How to Choose a Media Center

While it’s definitely not an architectural feature, the TV often becomes the focal point of any room it inhabits. Why not dress it up? Televisions can be displayed in a variety of ways, creating an attractive setting in which to watch movies, the big game or the latest episode of Real Housewives.

Before you head out to Art Van Furniture to take a look at our gorgeous media center options, do a little homework first.

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1. Measure your space. You don’t want an entertainment center that swallows your room, and you don’t want a TV stand that seems dwarfed in a large space. Be sure to measure your room and the wall where the television will go. If you’re tight on space, consider a TV stand or a corner console unit. Larger rooms offer more choices. You can use a larger TV stand or an entertainment wall unit that will provide shelves on which to display collectibles and family photos.

brentwood wall unit2. Measure your TV. To select the best media center, you’ll need to measure the size of your television. While TVs are measured diagonally, be safe and measure all of the dimensions. Your television should fit in the space with at least an inch of clearance on all sides to avoid overheating. Large televisions – such as 40” or more – are best accommodated by entertainment wall units. Small to mid-sized TVs will look great on a TV stand.

oak canyon media center3. Count your components. Most likely, your media center will hold more than just your television. Cable or satellite receivers, DVD players, gaming systems, stereos and more will need a home, as will the CDs, movies and video game equipment that go with them. Take inventory of what you will be storing before you shop for a media center. Some TV stands are streamlined and offer room for a few components while others have cabinet doors and drawers for more storage. Entertainment wall units will hold the most components, with handy wiring and plug features. You want to make sure your media center is organized and attractive.

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4. Choose your style. You’ve handled the details and now it’s time for fun. Media centers come in a variety of styles and finishes, and you need to shop for the one that fits your home décor. From contemporary pieces with sleek lines to traditional units with elegance and flair, Art Van Furniture has an option that’s right for your home. Pick the perfect piece and get ready to pop the popcorn.

We’ve Got the Look: Reese Witherspoon’s Dining Room

reese witherspoon dining room

When it comes to actors with Southern charm, no one has more than Reese Witherspoon. From her put-together portrayal of Elle Woods in Legally Blonde to her Oscar-winning role as country singer June Carter Cash in Walk the Line, Witherspoon’s infectious drawl and smile have made her a star.

A few years ago, she and her husband purchased the 1923 Wallace Neff ranch in Ojai, California. The property sits on seven acres and includes a swimming pool, a barn, a horse paddock, and guest cottages.

“It reminds me of growing up in Tennessee, where we spent all day outside,” Witherspoon told Elle Décor magazine when they featured her home in a recent issue. “I wanted my children to have that experience, to get muddy and hang out with the animals.”

We love Witherspoon’s dining room, which puts a fresh and youthful spin on traditional decor. Adjacent to a simple country kitchen, the dining area features a long table and a mix of Swedish chairs, tufted leather benches, and his-and-hers linen wing chairs that accommodated 20 for Thanksgiving dinner.

If you like Witherspoon’s dining room, we’ve got the look. Take a look at these pieces:

witherspoon dining tableStart with an oversized dining table. This beautiful piece is from the HGTV Home Furniture’s Meadowbrook Manor Collection. With two leaves, it can accommodate as many or as few guests you wish. The wood grain is gorgeous on the tabletop and the carved details of the square tapered column legs add more interest.

witherspoon wingback chair
Next, add a pair of wingback chairs to create head-of-the-table envy. The Woodlands Wing Dining Chairs from HGTV’s Home Collection fit the bill. Upholstered in neutral beige with a burned ash wood finish legs, they provide a comfortable place for the host or hostess to entertain friends after a long day in the kitchen.

carly settee witherspoon dining room

Next, add bench seating to the dining room. The Carly Settee from Thread & Feather is sophisticated with a coral pattern in a pale green with a crisply tailored ivory contrast welt. This piece is available in other fabrics, so you can customize the look to make it all yours.

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Add even more seating with these Rustic Oak Side Chairs. While the style of the back is different than Witherspoon’s, the feel is the same. Simple and unassuming, the chairs have an x-back and are highlighted with an upholstered soft cream chair seat.

server witherspoon

Next, add a sideboard. Made from solid maple for sturdy and lasting appeal, our Saber Server has country charm with modern details. Use it for buffet-style dining or an out-of-the-way bar. It will also handsomely store your extra china and linens. In a two-tone finish, it’s the perfect piece to round out your dining room.

lamp witherspoon

Finally, top your sideboard with our brushed bronze Table Lamp with an ivory linen shade. Transitional in style, the lamp looks great in any home. And it will shed extra light on your sideboard buffet.

Introducing the HGTV Collection: Water’s Edge

HGTV chose Art Van Furniture to be the exclusive carrier of its Home Furniture Collection in Michigan and we couldn’t be more excited. Experts in design, 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.

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Today, we want you to meet the Water’s Edge Collection, which is available at Art Van Furniture by custom order. The HGTV Designers describe it this way: “Classic yet casual, clean yet a bit eclectic. The Water’s Edge Collection is ideal for the coast, or anywhere that calls for relaxing in style.”

We think this breath-of-fresh-air collection will make you feel like you’ve gone on a permanent seaside vacation. Combining the coastal cottage look with a unique point of view results a feel that is casual and comfortable. The updated interpretation brings new energy to warm white furnishing, and a splash of color and pattern adds interest. Unique details found in the hardware and wood motifs are truly inspired. The best part? No sand between your toes.


The Details

With classic coastal style, the Water’s Edge Collection brings the breeze of the beach to you. Signature details include boardwalk finish on ash, pierced wood motifs, stylized compass-inspired hardware and fresh fabrics.

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Here Are Two Striking Pieces from this Collection

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With its doors closed, this eye-catching Water’s Edge Chifforobe is a gorgeous piece. But open it up, and you’ll find it’s practical, too, with a surprising array of storage features. Two outside top drawers, six felt-lined tray drawers, four adjustable wood shelves, and several hooks hold everything from clothing, belts, scarves, handbags, necklaces, and even hats. A natural piece for a bedroom, the chifforobe would also work well in a mudroom or family room to hold everything from footwear or games.

waters edge wing back chair

Classic, tailored and very preppy, this striped upholstered wing back chair provides a nautical twist on simple cottage style. Place a pair in the living room or den to create a cozy sitting space. Or use two in the dining room for head-of-the-table fun. With rounded arms and tapered legs, the look is contemporary and the feel is casual.


And Now for the Big Reveal

Waters Edge Big Reveal

HGTV is known for its makeovers. Look what they did to this bedroom. Wood-paneled walls gave the room great architectural details, but it was ready for an update. The upholstered panel bed with woven cane insets, complemented by the compass-styled hardware of the dresser and nightstand chest fit beautifully in this sunny bedroom. Add a couple of benches at the foot of the bed, make use of a Cape color palette, and you are ready to set sail!

Did you love the Water’s Edge 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.

Flower Power

When the models hit the runway last fall to showcase the upcoming styles for Spring 2013, florals were popping up like … well, like daisies! Check out these striking looks from Suno, Moschino and Ralph Lauren – hardly your garden variety.

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Home décor often follows fashion, and we’re seeing a lot of furnishings that have flower power. It’s time to update your home for spring and summer with some floral fun. Take a look at these gorgeous pieces:

marlo floral chair

Our Marlo Floral Accent Chair includes the sophisticated color palette of flax, sky blue, ivory, olive and pale yellow. While it won’t overpower the room, the piece attracts attention due with its style and grace. A nice complement to gray, beige, tan or light blue furnishings, the Marlo chair will make any room more interesting.

floral sideboardOur Hand-Painted Floral Sideboard is a statement piece. With gorgeous tulips on the front and bold stripes on the side, it commands attention and gets it. The perfect piece for a dining room, family room or foyer, it provides a beautiful place to store your china, games or your galoshes.

joslin flower comforter

Rest your head in a garden of color with the Joslin Red Bedding Collection. Contemporary yet classic, the bright floral print is alive with saturated tones. The set includes comforter, bed skirt, two Euro shams, two standard shams, and three decorative pillows.

radiance flower rug

The graphic floral pattern of our Radiance Rug is as striking as it is fun. Light and casual, it works well in a bedroom, breakfast room or family room – anywhere you want to illicit a smile. In blue, green and ivory, the rug adds a punch of whimsy to any home.

Pantone Color Collection: Surface Treatments

A walk along the beach, especially when a storm is rolling in, can be a feast for the senses. The color experts at Pantone can help you bring that feeling home as they have gathered the colors of the water, wind and air into their Surface Treatments palette, one of nine home color collections for 2013.

Take a look at these hues: Maui Blue, Vapor Blue, Tornado Gray, Fallen Rock, Birch, Agave Green and Medal Bronze.

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Pantone makes the often-intimidating job of color selection simple and fun; you simply select the collection that feels right to you. If Surface Treatments captures your personal style, take a look at this understated living room we fashioned from its palette:

platinum sofa

Start with our Platinum Sofa from the Style Collection. The easy-to-live-with piece has clean lines that will fit any lifestyle. The silver grey fabric is accented with soft yellows and greys, for a fresh take on neutral décor.

pearl accent chair

Next, add our Pearl Accent Chair. The updated paisley pattern of soft hues adds visual interest to the room. And its rolled lines, tight seat and angled back provide a peaceful respite from a long day.

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The colors of the Surface Treatments palette come from nature and our Seville Rectangular Cocktail Table and Round End Table with Spanish travertine marble are a perfect fit. Set in a steel frame with a golden bronze finish and a beveled tempered glass shelf, the pieces give the room a textural element.

celeste table lamp

Add another touch of bronze with our Contemporary Table Lamp. Constructed of marble and topped off with an ivory linen shade, its curvy base adds a sophisticated feel.

surface wall art

While the Surface Treatments color palette brings the feel of the ocean inside your room, our Sailboat Wall Art brings the scenery there, too. The three-dimensional piece features a beautiful silver boat gliding atop an inviting waterscape.

teak rug

Finally, ground the room with our High Sierra Rug. Ultra soft with varying shades of brown, its deep teak color mirrors the look of cliff-side rocks. The shag rug also brings in another layer of texture to this room designed for the senses.