Archive for the ‘Kids and Family’ Category

5, May

Mother’s Day is the time to treat Mom like a queen, and every queen needs her throne. Pamper mom by giving her the best seat in the house. From trendy to modern farmhouse and everything in between, there’s a look to match mom’s personal style.

Lola

Garden Mom will beam at the colorful Lola Flower Armless Chair that features pink, green and teal. The whimsical design will add a layer of pattern to her bedroom or family room, brightening up the space like a summer bouquet.

Bliss

Elegant Mom will adore the Bliss Swoop Arm Chair dressed in grey and white. The curved lines are modern and sophisticated, and the floral pattern is soft and feminine.

Hannah

Classic Mom will enjoy the Hannah Flannel Accent Chair with its wingback style. The soft upholstery will pamper her and the button tufting adds a contemporary twist.

Autumn

Modern Farmhouse Mom will fall in love with the Autumn Accent Chair. Contrasting patterns in soft colors look fresh and interesting, while the nailhead trim adds a contemporary detail.

Flynn

Trendy Mom will fall for the Flynn Velvet Chair in striking navy. The sleek modern lines are fashion forward while the rich blue color is current and fresh.

Looking for more Mother’s Day ideas? Check out our complete gift guide by clicking here. And then check out our guide to the perfect brunch, so you can pamper Mom with an amazing meal, too.

4, May

They say kids are a reflection of their parents, so why not celebrate Mother’s Day this year by reflecting her good taste with a stylish mirror? Here are three options that Mom would love to hang in her bedroom, foyer or family room:

Pierre

The Pierre Gold Round Wall Mirror will add an Art Deco inspiration to Mom’s room, with geometric shapes that are attractive and modern. The gold trim is on trend, adding a touch of warmth to Mom’s décor.

Vishnu

The Moroccan-inspired Vishnu Mirror resembles the roof of a temple, adding a lightly exotic air to Mom’s room. The black frame is dramatic, making it the perfect piece for a foyer or powder room.

Sunburst

Let the sun shine on Mom with the Mikah Gold Sunburst Mirror. A classic piece, the bold frame and round mirror will instantly brighten up Mom’s space, making her smile every time she sees it.

Looking for more Mother’s Day ideas? Check out our complete gift guide by clicking here.

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!

2, May

Bringing mom flowers on Mother’s Day is a great way to show her you love her, but unfortunately even the most beautiful bouquets fade with time. Why not give mom blooms that will last forever? These three works of art feature different styles of floral design, with one sure to fit Mom’s décor. Which one will she love?

Blossom

The Blossom Painting features stunning hand embellished detailing on gallery wrapped canvas and a beautifully crafted frame. It’s made using an ecofriendly process and materials, and would be a great complement to a modern or casual style room.

Tree Blossom

The Tree Blossom Acrylic Painting features hand touched embellished petals made of newsprint on gallery wrapped canvas. The vibrant blue serves as a beautiful backdrop for the white petals, making it a great choice for an urban or traditional style room.

Poppy

The Poppy Acrylic Painting features hand touched detailing on a gallery wrapped canvas. The bright blue flowers are whimsical and fresh, making it a great addition to a contemporary or casual style room.

Looking for more Mother’s Day ideas? Check out our complete gift guide by clicking here.

6, Feb

Football season is officially over, and perhaps your rec room has lost some of its game, too. Whether you’re a man looking for a space of your own or a woman wanting to corral armchair quarterbacks (and their mess), consider creating a man cave.

While it sounds like it’s a Stone Age idea, man caves are a modern (and growing) trend, with 40% of homes having one. If you’ve got a basement, unused bedroom or even space in the garage, here are five things you need to create a man cave of your own:

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1. A recliner

The man of the cave needs a throne, and there’s nothing more comfortable than a recliner. You’ll find a variety of options, including recliners that rock, glide, have power headrests and footrests, offer USB and power outlets, and even give you a massage. Recliners come in leather as well as fabric uphaolstery choices, so you’re sure to find one that fits your style and décor.

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2. A place for friends to gather

Anyone with a man cave instantly becomes the most popular guy on the block, so you’ll need furnishings that can accommodate friends. Consider adding reclining loveseats or sofas that feature power or manual options. Or host bigger parties with a large sectional. You can even find reclining sectionals that include fold down tables for easy snacking.

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3. A place for your TV

Every man cave needs a TV and a place to put it. Depending on how much space you have in your room and how many components you want to accommodate, choose a TV stand or entertainment center. You’ll find one to suit your décor and dimensions.

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4. A place to set your snacks

Now you need a place to set your nachos, wings and micro brew. Cocktail tables are not created equal, and you can find some that bring your food to you with a top that lifts and puts a flat surface at your fingertips. With sophisticated styling, no one will know it also houses your foam fingers and face paint.

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5. A little ambiance

Finally, you need something that oozes testosterone. How about some framed sports photos? Rustic table lamps? Or even a cowhide zebra print rug.

And there you have it. A man cave the whole family will love!

20, Jan

“Clean up your room” is a phrase most parents are familiar with. Kids and clutter often go hand in hand. Instead of shutting the door (which isn’t a bad option), give your child the tools for tidying by creating an organized space. Here are five things to keep in mind:

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1. Look at the room from your child’s point of view. Often closets and drawers are too tall to be manageable. Get down to your child’s eye level and then assess his or her space. The view may surprise you! Shorter furniture, like a dresser instead of a chest of drawers, is more ideal for little kids. And make sure the closet is set up with low rods and baskets or bins on the floor.

2. Simplify. A room or closet filled to the brim is going to be hard to maintain. Take everything out of your child’s room that doesn’t need to be there. Store out-of-season or outgrown clothing in the basement or another room. Create a “toy library” where kids check out a certain number of toys and return them before they’re allowed to check out more. And clean out your child’s desk at the end of each school season to make sure old papers and books aren’t causing clutter.

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3. Make sure the room has adequate storage. Getting ready in the morning will be a breeze when clothing options are readily accessible. A dresser will provide ample drawer space for storing socks, shirts and everything else. Use bookcases, baskets and benches for storing additional items that are kept in your child’s room, such as art supplies and toys. An organized room is easier to keep clean because there’s a place for everything.

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4. Give your child a homework area. Studying, homework and projects are best completed at a desk where books and supplies can be stored. What’s more, when you put a desk in your child’s bedroom, you provide a quiet work environment away from the hustle and bustle of the household in which your child can get things done.

5. Create a daily routine. Set up a ritual where you and your child put items away before bedtime. As your child gets older, he or she can do the routine alone. When kids get in the habit of putting things away, clutter stays at bay and a room never gets out of control.

An organized bedroom is a place where your child can do his or her best, and it’s a spot where childhood memories take root and grow.

 

19, Jan

Getting your kids to pick up their toys sounds like a dream, but it’s definitely an attainable one if you set up their room for success. Here are two things you can do today to help them tidy their stuff:

1. Make cleaning up a fun evening routine. Play a special song that indicates it’s time to put things away. (One mom we know plays “Here Comes the Sun” by The Beatles.) Or set a timer and see how many toys your child can pick up in 15 or 30 seconds.

2. Label boxes.  If your child can see what is supposed to go inside, it’s more likely they’ll put things away. You can use words for emerging readers or photos for toddlers.

17, Jan

Play can get messy, and for kids that’s part of the fun. If you’re trying to keep your home at least somewhat tidy, save yourself some headaches and follow these two quick organizing tips:

1. Regularly purge the clutter. If your child hasn’t played with a toy in three or four months, put it away. If they ask for it, it can return. If it sits in a box for another two months, donate it or give it away.

2. Organize toys by category, which makes clean up easier. Have a basket for each type of item, such as dolls, cars, balls and puzzles. Then create a rule in your home that only one basket is allowed out at a time.

 

16, Jan

If you’ve got kids, you’ve got toys and you’ve seen your share of joyful messes. Whether playthings are confined to an area of their bedroom, your basement rec space or a dedicated playroom, you can avoid the feeling of chaos if you employ a few organizing methods.

1. Start by clearing out all of the toys. It’s hard to create a sense of organization when your starting point is a room full of stuff. As you remove everything, decide if you are going to keep, donate or dispose of it. You can also store away toys for later, if they’re not age appropriate or aren’t played with.

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2. Next, think like a preschool and add task centers. A table and chairs will help kids keep puzzles, games and art projects contained. A beanbag chair and lamp creates the perfect spot for cuddling up with a book or watching a movie.

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3. Now it’s time to find storage solutions that fit the room. Forego the old-fashioned toy chest – items get lost in the bottom and won’t get used. Instead, use a mix of open and closed storage bins that allow you to hide away visual clutter while displaying colorful items that can add personality. Be sure to attach furniture to the walls to avoid tipping and possible injury.

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4. Choose storage bins that are item specific. It’s a good idea to choose smaller bins that hold a certain item, and choosing a neutral color palette will allow you to transition them into an updated décor or another room in your home. You can have one box for blocks, another for dolls, another for art supplies … you get the idea. Make sure your storage bins are accessible and simple to use so your kids can quickly and easily put away toys when they’re done.

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5. Complete the play space by adding an area rug. Not only does it put a soft surface under your child; it can help define the play space, especially if it’s in a section of a room that serves other purposes.

6. Finally, think comfort, durability and wash-ability when designing your room. Easy-to-move furniture helps when it’s time to change up the room. And consider investing in pieces that little ones can grow into and use when they’re teenagers. It can be hard to imagine when you’re knee-deep in dress-up clothes and Play-Dough that you’ll miss the mess, but you just might!

19, Dec

Introducing our new arrival: Art Van Baby! Now you can design your nursery with the same style and value that has made Art Van Furniture a family favorite for more than half a century.

Shopping for a crib is exciting, and there are a few things to know before you bring your new arrival home to his or her room:

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Safety is your number-one concern, and it’s ours, too. Look for mattresses that carry the Juvenile Products Manufacturer Association (JPMA) seal, which signals the highest level of established product testing and adherence to standards set by the federal and state governments. Art Van only sells cribs that have this certification.

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Test your crib for stability. When assembled, the crib should not wobble. Give it a good shake; if it seems unstable, it could be a sign that it was put together improperly.

Measure to make sure there is a safe distance between slats. To prevent injury to your baby, make sure the distance between the crib slats isn’t larger than 2 3/8 inches, about the size of a can of soda.

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Crib mattress heights are adjustable for a good reason. Most cribs allow you to adjust the height of the mattress, which helps keep older babies and toddlers from climbing or falling out of the crib.

See the entire (and adorable) Art Van Baby Collection by clicking here, and then head to our showroom. We look forward to helping you welcome your new arrival in style.