Father’s Day Style: Shaquille O’Neal

Shaquille O'Neal
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Celebrity dad Shaquille O’Neal knows how to have fun on and off of the basketball court. A dance challenge video he made with his kids and shared on Instagram went viral. He clearly enjoys his children, making memories that will last a lifetime.

Shaquille O’Neal Style

The video not only gives us a glimpse into Shaq’s playful side; viewers get a tiny peek into his family room. It looks like his space is set up for watching a movie marathon or the latest sports playoffs. Comfort is key as is space to unwind—Shaq’s not a tiny guy, after all. His style is sleek but relaxed, and reclining leather furniture is the perfect way to outfit his space. Dance first and kick back later—sounds like the perfect way to spend a Friday night with family.

Design a Shaq-inspired by focusing on fun. Choose items that help you unwind and connect with you family and friends, like reclining furniture. Durable materials, like leather, are kid-friendly as well as indulgent. Then add accessories and art that celebrate your accomplishments and passions, such as trophies or pennants. Make a statement with your space.

Father’s Day Style: Nigel Barker

Nigel Barker Outdoor Collection
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One of the most stylish celebrity dads is Nigel Barker. He elevates a space with sophistication and attention to detail, whether he’s behind the camera or in front of it. His chic furniture collection is proof that you can combine family with fashion.

“I’m a family man. I’ve been married for 22 years, and I’ve got two kids and a dog. Everything in my house gets used,” he says. “My collection had to look beautiful and be functional, but most importantly it has to be used and look good when being used.”

Nigel Barker Style

Nigel’s new outdoor furniture collection treats your patio and deck with the same philosophy. The sleek sectional, sofa, lounge chair and dining sets provide a gorgeous setting while you’re relaxing in the sun.

“Your outdoor space should be a respite from the world—a place where you can relax and unplug,” Nigel says. “My NB2 backyard collection is designed to be that calm oasis. Pulling inspiration from my life, I’ve created timeless looks with minimalism at the heart. My hope is that you will recharge in style and enjoy time spent with friends and family.”

Create a Nigel-inspired room by carefully selecting each furnishing and accent piece for its beauty and meaning. In addition, clear out the clutter and bring a sense of serenity to your room or back yard. While pops of color are always welcome, embrace neutral colors and natural materials, mixing textures and styles. When you design a space with livable luxury, you make every day special.

Father’s Day Style: Chip Gaines

Magnolia Home Homestead Sectional
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When it comes to celebrity dads, Chip Gaines is definitely a favorite. We loved watching him play catch, go fishing and simply hang out with his kids on Fixer Upper. And we still get to admire him via Instagram and Joanna Gaines’s blog. She writes, “It didn’t take long after we became parents that I realized Chip was always going to be ‘The Fun Dad.’ … Chip has a childlike way about him! He always has. At work, things are 100% about work, but as soon as he gets home, it’s phones up and playtime is on.”

Chip Gaines Style

Chip shared a great photo on Instagram of him napping with one of his boys on the family’s sofa. His style is definitely relaxed and kid-friendly, like the Magnolia Home Homestead Sectional. There’s plenty of room for the whole family to hang out, laugh, play games or read.

Design a Chip-inspired room by paying attention to comfort. Casual lines and relaxed shapes make it clear that the furniture is to be enjoyed. We bet there’s lots of forts built with the kids on weekend afternoons. Add a touch of your family’s story with lots of pictures, heirlooms and mementos from your travels. Have plenty of pillows and blankets on hand and within reach so your space is nap-ready. And include favorite activities, like a checkers board or basket of books for story time. The most important ingredient in Chip’s space is family.

Uplevel Dad’s Recliner to a Massage Chair

Uplevel Dad’s Recliner to a Massage Chair

Dads and recliners go together like meat and potatoes or football and Sunday. Chances are your father has one, and that it’s his favorite seat in the house. Who doesn’t love kick back and unwind? But what if that chair was a massage chair that could also help dad relax? You just might be able to borrow the car more often or not worry about the dent you made in your fender.

Massage chairs come with a variety of options as well as price tags for all budgets, big and small. Which one do you think Dad would love?

Massage Chair
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The Ultimate Massage Chair

The “Rolls Royce” of massage recliners is Cozzia 710. It comes with a price tag of $6,999, but it does everything, and is like having a vacation without leaving home! The 4D human-like Vario Motion™ mechanism messages Dad from his neck to his buttocks in zero gravity, with six unique massage techniques and 15 auto programs. It also massages his arms and feet, and offers heat therapy for his legs. Dad can relax to his favorite music with the built-in Bluetooth speaker, and the chair is equipped with a child protection safety lock and power surge detector. It’s a daydream and nap enhancer.

Massage Chair
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Median Priced Option

Another great option is the Human Touch ZG50 Massage Chair, which goes lighter on the budget at $3299. Available in three colors, this chair provides a full-body massage in a zero gravity position. Four auto-massage programs take Dad from stress to sleep. The warm air technology soothes tight muscles and melts away aches and pains. And the foot and calf massager improve circulation.

Massage Chair
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Budget Friendly

Finally, the Art Van Signature II Massage Recliner starts at just $599 and is perfect for the more budget conscious recliner.  Dad can recharge with an invigorating lumbar back massage. The built-in USB port powers up his favorite device, so he can unwind with music, an e-book or a movie. It’s just what Dad needs after a long day.

Which one is right for your dad?

Stop by your nearest Art Van location to test the massage chairs, and be sure to shop this weekend for delivery in time for Father’s Day!

How to Design A Bedroom For Better Sleep

design a bedroom for sleeping

The importance of sleep is well researched. It touches every aspect of your life, from your physical health to your mental wellbeing to your success and overall happiness. Creating the right atmosphere is key for better sleep. Your bedroom is the most important room in the house, and making sure it’s properly designed will enhance the quality of your life.

 

To get better sleep, consider taking these seven steps:

1. Reclaim its true purpose

TV viewing. Catching up on work. Studying. Exercising. If your bedroom is a major multi-tasking space, it’s having a negative impact on your quality of sleep. Your bedroom should serve a single purpose: R&R. That means you need to remove the television, desk and treadmill.

design a bedroom for sleeping

2. Get rid of clutter

Clutter overloads your senses and causes you to be stressed out and anxious. Clutter also makes it harder to clean your environment, creating a germ haven that aggravates allergies and asthma. All of this will have a negative impact on your quality of sleep. For better sleep, get rid of anything that doesn’t belong, or store items away in your closet or in under-bed storage.

3. Pay attention to light

The presence of light can alter your natural sleep patterns. Dim the lights one hour before bedtime. If daylight or streetlights shine in your bedroom window when you need to be sleeping, invest in blackout drapes that effectively block the light. This is especially important if you work a non-traditional shift. Remove electronics from your bedroom, which emit blue light that can interrupt sleep. And if you have a digital clock, turn it away from your bed so the light won’t shine in your face while you sleep.

4. Make sure you have the right mattress

Your mattress should be replaced every five to ten years, and sleeping on an old one causes unnecessary back pain and improper support, which will interrupt your sleep. The right mattress provides proper alignment to help eliminate morning aches and pains; provides pressure relief to foster deeper, healthier sleep; and creates a neutral position for your body so you wake up refreshed and ready for the day.

Choosing the right mattress is a science as well as an art. In just five minutes, the PureSleep system performs over 1,000 calculations to identify the perfect mattress for your body type, body density and preferred sleep position. Using this information, PureSleep Specialists will help you select the mattress that is right for your body and your budget.

design a bed for sleeping

5. Use the right pillow

If your pillow is older than a year, it needs to be replaced. Hair and body oils soak into its fabric and stuffing, making it a breeding ground for bacteria. While a pillow may seem like a small part of your sleep system, it actually plays a big role in giving you the best sleep possible. The right pillow provides 30% of your sleep benefits by maintaining correct spinal alignment, relieving pressure on your back and spine and promoting good circulation.

PureSleep Specialists will determine the perfect pillow for you by matching it to your body type and mattress. If you’ve never been fitted for a pillow, you’ll be amazed at the results; you’ll toss and turn less, and experience a deeper, more restorative sleep.

6. Choose calming colors

Color psychologists say the paint you choose can impact your emotions. You want to create a restful mood with your bedroom design and that can mean choosing soothing shades. Blue is known to be very calming. Or consider mellow, neutral hues inspired by nature. But be sure to avoid bright colors that can be energizing or busy patterns in wall paint or wallpaper, bed linens and floor coverings.

7. Adjust the thermostat

Keep your bedroom at a comfortable temperature at night with 60 to 67 degrees being optimal, according to the National Sleep Foundation. Also, swap out linens for the right season. In winter, select heavier bedding and swap that out for a light coverlet during the summer.