How To Create a Dramatic Entrance

We all know about first impressions: they’re lasting, they’re important and they can reveal a lot about a person. But perhaps the most important thing about first impressions is that you don’t get a second chance to make a good one … so what’s your foyer saying about you?

A foyer is your home’s first impression, and how you’ve designed yours will give guests a lot of information about your décor and your personal style. Here are five items that will transform a basic foyer into a dramatic entryway.

Crescent Key Table

 

An Element From Nature

The foyer serves as a “bridge” from your front yard to your home, so why not incorporate an element from nature that marries the two? You can use a plant, freestanding waterfall or slate flooring. Or bring home a piece of furniture with organic elements that will also do the trick, such as this beautiful wood console table with natural rope trim.

Anna Hall Tree   Kalleen Hall Tree

A Place To Hang Coats

If your foyer doesn’t have a large coat closet, a piece of furniture like a Hall Tree will go a long way in making guests feel welcome. It clearly provides a place to hang coats or hold bags. And it lets guests easily claim their items on the way out, so they don’t have to go searching throughout the house.

Shades of Blue and Green

Dramatic Artwork

If your foyer has wall space, use it to set the tone for your home. Display favorite family photos in matching frames that provide a polished look. Or pick a bold piece of art that best represents your personal style. It will get the attention of anyone who comes to the door.

Foyer Sideboard

A Decorative Chest

A place to drop your keys, collect the mail, and tuck away hats and gloves is a great addition to a foyer, and a decorative chest or sideboard allows you to do all those things and make a design statement, too. Pick something that sets the tone for the design aesthetic of your home. Or dare to be bold and choose a brightly painted piece, like our indigo Fillion Accent Cabinet.

Foyer Chair

An Inviting Chair

Guests will know they’re welcome when you position a chair near your front door. This will invite them to sit and wait or remove boots. A chair also provides a convenient place to rest a package or coat. A slipper chair is a great choice because its sleek style won’t overpower your space.

Three Fashion Must-Haves for Spring 2016

Spring is on its way, and according to the Weather Channel we’ll be getting a taste of warm temps this week. That means it’s time to start thinking beyond the turtleneck and fleece-lined boots. Here are three on-trend items from New York fashion week you’ll want to add to your Spring wardrobe:

White Blouse  Pleats  Paperbag Waist

Not Your Mother’s White Blouse

Trade in a basic button-down for something with a little more flare. Look for an intricate wraparound or off-the-shoulder construction, like this one from Tome.

 

Micro Pleats

Vertical pleats give clothing lots of movement, and micro pleats were found on dresses up and down the runway. This stunning pink and white dress from Stella McCartney puts color in motion as you walk.

 

Paperbag Waists

Here’s a fresh silhouette for pants or skirts: the paperbag waist that cinches at the top. This striking pant is from Phillip Lim, and looks perfect paired with a fitted top.

Style 101: Coastal Style

 

Life’s better at the beach. So why not bring some of those good vibrations home? Coastal style gives you the feeling of being on vacation all year long. Its casual attitude and breezy energy makes it an easy-to-live-with option that is classic and fun.

 

If you like Coastal Style, here are five things you should bring to your sea-worthy residence:

 

Coastal Blue

 

Blue!

Coastal style sings the blues. Choose your favorite shade of blue or introduce a palette that combines more than one. From sky to turquoise to midnight, blue helps you feel calm and relaxed, and you can create depth by layering shades of blue and using patterns. For accent colors, look to other sea inspirations, such as sand, coral and green. The result will be refreshing.

 

Coastal Dining

 

White And Bright

Coastal rooms get definition from crisp white woodwork that amplifies the blue hue. Use white in furnishings, as well. Or choose light wood varieties like oak, maple, and pine in natural finishes. You’ll want to avoid heavy, dark woods, opting for painted varieties instead. Or lighten the look of dark wood by toning it down with white accents.

 

Coastal Light

 

Lots of Light

Dare to bare your windows, or keep them minimally covered when possible. Coastal rooms are known for letting in the light. In rooms that require treatments, such as bedrooms, consider draperies that can be pulled back during the daytime. Or choose white Plantation shutters that are classic Coastal Style.

 

Nautical Print

 

Sea-Inspired Accessories

Bring the feeling of the sea into your room with items you might discover on the beach. A basket of shells, beach glass or driftwood adds a touch of nature. An antique telescope or sextant gives your room a maritime feel. Or choose a nautical-inspired print or decorative chest. But be careful not to overdo it – you don’t want to like a seafood restaurant! Less is more when it comes to creating the right balance.

 

Coastal Casual

 

A Casual Feel

Coastal Style promotes barefoot living, so make sure your home is casual and comfortable. Warm up wood or tile floors with a nice rug. Choose furnishings that encourage people to lounge and linger. Add an ottoman that beckons you to enjoy an afternoon spent with a book.

 

We’ve Got the Look: Selena Gomez’s Master Suite

Selena Gomez Bedroom

 

Pop singer and actress Selena Gomez came into fame when she was cast in the Disney Channel’s Wizards of Waverly Place, and her 2013 song Come & Get It cemented her stardom, putting her on the Billboard charts. Justin Bieber’s ex and Taylor Swift’s BFF, Gomez is a trendsetter on her own. She appeared as a mentor on The Voice, the musical guest on a recent episode of Saturday Night Live, and she’s the face of hair care company Pantene.

 

Harper’s Bazaar calls her look “polished street style,” but at home her look is definitely soft and feminine. Her Tarzana, California house, which she sold to pop star Iggy Azalea, combined drama with glamour for a look that’s pure Hollywood.

 

We love the master suite, with its plush upholstered frame, dark hardwood flooring and pendant chandeliers. If you like it, too, we’ve got the look.

 

Selena Gomez Bed

 

The bed in Gomez’s master suite is a showstopper, with its tufted headboard and footboard, and plush upholstery. Our Bombay Upholstered Bed is a great match. In charcoal grey, it’s dramatic but not overwhelming. Use white linens to complete the indulgent look, and wake up in style.

 

Selena Gomez Chest

 

Instead of a traditional nightstand, Gomez has a decorative chest that provides a convenient surface for a book or glass of water as well as storage. Our Naomi Accent Chest is a great option. The metallic finish adds a bit of glitz to the glamorous room, and its three drawers provide ample room for storing odds and ends.

 

Selena Gomez Curio

 

Tucked in the corner of Gomez’s room is a glass cabinet that holds trinkets and treasures. Our Tuscan Library Cabinet is a good match, and can be used to display prized mementos as well as shoes, accessories, and clothing. An unexpected addition to a bedroom, the glass cabinet will elevate your sense of style.

 

Selena Gomez Chaise

 

Every master suite should include a chaise for lounging, and Gomez seems to agree. The fireplace in her bedroom provides the perfect location, but any bedroom would warm up with the addition. Our Devin Chaise is a great match, with its beautiful scripted pattern and tapered legs.

 

Selena Gomez Lamp

Finally, Gomez added a traditional-style floor lamp near her chaise, turning it from a lounging area into a reading nook. Our Roma Floor Lamp is a great choice, with its marble base and faux silk shade.

 

Do you like Gomez’s look? Come and get it at Art Van Furniture.

Create An Inviting Guest Bedroom With Tips From Fine Hotels

 

Opening your home to friends and family is part of the holiday season, and you want your guests to feel welcome. If you will be hosting anyone overnight, take some time now to plan ahead and make the occasion festive and bright.

 

Here are 10 things fine hotels do to make their guests feel special so they look forward to coming back:

 

Guest Bedroom Linens

 

Use soft, warm linens. Launder linens the day before your guests arrive, so they smell fresh and feel crisp. Invest in a high-thread count set of sheets, which will be soft and comfortable. If your guests are visiting during winter, make sure to provide extra blankets, and consider flannel or microfiber sheets, which will be warmer.

 

Provide a clock radio. If your guests want to wake up early, make it easy by providing a clock radio with an alarm. This will also allow your guests to listen to music while they fall asleep.

 

Prepare the bathroom. Make sure your guests have extra towels in the bathroom, so they can easily freshen up during they stay. Put out a basket of toiletries, including soap, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, a toothbrush and toothpaste, and consider offering a robe they can use if the bathroom is down the hall or shared with others.

 

Guest Bedroom 2

 

Pay attention to the details. Fresh flowers on the nightstand are a nice touch, as is including candies, bottled water and a book or magazine for reading. Be sure the room has adequate light for reading.

 

Ask about food preferences. Before your guests arrive, find out if they have any food allergies or diet restrictions. You’ll want them to feel at home; set up a coffee and tea station in the kitchen so they can help themselves if they wake before you in the morning.

 

Provide easy access to electronics. Help your guests connect online by writing your WiFi password on a notecard on the nightstand. You can also give a quick tutorial on cable remotes, and provide a cable guide so your friends can find their favorite channels.

 

Guest Bedroom 3

 

Plan activities. If sightseeing is on the agenda, provide information on all your area has to offer. You can plan this ahead of time, and pre-purchase tickets to ensure you get your first choice.

 

Provide a place luggage. Think about where guest can set their luggage, such as a luggage rack, bench or chair. Suitcases can be dirty, and your guests will be glad they don’t have to place them on the bed.

 

Clear closet. Make space in the closet for guests to hang clothes. Be sure you provide enough hangers, as well as floor space for shoes.

 

Think about the kids. If there will be children, consider their special needs, such as renting a crib, using socket protectors on outlets, and providing age-appropriate games and activities.