Archive for the ‘Home Design’ Category

23, Jun

A summer escape to the lake is a treat, but you can easily bring that feeling home to enjoy by decorating with Great Lakes style. Inspired by Michigan beaches of Bay Harbor, Grand Haven and Harbor Springs, the look is laidback chic with effortless sophistication.

Go on a permanent Pure Michigan vacation by incorporating these five things into your home:

Great Lakes Table

1. Weathered Whites

When choosing paint colors and furnishings, keep things light and classic. Great Lakes Style uses varying shades of white and ivory on walls and furnishings. And weathered or distressed finishes are favorites.

Nautical Print

2. Nautical Accents 

The feel of the lake becomes more literal when you collect nautical themed art and accents for the room. Choose paintings of sailboats in a harbor or fish in the sea. Adorn frames with shells or rope, and scatter accessories, such as sand dollars, coral or ship instruments.

Stripes Ottoman

3. Stripes 

Think brilliant colors and beaches lined with striped umbrellas and Adirondack chairs. Now bring that look indoors. Choose bold contrasting colors, like blue and white for that beachside feeling.


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4. A Palette of Red, White and Blue

Great Lakes style offers the feeling of Americana with navy, royal blue, vibrant red and crisp white. Use the colors together or as accents.

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5. Large-Scale Furnishings 

Finally, Great Lakes Style is meant to be relaxing, and that means furnishings in a large scale. Seating should feel inviting and generous—a place to curl up on a leisurely afternoon with a good book or special friend.

20, Jun

If you want to spruce up your living space, a great start is adding a new rug. Today’s trend brings geometry class to your floor with dramatic shapes inspired by mathematics. Take a look at these three options:


Our Aspire Board Grey Area Rug has a circuit board design, which would look great in contemporary or casual homes. The rich, colorful lines bring a sense of energy to your room, and the hand-tufted pile adds comfort.


The Aspire Hexagon Navy Rug features an abstract design of overlapping hexagons—another great option for contemporary or casual décor. The rug was made in Indian using 100% new wool, and the contrasting navy and ivory colors are striking.

Aspire Window

Finally, the Aspire Window Coral Rug features the design of antique leaded windows, with ivory and coral creating beautiful shapes. This accent rug would look great on light or dark-colored flooring.


16, Jun

Filling your home with fancy furniture that will make you cringe when your little one’s hands get dirty is probably not the best way to decorate your house when your children are young. But you don’t want to look like you live in a day-care center, either. Instead, choose a style that durable and decorative – a happy medium for a happy family

Kid-friendly homes can be fashionable if you keep these six things in mind when selecting your furnishings:

Attached Cushions

1. Cushions will become forts. That means you have two choices: Get a sofa with firm cushions that will stand up wear and tear. Or pick a sofa with cushions sewn in so they’re not removable. You can satisfy your child’s imagination by providing other fort-building props, such as portable and stackable cube ottomans or a fabric tee-pee

Leather Upholstery

2. Upholstery will attract spills. Whether it’s sofas, chairs, headboards or ottomans, choose fabric for upholstered pieces that is a durable, such as microfiber or leather.  You can also check the color of the stains on your sofa before choosing a hue for the new one. Something in taupe, gray or tan will hide spills, making them less noticeable. Or pick furnishings with slipcovers that can be thrown in the washing machine to be freshened up.

Kid friendly Rug

3. Rugs camouflage a multitude of mishaps. Just like upholstery, your floors will take a beating be the recipient of a few spills, as well. A rug with a rich pattern will hide just about anything, and it provides cushioning for little ones who might slip on hardwood flooring. Rugs are easy to send to the cleaners. And when kids are grown, rugs are more affordable to replace than wall-to-wall carpeting.

Kid Friendly Table

4. Round corners are your friends. Small children, especially when they’re learning to walk, tend have plenty of trips and falls. Since cocktail and end table corners are at eye-level, you can help prevent bruises and bumps by choosing tables that are round or oval instead of shapes with corners. Upholstered ottomans are a great option for a cocktail table.

Storage Ottoman

5. Kids have lots of stuff. That means it’s smart to incorporate storage to keep clutter at bay, and plenty of options will tie in with your décor. For example, decorative baskets and bins tucked under end tables can be a quick hiding spot for blocks and dolls. Bookshelves can hold reading material as well as board games. And a chest that doubles as a cocktail table can hold blankets, magazines and stuffed animals. Make sure the storage is accessible so kids get things out and put things away.

Kid Loft

6. Kids just want to be kids! While making sure all of your rooms are family-friendly, having a room that is meant for the kids helps minimize the wear and tear on your home. Whether it’s a family room, basement rec room or your child’s bedroom, create a space for kids by filling it with the things he or she loves to do – such as finger paint and cartwheels. When kids have a place of their own, they’re less tempted to get into stuff that’s not theirs.

14, Jun

Alex Rodriguez House

Source: Architectural Digest

Alex Rodriguez is known for his long career with the New York Yankees, but the third baseman is also a partner in a high-end home construction business. He recently built a gorgeous contemporary home in Coral Gables, Florida, which was featured in an issue of Architectural Digest. We love the striking living room, with its blackened-steel panels, modern art and plush furnishings.

If you like A Rod’s style, we’ve got the look.

A Rod Sofa

Setting the tone and providing plenty of seating are two custom-made sofas upholstered in cotton velvet from Brunschwig & Fils. Our Stripes Sofas would be a great (and much more affordable) option. The sleek lines are striking, while the blue upholstery is classic.

A Rod Chair

A Rod uses a pair of vintage Milo Baughman chairs covered in cashmere upholstery. We think our Singular Arm Chairs would be just as striking and much more practical. The shiny chrome frame complements the crisp white leatherette upholstery, making the chair easy to maintain.

A Rod Table

A Rod’s room includes a vintage white Gabriella Crespi cocktail table. Our Round White Coffee Table offers a similar look, and provides plenty of space to display accents or rest your beverage.

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Our sleek inspiration room is warmed up by a beautiful angora carpet. Our Carter Shag Rug in grey will give your room a similar effect. Its plush texture softens the contemporary space, and brings an element of contrast.

A collection of acrylic side tables give A Rod’s room more surface space while keeping the room’s open feel. We have three options that would work. First, the Acrylic End Table offers a pedestal style and a round top, mimicking the cocktail table. The Deko Round End Table features a chrome base, which complements the accent chairs. And just for fun, we think the Spark Red Storage Accent Table would add a bold color-block feature to the space, serving as an artistic element.

A Rod Floor Lamp

Finally, A Rod’s room includes a vintage Pierre Cardin floor lamp, with a chrome base and white shade. Our sleek, minimalist Spectrum Chrome Floor Lamp is a great choice. The updated pharmacy design has a slender, adjustable arm that can be raised up and down to provide task lighting just where it’s needed.

What do you think of A Rod’s room? Did he knock it out of the ballpark or strike out?

13, Jun

A hot trend for Spring 2017 is anything floral. You don’t need a green thumb to bring the season indoors with furniture or accessories that feature gorgeous flowers. Here are three pieces that will instantly perk up your room, putting you beautifully on trend.

Floral Chest

The hand-painted Beverly Accent Chest looks like a priceless piece of art. Featuring delightful hummingbirds and flowers, it will add personality and storage to any room in your home.


Floral Chair

The sleek lines of the Bliss Accent Chair get a traditional twist with the botanical-inspired floral print. Use one in your living room or master suite, or grab a few to update your dining room table.

Floral Art

Give your patio or deck the feeling of an outdoor room by adding artwork to your exterior wall. The Floral Outdoor Wall Art features a giclee finish, protecting it from the elements and brightening up the landscape year round.

9, Jun

Look Alike Walnut Tables

Spanish furniture designer Jesus Gasca is known for his striking Scandinavian-style furniture that features a Mediterranean touch. The Zero Table, a beautiful chrome and walnut piece, is a great example of his work. Available from Design Within Reach, sells for $1,495.


At Art Van Furniture, we thing great design should be even closer to reach. Our Rostrum Table features a 44” walnut top and chrome base. The two tables look nearly identical, but our version sells for just $299 – one fifth the price of the designer table.


Which one will you reach for?

7, Jun

Updating your home for spring can be as simple as combining colors that make a fresh statement. The designers at HGTV have identified several fun combinations for spring. Which of these three is your favorite?


Orange Chair Pink Art

Burnt Orange + Hot Pink

“Hot pink can take a classic spring palette and instantly make it more modern. Add some fun to your home by mixing hot pink with burnt orange and ultra white.”


Teal Chair Dandeloin Table


Dandelion + Aqua

“Mix warm and cool tones with dandelion paired with aqua. Keep the bold colors balanced with a backdrop of dove gray.”


Emerald Green Chair Blush Rug

Emerald Green + Blush Pink

“Complementary colors are always a perfect combination, since each color sits directly opposite the other on the color wheel, resulting in the perfect contrast. Here, red and green are given a fresh twist for the season. Red is toned down to blush, and green has a touch of blue, making it appear more emerald.”

6, Jun

Midwest summers are spectacular, and they’re best enjoyed on a patio or deck. You may have seen some inexpensive outdoor seating groups at the grocery store and wondered why prices can vary so greatly. Those cheap sets might get you through a season, but you’ll likely need to replace it next year.


Fortunately, Art’s Backyard is stocked with quality sets that don’t break your budget. When you’re ready to shop for a new seating group, here are “Good,” “Better” and “Best” options that will help you soak up the season in style.




Good. The Doral Seating Collection will help you welcome guests to your back yard with casual elegance. It features a welded aluminum frame and removable seat cushions that are upholstered in 100% solution dyed olefin to prevent fading. Complete the look with two toss pillows, two lounge chairs, and a cocktail table with a ceramic tile top.



Better. The Milano Seating Collection features elegant curves, turning your patio or deck into a spot for relaxation. Larger in scale, it is crafted with welded aluminum frames and deep seat cushions that are 100% solution dyed olefin fabric to maintain its color. This collection is sold a la carte, with a sofa, loveseat, lounge chair, swivel lounge chair, ottoman, cocktail and end table, so you can configure your space your own way.



Best. The Carmel Seating Collection brings your classic indoor style to the outdoors. Hand-woven wicker is fashioned over a commercial grade aluminum frame. The thick weave and variegated color offer all-weather durability. Added design touches, like welting and cushions covered in Sunbrella fabric, make this set both stylish and durable. And the sectional can be used in multiple configurations, allowing you to customize your space.


Which collection is your favorite? Art’s Backyard will help you love your patio or deck for years to come.

5, Jun

If you’ve seen inexpensive outdoor dining sets on display at your grocery store and wondered why prices can vary so greatly it’s because you get what you pay for. A $199 dining set probably won’t hold up for more than a season, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t budget-friendly groups that will.


When you’re shopping for an outdoor dining set, here are “Good,” “Better” and “Best” choices from Art’s Backyard, along with information that will help you understand the difference in construction and price.



Good. The five-piece Rugby Dining Set brings a modern trendy style to any backyard setting. The collection features steel construction with powder coat finish to hold up to the elements. The slat-top steel table comes in square or rectangular versions. And the low-maintenance sling chairs dry quickly, offer a contoured back for lumbar support, and stack for easy moving and storage.



Better. If you love to entertain, the Jamestown Dining Set is a beautiful choice. Made of a rust-free cast aluminum frame and a multi-step hand applied finish, it features a thick apron around the table edge that provides outstanding stability. The double hoop design at the table base is not only attractive; it improves durability with welded connection points. Great for busy families, the chairs are rated to a 500-pound static load test.



Best. The Franklin Dining Collection is not only gorgeous; it’s built to last. The table features an all-aluminum frame, porcelain tile top with an aluminum trim, and a fiberglass resin base for long lasting durability. The woven chairs are beautiful and low maintenance. Quick drying foam cushion are built under the seat, offering the comfort of a cushion chair without separate cushions.


Which collection is your favorite? When you bring home a set from Art’s Backyard, you’ll love your patio for years to come.


2, Jun

One of the most important pieces of furniture in a living or family room is the sofa. The largest furnishing in the room, it provides you with a place to relax or gather with friends and family. The perfect sofa does more than that, though; the perfect sofa also serves as a reflection of your personal style.


To find the right one, you’ll need to consider your design preferences and lifestyle. We’ve made it easy with this fun quiz that will help you find the sofa that’s right for you:


1. When it comes to accessorizing a room, I …

A.) Use three or five accents, as long as they’re child friendly

B.) Prefer one statement piece

C.) Think the more the merrier

D.) Choose pieces that have a sense of history


2. On a typical day, you’ll find me wearing …

A.) Khakis, a comfy tee and flip flops

B.) Slim black slacks and a leather jacket

C.) A classic shift dress and smart flats

D.) Jeans and boots


3. My ultimate ride is a …

A.) Classic SUV, laid back and roomy

B.) A two-seater coupe, fast and stylish

C.) An elegant luxury sedan, sophisticated and safe

D.) Jeep, rugged and rough


4. The magazine I carry on the plane is …

A.) Better Homes & Gardens

B.) Architectural Digest

C.) The Smithsonian



5. My favorite dining room centerpiece is …

A.) Brightly colored Gerbera daisies

B.) The drama of an orchid

C.) Red roses

D.) Wheat grass


6. If I’m choosing the restaurant, we’re going to a …

A.) Family-friendly pizzeria

B.) A trendy downtown sushi spot

C.) An elegant steak house

D.) Farm-to-table hot spot


7. When my friends come over, we like to …

A.) Share a potluck dinner and play board games

B.) Enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres and discuss current events

C.) Sit down to a formal multi-course dinner and swap stock tips

D.) Have a backyard barbecue and talk about our latest travels


8. When I have an afternoon to myself, I like to …

A.) Curl up on the sofa with a good book

B.) Visit a local art gallery

C.) Volunteer at a local nonprofit

D.) Take a long hike in the woods


If most of your answers were “A” your style is most likely Casual. This style is inspired by an active, easy lifestyle. Your home is simple and warm, and your accessories are lighthearted and whimsical.


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The Twilight IV Sofa would be the perfect choice for your Casual home. Its grey neutral color is trendy but timeless, and its deep cushions are kid-friendly. For more Casual sofa options, click here.



If most of your answers were “B” your style is most likely Modern. This style is inspired by the hustle and bustle of a cosmopolitan city. Your home is sleek and sophisticated, and you appreciate straight lines and geometric shapes.


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For you, the simple shape of the Avery II Sofa provides a striking spot for relaxing with friends. Its rich grey upholstery is very current, while the metal legs provide a bit of drama. For more Modern sofa options, click here.



If most of your answers were “C” your style is most likely Traditional. This style is inspired by a sense of family and tradition. Your home is formal and elegant, and your furniture has feminine shapes and rich detail.


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The Bennett Sofa, in grey genuine leather, will be a great addition to your Traditional home. Its classic details such as rolled arms and nailhead trim are sophisticated and elegant. For more Traditional options, click here.



If most of your answers were “D” your style is most likely Urban. This look is inspired by the energy of city living. Your home is filled with texture and organic materials, with accents collected from your travels.


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You’ll love the unique lines of the Abbott Sofa. The comfortable piece has just enough edge to make it noteworthy, while the graphite grey upholstery looks city smart. Or for more Urban sofa options, click here.