How to Choose a Portable Firepit

Portable Firepit

Midwest summers can be downright sublime, but evenings often have a chill in the air. There’s no better way to enjoy your patio or deck than by using a portable firepit. Not only do they warm up your outdoor space; they add an ambiance that makes outdoor entertaining more inviting.

If you’re shopping for a portable firepit this season, it’s important to know how to select the right one. Here are some things to consider before you bring one home:

Portable Firepit

Pick a style

Firepits come in a variety of styles, including fire bowls, fire urns and firepit tables. You can also find tables and bars that include a firepit in the center, which combines the warming feature with a convenient surface for eating or drinking. Firepits can also enhance or set the tone for your décor. From rustic to modern, they are available in a variety of materials and finishes so choose one that complements the style of your outdoor design.

Firepit Fire Urn

Measure your space

Firepits also come in a variety of sizes. Determine how much space you have on your patio or deck. You will want to have enough room to move about and add chairs. And you don’t want to place the firepit too close to a wall or your home. If your area is small, consider a fire urn that can add the same warmth and ambiance.

wood burning firepit

Choose a fuel

Firepits come in wood-burning or gas models, so you need to decide which is right for you. Wood firepits are usually less expensive and they give your back yard the feel of a campfire. Gas firepits use propane tanks, and they can be turned on and off at the push of a button, making them very convenient.

A firepit is an investment in friends and family. You’ll enjoy curling up near the flame throughout the summer and well into fall.

The Hottest Flooring Trends in 2018

If you’re remodeling any room in your home, or just know it’s time for an upgrade, you’re probably wondering what the hot flooring trends are for 2018. 

Homeowners typically select flooring based on the room they’ll be styling. However, as open floor plans remain popular, this can change the way people choose which flooring is right for the room.

With an emphasis on the open floor plan layouts which unite the kitchen, dining and living areas, the demand for wood floors throughout the home for a seamless transition from room to room has not slowed down. We expect to see a continued desire for wider and longer hardwood planks, as well as using mixed width planks that are reminiscent of reclaimed, antique hardwood planks. Wider planks have the advantage of creating a more unified look with fewer joint lines while showcasing the true beauty of the wood. Prices range from $3- $10 square foot (excluding installation).

Bedroom with wood plank flooring
Mannington Maison Normandy Oak 9/16” x 7”

Kitchen trends: 

As one of the most highly used areas of the home, where spills and mishaps can surely occur, you’ll need a flooring option that’s durable and looks great. Today there are lots of options including water-resistant laminate floors,  waterproof luxury vinyl tile (LVT), vinyl plank & tile, and wood-like porcelain tile. They all can give the appearance of the trendy rustic planks, without the worry that a spill could stain or damage them. Prices range from $2-$5 sq ft for laminate and vinyl and $1.50-$6.00 sq ft for tile (excluding installation).

Flooring for Kitchen
Metroflor Genesis Plus Vinyl
Flooring for Kitchen
MSI Porcelain Plank Palmetto Chestnut

Bathroom trends:

Like the kitchen, the flooring in the bathroom needs to be moisture-resistant. Porcelain tile is typically the best choice for bathrooms, though today you have more options than ever before. LVT and Coretec type floors are waterproof, kid-friendly and pet-owner-approved. And – BONUS – they can often be installed over your existing floor.  

Flooring trends for bathroom
MSI Porcelain Plank Havenwood 8” x 36” & Chevron Mosaic
Flooring for bathroom
Mannington AduraMax Cascade

Dining & Living Room Flooring Trends

Open floor plans are popular and should be considered when it comes to upgrading your flooring, so that the flooring flows well through the home. Hardwood flooring is a timeless look with the wider plank as this year’s style choice. Options can range from budget-friendly oak in solid and engineered formats to exotic and distressed with thin, thick, narrow, random width and long lengths.

Bedroom Flooring Trends

The bedroom should be an oasis away from it all and a comfortable spot to rest at the end of the day. With that in mind, carpet is always a great flooring choice for the bedroom. The feeling of your feet stepping on a soft carpet first thing in the morning is warm and comforting. Frieze carpeting – an updated shag with thinner fibers and twisted ends – is the style for bedroom flooring this year. Though bold carpet colors are in, you may want to stick with a trendy greige (grey-beige) color to make paint and accent furniture really pop!

 

The best thing about today’s carpet selections? Most carpet is stain-proof, crush-resistant and available in both traditional styles, bold geometric patterns or even florals for a more relaxed look. Take a look at the wide selection at Art Van Flooring for inspiration. Or schedule a consultation today for help with your next project.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mother’s Day: Breakfast In Bed With An Adjustable Base Bed

Breakfast in bed becomes extra sweet when Mom reclines on an adjustable base bed. Sometimes called a power base bed, not only is it is a great investment in your health and lifestyle; adjusting the bed helps reduce hypertension, snoring and lower back pain. It improves circulation and lessens acid reflux symptoms. You can also comfortably watch TV, read, and work on your laptop or tablet.

When you purchase an adjustable base, there are a few things you should know:

Adjustable Bases Work With Most Mattresses

Take the test and find the mattress that’s right for you; virtually every mattress Art Van Furniture carries at its PureSleep locations is power-based compatible. Or use a power base with the mattress you have at home. From foam to inner spring to hybrid, a power base will enhance your comfort by allowing you to sleep in a position that provides the greatest amount of support. Power base beds can raise the bed up to 70 degrees at the head and 40 degrees at the foot.

 

Adjustable Bases Offer Several Features

In addition to a controller that allows you to adjust your mattress to the right position, power base beds offer features such as massage waves, anti-snore preset, mobile apps, and zero gravity settings. And the great thing about power base beds is that when it’s flat, you can’t tell the difference between it and a regular foundation.

Adjustable Base Beds Are Affordable For Any Budget

The base model starts at $499 go up depending on the options you choose. Plus, most power base beds have a 20-year warranty, which means it will last through two mattresses.

Adjustable base beds are growing in popularity for many reasons. Come to a PureSleep location to test one out, and to find out why.

Outdoor Furniture Buying Guide

Spring is here and it’s time to bring out the patio furniture! Whether you’re in the market for a new dining or seating group or you simply want to add a piece or two to your green space, we have what you need in Art’s Backyard. Here are a few things to consider before you make your final decisions:

 

1. How do you plan to use your outdoor space? 

Are you looking to accommodate a lot of friends and family for regular barbecues? Do you reserve your deck for a quiet cup of morning coffee? Does your area get sun throughout the day? Or does your space benefit at times from the shade of trees or homes? The answers to these questions will help you determine what you need. If you prefer to keep things intimate, you might get more use out of a cozy bistro table instead of a larger dining set. If your house is party central, a sectional might be better than a pair of chaise chairs. And you’ll know if you should browse umbrellas that fit within a dining group or freestanding, mobile versions.

2. How much space do you have? 

If your patio or deck is large, you have an option of creating zones, such as dining or seating, with separate groupings for each. If your area is smaller, you might consider double-duty or smaller scale items, such as a firepit with a cover that can be used as a dining table or a pair of armless chairs that take up less room. Measure your space and bring the dimensions to our showroom. We can help you outfit your outdoor living area with the right furnishings and fit for you.

3. What kinds of materials are best for your lifestyle? 

From wicker to wood and aluminum to wrought iron, outdoor furniture comes in a wide variety of material choices. Choosing the right selection for your family will depend on a few criteria.

 

Do you like to customize your outdoor arrangements according to your event du jour? Aluminum furniture is your best bet. Lighter than wrought iron, aluminum provides the flexibility of easy mobility. But just because they’re lightweight doesn’t mean they’re less durable. Aluminum pieces are rust resistant and have powder-coat finishes to stand up to the elements. Clean with mild soap and water, and store indoors during winter.

 

Want to create an inviting outdoor room? Wicker is for you. These pieces create a cozy setting – something you’d normally find indoors – with deep seating and plush cushions. If you’re worried about the durability of wicker, rest easy; unlike wicker of the past, these pieces are made of resin, which last longer and don’t crack or splinter. Clean up is easy; spray it with water and use a mild soap solution. Bring indoors or cover during the winter.

 

Do you love the look of natural materials? Consider wood furnishings. A classic outdoor choice, wood grows more beautiful with time as it weathers from the sun and rain. Teak is the most popular wood option, and your investment will last for years. Of all of your outdoor furniture choices, wood does require the most maintenance; it comes with our care kit, which helps it resist stains and fading. Store indoors during the winter.

I’m In the Mood for Loveseats

The coziest piece of furniture is definitely the loveseat. Its diminutive scale is more inviting than a long sofa and its unique size is more charming than a simple chair. So how much do you know about this home favorite?

Made in the U.S. since the early 1800s, the loveseat wasn’t originally created as a courtship aid; instead, it provided a seat that would fit the large dresses worn by the ladies of the period. Luckily fashions have changed and the oversized accommodation became the perfect spot for two. In the 19th Century, the design was named “loveseat” (an early example of the power of marketing?) and the rest is history.

A loveseat is small enough to be used in a variety of settings. Place one with a sofa to create a more intimate-looking grouping. Use one in a master bedroom to fashion a comfortable sitting area. Put one in an oversized foyer to provide guest with a place to sit. And use one in a kitchen to turn dinner into a leisurely event.

Loveseats also add a sense of balance to the seating arrangement of larger rooms. Choose one that blends with your existing décor; styles range from traditional to contemporary to casual. Or add one that serves as an interesting accent piece – especially if you custom-order the upholstery.

Sidney Road Loveseat

 

As you would with any piece of furniture, measure your space to determine the correct size for your home before you shop. Loveseats can be overstuffed and large, or petite and streamlined, with sizes ranging from 50- to 76-inches in length.

Then get ready to fall in love. The perfect loveseat will transform your space into an intimate gathering – no matter if your room is large or small.