Dazzle Me

Pantone recently announced its Color of the Year for 2014 and it’s dazzling – Dazzling Blue, that is. The company revealed its spring palette at New York Fashion Week, which began September 5, 2013. If you’re on Facebook, you’ve already seen it. Dazzling Blue looks strikingly similar to the color used on the Facebook logo.


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Do you “Like” it? If so, bring home a touch of this color. Like fresh and vibrant denim, Dazzling Blue adds a punch of fun to a timeless hue. Here are a few pieces that will dazzle you:


dazzling blue lamp

This Ceramic Table Lamp with its drip glaze finish features Pantone’s hottest color in harmony with some complementary hues. With a bronze metal base and finial and beige linen shade, the lamp would work well with ivory, grey, black and navy décor.


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The Indigo Blue Bombe Chest from HGTV’s Home Collection would be a striking addition to your home. Its rich shade adds an unexpected element to a piece of traditional style furniture. With two lined drawers, it would be perfect in a foyer, family room, dining room or guest bedroom.


blue rug


Add just a touch of Dazzling Blue with our Tarkan Collection Patchwork Rug. Made from 75% wool antique and vintage Turkish rugs, the gorgeous piece features several traditional rug designs sewn together to create something totally unique. The blue areas give the rug a pop of interest.


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Update your ivory or gray sofa with our Accent Pillows in Dazzling Blue. You can also use these pillows in a bedroom. In graphic patterns, the throw pillows are a fun and easy way to be on trend.


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Finally, update the look of your dining room with our Hitchcock Denim Parsons Chairs. With individually applied, shiny chrome nail trim accents, the chairs add a casual feel to a traditional piece of furniture. These chairs would also look great in a country kitchen. Or use a couple as extra seating in a family room. The look is rugged yet stylish, and very all-American.

Design Dilemma: How to Make the Most of a Large Room

When we think of design dilemmas we often think of small spaces, but large rooms have challenges all their own. They can feel cold and uninviting. Furniture placement can feel awkward. And space can go underutilized.


If you’re lucky enough to have a spacious room, how do you make the most of it? Here are five tips that will turn your room from cavernous to cozy.


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1. First, choose furniture that fits the scale of the room. Small furniture – such as a settee or a pair of slipper chairs – will look even smaller in a large room. Think sectionals, large square cocktail tables and oversized accent seating, such as a chair and a half. And look for heavier pieces, such as wooden tables or rich leather sofas that will “fill” the room with color and volume.

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2. Create zones. Large rooms can multitask so be sure to set up areas for various activities by dividing it into zones. For example, create a seating area around a media center for television and media watching. Then add a table that can be used for playing games or putting together puzzles. A drop-leaf style will allow you to minimize floor space when needed.


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3. Add occasional pieces. Sometimes a large room comes in handy, such as during holiday family gatherings or when hosting parties. You’ll want to use the entire space, so include pieces that can be moved around or out of the way. Look for nesting tables, benches and ottomans.


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4. Create a divider. If you want to section the room in two, use a divider that will create the illusion of a wall. Bookshelf dividers can create two rooms from one. Or use a sofa as a divider, with a sofa table on its back that can be part of another seating group.


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5. Add a reading nook or conversation area for two. Finally, create a feeling of coziness by including a reading nook for one or a conversation area for two. A bay window or quiet corner can easily be filled with a chaise lounge or pair of accent chairs.

Life in TechnoColor

Choosing a color palette for your room can be intimidating. You don’t want to be boring, but you don’t want to look like a box of Crayola crayons, either. So how do you assemble the perfect palette?


To help you take the leap from basic beige, the folks from Pantone, a design company considered the global authority on color, created nine no-fail color palettes for 2014. Each has an array of colors that work well together, whether you combine two, four or all of them. You just have to find the one that resonates with you.


We’ll highlight each palette separately, and first up is the palette called TechnoColor. This palette “acknowledges the advancement of technology – how it is impacting the world of design and expanding the color universe through a melding of both vibrant and deep hues, frequently executed in reflective surfaces.”


Techno Color

The collection includes Silver, Emerald (which was chosen as Pantone’s 2014 color of the year), Methyl Blue, Tillandsia Purple, Majolica Blue, Dark Citron, Exuberance and Jet Black.


We think these colors would make a striking family room. Take a look at these pieces from Art Van Furniture that will bring TechnoColor to life in your home:


technocolor sofaStart with the Trio Sofa and Loveseat in grey. Sleek and tailored, they bring a contemporary feel to the room. In 100% genuine leather, the pieces set a sophisticated and stylish foundation to a TechnoColor room.


technocolor accent chair

Now it’s time for the drama. The Lorenzo Accent Chair and its matching ottoman are made of 100% teal blended leather. The piece has a faux crocodile finish for another layer of interest. And the chrome nail-head trim, gives a touch of sparkle to what is becoming a vibrant room.


technocolor shag


Surprise your family and friends with a purple shag rug. From the Kempton Collection, it conveys the feeling of hip nostalgia in your home while providing an unexpected pop of color underfoot.


technocolor cocktail table

Ground the bright colors in this room with the Troy Collection Oval Cocktail Table. The dark black finish features a smoky glass top, which fits with the modern tech-savvy vibe of the room.


technocolor end table

Place the vintage-inspired Marlow Collection End Table next to the Lorenzo Accent Chair for a bit of bling. The bold piece commands attention and will complement the chrome nail-head trim of the chair.


technocolor accent

Top the Marlow Table with this Emerald Glossy Sculpture. The modern piece will look at home in our fashion-forward room and adds another color from this fun palette.


technocolor fireplace

Finally, add some warmth to this tech-inspired room with our Celebrity Wall-Mounted Fireplace. Featuring a stainless steel surround, the simple design makes a stunning statement in your space.

Introducing the HGTV Collection: Meadowbrook Manor

Earlier this year, HGTV chose Art Van Furniture to be the exclusive carrier of its Home Furniture Collection in Michigan. We’re thrilled to be able to offer their design expertise to our customers. In fact, HGTV has taken the intimidating task of designing a room and made it fun and easy with their inspired takes on timeless style.


Several collections are available – Modern Heritage, Woodlands, Park Avenue, Greenwich, Classic Chic, Meadowbrook Manor and Water’s Edge – each with a distinct style all its own.


Today, we want you to meet Meadowbrook Manor, which is available at Art Van Furniture by custom order. The HGTV Designers describe it this way: “Elegant yet practical, traditional yet very ‘today,’ the Meadowbrook Manor Collection is the new look of a Classic decorating style.”



While George Washington may not have dined here, the details of the Meadowbrook Manor Collection are authentic to the steeped tradition of the Colonial homes from which they’re inspired. A mixture of style and substance, the stately look is made relevant for today’s busy lifestyle with updated twists, such as oval-back armchairs covered in two fabrics and the sophisticated sparkle of nickel hardware. Available in an innovative new graphite gray finish or a traditional rich cherry, the result is polished and tailored and the appeal is timeless.


The Details

With the authentic style of older, traditional neighborhoods, the Meadowbrook Manor Collection offers timeless design. Signature details include graphite finish on cherry, signature harlequin patterns, elegant graceful curves, and fresh fabrics.


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Here Are Two Striking Pieces from this Collection


Meadowbrook Manor Headboard

The Newport Headboard has a signature floral fabric called Meadowbrook Mum. Its plum and gray hues are the perfect complement to the rich cherry finish of the collection’s furniture. In fact HGTV designer Vern Yip named this one of his favorite picks for best headboard.


Meadowbrook Manor bar


The Meadowbrook Manor Bar Cabinet makes entertaining a breeze: simply open its gorgeously detailed doors and let the fun begin. The piece includes two tray drawers with cork bottoms, mirrored back and shelf, wine glass holders, two removable wood shelves with optional wine bottle storage, and three wooden shelves with metal rods in each door.


And Now for the Big Reveal


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This dining room had great architectural details, but it was ready for an update. The oval back arm chairs, with the signature mum fabric on the outside of the back, together with the lattice back side chairs give the dining room a more eclectic look. The graphite finish on the dining table, china cabinet and chairs is tied together through the color palette of the walls and rug, creating a room that is polished yet practical.


Does the Meadowbrook Manor Collection appeal to you? Visit any of our convenient locations to place your order, and welcome the unique point-of-view of HGTV’s top designers into your own home.

Ottoman Empire

Put up your feet. Set down your drink. Take a seat and chat with a friend. Ottomans can be a homeowner’s best investment. Part footrest, part table and part bench, this piece of furniture can multi-task like no other.


Whether your home is casual, traditional, contemporary or rustic, we have an ottoman that will fit your personal style. Here are five of our favorites:

humphrey ottomanThe traditional look of the Humphrey Cocktail Ottoman is the perfect addition to a stately den. While the materials are masculine, the piece gets a feminine touch with a scalloped nail-head treatment that adorns its edges. Made of genuine leather, a hand-applied technique gives it a rich patina that makes this piece an instant heirloom.


Colby OttomanThe eye-catching pattern of the Colby Square Cocktail Ottoman adds instant warmth to a room, with a unique striped fabric design. In deep taupe, brown and charcoal, its neutral palette can be easily dressed up or down. You’ll find its oversized proportions a great fit for your busy lifestyle.


Carly Ottoman

The Carly Leather Cocktail Ottoman from the Thread & Feather Collection will bring a feeling of classic elegance into your home. Admire the deep quilted tufts, which accentuate the luster of its soft tan genuine leather. Nail head trim around the bottom add another layer of interest. And the wood turned legs give the piece its finishing touch. Practical and pretty, you won’t be able to keep your eyes off of it.

Yardley OttomanThe Yardley Cocktail Ottoman honors all of the things you treasure into your home. Its beautiful script pattern is adorned with words such as “Live,” “Love,” Believe,” “Peace” and “Joy.” Its proportions are a good fit for ay size sofa, and it will easily become one of your most admired furnishings.

Enterprise OttomanFinally, the Enterprise Ottoman in white leather brings a splash of modern style into your home. Its chrome legs add a bit of sparkle to a piece that already captivates. It’s the perfect addition to a contemporary living room or a sophisticated master suite.