Pantone’s Extracts Palette

Sugar and spice and everything nice … that’s what Pantone’s Extracts palette is made of. The fifth in our series of home color collections for 2013, Pantone makes the often-intimidating job of color selection simple and fun. Just look for the palette that resonates with you.

Extracts takes its cue from the spice cabinet, with tasty colors in luscious and light shades. The effect is comforting yet a little surprising, with pops of color that might not be expected in a home. The six-color collection sounds like a dessert bar, with Spiced Coral, Brandied Melon, Apple Cinnamon, Dusty Pink, Baked Clay and Green Banana.

pantone extracts

If Extracts speaks to you, consider a family room makeover.

spectrum sofa spectrum sofa clay

Start with our Spectrum sofa. At 83″ long, it’s a good choice for any size room. And the classic lines and rolled arms will fit any style home, from traditional to casual. Choose from clay or beige microsuede twill fabric. Throw pillows in a neutral yet colorful pattern add a layer of interest.

attica chair

Next, add a pop of color with our contemporary Attica Swivel Chair. In terra cotta fabric, it is grounded by its exposed wood frame. With a tight back and rolled arms, the small-scale chair works well with the Spectrum sofa. Use alone or grab a pair and create a conversation area.

mellow chair green

Another option is our Mellow Chair in apple green. Its sleek design is contemporary and it, too, coordinates well with our Spectrum sofa. In 100% genuine leather, the piece also comes in black, red, cream and walnut brown.

paisley extract rug

Tie the colors of the sofa and chair together with our Carolina Wild Collection rug with paisley design. Featuring many of the colors from the Extract collection, the quality piece is woven with a 35mm pile height for dimension. The edges are finished with a fray proof surge to prolong the life of each rug.

extract table

Next, add our Rectangular Cocktail Table from the Hudson Collection. In burnished bronze metal, the light-looking piece is topped with glass, allowing the beauty of the rug to shine through. The circular design in the center of the base complements the paisley rug. Matching end tables are also available.

extract lamp

Finally, light up the room with our gourd lamp. In an oregano green, its shapely silhouette blends with different styles of decor, from modern to traditional and everything in between. Use a single lamp on an end table, or a pair on a sofa table.


Using a Settee

Smaller than a sofa, more elegant than a loveseat and sturdier than a bench, the settee is a multitalented piece of furniture. Designed to seat two, it’s the perfect seating solution in tight spots. In larger rooms, it can be the building block of a secondary grouping. And it can be put to use in most any room of your home.


Here are five ways to use a settee in your home:

carly settee

1. A settee instantly transforms an eating nook into a dining banquette. In pale green, our Thread & Feather Carly Settee is sophisticated and crisply tailored. With an ivory contrast welt, it creates a welcoming breakfast retreat where your family will enjoy a cup of Earl Gray and the New York Times.

topaz settee

2. A settee is the perfect seating solution for a reading loft or dressing room. Our Style Collection Topaz Settee features a single bench seat cushion and a button tufted back. Upholstered in an ikat pattern of soft orange, green and yellow, it beckons you to curl up with a fashion magazine or laptop.

lauren settee

3. A settee looks elegant when placed at the foot of a bed. And our Thread & Feather Lauren Settee is a perfect accompaniment to your master suite. Exquisitely tailored with a dressmaker skirt in a mocha colored fabric with an ivory contrast welt, this furniture starlet will never go out of style.

belmar settee

4. A settee is a welcome addition to a nicely sized foyer, where it offers a place to take off your boots and put on your slippers. The antique linen finish of our Belmar Settee is a classic look, greeting guests in style. Its diminutive size won’t overpower the room.

giselle settee5. Finally, an armless settee is an unexpected alternative to the standard piano bench. Our Giselle Settee provides an air of sophistication to a rousing rendition of Chopsticks, with nail head trim that contrasts the charcoal upholstery. A patterned pair of pillows provides added interest as well as added back support.


Five Shades of Blue

Pablo Picasso had his Blue Period. From 1901 to 1904, he created monochromatic paintings in shades of blue that were considered somber works at the time. Today they are among his most popular – most likely because blue is soothing and neutral color, and easy to incorporate.

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Art Van Furniture has its “Blue Period,” too, in the form of a collection of chairs that provide respite to any room of your home. Whether you’re feeling blue or just soaking in its calm, here are five shades that will a Picasso-inspired feel to your home.

The cool splash of this blue Room Changer Occasional Chair will provide the icy sparkle of an early frost to a living room or bedroom corner. With two matching toss pillows, it will also provide a warm comfortable place to chat with friends or curl up with a book.

light blue chair

The whimsical pattern of our armless Keara Chair adds eternal spring to your room. The floral pattern features taupe, ivory and teal flowers against a neutral background. Perfect for a family room, it is also an unexpected option for dining room seating.

keara chair

The gentle curves of our Marlene Accent Chair provide a striking silhouette for its bold peacock finish. Upholstered in a graphic teal and ivory pattern, Marlene steals the show. Whether it’s the seating area of a master suite to a living room conversation grouping, all eyes will be on “her.”

marlene accent chair

Our Lorenzo Chair is a wow piece! With its dramatic wingback shape and intense turquoise leather upholstery, it has about as much personality as a room can handle. A faux crocodile pattern and silver nail head trim only add to its intrigue. You might consider a pair, because Lorenzo will be everyone’s favorite chair.

lorenzo chair

Navy blue is timeless and easygoing, blending with just about any color it meets. That makes our Room Changer Occasional Chair in navy and white an effortless addition to your home. Introduce it to a room with chocolate brown, dandelion yellow or Pantone’s color the year, emerald green, for a relaxed and comfortable look.

navy chair

The Grace of Downton Abbey

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Get out the silver and steep the tea. Let’s chat about the Grantham and Crawley families over scones. Have you caught Downton Abbey, the PBS drama set in a gorgeous Edwardian country house during the 1920s? Whether it’s to enjoy the delicious drama of their lives or to soak in television’s most elegant setting, Downton Abbey is a guilt-free pleasure … it’s PBS after all!

While you might not have the official title of Lord or Lady, you can still bring a little Downton into each of your rooms with some of the fine pieces from Art Van Furniture.


Accent Chair

Start with an accent chair. Furniture was certainly functional during the Edwardian time, but decorative value definitely took precedence. Our Eloise Chair instantly adds class to your room. The carved wood has braiding detail for interest, and the two-patterned fabric application is very sophisticated. A pair near the fireplace will be divine.

eloise chair


Dining Room

Dinner at Downton is a formal affair. One doesn’t simply show up, one arrives. Create an aura of elegance at your next gathering with our Grandover Collection. In rich dark cherry finish, the heirloom quality suite will set the stage for thoughtful conversation.


Writing Desk

Before there was text messaging, Facebook or Twitter, there was the writing desk. It’s where you composed a note to your true love or penned a scathing letter to your foe, sealing it with your wax stamp. The Heritage Hill Writing Desk would do the trick, with its hand-painted leaf and scroll design. Poison pen not included.

heritage hill desk

Canopy Bed

Dreams in Downton are best enjoyed beneath the shelter of a canopy bed. No need for a compelling script, a warm and inviting canopy bed creates drama in a room all on its own. Our Olivia Canopy is regal as well as romantic, with fluted columns and gold and marble accents. It includes the silk-look canopy fabric, and is available in queen and king sizes.

canopy bed


In the parlor or in the study, an Old World rug set a stately tone underfoot. The rich palette of our Kharma Rug appears to be delicately aged to create an authentic period look. The classic style will bring warmth to your room for many years to come.

kharma rug


Finally, even in a beautiful setting like Downton, residents dream of travel. What better way to make plans than by spinning the globe. Perfect for a study or den, our tabletop version will transport you around the world and back … if you choose.

downton globe

From the Runway to Your Home

In September, the world’s top fashion designers unveiled their looks for Spring 2013 to a packed house of reporters, buyers and celebrity friends in New York’s Lincoln Center. Called Fashion Week, it’s the world’s first look at what the stylishly chic will be wearing when the leaves on the trees start to bud the following year.

The shapes, colors and patterns seen on the runway often make their way to home decor. Whether the inspiration is subtle or obvious, combining fashion with furnishings creates gorgeous pieces that dress up your home.

Take a look at some of the fashion-forward furniture available at Art Van Furniture, and the runway looks they resemble.


Calvin Klein

Known for minimalist, urban design, Calvin Klein showed this gorgeous layered black moiré over a white shift. With a wave pattern, it delicately frames what’s beneath. Our Metal Denmark Bed has a similar curved, fine-lined silhouette. In black finish, it will allow your linens to take center stage.


calvin klein runway look Metal Denmark Bed

Proenza Schouler

The wearable luxury of the Proenza Schouler label has an edgy flair, which is evident in their red and black eel skin and leather jacket. While not made of those same hip materials, our Shuffle Sofa creates similar drama with its striking red and black combination. The fun “Relax” pillow adds a pop of rock-inspired playfulness to the piece.

proenza Proenza sofa


Marc Jacobs

Known for classic and current, Marc Jacobs used stunning horizontal lines to create this beautiful and bold dress. Its linear look can be found in our Howick Collection Master Bedroom Suite. Available in high gloss black or high gloss white, the sleek panel design is simple yet sophisticated.

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More Marc Jacobs

Mixing graphic patterns was another theme Marc Jacobs used in his Spring line, especially in black and white. The graphic look of his gowns can be felt in our Lucky Accent Chair, with its striking black and white scheme.

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Donna Karan is known for creating garments that have heart and soul, and she showcased this beautiful yet casual color-blocked leather dress and white trim during Fashion Week. Our Prize Sofa offers a similar feel, with flared lines and contrasting welt. The styled accent pillows add a lighter touch of caramel for a look that says effortless glamour.

dkny dkny sofa