We’ve Got the Look: Jessica Alba’s Office

Jessica Alba Office

Jessica Alba is not only beautiful; she’s an A-list Hollywood star and a trendsetter with a chic style that’s often photographed for magazines. She’s also a successful entrepreneur; her business, The Honest Company, offers eco-friendly products for babies and parents. Elle Décor magazine recently visited its headquarters, which Alba designed to feel bright and fresh.

“I wanted to give my team many different spaces to work from so they didn’t feel like they were just at their desks all day,” Alba told Elle Décor. “I always have my best ideas when I’m at home—there’s less pressure. I want to recreate that environment for people and inspire them to thrive here.”

If Alba’s work style inspires you to do the same in your home office or office workspace, we’ve got the look:

Alba Ottoman

Identical to the ones found in Alba’s office, our cotton braided Red Pouf Ottoman has so many uses. Put one under your desk to elevate your feet. Use another near an oversized chair or settee to unwind or work on your laptop. And scatter more around the room for extra seating during an impromptu meeting. We love it in red, but it comes in earth, curry, grass, light blue, navy, orange, kiwi and orchid, too.


Alba’s office has a slim settee that provides comfortable seating and the feeling of home. Our Kari Ivory Settee is a great choice, offering a tailored style that fits with the professional feel of a workplace. Update the look with new pillows that match the ottoman or add a variety of colors for a sumptuous feel.

Alba Table

Instead of a traditional end table, Alba uses a metal cube with her settee, bringing more texture and depth to the workspace. We think our Argos Table is a great addition, with its patina finish and riveted trim. The handles make it easy to move wherever a surface is needed.


Finally, bring in a graphic rug to your office that adds interest to the floor. This horizontal stripe pattern in nautical blue is very on-trend, and will brighten up your workspace with its bold feel.

Do you like Alba’s look? Let us know what inspires you to make your workplace special in the comments below.

How to Organize Your Living Room


How to Organize Your Living Room

The living room is often part game room, part conversation hangout and part TV viewing space. Because it serves so many purposes, it collects a lot of stuff, and that can turn it from relaxation spot to clutter catcher.

Instead, maximize your enjoyment by organizing your living room with these five simple tips:

Check your furniture. A room with space is more visually appealing, so make sure your living room doesn’t have too much furniture. You want to leave space between pieces, and, if possible, between your furniture and your wall.


Limit your accents. You may love snow globes, but a big collection can overtake a room, both physically and visually. Instead, display a few favorites, putting the spotlight on your pieces. Then think like a museum, rotating your items.

Have a cleaning routine. Get into a routine of putting away remotes, dishes and any other items that don’t belong. Recycle newspapers or magazines before they pile up. Fluff pillows and fold blankets. When you make cleaning a daily habit, you avoid overwhelming clutter.


Use furniture that includes storage. Choose a coffee table with drawers or a lower shelf. Select an entertainment center that includes cabinet doors where you can hide away items like games and DVDs. Or use an ottoman that has hidden storage where you can put blankets or even shoes.

Make space for all of your activities. The living room is often a home’s central unwinding space, and it helps to identify all of the uses yours must accommodate. For example, do you like to knit while watching TV? Is the room also your kids’ playroom? Design your space for reality by bringing in storage items for toys and yarn, such as baskets or plastic containers that can be tucked beneath your sofa if yours has a skirt. And designate zones, such as an area for playing games or watching movies.

Plan Your Thanksgiving Tablescape

The turkey is definitely the star of the Thanksgiving table, but Tom deserves the proper backdrop. In addition to breaking out your best dinnerware and crystal, create a holiday memory by carefully choosing the rest of the table setting.

Start with a tablecloth. Protect your table by using a tablecloth over a table pad. From crisp white to a rich autumn tone, you will add some color to the meal with the right cloth.

Photo credit: BlueCricketDesign.net

Here’s a great craft project you can do to create a personalized tablecloth. Simply purchase a drop cloth and decorate it with words that represent the things you’re thankful for.

Or don’t. Rules are made to be broken, so feel free to skip the tablecloth and let your table go au natural. Use beautiful placemats or table runners to protect the wood.

Photo credit: The Stir

Mix and match plates, silverware and glassware. Don’t worry about not having enough table settings; purposefully mix and match what you have and no one will ever know. You can even go ultra casual chic by using Mason jars as water glasses.

Let Mother Nature provide decorations. Fall is the time of year when everything outside is in its most colorful glory. Bring in gorgeous leaves and scatter them down the center of the table. You can also use a metallic marker and write names or reasons you’re thankful on the leaves to make them even more special. Place small gourds down the center of the table, and put cut flowers in small pots or thin vases. Add candles and you’ve created a gorgeous fall scene.

Photo credit: Bloom Designs Online

Make it personal. Finally, make guests feel welcome by creating personalized place cards. If you’re hosting friends who aren’t well acquainted, place a little bit of information about each guest on the place card as a way for everyone to get to know each other. You could also include a reason why you’re thankful they are your friend or family member.

Color Crush: Blush

Romance your home with shades of pink. Blush is a strong color trend for fall and winter, and the rosy hue warms up your room. From velvet toss pillows to decorative furniture, sofa or sectionals and a comforter set, everything looks great in blush. Combine it with navy to turn the feminine color into something more sophisticated.





From Big to Small, Your Must-Haves for Fall 2017

Fall is all about returning indoors, getting back into a routine and preparing for the magic of the holidays. It’s also time to give your interiors a fresh perspective. While it’s fun to give your room an entire new look, you can also update your style with a few well-chosen accent pieces.


We caught up with Broc Clark, Art Van Furniture Creative Director, and got his take on what’s hot for 2017. From big to small, here are his picks for fall:



If you can get just one accent …

Update your room with faux fur, says Broc. From pillows to throw blankets to ottomans and chairs, faux fur is a hot trend that adds a sense of luxury and texture to your space, instantly warming it up.


If you can buy one piece of furniture …

Make it a farmhouse table, says Broc. The kitchen is the hub of the home, and a sturdy farmhouse table feels welcoming, setting the stage for everything from meals to homework sessions and arts and crafts.


If you are going to redecorate one room …

Focus on your home office/guest room, says Broc. The holiday season often brings family and friends to town, and the best way to welcome them is with a room in which they can relax. Today’s spaces are often multipurpose, and your home office can easily accommodate an overnight guest.


Want more inspiration? Be sure to browse through the new Art Van Fall 2017 Home Catalog, which features all of the latest looks. Then visit your nearest Art Van showroom to see all of the great new items up close. Your home is a reflection of your personality. Make it shine for the season!