Five Quick Holiday Updates

Creating a festive setting in your home doesn’t have to involve a complete redo of your rooms. It can be as easy as adding a new accent or accessory. Take a look at these five simple additions that will get you (and your home) into the holiday spirit.

 

Throw Pillows

Nothing could be easier than tossing a few seasonal pillows onto your sofa, sectional or easy chair. Choose something that coordinates with your décor and create instant holiday cheer.

 

Garland

Wrap your chandelier, wall art or windows with garland and you will transform your room into a winter wonderland. Add bows for a quick pop of color.

 

Faux Fur

Bring instant warmth to a room with faux fur. Drape a blanket at the foot of your bed to bring a sense of richness. Or use a blanket or pillow on your living room sofa for the feeling of a luxe lodge.

 

Candles

Swap out your lamps or everyday candles for something with a little bit of bling. Silver candlesticks signal that something special is happening. Or add a lantern for the feel of a cozy cabin.

Plaid

Drape red plaid runners on your dining room table and instantly get into the holiday spirit. This classic look goes perfectly with farmhouse style, giving your room a heartwarming traditional feel.

Dress Up Your Dinnerware for the Holidays

You could go out and invest in new dinnerware for the holidays. Gorgeous designs that are perfect for holidays like Thanksgiving, Hanukkah and Christmas are festive and fun. But you can also easily dress up your existing dinnerware with some easy and inexpensive details that will give you the same result.

Here are five ways to dress up your existing dishes and make them shine for the season:

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1. Use Chargers. Classic white plates look chic and elegant when you place them on a charger. Choose luxurious silver or gold for a classic look. Or brighten up the table with jewel tones, such as ruby, emerald or sapphire. We love this snowflake charger craft idea. You’ll be surprised at the impact a charger can make, and it can happen in a snap.

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2. Purchase New Salad Plates. Instead of investing in an entire set of china, why not purchase salad plates that you layer atop your everyday dinner dish? The single piece won’t cost a lot, and the top plate is the star of the setting. Choose something for the holiday or season, and it will look like you went all out.

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3. Add the Details. Little things can make a big impact, and your choice of napkins and napkin rings can set the tone. Instead of classic white napkins, choose a bold color or pattern. Or stick with white and let the ring take center stage. Here are some fun ideas we found on Pinterest. You could even go simple, and tie a sprig of evergreen with twine or ribbon.

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4. Roll Out the Table Runner. Add flair by using a dramatic table runner. Not only does it introduce a theme; a runner allows the natural beauty of your table show through. You’ll find a wide assortment of options designed for your specific holiday, or head to the fabric store and purchase a piece of velvet, satin or even faux fur. You could also use a beautiful plaid blanket; the contrasting texture will create a warm, festive setting.

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5. Think About Place Mats. Place mats offer another design opportunity, and they help protect your table. Choose a color that enhances your holiday décor, or personalize a set of your own with this fun burlap place mat craft project.

We’d love to see how you create a festive tables design for the holidays. Post your photos in the comments below!

Introducing NB2, Nigel Barker’s Modern Collection

Last year, we introduced NB1, a collection of furniture designed exclusively for Art Van by esteemed fashion photographer Nigel Barker, inspired from Nigel’s travels around the globe. This year we are excited to introduce NB2, a curated collection of modern pieces that were inspired by Nigel’s love of creating a serene retreat at home.

Like a life well lived, design should be multifaceted and meaningful, says Nigel. The modern, clean lines and sophisticated silhouettes are the hallmark of the collection. Rich, neutral colors offer a classic, timeless palette, and signature pieces turn into focal points around which you build your room.

“I’ve always aspired to be timeless and chic, and the sleek silhouettes and classic shapes of my new collection will help you make the most of your space without giving up comfort and elegance,” says Nigel. “Pulling inspiration from my life, NB2 is a calm oasis – a place of peace with minimalism at its heart. My hope is that you will unwind and recharge in style, enjoying time well spent with friends and family.”

How To Shop For A Sofa Online

 

Online shopping is a convenient way to fill your closet, pantry, shelves and walls—but what about using the Internet to buy a sofa? For large items, size and comfort are key. Successfully shop online by taking these things into consideration.

 

Start with a reputable retailer. Learn about the company by reading its About Us page. A company with a long history has been in business for a reason—it cares about its customers! Also look for customer service policies and a satisfaction guarantee, as well as shipping rates and timelines. Your best bet is a store that also has a brick-and-mortar element; you can save time by browsing online and then see the piece in person before you make your purchase.

 

Read the product description. Pay close attention to the materials and care instructions because pictures don’t always offer a complete story. You want to make sure the piece fits your lifestyle and décor by understanding the construction and materials.

 

Check the measurements. Compare the size of the piece to the size of your space. It can help to mark out dimensions on the floor with painter’s tape. Consider length and width as well as height. Look at the placement of your windows, doorways and halls. Also, think about how the furniture will get into your room. Will it fit around corners and through doorways?

 

Be careful about colors. Computer screens can distort colors, and certain finishes can look different in photographs. Darker wood, for example, tends to look lighter online. If you’re trying to match an existing color or finish, call and talk to the retailer’s customer service agent. Or, better yet, complete your purchase in person to be confident of the color.

 

Look for comfort clues. While it’s hard to know how something will feel when you’re looking at it online, you can get some clues by looking at the depth of the piece. Deeper sofas often offer a lot of comfort and are great for lounging. Also pay attention to the fill. Down is very soft and relaxed, while poly-fill, such as Dacron, will provide a higher level of support as well as comfort.

 

Know the return policy. Before you place your order, be sure you understand what you can do if the piece isn’t right. If your retailer has brick-and-mortar locations, returns might be easier if they allow you to return the piece in person instead of having to arrange return shipping. Pay attention to time limits, and return the item promptly for best satisfaction.

 

Note: If you like the sofas in this post, they all ship to your doorstep for free!