Sweet Dreams are Made of This

Your bedroom should be your sanctuary – an oasis in which to lie your head at night. Doesn’t it make sense then to find a bed that plays the part? Something comfortable and inviting? A bed that beckons you to enjoy it with a good book, decadent linens and a loved one?


An upholstered bed is the perfect landing place after a long day – good or bad. Soft and plush, it sets the stage for a sumptuous master retreat. Take a look at five of our favorite upholstered beds from Art Van Furniture. In varying styles, one is sure to be the bed of your dreams.


Trieste Upholstered HeadboardIn deep chocolate fabric, the Trieste Upholstered Bed is fashionable and elegant. With tuck styling and nail-head trim, the curved lines of its headboard and footboard look and feel luxurious. The Trieste Bed also comes in Pewter or Buckwheat to easily coordinate with any décor. It’s available in king or queen size.


Edgerton Upholstered BedWith its gently arched headboard and footboard, the Edgerton Upholstered Bed has crisp, clean lines that accentuate its sleigh silhouette. In beige tweed, the look is classic and contemporary. Available in king or queen size, the understated design will let your bedding take the spotlight.


Bella Otter Upholstered Bed

The Bella Otter Upholstered Bed in charcoal gets a touch of sparkle with its shiny chrome nail-head trim. The platform height footboard and matching side rails allow you to go skirt-free. Available in king and queen sizes, this bed can be special ordered in 54 different fabric options.


Sachi Dolphin Upholstered BedThe wingback design of the Sachi Dolphin Upholstered Bed is given an updated look with just a touch of chrome nail-head trim. Its platform height footboard and matching side rails give the bed a modern feel, making this bed a great addition to a contemporary, traditional or transitional style room. It’s available in king and size, and can be special ordered in 54 fabric options.


Kaylie Upholstered BedThe Kaylie Upholstered Bed steals the show and makes a statement. Its impressive five-foot-tall square headboard has dramatic sharp lines that are softened by button tufting. The Kaylie Bed is also available in Pewter or Chocolate fabric to match your décor. It’s available in king or queen size.

Introducing the Potpourri Collection

Our buyers love finding treasures that will make your home unique, and that’s what they uncovered with the Potpourri Collection. Like the fragrance, these styled pieces were designed to be mixed and matched to create a custom look for your home. Use as little or as much Potpourri as you want. The pieces also work well with your existing furnishings, giving you the opportunity to update your look quickly and easily.


Take a look at these two gorgeous bedroom ensembles:

potpourri biscuit bed

The Biscuit Tufted Upholstered Bed creates a dramatic setting for a master suite. The quilted upholstered white panels provide sheen to the room. It’s stocked in Queen and King and is available in full size by custom order. If white isn’t your cup of tea, this bed is also available in Brown and Camel fabrics.


Potpourri Small StoolThe pair of faux cowhide stools looks striking at the foot of the bed. With a chrome x-base, the design fits the contemporary feel of the room. The stool is also available for custom order in additional fabric choices.


Potpourri Night Stand

Finally, the Hexagon Night Tables, on either side of the bed, are the perfect place to set a lamp and a book for reading at night. In chrome and glass, the tables add sparkle to the dazzling setting.


Potpourri Curved Bed

Potpourri’s Upholstered Curved Bed creates a rich setting for your master suite. In graphite chenille fabric with nail head trim, it looks regal and elegant. It’s stocked in Queen and King and is available in full size by custom order. It’s also available in Chocolate and Light Brown Chenille.


Potpourri Storage BenchAt the foot of the bed is the Potpourri Storage Bench. The piece has a lift top to hold extra bedding and blankets. It’s stocked in a geometric pattern, but it’s available as a custom order in eight other fabrics, including the graphite, navy and burgundy stripe seen in the photo of the room.


Potpourri Barrel Table

Finally, a pair of Sandy Chrome Barrel Night Tables flank the bed, adding to the richness of this room. Woven metal strips and a mirrored top reflect the light from your bedside lamps and add a glisten to the room.


Be sure to visit the Potpourri Collection page at Art Van Furniture to see two more upholstered bed collections. Which one is your favorite?

Pantone’s 2014 Home Color Palettes: Physicality

Choosing and mixing colors can be intimidating – that’s why so many of us stick to basic beige. But you should know that colors bring your home to life. The people at Pantone, the global experts on color, make choosing colors easier with their home color palettes. You simply choose the palette that speaks to you. We’re highlighting their 2014 color combinations, and this month we’d like to introduce you to Physicality.


Here’s how Pantone describes this collection: “As the name implies, Physicality speaks to the colors of power and energy counter-balanced by the presence of the hues that express the necessity for introspection and calm. The stamina of Forged Iron, a Satellite gray, Antique Moss and Gothic Olive are interplayed against the healing shades of an herbal lavender, a grayed grape, a rosy brown and a quieting, ephemeral foggy gray, all presenting a challenging, yet invigorating, game change.”


Pantone Physicality


If the colors of Physicality – Forged Iron, Satellite, Very Grape, Lavender Herb, Gothic Olive, Antique Moss, Rose Brown and Fog – make you swoon, Art Van Furniture has the look. Take a look at this living room we’ve assembled using this sophisticated palette:


physicality sofaStart with the Giselle Sofa from our Style Collection. In deep charcoal fabric, the style is simple and crisp with track arms and welting. The throw pillows feature an accent fabric that introduces taupe, ivory and another shade of grey. The Style Collection offers custom order options, so if you’d prefer a more colorful accent pillow, it can be yours in just a few weeks at no extra cost.


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Next, add the Jazz Accent Chair. Its modern silhouette complements the Giselle Sofa and is the perfect shape for its aubergine geometric pattern. Use one or two to form your seating grouping. The deep purple color pops against the dark charcoal sofa and is the antidote to a boring room.


physicality cocktail tableNext, we give this modern grouping a surprising touch by adding the Pinebrook Rectangular Cocktail Table. Its rustic iron legs, metal casters and rivet-edged metal supports work well with its distressed natural pine tabletop and lower shelf. The result is a cool urban loft vibe.


physicality end table

To add another texture to the grouping, we chose the vintage-inspired Marlow Collection End Table. In brass, this fashion-forward piece fits well with our bold décor, and the rings that form the table add a feeling of energy and movement to the room.


physicality lamp

Next, we added some light with our Arc Floor Lamp. It features three oil-rubbed bronze arms, each in a varying shade. It’s mounted on a brown marble base, adding another layer of texture to the room.


physicality rug

Finally, complete the design with this HGTV Grandeur Collection Rug in a silvery grey. The subtle chevron design works well with the geometric pattern of the Jazz Accent Chair. But don’t be frightened by its light color; the rug is treated with a stain resistant for easy removal of liquid spots.

We’ve Got the Look: Sarah Jessica Parker’s Living Room

When Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick have had enough of the City, they escape to their gorgeous weekend home in Bridgehampton, New York. Elle Décor recently visited the Victorian style home, built in 1865, and found that it marries Sarah Jessica Parker’s dedication to style with Matthew Broderick’s casual, relaxed vibe. The result is what we’d call the perfect place for Bueller’s day off.


Sarah Jessica Parker Living Room


If you like the Parker/Broderick home, Art Van Furniture has the look:


Parker Living Room SofaSetting the tone in the Parker/Broderick home is the white sofa. The rolled arms of our Cindy Crawford Lakeside sofa mirror the rolled arm pillows in the Bridgehampton home. The slip-covered style is relaxed, but the crisp, white color makes the piece feel classic and tailored.


Parker Chair


Giving the room its sophisticated feel is a pair of accent chairs with dramatic shaping. The Josephine Accent Chair from the HGTV Home Collection matches our inspiration room style with a button tufted back that gives the velvet fabric a luxurious look. While the piece comes in teal, it can be ordered in a variety of upholster options, so if you like Parker’s choice of black, it can be yours.


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Complementing the cottage feel of the sofa are a pair of vintage Avelino Chairside End Tables, which include glass inlays and painted wood knobs. The black color provides a nice contrast to the white sofa. The room also includes a modern silver tray table. We offer two options that provide a similar feel: the vintage-inspired Matchstick Pedestal Table from the Marlow Collection or the Contemporary Accent Table with a silver metal base and a black faux leather top. Either option provides a place for guests to set their drinks and gives the room another layer of style.


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The cocktail table in the Bridgehampton home is oversized and glows in white with its pedestal-base. We offer two options that fit with the room’s décor: The Mechanica Cocktail Table has an adjustable height feature and adds to the room’s eclectic feel. Or consider the sleek Granada Bunching Cocktail Table. With its curved base, it adds drama to the space.


parker credenzaOff to the side of our inspiration room is a sideboard, which offers storage as well as another flat surface for accessories. The Mirrored Credenza from the HGTV Home Collection would be a great addition. Its antiqued surfaces are complemented with gold leaf trim, for the perfect mix of glamour and functionality.


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Finally, the Parker/Broderick room is dressed up with an ample amount of accessories and finishing touches. From silver candlesticks to crystal barware and chrome baubles, everything about the room shines. Helping magnify the sparkle are table lamps found throughout. When choosing lighting for this room, think style and elegance. Our Laslo Table lamp has crystal balls inside its silver sculpted base. And the Serena Task Lamp has a scrolled base with a metallic shade. We have dozens of other lighting options, so you can personalize the room with your favorites to create an elegant yet comfortable setting for cosmos with the girls.

Five Ways to Carve Your Pumpkin

Decorating your home for fall holidays means bringing some of nature’s bounty indoors. Pumpkins, mums, and a garland of dried leaves will transform your home from a summer hangout into a warm, cozy retreat.

This year when you carve your pumpkins, why not think outside of the jack-o-lanterns? We scoured the Internet and found five fun ways to carve or embellish the orange gourds. Enjoy!


Photo credit: Country Living Magazine
Photo credit: Country Living Magazine


Instead of a face, carve flames into your pumpkin and place them on your fireplace hearth. You can also etch the shape into the orange skin of your pumpkin, keeping it fresher longer. The result is a family-friendly way to keep the fires burning.


Photo credit: Southern Living
Photo credit: Southern Living


Simple polka dot holes turn pumpkins into festive lighting for Halloween or Thanksgiving. Use a sharp, stainless steel apple corer or cookie or biscuit cutter to make the holes perfectly round. Stacked into a topiary and embellished with twigs and leaves, the look is whimsical and enchanting.



Photo credit: Midwest Living
Photo credit: Midwest Living

Paint a message to your guests on your pumpkins. “Welcome Friends” would be appropriate all season, or consider writing “Trick or Treat,” “Happy Halloween” or “Give Thanks.” Print your message using a script font from your computer, trace the outline onto your pumpkin and fill in with paint or permanent ink for a polished look.


Photo credit: Southern Living
Photo credit: Southern Living


Line your walkway with these adorable luminaries that feature the shapes of fall cut into mini pumpkins. Use stainless steel cookie cutters for a quick and precise design. Then light them at night to help guests find their way to your door.


Photo credit: Martha Stewart Living
Photo credit: Martha Stewart Living

If you love snowmen during the winter, how about creating their fall counterpart: pumpkin people? Get creative and make one to represent each member of your household – even the dog and cat. When the season is over, you can harvest the seeds and pulp for snacks and desserts.