How To Create a Dramatic Entrance

We all know about first impressions: they’re lasting, they’re important and they can reveal a lot about a person. But perhaps the most important thing about first impressions is that you don’t get a second chance to make a good one … so what’s your foyer saying about you?

A foyer is your home’s first impression, and how you’ve designed yours will give guests a lot of information about your décor and your personal style. Here are five items that will transform a basic foyer into a dramatic entryway.

Crescent Key Table

 

An Element From Nature

The foyer serves as a “bridge” from your front yard to your home, so why not incorporate an element from nature that marries the two? You can use a plant, freestanding waterfall or slate flooring. Or bring home a piece of furniture with organic elements that will also do the trick, such as this beautiful wood console table with natural rope trim.

Anna Hall Tree   Kalleen Hall Tree

A Place To Hang Coats

If your foyer doesn’t have a large coat closet, a piece of furniture like a Hall Tree will go a long way in making guests feel welcome. It clearly provides a place to hang coats or hold bags. And it lets guests easily claim their items on the way out, so they don’t have to go searching throughout the house.

Shades of Blue and Green

Dramatic Artwork

If your foyer has wall space, use it to set the tone for your home. Display favorite family photos in matching frames that provide a polished look. Or pick a bold piece of art that best represents your personal style. It will get the attention of anyone who comes to the door.

Foyer Sideboard

A Decorative Chest

A place to drop your keys, collect the mail, and tuck away hats and gloves is a great addition to a foyer, and a decorative chest or sideboard allows you to do all those things and make a design statement, too. Pick something that sets the tone for the design aesthetic of your home. Or dare to be bold and choose a brightly painted piece, like our indigo Fillion Accent Cabinet.

Foyer Chair

An Inviting Chair

Guests will know they’re welcome when you position a chair near your front door. This will invite them to sit and wait or remove boots. A chair also provides a convenient place to rest a package or coat. A slipper chair is a great choice because its sleek style won’t overpower your space.

Three Fashion Must-Haves for Spring 2016

Spring is on its way, and according to the Weather Channel we’ll be getting a taste of warm temps this week. That means it’s time to start thinking beyond the turtleneck and fleece-lined boots. Here are three on-trend items from New York fashion week you’ll want to add to your Spring wardrobe:

White Blouse  Pleats  Paperbag Waist

Not Your Mother’s White Blouse

Trade in a basic button-down for something with a little more flare. Look for an intricate wraparound or off-the-shoulder construction, like this one from Tome.

 

Micro Pleats

Vertical pleats give clothing lots of movement, and micro pleats were found on dresses up and down the runway. This stunning pink and white dress from Stella McCartney puts color in motion as you walk.

 

Paperbag Waists

Here’s a fresh silhouette for pants or skirts: the paperbag waist that cinches at the top. This striking pant is from Phillip Lim, and looks perfect paired with a fitted top.

Style 101: Coastal Style

 

Life’s better at the beach. So why not bring some of those good vibrations home? Coastal style gives you the feeling of being on vacation all year long. Its casual attitude and breezy energy makes it an easy-to-live-with option that is classic and fun.

 

If you like Coastal Style, here are five things you should bring to your sea-worthy residence:

 

Coastal Blue

 

Blue!

Coastal style sings the blues. Choose your favorite shade of blue or introduce a palette that combines more than one. From sky to turquoise to midnight, blue helps you feel calm and relaxed, and you can create depth by layering shades of blue and using patterns. For accent colors, look to other sea inspirations, such as sand, coral and green. The result will be refreshing.

 

Coastal Dining

 

White And Bright

Coastal rooms get definition from crisp white woodwork that amplifies the blue hue. Use white in furnishings, as well. Or choose light wood varieties like oak, maple, and pine in natural finishes. You’ll want to avoid heavy, dark woods, opting for painted varieties instead. Or lighten the look of dark wood by toning it down with white accents.

 

Coastal Light

 

Lots of Light

Dare to bare your windows, or keep them minimally covered when possible. Coastal rooms are known for letting in the light. In rooms that require treatments, such as bedrooms, consider draperies that can be pulled back during the daytime. Or choose white Plantation shutters that are classic Coastal Style.

 

Nautical Print

 

Sea-Inspired Accessories

Bring the feeling of the sea into your room with items you might discover on the beach. A basket of shells, beach glass or driftwood adds a touch of nature. An antique telescope or sextant gives your room a maritime feel. Or choose a nautical-inspired print or decorative chest. But be careful not to overdo it – you don’t want to like a seafood restaurant! Less is more when it comes to creating the right balance.

 

Coastal Casual

 

A Casual Feel

Coastal Style promotes barefoot living, so make sure your home is casual and comfortable. Warm up wood or tile floors with a nice rug. Choose furnishings that encourage people to lounge and linger. Add an ottoman that beckons you to enjoy an afternoon spent with a book.

 

We’ve Got the Look: Selena Gomez’s Master Suite

Selena Gomez Bedroom

 

Pop singer and actress Selena Gomez came into fame when she was cast in the Disney Channel’s Wizards of Waverly Place, and her 2013 song Come & Get It cemented her stardom, putting her on the Billboard charts. Justin Bieber’s ex and Taylor Swift’s BFF, Gomez is a trendsetter on her own. She appeared as a mentor on The Voice, the musical guest on a recent episode of Saturday Night Live, and she’s the face of hair care company Pantene.

 

Harper’s Bazaar calls her look “polished street style,” but at home her look is definitely soft and feminine. Her Tarzana, California house, which she sold to pop star Iggy Azalea, combined drama with glamour for a look that’s pure Hollywood.

 

We love the master suite, with its plush upholstered frame, dark hardwood flooring and pendant chandeliers. If you like it, too, we’ve got the look.

 

Selena Gomez Bed

 

The bed in Gomez’s master suite is a showstopper, with its tufted headboard and footboard, and plush upholstery. Our Bombay Upholstered Bed is a great match. In charcoal grey, it’s dramatic but not overwhelming. Use white linens to complete the indulgent look, and wake up in style.

 

Selena Gomez Chest

 

Instead of a traditional nightstand, Gomez has a decorative chest that provides a convenient surface for a book or glass of water as well as storage. Our Naomi Accent Chest is a great option. The metallic finish adds a bit of glitz to the glamorous room, and its three drawers provide ample room for storing odds and ends.

 

Selena Gomez Curio

 

Tucked in the corner of Gomez’s room is a glass cabinet that holds trinkets and treasures. Our Tuscan Library Cabinet is a good match, and can be used to display prized mementos as well as shoes, accessories, and clothing. An unexpected addition to a bedroom, the glass cabinet will elevate your sense of style.

 

Selena Gomez Chaise

 

Every master suite should include a chaise for lounging, and Gomez seems to agree. The fireplace in her bedroom provides the perfect location, but any bedroom would warm up with the addition. Our Devin Chaise is a great match, with its beautiful scripted pattern and tapered legs.

 

Selena Gomez Lamp

Finally, Gomez added a traditional-style floor lamp near her chaise, turning it from a lounging area into a reading nook. Our Roma Floor Lamp is a great choice, with its marble base and faux silk shade.

 

Do you like Gomez’s look? Come and get it at Art Van Furniture.

Five Ways to Decorate With Books

Kindles and iPads may be quick and convenient for reading on the go, but there’s nothing like holding a book in your hand and turning the pages one by one. Books take you on a journey, they teach you things you didn’t know and they make it possible to visit with favorite characters again and again, and even share them with friends.

 

Books also are beautiful. They raise the design aesthetic of your home, and that’s something technology cannot do. From reference materials to design journals to pulp fiction, cookbooks and more, share your love of fine words by taking books off of the shelf and into your home décor.

 

Here are five ways to decorate with books:

 

Source: Swatchpop
Source: Swatchpop

 

In a curated stack. No cocktail table is complete without an eye-catching pile of books. Books placed here are meant to give visitors insight into what you find important or beautiful, inviting guests to pick one up and flip through its pages. This is a great place for oversized coffee-table books that have an abundance of photos or illustrations.

 

Source: Popsugar
Source: Popsugar

 

As an end table. A stack of sturdy, oversized books create a unique side table in a living room or nightstand in your bedroom. Protect the top cover by placing a piece of glass or tray on the top so it can hold a beverage without worries.

 

Source: Viralnova
Source: Viralnova

 

Turned into a shelf. Create a bookshelf with a book. Purchase L brackets or a floating shelf kit designed to be hidden, and you’ll create a unique display – especially for more books!

 

Source: Pinterest/House Beautiful
Source: Pinterest/House Beautiful

 

As a pedestal. If a favorite accessory or framed photo is small and getting lost in the shuffle, build up its importance by placing it on a stack of books. Books create a great pedestal, especially when you match the subject material with the piece it holds. You can also use books to elevate lamps to a better level for reading.

 

Source: Pinterest/Eclectic Red Barn
Source: Pinterest/Eclectic Red Barn

 

As an accent. Choose books based on their jacket covers, allowing them contrast or complement the other colors in the room. You can also cover them with craft paper, wrapping paper or wallpaper. Fabric is also a great choice for covering and adds a textural quality. Burlap, for example, adds a rustic touch.