Archive for the ‘Inspiration’ Category

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.

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.”

31, May

From premiers to parties to A-list status, celebrities live big lives filled with special treatment. But when it’s time to relax, most love to find an oasis in the seclusion of their own back yard. You can live like a star, too, by setting up an outdoor space that pampers you and your friends and family. Take a look at the backyard retreats of these four celebrities for inspiration, and then visit your nearest Art Van Furniture showroom because we’ve got the look:


Wayne Gretsky


When Wayne Gretzky played hockey, he earned the nickname “The Great One.” Turns out he has great taste, too. Take a look at his Spanish-Mediterranean style home, nestled in Scottsdale, Ariz. One of 13 homes in a secluded development, the property includes this covered poolside patio for outdoor entertaining.


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If you like Gretzky’s style, recreate the look by creating a cozy sitting area with four deep club chairs, such as our oversized Brunswick Chairs. The synthetic wicker material is durable and stylish, and the neutral cushions are classic and contemporary.


Hilary Swank Backyard


Oscar award-winning actress Hilary Swank has created a swanky and relaxed outdoor gathering area in her Mediterranean-style California mansion. Two curved sofas upholstered in sunset orange cushions flank a roaring firepit, creating an intimate spot for nighttime fun.


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Create the look in your back yard with our Soho II Collection Sectional. The curved design is striking, while the light blue cushions are on trend.


Jodie Foster Backyard


Oscar award-winning actress Jodie Foster is known for loving her privacy, and her secluded California home provides just that, sitting on a quarter-acre lot on one of Hollywood Hills’ most famous streets, Flicker Way. With a brick patio, palm trees and gorgeous foliage, the Mediterranean-style back yard is a feast for the senses.


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You can easily bring this look to your patio by simply adding the Dover Sectional. The neutral colors can easily be dressed up with toss pillows to reflect your mood or design aesthetic.


Johnny Depp Back Yard


When you’re an apartment or condo dweller, a back yard can be a rare treat. Johnny Depp’s New York apartment included this hidden gem. With climbing vines and an earthy vibe, this patio is a great spot to start the day with a cup of coffee or end the evening with a glass of wine.


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Create Depp’s hip, bistro-style look on your patio by choosing a set of sleek chairs that offer seating as well as style, such as these Golden Beach Chairs. The straight lines are contemporary and classic.

30, May

When the spring fashions went down the runway at New York Fashion Week, several designers were showing yellow – and not the mellow shade. Bright, bold sunshine-inspired clothing literally lit up the catwalk. The inspiration? Beyoncé’s Lemonade album.


Home design trends often follow fashion. Here are three fun yellow pieces to brighten your room.


Lemonade Shelf  Lemonade Night Stand  Lemonade Chair

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.