bold to everything in between, put a pattern beneath your feet and watch your room come alive. Rugs are one of the easiest ways to add texture and design to a room, but there are a few things to consider.
First, consider if furniture will obscure your pattern. With a repeating pattern, you’re safe. But if your rug has an asymmetrical design, you’ll want to place your furniture so you can see its details. You can also use an asymmetrical rug with furniture that allows it to show through, such as a glass cocktail table.
Next, consider how the pattern of the rug will mix with the other patterns in your room. Combining patterns is easy when you pay attention to the scale. Different scales mix best. For example, if your upholstery or curtains have a large print, consider a small-scale print for your rug.
Also, consider the color of the floors when choosing a rug. A light rug on dark hardwood floors might be too much of a contrast. Instead, consider a rug with a similar deep tone in its pattern. Or combine light with dark by adding furniture that acts a bridge. For example, choose a sofa with throw pillows in a pattern that combines light and dark colors.
If your room needs a focal point, consider a bold patterned rug, which can by eye catching in a room that doesn’t have too much architectural detail. To make a statement, combine a bold rug it with neutral, understated furnishings, so it stands out.
Finally, select a pattern that reflects your personal style. Your home is a reflection of who you are. Sometimes it’s fun to forget the rules and choose what you love. Rooms often come together when they’re furnished with favorites.
The kitchen table could be the most important furnishing in your home. Eating together as a family at least five times a week puts kids at a lower risk of developing poor eating habits, weight problems or alcohol and substance dependencies, and leads to higher academic performance than those children who frequently eat alone or away from home, according to theNational Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University.
It makes sense; the kitchen table brings families together for a meal as well as for conversation, connection and camaraderie. It’s where families discuss their day, solve problems and share good news. Maybe your kitchen dinette needs a makeover to live up to its job. Here are four sets that will bring your family closer together:
This crisp white mix-and-match dining collection would be the perfect addition to your kitchen, providing a cozy place for meals as well as a bright spot for the kids’ homework sessions. Choose from the Joy Slat Back Chairs (shown) or Hanna Circle Back Chairs. The table comes in the Leon Rectangular Style or Sara Round (shown). Simply choose the pieces that are right for your family and your dining space.
Those who appreciate contemporary design will love the Virgo Collection. Great for a smaller space, the round glass top table has a unique, square hourglass shaped base. The comfortable upholstered chairs are available in black or brown, to coordinate with your décor. Sophisticated, this set will be the perfect place for deep conversations and discussions of dreams.
The traditional look of the Berkshire Collection from Gascho is reminiscent of an old-fashioned farmhouse table – the perfect place for warm family meals as well as Saturday night Yahtzee. Its solid wood construction utilizes the finest selections of maple and oak. An investment in this dining set will create an heirloom quality piece that will be in your family for generations.
The rich espresso finish of the Montage Dining Collection offers a striking backdrop for your Wednesday night pot roast. The slat back chairs with upholstered seats and classic rectangular table are a great transitional look, working effortlessly with any style décor. This collection includes several options so you can create the setting that is right for your family and your home; choose from three tables in two different heights and three chair styles. The possibilities are endless.
It’s Thanksgiving and all eyes are on you, Tom Turkey. Give him the respect he deserves by properly setting your holiday table. You can reuse your Halloween pumpkins or bring in nature’s bounty from your backyard. The idea is to create a look that celebrates the season, the meal and your family.
Here are six great Thanksgiving table-scapes to give you ideas.
We love the combination of white and pewter in this gorgeous table setting. The geometric patterns on the napkins and table runners provide an on-trend backdrop. Create a centerpiece by simply spray-painting the pumpkins you bought for Halloween. Then mix them with white vases and bowls you have on hand or stop in to any Art Van Furniture location and check out the assortment of accessories we have in Art’s Marketplace.
The produce section of your favorite store is filled with tiny pumpkins and gourds that can be placed on your table for an au natural setting. Remove the stems of the small pumpkins and use them as candleholders. You can also bring in branch cuttings to create a bit of drama. Simple in its use of materials, this setting is a feast for the eyes.
This table is proof that vegetables are beautiful. A single artichoke on each plate is a dramatic but easy way to dress the setting. Miniature topiaries are created from urns, moss and a single small white pumpkin. This setting is elegant in its simplicity – a great choice for the hostess who doesn’t want to fuss over the table.
The look of this table setting will set your meal aglow. Lanterns are a nice alternative to candle sticks, and keep the flame safe from young diners. Pinecones can be gathered from your yard and used as is or sprayed with a touch of metallic paint to catch the glimmer from the candle’s flicker. The materials used for this setting can easily be reused for your Christmas table, as well.
If you enjoy craft projects, you’ll love this table setting. A dozen pillar candles get an easy treatment with brown paper and cut out letters to spell out the reason for the season. Use leaves from your yard or cut out shapes from paper to scatter along the table runners. You can also create place cards from a single letter. A simple floral arrangement finishes the look for a table the Pilgrims would have loved.
Finally, create a special setting at the kids’ table with a cardboard things-to-be-thankful-for tree and felt turkeys. Use a roll of craft paper to create a table covering that can double as a coloring station. Simply put out small cups of crayons, which will keep kids busy while you’re whipping the mashed potatoes. Get the details here.
Which table is your favorite?
Whether you have a small room that needs to serve double duty or an oversized space that is a catchall for activities, creating a multipurpose room that effortlessly accommodates a variety of tasks can be challenging … but we think it’s a welcome challenge.
A spare bedroom can easily serve as a guest room/home office with a little planning. And a great room will quickly become a combination living/dining room if you know what furnishings to mix. Of course we can help; here are six quick tips for creating a fabulous multipurpose room in your home:
1. Measure first. The first step is to measure the dimensions of the space and create a room plan. For a room that is multipurpose, this is a vital step. Be sure to note where windows, doors, fireplaces and nooks exist so you can make the most of your design. Art Van Furniture offers a free online tool that will help you get a bird’s eye view of your space. Click here to get started.
2. Understand your scale. Now that you know the size of your room, you can make decisions about the scale of furnishings you will need. If you are designing a guest room/home office, forego the queen size bed and consider a daybed or futon that will double as seating. A sleeper sofa is another option. You’ll want to match the scale of your desk to the scale of the bed, so one doesn’t overpower the other. For example, if you choose a sleek futon, consider a writing desk in a similar size and style.
3. Choose your palette. When creating a multipurpose room, choose furnishings and accessories in a similar palette and finish. You want the room to look put together not “hodge podge.” Things don’t have to perfectly match, but the style of the room should have an overarching feel. For help, be sure to check out our blog posts on Pantone’s Home Design Color Collections. You’ll also want to avoid too many busy patterns; instead, choose patterns work well together, such as florals or geometrics and stripes. For smaller rooms, consider neutral colors on the wall, fabrics, drapes and upholstery that will give the room a more spacious feel.
4. Define areas. For large spaces that share tasks, create the feeling of two rooms by using furnishings that define areas. Bookshelf dividers can create two rooms from one. You can use the back of a sofa as a divider. Or simply use a rug to mark off areas. In a smaller room, create a similar feeling by using floor screens that give the feeling of a floating wall and hide private spaces.
5. Think about the lighting. Multipurpose rooms need a mixture of lighting types to serve the different tasks that take place there. Use a combination of overhead, table, task and wall lighting in your room. Task lamps are great for reading and writing letters. Table lamps and wall sconces on dimmers can help with lighting during bed times.
6. Consider your storage needs. Finally, if you’re combining a guest bedroom with a home office, the room will have two different storage needs – a place for guests to put their belongings and a place for you to keep your supplies. If you have a large enough closet, you will be able to divide it into two useful areas. You might also want to consider a desk with a hutch that closes so you can keep paperwork tucked away when guests are in town. Or look for multipurpose pieces, such as a decorative file cabinet that can serve as a nightstand. Too much clutter will make your multipurpose room look busy, so be sure to plan for storage needs.
Your bedroom should be your sanctuary – an oasis in which to lie your head at night. Doesn’t it make sense then to find a bed that plays the part? Something comfortable and inviting? A bed that beckons you to enjoy it with a good book, decadent linens and a loved one?
An upholstered bed is the perfect landing place after a long day – good or bad. Soft and plush, it sets the stage for a sumptuous master retreat. Take a look at five of our favorite upholstered beds from Art Van Furniture. In varying styles, one is sure to be the bed of your dreams.
In deep chocolate fabric, the Trieste Upholstered Bed is fashionable and elegant. With tuck styling and nail-head trim, the curved lines of its headboard and footboard look and feel luxurious. The Trieste Bed also comes in Pewter or Buckwheat to easily coordinate with any décor. It’s available in king or queen size.
With its gently arched headboard and footboard, the Edgerton Upholstered Bed has crisp, clean lines that accentuate its sleigh silhouette. In beige tweed, the look is classic and contemporary. Available in king or queen size, the understated design will let your bedding take the spotlight.
The Bella Otter Upholstered Bed in charcoal gets a touch of sparkle with its shiny chrome nail-head trim. The platform height footboard and matching side rails allow you to go skirt-free. Available in king and queen sizes, this bed can be special ordered in 54 different fabric options.
The wingback design of the Sachi Dolphin Upholstered Bed is given an updated look with just a touch of chrome nail-head trim. Its platform height footboard and matching side rails give the bed a modern feel, making this bed a great addition to a contemporary, traditional or transitional style room. It’s available in king and size, and can be special ordered in 54 fabric options.
The Kaylie Upholstered Bed steals the show and makes a statement. Its impressive five-foot-tall square headboard has dramatic sharp lines that are softened by button tufting. The Kaylie Bed is also available in Pewter or Chocolate fabric to match your décor. It’s available in king or queen size.