Archive for the ‘Outdoor Living’ Category

22, Jun

There is something nostalgic and even magical about watching a movie outdoors. Those who grew up in the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s, will likely remember the old drive-in movie theaters with crackly speakers that hung on car windows and preview reels that featured a dancing concession stand snacks.

It’s easy enough to bring back some of that fun by holding your own drive-in movie night … parked right in your backyard.

 

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First, the technology: you’ll need a DVD projector. If you don’t own one, you can often borrow one from your school or workplace. If that’s not possible, contact companies that rent AV equipment for conferences. You’ll also need a screen, but you can fashion one yourself. Simply hang a white sheet from second story windows or project the movie onto a light flat surface such as a garage door.

Next, choose the movie. Consider campy classics, such as Creature from the Black Lagoon, Beach Blanket Bingo or anything starring Elvis. Or select a fun summer movie, such as Stand By Me, NationalLampoon’s Vacation, The Parent Trap, I Know What You Did Last Summer or Jaws.

Now it’s time to make the popcorn. You can set up a popcorn, by filling a big tub with plain popcorn and offering your guests a selection of gourmet toppings, such as dry ranch dressing mix, parmesan cheese and Italian spices, truffle salt, lemon zest and pepper, or mini M & Ms and crushed toffee. Round out the snacks with bottles of Faygo and boxes of Good ‘n Plenty, Raisinettes and Dots.outdoor chairsFinally, pull up some comfortable outdoor chairs. Midwest evenings can bring a chill to the air, so be sure to have some blankets for snuggling, too.

Then, it’s time to enjoy. Pass the popcorn, please.

 

 

 

 

21, Jun

Look Alike Outdoor Chair

Sitting outside in a comfortable chair is one of the best ways to soak up summer, but there’s no need to spend too much. These two wicker chairs are nearly identical. Both are made of resin wicker and both feature wide arms for resting.

One is the Lakehouse Lounge Chair for Ethan Allen, which sells for $1,029, and the other is the San Jose III Lounge Chair from Art Van Furniture, retailing for $579 – nearly half the cost of the other. PLUS, right now our outdoor furniture is on sale for 40% off.

You’ll relax even more this summer when you know you didn’t pay too much. 

13, Jun

A hot trend for Spring 2017 is anything floral. You don’t need a green thumb to bring the season indoors with furniture or accessories that feature gorgeous flowers. Here are three pieces that will instantly perk up your room, putting you beautifully on trend.

Floral Chest

The hand-painted Beverly Accent Chest looks like a priceless piece of art. Featuring delightful hummingbirds and flowers, it will add personality and storage to any room in your home.

 

Floral Chair

The sleek lines of the Bliss Accent Chair get a traditional twist with the botanical-inspired floral print. Use one in your living room or master suite, or grab a few to update your dining room table.

Floral Art

Give your patio or deck the feeling of an outdoor room by adding artwork to your exterior wall. The Floral Outdoor Wall Art features a giclee finish, protecting it from the elements and brightening up the landscape year round.

12, Jun

Dads come in all shapes, sizes and personalities. Some Dads love golf, while others prefer spending their afternoon by the pool. Some Dads are climbing the corporate ladder, while others are happy taking a walk with their four-legged friend.

Sunday, June 18th is Father’s Day, and Art Van Furniture wants to help you celebrate your unique Dad. Take a look at these gift ideas that are sure to fit him to a T.

Fathers Day Cooler

Outdoors Dad

Does your Dad love to soak up the sun? Whether he’s poolside, camping or tailgating on the weekend, this fun 60-quart cooler will keep his favorite beverages cold and ready. Available in a variety of colors, the cool design features a built-in bottle opener and a convenient cap catcher, keeping the area tidy. And the casters let the party roll wherever he goes.

Fathers Day Recliner

Armchair Quarterback Dad

Complete Dad’s man cave with the beautiful brown Avatar Leather Recliner and Ottoman. Perfect for binge watching his favorite series or taking in the game, the design features plush padding and a sleek exposed metal base. The durable leather upholstery is easy to clean, and you’ll love that it ships for free.

Fathers Day Office Chair

Executive Dad

Whether he works from his convenient home office, a comfy cubicle or a corner office with a view, Dad will love the Zline Hayes Oversized Executive Chair. The memory foam contoured seat is super comfortable, and the waterfall edge provides enhanced leg circulation. Wheel casters let Dad move around easily, and it ships for free!

Fathers Day Pet Bed

Pet-Lover Dad

If your dog is truly Dad’s best friend, he’ll appreciate this stylish new Lounge Bed. Designed like a sofa, the bed lets your pup sleep in comfort. The bolstered side and center pillow unzip for easy cleaning, and the black and white buffalo plaid will look great in Dad’s rec room. Available in a variety of sizes, it ships for free.

Fathers Day Grill

Grillmaster Dad

Every Dad becomes an iron chef when he gets behind the flames of a grill. Help him kick it up a notch with the Himalayan Square Salt Plate. Made from natural salt crystals hand-mined from the Himalayan Mountains, this plate allows Dad to cook, cut and display his grilled masterpiece. The rock can be placed directly on the grill or stovetop, adding flavor to the meal. This great item ships for free.

Fathers Day Music

Music Loving Dad

Headphones and ear buds are nice, but they can get in the way if Dad is trying to nap. With wireless SleepPhones, he doesn’t have to worry about getting tangled up in cords. The hypoallergenic fabric headband has removable speakers that let Dad listen to his favorite tunes or podcasts. Available in a variety of colors, SleepPhones are machine washable and they ship for free.

If you’re really stumped, let Dad pick out what he wants with an Art Van Furniture Gift Card. Available in denominations from $25-$500, he’ll enjoy spending it in any of our 100+ Midwest showrooms.

8, Jun

shrimp boil

 

Summer is the time for outdoor parties. If you’re looking to host a casual large gathering and you love shellfish, there’s nothing better than having a shrimp boil. This type of party requires very little prep and cook time. You simply boil the ingredients and serve.

 

Grab your calendar and put a shrimp boil on the schedule. Here’s the simple recipe from Food.com:

  • 4 pounds of large or jumbo shrimp, heads off
  • ½ cup shrimp boil seasoning, such as Old Bay
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 1 12-ounce can of beer
  • 2 large onions, cut in quarters
  • 8 red potatoes, cut in quarters
  • 6 ears of corn, cut in half or thirds
  • 2 pounds of spicy sausage

 

Fill a large stockpot with four quarts of water, and place over high heat. Add Old Bay, salt, water and beer. When the water is boiling, toss in the potatoes and onions, and cook for 8 minutes. Next add the sausage, cooking on high for 5 minutes. Then add the corn, and continue to boil for another 7 minutes. Add the shrimp and cook for 4 minutes. Drain the liquid, and pour the contents into large bowls, shallow pails or on a tabletop covered with brown paper. Give guests plates and plenty of paper towels. Serves eight. Enjoy!

6, Jun

Midwest summers are spectacular, and they’re best enjoyed on a patio or deck. You may have seen some inexpensive outdoor seating groups at the grocery store and wondered why prices can vary so greatly. Those cheap sets might get you through a season, but you’ll likely need to replace it next year.

 

Fortunately, Art’s Backyard is stocked with quality sets that don’t break your budget. When you’re ready to shop for a new seating group, here are “Good,” “Better” and “Best” options that will help you soak up the season in style.

 

Doral

 

Good. The Doral Seating Collection will help you welcome guests to your back yard with casual elegance. It features a welded aluminum frame and removable seat cushions that are upholstered in 100% solution dyed olefin to prevent fading. Complete the look with two toss pillows, two lounge chairs, and a cocktail table with a ceramic tile top.

 

Milano

Better. The Milano Seating Collection features elegant curves, turning your patio or deck into a spot for relaxation. Larger in scale, it is crafted with welded aluminum frames and deep seat cushions that are 100% solution dyed olefin fabric to maintain its color. This collection is sold a la carte, with a sofa, loveseat, lounge chair, swivel lounge chair, ottoman, cocktail and end table, so you can configure your space your own way.

 

Carmel

Best. The Carmel Seating Collection brings your classic indoor style to the outdoors. Hand-woven wicker is fashioned over a commercial grade aluminum frame. The thick weave and variegated color offer all-weather durability. Added design touches, like welting and cushions covered in Sunbrella fabric, make this set both stylish and durable. And the sectional can be used in multiple configurations, allowing you to customize your space.

 

Which collection is your favorite? Art’s Backyard will help you love your patio or deck for years to come.

5, Jun

If you’ve seen inexpensive outdoor dining sets on display at your grocery store and wondered why prices can vary so greatly it’s because you get what you pay for. A $199 dining set probably won’t hold up for more than a season, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t budget-friendly groups that will.

 

When you’re shopping for an outdoor dining set, here are “Good,” “Better” and “Best” choices from Art’s Backyard, along with information that will help you understand the difference in construction and price.

 

Rugby

Good. The five-piece Rugby Dining Set brings a modern trendy style to any backyard setting. The collection features steel construction with powder coat finish to hold up to the elements. The slat-top steel table comes in square or rectangular versions. And the low-maintenance sling chairs dry quickly, offer a contoured back for lumbar support, and stack for easy moving and storage.

 

Jamestown

Better. If you love to entertain, the Jamestown Dining Set is a beautiful choice. Made of a rust-free cast aluminum frame and a multi-step hand applied finish, it features a thick apron around the table edge that provides outstanding stability. The double hoop design at the table base is not only attractive; it improves durability with welded connection points. Great for busy families, the chairs are rated to a 500-pound static load test.

 

Franklin

Best. The Franklin Dining Collection is not only gorgeous; it’s built to last. The table features an all-aluminum frame, porcelain tile top with an aluminum trim, and a fiberglass resin base for long lasting durability. The woven chairs are beautiful and low maintenance. Quick drying foam cushion are built under the seat, offering the comfort of a cushion chair without separate cushions.

 

Which collection is your favorite? When you bring home a set from Art’s Backyard, you’ll love your patio for years to come.

 

31, May

From premiers to parties to A-list status, celebrities live big lives filled with special treatment. But when it’s time to relax, most love to find an oasis in the seclusion of their own back yard. You can live like a star, too, by setting up an outdoor space that pampers you and your friends and family. Take a look at the backyard retreats of these four celebrities for inspiration, and then visit your nearest Art Van Furniture showroom because we’ve got the look:

 

Wayne Gretsky

 

When Wayne Gretzky played hockey, he earned the nickname “The Great One.” Turns out he has great taste, too. Take a look at his Spanish-Mediterranean style home, nestled in Scottsdale, Ariz. One of 13 homes in a secluded development, the property includes this covered poolside patio for outdoor entertaining.

 

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If you like Gretzky’s style, recreate the look by creating a cozy sitting area with four deep club chairs, such as our oversized Brunswick Chairs. The synthetic wicker material is durable and stylish, and the neutral cushions are classic and contemporary.

 

Hilary Swank Backyard

 

Oscar award-winning actress Hilary Swank has created a swanky and relaxed outdoor gathering area in her Mediterranean-style California mansion. Two curved sofas upholstered in sunset orange cushions flank a roaring firepit, creating an intimate spot for nighttime fun.

 

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Create the look in your back yard with our Soho II Collection Sectional. The curved design is striking, while the light blue cushions are on trend.

 

Jodie Foster Backyard

 

Oscar award-winning actress Jodie Foster is known for loving her privacy, and her secluded California home provides just that, sitting on a quarter-acre lot on one of Hollywood Hills’ most famous streets, Flicker Way. With a brick patio, palm trees and gorgeous foliage, the Mediterranean-style back yard is a feast for the senses.

 

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You can easily bring this look to your patio by simply adding the Dover Sectional. The neutral colors can easily be dressed up with toss pillows to reflect your mood or design aesthetic.

 

Johnny Depp Back Yard

 

When you’re an apartment or condo dweller, a back yard can be a rare treat. Johnny Depp’s New York apartment included this hidden gem. With climbing vines and an earthy vibe, this patio is a great spot to start the day with a cup of coffee or end the evening with a glass of wine.

 

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Create Depp’s hip, bistro-style look on your patio by choosing a set of sleek chairs that offer seating as well as style, such as these Golden Beach Chairs. The straight lines are contemporary and classic.

19, May

Being able to dine al fresco is one of the best things about Midwestern summers. The temperatures are (usually) just right, and the landscape is plush and in bloom, creating an exceptional setting. Whether you’ve got thick and juicy burgers on the menu or blackened seafood kabobs, serve them up in style by finding just the right outdoor dining furniture set Today’s back yards are quickly becoming comfortable, entertaining extensions of homes. Here are four questions to ask yourself so you can design the perfect outdoor dining area. Franklin Dining What’s the size of your patio or deck? Just like one of your interior rooms, the size of your outdoor space will help you determine the size of your dining set. You’ll want to provide enough space around the table for people to move in and out. A good rule of thumb is to give diners 42” to 48″ between the table and the end of your patio or deck. If your space is small, consider a round table, or choose a bench instead of chairs, so you can maximize the area. And create a symmetrical look by choosing a table that mimics the shape of your patio or deck, such as square, rectangular or curved. Lafayette Dining How many people do you regularly host? Do you need a cozy table for two or a table that can accommodate a crowd? Just like choosing the right dining room or kitchen set, make sure you have enough space for family and friends to dine and linger. A good rule of thumb is to allow each person two feet of eating space. Here’s a great list of options from Houzz: Party of four

  • 3′ round table with a pedestal base
  • 4′ or 5’ round table with legs
  • 4′ long rectangular table

Party of five or six

  • 5′ round table with a pedestal base
  • 5’ or 6′ long rectangular table

Party of seven or more

  • 6′ or 7’ round table with a pedestal base or legs
  • 7′ round table with legs
  • 7′ to 11’ long rectangular table

How often do you host large groups? While you don’t want to overcrowd your space with future guests in mind, if you entertain often you might choose an outdoor dining table that can extend to accommodate bigger groups. Or choose a set that has stackable seating that can be easily stored away when not in use. Acadia   What kind of sun do you get? Make sure your outdoor dining area is comfortable by considering the amount of sun you get. If you get direct sunlight, you will want to choose a dining set that has an umbrella that will provide shade. You might also consider seats with cushions or mesh seats that won’t absorb the heat and will provide a cooler place to sit. And if your space gets mostly shade, consider a table with a built in firepit that will take the chill out of a cool night. Once you have the perfect outdoor dining set, it’s time to plan the perfect menu. What’s for dinner tonight?

12, May

“Go outside and play” used to something you told your kids, but the beautiful designs of today’s outdoor furniture have adults reclaiming the back yard as a play space of their own. No worries. It’s easy to create a sophisticated patio that’s kid friendly, too. Here are three things to consider when choosing furniture and accents:

San Jose

1. Durability. Depending on the age of your children, you’ll want to choose furniture that can stand up to their level of activity. Wood, wicker and aluminum are all good choices. You might choose tabletops that are extra sturdy, too, such as wood or tile instead of glass.

Grace

2. Style. Today’s outdoor furniture is as stylish as your indoor furniture and you’ll have a variety of styles and colors to choose from. Consider choosing cushions and finishes that are darker and can hide stains easier.

Wyndham

3. Safety. If your children are young, look for furniture that doesn’t have sharp edges. Decide if you prefer seating with cushions, which are soft, or sling seats that are easy to keep up. If you decide to purchase a firepit, consider gathering height style that puts the flames up high and choose one that has a removable cover that secures the coals when the fire isn’t in use. And make sure your accents and accessories aren’t breakable.

Follow these tips and you’ll easily create an outdoor space that can be enjoyed by all ages!