Design Dilemma: A Small Master Bedroom

Your master bedroom is meant to be a magnificent oasis that welcomes you home at the end of a long day. A nurturing retreat from the hustle and bustle of the world, it should envelop you in a sense of calm. If your bedroom is space challenged, however, calm can be a little tougher to achieve. Often, small rooms fall victim to design mistakes that overlook the opportunity to create coziness and end up feeling cluttered instead.


If your design dilemma is a small master bedroom, here are some tricks you can use to give your oasis the atmosphere you deserve:

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A Streamlined Bed

Your bed will be the largest piece of furniture, and by default, it becomes the focal point. In a small room, choose a bed design that is in scale with your surroundings. Heavy wood or canopied beds can easily overtake the room. Instead, find something light in frame or color. For example, this white platform bed gives the room a feeling of spaciousness, as it allows the eye to see under the bed frame. You can also use a simple metal bed frame that will allow light to move through and around the headboard. Further the feel with light-colored linens that will also help make the room feel more open.


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Light Furnishings

When furnishing the room, think light – both in color and in scale. Many homeowners buy a bedroom suite as a set – whether or not they need or have room for all of the pieces. Instead pick and choose what will fit. You’ll create the feeling of more space by selecting furnishings that take up less area. For example, use a glass end table for a nightstand. Since you can see through the piece, it will make the room feel larger. Choose a low dresser instead of a tall chest. The open wall space behind it will give the room a more spacious feel.


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Be Creative with Storage

Finally, think outside of the chest and dresser for storage. Choose double-duty pieces, such as a bed that has built-in drawers in the base. Or find a bed that has shelving on the headboard, which can hold your alarm clock and eliminate the need for nightstands. Investing in furniture that serves many functions is a great way to streamline a room and eliminate clutter. Sweet dreams!

Six Reasons to Add a Rug to Your Room

From the timeless elegance of Oriental to the casual-Friday feel of shag, an area rug adds depth, style and function to any room in your house. In fact, every home should include several! Here are six reasons to add a rug to your room. (We’ll be waiting for you in our rug department.)

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1. It adds warmth.

During the summer, tile and wood floors can be a nice break from the heat but they can also be hard on bare feet. Instead, run your toes through the thick pile of a shag rug while you relax on the sofa. Come fall and winter, you’ll appreciate the extra warmth. Rugs add visual warmth, as well; the added layer of texture brings depth to the room.

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2. It adds personality.

A rug can instantly change the look of a room and set the stage for your personal style. A pattern can brighten up a plain room or add interest to the floor. A bold solid can add drama. Many designers start with the rug and build the room from there. Find a rug that speaks to you, and let it lay the foundation for your décor.

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3. It unifies a color scheme.

You’ve fallen in love with a pumpkin orange club chair, but you’re afraid it won’t play nice with your brown sectional. No problem, choose a rug that ties the two colors together. When unifying a color scheme, select a rug that complements the main colors in your room and has a splash of your accent color.

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4. It camouflages stains.

Households with children and pets – or boisterous adults who enjoy Sunday afternoon game day – should choose a rug that will help hide stains. Look for those with darker colors or intricate patterns. When your floor is forgiving, you won’t worry as much about that mug of root beer or glass of red wine.

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5. It protects your wood floor.

You love your hardwood floors; protect them by using a rug in high traffic areas, such as family room seating areas, hallways and foyers. You can also use a rug under your dining room table to help prevent the damage that can happen when chairs are pulled and pushed. Look for durable rugs, such as those made of wool, and be sure to use a nonslip rug pad to prevent skidding.

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6. It anchors a room.

Rugs anchor rooms by establish the mood and defining areas. A dark, richly colored rug gives the feeling of an intimate space. A lightly colored rug can make a room feel larger. And a rug with warm colors gives a room a bright and homey feel. Their placement will create the outline for a conversation or entertaining area, bringing people and your furnishings together in style.

Chrome Makes a Comeback

Adding a little sparkle to a room is easy – bring some chrome home. While brushed nickel has been a favorite finish on drawer pulls and lamp bases for years, more and more homeowners are yearning for some bling to add to their rooms. Thankfully, our furniture makers have answered the call with contemporary chrome pieces that do the trick.

Take a look at these five chrome pieces that will light up your home (and be light on your budget):

chrome dining tableThe chrome legs of this contemporary dining table support its glass top like sleek columns. And the chrome base of the chairs – in your choice of black or white – will add even more polish. While this set is perfect for a small eating area, it’s stylish enough to come out of the kitchen and into a sophisticated loft dining room.

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The sleek chrome “X” base of our Madrid Chair gives the modern design of this piece a striking foundation. Contemporary and streamlined, the deep tufting on the back and seat add just the right amount of detail and visual interest. Your only dilemma: white or black?

chrome cocktail table

The round glass top of our Concorde Cocktail Table seems to float atop its striking chrome pedestal base, offering a futuristic take on contemporary design. Perfect for a modern living room, the table measures a full yard across, adding much appreciated surface space without overtaking the room. If you like the look, the Concorde collection also includes matching end tables.

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These understated Parsons Chairs have just a hint of rock and roll with the shiny chrome nailhead trim that outlines the seat. The rich pewter grey velvet upholstery provides the perfect background for the pop of light, making these chairs a great choice for a contemporary dining room or sleek living room.

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If you’re looking for an accent chair, take a look at the ROMA Mirella Modular chair in intense teal. Its chrome base adds a surprising splash of modern to the sleek yet casual piece. The ROMA Mirella also swivels, making this piece a great addition to a conversation or entertainment area.

Introducing the HGTV Collection: Classic Chic

The designers at HGTV are experts in style, and we’re thrilled that they chose Art Van Furniture to be the exclusive carrier of its Home Furniture Collection in Michigan.

The collection takes the intimidating task of designing a room and makes it fun and easy. 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.

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Today, we want you to meet the Classic Chic Collection, which is available at Art Van Furniture by custom order. The HGTV Designers describe it this way: “Much like Hollywood movie sets of the 30’s and 40’s, the Classic Chic Collection is elegant, but not stuffy. It is clean, but not plain. Just add a bit of imagination and Classic Chic opens a new world of decorating possibilities.”

If you dress for dinner and are inspired by the glamour of 20th-century classic modern, the Classic Chic Collection is for you, presenting a contemporary take on retro vogue. Its graceful curves and sleek lines are equally at home in an urban loft as well as a mid-century ranch. Scaled for smaller spaces, the cosmopolitan look is big on style. Whether you fancy a single piece or welcome in an entire room, adding Classic Chic to your home will the beginning of a beautiful friendship.


The Details

Inspired by 20th Century Classic Modern, the Classic Chic Collection is a new look at vintage couture. Signature details include elegant yet simplistic curves, rich walnut grain patterns and ivory tone accents, Art Deco-inspired hardware and fresh fabrics.

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Here Are Two Striking Pieces from this Collection

Classic Chic Waterfall

We love the Waterfall Cocktail Table with its graceful curves with clean lines. This striking piece has capiz shell inlay, adding an element of texture to your room. The two drawers add storage options to your room –and who doesn’t need storage?

Classic Chic Bar

A classic chic home needs a classic chic bar, and the Contemporary Urban Loft Bar is the perfect piece. Made of gorgeous walnut, it features contrasting ivory trim. Inside you’ll find plenty of storage, including two tray drawers, a fixed wooden shelf, wine glass holders, wine bottle storage, and two shelves inside each door. The natural travertine stone top inserts keeps the piece safe from liquids, and a concealed power strip with four outlets offers another level of function.


And Now for the Big Reveal

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Of course HGTV is known for its makeovers; take a look at what they did with this ho-hum room. While it had lovely windows, high ceilings and great architectural details, this bedroom was ready for an update. The panel bed with its open-loop headboard combines with the coordinating accent mirror and dresser to give this room the elegance it deserves. Add in a Roxy chair with complementary curves, a sophisticated color palette, and you’re ready for your close up!


Did you love the Classic Chic Collection? 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.

We’ve Got the Look: Lauren Conrad’s Living Room

Lauren Conrad is a young style icon. The fresh-faced reality TV star took advantage of her popularity on MTV’s Laguna Beach and The Hills and launched three fashion lines, all offering a feminine look with a California vibe. The same description applies to her home. Classic in style, it features a feminine touch that isn’t too frilly. Take a look at how she effortlessly mixes crisp white seating with rich woods in her Spanish-style Hollywood home.


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If you like Lauren Conrad’s living room, we’ve got the look:

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Start with a pair of Cindy Crawford’s Hadley chairs, featuring a neutral body fabric and contrasting exposed wood base. The lines of this chair are clean and transitional. And the tufting on the back cushion adds that extra detail.

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Next, add the clean, classic Marlo Sofa. Upholstered in an ivory-colored fabric, it gets a pop of color with butter and taupe floral and striped pillows. The look is fresh and young.

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Next, select a cocktail table. The Brunswick Square Cocktail Table serves as a contrast to the simplicity of the seating, with unique stretcher design and eye-catching turned legs. A single drawer provides concealed storage for a clutter-free room.

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Anchor the room with the Old World-look of the Kharma Rug. Its rich color palette appears to be delicately aged, adding another element of contrast to the crisp, new seating. The Kharma Rug offers timeless style you’ll enjoy for years to come.

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An Upholstered Bench, in soft cream, provides extra seating. While Conrad has hers placed near the fireplace, you can use a bench anywhere friends gather. Top with a tray and your bench quickly becomes a table.

conrad sofa table

Conrad’s living room has a console table against the wall, and our Key Town Sofa Table will serve a similar function in your room. With a distressed dark brown finish and recycled leather accents, it mixes well with the room’s other unique furnishings. It also balances the focal point of the fireplace.

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Finally, hang our Gold Rectangular Mirror over the console. In a two-tone finish with an added detail of raised dots, it will reflect the light and provide some needed sparkle to the dark wooden furnishings. The result is a fresh, contemporary take on traditional style.