Five Ways to Use a Drop-Leaf Table

Drop everything you’ve thought about dining room tables, and meet one of the most versatile pieces of furniture you can own: the drop-leaf table. This space saver serves more than dinner; it offers a myriad of uses and can be placed in a variety of rooms. In fact, you can ditch that flimsy card table that you keep in the basement for times when you need more room, and host your guests on a real piece of furniture that you store in plain sight.

Drop-leaf tables have been around for a long time. They date back to 16th Century England, and were used during the Elizabethan and Jacobean eras. Drop-leaf tables in various designs have been used in America since the late 1600s. Early versions featured gate legs that swung out to support the leaves. Then around 1710, the butterfly table was created, using wing-shaped leaf supports that pivot out from the stretchers.

While drop-leaf tables were originally used for breakfast, today they can do that and more. Here are five places to use a drop-leaf table in your home:

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The Foyer

Instead of the traditional console table, use a drop-leaf table. It can hold a lamp as well as other decorative accents, and be pulled into another room when needed.

The Family Room

Instead of a sofa table, use a drop-leaf table. It’s the perfect solution when you need an extra work surface or if you want to play a board game or assemble a puzzle with your family.

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The Dining Room

While you can use a drop-leaf table as your permanent dining room table, it also works well as a buffet. During larger gatherings, simply raise the leaf and add chairs.

The Living Room

Use a drop-leaf table as a side table in a traditional living room. The shape will add a sense of history to your room, and you can pull it out whenever you need it.

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The Kitchen

Drop-leaf tables are the perfect solution for small eating areas because they don’t take up much space. You can keep one leaf up while the other is flush with the wall. If you have a larger crowd, simply pull it out when needed.

We’ve Got the Look: Mark Zuckerberg’s Back Yard

Mark Zuckerberg

Mark Zuckerberg is one of the richest men in America, but his Palo Alto, California home is surprisingly modest in appearance. OK, so it’s 5,000 square feet and features luxuries like heated bathroom floors and a pool and spa, but its design and furnishings are down to earth for the billionaire couple and their new baby girl.

We love the secluded feel of the fenced 17,000-square-foot yard. Its outdoor pavilion features comfortable furnishings and a fireplace, making it an awesome hangout for friends. If you like the Zuckerberg’s backyard style, we’ve got the look:

Zuckerberg Sofa    Zuckerberg Chair

Wicker furnishings give the Zuckerberg back yard the feeling of an outdoor room – a place to curl up and chat with friends. Our San Jose Lounge Sofa and Chair would be a perfect choice. The wicker material frame offers easy maintenance, while its rich brown color provides a nice contrast to soft yellow cushions.

Zuckerberg Table

Instead of using a cocktail table that matches the sofa and chair, the Zuckerbergs chose a wooden table. In fact, mixing materials in outdoor groupings is a big trend for 2016. Our Pratt Cocktail Table would be a great choice. In addition to being beautiful, it’s ecofriendly; the . table was made from teak that was reclaimed from old structures including barns, houses, or flooring.

Zuckerberg Firepit    Zuckerberg Fire Urn

If your back yard doesn’t have a built-in fireplace like the Zuckerberg’s, you can easily add a firepit to create the same ambiance. Choose a wood-burning model like the Scallop Firepit, or go with the easy of gas and add the Talbot Fire Urn. Then gather with friends and create memories to post on Facebook later.


We’ve Got the Look: HGTV’s “Fixer Upper” Style

HGTV’s hit Fixer Upper is one of America’s favorite design shows. Who doesn’t dream of having a house renovated and decorated by its stars, Chip and Joanna Gaines? First, the couple is just way too much fun. And second, they have amazing taste and talent for creating a home that feels fresh, stylish and welcoming.


If you’re a big fan of the show, you don’t have to move to Waco, Texas, to get Fixer Upper flair. Visit your nearest Art Van Furniture showroom because … we’ve got the look.


Take a look at these three rooms:

FU 1

This living room effortlessly blends Mid-Century Modern with Urban Rustic and Classic Coastal for an eclectic space with a casual vibe. Recreate this look by bringing home a modern and tailored Maxwell Accent Chair, wooden Mantera Cocktail Table with carved legs, comfortable ivory Milano Sofa and an Art Deco-inspired rug.

 FU Maxwell Accent Chair   FU Kinley Mandalay

FU Mantera

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FU 3 The transitional feel of this living room looks clean and casual with ivory furnishings, natural wood accents and a punch of color with coral toss pillows. The grey rug complements the sky blue walls, for a soothing pastel palette that is easy to live with. You can recreate this look in your home by choosing our tailored ivory Bryce Sofa, wood Beaumont Cocktail Table, oversized Regis Accent Chair with matching ottoman and black framed round mirror. Then add a grey rug to texture and color.

FU Beaumont Coffee Table FU Bryce Vanilla Sofa FU Colette Mirror FU Regis Chair FU Regis Vanilla OttomanFixer Upper Rug 2

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Finally, this master suite hosts a mix of classic pieces and colors, such as the Coastal-style bed in ivory and a graphic-printed rug in blue, but it gets a fresh feel with the use of a distressed nightstand. Easily recreate this look with our Breeze Panel Bed, graphic rug, available in blue or grey, and our Louissa Bedside Chest with a weathered finish.

Breeze White Panel Bed    Fixer Upper Chest

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We’ve Got The Look: Jennifer Lawrence’s Bedroom

Jennifer Lawrence Bedroom

Hollywood A-lister Jennifer Lawrence has won over fans with her smart smile and genuine attitude. The Hunger Games and X-Men star looks like she’s having fun when she’s hanging out with BFF comedian Amy Schumer. And she’s demonstrated her confidence by speaking out about the hacking scandal as well as Hollywood’s gender inequality. Her new Beverly Hills home reflects her personality with a strong design aesthetic.

If you like J-Law’s style, we’ve got the look.

J Law Bed


The star of Lawrence’s master suite is the tufted upholstered headboard. In soft ivory, it looks elegant and timeless. Our Wingtuft Upholstered Headboard is a perfect match. In beige linen, the button tufting is plush and inviting, and the upholstered rails and footboard complete the look.

J Law Nighstand 

Instead of nightstands, Lawrence uses a beautiful chest with a metallic finish on both sides of the bed, adding a reflective quality to the room. Our Corona Accent Chest in silver with a gold wash is a great option. The geometric design brings interest to the piece, and three drawers provide extra storage.

J Law Lamp

Atop the chest is a simple but elegant table lamp with ivory shade. Our Lincore Glass Table Lamp is a great choice, with its gourd shape. The silver and gold crackle finish is the perfect complement to the Corona Accent Chest.

J Law Chair

Lawrence’s master suite includes a sitting area where she can relax and unwind. We think a pair of our Paloma Chairs would bring a glamorous feel to the room. The silver frame complements the metallic chests, adding another point of light to the room.

J Law Ottoman

While Lawrence’s sitting area includes a tufted ottoman and cocktail table, we’ve simplified things by using a Lorraine Cocktail Ottoman. Upholstered in taupe, the tufted piece complements the headboard and provides a great place to put up your feet.

What do you think of Jennifer Lawrence’s room? Let us know in the comments below!

The Return of Pastels

When global color expert Pantone chose two hues for its 2016 Color of the Year – Rose Quartz and Serenity – it cemented the return of pastels in home décor. These light shades, create an ethereal feeling and soothing atmosphere – the perfect mood for a living room or bedroom.


Using pastels, however, takes a deliberate approach; you want your room to look grown up and not like a nursery. Here are five tips for decorating with soft colors:

Tivoli Collection


1.  Accessorize in pastels. One of the easiest ways to introduce pastels into your room is through accessories. Use pastel toss pillows on your sofa to update its look. Use a pink lamp shades to give your room a soft glow. Or simply add a bouquet of flowers in a robin’s egg blue ceramic vase.


2.  Choose sophisticated lines. Take away the youthfulness of the color by choosing furnishings that have sleek contemporary lines or traditional shapes. The piece will exude style with an understated feel.




3.  Stick with one. Instead of an explosion of pastels, pick your favorite and use it in a bold way. Choose a light blue or rose-colored sofa, a pistachio nightstand, or a buttery yellow rug. Then ground the rest of your room by using neutrals or dark colors, like chocolate or black. Your single pastel piece will assume a starring role.


4.  Use it on the walls. Forego basic beige and choose a soft pastel for your walls. Pick a spa-inspired green or soft lavender, which will look stunning next to crisp white trim. Or paint your ceiling in sky blue.


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5.  Create a mature palette. Instead of bubble gum pastels, choose chalky soft shades and then add a subtle grey. Sky blue, soft aqua and dovetail grey create a refined, sophisticated palette for your room.