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A summer escape to the lake is a treat, but you can easily bring that feeling home to enjoy by decorating with Great Lakes style. Inspired by Michigan beaches of Bay Harbor, Grand Haven and Harbor Springs, the look is laidback chic with effortless sophistication.

Go on a permanent Pure Michigan vacation by incorporating these five things into your home:

Great Lakes Table

1. Weathered Whites

When choosing paint colors and furnishings, keep things light and classic. Great Lakes Style uses varying shades of white and ivory on walls and furnishings. And weathered or distressed finishes are favorites.

Nautical Print

2. Nautical Accents 

The feel of the lake becomes more literal when you collect nautical themed art and accents for the room. Choose paintings of sailboats in a harbor or fish in the sea. Adorn frames with shells or rope, and scatter accessories, such as sand dollars, coral or ship instruments.

Stripes Ottoman

3. Stripes 

Think brilliant colors and beaches lined with striped umbrellas and Adirondack chairs. Now bring that look indoors. Choose bold contrasting colors, like blue and white for that beachside feeling.


red white and blue

4. A Palette of Red, White and Blue

Great Lakes style offers the feeling of Americana with navy, royal blue, vibrant red and crisp white. Use the colors together or as accents.

oversized chair

5. Large-Scale Furnishings 

Finally, Great Lakes Style is meant to be relaxing, and that means furnishings in a large scale. Seating should feel inviting and generous—a place to curl up on a leisurely afternoon with a good book or special friend.

There is something nostalgic and even magical about watching a movie outdoors. Those who grew up in the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s, will likely remember the old drive-in movie theaters with crackly speakers that hung on car windows and preview reels that featured a dancing concession stand snacks.

It’s easy enough to bring back some of that fun by holding your own drive-in movie night … parked right in your backyard.


outdoor movies

First, the technology: you’ll need a DVD projector. If you don’t own one, you can often borrow one from your school or workplace. If that’s not possible, contact companies that rent AV equipment for conferences. You’ll also need a screen, but you can fashion one yourself. Simply hang a white sheet from second story windows or project the movie onto a light flat surface such as a garage door.

Next, choose the movie. Consider campy classics, such as Creature from the Black Lagoon, Beach Blanket Bingo or anything starring Elvis. Or select a fun summer movie, such as Stand By Me, NationalLampoon’s Vacation, The Parent Trap, I Know What You Did Last Summer or Jaws.

Now it’s time to make the popcorn. You can set up a popcorn, by filling a big tub with plain popcorn and offering your guests a selection of gourmet toppings, such as dry ranch dressing mix, parmesan cheese and Italian spices, truffle salt, lemon zest and pepper, or mini M & Ms and crushed toffee. Round out the snacks with bottles of Faygo and boxes of Good ‘n Plenty, Raisinettes and Dots.outdoor chairsFinally, pull up some comfortable outdoor chairs. Midwest evenings can bring a chill to the air, so be sure to have some blankets for snuggling, too.

Then, it’s time to enjoy. Pass the popcorn, please.





Look Alike Outdoor Chair

Sitting outside in a comfortable chair is one of the best ways to soak up summer, but there’s no need to spend too much. These two wicker chairs are nearly identical. Both are made of resin wicker and both feature wide arms for resting.

One is the Lakehouse Lounge Chair for Ethan Allen, which sells for $1,029, and the other is the San Jose III Lounge Chair from Art Van Furniture, retailing for $579 – nearly half the cost of the other. PLUS, right now our outdoor furniture is on sale for 40% off.

You’ll relax even more this summer when you know you didn’t pay too much. 

If you want to spruce up your living space, a great start is adding a new rug. Today’s trend brings geometry class to your floor with dramatic shapes inspired by mathematics. Take a look at these three options:


Our Aspire Board Grey Area Rug has a circuit board design, which would look great in contemporary or casual homes. The rich, colorful lines bring a sense of energy to your room, and the hand-tufted pile adds comfort.


The Aspire Hexagon Navy Rug features an abstract design of overlapping hexagons—another great option for contemporary or casual décor. The rug was made in Indian using 100% new wool, and the contrasting navy and ivory colors are striking.

Aspire Window

Finally, the Aspire Window Coral Rug features the design of antique leaded windows, with ivory and coral creating beautiful shapes. This accent rug would look great on light or dark-colored flooring.


The kids are out of school, and it’s time for fun in the sun. Do you have a fun outdoor play space that keeps them busy? A swing set is a great start, but here are five things that will turn your back yard into the neighborhood hot spot.

Pouf Ottoman

1. Kid-Friendly Furnishings

Consider getting some outdoor furniture that is scaled for little ones. A small picnic table or table and chairs set would be a fun addition. Or use several small pouf ottomans that provide soft mobile seating.

2. A “Secret” Hideout

Children love tree houses because they feel like kid-only clubhouses. If that’s not a possibility, what about including a ground-level playhouse? Or maybe a tent that can be put away when not in use?

Pool Toy

3. Water

A pool is ideal, but you can provide lots of other water features. Consider getting a fun sprinkler that kids can splash in. Or how about a slip and slide? You could also have a bucket of squirt guns or water balloons on hand, for some old-fashioned water fights.

4. An Adventure

If you have room in your yard, consider installing a fun item, such as a zip line, tire swing or even a hammock. These items never grow old, and you’ll probably have just as much fun using it as the kids.

Turtle Pot

5. A Garden

Gardening is a great way to teach kids about patience and care. Plus, they’re more likely to try new fruits and vegetables when they grow them themselves. Consider dedicating a corner of your yard to a garden, or plant in fun pots like this cool turtle planter.

What does your summer backyard plan entail? Please share your ideas in the comments below.


Filling your home with fancy furniture that will make you cringe when your little one’s hands get dirty is probably not the best way to decorate your house when your children are young. But you don’t want to look like you live in a day-care center, either. Instead, choose a style that durable and decorative – a happy medium for a happy family

Kid-friendly homes can be fashionable if you keep these six things in mind when selecting your furnishings:

Attached Cushions

1. Cushions will become forts. That means you have two choices: Get a sofa with firm cushions that will stand up wear and tear. Or pick a sofa with cushions sewn in so they’re not removable. You can satisfy your child’s imagination by providing other fort-building props, such as portable and stackable cube ottomans or a fabric tee-pee

Leather Upholstery

2. Upholstery will attract spills. Whether it’s sofas, chairs, headboards or ottomans, choose fabric for upholstered pieces that is a durable, such as microfiber or leather.  You can also check the color of the stains on your sofa before choosing a hue for the new one. Something in taupe, gray or tan will hide spills, making them less noticeable. Or pick furnishings with slipcovers that can be thrown in the washing machine to be freshened up.

Kid friendly Rug

3. Rugs camouflage a multitude of mishaps. Just like upholstery, your floors will take a beating be the recipient of a few spills, as well. A rug with a rich pattern will hide just about anything, and it provides cushioning for little ones who might slip on hardwood flooring. Rugs are easy to send to the cleaners. And when kids are grown, rugs are more affordable to replace than wall-to-wall carpeting.

Kid Friendly Table

4. Round corners are your friends. Small children, especially when they’re learning to walk, tend have plenty of trips and falls. Since cocktail and end table corners are at eye-level, you can help prevent bruises and bumps by choosing tables that are round or oval instead of shapes with corners. Upholstered ottomans are a great option for a cocktail table.

Storage Ottoman

5. Kids have lots of stuff. That means it’s smart to incorporate storage to keep clutter at bay, and plenty of options will tie in with your décor. For example, decorative baskets and bins tucked under end tables can be a quick hiding spot for blocks and dolls. Bookshelves can hold reading material as well as board games. And a chest that doubles as a cocktail table can hold blankets, magazines and stuffed animals. Make sure the storage is accessible so kids get things out and put things away.

Kid Loft

6. Kids just want to be kids! While making sure all of your rooms are family-friendly, having a room that is meant for the kids helps minimize the wear and tear on your home. Whether it’s a family room, basement rec room or your child’s bedroom, create a space for kids by filling it with the things he or she loves to do – such as finger paint and cartwheels. When kids have a place of their own, they’re less tempted to get into stuff that’s not theirs.

School’s out, and it’s time to let loose!! Here are three ideas for celebrating summer in style.

Host an Ice Cream Social

Create a make-your-own sundae bar with a couple flavors of ice cream and lots of toppings. Consider sprinkles, nuts, fruit, crushed cookies and whipped cream.

Have a Picnic  Bring lunch or dinner outdoors. It can be in your own back yard or at a nearby park. There’s something about eating outside that makes the food taste better.

Camp Out Enjoy a night under the stars by popping a tent in your back yard or vising a campground. Roast hot dogs and marshmallows, and tell ghost stories.

Alex Rodriguez House

Source: Architectural Digest

Alex Rodriguez is known for his long career with the New York Yankees, but the third baseman is also a partner in a high-end home construction business. He recently built a gorgeous contemporary home in Coral Gables, Florida, which was featured in an issue of Architectural Digest. We love the striking living room, with its blackened-steel panels, modern art and plush furnishings.

If you like A Rod’s style, we’ve got the look.

A Rod Sofa

Setting the tone and providing plenty of seating are two custom-made sofas upholstered in cotton velvet from Brunschwig & Fils. Our Stripes Sofas would be a great (and much more affordable) option. The sleek lines are striking, while the blue upholstery is classic.

A Rod Chair

A Rod uses a pair of vintage Milo Baughman chairs covered in cashmere upholstery. We think our Singular Arm Chairs would be just as striking and much more practical. The shiny chrome frame complements the crisp white leatherette upholstery, making the chair easy to maintain.

A Rod Table

A Rod’s room includes a vintage white Gabriella Crespi cocktail table. Our Round White Coffee Table offers a similar look, and provides plenty of space to display accents or rest your beverage.

A Rod End Table 1  A Rod End Table 2  A Rod End Table 3

Our sleek inspiration room is warmed up by a beautiful angora carpet. Our Carter Shag Rug in grey will give your room a similar effect. Its plush texture softens the contemporary space, and brings an element of contrast.

A collection of acrylic side tables give A Rod’s room more surface space while keeping the room’s open feel. We have three options that would work. First, the Acrylic End Table offers a pedestal style and a round top, mimicking the cocktail table. The Deko Round End Table features a chrome base, which complements the accent chairs. And just for fun, we think the Spark Red Storage Accent Table would add a bold color-block feature to the space, serving as an artistic element.

A Rod Floor Lamp

Finally, A Rod’s room includes a vintage Pierre Cardin floor lamp, with a chrome base and white shade. Our sleek, minimalist Spectrum Chrome Floor Lamp is a great choice. The updated pharmacy design has a slender, adjustable arm that can be raised up and down to provide task lighting just where it’s needed.

What do you think of A Rod’s room? Did he knock it out of the ballpark or strike out?

A hot trend for Spring 2017 is anything floral. You don’t need a green thumb to bring the season indoors with furniture or accessories that feature gorgeous flowers. Here are three pieces that will instantly perk up your room, putting you beautifully on trend.

Floral Chest

The hand-painted Beverly Accent Chest looks like a priceless piece of art. Featuring delightful hummingbirds and flowers, it will add personality and storage to any room in your home.


Floral Chair

The sleek lines of the Bliss Accent Chair get a traditional twist with the botanical-inspired floral print. Use one in your living room or master suite, or grab a few to update your dining room table.

Floral Art

Give your patio or deck the feeling of an outdoor room by adding artwork to your exterior wall. The Floral Outdoor Wall Art features a giclee finish, protecting it from the elements and brightening up the landscape year round.

Dads come in all shapes, sizes and personalities. Some Dads love golf, while others prefer spending their afternoon by the pool. Some Dads are climbing the corporate ladder, while others are happy taking a walk with their four-legged friend.

Sunday, June 18th is Father’s Day, and Art Van Furniture wants to help you celebrate your unique Dad. Take a look at these gift ideas that are sure to fit him to a T.

Fathers Day Cooler

Outdoors Dad

Does your Dad love to soak up the sun? Whether he’s poolside, camping or tailgating on the weekend, this fun 60-quart cooler will keep his favorite beverages cold and ready. Available in a variety of colors, the cool design features a built-in bottle opener and a convenient cap catcher, keeping the area tidy. And the casters let the party roll wherever he goes.

Fathers Day Recliner

Armchair Quarterback Dad

Complete Dad’s man cave with the beautiful brown Avatar Leather Recliner and Ottoman. Perfect for binge watching his favorite series or taking in the game, the design features plush padding and a sleek exposed metal base. The durable leather upholstery is easy to clean, and you’ll love that it ships for free.

Fathers Day Office Chair

Executive Dad

Whether he works from his convenient home office, a comfy cubicle or a corner office with a view, Dad will love the Zline Hayes Oversized Executive Chair. The memory foam contoured seat is super comfortable, and the waterfall edge provides enhanced leg circulation. Wheel casters let Dad move around easily, and it ships for free!

Fathers Day Pet Bed

Pet-Lover Dad

If your dog is truly Dad’s best friend, he’ll appreciate this stylish new Lounge Bed. Designed like a sofa, the bed lets your pup sleep in comfort. The bolstered side and center pillow unzip for easy cleaning, and the black and white buffalo plaid will look great in Dad’s rec room. Available in a variety of sizes, it ships for free.

Fathers Day Grill

Grillmaster Dad

Every Dad becomes an iron chef when he gets behind the flames of a grill. Help him kick it up a notch with the Himalayan Square Salt Plate. Made from natural salt crystals hand-mined from the Himalayan Mountains, this plate allows Dad to cook, cut and display his grilled masterpiece. The rock can be placed directly on the grill or stovetop, adding flavor to the meal. This great item ships for free.

Fathers Day Music

Music Loving Dad

Headphones and ear buds are nice, but they can get in the way if Dad is trying to nap. With wireless SleepPhones, he doesn’t have to worry about getting tangled up in cords. The hypoallergenic fabric headband has removable speakers that let Dad listen to his favorite tunes or podcasts. Available in a variety of colors, SleepPhones are machine washable and they ship for free.

If you’re really stumped, let Dad pick out what he wants with an Art Van Furniture Gift Card. Available in denominations from $25-$500, he’ll enjoy spending it in any of our 100+ Midwest showrooms.