Archive for the ‘Inspiration’ Category

17, May

Megan Fox Bedroom

Actress Megan Fox of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fame recently sold her Los Angeles home for $1.25 million. While the one-story home in Sherman Oaks seems rather ordinary compared to many other celebrity homes, Fox’s taste has star quality. We love the master suite, which features vaulted ceilings, a soothing neutral palette and double doors that lead to a private terrace. If you like Fox’s style, we’ve got the look.

Fox Bed

Anchoring Fox’s bedroom is a sleigh bed with an onyx finish. The headboard and footboard feel stately and rich. Our Queen-sized Sleigh Bed would be a good choice. In black, it has panels and curved lines. It’s from our Clearance Center, and is just $349.

Fox Nightstand

Matching nightstands in Fox’s bedroom brings a feeling of symmetry, and the silver hardware offers a touch of glimmer. Our Jaidyn Nightstands offer the same shape, and would be a great addition to your room at just $115.

Fox Dresser

Fox uses the matching dresser in her room, and our Jaidyn Dresser would be the perfect choice. Mirroring the style of the nightstand, it’s $287.

Fox Settee

Our inspiration room includes a comfortable sitting area with a sleek settee. Our Maverick Loveseat would be a great choice. With contemporary lines and low arms, it would fit in a corner, providing a great spot to curl up with a good book. At just $579, it’s budget friendly, too.

Fox Bench

At the foot of her bed Fox has a tufted bench, which creates the perfect spot for getting dressed in the morning. Our Carmen Ottoman in lovely beige opens to hold shoes, adding style and storage to your room. $219

Fox Rug

Finally, Fox has an oversized ivory rug that provides a sense of softness and warmth to the room. Our Edge Ivory rug will bring the same qualities to your room, and at just $189, it’s the perfect way to complete your look.

15, May

From first apartments to starter homes and family dwellings, the average American moves 12 times, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. That means furniture needs to complete 12 different floor plans. Some furnishings will need to be replaced, but there are several pieces that can move and grow along with you, fitting a variety of purposes.

Here are five foundational items that are versatile in scale, classic in design and timeless.

Chapel Lounge Chairs

A pair of chairs. From your living room to your foyer and master suite, it’s easy to find a home for a pair of stylish chairs. Choose a design with a classic shape, such as these Mid-Century Modern chairs. A matching set makes your room feel sleek and polished.

Sorano Settee

A love seat or settee. Love seats and settees are highly versatile, providing a cozy place to sit at the foot of your bed, in your living room, or in a quaint kitchen nook. Choose a neutral color and shapely design to bring a classic sense of drama to your décor.

Maze Rug

A patterned rug. Rugs are like artwork for your floor, anchoring a room and setting the tone. You can use a rug in a living room, foyer, dining room or bedroom. Choose a timeless pattern instead of something trendy, so it grows with you.

Danielle Chest

A chest of drawers. A small dresser is a great addition to a guest room or child’s bedroom, but it can be useful 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 but unusual color gives it personality as well as purpose.

Burst Mirror

A statement mirror. Mirrors are the perfect piece of art for your room. Not only are they beautiful; they add a reflective quality to your space. Use a striking mirror in your foyer, bedroom, living room or entry. They look great in every room in your home.

8, May

Just like on the fashion runway, colors trends happen in home design. You can design an entire room around a palette, or simply update your accents or art. Either way, you will breathe fresh life into your spaces – which is a great way to start off Spring.

Our Creative Director Broc Clark has identified six fresh color trends that will transform your room into a fashion-forward statement. Pick the collection that represents your personal point of view. Then let us know which is your favorite in the comments below!

Day Dreaming

Day Dreaming. This palette puts pastels in the spotlight, with shades that evoke weightless thoughts that contrast to the heaviness of day-to-day stresses. Look for blue, pink, lavender and green in their lightest tones.


Florabundant. Just like its name implies, Florabundant fills your room with the sumptuous beauty of rich floral hues. This palette offers a lot of drama with shades like pink yarrow, chrysanthemum and red dahlia, combined with varying shades of green.

Country Comfort

Country Comfort. This palette features lots of wooden surfaces paired with 70s shades of navy, caviar, tan and Epsom. Accent pieces bring touches of brighter colors.

Glam Getaway

Glam Getaway. This color trend turns your room into a stylish escape by using the sophisticated colors of camel, ecru and taupe-grey. Antique brass adds a touch of class and allure, and shades of vanilla emphasize the dramatic lines for a look that’s stately and superb.

Peacock Alley

Peacock Alley. This color trend embraces our desire to connect with nature and incorporate alfresco experiences into our lifestyles year round. The palette is combined with abstract patterns to introduce decoration into this wholesome trend.

American Coast

American Coast. This palette is inspired by the brilliant water and umbrella-lined beaches of Bay Harbor, one of Michigan’s favorite destinations. You’ll find patriotic colors of red, white and blue, with splashes of sky and denim.

3, May

Kardashian Nursery

Kourtney Kardashian must have had fun designing this nursery for her daughter Penelope. With a pink ceiling and walls and lattice-style wainscot, the whimsical room is filled with delightful things to capture the little girl’s attention – including a show-stopping chandelier. If you like the Kardashian style, we’ve got the look at a price that won’t break your budget!

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Start with a classic white crib that features straight lines. Our 4-in-1 Fancy Crib is a great choice and it’s practical, too. The piece converts from a crib to a toddler bed, to a daybed and to a full size bed with headboard and footboard. The mattress has three height options, making it safe for all stages. And it’s just $249.

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Next, add a bookcase to hold wonderful books for bedtime stories as well as toys and accessories. Our Harbor View Open Library has the same quaint cottage style as the Kardashian room and it features three adjustable shelves as well as an enclosed back panel that offers cord access for electronics. Solid wood turned feet add to that shabby chic style, and at just $169 it’s a great value.

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The Kardashian nursery features a gorgeous turquoise chandelier that adds an element of contrast to the totally pink space. While not a match, our sweet Crystal Chandelier brings a similar touch of glamour. Perfect for a little girl’s room, it would grow with your child and coordinate with her changing color favorites. It could also be easily transitioned into a foyer, powder room or guest bedroom. At just $249, it’s a great investment in style.

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The Kardashian nursery has a touch of orange, which makes the pink walls feel playful and young. Our Hudson Area Rug would be a great choice, adding a splash of orange as well as a sophisticated and classic pattern. This 5’ x 8’ rug is from our Clearance Center and is just $299.

Add pink paint, and you and your little bundle of joy can certainly keep up with the Kardashians!

19, Apr

Minnie Driver Living Room

Two years ago, Minnie Driver bought a 1940s ranch house in the Hollywood Hills, enlisting designer Peter Dunham to help create a look she describes as “English gypsy.” Elle Décor magazine featured her lovely home in a recent issue, and we are enamored with the living room. With belongings that look curated and meaningful, the eclectic result is unique and interesting.

If you love Driver’s style, we’ve got the look:

Minnie Driver Sofa

Start with a simple ivory sofa that has straight lines and nailhead trim that outlines its silhouette. Our Empire Sofa is also quite comfortable, and includes gorgeous neutral pillows. To be more like Driver, swap them out for bold pillows in navy, red and yellow.

Minnie Driver Chair

The vintage armchair in Driver’s room is a 1950s French bergère, a style of upholstered armchair that was popular in the 18th century. Our Tanner Accent Chair would be a great addition to your room. The scale is small, so it easily fits in your room, and the exposed natural frame makes it beautiful from all angles. Covered in a floral pattern, the soft shades add a new dimension to the space.

Minnie Driver Ottoman

Driver has an oversized cocktail ottoman in her room, which provides a place to put up your feet or offer additional seating. Our Laguna Cocktail Table in rich teal features turned legs and a tufted top. Add a tray and you can use it as another surface.

Minnie Driver Cocktail Table

Driver’s cocktail table brings a contemporary feel to the room, with a metal base and white stone top. Our Kyra Cocktail Table brings that same look to the space. The pewter base has a textured finish, and the travertine tile top is timeless and beautiful.

Minnie Driver End Table

Driver uses a mix of styles in her room, including a side table from the 1940s. Our Oval End Table has the same gorgeous style. The cherry and walnut veneers create a beautiful design on the top, and the wide legs are striking and clean.

What do you think of Driver’s style? Let us know in the comments below.


5, Apr

John Legend

When Chrissy Teigen and John Legend were looking to buy a home in New York City in 2013, they told Architectural Digest that the wanted someplace “cozy, warm, and full of character.” The winner was a loft-like one-bedroom in a historic building on the border of Little Italy and NoLIta. The quaint residence offered a dark, moody atmosphere – the opposite of what most people want, Legend told AD.

We love the living room, which is designed in moody blue with gold and tan accents. If you like the couple’s style, we’ve got the look.

Legend Sofa

Legend and Teigen’s living room features refined furnishings that look rich and luxurious, and helping to set that tone is a Chesterfield sofa. While it’s not the same color, our Grande Sofa has the identical silhouette. In grey, it provides a neutral anchor to the room ad offers regal lines and plush tufting.

Legend Blue Chair Legend Brown Chair


Vintage leather chairs in blue and tan provide added seating and texture to our sophisticated inspiration room. Our Carla Leather Accent Chair is striking, in deep blue leather. It offers a modern take on classic wingback style. Our Abbott Swivel Chair has a mid-century modern vibe. In brown leather, it brings a new color into the room.

Legend Ottoman

Instead of a cocktail table, the Legend/Teigen room uses an ottoman with striking patterned upholstery. Our Ambassador Cocktail Ottoman has a different shape, but its geographic pattern in grey, red and cream bring a similar feeling of energy and high design.

Legend Stool

Instead of end tables, our inspiration room uses metal stools, bringing a sense of light and an unexpected material to the space. Our Mahal Stool is made of distressed hammered steel. Its reclaimed teak wood top beautifully complements the brown leather chair.

Legend Chest

Finally, our inspiration room includes a metal chest near the windows, reflecting the light. Our Ivy Mirrored Cabinet would be a great choice. It features an antique silver finish and beveled mirror top and side panels. The doors and drawer are covered with linen-blend fabric, adding more texture to this wonderful room.

What do you think of John and Chrissy’s style? Let us know in the comments below?

31, Mar

Rules can be helpful – especially when you’re doing something new. But rules are also made to be broken – especially when it comes to a creative process like decorating your home. If you’re afraid of making a design faux pas, here are six rules you can toss out of your (treatment-free) window:

Design Rules Old and New

You shouldn’t mix old with new

Your room isn’t meant to be a time capsule. In fact, decorating in a single style or period can make a room feel boring and uninspired. Instead, pick your favorite pieces from across decades. If you love them, chances are they’ll work well together. One way to create a cohesive look is to use the room’s architecture for inspiration. If you live in a traditional Colonial, for example, combine contemporary pieces with an Oriental rug. You want your room to look as though it’s been assembled over time, not in a single shopping spree.


Design Rules Sofa

A living room needs a sofa

It used to be that designing a living room started with the sofa. This rule no longer need apply. Consider creating a cozy conversation space with four oversized easy chairs. A pair of loveseats or settees can make a space feel more formal. Or choose a chaise and an easy chair combination, for a place to relax and unwind. While you can never go wrong using a sofa in a living room, it’s not the only option.

Design Rules Windows

Windows need window treatments

If you have a beautiful view and gorgeous windows, there’s no rule that says you have to cover them up with window treatments. Let the outdoors in by leaving windows treatment-free. This is a great choice when privacy and insulation aren’t a concern.

Design Rules Nightstand

Nightstands should match

His and hers doesn’t have to mean identical. Why not create a more interesting setting by letting each person choose the nightstand option that suits them best? If you like to read in bed while enjoying a cup of tea, choose a sleek glass-top end table. If your partner prefers to store magazines and the remote, a more classic design with drawers would be best. Then bridge the difference by choosing a similar finish.

Every room needs a pop of color

An accent wall or bright throw pillows certainly make a room feel alive, but monochromatic rooms can be just as interesting. Design a room in subtle shades of gray or ivory or tan. Neutrals look very rich when they’re layered in different textures.

Choose one wood finish and stick with it

While it’s never a bad choice to bring home a matching dining room set, you make a room much more interesting when you mix pieces. While many people are afraid to use more than one wood finish in a room, it’s actually a great way to create a layered look. Dark furniture looks great when placed on light oak floors, for example. Or choose furnishings with mixed finishes. Limit the finishes to two or three, and use them throughout the space for a harmonious look.


27, Mar

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 some favorite tips from well-known designers that you can use in your own home:

Thom Filicia Tip

1. 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.”

2. 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.”

3. Create a Sample Board

HGTV’s Candice Olson pulls together a sample board after meeting with her clients for the first time. If you’ve ever seen her show Divine Design, you know it includes fabric scraps, paint chips, finish samples, flooring bits, and photos of furnishings. “Make your own when you’re dreaming up a room makeover,” she tells HGTV. “It’ll help you match up fabrics and wallpapers before they get installed. Plus, it helps you stick to your vision once you’ve started.”

Nate Berkus Tip

4. 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?”

5. 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.”

6. 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.

Joanna Gaines Tip

7. Pay Attention to the Details

Small details bring your room together and create a unique finished product, says Joanna Gaines of Fixer Upper. “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!

22, Mar

 Kid Rock Bedroom

You might expect Kid Rock’s house to be edgy and raw, but his Malibu residence was anything but. The sophisticated Balinese-style abode had a tropical feel, with lots of dark wood, crown mouldings and expansive views of plush acreage. We were especially surprised by Kid’s master bedroom, which mixes traditional-style furnishings with a touch of Southwest flair, for a room that’s elegant and special. Kid put his house on the market last year for a cool $11 million, but if you like his style, we’ve got the look for a lot less …

Kid Rock Bed

The centerpiece of Kid Rock’s bedroom is the striking canopy bed, adorned with flowing fabric and extra pillows. It makes a big statement in this room, adding drama and intrigue. Our Carriage Canopy bed is a great match. From the Magnolia Collection by Joanna Gaines, this striking piece is made of pine and features a black chimney finish.

Kid Rock Chair

On either side of Kid’s fireplace are simple armless chairs that are upholstered in cream and feature a dark wood frame with carved legs. Our Cora Linen Tufted Chairs would be a great addition to your room. The olled back and tufted upholstery are comfortable and chic, and the curved legs have casters to make these chairs portable

Kid Rock Chest

Against one wall Kid has a small chest to offer storage as well as a place to display accessories. Our Rufio Accent Chest would be a great addition to your room. The ring pull hardware provides an ornate touch, and the reclaimed finish feels rustic.

Kid Rock Rug 

Finally, Kid uses a large rug under the bed that features a Southwest motif in vibrant red and yellow. Our Tangier Rug would be a nice touch, if you like Kid’s style. In shades of red, green and cream, the colors and style are a nice complement to the traditional furniture in the room.

What do you think of Kid’s style? Let us know in the comments below.

8, Mar

Louis Tomlinson

Louis Tomlinson, a member of the British pop boy band One Direction, is launching a solo career, but he’s also putting down roots in the U.S. The singer just purchased a $7.8 million home in Hollywood Hills, California, just off the Sunset Strip.

The home boasts Art Deco influences and grand balconies that take in beautiful views of Los Angeles. Louis’s bedroom is fairly understated, with a soft upholstered bed, plush rug and contemporary touches. If you like Louis’s style, we’ve got the look.

Tomlinson Bed

The centerpiece of Louis’s master suite is the upholstered bed, which features a tall headboard with classic tufting and soothing beige fabric. Our Kaylie Buckwheat Upholstered Bed is a great match. At 62” tall, it offers a striking focal point to your room. The bed is available in King or Queen sizes, and it comes in chocolate and pewter if you prefer a darker color.

Tomlinson Bench

At the foot of the bed, Louis has a contemporary bench with a metal base and cushioned top. Our Cream Fabric Steel Frame Bench is a perfect match. The chrome base will add a reflective quality to your room, and the fabric top provides a comfortable place to sit while dressing or unwinding at night.

Tomlinson Chest

Instead of traditional nightstands, Louis’s room features matching chests on either side of the bed, giving the singer lots of storage for clothing, linens or reading material. Our Meander White Greek Key Chest would be a great addition to your room. While it’s not identical, the lines and detail bring Art Deco flair to the room. The straight lines feel contemporary and fresh, and the dark top adds interesting contrast.

Tomlinson Lamp

Contemporary bedrooms feature symmetry in their design, and Louis’s room has matching accent chests and lamps on either side of the bed. Our Lincore Glass Table Lamp is a great option. The silver and gold crackle metallic finish balances the chrome base from the bench, adding more light to the room. And the gourd shape is classic and rich.

Tomlinson Rug

Bringing a sense of the unexpected into Louis’s room is a plush purple rug. Our Borgo Orchid Rug will offer that same pop of color. The multi-faceted color finish brings energy and movement, and the beautiful purple shade is fresh and fun.

What do you think of Louis’s bedroom? Let us know in the comments below.