Art Van is 2010 Youth Retailer of the Year

From The Alexander Julian Cottage Colours Collection. Country style bedroom group, available in master and youth bedroom pieces. Stocked in Heartland Cherry, Pinstripe Pine, and Beach Cottage White.

Art Van Furniture received a special award at the Spring 2010 International Furniture Market at High Point this week: “America’s Youth Retailer of the Year”.  The award was given by Legacy Furniture, one of the leaders in the youth category.

“We have a fantastic assortment of furniture and accessories from ‘Crib to College’! Michigan families are discovering great new ways to make their children’s rooms both fun and functional,” said Melinda Lehman, a Buyer with Art Van. “Youth furniture today is high quality, solid wood in great styles that transition as your child grows.”  To see what’s in store today, click here.

Great Shots from the MARKET

Mr. Van discussing industry trends with Ellen Gefen, host of The Home show
Rustic accents set the mood
You never know who you'll meet at Market!
Ecclectic accents at Hooker Furniture
Create a Sanctuary with new Hooker Furniture styles
Art Van VP Amelia Ellenstein starring in a video from Sam Moore Showroom at Market
A Sweet Seat – a chair made of candy at Rowe Furniture

Ty Pennington Comes Home

Ty Pennington and Art Van's, Diane Charles

Now you can bring Ty into your home – with his fresh new furniture line just introduced at market today.  “I’ve taken the colors I love from my own home, and introduced them into my new collection.” Colors from nature abound in the collection – neutral washed by the sun- including earth brown, sand, ocean blue, moonbeam and midnight black.  These soft shades mix with nickel finishes and painted woods, with pieces designed to flow between styles.

Ty Pennington

Ty shows function through use of nickel and wood

Gray is the new neutral

Say goodbye to beige – gray is the new “it” color. Any shade of gray works well as a base, allowing you to layer on soft tones of lavender, sand, blue and green.  Even the free treats given out at the showrooms include pearl gray M&Ms! Light woods are everywhere, and rustic finishes on modern shapes let you bring the warmth of rustic into even a contemporary home.  Overall, colors are softer and more soothing – perhaps to comfort us as we rebound from the cold winter months!

Two different approaches to “Chic”

Shabby Chic' s Rachel Ashwell with Art Van's, Diane Charles, Director of Communications and Donald Dilaplane, Buyer

There are two great definitions of what is chic at this spring market: Shabby Chic and Industrial Chic are both hot attractions this year.

Shabby Chic is the Rachel Ashwell brand that straddles Vintage and English country styles in incredibly comfortable overstuffed chairs and sofas – once we sat in them, we just never wanted to get up! And isn’t this what we all want to come home to at the end of the day? Think slip covers in romantic patterns and washable whites, with smokey pallets and elegant neutrals. “The recession has rekindled a spiritual quest to get back to the basics- the core values, family, things that people think are important.” says Ashwell.

Art Van's Donald Dilliplane with Industrial Chic Floor Lamp

Industrial Chic is the ultimate proof that all styles can live together in perfect harmony: Imagine a crystal chandelier wrapped in a metal screen, accented by pearls… What does this mean for your home? Anything goes!

Shabby Chic, you just can't believe the comfort, says Diana Sikes from Sussman Sikes Advertising Agency