Four Celebrity Back Yards to “Lounge” After

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:

 

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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.

How to Create the Perfect Outdoor Dining Space

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?

Designing a Kid-Friendly Patio

“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:

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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.

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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.

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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!

 

Look Alike Chandeliers

Look Alike Apollo Chandelier

The right light can turn a basic room into a stunning space, and these two chandeliers would certainly be up for the task. One is the beautiful geometric Appollo Chandelier from Art Van Furniture, featuring 15 amber glass bulbs and a design that mixes art and science. It retails for $449. The other is the Modo Chandelier from Design With Reach, designed by lighting architect Jason Miller with a display of 10 bulbs. The price tag on this option will set you back $3900.

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A Guide To Purchasing Outdoor Dining Furniture

The best part of summer is dining al fresco – under the sun or under the stars. Make it memorable by bringing home a dining set that reflects your personal style as well as the type of atmosphere you’d like to set.

Here are five things to consider before buying a new table and chairs for your back yard:

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How much space do you have?

Just like your dining room or kitchen, you want to make sure the furniture you choose is the same scale as the outdoor area in which it will be used. If you have a small deck or balcony, you’re better off choosing a small bistro set. If you have a large patio, select a larger grouping to maximize the space. Or if you’re creating zones, such as separate dining and seating areas, make sure the sizes complement each other.How many people do you sually host?

If it’s just your family of four, a round table with four chairs is a good choice. You can select a style with stacking chairs to keep on hand for those occasions where you have extra guests. If you regularly host a crowd, consider a large rectangular table, and bench seating, which can make room for more.

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What is your interior style?

Your deck or patio should be an extension of your home, so choose lines and colors that blend. From rustic to modern, you can easily find a set that continues your style outdoors.

 

What kind of weather will your furniture experience?

It can be helpful to choose materials based on the exposure your deck or patio receive. If you have a lot of direct sunlight, aluminum is a good choice. It’s lightweight and rust-resistant, and it’s durable enough to stand up to the elements. Make sure you choose a set that includes a umbrella, so you can get some relief from the heat.

If your patio or deck is covered, wood furnishings are a nice (and natural!) choice. The finish can fade if it’s exposed to a lot of direct sunlight, and it requires more maintenance to protect it from the elements, but the beauty and patina will improve over time.

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Will your dining area double as a sitting area?

Wicker furnishings make a great choice. Today’s versions are made of resin and are more durable than wicker of the past. This material works best with cushions, which means you can easily update the look and color by swapping them out. And wicker chairs are as comfortable as indoor furnishings, so family and friends will love to linger.