Classic Holiday Décor

Need some holiday inspiration for your home? Our Creative Director Broc Clark has identified three important holiday trends for 2018, each with its own distinct style and twist. Last week he shared the dramatic and unique Starry Night. This week he offers the latest nuance to Classic Holiday Décor.

When it comes to decorating for the holidays, you can never go wrong with a traditional look. It’s timeless and elegant, and will never go out of style. Here are five of its signature elements:

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Color

The combination of red, green and white are classic, and they form the foundation for the Classic holiday trend. Look at earthy versions of these three colors, such as a brick red, snow white and pine green. They are the colors found in nature as opposed to their more vibrant counterparts. The look is rich and refined with understated elegance.

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Accents

Mercury glass is an important accent in this season’s Classic trend. Add mercury glass trees to your mantel, sideboard or holiday table. Use a mercury glass vase to hold greenery or branches. Or enjoy the charm of this year-round by using a mercury glass lamp in your décor.

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Greenery

Deck the halls with lots of greenery this season, draping garland on bannisters, mantels and chandeliers, and wreaths on doors and windows. This season’s Classic style uses designs that complement the earthy palette.

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Motifs

Accessories and patterns in Classic holiday style feature woodland creatures, birds and botanicals. Use them in ornaments, accents, pillows or wall art. These nature-inspired motifs add the elegance of the outdoors to your indoor spaces.

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Texture

Quilts and coverlets that are rich in texture and color are an important part of the Classic holiday style. Simply add a layer to the foot of the bed, or swap out your comforter for something more festive. Quilts can also be used in living spaces, allowing you to curl up by the fire with a warm blanket.

Buying a Sectional: A Size for Every Room

When it comes to creating an inviting space, sectional sofas are the very definition. Cozy and welcoming, they also command a good amount of square footage. Fortunately, you can find a sectional for every size room—small to large. It’s important to start with the correct proportions when buying a sectional.

Start by measuring your room. It’s a good idea to mark off the area in which you’d like to use a sectional; you can use painter’s tape or pull together existing furniture into the desired formation. Then measure that, too, and consider any other objects you’d like to place in the room, such as end tables and lamps. Once you understand what will fit and what won’t, it’s time to shop for your new sectional sofa.

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Small Spaces

If your space is small, sectionals can still work. Choose an L-shaped sofa in a petite scale or a loveseat sectional with a chaise. Our Alfresco II Sofa Chaise is a stylish choice that offers a small footprint.

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Medium-sized Rooms

If you have more space to work with, look for a sectional with a longer L-shaped configuration. Our Harper 3-Piece Sectional provides plenty of room for hanging out with friends, and its understated design doesn’t overwhelm a space.

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Large Rooms

If you have an oversized space, buying a sectional is the perfect way to fill it in a cohesive fashion. Choose a U-shaped configuration, such as our Harlow Sectional. The size will help reign in the scale of the room by matching the proper proportions.

Sectionals are some of our most popular products because they’re comfortable and welcoming—just like your home sweet home.

Gift Giving Tips to Find the Perfect Present

The gift-giving season is here … and finding the perfect present can present a challenge. While gift cards are always a great option, they don’t exactly say, “I gave this gift a lot of thought.” Instead, start brainstorming ideas for your loved ones so you can show that it is the thought that counts. If you’re finding yourself stuck for ideas, here are gift giving tips to consider:

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Start listening closely

First of all, pay attention to what your friends and family talk about. People often give hints and don’t realize it. Maybe they mention that they lost their gloves. Or perhaps they remark that they forget to plan dinner. By paying attention to the things they talk about, you can get some insight on what would make their life easier or what they need replace.

Consider their personality

Another idea is to match gifts to the personalities and pastimes of your friends and family. If your sister is a fashionista, for example, a bold scarf or faux fur purse might be perfect. If she prefers to stay home in sweats, she’d probably love a book and assortment of teas.

Think about hobbies

Also, hobbies can be a great path to finding the right gift. Does your brother love to golf? Cook? Drink wine? Consider a new tool that can help them enjoy their hobby more, or find a home accent that celebrates their interest.

Give of yourself

Maybe you have a talent that can be turned into a gift, giving something you’ve made can be extra special. Maybe you can give homemade baked goods, a painting or a hand knitted scarf. As a result, every time they use it, they’ll be reminded of your generosity.

Make it special

Finally, consider items that most people don’t buy for themselves—something special or indulgent. Cindy Crawford takes Christmas seriously, and buys dozens of gifts each year. She says she keeps a list going back five years to make sure there are no duplicates.

“I start thinking about Christmas in September,”she told AOL. “I try to find gifts that I can give to ten people. If I try to buy something different for everyone on my list, I would go crazy.”

One of her recent favorites was a champagne ice bucket. “This one is for the person who has everything. We actually gave it to friends of ours as a wedding present. It’s just cool,” she says.

 

Spend time thinking of the perfect gift, and you’ll show how much you care. If you need more ideas, be sure to visit the Art Van Furniture Holiday Gift Guides, with unique and fun ideas for everyone on your list.

Starry Night Holiday Décor

Tis the season to start decorating for the holidays. This year, why not think outside the box when it comes to your décor. While traditional red and green are timeless and elegant, consider choosing a palette that’s fresh and fun. Our Creative Director Broc Clark has identified three important holiday trends for 2018, each with its own distinct style and twist. First up is Starry Night. This look is inspired by the rich colors and drama of the Van Gogh painting, setting a tone that celebrates a calm winter’s night. Here are its signature elements:

Navy, Gold and Pink

Three important colors for Starry Night are navy, gold and pink. Navy and gold combine to bring the look and feel of an evening sky to your home. Pink touches provide a playful twist and a rosy glow. Imagine decorating your tree in navy, gold and pink ornaments. The combination will feel quite refined.

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Gold Finishes

The important metal of this palette is gold. Look for places to spread its richness. Gold pillows and frames would set your rooms aglow. Use gold silverware, chargers and candlesticks at dining room table settings. And decorate bannisters and chandeliers by embellishing them with gold garland.

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Rustic Accents

While Starry Night features elegant colors and finishes, rustic touches keeps things grounded and fun. Look for textures plucked from nature as well as shapes and accents that feel like they belong in the woods. This sweet Santa Gnome, for example, is sure to make you smile.

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Faux Fur

The elegant colors of Starry Night are complemented by rich textures, especially faux fur. Drape a warm minky throw on the arm of your sofa, or swap out the toss pillows on your chair or bed with some covered in faux fur.

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Forest Animals

Finally, add the feel of the forest to your holiday setting with woodland animal inspired accents. Add a small trinket or statue to a tabletop, or look for animal shapes on pillows, such as this sequined velvet variety. The sparkle will catch the light and make your room feel like an enchanted forest.

This Is How to Shop for a Sofa

Buying a sofa is a big purchase, one that requires some preparation and thought. It’s often the largest item in the room and commands attention. It’s also the piece that will serve as a landing spot for you and your friends. Since it’s an important part of your room, be sure to take time to understand how to shop for a sofa.

Identify What You Want

The first step is being clear on what you want. If it’s your first sofa, you may not want to invest a lot of money, and buying a sofa that will fulfill your needs for a couple of years is fine. If you’re replacing a worn out sofa or if you want to start with something of higher quality, choose a sofa that will be an investment piece. While everybody has a budget, you’ll want to try to get the most for your money.

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Our Capri Sofa, for example, is both affordable and durable. Its casual style would make a great option for your home, and it comes in a variety of colors, including charcoal, brown, spa and blue.

Choose the Upholstery

How the sofa will be used will dictate your best upholstery choices. Will your sofa be in a family room with children, dogs and cats? Leather is very durable, but not everyone wants that look and feel. Microfiber, also called microsuede, has a little bit of a nap and is very durable.

Maybe you’re a single person and you want a sofa that’s a design statement? If you’re interested in a print, cotton takes dyes very well and the prints are very crisp, but cotton isn’t as durable a material and wouldn’t be the best choice for a busy family.

Decide on a Color

Choosing a color for your upholstery is another big decision. A safe choice is a neutral fabric, creating contrast and interest with throw pillows. You should think about tomorrow, and not just today’s design trends. If you fall in love with a bright yellow or lime green sofa, understand that you’ll have to work around that color for whatever time frame you hope to keep it. Changing out pillows, however, will be a fraction of the price of replacing the entire sofa.

Test for Comfort

Most people choose a sofa based on looks, judging comfort second. However, few people test a sofa’s comfort in the way it will be used at home. When you shop, take off your shoes and curl up on it. It’s rare that you sit at home with both feet on the ground. Sit on it the way you sit on your sofa at home and determine if it feels right.

How to shop for a sofa requires a combination of use, style and comfort. Take time to judge each part of the equation before making your decision. When you understand what you need and consider all of your options, you’ll be more likely to enjoy your purchase for years to come.