6 Celebrity Designer Secrets You Can Use In Your Own Home

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to hire a celebrity designer? Of course! While it may not be in your budget to fly them in and utilize their services, it is possible to emulate their style and implement their best advice on your own. Here are six celebrity designer secrets you can use in your own home:

Designer Secrets
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Mix Timeless and Timely

Timeless is a fresh look at traditional design and timely is a more livable version of what we know as modern design, says Thom Filicia. “Pair a classic rug with more contemporary furniture,” he told Pop Sugar. “When Timeless and Timely pieces are used together you’ll create an interesting, eclectic room that’s entirely your own.”

Fake Height With Low Furniture

Low ceilings? “Create strong verticals and avoid the horizontal,” Todd Romano told House Beautiful. “I adore large mirrors because they add scale to a room. I also kept the furniture low-slung, so the rooms seem taller.”

Designer Secrets
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Stop Looking For Permission

The only opinion that counts is your own, says Nate Berkus. He shares an example of his friend who has a vintage apartment with high ceilings, old metal doorknobs, pale grey paint and glossy white moldings. Then she added a shocking pink ottoman.

“Her space always makes me think of a very elegant banker wearing a chalk-striped suit with funny socks,” he tells O magazine, “why not tie a piece of twine around an antique glass decanter, or perch a branch atop a bookshelf, just because you happen to like the way these things make you feel?”

Put Investment Pieces Front And Center

If you love something, put it on display. “Use and enjoy your antiques and unique finds, especially in a utilitarian room like the bathroom,” Bunny Williams told House Beautiful.

Designer Secrets
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Pay Attention to the Details

Small details bring your room together and create a unique finished product, says Joanna Gaines. “Add detail to your decor with hints of color, fun fabric prints, decorative vases and wall hangings,” she tells HGTV. If you love Joanna’s style, be sure to check out her Magnolia Home Collection, available at Art Van Furniture!

Set the Tone With Window Dressings

“They’re a quick and easy way to make a room look more inviting and cozy,” Hilary Farr tells Parade. “For a modern look, hang curtains from the ceiling with a very simple pleat at the top so they will hang straight.”

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Summer Project: Give Your Teen A Dream Room

Teenagers live in their own little world, and sometimes that feels like it’s another planet. While we can’t help you decipher the inner workings of their complex teen lives, we can help you create a bedroom that they’ll be proud to show their friends. This summer why not create a teen bedroom makeover? Here are three ways to transform your child’s juvenile bedroom into a teen retreat:

Teen Bedroom Makeover
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Go for Grown-Up Furniture

If your teen’s still sleeping in the bed they had in elementary school, it’s time for an upgrade. For a more sophisticated, transitional look, choose items with clean lines that will suit teens’ almost grown-up tastes. Add flexibility with a bed that offers an additional sleep space for those all-important sleepovers. And don’t forget storage pieces like dressers and chests for their endlessly expanding wardrobes. Our youth bedroom selection has some fun items they won’t roll their eyes at. Plus, they’ll work well in a guest room when the kids head off to college.

Teen Bedroom Makeover
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Make a Statement with Bedding

Most teens would be mortified by the Pokémon sheets they had when they were eight, so shop with them to settle on something a little more adult. Instead of choosing another passing trend, opt for something more basic, such as a solid color or classic pattern. You can dress up the bed with fun pillows or a duvet cover that you can switch out later.

Teen Bedroom Makeover
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Deck the Walls

Let their creative side shine here. Have a budding artist-in-residence? Let them paint a mural instead of a boring eggshell white wall. For the film buff, help them frame movie posters or life-size cutouts. If your teen is a musician, try mounting their guitars on pegs on the wall—which will also open up floor space for that drum set they asked for. Or choose a piece of art that reflects their favorite pastime—like surfing!

However you and your teen decide to decorate their, like, totally awesome room, have fun with it. You’ll get tons of points for being the “cool parents.”

Summer Project: Give Your Child’s Room a Makeover

Now that school’s out for summer, it’s the perfect time to focus on home—especially your child’s bedroom. Maybe the space wasn’t conducive to getting ready in the morning or maybe your child has outgrown the theme or furniture. Consider taking the slower pace of summer as a chance to do a kids’ room makeover. Their room should be a place for them to dream while they sleep and while they’re awake. Here are four easy updates that will give your child’s room a fresh look:

Children's Bedroom Makeover
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Has your child outgrown his or her crib or toddler bed? Your kids’ room makeover could including updating the furniture. Look for pieces that are classic, such as a white twin- or full-size bed with a matching dresser, chest and nightstand. Or choose pieces in a warm wood that are timeless. Also, look for furniture that can multi-task and serve their changing needs. For example, a little girl’s vanity can become a student’s desk. Or a bed with built-in storage can hold toys today and clothing tomorrow.

Children's Bedroom Makeover
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A comforter makes a big statement in a bedroom, and a kids’ room makeover could be simply updating the bedding. Choose bedding in your child’s favorite color—like purple! Find a comforter that supports a theme, like sports or flowers. Or go with a solid duvet that can be updated with pillows or throw blankets.

Children's Bedroom Makeover
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A piece of art can change the look of a room, especially when it’s something bold and whimsical. And it’s a lot easier to hang a canvas or poster than it is to repaint or wallpaper the entire space. Choose something that reflects your child’s personality. You can also find wall decals that create a scene and then peel off easily if you want to change the décor.

Children's Bedroom Makeover
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Create a theme or simply add pops of your child’s personality with items that can be changed as quickly as their interests. Throw pillows, rugs, lamps and accents will transform a basic white bed into a child’s personal sanctuary du jour.

Make your summer project a family affair by including your child in the makeover process. Whether you give them free reign or the final selection between what you’ve narrowed down, they’ll be more likely to take care of a room where they feel a sense of ownership.

Choose the Right Flooring for Your Living Room

Nothing in your home gets as much wear and tear as your flooring. You walk on it, stand on it, and sit on it. Your kids and pets might even run across it. And it’s where the dust settles and spills happen. While flooring is the structural foundation for your room, it’s also the foundation for your décor. Choosing the right materials combines personal taste with practicality. Art Van Flooring has several choices of living room flooring. Here are three options that are perfect for a family-friendly space:

Wood Floors

Wood floors are a timeless choice, offering natural beauty as well as versatile style. Durable and easy to maintain, wood floors are also a great long-term investment because they can be sanded and refinished. You’ll have a rainbow of options when it comes to finish; from light oak to deep walnut, the color of your wood will set the tone for the room.

You can also choose the size of the wood. Strip flooring is a narrower cut of woods – about 2 3/4 inches. Or choose plank flooring, which has a more informal look with wider boards up to about 7 inches. Rooms that might be exposed to moisture, such as a basement family room, should avoid wood as it can warp or bubble in humid conditions.


Today’s laminate floors offer the look of wood or stone at a fraction of the price, making them a good option for living room flooring. Like wood, laminate flooring is available in planks and strips. Traditionally, it is glued in place over your existing flooring, although manufacturers have recently introduced glueless and pre-glued formats that can be installed in half the time.

Unlike wood, laminate flooring cannot be stripped or refinished. However, it’s more resistant to dents and scratches, and offers a layer of cushioning that can be more comfortable than wood or tile.  Laminate is also a great option for a finished basement as it stands up to moist or humid conditions.


Finally, carpet is a popular living room flooring choice because it offers the highest level of comfort. Carpet is also one of the easiest ways to personalize an environment; its color can provide a neutral foundation or a more vibrant shade can become a focal point.

Unlike wood and laminate, carpet provides an added measure of warmth and insulation against extreme heat or cold. It’s available in a wide variety of fibers and textures, giving the room a casual or more formal feeling. Carpet also helps provide safety from slip and fall – an important consideration for families with young children. Many carpets have been treated for stain resistance, but they aren’t stain-proof. Regular maintenance, including vacuuming and professional cleaning will help protect and prolong the life of your investment.

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5 Essentials: Furniture For Your First Apartment

The average American moves 12 times, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. That means the furniture you purchase for your first apartment needs to work in 12 different floor plans. While some furnishings will need to be replaced over the years, there are pieces that can move and grow along with you, serving a variety of purposes. Here are five pieces of furniture for your first apartment that are versatile in scale, classic in design and timeless in appeal.

Apartment Loveseat
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A Loveseat

If your apartment living room is small on space, choose a loveseat or settee instead of a sofa, and combine it with accent chairs. Loveseats are highly versatile, and can later be used at the foot of your bed or in a quaint kitchen nook. Choose a neutral color and shapely design to bring a sense of drama to your décor.


Apartment Chair
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A Pair of Chairs

A pair of accent chairs looks sleek and provides more seating for guests without taking up too much floor space in your living room. They’re the perfect furniture for your first apartment, and later you can use them together or separate in a master suite, foyer or dining room. Choose a design with a timeless shape, such as Mid-Century Modern chairs.

Apartment Rug
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A Rug

Rugs are like artwork for your floor, anchoring a room and setting the tone. Add a rug to your apartment living room, and choose a timeless design that will grow with you. You can later use it to add pattern in the foyer, dining room or bedroom.


Apartment Chest
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A Chest of Drawers

A small dresser is a great solution for a small apartment bedroom, and it can be useful later in virtually any room of your home. Use one as a bedside table, a tabletop in a foyer, or as a dining room buffet. Choosing a classic color, such as white, helps it blend with any décor and a unique design adds personality to its purpose.


Burst Mirror
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A Statement Mirror

Mirrors are the perfect piece of art for your living room. Not only are they beautiful; they add a reflective quality to your small space. Later move the mirror to a foyer, bedroom or dining room. A mirror looks great in every room in your home.

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