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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

 

Fall In Love with Urban Style: Art Van Fall 2017 Catalog

Urban style for Fall 2017 gets touch of industrial and vintage finishes as well as new silhouettes. Look for soft angles, classic lines and some storied patterns, such as houndstooth and tweed. You’ll love the ability to bring in things that offer a sense of history and purpose, as well as accents that are unexpected.

Fall in Love With Traditional Style: Art Van Fall 2017 Catalog

For Fall 2017, traditional style gets a soft, feminine spin, with pleasing neutrals, lots of tufting and luxurious curves. It also gets a twist with modern materials that include metal, leather and acrylic. You’ll love the look, and you’ll love showing it off when you entertain friends.